Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Love in the Jardin du Luxembourg

Today marks a special occasion: there are only 100 days left until the wedding! The weeks leading up to my departure for Paris were a mad rush of finalizing wedding-related details, stuffing invitations, securing a DJ, etc., so that Jamal didn’t have to deal with them in my absence. Once I return home in July, all that’s left to do is have my dress fitted (really sorry to my seamstress in advance for all the croissant-weight I’m carrying) and, well, pay the final balance on everything. Weddings are so sneaky, you pay a deposit to every vendor and then two weeks before the big day, boom. So expensive! So unnecessary! I have a post I need to write about why I am a dead-beat bride, but I’ll save that for another time. Here’s a sneak peek: I’m not excited about the wedding. I’m excited about the marriage. I don’t want to be a bride. I want to be a wife.

Anyway, needless to say, I am excited to be marrying Jamal, who, I might add, arrives in Paris next weekend. Finally! Six weeks is a long time to go without seeing your fiancé, but I’ve been managing. Okay, no offense, Jamal, but I’ve been doing just fine keeping myself occupied and distracted. Ladurée! The Eiffel Tower! Butter! CHEESE! But last week, I had lunch in the Jardin du Luxembourg by the Fountain de Medicis (for the second time in as many days, I might add) and I saw this wonderful elderly couple on my way out. They were holding hands and just sitting there, not a care in the world, not an itinerary to stick to, and it made me really, really miss him. I thought, “That is what I want.” I want to be 80 years old and in Paris with Jamal and just sitting there, soaking it all in. Promise me we can do that? (You know, unless when we’re 80 we can’t afford to come to Paris because we’re still paying off this wedding because somebody just had to have short ribs on the menu.)

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  • oh my goodness, this post was like being spun in one direction, to the other, and then back again. but more so with feeling like crying, then laughing, then feeling misty, then a big burst of laughter. well finally i know when you wedding is.

    how lovely. i totally 100% get your sentiment. it’s a good one in my book. and that old couple. i am pretty sure they could make the iciest of hearts just melt and long for their true love. how beautiful is that?!

    • Haha, sorry to put you on an emotional roller coaster! Imagine how I’m feeling! Yeah, that old couple was my favorite, and I didn’t want to be a creeper and sneak up too close behind them, but man. Got me all watery-eyed for sure. Must have been all the pollen. ;) xo

  • Oh la la! C’est la meilleur déclaration d’amour que je ne jamais lu ! C’est très beau Erin, Jamal doit être aux anges. Je ne peux pas croire qu’il te reste seulement 100 jours pour ton mariage. Le temps passe trop vite!
    Les photos sont magnifiques Erin, j’aimerais que tu me donne quelques cours…
    Quand j’ai vu la dernière, j’ai pensé, voici Erin et Jamal dans quelques années à Paris.
    Je te souhaite un super weekend en amoureux avec l’amour de ta vie!
    Et pitié, arrête d’aller chez Ladurée, laisse quelques macarons pour les autres ;)

    • Oh Eva, tu savais immédiatement! Moi et Jamal, dans…50 ans :) Le temps passe trop vite, est juste! A Paris, pour notre mariage, pour nos vies, etc etc! Quel dommage, mais il faut que nous vivons tous les seconds à la maximum! (quelque fois, avec macarons hahah). xoxo

  • Fourth picture: Awww!

    I think everyone has a wish to be 80 and holding hands with their significant other in Paris. Nicholas Sparks can’t even compete.

    • Everyone in this city is making out all over the place, snuggling on benches, it’s out of control. But this was the sweetest, most tender moment I’d ever seen. It was just so perfect! xo

  • When I hear other people talk about their weddings, it makes me so happy that we decided to elope. Not everyone understood the decision, but for us it was the right one. We too were excited about the marriage, not the wedding. Weddings are so frivolous and unnecessary, and honestly, all anyone really wants from a wedding is a really good party. I’ve thrown plenty of good parties without spending a ton of money. But a marriage? That’s an intimate thing, and I can’t imagine sharing it with anyone other than Shawn. Parties come and go, but true lasting love is something you only find once in a lifetime.

    Enjoy the wedding, but enjoy the marriage so much more! :)

    • Oh, eloping!! What a good call. I definitely support that decision, and know why you made it. Weddings really ARE frivolous and unnecessary, and mostly for the guests and not the couple getting married. I don’t like parties, to be honest. I get exhausted from all the socializing to the point where my skin actually hurts, and I’m not a big drinker. This is going to be a challenging day for me, but I think I can survive knowing what I’m doing it for –my husband! Er, future husband, anyway.

      Thank you for the kind words! xoxo

  • Came over from Petra’s blog.

    How could I have not been here, before!!!!!!!!????!!!!!!

    Well, I am here now, and making up for lost time.

    Thank you so much, for all you give us here!!!!!!!

    Tessa~

    • Thank you thank you, Tessa!! That is incredibly sweet and I’m so happy to have you here! Any friend of Petra’s is a friend of mine :) xo

  • 100 days? That’s so exciting!! I’m impressed you’ve managed to combine wedding planning with paris, i still remember planning my wedding – not my finest hours!! :) But still, soooo much to look forward to :) /Niki

    • Haha, thanks Niki! I’m pretty relaxed about the whole thing, which helps when it comes to planning. All the hard, coordinating stuff is done. We picked the first venue, first officiant, first DJ, first caterer we looked at, too. So that helped! 95 days to go! xo

  • AHHHH WEDDING! Okay sorry, minor freak out. If you ever need to have one, just ping me and I’ll have a mini one just for you. :)

    • Haha I love that you could conjure one up for me if called upon. THAT is the mark of a good friend! :) xo

      • Easily… and short ribs at your wedding? Sound utterly fantastic :)

  • really lovely post erin… one of my favourites actually :) may the countdown commence!

    • Aw, thanks girl!! We’re in the low 90s now! Ack! xo

  • I love that couple, they are totally you two in fifty years.
    But I can’t believe JAMAL still hasn’t commented on your blog, especially when you say such nice things about him.
    Mmmm short ribs.
    Also love that first photo x

    • Haha, he doesn’t have time! I have barely talked to him since he’s been in India. We exchange a few emails, but the time difference doesn’t work in my favor now, and he’s in meetings and working all day every day there. Trying to cram a lot of work into this trip so he doesn’t have to go back any time soon!
      xoxo

  • how very exciting :) have fun with Jamal. and maybe even sneak in some PDA sessions. it’s Paris after all!!! xoxo

    • Haha, I’m not sure I could talk him into that! :) xo