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 Pop-up Wedding

Alyssa and Jesse contacted me from Ohio in early December regarding their destination Seattle wedding.  They had never been to Seattle and were not sure about very much other than the fact that they wanted a nice shot at Kerry Park.  They hoped to capture a nice wedding shot there so they could make copies to send to friends and family for Christmas.   We met at Kerry park and got the shot but the weather was cold and windy so we headed out in my Kia to scout a location for a Seattle Pop-up Wedding .  First stop Pike Place Market!

The Pike Place Market at Christmastime is fantastic!  It is so festive with all the sites, sounds, and smells of Christmas.  After finding a great parking spot we set out to find the perfect spot for our Seattle Pop-up wedding.  The courtyard at the Inn at the Market came to mind and everyone followed me as I kept my fingers crossed.  This spot ended up being the perfect location for our Seattle Pop-up Wedding.

The courtyard was decorated with Christmas trees and lights.  It was open yet intimate, festive yet private.  We tucked ourselves into a nice little spot among the trees and had our ceremony.   The ceremony was intimate and lovely, and we even had some shopkeepers peeking through their windows as Alyssa and Jesse exchanged their vows.  After the ceremony we all headed back to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel where the couple was staying and finished with some more shots inside this grand hotel.

On a side note, Alyssa requested that I customize one of the bouquets I offer on my website to include her favorite lavender colored “ocean song” rose.  With only one week to go before the wedding, my go-to florist, Metropolitan Market was able to accommodate Alyssa’s request.  Her groom, Jesse, also got a matching boutonniere.

I couldn’t be more happy with the way this wedding unfolded.  All in all, we visited three locations, had a Seattle Pop-up Wedding and the couple got their wish of having a lovely photo to share with their friends and family for Christmas.  I hope you enjoy the pictures below provided by Jeanne Phinney Photography.

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Snoqualmie Falls Wedding

Last December I was contacted by Barbara and Timo from Germany regarding their Washington State destination wedding. We e-mailed and Skyped for several months and I learned that they wanted a woodsy, bohemian feel for their August ceremony. Based on their wishes, it was easy for me to recommend a Snoqualmie Falls Wedding at the Salish Lodge and Spa. Barbara and Timo also wanted the ceremony photographed so they could share these memories with their families back home in Germany. I brought in my dear friend and colleague, Jeanne Phinney of Jeanne Phinney Photography to help me plan a creative timeline for the ceremony and photography.  About half-way through the process the bride e-mailed me a picture of her dress and asked if I could match her dress to a wedding bouquet.  I sent the photo to my go-to florist, Molly Snowden at Metropolitan Market and she created a lovely bouquet that matched Barbara’s dress perfectly.  Timo got a matching boutonniere too!

We decided to start with the ceremony in the woods and then take the couple down to the river and falls to capture some moments in this beautiful natural setting. What follows are the amazing pictures from that day — including the couple opening a gift that their sister in Germany sent to me to be opened after their ceremony. Thank you Barbara and Timo for contacting me to be your officiant and help you plan your Snoqualmie Falls Wedding.  The day was magical!

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Small Seattle Elopement

In May I was contacted by Yi via my Seattle Wedding Officiants Facebook page regarding a small Seattle elopement she needed help with.  She and her fiance Binyan did not have a location and wanted to pull something together in two weeks.  She had a small group of about 15 friends which is the perfect number for a small Seattle elopement.

We met for my free consultation and I shared some nice ideas with them that would provide a lovely backdrop for their early summer wedding.  As I was dealing out options like cards in a deck (I have quite a few tricks up my sleeve), they mentioned that they had a friend who had offered his rooftop deck at his downtown Seattle condominium.  I said, “wait a minute! A downtown Seattle rooftop?”  I could hardly contain myself.  Being a native of Seattle I have seen some pretty sweet views from atop Seattle’s tall buildings.   You simply cannot go wrong from any rooftop in downtown Seattle, and this rooftop just happened to be 40 stories up with a 360 degree view of our fabulous city.  I immediately suggested we scrap my ideas and use theirs instead.

These small elopements are so much fun for me.  I collaborate with my couples to pull together some wildly fun and imaginative plans for their special day.  A small wedding can feel like a big wedding when you get to Skype the ceremony to your family back home, add an hour of photography courtesy of Jeanne Phinney Photography, 15 of your best friends, and sushi from I love Sushi.  Enjoy!

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Small Fairmont Hotel Seattle Wedding

Paul and Susan contacted me just after the first of the year to brainstorm ideas for their small wedding.  After some thought they decided on a small Fairmont Hotel Seattle wedding.  I love the Fairmont!  I actually worked there when it was the Four Seasons Olympic as a hotel Concierge.  This hotel is luxurious with an over-the-top attention to detail.

Paul and Susan’s group was small, consisting of Paul’s daughters and their husbands, me and our photographer, Jeanne of Jeanne Phinney PhotographyMetropolitan Market provided Susan’s lovely winter white bouquet with a matching boutonniere for Paul.  They reserved a beautiful corner suite for the ceremony and a small celebration afterwards.  Later they all went to the Georgian Room for dinner.  Talk about an elegant way to celebrate an intimate wedding.  Jeanne captured some lovely moments between Paul and Susan before, during and after the wedding. Congratulations Susan and Paul!

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Space Needle Observation Deck Wedding

Serena and Michael contacted me in December to inquire about a Space Needle Observation Deck wedding.  They explained to me that they had enjoyed their very first date there approximately two years ago.  They now wanted to come back and celebrate their nuptials with their blended family on Valentine’s day.

I have officiated several weddings on the observation deck and it’s never a dull moment.  You can always guarantee you will have wedding crashers but they all have the best intentions.  Who wouldn’t want to be visiting one of Seattle’s favorite icons and have the opportunity to suddenly be in the middle of a wedding?  If you have a Space Needle Observation Deck wedding expect a lot of cheering from people you have never met before in your life!

Just because you are eloping doesn’t mean you have to fore-go the extra touches

Seattle Wedding Officiants is proud to offer photography and flowers for small weddings under 20 people.  Serena and Michael requested two hours of photography so they could get some family photos AND  of course the cherished “first look” photo, which was done at Peace Garden.  Side note: That’s the family in the background of their first look picture pretending to be paparazzi.  I arrived an hour before their ceremony and brought a beautiful customized bouquet for Serena and matching boutonniere for Michael.  In addition, I provided a smaller boutonniere for Serena’s son and wrist-let for Michael’s daughter (flowers provided by Metropolitan Market).

This small group had huge smiles from beginning to end.  In fact, right after I pronounced Michael and Serena husband and wife at the top of the needle, their 7-yr-old son burst out in tears and exclaimed, “it’s too exciting.”  Congratulations Serena and Michael and lots of love to your new lovely family!

Enjoy the following photos by Jen Sanders Photography.

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Elope Wedding Seattle

This is an e-mail I just received from a couple who live in Idaho and want to have an Elope Wedding Seattle style:

“We have been scouring the internet for an officiant that would fit the uniqueness of our wedding plans and our relationship.  We came across your website and what you posted really jumped out at us.”

In many cases, couples who want to elope have chosen to have their wedding day be an intimate event with just the two of them.  It could also be a personal or financial decision — or maybe they have never been to Seattle and want to combine a vacation to the Pacific Northwest with a small wedding.  Whatever the reason, I can help!

Just because you are eloping doesn’t mean you have to fore-go the extra touches

I love every wedding I officiate.  Whether it’s a small elopement or a large event with 200 people, I always bring my passion and enthusiasm to the wedding process.  Elopements are extra fun for me because I often get to act as an ambassador of Seattle — offering my expertise on different ceremony locations, restaurants to celebrate at afterwards and of course — crafting a ceremony that reflects the love between the couple.  So far in 2015 ceremony locations have included the list below:

Private suite at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland
On  a dock at Greenlake in Seattle
Private suite at the Seattle PanPacific Hotel
Private home on Queen Anne
Space Needle Observation Deck (2)
Washington State Ferry
Seattle Waterfront-Myrtle Edwards Park/Beach

These locations are just a handful of the many beautiful indoor and outdoor possibilities for your Seattle elopement.  If you want to add a photographer for an hour or two I can help with that also.  My photography packages can be tailored to your needs and they include my officiant services. I also offer Wedding Packages for your Seattle elopement.

Below are some of the photographs from an elopement that took place this past weekend.  This lovely couple had planned on having a large wedding in California but at the last minute decided to elope to Seattle.  I helped them get an upgrade on their room at the Edgewater Hotel so they could have a water view with a balcony on their wedding night.  I also arranged for flowers and champagne to be delivered to their room upon arrival.  The bride had a custom-made bouquet and the groom had a matching boutonniere that I obtained through Metropolitan Market.  They dined at Aqua  after the ceremony where I arranged for them to have a table with a view of Puget Sound.  And the best part is that all of this was photographed by the amazing and talented Nicole Bischel of Orange Anchor Photography.

If you are planning to elope to Seattle, please contact me.  I would love to be your officiant AND your Seattle hospitality expert.  Enjoy!

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Seattle Wedding Officiants Wins 2015 Couples’ Choice

Wedding Wire 2015

Elaine Way of Seattle‘s Own Seattle Wedding Officiants Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2015Seattle, WAJanuary 15, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named Seattle Wedding Officiants as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 for Officiant in Seattle!The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Seattle Wedding Officiants. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.”It’s always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud Seattle Wedding Officiants for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Seattle Wedding Officiants is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.Seattle Wedding Officiants is proud to be one of the top Officiant in Seattle in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2015.For more information about Seattle Wedding Officiants, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/seattle-wedding-officiants-seattle/355963dc6eae85dc.html.To learn more about the Couple’s Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

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