“Excuse me, miss.”
Ah, this is it, I thought. They’re going to throw us out.
We were in the Yayoi Kusama Flower Obsession room in the NGV.
It was the last week of the Triennial exhibition, Ayaka and Philipp had an hour to kill before their dinner reception.
They expressed interest in going, but alas they were only going to be in Melbourne for a few days.
So I thought why not.
Why not use the giant Instagram spectacle of an exhibition against itself?
Apparently, the security guard was simply informing Ayaka that fresh flowers were not allowed in the exhibition.
And since her flowers were kinda plastic, we were ‘allowed’ to have some wedding portraits taken in a room also full of plastic flowers.
Ayaka is Japanese; Philipp German.
They met at the University of Melbourne, and they now live in Germany.
They’ve decided to perform their registration of marriage in Melbourne because to them, this place is the Graceland of happy memories.
So they started off at their favourite coffee place near uni.
Then got ready together at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Visited a once in a lifetime exhibition with once in a lifetime portraits.
Finished off with dinner at a soba restaurant.
They managed to create a monumental memory while retracing and reliving the fond ones.
All in 5 hours.
I think most people were jealous.
I was kinda jealous.