James and Brandy Get Married With Easy and Fun “Seattle Style!”

Posted on September 3, 2013 by Annemarie

James and Brandy get hitched!

On a sunny morning this past August weekend in West Seattle, James and Brandy exchanged vows and celebrated their relationship with the gift of marriage.

With two witnesses, a video camera, several other cameras and lots of fun, James and Brandy were married – simple, easy, sweet.

James and Brandy, you have a sparkle to you!  Much continued love and happiness on your marriage adventure!

Elope Seattle! Getting Hitched During The Holiday Season

Posted on December 2, 2011 by Annemarie

Ben & Sarah’s Elopement!

I love this photo.

It was snapped by Mitzi of Firstlight Photography just after Ben and Sarah’s ceremony on a bluff overlooking the water.  Sweet, simple and easy.

If you are seeking to get married in a sweet and intimate ceremony this month (December) in Seattle, consider having your ceremony at a venue in downtown Seattle.  Many couples elect to snuggle into a hotel or bed and breakfast for a night or two and get married at their venue on in their room/suite.

During the holiday season, downtown Seattle is beautifully decorated and this just adds to the cheer and sweetness of an elopement. At the end of the day, your ceremony moment is all about the two of you.  If you’d like to get hitched among holiday decor and cheer, let’s do it!

Photo:  Firstlight Photography www.firstlight-photography.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

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!

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! 

A Pooch Friendly Elopement in Seattle!

Posted on January 31, 2011 by Annemarie

In this work that I do, I love an elopement that includes a couple’s beloved dog or dogs!

For many couples, an elopement isn’t complete unless Fido is long for the ride! Today, many hotels and venues in Seattle have terrific “pet friendly” policies and couples come from all parts to be married with their canine ring bearer or petal girl.

So, if you are thinking of eloping in Seattle and want to bring your pooch along for the shared experienced, do it! Contact me for a list of pet friendly hotels, venues and bed and breakfast establishments.

How to Apply For A Marriage License in Seattle and Washington State ~ A Mini & Quick “How To” Guide!

Posted on January 10, 2011 by Annemarie

You’re getting married in Seattle, Washington or elsewhere in Washington State and need a valid marriage license.

Here is your mini and quick “how to” guide to obtaining your marriage license – this applies to Seattle or any County in Washington State.

1)  Contact the Marriage License Bureau or Department of any County in Washington State.  You may do this by phone or check requirements on the web. 

2)  To secure your license, you will need to apply in person.  You may also apply for your license via phone and mail and arrange to pick-up your license.  License fees vary by County and average $60-66.  If applying for your license in-person, you both need to show up and be 18 years or older.  County requirements vary a bit if you are applying for a license long distance so please contact the County of your choice. No blood test required.

3)  Once you have your license in hand, it’s good for 60 days from the date it is issued. Also, please remember there is a 3-day waiting period from the date of issue – meaning, you have to wait 3 days to get hitched/married from the date the license is valid.

King County Marriage License:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage.aspx

Snohomish County Marriage License: http://www1.co.snohomish.wa.us

Piece County Marriage License: http://www.piercecountywa.org