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Laura Hunt

Dancing Into the Sunset

A May Wedding in Seattle
Elysia Heller
Photography: Marv Heston at Heston Weddings
To Jayme, it was a budding friendship, but Ryan had bigger plans. Jayme recalls, quite sweetly, when he asked her to be his girlfriend. As only a 12 year old girl could do, she giggled quietly and denied his request.

Little did they know that first summer that the stars had aligned, and one day years later they would be dancing under the northern lights of Seattle for a very special occasion…their wedding. Jayme Stevens and Ryan Bruett met on Gig Harbor near Olympia, Washington when they were just 7 years old. It was there that they and their families summered for the next five years, and where their relationship blossomed. They spent their time swimming and boating, and diving into the crisp waters of Puget Sound, all the while becoming closer. To Jayme, it was a budding friendship, but Ryan had bigger plans. Jayme recalls, quite sweetly, when he asked her to be his girlfriend. As only a 12 year old girl could do, she giggled quietly and denied his request. Her response did not inspire confidence, and the two parted as just friends when that last summer at Gig Harbor had ended.

Eight years passed and by this time Jayme was attending Boston University, and Ryan was studying at Santa Clara University in Northern California. Back home in the Pacific Northwest for Christmas in 2000, their paths crossed once more. That sense of friendship and shy interest sparked yet again, albeit this time Jayme thought twice about her role in Ryan’s life. Once back at school, they spoke nearly every day and eight months later Jayme decided at long last to become Ryan’s girlfriend. They dated long distance over the next two years, coming together in Seattle in 2002.

It was on Jayme’s birthday in July of 2003, at a family 4th of July celebration in Gig Harbor that Ryan decided to pop the question again. In the very spot he’d asked her to be his girlfriend 11 years earlier, Ryan knelt down on one knee and proposed something even better…marriage. This time she said yes!

Jayme is most definitely a planner, and she’s a girl who loves a party, so pulling together the event was right up her alley. She and Ryan established the first order of business…to find the perfect location. Since they both grew up in Puget Sound, they decided there was no better place to get married than The Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle, boasting sweeping views of the Pacific Northwest and the City. Though her parents had long since moved out of the area, they maintained their membership at the club for special events and family gatherings, and this seemed the most fitting occasion of all.

On the evening of May 22, 2004, Jayme and Ryan’s 125 guests gathered for the celebration to begin. On a large screen in the foyer of 75th floor of The Columbia Tower, Cory Bogle of Bogle Productions displayed a video montage of the couple’s childhood, and the ensuing relationship. Once the curtain was drawn, all eyes were on the bride. For Jayme, this was the highlight of her day, as she and her father descended the staircase to the alter, where she stood in front of the man she had become friends with as a child, and the man she had fallen in love as a young woman.

As soon as Ryan kissed his bride, the guests were invited to enjoy a lavish cocktail and dinner reception, hosted by the bride’s parents.

Jayme and Ryan worked closely with the chefs on-site to create the delectable menu, and they arduously tasted cake after cake before finding pure pleasure in Mike’s Amazing Cakes. Jayme creatively and meticulously hand made ceremony programs, table seating cards, and table signs that reflected all the places she and Ryan had been together. She also selected La Rosa Floral Design to create the bouquets she and her bridesmaids carried, the boutonnières and nosegays, and the arrangements that adorned the ceremony and reception.

Sounds Unlimited provided the Deejay music, and Marv Heston of Heston Photo was specially chosen by the bride and groom to capture the story of their wedding on camera.

Earlier that day, the skies were grey and rain graced the streets of Seattle, as often happens here in spring. However, as the couple took to the dance floor for the first time as a married couple, the clouds parted and the sun shone brilliantly through.


 With the sunset behind them, they danced beautifully to Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon. This was followed by the very classic Unforgettable for the father’s dance with his daughter, however with a slightly untraditional twist…nearly half through the music quickly jumped to Celebration and the guests joined in. Dancing continued joyfully well into the night, under the stars that had aligned so faithfully for Jayme and Ryan all those years ago.



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