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Outdoor garden wedding on the Olympic Penninsula

Last summer I had the pleasure of officiating a wedding in a lovely outdoor garden called The Cutting Garden in Sequim (, which is located on the Olympic Penninsula.   It was a long drive — including a ferry — but when I arrived I was really inspired by the beauty of the grounds.

The Cutting Garden boasts thousands of flowers, which make a gorgeous background for your event and especially your wedding album.  They also have a big house that includes a kitchen and an upstairs room for you and your bridesmaids to get dressed.

I invite you to view the images from the wedding below.  The sunset pictures were taken from the ferry on the way home.  What a beautiful wedding and sunset!

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Palisades Restaurant Banquet Room Wedding

I did a wedding yesterday morning at one of my favorite restaurants in Seattle — Palisades Restaurant in Magnolia. It was actually in their banquet room called The Magnolia Room.

The Magnolia room sits off the main dining room and has a beautiful view of the marina situated outside the restaurant. The guest list for yesterday’s wedding totaled around 22 people but I believe the room will hold up to 50 buffet style. The room was set up with a long table that held all the family members and friends and offered a lovely view while the group celebrated the couple’s nuptials.  It can also be set with rounds.

What I love about the banquet rooms at Palisades (there are three) is that there is no room charge. This is one of the venues I spoke about in an earlier post that offers the room for a food and beverage minimum. The Magnolia room has a $500 food and beverage minimum so it is perfect for groups of 10-50 — all you need to do is meet the $500 F&B minimum and the room is yours.

I invite you to view some pictures of the Magnolia Room at the Palisades Restaurant:

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Do you need help planning your wedding?

Do you have your officiant all picked out but you still don’t have the DJ lined up?  Check out the Seattle Wedding Show at the Convention Center in January.  If you get buy your ticket on line now, you get VIP status, which allows you to bypass all the lines, and there are lines galore!

Please check out the link below to find out about the show and all the vendors that will be there:

Another beautiful hike

Last Sunday I did another hike with a couple for their wedding ceremony.  They chose a favorite destination of theirs — Lake 22 in the Mt. Baker National Forest — and brought along some family members and friends to share their very special day.  Unfortunately, it was quite rainy and we only went half way, but I can’t wait to do this hike again in the Summer.  As you can see by the pictures below, it is absolutely beautiful.  My dog Oliver and I took off ahead of everyone else and enjoyed many little streams, waterfalls and rustic bridges along the way.  We all met up at spot the couple had chosen and enjoyed the smells, sounds and beauty of the forest while I married a very happy couple!

I invite you to take a look at our hike to Lake 22 below!

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Lake Washington Park for your Summer Wedding

I did an outdoor wedding last Summer at Colman Park on Lake Washington.  The couple paid $200 to the Seattle Parks Department to reserve this beautiful spot on the shores of Lake Washington for their event.  This picture doesn’t do the spot justice — couldn’t get it any bigger — but you can see they have set up chairs and a runner for the wedding party to walk down.   If you are looking for an outdoor park to have your wedding at, this one can’t be beat!

I invite you to click on the link below to learn more about Colman Park.