Saturday, August 27, 2016

Day 4, Saturday, August 27, 2016 - Wedding Day in Seattle

Thankfully, the temperature dropped considerably over night. This morning it is overcast and only 60 degrees, quite a drop. There is only a small chance of rain in the forecast.

After a restful night, we had a delicious and filling brunch at a cafe just a few blocks from our apartment. The girls went for a mani-pedi while we did essential shopping at the Safeway across the street - wine, vodka, Bloody Mary mix, snacks (and fruit).

After a mostly relaxing day, we caught the free 3:30 shuttle to the Seattle water taxi and then the 4:00 taxi to Seattle. The taxi arrives at the south end of the harbor and we walked north along the waterfront where there are many restaurants and shops - a bit like Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. It was about a 20 minute walk to the elevator taking us up to the shopping level of the Pike Place Market.

Seattle waterfront from water taxi

The market is famous for the seafood vendors (one is a tourist attraction because they toss the fish that are being purchased), flowers, vegetables and crafts. It was exceptionally crowded, more with gawkers than shoppers. Across the street is the original Starbucks store which had a long line of people waiting to get in.

Finding the wedding venue at the market was a bit of a treasure hunt. We weren't successful until we spotted Betty Noone being dropped off and followed her in to the event space on the 2nd floor. There were about 80 guests from all across the US, many from the east coast. The ceremony was officiated by a Skidmore college friend of Andy and Sarina's. Betty Noone did the famous reading about marriage from Corinthians. Sarina's grandfather did a traditional Indian mantra and explained the significance.

Hudson the beagle was the ring-bearer. Halfway through the ceremony he let out a loud woof which lightened the solemnity of the ceremony. Everyone had a good laugh.

After an hour of socializing with cocktails and appetizers, we headed downstairs for dinner which was followed by speeches by family and friends extolling  Andy and Sarina's long friendship and wishing them well in their marriage.

Anna arranged an Uber ride for us back to our apartment while the girls stayed on for the music and dancing.

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