On Sunday September 5th, Steve and I had a little party at The Spotted Dog in Digbeth. It was actually a double celebration. First, we wanted to celebrate our wedding with some Midlands-based friends. We each wore the wedding clothes that we wore for our civil wedding ceremony at the Exeter Register Office.
Landlord John Tighe set aside an area in the garden for us which has a big screen TV. Steve put together a DVD of our fabulous wedding photos which we projected. The music was what we listened to at our wedding reception. We both love popular and jazz music from the 1930’s and 1940’s and put together a great playlist on Steve’s iPod. We also took Devon-based food. Venison pasties from the butcher over the road from us, Clive’s vegetarian pies and two vegan chocolate cakes from the Plant Cafe in Exeter. Oh, and of course clotted cream. We took some Prosecco for a toast in honour of our honeymoon on the Amalfi Coast. We gave everyone organza bags with sugared almonds and gummi bears. It was a fun evening. As we were on our way to Amsterdam for our anniversary trip, we sent everyone home with delicious leftover food.
Nicky Getgood, a wonderful Digbeth-based blogger and cyber-networker was in attendance, which was great. I met her online after my first trip to Digbeth in August 2008. I had written about my trip here, her blog found my blog and the rest, as they say, is history. The night that I went to The Spotted Dog on my return trip (September 5th, 2008) I met my husband Steve. So this was our other reason to celebrate – the night we met. Here are some photos that Nicky took with her iPhone at our Spotted Dog party.
I’m also writing about our trip to Amsterdam on my blog Inspiraculum. Here’s a photo of us taken at the Prins Hendrik Hotel in Amsterdam. One of the musicians we love, Chet Baker, died there in 1988 and we went to pay homage and drink a toast to him. Here’s one of “our” songs: ‘Let’s Get Lost’, perhaps the definitive Chet Baker tune. Recorded in 1956, it’s a perfect example of the cool and breezy West Coast sound. A romantic tune that highlights both Chet’s horn and his singing.