Seattle City Hall is in the midst of an historic and highly unusual transformation. Today is the first day that same sex couples can wed in the State of Washington. Couples, volunteers, media and government officials are starting to appear inside and around the building. Very soon the first of these weddings will take place, and the proceedings will go on for some seven hours until every one of the couples has been married. Demand was so high that the courts were opened on a Sunday to make room for the overflow.
In preparation for the festivities, local artists Jennifer Zeyl and Celeste Cooning, with help from city staff, are decking out the building’s large lobby to make decorations for some 140 planned weddings. The decorations consist of several self-contained areas that will act as individual “chapels” within the lobby space. Couples will be wed in these temporary installations, and then exit the building down the staircase to City Hall plaza.
The public is invited to join in the festivities at City Hall plaza, on Fourth avenue between Cherry and James streets from 10 AM to 5 PM. There will be food, coffee, and the chance to witness history.