When I tell people that I own a wedding blog I’m usually met with a comment about how glamorous my job must be. They picture me with piles of pretty dresses, at Vogue like photo shoots and attending weddings every weekend …and sometimes it is like that…but in reality, we spend about 97% of the time in our pajamas with out laptops, watching daytime TV and only leaving the couch for the Fed Ex guy. Which is really not very glamorous at all (especially if you saw my PJs!). So when we get the opportunity to get out of the sweatpants and have a luxurious day at one of Spokane’s very best hotels, we jump on it. Really hard.
Yesterday, Melissa (our sales and marketing manager) and myself headed to Northern Quest Casino for a day of TOTAL pampering. We started the day at the amazing La Rive Spa with the best massages ever, got our hair styled at the La Rive Salon and then headed to the KREM 2′s Best of Spokane Party in one of the fab ballrooms at Northern Quest.
Here’s a little glimpse into our amazing day…
La Rive Spa. Girls, this place is legit. Spas are my obsession (and my bankrupting hobby according to my husband), I make it a point of going to the spa everywhere I go. I’ve been to spas in Ireland, Malta, Italy, Vegas and beyond, but the Northern Quest spa is still one of my all time favorites.
Melissa and I both got 60 minute signature massages (basically a swedish) and it was heavenly. For me, a spa experience starts at checkin and doesn’t end until I step foot out of the spa. All the best spas focus on each and every detail from the showers (OMG the showers at here are insane!) to the refreshments. La Rive Spa gets this. They have some of the most incredible facilities in the whole Inland Northwest. And one of the best parts of a spa day for me is spending time in the relaxation room after my treatment. Oh, the relaxation rooms at La Rive Spa…
You get a hand delivered mimosa, champagne or wine after your treatment. I mean…come on….
La Rive Salon. After our wonderful start to the day, Melissa and I really wanted to continue the La Rive experience…and after our melting massages the thought of holding our arms up long enough to curl our own hair was just too much (honestly, this is the mind set you get into when you are at this spa). So even though we didn’t have appointments, I begged and pleaded the La Rive Spa gals to style our hair for us. And they did! They rearranged appointments and fit us in, we were SO thankful because instead of sporting the drowned rat look, we sported the chic/girl about town look.
Gabriele was our hair stylist. And she was awesome.
(if you’re looking for a hair stylist for your wedding, they do fab updos!).
Best of Spokane Party. After a literal 6 plus hours in the La Rive Spa we were finally ready to head to the KREM 2 Best of Spokane Party at one of the elegant Northern Quest ballrooms. We won Best Local Blogger (!!!) so we were mingling with the top notch businesses of Spokane and Cd’A, including some awesome wedding friends like Crystal Madsen Photography, Rogue Heart Media, Commellini Estate and The Scoop Ice Cream Truck!
Here’s the lovely Crystal Madsen with her husband, who won Best Wedding Photographer!
Here’s the beautiful Meg of Rogue Heart Media and me!
Have we mentioned that Tom Sherry was the host/MC for the evening?! We were starstruck by Spokane’s most awesome weather man.
Here’s Melissa sweet talking him into getting Apple Brides on live TV.
Melissa is very persuasive. Here’s her cameo on live TV!
As you can see, yesterday was one of the best days ever. And what made it even sweeter was winning Best Local Blogger, because that means you guys like us. Which is really why we are totally ok spending 97% of our time in our PJs, because we sure do love you guys too.
BTW you should definitely plan a spa/stay at Northern Quest Casino before/after/during your wedding. TRUST ME, you need it.
*Pictures taken with an iphone by a very inexperienced photographer.*