Mikey, Sam and Sally Elope To The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington!

Posted on March 14, 2016 by Annemarie

MikeSamSallyIt was a crazy weather day yesterday, Sunday, March 13th!At The Salish Lodge, overlooking the roaring Snoqualmie Falls, it was truly nutty weather! Tucked inside the Lodge, in the warm and lovely Cliffside room overlooking the Falls, Mikey and Sam exchanged beautiful personal vows and embarked on their marriage adventure. What made this moment all the sweeter was their best lady, flower girl, ring bearer and wonder dog, Sally.  As the guest of honor, Mikey and Sam’s beloved 16 and-a-year-old pooch did her Momma and Papa proud!
Photo:  www.jennygg.com

Seattle Elopement Planning: Navigating Summer Traffic & Events

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Annemarie

If you are planning a summer elopement in Seattle, be “traffic savvy” to avoid traffic and/or timing issues that may create unexpected problems on your wedding day. Here is a “crash course” to help you navigate heavy summer car and ferry traffic in Seattle as you put together the time line for your wedding events and your wedding day. 1) Implement The ’30 Minute Rule’ For Your Seattle Wedding: Because traffic during the summer months in Seattle is often unpredictable and more nuts than usual, one of the best tactics you can employ for all events around your wedding day is to implement the “30 Minute Rule.” If you are having guests at your elopement and your wedding ceremony is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m., put 5:00 p.m. on the invites.
2) Plan Your Wedding Around Seattle’s Monster Summer Events: Each Summer, Seattle hosts a number of big annual events that create mini traffic tsunamis. If your elopement is on one of these Summer weekends, you will need to insure that your people take alternate routes, avoid certain bridges and/or leave plenty of “fudge time” for traffic congestion and road/bridge closures. Examples include:
~ Torchlight Parade Weekend ~ Streets in downtown Seattle area closed for a big Saturday night parade that creates traffic congestion for hours.
~ Seafair Weekend ~ The two bridges across Lake Washington are closed at different times over 4 days for a weekend in August (usually the first or second weekend of August), creating traffic nightmares between Seattle and the Eastside. Check out the Seafair website for bridge closure information and plan accordingly.
~ Road Closures ~ Each Summer, the Washington State Department of Transportation schedules big road projects and/or road closures throughout the Seattle area. More Info: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/trafficalerts/PugetSound.aspx.
~ Bellevue Arts & Crafts Festival ~ A huge festival in downtown Bellevue creates serious local traffic problems on the last weekend of July.
And these are just 4 examples, in addition to the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon and Hempfest!
3) Do Your Seattle Wedding Plans Involve A Ferry? If your elopement plans for Seattle include a ferry ride, plan for longer ferry lines in the Summer months and create ‘buffer time” as you plan your day. Ferries most impacted: downtown Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Edmonds to Kingston, downtown Seattle to Bremerton, Port Townsend to Keystone, Mukilteo to Clinton and all ferry runs to/from the San Juan Islands. The Washington State Ferry system website has all updated information.
4) Plan Your Seattle Elopement and Celebration At the Same Location/Venue: One of the best ways to insure that your Seattle elopement goes off without a traffic hitch is to plan your intimate ceremony and celebration at the same venue.  For instance, get married on the West Seattle waterfront and have lunch or dinner at Salty’s in West Seattle!
Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant,Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington and every weekend she navigates crazy Seattle traffic between wonderful weddings. 
Take a peak at http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or call 425. 922.1325

An Intimate and Special Wedding Ceremony at Pike Place Market!

Posted on January 25, 2016 by Annemarie

EmilEmilyAs they envisioned their wedding day, Emil and Emily wanted to keep things easy and simple. And so, they gathered family and friends and one a lovely Winter afternoon, exchanged vows and more at Pike Place market, to the delighted of hundreds of onlookers!There are fun places to get married at Pike Place Market.  You can reserve indoor space at the Market or also reserve outdoor space.If this appeals to you, know that your wedding day will be filled with the unexpected as the Market is a busy, vibrant and fun-filled venue for all!

Your Seattle Elopement! How to Have Fun, Select a Unique Location and Create a Great Memory…

Posted on January 13, 2016 by Annemarie

Seattle is a great city for an elopement! If you and your Sweetheart would like to elope to Seattle and create a lovely “wedding day memory,” here is a “mini overview” to assist you in creating a fun elopement experience with a unique location or venue.Each year, hundreds of couples from all parts of the country elope to Seattle. In fact, because of the booming Summer cruise line industry, Seattle is popularity for elopements, particularly with couples who are eloping in the popular sunny Summertime months and often before taking an Alaska cruise.
No matter if you are “local,” from a neighboring city or town or are flying or driving into Seattle to get hitched, here are some pointers to consider as you plan your wedding escape!
Create a Fun Elopement in Seattle: Seattle is a fun and lively city and is very welcoming of couples of all faiths and traditions and their unique and fun ideas for a wedding ceremony.Do you want to be married on a popular and beautiful beach like Alki Beach in Hawaiian clothing, leis and in your bare feet?
Perhaps the thought of being married at the top of The Space Needle appeals to you? Or better yet, what about getting married on the Seattle Monorail, at the Seattle Aquarium, the Pike Place Market or on the downtown Seattle Street car? Some couples bring a beloved pet with them and get married at one of the local dog parks including Magnuson Park and Marymoor Park.
Where To Elope in Seattle ~ Your Location/Venue: If you are eloping, your wedding is all abut the two of you and having a little fun. If you are being married outside of a religious institution, you have incredible options for your elopement. In the city of Seattle and surrounding areas you have a lot of flexibility with regard to the location and/or venue for your elopement: amazing parks, gorgeous waterfront venues, downtown Seattle’s bustling waterfront area, sweet chapels, mountains, ferries and much more.As you consider “where” in Seattle to elope, you also need to factor in the weather. If you are being married in July and August, chances are you’ll have decent weather. If you are eloping during the other 10 months of the year, and knowing Seattle, weather is a wild card. So, if you are being married outside, also have “Plan B” in the event the weather turns. ‘Plan B” could be at your bed and breakfast, at your hotel or perhaps at a restaurant before your celebration meal.
Added Tips For Creating a Great “Seattle Elope” Memory: Visit Seattle’s Pike Place Market the day before or day of your wedding and purchase an inexpensive and fun bouquet and flowers for your elopement.Do a little digging and find a wedding photographer would be thrilled to join you for two hours of photos and capture your wedding moment. Seattle is home to some terrific cupcake shops and also has wonderful bakeries for a non-traditional wedding pie or tart.
Also, contact the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau for fun and unique places to stay – hotels, bed and breakfasts, charming inns, etc.
Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant, Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. A peak:  http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or call 425.922.1325.

Celebrating Wonderful Holiday Weddings Seattle Style 2015!

Posted on January 4, 2016 by Annemarie

SarahAlexUsually the week between Christmas and New Year’s is a little quiet for weddings.Well, not this year!So much happiness and congratulations to wonderful couples who tied the knot during the holiday season – the one thing they all had in common was a small/intimate ceremony and/or a wedding that was put together in little time!  Congratulations to Trisha and Nancy (Beecher’s Loft), Jim and Sheryl (Bainbridge Island), Abdiel and Perla (West Seattle). Much happiness to: John and Ying (Ray’s Boathouse), Catrina and Patrick (Tibbetts Creek Manor), Trisha and Nancy (Beecher’s Loft), William and Pinga (Bellevue), Alex and Sarah (The Willows Lodge) and Chris and Asilinn (Palisade).
Photo:  Sarah, Alex and their canine ring bearer “Patrone” at the Willows Lodge!

A Holiday Elopement or a Small/Intimate December Wedding Ceremony in Seattle!

Posted on November 30, 2015 by Annemarie

elopeIt’s December and I love this time of year for a holiday winter wedding – whether this is truly an elopement for 2 or perhaps a small and intimate wedding ceremony with up to 10 guests or so.Oftentimes, a couple finds a Northwest hotel or bed and breakfast and snuggles in for a weekend, celebrating their relationship with the gift of a beautiful ceremony and personal celebration.I have lots of favorite venues for this – The Willows Lodge, The Salish Lodge, The Woodmark Hotel, Alderbrook Resort, The Mayflower Park Hotel – to name a few.If you would like to get hitched in holiday style this month, I invite your inquiry at anne@marriedbyannemarie.com or 425.922.1325.
Marry on!

Mama Love! A Sweet & Intimate Wedding in Bellevue, Washington…

Posted on November 2, 2015 by Annemarie

ScottVictoriaThe sweetest thing. Love this.In record time, and from Texas, Scott and Victoria planned an intimate wedding ceremony and celebration for close family and friends at a retirement center in Bellevue on Saturday afternoon – insuring that Scott’s lovely Mother, Shirley, could attend! And this tiny wedding had all of the pomp of a more traditional affair.  We had a lovely processional, personal words and sharing (with laughter and great joy!), special words of gratitude to both Mothers and the breaking of the glass at the end, to celebrate Scott’s Jewish heritage.

Love.

2 Beautiful Wedding Ceremonies At The Willows Lodge in Woodinville…

Posted on October 19, 2015 by Annemarie

Terry Tiffany 2The Willows Lodge never disappoints.  It is one of my most favorite places in the Pacific Northwest for a loving and intimate (and tiny) wedding ceremony, and their affordable “I Do for 2” elopement package offers sweet benefits and values.Much happiness to Terry and Tiffany (featured in photo), just married at The Willows Lodge.   Along with their children and their Mothers, this beautiful couple (so much joy and happiness) enchanged vows in the outdoor garden, surrounded by the excitement and delight of their girls.And congratulations to Richard and Pam, who also tied the knot on a lovely October day.  I so love and appreciate a fiercely loving couple at mid-life who has gone the distance and fully understands and appreciates the great value of love.

Married In The Grand Forest on Bainbridge Island: Dave and Nina

Posted on October 4, 2015 by Annemarie

Nina called me up and said she wanted to be married on Bainbridge Island!Since I live on Bainbridge Island, I suggested a sweet spot on a tiny bridge over a creek in the Grand Forest, which is such a forest forest and park and a favorite with many residents on the Island.So, on a beautiful and crisp September day, Dave and Nina were married on the bridge, joined by an intimate group of family and friends.To this day, I have this picture of Nina, walking the 10 minutes or so from the parking lot on a rocky and dirt path in her gorgeous (and big!) wedding dress, with the best smile on her face!And when I walk the forest, which is close to my home, and cross the bridge, I will always think of Dave and Nina.

Elope (Get Married!) on a Washington State Ferry!

Posted on September 24, 2015 by Annemarie

ferryOne of the most favorite “elopement” venues in the Pacific Northwest is on a Washington State Ferry! Simply, some of my most precious and intimate ceremonies have been with couples who decided on getting married on a Washington State Ferry run, most likely from Seattle to Bainbridge Island or Seattle to Bremerton.  
The best part is, this opportunity is free!  You do need to get permission from the Washington State Ferry System and once you do this, you can work out all details with your Officiant for a fabulous ferry wedding! For more information on getting married on a Washington State Ferry, go to: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/infodesk/faq/specialOccasions/
Photo of Andrew and Jenny:  www.jennygg.com