David + Scott: From Alabama to Washington State With LOVE!

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Annemarie

DavidScott9After almost 2 decades of loving relationship, two of the very best guys “eloped” to Seattle for their wedding ceremony on July 1st. As soon as I received David’s email inquiry, I knew I was going to love working with him and Scott.  You’ve got to LOVE two men who take great care and time to coordinate all details of a small/intimate ceremony and evening celebration – done in all of the right ways.
Surrounded by a small group of their best people, David and Scott were married in a beautiful evening ceremony – we had reverence, great joy, laughter and a tear or two.  And the next day, they left on a lifetime cruise to Alaska.David and Scott:  you are such an inspiration to all of us!

A Lovely Ceremony For 2: Justin and Jamie

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Annemarie

jamie and JustinWhile they could have technically and fully “eloped,” Jamie honored her parents request to be present at their wedding ceremony. So, yesterday, on the 4th of July – a day with great personal meaning ~ Jamie married the love of her life, Justin, in the backyard of her childhood home in Maple Valley.Surrounded by her parents, sister and a couple of close family members, Justin and Jamie exchanged vows and rings.And Justin and Jamie did things right.  A beautiful dress.  A handsome suit.  Pretty flowers.And most of all, a wonderful photographer to capture all of this goodness Simple, easy and perfect.  

Tips, Best Advice and a Checklist to Elope to Seattle, Washington!

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Annemarie

jenny andrew photoIt’s summertime in Seattle and a popular city for an elopement…not only for couples who live and love in the Pacific Northwest but for loving couples from all around the country. As we move into July and August, the best months for weather in Seattle, most couples opt to elope outdoors, choosing a park, waterside vista or even a boutique hotel or bed and breakfast.
To elope, you need the following:

  • Your happy selves!
  • 2 witnesses over the age of 18
  • A valid Washington State Marriage License
  • A lovely Officiant

For more information or to talk about possibilities, call Annemarie at 425 922 1325.
Photo:  Jenny and Andrew on a Washington State Ferry!    Photo:

Sometimes A Seattle Wedding Ceremony Is Truly Private…

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Annemarie

beachI married a sweet couple on Monday morning. A+M wanted their ceremony to be private, with only 2 witnesses.Simple.  Easy.  Elegant.  Just for them. So, we met at Alki Beach and I officiated their ceremony at one of my favorite places on Alki Beach – to the left of Salty’s Restaurant.
This area offers a beautiful dock (with the Seattle skyline in the background), a grassy area or a beach/waterside option. And afterwards, a celebration meal at Salty’s!

Lee and Tamara Are Married At The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington!

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Annemarie

Tamara and LeeThe paradox of life.What is big is small.What is small is big.
It was happiness for me to join Lee and Tamara for their intimate ceremony for ‘2″ at The Salish Lodge last weekend.  As always, the staff at the Lodge went above and beyond (thank you, Cristy Barnes!) to insure we had a beautiful and private spot inside the Lodge as the weather was a bit windy and rainy to be outside.
With Photographer Jennygg on-site, we enjoyed a private lifetime moment for Lee and Tamara…in fact, Lee was so into it he could not resist kissing his beautiful bride in the middle of the ceremony!

A Sweet & Intimate Saturday Morning in Auburn, Washington…

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Annemarie

NorichikaCynthiaCynthia + Nori.  Married at their home in Auburn on a crisp April Saturday morning, with Cynthia’s parents as witnesses.  When I arrived, Nori was looking handsome in his suit.  And Cynthia was absolutely gorgeous in her gown and accessories.We took time to sweetly celebrate their loving relationship and the anticipation they both share for the future.  And I loved how Nori had to say a few beautiful words of appreciation to Cynthia just before they sealed their wedding ceremony with a kiss! Again, what is big is really small.  What is small is really big.

Ashley and Ismail Marry at the new Terrace at Seattle’s Kubota Gardens…

Posted on April 4, 2016 by Annemarie

Ismail and Ashley JattaAshley and Ismail were married on Saturday morning at the new Terrace overlooking a beautiful water feature and pond at Seattle’s Kubota Gardens. Surrounded by 20+ family and friends, this sweet couple exchanged beautiful vows. While Ismail is not a man of many words in a public setting, he was very eloquent when he shared that his “love breathes” for his beloved Ashley.Wishing Ismail and Ashley a beautiful marriage adventure!

Mikey, Sam and Sally Elope To The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington!

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Annemarie

MikeSamSallyIt was a crazy weather day yesterday, Sunday, March 13th!At The Salish Lodge, overlooking the roaring Snoqualmie Falls, it was truly nutty weather! Tucked inside the Lodge, in the warm and lovely Cliffside room overlooking the Falls, Mikey and Sam exchanged beautiful personal vows and embarked on their marriage adventure. What made this moment all the sweeter was their best lady, flower girl, ring bearer and wonder dog, Sally.  As the guest of honor, Mikey and Sam’s beloved 16 and-a-year-old pooch did her Momma and Papa proud!

Seattle Elopement Planning: Navigating Summer Traffic & Events

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Annemarie

If you are planning a summer elopement in Seattle, be “traffic savvy” to avoid traffic and/or timing issues that may create unexpected problems on your wedding day. Here is a “crash course” to help you navigate heavy summer car and ferry traffic in Seattle as you put together the time line for your wedding events and your wedding day. 1) Implement The ’30 Minute Rule’ For Your Seattle Wedding: Because traffic during the summer months in Seattle is often unpredictable and more nuts than usual, one of the best tactics you can employ for all events around your wedding day is to implement the “30 Minute Rule.” If you are having guests at your elopement and your wedding ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., put 5:00 p.m. on the invites.
2) Plan Your Wedding Around Seattle’s Monster Summer Events: Each Summer, Seattle hosts a number of big annual events that create mini traffic tsunamis. If your elopement is on one of these Summer weekends, you will need to insure that your people take alternate routes, avoid certain bridges and/or leave plenty of “fudge time” for traffic congestion and road/bridge closures. Examples include:
~ Torchlight Parade Weekend ~ Streets in downtown Seattle area closed for a big Saturday night parade that creates traffic congestion for hours.
~ Seafair Weekend ~ The two bridges across Lake Washington are closed at different times over 4 days for a weekend in August (usually the first or second weekend of August), creating traffic nightmares between Seattle and the Eastside. Check out the Seafair website for bridge closure information and plan accordingly.
~ Road Closures ~ Each Summer, the Washington State Department of Transportation schedules big road projects and/or road closures throughout the Seattle area. More Info:
~ Bellevue Arts & Crafts Festival ~ A huge festival in downtown Bellevue creates serious local traffic problems on the last weekend of July.
And these are just 4 examples, in addition to the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Hempfest!
3) Do Your Seattle Wedding Plans Involve A Ferry? If your elopement plans for Seattle include a ferry ride, plan for longer ferry lines in the Summer months and create ‘buffer time” as you plan your day. Ferries most impacted: downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Edmonds to Kingston, downtown Seattle to Bremerton, Port Townsend to Keystone, Mukilteo to Clinton and all ferry runs to/from the San Juan Islands. The Washington State Ferry system website has all updated information.
4) Plan Your Seattle Elopement and Celebration At the Same Location/Venue: One of the best ways to insure that your Seattle elopement goes off without a traffic hitch is to plan your intimate ceremony and celebration at the same venue.  For instance, get married on the West Seattle waterfront and have lunch or dinner at Salty’s in West Seattle!
Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant,Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington and every weekend she navigates crazy Seattle traffic between wonderful weddings. 
Take a peak at or call 425. 922.1325

An Intimate and Special Wedding Ceremony at Pike Place Market!

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Annemarie

EmilEmilyAs they envisioned their wedding day, Emil and Emily wanted to keep things easy and simple. And so, they gathered family and friends and one a lovely Winter afternoon, exchanged vows and more at Pike Place market, to the delighted of hundreds of onlookers!There are fun places to get married at Pike Place Market.  You can reserve indoor space at the Market or also reserve outdoor space.If this appeals to you, know that your wedding day will be filled with the unexpected as the Market is a busy, vibrant and fun-filled venue for all!