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:

A Sweet & Intimate Saturday Morning in Auburn, Washington…

Posted on April 25, 2016 by Annemarie

NorichikaCynthiaCynthia + Nori.  Married at their home in Auburn on a crisp April Saturday morning, with Cynthia’s parents as witnesses.  When I arrived, Nori was looking handsome in his suit.  And Cynthia was absolutely gorgeous in her gown and accessories.We took time to sweetly celebrate their loving relationship and the anticipation they both share for the future.  And I loved how Nori had to say a few beautiful words of appreciation to Cynthia just before they sealed their wedding ceremony with a kiss! Again, what is big is really small.  What is small is really big.

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!

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: 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 or 425.922.1325.
Marry on!

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.

A Sweet and Intimate Wedding ceremony at Parsons Garden in Seattle

Posted on August 31, 2015 by Annemarie

Zach + Kim.  

To get a ticket to this intimate and romantic wedding ceremony at Parsons Garden on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, was a major event!  KimZach

Joined by close friends, this beautiful couple exchanged vows and had their “first dance,” immediately after ceremony on Friday afternoon – to the delight of their guests!

And to my happiness, when I was at The Salish Lodge on Saturday evening, I ran into Zach and Kim, who were enjoying their honeymoon!

Rick and Jeff: Celebrating a Decade+ of Partnership With A Sunrise Seattle Ceremony!

Posted on August 19, 2015 by Annemarie

RickJeffIberfield  Rick + Jeff.

Accompanied by more than  dozen thrilled family and friends, these two wonderful guys from Texas “eloped” to Seattle to be married at sunrise in downtown Seattle on a very fine August morning.

I loved all of the special details that Rick and Jeff gave to their wedding day.

Not only were they attentive to their guests (many of whom made great effort to join them), but they were intentional about the location of their ceremony and the many small details that pulled together a beautiful life time moment.

Congrats to two very wonderful men!