What kind of camera do you use?
I use a Canon 6D with a Sigma 40mm, and a Canon 100mm f2.8L IS.
What do you use to edit your photos and designs?
I use Lightroom, Photoshop for images and Illustrator for any designs.
Why did you start this blog?
I’ve always been a bit of a writer. I am better at expressing myself on paper than I am verbally, so it was an easy decision to try to create a space where I could share my thoughts, ideas and moments and offer a little inspiration to my readers. I am quite candid & easy going in the way I talk in person and I wanted that to reflect on paper when I wrote. This is basically a no frills, un-edited version of what I am thinking!
Why did you call your blog Burdiewood?
Burdiewood was the name Kane and I came up with randomly, by using the name of our cat and the last sentence of the first suburb we lived in together. I think it’s a pretty and sweet name and reminds me of glamourous old Hollywood.
How tall are you?
I am 5’9.
How did you meet your husband?
My husband Kane and I met online in April 2012. I know… the interwebs, what was I thinking?
But seriously guys, this is the 21st century, it’s not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. Sure there’s a few creeps out there, but there’s creeps anywhere. I figure you can meet someone in a bar, on the street, or at a friend’s party and not know them from a bar of soap – it’s just that I had the advantage of scoping out their profile beforehand!
When I first met Kane, I remember thinking ‘wow, he’s wayyy out of my league’. He was dressed casually, but what drew me to him was his wonderfully jet black hair, dark eyes and his English was littered with a Chinese accent – something that I absolutely adore about him. He’s not only the most gorgeous man I’ve ever met, but he has the personality to go with it. I was convinced that when I left our date, that he was something special, and secretly I went home thinking he was the ‘one’.
We didn’t see much of each other after that as I had booked a vacation to the USA for 2 weeks, and a few days before I was arriving home, he had to fly to China for business for a week. The only other time we saw each other was another date in my hometown, and the day he met me at the airport with my parents to see me off on my holiday. Yep, he met my parents on the third meeting – they told me when I came home that they knew he was the one too! Someone must have been looking out for me, because we have been together ever since.
Where were you married?
We were lucky enough to have two weddings, one in Hong Kong, and one in Australia. Our Hong Kong wedding was on the 15th March, 2014 and it was one of the most amazing yet nerve wracking days of my life! I was mostly worried about the tea ceremony and doing everything correctly, and then making a speech in front of over a hundred people at our reception. (Which save to say I got through perfectly!) The highlight was wearing an exquisite traditional gown and being immersed into Chinese culture for the day was just out of this world, and it will be something I will remember for a long time. If you’d like to see photographs of the day, you can do so here.
Our second wedding was 6 months later on the 20th September, 2014. A small but intimate affair at a country farm in the Dandenong’s with our closest friends and family, it was magical to marry the love of my life for real. We did a lot of DIY, and the day reflected our personalities – simple, relaxed and sweet. If you’d like to see our Australian wedding video, I have uploaded it below.