Doug and Megan Got Married!

Megan was a beautiful bride and Doug was a sweet, teary-eyed groom (turned dancing machine after the ceremony). And they threw the best party! It was so great to celebrate D + M, see all my old friends again, eat vegan wedding cake and dance the night away.

2013-08-09 09.44.12

While the ceremony was only about three minutes long, it was uniquely Doug and Megan. Their good friend Mike D. officiated and they wrote their own vows. Doug got emotional as he read his commitment to Megan, which made me a little weepy too. They said their “I do”s, sealed it with a kiss and walked back down the aisle as a married couple. It was simple and sweet and left plenty of time in the evening for the party everyone was looking forward to.

We took some family photos on the dock before dinner which proved to be a little challenging since no one told the photographers that Doug’s immediate family was 15 people, but we made it work.

And then it was time for dinner. At that point, I was so hungry and so thankful that the meal was entirely vegan. I loaded up my plate (using restraint not to grab the entire bread basket and bring it back to my table). After we ate, Megan’s sister and Doug’s best friend gave toasts. They both did an excellent job–their stories captured the best qualities about Megan and Doug and reminded everyone why they make such a great couple.

2013-08-09 09.47.05

With dinner finished, it was time to get our party on. There was dancing (including some fun window/instructor/copycat dancing), drinking, cake eating, more drinking and more dancing. It was the best time, like grown-up prom where you can drink and only your best friends are invited!

When the DJ shut things down at 11pm, we weren’t ready to end the night so we loaded into a limo, a van cab, and two cars and headed downtown to a dive bar. Since it was Thursday night and the bar wasn’t very busy, we were able to commandeer a separate room just for us. Amongst the talking and shot-taking, Doug taught drinking games at one table, Derek played pool with a poorly dressed British man and Jake threatened to kill anyone who looked at him the wrong way (he was drunk-joking, obviously).

Finally just before 2am, we called it a night. There were 12 of us staying at the hotel upstairs so we made our way, split into our rooms and fell asleep to the promise of brunch in the morning.

Advertisements

Mego’s Bachelorette

Thursday morning I returned home from a month-long trip to the West Coast. Oh man was it a blast. I’ve got a lot to catch up on, so I’m going to break it down into a few posts. The primary purpose of the trip was to see my brother marry his sweetheart–so I’ll start with this first wedding activity: the bachelorette party.

2013-08-09 09.41.35

We may have been a small group, but it was still a really great night. We started at Mego’s apartment with some drinks and primping. Then we headed downtown for dinner, more drinks and dancing. The night started a little late, so our first choice restaurant didn’t work out. Since we were all starving, we went to the next closest place open. I don’t even remember what it was called, but I do remember that the Seattle Police Pipes and Drums band came into the restaurant and played two (or three?) songs. And then a little while later, the restaurant was invaded by clowns. I wish I was kidding.

After scarfing down our food, we started walking towards the dance club that Megan had chosen. Along the way, we saw a bar with a sign for half-price drinks so naturally we had to stop. Since it was two-for-one, we each had two shots and then continued our walk. We got to the dance club two minutes before 11pm–which is when the free cover ended. The woman at the door tried to say that the cover charge began at 10:30pm, but I sweet talked us in for free. 🙂

The club ended up being really small–and mostly full of men who weren’t into dancing–but we still had a good time. We had a champagne toast, did another shot and danced for a little while. When we had all had enough, we headed back to Megan’s favorite neighborhood bar for some karaoke.

At that point, I was exhausted. I wish I could blame it on the time difference, but at that point, I had been on the West Coast for two weeks. The truth is, I’m getting old.

After Megan sang, I convinced the group that walking up the enormous hill to her apartment was a terrible idea so we grabbed a cab to take us home. We got home just as Doug was getting off work, so Megan told him all about our night while the rest of us got ready for bed. The night ended with a 2am showing of Pitch Perfect but, in my usual fashion, I only stayed awake for about 10 minutes.

The next morning, Megan, her sister Tess and I went into Ballard for manis and pedis. The women at the salon were super sweet and it was a really relaxing morning/early afternoon. We finished up our girl-time with some sandwiches and a quick walk through the Farmer’s Market before parting ways. It was the perfect ending to her bachelorette.

Stay tuned, the wedding recap is coming next. 🙂

Choose a Topic

Give me your email and I'll make sure you know any time there is a new post.

Join 146 other followers