Monday, November 18, 2013

Grateful to be Madame Chanliau :)

Day 81 of 365 grateful days project:

"I am grateful that I am now a Madame Chanliau and that the wedding madness is over."

The great thing about getting married is the first 6 months after the engagement/proposal. Everything was bright and positive and we were back madly in love like the first time we met.

However, reality stroke 2 months before the wedding and the stress escalated bit by bit until the last minute of the act of "walking down the aisle." And all this was because I planned and organised my own wedding with 120 invitees.

Now I fully grasp the term Bridezilla and why it was invented at all. It was so easy to choke on someone during these crazy times when nothing seemed to go right on track. I would proudly say I was not one, though. I was impatient at times, yes, but I was so far from being a bridezilla.

BUT, all the little details that seemed so important before became nothing when my husband to be fell sick only 3 days before the wedding. The visits to wedding vendors and venue were changed to clinic, lab and hospital. Fortunately he is a strong man. He could stand still at the end of the aisle while I was walking nervously to him to see if he would faint at all. He looked white and thin and sick and he trembled a little bit; but he managed to declare the wedding vow. 

After the ceremony, everyone relaxed, including us, and we started to believe that everything was going well. Very well, even. I have to correct it once again, it was the coolest wedding I've ever attended! And it was ours! VICTORY!!!

To make me stop blahblah-ing, here is a video to the wedding. :)

Monday, November 04, 2013

Grateful to Get Married in Two Weeks

Day 80 of 365 grateful days project:

"I am grateful that I am getting married in two weeks."

Okay, in my last blog post, I was writing about Marie's wedding in France. I also wrote in the end of the post, that my boyfriend of 5 years proposed me during the reception. I wasn't prepared for that, nor did I hope that it would actually happen; so I flipped and I didn't quite give a satisfying response. When I was back in Bali in October 2012, I got caught up in so much work that I completely forgot the proposal did happen and perhaps needed some follow up.

In one of our rare girls' day out, Pam and Ingrid asked how the France trip was. And then I started telling them what happened at the wedding.

They literally danced on their seat at the Japanese restaurant when they heard about the proposal but soon froze when I said that I didn't say yes, yet. The next conversation could be easily predicted - Pam and Ingrid's attack on how stupid I was. :P

Anyway, inspired by Sex and the City, Ingrid started pushing me to ask him to repeat the question. But how could I do that? It's all different situation then, different mood, different everything. So I thought to wait for another 2 months and see if he'd do something. If he didn't, then I would make the move.

He didn't.

So in January 2013, I started making plans. Basically I wanted to propose him back. I tried at the New Year's Eve dinner, but do you have any idea how hard it was to get the words out of your mouth??? You had so many What If questions in your head and your head was so heavy and your cheeks felt so hot and your mouth dry. Nope, I couldn't do this.

But whenever I am determined to do something, I will find one way or another to make it happen. So I came up with a creative marriage proposal: making a video of family and friends proposing him for ME. I sent them emails and Facebook messages that I needed them to make a photo having one specific word that I assigned them to do. And since everyone was so excited about the prospect of us getting married, it took reasonably fast to collect all the photos! I was so smart!!! :D

Ingrid holding the word "Marry"
I am not a videographer or video editor, or anybody related to video production. But I wanted to do everything myself since the hardest part is done by people around the world. So for 2 weeks I woke up earlier than normal to put the photos together into a presentable video. To be honest, choosing the songs are the harder part. :P

The video was ready just after Valentine's day. But we were throwing a house warming party on the 23rd of February so I waited to play the video in this occasion. Despite the hard rain and the fact that half of the guests had gone home (better I guess so it wasn't too embarrassing), my trembling finger pressed Play on the TV remote control. Then this video was playing...

Vincent's reaction was..... overwhelming. I'm not even sure if that was even the right word. But hey, from the title of this blog you should have already known that he said yes. :)

I'm such a lucky girl. And he is one damn lucky guy. 

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Grateful to Be Back Blogging

Day 79 of 365 grateful days project:

"I'm grateful to be back blogging after hardly ever touching it for over a year."

I must be one of the worst bloggers ever. I saw that my Google rank dropped to 1... But hey, life happens. And it never happened the way it has been the past year.

By now you must have thought that something terrible had happened.

It hadn't, fortunately.
In fact, a lot of good things had happened. So good that I chose to live it more than write it here - which I now regret. It would have been nice to reread all the wonderful things that I'd experienced so far. But anyway, here I am back. And I'll try to be more consistent this time. *fingers crossed*

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Grateful to Be in the First French Wedding I've Ever Attended

Day 78 of 365 grateful days project:

"I'm grateful to be in the first French wedding I've ever Attended."

Along with Marie's sister, I'm the photographer of the wedding. It started with the legal ceremony at the City Hall which is just 5 minute walk away from Marie's grandparents' house. I felt the priviledge of coming into the City Hall for the first time and could have the access in front to shoot the beautiful wedding. :)

Marie and Cedric at the City Hall
Greeted by sprays of lavender seeds once outside

Then we moved to Marie's grandparents' beautiful house for l'apero at their amazing garden.

I was especially fascinated by the idea of simply dipping the wine bottles in the garden stream to keep them cool.
And then we went to the Parc de Villeroy for some photoshoots. Obviously I'm not in most of the photos, but I'll post those which I was. :)

Marie & Cedric's wedding
Romeo - Marie's youngest son
With the grand Rolls Royce

In the evening we had dinner at a cool restaurant where Vincent -- out of the blue -- said to me: "Will you marry me?"


Friday, September 14, 2012

Grateful to Be in Paris for Marie's Wedding

Day 77 of 365 grateful days project:

"I'm grateful to be in Paris today for Marie's wedding."

In 2001 I might have said that I'd never come back to Paris again ever. But that was the dark time when nobody understood one word I said and food always came to me wrong. Now the hunger days are over and this Paris experience is ought to be a lot better one.

It was a 6-hour journey, more or less - by car from Strasbourg. And I spent most of the time sleeping on the back seat while Vincent was driving (and smoking and smoking again). We arrived at Vero's before sunset and had lovely homecooked dinner. I didn't know that I had to sleep at Marie's tonight, though; while Vincent went with the boys. Wedding is tomorrow and it seems that they have to keep it traditional by sleeping separately until the big day comes. Ha!

Anyway, I will have to sleep at Romeo's bed -- Marie's youngest son -- and I already banged my forehead onto the bunkbed.

Not sure what was so special about the jacket, but everyone seemed excited.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Grateful to Have Found the Kitchen as the Warmest Place during Colder Times

Day 76 of 365 grateful days project:

"I'm grateful to have found the kitchen as the warmest place during colder times."

As opposed to how I'd feel in Indonesian kitchens -- bloody hot while cooking -- French kitchens are the most comfortable place at Vincent's mom's house. It's warm, it smells like good coffee; that's just the first place I go to once the sun is up. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Grateful for Having Arrived in France

Day 75 of 365 grateful days project:

"I'm grateful for having arrived safely in France."

There's a difference of 20 degrees celcius in temperature, but it's good to be back here! :)



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