A Seattle Elopement! Easy, No Crazy and Beautiful at The Willows Lodge…

Posted on April 24, 2017 by Annemarie

One of the best ‘deals’ for an elopement in the Seattle area is The Willows Lodge in Woodinville.

Many of my couples love the ease of the “I Do for 2” package which includes a wonderful room/overnight, lovely amenities and if you need it, 2 witnesses (which is a big deal for some couples).

Benjamin and Rebecca took advantage of all of this goodness and were sweetly married at The Willows Lodge on April 19th, surrounded by 6 people who mean the most to them.  Happily, the rain held off and we had their ceremony at the little waterfall grotto, which is a favorite among couples.  And what a happy, happy ending and kiss!

Lovely photo:  www.jennygg.com

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

A Year Of Fun, Sweet & Memorable Elopements! Thank You…

Posted on November 3, 2012 by Annemarie

It’s now November and I move into my two months of “quiet time.”

As I do this, I look back on an incredible 2012, so very grateful for the couples who trusted me with their wedding ceremonies, tiny or big, casual or formal.

For me, it is never about the size of a guest list.  It is about the joy and satisfaction I feel to be a part of a lifetime moment and to share in something that is big/huge for a couple.  It’s about love.  Lots of love.

So, I say “thank you” to each couple who invited me into their personal space to share in their love story.

From Utah to Seattle – A Sweet & Early Saturday Morning Elopement!

Posted on July 12, 2012 by Annemarie

Aaron and JeNeil got in their SUV and drove from Utah to Seattle in less than two days.

For personal reasons, they wanted to “elope” and be married in Seattle.  They made it and they did!

On Saturday morning, July 7th, with their darling son at their side, Aaron and JeNeil exchanged vows in a beautiful Seattle park, under a very old, huge and gorgeous tree. 

Photographer Jenny Goldberg-George captured the moment to the left as Aaron and JeNeil soaked in their first “we are so very married!” moment!

I love early morning weddings, especially for an elopement or tiny wedding ceremony.  In public places, there are few people around giving a couple extra privacy.  And the “feel” of a public place (park, beach, etc.,) is less crowded and frenetic.

Aaron and JeNeil – much, much happiness and joy to the two of you and your family!

Photographer:  www.jennygg.com

Officiant: www.elopeseattlestyle.com


There Is Nothing Like A Morning Elopement in Seattle!

Posted on April 19, 2012 by Annemarie

There is nothing like a morning wedding ceremony – especially for an elopement!

Picture this.  John and Kara.  15 family and friends.  All flew in to Seattle for this sweet ceremony and celebration. 

Tulio Restaurant, downtown Seattle – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – ceremony, brunch, festivities – and the rest of the day to explore, enjoy and play in Seattle.

A morning wedding ceremony is often so very fun for a couple.  It gives them the opportunity for a lunch or brunch and the rest of the day is totally and fully available to create lifetime memories.

Also, many venues offer added value for a morning ceremony – unlike the “prime time of an afternoon or evening ceremony and celebration.

Kara and Josh – much, much happiness to you!

11/11/11 – A Most Popular Day For Small & Intimate Ceremonies in Seattle!

Posted on September 13, 2011 by Annemarie

If you would like to be married on November 11, 2011 – let’s chat!

11/11/11

One of the most popular and sought after wedding dates of 2011.

Much like 9/10/11, this November date has venues and hotels throughout the Seattle and Puget Sound area filled with couples getting “hitched” on this date.

So, if 11/11/11 is your date, put on your running shoes and wings and do your planning sooner than later!

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

Alan and Karla’s Grand Elopement Adventure on Alki Beach – Early Morning, April 23rd…

Posted on April 25, 2011 by Annemarie

I don’t get up before dawn for just anyone!

And get up at the crack of dawn I did to meet Alan and Karla on Alki Beach as the sun rose over Seattle.

With 13 of their close family and friends at their side, Alan and Karla exchanged vows on one of the prettiest days of this year (April 23rd) and then moved to Salty’s on Alki for their first-seating celebration brunch.

Alki beach offers not only offers great beach elopement spots but there are a number of docks with killer views of Seattle that run along Alki that offer more privacy than the beach.

Alan and Karla – I wish you much happiness!  And the early morning ferry trip from Bainbridge to you was absolutely beautiful, too!

Ryan & Angel = A Sweet & Intimate Wedding at Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA

Posted on April 12, 2011 by Annemarie

Take two people who love each other – Ryan + Angel.

Add in 20 people who love them.

Show up at the Conversatory at Volunteer Park on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Seattle.

Rings – check!  Bouquet – check!  Ring Boy – check!  Marriage License – check!

Exchange vows and get married!

Simple.  Sweet.  Elegant.  Congratulations to you, Ryan and Angel!

How To Get Married in Seattle Before Your Summer Cruise to Alaska!

Posted on April 5, 2011 by Annemarie

You want to get married in Seattle before you board the ship for your cruise to Alaska!

Let me offer some guidance and tips for successfully putting together your wedding ceremony the day before your cruise or the morning you depart for Alaska from the Seattle waterfront.

Each year, thousands of people board cruise boats in Seattle and take a beautiful one or two week voyage through Alaska’s inside package. And also each year, many couples get married in Seattle before they take their cruise. Just think of this as a wedding 2-for-1 deal!

If you are flying in to Seattle, you will need to coordinate logistics to “get you married.” If you are local to the Puget Sound area or live in Washington State, these tips also apply to you:

1) Best Hotel Location is Downtown Seattle: Most cruises to Alaska leave from the Seattle waterfront which is a few blocks away from all parts of downtown Seattle. To make things easy, stay at a hotel in downtown Seattle and taking a cab to the cruise terminal. You may decide to be married at your hotel or perhaps take advantage of some of the wonderful waterfront venues available in the Seattle area for a sweet outdoor wedding ceremony: Alki Beach, Magnolia Bluff, Hamilton Viewpoint Park or perhaps the Kirkland Waterfront, to name a few.

2) Marriage License: You will need a valid Washington State Marriage License. You can apply for this license within 60 days of your wedding ceremony and there is a 3-day waiting period. A license purchased in one County of Washington State is good for all Counties in Washington State. For more information on securing a marriage license in Seattle, contact the King County Marriage License Office at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx

3) Find Someone To Marry You! You will need to locate and secure a Judge, Minister or Officiant/Celebrant to marry you! You can do an internet search for Seattle for a short list of possibilities and contact each wedding professional to determine their availability, fees and if their style of ceremony resonates with you. In Seattle, there are marvelous Officiants of all faiths and traditions available to you.

4) Pre-Cruise Department Celebration Dinner: If you are being married the day before your cruise ship leaves Seattle, you may want to make a reservation at a restaurant in downtown Seattle or nearby for your celebration dinner. There are so many wonderful “celebration restaurants” in Seattle for such an event. Ask your Hotel concierge for recommendations (make your dinner reservation before arriving in Seattle) or your Officiant may be able to recommend some favorite dining places to celebrate your wedding day!