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Woof! Best Tips For Including Your Beloved Dog in Your Wedding Ceremony & Day!

February 22, 2015

Woof!

If you are an engaged couple and totally adore your dog, chances are you would love to include your canine kid in your wedding ceremony.

Having been to more than a few wedding ceremonies, I can tell you that including a beloved pooch in a wedding processional and/or wedding ceremony is something that creates sweet memories and brings great joy to a couple, family and friends.

So, how best to include Fido in your ceremony and wedding day?

1) Fido And Your Wedding Ceremony: Many couples love including their dog as “ring bearer” or “flower dog.” Select a friend or family member to be your dog’s handler and walk Fido down the aisle. At the front, the groom could meet/greet the dog and the handler and then the handler and dog would take their places/seats. An extra special touch would be to get a special “wedding mat” for your dog to rest on during the ceremony. This mat also makes for a great memento to take home from your ceremony!

2) Presentation Of Rings, Canine Style! If possible, work with your Officiant or Minister so that your dog (with handler) can present the rings. One idea would be to put the rings in a special little box that is tied around the dog’s neck and the rings are then taken off by the groom – either during processional or in the middle of the ceremony. This idea most often works best outside of a traditional church or religious venue.

3) Fido’s “10 Top Tips For A Happy Marriage” - Over the years, I have presided over wedding ceremonies where I have worked with a couple to create a unique “top 10 list” supposedly written by Fido about marriage and relationships. This list can be humorous, enlightening and serious and best of all, it can also include some inspiration for your family and friends.

4) Doggie Wear: Appropriate Canine Attire: What about a wreath of flowers around your dog’s neck or “tuxedo cuffs” on the front legs? Or perhaps a special bandanna with your names and wedding date embroidered on it? Every dog is very different in temperament so remember to dress up your dog in something comfortable and long lasting for the day.

5) Insure That Fido Is Comfy: Many couples I work with have their dog at their wedding ceremony and then someone takes the dog home or to a place for the night, especially if the reception is at a special venue, hotel or fancy facility. If your wedding is a casual picnic or backyard event, then it only figures that Fido would stay for the post-wedding festivities!

Most of all, include your dog in a way that is fun, happy and respectful and also allows your pooch to be comfortable and happy during your big day.

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant, Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions. Take a peak at Annemarie: http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or call 425. 922.1325

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A Very Fun, Elegant and “We’re Doing It Our Way” Wedding Day for Don and Kristen in West Seattle…

February 16, 2015

Don + Kristen.

They were married in an easy, elegant and reverent ceremony on one very windy February Saturday afternoon at one of Seattle’s hidden gems of a neighborhood park:  Dakota Place Park in West SeattleDon Kristen1

When I first met Don and Kristen, I liked them immediately.  What I appreciated is that they had definite ideas for their ceremony and celebration – with a lot of it being about comfort, ease and fun memories.

From what I could tell, they accomplished this and more on February 7th.

Memories from this day:  pinning a flower on Don, encouraging Kristen to get dressed in her beautiful gown, an intriguing chat with Don’s lovely Mother, laughter during the ceremony, happiness when the music cued perfectly and standing back and watching how everyone came together for a beautiful lifetime moment.

Don and Kristen, I wish you much happiness on your marriage adventure!

Photo:  Kier at www.firstlight-photography.com

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Best Tips For Writing Your Wedding Vows: Elegant, Easy and “Yours…”

February 9, 2015

You’re getting married! AND it is time to design, craft and write your wedding vows.

Writing your wedding vows gives you a remarkable opportunity to express your personality and devotion to the person standing with you on your wedding day.

A beautiful wedding ceremony includes beautiful vows. Your wedding vows can be traditional, old-fashioned, original, unique, religious, funny, poetic or romantic. They are most beautiful and poignant when they flow from your heart.

And it does not have to be a stressful experience!

Your wedding vows are also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in front of family and friends to share how you plan to show up in your marriage, what your commitment is to your relationship and what your new husband/wife can expect from you. So with this said, here are three top tips for creating, crafting and writing your wedding vows:

1) Go to lunch – really! Take your Sweetie to lunch and talk about your wedding vows. Make sure you are both on the same page. Talk to your partner about what is possible. Do you want to write your own vows, go with vows already written or perhaps a combination of the two? Do you want to write your vows separately or together? I love it when a couple surprises each other with wedding vows after working independently with me to insure they hold the same weight/length.

2) Create an outline and find your voice ~ What overall tone do you desire: humorous or touching? Poetic and mushy? It’s your call – the most important thing is that your vows ring true and sound like they are from your heart. Take a week or two and go through several drafts. Go to the Internet for inspiration. Read the vows aloud and time them. Vows are often best when they are one page or less (double-spaced).

3) Ponder these questions for inspiration:

~ What is the single greatest thing about the person you are going to marry?
~ When did you know what you were in love/know that this person was the one you wanted to marry?
~ What does marriage mean to you? Why do you want to be married to this person?
~ What is your most favorite memory of your partner? What is your commitment to your partnership?

Most of all, be real and authentic and humor is lovely, too!

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant, Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions. Take a peak at Annemarie: www.marriedbyannemarie.com or call 425. 922.1325

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A Romantic and Elegant Wedding Ceremony for Chris and Olesya at Port Ludlow Resort…

February 5, 2015

Chris + Olesya. 

Chris thought he was solely meeting Olesya to discuss a medical situation, as a favor to two beautiful friends.  And the moment Chris laid eyes on Olesya, the last thing on his mind was medical advice!  ChrisOlesyaThayer1

On a beautiful, crisp and sunny Winter day, Chris married the love of his life, in an intimate and elegant ceremony at Port Ludlow Resort, surrounded by loving friends and family and Olesya’s wonderful son.

There is something sweet and magical about a couple coming together at mid-life.

A wedding ceremony for two loving people in their 40’s, 50’s or 60’s often has a different feel because there is more history and life experience to such a lifetime moment and often includes or child or children.

For Chris and Olesya, they artfully crafted and hosted a wedding day that was truly about the two of them and their son and one that held kind and gracious touches for their delighted guests.

This wedding celebration had two sets of live musicians, gratitude to family and friends, a ceremony ritual that included the young man of this relationship, a beautiful meal, rituals to celebrate the joy of a new family and more.

It was such happiness for me to join Chris and Olesya for their big day…simply lovely.

Photo:  Alante Photography

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A Perfect Wedding Ceremony Kiss: 4 Sweet Tips For An Outstanding & Memorable Smooch!

January 13, 2015

A wedding ceremony most often concludes with a sweet kiss!

A fantastic and memorable kiss to top off a sweet and loving wedding ceremony is a beautiful forever memory for a couple. Some kisses are better than others. That’s just life.  graham

It might seem elementary to talk about “kissing”.

However, having been up close and personal to many wedding ceremonies over the years and having worked with lots of wonderful wedding photographers, I know one thing for sure: some couples are just better at the public “kissing thing” than others!

So, as you talk to your Sweetie about your wedding ceremony, take a moment to discuss what you both want and desire at the moment you “seal the deal.”

Do you want a big smooch? A small peck? An enthusiastic and energetic kiss?

No matter if your wedding ceremony is small and intimate or if you are being married in front of a ballroom filled with people who love you, here are four sweet tips for an outstanding and memorable smooch:

Hold it. Hold it. And hold it some more. That’s right! Take time for a nice long kiss at the end of your ceremony. This will help your photographer get some great photos and you are intentionally taking time to truly mark your “we’re married” moment with an authentic and romantic kiss.

Tell Your Officiant Or Minister to Get Out Of The Way! Nothing makes a wedding photographer more crazy than an Officiant or Minister who doesn’t move out of the “kiss photo” at the end of a ceremony.

An aware and “on it” Wedding Officiant or Minister will move out of the lens of a camera and to the right or left as they are making your pronouncement.

To insure this happens, confirm that your Officiant or Minister will move out of the line of sight when it comes to the end-of-ceremony kiss. This way, your wedding photographer will have the happy experience of capturing your kiss in a clean shot. Trust me, this makes for a fantastic photo!

2-For-1 Ceremony Kiss. Okay, picture this. You’ve just had your sweet kiss at the end of your ceremony and you take your partner’s arm or hand and begin to walk down the aisle. The Groom then stops mid-aisle and romantically cups the face of his Bride and gives her kiss with cheering and clapping family and friends lining the aisles. Talk about a wonderful moment!

Yes, this “mid-aisle kiss” may be orchestrated but here’s what is lovely about this opportunity:

Even if planned, few grooms actually remember to do this. It’s the act of “remembering” that touches the heart of a bride like no other. So, talk about possibly incorporating this aisle kiss into your recessional to create a very touching wedding moment.

“10” Cards Or “Message” Cards. If you have a lot of members in your wedding party and want to do something fun, have them hold up “10” cards while you are kissing!

This surprise stuns guests and creates such joy at the end of a wedding ceremony. Yes, this move needs to be elegantly and quickly coordinated by your Officiant or Minister.

One of the best ways to execute this is to have the Officiant or Minister hand cards to the Best Man and Best Lady as he or she is about to pronounce the couple. These cards can also be hidden on a small side table or in the binder/folder held by the Officiant and the passing of the cards can be quickly done by two members of the wedding party.

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant and Contemporary Minister based in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions and loves working with a couple to create a hugely unique and memorable wedding ceremony. www.marriedbyannemarie.com

Photo:  Graham and Chrystal’s beautiful wedding ceremony at Snoqualmie Golf & Country Club – see, you don’t see me!

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Happy Memories From This Holiday Season of Tiny and Last Minute Weddings in Seattle…

January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!  It has been a happy pleasure for me to share in tiny weddings and “last minute weddings” during this final week of 2014.

As I reflect on this past week, here is my take away…

William and Heather:  With less than a month to plan and with a big move to Colorado in early 2015, William and Heather pulled together a beautiful wedding with 50+ family and friends at the Washington Athletic Club.  Truly, such an inspiring young couple…meant to be.

Jeff and Jen were married at The Willows Lodge, tiny and intimate and perfect for them.

Adam and Rebecca traveled to Seattle from New Mexico to be married at The Salish Lodge, the place where Adam proposed 2 years ago.  They were married on the trail down to the Falls in a ritual that included a celebration of Adam’s Jewish tradition.   EricCarrie3

Freddie and Moki, soldiers at Ft. Lewis, were married in the presence of Moki’s parent at Volunteer Park.  Their smiles were huge and their kisses, sweet.

I smile as I remember the Pedicab that took Eric and Carrie out for a spin at The Willows Lodge before their “elopement.”  You’ve got to appreciate a gorgeous guy in uniform and a beautiful lady in a stunning gown…a loving ceremony for 2 and wedding day, “their way.” (pedicab photo at right)

Richard and Jane were wonderful and I fondly think of their wedding day at the Hotel Monaco, with “wedding dog” Abby and 6 loving witnesses.  After more than 30 years together, Teri and Allen tied the knot with their Fathers as witnesses.

New Year’s Eve was sparkly at the Pan Pacific Hotel where Eric and Krista hosted more than 130 delighted family and friends with a festive ceremony and celebration.  And New Year’s Day was all about Brandon and Christina, married in a small ceremony at The Alexis Hotel with family and friends and the Groom’s two very cute little boys!

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Holiday Weddings 2014: Tie A Bow Around It By Getting So Very Married!

December 22, 2014

Each year, just before Christmas day, it is always fun to share in a wedding that is extra special because it is surrounded by the joy and beauty of the December holiday season.  adamrebecca5

Congratulations to Catalina and Mariina, married at Gene Coulon Park, in the happy presence of Catalina’s parents.

Much happiness is wished to Michael and Cara who “eloped” to Seattle with their two children to be married at the rainy and windswept Kerry Park overlook on Saturday afternoon.

The Washington Athletic Club was the twinkly and formal venue for William and Heather, who were married in a gorgeous and beautiful ceremony in the Crystal Ballroom on Saturday evening, surrounded by some of the happiest family and friends ever!

Yesterday, it was a happy pleasure to unite Adam and Rebecca (featured in photo) in marriage with a ceremony at The Salish Lodge that included personal vows, sharing of the wine and the breaking of the glass.

And to tie a bow around it, after 7 years of loving relationship, Jeff and Jen tied the knot at The Willows Lodge!

Photo:  www.firstlight-photography.com

Truly, my heart is happy.

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Quiet Time. Breathe, Enjoy, Remember…

December 2, 2014

After the hustle and bustle of a full and wonderful wedding year, I move into December in a quiet and reflective mode.

As I sit here on this early Tuesday morning, I find I don’t have much to say or share.  thank you

So, I  look back on the many experiences of 2014 with great gratitude for my couples, the grace of synchronicity, the honor of doing this work that I do and cherish that a most wonderful man who shares in my great love and devotion for dogs loves me.

I know that January is coming and with the new year, the promise and delightful anticipation of wonderful couples and their lifetime moments.

And in this moment, as I am fond of saying to my bride before walking down the aisle, “breathe, enjoy, remember…” 

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Married! Christopher and Jeff at Seattle’s Mayflower Park Hotel: Some Things Are Meant To Be…

November 24, 2014

Christopher + Jeff.  2 guys truly meant to be.  Christopher Jeff Klincke

Christopher and Jeff met in 7th grade.

In their years together, Christopher and Jeff grew together, in big ways and in smaller ways.  They have weathered lots of changes, growth, challenges, push back and opportunities – and through it all, they have loved each other with fierce and beautiful hearts.

With elegance, joy and heart, Christopher and Jeff  married on November 13th at the Mayflower Park Hotel, surrounded by 120+ delighted family and friends.

For ceremony, we had laughter, tears, important words shared by 4 friends, beautiful vows and a missing “ring dog,” Pip!  Yes, Christopher and Jeff’s beloved pooch decided against ring bearer duties and instead, made an appearance at reception.

Christopher and Jeff, thank you for the happiness of being a part of your wedding day!

Photo:  www.jennygg.com

 

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Thinking About A Wedding Favor For Your Guests? Ponder This Street Smart View From Lots of Wedding…

November 17, 2014

Simply put, I have a love/hate relationship with wedding favors.

As a Wedding Officiant, this really isn’t my business AND I am often asked by my couples, “what should be do about a favor?”

So, with all that I have seen at a wedding, I guess I do come with some on-site perspective.

In my “street smart” wedding experience, a great wedding favor is “homemade” and/or is hand-crafted to really celebrate a couple.  AndrewCaitlinWissink

For instance, see these happy faces to the right?  Meet Caitlin and Andrew.  They were married this past weekend at Seattle’s Lake Union Café.  When I arrived, I found jars full of tasty ingredients to make homemade hot chocolate.  What a fantastic idea! 

As you decide on a favor, here are my top tips: 

1) Make it hand-made or crafty.

2) Make it about something to eat and drink – guests love a fancy treat bag of candy, cookies or chocolate as they leave a wedding.

3) Make it about someone or something else.  In other words, on behalf of your guests, make a donation to something special or a charity.

Photo:  www.jennygg.com

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I Want To Clone Steve: You’ve Gotta Love A Guy Who Adores His Gal…

October 31, 2014

Last Saturday evening at Canlis Restaurant in Seattle, a sweet guy surprised his beautiful gal with a renewal of marriage vows.

In celebration of 20 beautiful years.  In honor of 3 amazing children.  In reverent jubilation of a shared journey filled with devotion, perseverance, lots of change, ups and downs, romance, house chores and so much love.  canlis

With great attention to detail, Steve surprised his wife, Tracy, with not only an elegantly planned dinner party (20 close family/friends) but his big moment was announcing that they would be renewing their wedding vows – a promise made years ago in celebration of each 10-year milestone wedding anniversary.

And so, before everyone sat down for dinner, Steve declared his love for his beautiful Tracy.  And of course, Tracy once again said, “I Do.”

You’ve got to love a guy who goes above and beyond to create a cherished lifetime moment.

Tracy, you are one lucky gal!

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Wedding Ceremony Locations in Seattle: Fun Places For a Small and Intimate Wedding Ceremony!

October 14, 2014

Being married in Seattle, Washington? If your wedding is small and intimate in size, the greater Puget Sound area offers sweet and special locations and venues for such an affair.  JoanneDrew10

Here are 6 little known and known venues and locations in Seattle and the Puget Sound area that are perfect for an intimate wedding ceremony.

1) At The Top of Seattle’s Historic Smith Tower ~ A very fun place for a small ceremony is at the top of the historic Smith Tower in downtown Seattle. Get married high in the Seattle sky with gorgeous views behind you. The Smith Tower is one of Seattle’s oldest buildings and is a perfect venue/location for a small and intimate lifetime event.

2) The Botanical Gardens at the Ballard Locks ~ You can get hitched at the Botanical Gardens at the Ballard Locks for free! That’s right – you just need to contact this popular Seattle tourist attraction to fill out a little paperwork and the space is yours.

3) Kerry Park Located on Queen Anne Hill/Seattle ~ This location for a wedding is as picturesque as they come! This is a fantastic spot for a very small ceremony (5-20 guests) and offers a fantastic spot for a very Seattle wedding. You won’t have much privacy given how many tourists frequent this very tiny park but this could just become part of your wedding story. Contact the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department for a permit.

4) Get Married in a Tree house ~ Really! Go take a peak at Tree house Point located in Issaquah, WA, which is just a short hop from downtown Seattle. This unique venue offers luxury tree houses for overnight stays and hosts small and intimate gatherings in the trees!

5) The Kirkland Waterfront ~ Just across the bridge from downtown Seattle is the little “Sausalito of the Seattle” called Kirkland, WA. Lining the Lake Washington waterfront, Kirkland offers many picturesque piers and waterfront locations for a wedding ceremony. Best of all, there are wonderful restaurants and hotels within walking distance for a celebration lunch or dinner.

6) Marymoor Park For Dog Lovers ~ If you are a dog lover, what better place to be married in the Puget Sound area than “doggie heaven” at Marymoor Park, in Redmond, WA. This amazing and gorgeous park is perfect for a wedding ceremony and if you really want to create a special memory, get married in the dog area of Marymoor Park and you’ll have more canine guests than you can imagine!

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant, Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions. Take a peak at Annemarie: http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or call 425. 922.1325

Photo:  Drew & JoAnne Johnston by www.jennygg.com

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The 2014 Fall Wedding Season in Seattle: What I Know For Sure…

October 6, 2014

I love Fall.  It is my favorite season.

As I look back over these first days of Fall, I celebrate:

Aaron and Devon Mills – married at DeLille Cellars this past Friday afternoon, in the happy presence of their family and friends.  I loved getting to know Aaron and Devon and sharing in their day.  Side note:  my husband, Greg, had Devon in his kindergarten class in Woodinville years ago – talk about synchronicity! (featured photo).AaronDevonPass1

Eddie and Bea Bartlett - after fighting for their love and loving fiercely (yesterday, today and tomorrow), this beautiful couple was married at The Salish Lodge, surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends, half of whom only spoke French!   So, so happy for Eddie and Bea and all they have created together and their new home.

Alan and Stephanie Hong – it was such happiness for me to join Alan and Stephanie at the Chihuly Glass Garden and to celebrate this couple in the presence of 300 very happy family and friends.  With such grace and ease, Alan and Stephanie designed and crafted their wedding day and as Stephanie shared with me when I arrived, “everything is working out beautifully!”

Christina and Chris – two vibrant, devoted and sweet women who traveled to Seattle from Ohio with their parents to be married at the Seattle Arboretum.  And we could not have planned for our pint sized wedding crashers!

Ravi and Christie – married early Friday morning on the Kirkland waterfront as they look forward to their wedding in India early in 2015 with 3,000 guests (no, that isn’t a typo!).

Brandon and Darrah Mohr – such a special evening for Brandon and Darrah at the Columbia Tower Club.  Joined by DJ Austin Beaver and Darrah’s Father, Darrell (one of the finest DJ’s in Seattle) and with guests dressed in the bride’s request of black/white (talk about stunning!), this fun-loving and inspiring couple exchanged vows that were just darn perfect.

Simply put, I am loving Fall.

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In Celebration of The Tiny & Intimate Wedding Ceremony: John & Marnie’s Big Day At The Salish Lodge…

September 29, 2014

Just like couples, wedding ceremonies come in all shapes and sizes.  JohnMarnie7

Truly, there is no right.  And there is no wrong.

For most couples, deciding on the size, shape and color of a ceremony ritual is a hugely personal decision.  And over the years, I have been with couples of all paths and traditions – with guest lists from 2 to 400.

While many wedding ceremonies often have 40 – 100 guests (150 people is BIG in Seattle!), I also love the tiny and intimate ceremony.

On Saturday afternoon, John and Marnie were married at The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, with Marnie’s parents and two friends as guests/witnesses.

What I love about John and Marnie and other couples who go this route is that they did things right.  They were intentional about creating a beautiful ceremony and celebration that truly marked the moment.  They were thoughtful in how their day was going to come together and this was reflected in the ease and grace of their wedding weekend.

So, bottom line?  For a tiny ceremony and celebration, go big.  Not in terms of people present but rather in terms of planning a day or weekend that is truly a personal and intimate celebration and tribute to a loving relationship.

Beautiful Photo:  Steven Dangerfield:  www.dangerfieldphoto.com

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Amelia’s Mommy & Daddy Get Married! A Lovely Wedding in Tacoma, Celebrating a Beautiful Family…

September 21, 2014

The sun came out for Amelia’s big day!

Oh, it was Casey and Dayna’s big day, too!  Amelia

It was happiness for me to road trip it to Tacoma on the morning of July 26th to celebrate Casey and Dayna and to share in their wedding ceremony at the Japanese Reconciliation Park on Ruston Way.

Over a number of months, it was such a pleasure to work with Dayna and Casey, as we designed their ceremony and worked through ceremony and pre-planning logistics.

And all of Dayna’s planning work paid off in a big way.  Guests were elegant welcomed.  All pre-ceremony pieces were in place.  And we had such a happy bride and groom to get so very married on a hot July day!

Incorporating children into a ceremony is a gentle art and dance.  In this work that I do, I strive to be “real” and not preachy when it comes to honoring a child or children within a marriage ritual.

On this day, I walked away from Casey and Dayna during ceremony and got down on Amelia’s level to share some words to her.  And magically, I was able to make a “keepsake box” appear with a special letter written by her parents that will be given to Amelia on a very special day, years down the road.

Casey and Dayna – I wish you so much love, joy and happiness on your marriage and family adventure!

 

 

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On Their 25th Anniversary and After a “Start Of Wedding Ceremony” Surprise, Cindy and Sandra Say “I Do!”

September 16, 2014

You’ve got to love two fabulous ladies who know how to truly have fun and a good time!

In celebration of their 25 years together, Cindy and Sandra exchanged vows at Salty’s on Alki, in a sweet and personal wedding ceremony, surrounded by their best friends and people.

To open their ceremony, and in a “planned surprise move,” Cindy stopped me, saying she had something to offer Sandra.  And magically, three “back up singers in festive boas and hats” appeared and Cindy lip synced a special song to Sandra.  Talk about fun!  Talk about laughter!  Talk about pure joy!  CindySandra

Creating a surprise within a wedding ceremony is a sensitive thing.

It must be well planned and executed and Cindy did an over-the-top job around this.  Sandra was totally susprised and elated and the two of them ended up doing a little dance as the song and the surprise played out.

I just stood on the side lines with a sloppy grin on my face, so delighted to be in a room bursting with happiness!

Cindy and Sandra – I wish you much happiness in your marriage adventure.

AND if you want to renew your vows in the years to come, with another “surprise,” please count me in!  Photo:  www.jennygg.com

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Steve + Leesa: Years In The Making and “Finally” So Elegantly Hitched at Alderbrook Resort.

September 15, 2014

Steve + Leesa.

Simply put, so much darn fun!SteveLeesaDuarte3

This beautiful couple traveled up from Oregon with Leesa’s Mother and Best Friend and were married on September 9th in a romantic, intimate and waterside ceremony at the Alderbrook Resort in Union.

The guest list may have been small and joy of this day for Steve and Leesa was enormous.

What I love about this couple is that they put serious thought and intention into crafting a ceremony and celebration that was truly significant and special, just for the two of them.

Their ceremony was a testament to the past, present and future and included a water ritual, which released the past ~ creating an opening for all present and future blessings.

And it was so fun to follow their wedding announcement on Facebook and see how happy hundreds of their family and friends were for their big news!

Steve and Leesa, thank you for the road trip. Thank you for the happy honor of sharing in your biggest day!

 

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You Know What My Happiness Is? A Kind, Gracious and Appreciative Loving Couple. Truly.

September 7, 2014

My heart was in such a happy place as I made the drive to the Salish Lodge last Sunday to get Brian and Dayna so very married.

This sweet couple lives by my favorite paradox:  ‘what is big, is really small.  what is small, is really big.”DaynaBrian

With 18 family members as their guests, Brian and Dayna were married in a very personal ceremony at The Salish Lodge…with all of the pomp and circumstance of a large and lavish planned wedding.

Captured by Photographer Jim Garner and Videographer Mitch Mattraw,  Brian and Dayna hosted a well-planned and happy wedding day that was enjoyed by each one of their very fortunate guests.

And as I drove away from the Salish Lodge, I recognized that our world is blessed.  Blessed by Brian and Dayna’s loving commitment.  Blessed by a couple who created a wedding day exclusively for “them.”

Most of all, blessed by two lovely people who found each other “over the phone” and moved heaven and earth to be together.  Love.  Love it!

 

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