Our Australian Vacation

The adventures of the Sullivan sisters... Cheryl and Carol as told by Carol

(click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures!)

Friday, March 2, 2001 - Arrival in Sydney

The almost-newlyweds picked us up at the airport. It was the second time I've met Susan (my penpal) but the first time I've met Mark - he seems like a true sweetie. Great choice Susan!!

(l-r: Cheryl, Carol, Susan) We don't look too bad after 24 hours of flying!!!

Once at Susan's house, we met some more of her family and friends - I love this! It's great to finally meet people that I've heard about in our letters.

After lunch and a little nap, we headed off with Susan to share in some of her wedding fun. We went to the reception hall to help decorate, then went to see her wedding cake - it's so beautiful (unfortunately the pic didn't turn out too well).

Candle, glass and knife

Wedding candle, glasses and cake knife

Wedding Cake

The beautiful wedding cake


We also went to visit some more of their friends, before heading back to Susan's mom's. The rest of the night we took it easy, then slept off our major jet lag!

Wedding Invitation

Next... the wedding of Susan Banister and Mark Beauchamp...

Wedding Bear Couple

The Wedding Day...

Saturday, March 3, 2001

Part of the bridal party relax and sip a cuppa with the bride...

Part of the Bridal party

(l-r) Diane, Cathy and Susan

Time to get the dresses on and start snapping pictures...

Mum and Susan

Mum and Susan 

Amanda and Susan

Amanda and Susan

Grahame, Dianne and family

(b: l-r) Grahame, Dianne

(f: l-r)Dani, Sami

Cheryl, Carol and Susan

(l-r) Carol, Susan and Cheryl  

Meanwhile... Mark stares at the church and wonders if he's doing the right thing!

The groomsmen discuss the same thing!! :-)

Groomsmen and Mark

(l-r) Shane, Peter and Mark

They did it... Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Beauchamp!!!

The Newlyweds

(See the relief on their faces?)

(l-r) Carol, Mark, Susan & Cheryl

The Wedding Party

The wedding party

All our best wishes to the Bride and Groom!!!


Sunday, March 4, 2001

Today was a great day... The newlyweds were going to open their gifts, and we were going to enjoy an Australian barbie!

It was great fun chatting with everyone - most of them seemed shocked at how many places we intended on going while we were in the land Down Under - but this was a trip of a lifetime, and we had to cram as much as we could in!

Susan and Mark got a lot of wonderful gifts, perfect to start their new life together.

After a delicious lunch, and after most of the people had left - we got some quiet time with the newlyweds before we had to head off. I am so glad we had the opportunity to share their special day, it's something I'll never forget.


It was now time for us to say our goodbye's and to thank Susan's mom for hosting us for the past couple of days. We were heading off on our travels, and the newlyweds were heading off on their honeymoon!

After being dropped off by the newlyweds, we went for a siesta in our hotel room, then headed off to the Aquarium, where we get up close and personal with the creatures we'll be scuba diving with soon enough... amazing seahorses, beautiful fish, but scary looking sharks there!

Let the touring begin...