Real Couples // A Pizza and Ping-Pong Wedding in Downtown Seattle: Arin + Katie

Arin is from Sequim, Washington. She's the youngest of four brothers and very close with her family who fortunately live nearby. She works as an occupational therapist in an outpatient neurology clinic. She enjoys all outdoor activities like rock climbing, paddle boarding, hiking, and kayaking. Most recently, she's been doing some amazing yard work on our new house!

I (Katie) am from the Bay Area, California. I'm the middle of three children, very close with my family, and love being an aunt to my nieces and nephews. I'm a nurse practitioner in community health at a family practice clinic and a homeless youth clinic. I love animals and dream of living on a small farm someday. I enjoy running and recently have discovered gardening.

We met online and fell in love quickly. Our first date lasted an entire day! We went out to brunch and ended up spending the entire day together, and saw each other every day after that.

Our proposal was magical. We had our rings made by a local jeweler who got to know both of us well.

Our wedding was romantic, love-filled, joyous, and thoughtful. We loved the rustic, romantic, historical vibe, the convenience of having ceremony and reception in one place, and that it was close to downtown. Our vendors were the dream team! We interviewed several vendors in each category, and we knew each vendor we picked was "the one" as soon as we met them. Our vendors felt more like friends than people we hired and really poured their hearts into making our wedding so special.

Katie wore a vintage/romantic style Martina Liana gown. Arin wore a custom suit from Trillium Taylors. Our first dance song was "The Story" by our favorite artist Brandi Carlile. The song fits us and how we feel about each other perfectly. Our officiant was Mary Calhoun. She was fabulous. She took the time to really get to know us; she even had us over and made us dinner! This allowed her to create a ceremony that was incredibly personal and intimate for us and also inclusive of our family and guests—it was exactly as we'd dreamed.

Our DJ was the bomb! He was so good we spent the entire night dancing, which made the evening go by so fast! He had the perfect mix from cocktail hour through dinner and then dancing. We included pictures of our siblings', parents', and grandparents' weddings to honor their commitments and the love that has help shaped ours. Our guestbook was a photo booth because we always take photos in one whenever we see one! We also had a ping-pong table because Arin had one in her apartment when we were first dating and we played it a lot when we were falling in love.

Our night ended spontaneously and perfectly. Our last song was "Same Love." Our party went until midnight, so at that time there were only a handful of close loved ones left. We started dancing with each other to the song in the middle of the dance floor, and all of the guests that were still here spontaneously came and made a circle around us with swaying and singing the song. It was pure bliss.

Words by Katie, the bride, as told by Amber Marlow. Photos by Jenny GG Photography

 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ARIN AND FAMILY MEMBERS SEATED ON WINDOW SILL
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ARIN'S SHOES AND ACCESSORIES DISPLAYED
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING KATIE'S HEELS AND EARRINGS DISPLAYED
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING KATIE GETTING HAIR DONE
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ARIN GETTING READY
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING KATIE GETTING HELP WITH DRESS
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING KATIE PUTTING IN EARRINGS
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING KATIE AND HER MOTHER
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ARIN AND HER MOTHER MAKING FACES IN MIRROR
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ARIN WAITING IN HALL FOR FIRST LOOK AT KATIE
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING FIRST LOOK
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING FIRST LOOK
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING KISS IN CAR
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING COUPLE LOOKING OUT CAR WINDOW
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING COUPLE SMILING WITH CAR IN BACKGROUND
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ARIN KISSING KATIE'S FOREHEAD
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING KISS BESIDE CAR
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING COUPLE UNDER BLOSSOMING TREE
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING KISS UNDER BLOSSOMS
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING EMBRACE UNDER BLOSSOMS
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING BOUQUET
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING KATIE WITH BOUQUET UNDER BLOSSOMING TREE
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING DATE AND INITIALS EMBROIDERED INSIDE ARIN'S JACKET
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING CANDID COUPLE IN FRONT OF BRICK WALL
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING COUPLE POSING
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING COUPLE SMILING
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ARIN LAUGHING WITH bridesmen
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin holding little boy
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING brides and parents
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING girl in flower crown
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin kissing grandmother's cheek
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ceremony entrance
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING table of tea lights and sign reading "light a candle and make a wish or prayer for arin & katie"
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING tea lights hanging from eaves
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING candle and flower arrangements on shelves
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING list of signature drinks written on mirror
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING rings on iron fence
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING pictures of family weddings with candles
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING guests lighting candles
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING boy in wedding party having flowers fastened to vest
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING flower girls proceeding down aisle
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING katie walking down aisle with parents
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin waiting at altar
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ceremony
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple at altar
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin's parents and other family during ceremony
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple with hands clasped during ceremony
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple holding hands
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin reading vows
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING katie reading vows
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING ceremony
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin kissing katie's forehead
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple's clasped hands raised as ceremony concludes
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple leaving ceremony
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple under curtain entrance holding hands
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin holding katie
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin pointing at katie for camera as katie writes at table
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING guests playing ping pong
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING reception table
  ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING reception
  ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple kissing in empty reception venue
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING katie's parents making speech
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin making finger gun for camera and katie laughing
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING katie with kids of the wedding party
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING cutting cake
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple dancing
  ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple dancing
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING arin and guests on dance floor
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple and guest in photo booth
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING newlyweds and guests dropping it low on dance floor
 ARIN AND KATIE DOWNTOWN SEATTLE WEDDING couple holding customized ping pong paddles

VENDORS

Photographer | Jenny GG Photography

Venue | Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Planner | Pink Blossom Events

Catering | Herban Feast

Officiant | Reverend Mary Calhoun of Windows to the Soul Ministry

Florals | Floressence

Wedding cake | Baked

Hair and makeup | Offwhite Makeup and Beauty

Live ceremony music | Windsong Trio

DJ/Emcee | Bamboo Beats

Transportation | British Motor Coach

Linens and decor | Pedersen's Rentals

Games | Clowns Unlimited

Tuxedo | Trillium Custom Tailoring

Wedding Gown Designer | Martina Liana


 Jenny

JENNY GG PHOTOGRAPHY

Hi, I’m Jenny. I’ve been photographing weddings around Seattle since 2008.  Family is my favorite, and my best day includes the dog, the kid, the wife, strong coffee, banana ice cream and a ‘pants off dance off’ contest in the living room. Weddings are groovy, and I love people. Call me.