Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The Wedding // New York - Part 2

Hello, it's finally here, New York Part 2 - THE WEDDING!!

I think most people know by now that Barry and I decided to turn our holiday in New York into a honeymoon on August 26th.  We have been together for 13 years (or thereabouts!) and the traditional wedding route was never one that appealed to us.  Of course, when I was a kid I wanted to get married and wear a big dress, but then you grow up and realise there's a lot more to getting married than a dress.  Walking down the aisle, the first dance, speeches, seating plans, not to mention the years of planning involved, all of it just filled me with dread rather than excitement.

I'm also quite stubborn and the fact that so many people assume when you've been with someone for X amount of years that your sitting waiting for a ring.......because of course every girl is just waiting to get married. *insert new eye rolling emoji*.  I mean no offence to anyone who has marriage high on their list of priorities, it just wasn't high on mine.  

It was only recently that I realised I wasn't actually opposed to marriage, I just didn't want a wedding, and all the jazz that goes with it.   

Sadly there is no romantic back story to our elopement. We were all booked for New York, it was our first big holiday since we went on our very first holiday together 10 years ago.  I just casually said one night "why don't we get married in New York?" (I think I was dreaming about being Carrie Bradshaw!).  I guess technically I proposed, but then I kinda sat back and let Barry do the planning.  I suppose you could say I took on the man's role when it came to wedding planning.  Ask the question and then do nothing until the big day!  I would have made a rubbish bridezilla!

I had initially wanted to get married in City Hall (still dreaming of being Carrie!) but Barry wasn't as keen. That's when we (or should I say Barry) found Stylish & Hip Weddings, who not only do photography but also carry out ceremony's. As long as you have less than 25 people attending you can actually get married anywhere in New York! We decided on Dumbo in Brooklyn because it was a little bit quieter than Manhattan (part of me wanted to get married in the exact spot Chuck and Blair did but I had to remind myself I wasn't a character from Gossip Girl).

After the ceremony we had the photographer for an hour and Dumbo is a great area for colourful street art and cobbled streets. 

Once the photos were taken care of we went to Grimaldi's for pizza, then on to Big Gay Ice Cream for what Barry will tell was the best ice cream ever - I'll tell you it was ok - I'd be just as happy with a cone from ikea. Barry is a connoisseur of ice cream though so he's probably more knowledgeable than me.

After a quick stop at the hotel we headed out to Central Park to watch The Blues Brothers. As far as wedding nights go it was a pretty good one. The Blues Brothers soundtrack has now become our wedding playlist. If your ever in New York and the Film Festival is running then definitely go along, it's free and such good fun watching a film outside. Just make sure you are prepared. We turned up with some juice and not much else whilst everyone around us had full on picnics, blankets and pillows!! Rookie mistake!

Oh and our wedding cake was red velvet cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery!

I suppose I should also discuss the small matter of what I wore. I didn't really know what sort of dress I wanted as long as it was something I could wear again. As soon as I seen Alexa Chung wearing this dress from the Topshop Unique Pre-Fall collection I knew it was the one. The only problem would be getting my hands on it! Both Barry and myself signed up to be alerted when the pre-sale went live. I'm so used to getting Topshop emails I never even noticed the vital email one night, telling me that the line went on sale at 6pm! D'oh! In swoops Barry to the rescue......After the first few being "nicked" from his shopping bag whenever he tried to go to the checkout he finally bagged one. It was a size too big but some minor alterations sorted that.

One thing I loved about the dress was that I didn't need any accessories. The sleeves and neckline were more than enough and the pretty floral print and floaty fabric made it perfect for a hot summers day in New York.

I'm not a strappy shoe/sandal kinda girl mainly due to hating my feet, so I opted for a lovely pair of grey chelsea boots with a little heel, which were perfect and easy to walk around in. One thing you do a lot of in New York is walk.  And of course I had my little Alexa bag with me....because I clearly love Alexa Chung.

Eloping might not be for everyone but I'm glad I got married in New York. I rarely do anything exciting or cool in life but I don't think you can get much cooler than getting married on a pebbled beach in Brooklyn, with Manhattan as your backdrop! 

If you missed Part 1 you can find it here.  I have added a list of all the things we got up to just to remind myself of how much we actually did, on top of getting married!!  

I am also conscious that it's almost November and I am still writing about Summer....maybe my next post will be more season appropriate.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the week and has a spooky Halloween when it arrives!

Getting married in NYC
  • You can apply for your licence up to 21 days before your wedding date. 
  • We applied online before we went and then you take the application to City Hall along with your ID.
  • You can then get married 24 hours after you have your licence processed, at a location of your choice, or in the City Hall chapel.
  • The licence is then signed and witnessed and sent back to the City Clerk office if you choose to get married at your own venue/location (Matt who carried out our ceremony dealt with that part.)
  • Your wedding certificate is then posted to you!  Easy peasy! 

All photos taken by Jenny MacFarlane of Stylish & Hip Weddings

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Summer Holiday // New York - Part 1


It's been 6 weeks since my holiday to New York and I'm finally getting round to sharing some pictures.  Only a select few from the hundreds we took so hopefully won't bore anyone too much!  I decided to split my New York posts into two and some of you may already know what Part 2 is going to cover, but for now here's some holiday snaps which include a few outfits as well!  

I chose my Love Too True dress for a visit to the Statue of Liberty and the One World Observatory.  Probably the only time I will ever get to wear this dress with bare legs!  I pretty much lived in these trainers for the duration of the holiday, luckily they went well with most things and to be honest even if they hadn't I probably would still have worn them because comfy feet are a must when in New York.  My jewellery was either simple or non-existent whilst I was away but my favourite Noxious necklace came with me of course.

We had a day where we visited all the museums and of course I sat on the Met Steps. Who cares about the art inside! I took quite a few pictures on the steps actually....I have been very good and selected only two. One before I went in and one when I came out! I took every opportunity possible to get my photo taken there. It was one of the highlights of my trip. Sad but true!

My shorts were as a result of some DIY and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.  They were Topshop Mom jeans that I never really wore so decided to cut them into shorts.  I think denim shorts are the hardest thing to find, or at least ones that aren't just denim hotpants, so this way I got to cut them to a length I liked.  

My two favourite things from my museum visits!  A beautiful dress from the China: Through the Looking Glass exhibit in the Met and my favourite dinosaur.  Ever since watching The Land Before Time as a kid, Three horns have always been my favourite.

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge was hard going in the heat and anyone who tells you it takes 20 minutes is lying!

And there you have the best of the best of my hundreds of holiday snaps!  

The last picture is where Part 2 will start and will also feature Barry, who was for the most part of our holiday, behind the camera.  You can see Part 2 by clicking here.

We crammed so much into our week that I couldn't possibly share all the pictures but I've provided below a quick run down of how we spent our time in New York.  It was a busy 7 days but the best 7 days!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

What Lynnie-Bop did in NYC:-
  • Stayed At: The William, Murrayhill - Amazing hotel and great location.
  • Big Red Bus Company - Night Time Tour (two hours) Great way to see the city lit up at night without having to walk. 
  • Broadway - Hand to God, Booth Theatre - a dark comedy about a possessed puppet! 
  • Central Park Film Festival - Blues Brothers - probably the only thing we did during the week that was free!  
  • Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum (inlcuded in City Pass and includes access to space shuttle)
  • MOMA
  • The Metrapoltion Museum of Art (inlcuded in City Pass) - Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso....the list goes on...and of course the steps!!
  • China Through the Looking Glass (Exhibit at The Met) - the best display of designer dresses I have ever seen! 
  • The Guggenheim - The building itself is a work of art.
  • American Museum of Natural history (included in City Pass) - the dinosaurs! 
  • Top of the Rock (included in City Pass) 
  • Liberty Island (Included in City Pass)
  • The High Line / Chelsea Market 
  • Walked the Brooklyn Bridge
  • One World Observatory - 360 degree views of New York!
  • Ground Zero Memorial.
  • Shopping - Saks, Sephora, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Henri Bendel just to name a few.  
*City Pass - Gives you access to 6 attractions at a discounted price.