Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hitting the Bank

Happy Wednesday! I've been busy tooling around London with my parents, but I wanted to share some photos of my wonderful Monday night on the Southbank.

The Southbank is the cultural heart of London, with the British Film Institute, National Theatre and the Royal Festival Hall all within metres of each other. But more than that (for me, anyway), it's where I first met my husband, where he proposed last year, and where we got married a few months later. Monday was the anniversary of when we first met in a blind date six years earlier, so we grabbed a bottle of champagne and headed down to the river in the early evening sun.



The terrace of the Royal Festival Hall. A (my husband) and I first met here the week I arrived in London - it was a blind date, and although we'd corresponded by email, I was super nervous. Luckily it turned out pretty well!



Café at the British Film Institute. The yummiest burgers ever!

The National Theatre at dusk.


The Queen's Walk on the Southbank.

And finally, because I'm feeling all romantic and smushy...


After our wedding ceremony, in front of the London Eye.

I'm off to Wales tomorrow for a day or two, so I'll see you on Saturday with more photos! Have a great week everyone!

76 comments:

  1. Excellent, I am first to comment, amazing pictures and what a romantic story.
    Congrats to you both for your 'happy ever after', you are a stunning couple !!

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  2. Nice romantic mushy post - yay! I have a question - is this a place that has showed up in quite a few of the Dr. Who episodes? Just wondering - looks familiar - I mean I know the 'eye' but the rest of it - the walk etc... How close to the Isle of Dogs is this? And lastly, do you have a spare room cuz I'm coming for a visit? Just kidding...

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  3. Beautiful wedding photo. I knew that area in the sixties - before the Eye.

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  4. Ahh, what a BEAUTIFUL wedding photo!

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  5. Wow, you got married near the London Eye? That's cool!

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  6. Aren't you two just the cutest thing? Now I feel all romantic and mushy. Great pictures Talli, thanks for sharing. (BTW, he's a hottie!)

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  7. Your wedding picture is so cute. You guys make a cute couple. Great photos. It makes me miss London more and more. :)

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  8. Talli what a fun trip! Thanks for sharing all these fabulous photos! Awe I love wedding photos and you guys looked so happy, as I'm sure you still ar!! Gorgeous dress!

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  9. What a wonderful story and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your photos of Wales.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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  10. Awww that's so romantic that you still visit the place where you met! You look so pretty in that wedding dress. :)

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  11. Awesome photos, as always - especially the wedding photo - thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful visit with your parents!

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  12. That's so romantic (and awesome), good for you!

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  13. Talli, you're just stunning. Thanks for the nice trip through the Southbank.

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  14. The Queen's Walk on the Southwalk looks so romantic, and you are the queen in that wedding picture!

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  15. Nice wedding picture! You both look very happy. :j

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  16. Wonderful photos. And y'all look so happy!

    Helen
    Straight From Hel

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  17. I love it. The pics were great and made want to come back to London even more. How cool that you got married near the London Eye! FUN!!

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  18. Thanks for sharing, you two make a beautiful couple. I also love those atmospheric shots taken at dusk, very nice.

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  19. Congrats on the anniversary. Love it when you post pics, except it makes me want to hop on the next plane. Are you sure you're not working undercover for the Tourism Board?

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  20. Awwww you gorgeous woman!! Look at you and hubby all happy and smiley!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

    I love how you two met - how romantic and what a romantic wedding - under the London Eye by Father Thames - now that is just lovely!

    Awwwww again!! Have a fab time with mater and pater and enjoy good ol Wales!!!

    See you soon

    Take care
    x

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  21. How fantastic! What a brilliant story, I loved it, and what a fab place to get married, I love different things, me and hubby got hitched in Gretna Green after knowing each other only 9 months!! 8 years and 2 kids later hey?? Have a great time in Wales, K xx

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  22. Great pics and I absolutely love the wedding photo!!

    Enjoy the rest of your week :)

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  23. Aw, thank you so much for all the lovely comments! Our wedding day was so much fun - and it didn't rain! Shocker!

    Jan, I'm not a massive Dr Who fan so I can't say for sure, but this isn't really that close to the Isle of Dogs.

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  24. Aww, great photos Talli. And your story about how you met your husband is sweet. :)

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  25. Awww that's so cute :)

    Awesome pictures, too. I'm jealous you get to live there.

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  26. I love your wedding dress! And you both look so happy in that picture. How sweet!

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  27. Awe, that is SO romantic! I love the pics and the fact that every time you go there, it'll bring you back to your love story. Very cool.

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  28. You're a beautiful couple with a romantic story that brings a soft smile. London is such a magical city! Enjoy your trip to Wales! See ya!

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  29. Great photos. Have fun in Wales!

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  30. Thanks for the tour! I love London and want to go back!

    Beautiful picture after your wedding!

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  31. Your wedding photo is gorgeous! Love the picture of the Queen's Walk, too. I hope I get to tour London some day!!!

    Have a fabulous time in Wales!

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  32. Congratulations on the anniversary!

    I must disagree with you on the burgers, though: Wibbly Wobbly in Lancaster has the best burgers ever. London has nothing on them. *swoons*

    :)

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  33. wonderful pics Talli - have a great time in Wales and look forward tomore pics!

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  34. I loved this post! I'm glad you're enjoying your travels.

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  35. Wonderful pictures to go with such a romantic story! May your 'happily ever after' continue for many years to come.

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  36. Aww I love that picture of you two! You look beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures of London. Makes me want to go all the more!

    Glad you're having a good visit.

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  37. What a lovely post!! That part of London is wonderful...and I love the photo of the two of you!!

    C x

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  38. Gorgeous!! These pictures bring back my memories from London. It's such a charming place :) I'm glad you're having so much fun!!

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  39. Great pics! The London Eye reminds me of the great big Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago.

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  40. How romantic! I love And you look beautiful in your wedding picture:)

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  41. I love your pictures! You look amazing and happy in your post wedding picture.

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  42. Great pictures! It's fun to have a spot like that. The one for my hubby and I is the Greek Festival in Portland Oregon--we currently live across the country and would have to go to Portland at the right time of year to hit it, so i envy you getting to reminisce! You were a gorgeous bride!

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  43. How romantic! And a fabulous story. You both look very happy! Thank you for sharing.

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  44. Wow, awesome pictures. And congrats on the marriage. Sounds like a wonderful guy.

    CD

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  45. Loved reading your romantic wedding story -- and the pic at the end was fab! You were a gorgeous bride!!

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  46. Aww! Look at you in your gorgeousness in a gorgeous dress below that beautiful place.(Enough adjectives for you?) Thanks for sharing the pictures. Have I mentioned lately how badly I want to visit your neck of the planet???

    Have fun in Wales, you live the life, I'm telling you!

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  47. Happy Anniversary!

    Such a romantic story -- most blind dates don't end that way!

    I also love the pictures you posted & I wish I could see all the films & plays. I also love how the word theatre is correctly spelled!

    Have a great holiday in Wales! :)

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  48. Oh!! Happy Anniversary of your first meeting your hubby! What a great lovely story and I do love Southbank in the evenings esp when its warm! So great your parents made it over! Tx ;)

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  49. PS: I forgot to mention - a box of mini eclairs landed in my basket at Waitrose last night....mmm wonder what made me buy those? LOL

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  50. Aw, love your story and those pictures are beautiful!!

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  51. Love those photos! Your wedding photo is spectacular! :)

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  52. Oh, make us drool! I wish I could say I'm off to Wales.
    I could say I'm off to Council Bluffs, Iowa and no one would be jealous.

    anyway, have a great trip! see you soon!

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  53. Beautiful pictures -- especially the last one -- and congratulations on your anniversary!

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  54. Oh, terrific photos. I love your wedding dress - gorgeous.

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  55. One day when I take a trip to London, I'm going to do a search on your blog for all these old posts - the hot spots I must see. ;)

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  56. Awww, very sweet! Congratulations.

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  57. I have family in Wales...you are so lucky. I miss that place!

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  58. Lovely memory post, thanks for sharing.

    Tower bridge and London Zoo are where we went on our 2 day honeymoon. We lived in London with no money. On our 25th we went back and cruised the Thames. We stayed at the Tower hotel on the bridge. Opened champagne... Ah memories.

    Enjoy Wales.

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  59. I love love love the last photo!!!

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  60. Oh what a sweet story! And I love the pictures - especially the last one.

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  61. I love the carnival feel of your wedding picture! Very whimsical. :)

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  62. Aww, such a lovely story! Have a lovely trip to Wales. :)

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  63. What a lovely romantic story.

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  64. Thanks for those photos, I didn't know some of those places. I'll have to visit London more often.
    Enjoy Wales!

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  65. Aw that's so romantic! And you look gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

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  66. Beautiful photos!! Have a great weekend!

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  67. Great photos. Hope you have a lovely break in Wales and I'm looking forwar5d to seeing you on Tuesday! Yay!!!!

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  68. Beautiful pictures! Especially the last one. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the great links to other writers.

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  69. I'd say that blind date turned out well! Lovely photos, Talli. I can hardly wait to see Wales. When you return from your adventures, may I ask you some questions about British libraries? It's research for my WIP. :)

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  70. I've always liked the South Bank - great for a wander even if you have got something fixed planned. I like the second hand book stall they sometimes have there. But your reason for loving it is so much better Talli. Your post just put a big smile on my face.

    Hope you have a wonderful time in Wales!

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