It’s times like these – when your defenses are down – that I think it would be the perfect time to pants you.
Archive for June, 2012
Not wanting to leave them out of the celebration, a good friend of ours gave us this fine piece of cat furniture for our wedding. This is one of those items you secretly hope your cats will hate because no one in the history of interior decorating has ever found a way to make such a thing look less hideous in your living room. And that thought is, of course, the only way to ensure that your cats will not only love it, but they’ll love it so much you’ll consider buying a second one just so they can both have somewhere to sit. Unfortunately, once you have a piece of cat furniture, feng shui requires it to be placed directly in front of a window, preferably in a manner which allows your cat to look out the window regardless of which direction they decide to lay down.
Also, windowsills = the perfect pillow.
There is an ongoing battle for Queen of the Cat Furniture. Sometimes it’s a violent war.
Other times, it’s a cold war.
And in case you believe that cats are graceful creatures, let me introduce you to Sweet Dee. She can jump onto the kitchen counter, but this is the only way she gets on the cat furniture.
Mango Yogurt Pops
1 large ripe mango
~1c greek yogurt
Agave nectar to taste
After asking one too many times if the song on the radio was a new Black Keys song that I wasn’t familiar with, I did some digging and discovered the awesomeness that is the Alabama Shakes:
Some free publicity for our wedding vendors:
Food & Drink:
Emmer & Rye was the gracious host of our family dinner following the wedding ceremony. We worked directly with owner and chef, Seth Caswell to set up the event and he was more than accommodating. For those of you who have not been, Emmer & Rye is located in a gorgeous restored Victorian house on the top of Queen Anne. They have a large, private room upstairs with a long farm table which perfectly accommodated our giant family. The cuisine is “locally derived, seasonally inspired” and the menu changes frequently to reflect this. Because the theme of our wedding-planning was making as few decisions as possible, we left the menu and wine decision-making in the hands of Seth and his team, and they did not disappoint. The food, atmosphere and service were perfectly executed. And in case you were wondering, the apple-rhubarb crisp was ah-mazing.
Beveridge Place Pub in West Seattle served as the venue for our wedding reception. Having previously attended a wedding reception at a bar (and yes, I stole the idea from them because I thought it was brilliant) and hosted one of my own, I cannot emphasize enough how easy and fun of an idea it is.
Beveridge Place is one of my favorite bars in Seattle. The interior has a cozy feel, there are an enormous number of beers available, board games, you can bring your dog, and you can bring in outside food and eat it there. Again, Terri and Gary were more than accommodating for our party – providing us with the game room for the evening, helping us serve Zeeks Pizza, assisting with parking for Molly Moons, and providing much needed electricity so our photographer could set up his photo booth. And I didn’t have to make any decisions regarding decorations, napkin rings, or center pieces.
In lieu of wedding cake, we opted for the Molly Moons Ice Cream Truck to come to our wedding reception at Beveridge Place. This was my favorite part of the weekend for no other reason than that I thought it was a really fun idea. Oh, and because salted caramel ice cream is delicious.
Captain Graybeard, Esquire and I met Nash Fung at a professional networking event about a year ago. The event had one rule, and that one rule was if you talked about your job you had to buy the other person a drink. Luckily for Nash, he doesn’t need to talk about his job to explain what he does, because Nash is a professional magician. Yes, you read that right.
As someone who frequently networks with people in the financial industry, it is not surprising that Nash is one of the most interesting, entertaining people I’ve met at a networking event. But even without the magic, he is truly a fun guy to hang out with. Nash came in his professional capacity to our reception and wowed our guests. For those of you in the Seattle area who plan events, corporate, wedding, birthdays, whatever – I highly recommend hiring him for your next event.
You can find several videos of his work on his website, but most recently he was featured on King 5.
Hair & Makeup:
My amazing hair stylist, Lucy, did my hair and makeup not only for the actual wedding day, but also for the reception. She doesn’t have a website I can link to, but if you want her information contact me and I will pass it along. Lucy is amazing in and of herself, and she did an incredible job both days. And, in stereotypical post-wedding fashion, she also helped me chop off all my hair as soon as the wedding was over.
Arthur Shwab performed all of our official wedding photography for the weekend. Arthur is a full-time bankruptcy attorney, part-time photographer and fellow Seattle University School of Law grad. Prior to meeting Arthur, I was told by a mutual friend that he had a very calming demeanor. After meeting him and spending the weekend together, I can’t think of a better way to describe what its like to be around him. Also, as someone aptly pointed out, he has the most contagious smile.
We had a blast with Arthur wandering around downtown Seattle and Pioneer Square, finding fun backgrounds for my purple dress, wrangling family members, and taking ridiculous photos in the photo booth. Expect his photos to populate my blog posts for the weeks and months to come.