Aug. 30th, 2015

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This weekend I have been in London for my friends' wedding. The apostrophe is in the correct place there as it was Mark and Yvette who got hitched. They are two of my best friends who I lived with for several years whilst we were all at uni. They may have driven me mad by playing endless amounts of McFly and High School Musical during that time, but they have always been there for me over the past 10 years. Yvette came to visit when I lived in Japan, and her family have always been a bit of a surrogate one for me. They have had me to stay over many times, and saved me from jet lag and cancelled flights whenever I've flown in and out of Heathrow. All of her family have welcomed me with warmth and plenty of banter. Mark's mum has always looked out for me whenever she visited Norwich.

I can't deny I was a bit shocked when Mark & Yvette first got together as I didn't see it coming at all. I thought we were all just a bunch of nerdy best friends! However as time has gone on I've honestly never seen two people better suited to each other than those two. When Yvette called to say Mark had proposed in 2013 I was pretty much jumping around with happiness and excitement and crying down the phone at her. Half of me thought "but of course" and the other half thought "What's taken them so long?!"

Their wedding was so moving I'm still crying with happiness this morning! Everything about it was so perfect and beautiful. The venue was gorgeous and had been beautifully decorated. What made it even better was when you looked more carefully at everything there was actually nerdy references everywhere. For example the paper flowers on the tables turned out to be folded from the pages of Harry Potter novels, and the groom and best men all wore superhero outfits under their shirts.

You could see how much hard work everyone had put in together for the big day, and how the wedding had brought family and friends even closer than they already were.

The service was moving and uplifting, and was a wonderful blend of British and Ghanian cultures. The food afterwards was fantastic, and whilst the speeches went on for an hour after dinner, no one minded because they were all so moving and funny. Everyone kept thanking each other, and were paying compliments to how wonderful other friends and family members are. People kept saying how happy and amazing it is that two wonderful, wonderful people are now husband and wife and that two wonderful, wonderful families have come together and love and support each other. None of this was cheesy or soppy in the slightest because it was all so heartfelt and genuine.

Unfortunately I couldn't stay and celebrate long into the night as the train back to central London took an hour and I didn't want to miss the last tube train back to my hostel. But I did have chance for a good boogie with my friends and their families before dashing off into the dark.

One of the things I have really valued and been grateful for with both the hen do and the wedding this year is being able to meet all of the special people in Mark and Yvette's lives. I have now met and spoken with their friends and family that I'd previously only known by name. They are all such cool and wonderful people and I hope I can hang out with them more in the future.

The bride and groom have requested that guests refrain from putting photos online for now as they want to see their own photos first. So I will post some pics at a later date, presumedly when I've finally stopped crying over how beautiful the wedding was and how happy I am for my friends!
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Next week I'm flying off to Europe for a two week waltz around four countries. I'm really excited as they are all beautiful places I've never been to before and I can wait to explore them.

First of all I'm flying to Poland, then traveling to Slovakia, Austria and Slovenia by bus and by train before heading home. When I come back I will have been to more countries than my age. Wahoo! This is a very exciting development for Mission 101.

I want to celebrate the occasion by getting a map of the world tattood on my left forearm upon my return.

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