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Category Archives: Life as a Wedding Officiant

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

Written on July 13, 2020 at 10:11 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on June 8, 2020 at 9:37 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on May 14, 2020 at 12:16 pm, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on April 19, 2020 at 3:34 pm, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on March 27, 2020 at 12:35 pm, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on February 3, 2020 at 12:02 pm, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on January 6, 2020 at 3:36 pm, by

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  Continue Reading »

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

Written on August 23, 2019 at 11:31 am, by

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  Continue Reading »

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… I LOVE Benjamin and Mary.  I love them so much because just weeks before their wedding,  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 »