Local couples love Golden Gardens park for a Summer wedding ceremony. The park, grounds and the Bathhouse (reception building) all create a beautiful, fun and casual set-up for a wedding, small or large.
If you are thinking about Golden Gardens Park for your small and intimate ceremony this Summer, here are few tips to insure everything goes smoothly:
~ if you can, plan on getting hitched on Monday – Thursday. The park is jammed on the weekends and parking is at a premium. Weekdays are not as crazy and you have more privacy and less gawkers around.
~ if possible, get married before Noon in the Summer months. The park is quieter at this time of day and you’ll have more opportunity to find a quiet spot for your ceremony.
~ you’ll need a permit for your ceremony (yes, you will!). Contact the Seattle Parks Department and get legal!
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.
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!
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
Just look at this smile! This little guy took center stage with his cuteness and good looks while his Mommy and Daddy were married at a sweet chapel in Port Gamble, Washington.
Eloping just isn’t about a couple. It is often about their most immediate family. For a couple with a child or children, it’s important that their elopement (a small and intimate wedding ceremony) include their children.
So, if you are planning a sweet ceremony and want to include a little person, let’s work together to not only celebrate your loving relationship but let’s incorporate the joy a child brings to a “let’s get married moment!”
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.
The Washington Coast is a remarkable, brilliantly beautiful and “out-of-the-way” place for a small/intimate wedding ceremony or elopement!
Mark and Juanita flew in from Colorado and with their closest friends/family, we hiked down to the water’s edge on a chilly Monday morning. The fog was rolling in, the air was crisp, every was dressed to kill ~ it was just a remarkable and memorable moment.
If you are seeking a gorgeous place oceanside, check out Ruby Beach on the Washington Coast – it’s a spectacular and hidden location/venue!
If you are coming to the Seattle area for your small and intimate wedding ceremony, let me help you with details that a “local would know!”
As you plan your wedding day, I am happy to provide referrals and recommendations for your ceremony site, hotel stay, activities and fun adventures, celebration meal(s) and even a fabulous make-up/hair person and florist!
Each year, I work with couples who are planning their wedding ceremony and celebration from afar ~ and if you are, don’t be shy about asking me for my best resources and recommendations – budget thru the most lavish!