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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


Zach & Meghan Elope To Willows Lodge, Woodinville WA!

Posted on February 21, 2011 by Annemarie

Zach & Megan – 2/20/11

Zach and Meghan “eloped” on a sunny February afternoon at one of my favorite elopement hot spots in the Pacific Northwest – Willows Lodge!

Ron Shaw, fab wedding photo guy at AAAAmazingPhotography captured the sweet photo at right of Zach and Meghan as they exchanged their vows in a park-life setting at the Lodge.

Zach and Meghan then treated about a dozen or so family and friends to a celebration dinner at the venue’s popular Barking Frog Restaurant.  This is what I love about a small/tiny wedding or elopement – it’s fun, it’s intimate and with great photos, memories to last a lifetime.

If you are eloping or planning a small/intimate wedding ceremony, I invite you to contact Ron Shaw for more info on his affordable elopement packages.   Ron is a terrific guy with a huge heart and he’s a professional in every sense of the word!

www.aaaamazingphotography.com ~ inquire about the “Annemarie discount!”

Photos! For Your Small & Intimate Ceremony, Capture A Lifetime Moment!

Posted on February 15, 2011 by Annemarie

Erik & Sabrina – February 14, 2011

I was fortunate to marry two wonderful couples on Valentine’s Day – Erik & Sabrina at Salty’s on Alki and Troy and Jessica at a private home in South Seattle.

As you can see, Seattle Photographer Extraordinaire, Jenny Goldberg-George, captured a beautiful moment (at right) for Erik and Sabrina. 
If your wedding ceremony is small and intimate – planned or last minute, truly consider the affordable investment of a professional photographer.   There is just something about beautiful photos on a wedding day that tie everything together.
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For more information on Jenny’s special elopement photo packages, go to www.jennygg.com – mention my name and receive 20% off! 

Valentine’s Day in Seattle: A Few Trends That Seem To Add Up!

Posted on February 8, 2011 by Annemarie

Here’s what I know for sure about Valentine’s Day and an elopement or small/intimate wedding ceremony:

– Small Is Vogue: Over the years, most of the couples I marry on Valentine’s Day choose a small and intimate ceremony gathering rather than a large affair.

– Evening Is Out/Day Is In: It’s funny but on Valentine’s Day (on a Monday this year), a majority of couples get married during the day. Perhaps this is so their family and friends can enjoy a Valentine’s evening? Who knows!

– Fashion Is “Non-Wedding” – I’ve noticed in past years, that brides and grooms don’t get hugely dressed up in “wedding wear” on Valentine’s Day. A simple suit, a beautiful cocktail dress or even casual jeans seem to be the ticket to wedding wear!

photo: www.jennygg.com

A Pooch Friendly Elopement in Seattle!

Posted on January 31, 2011 by Annemarie

In this work that I do, I love an elopement that includes a couple’s beloved dog or dogs!

For many couples, an elopement isn’t complete unless Fido is long for the ride! Today, many hotels and venues in Seattle have terrific “pet friendly” policies and couples come from all parts to be married with their canine ring bearer or petal girl.

So, if you are thinking of eloping in Seattle and want to bring your pooch along for the shared experienced, do it! Contact me for a list of pet friendly hotels, venues and bed and breakfast establishments.

Elope In Tacoma, WA – A “Cool Spot” To Tie The Knot In The South Sound

Posted on January 25, 2011 by Annemarie

Elope Tacoma Style!

Elope in Tacoma, WA?

Aw, come on!  There are absolutely beautiful and gorgeous venues and locations for a “tie the knot” moment.  If you are looking for a cool spot for your small and intimate wedding ceremony, here are some of my favorites for your consideration:
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~ The Lobster Shop Restaurant, Browns Point/Tacoma
 
~ Point Defiance Park/The Rose Garden
 
~ Point Defiance Zoo In Front Of The Shark Tank (I’m not kidding!)
 
~ Dash Point State Park
 
~ At The Water’s Edge Along Ruston Way, Tacoma
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TIP:  For more ideas on where to get hitched, quickly and easily, go to www.myseattlewedding.com for fun ideas and suggestions!

Including A Little Person In Your Elopement! Children Bring Such Joy To A Small & Intimate Wedding Ceremony…

Posted on January 18, 2011 by Annemarie

Children Bring Joy To An Intimate Ceremony!

Just look at this smile!  This little guy took center stage with his cuteness and good looks while his Mommy and Daddy were married at a sweet chapel in Port Gamble, Washington.

Eloping just isn’t about a couple.  It is often about their most immediate family.  For a couple with a child or children, it’s important that their elopement (a small and intimate wedding ceremony) include their children. 
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So, if you are planning a sweet ceremony and want to include a little person, let’s work together to not only celebrate your loving relationship but let’s incorporate the joy a child brings to a “let’s get married moment!”

How to Apply For A Marriage License in Seattle and Washington State ~ A Mini & Quick “How To” Guide!

Posted on January 10, 2011 by Annemarie

You’re getting married in Seattle, Washington or elsewhere in Washington State and need a valid marriage license.

Here is your mini and quick “how to” guide to obtaining your marriage license – this applies to Seattle or any County in Washington State.

1)  Contact the Marriage License Bureau or Department of any County in Washington State.  You may do this by phone or check requirements on the web. 

2)  To secure your license, you will need to apply in person.  You may also apply for your license via phone and mail and arrange to pick-up your license.  License fees vary by County and average $60-66.  If applying for your license in-person, you both need to show up and be 18 years or older.  County requirements vary a bit if you are applying for a license long distance so please contact the County of your choice. No blood test required.

3)  Once you have your license in hand, it’s good for 60 days from the date it is issued. Also, please remember there is a 3-day waiting period from the date of issue – meaning, you have to wait 3 days to get hitched/married from the date the license is valid.

King County Marriage License:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx

Snohomish County Marriage License: http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us

Piece County Marriage License: http://www.piercecountywa.org