We started off with our weekly visit to the farmer's markets where Sam joined us! She has just flown in for the wedding (she's Jessica's other best friend and our third bridesmaid!) and of course a catch up breakfast and coffee was essential.
After doing our weekly provision gathering trip, and a final try on of the bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses it was time for the fun to begin! Unfortunately Sam couldn't join us because she had another wedding on this weekend (she is a very popular lady!).
Jess, Casey and I headed down to the Gold Coast to meet up with the rest of the lovely ladies who would be part of the Spring Chicken night proceedings. I refuse to call it her hen's night, she's too young to be a hen!
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Surfer's Paradise, which I had never been to before but we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our stay very much!
|The view from our hotel room|
|The canal estates that make up part of the Gold Coast.|
|The bride in serious consultation with Casey about the location of the best ice cream shops.|
|I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!|
|Hugging it out.|
No need to mention the large dose of ocean water Casey had just splashed all over Jess...
|The beautiful bride, ready to celebrate.|
We started with two appetizer plates to share; an antipasto platter and a trio of dips with toasted Turkish bread. Then our mains arrived and I was especially happy when I learnt they had gluten free pasta for a delicious primavera for this chickpea.
|Heather, Jess and Fiona|
|Amanda, Micaela and Jess|
|Part of the Bridal party - Casey, Jess and I!|
|Oh Trent, I watched her drive --- don't let her use your car even if she is your new wife!|
And Dance Dance Revolution!
|The Dancing Queens!|
This morning we were met with a beautiful dawn and a delicious discovery in Bumbles Cafe. Set in an old house that also had a dark past as a brothel the cafe now has a shabby chic vibe and each room is decorated in it's own style. We were seated for breakfast in 'the library'.
|Gorgeous dressers, flowers and candles decorated every room.|
|This says it all really!|
|The bride ready for breakfast!|
Highlight: Eating ice cream on the beach with all her friends.
Strangest experience: Being asked by a stranger who spotted her 'bride to be' sash whether she was off to marry Justin Bieber! (don't worry she is far far too old for him, we just have great genes).
Stand out moment: Reliving her childhood at the games arcade - being grown up is highly overrated!
All in all a wonderful weekend and great start to Wedding Week countdown.
Only 6 days left until the bells will start ringing!