Sunday, June 28, 2009

Brady Visits 2009

Our first guest since we've been married! Guess who? Of course, it's Brady. Technically Michele and James visited as well, but they live in Brooklyn. Michele and I went to an outdoor Dr. Dog concert in Prospect Park as part of the summer Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series, and then met up with the boys. We ended up at Brooklyn Social to celebrate the birthday of Kevin's former classmate and writer Lila. Happy birthday, Lila!

Brooklyn 2009
James W, me, Kevin, Michele, and Brady

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Brady beating Michele with a flower.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Honeymoon in Greece Review 2009

Our honeymoon in June was basically the best trip ever. It was a good trip on its own with wonderful beach weather, beautiful sites, nice hotel rooms, and great places to relax and do nothing. Add to that the fact that it was our honeymoon, so we're permanently biased in favor of it, and I wonder if anywhere will ever live up to it. But it's a good problem to have.

We started our trip in Athens where we took in all the big sites including the Parthenon, the Erechtheum, the Ancient Agora and the Roman Agora, Theater of Dionysus, Hadrian Library, and even the ruins in the subway. Basically classical sights heaven.

Acropolis- Parthenon 2009 
Acropolis- Parthenon 2009

From Athens we went to Folegandros, a small fishing island a ferry ride from Athens. Kevin loved this place. It's definitely my favorite place, maybe ever, but I don't know how much of this was from soaking in how happy Kevin was. There was nothing to do there ("and it was everything I thought it could be." - Peter Gibbons). The people at our hotel were super nice-- I mean, the 80 people on the entire island were super nice. The weather was perfect with the breeze off the water. The seafood was so incredibly fresh. The Greek food was the most delicious I have ever had. We spent the mornings on the different little beaches near the harbor and hotel in the village of Karavostassis. In the evenings, we had dinner just uphill in the village of Chora.

From there we took another ferry to Santorini, which was much more touristy. We hiked around the volcano that the island of Santorini hugs, soaked in Mediterranean Sea hot springs, and watched the amazing sunsets every night. Our hotel room looked like it was built into a cave and had the most amazing view of Santorini and the village of Ea. It's true, I had a sniffly cold the entire time we were on the honeymoon, but I barely remember anything aside from the trip being perfect.

More on our trip here: http://eralontravels.blogspot.com/search/label/Greece

Folegandros, Greece 2009
Folegandros from our hotel balcony

Santorini 2009
Santorini from our hotel balcony

Monday, June 22, 2009

Athens, Greece 2009

Our honeymoon was basically the best trip ever. It was a good trip on its own with wonderful beach weather, beautiful sites, nice hotel rooms, and great places to relax and do nothing. Add to that the fact that it was our honeymoon, so we're permanently biased in favor of it, and I wonder if anywhere will ever live up to it. But it's a good problem to have.

We got married Saturday, June 6, and did our air travel on Tuesday. We started our trip in Athens, the capital and largest city in Greece. We spent June 10-11 there and took in all the big sites including the Parthenon, the Erechtheum, the Ancient Agora and the Roman Agora, Theater of Dionysus, Hadrian Library, and even the ruins in the subway. Basically classical sights heaven.

Acropolis- Parthenon 2009
At the Acropolis, in front of the Parthenon

Acropolis- Parthenon 2009
More in front of the Parthenon

Acropolis 2009
View from our hotel balcony of the Acropolis at night

Acropolis- Erechtheum 2009
In front of the Erechtheum at the Acropolis

Athens- Ancient Agora 2009
Kevin on the spot where Socrates lectured (Ancient Agora)

Athens- Temple of Zeus 2009
At my favorite, the Temple of Zeus

Athens- Temple of Zeus 2009
Temple of Zeus
Athens- Theater of Dionysus 2009
Kevin wandering around the Theater of Dionysus
Athens gets a bit of a bum rap, but after going there, I think it's only because the islands are so incredibly beautiful that by comparison, Athens is just regular-beautiful. The people we met in Greece were friendly enough though none seemed to speak any English outside of menu choices. On the other hand, all the signs in Greece were in both Greek and English, so that's handy.
Athens 2009
Walking around Athens

Athens 2009
Alphas beer, better than Mythos beer

Athens Central Hotel 2009
Honeymoon hot tub

Friday, June 19, 2009

Our Wedding Reception 2009

Our reception began at 7 p.m. in the Nantucket Room of the Wychmere Harbor Club. Our first married was dance to Sea of Love, a 1950s love song.  It was originally by John Phillip Baptiste (a.k.a. Phil Phillips) and George Khoury, but we danced to the Cat Power cover from her 2000 Covers album. We liked some other songs as well but found them impossible to dance to, and Sea of Love was on theme with our Cape Cod seashore wedding.

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First dance dip!

Our table cards were recent photos of our wedding guests (I made them myself), and around the outside of the table we had our five sets of grandparents' wedding pictures.

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Photo table cards

Our beautiful and simple Cape-Cod-beach-theme cake was one of the easiest wedding decisions. We both instantly agreed to get the cake the moment we saw it. We used my parents' cake knife set to cut the cake.

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Feeding Kevin cake

The bouquet toss got the party really started:

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Jen and Brooke go for the bouquet, and Brooke catches it

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Dancing to Beyoncé's Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) right after the bouquet toss

Dancing with my grandmother to Celia Cruz; it's tough to beat these moments in life:

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Dancing with Mima

My parents dancing to their own wedding song, Lionel Richie's Hello.

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My parents are cute.

Jon won the worm-off with Paduch (it's like a dance-off, but you do the "worm":

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Jon doing the worm

Our real song together was the last song at the wedding, Of Montreal's Wraith Pinned To The Mist, with the "bizarre celebrations" lyrics and a quick tempo. Kevin introduced me to the indie tune early in our relationship, and right away I knew I wanted it played at our wedding. The song captures what our relationship felt like when we started dating- a big wild happy party. One of the best moments in the reception was when the DJ played the song at the end and absolutely everyone at the wedding came out onto the dance floor and made the song come true. Thank you guys. I love you more than you could know.

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Last dance of the wedding.

Off to our honeymoon in Greece!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wedding Cocktail Hour and Half 2009

Our ceremony was a little short so our cocktail hour was extended. And who doesn't like a longer cocktail hour?

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Our signature cocktail, the Cape Cod Mojito

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Aubree and Patrick enjoying some wine outside

Clouther Wedding 2009
Posing with my high school friends

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Jinsoo playing classical piano inside

We used a clean wine bottle as a guest book and encouraged guests to write us messages that we would wait to read until our one year wedding anniversary. We will smash the bottle if we must.  It's the sentiments inside that matter.

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Message in a bottle

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Writing messages for our guest book bottle

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Group photo and Wedding Thank You card

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Our Wedding Ceremony 2009!

The best decision in my life was also the easiest one.  When our officiant Brady asked if I would take Kevin as my husband, I said, "definitely."

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My beautiful mother did my makeup

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The groom and groomsmen heading to the ceremony

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The ceremony musicians

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My dad walking me down the aisle

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The outdoor ceremony officiated by our friend Brady

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Married!

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Our parents

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The wedding party

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Forever isn't long enough

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