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Friday, August 22, 2008

Underground Weddings...

My last post was on Extreme Weddings. The thing I, who thought I was adventurous, would never do…and then I took a trip to Seattle, and found something interesting…

Underground Weddings. Yeah…how weird and yet somehow cool is the idea? But before you get visions of coal mines or gold mines or Jules Verne/Brendan Fraser kind of thing, it’s not that far beneath the earth, or that dangerous. Just a storey or so beneath…to the first city of Seattle lost to fire in 1890.

We took an underground tour because it’s the kind of thing we love to do (I’ll have to check on cave weddings…we did a fantastic caving experience in Greymouth, New Zealand, a few years back. Wonder if they’ve had a wedding…watch this space, because next month I’m taking over the blog and will be specializing in unique weddings and unexpected honeymoon destinations, with people a little bit famous and some not yet famous. J

Anyway, the tour: if you haven’t done the Seattle Underground tour, I recommend it. They start with some fun facts about Seattle in an old pub (bar?) about the city and its citizens of the time, the railroad – and a few not-so-nice, tongue-in-cheek comments about Tacoma, its rival city! Then you go underground and a guide tells you what happened, when the first, wooden city burned down in an hour, and the long steps to rebuilding so it wouldn’t be flooded by the Puget Sound. On the tour, I spied a small picture of a couple getting married just where I was standing, at the site between an old bank, café and a hardware store, and I had to snap it. Amazing, isn’t it?

What do you think of that? Is that a tempting thought? It became more so to me when our guide said parts of the famous 70s show Night Stalker had been made there…I loved that show, and the 80s show Beauty and the Beast with Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton…imagine getting married as she might have…ah, now there’s romance, don’t you think? Swept off your feet by the mysterious yet tender beast of the night…



Blogger Shirley Jump said...

Underground? Okay, that's DEFINITELY unusual!! I have to admit, I like some sunshine at my wedding :-)


August 22, 2008 at 8:34 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

I wouldn't even want to be underground on a tour much less have a wedding there!!!!!

August 22, 2008 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Melissa James said...

As a bit of a claustrophobe, Ellen, I thought I'd be more worried - but it's tunnels that get me. I did look anxiously up at the ceiling now and then, but I emerged safely.

I'm with you, Shirley, definitely would have liked sunshin - I got rain - but we still lasted 25 years (well, come December we will), so the lack of sunshine didn't affect our happiness. :-)))


August 22, 2008 at 1:04 PM  
Blogger Brandy said...

I don't think I could handle getting married underground. And I still like to catch Night Stalker (the 70's verson) on Chiller every now and then!

August 22, 2008 at 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Linda Goodnight said...

OOh, Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. I loved that show and had no idea it was filled there. In fact, I'd never heard of an underground Seattle! I guess it takes an Aussie to teach me about America. LOL

August 22, 2008 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Julie Hilton Steele said...

Loved that show too.

I am as claustriphobic as they come so this is a no go for me. But you know that scene in when Fools Rush In with Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek at the end when they are getting married on top of a overhang over a canyon...ugh, can't do that either but it is a glorious view.

August 23, 2008 at 6:23 AM  
Blogger Melissa James said...

LOL, Linda, my sister-in-law who's American sent us there...:-)))

I wouldn't be too good with a canyon wedding though I love the views - I'd worry about a wind pulling me off or something.

Oh, Brandy! Night Stalker? I haven't seen it in 20 years and oh, I'd love to - that and Beauty and the Beast again!


August 23, 2008 at 11:58 AM  

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