Gary & Maria’s Wedding – Sydney Marriott Hotel

Oh how I love weddings! Maria and our brother-in-law Gary said their “I do’s” on Saturday during a beautiful ceremony held at St. Thomas Church in North Sydney.  What a beautiful weather it was too for a wedding. The ceremony was lovely and the bride was just radiant. Oh and Gary, you didn’t look too bad either ;p

The beautiful bride, Maria.

St. Thomas Church, North Sydney.

Beautiful. Love, love, love.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Chow.

Reception was held at the Sydney Marriott Hotel (36 College Street, Sydney). Drinks and canapes were served pre dinner and what better way to enjoy this whilst overlooking picturesque Hyde Park.

The chairs and tables were decorated simply white and silk, with shimmery candleholders. Quite elegant.

Of course after the ceremony, I was saving myself and making room for what awaits me during the 3 course dinner. Good thing I did.

Confit Duck breast with red pepper, mixed beans crushed with parsley and lemon oil. Meals were served in alternates where I was originally presented with the duck breast for entrée.  I swapped with the hubby for the pork belly as I wasn’t sure if I could quite eat the pink duck. I wanted to eat the beans though. The hubby said it was moist, it was good.

Five spiced pork belly with spinach puree and honey glaze. I love BBQ pork, like the ones you can get from  Chinese restaurants.  This tasted exactly like your favourite BBQ.  The sticky rice on the side added a nice texture to the tender pork entrée. I polished my plate happily.

Char grilled beef tenderloin, grilled mushroom, rosti potato and red wine jus. I was really hoping I’d get the steak for main and I did. Although I did feel a little guilty because I knew when hubby saw beef tenderloin on the menu, he’d want that. I offered to swap (I didn’t really want to part with it) but he was happy with the chicken. Yay! I was a little worried not knowing how the steak would turn out but this was just perfect. Medium to well, which is exactly how I like it.  Tender and juicy.  The roast garlic provided a nice sweetness whilst I thought the potatoes added more texture than taste to the dish.

Chicken supreme with peppered pistachio crust semi dried tomato and eggplant puree.  The pistachio gave a nutty taste to the dish with a nice delicate crunch.  The sauce provided a sweet, tangy and savoury taste to the moist chicken.

Kids dessert – chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream with fresh strawberry and biscotti. The kids were presented with either a fish or chicken dish for their main and of course, everyone’s favourite, ice cream for dessert.  My little girl demolished her ice cream faster than you could say “finish your dinner or you’re not getting dessert”.

Banana and coconut pudding with frangelico chocolate sauce.  Dessert, my favourite part of a 3 course meal! I really liked this one.  Soft and fluffy, like a pillow with a nice banana filling inside to please the palate.

Dark chocolate pavlova centre pyramid with double cream and fresh strawberries. A mousse like dark chocolate pyramid with a marshmallow feel to the centre pavlova.  Whilst the chocolate wasn’t sweet or rich, I thought the double cream added a little heaviness to the dessert.  I still finished it though.  I can’t say no to dessert.

What a fun, love filled event this one was.  Congratulations Gary and Maria on your special day.  May your lives be filled with bliss, always.


  1. Hi MJ,
    We are so happy that you, Allan and Ameila enjoyed the day.
    It was a pleasure sharing it with you.
    You have done an amazing job on your blog.
    Thanks so much for the well wishes and kind words.

    Look forward to seeing you all soon.


    Gary and Maria xoxo :)

  2. These are just beautiful photos. The food arrangement was just divine.

    I felt like getting married all over again.

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