I’m still hanging out for the official pics and video of our big day (4 weeks as a MRS this Sat – time flies!), but in the meantime let me tell you about my hens weekend in Auckland.
I landed in NZ a week earlier than Jase, as I had a few extra things to organise for the wedding…and of course I had my NZ Hen’s Weekend to attend! My mum and I picked up Jase’s mum Barb and sister Laura (who was also my bridesmaid) from the airport on a Friday night, and checked in to an amazing apartment in the city centre. We had a great evening catching up… but no clues were given as to what would be in store the next day. I knew that my three bridesmaids Laura, Aleisha and Natalie had been plotting away for months!
With Nat & my mum
The next morning I was instructed to dress in lycra (yus!) and then awaited the arrival of Nat and Aleisha for the first activity. After a tearful reunion (I’d last seen Aleisha over 3 years ago, and Nat nearly 2 years!) I was handed a boarding pass, passport, and itinerary of the day. Themed all around international travel, our first stop was…
The 6 of us headed to a private yoga class, just a few hundred metres away from the apartment. The instructor had decorated the studio to welcome us to India, and made the class very beginner friendly with a mix of flow, relaxation and meditation. It was such a lovely way to start the day, and great to get a little bit of fitness in before what was sure to be a day of decadence!
Back at the apartment I was told to freshen up and change into my “day outfit”. While I was changing, the girls transformed the apartment with food, drinks and decor – the next stop was…
Barb & Laura whipping up treats in the kitchen
The travel themed cupcakes were a total highlight, and we all tucked in to tea, coffee and a delicious afternoon tea spread of sandwiches, scones and jam, and other yummy treats.
About this time a few more guests arrived – Nat’s mum Kay, and Jase’s Aunties Denise and Wendy (who was unable to make the actual wedding) and my dear friend Kaylee all flew in especially from Wellington!
As everyone in the room had missed my 27th, 28th (Natalie was in the UK for this one!), 29th (Barb was in the UK for this one!) and 30th birthday’s… They all sung me happy birthday and I got to blow out some candles too!
I was introduced to the “peg game” – if anyone said the words Jason, Wedding, or Dress we were allowed to steal a peg from them. I was TERRIBLE at this – and before long Wendy and Kay had almost all the pegs!
Note my one peg…
The TV was switched on – and Jase’s face filled the screen. The girls had secretly interviewed him (filmed on his iphone in the corridor of his work!) and asked him a bazillion questions. In between each “country” I was asked a set of questions and had to guess what he answered. Sometimes I knew the RIGHT answer, but I also knew what Jase would say (ie. the WRONG answer)… I’m pleased to say I got 99% of them correct!! The ones I missed were the ones where Jase was WAY off….
“What’s the best present you have given Leah?”
Me: My running medal holder…or my framed Paris Marathon bib
Jase: The gift of financial freedom
“What’s Leah’s most prized possession”
Me: My Paris Marathon Medal
Jase: Her tent, she loves camping
True…but can’t say I would run to save my tent if the house was burning down in a fire!
“What’s Leah’s favourite food”
I’m lactose intolerant….we don’t even have cheese unless it’s a reaaaally special occasion. WTF?
Overall I was pretty impressed with how many I got right (or guessed that he would get wrong and answered it incorrectly!). It was really cool to have Jase as “part of the day”, and I think everyone learnt a bit more about him too (like he’s the better dancer out of the two of us!) haha.
Nat & Laura whipping up more drinks!
The corks were popped on bottles of bubbles as it was time to head to France! Laura even had themed music for every part of the afternoon.
Wendy & Denise enjoying pedicures
Mobile beauty therapists arrived at the apartment and set up – each of us was treated to either a massage, manicure or pedicure. After the months of hard marathon training and simply ignoring anything below my ankles, it was lovely to have someone pay attention to my poor feet (I asked them not to look too closely!) and I had my nails painted in a pale pink. The more the bubbles flowed, the worse I got at the peg game too!
Kaylee, my mum and Aleisha
Passports stamped (did I mention we all got stamps for every “country” that we went to?) the tapas and sangria was served! I was blindfolded and wildly swung away at a pinata until it broke – spilling out nailpolishes and girly treats for everyone!
These girls were brave, holding up the pinata while I had a weapon in my hands!
I donned my gorgeous flower crown that I had worn at my UK Hens do in Spain too – I love wearing it but really don’t have many occasions to, so it was awesome to pull it out of my bag!
I was given 30mins to get changed into my “night dress” as it was time to hit the bright lights of…
One of Auckland’s newest and hottest restaurants, Cafe Hanoi, was our destination. Joined by another friend Helen, we were shown through to a private dining room – we were the first ever booking to have used it!
The wine flowed, the food was amazing, and finally the plastic penises (I was never going to get away without them!) came out.
Us 10 ladies had a great night out, before my weary feet and (still jetlagged) body gave out a bit, and I had to call it a day. I would have loved to kick on for a dance though!
It was honestly one of the most fun days I have had in a long time, the girls did such a wonderful job of organising and thinking of every little detail! While it was a shame that more of my girlfriends couldn’t make it (with it being summer, so many people were already booked up with other weddings/ birthdays etc!) but at the same time – 10 was the perfect number, and it was fabulous to spend some really good quality time with everyone.
Aleisha and Nat are already married, but I now know I have a VERY HARD task ahead of me planning miss Laura’s hens weekend one day in the future!! This day will be hard to top!
Thank you girls for such an awesome day, that was so perfectly ME xxx
What’s the best hens do you have been to? The travel theme was such a great way to tie all the activities together.
Want more wedding goss? Catch up here with the rest of A TOPP WEDDING posts:
A TOPP WEDDING: The Venue
A TOPP WEDDING: The Engagement
A TOPP WEDDING: My Bridesmaids
A TOPP WEDDING: Asking the Bridesmaids
A TOPP WEDDING: The Photographer
A TOPP WEDDING: The Celebrant
A TOPP WEDDING: The Invites
A TOPP WEDDING: The Wedding Coordinator
A TOPP WEDDING: Topp Hens – round one
A TOPP WEDDING: Six Years of Selfies
A TOPP WEDDING: We Got Married!