I do, I do, I do, I do, I do….

I love a wedding – especially when it happens to such great people. My best friend Tegan got married on the weekend to the love of her life, Simon… and I was a bridesmaid! – head bridesmaid actually. If you want to get technical, it’s matron of honour – but I think this makes me sound old and chubby. So I’m sticking with head bridesmaid – or chief kahuna as I’ve heard other head bridesmaids referred to as. Tegan was also a bridesmaid at my wedding, so I understand and feel privileged to be part of their wedding day. 

The Happy Couple

 

We all woke up insanely early on Saturday morning and were poked, prodded and made up by the hairdresser and make-up artist.
The videographer was hilarious and made us pose and do all kinds of crazy things while we were getting ready and throughout the day and night, so I’m excited to see how that turns out. 

The wedding ceremony and cocktail reception were held at Mandala Wines in Dixons Creek in the Yarra Valley.
It was a beautiful ceremony held outside in front of the vineyard.
The reception was so much fun and the band were amazing. We danced on the checker-board dance floor under the retro coloured lights and did not stop laughing all night. 

My husband’s highlight of the night was when a woman came up to him at the reception and told him he looked exactly like Sam Worthington. Her husband said that she was going on about it all night and was asking everyone if they had seen the guy that looked like Sam Worthington yet! Well, I do think my husband is a spunk and he was pretty chuffed indeed! 

After the reception we made our way back to the rooms most of the guests were staying at. We had booked out the entire place so we created our own party in a few of the adjoining rooms. I hit the wall around 2am, however the bride and groom partied on until 5am. I have no idea how they kept going for so long but am glad to hear that they enjoyed themselves. 

The Wedding Party

 

 

I was also asked to do a speech at the reception. I wrote it and re-wrote it until I thought I had the perfect speech. I was quite confident that there might be a few tears – and there was!
When I was writing the speech I had to laugh and think of all the other speeches written before a wedding. It’s always a given that the bride will look stunning, the groom will look handsome, the bridesmaids will look fantastic and the groomsmen have scrubbed up well. We just know that this is what everyone will look like on the day. They did – thank god! So I didn’t have to re-write my speech at the last minute! 

The bride wore an ivory wedding dress with embroidery, crystal and beading detail. The dress had a sweetheart neckline and pinched skirt with lace. Ah-maz-ing! Tegan looked absolutely stunning in her gorgeous wedding dress. The bridesmaids wore beautiful knee length dresses with a V-neck and satin braided belt. The colour was called dusty lavender and they were divine. The Groom and Groomsmen wore a silvery coloured suit with black shirts and black thongs. I think we were a pretty attractive wedding party. 

It reminded me a lot of when Tegan and I used to play dress-ups when we were little. We were 5 or 6 years old and I remember Tegan wearing a beautiful white wedding dress made of silk with lace arms and strappy shoes with a little heel. She had a veil and some strategically placed lipstick of course!
Ever the trend setter, I was wearing a Mickey Mouse T-Shirt, Green Ra-Ra skirt, mighty ducks socks pulled up to my knees and Tegan’s Mum’s grey ankle boots where the heel kept getting stuck in the decking! 

Tegan & Kirsten

 

My bridesmaids shoes were amazing and sky high – we all referred to them as the hooker heels. So I came prepared and took a pair of thongs with me. No bare-foot skanky bridesmaid here!
During the ceremony we had to walk on grass and found it extremely hard to walk and stand still in one spot as we kept sinking into the ground. I lasted in my hooker heels for the ceremony, photo’s and about half of the reception, then my poor little feet couldn’t handle it anymore and I changed into my flats. 

T & S Wedding

 

I have known Tegan for just over 22 years. We met at 3 year old kinder, and we must have made some kind of impression on each other, but I can’t really remember it! We went through kindergarten, primary school, part of high school, and played netball and softball together. We even sung in the Victorian Children’s choir together with Darryl Cotton. Intense! Growing up, we always had a love/hate relationship. Like most kids we had a fight every other week, but made up again in time to go to Rollerama together on a Friday night! 

Tegan is not only my best friend, but she is basically my sister. We have shared many laughs together, cried many tears together and have gotten very drunk together. I will never forget the feeling of Tegan’s room spinning one New Year’s Eve when we were about 14 years old after one too many raspberry UDL’s. Oops – don’t tell our parents! 

The first time I heard about Simon was almost 7 years ago. Tegan and I were sitting on her bed gossiping about boys and she told me about this guy she had met at a party the night before. She told me he was totally hot and that she couldn’t wait to see him again.
When I finally met Simon, I could tell that they were smitten with each other. I had never seen Tegan like this before. In the past she had been very blaze about boys. She certainly kept them keen and treated them mean. But when I saw her with Simon it was different and I remember thinking to myself that I thought she had found, ‘the one!’ 

About 6 years later, I received a phone call from Tegan telling me she was engaged! We were screaming and jumping up and down on the phone together. I was absolutely thrilled for her. My best friend couldn’t have found a nicer guy, if I went and picked him out myself. 

The Kiss

 

Tegan and Simon, I am ecstatic for both of you. You truly complement one another and you are clearly very much in love. Love after all, doesn’t make the world go around… Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. And it’s a wonderful thing when two people who were made for each other manage to fall in love. I wish for them a wonderful life together filled with health, happiness and love. 

Have fun on your honeymoon in Fiji. Bon Voyage! 

Love Kirst xx

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Hens Day Extravaganza!

We celebrated my best friends hens day on the weekend. I am ‘head bridesmaid’ (maid-of-honour was fine – but I’m married, so it’s supposed to be matron-of-honour – eww – I think I’ll stick with head bridesmaid!) so it was a big deal and very important that the bride-to-be had a fantastic day/night. 

When I asked BTB (Bride-to-be) what she would like to do on her hens day she quickly confirmed that she would like to go to the races. I asked her when she was thinking of having her hens day – she said in March. I asked her if she would like a marquee – she said yes. I asked her if she wanted to share this marquee or if she wanted to have her own – she said she would prefer her own. So I set off on a mission to find a racecourse who would provide all these things. Do you think I could find one? No. I cruised the net and rang all the major race courses and even the ones in the country. Apparently there are not a lot of race meetings in March. Damn! I quickly came to the conclusion that a marquee was out of the question. So I started looking for the next best thing. I found that Caulfield Racecourse had a race meeting two weeks before the wedding – Thouroughbred Cup Day. They also had a restaurant that provided a carvery luncheon – with dessert (very important!), entry to the racecourse, race guide and the table was also held all day so that we had somewhere to leave our things while we went outside to cheer the horses on and place our bets. All this for $50!! Entry to the racecourse is $30 alone, so this was well worth it! The food was delicious and the atmosphere was really fun. 

BTB + Me

 

My sister and I made the invitations ourselves. We used a picture of Dita Von Tesse and replaced her face with the BTB’s. We included information about the day then saved them on a disk and had them printed on photos. So cheap (10 cents per copy!!) and easy. They turned out really well. We then sent them out and waited for everyone to RSVP and transfer their payments. I don’t think anyone really appreciates an RSVP date until they organise something with a deadline. After endless messages and follow ups I managed to confirm final numbers and payments 2 weeks before the day – two weeks after the RSVP date. Never mind, it was all arranged in time… just! 

Hens Day invitations

 

The two other bridesmaids and I exchanged numbers and email addresses so we could bounce ideas off each other for what to do after the races.
BTB already knew everything we were up to during the day, so we decided to surprise her later that night. I suggested this fantastic place called ‘The Riva’ in St. Kilda. It is a gorgeous bar located on the marina. There is a dining area where you can have a meal and a bar area where we can carve up the dance floor later on in the night. There is also an outside deck where fairy lights have been hung between palm trees in front of the beach. It was just gorgeous and the perfect place to keep celebrating. Everyone had a ball and really enjoyed themselves. 

We also organised games and the usual hens day accessories for the day.
– BTB and bridesmaid flashing sashes. A girl I didn’t even know pinched my sash at the bar. When I asked her for it back she ran away and
disappeared for the rest of the night!
– Veil with condoms attached
– Shot glass with light up penis
– Penis dummy necklace
– Hottie whistle – blow when you see a hottie
– Penis straws
– Singlet with lifesaver lollies strategically sewn on – BTB was made to ask the guys to bite them off with their teeth!
– Finally, the Pièce de résistance – a blow up doll, with 7 inch penis (according to the box). Hilarious! The bouncer at the racecourse didn’t think so. After 20 seconds of BTB posing with the blow-up doll, he confiscated it from us! We weren’t the only ones not happy about it – the whole racecourse were booing him! 

We also got a deck of ‘dare’ cards. They were a hit and everyone got involved with them throughout the day. 

Dare Cards

 

Here are a few of my favourites: 

– Ask a guy to take his shirt off and flex his muscles – the Mother of the groom got on this one and the guy in question removed not only his top, but his pants too and struck a pose for my camera! 

The guy asked to flex his muscles!?

 

– Write your name in lipstick across a guy’s chest – a friend agreed to this bet. The first guy she asked had a really hairy chest (and I mean hairy!) so she told him she had come to the wrong group and asked someone else! The next guy ripped his shirt off and away she went. She then returned the favour later to a Bucks party when they wrote their name in lipstick across her chest! 

Writing name in Lipstick

 

– Ask a guy with a ponytail why he hasn’t had a haircut in years – BTB did this, and this guy did not find it funny at all! Has nobody told him that a guy with long hair is so 1998. If looks could kill…. 

Guy with ponytail and no sense of humour

 

– Drink from a strangers drink without permission – it really is amazing what you can get away with when you are wearing a veil! 

Drink from a stranger's drink without permission

 

I also have to give a shout out to BTB’s work friend. She is in her late 30’s and had a 40 year old man on one side and a 26 year old on the other side, both trying to pick her up! What a cougar – you go girl! 

Overall we had a fantastic day with great company and lots of dancing and laughs! Now, I’m really looking forward to the wedding in two weeks time! 

Love Kirst xx