or Oak Park residents Alex, 27,
and Ruthie Voss, 27, Seattle was the
obvious choice to have their wedding.
"Seattle is a very serene, lush,
city," said Ruthie, a former Seattle
resident and an interior designer at
Contract Interiors in Southfield.
The couple settled in the Detroit
area because of her future husband's
interest in automobiles.
According to Ruthie the couple
met over four years ago at a folk dance
in Seattle. They were officially
engaged in December 1987, and
married in August 1988.
"We only had a six month
engagement, but it worked out just
fine," she recalled.
"I wouldn't recommend a longer
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engagement period it's too difficult,
and too tough on the nerves."
Once Alex proposed, the couple
decided that they really wanted to go
back to their home state to be wed.
"Going back to Seattle was a lot
easier than having the wedding here,"
"First we arranged the date, and
where it would be held," she said.
"That was pretty easy."
She compares the hotel that they
were married in to the St. Regis in
"It's very nice, yet understated;' she
"We were lucky because the
caterer and the florist were both in the
hotel where the reception was going
to take place," she said.
Ruthie says that the next step,
which was her most favorite was
choosing her wedding dress.
"What I had always envisioned
was to wear my mother's wedding
dress. I wanted something traditional."
"I really didn't want a dress that
I could find at a bridal salon': she said.
Because restructuring and
reworking her mother's dress, which
dated back to the 1950s, required an
expert, Ruthie had to find someone
talented enough to complete such a
That someone Ruthie found was
Mrs. Adina Jerusalem, an Oak Park
seamstress and designer who
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