We’re back from a three week adventure in the U.S. of A. I am sure I have enough stories and photos for twenty blog posts. But I think I will start from the end: The Wedding.
My older brother, Josh, and his lovely fiancee Kaci, got married in Seattle this past Saturday. My family flew in the Monday before and had a whole week to celebrate this union 9 years in the making. The main problem with Seattle is that if you spend longer than 5 minutes there, you will start fantasizing about moving there. And it happened to be almost 80 degrees most of the week. Throw in the views of Mount Rainier, hilltop neighborhoods, overabundance of green and water in every direction and yeah, we were all goners. Smitten once again.
So the wedding. Incredible. The second best wedding I have ever been to in my life. And I have been to many. And yes, I can be objective here. I am a wedding snob after all. The week in pictures:
Uncle Josh got to finally meet his nephew in person
My dad and stepmom stayed on a sailboat for the week so Tuesday night the captain motored us around the Puget Sound on the Fury for a sunset cruise with incredible views
Wednesday Uncle Micah and Aunt Janelle finally got to meet their nephew too and the brother and brothers-in-law took Josh out for a Bachelor night
The Bachelor festivities continued on Thursday with golf and Bloody Marys in the morning and then that night my family got together for an impromptu barbecue at the big ‘ol rental house we got a few blocks from the bride and groom in West Seattle. Friends of ours, Heather and Mark, also came over and when dusk fell a family of raccoons decided to join us. That seemed like a good time to move inside.
Poor Kaci was sick all week but rallied for a great rehearsal dinner Friday night at The Steelhead Diner near Pike Place market. My family was in charge of emceeing and making sure Josh was properly roasted and the couple duly toasted.
THE INCREDIBLE WEDDING | Ceremony at Jack Block Park | Cocktails and Reception at the Georgetown Ballroom
The blip of drizzly weather on the radar screen gave us an evening reprieve so that Josh and Kaci could wed on a beautiful, simple pier with all of the Seattle skyline behind them. The siblings made up the attendants, Kaci’s 5 year-old nephew Roan wrote a beautiful poem (involving a hedgehog) and the officiant was the couple’s friend Scott who got ordained just for them. The ceremony was perfectly simple and witnessing it was one of the greatest moments of my life. And oh yeah- my brother is a handsome devil and Kaci looked stunning.
The reception was fun and unique and delicious from start to finish. As Josh and Kaci are dedicated foodies, the caterers prepared amazing food and described each course in detail, much of which was served family-style. The flowers were done by a friend and they were the best I’ve seen. The siblings gave toasts and it was an honor to be able to say some words about these two people I love. Hopefully they laughed, they cried, it was better than Cats. The meal was followed by a rockin’ bluegrass band and then the pinnacle of it all- DJ My Husband and his 80s mix capped out the night along with 10 pizzas delivered for the late-night crew.
Sunday morning you know we had to go watch football at a local sports bar. Luckily for my family, one side of the booth could watch the Redskins and our side the Jets. Thank you strategic tv placement. That night Josh and Kaci treated the family to a one-of-a-kind dining experience on a farm on Vashon Island. It merits its own blog post, trust me.
Then we said goodbye on Monday with a scenic tour around West Seattle. I treasured the time with my whole family, watching Jonah with his uncles and aunts and grandparents, laughing with my brothers and soaking in that good American sunshine and food.
My son was a champion. He’s a gypsy, a traveler, an adventurer, a smiler, a laugher. He’s all that and then some.
Oh and l’shanah tovah.