It’s back to work today for me, but I’m still dreaming of the amazing weekend I had away with a bunch of my nearest and dearest lady friends. So, today I’m sharing what my #BrideSquad and I got up to on our three days away at the beach! My sister arranged this whole weekend without telling me anything so most of what we got up to was a complete surprise to me. A huge thank you to my sister Jessica for organising the perfect hen’s weekend for me, and to all my friends for spending the weekend making me feel special and loved. You all complete me.
On Friday after a quick workout and a breakfast at home with Penny, Mum picked me up around mid-morning and we grabbed some coffees (and a cookie snack) for our drive up the coast. When we got there we were super hungry so we met up with my sister, and three of the squad for lunch at a little cafe. I got too busy eating and chatting to take photos, but I had a delicious haloumi and roasted veggie sandwich with chips and aioli (my favourite combination!). Then we headed off to the house my sister and rented for the weekend. It was amazing! Three levels with bedrooms to sleep all fourteen of us, a massive kitchen, and a huge deck off the front where we spent most of the first afternoon and evening gathered around snacking and chatting.
I couldn’t resist the call of the beach so my friends Cara (who came all the way from Melbourne for the weekend), Caroline, and Josie and I went for a walk. Our house was only a street away from the beach so we had to visit the waves as soon as possible! Later in the afternoon two ladies showed up to pamper us with manicures, pedicures, and massages! My sister and Casey (who sadly couldn’t join us because she is super pregnant right now) had organised for me to enjoy a massage and a pedicure. And boy did I enjoy them! I nearly melted onto the massage table – and then I sipped on some champagne while my toes were transformed with a pretty pink pedicure! The rest of Friday night was relaxed. We ordered pizza for dinner, everyone showed off their pretty fingers and toes, and then we played wedding charades! It was hilarious watching everyone try to act out wedding related movie titles, songs, and words. Lots of laughter ensued for sure. Then we all bundled off to bed and slept to the sound of the waves outside.
Saturday morning started with a walk along the esplanade beside the beach. Mum, Jess, Bree and I strolled and chatted for a few kilometers watching the remainder of the sunrise fade from the sky. I love how moody this tree’s silhouette is against the morning sky. We stopped at a little coffee shop called Milk and Beans Coffeehouse to get our hearts started for the day ahead. When we got back everyone got busy creating a breakfast buffet to share. Look at all this delicious juicy fruit! I definitely left a dent in the watermelon supply this weekend. Thanks to Tall Jess (we had two Jessicas this weekend, so tall Jess and short Jess…) for her amazing work on the fruit platter!Breakfast also featured a pinata (a must for all breakfast parties from now on I think) – we called him Ferdinand the Unicorn, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to smash him open so after a little surgery with a bread knife Ferdinand was emptied of lollies without harm, and became our mascot for the rest of the weekend. The next adventure of the day was a high tea! I was delighted and surprised when Jess told me what the next activity was because I love high tea. We headed to Buderim to a gorgeous tea room called Aimee Provence. The decor was gorgeous, the tea sets were adorable, and the food was lovely. The most amazing thing of all was the company.
This amazing person (my sister) organised this whole weekend. Thank you so much Jess. High tea was definitely a hit. And after two glasses of champagne to accompany my scones and finger sandwiches I may have gotten a little silly…thank goodness there is evidence that I did manage to act like a lady for most of the day…After high tea we ambled through Buderim for a little while before heading back to the house for an afternoon nap. I laid on the couch, looking out at the ocean, and had some soul-deep chats with my darling Mishka. Then Jenny and I took an afternoon walk along the beach to work up an appetite for dinner. One of my favourite parts of this weekend was getting to spend a little time one-on-one with nearly everyone. I loved seeing new friendships form between some of my nearest and dearest who had never even met before! Bringing people together and seeing bonds form is a special kind of magic to witness. Dinner on Saturday night was at one of my favourite Italian restaurants on the Sunshine Coast: Augello’s. The food was delicious and everyone had a great time crowded around the table. My sister created Bride Squad t-shirts for everyone!
The bridesmaids had special ‘Bridesmaid’ t-shirts too! Here is my amazing wedding party (minus one – we missed you Casey!). From the left: Caroline, (short) Jess (my sister in case you couldn’t tell…), Bree, and (tall) Jess. After dinner we grabbed some gelato (I had toasted hazelnut and coffee and it was an amazing flavour combination!) and walked a few kilometers back to the house. We needed to move after our delicious Italian dinner. I had a cheeky chat with my friends Kat and Alice that may have had us erupting into howls of laughter at one point. The best evenings end with that sort of laughter.
When we got back to the house we all changed into our soft clothes and just sat around talking and reflecting on the wonderful weekend we had enjoyed together.
I was a little too tired to get up for a walk on Sunday morning so I stayed in bed talking to Mum, Jess, Bree, and my Aunty Lone. We all snuggled on the bed while we woke up slowly. Then the whole tribe shared one final breakfast party together. As I looked around the table I was filled with gratitude. I am so grateful for this special group of ladies who all came together to share their love, laughter, and time with me and each other this weekend. I am constantly amazed at the talented, intelligent, creative, funny, beautiful women who make up my tribe of friends. I am grateful for all of you. Thank you for filling up my soul with your love and getting me ready to walk down the aisle as a happy woman ready to be a wife. I can’t wait to see you all at the wedding!Okay friends, what did you get up to this weekend?