The 222nd Day of 2012 – Our Wedding Day!

Day 3 – Friday, WEDDING DAY!

I had always pictured waking up on my wedding day to sun streaming in the window. Taking time to just let it all sink in before getting out of bed.

Wishful thinking. Instead, all of us in houses 11E and 11W were all jolted awake with a fire alarm at 6:30. We all grabbed sweaters and groggily ran outside to stand in the front yard. The sun was out and it was a gorgeous morning, but the screeching alarm was definitely NOT part of the plan. It was pretty obvious that it was a false alarm, but we had to wait for the fire department to come and reset the alarm. Apparently dust in these old houses trips the alarm pretty frequently. It sure made for an exciting story! And it got everyone up so we were not rushed!

Jacqui put on a pot of coffee, Richard made some great poached eggs, and we sat in the sunny kitchen rehashing tasks that needed to be taken care of. More cakes to bake, ladies to the salon, make sure grandparents were at the Battery by 3:30 for pictures, who has the USO hall key? Does anyone know where the iPad is? Does anyone know where the programs are??? Good chaos, but chaos none the less.

Luckily we were able to escape. My maids, the moms and I headed to the salon at 9:00 for 3 hours of pampering. We took over the whole thing, going from beautiful to stunning at the hands of our stylists. Mom had her hair and makeup done for maybe the first time ever, and looked stunning. All of our do’s turned out great. My makeup gal got my look exactly how I wanted. And the bridesmaids made the whole experience that much better with mimosas and cookies.

As the last girls finished up, I re-wrote my vows, painted my toenails and sipped on some throat coat tea (still trying to avoid going hoarse!). Then we piled into the car, and made our way back to the house for some last minute down time before pictures. We took tags off dresses, and hung them on the stairs for photos. The flowers arrived…boy were they cool! Succulents mixed in with really unique blooms. Exactly the kind of unexpected texture overload that I hoped they would be.

Our photographer, Ben, got there around 1:30 and it was go time. We slipped into our dresses, and then Jenny loaded me up for a drive down to the beach. Matt and I decided to do our “first look” on the beach away from the hullabaloo in the houses, which turned out to be a perfect choice. As we got down to the beach and Matt was waiting for me, a pod of orcas decided to show up. We just stood there, (seriously postponing our first look) to watch their beautiful dorsal fins pop out of the water. The sky was blue, the sun was out, it was the kind of day we Pacific North Westerners wait for all year. We had a great shoot with Ben, then headed up to the Battery for family photos.

I am not sure how to even write about the ceremony. I am going to use my favorite word again: perfect. There really is no other way to describe it. It felt natural and relaxed. Marty’s execution of the ceremony was flawless. He and Matt had spent so many hours drafting just the right words, and it was really special to hear them read aloud. We had some great improvised moments (like forgetting to have everyone sit down), and these just made it that much more personal. My mom read a poem by Senya, “Rise in Love”. Our vows went smoothly, and we both managed to get through them without crying. I think we were too excited and glowing with happiness to prompt any tears! The ceremony was just so fun. So natural. And so very us.

A big part of our ceremony was the seed necklace tying as our first act. Marty taught my family to make these necklaces with seeds we collected back when we were living on St. Croix, so we decided to add it into our ceremony. We asked every guest to put a seed on two necklaces. During the ceremony, Matt and I each added a final seed, and then tied the necklaces together in two linked loops. We each wore a loop around our necks for the rest of the ceremony, physically tying us together. We will treasure those necklaces for years to come.

Immediately after the ceremony, we took THE picture I wanted: one of everyone at the wedding, together, in one frame. We gathered in the next Battery over, and Ben got the shot. Then we took family photos off all of my relatives, then all of Matt’s. I cannot even express how excited I am to see Ben’s photos. He took so SO many good ones. There will be a massive post with his photos when we get them. Oh I cannot wait!

A collection of helpful hands had the ceremony site cleaned up in a matter of minutes, and our guests headed to the reception. Matt and I took more photos with Ben, and had a relaxing walk down the hill basking in the realization that we were MARRIED!

When we got to the USO hall, Josh (our good friend and awesome DJ/emcee) announced our entrance. We walked through a thunder of applause and cheering, seeing so many people we love. It was incredible. Seriously one of the best moments of the wedding. The hall looked stunning, and it felt so good to walk around, greeting people, and see all our hard work come together. When random things came up, like the cake melting, but we just went with it. So we will cut melted cake. No big deal! It is all part of the story. Dinner was amazing. And we actually got to eat (this was a major priority), then snuck out for more pictures.

Ben took us down to the beach again, and the sunset light was filtered through a thin haze. You could not ask for better light! Seriously, our time taking photos with Ben was more fun than any other part of the reception. It was beautiful, and relaxing, and most of all, just us. We were tempted to just stay out there taking pictures all night, but we eventually made it back to the USO hall to cut cake and dance.

The cake cutting was fun. Our cake was melting but it still looked great. Our moose and turtle topper was perfect. My aunt Linda had found us a cake knife at an antique store that morning, so we used that to cut our first piece. There was no smashing, but we made up for it with an icing filled kiss. The cake was yummy…Matt’s favorite: white on white from Safeway. And the cake buffet looked stunning. From there we moved on to toasts, then dances, then finally dancing the night away.

We had planned to dance till 11, but at 10:30 a park ranger appeared in the doorway and said the music could not be on after 10. Oh well, we were getting tired anyway so decided to take off. My mom arranged for a birdseed sendoff so we grabbed a bottle of champagne, our extra shoes, and ran through the tunnel. Oh and there was SO much birdseed! I had a handful shoved down the front of my dress, and Matt had it dumped down his shirt. Memorable to say the least!

Troy was our getaway driver, taking us to the Big Red Barn. Matt was in charge of finding this place and it was…you guessed it…perfect. One of the only non-Victorian style places in town, and it was just what we wanted in a retreat. We were floating on cloud nine, rehashing the events of the day and glowing in how well the whole day played out.

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Bachelorette Countdown

Oooooweee!! Bachelorette party weekend coming up! 4 more days and I will be rocking a sweet 80s wedding dress with some of my best girlfriends in Portland. I cannot wait!

Things to do:LC's Portland Bachelorette Weekend

–          Find my pink 80s shoes

–          Find some earrings

–          Borrow a crimper or 3 barrrel iron (or both!)

–          Make a veil/headband

–          Buy some champagne from Costco

–          Coordinate carpools

–          Pack!

Dear readers, be prepared for some glorious photos coming soon!

Fall Frenzy

This week feels like a time frenzy! I was nonstop busy all weekend and this week is just as packed. Saturday morning I met my friend Beth for chai in West Seattle, then we wandered through the estate jewelry store and antique shop. Matt worked ALL day so I made him roast pork tenderloin, green beans, and brown butter sweet potatoes with a fig tart for dinner. Sunday I taught a swim lesson. I went on a bike ride both days. The weather was perfect. Sunday night we went to Matt’s parents for dinner like we always do if we are in town. It was nice to see them and hear what the latest going-ons are.

So last week I got a phone call saying I won VIP tickets to the Trader Joes silent film series showing at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. This theatre is stunning, one of the busiest in the US, and still has it’s original Wurlitzer organ. Matt and I got dressed up and had date night to see a 1928 blockbuster full of robberies and flappers dressed to the nines. It was wonderful. Tuesday was a long day too. I had a dentist appointment at 7am, work, physical therapy, then met Matt for dance class. It was the final class for our dance salon with Ari and Whitney, and we are going to miss all this dancing. Next week our class is meeting up for dinner and then going to Wade’s on Capitol Hill for a night of blues dancing out on the town. Fun! We need to practice more but are having a ton of fun.

Counting down the days till cider pressing! Can’t wait till Saturday!

Paddle Boat on Tiger Lake

Matt and I spent most of this weekend out at his parent’s lake property on Tiger Lake. We were hoping for sun, but instead got a cool end-of-summer/beginning-of-fall day that was perfect for sitting by the fire. We camped in the trailer that is parked out there, and then got up to make oatmeal over the fire. They have a paddle boat and we took that around the entire lake, looking at all the different houses and lots and tried to decide which were year round home and which were summer getaways. Matt told me stories about him and his brothers and the adventures they had out there during their childhood summers. When we had made it around the whole lake we headed back to make hot dogs, baked beans and roasted corn on the fire. So good! Yes, camping is all about watching food cook!

We took the paddle boat out one last time when the afternoon sun was making the whole lake golden. Too bad we had to drive back to Seattle instead of spend a second night out there. Matt had to get up early to work on Sunday and I had errands to run. It was a really great Saturday though!

On Sunday I ran errands to the farmers market, found my cousin a wedding present (finally! Her wedding is this weekend…), a suitcase! (again, also finally since I am flying out to the wedding on Thursday!) a really nice cozy sweater and some glasses and a compost bucket for Matt. Very successful day. We went to Matt’s parent’s house for dinner and had some really good lentil soup. I brought monster cookies for dessert and they were quite a hit.

Cider pressing is in a few weeks. I am trying to rally up friends to come up from Seattle to press apples with us. I am really looking forward to it. Before that though I have Alissa’s wedding this weekend in Michigan, a bunch of work to get done, and dance lessons on Tuesday. Crazy times are so much fun!

Zombie Blues

Matt and I had our second blues dance lesson with Ari last night. Good thing it it blues which is meant to be done late at night when you are tired. We are both pretty sleep deprived with out opposite schedules, but are managing to make due. Last night’s lesson was much better than the first. I was way more relaxed and able to focus on the dancing. It is a pretty cool set up. We are doing lessons in Ari’s house (it is really similar to my house in Pullman with the large dining/living room and wooden floors but he has them furniture free for a dance studio!), and it is a small group of about 6 pairs. We rotate around every 10 minutes or so to learn how to dance with other people and avoid bad habits. It is so much fun! Matt and I are by far the youngest in the class, but we are having so much fun. We were even asked to demonstrate a cool move that Matt mastered last week! Woohoo! Too bad they are so late. There are some neat blues clubs around Seattle that we need to check out too. There is just not enough time! We are looking forward to dancing on the cruise in December.

Tri-ing New Things

Seattle in the fall has interesting weather. This past weekend the forecast was all rain.
 
 bleak

Well, it turned out more like this: rain, sun, rain, sun, downpour, lightning, sun, wind!, sun, dark.
 

Even with the bizarre weather it was a really fun weekend. Matt and I made amazing French toast with honey butter on Saturday morning, then I went out for Chai with my friend Crystal downtown. We wandered through some cute little shops and had a good long catch up session. Matt made miso soup with scallops, green onion, seaweed and mushrooms…yum!

Sunday I woke up early early early to go swim in the Trek Women’s Triathlon with my swim student Celine. It was a half mile in Lake Washington (cold!) and I am scared to death to swim in lakes, but sucked it up to support her. I should have just done the whole race, but decided to jump out after the swim. I was so proud of her for completing her first tri! Great job girl!

After the race I went home to shower and warm up, then to see my friend Lana…she and her husband just bought their first house! It is really pretty cute and I am so jealous of all the projects they now have to do! I cannot wait to have a house someday. We went out to lunch and then I did my grocery shopping, and then met up with Matt to go out to his parent’s house for Sunday dinner. Mom and dad were at my apartment when I got home, curled up on the couch watching Planet Earth. We hung out for awhile then went to bed. I was airport shuttle service taking them to SeaTac in the morning for their trip to Hawaii. I can’t wait for my next vacation! Michigan wedding in Oct and Caribbean cruise in December! Woot!

On Monday I finally made it to yoga (horray!) and then Matt picked me up from work to go to the Space Needle for a fish industry event where we got free valet parking, rides to the top, and all the awesome fish and meat samples you could want. We were stuffed by the time we left, but enjoyed the beginnings of a sunset from the top of the Seattle skyline. Good free evening date night!

We just started dancing again. We registered for some small group blues classes with one of the instructors from the summer dancing in the park series, Ari Levvit. He is so cool and a really good teacher. Lessons are every Tuesday evening for 3 hours (!) at his house, and last night was the first session. Oh learning to dance is so much fun! Now time to find Matt some snazzy dance shoes 🙂

Tonight I need to pick up my bridesmaid dress in Bellevue for Alissa’s wedding. I need to decide if the shoes I have will work well enough or if I need to go shop for some new ones. Tonight is pesto and gnocci night.

Road Trip to Idaho! (Congrats Joe & Ellie!)

Labor Day weekend = road trip to Idaho!

My friend from both high school and college, Ellie, got married this weekend. She and her husband has purchased a beautiful 80 acre property near Harrison, ID and have been building a barn, pasture and eventually house there for the past year. They decided it would be the perfect place for a wedding, and they choose really well. It was stunning. Matt and I drove from Seattle Saturday morning to make the 4:00 ceremony. The drive was beautiful (as Cougs we do have a soft spot for Eastern WA) and we took our time tootling around Harrison on the way. We grabbed some lunch at a diner, then checked into our B&B, the Boar’s Head Inn, and then hit the road in fancy clothes for the wedding. Too bad we did not read the full directions sooner though…at about 3:59 we realized that we were 25 miles down the wrong road. Not fun. We spun around and booked it to the wedding…barely made it in time but did get to see their vows. It was a great wedding…beautiful spot overlooking lake Coeur d’ lane, wind blowing, very happy bride and groom completed with cowboy booted bridesmaids. It was so Ellie and Joe it was awesome.

The reception was fun, we wandered around the property and took pictures, had some dinner, and did quite a bit of dancing. We did not really know anyone there, but the crowd was fun and we had a good time. I caught the bouquet!

The next day we took our time getting out of Harrison for the 6 hour drive home. We stopped for ice cream in Cle Ellum, then stopped to say hi to Matt’s parents in Issaquah, then on to West Seattle to meet my parents for dinner. We also stopped in Thorp for cases of fresh peaches…so yummy! I brought mom 2 25-lb boxes and they looked divine.

It was a good weekend. I enjoyed Monday off of work…to bad Matt had to work. We did manage to make lunch together though thanks to him working a split shift. We made yummy sandwiches and homemade potato leek soup. Perfect for the rainy fall day. Did I just say that? You can defiantly feel that fall is in the air here.