Profile in commitment: Que and Vivian,
pt. 2
 

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posted Friday, March 1, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 9

Profile in commitment: Que and Vivian,
pt. 2

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Que Areste and Vivian Robb have been very busy. When we last left the couple who have kissed in every elevator they've ever been in (see SGN, Nov. 30, 2012), they were still trying to come up with a last name the two of them could share, and they hadn't yet set a date. But amidst all the extensive wedding planning and the stresses that come with it, the two still smile when they talk about the upcoming day.

They've decided to get married on Lake Union, on May 19, 2013.

'We're deep into planning all of the myriad of details from picking the site and the site for the rehearsal dinner to checking out places to stay for guests from out of town; creating a website, which we have up and running - just need to update it some more; selecting what we're going to wear and getting it made; and a cake, entertainment, music, and such for the wedding - the caterers, etc., etc. It's a long list of people who are involved in what turns out to be a pretty formal wedding,' said Vivian.

MEET THE ESTAVIAS
As busy as they are, they did decide on a last name.

'We have decided to choose one that is unique to both of us,' said Vivian. 'Que may not use it for her business, but we have decided to go with Estavia, which is partially from Areste and partially from Vivian.'

'We took some time to choose,' added Vivian.

The two were careful to check for meanings in other languages as well.

'So far as we can tell, it doesn't mean anything untoward in any of the usual languages,' Vivian told SGN.

CASTING THE RINGS
The rings are ready, too. 'We had similar ideas about what we wanted. Que doesn't wear a lot of jewelry and doesn't wear rings as a general rule, so we wanted it to be comfortable for her to wear,' said Vivian. 'We picked a design that included the rainbow colors, for our rainbow families.'

But that's not all. Goldmine Design, the Seattle-based jeweler located just outside Pike Place Market, which made their rings, held a 'casting party' for the couple. Alongside their closest friends, they heated the crucible and the metal for each other's rings. Goldmine also helped them develop custom textures for their rings. Que's ring has Vivian's fingerprints engraved on it, and Vivian's has Que's.

'The wedding band is a plain gold band that combines with the engagement ring, so it looks like one ring when they're put together,' Vivian told SGN.

NINE YEARS APART
Neither remembers the exact date they first met as friends. They agree, however, that it was in May 1979.

'Probably pretty close to the day we plan to get married, actually,' offered Que. 'About the third weekend of May.'

The pair stayed friends before they officially began dating in the mid-'90s. Then, Vivian and Que maintained a long-distance relationship for nine years, becoming domestic partners in San Francisco on November 3, 2003. The couple bought a condo together in Seattle's Madison Valley neighborhood in 2004.

The elevator tradition dates back to when they were in the long-distance relationship.

'We couldn't wait and started kissing in the elevator,' Que told SGN when we first spoke to her about the upcoming wedding. 'We've been doing it ever since.'

DIDN'T EXPECT MARRIAGE
'It feels good. Marriage was never on my horizon, ever. It just wasn't something that I ever thought I would be doing - it wasn't a reality for me at all. Then, suddenly, I could get married and I want to,' Que told SGN, looking toward Vivian. 'And she said yes.'

The two are expecting about 75 to 100 wedding guests, consisting of friends and family. Local pianist Victor Janusz will coordinate the music.

'We decided that if we could survive the planning of the wedding, that being married after that and being together for the rest of our lives would be a very easy thing to do,' said Vivian.



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