It was held outside in the courtyard of the Two Union Square building in downtown Seattle. The weather was just perfect for an outdoor wedding---sunny with a light breeze, but absolutely no sign of rain! (A rare treat in our neck of the woods.)
Prior to the big event, Dean and I accompanied Michelle and her merry bridal party upstairs for a quick gulp of wine to calm the nerves (not my nerves, but I still tagged along for the fun).
I shed more than a few tears during the course of the ceremony; as Michelle walked down the aisle and during the vows, but I really wept with joy when Chaz stood and made vows to both Abbey (Michelle's daughter) and Ava.
Finally, it was time to kiss the bride. And oh, what a kiss it was!! They've been looking forward to this, and it was so beautiful to be there to witness it. The kiss seemed to last *forever*, and of course, the whole crowd cheered and laughed with delight.
The reception was held upstairs in one of the large conference rooms (on the 51st floor!), and the spread of food was incredible. Large platters filled with seafood concoctions, meats, breads and pasta dishes, and a constant flow of wine, champagne and sparkling cider (for us non-alcoholic beverage types!--ahem).
And no large 3-tiered cake at this event. Oh no...it instead boasted a selection of cheesecakes, fit for a royal feast!
And the view from that oh-so-high-up 51st floor, overlooking the bustling city below, was truly breathtaking. (As you can see in some of the photos.)
After that, it was time for the Bride and Groom's first dance, a sweet Father-Daughter dance(Awww....) and then the floor was "open" for everyone who cared to "cut a rug". ;-)
Michelle's father danced with both her and Abbey...isn't that sweet?
I think Dean took more photos than the professional photographer hired for the event! Ha! My man's one hippy-happy shutter bug, let me tell you! But if it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have all these fabulous photos to share with all of you. (Or the remaining 190...Ahem)
Winding up for the pitch...
And then, Tammy's beau apparently didn't see it happen, so Michelle gladly did it again--the exact same way! Everyone roared with laughter. It was great!
Congratulations once again, Mr. and Mrs. Tornetta! May all your dreams come true....