Machi & Theresa
While Theresa grew up in Oregon, Machi was raised on the island of Shikoku in Western Japan. They met at a get-together Machi organized. Though they started off as friends, they “soon realized that, despite our completely different backgrounds, we shared a lot of values and interests.” For years they didn’t consider a wedding, since same-sex marriage wasn’t legal in Japan or the U.S. But when American laws changed, they knew it was “go” time. Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel appealed for countless reasons, among them, the hotel’s willingness to plan with a couple living halfway around the globe. (The couple resides in Kyoto.) The “wonderful Rev. Maureen Haley gave a beautiful ceremony” in the outdoor courtyard on a sunny, blue-skied day, and the reception happened in the Hawthorne Room. Overall, the day proved a roaring success. The couple spent the night in the bridal suite where, much to their delight, they found a bottle of Champagne and some chocolate waiting, compliments of the hotel.