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Elope To The Washington Coast & The North Head Lighthouse!

Posted on May 9, 2011 by Annemarie

In The Lighthouse – Patricia & Vince

Photographer Sara Gray captured this shot of Vince and Patricia immediately after their ceremony at the top of the famous North Head Lighthouse at Ilwaco, Washington

Vince and Patricia’s wedding ceremony was my excuse for a Sunday road trip to the Washington Coast.  With 60 mph winds, dark clouds and rain, this couple sweetly exchanged their vows as the lighthouse lantern turned and reflected light around the room.
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I love that Vince and Patricia took their theme of light and wrapped it – literally and figuratively – into their ceremony!

Olly + Kelli at Alderbrook Resort, Union – A Sweet & Intimate Ceremony for 2!

Posted on May 2, 2011 by Annemarie

Olly and Kelli

Olly + Kelli = Roadtrip!

It was so very fun for me to travel to Alderbrook Resort on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago all dressed up for a wedding!

The couple – Olly and Kelli – had spent an intimate weekend at this wonderful Resort on Hood Canal and at the high hour of 10 a.m., they exchanged vows waterside with two witnesses from the Resort.

It was very taken with the vows that Olly and Kelli exchanged – heartfelt, tearful, sweet and very thoughtful. 

And there was a light moment when two ducks started to “quack” quite loudly, most probably in celebration!

Olly and Kelli – I wish you a blessed and very happy married life together!

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!

Finding An Officiant At The Last Minute: Good Fortune Rules!

Posted on March 28, 2011 by Annemarie

photo: www.jennygg.com

I was leaving Ryan and Angel’s 4:30 p.m. wedding ceremony at Volunteer Park yesterday when I checked my messages to hear…

“Annemarie….It’s Larry.  We were supposed to be married this afternoon and our Officiant was a no-show.  We desperately need to find an Officiant so we can be married this evening – can you help us?”
 
I called Larry and arranged to meet him and his Sweetheart and 40+ friends/family at the restaurant where they had plans for a celebration dinner.  I arrived in the middle of dinner and waited for a bit and then with great joy and fanfare, Larry and Claudia were hitched and all is well.
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Finding an Officiant at the last minute isn’t easy.   My best advice is to start calling – use the Google to make a list of people in your immediate area and don’t give up.  Most Officiants are fully booked on Fri/Sat and Sun(especially in the Spring/Summerand Fall) and if the planets align, most often will bend over backward to help a couple. 

5 Free Locations/Places in Seattle and Washington State To Elope!

Posted on March 16, 2011 by Annemarie

As you think about where you’d like to elope in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, here are 5 amazing locations to consider for your small ceremony and they are free!

On A Washington State Ferry (from downtown Seattle, Mukilteo or Anacortes, WA) ~ There is nothing more quintessential “Washington” than to exchange your vows on a Washington State Ferry. Some of the most popular routes for this are downtown Seattle – Bremerton, downtown Seattle – Bainbridge Island, downtown Seattle – Clinton and Anacortes – Orcas Island.

You do need to contact the Washington State Ferry System and get permission to be married on the ferry crossing. The staff at the ferry office are very accommodating and it’s easy to make your booking. They do require advance notice of at least a few days.

Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula (Port Angeles, WA) ~ On the Olympic Peninsula and several hours by car from downtown Seattle is the seaside town of Port Angeles and neighboring Olympic National Park. From Port Angeles, it takes about 30 minutes to drive through the mountain pass on a twisting road to Hurricane Ridge, a most scenic mountain vista and launch pad for many hiking adventures. There is a Visitor’s Center at Hurricane Ridge, coffee/tea cafe and facilities. And just a short walk from the parking lot, there are sweet and hidden mountain view spots to get you hitched!

At The Base Of Snoqualmie Falls (Snoqualmie, WA) ~ Like Hurricane Ridge, this location is also for an adventurous couple. However, instead of hiking up, you are hiking down. In the small town of Snoqualmie, which is about a 30-minute drive from Seattle, you’ll find the popular Snoqualmie Falls.

Each year, couples choose to elope to Snoqualmie Falls because of the spectacular waterfall back drop. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk down to the bottom of the Falls and this little spot is a once-in-a-lifetime memory. And for a marvelous celebration meal afterwards, check out the neighboring Salish Lodge which offers dining overlooking the Falls.

Alki Beach (Seattle, WA) – Each year, couples take off their shoes or sandals and get married in the sand at Alki Beach, located in West Seattle. Alki Beach is very popular during the Summer months with locals and offers an informal beach experience for your wedding ceremony.

Union, Washington – Union Washington is a tiny town in Jefferson County, Washington. It boasts miles and miles of scenic beach spots along the Hood Canal. Couples love to travel to the Union area and pick their spot on the water along Hood Canal because this area is little known for tiny weddings and offers a quiet and peaceful spot for a ceremony. For a celebration lunch or dinner, treat yourselves to Alderbrook Resort in Union!

Elope Ferry Style! Getting Married On A Washington State Ferry…

Posted on March 6, 2011 by Annemarie

Sean & Alexa – WA State Ferry ’11

With happy family and friends looking on, Sean and Alexa took advantage of a “holiday weekday” to get married on a Washington State Ferry, enroute from Bremerton to Seattle!

As we finished up their ceremony on the deck of the boat (yes, it was a little cold!, we all turned around and were thrilled to see a beautiful and brilliant rainbow.
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If you’d like to be married on a Washington State Ferry, you must call the Ferry System and get permission.  There is no cost for this and eloping on a boat is a boatload of fun (sorry, couldn’t help myself!).
Kudos To Ferry Staff!
The staff on the Bremerton to Seattle run were wonderful around this wedding!  They made two announcements congratulating Sean and Alexa.  And a number of ferry passengers came up to say hello and walked away with one of Sean and Alexa’s delicious wedding cupcakes!

Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel – Ann & Robb (and 25 people) Elope In Style!

Posted on February 28, 2011 by Annemarie

Ann and Robb - Edgewater Hotel

Ann and Robb (and 25 of their family and friends) eloped to Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel in style!

I love The Edgewater Hotel for an intimate wedding ceremony and celebration.  Ann and Robb secured a private waterview suite next to the Hotel’s restaurant and were married on the suite’s veranda with a ferry and sunset in the background.

Kier Smith from Firstlight Photography captured this sweet photo of Ann and Robb on their wedding day.  Kier and his team love small and intimate ceremonies and if you need a first-class photo guy for your small ceremony/celebration, contact Kier at www.firstlight-photography.com