Elopement on the 75th floor of Columbia Tower

Cody and Rae contacted me just under a month ago to discuss their “last minute” wedding.  They live in Idaho but wanted to come to Seattle to elope.  I did not meet them in person until the morning of their wedding at their hotel in downtown Seattle.  What transpired during that meeting was something I could not have planned on my best day!  They had originally wanted to get married on Seattle’s waterfront.   Because the weather was cold and damp, however, our morning meeting was spent talking about plan B.  Plan B ended up being the observation deck of the Columbia Tower — 75 stories above their original waterfront location!  The entire experience of getting the “ok” from the Columbia Tower — to marrying Cody and Rae against such a dramatic skyline — to the Columbia Tower gifting Cody and Rae with a bottle of cold champagne was nothing short of magical.  I have to say that in all my years of officiating weddings this was probably one of the most unique elopements I have had the pleasure of being involved with.  The spontaneity of putting together a plan B that Cody and Rae will always remember and sharing their magical moment was truly amazing for me.  Congratulations Cody and Rae!

Please enjoy a few pictures of the day below (unfortunately my camera was on the blink so the pictures aren’t the best but I think you will feel the love and the drama of the setting):

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Cupcake Ticings

I was recently at my local Cupcake Royal and discovered ticings: “thin sheets and rounds of sugar and (corn) starch based icing printed with FDA approved edible inks. they peel easily and can be placed on freshly frosted cupcakes, mini cupcakes, brownie bites, cookies, petit fours, cakes, etc. ticings are flavorless and merge with your frosting so the only thing they taste is your delicious dessert!”

The breaking dawn ticings to the left are an awesome way of promoting the upcoming movie but what about promoting you and your sweetie (no pun intended) by adding: “Rae & Cody = Love”, or “Gen & Matthew 11/11/11” or any combination of words you come up with right on top of your cupcake for all your guests to enjoy?  The possibilities are endless.   Check out to learn more!

Wedding Toasts Done Right

Don’t forget about the wedding toasts!  You don’t want to come up empty-handed and blurt out something like Steve (Will Ferrrell) in “A Night at the Roxbury” at his rehearsal dinner:

 So, okay, uh... I just want to
		   say... what's up... Grandpa,
		   Grandma, and those other two old

Instead, be prepared, make it short and make it meaningful!  You are only going to get to do this once.  Make it count!  Check out this link for Wedding Toasts Done Right.



Press Release-King 5 Evening Magazine

Seattle Wedding Officiants Soars to #3 in Seattle’s Evening Magazine “Best of Western Washington” Contest

Newcomer Leapfrogs as a Top Pick from 96 Wedding Officiants in Prestigious Northwest

Viewers Poll

SEATTLE— November 1, 2011 —Seattle Wedding Officiants, one of Western Washington’s leading wedding officiants, today announced that it ranked number three officiant in the 2011 in Seattle’s Evening Magazine’s “Best of Western Washington.” Seattle Wedding Officiants, a newcomer to officiating wedding ceremonies, secured the finalist position by successfully competing against more than 90 entrants.

Evening Magazine commenced the 19th annual Best of Western Washington viewer’s poll in August and on Friday, October 28, 2011, the program broadcast the winners. Evening Magazine voters for Seattle Wedding Officiants submitted comments which ranged from “Awesome” and “Wonderful” to “Elaine rocks.” Reviews can be viewed at:

“My passion is helping couples celebrate their love with a ceremony that they and their guests will remember, and turning an ordinary wedding ceremony into the extraordinary,” said Elaine Way, wedding officiant and owner of Seattle Wedding Officiants. “I could not be more proud of this honor and I want to thank every Western Washington voter that made this possible.”

Seattle Wedding Officiants has married a variety of couples in many different settings: multi-faith, traditional Christian, civil, commitment and non-denominational ceremonies and more. Whether it’s in a spacious hotel in downtown Seattle, a Capitol Hill mansion, a backyard or somewhere completely different, Seattle Wedding Officiants helps create the perfect ceremony for any wedding.  For more information, visit or call 206-406-7919.


 About Evening Magazine
The KING5 Best of Western Washington features more than 20,778 businesses competing for title of Western Washington’s best. Conducted by Evening Magazine, the 2011 Best of Washington is the 19th year of the popular viewers poll.  Learn more at

About Seattle Wedding Officiants
Since 2009, Seattle Wedding Officiants has performed nondenominational, civil ceremonies throughout Western Washington. Elaine Way, owner of Seattle Wedding Officiants, works with couples to create ceremonies that reflect their style and personality.  In addition, Seattle Wedding Officiants relies on an extensive list of contacts with local wedding vendors and service providers to help couples with vendor referrals, if needed.  For more information, visit or call 206-406-7919.

Awesome all-season venue for your wedding!

Did you know that the Blue Ribbon Cooking School offers all inclusive wedding packages? Yes, you can sit down with one of their many professional wedding planners and choose your food, cake, flowers, linens and MORE!  they provide EVERYTHING!!!   You can use their venue on the shores of Lake Union or you can choose another venue and have them cater it. Blue Ribbon can customize your wedding package whether it is all inclusive or a la carte (catering only).

To get an idea of what Blue Ribbon Cooking School can do for you I have attached a gallery of a wedding I officiated for Matthew and Ilsa who worked with Blue Ribbon to create a beautiful wedding package.  Matthew and Ilsa wanted to get married at the Dahlia Garden at Volunteer Park.  Blue ribbon came up in the early morning (M&I wedding was at 9am) and set everything up including a beautiful arbor in front of the dahlia garden.  The ceremony proceeded beautifully, and afterwards, all the guests headed down to the Blue Ribbon venue on Lake Union for brunch.  This was one of their all-inclusive packages that couldn’t have been more special for the couple.  Ilsa and Matthew got to choose their flowers, cake, food, etc. and it was all inclusive in the BL package.  What could be easier.

I have had the pleasure of working with Blue Ribbon on several occasions and I highly recommend that you contact them to discuss your dream wedding.  They are experts at what they do and as an added bonus they are over the top friendly and helpful!

Take a hike for your wedding

Do you love the outdoors?  Do you love to hike?  Would you like to get married in front of a waterfall in the North Cascades or old growth in the Olympics?  If you are a couple who likes to do things “out of the box” like  get married on a hike with your friends and dogs, you have come to the right place!

I also love to hike and I also have a dog and it’s the perfect time of the year to get out in the wilderness for a wedding!  Whether it’s under a the canopy of a forest or on a ridge in the mountains I would love to be your officiant for your nature wedding.  I also snowshoe and cross-country ski so if it’s a wintertime snow day you have chosen for your nuptials, count me in!

Check out the Washington Trails Association for a favorite hike and give me a call to plan your  wedding day in your favorite natural setting!

Get married in the North Cascades!


Beautiful Fall Wedding at the Woodmark

Approximately seven weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Ted and Annie who wanted to get married at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland to celebrate their love and friendship.  I suppose you could say it was somewhat of a “last minute” request because there were only seven weeks to get everything planned and in place.  What transpired yesterday at their wedding was simply amazing!  Annie and Ted put together a beautiful, seamless, enjoyable day for both themselves and all their family and friends.  I was so impressed at how organized everything was and just how beautiful it all came together in seven short weeks.  The bride and groom looked stunning, the decorations were charming and all the guests were over the top with happiness for Annie and Ted.  All in all it was a huge success and a day filled with love!  Please enjoy the gallery of Ted and Annie below.

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Rent a “Bathhouse” for your Wedding Venue

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I just did a wedding at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse last night that was truly amazing.  It was amazing because this is a facility that is a blank slate except for the beach right outside the windows.  It has been remodeled so it is a very clean canvas to work with.  The couple that I married last night, however, really made an impression on me as to how much this space can be transformed.  Lisa chose purple and green for her “colors”.  The tables were beautiful with their green runners and brightly colored flowers in shades of purple and pink.  The vases were also filled with sliced limes, adding to the purple and green color scheme. The biggest feature that really transformed this space, however, was the lighting.  Lisa’s mom hired a specialty lighting company to bring in strings of lights that were hung up everywhere, creating a very intimate and romantic setting.

Check out the Golden Gardens Bathhouse for your wedding: Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall!

Vote for me!

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I have been nominated for the Best Wedding Officiant in the Evening Magazine Best of Western Washington 2011 contest!  I am so honored to be a part of this contest.  I would love your vote and would like to offer anyone who votes a special little deal.  For anyone who votes in the next two weeks, I will take $25 off of your total fee if you hire me to officiate your wedding!  This deal expires 12/31/11 so vote now and print out the page that shows your vote and present it at our consultation.  Thank you in advance for your vote.  Here are the steps:

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  1. Then VOTE!  Voila!  You have now voted SEATTLE WEDDING OFFICIANTS the Best Wedding Officiant in Western Washington! 
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Find a restaurant for your reception!

Last weekend I made a dinner reservation at Ray’s Boathouse via an online booking company called Open Table . Open Table is really cool — they have hundreds of Seattle restaurants in their program — including restaurants who can do private dining for wedding receptions! Check out the link to choose a restaurant for your rehearsal dinner and/or wedding reception. Lots of great options to choose from!