Wedding Anniversary Roadtrip!

As I’m sure most of you have noticed, I’ve been a busy wee bee lately! I love what I do, and I love being busy, but with our first wedding anniversary falling on Waitangi Weekend, Tony and I decided to have a weekend away!

A whole bunch of people I went to school with live in Wellington, and I’ve never really spent any time there (aside from the annual pilgrimage to Barn Dance!) so it seemed like a good chance to trek down, catch up with people, and do some exploring over the long weekend!

This also coincided with the American Vehicle Day at Trentham, which played host to the Miss Moonshine competition, so we decided to go and check it out!
We picked up a friend, Mel, from Wellington Airport, and headed out to the Hutt to partake in the day’s festivities.

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My dream car is a Chevy Bel Air (ideally ’57, but I’m flexible!) and there were a stack of them around at the show, so it made me happy! 

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After spending the morning taking pictures of cars, instead of people (which was what I was supposed to be doing, sorry Glory Days!) a bevy of gorgeous ladies (and me) lined up to compete for the title of ‘Miss Moonshine’, which was open to anyone, or ‘Miss Rod and Custom’, specifically for ladies who are members of car clubs!

I decided to have a crack at entering, so Tony was put in charge of the camera and got some great snaps of all the contestants on stage, which can be found on my facebook page.

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I’m always reasonably colourful, so my outfit for Miss Moonshine wasn’t likely to be any different!
I did, however, break my shoe pretty catastrophically on the way up to the stage, but I always walk with a limp, so I don’t think anyone really noticed!

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Top: Pre-loved Collectif ‘Dolores’ Top
Skirt: Pre-loved Betty le Bonbon
Shoes: Rubi Shoes
Petticoats: Moxie Mama Wear
Bangles + Bag + Belt: Vintage
Necklace: Lovisa
Earrings: Ebay
Hair Flowers: Homemade!

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After all 22 (!!!) contestants strutted their stuff across the stage and said a little bit about themselves, the judges conferred, and then announced the winners!

Mel (a.k.a Dixie Deluxx) took out ‘Miss Rod & Custom’…

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…and Stella (a.k.a Salacious Sugar; a.k.a World of Smackey) took out ‘Miss Moonshine’!

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After the pageant, we disappeared back to our super crappy hostel, and had a nap (because we are practically elderly now) before heading out to dinner!
We served Mexican food at our wedding, and as such, it seemed only fitting to have Mexican food for our first anniversary dinner, so we went to Flying Burrito Brothers!

Can’t tell whether he looked happy because he’s been married to me for a whole year, or because our jug of Sangria had just arrived, but I like to think it was the former!

After dinner, we wandered down to Motel Bar, for the Glory Days Magazine / Miss Moonshine After-Party!
The party was sponsored by Sailor Jerry, so we all got fancy rum cocktails, which were absolutely perfect after a long, hot day!

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Motel Bar is this crazy cool tiki-tropicana themed bar, down an alleyway in central Wellington, with the most amazing decor!
It was super dark, so I had to get creative with the flash, but you can kinda see the cabana vibe they have going on! 

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All said and done, we had a pretty stellar anniversary, and the whole weekend was well worth the trip!
It was amazing having a chance to see people that I haven’t seen since I moved to Auckland, as well as meeting people that I’ve only spoken to online!

Here’s to many more years of marriage, and an annual increase in the quality of accommodation from here on in!

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