This is the first post in our wedding blog — likely the first of many, many posts. Our wedding is set for August of 2011, so we’ll have plenty of time to plan. It’s our hope that this blog will allow us to keep all of our wedding planning info in one place, allow for CONSTRUCTIVE feedback from our friends and family, and be a little bit of fun as we dig in for the long haul.
A little introduction for those of you who don’t know us yet…..
The bride is Ginger Bellerud:
She was born on September 22, 1981, in Olympia, WA — the second of three daughters in a very Scandinavian family. Her sisters are Kathleen and Audrey, and they all grew up in Olympia. She spent her freshman year of college in Caldwell, Idaho at Albertson College (yes, like the grocery stores), where she was able to study abroad for a quarter in Cuba. She transfered after one year to Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where she graduated with a double major in Anthropology and Art, and a minor in Art History. She went to the University of Washington for graduate school in Museology (museum studies), but alas, doesn’t want to work in museums anymore. She’s currently exploring the process of starting her own business.
Ginger works as a studio coordinator for a famous glass artist in Seattle (no, not the one with the eyepatch), consults other artists on organizational and marketing needs, and feels blessed to have the time and flexibility of schedule to work on independent projects. Ginger would also like to be as healthy as possible before tying the knot — she’s currently undergoing treatment for Adult-onset Growth Hormone Deficiency (AGHD), which started in January 2010 (after 8 years of tests before being diagnosed just before Christmas 2009!) It’s a slow recovery process, but Ginger is optimistic for marked results as soon as her hormone levels are at a theraputic level.
Ginger’s hobbies include cooking, home canning, sewing (she’s just starting to get into quilting!!!), gardening, building/restoring/reupholstering furniture, making her own liqueurs, photography, and other things she doesn’t have time to list.
The groom is Mathew Corthell:
Matt was born on December 9, 1976, in Brockton, MA. He’s the oldest of four children – his siblings are Dan, Adam and Kaity. After a brief stint in Montana, Matt and his siblings were raised in East Bridgewater, MA, which is about halfway between Boston and Plymouth. He went to college in Boston, at Northeastern University. He thought he wanted to be an architect, then wanted to design theater sets. He eventually graduated with a degree in computer science and went to work for a video game company.
In the fall of 2006, Matt quit his job, packed up his car and embarked on an adventure to drive across the country in search of a new city and a new life. He landed in Seattle in October 2006, and settled on Capitol Hill after landing a new job. 3 years later, Matt works as a senior web programmer for a very successful company in Seattle. He specializes in programming communications software, facilitating translations of web content, and loves the people he gets to work with everyday.
Matt’s hobbies include photography, playing online games with his friends across the country, making costumes, drawing, microeconomics, and many other things I’m sure he’ll post about himself.
The bride and groom were introduced to each other on The Stranger’s Lovelab dating site in mid-July 2007. Matt’s screen name was PoisonPotato and Ginger’s was NordicRed. They flirted over email for a while, discussing restaurants and robot love lives. Matt and Ginger met in person on July 26, 2007, at Liberty Bar on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Their first kiss was after their second date in Columbia City, Seattle, on July 30.
They moved in together on January 19, 2008, and currently live in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood, and by January 2009 were talking about marriage, since they hadn’t killed each other yet.
They got engaged on August 23, 2009 in Victoria, British Columbia, where they’d been celebrating a belated 2 year anniversary.
Matt and Ginger enjoy many hobbies together: working on projects, building things for their home, car camping, watching British television, reading, hanging out in Ballard, attending Rat City Roller Girls bouts, IMing each other several times a day, and now they’re starting to take up golf!
So….over the next several months they’ll be posting their inspiration for their special day. They hope you enjoy what they come up with!