Friday night was the night we said goodbye to the West Coast Eagles football club. Goodbye from Andrew as a player who literally grew up on Subiaco oval and goodbye from me who was lucky enough to support my husband in his ultimate career and form so many life long friends. It would be an understatement to say West Coast Eagles had formed part of an extended family for us.
I was dressed by gorgeous WA designer Steph Audino who’s creations I cast eye on at this year Perth Fashion Festival. I fell in love immediately and was thrilled when she offered to dress me for the event.
My stunning jewellery was by another WA designer Siobhan Way. I viewed her latest collection a week before and wanted every piece. Her exquisitely hand cut rare gems you will not see anywhere else. I died when I saw the pieces you see here, blue grey sapphires and Katlang peach topaz, OMG!!!!!
The day started out with an aptly named ‘girl day’. Autumn loves to find time where we girls hang out together. With the three boys, it’s a rare treat for us.
Our first stop was to see Jessie at Me. style salon. Jessie has been my magical hair stylist for 6 months. With the high cut of the dress we wanted to wear my hair up to compliment the neck line. This braided fish tail was perfect.
Next Autumn and I popped in to see Barbara Mordini for makeup. Barbara is my makeup specialist. She has also created her own lash line and I couldn’t wait to try them out. More about that on the blog soon….. We decided to go for a bold bronze smoky eye and a nude lip.
We arrived at Crown an hour early and popped into Rockpool for an espresso martini. Let me interject here and tell you how fricken tired I was! Late nights working at our restaurant Beluga and Lux getting used to being in a ‘big bed’ were taking it’s tole. Two of the most fabulous espresso martini’s at Rockpool certainly did the trick.
As I entered the Grand Ball Room at Crown, ironically, I immediately bumped into Amber Banfield and Marlo McIntosh. I squealed “I’m part of your club now”!!! Amber and Marlo were part of the West Coast Eagles when I first arrived as a young 21 year old girl and now my day had come to join them as a woman on the side lines. As life changing as Andrew retirement has been, seeing those girls was confirmation of the exciting future that we have ahead of us.
I’m not going to lie, it was a little bit of an emotional night for me. When Andrew took to the stage to say goodbye I couldn’t help but get a little teary. All of the retirees spoke so well. It was a proud moment to see him up there next to his great mates Daniel Kerr, Adam Selwood and Mark Nikoski.
But the night wasn’t all about them. Matthew Priddis deservingly took out the inaugural John Worsfold Medal. Matt had been so close for a few years and for him to come out on top in the year that one of the greatest West Coast Eagles servants in Woosha retired was fitting.
The night was followed by some serious dancing as Daryl Braithwaite took to the stage. What a way to end a fabulous chapter in our life. Don’t you worry, we’ll be riding on those horses!!