All this is to say that in November, the freckled love of my life and I will (both for the first time) be visiting San Fran. where we will also be having a quasi-elopement at City Hall.
When we've told people this, they seem to have a mix of awe and confusion. The funniest part is the sometimes almost pitying look that sweeps across their faces at the mention of "City Hall".
I'm guessing they have conjured images of bad wood paneling and fake ficus trees.
San Francisco's City Hall is actually modeled after Les Invalides in Paris and seems devoid of paneling, at least in the rotunda.
We're pretty excited about it.
You may have noticed I said, "quasi-elopement". That's because although we will be having a simple (10 minutes or less) civil ceremony, we will be throwing a big send-off party (complete with yet to be determined blues band and a chicken and waffle vendor!) at a local theatre in our hometown. Then a small group of friends and family will join us for a few days of fun and drinks in California.
I can't imagine how involved planning a formal wedding must be, because even with our very minimalist plans, I still sometimes find myself a little overwhelmed with the ever-growing To-Do checklist.
So far, we've chosen a photographer, ordered rings and started looking for an apartment to rent during our stay. Airbnb is a stellar resource for travelers who prefer "the comforts of (a chic, well-furnished, modern) home, btw.
Right now, it's dress obsessing for yours truly.
Ideally, I'm looking for something timeless that suits the venue. I'm thinking Jackie O. mixed with Hitchcock's leading ladies.
It will be white (possibly paired with dazzling emerald green shoes), but this lovely dress from sohomode on Etsy is currently serving as my muse.
I'd love your suggestions.