Monday, December 20

Anniversary Week(end), courtesy of the iPhone!

First of all, thanks to everyone for the anniversary love.
Of course, we took many opportunities to celebrate our big day. Considering that we believe in celebrating the holiday season to the absolute fullest, this probably doesn't come as much of a surprise.
I was angry at myself for forgetting my camera during our many celebrations, but I did have my phone with me. It seems I have developed a tradition of photographing our anniversary by iPhone. See? These are from last year...
Our 2009 anniversary cake in our hotel room. Yum!
Jonathan clowning around at the Peabody. The beautiful Peabody Christmas tree, as seen from the Mezzanine....And now this year!
On our real anniversary, Wednesday, Jonathan surprised me with a limo ride around the Evergreen district in Midtown. We looked at Christmas lights and drank a little champagne before dinner at Cafe Society. We have celebrated at Cafe Society for every wedding anniversary as well as our engagement. It is our special place, and the food is so good. Their scallops are my favorite, but sadly, they were out of them this time. I had sole instead, as well as my absolute favorite dessert, their chocolate bon-bon with raspberry sauce. It is the best dessert in Memphis, I am not kidding!
My limo even had a red carpet (not shown) and a sweet sign. :)
Too bad you can't see the Christmas lights through the windows...They were so pretty.
I love Christmas lights in Memphis because they are all so different.
Thursday wasn't so great, as I had a major sinus headache. Luckily, the sinus issues went away on Friday, because we had a holiday party to attend.
On Saturday, we continued our anniversary weekend by packing up and heading downtown to the Peabody.
Oliver did not want us to go...
We started out at our wedding rehearsal and post-wedding haunt, The Corner Bar.
Then we had a little wine and a few bites of cake in our room. We order a tiny version of our wedding cake every year -- it's white cake with fresh strawberries and buttercream filling. Topped with more buttercream and fondant, it is divine, and it is one more way for us to remember our wonderful wedding day. Bonus: it's actually pretty cheap -- only $18! :)
We walked around the hotel and enjoyed the Christmas lights....
And stole a quick peek into "our room"...
They were setting up for a party, and they probably thought we were crazy tourists.
I wonder how many other people do the exact same thing.
Before dinner, we walked over to Bar Dog Tavern to get some fresh air
and a picture of the hotel from the outside.
We then enjoyed dinner at the Capriccio Grill. We ate more than two people should ever eat, but it was a lot of fun.
Jonathan really enjoyed this tiny bottle of Tabasco, which actually came home with us. :)
I have almost this exact same picture from last year.
Apparently Capriccio Grill photos are an annual tradition as well.
The night was not without music either. We heard so many songs from our wedding play list that it was almost funny.
Perhaps the most meaningful was hearing "What a Wonderful World" twice during dinner.
That song was my grandma's favorite. She asked for it to be played at her memorial service.
Four years later, we had already picked it for our wedding reception play list when I caught the special meaning of the song:
"I see trees of green, red roses too,
I see them bloom for me and you,
And I think to myself:
What a Wonderful World."
We had already picked out two Christmas trees with white lights for our wedding, and our flowers were all red flowers, mostly roses. Although she wouldn't be with us on our wedding day, I knew at that moment that she would be there in spirit.
I remember calling my mother and telling her to listen, really listen to the song we had heard so many times. She listened to it twice. Then we both cried A LOT.
Every time I hear those opening words, I struggle not to cry as I remember hearing that song during some of happiest and saddest times of my life.
It's amazing how songs can take you right back in time.
Here we are in front of "our tree" where we had our wedding pictures taken. Beside the tree is a piano that belonged to Francis Scott Key (yes, the guy who wrote the "Star Spangled Banner"). It's actually a really cool story. Phillip Belz (the late owner of the Peabody) became the owner of the piano in a very unusual way. The Belz family owns property all over the city, and one of the companies that rented from them couldn't pay their rent. In exchange for rent, the company, which sold pianos, offered this historical piano to Belz. He accepted it and had it placed on the Mezzanine level of the Peabody, just outside of the Venetian Room.
It is absolutely beautiful. I am honored that it is in our wedding photos. :)
On Sunday morning, we rode up to the roof of the hotel to see the ducks and the view.

These are the most pampered ducks in the world. :)

After we left the hotel, we stopped by the Brooks Museum to see the William Christenberry exhibit. He has been taking photos in rural Alabama since the '60s, and it's amazing to study them. They made me grateful for our Southern heritage. There is so much soul and beauty in the South.

After that, we went to the lovely Victorian Village for a tour of the Woodruff-Fontaine house. You should go see it today. The architecture is truly breathtaking, and you'll help ensure that it stays open for future generations to enjoy.

For a late lunch, we headed back to Midtown to one of our favorites, Cafe Ole.

Finally, we decided to go on a little scavenger hunt. We had heard about the amazing Galloway house that used to be in our neighborhood (it burned), and when we saw this old picture of "The Galloway House, Memphis, Tennessee" at the Peabody, we thought we had found it. I googled the Galloway house, and I found the exact picture and a Midtown address.

After a little driving around the Evergreen District (again), we found the house! I was so glad to see the beautiful home was in great condition and that it appears to be well-loved.

The whole weekend reminded me about all the beauty in this city. It is pretty hard to see sometimes, but it's there.


  1. You all are so sweet and romantic! Looks like a wonderful celebration. Congrats!


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