Julia Elizabeth Massey and Jared Daniel Cortese were united in marriage on July 28 on the shores of the Puget Sound in Seattle’s Golden State Park.

The bride attended the University of Colorado and is currently working as a the leader of the band, Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount during the night and nannying during the day.

Jared, a graduate of Columbia college in Chicago, is leader of the band The Jesus Rehab and a guitar instructor.

Julia’s mother, Barbara Massey Goglia, from Baltimore, Maryland, escorted Julia down the aisle, to the tune of the classic, “My Girl,” a favorite of Julia’s beloved deceased father, Edgar Strong Massey Jr. Barbara was accompanied to the celebration by her husband, Michael C Goglia III.

Jared’s parents are Daniel and Theresa Cortese of New Buffalo.

The celebrant was the bride’s close friend, Rev. Katherine Larson. Live music for the entire ceremony was provided by good friends of the bridal couple, Bob and Sheldon. Readings were shared by good friends, Elizabeth Olsson and Lisa Wiley. The Maid of Honor was Julia’s sister, Catherine Massey. Bridesmaids were Kristen Brown, Gayle Bradshaw, Jill Cimino, Jenny McKibben, and Lindsey Koren. The flower girl was the granddaughter of Julia’s mother’s husband Mike, Cate Goglia.

Best Man duties were shared by Jared’s brothers, Tobias and Dominic Cortese. The groomsmen were Sean Norsworthy, Walter Antiporda, close friend and Union Pier resident Todd Hatfield, and close friend and cousin Mark Rogel. Besides being groomsman, Patrick Butler, longtime friend and New Buffalo classmate of Jared’s, doubled as the emcee of the event.

The entire congregation symbolically became the ‘ring bearer’ at the bridal couple’s request. The rings were passed through the congregation, giving each person an opportunity to see and offer a private blessing upon the rings if so desired. Tobias then retrieved them at the appropriate moment. 

Other important people in the day’s event were the attendants, Danielle Bennett, Geoff B Gibbs, and Josiah Purtlebaugh. Heather Brown was the ceremony coordinator. Julia and Jared planned a honeymoon to Hawaii. Their current address is: 730 N 85th St., Apt 103, Seattle, WA 98103.

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