Tranquil Turtle Bay

Our luck hasn’t ever been the best with hotel rooms…the first time we went on a big holiday together (to Berlin) we stayed in a corner room that was almost the same size as a cupboard. It featured a huge scary mural of a lady with a fly on her mouth above the bed. I also poked myself in the eye with a chair. That’s wasn’t the room’s fault, although not the best. With our room at Turtle Bay, we basically won the lottery! Our room over looked the cove of the main beach, and it was heaven. On our first night, we drove to some near by food trucks.  Again, I was hoping to try some authentic poke bowls. The girls had a really yummy looking concoction that had lots of sauce and sides. The vendor explained that he was all out of that fish, and gave me another one to try. It was nice, so I agreed to have one. When my bowl came or, it resembled cat food on a bed of rice, with no sauce. Needless to say, I did not end up eating it. Not even the stray cats or chickens (junglefowl) wanted to eat it!

It was so nice to sit under the moonlight on our tiny little balcony and eat m+m’s with red wine out of tumblers. We well and truly embraced holiday mode.

In the days leading up to the wedding, we went to Waimea falls for a girls day, James and I went hiking around Turtle Bay, we snorkelled and took a trip to a pharmacy in a neighbouring town on account of the return of my dreaded heat rash. Despite my gangly arm, I didn’t let it get me down, we had an unforgettable time!

The night before the wedding, we had a girly sleepover complete with face masks, Taylor Swift and chocolates. The most simple way to celebrate one of the most important sleepovers in our lives!

On Aly’s wedding day, we woke up super early for no reason, and started to get ready. The weather was perfect (if not a little cloudy) and not at all windy at the time! Our makeup and hair looked better than we could have ever imagined, and the bride was literally radiating joy! She wasn’t nervous at all, just so happy.

By the time we stepped outside to walk down the aisle, the lifts had broken down twice and i had sprinted up 6 flights of stairs 3 times! Thank goodness that they were up and running to deliver the bride to her groom!

Their ceremony was short, and so sweet. Aly and Rob were beaming at each other the entire time! I even teared up a bit too.

The rest of the night passed in a happy blur of cocktails, bustles, dancing and speeches! We ended the night at the beach, dipping our toes in the sand and trying not to fall asleep. The most beautiful bride and groom on the mosh beautiful day!

We nursed our sore heads with burgers and cokes and then said our good byes before one final dinner by the ocean. After a very early start the next day, we were on our way back to Honolulu airport to go back to Sydney, and then continue our Polynesian adventure onto Wellington.

“Whimsy in Wellington” is continued in the next post! 


Taylor x

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