2 Beautiful Ladies. A Lovely Bed & Breakfast. An Officiant & Photographer. Perfect.

Posted on October 27, 2018 by Annemarie

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!

Photo:  Tom Ellis Photography

John and Katie “Elope” To Beautiful Seattle from West Virginia!

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Annemarie

On a sunny and gorgeous last day of August, we had the sweetest of wedding ceremonies at a hidden spot, overlooking the beautful Cascade mountain range in Snoqualmie, Washington.

Two of John and Katie’s friends, also flew in for this lifetime moment, and together, we shared in this couple’s loving relationship and got them all hitched up!

I love the happiness and intimacy of a tiny wedding ceremony. I appreciate it when a couple plans a wedding day that is truly about them, whether this is 2 guests or 200 people.

John and Katie, I hope you so enjoyed your honeymoon cruise to Alaska and I wish you much good fortune and love on your marriage adventure!

Jeb and Amanda, an Intimate, Sweet and Fun-Loving Seattle Wedding Day!

Posted on April 24, 2018 by Annemarie

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.

Simply, perfect in all ways.

Peter and Maja: An International Love Story and a Sweet Northwest Wedding!

Posted on April 6, 2015 by Annemarie

Maya and Peter.

For more than 7 years, they shared a loving and very inspiring relationship, living and working from different places around the globe.

On a sunny Saturday in March – in Woodinville, Washington – this beautiful, gracious and fun-loving couple came together for a sweet and poignant wedding ceremony, surrounded by Maja’s sister from Ireland and a few chosen “best people.”

The weather on their wedding day, March 28th, was beautiful in a crisp and chilly kind of way and perfect for an intimate ceremony outdoors in the garden at The Willows Lodge.

Peter and Maja – much happiness to both of you!

A Popular Seattle Elopement Spot for Couples – Alki Beach!

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Annemarie

Emmy + Cody. 

They traveled from Oregon to be married on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Seattle, choosing Alki Beach for their elopement.

Joined by two friends – or known formally for this wedding day as the “photographer” and “best man,” Cody and Emmy exchanged personal words and vows on an Alki dock and celebrated with a dinner at Salty’s on Alki.

Love!  www.elopeseattlestyle.com

A Sweet Elopement at The Willows Lodge in Woodinville…

Posted on March 15, 2015 by Annemarie

Jeremy + Kay. 

After a lot of life experience and so much history, this beautiful couple was married in a sweet and intimate wedding ceremony at the Willows Lodge in Woodinville.

Taking advantage of the Lodge’s wonderful “I Do For 2” elopement package, Jeremy and Kay snuggled into this beautiful place – and because of lovely late Winter weather, they were married in a beautiful garden on a lovely March day!

Love.  Love. Love.

Chris and Shannon Elope from Snowy Minnesota to Sunny Seattle!

Posted on March 3, 2015 by Annemarie

You’ve got to love a guy and gal who elope to Seattle with such happiness and joy! 

It was a happy joy for me to get Chris and Shannon so very married at The Salish Lodge this past Saturday afternoon.

Joined by their two happy witnesses, we found a perfect spot in the middle of a packed afternoon at the Falls and had our sweet ceremony.

In so many ways, The Salish Lodge is one of my most favorite venues for a small and intimate wedding ceremony and celebration…the staff, the service and the scenery is just spectacular in all ways.

Congratulations to a very fun-loving and beautiful couple!

Elope In Washington State: Get Hitched For Free At One Of These 5 Amazing Locations…

Posted on February 16, 2015 by Annemarie

So, you want to elope in Washington State!

Whether you live in Washington or are driving or flying in to get married, this beautiful Northwest State offers a wide variety of venues and locations for a small and intimate wedding ceremony.

As you think about where you’d like to elope, 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!

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant,Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions and loves to help a couple elope! Visit her at: http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or http://www.elopeseattlestyle.com

Best Tips for Writing Your Wedding Vows…

Posted on February 9, 2015 by Annemarie

You’re getting married! AND it is time to design, craft and write your wedding vows.

Writing your wedding vows gives you a remarkable opportunity to express your personality and devotion to the person standing with you on your wedding day.

A beautiful wedding ceremony includes beautiful vows. Your wedding vows can be traditional, old-fashioned, original, unique, religious, funny, poetic or romantic. They are most beautiful and poignant when they flow from your heart.

And it does not have to be a stressful experience!

Your wedding vows are also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in front of family and friends to share how you plan to show up in your marriage, what your commitment is to your relationship and what your new husband/wife can expect from you. So with this said, here are three top tips for creating, crafting and writing your wedding vows:

1) Go to lunch – really! Take your Sweetie to lunch and talk about your wedding vows. Make sure you are both on the same page. Talk to your partner about what is possible. Do you want to write your own vows, go with vows already written or perhaps a combination of the two? Do you want to write your vows separately or together? I love it when a couple surprises each other with wedding vows after working independently with me to insure they hold the same weight/length.

2) Create an outline and find your voice ~ What overall tone do you desire: humorous or touching? Poetic and mushy? It’s your call – the most important thing is that your vows ring true and sound like they are from your heart. Take a week or two and go through several drafts. Go to the Internet for inspiration. Read the vows aloud and time them. Vows are often best when they are one page or less (double-spaced).

3) Ponder these questions for inspiration:

~ What is the single greatest thing about the person you are going to marry?
~ When did you know what you were in love/know that this person was the one you wanted to marry?
~ What does marriage mean to you? Why do you want to be married to this person?
~ What is your most favorite memory of your partner? What is your commitment to your partnership?

Most of all, be real and authentic and humor is lovely, too!

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant, Minister & Celebrant in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions. Take a peak at Annemarie: www.marriedbyannemarie.com or call 425. 922.1325

A Wonderful Holiday Season of Beautiful & Intimate Weddings in Seattle!

Posted on January 2, 2015 by Annemarie

It was such happiness for me to be a part of wonderful and intimate weddings this holiday season in Seattle for very special couples.

Much happiness to Eric and Carrie (featured below), married at The Willows Lodge. 

And it was such a pleasure to join these loving couples for their holiday weddings:

Brandon and Christina, Allen and Teri, Jason and Shonna, Freddie and Mokie and Richard and Jane.

Happy 2015 everyone!