THREE FACTS: THREE FACTS: (1) Alexandra and Ian are planning an intimate black-tie destination wedding for 60 of their nearest and dearest in Puglia, Italy. (2) Alexandra is Jewish, and Ian is in the process of converting to Judaism. (3) Alexandra is a member of Smashing The Glass’s Brides Club!
When I first sent out the email about postponing the wedding I was sort of zen about it. I realized that this is how things had to be and that we would have an amazing wedding next May (it now may be May 2022 depending on how things pan out virus wise). The zen quickly wore off and I was crying over Swedish pancakes at my parents’ house a few days later. What can I say – it’s a process!
After the official postponing of the wedding my sister made the announcement that she was leaving New York where we both live for a job in Madison, Wisconsin. I was really proud of her for getting this job, but Ian and I were sad to be losing her. With this move on the horizon we had to get her car to New York so she could drive all of her stuff to Madison. Ian, Frankie and I started to plan a road trip which would take us from my parents’ house in Dallas, Texas back to New York.
I wanted to leave to go back to New York after what would have been our wedding day. I wanted to celebrate it with my family not on the road. This did not happen because Frankie said she had to get to New York to pack for her move. She didn’t end up packing, but that is another story.
It was decided that we would leave on May 9th, the day before our would-have-been wedding day. I was nervous about the whole thing. I didn’t look forward to driving across the country on a day I would have rather done some low key celebrating on. We woke up on the 10th at a hotel in Tennessee. We drove to Nashville where we got some very tasty hot fried chicken at Hattie B’s. If you are ever in Nashville I would say it is a must visit.
We were eating on a park bench when I realized that if we had been at our wedding we would have been signing our ketubah then. I was disappointed for a moment but it morphed into acceptance. I was excited to be having this adventure with Ian and my sister.
That night we slept in Athens, Ohio at Ian’s brother’s Evan and his girlfriend Becca’s house. When we got there Ian had a surprise for us. He had Evan pick up lemon squares, cheesecake brownies, and a flourless chocolate cake that said “Sorry about the wait” he ordered at a local Athens bakery.
Also great minds think alike because I had ordered a flourless chocolate cake from our favorite bakery in New York, Duane Park Patisserie, for when we got home.
They were delicious and they made me feel very thought of and cared about. My parents sent a bottle of veuve clicquot in my sister’s backpack for us with a really sweet note. We spent the night munching, drinking, laughing and playing Mario Kart which I am not good at but thoroughly enjoy. It was a great night. It was not the day or the night that we had been planning for the last fifteen months but it was special and great in its own way.
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Alexandra and Ian’s Wedding Vendors booked so far:
Venue – La Corte Dei Messapi
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