I love the quiet time of Winter. Just before the upswing of Spring, Summer and Fall, with weddings of all shapes and sizes, the Winter offers me the opportunity to often be with couples who have ‘tiny wedding ceremonies.’
So, I guess a tiny wedding ceremony could quality as an elopement, yes?
Oftentimes, on a crisp/cold and sunny day in the Seattle area, a lovely couple will make their way to a park, a friend’s home, their home, a hotel and enjoy a ‘ceremony for 2,’ with a few guests.
Earlier this week, it was my happiness to get Jung and Debbie all hitched up at the beautiful Volunteer Park in Seattle.
And on the same day, a few miles down the road, I met Michael and Sami Jo at ‘their place,’ and with a few friends looking on, we had a beautiful and intimate exchange of vows.
Seattle is a very popular destination for couples who want a sweet and intimate wedding ceremony, often a sweet ceremony for ‘2,’ and/or with just a few of their best people.
As you ponder the possibility of eloping to/around Seattle, from somewhere nearby, or perhaps thousands of miles away, here are a few tips to help you figure things out.
Finalize a Date and Secure a Location. In the Winter and Spring, the weather in the Puget Sound is hugely unreliable. So while it may sound romantic to be married outdoors, if it’s too cold or crazy rain, this oftentimes makes things challenging or uncomfortable. Figure out a Plan and a Plan B (indoor/outdoor).
Marriage License. You need to secure a valid Washington State Marriage License from any County in Washington State. Happily, your license can be used in any County within the State. There is a 3-day waiting period from the date of issue. And you’ll need 2 witnesses, over the age of 18. If you don’t have witnesses, ask me.
A Special Overnight. Many of my couples like to snuggle into a bed and breakfast, small boutique hotel or even an opulent downtown Seattle hotel for a night or two. Ask me about my favorites.
Bring Fido! I’m an animal lover and I love it so much when a couple brings their beloved pooch, as part of their wedding day. Many of our lovely hotels throughout the Puget Sound are incredibly pet friendly. Woof!
Remember Your Values. A small and intimate ceremony, a ceremony for ‘2,’ or a ceremony and celebration for a dozen, is all about what is important to the two of you as a couple. Follow your hearts, capture your day with beautiful photos, have FUN and focus on creating moments and memories.
There is truly something magical about two people, surrounded by a handful of people they love and care for, exchanging vows, in the crisp outdoors (another description for cold!) and/or inside, with dozens of lit candles.
Jorge and Michelle traveled to Seattle last month, with their closest and best family and friends, and were married in a circle of rose petals at Treehouse Point in Issaquah. The day was December. It was very cold outside. And when I approached Jorge about the location for all of this and found it was outside, I asked, ‘why?’
With a sly and loving grin on his face, Jorge said, ‘because she is savage!’
It was my happiness to be with Kecia and Alice, on Thursday morning, as they celebrated their loving relationship, and said ‘I Do,’ in a ceremony that celebrated their spiritual beliefs, and one that honored their courage, heart and spunk.
This loving duo, eloped to Seattle from the East Coast, and found a waterview bed and breakfast in Burien.
The lovely Innkeeper,Penny, served as a Witnesss. Their photographer (and 2nd witness!), Tom Ellis, captured the moment perfectly.
I cherish a loving couple who plans a ceremony for ‘2,’ just for them.
Like Kecia and Alice, ponder the possibility of creating a wedding day – with a few guests or more, that truly honors your loving relationship and preferences.
For more information on venues, locations and more, I’m a phone call, text or call away!
There are so many places to elope in the Seattle and Puget Sound area.
Just like Jeb and Amanda, many couples choose a pretty place, close to downtown Seattle, because this offers the opportunity for one-stop shopping: a lovely hotel, great restaurants, entertainment, and pretty places for a venue/location.
And then, there are the couples who head outside of the central Seattle area – a ferry trip and wedding (onboard) en route Bainbridge Island, a bed and breakfast in Gig Harbor, a stay at The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie or the Willows Lodge in Woodinville, or perhaps even a snugglefest of a celebration at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.
At the end of the day, an elopement, or small/intimate wedding ceremony and celebration, is about personal preference – doing it ‘your way’ and knowing that something small is really big.
A dog adds so much joy to a wedding day! And wedding dog, Murphy, outdid himself.
His wonderful guardians, Zoe and Carson, were married at the lovely Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington…and during Zoe’s vows to Carson, Murphy plopped himself down on Zoe’s bridal train for a rest.!
The Salish Lodge is such a beautiful venue for an intimate and romantic wedding ceremony and celebration.
Like Zoe and Carson, many couples choose to be married here because it’s ‘one stop shopping’ for a wedding day. A beautiful Lodge, gorgeous nature and falls, exquisite accommodations and wonderful food.
Congratulations, Zoe and Carson…I wish you much joy on your marriage adventure!
When Jeb and Amanda pondered what they wanted for their wedding day, they found they desired to keep things intimate and true.
This meant surrounding themselves with friends who mean the world to them. This meant bringing their sweet pooch along for the festivities. And doing this outside in the chill and rain, because that’s often what Seattle is all about.
So, on a crisp and clear day, Jeb and Amanda led a parade down to the Seattle waterfront to say their ‘I Do’s.’ Their words were personal and their vows were sweet.