Wedding celebration for Laura and Ivan

Their vowel renewal at the Grand Holiday Ballroom

At last, they share their wedding day!

For nearly two years this couple have endured being apart as Ivan finished his tour of duty in the military.  They finally celebrated their wedding, a renewal of vows,  with close friends and family at the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia.

They were happy to include as their ringbear, their son Matt…and 7 month old Bella made her presence known throughout the ceremony creating smiles and giggles. 

The ceremony was special as it included their love story and blessings for the children.Bella stold the show...such a cutie!

Guests flew in from all over the country, including Hawaii, Texas, Maryland and other states.  This couple looks forward to a bright future and wish to set a good example for their children.  Ivan has his eyes set on politics…so, maybe we’ll all be seeing move of him later on.  Best wishes to this happy couple!

Simple and intimate wedding

Today I performed a very sweet wedding for Dustin and Christina.  Dustin and Christina met on-line…but, it wasn’t a dating site…it was World of Warcraft!  Now, that was a first for me.  Dustin and Christina celebrate not only their wedding, they are celebrating the merging of families…Dustin’s children and the child that Dustin and Christina have together. 

The wedding took place at Kubota Gardens in Seattle…and it was a wonderful setting…and, the sun came out for the ceremony.  Dustin and Christina chose live music for their small ceremony…and it was just right for this occasion.

A happy new couple

A Springtime wedding

A great wedding at Pioneer Park

David and Amanda, Newlyweds

It was my honor and privilege to perform the wedding for Amanda and David. It was a beautiful spring day at Pioneer Park and this couple seemed very happy with their new union. Congratulations to this new couple!

Like many couples, Amanda and David had a very short window in which to plan their wedding as David is in active duty.  We were able to plan their small ceremony with ease and it was in such a beautiful setting.  Pioneer Park in Steilacoom, Washington, has a gorgeous view of Puget Sound.

Love, it’s not just a feeling, it’s a force!

Tonight I performed a lovely wedding for Lucas and Janet at the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia. It seems their love story was one of those wonderful “love at first sight” happenings.

Lucas, it seems, was a confirmed bachelor, according to his family and friends. But when Lucas and Janet met at a business conference, the force of love took over the agenda. And, because there was business to do, there was little time to become acquainted.

They parted the meeting and continued the conversation by way of texting, e-mailing and phone calls, since a mountain and many miles came between them.  In month two, they had their first date…in month two, marriage entered their conversation.  So now, almost a year later, this couple begins their life together.  Congratulations to Lucas and Janet…and happy honeymooning! 

It was a fun story to tell and I wish them both the best in their new life together. Happy honeymooning you two!

Weddings with children…two this weekend!

Tomorrow I will be performing Jamila and August’s wedding.  It will be an intimate ceremony in my home and their children are included in the ceremony.  It’s always fun to watch the children’s faces when they see Mommy and Daddy saying special words to each other…and feeling important too, as they are part of the ceremony.  Sometimes children are part of  the introduction, sometimes, the children give the mother to the father…sometimes the children hold the rings, and sometimes vows to the children are made as well. 

This Sunday, I will be in Gig Harbor performing the wedding for Rebecca and Brandon. Rebecca and Brandon will be creating a new blended family with their new 8-week old daughter and both the bride and groom will be bringing a child of their own, two boys, into the marriage. It was fun to hear the excitement in Brandon’s voice as he made the arrangements for this last-minute wedding…he’s waited a long time but because of various life turns, never got the big wedding off the ground.  I didn’t hear a drop of disappointment in that…only happiness as they will finally have the ceremony they have waited for.  Another lovely weekend in the life of a Celebrant!

A Valentine’s Day Elopement Wedding

The Bride and Groom grinned and laughed and teared up in all the right places as they took their vows in the intimate setting by my fireplace.  It was an honor to perform the wedding for Latrica and Christopher as Latrica’s mother and a few close friends stood witness.  Later on they hope to have a much larger affair…and perhaps I will do their vow renewal.  My best wishes go to this happy couple !

Another great wedding in the works!

Last night I met with a lovely couple, Janet and Lucas,  whose wedding  is scheduled for early spring.  They are having their ceremony at  the Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia, one of my favorite venues.  I’m so happy that they have consented to filling out a questionnaire from which I will write their love story and include it in the ceremony.

Guests love to hear love stories!  It takes them to that place inside where they recall their own love stories.  Over the next month we will collaborate on creating the perfect ceremony for this charming couple.  It will be a great wedding!

If you are planning your wedding, I’d love to talk with you about being your Wedding Celebrant.  You may contact me at cynthia@ceremoniesbycynthia.com

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Gearing up for the Wedding Season

Wedding season traditionally begins in May and ends in October…but the planning for weddings is underway.  Already I am booking weddings for this coming season.  It seems that this year is off to a much stronger start compared to last year.  With that said, it’s a great idea to begin selecting your Celebrant now as there are only so many weddings a Wedding Officiant can handle in a day…or a weekend.

This year, I am the Mother of the Bride…and won’t be performing my daughter’s ceremony.  It is an exciting time for us…and yesterday my daughter and I, along with my other daughter and her fiance’s mother attended the Wedding Expo in Seattle.  We found the perfect dress and she looked beautiful!   She has her venue booked and has contacted an officiant about performing her ceremony.   The venue she selected is The Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia.  I performed a wedding there last year and the set up is wonderful.  The chapel is darling and the lower level will house the reception.  They have an in-house DJ, bar and Caterer, although they are flexible about using an outside Caterer.  The set up includes all the tables, chairs, linens and tableware.  They even have containers for flowers and silk flowers available.  It makes it much easier for my daughter to focus on some of the other details of her wedding.  I’ll be updating our progress in her wedding as the year moves along…what fun!