On March 2nd Laura and I flew out of Dallas on our way to Seattle. The big event that made the trip possible was my cousin Ben getting married. It was our first trip back to my home state since our honeymoon in January 2006.
We had an uneventful flight to the airport in Seattle and actually arrived about 30 minutes early thanks to a good tail wind. My Uncle Doug and Aunt Kathy picked us up at SEATAC and drove us to their home in one of the Seattle suburbs. We stayed with them for most of the trip and it was great to be able to stay with family.
On Wednesday, Laura and I borrowed a vehicle and made the two hour drive to Castle Rock where many of my DeWeese (Mom’s side) relatives live. We arrived in the afternoon on the 3rd and had a nice dinner with Grandma DeWeese, Uncle Gene, Uncle Marvin and Aunt Sandy, and Uncle Tom and Rose. We got to see a lot of family in our short visit to Castle Rock and also got a nice tour of the old DeWeese properties by Uncle Gene.
On Thursday evening we headed back to Seattle. We left Castle Rock later in the day so that we could avoid traffic coming into Seattle. For the most part we did not have any traffic issues either way and enjoyed the lovely scenery all along the drive. When we arrived back in Seattle we found that my Grandma had arrived from her flight out of DFW and was enjoying catching up with everyone.
On Friday more people arrived since the rehearsal dinner was that night. My cousin Phil and his girlfriend came in from Vancouver and Portland respectively. It was great to get to see Phil again and catch up with everything that had been going on in his life. He recently completed chiropractic school and is now a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic in Vancouver, WA.
On Friday Laura and I also drove a couple of hours over the mountains to Leavenworth, WA which feels like visiting a small town in the Swiss Alps instead of a small town at the foot of the Cascades in WA. It was a great trip and we enjoyed a lunch at a quiet little German restaurant where we could see the mountains while we ate.
The rehearsal dinner went well on Friday night. The rehearsal itself was pretty quick and the dinner was nice and provided a chance to get to chat with other family members and friends who were involved with the wedding. Ben and Becca also shared the story of their engagement during the dinner and it was great to hear them talk about how they were brought together.
The wedding was on Saturday afternoon. As anyone knows who has been involved in a wedding the preparations last all day. Most of us arrived at the church a few hours early so that the wedding party could start getting ready for the pictures which were supposed to take place before the wedding. It was the wedding pictures that caused the biggest hiccup of the whole day. Apparently the photographer had some sort of family emergency and with little more than an hour to go before the ceremony no pictures had been taken.
The day before Laura and I flew out I purchased a new digital SLR after selling my previous kit. I had sold my Sony a100 and purchased a Canon EOS 7D which was a significant upgrade. This purchase became very significant when I got pulled aside on Saturday and asked to step in for the photographer until he could arrive since the proceedings were on a very tight schedule. My old camera would not have been able to handle the types of pictures I took with the new one. Even though I only had the camera and the kit lens (it was too expensive to buy any other accessories), I was able to make a lot of the indoor pictures work even without a flash. Basically, I ended up taking a lot of the big group and family pictures outside. By the time we moved inside to get some shots in the sanctuary, the official photographer had arrived. I was relieved and just a little disappointed because I was really enjoying getting to take the pictures but at the same time it was nice to not have the pressure of getting all the ceremony pictures.
The ceremony was beautiful and it was a perfect day for it. The huge glass windows and lovely landscaped backdrop meant there was very little need for additional decorations or artificial lighting. I particularly enjoyed the musicians in the ceremony and also the inclusion of many different family members as Becca comes from a family of ministers.
The reception was also a hit. The reception area was very crowded but there was plenty of food to go around. It was a dessert reception and there were literally dozens of desserts. The reception featured the traditional dances, toasts, and cake cutting and concluded with the couple leaving amidst a flurry of bubbles.
After the couple left and we had helped clean things up a bit, about forty or fifty people traveled back to Uncle Doug and Aunt Kathy’s house for more visiting and food. The house was packed but everyone seemed to have a great time chatting and relaxing after the busy events of the day.
On Sunday everyone slept late before a number of people came back to Uncle Doug and Aunt Kathy’s for breakfast. After breakfast all the cousins that were there decided to go into downtown Seattle and Pike’s Place Market for lunch and to see some of the city. Even though it was chilly and windy down by the water, we had a great time walking around the waterfront, eating, and catching up with the cousins.
On Monday morning Laura and I got up and Uncle Doug drove us to the airport. Our flight was uneventful except for some bumps coming into Dallas. After driving through the Dallas rush hour we made it back to our apartment in Fort Worth early on Monday evening. We were both exhausted and not looking forward to going back to class and work on Tuesday but we were very grateful to have been able to make the trip. It was great to see so much family in the short days we were there and to be a part of another happy wedding.
Hopefully next time we won’t have to wait four years before our next trip to Washington and hopefully we will be able to get over to the east side of the state so that we can visit the friends and family there.
If you would like to see more wedding pictures, please leave me a comment and I will send you a link to my webalbum.