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Category Archives: Life as a Wedding Officiant

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 »

A Group Photo Immediately After A Wedding Ceremony – Just Do It!

Written on June 9, 2015 at 5:41 pm, by

Depending on the venue and couple, one of the most wonderful and immediate “after ceremony” treats is a group photo. On a wedding day, there isn’t a better time to gather family and friends for such a big moment than once the “I Do’s” are done.  Because once the reception begins, forget pulling everyone together  Continue Reading »

Dee Dee and Jim’s Elegant Wedding Day At Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum…

Written on May 31, 2015 at 8:41 pm, by

Look at this gorgeous smile!  Look at this beautiful lady! I snapped this photo of Dee Dee just before she walked down the aisle at Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum to marry the love of her life, Jim.  And the delight on Dee Dee’s face made my heart happy.  I was so thrilled to have  Continue Reading »

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 »