Saturday, December 28, 2013

Congratulations To Jason and Emily!

Photo by Kelsey Adkisson
Love this time of the year:  'tis the season to be jolly plus we begin to meet the couples who will wed in 2014!

Here's  Emily and Jason and their beloved Brindy.  They have decided to exchange their marriage vows in August.  Brindy, of course, will be part of the big day.

This save-the-date photo was taken at South Beach State Park in Newport, Oregon. 

Cheers to all those who will find their life partners this year!  (Now isn't that a happy thought.)

And if wedding plans are in your near future, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

"Hitched" Sign Confirms Kent and Emily Are Married!

Kent and Emily announce marriage with a "Hitched" sign - Kent Buttars, A Heavenly Ceremony
When you have a destination wedding, in this case Kent and Emily wed at Sodo Park in Seattle, and you want to make sure everyone you wanted to be there but who couldn't attend was included in some way, this is a great idea!

The joy and excitement of the day come through, you know the couple are married (smile, sigh, heart flutter), and it feels good that the bride and groom thought of you and sent you this photo.

I really like this image ... and the idea behind it.

You'll soon be seeing more on Emily and Kent's wedding on this blog.  

Thanks to Laurel McConnell, neighbor and wedding professional, for her photos!

And, the couple are standing in front of a Big Woody Limo.  Now, isn't that creative and retro!  Kent has fond memories of a woody station wagon that his family owned in his younger years.

Planning to be hitched in Seattle, your special destination, give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website to co-create a ceremony that is perfectly you!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

We're Giving You a Hug ...

Many thanks to all those who voted for us in Evening Magazine's "The Best of Western Washington!"  Because of you we placed in the top 5 and were a finalist for the fifth straight year.  Over that time, 377 of you left reviews, which is more than any of the other officiants received.  What can we say but that we are joyful to have so many wonderful people in our lives.

On Saturday, I officiated for Jenn and Matt at Cama Beach State Park.  Jenn's father, Joe, gave one of the toasts.  He spoke of the qualities of love and told a story about how his grandson came up to Joe one day and threw his arms around him.  Then he said, "I'm giving you a hug that will be in your body for a whole three days ... and a billion years ... and this much more!" as he threw his arms open wide.

We couldn't say it any better.  

We're giving you all a hug that will be in your bodies for a whole three days
 ... and a billion years ... and this much more!

With appreciation and gratitude from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Jenn and Matt's Down-Home Wedding at Cama Beach State Park

Jenn and Matt at Cama Beach State Park - Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
Matt & Jenn marry at Cama Beach Center - Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
This afternoon, I had the great good fortune of officiating for Matt and Jenn at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island. 

Family and friends gathered:  some traveled to the Park for the day, others rented one of the cabins by the water and made it a destination.

Cama Beach State Park Cabin
Cabin 33 - where Matt & Jenn stayed - Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony

The bride and groom were settled in Cabin 33.  (As a side note, 33 is a master number.  It is said to represents a state where there is no personal agenda and where there is full understanding before communication.  Sounds like a good thing for marriage.)

Pickled Okra - Photo by Patricia Stimace, A Heavenly Ceremony

Pickled Okra performed for the ceremony and for the reception.  I first heard them as they were tuning up.  This "cross-over" bluegrass combo was amazing.  They lent a sense of happiness and life to the wedding.  They were so good and so fun, I actually took a front row seat and simply enjoyed listening to them!

The ceremony and reception took place at the Cama Beach Center.  It is a comfortably large room with a view of the water and the Olympics.  Guests sat at tables during the ceremony.

Cama Beach Center - Photo by Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
Jenn & Matt's first dance at their wedding - Photo by Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony

The newlyweds enjoyed their first dance and were soon joined by their guests.  Since there were a number of children in attendance, everyone could dance ... and did!

Jenn & Matt had pies at their wedding - Photo by Patricia Stimac, Seattle, Wedding Officiant

Rather than offering wedding cake, Jenn and Matt decided on a collection of pies.  They looked quite scrumptious!

The wedding had the feel of family and good friends getting together to enjoy themselves in a relaxed, comfortable setting.  It was just what Matt and Jenn had in mind ... and it was so them.

Wishing the two continued happiness throughout their days together!

Planning your wedding ceremony amid the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Heavenly Ceremony Receives New Wedding Wire Badge!

News of the day: we received a new Rated badge from Wedding Wire thanks to you who wrote them! There are now over 25 reviews. We are still so excited about officiating ... and look forward to helping creative and celebrate even more ceremonies worthy of great reviews.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Looking for a Collection of Great Desserts for Your Wedding? Check These Out!

There is so much news -- good news -- today so I'll share some tonight and more tomorrow.  

When I checked my email this evening, I learned that Sergei and Kelsey's wedding that Kent officiated was featured on Love and Lavender, a popular wedding blog.  Click here to see the post.

The couple is quite original:  their custom aisle runner was featured on this blog in a previous post.  It is really great!

Today, the focus is on Kelsey and Sergei's selection of desserts.  Here's what they said:  "We picked treats from the neighborhood spots we frequent in our daily lives:

Ice Cream Sandwiches from Street Treats - Posted by Kent Buttars, A Heavenly Ceremony
Amanda Lloyd Photography

ice cream cookie sandwiches from the Street Treats truck

KuKuRuZa popcorn served as wedding treats - Posted by Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Amanda Lloyd Photography

popcorn from KuKuRuZa

Wedding dessert from Cake Envy - Posted by Kent Buttars, A Heavenly Ceremony
Amanda Lloyd Photography

and cupcakes from Cake Envy."

Kelsey and Sergei certainly expressed their personalities through the details of their wedding.  What a joy to see and experience!

Wedding rings top cupcakes - Posted by Kent Buttars, A Heavenly Ceremony
Amanda Lloyd Photography
Thank you, Love and Lavender for featuring this wedding ... 
thank you, Kelsey and Sergei for being the creative, expressive people you are ...
and thank you, Amanda Lloyd for your photographs!

For a ceremony where your personality shines through clearly and brightly, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Testimonial from the Mother of the Bride

Testimonial from the mother of the bride - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Ceremony 

We are very fortunate and often receive wonderful words from the newlyweds after their ceremonies.  It is always a joy to hear and to read them.

Today, I opened my email and this is what I saw:

Hi Pat, I just wanted to comment on your ministering of Denise and Phil's wedding. I was impressed with your personal touches for them, particularly when they read the vows that would mean so much to them and for us to hear them say it to each other.   We were very happy with the rehearsal and the ceremony and making this a special memory for them and us too.    

Yes, kind words are so good to hear.  Thank you, Paula!  You helped make today a very good day!!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Why a Wedding Rehearsal is Such a Very Good Idea!

Wedding rehearsal of Denise and Phillip at Cast Iron Studios.  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant.
OK ... I absolutely love, yes, love rehearsals. Particularly rehearsals that fall on a fun holiday like Halloween.

Phillip and Denise agree with me.  They held their rehearsal two days before their wedding.  I think that is a great time because it gives the couple an extra day to complete those last minute projects and to spend time with out of town guests.

Here are are in their costumes at the Cast Iron Studios.  Denise thoughtfully brought props so family and wedding party could dress up.

So why have a rehearsal?

There are so many reasons.

It provides an chance to walk through the ceremony.  And I do mean walk through.  You don't want to give away the wording, do you?  

It adds a element of elegance (not rigidity or stuffiness) but assurance and confidence to those participating in the ceremony on the day.  The bride and groom and everyone walking down the aisle and those who have another active part in the ceremony know what to expect so they aren't worrying about when to walk down the aisle, what to do when they get to the groom, etc.  They know ... and it shows.  It shows!
Cast Iron Studios host for Phillip & Denise's wedding rehearsal.  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony, wedding officiant

It offers a safe place to release some of the nervousness before the wedding day.  Just being in the wedding site and having a relaxed atmosphere always puts people more at home.  

It allows people to get to know each other.  Often families and people in the wedding party haven't met ... or have only heard about one other.  At the rehearsal, everyone can meet and talk and spend some time together, which makes everything so much more fun on the wedding day.
Denise and Phillip practice their ring exchange at their wedding rehearsal.  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant. 
It gives the bride and groom ... and their parents ... and the couple's friends a chance to process some of their emotions.  A wedding is a pretty big occasion.  Parents seeing their child taking a very adult step in life.  Bride and groom realizing the significance of their decision.  Friends recognizing the shift in relationships.  It is a big deal and it is good to have a bit of time to integrate the changes.

Kudos to Denise and Phil!  Their rehearsal was great fun.  Their wedding ceremony went smoothly ... and tugged a few heartstrings as all good weddings do.  

Looking forward to sharing photos of their wedding soon.

Nina Perceful of RockerBaby Productions provided these photos.  Many thanks to her.

To schedule your rehearsal (and to plan the wedding ceremony that goes with it), give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Caitlin and Ben's Wedding Featured in Pacific Coast Weddings!

Caitlin is a so very happy bride!  Posted by Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding OfficiantThis summer it was a joy to officiate for Ben and Caitlin at Fall City Farms.  They are a fun couple whose love shines through in everything they do, including their wedding.

And, they were so creative, their wedding was featured in the "Real Weddings" section of Pacific Coast Weddings.
There is a beautiful log retreat/seminar building where the wedding party got ready and the food was prepared but all the activities took place outside in bright sun and under the brilliant moon ... or under the huge tent.

There was plenty of room for the ceremony and for dining and for games and dancing afterwards.
Ben & Caitlin wed at Fall City Farms.  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Ben and Caitlin wed at Fall City Farms.  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
The ceremony was simple:  no wedding party, just Ben and Caitlin.  
They used white doors to frame where we stood.

A kiss seals Caitlin and Ben's wedding vows.  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Wedding tent aglow for Ben and Caitlin's celebration.  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly CeremonyIsn't this romantic?

It was warm that evening and so very comfortable to be outside.

Caitlin and Ben relax after their ceremony.  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiants

The entire wedding was relaxed and full of life. It totally suited Caitlin and Ben.
Toasts at Caitlin and Ben's weddings.  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

The wedding toasts made everyone laugh!

Kiss after some cake!  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Of course, there was a bit of cake smashing too ... and a kiss to make up.

Caitlin and Ben afield for their wedding photographs.  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

All in all, two people totally in love.

Wishing Caitlin and Ben years and years and years of happiness together!
Caitlin and Ben begin their marriage!  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
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Thanks to Alexandra Knight Photography, who used both film and digital cameras to capture the celebration.

Other members of Ben and Caitlin's wedding team include:
  Coordinator: Dani Matthews, Weddings by Dani 
  Catering: Pecado Bueno 
  Wedding Dress: Adorned in Grace Bridal 
  Bride's Shoes: DSW
  Hair and Makeup: Pinup Salon
  Groom's Apparel: Nordstrom Rack

  Music: Rogue Events
  Alterations: Twice Blushed Bridal

For assistance, help, brainstorming partners, resource aid in creating a wedding that features at the center of your life and possibly in wedding blogs/magazines/publications, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.  Schedule your free initial consult now!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Sergei and Kelsey Create a Very Personal Aisle Runner for Their Wedding!

Kelsey and Sergei "walk down their memory land" aisle runner.  Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant

OK ... I'm not a big fan of lightweight aisle runners (although the heavyweight carpet ones are great.)  Kelsey and Sergei, however, created a very personal "walk to the altar" at Ray's Boathouse.

It was entitled "A Walk Down Memory Lane."  And began with their names and photos.

Aisle runner entitled "A Walk Down Memory Lane."  Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Kelsey and Sergei walk down a very personalized aisle.  Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Obviously, the two are Dawg fans.

There was a photo of their first date, photos of Central Park in the fall and a trip to Thailand.

Puppy love ... so cute!

Engaged at the Coast  ... and then married!

Custom aisle runner for Kelsey & Segei's wedding - Kent Buttars, A Heavenly Ceremony

I have never seen such a unique and personal wedding aisle runner!

With such creativity, Sergei and Kelsey are certain to have a life together that is interesting and adventurous and just plain amazing!

Thanks to Amanda Lloyd Photography for the images!

To create a wedding ceremony that is as unique as the two of you, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Eric and Cindy - Two Celebrations for One True Love

Eric and Cindy exchange their wedding vows.  Officiant:  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony.
Eric grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to Texas, which is fortunate because that's where he found his true love: Cindy.   

The bride and groom met online and had their first date about two years ago. Eric had recently bought a Chevy Volt and they fell in love at the same time they became "up close and personal" with almost every plug in the metroplex.  (I think that is so cute ... and so environmentally sound.)

The two decided to have their wedding ceremony and one reception at the Barbee Mill Community Center in Renton, and then another reception in Texas.
The community center at Barbee Mill

When they contacted me, I had to look up their wedding venue.  It is quite lovely and perfect for an intimate celebration.  Perfect for them.

The night of the wedding was clear and there was a beautiful sunset.

Wedding ceremony "altar" at Barbee Mill Community Center - Wedding Officiant:  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly ceremony
Cindy and her twin sister, Lindy, arranged the flowers and completed the other decorations before changing into their ceremony attire.

Meanwhile, Mark, Eric's brother, was preparing the food for the reception.  It all looked absolutely yummny.

Here's the wedding party:  Lindy, Cindy, Eric and Mark.
Cindy and Eric with their wedding party.  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony

Cindy and Eric with their families at their wedding.  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony

And, here's the immediate family!

A very friendly and welcoming group.

Eric and Cindy's wedding cake.  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony

The color theme of the wedding was black and white with a splash or two of red.
Cindy and Eric share their first bite of wedding cake.  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony

Cindy and Eric enjoyed their first bite of cake.

Eric and Cindy are "mint to be!"  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

I really liked the "Mint to be" container decorated with paw prints and filled with mints.  (Also enjoyed the Peppermint Pattys.) 

nd here are the doggy dudes that inspired the paw prints
Meet Jaxx and Texx.

Texx and Jaxx are so cute!

Eric and Cindy are happy to be married.  Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony

Married and happy ... it was time to return to Texas and their next celebration.

Wishing Cindy and Eric many years of many more celebrations!!!

If you're planning an out-of-state ceremony in Seattle, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or through our website!