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So Seattle Wedding Weird, So Wedding Covid-19 Crazy. Getting Beyond a Wedding Postponement or Cancellation…

July 13, 2020

I’ve spent a lot of my time, over the past 4 months, working with couples to postpone their weddings to 2021.  I’ve also had a front seat to wedding date cancellations, helping couples navigate profound disappointment.

There is no right or wrong here.

From where I sit, working with dozens of couples around all of this, there is enormous disappointment, conflict, indecision, and uncertainty.  How could there not be? AND there is happiness, perseverance, stamina, endurance and the knowing ‘this too shall pass,’ whenever that may be.

Some of my couples who are postponing their formal wedding ceremony and celebration into 2021, are opting to get legally married this summer.  I married a most beautiful couple at their home on Saturday afternoon, with their 2 sweet pups and a few family members.  And I will be with them next August when they welcome their family and friends to their formal wedding day.

Some couples are pushing everything into 2021, ‘riding the wave,’ keeping hope alive for what they want and desire for their wedding day.  And some couples are ‘stuck,’ deeply affected by the loss of deposits and money spent, trying to figure out next steps.

If you desire to get married this summer, do it.  Depending on the Phase of your County, you can plan something sweet and simple.

For more information, give me a call at 425 922 1325 or drop an email.

Onward we all go!

xoxo

Annemarie

 

How to Get Married & Plan An Intimate Wedding Ceremony, During Phase 2, in Snohomish, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap Counties and Phase 1.5, King County…

June 8, 2020

June 8, 2020

Okay, Darlings!

Per the Governor’s Guidance for Phase 2 (Snohomish, Pierce and Thurston Counties, to name a few), and Phase 1.5 (King County), let’s get married! 

Small weddings, are a ‘go.’

What does this mean?  For all of this goodness, here is what you’ll need to make all of this happen…

  • Valid Washington State Marriage License
  • 2 Witnesses over the age of 18
  • A lovely location (outside is the best!), a park, your backyard, etc
  • Someone lovely to marry you

COVID 19/Phase 2 and Phase 1.5 Requirements:  1) Masks required for Officiant and witnesses, 2) Social distancing of 6 feet for Officiant and witnesses, 3) Separate pens for witnesses and Officiant; 4) Max of 5 people for the wedding ceremony.

If you have questions, if I can be helpful, I am here.

Annemarie

www.marriedbyannemarie.com

How To Get Married in Seattle/Tacoma, Washington State, during Covid 19, Coronavirus, with Wedding Officiant Annemarie Juhlian

May 14, 2020

Okay, here’s the deal on how to get married during this time of Covid 19 in Seattle, Tacoma, the Puget Sound area.

Short ‘n sweet.

I am writing this UPDATE POST on May 14th, and we’re in the middle of Phase 1 in Washington State.

We need to get to Phase 2 in order to have a gathering of 5 people or less, which allows for a small and intimate wedding ceremony, with social distancing measures.  At least, this is what I am interpreting, with others in our wedding community, from the Governor’s Covid 19 directives.

In a perfect world, Phase 2 will commence on June 1st. Of course, the State may push this date back, depending on our numbers.

If you are planning a small ceremony for June, please consider securing a valid Washington State Marriage License NOW.  You are within the 60 day application window, and because Offices are not open to in-person visits, it takes extra time to get your marriage license documents, via on-line and snail mail.

For all of this you will need a valid Washington State Marriage License, 2 witnesses over the age of 18, a location/venue for your ceremony and someone lovely to marry you.

If I can be helpful in any way, I am here.

Annemarie

www.marriedbyannemarie.com

425 922 1325

 

Getting Married in Seattle During Coronavirus (Covid 19). What You Need To Know, How to Plan Your For Your Wedding…

April 19, 2020

Darlings,

There is a crazy time, for sure.  It’s now April 19th and we’ve been in this unprecedented time for weeks now.

Under the Governor’s order in Washington State, ‘no weddings’ right now.

Yes, the Marriage License offices are issuing marriage licenses and they are recording them.  This is their job.

However, although I did receive alternate guidance during the first week of the crisis from an Office issuing Marriage Licenses, updated guidance on what is allowed during the State’s shelter-in-place order (from the Governor’s Office and King County Executive’s office) is no weddings.

So, what does this mean for couples in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Snohomish and beyond, who want to get married?

You wait until May 4th for updated guidance, when the Governor hopefully lifts the ‘no wedding order.’  My hope is that this ‘no wedding’ restriction will be lifted, allowing a roll-out of small weddings (5 people:  Officiant, Couple and 2 Witnesses).

In the meantime, if you don’t have your marriage license, go get it!  From any County, you can apply and get your marriage via the old-fashioned way, mail & notary, etc.

If you have questions, if I can be helpful.  I am here.  Once the stay-at-home order is lifted, I am fully available to officiate for you.

xoxo

Annemarie

A Personal Note, Covid 19 and Seattle Area Weddings, from Officiant Annemarie Juhlian…

March 27, 2020

Darling Couple,

This is indeed crazy time.

My heart is with my couples who are either cancelling their weddings for Spring 2020, or are re-scheduling to a later date.

Some of my couples are so disappointed by the cancellation of their wedding, that they are ‘sitting with things,’ not ready to commit to a new date. Other couples are quickly moving their wedding to July/August (if they can find space) or to Fall 2020.

It’s true.  We are all in this together.

There is no flight plan for this time, no road map.

It’s up to all of us to love and care for each other, knowing a wedding day is the most tender of lifetime moments, and that it’s our responsibility and opportunity to show up for each other during this time.

If I can be helpful, if you want to talk, if you desire to brainstorm, I am here.

Much love,

Annemarie

Laughter. So Good, So Right and When Well Done, It Creates Good Feels and Memories…

February 3, 2020

I love laughter within a wedding ceremony. 

Not weird laughter.  Not laughter that comes from, ‘what the hell was that?’

I treasure the joy of smiles, giggles and and/or laughter that comes from a piece within a beautifully written and personalized wedding ceremony that feels like, ‘oh, this is so them!’

In this work that I do, when I am writing a wedding ceremony, I look for moments of joy and/fun that will elicit a smile or a knowing laugh.

A wedding ceremony is such a vulnerable lifetime moment.  It’s my quest to never over reach and/or to make a ceremony moment about me.

Truly, a well crafted and written ceremony keeps full focus on a couple, best people and their family and friends – it doesn’t matter if this is in the presence of 2 guests or 200 guests. And good humor, a fun-loving approach and a quest for a joyful celebration, all work to create a ceremony that feels real, loving and easy.

 

My Beautiful Couples for 2020. As a Wedding Officiant, Here Is What I Know For Sure…

January 6, 2020

This Seattle/Tacoma Wedding Officiant thing is a glorious endeavor.

I’m the lucky gal who gets to work with an engaged couple who sincerely desires a modern wedding ceremony that is joyful, conversational, reverent, open-minded, inclusive and with touches of humor and fun.

As I sit here at my laptop, looking down the stretch of months to come, and knowing the couples who have already placed their trust in me for ceremony this year, my heart is full.

How happy I am to have another year doing this work that I love so much. Damn happy!

How honored I am to represent two lovebirds, on their wedding day, knowing how much trust and faith they are placing in me.

How understanding I am of all that it takes to jump off the cliff into the unknown…this is what marriage is all about.  A risk to become more, to do more, to feel more, to heal, to learn, to evolve.  Most of all, to love and be loved.

If you are seeking an Officiant for your ceremony this year, I invite your email note or phone call.

Simply, I am here.

With gratitude,

Annemarie

anne@marriedbyannemarie.com

425 922 1325

Photo:  www.jennygg.com 

Seattle Weddings 2019: Musings and Random Thoughts From The Wedding Road…

August 23, 2019

It’s near the end of August and I awoke this morning, here at our Wigglebutt Farm (a sanctuary for special needs and/or older dogs), and I could smell ‘Fall’ in the air.

Given that Autumn is my favorite season, I’m elated!

As I reflect back on the past month, I am grateful to have shared in wedding days with most wonderful couples, who truly desired a personalized approach to ceremony, whether this was a formal affair, a smaller and more intimate moment or a last-minute elopement.

Some tiny things I remember about some wonderful weddings…

Sarah and Chris were married at the Fremont Foundry, a very warm and sunny day, and so gracious…focused on simple, easy and no crazy.

The weather was more iffy for Wil and Cassidy, married at The Hall at Fauntleroy on a July Friday evening.  AND gratefully, we were able to be in the garden.

I walked into Yumu’s parlor at The Seattle Tennis Club, to find her sweetly pondering the universe, before walking down the aisle to marry her Beloved Jason.  Yumu was elegant, serene and at the same time attentive to details, a ‘total bride’ package!

It was a road trip to Bainbridge Island, to insure that Dallen and Courtney were married beachside, surrounded by such a welcoming group of family and friends.  Such a glorious day!

I had not been out to Jardin du Sol this year, so it was fun for me to enjoy Henry and Michelle, and their wedding day at this beautiful venue.  I remember ‘Henry’s guys,’ – a most fun-loving and helpful bunch of Groomsmen, who were ‘on it’ when it came to insuring all details were handled.

Kayla and Shelby, married on the MV Skansonia.  Lovely couple, fabulous family and friends, thrilled parents.  It was a glorious night, and you could feel the love and the gratitude in the air.

Danuta and Adam.  From Poland, lots of Polish being spoken…and I learned a few Polish words.  Beautiful couple, truly, at Ray’s Boathouse.

Mu-Jeung could not stop smiling at his beautiful Kellianne!  His face was lit up from the moment he took his place at the front; you could feel his elation to marry his Sweetheart, at Woodinville Lavender.

As I walked from my car to Mariah and Pedro’s wedding, music was already happening, at a private home/estate in Snohomish, transformed for a day!  A beautiful couple, incredibly helpful parents, and a few rain drops.  We made it through, without stopping for the rain.

Dave and Rachel.  Two incredibly sweet, gracious and fun-loving lovebirds, who lit up the night at JM Cellars, celebrating the joy of their love and their devotion to Rachel’s 2 wonderful children.  You could feel the gratitude between Dave and Rachel during their ceremony, for the gift of their love.

During rehearsal, it was freakin’ hot!  On their wedding day, it was overcast and in my opinion, PERFECT!  Celebrating Brady and Kaelee, and their personalized words/vows that were gorgeously crafted and shared.

Don’t get me started on Johnathan and Kimberly!  Married at The Salish Lodge, this couple hiked (okay, walked) down to the Falls, pre-ceremony, and their Photographer (Mike), showed me incredibly photos.  I also loved it when Johnathan rang out ‘I Do!,‘ before I was done asking!

My couples make my heart happy and proud.  BAM!

Photo:  Dave and Rachel

 

Madison and Max, The Sweetest of ‘I Do’s,’ at Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum, June, 2019

July 13, 2019

Madison and Max have the sweetest story about how they met.

Let me paint you a ‘word picture.’  Pink Camaro.  Car Wash.  California sunshine. Wonderful guy.  Wonderful gal.

And poof!  Life is forever changed.

It was my honor and privilege to be with Madison and Max, and their family and friends, as they took their vows of marriage, at Swiftwater Cellars in Cle Elum, Washington, on June 28th.

Surrounded by their best people, and with the swirling valley wind, these two beautiful people shared a bit of their inspiring love story and the ‘why’ around they were getting married.  They took time to wrap a respectful bow around all of this with public gratitude to their parents and immediate family.

In getting to understand Madison and Max, and knowing more about their history and life story, I found myself enchanted by these two, particularly taken by their shared interests, mutual business enterprises, travel adventures and a deep devotion to their partnership.

Sometimes you truly know and feel you are in the presence of a relationship with great purpose and mission.  Max and Madison, I wish you much love, happiness and protection, as you embark on this next phase of your journey, together!

 

 

Real, Inspired and Modern Seattle Wedding Ceremony: What I ‘Remember’ From My Wonderful Couples, May Surprise You!

June 18, 2019

It’s been a lovely whirlwind of details, gentle chaos and inspiring couples over these past 2 months.

After all of this time of doing this work, my grace is this:  I absolutely love this work that I do, and I am very grateful for how so many of my couples reflect back to me the care I have for my work.

Oftentimes I am asked:  “Annemarie, what do you remember most from a wedding?”

Well, let me give you a ‘behind the scenes’ peek from a handful of lovely couples and share what I remember…it may not be what you would think!

Rivers and Jessica, The Ballard Hotel:  I loved their smiles.  These two sweethearts were beaming at each other, every minute, during the ceremony.  Not only could you see their joy, you could feel it.

Sean and Sarah, Volunteer Park Conservatory:  Walking up before ceremony, and watching their photographer, Jenny Goldberg-George, taking photos – and getting smiles from them and everyone.

Jennifer and Jan, Private Residence:  The joy.  The tears.  The happiness of ‘finally’ being married after so many years together.

Maggie and Mario, Sole Repair:  These two sweethearts and their beautiful baby daughter, so precious together.  Watching Maggie as she ‘looked down’ on her wedding ceremony, through a peep hole in the wall, as everyone was being seated.

Ron and Lauren, Willows Lodge:  Elegant, elegant Lauren.  Happy, happy Ron.  Being with Ron and his family in his hotel room, minutes before ceremony, with an ‘off-beat’ rehearsal.

Katie and Tim, The Woodmark Hotel:  In the Bride’s room with Katie and her ladies, and her pup, Ms. Dolly Parton.  Watching Katie love on Dolly. just the best.  And then there was Katie and Tim’s weddingceremony, beautiful, easy and fun-loving. (Photo/left)

Bailee and David, Kiana Lodge:  Being in the presence of Bailee’s joy.  Watching the love in David’s eyes. These two were just so elated!

Nicole and Gaites, Melrose Market:  They forgot the marriage license! Gratefully, the document wasn’t too far away, so with a ceremony delay, everything was more than fine.

Willard and Tsz Ling, Daybreak Star Center:  Being with an elegant and calm Tsz Ling, minutes before ceremony, in the bride’s room, helping her with a malfunction on her beautiful gown.

Steve and Judy, Stimson Green Mansion:  After 10 years together, these two were overjoyed to marry…and it was such an incredible privilege to share in their ceremony, which was not only about them, but a celebration of their family and friends. (Photo)

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Austin and Angela, Private Residence, Union:  A ceremony for two beautiful people and one that fully embraced the bride’s two children.

Nik and Emily, SODO Park:  Beautiful bride, handsome groom – outrageously magnificiently designed ceremony circle and space.  Truly inspired.

Zoe and Frank, Novelty Hill-Januik Winery:  Long story short, and in the spirit of full transparency, my knee snapped 4 hours before ceremony, sending me to the ER in Kirkland.  The medical staff got me fixed up and to the wedding…I have never missed a wedding and I wasn’t about to yet.  AND so happy and grateful to be with Zoe and Frank, with the grand feeling of ‘we did it!’

 

 

 

Hello, Annemarie? Remember me? It’s Nezam. A Sweet & Intimate Wedding at Seattle’s Space Needle…

April 15, 2019

Weddings come in all shapes and sizes.

I was sitting at my desk one day last month, when I received a call from a long lost friend, whom I was just thrilled to hear from.

Nezam was getting married, and he and his Sweetheart, Nellie, invited me to join them for their intimate wedding ceremony.

We plotted and pondered possibilities. And in the end, Nezam and Nellie ultimately decided their wedding day would include a ceremony just for ‘2.’

We met at The Space Needle and made our way up to the Observation Deck.  We had two delightful witnesses, a brother and sister, from California, which made things even more fun and meaningful.

With personal vows, in an intimate setting, high above the skyline of Seattle, these two Sweethearts said ‘I Do.’

Lucky, lucky me, for the opportunity to be a part of all of this sacred goodness.

 

And So, This Is What Happens When An ‘Engagement Party’ Turns Into A Surprise Wedding Ceremony!

March 17, 2019

I love everything about Anthony and Christine.

I left their wedding ceremony last night, at Tinte Cellars in Woodinville, with a little extra sparkle in my step.

You see, their 100+ family and friends thought they were showing up for an engagement party.  When Anthony and Christine received a great number of RSVP’s to their engagement party, they were deeply touched that so many people wanted to celebrate with them.

So, they decided, as their gift to the people they love and like the most, that they would turn their engagement party into a SURPRISE wedding ceremony and celebration.

At the stroke of 6:45 p.m., I pulled everyone into the lovely barrel room and took the microphone, announcing myself as “Annemarie, Christine’s friend from culinary school and many years ago.” 

I proceeded to start a toast and then on cue, with Anthony at my side, looked around and said “Christine?  Where is Christine?”  

And BOOM!  The wonderful DJ starts music and Christine appears, in a gorgeous wedding dress with a lovely bouquet!

Tears, happiness, clapping – it was such a joyful moment.

And we got these two beautiful sweethearts all beautifully hitched up.

Just the best.

Photo:  Jenny gg: www.jennygg.com 

Raising the Joy Bar! Megan and Tiffany Wed at Matthews Winery in Woodinville, February 16th

February 20, 2019

It was a crazy week before Megan and Tiffany’s wedding day!

Snow, ice. More snow and ice.  You know what I’m talking about…

And with great joy and happiness, a proud group of family and friends gathered on a cold and rainy February Saturday evening (no snow!), to share in Megan and Tiffany’s wedding day.

It was such a delight for me to craft and deliver a personalized ceremony for these two beautiful women, that not celebrated their loving relationship, but fully embraced Tiffany’s two sweet daughter, Ava and Mya.

And we had such special touches.

Gratitude to our couple’s parents. Ava aced her reading, microphone and all!  Megan and Tiffany shared covenants while holding their promise stone.  Before the ‘kiss,’ we had a group toast, launching these two Sweethearts on their marriage adventure.

Tiffany and Megan, thank you so much for inviting me into your personal space, and for giving me the profound honor of celebrating your path and your love.

Photo:  Bri McDaniel

Most Popular Questions from Couples When Considering Me As Their Wedding Officiant…

February 7, 2019

Good snowy morning from our Wigglebutt Farm!

This is our Sanctuary of older and special needs dogs, who all are snuggled in on this chilly Thursday.

Rosebud is obsessed with her snowy ball.  Buttercup is recovering from yesterday’s surgical procedure.  Lady Belle Marie is looking styling in her pink jacket.  Crazy Cosmo is loving the snow and thinks barking at the construction project next door is great fun.  And that’s the short list! (in photo:  Buttercup)

I’m in my office, getting ready for the weekend.  As I ponder the lovely couples who are considering me for their upcoming wedding ceremonies, here are a couple of my most popular questions:

  1. How long is the ceremony?  If a ceremony is too short, it’s weird.  If it’s too long, it’s uncomfortable.  I’m less concerned about how long a ceremony is.  Rather, I’m more focused on the ‘feeling’ of the ritual and insuring a couple is at ease and that the guests are perked up and enjoying the experience.
  2. What if you don’t show up?  Heck if I know!  Seriously, I’ve always shown up.  Even when I’m been not feeling well. Even when my Mother died.  Even when we’ve lost beloved animals the day before or the day of a wedding.  I’m more concerned about getting hit by a bus on the way to a wedding.  So, no guarantee.  AND I’m confident, given the heart and graciousness of my couples, we would work things out.
  3. What do you wear?  In the summer, I love a muted maxi dress or fancy pant suit (from Nordies, of course!).  Always with pearls, always striving to be elegant.  When it’s not hot outside, I like an elegant black suit with scarf and/or pearls.  I like to blend in, when it comes to photos (black blends in and keeps the focus on the bride and groom).  I don’t dress to stand out.

At the end of the day, hiring an Officiant is a gentle mix of personality and work style and has a lot to do if we ‘click,’ kind of like a first date.

So ask me your questions. Surprise me with a hard question.  I want you comfy and at ease with all of this!

 

Your Wedding Ceremony in 2019: Keeping it Fun, Keeping is Real.

January 3, 2019

We are sitting at the beginning of a new year.  Welcome to 2019!

If you are reading this, and are getting married in 2019, I offer you these words of ‘wisdom’ from the front lines of all things ‘wedding ceremony.’

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KEEP IT FUN.  Whether your wedding has a guest list of 4 or a guest list of 200, I find the most relaxed and happy couples are the ones who keep ‘fun’ in the equation.

Fun could be a picnic lunch after a morning rehearsal, which is relaxed and easy and doesn’t include the extra effort or expense of a more ‘formal rehearsal dinner.’ 

Fun could be getting married on the Seattle Big Wheel, having your dog(s) go down the aisle with the rings, having a special vocalist with a surprise song or even having your ‘ceremony guests’ participate in a way that is lively and memorable. ‘Do’ what brings you joy and creates the ‘feeling’ you desire around your big day.

KEEP IT REAL.  Don’t buy into the wedding industry’s version of what a wedding ‘should’ and/or ‘must be.’  A lot of the hype when it comes to advertisements and outreach is meant (in my humble opinion), to create anxiety and/or doubt, to get a couple to question decisions and/or spend more (not less).  There are so many incredibly talented wedding professionals who lead with heart and integrity.  You are a smart cookie.  Seek them out and avoid the crazy.

REMEMBER.  Please remember this is a wedding.  ONE DAY, one very important day, to celebrate the marriage.  During your engagement, I invite you to give as much attention to preparing for your marriage as your wedding.  Ask questions.  Take time.  Go deeper.  Do what you need to do to walk into your wedding day with a grand sense of calm and peace, and the deep knowing that you are making the highest choice in your life to marry.

Wedding Dog! Wedding Dog! The Power of “Woof!” and Unconditional Love to Sparkle Up Your Wedding Ceremony…

October 27, 2018

If you know me, I’m a crazy dog lady.

My husband and I work with special needs and/or older dogs and have done so, together, for more than 15 years.

When I am not engaged, in my happy place with my wedding work, my other happy place is our Wigglebutt Farm, a 5-acre sanctuary for dogs, where love and kindness rules.

And so, many couples who love their dogs (who are crazy about their animals), often come to me, and much of the time, want to have their beloved fur child (or children) involved in their wedding ceremony.

It doesn’t matter if your ceremony is a formal event for 200, or a casual event for 2 or 10, a dog adds such joy to a wedding day.

The power of ‘woof’ brings calm and ease to a big day, initiates conversation between people, and creates unexpected moments of joy and happy and potential joyful chaos!

I remember Stacey and John.  We were in the middle of their ceremony, when their beloved pooch decided to ‘take a walk,’ and streaked across the back of the ceremony space.  I could not stop smiling, and this brought such joy and happiness to ‘their story!’

Or when wedding dog, Murphy, (featured in the photo), decided to ‘sit’ on the train of Zoe’s gown…and take a snooze for most of the ceremony.  Simply, perfect.

The power of dog.  My heart is full.

 

A Beautiful Fall Wedding at The Seattle Arboretum on Husky Game Day, With Details!

October 1, 2018

When I first met with the wonderful Jim and Stephanie, they did indeed tell me that the Huskies would be playing at UW on their wedding day, with kick-off near their wedding ceremony start time.

So, knowing that their wedding was right next door, at the beautiful Graham Visitor’s Center at the Seattle Arboretum, had me plotting and planning my travel route and parking location.

Here’s what you don’t see.  AND what you would never see in a perfect wedding magazine!

An happy Officiant traveling in 3 hours early, sitting at a nearby cafe, just to be near her couple.  An Officiant walking almost 1 mile from a far away parking lot (long formal dress and athletic shoes), kicking up leaves, just thrilled to get a parking space, anywhere! (I could have taken an UBER, but I like being in control of my travel).

Yes, the work that I do is mostly about creating and delivering a beautiful wedding ceremony.  AND it’s also about attention to tiny details, that if ignored, may create stress and chaos.  Gratefully, Jim and Whitney’s guests were all about getting rides to their wedding, so we started on time.

My head would explode if I were late to a wedding.  I pre-plan, take things slow and spend a lot of time at nearby cafes, working on my laptop, just happy to be close to a couple.  And take an occasional big walk!

Beautiful Photo:  Amy at www.soperphotography.com

2 Beautiful Women. An Extravagant and Opulent Garden. An Incredible Wedding Day at The Salish Lodge.

September 14, 2018

In this work that I do, I’ve been to a lot of places.

On Saturday afternoon, Wedding Planner Alissa Lawton of Gather Events, and her team, went above and beyond to create one of the most magnificent ceremony spaces I have been seen.  Kudos to Thatch Seattle for installing the decor and flowers…seriously, such incredible vision and talent!

In conversations during the weeks before, I knew that Victoria and Christina’s wedding day was going to be drop-dead gorgeous in all ways.

When I arrived at The Salish Lodge on Saturday afternoon, I stood there, absolutely stunned by the delicate detail, the opulent use of flowers and color and a myriad of details that looked easy, AND took enormous talent and time.

This I know for sure.  Most people don’t have a clue what it feels like to have full responsibility for execution on a wedding day – whether this is a planner, photographer, DJ/MC, florist, baker or Officiant.

When I walk into a wedding, I work to be fully present, and my head is all over the place, as I’m walking a dance of tension, taking in a thousand details, knowing a couple wants things to go well.  No drama, no crazy, yes!

With Victoria and Christina, I worked to design and deliver a ceremony that was authentic, deeply engaging and family oriented.  They shared beautiful vows, perfect for each.  And I loved how they snuck in a 2nd kiss, as the walked down the aisle, as wife and wife.

Lucky, lucky me….to be able to be part of such goodness!

Victoria and Christina, I wish you much happiness on your marriage adventure!

Weddings, Weddings, Weddings! Ramblings and Musing from ‘The Street…”

June 27, 2018

Darlings, I’m deep in it!  The ups and downs of all things weddings this summer season.  Gratefully, a zillion more ups than downs.

As I reflect back on the past few weeks, here is what I’d like to share…

There is nothing I love better than the joy a dog brings to a wedding day.  Zoe and Carson were married at The Salish Lodge, and their sweet dog, Murphy, was at their side…actually plopping down on Zoe’s bridal train as she said her ‘I Do’s.’ (photo left)

I LOVE Benjamin and Mary.  I love them so much because just weeks before their wedding, they lost Benjamin’s beloved Father unexpectedly….AND they carried on.  With inspiring courage and graciousness.  And don’t get me started on Benjamin’s Mother, Regine…what a gorgeous, loving and courageous lady!

See Kayla?  See Parker?  Parker did great as the official ‘ring bearer’ for his Mommy and Daddy’s wedding ceremony at The Arctic Club Hotel.  And he didn’t like the photo booth and it showed in the photos.

Michael and Jordan journeyed to Seattle and were married in the sweetest of ceremonies, with their ‘besties’ all around them.  Two amazing men, wed at The Salish Lodge…a perfect day in all ways. (photo bottom left)

Andrew and Yesim, with 10+ years of life together, these two lovebirds were overjoyed on their wedding day and it showed.  Married at The Manor on Bainbridge Island, Andrew and Yesim could not stop smiling at each other!  Yesim is from Turkey and Germany, and influences from her culture were sprinkled throughout this big day.

Both with Russian heritage and tradition, the very lovely Inna and Anton were married at Bastyr Chapel in Kenmore.  I adore Bastyr Chapel.  When you drive up, you pretty much see a boring and blah building.  And when you walk inside, you are blown away by the opulence and reverence of the place.

Zachary and Jeremy went all out for their wedding day at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma.  It was such a joy to work with these great guys to fully design a ceremony experience that was truly all about them.  Okay, and a little bit about the wonderful people around them.  And don’t get me started on their fabulous wedding party of ladies!

Photo (Zoe and Carson) www.jennygg.com

Photo:  Michael and Jordan  www.soperphotography.com

Seattle Weddings: Each Couple Has A Unique Story and Path to Marriage…

April 24, 2018

In this work that I do, I am intensely curiously about what brings two people together to marry.

Over this past week, I married four beautiful, inspiring and very different couples, all setting out on the path to lifetime commitment.

Niz and Emilia were married in an intimate ceremony for ‘2,’ with Niz’s sons in attendance,and Emilia’s parents on Skype, from Peru.  You could feel the joy and elation between these two sweet people as we celebrated their ‘I Do’s.’ (photo on left)

Jared and Erica were married at the funkiest of places, The Naked City Brewery and Taphouse in Greenwood.  This venue choice was perfect for Jared and Erica, who are not only in love with each other, but in love with movies and books. With more than 60+ of the happiest family and friends, we had a ceremony (in the screening room) that was full of laughter, happiness and ‘wedding selfies!’

As Anna turned the corner to walk down the aisle at The Edgewater Hotel, the biggest smile (almost ever!) broke out on her face.  Anna’s joy and happiness was bursting on her face as she looked at her sweetheart, Gabe.  These two, so beautiful, brave and in love, are not only with each other but in love with their commitment to their relationship. (bottom left photo)

And on a beautiful morning at The Salish Lodge, Roger and Dianna said ‘I Do,’ surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends, after a big celebration the night before.  Every couple has a unique story and I appreciate all that have brought this mid-life couple to each other.

People often ask me why I do this work.  My reply?  Because, the hidden drama queen in me loves the joy and gentle chaos of a wedding (a huge ritual of transition) and because I am in awe of what it takes to say ‘I Do.’

Photo (Gabe and Anna) – www.jennygg.com