PaC Man & Wife: Secret Heart

In the weeks leading up to the wedding, Mr. PaC and I made a deal. No presents, only cards. We had just enough money after the tax debacle wiped out any surplus funds. And I had no idea what to gift my groom. So it was easier in many ways to forgo gifts.


Writing a love note to Mr. PaC…just before the card exchange


Trying not to cry as I read his sweet words


Bursting with joy!


Muahaha, now it’s your turn to cry, Mr. PaC!


I think I got him.

With the card exchange complete, I was ready for our first look! But I was told to stay put. There was something else. That sneaky husband of mine didn’t keep his side of the deal!


My guilt at not secretly buying him a gift gave way to absolute shock when I realized what he’d done!


Château freaking d’Yquem!

For the uninitiated, this is a very, very nice bottle of Sauternes (dessert wine) on every wine lover’s wish list. My first taste of any Sauternes was Château d’Yquem—an unparalleled experience I never dreamed of repeating. And there I was, holding a bottle moments before our first look.


My hands were shaking from excitement. Good thing my legs didn’t give out!


And here’s Mr. PaC…grinning because he pulled one over on me!

Our Château d’Yquem will improve with age and careful cellaring. We did not drink it on our first anniversary. Nor will we drink it on our fifth. When we finally taste it many anniversaries from now, it will little resemble the wine from our wedding year. This vulnerable wine will have matured: mellowed in acidity, more complex aromas, and a spectacular lingering finish. A splendid metaphor for a great marriage, no?

Stay tuned because our first look is next!

(all photos by Heather Fowler Photography, unless otherwise noted)


Catch up on our PaC recaps!

Days Before

Wedding Morning


Mrs. Pain au Chocolat

Wilmington, DE
Wedding Date:
June 2011
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  1. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:29 pm

    That’s so sweet that he surprised you, and it’s such a thoughtful gift.

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    paw 871 posts, Busy bee @ 1:11 pm

    What a wonderful gift he got for you!

  3. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:05 pm

    What a wonderful gift to share many years from now! I love the pictures of you two reading your notes, you can feel the emotion in them!

  4. mslyre Member
    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 2:58 pm

    That is such a sweet and thoughtful gift! I love to metaphor to marriage as well, nicely done Mr. PaC!

  5. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:18 pm

    @Mrs. Treasure & @paw: Yeh, he’s kinda awesome like that. I think I’ll keep him!

    @Mrs. Pony: The card and gift exchange were the rare moments when my emotions threatened to get the best of me!

    @Miss Lyre: Thank you! It was one of those gems that seems to find you mid-writing.

  6. sword Member
    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:28 pm

    awww, it’s so cute that he surprised you! Love the card idea too btw!

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    kmc2be 31 posts, Newbee @ 7:31 pm

    I LOVE reading your blogs, I wish I had found you sooner! I’m also super excited to read up about your wine! My FI and I will be doing a wine ceremony, where we seal unread love letters and a bottle of wine in a box only to be opened on an anniversary of our choosing… this may be the wine we “seal”. =)

  8. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:46 pm

    @Miss Sword: He’s so good at being sneaky that it is a real challenge to surprise him. I brainstorm months in advance!

    @KMC2Be: Awww, thank you! It means SO much to know readers are really connecting with our recaps we’ve spent a lot of time writing. Comments are great encouragement! Love the idea of your wine box and letters. You’ll want that wine sealed up so you aren’t tempted to drink it sooner than its prime.

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    sugarbox 226 posts, Helper bee @ 8:22 pm

    You’re so beautiful and i love your wedding dress,it’s so pretty.

  10. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:52 pm

    @sugarbox: Aww, thank you! Emily at Cheekadee did a spectacular job on my make-up!

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