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Category Archives: Life as a Wedding Officiant

The Anticipation Of A New Year: What I Know For Sure About The Crazy World of Weddings…

Written on January 8, 2018 at 11:55 am, by

I don’t much see this work as a job.  It’s more a vocation to me. After more than a decade of wedding work, I sit here on this quiet Monday morning in early January. With a happy heart, I offer these random musings about ‘all things wedding.’ GET REAL.  The ‘poofiness’ of a contemporary wedding  Continue Reading »

The Curse Of The Wedding Aisle Runner:  Burn it, Don’t Buy It…Don’t Consider It! Reasons Why…

Written on September 25, 2017 at 12:57 pm, by

There are many decorative elements I LOVE for a wedding ceremony. Gorgeous décor at the front of a ceremony space to frame a couple. Pretty and sparkly flowers. Beautiful candles in appropriate places.  Excellent lighting.  An ceremony aisle that is wide enough. AND there is one thing I’m absolutely NOT crazy about at a wedding.  Continue Reading »

Annemarie’s Seattle Area Wedding Ceremonies, Summer 2017: Inspiring Moments From The Wedding Road…

Written on September 7, 2017 at 9:02 am, by

Whoosh! July and August 2017. As I sit here in my home office, I’m looking at my wall calendar for the past two months and my heart is bursting with gratitude for wedding weeks well done. Not easy in many ways.  And so good.  Most of all, I’m grateful for easy traffic, no crazy and  Continue Reading »

Some Of The Best Money You Can Spend On A Wedding Day? A Full Service or Day Of Coordinator…

Written on August 2, 2017 at 9:11 am, by

Some couples are super duper planners and get the rhythm of all things ‘wedding. ”  These smart cookies just understand how plan out and prepare for a wedding day, formal or casual, big or small. After doing this work for awhile, I’ve come to the conclusion (my personal opinion, of course), that most couples would  Continue Reading »

June Seattle Weddings 2017: Unique Love Stories. Different & Inspired Paths to the Big Day…

Written on July 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm, by

I just looked at my calendar for the past couple of weeks. And I smile. Am I a lucky gal or what? It’s my privilege to be with a couple when they say ‘I Do.” After all of the years of doing this work, I hold a couple’s trust close to my heart. So, let’s  Continue Reading »

Seattle Weddings 2017 – Celebrating Love, Honoring The Different Paths To Love…

Written on June 6, 2017 at 3:31 pm, by

As I sit here at my desk in my office, I’m about to get all packed up and ready for what I affectionately call ‘a weekend of love.’ Mostly, I look back on the past few weeks with a full heart, grateful for the trust my couples put in me to officiate their wedding ceremonies.  Continue Reading »

Michael and Martina: A Most Beautiful Couple Married at Newcastle Golf Club On A Glorious May Day…

Written on May 17, 2017 at 8:25 am, by

I thrive when a couple reminds me how honored I am to do this work. Immediately after Michael and Martina were wed on May 5th at Newcastle Golf Club, I immediately found them in an adjoining ballroom, waiting to sign their marriage license documents. Sitting side by side, and looking so happy and content, I  Continue Reading »

Wishing Stephen and Madeline Much “Aloha!” A Beautiful April Wedding at Cedarbrook Lodge…

Written on April 24, 2017 at 12:15 pm, by

You’ve got to LOVE a couple who starts dating in high school and throughout all of the ups, downs and changes of college and early careers, is stronger than ever. Congratulations to Stephen and Madeline, married on April 8th at the lovely Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac. Over a number of months, we worked together to  Continue Reading »

Jeff + Cindy: An Early Spring Wedding at Red Barn Studios In Chehalis…

Written on April 24, 2017 at 11:41 am, by

We may have had crazy wind and no power at Red Barn Studios for rehearsal, but on the next day – Jeff and Cindy’s wedding day – the sun broke out and we had a gorgeous, crisp and partly sunny afternoon.  It was happiness for me to travel to Chehalis to marry this beautiful  and  Continue Reading »

What I Remember From A Wedding…

Written on March 26, 2017 at 9:09 am, by

It’s always curious to me what I remember from a wedding.  As I look back on the beautiful couples I have known and worked with in the past month or so, I’m going to take a mini-trip down memory lane… Robin and Pete did it ‘their way,’ getting married on an early Sunday morning at  Continue Reading »

The Very Wonderful Donte + Sara: Joyfully Married Friday Evening At The Lake Union Cafe…

Written on March 13, 2017 at 9:45 am, by

You’ve got to LOVE a couple who loves Star Wars and Harry Potter…and who takes great time and intention to incorporate joy and vibrant pieces of fun into their wedding ceremony and celebration. It was great happiness for me to join Donte and Sara for their wedding ceremony on Friday evening, March 10th, at The  Continue Reading »

Snow, Wind, Rain and Cold. 3 Seattle Winter Weddings…Beautiful Couples, All With Different Stories…

Written on February 7, 2017 at 9:39 am, by

Nothing was going to keep me from getting three beautiful couples married this weekend, including yesterday – an official ‘snow day’ in Seattle. I may not have been a pretty picture in my snow boats and huge coat, and with a car stuffed full of supplies, ‘just in case,’ we pulled it off. Matt and  Continue Reading »

Not Your Mother’s Marriage Advice! A Great Piece That Makes You Think and Go “Hmmm…”

Written on January 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm, by

There are a zillion articles out there offering marriage wisdom and counsel. This article is good. It’s from the Huffington Post. It offers a bit of marriage guidance that most assuredly most Mothers WOULD NOT offer on a wedding day!

Julie + Briana: We Raised The Roof Off AXIS in Seattle’s Pioneer Square With One of the Best Ceremony Toasts, Ever!

Written on January 24, 2017 at 12:34 pm, by

Julie + Briana, sweetly married at AXIS in Pioneer Square on January 14th. I love this photo, taken in flight, on their way to a much anticipated honeymoon in Iceland! What I appreciate so much about Julie and Briana… Julie and Briana had a vision for their ceremony and what was vital to them. Including  Continue Reading »

Chris + Brandie: A Great Wedding Kick-off For a Wonderful Couple at Cedarbrook Lodge…

Written on January 10, 2017 at 11:51 am, by

Could Saturday evening have been any better? Two loving people, with a fabulous football themed wedding, were beautifully married and The Seahawks won! Chris and Brandie, in the presence of 100+ family and friends, shared vows at the lovely Cedarbrook Lodge on Saturday evening. Fast forward through much shared life experience, history and love shared, these  Continue Reading »

Angela + Frank: A Holiday Wedding at Seattle’s Beautiful Arctic Club Hotel…

Written on December 13, 2016 at 3:01 pm, by

I appreciate a couple who has their priorities in order. I know, this sounds most likely a bit stuffy and boring and it’s true.  Especially when it comes to a wedding ceremony. It was happiness for me to join Frank and Angela for their wedding at Seattle’s Arctic Club Hotel on December 3rd. Working together,  Continue Reading »

So Grateful To Have Been Home With April Rose This Weekend…

Written on November 14, 2016 at 10:48 am, by

I didn’t have a wedding this past weekend. And the timing could not have been better.   You see, Greg and I are dog lovers.  Our purpose as a couple, besides loving and caring for each other, is to rescue and care take dogs who have been neglected and abused. One of our sweet ones  Continue Reading »

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 »