new york city

this is now a long overdue post… but it was such a memorable trip that i want to have a record of it on this lil ol’ blog!

husband and i went to NYC as a mini get away before i began eleven months of articling. if i were to summarize the trip i’d use the words: eating, shopping, and lots of walking! i think 1 and 3 were the reasons i miraculously returned to Toronto without gaining a pound!

we flew Porter to and fro… what a brilliant airline – huge recommendations to everyone! and getting from Newark to NYC Penn Station was a breeze.

highlights of the trip:

  • finally eating at Shake Shack (amaze)
  • winning the front row seat lottery to go see Wicked!! We tried our luck on Friday night to no avail and then returned Saturday morning… and BOTH our names were pulled (we each put in a ballot asking for two tickets, so I forfeited my draw to another happy winner). What are the odds of that… everyone was telling us to go play the lottery after the show. And what a show it was! I laughed and cried, all before intermission. 
  • walking around Soho with husband 
  • chilling at Birdland for a Django Reinhardt tribute concert 

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so proud of Joe Fresh hitting 5th ave!

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my winner 🙂

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a first anniversary

… has already arrived! i don’t want to sound super cliché and talk about how fast it flew by because well… doesn’t life in general fly by? (including the time since my last post!)

our first year of marriage has had a lot of big milestones. i finished law school, graduated, and started articling. we went to italy on our honeymoon, cuba with our friends, and nyc just for fun. we bought a condo downtown Toronto (!!) and finally started living together. we’ve also endured some personal trials and as well have hurt through struggles some of our close friends and family are going through… which really, has just brought us that much closer together.

i feel like our first year of marriage (and maybe second, since we’ve only started living together, travelling together, etc.) we are allowed to be a little selfish and spend all *our* time together. but i’ve felt God start knocking on my heart and encouraging us to step out in certain ways… to bless people God will put in our lives. it’s exciting and a little scary all at the same time!

all this to say, i’m so thankful for my husband and our marriage. sometimes i’m overwhelmed by all the blessing that has been poured into my life through this marriage. i would be in such a different place in my life, if he wasn’t a part of it. my life would look so different right now…without him. the day before our anniversary, i woke up before him (as usual) and looked over at him, so peaceful and rested, and was filled with so much love and gratitude. for this little life we are making together.

neither husband or i are big dessert people and… we’ve never been a fan of wedding cake (we always prefer the plated dessert at weddings). so we went with the plated dessert for our wedding dinner and swapped the costs of a wedding cake for a gourmet potato bar which was such a hit! we’re talking fries (i could do a whole post on the consistency of a perfect fry… these ones hit the nail on the head), sweet potato fries, poutine (canadian, eh?), and gourmet chips with aiolis!

…but, i loved the idea of having cake on our anniversary. so i picked up the phone and called The Caketress and asked her to make us a mini two-tiered anniverary cake, inspired by one of her cakes I’d seen on a recent photoshoot. That was my plan for our anniversary – a “we” gift.

well husband spoilt me rotten… i had a feeling he’d be getting me some pretty flowers and he did – from Sweet Woodruff, who is the same florist who did my wedding day flowers. getting the bouquet really brought back intense (and sweet) memories of my wedding day – it was so beautiful & romantic. but then to top it off, he also got me a pretty sweet camera and lens that i’ve been eyeing for a while now, i cannot wait to take it out for some pictures.

for now, here’s a small peek into our special day. these are the last pictures i took with my Canon Rebel XS – a camera that taught me so much!

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a golden cake

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i still cannot get over these intricate edible hand-crafted flowers

little buds, little ferns, little berries, Lisa from Sweet Woodruff knows my flower language!

my handsome mister