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SEATTLE – Blake Easter and Patrick Atkinson of South Carolina married in Seattle on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. They are the second couple chosen in the Marry Me in Seattle campaign, receiving a Seattle wedding trip hosted and coordinated by Visit Seattle, the city’s nonprofit tourism marketing organization.
As part of the sweepstakes package, the couple received air transportation from Alaska Airlines, a four-night stay at Hotel Vintage, a wedding ceremony at Axis, flowers, wedding photography, DJ, ground transportation from Uber Seattle, champagne courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, beer from Hilliard’s Brewery & Taproom and dessert from Trophy Cupcakes.
Seattle Judge Anne Levinson (Ret.) officiated the wedding ceremony. Levinson was a proponent of legalizing same sex marriages in Washington.
The Marry Me in Seattle campaign was created to lure LGBTQ visitors to Seattle by showcasing the city’s progressive and welcoming culture. Hundreds of couples have entered the sweepstakes since the campaign launched July 1. Four wedding trips in total are offered, with ceremonies taking place the first Wednesday of the month, September through December. Any LGBTQ couple residing outside of Washington State is eligible to win. Entry is still open for the final wedding trip in December.
On September 3, Zachary Baker and Samual Busch of St. Paul, MN were the first of four couples to be married through the campaign. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray officiated their ceremony at Canlis restaurant.
The Marry Me in Seattle campaign and wedding sweepstakes were developed in collaboration with Visit Seattle’s agency Copacino + Fujikado, in partnership with Here Media and funding by the Seattle Tourism Improvement Area, a dedicated marketing fund assessed from guests at 54 downtown Seattle hotels and administered by Visit Seattle.
The campaign web site, 2DaysInSeattle.com/marryme, features an essential Seattle LGBTQ marriage checklist that includes a link to Washington State’s marriage equality law (Referendum 74 which was passed by Washington voters in November 2012), information and links for marriage applications and licenses and a list of LGBTQ officiants. The web site also features a wedding resource guide that includes more than 30 Seattle romance packages, transportation, wedding music and DJs, florists, photographers, venues and catering companies. The site and resource list are permanent and continuously-updated.
Follow Blake and Patrick’s story via social media with the hashtag #MarryMeInSeattle.
Visit Seattle, a private, nonprofit marketing organization, has served as Seattle/King County’s official destination marketing organization (DMO) for more than 50 years. The goal of these marketing efforts is to enhance the employment opportunities and economic prosperity of the region. Visit our About Us page for more information about Visit Seattle.
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