Hi bees! I’m the American bee in Switzerland who married civilly in ZÃ¼rich and then planned a long distance wedding in my hometown, Columbus, Ohio. We had a traditional Catholic wedding with a fairly classic reception at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus. Mr. Funnel Cake and I had fun combining his Swiss and Brazilian roots with our American festivities.
Then and now:
October 29, 2011
One year, 10 months, visiting Brussels this summer
We married civilly on August 17, 2010, and our family wedding was 14 months later. We still do not know which year to use for counting. I tend to say our anniversary is on October 29th, but that we have been married for three years now, which is important because three years means I can apply for Swiss citizenship soon!
The best thing that’s happened to us as a couple since we got married:
We bought an apartment! You can read all about the process on my blog katieandkay.com, where we navigated the highs and lows of the new-build process.
How blogging about my wedding shaped my wedding day:
Joining the Weddingbee blogging community made me much more conscious about the details of our wedding. We ended up having a lot more DIY projects, and wedding guests raved about how much our personalities came through in the decor. Our families loved all the blog ideas that were unknown to them like our thumbprint tree, my colourful underskirts, our DIY cake topper, and our congratulatory cards from the Obamas and Mickey Mouse.
Why I chose my icon and how my icon has become a part of my identity:
I chose the Funnel Cake icon because it was my favourite at the time. It hasn’t really remained a part of my identity since the wedding, and I am drifting more back into “Katie and Kay” rather than Mr. and Mrs. Funnel Cake.
My favorite post I ever published on Weddingbee:
My favourite post I published on Weddingbee was my DIY makeup trial because I got a ton of great feedback and it was my first time really starting to use makeup properly. The hive really helped me learn how to make myself up and gave me the confidence to pull off more dramatic looks.
Do you still blog/have you found another creative outlet for writing?
I’m still blogging at katieandkay.com about whatever I feel like, although on a much more relaxed scale. Kay wanted to keep our wedding website URL so we can use it for ourselves and our family in the future, so now it’s a way people can keep up with what’s going on in our lives.
- The best thing about being married is intimacy.
- The worst thing about being married is fighting with your best friend.
- The best thing we registered for was money! (And the only thing…)
- The worst thing we registered for was money. (I’m kidding, what can ever be bad about money as a wedding present??)
- When we fight, we make up by talking it out and hugging.
- The biggest challenge we’ve faced since getting married has been switching to speaking German exclusively during the week and English on the weekends. Also buying the flat together all in German was pretty stressful at times.
- Mr. Funnel Cake and I reconnect when we both get busy by having long brunches together on the weekends.
- When I have a disagreement with my in laws, we resolve it by having Mr. Funnel Cake deal with it. But honestly neither of us has ever really had an issue with each other’s parents over anything. Pretty lucky on that front!
- If we could do our wedding all over again, the one thing we’d change is going with someone who can actually decorate cakes! On a personal level, I really wish I had figured out how to fill in my brows properly and how to apply fake eyelashes, because I’m always jelly how beautiful brides look with those dramatic eyes in photos.
- In five years, I hope that we are out of Switzerland since Mr. Funnel Cake would really like to live abroad someday.
Catch up on the rest of our wedding on the Funnel Cake wiki.
- ZÃƒÂ¼rich, Switzerland/Columbus, Ohio
- Visual Communication Designer
- Wedding Date:
- October 2011
- Catholic church followed by a botanical conservatory