A wedding at the Art Gallery, Adelaide

by April@MyFoodTrail on December 8, 2009

in Celebrations

Firstly thanks to everyone who responded to the news that I now have braces and the encouragement that it is worth it and it gets better. It’s hard to see that at the moment with the discomfort I am feeling but I’m sure it’ll improve! I am surprised by the number of people who have had braces before and I guess nowadays a lot more adults are getting braces too.

I have noticed that the past few posts have been all about the Cookbook Challenge, but I promise I am still going to be posting about my eating out experiences! It’s just that I am so time poor at the moment and I am struggling to post about the Cookbook Challenge, let alone the places I eat out at too!

Last weekend, Mr S and (the now) Mrs C got married in Adelaide and hubby and I were part of the wedding party. Our time in Adelaide was mostly filled with family and wedding events so unfortunately we didn’t get much time to explore Adelaide. We still had a great time though and it was such a joy to see and be involved in such a beautiful wedding!

I didn’t have many opportunities to take a lot of photos as I was part of the bridal party, but below are some of the ones I took (and can share!). The wedding events kicked off with the church rehearsal for the wedding party on Thursday evening, followed by the blocking the door games on Friday afternoon and two set of tea ceremonies in the evening. Both Mr S and Mrs C are Chinese, and part of the Chinese wedding tradition is for the groom to bring a whole suckling pig on behalf of his family to the bride’s family house. It was a freakin huge suckling pig!

Hello piggy

The suckling pig being carved up and served to guests

The head and tail of the pig is supposed to be returned to the groom’s family with an offering of fruit. Pretty lousy exchange if you ask me! Hehe! The skin of the suckling pig was super crunchy and apparently it stayed crunchy for days after!

The wedding ceremony and reception was on Saturday and it was an early start for the bride and bridal party. There were two makeup artists and one hairdresser helping us get all dolled up! The hairdresser was fantastic – I would highly recommend her if you are looking for a wedding hair person!

My hair on the left and the cute flower girl’s hair on the right

The wedding reception was held at the Art Gallery of South Australia on North Terrace. It was a beautiful venue for a wedding reception. The original plan was to hold the dinner outside but due to wet and windy weather, it had to be moved inside.

Mr S loves his cheese and went with the unconventional wedding cake of “cheeses”! The cake looked great and it was something different. The cheeses were served as part of dessert. The bride and groom cake toppers has Mr S wearing an Adelaide Crows (AFL team) guernsey (jumper).

The wedding “cheeses” cake – top layer was blue cheese, middle layer was brie and bottom layer was a cheddar

Mr S and Mrs C designed the wedding menu and wanted the inclusion of at least 5 different animals in the banquet! There ended up being 7! The bridal party was in a separate room where we got a selection of the entrées on offer. My favourite were the spiced prawn croquettes but everything was really good.

Crispy pork & ginger wonton with sweet & sour sauce; Thai style lemon grass chicken cakes with green curry sauce; spiced prawn croquettes with yogurt sauce; oyster spoons with wasabi mayonnaise & pickled ginger; Malay style vegetable & sesame rolls with sweet soy

The first course was crispy fried salt and pepper barramundi with pickled cabbage salad. The barramundi was very well cooked considering the kitchen would have had to churn out so many! The pickled cabbage was a great accompaniment, even though I ended up with onion breath! Everyone thought the salad was kimchi, but it had a tangy sweet chilli type dressing.

Crispy fried salt & pepper barramundi

Pickled cabbage salad

The next course was roasted duck breast with bok choy and a glutinous dumpling in broth. I think most older Chinese adults don’t like to see blood in their food (unless is it the coagulated pig’s blood!!) so the roasted duck was too pink and bloody for their liking. Also the skin was a bit fatty and not crispy at all. I gave hubby most of my duck.

Roasted duck breast with bok choy & a glutinous dumpling in broth

The third course and last course before dessert was seared rump of wagyu beef with stir fried ginger, spring onions and snowpeas. To my dismay, this course came during the speeches and I forgot to take a photo! The wagyu wasn’t as tender as I have had before, but it was still very tasty with its Asian flavours.

The dessert platter contained slices of fruit cake (hubby thought it was hedgehog slice!), squares of a berry jelly thing, mini raspberry friends, mini lemon meringue pie and mini macarons! The macarons had a weird artificial taste, but I liked the lemon meringue pie.

Dessert platter

We also got a plate of the wedding cake cheeses. The brie was so good, I couldn’t get enough of it!

Blue, brie and cheddar cheeses

Hubby and I didn’t get back to the hotel until after midnight and we just crashed (partly due to the amount of alcohol consumed ;P)! We had to walk back to the hotel because it wasn’t far enough to catch a cab, but in my heels that I had been standing in all day, the walk back seemed like 50kms!! Thanks to Mr S and Mrs C for the honour of being part of your wedding party and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Iron Chef Shellie December 8, 2009 at 8:47 pm

ahhhh braces… the joy. you will just LOVE when the come off, your teeth will never be as smooth as that day.

Gorgeous hair =)
Love the cheese-wedding-cake!



Kat (Spatula, Spoon and Saturday) December 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm

WTF! why did NONE of my chinese relatives tell me I'm supposed to get a whole pig?

i am totally ripped off.

im going to demand a pig in exchange for our first born. no pig. no baby.


Conor @ HoldtheBeef December 8, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Cheese cake?!! That is just too cool!

I'm so wedding brained at the moment, as I'm a bridesmaid on Friday, and it also seems that everywhere I turn people are talking weddings! I wonder if it's too late to talk my friend into marrying a Chinese guy instead so we can get sucking pig.


Jun December 8, 2009 at 11:49 pm

lol i din know u cud get whole suckling pig in addy! (dun worry abt not exploring ade– u din miss much ;p)


mademoiselle délicieuse December 9, 2009 at 12:33 am

A friend of mine also had a wedding 'cake' of cheeses – I'd never seen it done before so I was well-impressed! And the fruit cake does look like hedgehog slice…or perhaps panforte?


imasugarjunkie December 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

it is way too early in the morning to be craving suckling pig! Love that "cheese" cake too! what a great idea for cheese lovers!


Agnes December 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm

Oh my god, I wish I knew the bride & groom and had scored an invite to that wedding! The roast pig, the cheese, the desserts… sigh. How fantastic!


chib December 9, 2009 at 8:38 pm

This…is the most delicious blog..hm hmmm hmmm


Forager December 10, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Mmm roast suckling pig.. *drool* A few of my friends have gone with the wedding cheese round cake idea too. Such a great option for those like me without the sweet tooth! Looks like the food was delicious!


Ellie December 10, 2009 at 8:33 pm

totally love the 'cheese'cake idea! whole pig! haven't seen it for a while 🙂


Kitchen Butterfly December 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Love the whole pork…and the cheese 'cake' and the macaron and meringue topped cookie….Happy married life to the couple!


Rilsta December 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm

Hi Shellie: Thanks!! The wedding cheese cake was a great idea!

Hi Kat: Hahaha! You can start a new tradition! First born = suckling pig!

Hi Conor: Hope your bridesmaiding went well!! Maybe you can marry a Chinese guy & get the whole pig yourself… or better yet, just make whatever guy you marry get you a pig! 😉

Hi Jun: Apparently the suckling pig was quite difficult to find in Adelaide and it only came in one size – HUGE!!

Hi mademoiselle délicieuse: The wedding cheese cake is definitely something different and actually looks really good when done as a tiered cake!

Hi Agnes: Hehe! They did go the whole "hog"!! 🙂

Hi chib: Awww, thanks!! 🙂

Hi Forager: A female who doesn't have a sweeth tooth?! It is almost blasphemous!! 😛

Hi Ellie: It is actually the first time I have seen a whole suckling pig uncut!

Hi Kitchen Butterfly: Everything was good!


Mrs Multitasker December 16, 2009 at 2:14 am

LOVE the wedding cake!

And did you know that in Singapore you can actually order the roast pig online? =) Ah, the cyber age…


Rilsta December 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Hi Mrs Multitasker: Ha, I'm not surprised that is the case in Singapore since anything to do with weddings seems to be very big business there!!


hadriel December 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Now I'm getting hungry. Looks delicious!

I once attended a friend's outdoor wedding and it is truly romantic. Their wedding ceremony and decorations really match their vision and budget. It's really memorable.


Rilsta January 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Hi hadriel: It was delicious!


peterpascoe25 March 11, 2010 at 11:59 am

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