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Katy and Greg: Has it already been five months?

What a fun surprise to hear from Greg and Katy yesterday!  These two will always have a very special place in my heart.  Their fun-loving spirits and creativity continues  to impress!  Greg decided to make a public notice of his gratitude during the Thanksgiving holiday – how sweet!   On Yelp:


Reverend Mary was our wedding officiant at our Summer 2012 wedding.  It took us a long time to pick an officiant because we were concerned about having a ceremony that really represented us, but we definitely found the right one!

I am so glad Reverend Mary was available when we e-mailed her. She is simply a master at creating perfect wedding ceremonies: she is serious and deliberate about what she does, but brings such remarkable warmth and enthusiasm to her work.   It was such a joy to get to know her over dinner (a delicious home-cooked meal she prepared) while she worked with us, planning our marriage.

Reverend Mary definitely has a fun charismatic gift for running the ceremony, but we really appreciated how seriously she took her role. She’s a real expert on marriage, but she always acted with great respect and deference to our beliefs and ideals. She was true to herself, but ultimately made it the best possible ceremony for us.

Highly recommended.

I loved working with you both and love that you continue to stay in touch!!!

Kirsty and Michael … my pleasure !

When the dust settles in the late fall, I find myself getting caught up with so many things like organizing my basement, finding time to play with dear friends and – now my blog.  I was so honored to work with Kirsty and Michael last summer.  When I read their words it takes me vividly back to their most ideal day…

Mary – sweet Mary – Thank you so much for such a beautiful wedding ceremony.  Your personalized welcome was so touching and memorable.  Thank you getting to know us.  My wish was to be married by someone who knew us and I think I got my wish!  From the get-to-know-you-session at your house to the your pronouncement – and everything in between – we knew we were in good hands.  Thank you also for being so sweet about my Grandpa’s passing and including a Thanksgiving to the Grandparents – that was so special.  Love, Kirsty

Dear Mary, Thanks for making our wedding so special and memorable. We are so glad we found you, it was meant to be! Your words made everything just perfect.  Thanks again for everything!  Love, Michael


Romance is in the Air!

The Salish Lodge is ALWAYS an ideal choice for the TRULY romantic!  Teri and Kevin have journeyed to this hide-away for years.  This is where Kevin popped the question and this is where their nearest and dearest gathered recently to witness their sweet vows.  Teri attached her grandmother’s brooch to her bouquet, her sons Ryan and Joey escorted Teri down the aisle and Kevin  brought in his darling mother, Chris.  Our handsome groom just couldn’t keep his eyes off his beautiful bride.  (It seems to me the most romantic among my clients get married near Valentine’s Day!)  The feast that followed was a foodie’s heaven!  Thanks you two for allowing me the honor of sharing this most wonderful day with you.

Reverend Mary ~ Just wanted to thank you again.  We received so many compliments on your service.    You are very special to us, and I hope that we can continue to keep in touch with you.

I will send you a couple pictures as soon as we get them.

Thank you again, Teri and Kevin



Two Fishermen… uh…Fisherpersons…

They have met their match.  While working in the fishing industry, they first crossed paths when Megan wanted to purchase Wayne’s boat.  A few fishing seasons later and here we are at their rehearsal.  Easy, comfortable and enjoying their family and friends… their shared vision for this wedding celebration.  Something tells me it will be like falling off a log!

Recently from this darling couple:

We both feel so blessed to know you. Looking forward to deepening our friendship in the years to come. Please, come visit us in Alaska!!!!!

Love you Mary,

Megan & Wayne

Fabulous and Fun Wedding Show

I had such a good time with other Wedding Vendors at Willows Lodge yesterday for Weddings in Woodinville – a showcase of dedicated vendors where Bridal Parties are shuttled from venue to venue by Butler Valet. Couples sip, nibble treats and meet the hard working “behind the scenes” vendors that make the event look seamless.

Here is my cozy station at Willows Lodge, where Jenn Wenman hosted a gracious event.  I met so many Brides, Grooms and their supportive  families and friends – and everyone seemed to be having such a great time!

I really enjoyed getting to work with  Eric from Hybrid Moon Video (hybridmoon.com) , Jennifer with Creative (inspired invites and paper creations), Tanya Stone with her romantic floral arrangements (Elements in Bloom) and Laura Marchbanks talented wedding photographer.  Special thanks to Jen Taylor from Taylor’d Events who helped pull us all together for the day!

Josh and Christy

Lord Hill Farms was the perfect backdrop for Christy and Josh – they are so fun loving.  Their wedding day was the ideal blend of elegance and rural/ease.  It was a day they had worked hard to create and the result was a concoction of fun, festivity, friends and family.  Christy looked sensational in her champagne beaded gown.  And the fall theme was maximized with their choice of dramatic accents: purples, oranges, yellows peppered everywhere.  Applause was heard throughout the building when two of Josh and Christy’s friends sang “The Prayer” in both Italian and English.  (Andrea and Celine would have been impressed!)  It was truly powerful.

Here’s Josh, always funny and unfailingly supportive, looking handsome and quite enjoying his wedding day.  It inspired me that  Josh and Christy both wrote and read “surprise” wedding vows to one another during the wedding.  The words were not only sweet – but sincere, and sometimes funny.  Once again creativity captures the day!

HR Northwest Photography (Heather and Ryan Shipley) were on hand to catch the happenings with their charming and easy manner.

Christy spray painted fall gourds and then sprinkled them with glitter.  The result was so whimsical that it had many of us snapping photos.   Large white pumpkins were carved with intricate designs and displayed on the main buffet tables among tall candlesticks.

I had the pleasure of working for the first time with DJ Darrell Christel.  He wowed me with his equipment and his truly caring professionalism.

Christy and Josh…I know that your life will be full of teamwork, respect and most of all your deep friendship.

Laughing Is Good

We did a lot of laughing that day.   I knew when I first heard Randy and Kate’s scheme for the Farm Kitchen (Poulsbo) that this wedding would be my ideal scenario of kicked-back fun.  The barn framed orchard lent the stage for the perfect fall setting.  The brilliant and bountiful orange arrangements from Melanie Benson Floral Design (Bainbridge Island)  along with her countless wooden boxes of fresh peaches,  had us all charmed.

Fall  was in the air. So was the constant flow of contagious laughter.

This is Kate and Randy with their “Best People”, so enjoying their ideal day.  What other groom would actually “Bunny Ear” me during the ceremony?  (Yes, more laughter!)  I know the rest of Randy and Kate’s life together will be much like this day… playful, upbeat, colorful, easy-going, filled with good friends, and surrounded by their loving families.

It started at Tolo

Nathan and Janice really did have a photo from their date to Tolo at Shorewood High School displayed at their wedding!  The journey over the years has been filled with adventures and this wedding was so worth the wait!

Janice’s dear friends played heavenly music for a VERY full Ballroom at the DAR House on Capital Hill.  We were blessed to have a raft of grandparents with us…along with Nate and Janice’s two lovely families – overjoyed with the union.  Nate had his brother and sister standing up for him and Janice chose her sister and dear friend for her team.  Nathan’s father did a reading for us, keeping with the family theme.    Nate & Janice, may the fun, creative adventures continue!


Russell and Brynn, a match made in heaven and a day that was flawless.  Simply put, God was smiling on them.  We had the great fortune to be at the Seattle Golf Club, (where Jennifer Barnhart made all their wishes come true) and sunshine unexpectedly poured out of the sky.

The festive mood seemed to permeate this elegant setting throughout the day.  As guests arrived, this spirit became contagious.

I had the great pleasure of working with Tim Stever (fabulous DJ and owner of Beautiful Noise) and talented Nicole Goddard, photographer/diva that divides her time between LA and Seattle.

I loved that Brynn and Russell wrote “surprise” vows to one another that truly was poetry to hear.  Laughter, romance, a sunset over Puget Sound that had us all on the deck watching in awe, followed by music, great story telling and dancing.  Perfect in every way.

Yunie and Brian – a “pause” during their busy wedding week

They’ll be off to Maui in a few days for their honeymoon, but in the meantime there is lots to do.  Since Yunie and Brian just arrived from San Francisco, we created a little oasis of time for lunch, laughter and some wedding planning.  It was fun to hear how they met as we savored home-made soup, panini (with fresh basil picked from the garden) and scratch pineapple upside down cake. Brian’s first!  Now they are off to introduce all the parents – another first.  I just adore how relaxed and “going with the flow” they are.