by Scott Johnson

Kangiser Wedding on 5/19/18 at Historic 1625 in Tacoma, Wa

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As droves of people flee from the massive influx of Amazon techies and skyrocketing rent in Seattle, many are finding themselves a just a short ways south in Tacoma. Known mostly for the Tacoma Narrows, it is a bustling city that is getting ready to face the storm. More importantly, at least for us, is that it holds a dazzling wedding venue known as the Historic 1625. The award-winning venue comes with a boatload of amenities for those who wish to marry there. Beautiful wedding and reception rooms, a variety of backdrops for gorgeous photos, catering, tables and more are all provided for one lump cost (which varies depending on season and day).

As early morning clouds drifted over the Sound, the Kangiser’s Wedding Day got off to a fun start as the ladies got all made up and the boys sipped on drinks and got to looking “dapper.” Then, before you knew it, it was time to head out for the First Look.

As Matthew looked longingly out across the water, almost like a sailor who lost his bride to the sea, Kimle approached him from behind. With a tap on the shoulder, Matthew turned around to see his beautiful bride, and with an adorable little kiss they embraced. Dancing out on the pier, the bride and groom looked simply delighted. We had a great time out their on the waterfront with plenty of laughs and smiles to be had.

Then it was time for group photos with the boys starting a little ruckus (instant replays and all) while also demonstrating an intense goofiness with a series of wonderful poses. They, however, were to be outmatched by the ladies who took the cake with an even more hysterical set. Their combined efforts also produced some unforgettable images. After some shots with the family, it was time to head to the church for the ceremony.

The excitement in Matthew’s face was almost bursting as the ceremony drew to a close, inching its way towards when he could kiss his bride. Once it was time, they kissed and sealed their union. Shortly afterwards, we got some shots of the newlyweds on the steps of the church before heading off to the Historic 1625.

The beautiful interiors played perfect host for the reception. With an open ceiling displaying the wonderful woodwork and brick walls, the building is a feast for the eyes. Cutting what we consider to be one of the best cakes we’ve seen, they moved quickly onto the dancing. With some impressive skills, they stunned their guests with their first dance as husband and wife.

Keeping with the energy from the photo sessions, the dance celebration was absolutely riotous with some hilarious moves being pulled out. With a great group like this, it’s always sad for the night to end.

Thank you again to Matthew and Kimle for picking Best Made Videos to film their wedding! It was such a great day!

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Wedding Planner – Lisa Owens w/ Elegant Affairs

Photographer – Josh Fernandez

DJ/Photo Booth – Otto-Matic Mobile Music

Florist – Brown’s Flowers & Gifts

Hair/Makeup – Angela w/ Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar

Wedding Cake – Jacqui’s Cakes

Caterer – Snuffin’s Catering 

Reception – Historic 1625 Tacoma Place

Ceremony – Church of Saint Rita of Cascia

Bridal Salon – New Beginnings Bridal

Menswear – Men’s Warehouse

Invitations – Southern Charm Weddings

Chalk Art – Chalk Artistry & Design

Rentals – American Party Place and The Meaningful Details

Rehearsal Diner – 7 Seas Brewing Co.

Dance Lessons – Studio Six Ballroom

Best Made Videos – Home Page

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Kimle and Matthew’s story in their own words:

How did you guys meet? 

We met online (plenty of fish) but our first date was at Katie Downs on Ruston Way in Tacoma.

Why did you choose your venue?

We loved how much space Historic 1625 has and that it is local to the majority of our guests and we think the inside is really beautiful. It is right down the street from the church Matt grew up going to and where we are getting married. St. Rita’s was chosen for the ceremony because matt’s family has a long history of going there (since his baptism).

What are you most excited to see in the video?

Our friends and family having a good time, the “I dos” at the church, the attempt at dancing for the first dance and the toasts.

Our Story

There are plenty of fish but I caught the right one!!!!

Welp, you may have guessed from the title but Matt and Kimle did meet on POF – but hey they be millennials so give them a break (kinda? maybe Gen Xers I get confused).

After Matt messaged Kimle several times online Kimle explained she didn’t think he would be a good fit (because he clearly listened to country music from the looks of his profile). She also worried he was too much of a “bible thumper.” A week or two later Matt persisted and Kimle finally agreed to a first date. It should be noted before continuing Matt and Kimle have now been to 8 country concerts and Kimle is taking Wednesday night RCIA classes to become Catholic (but that’s neither here nor there).

Matt and Kimle met in person for the first time at Katie Downs on Ruston Way in Tacoma on July 28, 2016. Was it love at first sight? I think so. It was also concern at first sight. Kimle had just come from an intense workout, Matt picked a table in the 100+ degree outside weather and Kimle was sweating profusely. In fact Matt’s first thought was, “man she is cute but I think she might have some sort of sweating disorder.” Kimle excused herself to the bathroom and Matt picked a table inside the restaurant as centered under a ceiling fan as possible. There was no kiss to end the night but there was a nice hug (and Kimle later made it clear over text she was hoping for one).

Nailing down a second date was not easy for Matt. He was really busy that summer with two brothers getting married, moving, the watershed festival to go to, fishing to do etc but Kimle didn’t make things any easier with deliberately taking days to text back as she deviously played hard to get. So Matt sent her pictures of Aaron Lewis on stage and pictures of fish he caught, hoping he would eventually be able to lock in a second date. The second date did come and to make it count, Matt took her to Stanley & Seafort’s in Tacoma. It was good enough to get him that first kiss in the parking lot later that night. Good work Matt.

From there the dates got frequent, despite Kimle catching the coughing plague of 2016 which lasted about 8 months. It didn’t stop the subsequent dates from ending in kisses (Matt decided to drive to the pharmacy and get his flu shot so he could take the risk).

That December Matt and Kimle adopted Baylee together. The stubborn but lovable rottweiler. Kimle takes credit for picking her out but Matt claims credit for picking out the cool name. The next May Kimle moved in to Matt’s house with her grumpy Dachshund Scooter to join Matt and Baylee and Matt’s Boston Terrier Evey. You can probably see them on any given day walking their pups around Allenmore Golf Course and looking for golf balls.

In August of 2017 Matt decided to pop the question. He took Kimle back to that restaurant he had so much success at (Stanley & Seafort’s). Matt explained he was taking her there under the guise it was for their one year dating anniversary. He told her they would have dinner and then put a lock with their names engraved on it on the lock bridge at Chambers Bay (one of Kimle’s favorite places). Little did Kimle know, Matt had made plans with his brother Josh to hide in the bushes and take photos. He also made plans with his Dad, Mom, Don and Danika to hold a poster with the question on it on a boat off the shore. She also didn’t know he called her dad in Kansas to ask for his blessing which he gave under the condition he always treat her right. Matt picked his moment on the bridge that day and the rest is history!

Wedding Party

Melanie Magana – Matron of Honor

Melanie is my dear friend and one of the most genuine and generous people I know. I honestly can’t say enough wonderful things about her. She is one of those people who would literally give you the shirt off her back. I feel like everyone should have a friend like her in their life, and I am so blessed that she is in my life. She has seen me through the happiest and most difficult times of my life. I love her like a sister and consider her family. She is always positive and one of the most caring people I know. I can always talk to her, without being judged and she always offers me honest advice. She will be my “twinsie” for life and am so honored to have her by my side as my Matron of Honor.

Becky Chalfant – Bridesmaid

Becky is my cousin. We have really become close over the past few years. I love that she lived so close to me and we had a chance to form our bond, but I knew her heart was in the warm California sunshine. I feel like Becky and I can talk about everything and anything. She has a kind heart and gentle spirit. She is always there for me to give me perspective and I am so blessed to have her as my cousin. I am so honored she will be a part of my wedding and cannot wait to give her a big hug! Love you cuz 😉

Danika Kangiser – Bridesmaid

Danika is Matthew’s sister in law. It has been so great getting to know her. Danika is so much fun, giving and always willing to help. It’s such a joy to be around her. I am so blessed to have her in my life. Danika has a big heart and I love spending time with her. I feel like I can talk to her about anything from working out to Harry Potter to our fur babies 😉 I am so excited to have her as my sister ❤ Looking forward to more memories and am so honored she will be by my side at the wedding.

Kayla Kangiser – Bridesmaid

Kayla is Matthew’s sister in law. Her smile and laughter light up a room! Kayla is so sweet, considerate and welcoming. It’s always a joy when we get to hang out, whether it’s just at her house playing fetch with the dogs or getting crazy at Watershed 😉 I can’t wait to have her as my sister 😊 I am so honored that she will be by my side when I say ‘I do.’ Cheers to many more memories to come!

Patrea Fernandez – Bridesmaid

Patrea is Matthew’s sister. She has always been so kind and welcoming to me. It has truly been a blessing getting to know her. I am so honored that she will be by my side at my wedding. I am always blown away by her caring and affectionate heart. It’s always a joy when I get to see her and the boys. I am blessed to have such a great sister. Looking forward to many more family get togethers and St. Paddy’s 5k’s 😉

Audrey Hohn – Flower Girl

Audrey is the daughter of our good friends Larry and Jo’Nell. She has been such an incredible joy to watch grow up! She is always so full of energy and life and always brings a smile and a laugh to our faces. She is also a darn good adversary in a competitive game of Monopoly or Clue.  We are so delighted she is willing to be a special part of our big day as our flower girl!

Darrell Kangiser – Best Man

Darrell has gone from the most annoying little brother ever to one of the most awesome dudes walking the earth. The only sibling who ended up handy, and the only one of us three brothers with any resemblance of domestic skills, Darrell is the total package. He is also one of my closest friends that I can talk comics and nerdy books with.

Andrew Kangiser – Best Man

Don’t let his cockiness fool you, he really is that good at the things he sets his mind to. Andy is a gentlemen and a scholar. Stalwart in his faith he has always been an inspiration that has helped me believe in Christ. Its good when you can look up to your little brother (even if he is only about a half inch shorter than you). My video game buddy, one of these days we will beat Divinity.

Larry Hohn – Groomsman

Larry is the ying to my yang. Our personalities could probably not be more polar opposite. But hey, opposites attract and we have been best friends since the 4th grade. I couldn’t find a more loyal, funny, honest (albeit unfiltered) bestie to have in my life. I mean the guy wanted me to set up a bare knuckled cage match between him and my brothers when he found out they were on best men duty. Larry’s family is my family and Ill always feel blessed for our friendship.

Charles Watkins – Groomsman

They say it becomes rare to make good friends when you get to be a certain age. Well, when you’re an introvert like me living in the “Seattle Freeze” its doubly so. Its probably even more rare to, out of nowhere, make a friend who quickly becomes one of your closest. Chris (Charles) is the type of guy who will roof your house and help you remodel your living room without you asking for help, just because he is bored and likes buying tools (and he won’t accept a dime in return).

Jeff Willoughby – Groomsman

Jeff is like a pineapple. Prickly and tough on the outside but sweet and soft on the inside. Alright, maybe I’m throwing the cliche simile out there as a joke but if you know him it fits. He is one of those guys that insults you to show how much he cares but if things get serious knows when to lend an ear and offer sound advise. An example of a good friend who can move several hours away but things pick up right where theyve always been when he is in town.

Mark Miyata – Groomsman

Its hard to describe my friendship with Mark and keep things G rated for purposes of this family geared website. The picture pretty much sums it up (I fear the potential toast if he gives one). Suffice it to say some of the most fun moments of my life in the past ten years involved this guy in one way or another and there isn’t a thing I would trade them for. Cheers to another 10 years brother.