Thursday, September 18, 2014

Aaron and Ashley Exchange Their Marriage Vows at The Grand Willow Inn

The gazebo at The Grand Willow Inn frames Ashley and Aaron - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Kent and I officiate for the most wonderful couples.  One of them is Ashley and Aaron, who decided to wed in a beautiful garden setting in Mt. Vernon


Bridal suite of The Grand Willow Inn - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
The bridal suite is on the second floor.  There is a lovely bedroom/dressing area and a nearby bathroom, all out of sight of the guests.

Here Ashley and her mum got ready there for the big day.
Ashley's wedding dress - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Aaron and Ashley's ceremony in the garden - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
The garden wedding of Aaron and Ashley at The Grand Willow Inn - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

We walked down the stairs from The Inn and through the arches to the gazebo for the ceremony.

Isn't this romantic looking?

Aaron & Ashley pose in from of the barn at The Grand Willow Inn - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Ashley and Aaron in the wedding outfits - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant 

There are so many places on the grounds for great photos.  Love the texture of the barn.

The kiss to seal Ashley and Aaron's wedding vows - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Wishing the Mr. and Mrs. the very best in their life together as husband and wife.

Thanks to the staff of The Willow Inn for making the day go so well.  And to Rick Takagi for the photographs.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scott and Brigitte Wed at Alderbrook Resort

Scott and Brigitte kiss during their wedding ceremony at Alderbrook Resort.  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant.
What a perfect autumn day!  What a perfect day for a wedding!

I love sunshine and completely enjoyed the drive from Seattle to Alderbrook Resort & Spa.  Kent and I once bicycled along the Hood Canal part of the route and camped at Twanoh State Park.  Such good memories of the area.

And now I have another one.  

Brigitte is from The Netherlands.  Her father and sister along with a number of close friends made the journey to Union, WA.  Her mother wasn't well enough to fly so Skype came to the rescue.  

Living out of the "country,", Brigitte researched wedding venues online and feel in love with Alderbrook Resort & Spa.  It turns out that it is also dear to Scott because his extended family enjoyed summer vacations here when he was a child and he has wonderful memories of the place.  Independently, the two came to the same conclusion:  this is where they wanted to wed.

This is one of the initial photos.  More to come and more to share about this very lovely wedding.

Wishing Scott and Brigitte years and years of happiness and health!

If you are planning a destination wedding to Alderbrook Resort & Spa or other unique and beautiful venues in the Pacific NW, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wedding Rehearsals are So Very Valuable For Everyone To Feel Confident and Relaxed

We believe in walking through the actions of a wedding.  Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Erica Leigh and Alex had so much fun practicing how to do their ring exchange for their upcoming wedding ceremony.  They liked the "practice rings" so much that they decided to take a photo.

Don't they look adorable!

Walking through the actions of the ceremony (not the wording -- want to keep that as a surprise for the wedding day) gives everyone involved from the bride and groom to their parents and wedding party an idea of what's going to happen.

The difference in both the "look" of the wedding ceremony, as well as the tone of it, makes a huge difference.  People are more relaxed (such a good thing on the wedding day) and more knowledgeable about what to do.

If you're planning your ceremony, consider having a rehearsal too.  You'll be glad you did!

And, if you're looking for an officiant who is capable and competent and experienced at preparing for and directing your rehearsal, as well as officiating for you, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bruce and Mehnaz Wed Atop Sundial Hill at Gas Works Park

Talk about a beautiful setting:   the artistic sundial atop the hill, Lake Union and the skyline of Seattle.

Plus, this is where Bruce and Mehnaz shared their first date.  So there was sentimental value too.

Mehnaz was escorted to the wedding by a dear family friend.  The two made a striking picture as they progressed up the hill.

Atop the hill, the ceremony began.  Family and friends drew close.

"Dr. Chuck" presented a reading by Kahlil Gibran on Marriage.

Love one another, 
  but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea 

  between the shores of your souls.

The two shared very unique wedding vows, alternating as they spoke.

Rings were exchanged ... and happiness continued to prevail.

Now the two have even more memories to enjoy in context to Gas Works Park!

Wishing Bruce and Mehnaz the very best in life ... along with their family and friends.
Thanks to Scott Means for the photographs.

If you have memories at Gas Works Park ... or if you would like to create some at your wedding, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Scott and Amy Exchange Their Wedding Vows at the Bear Creek Country Club

Amy and Scott with their wedding party at Bear Creek Country Club - Patricia Stimac,Seattle Wedding Officiant

What an absolutely perfect day for a wedding!  Sunny skies, warm (but not hot) temperatures, a beautiful setting.  Amy and Scott were so fortunate.   It doesn't get better than this in the Pacific Northwest.

The "ladies" of Amy and Scott's wedding at the Bear Creek Country Club - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

The bride and groom decided to be traditional and not see each other until the ceremony began.  So the majority of the couple's photos took place during the cocktail hour.  The guys particularly appreciated that many of these were taken in the shade! 

The Bear Creek Country Club signature sand traps - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

And, of course, there needed to be a photo in front of the Bear Creek signature sand traps at the entrance to the Club.  

Love this area.

Wishing Scott and Amy all the happiness and joy in the world.  It is always a gift to find your life partner and to have someone to share everyday experiences. 

Thanks to all the wedding professionals who helped make Amy and Scott's wedding dreams become reality.
Patricia and staff at the Bear Creek Country Club
George Street Photography
Sounds Unlimited

If you're planning to wed at a golf club and looking for an officiant who fits you to a tee (ok, I just couldn't resist), give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Houseboat Wedding for Kristina and Jille!

Kent officiated for this wonderful couple on their friend's houseboat on Lake Union.

The day was absolutely beautiful.

A friend of theirs came by on his boat -- yup, right in the middle of the ceremony.  There was much good humor and lots of laughs, plus the taking of this photo before all returned to complete the ceremony.

Kristina and Jille emailed us after the ceremony:

          Thank you so much for a beautiful ceremony!  
           It turned out perfectly, even with the interruption!  
           Attached is the "interruption picture" as I like to call it.  :) 
Life can be so very playful and fun!

Wishing Jille and Kristina many more years of happiness together.

If you are planning a unique wedding ceremony that is a bit off-beat and filled with lots of goodhearted humor, give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Ring Security" in Action at William and Lauren's Wedding

William & Lauren's Ring Bearers - Kent Buttars, A Heavenly Ceremony
Kent and I always head to the photo booth at wedding receptions.  Sad face ... I wasn't able to attend this one ... so Kent went looking for trouble.

He found Hunter and Chase, the ring bearers.  Both were wearing their "Ring Security" t-shirts and ready for action.

The three had a pretty good time, I'd say.

Lauren sent along the photos.  So glad she did!

Photobooths are just plain fun!