- 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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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!
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 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:
~ 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
: For more ideas on where to get hitched, quickly and easily, go to www.myseattlewedding.com
for fun ideas and suggestions!
- 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.
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!”
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
- Mark & Juanita ~ Eloping To The Washington Coast!
The Washington Coast is a remarkable, brilliantly beautiful and “out-of-the-way” place for a small/intimate wedding ceremony or elopement!
Mark and Juanita flew in from Colorado and with their closest friends/family, we hiked down to the water’s edge on a chilly Monday morning. The fog was rolling in, the air was crisp, every was dressed to kill ~ it was just a remarkable and memorable moment.
If you are seeking a gorgeous place oceanside, check out Ruby Beach on the Washington Coast – it’s a spectacular and hidden location/venue!
- Claire & Dennis ~ JM Cellars, Woodinville
If you are coming to the Seattle area for your small and intimate wedding ceremony, let me help you with details that a “local would know!”
As you plan your wedding day, I am happy to provide referrals and recommendations for your ceremony site, hotel stay, activities and fun adventures, celebration meal(s) and even a fabulous make-up/hair person and florist!
Each year, I work with couples who are planning their wedding ceremony and celebration from afar ~ and if you are, don’t be shy about asking me for my best resources and recommendations – budget thru the most lavish!
- Chris & Stephanie ~ Gasworks Park, Seattle, WA
Chris and Stephanie were married near the water at Seattle’s Gasworks Park, surrounded by an intimate group of family and friends.
Gasworks Park is one of many Seattle parks that give couples lots of choices for a small wedding ceremony and/or elopement.
And look at the smiles at the right ! This was after a boat filled with couple cheered at the end of Chris and Stephanie’s ceremony ~ and came to the edge of the grass to give the couple a bottle of wine!
My best to you, Chris & Stephanie!