Recent Elopement Weddings

An Elopement that grew into a family event.

Tiffany & Demarr, An Elopement that grew into a family event.

Tiffany & Demarr, Married Feb. 27, 2016

Their plans for a small elopement changed when the family heard about their wedding. She told me they would have it in the back yard…in February.  It all worked out…it became a bit more than an elopement, and they couldn’t have been happier!  Congratulations to them both!





Elopement or small ceremonies

Many couples just need to get married NOW!  The reasons are varied…and many plan to have a larger celebration at a later date.  I call these Elopement Ceremonies… and they are a nice, simple ceremony that I will prepare according to your circumstances.  Some couples just want to make it “legal”, and I can do that, but, I encourage all my couples to still have the simple ceremony… about 7 or 8 minutes long, because the “legal” ceremony is still a very big deal!  You are getting married!!  And, sometimes, the big ceremony won’t happen for a very long time… and sometimes, life happens, and that “legal” ceremony, is the only ceremony that you wild have.  My fee is the same for simple or “legal”… typically $150.00 to $200.00 (depending on location (within the Pierce County area)… and depending on the time and day….and you may have up to 6 people.  And, you don’t need to exchange rings at this ceremony… but it’s okay if you do… And, you are free to have someone hold your phone up and “FaceTime” this ceremony.  Really, I am happy to accommodate your wishes!

Be sure to allow 3 full days for your marriage license to “age” after you apply for your license and be sure to bring 2 witnesses… or if you want me to find witnesses for you, that can also be done with a little notice, an extra fee of $25.00 per witness…and most likely we would need to do this in the West end of Tacoma (where I usually can get my witnesses)… and I will need prepayment because people are reserving their time.

There are many nice areas to perform an Elopement along the waterfront on Ruston Way, or in Pt. Defiance park (there are a few Gazebos in case of rain).  Just give me a call or a text message… let me know what day you are hoping for… and we’ll get you married!

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 A thank you to my couples for having me as your Celebrant.  It means so much to me to know that you found my services to be such an intregal part of one of the biggest days of your life!

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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.

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 !