Having experienced large weddings before, Jeanne MacRae and Redmond Optometrist Jeff Forrey decided to make their union an intimate family affair. But the couple, who first met through his optometry business, found the perfect prescription to “Tie the Knot” through a special Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony at Heritage Hall.
The City of Kirkland and a consortium of local businesses called KirklandWeddings.com have organized a wedding package at the historic site in the heart of downtown.
“We have so much to offer couples wanting to get married,” said City of Kirkland Parks Coordinator Nicci Osborn. “Everything they could possibly need is right here.”
Arranged by on-site professional wedding coordinator Stacy Kvam, “Tie the Knot on Valentine’s Day” couples are offered the use of Heritage Hall, its new arbor and Centennial Garden as well as preset floral arrangements, decorations, recorded wedding music, and retired District Judge Carolyn J. Hayek as officiate.
“We wanted to make it seamless, easy and fun to get married in Kirkland,” Kvam said.
Now working as a certified financial planner, MacRae said she emailed Hayek last winter on a business-related matter when she first heard about the promotion, now in its fourth year. She spotted her officiating services for “Tie the Knot” in her signature line. Originally from Bird Island, Minn., she moved to Kirkland in 1987.
“We wanted it simple, but special,” MacRae said. “I feel like I’m getting married in my hometown.”
Also included is an on-site professional wedding coordinator to assist couples in ensuring the event is a memorable one. For additional fees, couples can request live music, purchase a keepsake bouquet and boutonnière, and hire a photographer for some wedding photos.
The ceremonies are planned to be held each hour for 24 hours starting at one minute after midnight on Friday, Feb. 14. As of last Friday, six weddings are ready to go with one of them starting at midnight.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, MacRae will don a red dress at the afternoon ceremony with around 30 guests. Then the bride and groom plan to host around 50 people at a Carillon Point reception, complete with red cloth-lined party favors filled with romantic candles and chocolates.
“The public commitment to say you want to be with someone for the rest of your life has an impact,” she said. “It will always be a special day for us.”