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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wedding of the Century : HK Mouse Gets Hitched...


We're a Robbo down! Yes, HK Mouse is now officially married! She remains a Mouse through and through though so don't fret...

A few weeks ago Mini Mouse, Daddy Robbo and I all met at the airport ready for our Hong Kong wedding adventure to begin. Mini and I were probably a smidgen more excited because our naughty and ever so generous Dad had surprised us with Upper Class Virgin Atlantic tickets! Screammmmm! You'll be happy to hear we took full advantage of the lounge, running around like excitable children trying to experience everything at once from the super cute delicatessen and the complimentary magazine table of dreams to the open bar offering Champagne on tap and the Cowshed on-site spa.







We never wanted to leave but the thought of what was to come encouraged us to shift ourselves and make it onboard. The fun continued in the air with a 3-course feast complete with table cloths, real salt and pepper shakers and a sommelier on hand offering up a cellar's worth of fine wine! 





Once the novelty had started to wear off, we asked for our fold down beds to be made up, so that we could get some zzzzzz's in before landing. The most amazing experience and one which I think I'm going to remember and regret in equal measures for the rest of my life as I now only ever want to turn left!

We arrived to a smiling happy HK mouse who had lovingly written a welcome banner, arranged a chauffeur and even mini bottles of Moet to sip en route to our apartment for the week. She's a good Mouse!



The wedding of the year was taking place a week later so we had seven whole days ahead for fun, frolics and a helping or six of wedmin based tasks!

We filled our days with lazy beach sessions...






Fancy cocktails...



Break of dawn workouts that will haunt me for ever more...



Countless scrummy brunches to keep grumbling tummies happy and energies up...



Family foot rub outings...


A trip to the spectacular Carbone to celebrate Daddy Robbo's 70th birthday #bestmealofmylife...





Sister pamper time...





And lashings of arts and crafts in a bid to finish off the last bits of wedmin before the big day arrived...



Like a flash, the wedding day had arrived! Cue lots of champagne, hours of dancing, heartfelt speeches and one beautiful bride!

Mini and I were invited to a sleep over at the bride's the night before whilst Jasper (the groom) was banished to the Mandarin Oriental for the evening - what punishment! The next day we woke up early and all scampered off to meet Daddy Robbo for a pre-wedding brunch. Nerves and excitement started to set in as we devoured our egg brekkies.

Next it was back to the HK Mousehold to start getting ready for the big day ahead. Zoe and Laura, the two other bridesmaids and Mimi, the little flower fairy, all arrived and we spent the next few hours being beautified to the max sipping Laurent Perrier as we went.





The next thing we knew there was a knock at the door ... our one and only Father of the Bride had arrived and we knew it was wedding showtime!

This was us en route to the top of The Peak where the afternoon blessing was taking place...



We arrived to the sounds of Mr Gramophone Man playing 20's, 30's and 40's music from his very own wind up gramophone - one way to set a killer ambience! We patiently stood in our hiding positions and awaited the go ahead from the wedding planner to start walking towards the wedding party and Jasper. Nerves really setting in now, everyone turned to their own thoughts. Moments later we received the 'go, go, go' signal and we were away!

The ceremony was beautiful - special mention must got to the simply gorgeous Oli Rigg who was the celebrant for the occasion and delivered a heartfelt, funny and oddly professional (!) blessing.

After vows were exchanged, we posed to within an inch of our lives for the wedding photographer, mostly mucking around with our new brother's Tolly and Ran, grabbing some snaps with our big sister and of course the happy pair together...







Next up, onto the reception venue for the fun to really begin!

This was the breathtaking view we were met with when we arrived...


A beautiful white canopy covered the starlit sky with fresh flowers and flickering candles everywhere you looked. The colour theme of the wedding was classic - blue and white - and so each table was adorned with blue and white china vases and decorative bowls with stunning menus tied up with brown twine and fragrant sprigs of rosemary...


Everywhere you looked there was something new and equally creative to be delighted by from a photo booth with a dressing-up box that would put Harper Beckham's to shame, a table plan made up of individual hand carved name plaques to a tassel wall that provided a backdrop for the band. For everyone who knows HK Mouse, artistic flair comes naturally to her, but on this occasion she really went to the moon and back. Is was utter perfection.



Once the speeches has drawn to a close, the food and drink flowed. We started with a delightful eggplant parmigiana which was followed by perfectly cooked steaks, cheddar & bacon stuffed baked potatoes and mascarpone creamed spinach - yum! 

In true HK Mouse style, pudding didn't follow in the traditional sense. Guests were invited to help themselves to various sweet treats at three separate sugary stations. The first offered up waffle sundaes, the second build your own s'mores and the third boasted chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. The wedding cake - a flamingo-topped victoria sponge - was also sliced and diced for all to enjoy...





Spectacular sugar work all round!


The rest of the evening starts to get a bit hazy from here on out but what I do know, is the photo booth sprung into life in kind of a big way...











What a wedding! I'd like to raise a 3BadMice toast to Natalie & Jasper - here's to many more years of celebrating and happy memories to come!




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