Two years have passed…

Two years ago, on this day, I wore a lot of white pouffy veil and D wore the lightest coloured suit in his closet, and we both were younger and fatter!

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So here’s the deal, to end the confusion, two years ago we had our religious ceremony, but, as a matter of fact, we signed the marriage license a year before (we’ll do an anniversary post on that too when the day comes). You’re probably wondering if I was pregnant or if we needed the benefit of being married… Well, none of those versions is right! We really wanted to have the date we met written in our marriage license (july) and ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a May bride. The only way that could happen, was if we had the two ceremonies a year apart. Today, we are celebrating the 2014 big wedding party, hence the white dress and the yellow bow-tie.

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The past two years (all seven of them actually) have been the best anyone could ever ask for. I’m certain there will be many more to come, filled with joy, love, harmony and new adventures. Never in my life could I have imagined a better life partner to share with all my happiness and my sorrow. D always supports every idea I have, no matter how stupid it sounds and he always puts up with my crankyness and my moods. He never put down any of my ideas and always encouraged me and helped me to pursue every little dream.

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The same went for our wedding party. Not once did he tell me that something I wanted wasn’t doable, on the contrary, he always did everything in his power to make sure that my exact vision would become reality. It is thanks to him and his constant support that I was able to have my dream wedding and I really hope that it fulfilled his expectations as well.

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The entire party took us almost a year of planning because there were a lot of custom made details that usually implied a lot of handwork. A big help we had was our wedding planner that Marriott allocated for our event. She was really a miracle worker as a lot of the stuff I wanted was really specific. I had a very clear image in my mind on everything about the event, starting with the theme and ending with the napkin ribbons. Thanks to hubby dearest and our wedding planner, everything was in accordance to our ‘lemon-lime’ theme.
As opposed to the crystal clear picture I had in my mind regarding the decorations, the wedding dress was a real blur and three months before the event, I had no idea what I liked. That is until I went to Anca Maxim, that designed the dresses I wore for my civil ceremony, and she totally enlightened me and helped me find inspiration in one of Elie Saab‘s collections. I needed a custom made dress because I wanted it to perfectly match our theme, therefore, we had a yellow bow attached on the corset. I will be forever thankful to mrs. Maxim for making my dream dress a reality! The craftmanship and the tailoring were superb and I was sad to realize that I was only going to wear the dress for that one event. D got his suit custom made at Ego. We chose them simply because they’re the best at customizing suits. Since our theme required a certain colour combo, we needed the best and, honestly, working with them, we really felt like they are the best at what they do!

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The obvious shoe choice for me was Christian Louboutin. The only problem with that was that he had nothing green in the current collection, but I had my eye on the Rosazissimo sandal for a long time. Finding the only green pair online, and in my size alone, made me think that those shoes were meant for me! As with all my Loubs, these sandals being 100mm heels were perfect for dancing an partying for more than 12 hours. D had his shoes custom made at Mihaela Glavan because finding the perfect combo of shape, colour and comfort was virtually impossible. Since my shoes were green, his had to have at least a little yellow in them, so we opted for a grey-yellow combo.
Since it was our wedding, we needed to have Converse sneakers in it no matter what! Custom made Converse, that is! Luckily, at the time we were planning the wedding, my best friend was in New York and we were able to have her send them to me as Converse doesn’t ship to Romania.

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The photos you see here were take by our favourite wedding photographer, Constantin Butuc, in Balcik for our ‘Trash the Dress’ photoshoot. Maybe next year, I’ll upload some photos from the actual wedding party and we’ll discuss a bit about caterers, decorators and florists.
I will stop rambling now as today we have a lot of celebrating to do, so we’ll probably be rather busy toasting for amazing years to come!
L.

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London Calling!

London, oh how I love London! For some reason, I think London has it all! This won’t be a post on all the touristy stuff you can visit in London as you can buy a travel guide for that and anyway, the post would be too long. I’ve visited all those landmarks ages ago and this weekend was all about discovering new and interesting places and taking D to a musical. When we landed on Heathrow the sun was shining and it was warmer than usual considering it is March, so as expected, the entire London population was outside. Londoners tend to do that as they only get about five days of sun per year.

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We decided to check into our hotel and then take long walks as far away from the tourist areas as possible. For the duration of the weekend we chose Marriott West India Quay hotel, located in the Canary Wharf area. We chose this hotel for two reasons:

  1. I couldn’t believe any hotel in London could provide 30 sqm per double room
  2. I was really curious how the area looked now

As I told D, when I was a postgrad student this entire area was under construction, so when we booked the hotel I didn’t have high expectations from this area especially since the room rates were quite low for a five-star hotel in London. But wow, has this area evolved since I’ve seen it last. It looks really nice and new but it still has a British feeling to it. 

Let’s get back to the hotel room for a bit as this is really important. I’ve stayed at different hotels in London, mostly from the Radisson Blu chain and I have to tell you that although the service was comparable to Marriott, the rooms were not. Sure, they were nicely decorated, but they had tops 18 sqm, while Marriott gives you about 30 sqm. The room also has large windows, which gave us a great view over the area, spectacular really at night, and the daylight was amazing for photos and not to mention the top-quality service that you can find in any Marriott hotel. I totally recommend this hotel for London especially because you have the underground at about a 10 min walk distance and the DLR at a two minute walk distance. The area also has a lot of nice restaurants and three underground shopping areas. Because Canary Wharf is on the Jubilee line, you literally can reach Oxford Street in 20 mins tops.

As it was sunny outside, we decided to meet a dear friend of mine at Borough Market (this is one of the hidden gems of London). You can find here only British produce and I have to tell you, I was really impressed by the multitude of products sold here. There we enjoyed a few glasses of wine and a burger from Whiskey Ginger, after that we were beat, so beat, that we decided to order room-service for the following morning as there was absolutely no way we were going to make it to breakfast, especially since we had only slept for about two hours in the last 24 hours.

Day two was the Mad Hatter day, so the weather was mainly British. D and I took a long walk in the morning and in the afternoon we ate at Busaba (we’ll talk about our London diet in a later post) and then, it was time for the musical. We ended up going to Sunny Afternoon, a prized musical. It was really good, full of great music and D and I loved it! If you’re in London do not miss a good musical! They are goosebumps-great! Despite the fact that one tends to walk all day to visit the landmarks in London, and by the time the musicals start (at about 7:30), all you really want to do is go to bed, believe me when I say that a musical in London is priceless!

After the musical it was time to get some “cocktails with a view” as my friend likes yo call The Duck and Waffle at Heron Tower. The view from up there is indeed breathtaking (we were at around floor 40) and if you get there by 10 o’clock at night you don’t have to stay in line even on a Saturday night. Don’t know what to tell you about the cocktails as we both drank whisky. Needless to say that when we got to our hotel room D instantly fell asleep.

Day three was for long strolls as most of London was closed because of the Easter holiday. We visited the Bethnal Green area, which, in my opinion is “hipster quarter”. We had a nice late lunch at Sager+Wilde and D found this adorable shop filled with chocolate truffles (Dark Sugars)- details on that in the next food post. As usual, we finished the day at another cocktail bar, but this time it was and underground one. It’s called Well and Bucket and besides the great cocktails you can also buy there small meals. We chose the Oxtail Chilly Cheese Fries, which were a combo of fries, meat (oxtail), cheddar and chilly, and honestly, they were delicious. 

On our last day in London,we only had about two hours to spare, so we took a walk on Mount Street and stopped for wine and lunch at Scott’s. The entire area is beautifully British and all in all a pleasurable last walk before our departure. To be honest, we bumped into that area on the way to the official Mini store, because my car deserves a little present from London.

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Since I don’t want to write a 20 page essay on London, I’ll stop here, even though I could talk/write about it forever. Can’t wait to get back already!

L.