Monthly Archives: June 2013

Big Honor, many thanks

SBMgIt was a different year for the Seattle Bride Magazine “Best Of” awards.  They changed the voting process (for the better, I believe) and at end of the day, as colleagues, we were asked to weigh in on one another.  So this year, I am overly grateful (and humbled) to receive this award.  We have such a talented, big-hearted and hardworking community.  So thank you.  I am honored that you think I deserve this.  I will continue to take good care of our shared clients.  Many thanks for my clients/friends that voted in the first round!!!  I am so blessed!

Best Support System – ever!

SBPrtyThis community is a fun one – Special thanks to my sister Julie for coming to the awards party and good buddy Leslie from Seattle Parties (with her darling new DJ, Kristina).  Jeremy Butler (Butler Valet/Wine Tour) is always a delight – and took home an award (or two).  Special thanks to husband Harry, who was our driver, photographer and biggest cheerleader!

Seattle Bride Magazine – pearls of wisdom

SBartSeattle Bride Magazine does such an impressive job of summing up my work.   Their insightful questions for the interview were timely and pointed.  The wedding process is stressful – so the advice in the Fall 2013 issue from seasoned pros is invaluable!

Seattle Bride Magazine “Best Of”

ImageIt was a very sweet night for my gal pals Tania from Azzura (r) and Christiana from Flora Nova Design (c) a few nights ago when the hard working and talented wedding community of Seattle celebrates one another.  Christiana, Tania and I, all took home the coveted “Best Of” plaque.  I had the honor of sharing a tie vote with the lovely Annemarie Juhlian.  Such an honor indeed!

Best Dogs and an Anniversary!

TJThe Salish hosted us recently for a lovely reunion of family and friends.  And an anniversary – John and Teresa met on this date some time ago! We just HAD to include their wonderful dogs, Lucy and Trey!!!   Teresa and John love chocolate so they gave us all party favors from Brugge Chocolates!  Amazing.  From their note that graced me… (from John)  Dear Rev. Mary, What can I say?  Our wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to you.  You are a true professional but you are so much more and words fail to express our gratitude for what you have done for us.  All I can say is thank you so very, very much for everything.  Hugs, John     (and from Teresa)  Dear Reverend Mary, I am so grateful for everything you have done for John and I.  Having you come into our lives has been such a blessing and I will be forever grateful for the love, sensitivity, depth and guidance you have bestowed on us.  Beyond that two things standout to me that I want to mention:  1. Thank you for expertly setting y expectations as to the reality of what the ceremony would be like and 2. Thank you for taking care of so much the day of the wedding with the venue.  Your generosity was far and above and such a gift.  It means a lot.  Love, Teresa

T & J: My honor, my joy.  You two are going to have a wonderful life together!  xo

Thank you Andrea and Steven!

ElWhat fun to open by my front door last week for a flower delivery!  Such a beautiful spring bouquet from Andrea and Steven.  And such sweet words:  Hi Rev. Mary!  How can we ever forget you?  A small lady with a big heart!  We can’t thank you enough for everything you did!  Space to write here is not enough to convey our gratitude.  Love, Andrea and Steven

(Ellie, my recently adopted kitty likes them too!)

Beautiful Day!!!

AndStvWSteven and Andrea were granted their wish – sunshine, happy guests and a perfect setting!  Loren Callahan did an outstanding job of taking care of the nerves, the photos and so many details!  Thank you Loren! The facets were plentiful but we had Andrea and Steve’s dedicated friends and family on the “team” helping this be a seamless memory!

Andrea and Steven – knee deep in love!

StvnABThey are so excited for their wedding at Bear Creek Country Club coming up soon.  I enjoyed our time together during a homemade brunch in May.  Andrea has asked that certain traditions from her Philippine culture are woven into the ceremony – like the veil and cord ritual, the candle lighting and her sponsors  (Godparents) entering in the Processional.  It will all be lovely!  Loren Callahan will be the photographer and we are hoping for sunshine in June!

Leo and Theresa… laughing is the best medicine

LeoThrsTo say that it has been a treat to work (and play) with Theresa and Leo, would be an understatement.  They adore one another’s children, parents, friends and siblings.  It is a love-fest.   We had a great time sharing dinner in my home recently where we discussed their big scheme for their big day.  So looking forward to teaming up with Greg Lowder  – one of my favorite DJ’s for this June (FUN) event.

Late start to wedding… no problem…

BlynA rented shuttle with 45 guests aboard ran into a closed Alaskan Way Tunnel in May.  Our bride, Blayne, wasn’t the least bit frayed by the 1.5 hour late start time!  Here is Blayne, calmly waiting for the most recent updates with the same poise and confidence that she will carry into her future as a doctor’s wife.  She is “hiding out” in the offices of Ray’s Boathouse staff with her ladies in waiting, sipping a little wine and enjoying the moment.  Compliments to the entire staff at Ray’s, who adjusted menu preparation, staffing schedules and moved mountains to graciously serve the needs of the wedding party and family.  Bravo!