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We celebrated nine years together by having our civil partnership ceremony on October 26th, 2007. After the official ceremony, we went to Paris, to exchange vows and rings at "our bench" beside the River Seine. Below are photos of our weekend.
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A big pic
At the risk of making us giggle during the ceremony, The music we had playing in the chapel was taken from the soundtrack of one of our favourite films (right), which is set in Mykonos. We whistle this tune as a way of getting each other's attention.
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Pretending to sign the register
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Christine and Nick look for divine intervention
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Gillie and George
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Gordon and Neil, resplendant in tartan
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The wedding party
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George's homemade wedding cake, with caricatures of us as bears. See other cakes HERE.
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Flowers in the conservatory
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This ice bowl held a salad of beetroot, watercress, apples, and walnuts in curry vinaigrette
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The guests enjoy food, if not comfort
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Cutting the cake
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Salt Boy
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Neil serves champagne
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We decorated the conservatory
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Gillie took a photo of our photo
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In the afternoon, we headed to the train station to take us to Waterloo and then onto Paris!
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Nick is wearing his boutonnière.
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This cute man was on the platform.
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After our "legal" ceremony back home, we wanted to have our "meaningful" ceremony with friends at our favourite anniversary spot, our bench on the end of the Ile St. Louis. We travelled with Gordon and Neil on the Eurostar (paid for with Nectar points!) and arrived in the Gare du Nord in time to enjoy a few drinks in the Marais area. Kate and Paul arrived the next day.

On Saturday, we went shopping for picnic food and champagne while our friends did some sightseeing. We met at 5.00 at our bench, and laid out the picnic. We each read Nine Special Things about each other, to signify our nine years together so far, then we exchanged rings. To make things even more perfect, the busker we remembered was there as we'd hoped, and we asked him to play La Vie en Rose, which he did.

We ended the evening in Montmartre, looking out over the city from the Sacre Coeur, then sharing drinks at an outdoor café.
The pefect day!
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In Paris, Nick and Gordon contemplate house prices.
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Neil looking svelte at breakfast time
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Our first breakfast was at a charming Parisian café.
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Typically beautiful French pastries.
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In the courtyard of a lovely, free museum.
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A mosaic of Q*bert by Invaderand a funny musle bear advertisement for Orangina.
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A cute man in the Madeleine area of Paris.
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Jewel-like desserts at Fauchon
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We had lunch in the Madeleine area before buying picnic food.
We spotted a cute fireman on his bike.
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Fauchon's parking attendant
Shopping for picnic food
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What an honour to be joined by Neil and Gordon at "our bench" on the Ile St. Louis
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And Paul and Kate came, too!
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Nick pours the first of three bottles of Veuve Cliquot champagne.
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Kate and George by the Seine.
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A tray of delicacies bought at Fauchon
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George tucks into a "baguette magique"
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...baked by this cutie.
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Kate took photos for us
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We exchanged rings and vows on our ninth anniversary.
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Our rings
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One of the highlights: this man played
La Vie en Rose for us. Click HERE to hear it.

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A happy night
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Notre Dame at twilight. We saw bats!
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Nick finds the route to Montmartre
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Climbing the steps of Montmartre in kilts
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A funny children's clothes shop
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Gordon provides breakfast for Neil
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The peaceful entry to the Musée de la Vie Romantique, one of Paris's best kept secrets
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Inside the museum gates.
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A performer at the Pompidou Centre
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A clock near the Pompidou Centre
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Chocolate mushrooms! See our passion for mushrooms HERE
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Cute graffiti
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Creepy carved door
See another trip to Paris HERE
Click on one of the images above to see George's gift to Nick

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