Bellamy & Michael
Aug. 7, 2010 at the Pailthorp family home in Olympia
A walnut tree brought these two Seattleites together in 2007 when Bellamy hired Michael, 42, to do some pruning outside her University District apartment. Almost two years later, Michael proposed among the trees of the Pacific Crest Trail after four days of hiking. "I knew it must be real if he could propose to me after so much sweat, no shower and all those mosquito bites," Bellamy, 42, says. In keeping with the outdoor theme of their relationship, wedding guests enjoyed a casual barbecue dinner and bonfire in the backyard of the Pailthorp home. Although heavy rain forced the ceremony under a tent, Bellamy says the weather created a "cozy, intimate gathering" for the couple's vows. Bellamy's friend, pop folk singer Dar Williams, and soprano Cyndia Sieden, Bellamy's stepmom, both sang. Bellamy, a news reporter for KPLU Public Radio, and Michael, founder of Standing People Tree Care, live in Bothell.
Favorite moment: "We broke up the seriousness of the formalities with our German-heritage-inspired 'demonstration of teamwork,'" Bellamy says. "We sawed a log together using a double-handed 'misery whip' to the tune of 'Mission Impossible.' That was a really fun, unique and joyful moment!"