Sunday, October 5, 2014

Seattle Bound - Part II...

After arriving in Seattle and enjoying a few days of catching up with old friends and doing the tourist thing around the city, the real reason for our trip west arrived... my friend's wedding!  After arriving back to the hotel after a morning of exploring downtown, we didn't have to travel too far to attend the ceremony and reception since everything was happening on the roof of our hotel.  

In good news, most of us still clean up fairly nice so we had our "prom re-shoot"...



Top: Nick and I, Gretchen and Mike
Bottom: Mike's GQ post, Caryn and Brian

The roof top pavilion provided an amazing view of nearby Salmon Bay and the mountains in the distance.  Thank goodness for sunglasses because we were blinded up there by the bright Seattle sun.  Yes, read that sentence again - the bight Seattle sun!  




Pre-ceremony cocktail hour


Krista and Jeremy's ceremony was very sweet.  A few of their Seattle friends officiated and they even wrote their own vows to which Nick immediately turned to thank me for NOT making him do that!








Immediately after the ceremony, we all headed down to the lobby of the hotel for cocktails and appetizers.  With our crew, even the elevator ride down was an opportunity for weirdness...







Trying to organize a group photo during cocktail hour took quite awhile.  Someone always has something to say (or do!).  I was fairly happy that out of the 10 attempts on my camera, this one came out...



BG class of 1997

The bride and groom made a brief appearance before we headed back up to the roof for dinner.  Of course, that means another elevator ride!






When we got back upstairs, we had a private pow-wow over in the corner of the roof for a very special presentation.  It's never good when a friend whips out a paper bag with some legit Thai liquor imported specifically for the party.  




Note that Vinay still has the microphone from the ceremony!


Somehow the Hong Thong liquor became the mascot of our own little personal party.  It was almost as bad as the flasks at our 10 year high school reunion a few years back...






While we were still waiting to sit for dinner, we realized that the sun setting to the west was creating some amazing colors while the crescent moon also made an appearance in the sky, so Round II of prom photos needed to happen...




Around this point, we realized that other guests were starting to grab seats for dinner at the long family style tables that were set up in the pavilion.  Panic ensued when we realized that there was not assigned seating and as a group of 11, we scrambled to find seats together.  Not only did we want to sit together for selfish reasons, but we also knew that most other guests probably wouldn't WANT to sit with us (or tolerate us like we can tolerate each other)... especially after we all just contributed to the drinking of the Hong Thong as a group activity during cocktail hour.  Ooops.

Following dinner, we enjoyed the rooftop setting, good friends, a cupcake dessert bar (we may have mobbed the waitress delivering those!), and the roaring fire pit.  Poor Krista - she got officially welcomed to the crazy that is our group.



L - Who needs to see the bride's gown when Brian can take center stage?!?
R - Trying to organize a group pic

Long after the actual reception ended and most of the guests left, we had a few toasts with the bride/groom.  As Brian stated eloquently during a private late night toast... "This is rare.  What we have, as friends, is rare.  Not everyone has what we have..."




To great friends...


We decided that since we always have such a great time at weddings together, we should actually plan to get together more... and maybe not just for weddings.  Or as Shane put it, "Maybe we should stop trying to ruin our friends' weddings and just rent a house for a weekend!"  So, we've declared Hawaii 2015!  We may have suggested to Mike that it would be ideal if maybe he got married there next summer or Vinay.  We're not picky!  That may have just been the Hong Thong and open bar talking, but it's always nice to know that even thought I may not see these people on a regular basis, nothing much changes in 5-10 years.  Rare...



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