Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jill and Chris are legally married! Woohoo!!!

Chris & Jill in Ballard - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
This was a most wonderful day!  Jill and Chris traveled from Michigan to wed in Seattle.  We had talked on the phone and created their ceremony long distance so it was a true pleasure to actual meet these two great ladies.

Jill's brother lives in Ballard, which is where the wedding took place.




The two along with family members went to Pike Place Market to buy some flowers for their wedding and to take in the sights and sounds and tastes.



Chris pins flower on Jill - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Chris talking to relatives via Skype - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant



In preparation for the big moment, Chris connected via Skype with her 91-year-old mother and other family members.  Technology can be so useful at times ... and this is one of them.













While that connection was being made, I was filling out the marriage documents which would be signed after the ceremony.
Wedding Certificate for Chris & Jill - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Family wedding ceremonies - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
We all gathered in the living room.  Generations of family.  It was a sweet moment.

The nieces, Madeleine and Gillian presented this reading, which I love.  Here are a few lines:
You are not the air that I breathe,
You are the sweet scent that drifts upon it
You are not the sounds that I hear,
You are the music of my life ... 

... It is your friendship that guides me as I learn and grow
It is your patience and wisdom that calms my restless nature
It is through you that I know my true self

Jill and Chris shared their vows, then read a poem written by Richard W. Weber.  They have read it to each other on every Christmas they have been together.
Jill and Chris read poem to each other - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Chris:     I give to you my heart and soul



Jill:         I give to you

               Life within my hand

               And all happiness that I can



Chris:     I give to you

               Part of me

               And all for what I stand



Jill:         I give to you

               The moment shared

               When two people touch hand in hand



Chris:     I give to you

               The sunset

               And the fallen night

               With its stars so bright



Chris and Jill:

               I give to you

  The life we can share

  And all the love that I can. 

Chris and Jill's wedding rings - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Todd and Barbara presented the rings. Jill gave Chris a ring of silver and gold on their first Christmas together in 1984 – the silver a symbol of the newness of their friendship and the gold, a symbol that they would become old friends together.  





Jill's brother and SIL present the wedding rings - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant


On their 16th Christmas together, they had matching rings of woven silver and gold made.  Those rings were then been wrapped in bands of gold melted from rings given by Jill and Chris’s mothers to created their wedding bands.

Emily and Jeanne perform - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant





Then, Emily and Jeanne, performed Grow Old Along With Me.  Chris and Jill love music and this song was so perfect.



Jill & Chris with marriage certificate - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant








The happy couple were officially married!  Time to celebrate their legal union ...

Toasting and wedding rings - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant










and enjoy the great food.


Spectacular cake display - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Wishing Jill and Chris a future filled with love and happiness.

To plan your wedding ceremony from near or far, to include long-standing traditions and to connect with those across the county, give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us at our website.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two Wedding Dresses: The Long and the Short of It!



Carly and Michael wed at the Hollywood Schoolhouse.  The bride wore a traditional floor-length wedding dress for the ceremony and then changed into a knee-length dress for the reception.

It is a great idea ... especially if you plan to do a lot of dancing.

I guess I'm dating myself ... I remember when the bride changed after the reception into a "traveling" dress.  Perhaps all good things come back into style once again.



Whether you decide on floor-length wedding gown or a shorter one, we can help you plan the perfect length ceremony with you.  Give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wedding at Midnight on April 15th!

Spencer and CeCe wed at midnight at the Salish Lodge & Spa - Photo by Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Photo by Patricia Stimac
Spencer and CeCe traveled from Salt Lake City to marry at the Salish Lodge and Spa.  They wanted to wed at midnight.

OK ... so I wanted to know why they chose that date and that time.  Aren't you curious too?

Spencer explained that he is a songwriter and that he wrote lyrics to a song about marrying at midnight.  CeCe loves the song ... and thought it would be romantic to wed at midnight.

CeCe turned out to be an accountant so April 15th is an important date to her.

Even more importantly, the two first began dating exactly two years ago!  Isn't that a great story?

Wishing the two the very best: prosperity, of course, happiness and many, many anniversaries!

If you have a romantic story and are planning to wed, give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Flowers Created by Florist for Her Daughter's Wedding!

Carly & Laurel at the Hollywood Schoolhouse - Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant 
Carly and Michael wed at the Hollywood Schoolhouse in October.  The bride is a very lucky gal because her mother, Laurel Mitchell, is the Laurel of Laurel's Floral Decor


Bridesmaid bouquet by Laurel's Floral Design - Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant 




The wedding colors were grey with bright yellow and sage  -- very contemporary and bright!  Here is one of the bridesmaid's bouquets.  




Roses and lace bridal bouquet by Laurel's Floral Design - Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant 



 
Carly's bouquet, complete with lace and brooch, had a vintage air. Perfect for a wedding at the historic Hollywood Schoolhouse.





Doesn't it perfectly harmonize with her dress?


Romantic bridal bouquet by Laurel's Floral Design - Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Wedding rings on yellow flowers - Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant

I like this trend.  Yellow is such a hopeful color.  When the skies turn Seattle grey, it makes me happy to look at it.





Yellow flowers and wedding rings - Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant

As you may know, Kent is about 6'8" tall.  When Laurel was designing the arbor, it initially was a bit too low for my hubby.  With modifications, it all worked out beautifully.




The tables were simply elegant!

Wedding decor with grey tablecloths & yellow centerpieces - Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Carly is one lucky daughter.  I'm sure it made her wedding day that much more special to have her mother design her wedding with her.  When we would see either Carly or Laurel before the wedding day, they were always so excited and happy.

Thanks to Alante Photography for the photos.  See more of Carly and Michael's wedding on Borrowed and Blue where it is featured in their "Real Weddings" section.

Planning a ceremony as wonderful as Carly's flowers?  If so, give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fall Wedding Planned for Alex and Amanda

Photo by Jeremy Leffel
Congratulations to Amanda and Alex!  They will wed at the Yacht Club on Lake Union in September.  They have a very sweet and simple engagement story.

One October weekend, the two headed out for a day hike.  It was the last nice weekend of autumn and they needed some good memories to take them through the upcoming Seattle winter.   So they decided to trek up to Twin Falls ... just a quick little morning hike.

After arriving at the Falls, they found a nice place to sit and to eat granola bars (evidently Amanda was hungry, which is a common occurrence).  There the two sat on a log, surrounded by forest, sun shining down, chipmunks in attack mode.  And, there, Alex professed his love.  Amanda, despite a mouth full of granola bar, said, "Yes!"

Looking forward to co-creating the perfect ceremony for Amanda and Alex.  It is going to be so much fun.  

And feeling honored to be working with Valley & Co plus Jeremy Leffel.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Parents Gift the Bride & Groom During Their Wedding Ceremony

Erin and Steffany at the Woodmark Hotel - Photo by Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
Erin and Steffany



Today was a very special wedding.  During John and Erin's ceremony at the Woodmark Hotel, both sets of parents presented the bride and groom with a present.  


One of Erin's moms, Steffany Raynes, read a poem she wrote especially for the couple.  It is lovely and, with her approval, I wanted to share it with you.







Tending Your Relationship

Find a place with fresh air
Pause
Breathe in; breathe out.

Savor the beauty, goodness, and
Love
Waiting inside each of you.

Create a secret language
To use in emergencies
When words fail.

Design rituals that reconnect you
And welcome you home
From life’s maze of activity.

Touch the worry line beside his eyes
Softly
As if you were seeing him for the very first time;

Listen beneath the words
Until you can hear and
See the young girl whose heart is breaking.

Cultivate joy;
Trust what makes you laugh
Together.
                                                   
Let go of assumptions
Explore new territory
With gentle curiosity.

Allow your relationship to nourish and
Open you to the
Best possible version of yourselves.

Celebrate the miracle of finding and loving each other
Every day
Over and over
Again, and again!

John's parents present Erin and him with an NIV Bible - Photo by Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
Marion and Dave, John's folks

During the ceremony, John's mom, Marion, read two passages from The Bible and then presented a special edition of the NIV Bible to the the couple.

NIV Bible as a wedding gift - Photo by Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
"Marry Me" edition of NIV Bible












I loved how it all worked out.  What a great way to launch Erin and John in their journey together as a married couple!  Adding my wishes to those of their families and friends.


Looking for ways to include your parents in your wedding ceremony, we have tons of ideas.  Give us a call at 206-789-9788 or through our website.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Let's Dish -- Vintage Dinnerware for Your Wedding

Lisa Mayer of Vintage Dish Company - Posted by Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant 
Meet Lisa Mayer of Vintage Dish Company.  She is absolutely passionate about china and vases and linens of years gone by.  


Lisa creatively combines patterns and sizes to make your wedding dinner visually appealing.  There is sense of history with every plate.  I couldn't stop smiling as I looked at each table.


Vintage Dish Company - Posted by Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Ceremony





 
As a bonus, Lisa makes it easy for you!  She seeks out interesting patterns for you to select from.  She delivers the tableware and gathers it up after the event.  She loving cares for and stores them so they are ready for you whether you are planning a reception, a bridal shower, a thank you brunch.





Don't they add just the right touch!  Check out Lisa's China place settings, serving pieces, vases, candlesticks and votives, champagne coupes and linens on her website

Vintage Dish Company displayed at Vintage Bridal Happy Hour - Posted by Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
If you planning a vintage wedding, we can help you create a ceremony that has traditional elements that will delight you.  Give us a call at 206-789-9788 and contact us at www.aheavenlyceremony.com.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Looking for a Custom Wedding Gown? Try Kimmi Designs!


Last night I was delighted to be part of the Vintage Bridal Happy Hour organized by Diana Thornton of Just In Time Events at The Kelly Farm.

It was so fun ... and I especially liked meeting wedding professionals I hadn't see before.  So over the next few days, I'll be introducing a number of them.

Let's begin with Kimmi Designs.  She collects clothing and recycles/reclaims them.  Featured at the Happy Hour was this lace confection.  Absolutely stunning.




My very favorite gown is this green chenille.  Kimmi explained she found the material - a rare green chenille -- and pondered on how best to use it for years.  It is exquisitely designed.  A pleasure just to gaze on ... and if you fit the dress ... WOW!

For more information, check out her Etsy storefront.

Once you have found your perfect wedding dress, give us a call to help you create your perfect wedding ceremony.  Call us at 206-789-9788 or through our website.