Monday, February 16, 2015

Love Those Love Notes - 2015 Best Officiant My Wedding

We have been very blessed during our years of officiating ... and continue to be grateful as wonderful things make their way to us.

Many years ago we realized it is the people we officiate for and work with who are the gracious ones.  

Thank you for being part of our lives.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Joan and James to Wed at the Willows Lodge

Joan and James having fun at their home pool - Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
I was delighted to hear from James and Joan about officiating their wedding ceremony.  This lively,  fun couple lives in Texas (yes, that's them poolside) but they have family in Seattle and decided to marry at Willows Lodge.

Then, I learned that Joan's niece is Alaina Fox who does wedding photography.  Our paths have already crossed. 

Joan and James kissing at Pike Place Market - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

Now not only do I get to work with Alaina, I also get to meet more of her family.  A pleasure!

When Joan and James visited Seattle, Alaina took their engagement pictures.  Of course, there had to be some photos at the iconic Pike Place Market.

Iconic fish stand engagement photo for Joan and James - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

James and Joan with flowers at Pike Place Market - Patricia Stimac, Seattle Wedding Officiant

So looking forward to Joan and James' wedding!  It's going to be an absolutely great day.

Thanks to Alaina Fox for sharing these lovely images taken at Pike Place Market.

If you are planning a ceremony from out of state, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Whimsical Winter Wedding Cake

Cake made of snow, carrots and birdseed - Posted by Patricia Stimac and Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiants
Thanks to Family Fun Magazine
Wouldn't this be a fun addition to a winter wedding?

Being warm and cozy inside the reception hall and looking out at this delightful creation.

Plus, while your guests are enjoying delectable cake, wild creatures can be  nibbling on their own tidbits.  A win-win situation for all!

And, if you are looking for equally creative ways to make your ceremony your own, give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website.  Another win-win decision.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Nice Couple Creates "Nicer Foods"

Jesse & Kate with their daughter, Zannie - Ceremony officiated by Kent Buttars, Seattle Wedding Officiant
Kent had the honor of officiating for Jessie and Kate (seen here with their daughter Zannie) last year on Camano Island.

As we reach out to couples and their support for the Seattle Bride Magazine Best of 2015 poll, we often hear back what people are currently interested in and what the news is in their lives.  We love those emails!

Heard back from Kate and Jessie that they have been really, really busy starting a new business:  Nicer Foods, which specializes in protein bars for people with digestive issues like Crohns, colitis, etc.

Kate is a dietician and developed bars that are wheat free, dairy free, corn free, soy free plus are low in fermentable carbs called FODMAPS.  This is a wonderful combination.  The bars can be purchased online at Nicer Foods.

You or someone you know may find this of interest.  Please share.

And here's to hearing from couples and where life has taken them!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Destination: The Quintessa on Whidbey Island Occasion: Alexi and Matt's Wedding

Matt proposed to Alexi at Christmas at the California beach cabin - Patricia Stimac, A Heavenly Ceremony
I'm so looking forward to this wedding!  

First the background.  Matt proposed to Alexi on Christmas Day at their cabin on California's Pacific Coast.  Sigh ... that sounds so romantic.

The two decided on a destination wedding for about 40 people at The Quintessa on Whidbey Island.  This is a vacation house just a bit from the Clinton Ferry.  It is huge - with nine bedrooms and a cottage - so everyone will be together yet will have some private space.

It will give people a chance to relax, get to know each other better and to celebrate this very important day in Alexi and Matt's life.

Wishing the lucky couple the best with their wedding plans!

If you were engaged over the holidays ... or perhaps anticipating a proposal on Valentine's Day and are looking for a wonderful officiant, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

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.