Kerissa & Christopher
Sept. 24, 2011 at the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle
Katie Joy Blanksma
Christopher Foster had his escape route all mapped out, just in case the love of his life, Kerissa Freeberg, said no to his June 2010 proposal at Queen City Grill, where they had shared their first date two years prior. However, the escape proved unnecessary, and Chris, the vice president of sales at Cost of Wisconsin construction company, could breathe a little easier. For their fall wedding, the West Seattle couple married her vintage affections and his modern taste with the sophisticated aesthetic of the Alexis Hotel downtown; the DIY-loving bride crafted fabric poms to hang from the ceiling, arranged tissue-flower centerpieces in milk glass jars and collected rustic keys off eBay for a year to direct guests to their seats with tea-dyed tags. A friend of the groom officiated at the touching ceremony, which incorporated Chris’ 8-year-old daughter, Serena, as one of the flower girls. Afterward, guests dined on salmon with grapefruit-cucumber compote and vegan risotto, and snacked on Mighty-O vegan doughnuts, key-shaped sugar cookies that resembled the seating cards, plus lemon and orange vintage candy sticks handmade by Kerissa, who is a consultant at Logic20/20, a technology consulting company.