As wedding season winds down, one local couple is sneaking their nuptials in just at the tale end of summer -- but instead of going to the chapel, they're going on the stomach-churning ride of a lifetime at the Washington State Fair.
Nathan Mottinger, 27, and Nichole Whitener, 30, both of Aberdeen, will be saying "I do" in between screams on the Fair's newest roller coaster, Rainer Rush. The pair say they have been dating for 12 years and are high school sweethearts. They got engaged last Christmas, and have two children together, ages 7 and 10.
Rainier Rush is no kiddie coaster; according to the Fair, the ride lifts riders "over 60 feet in the air before catapulting downhill around wild loops, along wavy tracks and bendy curves."
While the decision to get married on a roller coaster may seem unusual, Whitener and Mottinger are hardly the first couple to have done it. Morning radio hosts Kent Phillips and Alan Budwill have been running the Roller Coaster Wedding contest for 20 years.
The wedding will be broadcast on STAR 101.5 beginning at 6am Monday morning, and will be officiated by Phillips himself, who is an ordained minister.
Sponsors of the wedding will be providing other necessities, such as rings from Ben Bridge Jewelry and tuxedos from Men's Wearhouse. Other sponsors include Pioneer Bakery in Puyallup, Blooms at the Windmill, RCA Records, and the Holiday Inn Express in Puyallup.
Combining the traditions of the Washington State Fair (formerly known as the Puyallup Fair), the bride and groom will enjoy a reception of Fisher scones.