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RAMON + JOVELLE
SATURDAY AUG. 20, 2016
Oh snap! At long last, we (Ramon and Jovelle) are legally and formally recognizing our union as life partners. Join your favorite photo couple, friends, and family this August for a fun wedding weekend in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Almost six years ago, a combination of late nights pushing pixels at a college newsroom, banana flip trips to Hansel, and autumn bike rides from Busch to Cook campus brought us together. We went from desk buddies to inseparable partners in work, life, and love.
Since then we’ve struggled through creative ruts, odd jobs, bed bugs, robberies, and rejections. We’ve celebrated published work, career milestones, new apartments, and good hair cuts. We conquered new hikes, explored mysterious roads, and admired the stars we live amongst. We’ve fought and endured each other at our worst. We’ve learned and forgiven. And we’ve grown, together and as individuals. For almost six years, we’ve started and ended our days as partners, and plan to do so for years to come.
As you all know, we’ll be tying the knot here in Seattle, where we both currently and happily live as independent photographers. Marriage, we understand, is serious stuff. Neither of us are quite ready to build our white picket fence lifestyle. We have so much to learn and so much to see. We expect our greatest challenges — personally and professionally — are ahead. But what makes the once-ridiculous prospect of marriage palatable is facing the world side by side — together, hand in hand.
When: August, 20, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m.
Where: Washington is a beautiful state and we couldn’t imagine tying the knot anywhere but the outdoors, with a beautiful forest or mountain scene as our backdrop.
We’ll meet at our ceremony location at Gold Creek Pond by 4:45 p.m. You’ll need a car to get to Gold Creek, which is about an hour outside of Seattle without traffic. We suggest carpooling with other drivers or sharing a car service, like Uber. Some of us plan to get there around 4:00 p.m. to relax and enjoy the sights of the Pacific Northwest. This means we’ll be leaving the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle by 3:00 p.m.
If you’re having trouble arranging transportation for the ceremony, let us know and we’ll help you out!
DINNER: Join us for casual eats and a couple of beers at Lunchbox Laboratory in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.
& AFTER THE PARTY IS THE AFTER PARTY: TBD.
We have reserved a block of rooms at a special rate for our guests at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle from August 17 to 23. We personally plan to check in August 19 and check out August 21, though you are welcome to arrive at the hotel sooner and stay later. If you plan to stay at the Westin, please book your room by July 29 using the following link:
We highly recommend staying at the downtown Seattle Westin during the wedding weekend to keep our group as manageable (and fun!) as possible. However, if you plan to book a hotel or AirBnb (or couch surf) elsewhere, please keep us posted on the area you’ll be staying in so we can advise on the best ways to get around town.
Most of the city is accessible via public transportation. You can purchase a re-loadable ORCA card, which will allow you to transfer between the busses and light rail (train), for $5 at any light rail station or large grocery store (like Safeway or QFC). Tickets for each ride are $2.50, one way and are transferrable between bus and light rail within 2 hours of the initial ride.
For our events happening outside of downtown, we recommend walking, biking, using public transportation, carpooling or using taxis/Uber/Lyft as parking can be difficult or expensive, or both.
SEATAC AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN WESTIN HOTEL
The Sound Transit Link Lightrail is the fastest, cheapest way to get from the airport to Seattle. Hop on the lightrail at the airport and ride for about 30 minutes to Westlake Station. The hotel will be a short walk away. Tickets are $2.50, one way.
DOWNTOWN SEATTLE TO GOLDEN GARDENS IN BALLARD
We suggest carpooling or sharing a ride to Golden Gardens, which is about 30 minutes away from the hotel.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
For the ceremony, think somewhere between your Sunday best and semi-formal. It’ll be a long, hot day so in the end, we just ask you wear whatever you’ll be most comfortable in!
Men planning on wearing a suit on the wedding day should expect to ditch the jackets early because of the summer heat.
Remember to bring clothing for the following non-wedding activities as well: swimming, bar hopping, and hiking, especially if you plan on staying before or after the wedding weekend.
R&J’S GUIDE TO SEATTLE
If you still haven't figured it out from our fun photos, Seattle is a beautiful city in the summer months. Expect to take in lots of sun, delicious foods, and incredible mountain views.
Check out Pike Place Market to nosh on some freshly fried donuts at Daily Dozen Donuts, sample “salmon jerky” with the fish throwers, get your daily dose of pickle brine, and shuck your own oysters. Head to Seattle Center for the Space Needle, EMP Museum, a huge playground and water fountain. Tour Theo Chocolate or Fremont Brewing in Fremont, then stop by the bridge to say “hello” to the Fremont Troll. The Seattle Public Library never disappoints, and if you’re looking for views, Columbia Tower isn’t too far away.
If you’re down in our ‘hood, stop by The Station in Beacon Hill or Cafe Avole in Brighton for your coffee fix. For food, you can’t go wrong with the local taco trucks or Super Six in Columbia City. Then, walk up and over the hill to Seward Park to enjoy a view of Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, and Mount Baker. There’s so much to do in our beautiful city! If you’re looking for more suggestions, give us a ring and we’ll point you in the right direction.