Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ania and Chad's Elegant Wedding at Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Ania and Chad's ceremony officiated by Kent Buttars, A Heavenly Ceremony

Chad and Ania wed at Alderbrook Resort and Spa, one of the most romantic venues on the Hood Canal.  The wedding had a classic look:  black and white.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen was so excited for the wedding. 

Ania & Chad wed at Alderbrook Resort - Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant

We have been so blessed with great weather this summer and their wedding day was no exception.  Sunshine just added an extra glow to everyone's happiness.

Ania and Chad include Blessing Stones in their wedding ceremony - Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant 

Since they ceremony took place very close to the water, the two decided to include Blessing Stones.  They each had a stone which they threw into the water, with the entwining ripples representing their love.  As the circles extended out, it symbolized their love radiating out into their community of family and friends and then into the broader world.   

Ania and Chad are married - Wedding Ceremony officiated by Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant

The two seal their wedding vows with a kiss ... before taking a boat ride on the Canal.

 Wishing Chad and Ania the happiest of marriages!

The bride and groom had a wonderful wedding team:
Ellen Peterson of Serenity Weddings was the wedding planner.
Sally Honeycutt of Sea Studio gave us these photos.
Moetic Wedding Films captured the event on video.
Being a destination wedding, it is important to acknowledge the staff at Alderbrook Resort and Spa.

Planning a destination wedding at Alderbrook Resort and Spa?  If so give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Lovely Summer Evening Wedding Ceremony at JM Cellars

The bride and groom stand under the trellis at JM Cellars - Photo by Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

This weekend was filled with wonderful weddings ... and great couples!

Forrest and Heidi exchanged their wedding vows at JM Cellars.  It was an  intimate wedding and so very elegant.

The wedding arch at JM Cellars - Photo by Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant 

The ceremony area took place in a woodland glen which has a rustic arch.  Loved how it was asymmetrically decorated.  So striking.

Music was provided by Puget Sound Strings.

White and red decor for wedding reception at JM Cellars - Photo by Patricia Stimac
Since it was a lovely summer night, the cocktail hour and reception were outside as well.  Lisa Dupar and Company provided the food.

And, of course, the wine was from JM Cellars.

Red and white wedding table place setting - Photo by Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding OfficiantWhat a truly sweet way to celebrate a wedding.

Wishing Heidi and Forrest years and years and years of happiness!

Rick Takagi was the photographer ... looking forward to seeing his work.  Know the images will be great.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Destination Wedding to Paradise -- Dave and Sacha are Married!

Sacha & Dave, Destination Wedding Video from Playfish Media on Vimeo.

I had the good fortune of being invited to officiate for Dave and Sacha on the North Shore of Oahu.  It was an incredible experience.  The two rented two (very large and beautiful) houses for them and their guests because they wanted a "family" feel to the celebration. It was a great time.

Check out the video.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Dima and Rebecca - A Wedding Atop Crystal Mountain!


OK ... Rebecca and Dima have very good taste.  This wonderful couple knows there are few places more stunning than the views from Crystal Mountain.  Their wedding day was a bit overcast in the morning but cleared in time for the ceremony.


We all rode the gondola -- about a 10 minute or so trip -- to the wedding site.  Flowers to decorate the area, along with all the guests made their way up.  

The timing was perfect.  Right after the ceremony ended, there were notifications of a possible thunder storm and everyone was ushered back to the gondola.

The reception was so much fun.  Dima and Rebecca's personalities really shone through.  Dima taught Rebecca to ski so this snowboard "guest book," was just perfect.  The first time I've seen this idea.

The two also are fans of IPAs and brewed their own Hoppity version as favors, along with a glass that read "Eat, Drink and be Married."

Hope to share more photos soon!

Wishing Rebecca and Dima, many years enjoying the slopes, the brews and their love!

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Marriage and Mindfulness --Think of the Possibilities!!!


I was listening to the "Interfaith Amigos" (Pastor Don Mackenzie, Imam Jamal Rahman,and Rabbi Ted Falcon) about mindfulness.  This has been my focus for some time now and it was very inspiring to hear what these three people had to say.  They spent some time talking about mindfulness in relationship.

What I took away from the radio segment was the importance of being in the present.  Not slipping into habit which can lead to a stale quality of being between two people but creating ritual or a way to remain truly present with the person you love. 

Whether you believe in a god or God or no god, I think there are ways to do this.  So today, I experimented in my our life and love.  Whenever something occurred that was difficult, I said "What if I was loving and brought peace and harmony to this situation."

That simple sentence really kept me centered on what was happening.  And often brought a flood of love into my life.  It wasn't easy ... yet I would like to try this again tomorrow.  I really like the idea that what I do, no matter if it is driving my car in a way that brings more love and peace into the world or the way I'm washing a window or writing an email or being welcomed home by Kent, I do with consciousness and mindfulness.

Wow ... just imagine what could be possible in relationship!

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