July 14th

One year from today is our wedding day. One day to celebrate us and our decision to commit forever and always to one another before our friends and family. I do not have the words to describe how amazingly excited, honored, and happy I am to be marrying my best friend, my equal and my greatest love.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

-Sonnet XVII by Pablo Neruda

I know there will be times when there will be stress and times when we will be on top of the world. But I also know that we are a team, and that no matter what, the greatest thing about our wedding day is our marriage itself. 

I love you honey! I can't wait!


Fireworks forever!

Three years ago, on July 4th, Patrick gave me a beautiful blue rose, a hand-written piece of music he wrote that I love, and a joker card with the words "Will You Be My Girlfriend" written on it. I excitedly accepted. From there, we grew together and fell more in love with each passing day. He is my best friend in the entire world, and I cannot wait to marry him.

On Monday, to celebrate our anniversary, we had a relaxing breakfast and spent some time together and then headed over for a day at the Museum of Science! It was such an amazing day spent in each other's company. With my apprenticeship taking over most of my time and his job during the days, it was really nice to spend all day together. Especially since there was a DINOSAUR exhibit!

Watching "Waking the T-Rex" in 3D!
We traditionally exchange gifts for our anniversary, and this year we did GOOOOD! I got Patrick a print of one of his favorite paintings by Francisco Goya:

"The Dog" Francisco Goya circa 1819-1823
Patrick got me an Amazon Kindle, which I am LOVING! He also had the most gorgeous bouquet delivered (from the place he had gotten the blue rose bouquet that we had on the night of the proposal) to me of blue roses....with Peacock feathers!

I'm not sure if I mentioned this before, but we are going to have a Peacock colored wedding! Patrick tells me that he didn't have them add the peacock feathers specifically, it was a glorious coincidence!

We had a wonderful day to celebrate us, not to mention a happy 4th of July! Patrick later told me that he wanted to ask me on July 4th so that we would always have fireworks on our special day. (I'm the luckiest person ever!) Although our wedding will be on the 14th of July next year, I know that we will have always fireworks everyday. Happy anniversary, honey!




A Romantic-al, Theatrical Wedding!

On June 25th, two of Patrick's and my best friends, Erica and Andrew got married! It was an AMAZING wedding at the Calderwood Pavilion, one of the most beautiful and prestigious theatre houses in Boston! Erica, as I may have mentioned in talking about her Italian-themed bridal shower my friends and I put together, is an actress, and Andrew is a composer. Their wedding ceremony and celebration were held in Deanne Hall of the Calderwood, and what an amazing, glowing space it was!

Erica and Andrew were married by their good friend, and Erica's director in Light in the Piazza
Their ceremony was beautiful, honest and truly heartfelt. It included promises of love and praises of character as well as a few hearty laughs, for what is more "Andrew and Erica" then some good chuckles! Also included in the ceremony were references to Light in the Piazza, including the title phrase of (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful love songs ever written: "Love to Me".

Andrew's younger brother read a beautiful excerpt from Nietzsche, of whom the groom is an ardent fan, and the couple prepared to listen to Erica's brothers; Michael and Sean and my Patrick sing another piece Patrick composed. The text was from the poem "Love" by Billy Collins, and it was perfect for the couple. Patrick truly captured the essence of the relationship Collins was describing in the melodies of the three tenors. I was moved to (happy) tears.

Then, Andrew and Erica exchanged their promises to one another. They were perfect, each capturing themselves and each other in words and promising to love and cherish one another always. After exchanging their vows and rings, it was official! And the celebration began!

For dinner, we got to greet the bride and groom on the way to a buffet-style serving of BBQ and sides from the delicious Red Bones Barbecue! with, OMG, CUPCAKES for dessert! (Chocolate or Vanilla iced cupcakes to be precise). Yes, I was freaking out.

Then we kicked off an evening of dancing, karaoke and fun with dear friends surrounded by the glow of those two, Andrew and Erica, celebrating their love and friendship. It was an amazing night!

They are kind of a big deal!


And, this is happening...

Patrick and I just before the party begins!

Beautiful, happy couple!
It is amazing to see such close friends share something so special. Patrick and I are honored and blessed to have been present for two weddings like that, that truly touch the heart. We love you guys, Congratulations!