Friday, October 16, 2009
After spending 2 nights in Griffith and celebrating my Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary we heading off to Sydney for a couple of days of relaxation before we jetted off overseas. We had a pretty eventful trip, with a freak hail storm outside of Yass sending cars spinning around us. It was terrifying, with me just begging Rex to get us off the road, but we managed to get through the crash unscathed. Once in Sydney, we visited Taronga Park Zoo, which included a trip on the sky safari (impressive for me as I’m terrified of heights. We did agree however that Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo was much better as its an open range zoo and the animals have a lot more room to move around in.
On Wednesday morning we got up very early (4am) to get ready to catch our flight. Mum’s partner Rod was so kind to drop us off at the International Airport, where we thought we flew out of. But no, it was actually the domestic terminal and after finding a lovely lady who worked for Toll and confirmed this for us, we raced to grab a taxi to the domestic terminal. Flying over was uneventful and by the middle of the afternoon we arrived in Port Vila, whose airport was like nothing we had ever seen. It wasn’t that much bigger than the Dubbo airport, however it was the international airport!! We got a transfer to the resort, where on the way, the tour guide explained some of the differences we might notice, particularly the lack of road rules, yes lack! There were no speed limits, you could drink and drive and over the week we decided that stop and give way were optional. Everywhere you would see people riding in the back of utes and general road craziness. What did strike as though was the friendliness off all the people we meet, and the courtesy shown. Everywhere you looked people were smiling and having fun.
The resort was beautiful and we were lucky enough to have a fare overlooking the harbour and right on the water’s edge. At high tide we could feed the fish from the balcony, and even saw a sea snake swim past. We spent many happy hours getting drunk and meeting other couples who had also gotten married on the weekend. It was overcast during most of the trip only clearing up as we left, but we still managed to check out the swim up bar. At one of the happy hours Rex won a raffle which gave us a discount on a jet boat tour, so the next day, that’s exactly what we did. It was a great way to check out the harbour and some of the other coves. While we were there, we also when on a dune buggy tour which was great fun but very dirty and a reef explorer which was a great way to see what was below the water. We passed on snorkelling as it was just too cold to do a lot a swimming. Finally we visited the Mele Cascades, which is a definite to go and visit. We just caught a local bus, and it worked out almost half the price of the tour and we could stay as long as we liked.
Our big adventure was on the Thursday, so our first full day there. We had decided to go into Vila and get our bearings. We noticed all the locals walking up some of the hills, but didn’t think anything off it until an Aussie walked past and asked if we had heard about the Tsunami warning. We decided to head back to the island and find out what was happening. Waiting for the ferry, it took forever (usually only took 10 minutes) before we were told about the Tsunami and that the ferry wasn’t coming. At that we decided to do as the locals were and followed them up the side of the hill. We met up with another couple from Iririki and proceeded to head up, stopping only for water and Shapes. We followed until we found where all the locals were waiting and decided it must be okay. It was nerve-racking the waiting, as we could see the ocean from where we were sitting. Some of the locals had a radio which they could hear updates, the only problem being that it was all in French so all we could understand was that is was highly important we stay up high. Eventually the warning was lifted and a local minister came and told us it was declared safe.
Okay so we arrived at the reception a little late, but hey we were allowed. After a not so quick toilet break (silly big dress), we were ushered in as Mr and Mrs Rex Hunt! And then the fun began. The food was absolutely delicious, the alcohol flowed and the speeches were great. Rex was really moved by the speeches, with all saying how fantastic a guy he is. Our speech didn’t go so well, we were both going to burst into tears so cut it really short. The cake completely lived up to expectations, and I’m happy to say there will be more served at our housewarming next year! Then came the bridal shuffle, sung by the newly married Cathy Wright (see the first wedding post!) The song was Brighter than Sunshine and was just gorgeous to dance to. Unfortunately my biggest gripe of the whole wedding was the music though. The DJ thought playing old country music which no one was dancing too was a great idea. No offence to anyone who loves Charlie Pride etc, but I listened to it for 4 years while working at Price Busters and it really wasn’t what I wanted at my wedding. The party didn’t pick up until right at the end when he started playing the Aussie pub rock songs which was awesome! Somewhere in the middle we had the Garter toss, which Horse caught, and the bouquet toss, which Monique, my Maid of Honour caught. Other highlights included seeing Rex’s niece Tahlia playing with my nephew Thomas and watching Rex’s Cousin John playing with a balloon sward.
Finally we said goodbye to all and headed back to our undisclosed Honeymoon suite for some relaxing. One final story form there and no, its not rude! Rex volunteered to run the spa while we were getting all the bobby pins out of my hair. What I didn’t know was that Rex had never run a spa though. He walked into the bathroom to check on the level and came straight out, soaking wet with a look of horror on his face. He had turned the jets on straight away without filling the spa, and as a result water was EVERYWHERE!!! He was also so convinced that it was on a timer and wouldn’t try to turn it off for fear it would continue longer. This was one of the few moments I regretted not having a camera as the look on his face was absolutely priceless!! Anyway long story short, there was no time and I managed to turn off the spa quite easily despite Rex telling me not to touch the button!! He is now no longer allowed near spa baths unless supervised
Friday morning I got my nails redone in sparkles, mum got her manicure and then the fun began. I checked us girls into the apartment and chilled out a bit while waiting for the girls to arrive. Once they got there we arrived at the church (late of course) and had the rehearsal. It wasn’t too technical; we were all too busy playing with Tahlia. Apparently she love cardboard box rides!! From here all volunteers came out to the Catholic Club where we put the chair covers ant place cards out. It was fantastic to see it all starting to come together and even without the table decorations it looked fantastic! Even better it only took about an hour because everyone chipped in. From here Kylie, Monique Greg and I ditched everyone else and went and got pizzas to eat while watching movies and eating chocolate. Greg was stolen by Rex for quite awhile and they hung out at Rex’s parents until Rex though he should possibly get some sleep. I wasn’t too worried, they spent the night looking up Lonely planet clips on YouTube (check them out very funny) and spent the rest of the wedding saying I’m on a boat and Like a boss (You’ll need to look them up to see what I mean).
Saturday. D-day. I woke up too early, stressing a bit about what would go wrong. We got up and wondered around to Mei Amici’s for breakfast (my favourite cafe in Griffith) then the girls and I made our way up to the hairdressers where drank champagne whilst our hair was done. I was so thrilled with the results, my hairdresser was absolutely ¬¬¬fantastic and I would highly recommend them to everyone!! From here, we went up to get the makeup done. During all this, it still didn’t feel real. I was waiting for the moment to hit when I would realise this was it, but it didn’t. Makeup went really well, and again it looked fantastic. At this stage we were running on time, so we went back to the apartment for lunch before we would get dressed and meet with the photographers. Getting dressed was a a bit of the ordeal, we tore my dress slightly, but the girls thought I wasn’t aware so just tried to hide it. I told them later in the night and they were amazed I didn’t say anything, but I just couldn’t see the point in stressing about it. Then the people started rolling in. Jason and Erin bought Tahlia over and the divers showed up, admittedly without the flowers (I had silk and we kept leaving them in the car with the boys.) Photos were taken and we were off. Pop never stopped grinning, so guess he was happy to walk me down the isle, or I looked pretty good. From here we went out to Lake Wyangan and again, lucked oout with the rain. It just started to drizzle as we were finishing up and having a drink and nibbles before we headed towards the reception......
Our first stop after leaving the animals in Griffith with Rex’s parents was to go to Wagga to see our beautiful friends, Jon and Cath married. It was a horrible day, we had had some big storm leading up to it and it was raining and hailing that morning. Rex was a groomsman, so spent Saturday morning doing very little besides keep Jon calm!! I tried to help Cath out, running errands and checking on the reception. Before long it was time for the ceremony, and we were all praying that the rain would clear, which it did. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, with a full choir singing. I managed not to cry, until they played Michael Buble’s song Everything at the end. It hit me that i n a week, it would me dressed up and walking into the church to that very song. The reception again was beautiful, with gorgeous food and some awesome music. Jon and Cath sang to each other (of course), Cath’s sister Rebecca and another lady, whose name escapes me, as well as the entire Who’s your Daddy band (well minus Cath) entertained us and kept us dancing till the end. The highlight quite possibly was Rex catching the garter, just in case there was any doubt as to who was getting married next!!
From here we ventured back to Griffith to prepare for our big day........