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Washington Visit 2018 + Barn Wedding

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen the instagram stories from our visit to Seattle this past weekend. It was a quick trip; flew there on Saturday and flew home on Monday, but it was memorable and action packed!

Vadim and Natasha sitting on bench

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Here are the sweetest moments from our travels to Seattle (well, Issaquah really), our boating trip, and photos from my cousin Eric’s beautiful barn wedding.

Watch our Trip on Instagram Stories:

If you want to see a whole bunch of VIDEO captures from our trip, you can view them in 3 separate stories saved to my Instagram profile:

  • Step 1: Visit my Instagram profile on your Instagram App and search for @natashaskitchen (or click here to view on desktop).
  • Sep 2: Click on one of the 3 videos from our Washington trip (and if you’re curious about house progress, those videos are saved here also).

Photo of instagram stories with red arrows pointing to saved stories

Why this post makes me happy:

  1. I love sharing a peek into our personal life with you because there is a family that tests and approves the 800+ recipes on this blog
  2. I love to come back to these posts just like sitting in the living room with a family album. They are my favorite!

Natasha and kids flying on airplane

These photos are in chronological order. We flew into Seattle on Saturday around 1pm and went to my cousin Vadim’s house. Vadim and his wife Katya are such gracious hosts (thank you for making our trip so fun!). As soon as we got there we were out the door and went boating on Lake Sammamish.

Natasha with children on dock with boat in backgroundNatasha with daughter on boat

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on a boat and it was sure fun! The boys had a blast on that giant 3-person tube (Amazon affiliate link); it was so big that it didn’t flip over with turns, waves or “super fast” speeds as the boys called them.

People on a boat pulling a tubeKids on inner tubetwo women and kids on a boat

Now this was neat! Here’s my cousin Vadim surfing on the wave behind the boat. You start with a rope and then let go and follow the boat, riding the wave that pushes you along.

Man on board behind boatPeople on boat smiling

Sunday morning the boys cooked breakfast and we sure enjoyed a feast! On the menu: pan fried potatoes, some mashed potato pancakes from last nights mashed potatoes, and European style bacon from their local Costco.

People in kitchen smilingPeople eating breakfast with breakfast platter of pancakes, fruit and vegetables

Sunday afternoon was the wedding and it was a gorgeous day to get married. Planning an outdoor wedding in the Seattle is risky business but it was warm, breezy, sunny and perfect.

Wedding welcome sign and couple getting marriedNatasha with daughter at wedding04wedding couple smiling

The reception was in a barn and all the windows and doors were open to the outside air. The decor was elegant and tastefully done.

Married couple smilingDecorated wedding tableVadim and daughter drinking juice at weddingWedding buffet line

This picture makes me laugh. She’s tried to smile for the camera, but really just wanted that chicken. lols.

Vadim and daughter eating

I’ll be serving strawberries out of a wooden crate forever. So pretty!

Wedding dessert buffet table with strawberries

I had a big ‘ol slice of that wedding cake and it really, really reminded me of our chocolate cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting but it had layers of strawberry frosting between the chocolate layers.

wedding cake and bridal cake decor

This wedding felt like a family reunion with all of our cousins. I love everyone in this photo so much and it is always a joy to spend time with these beautiful ladies.

Wedding attendees smilingNatasha and Vadim with wedding couple

With our gracious hosts – my cousin Vadim and his beautiful wife Katya: People sitting on bench smiling

My cousin Enna on the left and Lena on the right. (Enna can sure sing and I tried to record some of her and her husbands singing at the wedding on Instagram stories). Women smiling in dresses at weddingNatasha and Vadim with kidsLittle girl smiling

I’m so happy for these two. God bless you both in your journey together! Wedding couple posing with smiles

Monday morning we boarded our plane and flew back home with a glimpse of Mt Rainier’s peak in our plane window. Our visit was quick and so fun. Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed sharing them ;).

View from airplane window with kids smiling in a car

Are you doing any summer traveling this year? Flying? Road trip? I would love to hear about your adventures in a comment below.

If you’re road tripping, check out our favorite healthy road trips snacks ideas here.


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  • Veronique
    July 7, 2018

    Thank you Natasha for sharing your pictures these are wonderful. This year we don’t travel because my oldest son is gonna have a surgery on 20th august. Last year we were in California (Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas) for a road trip and it was magical. Maybe next year we are going to Florida but we will see. We love to come in America. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 7, 2018

      Hi Veronique! I love that you are traveling all over the country! Where are you traveling from? Thank you for following our blog. We wish nothing but the best for you and your dear son. Reply

  • Svetlana
    July 5, 2018

    Beautiful photos! Natasha, you always look great. How do you stay so trim being around all this delicious food, cooking, and testing recipes? Any secrets/tips? 😉
    Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2018

      Hi Svetlana! Thank you for the wonderful compliment! No secrets here, I try to exercise but definitely not a hard core workout person :). I’m thankful for a speedy metabolism and we try to make good choices in our food and enjoy things in moderation. We cook at home ALOT and don’t go out to eat too often. Reply

      • Svetlana
        July 6, 2018

        Thank you for sharing and encouraging all of us to cook and eat more at home 🙂 Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          July 6, 2018

          You are so welcome, Svetlana! Thank you for following our blog! Reply

  • Rudolph Solis
    July 5, 2018

    You have a beautiful family! You are very photogenic and equally as beautiful. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2018

      Thank you so much! Reply

  • Jill Williams
    July 1, 2018

    Thank you for sharing the wedding photos. Your little family has grown, the children are getting tall now. You are great parents!!! Reply

  • Lisa Richofsky
    June 30, 2018

    So beautiful!
    God bless,
    Lisa R. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2018

      It was a great weekend! Thank you, Lisa! Reply

  • Katharina Smietana
    June 30, 2018

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing! God Bless you all! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2018

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Katharina! Reply

  • Margaret
    June 30, 2018

    What a beautiful wedding and a beautiful family too. May God bless you all and thanks for sharing with us! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2018

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Margaret! Reply

  • Gayle Kesinger
    June 30, 2018

    Her dress was one of the prettiest wedding dresses I have seen lately. Loved all the detail. Nice that the weather was so lovely. Great pictures. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2018

      Thank you Gayle! It was stunning! Reply

  • Zizya
    June 29, 2018

    I see you had a great time… that’s a wonderful thing to have a short mini vacation. oh I see my fitbit friend (Lena)… Reply

    • Natasha
      June 29, 2018

      Ha ha! That’s fun how fitbit connects people. 🙂 It really was like a mini vacation for us 🙂 Reply

  • Katya
    June 29, 2018

    Ah, so fun to reminisce all the fun memories that were created over last weekend. We love spending time with you and are so thankful to have you as family. Thank you for staying with us. Love you guys!
    -Katya Reply

    • Natasha
      June 29, 2018

      It really was an amazing trip, short and very sweet. Thanks again for letting us stay with you – the whole kolhoz! lol. We always love spending time with you 🙂 Reply

  • beatrice
    June 29, 2018

    your family is so cute especially your kids i hope guys had fun Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 29, 2018

      You’re so nice! Thank you, Beatrice! Reply

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