On Friday, May 11, Capt. Johnathan Hillstrand of the F/V Time Bandit, part of the crab-fishing fleet of Discovery’s Tuesday reality hit “Deadliest Catch,” sent out the following tweet about the May 12 nuptials of pal Jake Anderson, a deckhand on the F/V Northwestern: “Yes, Sig is officiating wedding. Yes I’m hurting from bachelor party and woke up with green hair. ? yes I hope everyone has a great weekend! ;)”
Sig is Sig Hansen, captain of the Northwestern, Anderson’s boss and mentor. On May 9, Anderson tweeted, “You’ll never guess who is officiating the wedding …”
With any luck, everyone else survived the bachelor party, and the wedding will go off without a hitch.
As part of its blog for bridal series “Say Yes to the Dress,” TLC posted an interview on May 9 with Jenna Patterson, Anderson’s fiancee, in which she recalled his proposal at Waimea Canyon on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
“It was nearing sunset,” she wrote, “and we arrived to the lookout point before dusk, up high in the clouds and no one else around. We began kissing and hugging each other, appreciating being away from the family for a moment, and he began to tell me how much he loved me and how wonderful the previous 3 years had been.
“As he was doing this, I began shaking and praying to myself, ‘I really hope he’s about to propose.’ Before I knew it, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I screamed with excitement, saying, ‘Yes, yes, of course I will, I love you!’ I jumped on him, not even giving him the opportunity to pull out the ring.
“When he finally got the ring out, I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was. It was about as perfect and romantic as I could have imagined.”
Click through to the blog for a look at Patterson’s ring (and it’s not small). Also on May 9, Anderson tweeted, “Barely made it home for my own wedding! Crazy opie season. Hope everyone is well.”
He also tweeted about the bachelor party, and posted this picture of himself and Hillstrand on
A little over a year ago, Zap2it talked to Anderson, and he recalled how he and Patterson met in Seattle.
“She was on the Duck,” said Anderson, “an amphibious vehicle that tours around Seattle. I was doing shipyard duty, and they had a festival going on in Ballard. We had all these people coming down to the gate. There’s this great big gate for Pacific fishermen in Ballard.
“All these people were coming up to get autographs. I had just walked out, and Jenna came up. Her family had jumped off the boat to come and get autographs from us. I autographed [to her], ‘You’re beautiful.’
“She left, and on her way walking out, her nieces told her to come back and give me her number. She gave me her number. I was staying on the boat. I was trying to stay out of trouble, so I was living on the boat. I wasn’t going out and spending money; I was trying to save my money.
“She started calling me, and I started calling her, for a few weeks. We fell in love, and that was almost three years ago.”
When asked at the time about a possible wedding, Anderson said, “I’m thinking about it. I’d better not say anything, because I don’t know.”
Well, if Patterson says they were together three years when Anderson proposed, and they were together almost three years when Anderson spoke to Zap2it, seems likely that he was already thinking about popping the question at that time.
Best wishes for a happy life (and good fishing), Jake and Jenna!