So... the week before last, we made a spur of the moment decision to pop to New York and get married. We decided on Tuesday, flew out on Friday, registered on Monday and were married on Tuesday!
We were sort of planning to get married, but hadn't set anything solid, so I had bought an outfit to wear but that was it. Husband had to buy a shirt, suit pants and of course we had to find the rings! Our hotel was right by Macy's so we sorted his outfit the day after we arrived. Then I bought some white converse, I wanted something I could wear again, and I never do heals, so a crisp white pair of Chuck Taylors seemed like the way to go. Last it was the rings. We thought for kicks we'd see what they had at Tiffany's, when in Rome right? We wanted silver or white gold rings as we both have an aversion gold jewellery, but apparently Tiffany's don't do either! After that we were led on a bit of a wild goose chase around the city, one shop telling us to go to another, each recommending another that was a cab ride away! We ended up in Greenwich Village, basically a world away from Tiffany's in the diamond district. We were told the stores down there might have something a bit more "alternative". Apparently a plain silver band is "alternative". We asked at a few shops in the village and were met with mostly blank stares and a few people told us to try the diamond district!! Feeling despondent we were walking down Bleeker Street scratching our heads and wondering what to do when we came across a street market. One of the four stalls in the market had rings! Lots of bad rings with dolphins and nike logos, but there shone a small selection of plain silver bands! Eureka! (sorry, bad, tenuous pun). There were maybe six of these bands, and they had the perfect size for each of us! So the biggest ordeal of the whole experience was trying to find the rings, and even that was only about two hours! After that we bought some sleigh bells from the next stall down.
The ceremony was at the City Clerk's Office and it was perfectly nonchalant. We had my husband's(!) mum and a close friend of ours who lives in New York there and the ceremony lasted about two minutes! We didn't even realise the clerk had started the ceremony at first! We only told our immediate family that we were going to do it so it was a big surprise to everyone. Neither of us are into lots of pomp and ceremony and hate being the centre of attention (there's a reason both of us were/are the keyboard players in our respective bands!) so it was just perfect for us. After the deed was done we had a lovely brunch at a place called Imperial Number Nine, then went back to our hotel to change, then went to the top of the Empire State Building! I feel so lucky that we were able to be married in my favourite city in the world! It was such a lovely and perfect day, I wouldn't have changed a thing! We flew home the day after and are now back in London and very happy to be married! ♥