By Rachel Jones | Photograph from A Fist Full of Bolts
A shared love of dance brought Julia Erickson and Aaron Ingley together, and a deep love for one another kept them together. The professional ballet dancers met at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle and moved on to working together at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and even starting their own nutrition bar company, Barre, throughout their 16-year courtship. To celebrate their nuptials, affectionately nicknamed their “Sweet 16,” Julia and Aaron returned to Seattle for a nontraditional ceremony and reception at SoDo Park. “Our wedding was a celebration of what we have,” Julia explains. “Not just our future, but our past, present, and future.” With dance weaving the connection between all three, this photo perfectly encapsulates the grand romance between the two. Taken during the first-look photo session at a pier on the Puget Sound, the organic movements came when their photographer asked Julia to lace up the pointe shoes she initially packed to serve as a prop. “I figured we’d have some fun,” Julia says. “We have this unique talent that’s perfect for photographs, so we might as well use it.” A natural flow of dreamy movements followed. With their glamorous ensembles juxtaposed with the industrial setting, this blissful moment reminds other couples to stay true to themselves on their big day — and always say yes to a dance with your loved one!