A homeless couple who recently took their marriage vows on a Seattle sidewalk was featured in the Vows section of The New York Times.
"Homeless in Seattle, and Marrying Under the Overpass" spotlighted the wedding of Bob J. Kitcheon, 61, and Michelle Vestal, 50, who married on March 18 under the I-90 overpass.
Vestal and Kitcheon have been together six years and live in a tent a few blocks from Rainier Avenue in south Seattle. The New York Times recounts how the two met and fell in love, and the long road of challenges both have faced in their lives. Vestal is now in a job training program at nonprofit, and the couple hopes to find housing soon.
The couple decided to marry in February. A group of neighbors who cook for dozens of homeless people each Sunday at the Rainier Pop-Up Kitchen organized a sidewalk wedding for the couple, who are regulars at the weekly meals.
Three days before the wedding, Vestal's wedding dress and Kitcheon's suit were stolen, but they took it in stride.
“Things get taken all the time out here,” Mr. Kitcheon told The New York Times.
Volunteers helped set up the reception area with flowers and bottles of Martinelli's. Another volunteer, an associate dean at the City University of Seattle, performed the ceremony as their officiant. Guests blew bubbles as the couple danced.
“This is the best day of my life,” said Kitcheon, following the brief ceremony. The couple cut a cake another volunteer baked for them and made a toast with sparkling cider.
Afterward the ceremony, the couple walked back to their tent, carrying leftovers, flowers and a gift.
“It’s hard for me to be happy,” Vestal told The New York Times, “but with this man, I am.”
KING 5's Ted Land contributed to this report.