Yesterday I had such a fantastically wonderful New York City kind of a day. Very pregnant-with-twins friends of ours (from VT, but they live in Brooklyn) decided to have a "shotgun" wedding at city hall. Matt had a meeting at lunch time, so we went in together: him going off to his lunch and me venturing south of Grand Central by myself for the first time in YEARS. And it was wonderful. Wandering around SOHO. I spent a good hour perusing everything in Purl Soho - so nice to finally go there after so many years of reading their blog. I really wanted to get one of these kits from Prints Charming that they were selling in the store as they had a sample and it was really gorgeous. I really don't have the time or money (or eyesight until I get new glasses) at the moment though.
From there, I had a lovely lunch at le pain quotidien, before spending another delightful hour in an Anthropolgie store. I decided right there and then that I would be happy to live in that store.
Eventually Matt and I met up again and walked down to "city hall" (a building that is part of city hall in a generally speaking, functional manner, but isn't the original city hall- but not to worry, they have a big picture of the original city hall in there for the newly married couple to have a photo in front of) to wait for our friends. While we waited outside, there was a noisy occupy demonstration going on in the park across the road, and loads of police everywhere.
I am so glad I got to experience a city hall wedding. We were told to get there at 3:30. The bride was almost late, as they cut off registering and taking a number at 3:45 and she was right on the dot. So there was a lot of standing around waiting...and watching. Talk about fascinating. Seeing all the different people in there- some dressed to the nines, some more casual. So many different nationalities and races and walks of life. I don't think the actual "ceremony" was until just before 5, but we got to meet some really interesting people. And it was so nice to go to a wedding as it's been at least 10 years since I have. Afterwards we walked over to an Indian restaurant to celebrate. A kind of perfectly NYC kind of wedding I think.