Monthly Archives: August 2014

vows and prayers of the faithful

We had some people ask if we could post our vows or the Prayers of the Faithful because they didn’t heard them or wanted to read them over again. These are what we have written–the spoken version may have been slightly altered.

Margaret’s Vow

Adrian, you are the man I am going to marry and today, I promise you the whole rest of my life. I promise you my joy and my sorrow, my wisdom and my stupidity, my health and my sickness, my wealth and my poverty.

I also promise you my fidelity, my loyalty, and my love.

I promise to look for what is admirable in you, what is strong, and what is beautiful. I promise to see you clearly and to love you totally. I promise to comfort you when you are hurt or in sorrow, and to stay by your side – through thick and thin, come what may. I promise to laugh with you, to rejoice in your triumph, and to celebrate you.

For the rest of our lives I promise to be yours, and yours alone; to be the partner you want and the partner you need.

I make these vows in the knowledge that with God’s grace and the support of the people gathered around us, I will live them all the rest of my days.

Adrian’s vows

I, Adrian, take you, Margaret, to be my wife. I promise to love in good times and in bad, to talk with you and work with you through hardship, to thank you for things big and small, to try to amplify the good and joyful in our lives, to honor your strength, and to always answer your questions about what I am thinking honestly, for all the days of our lives.

Prayers of the Faithful

The Prayers of the Faithful was read by Adrian’s mom, Joan. Some were taken from the standard ones, others were adapted or entirely written new.

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Where to eat/ drink in Boston

In addition to our list of things to do in Boston, we have some recommendations for places to eat and drink near where you’re staying:

Marriott Hotel/ Kendall Square:

  • Emma’s:  A very small and cozy pizzeria that consistently has good food.
  • Meadhall: Tasty, hearty food with one of the most extensive beer lists in Boston.
  • Friendly Toast: A retro diner that specializes in brunch but serves good food all day.
  • Bon Me: The brick and mortar restaurant of the hip Vietnamese food truck, serving bahn mi (sandwiches) and rice bowls.
  • Clover: Delicious food (that all happens to be vegetarian), served fast and cheaply.
  • Area 4: Great pizzas plus some, with a cool vibe.
  • Cambridge Brewing Company: A brewpub that is now a bit of a Kendall Square institution. We usually go for drinks but they do have a decent menu as well.

Charles Hotel/ Harvard Square:

  • Tory Row: modern pub with clean lines and a simple but tasty menu and good beers.
  • The Sinclair: a new restaurant with what might be described as fancy comfort food on the menu.  It has a great roof deck for when the weather is nice.
  • Russell House Tavern: Somewhat upscale gastro-pub housed in a classic brick house from the early 1800s.
  • Chutney’s: Indian food in wraps or ‘naaninis’. Delicious and inexpensive.
  • Cambridge 1: Inventive pizzas with things like lobster, arugula, or potatoes on them.
  • The Cellar: A slight walk from Harvard Square, this basement bar has a cozy atmosphere and delicious rosemary-truffle oil fries among other things.
  • Clover: See description for the Kendall Square location.

Mary Prentiss Inn/ Porter Square:

  • Christopher’s: A cozy restaurant serving pub food and American cuisine with a great beer list. Nice patio outside.
  • Guilia: Upscale, modern Italian food with a concentration on quality. May require a reservation.
  • The Abbey: Upscale pizzas and gastro-pub food in a modern but cozy setting.
  • Elephant Walk:  A French-Cambodian restaurant with interesting foods from both cultures and fusions between the two.
  • Andy’s Diner: A classic no-nonsense Boston diner, complete with portraits of Larry Bird on the walls.
  • Rod Dee: One of our favorite Thai places in Boston.
  • Pizzeria Posto: One of only a couple certified Neopolitan Pizzerias in the US. Italian style pizzas with quality ingredients.

Others favorites around Boston.

  • Best sandwiches: Dave’s Fresh Pasta, Davis Square. A pasta and grocery store with a deli counter that serves up some amazing sandwiches like prosciutto with fig jam.
  • Best Italian: Giacamo’s, North End. Incredibly delicious Italian in the traditional Little Italy of Boston. It’s so good there’s always a wait, so get there early!
  • Best burger: Bukowski’s in Inman Square and the Back Bay. We have a soft spot for their no nonsense burger since we had one on our first date! RF O’Sullivan’s in Somerville also has excellent burgers.
  • Best BBQ: Blue Ribbon BBQ in Arlington.
  • Best lobster roll: Alive and Kicking. Easily one of the best gems in the Boston area.
  • Best seafood (other): Belle Island Seafood, but people also enjoy Legal Seafood.
  • Best place to get a fancy cocktail with your delicious meal: Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square or Drink in Fort Point.
  • Best sushi: Avana Sushi, Chinatown. It’s an experience!
  • Best Chinese: Adrian’s partial to China King in Chinatown, while we both also love Qingdao Garden in North Cambridge and Wai Wai, also in Chinatown.
  • Best falafel/ schwarma: Schwarma Place.
  • Best beer selection: Meadhall or Lord Hobo.

I hope you find something you like!