Thursday, 29 September 2011

Wedding day!

Well, we did it! Sunday 18th September at 4.00pm in Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York. We had a great day, a fantastic week in New York afterwards and are very happy to be married. I'd starting writing approximately a million words about the day but have decided to let the pictures do the talking instead.

We decided to get married on a pier we found in Red Hook. It seemed really peaceful and it appealed to both of us to get married surrounded by water. Relaxing and pretty. And it had a great view of the Statue of Liberty! This is us watching the sunset from the pier the evening before the big day.

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We'd rented an apartment in Red Hook through airbnb. I can't recommend it enough, I'll do a separate post on it. A huge converted loft space, it was perfect. This is us having pre-wedding mimosas, I'm just about to send Tom on his way to wait for me and meet the guests so I can get ready with my friend Jenny.

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This is me practising my poses!

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Meanwhile Tom is waiting anxiously at the pier.

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After a sunny walk through Red Hook with Jenny, here I am! We'd made bunting out of some old typed library cards we found in the street, to try and seal off the end of the pier - it worked!

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Aw, poor Tom must have been sweating at this point.

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Excited!

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During the ceremony. My friend Jenny was able to marry us, as she is licensed to perform weddings in New York. It was awesome to have a friend do the ceremony, she read a Dorothy Parker poem from a book I'd given her before she moved to New York.*

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We'd also asked a musician, Andrew Lamb, if he would play for us. He played as I walked up the pier and as soon as we'd finished our vows. I'd seen him play the year previously at a jazz festival in NYC and he bent over backwards to come and play. It really made the day.

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Job done! It went really quickly, was slightly dream-like and I couldn't remember the long sentences I needed to repeat. We frolicked around on the pier for a while. We made bellinis from ingredients we'd hidden in ice over the edge of the pier and threw the confetti both of our mothers had given us.

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Cutting the cake I'd brought over from Betty's!

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My friend, the wonderful Gypsy Rose Flowers made me this silk bouquet to take. It had a vintage lucky black cat brooch on the stem. She made Tom's buttonhole as well. Thank goodness she thought of it and insisted, I wasn't going to bother with flowers, can you imagine? 

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The back of the dress, which I loved. It was from Sandro, it was the third dress I bought. Seeing the photos, I thought I looked like a 30-something Catholic schoolchild going for my first holy communion. Despite my mother lending me all of her best jewels for my 'something borrowed' I wore a gold locket I found for £1.50 in a charity shop in Whitstable. So I guess that was my something old. And I did wear my mum's pearl drop earrings and put a lucky sixpence in my shoe. And I had a something blue, but I can't tell you what that was.

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Posing for pictures. The two guests are my friend Mike, who lives in NYC, and his wife Cristina. It was awesome to have a small wedding for many reasons but we did miss our family and friends hugely on the day.

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Andrew and his wife Madaha leaving. They were such lovely people. I wish I could show you their stunning wedding rings, which Andrew designed.

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Then off to a sweet neighbourhood bar to sign the papers. We had a cocktail here...

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...then all went off to a cosy local place called Fort Defiance for more drinks and dinner. I had a scallop, corn and potato broth followed by peach pie. The perfect meal to end the perfect day. 

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I'll post more pictures of our trip over the next week!

*I'm going to do a separate post about the practicalities of getting married in NYC. Jenny is available for hire to perform wedding ceremonies and I can't recommend her enough, plus it means you get to be completely flexible about your time and location. It was fantastic being able to choose exactly when and where we wanted to do it!

22 comments:

  1. FAAACK... amazing! love the pics

    big up!

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  2. Congratulations, Caroline! Your wedding looks cosy and to have a sparkling sea as a backdrop! I think the beaded collar dress is sweet and not too-first communion-y. :p

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  3. Congrats congrats! What a lovely intimate wedding!!! Great pics. x LZ

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  4. Wow! Caroline! I've not been on here for ages and I spotted your latest post so have just read back and caught up with your news. How wonderful! I'm so happy for you both. Great pictures! Huge congratulations and loads of love xxx

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  5. Wow - looks like a fantastic day. Congratulations! I much prefer low-key, relaxed weddings, can't stand all that pomp & ceremony. Have often thought if I get married I'd like to do it in NYC, so, I'm looking forward to your next post.

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  6. Lovely blog! Did you receive the lucky dime I sent too? I wanted to cover all the bases with you being in the States.xxx

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  7. Wow wow wow, you looked amazing! Congratulations!!! I love small weddings and yours looked fantastic xxx

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  8. Something blue. SNORT!!

    I mean.

    Beautiful. You didn't look like a first holy communionist, you looked gorgeous.

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  9. Congratulations! Your wedding looked lovely and simple but very special. I love your dress too.

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  10. OMG Caroline - SO EXCITING! Looks like you had awesome luck with the weather as well. So pleased for you both - congratulations!!! Can't wait until I'm there myself in a few weeks. Yay!!!

    Poppy xox

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  11. Congratulations. May you have many many happy happy years together. Cute dress. And love the jazz man.

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  12. Hugest congratulations! So simple and perfectly chic.

    xxx

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  13. Yay! Congratulations to both of you. What a beautiful day, you looked stunning. xxxxxxx

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  14. YAY!!! That looks like such a perfect wedding, congratulations to you both! I love your dress too :) x

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  15. Thank you all so much. Felt a bit heart-in-mouth posting such personal pictures! Two weeks yesterday... ah. Feels like a distant memory already. :)

    Thanks again. x

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  16. Congratulations! It looks such a lovely day. Wishing you much happiness together.

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  17. I actually shed a tear reading this post. It seems like a really perfect wedding and you looked gorgeous - as always. I'm so happy for you. Nx

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  18. Awww Caroline! Or Mrs Caroline!! What an amazing day! You both look so happy – I don't think you look like a catholic school girl, you look like a super cute bride!! :) Loving the pier, the jazz, the insta-bunting, the bouquet... and the pose with the blackboard! So happy for you both!! :D xx

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  19. congratulations, caroline!!!!! you two look so, so sweet and happy. i love how simple and heartfelt this is. love love love. congratulations again! xoxo

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  20. Thanks again everyone. Aw Natski, dry those eyes! (And let's tea soon, finally!) x

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  21. Caroline, I've just seen this now, but I love your wedding and everything about it. That, and I want to go to New York so badly... Congratulations x

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