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.

 

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

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!

Seattle Elopement for 2? How About for 10!

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Annemarie

I sense a trend in the air!

In the past year, the “guest list” for elopements has been slowly growing.  It used to be 2-4 guests.  Now, we’re averaging about 8-10 guests.

And to prove my point, let’s celebrate Sean and Johnna, married over this holiday weekend at The Salish Lodge, joined by 12 very happy family and friends for a special post-ceremony dinner.

And sharing this holiday weekend, congrats to Matt and Beth, married in a sweet and simple ceremony with 8 family members present.

Both perfect in all ways.

How To Elope In Seattle, Washington!

Posted on October 15, 2014 by Annemarie

Congratulations! You want to get married and you are planning to elope to Washington State. As a Wedding Officiant and Minister in the Seattle/Tacoma area, let me give you some guidance on creating and planning your elopement – whether your guest list is for two or twenty!

1) Secure a valid Marriage License in Washington State. Contact the County Auditor in any County in Washington State. Your marriage license is valid for 60 days and there is a 3-day waiting period. You must present your marriage license to your Officiant or Minister before your ceremony.

2) Find an Officiant. There are many Officiants to select from, depending on your background and traditions and what you want/desire for your wedding ceremony.  Of course, I hope you’ll consider me!

3) Decide on a Location. There are many sweet places to be married in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Favorites of mine include Alki Beach, Magnolia Bluff, Palisade Restaurant, Salty’s on Alki, top of The Space Needle, to name a few. If being married at the foot of Mt. Rainier interests you, check out Alexander’s Country Inn. And if you’re in a mood for a ferry ride, getting married on Bainbridge Island, Vashon Island, Orcas Island or Whidbey Island is very fun.

4) Select A Date and Make Arrangements. Once you have a date, you can secure your “location” and Officiant. You will need two witnesses over the age of 18 if you don’t have anyone else with you. If you don’t have witnesses, most Officiants can assist with finding you a couple of people – really!

5) Enjoy! A wedding is a big life moment and a huge life transition. Mark the moment with love, appreciation and respect. Eloping takes the stress out of any wedding planning and is all about the two of you – your love story, your commitment.

Annemarie Juhlian is a Seattle/Tacoma based Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant & Minister. She can be reached at: http://www.marriedbyannemarie.com or 425.922.1325

Your Seattle Elopement: 6 Very Cool and Fun Locations/Places To Get Hitched!

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Annemarie

You are getting married! And you want to elope to Seattle, Washington!

Whether you live in the Puget Sound area of Washington State, are driving from another part of the State to Seattle or are flying in for your elopement, you’ll need a very memorable location and/or place for your small and intimate wedding ceremony.

So, you’ve got some decisions to make. Do you want something formal and traditional? Would you like to exchange vows waterside with your witnesses? Or perhaps you’d like to get married at the top of Seattle’s very popular Space Needle?

No matter what your faith and tradition or style, Seattle has some of the most amazing and fun locations/places for your elopement

Top Of Seattle’s Space Needle – There is so very fun! You’ll need to come up with the $18 per person ticket price to take the ride up the Space Needle and once there, you can exchange vows while taking advantage of spectacular views of Seattle and the Puget Sound.  And make a reservation for lunch or dinner and ride up for free.

Snoqualmie Falls – It’s worth the 30-minute ride to the tiny town of Snoqualmie to exchange your vows at the base of Snoqualmie Falls. This is a popular elopement site and many couples often celebrate their marriage with a celebration meal afterwards at the nearby Salish Lodge, which overlooks the Falls.

The Magnolia Bluff – This is an amazing bluff in the Seattle neighborhood of Magnolia which overlooks the Puget Sound. The views are free and your wedding photos will be amazing!

Century Link Field – There is nothing like getting married at home plate! If you are a baseball fan or sports fanatic, you may want to get hitched inside of Century Link Field. Contact the corporate office of the Seattle Mariner’s Baseball team to make arrangements and for more information.

The Willows Lodge – If you want a one-stop shopping venue for your elopement and overnight stay, consider the very popular Willows Lodge located in Woodinville, WA, a short drive from downtown Seattle. Willows Lodge is a beautiful property with indoor and outdoor options for your small wedding ceremony. And if you stay the night, the staff will provide two witnesses for free!

Vashon Island – Hop a ferry from Seattle’s Fauntleroy dock and take a short ferry ride to quaint and picturesque Vashon Island, a small neighboring Puget Sound Island of 6,000 residents. Vashon Island offers many beachside locations for your ceremony as well as intimate neighborhood dining options if you want to stay a bit afterwards before heading back to Seattle.

For more information on eloping to Seattle, visit http://www.elopeseattlestyle.com  ~ Annemarie Juhlian is a Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant & Minister and loves to work with a couple to create a meaningful and fun elopement experience!  Excerpt from previously written article.

 

Sean + Lindsey. A Sweet & Inspiring “Elope To Seattle” Love Story!

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Annemarie

Sean + Lindsey.

Married in Seattle on Saturday, March 29th, under a cloudy sky – and with so much love.

Sean and Lindsey started out as friends, and while Sean was stationed overseas, their friendship turned into love.

And Sean and Lindsey were super happy to have Lindsey’s sister and boyfriend as their witnesses, along with a friend and wedding dog, Jeb!

Regine and Francisca’s Beautiful Elopement – Seattle Ferry Style!

Posted on December 17, 2012 by Annemarie

I loved everything about working with Regine and Francisca.

This sweet couple “eloped” to Seattle to be married on the 11:25 a.m. run from Seattle to Bainbridge Island on December 12th.

Accompanied by Regine’s sister and Photographer Jenny Goldberg-George, Regine and Francisca exchanged heartfelt words and vows on a blustery and beautiful Seattle morning.

Regine and Francisca – so much LOVE to both of you!

photo:  www.jennygg.com

From Utah to Seattle – A Sweet & Early Saturday Morning Elopement!

Posted on July 12, 2012 by Annemarie

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!

Photographer:  www.jennygg.com

Officiant: www.elopeseattlestyle.com