A Sweet Seattle Elopement for Kyle and Misa…

Posted on April 15, 2019 by Annemarie

It’s Springtime!

For Kyle and Misa, they took advantage of a crisp and beautiful Spring April day, and wed at a beautiful and quiet Seattle neighborhood park, with Kyle’s very happy parents as witnesses.

For a number of years, Kyle and Misa have nurtured a relationship covering many miles and an ocean.  And they have overcome all odds to be together.

It was such happiness for me to join Kyle and Misa on their wedding day.  Kyle’s Mother and Step-Mom stepped in to love on Misa, whose family and friends are in Japan.

And with great love and care, we all shared in a beautiful and intimate wedding ceremony for ‘2.’

What is big is small.  What is small is big.  LOVE.

 

Winter in Seattle, Tiny Weddings and Elopements…

Posted on March 17, 2019 by Annemarie

I love the quiet time of Winter.  Just before the upswing of Spring, Summer and Fall, with weddings of all shapes and sizes, the Winter offers me the opportunity to often be with couples who have ‘tiny wedding ceremonies.’

So, I guess a tiny wedding ceremony could quality as an elopement, yes?

Oftentimes, on a crisp/cold and sunny day in the Seattle area, a lovely couple will make their way to a park, a friend’s home, their home, a hotel and enjoy a ‘ceremony for 2,’ with a few guests.

Earlier this week, it was my happiness to get Jung and Debbie all hitched up at the beautiful Volunteer Park in Seattle.

And on the same day, a few miles down the road, I met Michael and Sami Jo at ‘their place,’ and with a few friends looking on, we had a beautiful and intimate exchange of vows.

Just the best.

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

With Their ‘Crew,” Jeb and Amanda Elope to Seattle, a Beautiful and Perfect Day.

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Annemarie

There are so many places to elope in the Seattle and Puget Sound area.

Just like Jeb and Amanda, many couples choose a pretty place, close to downtown Seattle, because this offers the opportunity for one-stop shopping:  a lovely hotel, great restaurants, entertainment, and pretty places for a venue/location.

And then, there are the couples who head outside of the central Seattle area – a ferry trip and wedding (onboard) en route Bainbridge Island, a bed and breakfast in Gig Harbor, a stay at The Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie or the Willows Lodge in Woodinville, or perhaps even a snugglefest of a celebration at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.

At the end of the day, an elopement, or small/intimate wedding ceremony and celebration, is about personal preference – doing it ‘your way’ and knowing that something small is really big.

 

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!

Brandon & Leeda Elope! At Volunteer Park in Seattle…

Posted on March 19, 2018 by Annemarie

One of the prettiest places in Seattle for an intimate and wonderful ceremony, no matter the season?

Volunteer Park!  I love this park for many reasons.

It’s in a neighborhood and offers easy access and parking.  It has so many layers and back drops for a tiny wedding: under trees, overlooking a reflection pond, the dahlia garden and more.

Brandon and Leeda, and 2 happy witnesses, were married at Volunteer Park this month.  Easy, simple and no crazy!  Much happiness to a very beautiful couple…

David + Scott: From Alabama to Washington State With LOVE!

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Annemarie

DavidScott9After almost 2 decades of loving relationship, two of the very best guys “eloped” to Seattle for their wedding ceremony on July 1st. As soon as I received David’s email inquiry, I knew I was going to love working with him and Scott.  You’ve got to LOVE two men who take great care and time to coordinate all details of a small/intimate ceremony and evening celebration – done in all of the right ways.
Surrounded by a small group of their best people, David and Scott were married in a beautiful evening ceremony – we had reverence, great joy, laughter and a tear or two.  And the next day, they left on a lifetime cruise to Alaska.David and Scott:  you are such an inspiration to all of us!

A Lovely Ceremony For 2: Justin and Jamie

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Annemarie

jamie and JustinWhile they could have technically and fully “eloped,” Jamie honored her parents request to be present at their wedding ceremony. So, yesterday, on the 4th of July – a day with great personal meaning ~ Jamie married the love of her life, Justin, in the backyard of her childhood home in Maple Valley.Surrounded by her parents, sister and a couple of close family members, Justin and Jamie exchanged vows and rings.And Justin and Jamie did things right.  A beautiful dress.  A handsome suit.  Pretty flowers.And most of all, a wonderful photographer to capture all of this goodness Simple, easy and perfect.  
Photo:  www.jennygg.com 

Tips, Best Advice and a Checklist to Elope to Seattle, Washington!

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Annemarie

jenny andrew photoIt’s summertime in Seattle and a popular city for an elopement…not only for couples who live and love in the Pacific Northwest but for loving couples from all around the country. As we move into July and August, the best months for weather in Seattle, most couples opt to elope outdoors, choosing a park, waterside vista or even a boutique hotel or bed and breakfast.
To elope, you need the following:

  • Your happy selves!
  • 2 witnesses over the age of 18
  • A valid Washington State Marriage License
  • A lovely Officiant

For more information or to talk about possibilities, call Annemarie at 425 922 1325.
Photo:  Jenny and Andrew on a Washington State Ferry!    Photo: www.jennygg.com

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.