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!

A Romantic & Sweet Elopement at The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie…

Posted on December 22, 2014 by Annemarie

Adam + Rebecca.

This beautiful couple “eloped” to Seattle from New Mexico and were married in a ceremony for “2” yesterday afternoon, following their hearts to create a very personal and intimate wedding day.

Joined by Mitzi and Kier of Firstlight Photography, Adam and Rebecca found a little spot near the Salish Lodge and with good weather, they shared in a ceremony with personal elements which included the sharing of wine, personal vows and in the Jewish tradition, the breaking of the glass.

Congratulations to such a beautiful couple!

Aaron and Jenny Married in Quiet Seattle Style at The Willows Lodge in Woodinville…

Posted on November 1, 2014 by Annemarie

Congratulations to Aaron and Jenny,  just married at The Willows Lodge.

Two loving people.  Two delighted witnesses.   All very private.

Easy.  No crazy. Perfect for loving people in love.

A tiny ceremony at such a fabulous Woodinville venue.  For more information on a simple, intimate and sweet ceremony and celebration:  www.elopeseattlestyle.com

 

How To Elope In Seattle, Washington!

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Annemarie

Congratulations! You want to get married and you are planning to elope to Washington State. As a Wedding Officiant and Minister in the Seattle/Tacoma area, let me give you some guidance on creating and planning your elopement – whether your guest list is for two or twenty!

1) Secure a valid Marriage License in Washington State. Contact the County Auditor in any County in Washington State. Your marriage license is valid for 60 days and there is a 3-day waiting period. You must present your marriage license to your Officiant or Minister before your ceremony.

2) Find an Officiant. There are many Officiants to select from, depending on your background and traditions and what you want/desire for your wedding ceremony.  Of course, I hope you’ll consider me!

3) Decide on a Location. There are many sweet places to be married in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Favorites of mine include Alki Beach, Magnolia Bluff, Palisade Restaurant, Salty’s on Alki, top of The Space Needle, to name a few. If being married at the foot of Mt. Rainier interests you, check out Alexander’s Country Inn. And if you’re in a mood for a ferry ride, getting married on Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, Orcas Island or Whidbey Island is very fun.

4) Select A Date and Make Arrangements. Once you have a date, you can secure your “location” and Officiant. You will need two witnesses over the age of 18 if you don’t have anyone else with you. If you don’t have witnesses, most Officiants can assist with finding you a couple of people – really!

5) Enjoy! A wedding is a big life moment and a huge life transition. Mark the moment with love, appreciation and respect. Eloping takes the stress out of any wedding planning and is all about the two of you – your love story, your commitment.

Annemarie Juhlian is a Seattle/Tacoma based Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant & Minister. She can be reached at: http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or 425.922.1325

John and Marnie Tie The Knot At The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie!

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Annemarie

John + Marnie.

In the presence of Marnie’s parents and two friends, John and Marnie exchanged beautiful vows and heartfelt words outside of the Salish Lodge this past Saturday afternoon.

I love The Salish Lodge for a tiny and intimate wedding ceremony.  For John and Marnie, it provided a beautiful backdrop for a reverent ceremony and an easy and elegant celebration.

If you are planning an elopement or small/intimate ceremony, take a peek at a venue such as the Salish Lodge, that offers indoor/outdoor options for ceremony as well as a celebration atmosphere for a terrific meal and cozy overnight stay.

John and Marnie – congratulations!