Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hen's Galore

A couple of weeks ago, a small group of my girlfriends here surprised me with a fabulous, love-filled ‘Hen Weekend’ (errr, Bachelorette’s as us non-Brits say!) in nearby Johannesburg. There were nine of us altogether and we spent the whole weekend lounging, indulging, and enjoying ourselves, all in celebration of my upcoming wedding to the best partner I could have imagined.

From lavish meals and cocktails, to a fun dance class, a great night out, and theme-decorated hotel rooms… it was perfect. Every detail was meticulously planned (and kept a secret from me!) ahead of time. They got in touch with family and friends from home and surprised me with their messages and videos throughout the weekend.

It was so wonderful to realize how lucky I am to have such thoughtful friends who care enough about me to put something like this together in my honor. And of course, the whole point of a Hen’s Weekend is to celebrate the hen’s upcoming marriage... and that we did! Our new friends have had the chance to get to know both of us, as individuals and as a couple over the past year. Having their support and love only reaffirms what I already know. With just a little over three weeks until the BIG day, I couldn’t be happier or more excited. By now, the details are all planned (ok, for anyone who knows me, they’ve actually been planned for a while—haha), the dress is purchased, guests are booked, and now all that’s left is to enjoy it all.

By this time next week I will be starting my journey home and I’m sure that’s when it will really sink in and everything will start to feel real. Of course I have been looking forward to it as I planned remotely over the past year, but it just isn’t the same without my family and closest friends right by my side. I’m really looking forward to finally celebrating with everyone I care about in my life.

For now… here are a few gems from our Jozi weekend. Lots of love from soon-to-be-Mrs!

We left a trail of feathers all around town!

Wedding Cupcakes!

Look at the beautiful "beach wedding flip-flops" they MADE me! Perfect!

The whole group on our night out. (It wouldn't be a 'Hen Weekend' without a semi-embarrassing costume for me!)

At breakfast on our last day, the girls gave me a beautiful scrapbook with messages and photos from my loved ones around the world. (That tissue didn't stay dry for long!)