Kiyomi Burchill, Joseph Couk – The New York Times


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Kiyomi Lillian Sakai Burchill and Joseph Daniel Couk were married April 14 at Beatnik Studios, an art gallery and event space in Sacramento. Darrell Steinberg, the mayor of Sacramento, officiated.

Ms. Burchill, 34, is the deputy secretary for legislative affairs at the California Health and Human Services Agency in Sacramento. She graduated with distinction from Stanford and received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California.

She is a daughter of Naomi J. Sakai and Jim W. Burchill of Davis, Calif. The bride’s father retired as the president and chief executive of a public affairs firm bearing his name. Her mother retired as an administrator and a counselor in the counseling and psychological services department at the University of California, Davis.

Mr. Couk, also 34, is an information technology consultant in the Sacramento office of KPMG, the auditing, accounting and consulting firm. He graduated from California State University, Chico.

He is a son of Jane E. Couk and Dr. Richard S. Couk of Chico. The groom’s mother manages his father’s private dental practice there.

The couple never ran into each other during the six months in 2014 that they lived only three doors away from one another. They met at a local crowded music venue a year after she moved.

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