Lisa and I are now officially married. After a day that had us seriously questioning whether we would even make it to the altar, the ceremony came off beautifully.
Friday, as Lisa and I were attempting to get the house prepared and ourselves out the door, I received a phone call from the Farm Kitchen saying that they had lost power Thursday night and still did not have any power. They assured me that they should have power back by Saturday morning. The cake was already in transit to the kitchen.
By the time we got out the door, it was well after 4:00. We needed to catch a ferry at about 5:00, but (of course) we did not have the ferry schedule, so we did not know exactly what time the ferry ran. We got to the dock at about 4:45 and thought we had just made it for a 5:00 ferry. Well, it turns out that the ferry leaves at 4:40. So we thought we would catch the 5:30 ferry. Well, 5:30 came and went and the only ferry that came was the Bremerton ferry. No Bainbridge Island ferry. By this time we realized that we were not going to make it to our own wedding rehearsal and we would be late to the rehearsal dinner. Finally, we caught a 6:20 ferry. It was almost 7:30 by the time we got to the Farm Kitchen. They had made arrangements for us to stay at a B&B for the night since they did not have power.
After we got checked in at the B&B and freshened up a bit, we started off towards the dinner location only to get lost due to really poorly marked roads. I guess everyone should recognize Bond Road when they see it. We stopped at a Taco Time (or similar) to get directions back to where we should have been going. We finally arrive at our rehearsal dinner around 8:30. Everyone has finished their meals. We are tired and just want to eat and crash. I don't think we did much talking while we were there. I know I didn't.
By the time we went to bed, we were pretty convinced that things could only get worse and we were pretty sure that we were going to be telling everyone to screw off; we would sign the paperwork, skip the ceremony, and just go straight to dinner and drinking. A disaster was inevitable.
Saturday dawned gray and drizzly with a strong breeze. We were at the ferry dock by 8:00 for Lisa to go get here makeup done. I had lots to do before vendors started showing up at noon. I still had to find vessels for earth, air, and fire. (No jokes about Earth, Wind & Fire, please.) There were plenty of shops in the area that carried exactly what I was looking for, but most of them did not open until 10:00 or even 10:30. After some hunting and talking to a couple of people, managed to secure the necessary vessels and was headed to the Farm Kitchen to start getting things prepared.
Things were still wet and breezy when I got to the Farm Kitchen. The canopy that we had procured had flaps that had blown open and I was struggling to fix it when the Heffner clan showed up. As family started showing up, they started offering to help out. The guest house was buzzing like a bee hive with people doing stuff to pull things together. Lisa called me to let me know that she had been "kidnapped" by Anne and Mary Anne. She would be there around 12:30. The Tochterman / Holbrook clan had the reception hall taken care of and were busy decorating there. I had the procession timed just right. The Lindstroms and Harmons were arranging chairs and making sure things were set for the ceremony under the canopy.
Around 1:30, the sun was beginning to break through the clouds. Anne had finished the dress. All of the participants had arrived. We had managed to get a walk through in. The air had stilled. Things were starting to look like they may actually work out for us.
The ceremony was great. We had a few "oops" moments, but everything turned out fine. Just about everyone commented on how unique and different it was. You can see the script here. The reception was great. The food was excellent. We had more than enough to go around. The cake was beautiful. Everything was about as close to perfect as we could ask for. You can watch a video of the ceremony here.
As we get photos, we will post them here. As others get their photos online, I hope that you will come and leave a comment with links on how to get to them. I recommend Flickr.com because it does not require others to register to view the photos.
UPDATE: It looks like Google Video is currently having some issues. I have uploaded the wedding video to this server here. Please be kind to our bandwidth and try to watch the video on Google first. If that doesn't work, you can download it from here.
We've had a difficult time trying to find the right things to register for. So far, we have registered for china and flat wear at J.F. Henry in West Seattle. They do not offer online sales, but you can call and give them Lisa's or my name and they will know what we have registered for. Just for the curious, we have picked Lenox's Opal Innocence for our china.
After taking the time to better look at what sort of places were coming back from Google with the "Where to stay near Seatac" question, I realized that most of the results aren't great places to stay. So, I have done a little bit more research and heres' what I've come up with for Bed & Breakfasts (relatively) near Seatac. Let me start off by saying that there's not much immediately surrounding the airport. That has a wide range of hotels: from nice Business suites (Hilton, Radisson, Double Tree, etc.) to budget motels (Motel 6, Super 8, Days Inn), to scary places (Jet Motel, Seatac Inn; maybe they look fine on the inside, but the outside makes me want to run away). So, I'm going to try to list things that are within about 10-20 minutes of Seatac. I'll also try to group them by neighborhood, closest to more distant.
Normandy Park is a wealthier community that has a lot of views of Puget Sound and Vashon Island.
Kent is east across the valley from Seatac. It's a short drive from the airport and still quite easy to get to downtown Seattle. I probably would not be recommending anything in the Kent area, except this one location seems to stand out as being a really interesting house on a historic lot (it still has a good sized lot that has not been completely subdivided).
I have been working to pull information together on where people can stay for the wedding. For those coming to town from far off places, we live about an hour away from the actual wedding location. Lisa and I are staying at the guest house of the Farm Kitchen the night before and after the wedding. Other near-by accommodations (according to the wisdom of Google) are here. These also list proximity. You may also wish to check the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce website to see who they list.
More likely, however, is that out-of-towners may want to spend a night or two in Downtown Seattle. You can do that, too.
Remember, it's about 20 minutes by car from Seatac to downtown. It's about a 30 minute ferry ride on the Bainbridge Island ferry, then another 20 minute drive to get to the Farm Kitchen. Rental cars are strongly encouraged.
I hope that helps. Please leave a comment (or call) if you have any questions or would like additional information that I have not already provided. Others may have similar questions.
Lisa and I will be getting married on October 20, 2007, at the Farm Kitchen in Poulsbo, WA. It will be an outdoor wedding, weather permitting. There are several ways to get to Poulsbo, depending on your point of origin. The Washington State Ferry system has service from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. The Farm Kitchen is about a 30 minute drive from the ferry terminal.
If you are coming from south of Seattle near Tacoma, you can drive across the Tacoma Narrows bridge and up through Port Orchard to Poulsbo.
We will be posting information about registration, hotels, etc. as we have information available.