Hi there everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying one of the last weekends of summer! It is always bitter sweet when the evenings start to feel cooler and the first leaves turn on the trees. Summer is just so sweet it is hard to say goodbye even though Fall brings all sorts of fun as well. This weekend, my brother AND his girlfriend Katrina celebrated their 21st birthdays. She is one day older than him, which is just adorbs. So shoutout to Andy and Katrina. I couldn’t be any luckier to have them in my life. We had a blast ringing in their 21st year in the great city of Tacoma!
Today, we are kicking off a topic which Andy and Katrina were a very important part of; the wedding. Haha, what a segue that was. We begin a week early because a million things happened in the week leading up to the big day and I don’t want to forget a thing. Did I mention that this blog is basically my diary? What? I am warning you this post is a very long retelling, so if you get bored, then skim. I don’t tell my students this, but you can get the general idea of what is going from just skimming. I won’t be offended.
My friends and bridesmaids from college who I had not seen in one whole year flew out a whole week early to help with preparations and to help organize and attend my bachelorette party. It was incredible. I loved having them here and am so grateful we got to spend a whole week together. My friend Rachel flew in first, so we picked her up and brought her back to Tacoma for the night. We stayed up until 2:30 in the morning because we couldn’t stop talking and then we woke up the next day and packed up for Whidbey. Rachel and I left Tacoma in the morning to go get Libby and Claire and then we headed straight to my parents house for the rest of the week. Bye Tacoma.
Derek picked our other friend Brian and his brother at the airport that night, and then headed up the next day. There were so many people in town, and we spent a lot of time catching up. Everyone was crashing and camping at my parents house until we left to go the bachelor or bachelorette parties on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Those few days before the party, we got a lot of things done. Having and DIY wedding was the best thing ever, but it was a ton of work up front and it was great to have such amazing help.
Derek and his groomsman and friends headed down to a cabin in the Mt. Rainer area for two nights for a bachelor extravaganza while the girls stayed a little closer to home and hit up Seattle for some fun. I can’t recap the bachelor party, but from what I have heard it was a whole bunch of boys hanging out in a cabin in the middle of nowhere for three days. Some shenanigans were had…
We kicked off my bachelorette party with a swimming stop at Seward Park on Lake Washington. It was a super nice day, and we spent a hours swimming and sitting in the sun. Swimming was a big theme of wedding week! Afterwards, we headed to Fremont Brewing to get some brews and cool off a little. The cooling off was a bit of a failure, but the beer was good! Derek loves Fremont beer, so I will have to take him back here at some point.
My bridesmaids had booked us a room at the Marriott on Lake Union, so we headed back there to change and clean up for dinner. Our room turned out to be spectacular. It was a huge suite and had an epically large balcony over looking Lake Union. It was perfect for the occasion. We went to dinner at a wonderful Thai near Pike Place on the water. The food was delicious, the presentation and vibe was fancy and the menu was actually affordable. I would absolutely go back again. The only hiccup was that it took our waiter an entire hour to get us our checks after we were done eating. And the restaurant wasn’t even crowded. Granted, there were about 15 of us, but we only needed a few separate checks. He just disappeared for a good 30 minutes between giving us the checks and picking them up, and then another 20 or so between picking them up and giving us our cards back. It was so odd. I finally told him that we had someplace to be in an attempt to hurry him up. Oh well.
Dinner was followed by a walk to the pier and a ride on the ferris wheel. It was fun to hit up some of the tourist places in Seattle, because I would have never ridden the wheel without a reason. It was dark by the time we got on, and the city was all lit up and shinning. Seattle is sure pretty 🙂
Around 10:30 we decided to take the party back to our room and hang out and play games their. We played salad bowl (a game similar to charades or taboo)- wedding edition, had a toilet paper wedding dress competition and danced around like maniacs. We ended the night chatting on our beautiful balcony and having a few final drinks. The whole night was just what I wanted, and reminded me how lucky I am to have friends and sisters (bio and in-law!) that are so loving and caring. It was a true celebration of both the wedding and just the chance to all be together!
The next morning we ran to Pike Place Market to get 18 bouquets of flowers for the wedding.
Then we packed up the car, which was nearly impossible, and jetted back to the island to beat the ferry line. Always got to be thinking about that ferry! When we got back we jumped straight back into wedding preparations.
Alrighty! That wraps up part one of wedding recaps. In normal life, Derek is back at work today for teacher inservice stuff, and I go back tomorrow. Bye bye summer 🙁 So today it’s just Mowgli and me. We have loads and loads of laundry, grocery shopping and some prep for school on the agenda. Back to real life and the daily routine.
I hope your week has been splendid and that you have some fun labor day plans to get you through these next two days! Talk to you soon!
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