Giveaway: Seattle Center Monorail

Before Brandon and I got hitched, we had a blast taking our engagement photos with the lovely and talented photographer Jackie Donnelly.
Brandon and I are kids-at-heart, so when we started brainstorming ideas of where we should take our engagement photos, the Pacific Science Center came to mind. We have a lot of fun memories of visiting Pacsci when our nieces were younger and the space is full of creativity and color. When we mentioned this idea to our photographer Jackie, she suggested we hop on the Seattle Center Monorail to get there (we live in Capitol Hill) and snap some fun photos on our way. Perfect!
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When I lived on Queen Anne and worked downtown at The 5th Avenue Theatre, I would often take the monorail to work. The monorail offers beautiful views (ABOVE traffic, so it’s an efficient ride) and gives you such a fun “true Seattle” experience. I love to think how different this city was when it was first built in 1962 for the world’s fair. I get warm and gleeful feelings every time I ride the monorail, sometimes feeling nostalgic for a time I wasn’t even alive.
The monorail goes from downtown (Westlake Center) to the Seattle Center Armory. If you haven’t been to the Armory in a while, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the restaurants they now offer. I’ve used the Monorail to get to food and wine events at Seattle Center, to see shows at Seattle Rep, and to visit the Pacific Science Center.
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Some fun facts about the Seattle Monorail:
The monorail departs each stop approximately every 10 minutes and the ride is about 2 minutes.
This year, the Monorail celebrates 55 years of service. It carries over 2 million passengers each year.
The Monorail is powered by electricity, which means no emissions.
The Monorail runs until 11 pm daily, occasionally later for special Seattle Center events.
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Want to enter to win a couple Seattle Monorail passes?
Simply comment on this blog post, then comment on my Facebook giveaway post.
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Giveaway ends 6/16/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
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Photo credits:
Photos of us by Jackie Donnelly jackielynnimages.com
Photos of exterior of Seattle Center Monorail by Megan Ching, Seattle Monorail Services.
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GIVEAWAY: Seattle Met Bride & Groom’s ROCKED event April 8

Calling all brides and grooms to be AND their friends!

Seattle Met Bride & Groom is throwing an “intimate and immersive” bridal show & party! ROCKED will be held on April 8 at the Canvas Event Space.

Check out some of Seattle’s best wedding vendors in action (food, music, lighting, and beyond) and you get ideas for the big day!

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A few highlights:

Get inspired by four Seattle wedding designers that will be creating vignettes to inspire brides and grooms for their big day! Vignettes include a ceremony space, an outdoor lounge, a reception space, and a groom’s room.

This event’s fashion show will be done in a nontraditional manner: models will rotate through small stages throughout the event so that brides and grooms can get up close to see what they’re wearing and all the fun hair and makeup details

This event partners with Brides for a Cause, a nonprofit organization that collects and resells wedding dresses to support local and national women’s focused charities. This is the organization I got my wedding dress from! Drink tickets and raffle tickets will benefit them and their mission, with raffle prizes you can use on your wedding day.

Want to enter to win two tickets to Rocked? Enter via our giveaway app here: http://gvwy.io/9dey39m.

Buy tickets here.

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Giveaway ends 3/25/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

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Giveaway: I DO Sodo on February 12

I Do Sodo” is the newest wedding show in town and here is your chance to win 2 tickets! The event’s shuttle will whisk you around SODO, touring 8 venues and 100+ vendors.

 

About the event:

“I Do Sodo, Seattle’s newest wedding show returns to give couples, their friends and families an opportunity to experience stylized venues designed by top wedding planners. On Sunday, February 12, 2017, take a tour through the historic Sodo neighborhood and experience what happens when industrial is chic and elegance has an edge.

Our eight venues all possess architectural charm and unique details. The neighborhood blends metal, concrete and wood, new and old materials and modern and vintage construction. Each venue has its own history, its own tale to tell, just as you two do. The planners will assemble their team of premier wedding professionals, including caterer, florist, musician, photographer and stationer plus many more. You’ll meet and experience a variety of industry experts at each location to find the perfect fit for you and your special day. Spend the afternoon saying I Do in Sodo!”

Read on to learn how to enter to win 2 tickets.

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You can enter to win 2 tickets on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter:

On Facebook:

  1. RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the I Do SODO Facebook event page.
  2. Post on the event wall “I want to win 2 tickets from seattlepockets.com!”

On Twitter:

  1. Retweet this tweet and follow @keridwyn.

On Instagram:

  1. Follow @idosodo and @keridwyn
  2. Follow directions on my Instagram post here.

Giveaway ends 2/8/17 at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Winner will be contacted 2/9/17.

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GIVEAWAY: UNIONShowcase on Oct 27

Brandon and I will be attending UNIONShowcase on October 27 to check out wedding vendors and get more ideas for our Seattle wedding. The theme this year is Woodland Oasis. The event producers write, “Woodland Oasis will be transportative – you will feel like you’ve entered into a secret sanctuary of flora and fauna in tones of brown, green and orange, intermixed with the most amazing sensory displays of lighting, décor, linens, products and services, woven together by the overall collective energy of showcase partners.” More details about the event on their website and Facebook event page.
This is UNIONShowcase’s second year and participation for vendors is consciously curated by invitation only. Brandon and I are still deciding what we’re going to do for food, so we’re especially interested in trying bites from City Catering and Lisa Dupar Catering. We also look forward to meeting the folks at Choice Linens and Cort Party Rental, as we need to rent linens for our venue.
Want to win a pair of tickets to attend UNIONShowcase? To enter, tag a friend in the comments of my Facebook giveaway post or Instagram giveaway post.  Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific Time 10/22. Winner will be contacted 10/23.

GIVEAWAY: Seattle Bride’s Urban Unveiled is Sunday

I’m excited to check out all the wonderful vendors that will be participating in this Sunday’s Seattle Bride’s Urban Unveiled event at the Fairmont Olympic.

My pal Clea of Crimson Haze Event Lighting let me know about the event—seems like the perfect place for a bride-to-be to go! I’m excited to check out caterers, vehicle options, event rentals (linens), DJs, photo booths and much more. Brandon and I already have our venue and awesome photographer—more on her later—confirmed, but we still have so much fun things to plan.

Want to win a pair of tickets to attend? You can enter via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter:

On Facebook? RSVP “Interested” or “Going” on the Facebook event page, then comment on the giveaway post on my Facebook page.

On Twitter? Click here to tweet about the giveaway.

On Instagram? Visit the giveaway post for instructions.

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm Pacific Time, Thursday 9/29/16. Winner will be contacted on Friday.

Five pockets (Giveaway, figs, duets, organization & guns)

Here are five “pockets”  that I thought y’all might appreciate this week!

Swink Style Bar & Susan Grace Skincare free event + giveaway

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My client Swink Style Bar is co-hosting a free event with Susan Grace Skincare on June 2 + they’ve launched a giveaway for a free blowout and a trio of skincare products to celebrate. You can enter to win via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or all three.

Blue Ribbon

My Mom, Dad, and fiancé had an incredible tasting with caterer Blue Ribbon Culinary Center this week. We’re going to try some more potential caterers for our wedding in Seattle, but this place really impressed us and is definitely on our list. The port-infused goat cheese and fig bruschetta was one of our favorites.

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“Tonight You Belong to Me”

I rediscovered this gem on youtube this week of a dad and daughter singing a duet.  Still one of the cutest things on the internet:

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This is one of my favorite google chrome extensions. One of my bad online habits is having too many tabs open at once. With a click of a button, OneTab collects all your tabs onto one page for you to easily delete what you no longer need to view and keep the rest on the list to reference later.Total game changer!

Everytown for Gun Safety

The “Inside Amy Schumer” show introduced me to an organization called “Everytown” an organization focused on bringing together Americans to end gun violence and build safer communities. Every day, 91 Americans are killed by gun violence. Let’s work together to educate the masses and make a change.

(For a bigger version of this infographic, click here).

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Our Proposal Story

One of my favorite bands to see live, March Fourth Marching Band, was playing The Showbox in Seattle on March 5th, so I decided to make that the night of my birthday celebration with friends.

Brandon and I hosted a pre-funk at our place, enjoying snacks and drinks and many laughs with some friends. Alida and Erin (two of my closest girlfriends) and their husbands Will and Paul arrived before the party started, as planned. The perfect start to a beautiful night. Alida had baked a delicious cake (her own Earl Grey tea invention) and decorated with white frosting, red hearts, and black lettering — matching our red, white, and black inspired circus outfits. Friends came in and joined the fun, bringing libations, food, and (most importantly) love, hugs and so much positive energy. Here’s Brandon and me at our pre-funk:

Erin and Paul gave Brandon and me a ride to the party after we kicked everyone out of our place to head to the venue. We timed it just right, arriving just before the band went on stage. I was able to hug and dance with friends and listen to the incredible, energetic, fun sound of March Fourth Marching Band. I love their circusy outfits, on stage energy, stilt walkers, performers, and musicians. Add being surrounded by some of my favorite people: a perfect birthday celebration!

While dancing with friends, I noticed Brandon wasn’t around for a bit and started missing him (he really is so cute and fun to dance with, it’s easy to miss him). I was thinking of wandering a bit and Erin told me she was probably going to leave soon and I should stay and dance with her before she had to head home. Alida looked toward the stage and pointed out a giant cat mascot that had appeared. I laughed and said it was “sort of creepy”. Then the stilt-walker announced that they were giving away a t-shirt to one lucky audience member. He said they had all the names of everyone there in the hat (“yeah right” was my aside). After a drum roll, they called…my name! I thought “sweet! I’ll pick it up from their merch booth after the show,” when I realized they were gesturing for me to come up on stage. I threw my coat into Nora’s arms to hold for me and headed up through the crowd, hoping the jump up wouldn’t be painful on my recently bruised ribs.  The stilt-walker presented me with my t-shirt, to which I threw him a hand-heart sign. Then he told me I might want to look to my left.

I turned, and this is where everything went into sloooooooow motion. Brandon was there, in the cat mascot outfit with the head off. My mind went to “this is quite the birthday gesture” (totally bouncing off the idea that this might be anything more than that). He stepped up to the microphone, and my mind somehow concocted “Oh, maybe he’s going to sing? Did he prepare a song?” SURE, brain. Great guess.

Speaking into the microphone as he looked at me, he said, “Keridwyn Marie Deller, you’re the love of my life. Will you marry me?” then dropped to a knee holding a ring in his hands. I dropped down to his level to hug him and might have said something like “Is this real?” He laughed and said “Is that a yes?” and I said “YES!” through my cry-face. I was 100% shocked. It took quite a few minutes backstage talking with him to let it sink in it was actually real. Who am I kidding? It took days to really sink in. I am overjoyed.

After some backstage hugs and talking (I have a vague recollection of asking him hilarious questions like “Did you know this was going to happen?”), we went out to an overwhelming amount of hugs and love from our friends in the audience and rocked out with the band for their final songs. I cried at least five more times before the show was over. Brandon’s face was beaming with happiness and I was on cloud nine: we are engaged! I had zero idea this was going to happen. ZERO.  My boyfriend of over eight years is now my fiancé! I’m so grateful we get to spend the rest of our lives together, and while we already knew that was the plan, I’m thrilled for this next fun adventure in our relationship.

Big thanks to our friend Will for his awesome video:

 

Here’s a photo Paul Levy snapped. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a photo of my cry-face more:

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P.S. Brad also got this video of the whole thing (from farther back, with funny NSFW commentary at an angle you can see more of my face during part of it). And Noelle got this video! Thanks, friends!