Monday, November 22, 2010

Switzerland (Honeymoon Part 1 of 3)

We still pinch ourselves when we think about our honeymoon.

We had two backpacks, two plane tickets, and no reservations. Literally.
We flew into Zurich, Switzerland - and had a return ticket for 2 weeks later from Pisa, Italy.
Anything in between was up to us and our spur of the moment whim. It was liberating and freeing. With our two travel books, we'd simply decide every morning where we'd like to go to next (or if we'd like to stay where we were) - finding cheap rooms on the fly was not hard - and partaking in 'the chase' was often fun. (we only had ONE close call, in Florence. It was a holiday weekend there, and it took us almost 3 hours to find an available room) ;-) Those are the breaks.

Our adventure as mentioned, began in Switzerland.
From Zurich we took the train to Luzern, a small city on the water.

After a couple days spent strolling the cobblestone streets, eating fondue, and shopping for Swiss watches, we ventured on to one of my most favorite places on this earth. The swiss alps.

There are little villages dotting the alps region - and the only way to reach them are by lift, funicular, or by foot. We slept in the town of Murren, perched on a cliff.

We also spent one day venturing to the top of the Schilthorn. It took a string of the steepest and scariest lift rides I've ever been on in my entire life. We ventured so high, we found ourselves submersed in the clouds.

Even when out of the clouds, we were still only part of the way there. This station ahead was just a stop-over - we had to board yet another lift to finish the journey.

The view from the stop-over station. ALREADY above the clouds! The cable disappears into whiteness........!

Cannot BELIEVE my eyes!

There is a rotating restaurant, commissioned and built originally for one of the early 007 films.

Looking down at the stop-over station.

Drinking cappuccino at 10,000 feet!

Below is the town we stayed in.

On our way to Florence, Italy..........more to come. :-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Slice of Our Wedding Day

There really is no combination of words that can fully convey the joy and happiness of day we wed. Hence, I won't even attempt an intricate account......but I will outline the simple things that when rolled together created a day unlike any other, an experience that elevated to something greater than we ever expected, and memories that we'll cherish and carry with us throughout our life together.

  • I wore my mother's wedding dress & veil. From 1979. Minor alterations, and it was a dream come true, for both of us I believe.
  • Our ceremony was short & meaningful. Non-denominational since we were married in a chapel. And every word that was said echoed deep.
  • We thanked our parents and gave our mother's roses as part of our ceremony, which was one of the most special parts to me.
  • Everything was homemade or DIY. From the garland hanging behind us at the chapel, to pinecones I gathered up from our backyard and spraypainted. Our felt "H" location marker, chalkboard signs at the reception to direct guests, hand-stamped name cards, tissue poms hung from the beams, aluminum cans I wrapped in happy tape and finished with vintage lace for candle holders, a gift trunk (that I thrifted for $2.50!) hand-decorated with vintage fabrics and homemade bunting, and custom 'merch table' items designed and ordered by yours truly.
  • Being a professional in Marketing/PR, and having our reception at a barn converted into a state of the art music hall - it came to me naturally that we should 'brand' our wedding (T&S) and also stage a 'merch table' - custom designed pins, wedding 45s (CDs - that I designed to look like records), and custom designed T-shirts.
  • We ate catered BBQ.
  • We danced to music that moved us.
  • Our friend's band played all night.
  • The dance floor was NEVER empty.
  • The drinks never stopped flowing, even after the bartender left. A cousin stepped in to continue the service ;-)
  • After the first couple songs & more 'formal' dances, I kicked off my shoes and was barefoot the entire rest of the night.
  • The love and energy encapsulated in that music hall was the most wonderfully overwhelming and beautiful feeling you could ever imagine to feel.

May 15, 2010. Since that ethereal glorious day, life has seemed to be a slippery slope of events that have usurped all of our an equally exciting and terrifying way! :-)

More on that the meantime, I hope you ENJOYED this little slice of one of the happiest and euphoric days of our life.