Monday, November 21, 2011

Randy and Erin's Wedding Ceremony at Novelty Hill/Januik Winery

The bride and groom really wanted an outdoor wedding.  Even though it was mid-October,  the skies were partially clear and the rain held off so the ceremony took place on the stylish Novelty Hill/Januik Winery grounds.  (Every time I see the bocci courts, I smile.  My sisters and brother and I have participated in a tournament or two.  We're not very good but it sure is fun.)

ights were strung on the trees just in time for the early evening ceremony.  There was magic in the air. 

ost of the wedding photographs were taken before the ceremony.  I think that is such a great idea.  Erin and Randy had a "reveal" and could actually talk and hug and kiss.  A sweet moment.  Then, there were some formal photographs.  Ladies first! 

Then, the "guys!"  So good to see that couples are choosing people from both genders who are important to them.  In this case, Randy's sister.
 All together!

Something borrowed, something blue.
Time for the ceremony to begin. Erin was stunning in a gown by Priscilla.  And, her dad was bursting with pride.

There were serious words, loving words, and a few light-hearted words too.

Frank, one of the groomsman, presented a reading on friendship.

It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round. However, without doubt, it is friendship which keeps our spinning existence on an even keel.

After the vows and exchange of rings, the mothers presented the wines for the unity wine ceremony.  What would be more appropriate for a wedding at a winery.

It was "crush" time at the winery.  The smell of grapes and juice was intoxicating!

Then, it was time for some "bride and groom" photos.  The lighting was very interesting, making for striking images.

The cake was as delicious as it looked.

The reception and and the first dance.  The night was lively and fun.

Wishing Erin and Randy a great life together!!

People who helped make the celebration wonderful:
Emily Pollock from Januik Winery

For help in finding the perfect words for your ceremony, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website:

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Liz and Ray's Home Wedding

After the ceremony, we made our way outside for a group photo.
There are many reasons I was delighted to meet Ray and Liz.  
First, they are a wonderful couple.  
Second, we live just blocks from each other.  
Third, they are "word" people who were very engaged in creating a ceremony that perfectly fit them.
Fourth, they decided on a "jeans" wedding theme.  
Fifth, they raise chickens (I'm toying with the thought of raising them also).

Since it was a late morning wedding,
some java was appreciated.

The two decided to wed in an intimate ceremony at their home.  So they "spiffed" their place up, invited their family and very close friends over and were married in their living room.  It gave them a chance to enjoy a cup of morning coffee and greet everyone as they arrived. 

It was a sunny, autumn day.  The room was filled with warm light and warm hearts.

Oh, you can't see them very well but we were also wearing handmade socks.  Liz had knit hers and Ray's.  I had made mine.

Mine is on the right.

Here's a close-up.

Everyone ... and every critter was very attentive.

Small touches made the day special.  Liz had a vintage handkerchief in her back pocket.

Two readings were presented:  one by Ray's father, Les ...


and another by their good friend, Adrienne.  Both had strong emotional impact.

What a great way to begin the day ... 
and a great way to begin a life together!

Liz and Ray said - 
We really enjoyed you doing our ceremony. It was a lot of fun! We had compliments from everyone who attended.  All in all, it was a very special day, and we had a great time.
Thank you!

Wishing Ray and Liz the very best!!

Thanks to Tasha Owen for the great photos.

To plan your unique and wonderful celebration, give us a call at (206)789-9788 or through our website

Monday, November 14, 2011

Rylan's Baby Blessing

Isn't she cute!
In 2009 I was honored to officiate for Chris and Sandy.  Last weekend, I was fortunate to officiate for their daughter's baby blessing.  And a true blessing she is.  Rylan is an adorable child and her family is delighted she is in their lives.

Her parents wanted to have a ceremony to celebrate her arrival in the world, to acknowledge their love and commitment to her, to recognize the support Rylan has from her grandparents and to name her godparents.

We gathered at their home for the blessing.  Rylan was wearing a baptismal dress that has been in Chris's family for several generations.  It was a perfect symbol of Rylan being the reflection of a new generation yet connected to her lineage.

Sandy and Chris selected the wording for the ceremony from some of the sample ceremonies provided.  They wanted Rylan to be anointed with sacred oils and water.  The oil was selected for its qualities of protection and safety.  The water for its sense of tranquility and peacefulness.

Everyone was happy!  Sandy sent me an email with these words:

"Pat created such a meaningful ceremony for our baby blessing- it was unique and very personal.  Our entire family felt included in the celebration. "   
~ Sandy and Chris

Wishing Rylan the very best in her life:  may she be loved as the gift she is and may she experience a long and fulfilling time on earth.  And may Chris and Sandy enjoy every moment with her!

There are many moments in life that are special and that can be celebrated through ceremony.  If there is a particular event you would like to specially recognize and celebrate ... be it the birth of a child, a certain birthday, a life passage or ... give us a call at (206)789-9788 or contact us through our website:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Bryan Loves Kelly, Kelly Loves Bryan!

Very happy to share a photo montage of this wonderful wedding at Bear Creek Country Club.  Many thanks to Red Fish Blue Fish Photography for the photos!!!

The guys were looking quite dashing, from the ring bearer to the groom.

The gals were all decked out and ready to celebrate a wedding.

The two ladies are one of my favorite photos.

Time for the ceremony -- the ring bearer and flower girl did so well.  Aren't they the best?

Tents with draping make a wedding so romantic!

Bear Creek Country Club has a beautiful tent and is a sweet place to wed.

Everyone was so happy ... Kelly and Bryan's love was apparent!

The ceremony was very lovely and included a unity sand ceremony.

Love butterfly releases. 
Such a natural way to celebrate love.

This was followed by a butterfly release!  This is so much fun.  It is a ceremony element that remains forever hopeful.  Just the idea of the butterflies carrying the wishes for the bride and groom's happiness and love to the heavens is a sweet one.

At the reception, the Candy Bar was a big hit!

Kelly and Bryan, along with their guests, danced the night away to the music DJ'd by Sounds Unlimited.  Wishing them a lifetime of great softball games (that's how they met), great dancing, and a great love.

The wedding ceremony was personal to the couple, with words about their initial meeting, what they loved about each other, what they were looking forward to in their life together, a unity celebration they liked and, of course, the butterfly release that was so dear to Kelly's heart.  For help in creating your "dream wedding ceremony," please call us at (206)789-9788 or email us at

Sunday, October 30, 2011

King 5 - 2011 Best of Western Washington Finalist - A Heavenly Ceremony

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In 2009, the first year that the officiant category was included in King 5's "The Best of Western Washington" poll, you voted A Heavenly Ceremony #1.

In 2010, we were fortunate to place #3.
This year, 2011, your votes landed us in 2nd place!!! Woo hoo. 
Three years we were nominated and placed in the top three.  We feel loved and appreciated.  Thank you for your continued support.   Wishing you continued health, happiness and, of course, love!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Adi Loves Erin - An Enchanted Wedding at The Ruins

Adi and Erin were a true pleasure to co-create a ceremony with!  The sense of abiding love and commitment wed with elements of elegance can't really be described in words.  I will simply present the photo story of their day through the eyes of Kim and Adam Bamberg of La Vie Photography.

Wishing Adi and Erin a life of beauty and love!

Location, Floral, cake and Catering: The Ruins
Officiant: Kent Buttars, A Heavenly Ceremony