Tom proposed when we were on holiday. We had gone away with my family to Mallorca for a week and we’re going to fly on to Croatia to meet some friends afterwards. On the first night of the holiday he took me totally by surprise and popped the question just before we met everyone for dinner. Then all the celebrations kicked off. It was so lovely celebrating with all my immediate family and most of my close friends away from all social media and everyday life.
My Mum, sisters and I pretty much planned the hen party the next day whilst lounging round the pool still a bit giddy from the previous night. Being on holiday lying in the sun probably informed our decisions a little. A trip to Marbella seemed a fairly natural choice for me. I have some friends who live out there who were actually the friends who introduced me and Tom in the first place! Toms family also own a little flat out there so that made it easier for Toms sister and mum to come and join the fun. Plus if I kept it nice and close to the wedding day, and was careful not to burn, I would have a nice natural tan for the big day!
We rented a villa through air B and B. It was lovely to have our own space and little pool to retreat to and recover from hangovers around. Having a villa cut costs as we stayed in a couple of nights to cook our own food and play some silly games. My bridesmaids organised the sweetest idea of a “wedding advent” for me. It was a little present everyday for the ten days leading up to the wedding. It was so thoughtful!
They surprised me with my first wedding advent present on day 1 in Marbella – a lilo in the shape of a pineapple and a rubber ring in the shape of a flamingo whom we named Philomena.
Some of the presents related to what we were doing that day and some were just lovely things to keep. On the day we had organised to go to the beach club, they gave me temporary tattoos saying “bride tribe” and “bride to be.” Basically, my beautiful bridesmaids, my mum and future mother in law completely spoiled me the whole trip and I count myself so lucky to be surrounded by totally wonderful women.
A truly magical highlight of the trip was renting a boat for the day. It was super rough so although it included unlimited bubbles to drink we hardly drank any! Not through sea sickness, thank god, but we were too busy holding on for dear life, shrieking and laughing. Any drink was inevitably spilt all down yourself or all over the boat. Me present for the day was some body glitter so we decorated ourselves before we got there to make sure we looked like proper mermaids! We were told to look out for dolphins and I really was hoping to see some. But even the boat captain was surprised to see as many as we did! We were speeding along and a huge pod of dolphins were speeding right along with us. They were really playful, jumping out the water and swimming from one side of the boat right underneath and popping up on the other side. We were all just so amazed and so grateful that we had seen them.
We selected one of the nights we were there as “the night” . This was our night to go all out in Marbella. My present for the day was a sash which just happened to match my gold sequin dress perfectly. We went to a lovely restaurant that night which culminated in me being bought a robot hen which sung a song whilst walking along, until she stops and clucks and lays an egg. So we ate good food and drank great wine with this hen clucking up and down the table. I laughed so much that night and will always treasure that memory. Mum and Jenny retreated at this point and left us to go and hit some bars and clubs a little too hard.
Coming home would have been difficult had it been any other holiday where we had had that much fun, but it was just the start and the wedding was fast approaching. The anticipation was definitely building now and I couldn’t wait to marry Tom! I couldn’t have asked for a better hen do and a better bunch of people to spend it with. Love you all, my beautiful, blonde hens!