Last Saturday, November 6th, my daughter Rachel married her sweetheart, David. Her day was everything she dreamed of…it was a beautiful ceremony, created by Rachel, David and fellow LifeCycle Celebrant, Annemarie Juhlian. In Celebrant tradition, Annemarie crafted a very personal ceremony sharing their love story and including special tributes to the parents and her grandmother, Rachel…her name sake. Their ceremony featured Rachel and David saying vows to each other that they created, other along with a few customized rituals; one, a memorial tree that is to be planted at their new home in Poulsbo, and two, a hand-made wood box that David made, where Rachel and David wrote down 25 hiking destinations (they are avid hikers). For the next 25 years, they will draw from the box and go on the selected hike for their anniversary.
I loved being Mother of the Bride on Saturday, although I did run the rehearsal on Thursday. (Just so hard to step back totally 🙂 and it was so nice to relax as the very capable and professional Annemarie did her thing with warmth and polish.
My daughter has always been artistic, creative and very organized. She decided on The Grand Holiday Ballroom in Olympia as her venue. The venue makes everything pretty easy and convenient…a beautiful chapel, an in-house DJ, the reception area on the lower level where they include the linens, tables, draped chairs, and take care of all the set up and take down. The food was great…they have their own preferred caterer and a friend’s mother made the most delicious wedding cake as a present to Rachel and Dave. There is a lovely bar area and a non-alcoholic bar and separate seating areas, including couches that are next to a fireplace.
Since many of the guests were from out-of-town, and many of the guests wanted to enjoy their drinks without the worry of driving, we hired a private driver for the evening and rented a 14 passenger van to shuttle guests to the Hotel…an option that was less expensive than a limo. Driver Les, made several trips to The Red Lion Hotel where our guests received a special rate .
I can’t wait for the photos by Tasha Owen Photography and the florist was Garden Party To Go…they did a beautiful job. The photo shoot took place before the ceremony at the State Capitol, providing a beautiful setting indoors, as the outside was pretty wet on Saturday.
We all had a wonderful time, lots of laughter, happy tears and warm hugs and many reunions by friends and family who haven’t seen each other for a lot of years. It was so nice to see so many people come to support Rachel and David as they begin their new life together.