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Sweetly Married at the Lovely DeLille Cellars in Woodinville: David and Misao

August 29, 2016

Kindness.

When it comes to a wedding day, such a lifetime experience is made that much sweeter when there is great kindness and graciousness woven into the day. DavidMisao

This is what I remember most about Misao and David’s wedding day.

Married at the end of July at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, it was happiness for me to share in Misao and David’s wedding ceremony – a ceremony that reflected detail about their relationship, gratitude to their family and friends and other personal elements that tied everything together.

I look back and remember the love and devotion between these two, and I walked away with the heartfelt knowing that their family and friends were thrilled for this day…and rightfully so.

David and Misao, I wish you great joy as you move into this new phase of your journey together!

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Sam and David: Married on the 4th of July at the Glorious Kiana Lodge…

August 29, 2016

If there ever was a couple meant to love and marry, it’s Sam and David.

And it was my happiness to join them on their wedding day at Kiana Lodge…that much happier because it was the 4th of July!  SamDavid6

Joined by 100+ family and friends, we celebrated Sam and David with the gift of a gorgeous ceremony overlooking the water on the grounds of one of my most favorite venues ever for a ceremony, Kiana Lodge.

Within Sam and David’s ceremony, we incorporated personal elements including a few ‘surprise photos’ taken during ceremony by this very loving and sweet duo (see photo at right).

Most of all and with much happiness, I smile as I remember these two Sweethearts and wish them much happiness on their marriage adventure!

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Tidbits of Wisdom and Memories from Wonderful Summer 2016 Weddings…

August 25, 2016

My husband and I love dogs.  Cancel that.  We adore dogs.

In our time together, we have rescued dogs with vision problems and had also loved dogs who have lost their vision. SteveJulie

Perhaps this was one of the reasons I was so enchanted with Steve and Julie, married on Friday evening at DeLille Cellars.  This compassionate and gracious couple rescued their sweet dog, Kodi, a few years ago.  Kodi, who is now blind, was presented mid-ceremony as a ‘surprise ring bearer’ – a sweet surprise from Steve to his beautiful bride.

Two beautiful ladies, Kimball and Nicole, were sweetly married at The Pickering Barn on Sunday afternoon, surrounded by a great group of very joyful family and friends.  KimballNicole

These two women worked with me to create a beautiful ceremony that not only celebrated the two of them but their family and friends as well.  We wrote in a sweet remembrance for Kimball’s brother who is no longer with us as well as other pieces that reflect the anticipation these two gracious women have for their future.

JoannaMark2I love a wedding ceremony on Bainbridge Island.  Newcomers to the area, Mark and Joanna, chose the Hilltop park area for their ceremony and a lovely restaurant in Winslow for their reception.

This dynamic duo love adventure and while they are on their honeymoon to Alaska, I’m delighted to share this sweet picture taken just after ceremony.

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GREAT JOY! Helen + Martin Marry At The Lovely Alderbrook Resort…

August 8, 2016

When I received this marvelous photo from Photographer Jennygg, I just smiled.  BIG!

It was happiness for me to make a June road trip to the lovely Alderbrook Resort on Hood Canal to share in Martin and Helen’s wedding day.  Martin and Helen

These two love birds share a most delightful love story and this, and so much more, we celebrated with the gift of a personalized ceremony on a lovely June Sunday afternoon.

When Helen first met Martin in person, she thought to herself, “so this is what my future looks like!”  She went to give Martin a hug and he said to her, “I’ve driven all of this way….I deserve a hug!”

What I appreciate and cherish about Martin and Helen is their commitment, not only to their loving relationship but to the children of their union.  A wedding day is that much more special when it truly honors the children of a marriage and the honesty that goes with all of the ups and downs of a blended family.

Helen and Martin – I’m the lucky one….you found me!  Much, much happiness to both of you…

Photo:  www.jennygg.com

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Daniel + Zoe: A Field Of Lavender and a Beautiful Wedding Day!

August 8, 2016

There is a hidden gem in Woodinville, a field of abundant lavender that is hidden from the eye off the the Woodinville Redmond road.ZoeDaniel

Called Woodinville Lavender, this beautiful venue has fields of gorgeous lavender and a few weeks ago, at the peak of the season, Daniel and Zoe chose to be married, surrounded by such color and goodness!

I was touched that Daniel and Zoe co-created with me, a ceremony that celebrated their relationship in such a poignant and deeply touch way ~ and one that also honored family and friends.

This was extra special for me because even though Daniel and Zoe are young (and fabulous!), they desired a personal ceremony that celebrated their shared vision and anticipation  for their years together….nothing ‘blah, blah, blah’ here.

Daniel and Zoe, I wish you much happiness on your marriage adventure!   Beautiful Photo:  Jenn Tai

 

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From Iceland To Seattle With Love! Celebrating Elizabeth and Gerald at Lord Hill Farms…

August 1, 2016

Elizabeth + Gerald.

From different States, they unexpectedly met in Iceland while on separate adventure trips.   Elizabeth Gerald

After a week together in this lovely foreign country, they returned home. Shortly thereafter, Gerald was making his way across several States to see Elizabeth. And as they say, the rest is history!

Joined by happy family and friends, Elizabeth and Gerald, were married on Sunday, July 26th at Lord Hill Farms in Snohomish.

Elizabeth was absolutely beautiful, despite the heat of the day. It was a treat for me to celebrate with this couple and their festive group of family and friends, including Elizabeth’s delightful and spunky Grandmother!

At the end of the day, these two lovebirds were married and all was right with the world.

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A Group Photo for a Fabulous Couple and Their Family and Friends…

August 1, 2016

I love everything about Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo for a wedding.

Everything.  annie dave youn

And life is always better when you have a lovely couple who appreciates this gorgeous venue as much as I do.

On July 2nd, it was a pleasure for me to join Dave and Annie for their wedding ceremony at Kiana Lodge, surrounded by their family and friends.

When I look back on Dave and Annie’s day, I not only remember the two of them as a hugely committed, honoring and sweet couple, but I was taken with their commitment to get a group photo immediately after ceremony.Annie Dave Youn1

I LOVE a group photo.  It’s not easy to get one and takes some post-ceremony logistics to get it right – and when done, it’s a lifetime memento. (the photo to the right is mine and doesn’t do the moment justice!).

Dave and Annie – wishing you much happiness on your marriage adventure!

 

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Blake + Anastasia: A Country Wedding at the Lovely Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth…

August 1, 2016

Sometimes a girl just needs a mid-summer wedding road trip!

My excuse was Blake and Anastasia’s wedding at the magnificent Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth.   BlakeAnastasia

So, early on July 23rd, I got in the car and started driving over I-90 to Leavenworth.  I arrived early and after a bit of walking around the town, I made my way out to the Pine River Ranch.

If I could clone Blake and Anastasia, I would do it.  These two are an Officiant’s dream couple – fun-loving, easy-going, gracious and focused on what is important on a wedding day.

Anastasia was just beautitful and her boots (which complemented her gown beautifully) made me smile!

We had a lovely ceremony outside under a flowered arbor.  Yes, it was hot and happily, all went very well.  I drove off with a happy feeling in my heart, knowing these two were brought together for all the right reasons.

 

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Russell + Nicole: Sweetly Married At Roche Harbor…

July 25, 2016

It was happiness for me to take a Kenmore Air seaplane out of Lake Union on July 9th as I made my way to Russell and Nicole for their wedding ceremony at Roche Harbor.RussellNicoleCrew

This was a wedding of two very beautiful people, dear family and friends and a quest to create a “time out” for a weekend to enjoy, celebrate and to create lifetime memories.

In the waterside garden of the Roche Harbor Resort, Russell and Nicole exchanged vows in the happy presence of 100+ family and friends who traveled for this much anticipated destination wedding.

For ceremony, we shared a bit of Russell and Nicole’s love story, an honoring of family present, a little tribute to Russell’s daughter (and a hug), a remembrance for Russell’s Mom and Nicole’s Father and more.

As the seaplane took off a few hours later, my heart was full, so grateful for the opportunity to be a small part of this happy day and weekend.

Russell and Nicole…wishing you great blessings on your marriage adventure!

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Your Seattle Wedding Day: Create a Day Around What Is Truly Important…

July 5, 2016

I’m at home after a big Fourth of July wedding weekend.

I’m tired and I’m happy.  Lovely couples were beautifully married and all went well.

As I reflect on the weekend, I know one thing:  after so much anticipation to a wedding day, it’s important to remember what is important.  And what really doesn’t matter.  jamie and Justin

For Bill and Katy, it was just about “them” as they celebrated 14 years of togetherness.  Under my favorite huge tree I call “Esther.”   KatyBill2

For Jaime and Justin, it was about them and their small gathering of family and friends.  And to be married on the 4th of July, was a big personal deal for them.  Heck, they have a sweet dog named “Liberty!”

4th of July Love: David and Scott had the sweetest ceremony with family/friends before they boarded a cruise ship.  Kerry and Heidi were married on Alki Beach at sunset.  Sandro and Erica lit up DeLille Cellars with their great joy and Georgian traditions. Dave and Annie did things big and fabulous at Kiana Lodge.  And two days later, Sam and David, surrounded by family and friends, had the best fun during a vibrant and robust ceremony – also at Kiana Lodge.

As I shared with Bill and Katy:  what is big, is really small ~ what is small is really big.

Photo:  Justin/Jamie – jennygg   Photo:  Bill/Katy:  Sarah Potter

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The Beautiful Wedding of Chad + Alex: Sweetly Married At The Woodmark Hotel In Kirkland…

June 20, 2016

It was great happiness for me to be a part of Chad and Alex’s wedding ceremony on May 29th at the lovely Woodmark Hotel.

I could not have been happier when Alissa from Maris Events called me to set up a meeting.  And when I sat down with Alissa, Chad and Alex, it was kind of like a fabulous first date – I just immediately liked these two wonderful men. ChadAlex5

On Memorial Day weekend, we all gathered on Sunday evening under the ‘party tent’ at The Woodmark for their ceremony.  Remarkably, the sun came thru for the hour before/during ceremony and it was one of those great gifts of a lifetime.

Perhaps the best thing for me was being up close to Chad and Alex and the smiles, touches and loving glances they exchanged during ceremony.

I wanted to shout to their wonderful photographer, Miguel Cornelio, during ceremony, “you’ve got to get this!”  And I knew that Miguel was on it.  ChadAlex8

We had timeless moments, we had contemporary moments.  We had love, kisses, joy, gratitude and an abundance of happiness.

Perfect in all ways.

A wedding like this has many moving parts.  Those parts, on this day, went without a hitch, thanks to a great team of talented people. My great gratitude to Planner Alissa Lawton from Maris Events – Alissa, you are simply lovely, so talented and one of the very, very best.

Miguel, your photos in one serious word: beautiful.  To DJ Leslie from Seattle Parties – “Girl, you are the ‘bomb!”

Maris Events:  www.marisevents.com

 Miguel Cornelio:  www.momentousimage.com  Seattle Parties:  www.seattleparties.com

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When It Is Killer Hot Outside For A Seattle Wedding Ceremony, Let’s Talk About Shade…

June 7, 2016

As I write this, it’s warm outside on this Tuesday morning here in Seattle.

And over this past weekend in the Pacific Northwest, it was HOT.  Seriously, HOT.  Way too hot to be married in the full-out sunshine.

Some couples decide to get married in the sun.  When it gets into the 80’s and 90’s, my best counsel is:  “Honey, re-think this strategy pronto!” JoelLisanne

Getting married in the heat of the day isn’t fun.  It’s sweaty.  It’s exhausting.  It’s tiring.  It wears out your wedding party and family.  It doesn’t offer best photos.

Dump the idea and go for shade.

Happily, this past weekend, two of my loveliest couples, Joel and Lisanne (Sylvan Grove Theatre – featured left) and Andrew and Kristen (Wild Rose Weddings – featured below) worked with me to move the site of their ceremony.

And for Andrew and Kristen, this was an hour before ceremony!  AndrewKristenCopeland

Here’s the pay-off:  A bride and room remember more because they aren’t dying in the heat.

Family and friends remember more and are more comfortable.  Your older guests are protected from the sun.

Photos are that much more flattering than in the crazy sun.

Everyone in your wedding party (no sunglasses) aren’t squinting like mad.   Simply, shade is a magical elixir that creates more happiness!

 

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Brenda and Cosdyn’s Wedding Day At The Salish Lodge…

May 23, 2016

I was with Brenda and her lovely ladies just before she walked down the aisle to marry her love, Cosdyn, at The Salish Lodge last weekend.  

It was happiness for me to share in Cosdyn and Brenda’s wedding day.  And more so because this beautiful and gracious couple came to me via Danielle (Brenda’s Maid of Honor) and her husband, Yuri, whom I married a few years ago.

BrendaCosdynAkers

As I stood in the corner about 30 minutes prior to ceremony, watching all of the last minute preparation and festivities, I was enchanted with the young flower girl (Christina) and flower boy (Danielle and Yuri’s son, Jack), who were absolutely enchanted with one another.  It was just one of those moments of pure joy watching two sweet ones in fits of giggles and hugs.

As I move into the fullness of late Spring and Summer, I’m reminded that the small moments at a wedding are usually HUGE.  And the HUGE moments are usually small.  Yes, the paradox of life.

I often encourage a couple to take planned private moments on a wedding day – time out moments – because the lifetime moment of a wedding day will never, ever come again.

And sometimes, I actually take my own advice during my time on-site at a ceremony. To step back.  To be super watchful. To look for divine goodness in the smallest of details. 

To ask bold questions.  To be ultra kind. 

And to know and remember that a wedding day will never, ever come again. 

Gorgeous Photo:  Megan Christina Photography

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A Seattle Home Wedding: A Happy Trend For Couples…

April 25, 2016

Susan and Richard totally got things right on their wedding day.

They were married at their home in Seattle on a spectacular April afternoon, surrounded by 50+ happy family and friends.  Or as Richard shares, ‘after 16 years together, it’s about time!”RichardSusanPost

In creating their ceremony and celebration at their beautiful home, Sussan and Richard did everything right.

Susan enlisted her wonderful daughter-in-law, Megan, and friend, Judy, to assist with lots of ‘on the day details.”  By doing this, Susan insured she didn’t have to ‘work’ and that she had two purposeful people who were watchful to insure family and friends were comfortable and food/drink and party details were on track.

If you are planning a home wedding, here are a few hard-won tips that may be helpful:

  • Hire a caterer and/or bartender.  Don’t make the food yourselves.  It’s stressful, often overwhelming and takes up a lot of time. Susan hired a professional to make the food on-site and this was a treat for all.
  • Figure out where people are going to park and have someone out front to guide/assist as guests arrive.
  • Weather optional:  have an indoor and outdoor option.  Because weather can be crazy, depending on the time of year, have Option A and Option B.  If you need a tent, rent one.  And outdoor heaters, if it may get chilly.
  • Create party games and activities that encourage people to interact.  Give guests a funsy ‘swag bag’ or ‘favor bag’ with a tasty treat/goodie to take home.
  • Hire a professional photographer.  Enough said!

 

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Real Seattle Weddings: Smart Ceremony Tips from Wonderful Couples

April 4, 2016

I’m often asked, ‘what do you most remember from a wedding ceremony?’

As I look back over the past couple of weeks, here you go!  ChrisAllyTess

~ Tony & MarPhillia: I was so taken with MarPhillia’s wedding vows.  Her words were so gorgeously crafted and her delivery was one-of-a-kind.  Tony’s vows were a bit more traditional in tone and I loved the look in his eyes as he shared his words with his Sweetheart.

~ Karl & Bridgette:  The fun!  This couple, with a blended family and busy schedule, took a “time out” just for themselves and their tiny ceremony.  They beautifully tied a fisherman’s knot, a ritual that many couples decide not to do because they are concerned they are going to screw it up.

~ Lincoln & Amanda:  So much love in the ballroom of The Edgewater Hotel.  A lot of emotion around a beloved family member.  AND this couple is a zillion times more fun than I thought they were!

~ Mikey & Sam:  I love a couple who love dogs.  Mikey and Sam are devoted to their 16-year-old wonder dog, Sally, who was ring bearer, flower girl and best lady at their wedding ceremony at The Salish Lodge.

~ Daniel and Shasta:  Who gets married at the top of The Space Needle in the bitter cold and dark?  Daniel and Shasta!  Just the most wonderful couple and with an international twist.

~ Chris and Ally:  Such a gracious and fun-loving couple, married at The Woodland Park Zoo .  So fabulously fun-loving that they took planned selfies during their wedding ceremony – it was such a sweet and well-done experience!  (featured in photo above)

~ Maddy and Rick:  Lincoln and Amanda and Maddy and Rick should have dinner!  This dynamic duo hosted a comfortable, easy-going and lovely ceremony at The Bear Creek Country Club.  While the place was formal, the feeling in the room was approachable, happy and so upbeat.

Photo: www.jennygg.com 

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Mikey, Sam and Sally: The Sweetest Wedding At The Salish Lodge

March 14, 2016

There are moments around this wonderful and crazy work that I do that deeply touch my heart.

There are moments that remind me why I do this work.  MikeSamSally

Yesterday, at the Salish Lodge, I had a great joy of officiating Mikey and Sam’s wedding ceremony.

In attendance, as flower girl, ring bearer, wonder dog and best lady of honor, was Mikey and Sam’s beloved 16 and-a-half-year old dog, Sally.

The love affair between Mikey, Sam and Sally is one of those inspiring stories that makes your heart happy.  And the love shared by Mikey and Sam and all that brought them to their wedding day, is the stuff that reminds us all to love fiercely and to deeply appreciate life’s great gifts.

True love.  Yes.  Beautiful Photo:  www.jennygg.com

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Your Seattle Summer Wedding: Tips To Avoid Puget Sound Traffic & Timing Wedding Day Snafus!

February 15, 2016

If you are planning a summer wedding in Seattle, be “traffic savvy” to avoid traffic and/or timing issues that may create unexpected problems on your wedding day.

Here is a “crash course” to help you navigate heavy summer car and ferry traffic in Seattle as you put together the time line for your wedding events and your wedding day.

1) Implement The ’30 Minute Rule’ For Your Seattle Wedding: Because traffic during the summer months in Seattle is often unpredictable and more nuts than usual, one of the best tactics you can employ for all events around your wedding day is to implement the “30 Minute Rule.” If your wedding ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., put 5:00 p.m. on the invites. If your rehearsal is set for 1:00 p.m., tell your family and friends to arrive at 12:30 p.m.

Seattle traffic is insane in the busy Summer months. Nothing creates more stress for a bride or groom than late starting wedding events and family/friends and wedding party members who are late. So, be pro-active and opt for the “30 Minute Rule” and plan your wedding around this principle for more ease and less stress.

2) Plan Your Wedding Around Seattle’s Monster Summer Events: Each Summer, Seattle hosts a number of big annual events that create mini traffic tsunamis. If your wedding is on one of these Summer weekends, you will need to insure that your people take alternate routes, avoid certain bridges and/or leave plenty of “fudge time” for traffic congestion and road/bridge closures. Examples include:

~ Torchlight Parade Weekend ~ Streets in downtown Seattle area closed for a big Saturday night parade that creates traffic congestion for hours.

~ Seafair Weekend ~ The two bridges across Lake Washington are closed at different times over 4 days for a weekend in August (usually the first or second weekend of August), creating traffic nightmares between Seattle and the Eastside. Check out the Seafair website for bridge closure information and plan accordingly.

~ Road Closures ~ Each Summer, the Washington State Department of Transportation schedules big road projects and/or road closures throughout the Seattle area. Visit the WA State DOT website for updated information:http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/PugetSound.aspx.

~ Bellevue Arts & Crafts Festival ~ A huge festival in downtown Bellevue creates serious local traffic problems on the last weekend of July.

And these are just 4 examples, in addition to the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Hempfest!

3) Do Your Seattle Wedding Plans Involve A Ferry? If your wedding plans for Seattle include a ferry ride, plan for longer ferry lines in the Summer months and create ‘buffer time” as you plan your wedding events. Ferries most impacted: downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Edmonds to Kingston, downtown Seattle to Bremerton, Port Townsend to Keystone, Mukilteo to Clinton and all ferry runs to/from the San Juan Islands. The Washington State Ferry system website has all updated information.

4) Plan Your Seattle Ceremony and Celebration At the Same Location/Venue: One of the best ways to insure that your Seattle wedding goes off without a traffic hitch is to plan your ceremony and celebration at the same venue.

If your plan is already set for two Seattle locations on your wedding day, consider a bus or shuttle to more conveniently get your guests from one venue to another.

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant,Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington and every weekend she navigates crazy Seattle traffic between wonderful weddings.  

Take a peak at http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or call 425. 922.1325

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The Freaked Out Bride: Navigating A Tsunami of Life Change with Smarts and Grace..

February 4, 2016

Freaked out.

This is how a bride of any age may feel on the way to a wedding day. Some women feel it more than others. And some never get to the “freaked out cliff.”

If you are an engaged woman and are feeling like you are “losing it” or are getting caught up in the anxiety of wedding planning, I feel you.

In today’s culture, there is huge pressure for a couple to create a remarkable, unique and “perfect” wedding day.

A beautiful, sweet and poignant wedding day is about authenticity. It is about being real.

Yet, the stress of family, friends, our culture and the wedding industry are a perfect storm to create a freaked out bride or couple. If you are stressing over decisions, torn between family or friends or just want to “escape,” I can assure you that all of these experiences and feelings are normal.

A wedding is all about change.  This experience is big/huge and brings up all sorts of feelings – good stuff and shadow stuff. We underestimate the enormity of conflicting feelings during an engagement period and what they may bring up.

I love a couple who takes  “time out” from all things wedding and uses time during an engagement to deepen a bond, to ask hard questions and focuses on the “marriage” part of a wedding day.

1) Wanting to Escape is Normal. So, do it. Get lost – solo or together. Take yourself on a road trip for a day. Ask a girlfriend to join you for an afternoon of window shopping. Go see a movie with a bucket of popcorn. Getting “away” if only for a half or full day can often give you perspective on decisions or choices that are often muted in the enormity of wedding planning, especially if your day is a big one or a destination wedding.

2) Take Advantage of Relationship Comfort and Counsel. I invite you to use your engagement time to deepen your relationship with your partner and yourself. Don’t use this time to anesthetize feelings or thoughts that are being called forth by this huge ritual of transition and change. Few couples do any type of pre-marriage work. Look for a local pre-marriage workshop or find a Pre-Marriage Coach/Counselor.

Pre-Marriage work is about going deeper into your relationship and creating a road map and footprint for a loving, healthy and beautiful partnership/marriage. I invite you to look to Sheryl Paul, author of “The Conscious Bride” for eloquent support and counsel.

3) Get Real. In my experience, freaked out brides get to the “freaky stage” when they start letting the wedding industry get to them. If you are questioning or worrying about your planning choices and decisions, let me put your mind at ease. In my experience and having been to hundreds and hundreds of wedding, there is no perfect wedding day. Sorry, it doesn’t exist.

Secret? It’s the imperfect wedding day that is remembered for a lifetime. Really.

As you move toward your wedding day, I ask you to ponder this: “what appears to be big is really small and what appears to be small is really big.” Life – it’s a beautiful and incredible paradox.

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant, Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions. She also offers pre-marriage coaching sessions for couples and works one-on-one with brides on their way to the wedding day.

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