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Category Archives: Life as a Wedding Officiant

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 »

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 »