Bridesmaid Diary – Bali Wedding

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Well my bridesmaid duties are over, sad as it sounds, it was a very special experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Please excuse the fact that this post should have been up a month ago?! I must admit, it has been sort of tough going back to my state of ‘normalcy’ after the holidays. Don’t we all wish that our holidays would continue on forever?

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Looking at these photos of the place that we stayed for the wedding and remembering all the fun times we had, no wonder normalcy kind of sucks! I mean look at that sunshine…pure gold. I say this as I type with numb, freezing fingers on a wintery Perth night.

 

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It has been over a month since I went over to Bali for my best friend’s wedding where I stood by her side on her special day. Such an amazing experience and so many tears of joy shed and memories that will stay ingrained in my mind. However, the tan lines have certainly started to fade and it is a reminder that I have to save up for my next trip to Bali! Being on holiday with the kids was fun but it wasn’t a ‘relaxing’ holiday, weddings are pretty hectic and with kids it can get stressful. So in short I’m just saying…Bali would be a romantic paradise without kids. Plus, I was being anal mummy because I was so concerned that one of mine would fall sick and have the dreaded ‘Bali Belly’ gastro. So I had to play the water-nazi when it came to my kids coming in contact with Bali water.

 

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We got to dine at the Echo Beach restaurant and capture this mesmerizing sunset. Every sunset in Bali is truely magnificant!

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Overall the wedding was magical, it was set near the beach in Canggu amongst the backdrop of a warm, Bali sunset. Michelle and David were made for each other, all the family and friends certainly could see that. As for the evening reception, it was only a few steps away from the ceremony location, and as it turned to dusk the twinkling fairy lights and candles lit up the place and the faces of the  guests. It was the ultimate fairy tale wedding. The bride herself wore a Betty Tran designer gown, it was a champagne colour, sheer back, hand beaded  dress. And the bridesmaids wore a corn flower blue chiffon dress from ForeverNew.

 

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It was just such an amazing night full of love, happiness and serenity… what a great start to their married life together! Love those two.

What is your favourite wedding you have attended? And what made it so special?

E-von

Discovering new adult friendships

Lately I have discovered something about myself, I know I am easy going, friendly and open person but I also found out I am still shy, cautious and I have been saying no to the potential of making new friends as an adult. Can we all agree – Being an adult is so complex, I never knew that it would be this way when I was a teenager who couldn’t wait to spread my wings and fly. I have been lucky in my life that I have kept friends from my childhood, my best friend is still the person I met when I was 6. We grew up but still grew into individuals who respect and love each other. As we move into adulthood, the element of trust is difficult to have with a stranger…therefore adult friendships appear so complex.

As much as I love my tight knit group of school friends, I feel that for so many years I have closed the opportunity to connect to others and meet new people. In a way, I guess I kind of felt I was betraying them with new friendships made outside of the circle. Or not being able to express my personal thoughts and trust someone to understand them. As an adult it can be tricky to make those close connections with a another adult…because it is a whole different playground. Being a kid in the playground was easy, friendships were made over sharing a bag of chips or laughing at the same cartoons. With adults it’s about emotional connections and similar experiences. Developing a friendship in adulthood, is when you can share something that you wouldn’t normally share with a wider group.

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I am a naturally reserved and private person, so without being aware of it, the way I would go about avoiding making new close friendships was to say no to outings or activities that was outside of my ‘comfort’ zone. So this time, I decided I want to change that way about myself and make an effort to connect.

So far I have begun to meet up with other mums from Lil Miss S school and started seeing my work friends outside of work. I am enjoying it very much, breaking free from my shell and not being shy about being social. It’s quite liberating and my confidence is growing day by day. I am learning so much more and life is enriched by different interactions.

If you are feeling a little lonely and need to find a friend to share common interests with, don’t be shy, I encourage everyone of you to reach out and give new friendships a chance. By allowing yourself to become ‘available’ again and share your likes & dislikes you may find another alike human being. We get so bound by the ‘busyness’ of it all, life and especially the interference of social media that we forget how to interact like humans and regain that emotional connection again with another person. It is such a beautiful and refreshing thing to care for another person, to smile, to enjoy a moment. Something that is completely different to passionate love, or filial love…friendship is such a gift.

Friendships is not measured by the number of people who you have on your Facebook. It’s about how many will stand by your side when you are in trouble or when you need help and a listening ear.

Have a great Wednesday! Wow…only 1 more day till a 4 day weekend. Wootwoot!

E-von

Bridesmaid diary – Mishy’s Hen’s night

Hello Saturday! It’s been a busy week but I’m glad I can finally sit down and post about what happened last Saturday when I had my Bestie’s Hen’s night. I am one of the bridesmaids… so I felt it was my duty to make sure the Bride-to-be had an awesome time. I have never organised a ‘girls night out’ Hen’s before, I wondered where to start? I searched the internet for games, decoration ideas and I had become pinner-friendly on Pinterest. By the end of the planning I had become obsessed with phallic shapes and coconuts.

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Her wedding will be in Bali so it was only appropriate to have a ‘tropical’ theme Hen’s night. So I shopped for grass skirts, pink plastic martini glasses, coconuts and more. The decorations turned out perfectly, I even managed to DIY some tissue paper pom poms by using the Martha Stewart online tutorial.

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I didn’t know whether I would don the coconuts and grass skirt myself so I picked up two wearable outfits from Portmans. The mix of colours and patterns look very tropical and they will be sure to come along with me to Bali. Thanks for your help on Instagram and Facebook on which one to wear. In the end I thought the more practical one would have to be the short length dress. And surely by the end of the evening it worked better when we hit the clubs.

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We played games, there was  topless waiter, it was just girls letting go of their inhibitions and having a great time (as you can see how excited a married woman can be!) . Usually at a Hen’s night when all the bride’s friends are from different walks of life and who you have never properly met can get a little awkward at times. However, this was not the case, everyone got along so well and everyone seems to have the same kind of humour. As a host, that is one of the most important things to consider on a Hen’s night, otherwise you could end up offending someone or make them feel uncomfortable which you don’t want to do. It also depends on the personality of the Hen, does she prefer a more classy do or she wants to let down her hair. The one organising it, has to have an idea what kind of guests she is catering for…I would have to say it is also one of the trickiest.

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It was such a hilarious night, I met the rest of the girls who will be coming to Bali and everyone was relaxed and had a good laugh so no doubt we will have a second round when we all arrive in Bali. Plus we were lucky to be able to use the common room in Mishy’s apartment, so the event felt personal and ‘safe’. By 11pm we ventured out and got up to mischief out in Northbridge, Perth.

Have you had to organise a Hen’s night before? What theme did you have and what games did you play?

Here are a list of links that helped me with Mishy’s Hen’s night. Maybe it can help you too:

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Tasteful Hen’s night games 

Pecka products

Reject Shop – for all the Tropical themed decorations

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Some of these links are Perth specific, but you can always get ideas from around your city by typing in to Google. Google is the Bomb!

Have a great weekend guys!

E-von