Waterfall Elopement

One of the things I love about elopements is that the sky is literally the limit as to where, when, and how I get to help couples create something magical for their special day.  Just because it’s a small wedding doesn’t mean you have to go to the courthouse.  Couples who want something special  contact me for ideas and suggestions.  Sometimes they want a beach, sometimes they want a park.  Bianca and Tony expressed an interest in having a big wedding feel for their elopement.  This is what they shared with me:

“We were originally planning to have a destination wedding in February. We decided we didn’t want to wait to get married so we were going to get married at the court house. I felt a little disappointed because I wanted flowers, a dress, and pictures. We looked up eloping in Seattle and found you!”

In our initial consultation we decided on a mid-week early morning elopement with Franklin Falls as our destination.  The trail is beautiful and well groomed with tall evergreen trees on every side.  The Snoqualmie River runs parallel to the trail and creates a soothing sound of rushing water below.  It is a fairly short hike and very enjoyable.

On the day of the wedding, we all met in North Bend, which is a short drive from the trail head to the falls.  We drove up in a caravan with their photographer, Jeanne Phinney Photography  and me in one car and the couple in the other.  They brought along their hair and make-up artist, Shannon Mercil, as an additional witness and to do touch-ups along the way.

Bianca and Tony both brought wedding clothes to change in and hiked up the trail looking lovely.  Bianca also had a flower crown made along with a gorgeous bouquet from Woodinville Florist.

It was a pleasant surprise to arrive at the falls and see  that we were practically by ourselves.  This location can get uncomfortably busy in the summer.  Even though it’s less crowded in the fall, weekdays are still best if you want to have the falls to yourself.

We began with some fun pictures in front of the falls and then had their sweet ceremony.  They shared a few tears but mostly they were both smiling from ear to ear.  Jeanne took some more pictures and then we hiked out.

When we arrived at our cars, Bianca and Tony produced a cake they had brought with them.  Jeanne took some fun pictures of them eating cake and having a little toast.

Below are some great photos of Bianca and Tony’s waterfall elopement.  Enjoy!

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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.

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 my blog post Washington State Marriage License 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

Be sure to check out my Small, Elope or Last Minute Wedding page for more information!

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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Seattle Glass Blowing Studio Elopement

I was first contacted by Tammy and Patrice in early 2014.  They live in South Carolina and wanted to have their destination wedding in Seattle, Washington.  I asked them what they had in mind for a venue — indoor?  outdoor?  They expressed a love of nature and I assured them that we had many beautiful parks  and beaches that they would love.  They also expressed a love of glass blowing.  I immediately recalled a glass blowing studio that I often pass on my way through downtown Seattle.  I contacted the Seattle Glass Blowing Studio and inquired about doing a small wedding ceremony within the studio and adding a glass pouring ceremony.  They were enthusiastically on board for a Seattle Glass Blowing Studio elopement.

If you are familiar with the traditional sand pouring ceremony in which two different colors of sand are poured by the couple into one vessel — imagine pouring two different colors of glass crystals (referred to as “frit”) into a center vessel, which is then later blown into a beautiful sculpture.  Tammy and Patrice were on board and I worked out all the details with the operations manager at the studio.

We had the studio to ourselves for approximately 30 minutes at which time we had the ceremony.  The ladies poured their frit and I got to sign my first Ketubah – a Jewish wedding tradition.  I brought in my friend and colleague Jeanne of Jeanne Phinney Photography to shoot the wedding and what follows are the lovely pictures of two very happy ladies.  Congratulations Tammy and Patrice!

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