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Now it’s Official

We went to the Civil Courthouse and applied for our marriage license. The fee is $72 and we had to wait 72 hours. Right around the 70th hour, I became nervous; thinking that Davina may abandon ship 😉 On the third day we took the marriage license back to the courthouse and the honorable Judge Chang signed it on the fifth floor. Her fee was $40 and we only had $35. I offered the bailiff $10 Euros but he politely refused. He is extra nice and gave us permission to walk to an ATM. When we returned, a jury trial was in session. We squared up with the judge and walked to a different office to pay $7 for a certified copy of our license so that Davina will be able to change her last name to TWEEDY asap. Cheers to our future together!

The Newlyweds are Home

We made it home and have been trying to recover from our jetlag. We will be posting more wedding pictures as soon as we get them from our photographer!

P.S. We’re making it official in the states tomorrow morning at the Houston Civil Court! Stay tuned! Love you all, thanks for keeping up with our adventures!

Lastly London

Our last night overseas was spent in London. We stayed on the east side of London in the Shoreditch area. We were on a search for dinner, preferably fish & chips for Kyle and stumbled upon a food truck party. They know how to put on a good food truck event! It was called 3rd Market and had a DJ, bar, shopping, live music and more.

We decided to eat a crab sandwich, closest thing to Kyle’s fish & chips.
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Mine had avocado and almonds on it Kyle’s had pomegranate.
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The local brew was nice and so were the hammocks.
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I loved all the pallet furniture! I’m ready to start building some!
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Locks of Love

So with all the chaos from our wedding day, we had yet to make it to the Pont des Arts bridge to install our lock and throw the keys in the river. This symbolizes eternal love! There is another bridge, Pont de l’Archevêché, where you can place your lock which is for “lovers” it had way more locks on it.

It was pouring rain, but we had to go!

Our lock says Tweedy and the date 6/19/2013, in nail polish, that’s all we had!

Hopefully we’ll be able to find it again some day!

For the record:

Wedding Dinner

We reserved a table at Lapérouse for 7:30 but our photographer suggested we push it back in order to make time for more photos. The restaurant is ancient.

We were, without question, the sharpest couple in the place that night.

We ordered the five-course meal with wine pairings. In France, a five-course meal is actually a ten-course meal btw. Here are some highlights: duck liver…
Laperouse Duck Liver

And strawberries with basil sorbet…

I had a difficult time focusing on dinner with my beautiful bride sitting next to me and looking so absolutely stunning!! How’d I get so lucky?

Wedding Blooper

As with any wedding, things never go as smoothly as planned. We forgot some minor details on our wedding day: the flowers, our umbrellas, the RINGS! Watch this funny video:

Paris Hotel

We checked in to the Notre Dame hotel on June 18th and stayed until the 20th. Davina and I decided on the hotel for our wedding because we liked the unique interior design (French fashion designer, Christian Lacroix) and thought it would make for good photos. The wallpaper throughout the hotel is digital collage and our room featured the 1434 oil painting by Dutch artist Jan van Eyck (Art History 101).
Hotel Notre Dame

It’s recognized as one of the first records of marriage in the form of a painting. How appropriate? We had a nice view of the river, La Seine, as well. And if you open the window and peek around the corner, you’re eye-to-eye with the Notre Dame Cathedral!
Notre Dame Cathedral

Hens Day Out

Today was my hen party (aka bachelorette party). Kyle and I went to Reims France, which is a short hour trip by train. Reims is a champagne town with several large well know estates. I tried booking an appointment at several of the places online but never got a response, so we just went out there anyways. We got off of the train and after an hour of getting lost we ran into the Ruinart estate.They wouldn’t let us in.
Davina Lost in Reims

So then we found our main destination the Pommery champagne house!
Pommery Entrance

We didn’t have an appointment for here either but we finally convinced him to let us go on the Dutch tour, all the English tours were booked. From the ground floor this place looks like a regular winery.
Pommery Main Floor

But then they lead you to the caves, which were built by the Romans.
Pommery Cave Stairs

Pommery has amazing art work throughout the place, new and old.
Lights in Pommery Cave

Stag Party

It’s the french equivalent of a bachelor party. I’m getting married in two days, I needed one! In that spirit, Davina and I went to Le Crazy Horse de Paris last night.

It’s a cabaret and the current show is called, “Désirs.” Let me just say it was magical!

I enjoyed the music, lighting, and choreography 😉 The production was artistic and well rehearsed; it’s essentially 15 or so unique acts back to back with a ten minute intermission in the middle.

The show let out at 10:30 and when we walked outdoors we immediately noticed the Eiffel Tower. It was glowing in the distance, just across the bridge. We were looking for it on the way in and didn’t spot it! We walked over, despite the light rain and crowds of people.

Wedding Details

Kyle and I aren’t the biggest planners. I’ve been starting to freak out about the minor details, my hair, makeup and nails! I did a lot of Internet research, which can be deceiving. We had an appointment with our photographer, who is super nice and helpful. He had the hook up for hair, makeup and flowers! What a relief! Plus we made a game plan for our wedding day! So exciting!
Time for some shopping. We went to an amazing department store and picked up some famous macaroons.

Kyle enjoyed the decor.

Our next stop was my favorite Paris store Merci. The decor and concept was divine.