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Category Archives: Life as a Wedding Officiant

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

Written on July 13, 2019 at 1:50 pm, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on June 18, 2019 at 1:43 pm, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on April 15, 2019 at 9:57 am, by

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.  Continue Reading »

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

Written on March 17, 2019 at 10:24 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on February 20, 2019 at 9:06 am, by

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.  Continue Reading »

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

Written on February 7, 2019 at 11:40 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on January 3, 2019 at 3:10 pm, by

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.’ KEEP IT FUN.  Whether your wedding has a guest list of 4 or a guest  Continue Reading »

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

Written on October 27, 2018 at 10:34 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on October 1, 2018 at 10:44 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on September 14, 2018 at 10:03 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on June 27, 2018 at 10:06 am, by

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.   Continue Reading »

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

Written on April 24, 2018 at 9:38 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

The Joy of a Seattle Winter Wedding Ceremony & Celebration: Reflections and Ponderings…

Written on March 15, 2018 at 9:20 am, by

I love the beginning of the year for a wedding ceremony and celebration. The pace of winter offers a couple more privacy in parks, a greater value at venues and a less busy ‘feel’ than the happy crush of the late Spring, Summer and early Fall.   A few beautiful couples… Nathan and Laura were wed  Continue Reading »

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 »