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Elopement Concierge

Welcome to Elopement Concierge!

Elopement Concierge was loosely developed  in 2012 when Washington passed Ref 74 for same gender marriage.  The Seattle wedding industry experienced a huge increase in weddings that year with dozens and dozens of couples traveling to Seattle, WA to enjoy marriage equality.  Many of my couples didn’t know a thing about Seattle.  As a native of Seattle, I was able to share epic location ideas for the ceremony.  In addition, couples made special requests for flowers, cake, champagne, hair/make-up, and photography.

So even though Elopement Concierge casually began in 2012, it has grown into something that I am deeply passionate about and proud of.  I love helping couples experience the glamor and excitement of a large wedding but with a small wedding cost.  We will begin with the location or venue and add services provided by a hand-picked team of vendors.  I will, of course, craft a ceremony you will love and remember.

Is this you:

  • You want to elope or have a very small wedding with just family and a few friends
  • You have 10 days to put together something really special and you don’t know where to begin
  • You are traveling from out of town and can’t wait to get married in Seattle, but you need help with a great location
  • You want to add a few extras such as flowers and photography to your wedding day but don’t know who to call

I can help you with all of this, and I’ll even advise you on how to get your marriage license.  I am a licensed notary and can take care of that part too! (Read Seattle Wedding Officiants Does all the Paperwork to find out more).

Please enjoy a few of the locations I have suggested for my couples.  If you are coming to Seattle or you already live here, I would love to hear from you.  Elopement Concierge is here to help with all your elopement or small wedding needs.

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Space Needle

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Volunteer Park Conservatory

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Sorrento Hotel

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Discovery Park Lighthouse & Beach

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Snoqualmie Point Park

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Franklin Falls

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Lower Snoqualmie Falls

Franklin Falls Elopement

Vanessa & Roxanne contacted me in May to discuss having an “epic falls wedding” at Snoqualmie Falls.  In other words, they wanted to be right down in front of the falls to exchange their vows.  What they didn’t know is that it isn’t that easy to get down to the base of the falls any longer.  You can do it but only if everyone is a gymnast, including the photographer, and you have some sort of utility ladder.  So instead, I recommended Franklin Falls around the same area for their June elopement.  They liked the pictures I shared with them and we began to plan their Franklin Falls elopement.

Franklin Falls is about a 90 minute drive from Seattle and then there is a little hike into the falls.  We decided to meet halfway and then caravan to the trail head.  Once we got out of the city and close to our destination we discovered some great photo opportunities and took time to stop and capture some beautiful shots of the couple.

We arrived at Franklin Falls and set out on the trail.  It was so beautiful with Northwest evergreens all around us.  The trail is very well maintained and there is a river running below all along the trail.  What an incredible little hike.  We stopped along the trail to get more photos of Vanessa and Roxanne, and their excitement grew every step of the way.

We arrived to the falls and there was only one other couple there.  So we basically had the falls to ourselves.  The ceremony was lovely and afterwards Vanessa and Roxanne popped a bottle of champagne that they had hiked in with to celebrate with their friends.

All in all I would highly recommend this little day trip for your Franklin Falls Elopement.  It’s well worth it and not far from Seattle.  I hope you enjoy the fabulous photographs that Jeanne Phinney Photography captured for Vanessa and Roxanne!

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Rose Garden Wedding

Janee and Raheem contacted me from California in March inquiring about a good spot for their Seattle June elopement.  I love it when I get inquiries from out of town because I am a Seattle native and always have great ideas for ceremony spots for out of town couples. Their guest count was small — they had invited less than 10 people, which is a factor when I choose a ceremony location.  I originally suggested a sweet spot among the trees at Volunteer Park in Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood.  I refer to this particular spot as a “Woodland Cathedral” because the trees are tall and wrap around a small group for an intimate outdoor ceremony in a forest like setting.   A few months into our planning, however, Janee advised me that their numbers had now grown to 20 people!  The original spot was just too small for 20 people.  So I shifted gears a bit and came up with the Woodland Park Rose Garden.   They were thrilled with this idea and got on board with me to re-direct their plans to their rose garden wedding.

The rose garden at Woodland Park is an exquisite place to get married.  In June, the gardens are in bloom and full of color and romance.  Janee and Raheem exchanged their vows amongst dozens of varieties of roses with beauty all around them.  They were beaming and their family looked quite happy even though there was a tiny bit of raining coming down.  It was romantic, intimate and everything they had hoped for.

Please enjoy the following photos of Janee and Raheem’s rose garden wedding courtesy of Jen Sanders Photography.  Flowers courtesy of Metropolitan Market, Queen Anne.

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Wedding Wire Rated

Seattle Wedding Officiants Named One of the Elite ‘WeddingWire Rated™ 250 Level’ Companies
Company Honored for Having Over 250 Reviews Highlighting Its Top Notch Quality Service

Seattle, Washington – July 7, 2016 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, is pleased to announce that Seattle Wedding Officiants has reached the prestigious WeddingWire Rated™ 250 Level, by earning more than 250 wedding reviews for Officiant in Seattle, Washington.

The esteemed WeddingWire Rated™ program recognizes wedding professionals who have received positive newlywed reviews about their business on WeddingWire. Since receiving over 250 wedding reviews, Seattle Wedding Officiants is now placed at the elite Rated™ 250 Level. The program recognizes businesses across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and requires a minimum of three wedding reviews and an average score of 3.5 stars or higher.

Within the WeddingWire Rated™ program, there are seven different levels that wedding professionals can reach based on the number of wedding reviews they receive (3, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500). The WeddingWire Rated™ 250 Level is reserved for a select group of businesses who have received 250 or more newlywed reviews.

As a member of WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over two million reviews, Seattle Wedding Officiants’s advancement to the Rated™ 250 Level is considered the ultimate milestone, illustrating the business’ commitment to regularly providing quality service to their clients. As a WeddingWire Rated™ Black badge-holder, Seattle Wedding Officiants has reached the highest level of achievement on WeddingWire.

“To have exceeded 250 client reviews is a tremendous accomplishment that only a select group of wedding professionals have reached,” said Sonny Ganguly, CMO, WeddingWire. “We are honored to recognize Seattle Wedding Officiants for their impressive work within the wedding industry as indicated by their past clients. This great achievement showcases their strong track record of success and a steadfast commitment to earning positive reviews, each and every year.”

“Seattle Wedding Officiants is thrilled to have reached the Rated™ 250 Level for Officiant in Seattle, Washington. Providing positive experiences for our clients is our number one priority, and we would like to thank them for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. Each review allows potential clients to see that we are committed to providing excellent service on a consistent and ongoing basis, and we look forward to continued success.”

For more information about Seattle Wedding Officiants, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront at https://www.weddingwire.com/reviews/seattle-wedding-officiants-seattle/355963dc6eae85dc.html.

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WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than 2 million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.

Cherry Blossom Elopements

Look what we are doing ~ Cherry Blossom Elopements! Nothing says spring like a walk through cherry trees. And what is more romantic than getting married in the spring underneath cherry tree blossoms? To help fuel your passion for spring and each other we’ve put together the perfect package.  Our Cherry Blossom Elopement package includes three plus locations depending on which has the best bloom, my services to officiate your ceremony and one hour of photography. Call me for details for your Cherry Blossom Elopement!

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