One Year Ago Today…..

I now pronounce you....

One year ago today, at Cloghan Castle in Kilcreest, County Galway, Republic of Ireland, Jay and I were married! Thanks so much to all of our family and friends who traveled over for the festivities. We have such wonderful memories and hope everyone else does as well. Everything just went perfectly (thanks to our wedding planner-Kate Deegan, Bernie and Joe with Cloghan Castle, Father Joseph Ryan, Mike Mulcaire, and many more) It rained on that day and I hear there is a chance it will rain today in Galway (imagine that….rain in Ireland ) It certainly didn’t dampen our spirits in the least.

Rainy Wedding Day

Mr. and Mrs. Ridgeway

So, today is our first anniversary, which I believe entitles us to a gift of “paper” according to all of those anniversary gift lists. I think that most likely means a card, though I did pause to ponder whether money could be considered paper….Hmmm…… Jay and I have agreed to forego getting presents for each other and to instead pick out something together for both of us. Thomas Moser catalogues are in heavy rotation here recently. We LOVE nearly all of his stuff, but it is a bit of an investment. No decisions made by us so far on that front.

Thomas Moser Vita Bed

Kinesis Chair

So, what are we going to do to celebrate? We had really hoped to be back in Ireland today at the Ice House Hotel, where we spent our honeymoon. To this day it is my favourite hotel (with the Standard in NYC  holding second place).We only spent three nights there and it wasn’t nearly enough time. The rooms are stunning, the food  both in the restaurant and the bar is stellar, the spa so amazingly luxurious and customer service is impeccable.

Ice House Bedroom

Soaking Tub

View from Suite

Unfortunately, circumstances conspired against us-Mistletoe cat is sick and can’t be left for over a day, further complications become obvious when one reads our previous post-DC Renovation 2– For these reasons, Jay and I are hoping to postpone our anniversary trip for now and try to take a big vacation in September-most likely to Ireland (Ice House here we come!!!) but the Amalfi Coast in Italy is also receiving quite a bit of attention lately. Jay and I did have a lot of fun the other day looking for castles/ruins to buy in Ireland. I would love to be able to spend 1/2 the year there and 1/2 the year here. I did find that there is a castle for sale, Strongfort Castle,  just a short distance away from Cloghan Castle, where we were married, that was built by the same family, The Burkes, in the 1400’s.

Strongfort Castle

We also found an old monastery near Ballinlough, County Roscommon…….

The Old Monastery

and if we win the lottery, there is Seamark in Glandore, County Cork!

Seamark Estate

Hey, a little daydreaming never hurt anyone. I’ll have to write another whole blog on cool properties in Ireland that I’ve drooled over. So, back to the original topic-how will we spend our 1st Anniversary? Well, we know there will be champagne-Veuve Clicquot to be specific-as if there were any other, and cupcakes. We might venture out for a nice dinner, though have not decided where we will go. We did manage to drag that top bit of our wedding cake all around Ireland with us and back to Virginia. It has been residing in the freezer since, until I took it out to thaw yesterday. From what I understand, we’re to eat a piece of it on our first anniversary. I’m not sure why. I think it is supposed to bestow luck. Perhaps it is a Darwinesque-survival of the fittest- test. I’ll have to let you know how that goes. Lets just say I’m glad we’ll have some cupcakes around as a back up!

Pristine Cake-One Year Ago

The state of the cake today. Gimlet is willing to give it a go!

As we were reminiscing about the day and looking over all of the great photos, it occurred to me that although I had promised in blogs past to post the photos from the professional photographer, Mike Mulcaire, I never got around to it. Mike is such a fantastic photographer, it was hard to choose from the literally hundreds of photos he sent along to us. Nevertheless, along with the few pics I’ve included in this blog, you can check out the rest of our favourite photos that he took on my gallery.

I guess we’ve come to the conclusion that we are so incredibly lucky. We not only had a wonderful wedding but have also had a fantastic first year of  our marriage now, finding us both happier than we’ve ever been. We are looking forward to many more years together. Well, gotta go now….there is champagne to be had!


One Response to One Year Ago Today…..

  1. John says:

    Hey Lea and Jay,

    Happy Day!!! I’ve been thinking about you two all weekend, and can’t wait to get back to Virginia to wish you a happy anniversary. What a year it has been, and you know that you two are the part of it that has gotten me through it. Can’t tell you how happy I am for you both and how lucky I am to have you as friends.

    Lotsa love,

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