A year of celebration or how the little girl followed her dream

EVERY little girl secretly dreams of that special day when she will walk down the aisle in her beautiful wedding gown.

For one day, she will be the centre of all attention and every detail would have been thought of to make it a day to remember. The food, the music, the decoration, everything would have been chosen with care to make those few hours as magical as possible….

WAIT! What? Only a few hours? I mean, a year of organisation, discussion, negotiation and compromise for what? Two glasses of champagne, three big smiles and a slice of cake. No thank you!

This is when the little girl and I came to an agreement: A wedding is a lifetime experience, so let’s do it the big way! We therefore both decided to make it special with not just one wedding but two, three, four, five and even six opportunities to make it…the one to remember.

At this point, my dearly beloved started worrying about two things: “Six weddings??”, and “She’s agreed to this with…herself?”  Moving swiftly on, I say.

Everything started on October 15th 2008 where my dearest proposed to me on top of the Empire State Building. Question from the in-laws: ‘You didn’t jump?’ – Answer: ‘No I couldn’t, the barriers were too high’. My dearest half was smart.

Wedding celebration – Part 1Saturday 8 August to Saturday 15 August

A year later, during the summer of 2009, families and witnesses surrounded us at Ulus 29, a delicious and classy restaurant in Istanbul with a beautiful view on the Bosphorus, to celebrate our engagement. Istanbul, city of love and passion, has become one of my favourite cities in the world. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Wedding celebration – Part 2Thursday 8 July to Sunday 11 July

Here we were, in the Eurostar waiting room, eating our posh picnic hamper with delicious salmon from Forman & Field, crispbread from Peter’s Yard, cheesecakes from Donald Russell, Codorniu Classico Cava bubbles and chocolate from Demarquette. Despite no trains running that night due to a fire in the Thames tunnel, we were the happiest people in the lounge and nothing could prevent us for getting married two days later.

After having finally made it to France, everything went according to plan and on the Saturday morning, @dewilded and I said “I Do” to each other… or should I say “Oui”. It was two incredible days with close family and witnesses but it was time to go back to London. Working life never stops.

Wedding celebration – Part 3Friday 17 July to Sunday 19 July
5.00pm: @dewilded was kidnapped by his friends in London and was only allowed to take his blind fold off a few hours later, once he’d landed in Berlin. Fifteen guys had organised a crazy bachelor weekend in Germany which ended in an outdoor karaoke where he had to sing the Stones’ “Satisfaction” in front of 2,500 people. As for the rest…well, it’s better not to know.

In a more civilised and foodie way, I was asked to cook a picnic in Jardin du Luxembourg for my friends. You can find all the details here.

Wedding celebration – Part 4Saturday 24 July

San Lorenzo, our favourite and nonetheless delicious Italian restaurant in Wimbledon, put together an amazing buffet to feed our UK guests invited to celebrate an unforgettable time.

Bruschetta, pizza, chicken Crostini, beef Crostini, fried prawns and calamari: every bite was tasty and flavoury. And while the plates kept coming from the kitchen, @jezmd, @thirsforwine, @laissezfare, @libbyeandrews, @sipswooshspit, @brandtaylor and a others started getting boogie down on the dance floor. From a legendary karaoke to the robot dance, the night was a success.

Wedding celebration – Part 5 Friday 20 August
Some of our guests invited to the previous party couldn’t make it and well, I guess it was another good excuse to organise a dinner at home. That said, inviting foodie friends over for dinner is nothing like having “regular” guests over.

We were absolutely spoilt that evening: everybody arrived with a dish: @kaveyf made a delicious Smooth Chicken Liver pate followed by a very tasty Cod in Basque Salsa Verde from @r_mcormack to finish with the most indulgent Tres de Leche made by @bribedwithfood.

A special thank you goes to @andredang who brought us the most amazing selection of Spanish, Belgian and French Caviar served with Quail Eggs and Blinis and… mother of pearl spoons.

Conclusion of the evening: we should get married more often! It was an incredible night and our friends offered us the most beautiful gift ever: a home made dinner cooked with love and passion. Thank you very much!

Wedding celebration – Part 6Saturday 11 September

‘David, would you like to be my husband?’ ‘Yes I do’… and on these words, we left the church, religiously married with the biggest smile ever and a hundred and fifty people ready to party with us all night . Everything went extremely well and, guess what? We still receive emails saying how excellent the food was.

The little girl has achieved her dream.

Wedding celebration – Part 7TBC
…who knows…

Thank you all for these incredible moments of love, happiness and friendship.

It meant a lot to us and hats off to having made our dream come true.

We love you.


19 thoughts on “A year of celebration or how the little girl followed her dream

  1. Wow. What a stunning post! I’m so happy for you both, and I hope you continue to have a wonderful life! We had just one amazing wedding celebration nearly 15 years ago, and life is still great. despite rubbish being thrown at us along the way ;o)

  2. I wasn’t going to comment as what I had to say I did in person, but “The Frenchman on the Balcony”?!
    I wonder who that could possibly be 😉

    Congratulations guys – May you have many many many blissful years together.

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