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Meaningful Moments: A Multicultural Wedding Celebration At The Corson Building In Seattle

By: 
Susannah Bradley
Katherine Kleitsch and Caine Lowery imagined a deeply personal wedding celebration that paid tribute to both of their cultures and families.

Katherine Kleitsch and Caine Lowery imagined a deeply personal wedding celebration that paid tribute to both of their cultures and families. First, they said their vows in an intimate ceremony at the Seattle Municipal Courthouse surrounded by only their parents and siblings. Afterward, they joined extended family and a handful of close friends at The Corson Building for a delicious family-style dinner in the venue’s elegant garden setting, surrounded by lush greenery and sophisticated white floral bouquets.

To celebrate Katherine’s Japanese heritage, she and her friends hand-folded 1,000 paper cranes and strung them from wrought iron gates that surrounded the reception area. Cranes are symbols of nobility, health and loyalty. It is said that the birds live for 1,000 years and mate for life. Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. To honor Caine’s African-American heritage and history, Katherine and Caine opened the reception with a broom ceremony. “Jumping the broom” dates to the 19th century in the United States and symbolizes sweeping away the old to make way for a new beginning.