September 20th, 2013
After 14 1/2 years of being together, Amber Pearce and Christina Smith decided to take advantage of last year’s change of same-sex marriage in Washington’s state law. They were married at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle, accompanied by two of their closest friends as witnesses, in a touching ceremony in a beautiful old courtroom. It was lovely. The following day they had a reception in the fabulous garden of their Ballard home and afterwards we headed down to Golden Gardens Beach for some pictures. Here are some of the highlights.
Here is a link to the web gallery with all of Amber and Christina’s wedding pictures.
Below is a slide show with the complete set of wedding photography highlights from Amber and Christina’s wedding. Click on toggle thumbnails to hide them; to start just click on the right arrow on the image.
August 14th, 2013
Christina and Amber have been together for 14 1/2 years and last weekend they went to the King County Courthouse in Seattle and made it legal in front of a judge. Here is a preview of some pictures from their wedding last weekend. More to come later.
December 10th, 2012
Marriage between gay people who love each other is still not legal in most of the United States, but not anymore in Washington. On Dec. 9th, 2012, hundreds of gay and lesbian couples gathered in Seattle and across the State to become husbands and wives. The historic MV Skansonia on Lake Union celebrated this amazing milestone by hosting complimentary multi-ceremony and a reception. Four couples chose to get married aboard the old ferry.
Posing for a group photograph after their joint wedding ceremony, from left to tight: Richard Dunn and Charles McKeithen, Marsi Miyashita and Ruth Meyers, Kristoffer Walsh and Kyle Johnson and Katie Gotshall and Kerry Hagerty.
It was an emotional afternoon. It will be a while to go through them and edit them down so here are just a few highlights to preview the events of the day.
A view of the Skansonia interior just prior to everyone arriving. A tower of cupcakes in the foreground.
Kyle and Kris get ready before the ceremony.
Rev. Ray Van Winkle bows his head at the conclusion of the ceremony as the couples kiss.
Richard and Charles sign their wedding license right after the end of the wedding ceremony as their family witness’ and Rev. Ray Van Winkle look on.
Just after signing their marriage licence, Katieand Kerry, who have been together for more than 15 years, get ready to kiss.
Kyle and Kris out on the dance floor for their first dance a a married couple.
Near the end of the evening, Ruth and Marsi pose for a portrait with the city lights of Seattle sparkling across the waters of Lake Union. They met four years ago through mutual friends, and are planning to have a larger ceremony back where they live in California. Ruth and Marsi were very excited to hear about about Washington State referendum 74 passing. They decided last Tuesday to elope and be a part of the historic first day. Myers can not wait to tell her kids one day of their participation in the history making event.
The very special event in support and celebration of Washington State referendum 74 passing to legalize same-sex marriage was planned by the Director of Catering & Events at the Skansonia, Shauna Wu. She organized and invited all of the other sponsors to get involved and donate our services to celebrate the historic occasion. Thanks to all the sponsors aboard the ferry including Rev Ray Van Winkle who performed the service, photographer Brian Hartmann, of Photo Elan, David LeClaire, of Wine World & Spirits, Celeste Cooning made the fabulous cut paper backdrop, Dann Richey, of MyDann.com and Emerald City Orchids, provided the boutonnieres/bouquets, pastry chef Kathleen Baublits’s wedding cupcakes, from The Lake Union Cafe & Bakery, who provided the appetizers and the DJ providing the music by Music Man, Inc.