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Celebrating our Fifth Anniversary

On December 24, 2006 my honey and I married on the beach in California. Today, we celebrated five years as husband and wife. We had an amazing lunch at Six Seven, the restaurant at The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle.

After lunch, we took a few photos in front of a sculpture we had commissioned to commemorate this day.

Mr and Mrs White

Just kidding! Imagine Mr. and Mrs. White having their own initial forged in steel? This is part of the University of Washington. Washington, White, whatever. It worked for the shoot.


couple in front of W

happy couple

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been married for five years! There were a few moments when I didn’t think we’d make it this far but mostly I’m amazed at how quickly time has flown by. We have so much fun together and we’ve gotten into a groove. Things just work. It’s nice to not have to over-analyze things and talk everything to death. We’re different, but we embrace our differences. We have love and trust, and that goes a long way.

Today, we bummed around Seattle, but five years ago we were getting ready for the big day. We had a small ceremony, with only my parents and younger brother in attendance. We were engaged for close to a year (Terrence proposed on Christmas the year before), but we hadn’t made wedding plans until two weeks before.

We decided to turn a family get-together into a wedding. We were meeting my parents in Long Beach anyway, so why not? With such a short time to plan, we quickly learned to prioritize. Terrence started by asking my dad’s permission. That was the first step in creating a close friendship. Good move, sweetie!

Two handsome guys

We found an officiant to conduct the ceremony, we got a license and rings, and I found a dress.

(As a side note, it’s possible to find a wedding dress that doesn’t cost a fortune. I went to Macy’s and looked through their holiday section. Someone else might have worn this to a New Year’s eve party, but it’s wedding-worthy too. And was 50% off the original $400 price tag.)

the dress

Of course we had to rent a fun car. We drove a Mustang convertible. Compared to the cold, wet, Seattle weather, California in winter is a top-down kind of place. But the locals thought we were crazy for driving around without the roof in 65-degree weather.

Halfway through our short trip to the beach, Terrence made a sudden U-turn. Cold feet? Change of heart? I was a bit nervous. Turns out, he’d seen a roadside flower stand and turned back to buy me a bouquet. How sweet is that?

happy couple

After a short-and-sweet ceremony we went to Bono’s Restaurant for dinner. It’s owned by Christie Bono, daughter of the late Sonny Bono. It was LA County, after all, and we felt adding a celebrity angle would be fun.

We honeymooned in Compton, but that’s another story.

I enjoyed our fun, stress-free wedding, and I adore Terrence. Here’s to many, many more years together.


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Girls’ Brunch at the Edgewater

I recently had brunch with my travelling friends. Autumn, Cheryl and Laura. We’ve gone on annual trips every spring for the past four years. My post about the Santa Fe art walk was from one of those trips.

Our latest get-together was a planning brunch for trip number five. We met at The Edgewater Hotel in Seattle to discuss travel destinations over delicious food and mimosas. The view from the dining room was breathtaking.

Puget Sound

The hotel is famous for its many celebrity guests, including the Beatles. (You might recall the iconic photo of the band fishing out of their hotel window.) After brunch, we browsed around the lounge, which was decorated like a lodge and had a great view too.

edgewater lounge

We’ve been to Las Vegas, NV for shopping, dancing and gambling; Portland, OR for shopping, dancing and food; Zillah, WA for horseback riding and wine tastings; and Santa Fe for dining, shopping and art. This time, we decided to go to Vancouver, BC.

It was cold on this particular day, so I bundled up in my Nine West coat.

nine west coat

Coat: Nine West
Scarf: Tasha’s Accessories
Gloves: Fred Meyer’s
Socks: Fred Meyer’s
Boots: Bass

Under the coat, I had on a new necklace that my mom got me for my birthday. I mixed a chambray shirt with chocolate brown because denim goes with everything.

blue and brown

Shirt: Old Navy
Tank: Papaya
Skirt: Old Navy
Necklace: Gifted
Bracelet: Premier Designs

The brunch was so good that I’ve made a reservation at The Edgewater for my anniversary. I think Mr. Jean of all Trades will love it too!

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