The final countdown!

Hello possums! I thought I would give you guys all a run down of the week before the big day!

I was still working on Tuesday and got sufficiently embarrassed by the whole office with a lovely card and gift.

On Wednesday I went and had my final dress fitting at Carousel Bridal in Dandenong, I picked up Craig’s suit from the tailor’s, I made a mad dash to Shellarn Design and grabbed my birdcage veil that Michelle made for me in 24 hours! Picked up the top for my Indian outfit that my Aunty had put the finishing touches too, grabbed some final bits and pieces for the seating chart and table numbers and stumbled home.

I spent the rest of that afternoon sorting out tables, printing out numbers and gluing my fingers together some more – I’m getting very efficient at it. I then packed up all the decorations, the wishing well, the cake knife, and my Indian outfit ready for the rehearsal and set up at Elmswood Estate.

Thursday was just as chaotic; we started the day with my lovely Bridesmaids on our way to Elmswood Estate for the ceremony rehearsal and reception setup.

Stephanie and Tanya were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, they even stored my Indian outfit away for me so it was ready on the day and I wouldn’t have to cart it all with me on Saturday! We had a quick look around and started the reception setup while we waited for the always effervescent and sometimes hilarious David Schneider.

Who expertly guided us through the ceremony, even showing the girls how to walk up the aisle, if he wasn’t the celebrant I would have made him a Bridesman, he did an awesome job!

After a few finishing touches to the reception and some final checks with Steph we were on our way back down the mountain. Craig went to de-stress and do whatever boys do when girls aren’t around, the girls and I went for a pamper session of manicures and pedicures and it was nice to sit and unwind for a few hours.

We then dashed home and prepared for the henna night, I also picked up the lovely Mel from BlackCatsAngel Designs, who was a guest for the night.

This is where the real fun started. Mum helped me get kitted out in my sari and I sat in my little throne and watched everyone arrive! My mum and aunties had decked out mum’s house like the Taj Mahal, it was amazing!

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The amazing decorations at mum's house

Julian from Serendipity Image arrived a little while later and started snapping away, I’m still trying to work out who was having more fun. He took all the craziness in his stride, and was even brave enough to try the food!


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The very talented Vimmi creating my henna design

The henna artist arrived and the business end of the evening started. Which involved me sitting still and smiling, just another day in the office really. Vimmi my henna artist was unreal! She worked so quickly and the design was gorgeous.


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More work in progress

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The finished creation!

Mum and her friends also organised a dance performance which was fun to watch, I even busted a few moves at the end.


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The first dance performance of the evening

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My mum's dance group getting jiggy with it!

So that was the end of the festivities. We also had a quick meet up with Sally and Julian to discuss a few last minute wedding photo details. They were wonderful making themselves available on Good Friday!

The girls and I made our way to the motel where were getting ready, after a quick dinner, some champagne and a lot of laughs we decided to get some beauty sleep.

Stay tuned for details of the big day!

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