We Still Do
Time flies when you're having fun.
And traveling the world.
The absence of any sort of routine, or staying in one place longer than three weeks since the day we said "I Do" has made the years fly by. We woke up yesterday and after kisses and cuddles both said, "how has it been two years!?"
Our wedding day was everything we hoped for and more. We got married in a ballroom in Manhattan with walls that actually twinkled and sparkled. We had a perfect sunny, summer day, a first-look on a rooftop overlooking central park, glitter-throwing flower girls, hand-written love notes for each guest, an hour-long magic show to entertain our guests, and custom-made ice cream flavors from Ample Hills Creamery. I walked down the aisle to the waltz from Sleeping Beauty in a tulle and crystal cloud by the one and only Miss Hayley Paige and had crystals woven into my hair. We were married by a pastor and a rabbi in a ceremony that blended our faiths and families perfectly. It was a modern fairytale. A month after we were featured in the Vows section of the New York Times and my life was complete.
I planned our wedding for eighteen months in between road-tripping through America and Europe, traveling the world, training for my first marathon, and trying to stay sane. In the end, everything went off without a hitch.
Now I love holidays and any reason for celebration. So you can only imagine my enthusiasm on our anniversary!
We started a tradition last year of waking up, watching our wedding trailer, and then taking a long walk somewhere cute for breakfast.
This year we wandered hand-in-hand down to Tartine in the West Village, and had the place to ourselves for poached eggs with spicy hollandaise and cafe au laits.
We've been home in New York so little this year, we both walk around with cheesy grins on our faces, pointing things out like tourists. We always try to be in New York for our anniversary so we can spend the evening celebrating at the Park Hyatt, where we tied the knot. If you're looking for a wedding venue, picking one that you can easily visit again is so important! This place is so special to us now. It may be a big hotel but I feel like it's ours.
This year was extra special because my parents are in town, so we got to celebrate with them! We all met at the lobby bar for a celebratory cocktail before dinner at the newly opened restaurant inside, Bevy.
The Park Hyatt's hospitality is unmatched. They always recognize us when we walk in the door and treat us like family. I have never felt like it's a hotel, rather our fabulous friend's full-service apartment.
Before we even had water, they brought us champagne to cheers with! (These glasses proved to be bottomless!)
The atmosphere here is perfect for a special occasion. It's quite, cozy, and beautiful. We ordered some things, and then more and more came. Oysters, crab with squash blossoms, homemade lavash and green pea hummus, candied maple bacon - which could have been dessert! We wined and dined and reminisced. It was perfect.
Room for dessert?
A L W A Y S.
Their menu features a blueberry pie (for two). A la mode, of course. It's made with a shortbread cookie crust and drizzled with cream.
Since opening, the Park Hyatt has also been famous for their eclairs. The five types they offered all sounded too good. It was a tough decision, so they didn't make me choose.
The eclairs almost looked too pretty to eat. Almost.
They were all a dream, but the birthday cake one tasted like unicorns! Add it to your must-eat list A.S.A.P.
After dinner, we stopped in the Onyx Ballroom - where the magic happened.
We walked through, remembering how this room looked full of everyone we love most!
Having my parents to spend our day with made it so extra special. They gave us a fairytale wedding and anniversary, and they are celebrating their forty-fourth anniversary in just a few days! That's right - forty-four!
So heres to year two, year forty-four, and a million more!