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Category Archives: Life as a Wedding Officiant

Hally and Lou: Two Beautiful Ladies Marry at The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie…

Written on May 26, 2015 at 11:59 am, by

I remember the first time I met Hally and Lou last year. These two young women were taking time and intention to create their wedding day and without question, I was delighted to be the lucky one to share in the ceremony of their wedding day.  In celebration of their Buddhist tradition, we celebrated two  Continue Reading »

The Half-Hour Effect: Building In “Fudge Time” For An Elegant Start To Your Wedding Ceremony…

Written on May 4, 2015 at 12:54 pm, by

I am one of those people who is almost always on time, if not early. AND when it comes to a wedding ceremony, a great start to a ceremony begins with a thoughtful consideration of time, date and place.  If I can catch a couple in time, I urge them to put a 15 minute  Continue Reading »

Trafficpalooza. An Officiant Heart Attack Waiting To Happen…

Written on April 27, 2015 at 2:17 pm, by

Let me preface this by saying that in my years of doing this wonderful work, I have never been late to a wedding! Two weekends ago, I was in Snohomish.  I had 3.5 hours to get to downtown Seattle for my wonderful evening wedding in Pioneer Square.  I had two options:  drive around the lake or  Continue Reading »

Wedding Rockstar! Willie’s Big Surprise For Tracie…a Surprise Wedding!

Written on April 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm, by

When I got a call from Willie, I immediately liked him.  You’ve got to like and admire a romantic and loving guy who has one thing in mind:  to create, plan and pull off a surprise wedding ceremony and celebration for the love of his life, Tracie. And Willie did just this and more.  To Tracie’s big  Continue Reading »

Luther and Julie’s Beautiful Wedding Day at The Sanctuary At Admiral, West Seattle…

Written on April 6, 2015 at 3:42 pm, by

I love Luther’s big smile, his great devotion to Julie and the way he looked at his bride while they were exchanging vows.  I love Julie’s big heart, graciousness, courage and spunk.  I couldn’t help but get a kick out of her great joy and happiness as she married the love of her life in a sweet  Continue Reading »

Ben and Caitlin: A Sweet Ceremony & Celebration at Palisade Restaurant in Seattle…

Written on March 23, 2015 at 6:03 am, by

Ben + Caitlin.  When I first met Ben and Caitlin, they were clear with me:  they wanted their wedding day to be “no crazy.”  It was their intention to create a day that was welcoming, easy-going, loving and gracious. On March 1st at Palisade Restaurant, under a very sunny and warm Seattle for winter time,  Continue Reading »

Unique & Memorable Wedding Ceremony Touches By Seattle Couples…

Written on March 15, 2015 at 1:43 pm, by

Yesterday, Jo and Tracy (featured in photo) were married at the Great Hall at Greenlake, surrounded by 100+ very happy family and friends. Over a number of months, we worked together to weave together personal elements and pieces into their ceremony so it was not only a celebration of their relationship but it was a  Continue Reading »

13 Flower Girls: A Pack of Petal Power at Ryan and Nina’s Wedding Ceremony…

Written on March 2, 2015 at 9:27 pm, by

13. Yes, 13 flower girls. And they had a coach! It was such happy and joy for me to watch Ryan’s face as a pretty pack of 13 dancing flower girls pranced down the aisle, before his bride, Nina, processed down the aisle, accompanied by her loving Dad, Gary.  All of this ‘happy” happened at The  Continue Reading »

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

Written on February 22, 2015 at 9:11 pm, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on February 16, 2015 at 9:33 am, by

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 Seattle.  When I first met Don and Kristen, I liked them immediately.  What I appreciated is that they had definite  Continue Reading »

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

Written on February 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm, by

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,  Continue Reading »

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

Written on February 5, 2015 at 9:56 am, by

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!  On a beautiful, crisp and sunny Winter day, Chris married the love of his life, in an  Continue Reading »

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

Written on January 13, 2015 at 12:58 pm, by

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.  It might seem elementary to talk about “kissing”. However, having been up close and  Continue Reading »

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

Written on January 2, 2015 at 1:31 pm, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on December 22, 2014 at 10:49 am, by

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.  Congratulations to Catalina and Mariina, married at Gene Coulon Park, in the happy presence of Catalina’s parents. Much happiness is wished to  Continue Reading »

Quiet Time. Breathe, Enjoy, Remember…

Written on December 2, 2014 at 10:08 am, by

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.  So, I  look back on the many experiences of 2014 with great gratitude for my  Continue Reading »

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

Written on November 24, 2014 at 11:16 am, by

Christopher + Jeff.  2 guys truly meant to be.  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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on November 17, 2014 at 11:49 am, by

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  Continue Reading »