There are some ceremonies you remember, forever, because of the joy and the kindness.
Here is a sweet story. Adam and Lacey ‘eloped’ to Seattle from Oklahoma.
I met them at their Snoqualmie Park, elated to get these 2 lovebirds married.
Earlier, they posted on Reddit that they needed a second witness (their photographer, Anita Nowacka, was the other witness).
Miraculously, a witness showed up!
Her name was Kelly, she was fabulous and even came with a gift. Kelly offered her time and heart for the pure joy of doing something kind.
Thank you, Kelly!
Photo: Anita Nowacka
Seattle is a very popular destination for couples who want a sweet and intimate wedding ceremony, often a sweet ceremony for ‘2,’ and/or with just a few of their best people.
As you ponder the possibility of eloping to/around Seattle, from somewhere nearby, or perhaps thousands of miles away, here are a few tips to help you figure things out.
- Finalize a Date and Secure a Location. In the Winter and Spring, the weather in the Puget Sound is hugely unreliable. So while it may sound romantic to be married outdoors, if it’s too cold or crazy rain, this oftentimes makes things challenging or uncomfortable. Figure out a Plan and a Plan B (indoor/outdoor).
- Marriage License. You need to secure a valid Washington State Marriage License from any County in Washington State. Happily, your license can be used in any County within the State. There is a 3-day waiting period from the date of issue. And you’ll need 2 witnesses, over the age of 18. If you don’t have witnesses, ask me.
- A Special Overnight. Many of my couples like to snuggle into a bed and breakfast, small boutique hotel or even an opulent downtown Seattle hotel for a night or two. Ask me about my favorites.
- Bring Fido! I’m an animal lover and I love it so much when a couple brings their beloved pooch, as part of their wedding day. Many of our lovely hotels throughout the Puget Sound are incredibly pet friendly. Woof!
- Remember Your Values. A small and intimate ceremony, a ceremony for ‘2,’ or a ceremony and celebration for a dozen, is all about what is important to the two of you as a couple. Follow your hearts, capture your day with beautiful photos, have FUN and focus on creating moments and memories.
One of the best ‘deals’ for an elopement in the Seattle area is The Willows Lodge in Woodinville.
Many of my couples love the ease of the “I Do for 2” package which includes a wonderful room/overnight, lovely amenities and if you need it, 2 witnesses (which is a big deal for some couples).
Benjamin and Rebecca took advantage of all of this goodness and were sweetly married at The Willows Lodge on April 19th, surrounded by 6 people who mean the most to them. Happily, the rain held off and we had their ceremony at the little waterfall grotto, which is a favorite among couples. And what a happy, happy ending and kiss!
Lovely photo: www.jennygg.com
It was happiness for me to share in Bill and Katy’s sweet, intimate and private wedding ceremony at a Seattle park! We found a huge and beautiful tree and with a few logistics to find best lighting, we shared in a romantic and beautiful ceremony, with personalized vows.Joined by their photographer and another witness, we all felt honored to be a part of Bill and Katy’s big day ~ a celebration of their years together and a lifetime moment that held great anticipation for the years ahead!
It’s now November and I move into my two months of “quiet time.”
As I do this, I look back on an incredible 2012, so very grateful for the couples who trusted me with their wedding ceremonies, tiny or big, casual or formal.
For me, it is never about the size of a guest list. It is about the joy and satisfaction I feel to be a part of a lifetime moment and to share in something that is big/huge for a couple. It’s about love. Lots of love.
So, I say “thank you” to each couple who invited me into their personal space to share in their love story.
Aaron and JeNeil got in their SUV and drove from Utah to Seattle in less than two days.
For personal reasons, they wanted to “elope” and be married in Seattle. They made it and they did!
On Saturday morning, July 7th, with their darling son at their side, Aaron and JeNeil exchanged vows in a beautiful Seattle park, under a very old, huge and gorgeous tree.
Photographer Jenny Goldberg-George captured the moment to the left as Aaron and JeNeil soaked in their first “we are so very married!” moment!
I love early morning weddings, especially for an elopement or tiny wedding ceremony. In public places, there are few people around giving a couple extra privacy. And the “feel” of a public place (park, beach, etc.,) is less crowded and frenetic.
Aaron and JeNeil – much, much happiness and joy to the two of you and your family!
There is nothing like a morning wedding ceremony – especially for an elopement!
Picture this. John and Kara. 15 family and friends. All flew in to Seattle for this sweet ceremony and celebration.
Tulio Restaurant, downtown Seattle – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – ceremony, brunch, festivities – and the rest of the day to explore, enjoy and play in Seattle.
A morning wedding ceremony is often so very fun for a couple. It gives them the opportunity for a lunch or brunch and the rest of the day is totally and fully available to create lifetime memories.
Also, many venues offer added value for a morning ceremony – unlike the “prime time of an afternoon or evening ceremony and celebration.
Kara and Josh – much, much happiness to you!
If you would like to be married on November 11, 2011 – let’s chat!
One of the most popular and sought after wedding dates of 2011.
Much like 9/10/11, this November date has venues and hotels throughout the Seattle and Puget Sound area filled with couples getting “hitched” on this date.
So, if 11/11/11 is your date, put on your running shoes and wings and do your planning sooner than later!
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 Photography – www.jennygg.com
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!