Tuesday, October 22, 2013


I have just had the best weekend you can imagine. I don't even know where to begin. My cherished friends and family began flying in on Wednesday from all over Australia to spend time with me and celebrate one of the most important nights of my life - my last "knees up" as Anna R.
The festivities began on Saturday afternoon. Old friends met new friends and it felt as if we'd all known each other forever. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful. thoughtful and generous group of people to celebrate with. We enjoyed cocktails in glasses that Kate and I had personalised...

^^Sisters from another Mister... Aren't they gorgeous?^^
The sun was streaming in, the doors to the outside were wide open and we were surrounded by the fragrance of gorgeous flower arrangements my mum had given us. I love a party that kicks off like that!

Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner. The house was buzzing with girly energy and gossip as we dolled ourselves to the nines. It felt like having a roomful of sisters, with my friends asking each other for outfit advice and help with hair. I've promised myself to organise more girl's weekends in future. Once we were done, we made our way to the very cosmpolitan Double Bay for cocktails and dinner at Pelicano...

I had never been to Double Bay for a night out but I absolutely loved it - the vibe in those streets is awesome, especially on a warm day when everyone is out on the streets and the air is filled with chatter and the smell of champagne! I will definitely be returning. Everyone made a little speech about me, which brought a tear to every eye and reinforced for me the fact that I am so lucky to have so many truly wonderful people in my life.

When we arrived home, the most incredible, romantic surprise was waiting for me. I was told to sit in the middle of the couch because there was an important game I had to play. The girls wanted to see just how well I knew my fiance. Rachel and James had secretly arranged for him to film himself answering all the important questions. On the night, Rachel acted as quiz master and I had to answer the questions before she would hit play on the video and we'd see how well I did. James was a standout - he acted out the answers so creatively and was both funny and sweet enough to make me cry. When I got an answer wrong, I had to gulp my champagne and one of the girls had to whip me with a little riding crop my friend Urszula had bought me as a present ;-)

Now, a hen's nights isn't a hen's night without a little bit of cheekiness. Shortly after our Q&A, we heard a knock at the door. When I opened it, a young man was standing there and told me he was here to perform for me! He went to one of the bedrooms to get changed and I was told to sit back in the middle of the sofa and wait for what was to come. Out he came from the room in a big red cloak with Puppetry of the Penis emblazoned on the back. It was fair to say I was laughing already. I can't show you his face (or any other part of his anatomy) but let's just say the man was very talented! Before the initial shock and questions of whether I really should be watching, it wasn't that awkward after all. I'd say of all the "nude" things you might find at a hen's or stag night, this was probably the least gross and definitely most unsexual. I'd say that this, or a nude painting class, might be the best bet if you must bring an "entertainer" along to a hen's night. We then had to rush for the door as, I was told, a taxi was waiting. I think I screamed and said "ohmygoodness" a dozen times when I saw what was waiting...

I had no idea just how much fun a stretch hummer would be! Now, I'm definitely not the type of person to have one as my wedding day transport but for a wild night out, well, I think they're just the most fun! The car came with glasses for all our booze, music, lights and thumping speakers. We danced in our seats and I think at one point I was taking up the whole vehicle but the best part was when Rachel and Kate had their heads out of the window screaming over and over "ANNA'S GETTING MARRIED" as we flew past people on the streets. We got a lot of waves and smiles and congratulations and I felt so spoilt by it all. In the best possible way, of course. After an hour of riding in that big disco machine, we headed for the clubs where I had a few challenges to complete before dancing the night away. I'd be lying if I said we didn't end up at Hungry Jacks on Oxford Street at 3am. The sign of a truly, truly good night, eh?

1 comment:

  1. Anna love it was amazing night with amazing people!! Now we just cant wait for the special day and is only 16 days how exiting! We love youxoxoxoxox Dxoxoxoxo


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