A Lovely Seattle Elopement in Seattle!

Posted on August 8, 2016 by Annemarie

KatyBill2It was happiness for me to share in Bill and Katy’s sweet, intimate and private wedding ceremony at a Seattle park!  We found a huge and beautiful tree and with a few logistics to find best lighting, we shared in a romantic and beautiful ceremony, with personalized vows.Joined by their photographer and another witness, we all felt honored to be a part of Bill and Katy’s big day ~ a celebration of their years together and a lifetime moment that held great anticipation for the years ahead!
Photo:  www.sarahpotterphotography.com

For Your Seattle Elopement, Have a ‘Plan A’ and a ‘Plan B.’ Why?

Posted on September 1, 2014 by Annemarie

As the weather turns from Summer to Fall in Seattle, all things outdoors become unpredictable.

So, a smart wedding cookie knows that an easy and elegant wedding day, no matter if your guest list is 2 or 200, includes an indoor option (Plan A) and outdoor option (Plan B).

Simple.  Easy.  And if the weather is fabulous for an outdoor ceremony, wonderful.  If the weather turns, you’ve got a thoughtful indoor venue.

Done!

Photo:  www.jennygg.com

A Valentine’s Day Wedding for 2 at Seattle’s Mayflower Park Hotel.

Posted on March 4, 2014 by Annemarie

Richard + David.  They eloped to Seattle to be married at the Mayflower Park Hotel on Valentine’s Day afternoon, 2014.

Sharing years of partnership, these two great guys from Texas, wrote their own vows and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

And this is know for sure:

– these 2 gentlemen adore each other.

– these 2 gentlemen model what a loving and conscious relationship is all about.

– these 2 gentlemen are fun-loving!

Richard and David – wishing you much continued love and adventure!

Elope To Seattle – Get Married on a Washington State Ferry!

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Annemarie

As we get closer to Spring, it’s wedding time for many couples on a Washington State Ferry!  Just as Andrew and Jenny were married on the bow of the ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, you could be, to!

The best part is the Washington State Ferry System offers this opportunity at no charge.  You just have to work your wedding ceremony around non-peak travel times (i.e. morning or afternoon “rush hour.”

So for more information on getting hitched on the water, en route to Bainbridge Island, Bremerton or Whidbey Island, give me a call at 425.922.1325.  So very fun!

Photo of one of my wonderful couples:  Jenny Goldberg-George – www.jennygg.com

Hamilton Viewpoint Park – A Hidden “Gem” For A Seattle Elopement!

Posted on August 7, 2012 by Annemarie

When Becky and Albert first called me, they weren’t sure where they wanted to “elope” in Seattle.

After listening a bit, I suggested one of my favorite neighborhood parks for a sweet and intimate ceremony – Hamilton Viewpoint Park in West Seattle.

I love this park.  It has a magnificent view of the downtown Seattle skyline.  And it is a quiet city park and for friends, it is an easy drive and very easy to locate in West Seattle.

On a fine and sunny week-day, Becky and Albert exchanged vows surrounded by their close family and a few friends.

Congratulations to you, Becky and Albert! 

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Elope Seattle! Getting Hitched During The Holiday Season

Posted on December 2, 2011 by Annemarie

Ben & Sarah’s Elopement!

I love this photo.

It was snapped by Mitzi of Firstlight Photography just after Ben and Sarah’s ceremony on a bluff overlooking the water.  Sweet, simple and easy.

If you are seeking to get married in a sweet and intimate ceremony this month (December) in Seattle, consider having your ceremony at a venue in downtown Seattle.  Many couples elect to snuggle into a hotel or bed and breakfast for a night or two and get married at their venue on in their room/suite.

During the holiday season, downtown Seattle is beautifully decorated and this just adds to the cheer and sweetness of an elopement. At the end of the day, your ceremony moment is all about the two of you.  If you’d like to get hitched among holiday decor and cheer, let’s do it!

Photo:  Firstlight Photography www.firstlight-photography.com

Tim and Jessica At Bellevue’s Chism Park – Gorgeous In All Ways!

Posted on August 29, 2011 by Annemarie

Tim and Jessica wanted a beautiful and small park on the Eastside for their sweet and intimate wedding ceremony.

I suggested Bellevue’s Chism Beach Park and they went for it!  And on a very sunny Friday last week, Tim and Jessica and 7 of their best people gathered for an exchange of vows, a few hankie moments, a group photo and so much joy.

A successful elopement is about creating a “feeling” in the moment.   While you may be nixing a big guest list, you have a remarkable opportunity to gather those who mean the most to you and create a lifetime moment your way – without the demands of a larger “orchestration.”

Tim and Jessica – much joy and happiness to you both as you settle down in Redmond…so happy to finally be together!

Sand Between Your Toes For Your Elopement? 3 Easy Tips For A Seattle Beach Wedding Moment…

Posted on August 22, 2011 by Annemarie

Lots of couples say, “let’s elope” and do it by the water!

If you are having your sweet and intimate wedding ceremony on a beach (i.e., there may be sand between your toes!), here are few tips:

1)  No shoes/casual shoes – Depending on the weather and how casual you want to get, leave the fancy shoes at home and go barefoot or select an easy/casual shoe.  Trust me, when you are walking on sand, heels don’t work!

2)  Go For A Hidden Beach or Waterfront/View Area – Public beaches or parks are just fine and they are often very crowded during the summer months in Seattle.  Seek out those hidden gems like Colman Park on Lake Washington or Hamilton Viewpoint Park in West Seattle.

3)  Sign Your Legal Paperwork Before Your Ceremony – You most likely will want to take photos immediately after your vows and/or spend time with your Sweetie on the beach.  Plan to pre-sign your legal documents when you first meet your Officiant on this day – your Officiant will sign afterwards making everything legal and this way, you won’t have to sign legal docs in the sand!

Photo:  Jenny GG Photographywww.jennygg.com

Summer Elopement Tips in Seattle, WA – Fun, Easy and Memorable!

Posted on July 5, 2011 by Annemarie

If you are “eloping” to Seattle this Summer, here are a few tips for the upcoming weeks:

1)  Seafair has started in Seattle.  This is a multi-week annual festival which culimates with a crazy smorgasboard of community events and activities the first weekend of August.  If you are planning a sweet and simple Seattle wedding, consider a week-day wedding – less traffic, less crazy when it comes to Summer events and more peaceful at local parks, view vistas, etc.

2)  Get your Marriage License sooner than later.  Remember, there is a 3-day waiting period once your license is issued.  So, if you arrive in Seattle and “go to get your license, ” you’ll have to wait 3-full days before getting hitched.  Tip!  Start your paperwork before you arrive and pick up your valid license when you arrive in Seattle.

3)  Have Fun!  A sweet and simple ceremony is an opportunity for great fun – this possibly means fun outfits, fabulous shoes, flowers from a local farmer’s market, a picnic celebration meal and so much more!

Fabulous Photo:  Kimberly & Loren/Alante Photography:  www.alantephotography.com

Get Married This Week in Seattle for $450 Or Less – Your Quickie Wedding Guide!

Posted on May 17, 2011 by Annemarie

Here’s your easy “how to guide” for putting together your wedding ceremony and mini-celebration on a budget of $450 or less. Considering the cost of many weddings these days, this is a bargain!

1) Get Your Marriage License: First things first. You need a valid marriage license. You can obtain your marriage license from any Courthouse or Auditor’s/Clerk’s office in the State of Washington and it is good in Seattle and King County. If you live in King County or are near by, you may visit at King County marriage license office in person to pick up your license. To apply for your license in person, you and your Sweetheart will need to show up in person with proof of ID and $64.

If you are out of the Seattle area or even out of State, you may contact the King County Marriage License office and start the process via phone, fax and mail to get your hands on a marriage license.

The cost of a marriage license in King County is $64 and there is a three-day waiting period from the date the license is issued. So, to get married within a week, you must apply for your license and wait for three days before your legal ceremony. For more information on applying for a marriage license in person or by mail, go to: http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx

2) Find a “Marrying Person” To Get You Married: There are dozens of Officiants of all faiths and traditions in the Seattle area including me! You may do a Google search under “Seattle Officiant” or “Seattle Wedding Minister” to find a few people who appeal to you. Your first quest is to inquire with an Officiant or Minister about their availability and fee. If you do enough searching, you will find there are Officiants available for every budget.

3) Find Two Witnesses: In Seattle, you need two witnesses over the age of 18 to witness your marriage. If you have two people to witness your ceremony, no problem! If you require two witnesses, ask your Officiant or Minister about what they can do to help. On occasion, a couple with no witnesses will be married in a public place and invite two people to witness their ceremony. The surprise witnesses are usually touched by be a part of a wedding ceremony and often get a kick out of the unexpected invitation.

4) Do the Math ~ Your $450 Quickie “Let’s Get Married” Budget: Okay, let’s put the figures together on what it will take to get you married within the week.

Marriage License $64

Officiant $150-250 (on average)

Bouquet (local market) $35

Celebration Meal $100

Grand Total: $449

If you want to get married for less than $350, nix the bouquet and find a place for a “cheap eats” celebration lunch or dinner!