It 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!
Congratulations! You want to get married and you are planning to elope to Washington State. As a Wedding Officiant and Minister in the Seattle/Tacoma area, let me give you some guidance on creating and planning your elopement – whether your guest list is for two or twenty!
1) Secure a valid Marriage License in Washington State. Contact the County Auditor in any County in Washington State. Your marriage license is valid for 60 days and there is a 3-day waiting period. You must present your marriage license to your Officiant or Minister before your ceremony.
2) Find an Officiant. There are many Officiants to select from, depending on your background and traditions and what you want/desire for your wedding ceremony. Of course, I hope you’ll consider me!
3) Decide on a Location. There are many sweet places to be married in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Favorites of mine include Alki Beach, Magnolia Bluff, Palisade Restaurant, Salty’s on Alki, top of The Space Needle, to name a few. If being married at the foot of Mt. Rainier interests you, check out Alexander’s Country Inn. And if you’re in a mood for a ferry ride, getting married on Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, Orcas Island or Whidbey Island is very fun.
4) Select A Date and Make Arrangements. Once you have a date, you can secure your “location” and Officiant. You will need two witnesses over the age of 18 if you don’t have anyone else with you. If you don’t have witnesses, most Officiants can assist with finding you a couple of people – really!
5) Enjoy! A wedding is a big life moment and a huge life transition. Mark the moment with love, appreciation and respect. Eloping takes the stress out of any wedding planning and is all about the two of you – your love story, your commitment.
Annemarie Juhlian is a Seattle/Tacoma based Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant & Minister. She can be reached at: http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or 425.922.1325
Denver + Brynn.
Married on this Sunday afternoon at a sweet and hidden “neighborhood beach spot” in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood.
With a few special people at their side, this beautiful couple exchanged vows in the bright sunshine of this very hot Summer day.
Denver and Brynn, wishing you – a very devoted, adventurous and loving couple – much continued happiness!
Billie + Olsi.
Married on a gorgeous Seattle May afternoon at the Woodland Park Rose Garden, adjacent to the Zoo.
Yes, the guest list was small (including Billie’s two beautiful daughters) and the feeling of joy and anticipation was BIG.
Billie and Olsi – much happiness on your continued adventure!
Photo: Jenny Golberg-George at www.jennygg.com