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Posted in love, Poetry, Wedding, tagged cute, cutest, dog, heart kun, love, new york, night, pet, pets, poem, poet, Poetry, puppy, taylor mali, Wedding, wedding reading, winter, winter wedding on June 27, 2009 | 1 Comment »
Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog by Taylor Mali
First of all, it’s a big responsibility,
especially in a city like New York.
So think long and hard before deciding on love.
On the other hand, love gives you a sense of security:
when you’re walking down the street late at night
and you have a leash on love
ain’t no one going to mess with you.
Because crooks and muggers think love is unpredictable.
Who knows what love could do in its own defense?
On cold winter nights, love is warm.
It lies between you and lives and breathes
and makes funny noises.
Love wakes you up all hours of the night with its needs.
It needs to be fed so it will grow and stay healthy.
Love doesn’t like being left alone for long.
But come home and love is always happy to see you.
It may break a few things accidentally in its passion for life,
but you can never be mad at love for long.
Is love good all the time? No! No!
Love can be bad. Bad, love, bad! Very bad love.
Love makes messes.
Love leaves you little surprises here and there.
Love needs lots of cleaning up after.
Sometimes you just want to get love fixed.
Sometimes you want to roll up a piece of newspaper
and swat love on the nose,
not so much to cause pain,
just to let love know Don’t you ever do that again!
Sometimes love just wants to go for a nice long walk.
Because love loves exercise.
It runs you around the block and leaves you panting.
It pulls you in several different directions at once,
or winds around and around you
until you’re all wound up and can’t move.
But love makes you meet people wherever you go.
People who have nothing in common but love
stop and talk to each other on the street.
Throw things away and love will bring them back,
again, and again, and again.
But most of all, love needs love, lots of it.
And in return, love loves you and never stops.
Posted in Food, relationship, Wedding, tagged bride, engaged, engagment, fiance, Film, flower girls, flowergirls, groom, love, love hearts, new york, party, place names, queen, real wedding, reception, romance, romantic, spring wedding, summer wedding, table names, theme, Wedding, wedding breakfast, wedding ceremony, wedding reception, winter wedding on May 26, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
On a sunny but windy weekend a couple of weeks ago my fiance and I went arrived in Bedfordshire for a friends wedding. Luton Hoo is a grand house north of London near Luton airport and a beautifully ornate and grand building. Designed in 1767 by Robert Adam with Capability Brown landscaping the magnificent gardens. The house has appeared in many films from Four Weddings and a Funeral to Eyes Wide Shut and has even played host to the Queen. And today we’re its guests! Luton Hoo is open for afternoon tea and we had to shimmy past tables and sofas where people were enjoying their cucumber sandwiches to take our group pictures on the lawn.
Here is the room where the ceremony took place. The bride had a blue theme running throughout with blue bows on chairs and flowergirls scattering blue rose petals.
Each table was named after a place in New York as it was the city where the couple got engaged (in Central Park…very romantic!).
I loved the scattered love hearts on the tables. They made for much tipsy fun later on in the afternoon!
The sticky toffee pudding dessert was one of the bets I’ve EVER eaten…
…as you can tell I enjoyed it!
Each table had tall glass centrepieces.
The wedding breakfast was in a former chapel and we were surrounded by amazing stained glass and plainted murals.
Posted in love, relationship, Wedding, tagged advice, bride, brides, bridezilla, ceremony, church, cocktail, gossip, husband, interview, invitation, love, mariachi, memories, new york, planning, reception, relationship, Wedding, wedding reception, weddingplanning, weddings, wife, winter wedding on May 7, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Select highlights from a great article in New York magazine. I recommend you read the full article by Denise Penny, it’s a fun and interesting interview with eight recent brides.
How involved were your parents?
Raeanne: I fought with Mom about silly things I didn’t want to spend money on—like, she really wanted valet parking. Also, she wanted her name and my father’s name on the invitations, and I wanted them to come from us. She said, “No, we’re hosting this. I want our names on it.” The wedding brings out a whole other side of people.
Meg: My mom didn’t think navy blue was formal enough for our invites. I went back to Kate’s Paperie like 18 times.
Sita: My dad wanted these really traditional, enormous multilayered invitations from India, which I wanted nothing to do with. I ended up ordering them; they came, Dad saw them, they were not loved, and they were returned.
Did the wedding planning take a toll on your relationship?
Sita: It was six months of planning, with no mother involved. The two of us planned everything. I would have meltdowns and yell at him.
Alex: We fought. My husband would say, “You’re going to drive me insane. You just need to make a decision!” But you stress about every decision. All of a sudden, you can’t make one. At one point we decided to schedule times to talk about the wedding. We said, “You know what? We can’t talk about this all the time!”
Sita: My husband would say, “You’re more than the wedding.” It became my mantra: I’m more than this wedding; this wedding does not define me.
THE BRIDEZILLA MOMENT
I’m sure you had a low point or two …
Alex: I did have one freak-out—just one. I woke up in the middle of the night, and thought, Oh my god, I hate my dress! I went on a ten-minute rant on my dressmaker’s answering machine.
Ramona: I didn’t have a specific low point, but rather a low hum of neuroses throughout. The biggest thing for me was the magnitude of the event, what it really meant. Being confronted with like the, Who am I? How does this invitation reflect who I really am? So that weight was constant and heavy. I know I sent my venue’s manager one too many e-mails, like, “The lamb? Is it going to be medium rare or rare?” I was so out of control.
Did anything go awry?
Ramona: We didn’t have a rehearsal, so the ceremony didn’t go as perfectly as I had imagined. I sort of tripped down the aisle, and I couldn’t really get to my husband—there was a drainpipe in the way—and then he forgot that I was going to circle him. He was trying to gently move out of my way, and I was like, No, stay here, just stay. I dropped his ring; I had to duck down to pick it up. It was quirky and a little awkward.
Raeanne: Our videographer was late. He missed the ketubah signing. My photographer, Kelly Guenther, totally stepped up in his absence. It was funny: We had a mariachi band for the cocktail hour because my husband is Salvadorean and half the guests were Latino. Everyone told me to tell them that the party was starting earlier than it actually was. But they were early.
What was the most memorable moment from the wedding day?
Meg: We didn’t think that much about the ceremony. We’re both Catholic; we thought, Okay, let’s just get married in this church and move on. And yet the ceremony was my favorite moment.
Daphne: On our escort-card table we had six black-and-white wedding photos of our parents and grandparents. We had grandparents pass away the year before, so it was a way of having them there. I didn’t want it to look like a shrine, or anything creepy or weird. Everyone said how nice that was.
Sita: For me it was our last dance. I couldn’t tell you what song it was; it didn’t matter. There was slow dancing, there was some bending over backward, there were some fast movements— we did everything you could possibly imagine to it. In that moment I knew he was my husband. I had married the heck out of this guy.
Alex: We had to be out of Angel Orensanz by 11:30, so we all went out afterward. I walked through the Lower East Side and Little Italy in my dress, with my husband yelling, “Get out of the way! There’s a bride!” We all ended up eating pizza on Mulberry Street at two in the morning. The pizzeria’s owner came out to give us soap as a gift.
THE BEST ADVICE
What tips do you wish someone gave you before you got married?
Meg: Go away together. That totally saved us.
Sita: Yes! A month and a half or so before the wedding, even if it’s just for a weekend, just the two of you.
Raeanne: Wear your shoes before the wedding. You need to know where the blisters will form.
Sita: Hand off your cell phone to a bridesmaid on the day of, because there will be those silly last-minute calls and you don’t want to deal with them.
Nina: Have a moment to yourselves after the ceremony. Our planner handed us two glasses of Champagne after we walked down the aisle, and led us directly to the back of our venue before everything started. I cannot tell you how amazing that was.
Alex: We were adamant about the room being cool because we had a lot of very hairy, active Jewish men there, including my husband. The temperature can be the difference between misery and happiness.
Meg: We didn’t think to have anyone take pictures or film the rehearsal dinner. It was a really fun night and I wish I had record of that.
Nina: I would have regretted not hiring a videographer. At first, I was flat-out against it; I didn’t want a camera around me. But our planner talked us into Dominic Perez of Go Show Media. We didn’t know they were there. And now I love having the video. We’ve sent it to family in India and Japan who weren’t able to make it. You get the speeches, you see it all in action … I’ve watched it three times.
Raeanne: I mean, for the ceremony alone. I think I’ve seen mine three times too. My husband won’t watch it anymore. I have to watch it in secret.
Last words of wisdom, ladies?
Daphne: Remember that it’s only a day. It’s five hours. Things will go wrong. Just focus on what’s really happening. You’re deciding to share your life with somebody—that’s huge.
Posted in Wedding, tagged bride, conversation, conversation starters. wedding, craft, fortune, fortune teller, fun, groom, new york, new yorkers., paper, party, play, primary school, real weddings, reception, school, talk, wedding reception, winter wedding on May 1, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Great idea from Victoria Brewer & Bill Brazell’s wedding in New York magazine. I used to play with these in primary school and love the way they’ve adapted them into something playful but good-looking
“We got customized ‘cootie-catchers’ and filled them with questions we often get asked, like, ‘How tall is Bill? Six-feet-six. The Yankees or the Mets? The Red Sox …’ and so on. We thought they’d be fun conversation starters, so we scattered them on all the tables.”