The worst part of vacations is the first few days back in real life. The mundane routines of waking up at the same time, going to work, running errands, and cleaning and doing laundry are back. I think I am one of those rare people who could be happy living out of a suitcase. But back I am and obsessing over all the great photos from my sister’s wedding that are popping up all over Facebook. I’ll give a quick recap to give you a feel for this amazing day.
The theme of her wedding was Whimsical Wedding and the décor reflected that with a lot of greenery. They chose Fremont Foundry for the event space and I thought that the industrial, urban feel of the space mixed with the flowers and greenery of the décor reflected the couple very well.
The bridesmaids all got ready at the bridal suite at the Pan Pacific Hotel, a beautiful hotel with gorgeous views of the Space Needle.
We scheduled hours to get ready and wound up having some free time to eat lunch and relax before heading to the venue. It was really funny because we went down to Whole Foods for lunch and most of us picked up a kale salad thinking it was a lean choice that wouldn’t cause bloat. We were all halfway through our lunches when Laura pulled up Google and stated that “broccoli, cabbage and kale” all cause bloating and gas! We started spitting out what we were eating and threw away those tasty salads. So there’s a good heads up for you when choosing foods before an event.
We went to the venue early to get Laura in her gown and to get wedding party and family photos.
I was thrilled because Laura’s fancy wedding was finally the excuse we needed to buy Ryan a suit. We bought him a 3 piece suit and he looked so darn good in it I couldn’t keep my hands off him the whole night. I am going to find other occasions that we need to dress formally for so I can get him into the suit again. Ha ha!
The ceremony was short but sweet. It was pretty funny because I was in sky high stilettos and the minute I hit the rose petals I slipped and had to brace myself against Keith, the groomsman I was walking in with! My baby brother Ben walked Laura down the aisle and gave her away (our father died in 1995) which was such a beautiful moment.
I don’t what it is, but why do we cry at weddings? My sister and one of the bridesmaids, Amrit cried throughout and I looked out on the audience and there were tears all around. I felt myself get teary eyed but told myself it was silly because it was a happy occasion! Funny how you cry when you’re sad and when you’re happy.
The dinner was right after and we enjoyed all the décor and had so many toasts! Every one of my siblings all said a few words about the couple. I think mine was funniest because Laura’s husband Nick is actually my old roommate from my Seattle days, that is how the two met. When I met with him and David for a roommate interview I told them I had one rule and that was “stay away from my sisters.” Within two months Nick and Laura were dating. It made for a good toast.
Our first cousin Felita came and performed a tauluga Samoan dance. It was a nice nod to our Samoan heritage.
The rest was typical wedding stuff, first dances (Laura dance with my brother Bruce which was also so sweet) bouquet and garter tosses, photo booth, and lots and lots of dancing.
We sent them off to their honeymoon in Greece with sparklers and just like that, it was over. It’s amazing how many hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars go into a wedding and with a few hours it’s all over.
It was an incredible wedding and I love how wedding bring together family and friends who you haven’t seen in years.
And now, my family prepare for my other sister Leilani’s wedding in Mexico this October!