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

Written on February 4, 2016 at 11:59 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

Mark and Jereme Wed At The Salish Lodge…the Best Dove Release Ever!

Written on January 25, 2016 at 11:24 am, by

Look at these wonderful faces!  Two very loving, gracious and inspiring men, were married at The Salish Lodge this past weekend and with one of the best dove releases ever.   It was my happy pleasure and delight to join Mark and Jereme in marriage. Surrounded by their family and friends (seriously, some very fun friends!),  Continue Reading »

Seattle Wedding Planning: Crafting and Designing Your Memorable Northwest Wedding Day…

Written on January 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm, by

You are planning your 2016 Seattle wedding ceremony and celebration! As an excited and enthusiastic engaged couple, you have a big variety of choices and decisions to make around the size, design and scope of your wedding ceremony and celebration. If you are in the beginning stages of planning your wedding or have been in planning  Continue Reading »

Seattle Holiday Weddings 2015: What I Remember…

Written on January 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm, by

Traditionally, Christmas week is quiet for weddings in Seattle. In Seattle this year (I’ve heard this from wedding planners, too), there has been a tiny “gold rush” of weddings.   Congratulations to: John and Ying (Ray’s Boathouse), Catrina and Patrick (Tibbetts Creek Manor), Trisha and Nancy (Beecher’s Loft). Much happiness to: Jim and Sheryl (Bainbridge  Continue Reading »

Chris and Kelsey: Raindrops, Lake Union Vistas & Sweet Ceremony Moments on Seattle’s MV Skansonia…

Written on December 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm, by

I loved every moment of working with Chris and Kelsey.   This gracious, fun-loving and very devoted couple was married last month on the MV Skansonia, which is moored in Seattle at Lake Union. The Skansonia was a perfect venue for Chris and Kelsey, two love birds who designed a ceremony and celebration which not only  Continue Reading »

Wedding Dog Buster: A Handsome Little Dude Who Sparkled Up Michael and Donna’s Wedding Ceremony…

Written on November 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm, by

I’m one of those “dog people.”  If I see a dog on the street or at a park, I have to admire it, talk to it, give it a rub or a hug or most likely chat up the Guardian.   So, when Michael and Donna told me that their beloved dog, Buster, would be the  Continue Reading »

Darroch + Julia: I Have Known This Beautiful Bride Since She Was Knee High!

Written on November 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm, by

It is such extra happiness for me to share in the wedding day of someone I know well and/or have known since they were a child. On this past blustery and windy Saturday afternoon at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, I had the honor and delight of joining Darroch and Julia in marriage.   I have known Julia’s  Continue Reading »

A Beautiful Fall Wedding for Chad and Amanda at Everett’s Monte Cristo Ballroom

Written on November 7, 2015 at 11:33 am, by

When I arrived last night to officiate Chad and Amanda’s wedding ceremony, I was first so very taken with Amanda’s gorgeous wedding veil.   While this photo doesn’t do it justice, Amanda’s veil was floor length, vintage, creme and with intricate and delicate lace. And I found out that if this veil could talk, the stories  Continue Reading »

An Officiant’s Reflection on a Seattle Wedding. In Jail.

Written on November 2, 2015 at 1:26 pm, by

I received the most precious thank you note.  From a bride named Andrea.  Months ago, she was married to her Sweetheart at the King County Jail in downtown Seattle. I remember Andrea’s call to me.  She was in tears because she couldn’t find an available Officiant to deliver a ceremony at the jail on a  Continue Reading »

What Do I Remember From A Wedding Ceremony? You May Be Surprised To Learn This…

Written on October 18, 2015 at 4:03 pm, by

I always tell my couples the same thing, over and over again:  “Trust me on this, it will be amazing what you will remember from your wedding day…how little things will become the big things that stand out in beautiful ways.”   And so, as I look back on the past couple of weeks, I  Continue Reading »

Wedding Cancelled: “Annemarie, The Wedding Is Off…”

Written on October 4, 2015 at 9:39 am, by

I was in the Bainbridge Island ferry line last week on my way to rehearsal for Steve and Shannon when I got an email:  “Annemarie, Steve called off the wedding.” I turned my car around out of the ferry line and headed home.   A bit later, I received an email from Shannon saying Steve  Continue Reading »

“I Wish I Had Done This On My Wedding Day…”

Written on September 24, 2015 at 10:46 am, by

A bride recently asked me, “what are some things couples do on their wedding day that you wish could have been done differently?” A loaded question.  So, I answered from the “wedding ceremony” perspective and it went something like this… Ditch The Aisle Runner on Hardwood or Grass.  Simply, ditch the aisle runner, especially on  Continue Reading »

Windpalooza 2015: A Crazy and Memorable Wedding Weekend…

Written on August 31, 2015 at 10:54 am, by

The 29th has always been my favorite number.  And August 29th and August 30th didn’t disappoint as two days in the “wedding record books.”  We all awoke to a severe wind warning for Saturday.  By 11 a.m., the winds were strong, bringing down trees and whipping around tents set up for wedding ceremonies and receptions.  Continue Reading »

A Wedding Ceremony Celebrating Recovery? Yes, Two Beautiful Wedding Ceremonies Over a Seattle Weekend…

Written on August 19, 2015 at 3:14 am, by

Yes, it may be unusual to recognize and/or celebrate recovery from an addiction during a wedding ceremony. Remarkably, this happened not only once but twice this past weekend.  Working to keep private, I am changing the names of these two couples to Andrew and Darcy and Matthew and Denise.  You see, these two precious couples  Continue Reading »

A Glorious Summer Ferry Wedding from Seattle to Bainbridge Island for Mark and Lorena…

Written on July 17, 2015 at 9:46 am, by

During this time of year, I invest a lot of heart and energy into very personal and robust wedding ceremonies – many of them hosting 60 to 150 people. So, it was such a lovely ‘time out’ from larger engagements to join Mark and Lorena (and hundreds of happy ferry going witnesses) for their wedding ceremony  Continue Reading »

Beautiful Summer Weddings 2015. Inspiring and Devoted Couples Celebrating Fierce Love…

Written on July 8, 2015 at 6:05 pm, by

The crazy hot of this Seattle summer is something we all didn’t count on when planning an outdoor wedding this Summer! And over these past weeks, I smile as I look back on the wonderful couples who took the summer heat in stride and worked around the ups and downs of high temperatures, scorching sunshine  Continue Reading »

Crazy Roads. Summer Traffic. Road & Bridge Closures = Serious Wedding Day Timeline

Written on June 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm, by

It has already started. The closures on I-90.  The bridge closures on 520.  The closures of the Viaduct for construction and for those “fun runs.”  The traffic crazy from special events including the Sounders, Mariners, Seahawks, concerts, Bumbershoot, Bite of Seattle and more. After the traffic chaos from the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, I invite  Continue Reading »

What Is Big Is Really Small. What Is Small Is Really Big.

Written on June 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm, by

Jeremy + Chontelle. On Saturday evening, after months of planning from Illinois, this beautiful and very sweet couple was married at The Salish Lodge, surrounded by a small and mighty group of family and friends – all who travelled from far places to share in the happiness of this big day. With the sound of the  Continue Reading »