Sand Between Your Toes For Your Elopement? 3 Easy Tips For A Seattle Beach Wedding Moment…

Posted on August 22, 2011 by Annemarie

Lots of couples say, “let’s elope” and do it by the water!

If you are having your sweet and intimate wedding ceremony on a beach (i.e., there may be sand between your toes!), here are few tips:

1)  No shoes/casual shoes – Depending on the weather and how casual you want to get, leave the fancy shoes at home and go barefoot or select an easy/casual shoe.  Trust me, when you are walking on sand, heels don’t work!

2)  Go For A Hidden Beach or Waterfront/View Area – Public beaches or parks are just fine and they are often very crowded during the summer months in Seattle.  Seek out those hidden gems like Colman Park on Lake Washington or Hamilton Viewpoint Park in West Seattle.

3)  Sign Your Legal Paperwork Before Your Ceremony – You most likely will want to take photos immediately after your vows and/or spend time with your Sweetie on the beach.  Plan to pre-sign your legal documents when you first meet your Officiant on this day – your Officiant will sign afterwards making everything legal and this way, you won’t have to sign legal docs in the sand!

Photo:  Jenny GG Photographywww.jennygg.com

Summer Elopement Tips in Seattle, WA – Fun, Easy and Memorable!

Posted on July 5, 2011 by Annemarie

If you are “eloping” to Seattle this Summer, here are a few tips for the upcoming weeks:

1)  Seafair has started in Seattle.  This is a multi-week annual festival which culimates with a crazy smorgasboard of community events and activities the first weekend of August.  If you are planning a sweet and simple Seattle wedding, consider a week-day wedding – less traffic, less crazy when it comes to Summer events and more peaceful at local parks, view vistas, etc.

2)  Get your Marriage License sooner than later.  Remember, there is a 3-day waiting period once your license is issued.  So, if you arrive in Seattle and “go to get your license, ” you’ll have to wait 3-full days before getting hitched.  Tip!  Start your paperwork before you arrive and pick up your valid license when you arrive in Seattle.

3)  Have Fun!  A sweet and simple ceremony is an opportunity for great fun – this possibly means fun outfits, fabulous shoes, flowers from a local farmer’s market, a picnic celebration meal and so much more!

Fabulous Photo:  Kimberly & Loren/Alante Photography:  www.alantephotography.com

Get Married This Week in Seattle for $450 Or Less – Your Quickie Wedding Guide!

Posted on May 17, 2011 by Annemarie

Here’s your easy “how to guide” for putting together your wedding ceremony and mini-celebration on a budget of $450 or less. Considering the cost of many weddings these days, this is a bargain!

1) Get Your Marriage License: First things first. You need a valid marriage license. You can obtain your marriage license from any Courthouse or Auditor’s/Clerk’s office in the State of Washington and it is good in Seattle and King County. If you live in King County or are near by, you may visit at King County marriage license office in person to pick up your license. To apply for your license in person, you and your Sweetheart will need to show up in person with proof of ID and $64.

If you are out of the Seattle area or even out of State, you may contact the King County Marriage License office and start the process via phone, fax and mail to get your hands on a marriage license.

The cost of a marriage license in King County is $64 and there is a three-day waiting period from the date the license is issued. So, to get married within a week, you must apply for your license and wait for three days before your legal ceremony. For more information on applying for a marriage license in person or by mail, go to: http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx

2) Find a “Marrying Person” To Get You Married: There are dozens of Officiants of all faiths and traditions in the Seattle area including me! You may do a Google search under “Seattle Officiant” or “Seattle Wedding Minister” to find a few people who appeal to you. Your first quest is to inquire with an Officiant or Minister about their availability and fee. If you do enough searching, you will find there are Officiants available for every budget.

3) Find Two Witnesses: In Seattle, you need two witnesses over the age of 18 to witness your marriage. If you have two people to witness your ceremony, no problem! If you require two witnesses, ask your Officiant or Minister about what they can do to help. On occasion, a couple with no witnesses will be married in a public place and invite two people to witness their ceremony. The surprise witnesses are usually touched by be a part of a wedding ceremony and often get a kick out of the unexpected invitation.

4) Do the Math ~ Your $450 Quickie “Let’s Get Married” Budget: Okay, let’s put the figures together on what it will take to get you married within the week.

Marriage License $64

Officiant $150-250 (on average)

Bouquet (local market) $35

Celebration Meal $100

Grand Total: $449

If you want to get married for less than $350, nix the bouquet and find a place for a “cheap eats” celebration lunch or dinner!

Olly + Kelli at Alderbrook Resort, Union – A Sweet & Intimate Ceremony for 2!

Posted on May 2, 2011 by Annemarie

Olly and Kelli

Olly + Kelli = Roadtrip!

It was so very fun for me to travel to Alderbrook Resort on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago all dressed up for a wedding!

The couple – Olly and Kelli – had spent an intimate weekend at this wonderful Resort on Hood Canal and at the high hour of 10 a.m., they exchanged vows waterside with two witnesses from the Resort.

It was very taken with the vows that Olly and Kelli exchanged – heartfelt, tearful, sweet and very thoughtful. 

And there was a light moment when two ducks started to “quack” quite loudly, most probably in celebration!

Olly and Kelli – I wish you a blessed and very happy married life together!

Alan and Karla’s Grand Elopement Adventure on Alki Beach – Early Morning, April 23rd…

Posted on April 25, 2011 by Annemarie

I don’t get up before dawn for just anyone!

And get up at the crack of dawn I did to meet Alan and Karla on Alki Beach as the sun rose over Seattle.

With 13 of their close family and friends at their side, Alan and Karla exchanged vows on one of the prettiest days of this year (April 23rd) and then moved to Salty’s on Alki for their first-seating celebration brunch.

Alki beach offers not only offers great beach elopement spots but there are a number of docks with killer views of Seattle that run along Alki that offer more privacy than the beach.

Alan and Karla – I wish you much happiness!  And the early morning ferry trip from Bainbridge to you was absolutely beautiful, too!

How To Get Married in Seattle Before Your Summer Cruise to Alaska!

Posted on April 5, 2011 by Annemarie

You want to get married in Seattle before you board the ship for your cruise to Alaska!

Let me offer some guidance and tips for successfully putting together your wedding ceremony the day before your cruise or the morning you depart for Alaska from the Seattle waterfront.

Each year, thousands of people board cruise boats in Seattle and take a beautiful one or two week voyage through Alaska’s inside package. And also each year, many couples get married in Seattle before they take their cruise. Just think of this as a wedding 2-for-1 deal!

If you are flying in to Seattle, you will need to coordinate logistics to “get you married.” If you are local to the Puget Sound area or live in Washington State, these tips also apply to you:

1) Best Hotel Location is Downtown Seattle: Most cruises to Alaska leave from the Seattle waterfront which is a few blocks away from all parts of downtown Seattle. To make things easy, stay at a hotel in downtown Seattle and taking a cab to the cruise terminal. You may decide to be married at your hotel or perhaps take advantage of some of the wonderful waterfront venues available in the Seattle area for a sweet outdoor wedding ceremony: Alki Beach, Magnolia Bluff, Hamilton Viewpoint Park or perhaps the Kirkland Waterfront, to name a few.

2) Marriage License: You will need a valid Washington State Marriage License. You can apply for this license within 60 days of your wedding ceremony and there is a 3-day waiting period. A license purchased in one County of Washington State is good for all Counties in Washington State. For more information on securing a marriage license in Seattle, contact the King County Marriage License Office at: http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx

3) Find Someone To Marry You! You will need to locate and secure a Judge, Minister or Officiant/Celebrant to marry you! You can do an internet search for Seattle for a short list of possibilities and contact each wedding professional to determine their availability, fees and if their style of ceremony resonates with you. In Seattle, there are marvelous Officiants of all faiths and traditions available to you.

4) Pre-Cruise Department Celebration Dinner: If you are being married the day before your cruise ship leaves Seattle, you may want to make a reservation at a restaurant in downtown Seattle or nearby for your celebration dinner. There are so many wonderful “celebration restaurants” in Seattle for such an event. Ask your Hotel concierge for recommendations (make your dinner reservation before arriving in Seattle) or your Officiant may be able to recommend some favorite dining places to celebrate your wedding day!

Finding An Officiant At The Last Minute: Good Fortune Rules!

Posted on March 28, 2011 by Annemarie

photo: www.jennygg.com

I was leaving Ryan and Angel’s 4:30 p.m. wedding ceremony at Volunteer Park yesterday when I checked my messages to hear…

“Annemarie….It’s Larry.  We were supposed to be married this afternoon and our Officiant was a no-show.  We desperately need to find an Officiant so we can be married this evening – can you help us?”
 
I called Larry and arranged to meet him and his Sweetheart and 40+ friends/family at the restaurant where they had plans for a celebration dinner.  I arrived in the middle of dinner and waited for a bit and then with great joy and fanfare, Larry and Claudia were hitched and all is well.
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Finding an Officiant at the last minute isn’t easy.   My best advice is to start calling – use the Google to make a list of people in your immediate area and don’t give up.  Most Officiants are fully booked on Fri/Sat and Sun(especially in the Spring/Summerand Fall) and if the planets align, most often will bend over backward to help a couple. 

Elope Ferry Style! Getting Married On A Washington State Ferry…

Posted on March 6, 2011 by Annemarie

Sean & Alexa – WA State Ferry ’11

With happy family and friends looking on, Sean and Alexa took advantage of a “holiday weekday” to get married on a Washington State Ferry, enroute from Bremerton to Seattle!

As we finished up their ceremony on the deck of the boat (yes, it was a little cold!, we all turned around and were thrilled to see a beautiful and brilliant rainbow.
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If you’d like to be married on a Washington State Ferry, you must call the Ferry System and get permission.  There is no cost for this and eloping on a boat is a boatload of fun (sorry, couldn’t help myself!).
Kudos To Ferry Staff!
The staff on the Bremerton to Seattle run were wonderful around this wedding!  They made two announcements congratulating Sean and Alexa.  And a number of ferry passengers came up to say hello and walked away with one of Sean and Alexa’s delicious wedding cupcakes!

Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel – Ann & Robb (and 25 people) Elope In Style!

Posted on February 28, 2011 by Annemarie

Ann and Robb - Edgewater Hotel

Ann and Robb (and 25 of their family and friends) eloped to Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel in style!

I love The Edgewater Hotel for an intimate wedding ceremony and celebration.  Ann and Robb secured a private waterview suite next to the Hotel’s restaurant and were married on the suite’s veranda with a ferry and sunset in the background.

Kier Smith from Firstlight Photography captured this sweet photo of Ann and Robb on their wedding day.  Kier and his team love small and intimate ceremonies and if you need a first-class photo guy for your small ceremony/celebration, contact Kier at www.firstlight-photography.com


Photos! For Your Small & Intimate Ceremony, Capture A Lifetime Moment!

Posted on February 15, 2011 by Annemarie

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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For more information on Jenny’s special elopement photo packages, go to www.jennygg.com – mention my name and receive 20% off!