Sunday, October 19, 2014

I Choose You

I Choose You by Ms. Moem

Life can be thought as a series of choices made:
We hope to look back and smile as our memories are replayed.
Those once in a lifetime moments aren’t always quick to show
But when they do materialize, then somehow you just know.

I am happier now that I ever thought I would be;
I love the person you are the person you make me.
We share an understanding, we share hopes and goals
Together, united, we’re two halves of one whole.

I will never take for granted that you’ve given me your heart
And I gently carry it with me whenever we are apart.
In return, I give you mine, to cherish and to hold.
No promise is too great to make,
You’re worth your weight in gold.

Promises made.  Vows declared.
A dream to build. A life to share.
I’m proud to utter the words ‘I do”
As it tells the world that I choose you.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hugs on Wedding Day -- Nothing Better!

Kent and I are so fortunate to get to meet and to know couples as they prepare to wed.  And, then to share the joy of the moment whey they exchange their wedding vows: vows that will shape the rest of their lives.

It touches us deeply ... and we are so very grateful.  
Thank you to all of you who have allowed us into your lives!

Thank you Wallflower Photography for capturing this very special moment.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Regency-Themed Wedding for Laura and Evan

Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice  Mansfield Park, Emma -- these works of Jane Austen -- plus the clothing of her era inspired this lovely wedding.

I watched as Laura had her hair done.  Minute by minute she moved from this decade back in time.  Then, she and Evan left to get dressed.


The procession began with Laura's niece, dressed in an adorable matching outfit was adorable!

Then, Laura and Evan emerged.  Fantastic! 

The wedding was an intimate occasion of family and the closest of friends.  It was held at the Angle Lake home of Laura's mother.  The bride and groom wished to marry near the lake but rain moved things indoors.

Even so, the setting was cozy and completely fitting.

It was a joy to be included in the ceremony, which was a blend of contemporary and history. 

The ring pillow made for Laura's grandfather while he was recovering from a war injury in Europe.  His nurse created this for him ... and it is a treasured family heirloom.


Laura and Evan adapted a version of the "seven blessings" into their wording and had a beautiful document created as a keepsake.

Here is one of them:

May we be best friends and work together to build a relationship of substance and quality. May our sense of humor and playful spirit continue to enliven our relationship.  May we respect each other’s individual personality and perspective, and give each other room to grow in fulfilling our dreams. 

Afterwards, all gathered round the table to feast and celebrate Evan and Laura's good fortune.

In the words of Miss Austin, do not you think the two deserve to enjoy a terrific, dear time together! 

Many thanks to Wallflower Photography for these wonderful images.

Planning a Regency era wedding and need an officiant?  Give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Having Fun with Wedding Photos!

Glenn and Delton have a very playful side!  The two let their personalities shine through in this series of photos at Pike Place Market.

What I like about them is how light-hearted and just plain fun they are.  They make me smile!

And they are imaginative and interactive.  My husband, Kent. officiated for the two and really enjoyed the experience can see why!

Of course, they did sweet photos as well.  

So glad they had time to do this series.  I'm sure they will regard them with happiness in the future...a key to good memories.

And here they are.  Happy, smiling and just glad to be enjoying their wedding day.

Wishing Delton and Glenn many more moments of playfulness and love!

Thanks to Brooke Taylor of Brooke Taylor Studios for these images.

If you are planning your wedding and want to include moments of such pure fun and joy even in your ceremony, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website.

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.

If you are planning a wedding outside the metropolitan Seattle area, give us a call at 206.789.9788 or contact us through our website:

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.