Honeymoon, Paris and artists

Today I’m gonna tell you about my honeymoon. We were given quiet a lot of money and decided to spend it on a trip to Paris. It was magical! I always thought the most beautiful city in the world is Madrid, but I was wrong! Paris has that special charm you just can’t resist. I couldn’t have enough of those old cobbled streets, cozy coffee shops and holiday fairs. Every morning we were walking along Montmartre, eating croissants and listening to street music. There is so much to see in this city! It’s very hard to squeeze all my impressions into one post, but I’ll try.

Best moments of my wedding trip

  • On our first day in Paris, my husband Phil booked a riverboat tour along the Seine. It was a lovely evening! We were drinking Champaign on the deck, watching the sunset and enjoying the panorama of the city. The captain congratulated us personally on our wedding into the microphone 🙂
  • I heard so much about the Louvre, but it was even better than I imagined! The very place is so magnificent and solemn that you can’t help wondering whether you are still in the 21st century 🙂 And it’s full of all those pictures and statues everyone knows! I actually saw Mona Lisa with my own eyes!
  • But my brightest impression was certainly the Eiffel Tower! There is nothing more romantic than kissing on its top! You can see the entire Paris spread out below, full of lights and music. My husband couldn’t make me go down 🙂 I was standing there for so long that I caught a cold. But I don’t regret it 🙂

Paris of my dream

Paris had yet another surprise for me. One day I wandered into a local art store and saw something that made me freeze in my tracks. It was a picture of the Eiffel Tower, all glowing in the night sky full of colorful lights. This image was so in tune with what I felt standing on top that I bought it immediately! As I learned from the clerk, it was just a print of the original cityscape (print is a copy of a painting printed on canvas and the genre is called cityscape – modern art is definitely not my strong side!) called ‘Paris of My Dream’ by Leonid Afremov, a Jewish impressionist travelling all over the world and painting different cities. He also said I can find his works online. So when I came to the hotel, I started googling and there it was, my precious Eiffel Tower that now lights up my bedroom and reminds me of a great honeymoon spent in Paris! Cityscape art is not an easy thing to do. You can just paint the scenery as it is, but will it be any better than photos from your camera? It’s all about what you can’t see rather than what you can. There may be no place for all those bright colors and dazzling lights in real life, but there is certainly a place for them in your heart! And that’s what counts! I’m not very well-versed in painting, but for me Leonid Afremov is one of the best cityscape artists ever and I hope to see a picture of Tampa on his website one day 🙂

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A wedding to remember

Since my job is all about weddings, I should probably start by telling you about my own. I’m still thinking back to it with hysterical laughter.  Like any bride, I wanted it to be perfect. I carefully planned every minute of the ceremony and took a hundred rehearsals to make sure everything runs smoothly. But as I was walking down the stairs, the most terrible thing happened – I tripped over my dress and fell! I never felt so embarrassed in my life! All the guests were looking and the camera kept filming me as I was flying, literally, into my married future 🙂 Fortunately, my fiancé was fast enough to grab me before I ended up spending my wedding night at the hospital. Trying to keep balance, I swung my hands and let go of the bouquet which flew off in a random direction and landed right into the lap of my 70 year old granny 🙂 Imagine how surprised she was to find out she still had a shot at private life! Now it is just a funny story to tell, but that moment I thought I was gonna die! I had to drink a good deal of martini to settle my nerves. It went to my head and when the musicians broke into a fiery Spanish song, I started dancing barefoot 🙂 Luckily, the guests were already bright in the eye and thought it was a good example to follow. What else can I say, my wedding was truly unforgettable 🙂 Kind of reminds me of this movie https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Big_Fat_Greek_Wedding. If you never watched it, you definitely should!


Hi world!

My name is Tessa Martinez and more than anything else in the world I’m thrilled with two things – sewing and weddings. Luckily, my job combines them both. I sew wedding dresses in a small atelier in Tampa. I can’t say it pays very well, but it gives me something much more precious than money – happiness 🙂 It’s so great to know you make someone’s dream come true! Sewing has been our family business for generations. Ever since my great grandmother moved here in search of a better life, we have run our own tailor shop in Florida. I miss the old days, my mom and sisters. But I have my husband Phil and my daughter Emilia by my side to cheer me up. I’m teaching her everything I know and hope one day she will sew her own wedding dress just like I did 🙂

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