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Category Archives: Life as a Wedding Officiant

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 »

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 »