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Category Archives: Life as a Wedding Officiant

Joanna + Mark: Just The Most Beautiful Lifetime Moment at Hilltop on Bainbridge Island…

Written on October 24, 2016 at 11:48 am, by

There are moments in life where you stop, look and say to yourself, ‘I want to take all of this in.” I had one of these moments when I arrived for Mark and Joanna’s Friday morning wedding ceremony in August, at Hilltop, in the Grand Forest of Bainbridge Island.  A wonderful group of family and  Continue Reading »

Wedding Dog, Odin, Did Good! Celebrating Daniel and Rachel at The Salish Lodge…

Written on October 21, 2016 at 10:20 am, by

Moments before Rachel walked down the aisle, she was with her wedding party and family. And I found her holding onto her exuberant dog, Odin.  At rehearsal, Odin was very high energy and all dog. The next day, on his people’s wedding day, this wonderful dog easily and gracefully walked down the aisle and took  Continue Reading »

John + Jaime: A Glorious Day at Kiana Lodge, Celebrating Two Loving People Who Really Get It…

Written on October 18, 2016 at 8:47 am, by

Marriage is a crazy affair.  It’s over-the-top joy.  It’s chaotic and messy.  It’s about learning, growth, stretching and finding the depths of compassion and resilience.  It’s about friendship.  It’s about endurance and nurturing stamina and curiosity in the midst of upset and change. It’s about truly celebrating the ordinary moments and the extraordinary ones. John  Continue Reading »

John + Elizabeth: On To Their Honeymoon After Hosting A Lovely Wedding At Seattle’s Mayflower Park Hotel…

Written on October 17, 2016 at 10:19 am, by

In the moments before they walked down the aisle together at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Seattle, I joined John and Elizabeth in their suite. I love quiet moments before a wedding ceremony.  The few minutes before a huge life shift occurs. And within minutes, we were in the elevator and making our way downstairs to  Continue Reading »

Nicole + Kimball: Two Loving and Inspiring Sweethearts With The Most Fabulous Wedding Party!

Written on October 14, 2016 at 10:33 am, by

I’ve been around a lot of wedding parties ~ some big, some small. Some traditional and  quiet.  And some loud, feisty and with a bit of rock ‘n roll. I could go on and on as wedding parties are just that…all different. As I reflect on Nicole and Kimball’s beautiful wedding ceremony and wedding day at  Continue Reading »

Diana + Tim at The Monte Cristo Ballroom in Everett: With Some of the Happiest Family and Friends Ever…

Written on October 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm, by

Most often before I begin a wedding ceremony, I walk to the front of the room.  I thank family and friends for attending and give them direction on what to do during ceremony (if anything) and what’s happening after the bride and groom walk down the aisle. This is an opportunity for me to also  Continue Reading »

Lacee + Bryce: Just the Best Couple, A Very Warm Wedding Day = LOVE.

Written on October 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm, by

I drove away from Lacee and Bryce’s wedding ceremony, on a very hot day in August, thinking to myself, “this beautiful couple has staying power; this couple has what it takes to hugely create, nurture and sustain a lifetime relationship.”   This marriage thing isn’t for the faint hearted. For those of us in long-term  Continue Reading »

Clint and Josalyn at Seattle’s Melrose Market: A Loving Stairwell Moment and So Much More…

Written on September 23, 2016 at 1:20 pm, by

I have this really sweet memory of Clint and Josalyn’s Seattle wedding day. Because of special logistics at their venue, Melrose Market, we signed marriage license documents on a cocktail style table, at the top of a stairwell, with beautiful light streaming in. It was the two of us, witnesses and their photographer. I watched Josalyn lovingly  Continue Reading »

They Did What We Did! Much Happiness to Carolyn and John, Married at Seattle’s Volunteer Park…

Written on September 23, 2016 at 1:04 pm, by

  Years ago, my husband, Greg and I, were married in a tiny ceremony for “2” at his home in Woodinville. We then happily boarded a Holland America ship for Alaska, a first-time cruise for both of us (we’ve since been to Alaska this way 6 times!). So, it made me smile when I heard that  Continue Reading »

Jason + Laura at Seattle’s Golden Gardens Park: Lots of Personal and Sweet Touches…

Written on September 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm, by

As I was writing Jason and Laura’s wedding ceremony, I was touched by the amount of personal time and energy they were putting into small and big touches on their wedding day.  For instance, the Chuppah under which they held their marriage ceremony, was hand-crafted by Jason and Laura’s Father, Rik.  As Laura shared with  Continue Reading »

Sweetly Married at the Lovely DeLille Cellars in Woodinville: David and Misao

Written on August 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm, by

Kindness. When it comes to a wedding day, such a lifetime experience is made that much sweeter when there is great kindness and graciousness woven into the day.  This is what I remember most about Misao and David’s wedding day. Married at the end of July at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, it was happiness for  Continue Reading »

Sam and David: Married on the 4th of July at the Glorious Kiana Lodge…

Written on August 29, 2016 at 12:40 pm, by

If there ever was a couple meant to love and marry, it’s Sam and David. And it was my happiness to join them on their wedding day at Kiana Lodge…that much happier because it was the 4th of July!   Joined by 100+ family and friends, we celebrated Sam and David with the gift of  Continue Reading »

Tidbits of Wisdom and Memories from Wonderful Summer 2016 Weddings…

Written on August 25, 2016 at 1:17 pm, by

My husband and I love dogs.  Cancel that.  We adore dogs. In our time together, we have rescued dogs with vision problems and had also loved dogs who have lost their vision.  Perhaps this was one of the reasons I was so enchanted with Steve and Julie, married on Friday evening at DeLille Cellars.  This  Continue Reading »

GREAT JOY! Helen + Martin Marry At The Lovely Alderbrook Resort…

Written on August 8, 2016 at 1:58 pm, by

When I received this marvelous photo from Photographer Jennygg, I just smiled.  BIG! It was happiness for me to make a June road trip to the lovely Alderbrook Resort on Hood Canal to share in Martin and Helen’s wedding day.   These two love birds share a most delightful love story and this, and so  Continue Reading »

Daniel + Zoe: A Field Of Lavender and a Beautiful Wedding Day!

Written on August 8, 2016 at 1:37 pm, by

There is a hidden gem in Woodinville, a field of abundant lavender that is hidden from the eye off the the Woodinville Redmond road. Called Woodinville Lavender, this beautiful venue has fields of gorgeous lavender and a few weeks ago, at the peak of the season, Daniel and Zoe chose to be married, surrounded by  Continue Reading »

From Iceland To Seattle With Love! Celebrating Elizabeth and Gerald at Lord Hill Farms…

Written on August 1, 2016 at 12:39 pm, by

Elizabeth + Gerald. From different States, they unexpectedly met in Iceland while on separate adventure trips.    After a week together in this lovely foreign country, they returned home. Shortly thereafter, Gerald was making his way across several States to see Elizabeth. And as they say, the rest is history! Joined by happy family and  Continue Reading »

A Group Photo for a Fabulous Couple and Their Family and Friends…

Written on August 1, 2016 at 12:19 pm, by

I love everything about Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo for a wedding. Everything.   And life is always better when you have a lovely couple who appreciates this gorgeous venue as much as I do. On July 2nd, it was a pleasure for me to join Dave and Annie for their wedding ceremony at Kiana Lodge,  Continue Reading »

Blake + Anastasia: A Country Wedding at the Lovely Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth…

Written on August 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm, by

Sometimes a girl just needs a mid-summer wedding road trip! My excuse was Blake and Anastasia’s wedding at the magnificent Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth.    So, early on July 23rd, I got in the car and started driving over I-90 to Leavenworth.  I arrived early and after a bit of walking around the town,  Continue Reading »