A Wedding For Writers

wedding-in-bookstore-1 wedding-in-bookstore-2I simply had to share this beautiful wedding with you. It’s a writers dream come true. Darn it! It’s so beautiful I bet anyone would love to have their wedding in an old bookstore. wedding-in-bookstore-3Check out the brides style! A polka dot blouse and all those bangles! Who’d have thought it would all go so perfectly together? And did you notice her bouquet made out of book pages? Ahh… I’m loving this.wedding-in-bookstore-4 wedding-in-bookstore-5 wedding-in-bookstore-6(Via Powells)

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Memorable Proposals

engagementWould you hire someone to photograph your marriage proposal? To some, it’s really important to keep that moment forever but I’m not sure I would like to have someone photographing me during that very special moment. It would almost seem like an invasion of privacy! But what about you? Do you like the idea?

NY Mag recently ran an article of the stories behind seven memorable New York engagements – all captured on photographic film.

engagement2Isn’t her expression just priceless?

A Bohemian Wedding

bohemian wedding1Would you have a bohemian-inspired wedding in a barn? This amazing wedding is just too wonderful not to share. I mean, isn’t this the most beautiful bridal party you’ve seen?

bohemian wedding - bridal party1flowers at bohemian barn wedding1bohemian wedding dinner table setup1I’m love with everything – the colour palette, style, location, flowers… Need I go on? There’s lots more take-your-breath-away photos here.

(Photos, taken by Braedon Flynn, via Inspired By This)

What’s The Best Date You’ve Ever Had?

I watched an interesting talk on TED last night about the link between happiness and gratefulness. The speaker urged us to consider the idea that it isn’t happiness which makes us grateful; rather it’s gratefulness that makes us happy. Naturally, this got me thinking about all the things in my life for which I’m grateful for. And there are a lot! But what I’m most grateful for is my relationship with Jon. It’s been over 10 years since we met and I can happily say that he’s been my best friend ever since. There’s nothing quite like being married to your best friend : )

jon-and-i{Jon and I. We won a photoshoot just before our wedding}

Over the years we’ve had some amazing dates. Ones that were fancy and planned (and expensive). But one night in particular stands out. At the time, Jon and I were still dating. And I was having a really really bad day. After almost 13 hours of experimenting non-stop in the lab, due to one tiny error (I tripped and fell while carrying my petri dishes), the experiment failed and everything had to be discarded. I returned home tired and annoyed, thinking only of having a hot shower and sitting in front of the telly for an hour before retiring for the night. But lo and behold, that was not to be. When I reached home, I realised that there was a power failure and so, I had no electricity. With no hot shower, no tv or even the possibility of making a hot drink, I’d had it!

It was around 10pm when I called Jon to vent. He insisted that he’d drive over to take me out for dinner and coffee. I declined saying I was too tired and didn’t feel like going out. But he wouldn’t take No for an answer and twenty minutes later, he was at the door. As he drove me to a nearby restaurant, Jon calmly asked me to pass him something from the glove compartment. I opened the compartment only to find my favourite magazine rolled up and hidden inside. It was a surprise! And it put a smile on my face. The rest of the night was absolutely wonderful. We ate, talked and laughed a lot. I didn’t think about my lousy day at all. Instead, I was happy.

In a few years, we were married. And still enjoying fabulous dates.

our-wedding{Our wedding day}

What about you? What’s the best date you’ve ever had? Tell all…

PS. Dating etiquette 101: What to expect on a first date and who should pay on a first date?

Challenge: Acts Of Kindness

reindeer-xmasIt’s Dec y’all! How awesome is that? Christmas will soon be upon us. If you didn’t know by now, I’m a huge fan of this merry happy season. But while it’s easy to get caught up in decorating the house, planning parties and designing the best-menu-ever, we shouldn’t forget the real essence of this season. Giving. Building relationships. Doing good. Loving. The list goes on…

So! I’ve decided that the very first challenge we have on Peonies and Pancakes is to do one small task for someone else each day. Change someone’s day with a small act of kindness. In fact, that’s the  very thing that the people behind Change Heroes are trying to get us all to do by starting their 30 Days of Giving Bootcamp.

Unlike other bootcamps, you won’t have to pitch tents and jump through hoops. Oh, no! Those joining this bootcamp will receive an email every day of the month, challenging them to complete one small act of kindness for someone else. The task might be to pay a stranger a compliment, make a phone call to an old friend or write a note to a loved one. The bootcamp starts Dec 2 and would be the perfect way to spread a little holiday cheer. I’ve already signed up. Will you join me?

(Photo via Crush Cul De Sac. Graphic design by me.)

A Unique Wedding Ring

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Interesting wedding rings have always caught my fancy and these are really beautiful. Don’t you think? I’ve got a simple, thin gold band but I think having your partners fingerprint on the outside of your ring is a lovely idea. You could also add a handwritten message on the inside. I’m loving this!

(Images from the wonderful Etsy shop That’s My Impression)

The Love Lock Bridge

the love lock bridge 1This is so romantic! Have you heard about Pont Des Arts in Paris – better known as the Love Lock Bridge? This metallic footbridge was completed in 1804 and for years, lovers have been bringing padlocks with their initials or messages of love, locking them to the bridge and then tossing their keys into the River Seine, as a symbol of their everlasting love.

the love lock bridge 2the love lock bridge 3And now, places with love padlocks are springing up all over the world. What a sweet idea, don’t you think?

(Photos from Huffington Post)

Happy ‘Merdeka’ Day!

malaysia homeThere’s definitely something special about the 31st of August. When I was just a child, my whole family would sit in front of the telly and watch the national parade. We’d marvel at the costumes and enjoy the marching band. We felt especially proud when Negaraku was played and although we were just in our living room, all of us joined in and sang along. National Day was a big celebration! In fact, I remember the whole month of August feeling festive. People would fly mini Malaysian flags from their cars antenna and hang larger ones in their gardens. The whole country was happy.

Maybe it’s just me but I feel that twenty years later, a lot has changed. That sense of excitement and celebration has been subdued a little. But I must say that despite it all, I love my country, its beauty and people. This is home.

So here’s to a relaxing, fun weekend! Let’s all enjoy the fireworks tonight : )

PS. The picture above is actually an art print from EinBierBitte’s Etsy shop. It’s on sale now!