Friday, January 30, 2015

Seattle is a GREAT City to Elope to!

Barry and Robert elope to Seattle - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
What a wonderful experience!  Barry and Robert are a truly gracious couple from Florida.  They had heard so many good things about our fair Emerald City that they decided to wed here.

The two wanted a simple yet elegant ceremony and celebration.  We had communicated before they arrived and had prepared their ceremony via email and phone.  
Magenta orchid boutonnier and bowtie - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Once in town (they stayed downtown), Robert and Barry became tourists with a purpose.  They began exploring where they wanted to wed.  The Olympic Sculpture Park had just the elan they were looking for.

The two decided on a common color scheme and ordered matching boutonni√®res.  Barry went with a long tie and Robert with a bow tie.  They looked quite dapper, don't you think!
Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant, celebrates Barry and Robert's wedding at the Olympic Sculpture Park 

We found a quiet, private place for the ceremony.

Barry and Robert hold hands at their ceremony - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant 

Vows were made and rings exchanged. 

Barry places wedding ring on Robert's hand - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

 Barry and Robert wed at the Olympic Sculpture Park - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Ceremony
And, of course, there was a moment just to take in everything!

Barry and Robert at the Cloud Cover wall at the Olympic Sculpture Park - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Afterwards, photos.

The Sculpture Park offers so many options.   Here's one at The Cloud Cover wall.

A stop at the Wave Sculpture is a must!

Robert and Barry hold hands at the Wave Sculpture - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

arry and Robert also shared some kind words about their ceremony experience.

"Pat was AMAZING! We had to plan everything from Florida via phone but she made it so easy. And the ceremony....could not have asked for anything better. She is professional, genuine, and I would highly recommend her services to anyone!"
Barry and Robert are wed at the Seattle Sculpture Park - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
 Wishing the two many fond memories of Seattle, the city where they wed, 
and a lifetime of happiness together!

Many thanks to Starr Samuelson of Starr Photography for the wonderful photos.

If you love Seattle as much as we do and want to wed here, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Recently Engaged? How to Find an Officiant!

Patricia Stimac and Kent Buttars, A Heavenly Ceremony - Mike Veitenhans Photography
Mike Veitenhans
OK!  Kent and I aren't newly engaged.  (You know that we've been married for 35 years.)  But we do remember that very special moment - the proposal.

The excitement of planning your wedding day is tangible.  And the task of planning now begins.

So how do you find the right officiant for the two of you?

There are a number of considerations to explore with possible officiants: 

First, of course, is the person available?

Is the person experienced in officiating, in writing, in providing overall guidance while encouraging your personalities to shine through?

Is he or she someone you feel comfortable with? 

Is there a mutual understanding and willingness on what type of ceremony (religious, spiritual, humanist, cultural, interfaith, intercultural and more) you would like?

Is there a openness to work with you to co-create wording you will love to hear on your wedding day?

Is there help available in writing your own vows? 

Is premarital preparation available?

Is it possible to see a video of the officiant performing a ceremony?

And, if friends have recently wed and they have recommendations, this would be a good place to begin!

Kent and I offer free consultations and welcome meeting with you.  Give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    Ahoy mateys! Nuptials in the offing at the Center for Wooden Boats!!

    The Center for Wooden Boats will host Ed and Shannons wedding - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
    Being people who favor the water ourselves (Kent an Aquarius, me a Cancer), we can't abide to live far from the sea ... well, at least that watery pond called Green Lake.

    Shannon and Ed have set down anchor at the south end of Lake Union, a stone's throw from The Center for Wooden Boats.

    So when that sea dog Ed reckoned it was time to get hitched and proposed to his buxom beauty, Shannon, they smartly decided to tie the knot at the Center.

    Who knows what lies in store for all those landlubbers attending their wedding shindig?  Aye, it is sure to please, of that I'm certain.  And, I'm dee-lighted to be presiding as cap'tain of the official ceremony in August, the most fair of months in Seattle.

    Three cheers for the couple and a long, lively sail through life with fair winds always at their stern.

    Calculating it's about time to take the plunge yourselves, well me hearties, belay the chatter and handsomely call us at 206.789.9788 or if you rather, through our website.  Yo ho ho!

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    Fun Wedding Photo - Seattle Sunset, Striking Bride and Groom & Interesting Cyclist!

    In November I had the pleasure of officiating for Stephanie and Patrick at the Lake Union Cafe.  Since their wedding took place at 7:00pm, there was time before the ceremony for a number of sunset photographs.

    When I saw this one, I had to blog about it.  What is the chance of all these components coming together? Beautiful bride, striking groom, lovely sunset and eccentric bicycle rider (or perhaps just the bicycle).

    More posts to come on Patrick and Stephanie's wedding day.

    Kudos to Cory Parris for the wonderful photo!

    If your planning an evening wedding in the Seattle area, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or through our website.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Destination Wedding: Alderbrook Resort!

    Engagement of CJ and Renee who will wed at Alderbrook Lodge - Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
    Look at these smiles!

    To say that Renee and CJ are happy to be engaged and looking forward to their June wedding is an understatement.

    It was a delight to meet with the two and share in their excitement.  Very much looking forward to co-creating a ceremony with them that is totally perfect for them.

    Wishing the two a wonderful experience preparing for their wedding day!

    Planning a destination wedding yourself, perhaps at Alderbrook Resort and Spa!  Give us a call at 206.789.9788 or through our website.

    Monday, January 19, 2015

    Planning to Announce Your Wedding at Your Wedding? Surprise!

    Surprise!  We're getting married at the Woodmark Hotel - Kent Buttars and Patricia Stimac Seattle Wedding Officiants

    What a fun wedding celebration!

    Elliott and Barb wanted to surprise everyone ... well, almost everyone  (their wedding party and parents were in the know) ... that they were getting married at the Woodmark Hotel.

    Woodmark Hotel hosts Surprise wedding - Kent Buttars & Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiants

    As guests arrived for the "party," they received a pretty blue envelope with a silver seal.  Inside was this card.
    We're Getting Married at the Woodmark Hotel - Surprise!!  Kent Buttars and Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
    The photographer, Brittany Weiss of B. Weiss Photography, was right there to capture the expressions of people as they read about the "Surprise."  It was pure  fun!

    This type of wedding was perfect for Elliott and Barbara.  Wishing the two a life filled with wonderful surprises!

    Planning your "surprise" wedding?  Give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

    Sunday, January 18, 2015

    New Year's Eve, Space Needle Fireworks, Wedding!

    Seattle Space Needle fireworks light up Jen and Brandon's wedding - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    As you may know, I love fireworks. On New Year's, though, it takes a bit to get me (and Kent) out of a comfy home and to the Seattle Space Needle.

    This year, Brandon and Jen contacted us about officiating for them ... and pronouncing them husband and wife at as close to 12:01am in the new year as possible.

    Jen and Brandon in Parsons Garden on New Year's Even - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    First, the five of us met at Parsons Garden.  Ben Lucas of NOMcreative had set up some lights and some photos were taken there.  Isn't this romantic?

    I filled out the marriage documents by the light of my cell phone.  It was really dark!

    New Year's Eve wedding at the Space Needle - Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony  

    Jen and Brandon had scouted the Queen Anne hill around the Space Needle, looking for a place where the fireworks would be visible yet it would be quite private.

    They found the perfect place.

    Brandon, Jen, Space Needle fireworks, wedding - Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony 

    Vows were read and heard.  It was truly a sweet moment. 

    Jen reads her wedding vows to Brandon - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    Space Needle firewords light up Jen and Brandon's wedding kiss - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
     And a kiss sealed the promises made.

    Fireworks at the Space Needle light up Jen and Brandon's wedding night - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    Then, it was time to just enjoy the show. It was pretty spectacular.

    Brandon and Jen are all smiles, lit up by the Space Needle fireworks - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    What a magnificent beginning to the new year.  

    Wishing Jen and Brandon a life together enough more awesome than the fireworks!

    Thanks to Ben Lucas, NOMcreative, for capturing this very special time.  

    Planning a wedding ceremony that involves fireworks and looking for an officiant?  Give us a call at 206.789.9788 or through our website.

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    Nile Country Club Wedding For Nate and Molly

    Fun wedding party photo - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding OfficiantWhoa!  Don't pull them apart.

    Molly and Nate really do want to be together!!

    The two decided to wed in August in an outdoor ceremony.  It was bright and sunny and just the perfect temperature.  
    Mixed wedding party - groom's people - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
    I really like the trend of people in the wedding party standing up with the one who is closest to them.  Sometimes there are women on the groom's side and men on the bride's side.
    Here is Molly with her attendants and the flower girl.
    Molly and her ladies in navy - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    Molly's personal vows are wonderful - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding OfficiantMolly and Nate wrote their own vows.  Molly used a sports theme:

    Teams don't always win every game, and that is certainly the case for us.  We have had many ups and downs in life during our relationship, but no matter what the score is, we learn from the plays we make and come out stronger in the end.

    I never thought in a million years that I would find a teammate that would love and care me as much as you.  And I didn't know that I could love someone as deeply as I love.
    Nate places Molly's wedding ring her hand - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    Then the rings were exchanged as a token of their love and commitment.
    Nate and Molly kiss to seal their vows - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    And, the kiss!
    MARRIED - Molly & Nate at the Nile Country Club - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    Everything turned so very well.
    We had such a perfect wedding day ...
    could not have asked for a better day!
    Thank you so much for being part of it.
    ~ Molly and Nate
    Nate & Molly's initials in golden glitter - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

    Wishing Mr. and Mrs. the very best in their life together.  A great team moving together and experiencing all of life!

    Thanks to Holly Aprecio for all the images.  To the staff of the Nile Country Club, the wedding planner and florist, Jenni, the DJ, DJ100 Proof of Integral DJs.

    Are you planning a wedding at a golf club and looking for a officiant for your ceremony?  Give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website.