Two years ago today…

April 26, 2011

Two years ago today, at Cloghan Castle in Kilcreest, County Galway, Republic of Ireland, Jay and I were married! According to various anniversary gift lists I’ve browsed, I believe two years together entitles us to “cotton”. Hmmm…. I’m at a bit of a loss there. Though perhaps it could be referring to a big, fluffy cotton terry bathrobe that we could wear at a luxury spa….like the Ice House Hotel in Ballina Ireland, where we spent our honeymoon, for example.

Ice House Suite Bedroom

Ice House view of the Moy River

Yes. We had hoped to go back there last year for our first anniversary and it was not possible. Unfortunately, this year is following suit. We are hoping to post-pone any Ireland travel until September. Keep your fingers crossed for us. I really, really miss Ireland!

Conor Pass, Dingle

As far as anniversary gifts to each other (not going to be that spa robe till September at best), we had decided once again to buy something for the both of us. In fact we had our eye on the Harbor Lounge chair by Thomas Moser. I fear however that instead of this:

We will be getting this:


Let me explain. The temperature here in Virginia has already climbed into the mid-80’s several times this Spring. I really think that is totally out of line. It is much too early to be suffering that kind of weather and it really makes me fear what the actual summer has in store for us. Jay and I both despise the least bit of heat and humidity! So we were quite unhappy yesterday when the mercury climbed to 85° F and our sad, older AC unit was not able to keep our house in the mid-70’s, a temperature range in which we can continue to exist. So although I had been picturing myself relaxing in my Harbour Lounge chair, the image became considerably less pleasing when I thought of myself melting all over the beautiful chair come around July. Oh well!

So what kind of celebration did we have today? Very low-key. Of course it involved this (our all time favourite):

And a delicious cupcake from another favourite, Baked and Wired. Best in the DC/Metro area!

We did also go to dinner at Tunnicliff’s Tavern on Capitol Hill.

It was the first restaurant Jay and I went to when we were officially dating. But otherwise we thought we’d save what we could for some vacations we hope to take later in the year, namely Maine and Newfoundland. Both cooler climes we hope to visit during the depth of the oppressive Virginia summer.

Maine Sunrise

Foggy Bauline Newfoundland

Our second year of marriage has been as wonderful as the first. Both of us can truly say we’ve never been so happy. We look forward to many more together! Now, time to go, champagne’s a waitin!

One Year Ago Today…..

April 26, 2010

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!


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