- The Stranger
- STEVEN AND ERIKA Two parties are better than one.
Erika Taylor and Steven Birklid might never have met if it weren't for Magic: The Gathering. Steven, a former professional poker player, took up Magic (it's less lucrative but has more dragons), and while visiting Seattle for a tournament, he couch-surfed into Erika's heart. "I immediately started freaking out and turning red," Erika said of the first time she saw Steven. They were first married in Steven's hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, far enough north that there was sunshine at midnight during the ceremony. The couple wanted a second wedding because many people they love couldn't make it to Fairbanks, and because, of course, two parties are better than one.