Ben’s Bucks & Jen’s Hens in Sydney & Manly Beach

Recently we had the pleasure of shooting Jen’s hens night AND Ben’s bucks night ahead of their fast-approaching wedding. During their engagement session shoot, Jen told me what her bridesmaids had up their sleeves for her party—a cocktail-making class, a burlesque dance lesson, and a life drawing class. I thought to myself, Jen must have some pretty cool bridesmaids to come up with such a fun plan for the evening! Not long after, Jen’s bridesmaid contacted us wanting to surprise Jen with the photo coverage. I was stoked I would get to take part in the event! A big group of Jen’s friends made it out for her Hens night and everyone was in the party mood.

The evening began at the Shelbourne Hotel in downtown Sydney, where everyone enjoyed some drinks and conversation while the activities were set up.

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Then it was time to head upstairs for the first event… some sexy dancing lessons! Everyone was looking smart in their fun outfits and fancy high heels. Very coordinated, ladies!

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No calorie-burning activity would be complete without some sugary treats to keep their batteries charged!

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Then the bride-to-be and her fellow hens got to do some smashing and shaking in a cocktail-making class. The group learned how to make the classic Cuban Mojito, one of my personal favourite summer cocktails.

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There was more fun to be had back upstairs, where Jen and her hens got to study the nude male form in Life Drawing 101. There were some really brilliant charcoal pencil drawings!

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Meanwhile, Ben and his mates celebrated his bucks night at Whitewater Restaurant in Manly Beach. Ben wanted to keep things a bit more tame, so the perfect recipe was good friends and good food, beachside. Sounds lovely to me!

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Jen and Ben, we hoped you both enjoyed your “last night of freedom”. We can’t wait for your upcoming wedding!

If you attended either event, you’ve GOT to check out the galleries for Jen’s Hens or Ben’s Bucks, where you’ll find evidence of all the rest of the fun, including stuff we can’t feature on our blog—but only if Jen or Ben give you the passwords! ;)

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Correy - Beautiful pictures and good photography.

hens night games - Hey these are really cool pics of Hen nights. Truly Jenifer must have enjoyed the party a lot. Just recall my Hen party and mystery games I played.

Jess - Hi there,

Great photos and thanks for sharing this! Just wondering about the details of the life drawing classes, burlesque dancing and cocktail mixing…sounds like lots of fun and I’m searching for ideas to do for my own Hen’s night. Any chance you might be able to pass on the places where these events took place…PLEASE!! Thank you!

Christian Ward - What a fun event to photograph! Well-captured- you’ve really caught the fun atmosphere!

Ozge Baykara - Beautiful work!I agree,I felt like I was with them too! What a fun day:)

Louise Weedfald Vollmayer on Facebook - Superb photos! I felt I was right there with all those happy people!

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