These two got married at the Seattle Municipal Court on a Friday, had a dinner for 13 on the back patio at a local vegetarian restaurant, spent their wedding night at a hotel downtown, and came home the very next day to a raging wedding party in their backyard. Perfection!
World travelers & all around good people Aaron & Emily, got married because they were in love, yes… but also because they wanted so badly to work in the Peace Corps together to serve a greater purpose to those in need. Marriage for humanitarian purposes. These are my kind of people.
Emily wrote all about her wedding planning experience in a post that was featured on A Practical Wedding yesterday; or I suppose we should call it her non-wedding planning experience. She left everything up to the creativity of her family & closest friends, and basically just waited for the surprise that was her wedding celebration. Brilliant! They asked me to be there for the dinner directly following their courthouse ceremony, but when I heard about the secret shenanigans that were being planned for their backyard party, I basically told them I had to be there.
If you can think for a minute, and just imagine… food, laughter, family, friends, kids, dogs, a barefoot bride in a betsey johnson dress, more food, dancing, photo booth phenomena, a burlesque performance by one of Seattle’s hottest entertainers, more dancing, and more laughter. And more food. All wrapped into one fantastic party.
Part One: Celebratory Dinner at Cafe Flora in Madison Park
Part Two: Celebratory Backyard Party
Like I said, you really have to read Emily’s post on APW, and then maybe come back to this post and relive it again. I know I will.
Oh, and one of my favorite parts of the whole two-day celebration? Their First Dance Song: Lovely Day by Bill Withers. My heart skips a bit with glee… such a perfect song.
When I wake up in the morning
and the sun light hurts my eyes
And something without warning
bears heavy on my mind.
Then I look at you and the world’s alright with me
Just one look at you and I know it’s gonna be –
A lovely day – lovely day.