On Wednesday, Rory came down for the afternoon for a day of: browsing the Lanes, hot chocolates and lattes, beach walks, instax photoshoots, dog watching, diet cokes, trashy magazines and sour candies.
1. The view that will never get old
2. Bizarre pineapple-flowers at Columbia Road Market
3. Pretty Liberty flower display
4. Temporary home in Hackney City Farms
5. More pretties on Columbia Road
6. Pretty pub in London
7. Pints with this baaaaabe
10. Cheeky treats at Rory's
11. A Tea and Cake London find
12. With the beautiful Charlotte!
13. Raspberry treats
14. I really just take pictures of cakes, don't I?
15. Liberty streamers (that I kind of want in my home)
16. Met Alice for a coffee catch up
17. Lattes lattes lattes
18. Vintage rainbows in Shoreditch (of course)
19. Brick walls and flowerpots in New Cross
20. Tucked away pub Rory and I stumbled across while getting caught in the rain
21. Iced lattes
22. More cake. Cake. Cake. I should have just called this post All The Cake I Keep Eating and Why Don't Any of My Shorts Fit Me I Wonder?
23. Shopdog guarding the door
24. A charming cup of tea 25. Making new friends
After a good night's sleep and a breakfast of mimosas (buck's fizz, over here!) and croissants, we braved the rain and headed to Versailles for the day.
I'm sure I've said it a thousand times on this blog since first moving to the UK, and probably a dozen times in these Paris posts, but jeeeeeeez sometimes life is really surreal. Versailles! In the rain! Howwww?
While the main gardens were STUNNING, we decided to bypass the Palace since we only had a few hours left in Paris. Once we'd wandered our way down to the Petit Trianon I really felt like I was dreaming. Have you seen Marie Antoinette? No? Stop reading, go watch, then return to this post. Seriously. Go watch it. (Well, maybe finish this post first.)
Marie Antoinette's estate was stunning, of course, and even more beautiful (if possible) were the entire grounds - the farms and houses and mills and ponds and fields..
(Quick stop for some bubbly - cheers to Suze for carrying it along and cheers to Marie Antoinette, who surely would have sipped with us had this been the late seventeen hundreds!)
Love this pic I snapped across a tiny pond of Charlotte and Alix under that giant tree - some of the trees there were first planted when MA was around.. just a few years old and tad bit tall.
The entire time in Paris felt like a rose colored dream, I was so exceptionally happy to be there, and to be with Charlotte, and to meet her family and friends and get to spend time with bloggers I've only spoken to online. I got to do so many things I only ever dreamed of doing, and I'm sure seventeen-year-old Sara would be happy to see me at Shakespeare and Company, and befriending bloggers, and strolling through Marie Antoinette's Estates.
And so ends our Paris trip! If you want more, there loads under the hastag #TTDERbridalpartyinparis on both instagram and twitter, and here you can find a little video Jenny made of our weekend. Not last, Charlotte has just posted her super cute collection of instaxes she took whilst there, be sure to take a peek at all of those!