Saturday, February 26, 2011

Andy and Liz Seal Their Wedding Vows at Wine and Roses Country Estate

Last spring I celebrated my first ceremony at Wine and Roses Country Estate.  I love learning about new places!  This one was fun.  I think the photos provided by Daphne Taylor of Creative Image visually offer a great overview of the day.  Enjoy!!!

Andy and Liz -- years and years of happiness be yours!!!  Thank you for sharing such a significant part of your lives with me.

Some of the wedding professionals who helped make the day were:
Brianna Luthiger, Wedding Planner

New love celebrated at new places.  If you would like us to officiate at your wedding, please give us a call at 206.789.9788 or through our website.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Blake and Cary Wed at the Pan Pacific Hotel

he bride and groom have known each other almost all their lives, from playing T-ball in preschool (ok, they don't really remember too much about that but do have photos of it) to Cary inviting Blake to their high school TOLO.  Each year their love has grown stronger ... until it was obvious they wanted to spend all their days together.

The ceremony was truly wonderful!  Cary had been waiting for their wedding day for years and you can see her happiness that the day arrived.  Blake couldn't imagine life without Cary. Their love radiated throughout the room.

One particularly poignant aspect of the ceremony was when Scott, Cary's brother and a professional singer, performed "Marry Me a Little."  I don't think there was a dry eye in the room.

and and hand the two look forward to their life together!

he Pan Pacific is such a beautiful hotel and a great venue to celebrate a wedding.   I always feel happy when I'm there.  Obviously, Cary and Blake are happy too!
There are several rooms in which the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception take place which makes the flow of the evening seamless.

Plenty of room for the romantic first dance!  City DJ provided the music.

Plus there are so many wonderful nooks and scenic spots for a kiss!

r to just put your feet up and take in the moment!
Wishing Blake and Cary many leisurely, loving moments in their life together!
Many thanks to Alex Studios for the photographs.
Of course, Dana Smith at the Pan Pacific makes everyone welcome!  To create your ceremony at the Pan Pacific, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or through our website.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Matthew and Angela Finally Say "I Do!"

"I do" - two words Angela and Matthew have wanted to say for years!
O'Dell Center in Kent had an open house today.  We were happy to be invited to the event and to learn about a venue that is new to us.  Kent was our representative.
The highlight of the afternoon was his exchange with Matthew and Angela.  The two married a few years ago.  They had met with us and at the time thought our fee was a bit over their budget. They decided to go with another officiant.  

Angela and Matthew recognized Kent immediately and were excited to share their "wedding ceremony story" with him.  In hindsight, the two wished they had chosen one of us to officiate for them.

Their wedding day was going very well ... until the ceremony.  The officiant had a "melt down" and in the confusion, skipped pages of the ceremony.  Angela noticed and pointed this out to the officiant several times.  When all was said and done, the couple didn't realize until after the ceremony that they had never actually said, "I do."  They regretted not saying these two simple words to this day.

Angela wanted to make it right and asked Kent if they could do so on the spot.  Kent was overjoyed to oblige.  The couple joined hands, Kent asked if they would take each other as husband and wife, they jubilantly responded, "I do," and kissed.

Satisfaction at last!  

Kent asked for a photo and permission to share their story, which was happily given.  Matthew and Angela look forward to seeing this blog post.  

The end!   (Not really.  It's the continuation of a very happy marriage!!!)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Finding the Perfect Officiant for You!

Last week we met with a couple who were so in love and so concerned about finding the "perfect" officiant for them.  Each came from a different culture and different religious background.  They had many considerations but nothing seemed to work.

First, they thought of asking the bride's pastor to officiate, but circumstances didn't allow that.  Plus, the groom didn't have a relationship with the person.

Then, there was the friend of a friend ... but they knew there wouldn't be a close connection with that person and there was huge anxiety about the type of ceremony they would have.  Not a good option.

The next step was looking on the Internet.  And that is where they found us.  The bride and groom were so relieved.  They were practically dancing when they left our home/office.  They had found an officiant who honored both their communities and looked for ways to bring them together, an officiant they liked and enjoyed the company of, an officiant they trusted, an officiant who had the experience and resources to create an amazing ceremony with them, an officiant who was organized and would guide them in finding wording they loved, an officiant who helps them plan for and direct their rehearsal so they could enjoy it, a person who they feel comfortable with when they shared their very personal wedding vows, an officiant they want at the reception to share their joy.

Of course we are proud members of many wonderful wedding sites, from Junebug Weddings and The Knot to Thumbtack and a preferred officiant at 200+ venues.  

Give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website to find your "perfect" officiant!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

E/M Fine Art Open House

The white theme really worked.
Kent and I attended the open house at E/M Fine Art last night.  The gallery is run by Roland Crane and Amanda Hauk ... and is a sweet space.

To get an idea of what a reception would look like, a number of tables were set and decorated with creates from Herban Design.  I liked this one in particular, with it pussy willows and calla lilies so in tempo with the season.
Kent and I enjoying the space!

Of course, we had to check out what it would be like to stand in the officiant space.  The brick wall provide a textural background, the trees and uplighting add ambience and the candelabras would work perfectly for a unity candle celebration.  It felt good.  Easily, over 100 people could be seated for the ceremony.

This is the entrance to the gallery.  The back panel can be moved to whatever position you like.  It is a great cocktail area.

Love plants -- doesn't this look good?

Herban Designs were showcased on all the tables.  Love the curling tendrils of this one.
A congenial place to meet and talk!

Upstairs is the bar/lounge area.  This photo doesn't really do it justice.  You can look over the railings to the happenings below.

And you have to love the food!  Herban Feast featured pan seared scallops on paella, along with a cheese spread and passed appetizers.  Quite yummy!!

There really is an art to food photography.  This was scrumptious!!
Let's see.  Alan Chitlik was the DJ.  Sadie and Jay from Sadie and Jay Photography were taking photos.  Herban Feast provide the floral designs and the food.  These are just some of the people who made it a very wonderful night.

If you are thinking of marrying at E/M Fine Art, give us a call or contact us through our website.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mark and Denise - A Valentine's and Chinese New Year Wedding

Talk about an auspicious day to marry  --  February 14, 2010. 

Denise and Mark wanted to celebrate both the Western day of Love and the Eastern day of new beginnings.

In numerology, I believe, it adds up as well:     
            2 for February

         + 5 for the day 
         + 3 for the year
          10, reduced to a prime number is 1, 
                the number of new beginnings.)
The bride and groom are obviously happy!

So family and friends gathered at the Blue Ribbon Cooking School, which was decorated beautifully in red and white, of course. The joy of the day was evident -- all the way down to the ring bearer!

The couple selected a poem written by Lao Tzu to share during the ceremony.
See clearly
  your love is a great mystery.
It is like an eternal lake
  whose waters are always still and clear like glass.

It is like a deep well
  whose water are cool and pure.
Drinking from it you can be reborn.

You do not have to stir the waters or dig the well.
Merely see yourself clearly and drink deeply.
Mr. and Mrs. exit with huge smiles on their faces!
The view from to top is well worth the climb up! 

ne of the many things I love about the Blue Ribbon Cooking School is it's proximity to so many Seattle landmarks.  The water tower at Volunteer Park is incredible!  It backdrops the wedding party so nicely. 

Dear Pat -

It was an absolute pleasure and a relief to have someone as talented, thoughtful and pleasant as yourself to walk us through out most important day! 

Thanks for making it seem effortless and for making the ceremony so special. 
Mark and Denise

Now, here we are ... coming up on their first anniversary.  Sending the two "double happiness" in their life together!!

Hats off to Cheryl Chudyk for her fine photos and to Lindsey, the couple's coordinator at the Blue Ribbon Cooking School.

When planning your double romantic, double joyous, double lucky wedding day, think of us - a doubly talented officiant team -- and give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us at our website.