Low-Key and Fun Seattle Wedding: Karen & Courtney
Karen and Courtney met while playing for the Seattle women’s tackle football team. They started carpooling. Though they initially would meet at 5:30 to carpool to practice, they started showing up earlier and earlier. They would get to the field before anyone else arrived and talk and laugh and lose all track of time. Their time spent talking after practice grew longer and longer, neither of them wanting their time together to end.
Karen and Courtney proposed to each other. Courtney proposed first, then Karen followed a few months later believing that every woman should be proposed to. Courtney wanted to propose at Rialto Beach over the 4th of July holiday weekend, as they watched the fireworks over the ocean, but a playoff game interfered with the timing. So, they pushed up their trip, she brought out sparklers and a CD player, and proposed on one knee amidst streams of tears.
Every year, Karen and Courtney keep a blessings jar. They write down big and small things they are grateful for and put them in a jar. On New Year’s of 2015, Karen and Courtney sat down to read through their blessings. As they reached the end, Karen handed Courtney a long note, saying the last blessing was for her to read. Courtney read the note out loud, of course crying through the whole thing. When she finished reading and looked up, Karen was on one knee, in the middle of their living room.
The couple wanted a laid back and relaxed vibe at their wedding, with a party feel and all of their loved ones present. They chose a venue with a huge rec room with garage doors that opened up into a covered, outdoor patio that rolled right into a Frisbee golf course. They loved it from the moment they walked in.
Planning on a budget forced Karen and Courtney to focus on what was important to them. They wanted a fun party with their friends and family, so they focused on food, music and beverages. They found an amazing DJ and MC, put out a big sandwich bar and trail mix bar, and kept wine flowing all night. A waterfall of lights mimicked camping under the stars, and guests made s’mores over a bonfire pit.
The brides shared their favorite moments of their big day: “We have so many favorite moments! From hiding upstairs and watching our nieces and nephews walk down the aisle to giggling with our best friend and officiant while we tried to figure out how to sign a marriage certificate.”
They also shared their advice for other engaged couples: “Your wedding day is a celebration of who you are as a couple, so just do you! There were a lot of different aspects of the traditional wedding that simply didn’t feel like us. We chose not to have a bridal party. We had our parents walk down the aisle and wait for us at the altar and we walked the aisle together. We didn’t do a bouquet toss or a cake cutting or a unity ceremony. None of them felt like us. We had corn hole and bon fires and looking back on our day, we wouldn’t change a thing.”