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What a weekend!! Seriously exhausted from the hen to end all hen do’s. Gonna do my best to recap everything, with pictures stolen from Caro’s facebook.

Saturday morning saw an early start (I was up at 6!!) with an 8am meeting at Starbucks. Time for a quick coffee before we set up Bruntsfield Place to the wonderfully kitsch Miss Dixiebell where I was treated to a vintage inspired hairdo and makeover.




The makeover girls were a little late showing up so I had to get my make-up done swiftly, with the finishing touches being put on while Caro sat outside in a taxi. We got to tell the driver to ‘step on it!’ to make it to the train station with moments to spare. We still managed to stop and snap some photos, Caro and I in the cab and Jennifer (my lovely sis-in-law-to-be) and I waiting for the train.

We were met in Glasgow by Andrea and a car decked out in bunting, balloons and photos of me (sneakily supplied by Al).

We headed off on a mystery tour, and once I saw the familiar roundabout at Loch Lomond, I had my suspicions, although nothing could have prepared me for what came next:

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and croquet on the banks of Loch Lomond, an activity that prompted several passing cars to beep at us!!

After a game of no rules which I still won (like the Red Queen), we drove round to my favourite spot in Scotland, Cameron House, for luxury fine dining at the fantastic Martin Wishart. We sipped on champagne and ate delicious bread, haggis croquettes, parmesan choux pastry, pea and bacon soup with a poached egg, salmon, John Dory and langoustines, confit duck leg, chocolate tart and passion fruit souffle. Well, we ate all of that collectively, not individually!!

We left Cameron House, snapping pics of some of their quirky-traditional decor on the way out:

We got into Glasgow, dropped off the car and taxied to Malmaison in the centre of town. More champagne was sipped in our hotel room while we got ready to head out for dinner at Hummingbird, where we had a private (albeit really bloody hot) room for food and karaoke. Still full from lunch, I don’t think any of us finished our dinner or wine, before we stuck on the karaoke machine and, still fairly sober, sung our way through a number of classics, and not so classics. Jennifer’s choice of 500 Miles brought up a completely different version to  The Proclaimers’ version we all know. Ever the pro, Jennifer sang this unheard before song in a Spanish accent, accompanied by a video of some very 90s Latin dancers. We laughed so hard it hurt!! We made use of the dress up box in the room, like a bunch of dorks. Other highlights included Jennifer and my flawless version of Ice Ice Baby, Caro’s rendition of Chasing Cars in a thick Belfast accent, interpretive dancing to Adele’s Someone Like You (sung beautifully by Andrea), and the four of us belting out Alanis Morissette’s You Outta Know at the top of our lungs like a group of scorned women, despite all being happily married (or almost married in my case). We ended the karaoke fest with a nostalgic duo of Ryan Adams songs.

We left Hummingbird and went to the ultra-glam Blythswood Square hotel for cocktails, before heading back to Malmaison to drink more champagne and have a wee pyjama party, complete with face masks and pampering sets kindly supplied by Al’s mum.

We had a really yummy early breakfast on Sunday morning, which we ate in spite of still feeling a bit full from the night before, and checked out, saying goodbye to Andrea and getting on the world’s longest (in time not length) train back to Edinburgh. I got home about lunchtime and had to nap for 3 hours just to recover.

So well done and thanks to Jennifer, Caro and Andrea for their fantastic and creative planning to make the best henny a girl could ask for, and for managing to keep the whole day a secret from me!! I feel so special and it was truly the best way to bid farewell to my being a Miss.






Let’s get nuts!!

This week has been non-stop, relentless planning. I had my hair trial on Thursday, up in Aberdeen, so had to get a 7.30 train to get there on time. After 3 hours in the hairdresser’s chair, I ran to meet my very talented friend and cake baker, Caitlin, who made my jaw hit the floor with her sketch. She’d taken all of the details I’d given her about the wedding and managed to translate my ideal cake onto paper. I’m so, so excited for people to see what she’s come up with, it’s incredible.

I met up with Chris, my photographer to head out to Norwood and mark our ideal spots for photography. That place takes my breath away every time I see it. Chris and I have had some really cool ideas for the photography, including a photo-booth during the reception. I’ve started making some speech bubble signs for people to hold in the photos.

Fine-tuned some of the details with the events girls there, then went to see my folks and try on my whole wedding outfit. Everything looked awesome, my shoes fit like a dream, although my silk bouquet needs a couple minor tweaks that I can work on this week.

I met up with Milo, one of my besties and also my ring maker (heh), and saw the sapphire that’s going in my wedding ring. It’s stunning!! I can’t wait to see the ring.

Have also started my table plan, which I’m sure is going to give me no end of headaches. Colour-coding in Excel is my best friend right now.

We also finally managed to find our second reading for the ceremony. I had been looking at Offbeat Bride and even The Knot for inspiration but nothing was really fitting, although I was really taken by a particular passage, if only to hear my friend Stuart comparing me to a lute during the reading. But finally it hit me! Neil Gaiman, my favourite author, must have written something! A quick Google search and I had it. Al liked it too, and when I emailed it to Stuart, he thought it was perfect. Plus Stuart bears a more than passing to The Sandman, if Morpheus weren’t a goth, so it will fit.