In the last couple of days before the wedding I was lucky to have time off work to prepare.
I was also extremely lucky that my best girls from Victoria were able to come over early for some quality time!
My boy was away for work the week before the wedding and my girls arrived on the Thursday morning.
Mrs J and Mrs L set out from home nice and early to arrive at Adelaide Airport by about 11am. I had grand plans to create a big sign (I’ve always wanted there to be a sign at the airport for me) but wedding brain found it all a little too difficult – sorry ladies).
From the airport we headed straight to the city for food and shopping.
I played tour guide around Rundle Mall, the Myer Centre and various other places in town.
For lunch we headed to Thea Vegetarian on Gawler Place. We tried a bit of everything and even the carnivores thought it was nice.
The highlight of the day (apart from seeing my girls of course!) was heading to the Haighs Factory Tour on Greenhill Rd. The tour itself is quite short, but the tastings, factory outlet and discount voucher were brilliant. I still have some chocolate left a month later!
Our stomachs full and budgets blown we headed out for more shopping.
We headed to Burnside Village to watch the posh people shop.
By this time our other Victorian friends had landed and we arranged to meet them at home. They arrived to find us on the terrace sharing some bubbles.
We caught up, had a tour of the new house and regrouped for the next expedition.
This time we headed to my ‘local’ stomping ground of Tea Tree Plaza.
Mr K watched a movie while the ladies indulged in a little shopping, a little eating and a lot of laughter.
We headed home the long way (to avoid further car sickness in the windy hills roads) and had a relatively early night.
Early morning start to pick up the cake(s).
Mrs L, Mrs J and I headed to the Balfours factory in Dudley Park.
The lovely security guard on the gate gave me his sincere congratulations along with an amazing story of why they no longer allow customers through the gates.
The boxes of cakes were brought out to our car and we headed towards the Barossa.
We started on our journey with only a slight detour for McDonalds in Mawson Lakes.
A frantic phone call from bridesmaid M delivered the news that the flowers ordered for the reception tables had not arrived!
I am still thankful for the magic Mrs M wove to find some emergency flowers at the 11th hour and decorate the room so beautifully. But more of that to follow.
We arrived at the venue and unpacked the boxes of pretty to decorate the room.
Mrs M arrived shortly after with the emergency flowers and we set to decoration.
I set out the placecards/bonbonnieres, the girls helped with the candles, photos and vases while Mrs M attended to florist duties and supervision.
There was much creativity and a couple of side trips to the cellar door for tastings and purchases. We finished with plenty of time and headed to the restaurant for a late lunch of wine and pizza.
Next stop we dropped Mrs J off at the gorgeous accommodation and headed back in Hope Valley to meet Bridesmaid L for manicures.
Manicures complete Mrs L and I headed back home for ‘wedding eve’.
The Groom popped by to shower, change and head off for his night at Best Man P’s place while Mrs L and I settled in for a Lobethal Girl’s night.
We decided to head to the Bierhaus for dinner.
Buffalo Wings, cider and various other treats were well received.
After dinner we headed home for chocolate, chick flicks and a good night’s sleep in preparation for the big day.