Ryan & Angel = A Sweet & Intimate Wedding at Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA

Posted on April 12, 2011 by Annemarie

Take two people who love each other – Ryan + Angel.

Add in 20 people who love them.

Show up at the Conversatory at Volunteer Park on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Seattle.

Rings – check!  Bouquet – check!  Ring Boy – check!  Marriage License – check!

Exchange vows and get married!

Simple.  Sweet.  Elegant.  Congratulations to you, Ryan and Angel!

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!

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!

Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel – Ann & Robb (and 25 people) Elope In Style!

Posted on February 28, 2011 by Annemarie

Ann and Robb - Edgewater Hotel

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


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

Seattle’s Volunteer Park ~ A Sweet Spot For An Intimate Elopement!

Posted on November 5, 2010 by Annemarie

Bryce & Irene ~ 2010

Seattle’s Volunteer Park is a beautiful spot for a sweet and intimate ceremony.

Bryce and Irene were married under a very old and huge tree in the back of the Park’s Seattle Asian Art Museum ~ surrounded by a few close family and friends.

I love small wedding ceremonies.  Don’t get me wrong ~ the “big ones” are super fun, amazing and often, over-the-top. 

And eloping – getting hitched – getting it done – just doing it – in a magical place with 2 people or 20 folks is what resonates with many loving couples.

So, if you’re in Seattle and searching for a place for a ceremony or are driving/flying in to “elope,” check out Volunteer Park.  It’s one of my most favorite parks in Seattle to get hitched!