Lunchtime read: The Brightest Star in the Sky

“A cynical type might suggest that it was all too perfect. But a cynical type would be wrong. Matt and Maeve weren’t just acting the part of people who are Very Much In Love. It was the real thing because their heart vibrations were in perfect harmony.

Not everyone knows this but each human heart gives off an electric current that extends outwards from the body to a distance of ten feet. People wonder why they take instant likes and dislikes to people. They assume it’s to do with associations: if they meet a short, mono-browed woman, they remember the time that another short, mono-browed woman had helped them get their hairdryer unstuck from a hedge and cannot help but feel warmly to this new, entirely unconnected, short, mono-browed woman. Or the first man who short-changed them was called Carl and from that day forth all Carls were regarded as suspect. But instant likes or dislikes are also the result of the harmony (or disharmony) of heart currents and Matt’s and Maeve’s hearts Beat as One.” — a supernatural entity (kind still to be determined), The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes

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Book in selfie so… bookie? 😉

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30 pieces of dating advice from literature

30 pieces of dating advice from literature

Blind Willow, Sleeping Women (Haruki Murakami)

Some gems from this link:

“I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.” – Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, Haruki Murakami

“Women fall in love when they get to know you. Men are just the opposite. When they finally know you they’re ready to leave.” — Dusk and Other Stories, James Salter

“The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.” — Invisible Monsters, Chuck Palahniuk

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” — The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

“The only obsession everyone wants: ‘love.’ People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you’re whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You’re whole, and then you’re cracked open.”

“The only obsession everyone wants: ‘love.’ People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you’re whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You’re whole, and then you’re cracked open.” — The Dying Animal, Philip Roth

A Waltz for a Night

Just watched Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. I remember being bowled over by these movies before, not least because all they really did in both movies was talk. I mean, how did these movies ever get made? But they did, and one of the most magical and romantic cinematic pairings was immortalized onscreen.

This was the last scene of the second movie. Celine (Julie Delpy — who knew she could sing?? I didn’t when I first saw this movie!) sings Jessie (Ethan Hawke) a song about the night they spent together nine years ago. Hooray for second chances and do-overs, huh?

Can’t wait for the third movie.

Scenes from a wedding

Made like a paparazzi at Charlene and Pancho’s wedding last Tuesday, January 8. My takeaway from it? I need me a new camera! Especially for photo-worthy moments like this wedding. It’s so incredibly frustrating when your iPhone runs out of juice at the wrong moment!

That’s my takeaway? One of the most beautiful and romantic weddings I’ve ever attended and I grouse about my (lack of) camera? I’m kidding. From the weather, which cooperated — well, for the crucial parts of the day — to the ceremony, the reception, the fun and the dancing afterwards, it was perfection. Proof that God is a sucker for romance and true love.

Weddings like Cha-Cha and Pancho’s are proof to this not-so-secret-reader (still!)-of-romance-novels, that true love wins out, sometimes you do get to marry your soulmate, and that happily ever after exists.

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Waiting for the mass to begin, I had to take a photo of the altar. The afternoon light filtering through the stained glass windows was perfect

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Mela and Lorenzo. Next ones to tie the knot in April

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Pancho and mom waiting for the bride. Wonder if he was nervous? He didn’t look it

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Veil sponsors Pierra and Toto, looking like newlyweds themselves

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Mabel and Peejo — another great looking couple

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Mabel and Pierra looking fabulous

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Cha-cha looking ethereal, everyone started clapping when she started walking down the aisle

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I started tearing up right around here. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house when Cha’s dad started crying going down the aisle, and especially when he handed Cha over to Pancho. Great emotional moment

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Signing of the contract and before the newlyweds were presented

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How could I not take a photo of this adorable little man? So cheek-pinch worthy!

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It boggles my mind that these two are an old married couple!

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So are these two!

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The deed is done — now time to party!

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But first, a closer look at the gown…

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… and the bouquet

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I bet these two were wishing us all to hell at this point so they could be alone…

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I love the table centerpieces! The attention to detail in this wedding is astounding! I wanted to steal the birdcage but it wouldn’t fit into my clutch

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Floral arrangements. I love the seeming casualness of flowers in the mason jars and using a mirror as base for the tchotchkes was genius

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The main table

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View of the cocktail area, after the reception

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Glowing chandelier at the after-party

Aaaand scene!