petite anglaise

June 6, 2008

going going going gone…

Filed under: knot tying — petiteanglaiseparis @ 11:38 pm

I intended to post properly today. I really did. I had something deep and meaningful in mind. Something about what marriage actually means to me.

But I only just finished preparing our party venue (a very nice appartment in an hôtel particulier which looks fine now, but at 4pm, when the bachelor boys who live there had not yet removed their festering clothes and dog-eared possessions, looked anything but).

It’s been a long, long day, and the hairdresser from hell is coming to tame my hair into a chignon in approximately six hours time, using my scalp as a pincushion and asphyxiating me with several litres of Elnett hair spray.

Hopefully I will be able to prevent her from transforming me into a cast member of Priscilla Queen of the Desert when it comes to make-up time.

Watch this space…


  1. You can always write something “deep and meaningful” another day. Have fun at the party (if you head survives the chignon, that is).

    Comment by pierre l — June 7, 2008 @ 12:00 am

  2. Good luck Petite! I’m sure it will go swimmingly. Have a wonderful day.

    Comment by Yvonne — June 7, 2008 @ 12:02 am

  3. long-time reader, first-time commenter here… :)

    petite, best wishes to you and The Boy (and Tadpole!) for a long, happy marriage and a life filled with love :) it has been so great to read your blog and see the content transform into something different with each new phase of your life. i really do wish the best for you, even though we’ve never met!

    Comment by meghan — June 7, 2008 @ 12:15 am

  4. Best of Luck to you. And, please, no smoking around your hair as it is now officially a fire hazard.

    Loved the book btw.

    Comment by Godless Sunday — June 7, 2008 @ 12:37 am

  5. Yay ! :) I can’t wait to hear about your day, beautiful bride.

    Comment by Smita — June 7, 2008 @ 12:57 am

  6. Congrats!

    Relax, enjoy the day, and let everyone else do all the worrying. Best advice someone gave me – no one else will know if anything is “wrong”. And they didn’t.

    Comment by mrs. bee — June 7, 2008 @ 12:59 am

  7. Everything’s going to be all right!
    Good luck and ENJOY! Aymo

    Comment by Aymo — June 7, 2008 @ 1:04 am

  8. Best wishes on a wonderful wedding and a happy married life!

    I envy you in the best possible way.

    I hope Tadpole acts like a good princess at the wedding!


    Comment by Wren — June 7, 2008 @ 1:24 am

  9. Congratulations, mazel tov, and everything else wishing you the best luck in the world, Petite.

    Comment by B — June 7, 2008 @ 3:38 am

  10. Good luck Petite, and congratulations!

    Comment by Nikki — June 7, 2008 @ 5:21 am

  11. Bonne chance!

    Comment by sprite — June 7, 2008 @ 5:31 am

  12. My copy of Petite Anglaise, Canadian edition, has just shipped (according to I have a copy of the American edition on order as well.

    Comment by pierre l — June 7, 2008 @ 6:21 am

  13. Congratulations, Petite! Have a wonderful day!

    Comment by happyforyou — June 7, 2008 @ 7:04 am

  14. Enjoy yourself, its the most important thing about today. Congratulations.

    Comment by Vic — June 7, 2008 @ 8:42 am

  15. Have a fab day & congrats to you all cariad

    Sooz x

    Comment by Soozyuk — June 7, 2008 @ 8:56 am

  16. Love, health and happiness to you both. I’m right behind you.

    Comment by The Bold Soul — June 7, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  17. I jumped over here from another blog i read a week or so ago having never heard your story.
    Promptly ordered your book (you are currently buying your new apartment) and am loving it.
    Hope you wont mind a new visitor and that your wedding is everything you want it to be.
    Pol x

    Comment by Pol — June 7, 2008 @ 9:42 am

  18. Lots of deep breathing – but not when the Elnett is around. I can’t wish for anything better than that your second should be as happy as mine – 28 years and counting.

    Comment by Pat — June 7, 2008 @ 9:43 am

  19. Do Fa Fa Fa
    Do Sol Mi Fa
    Do Fa La Do La Fa
    Re Sol Mi Fa

    Comment by j — June 7, 2008 @ 10:11 am

  20. With heartfelt best wishes from Canada. Good luck, good life!

    Comment by Forest Green — June 7, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  21. Will you be releasing an official photo?

    Comment by girlwithmask — June 7, 2008 @ 11:29 am

  22. Best wishes and good luck!

    Comment by Susie Vereker — June 7, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  23. Dear Petite

    Forget about us, at least for a few days. We’ll still be here when you get back after the wedding! All the best for that.

    John Norris

    Comment by John Norris — June 7, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

  24. Congratulations, Petite and The Boy! This is it! :-)

    Comment by Vanessa — June 7, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

  25. Pics?

    Comment by clarissa — June 7, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

  26. Congatulations, Good luck with the Scary hairdresser.


    Comment by Anglaise Anna — June 7, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  27. a friend of mine just passed along the Canadian Edition of Petit Anglaise and i devoured it in one night -it was such a good read. i’ll be passing on to many of my friends here in toronto.

    i’ve just found your blog and will be checking back in… best of luck with your hair and big day!

    Comment by leigh — June 7, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

  28. Good luck and all the best, I hope that you enjoy your day!!!!

    Comment by Louisa Hibble — June 7, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

  29. I always cry at weddings. Bonne chance… sniff…

    Comment by mike — June 7, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

  30. I too am a long time reader but first time commentator. Just to say, ENJOY your, the Boy and Tadpoles day, and good luck with the princess shoes! Have a lovely day and an even better marriage.

    Comment by Jennifer — June 7, 2008 @ 4:46 pm

  31. Petite,

    I wish you all the happiness in the world and hope your head isn’t pounding too much demain from a combo of pincushion + bubbly! May you enjoy the very best of luck with Boy and Tadpole. Can’t wait to read all about The Big Day!

    Warm wishes


    Comment by Alexandra — June 7, 2008 @ 4:51 pm

  32. Hi finished the book… it was unputdownable!(is that a word!) You are warm, good fun and I love your observational humour about your young daughter as mine is the same age! I wish you all the best on your special day, may all 3 of you live happily ever after!

    Comment by Andrea — June 7, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

  33. I am interested to know your something deep and meaningful in your mind.Please share it.

    Comment by daten retten — June 7, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

  34. Have the time of your life Catherine.

    Enjoy every single moment. Breathe in your exciting, fresh and new future, breathe out the old and unnecessary.

    Good luck to you all… ;-)

    Comment by Steve... — June 7, 2008 @ 7:57 pm

  35. Go slow, remember it all. Take lots of photos.

    Best wishes.

    Comment by Mad William — June 7, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

  36. Les mots te laissent tomber au moment où tu voudrais te servir d’eux pour te donner l’impression de maîtriser la situation…
    Laisse aller, c’est une valse…

    Comment by marie-hélène — June 7, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  37. Mazel tov. Be blessed.

    Comment by jen — June 7, 2008 @ 10:37 pm

  38. have a wonderful day – look forward to hearing about it in your blog. Loved your book. j x

    Comment by jane in preston — June 8, 2008 @ 12:17 am

  39. Congratulations ! I finished reading our book last night and felt a little sad as my story mirrors yours almost exactly. I am still with my ‘lover’ a year later though we have some issues which sometimes are very hard to deal with. We went to dinner last night and I was telling him your story and relaying my concerns about how we met, how quickly we rushed in to things. However, we both agreed we wouldn’t change anything or give up those heady passionate first few months for anything. Then this morning I visited your blog and was so thrilled to see that you are getting married ! The romantic in me was desperately hoping you would have a fairytale ending (so to speak). I loved the book and thank you for writing it, it made me realise that I am not the only one out there. Best of the best for you and the boy and tadpole x

    Comment by Honeychurch — June 8, 2008 @ 12:44 am

  40. As I sat on the front porch of my home today, (almost) finishing your book, I remembered that today was your wedding day! I hope it was as lovely as mine was. Félicitations!

    Comment by Assertagirl — June 8, 2008 @ 1:38 am

  41. Have a fabulous fabulous day

    Comment by wino — June 8, 2008 @ 1:52 am

  42. Oooh squeal! Happy wedding day and best of luck, petite…

    Comment by Tamara ModernGear TV — June 8, 2008 @ 2:34 am

  43. Hope you have a fantastic day and that we get to hear all about it!

    Comment by Babycakes — June 8, 2008 @ 6:52 am

  44. My every best wish to all three of you, I hope the celebrations went well !

    Comment by Mark — June 8, 2008 @ 8:08 am

  45. Congratulations Petite!

    Comment by Kasey — June 8, 2008 @ 9:50 am

  46. Congratulations! So excited, have a wonderful honeymoon too.

    Comment by Marianne — June 8, 2008 @ 10:40 am

  47. Many warm congratulations, Petite!

    A toast to growing… hmmm… French together:

    Comment by Johanna — June 8, 2008 @ 10:58 am

  48. yay, best wishes petite and congratulations to the boy!!!

    Comment by ms firefly — June 8, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

  49. have a wonderful day petite :) best wishes and im sure even with all that hairspray, you’ll look stunning :) x

    Comment by Emmie — June 8, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

  50. It’s really happening, Petite! Congratulations! :)

    Comment by epikuryooz — June 8, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

  51. Talk about fairytale endings to a great book :)

    Comment by L.C.T. — June 8, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

  52. Many blessings upon your marriage and may you always make each other laugh and grow!

    Comment by Belle — June 9, 2008 @ 3:01 am

  53. good luck, I hope you have a wonderful day, and I can’t wait to see the pics (which I’m sure you will post on here…right?!)!!!

    also, as an australian, I’m very pleased to see a reference to an iconic australian film in one of your posts…and i’m sure you will manage to look even better than any one of those boys ;)

    Comment by little tan — June 9, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

  54. Beautiful photo and by the looks of things the day was wonderful and the hair turned out well.

    Many congratulations.


    Comment by Debs — June 9, 2008 @ 7:06 pm

  55. Good luck petite…

    Comment by Eric Dolce — June 10, 2008 @ 2:29 am

  56. Congratulations to you both plus Tadpole and best wishes for a happy happy marriage. Loved your dress and I look forward to lots and lots of pictures.

    Comment by Roberta — June 10, 2008 @ 7:31 am

  57. I found the pics – even the back view of Tadpole’s dress. Looks like it was a memorable day – just the way you wanted it.

    Comment by Roberta — June 11, 2008 @ 5:58 am

  58. Best wishes on a happy married life! Hope everything goes fine.

    Comment by James — June 21, 2008 @ 11:47 pm

  59. Best wishes and have a wonderful life.

    Comment by Rosy — June 21, 2008 @ 11:50 pm

  60. I have just read your book on holiday and really enjoyed it. I only recently returned home and found your blog and cant believe you have just got married, Congratulations!! May you be very happy

    Comment by Heather — June 26, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

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