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!

A place for proposals and promises

When Justin first laid his eyes upon Gina he knew there was something very special about her.  The conversations began and will continue between these two newlyweds  for the rest of their lives. 

Justin and Gina decided on a small, intimate wedding in a very special place.  This site was off of Five Mile Drive in Point Defiance…and was also the place where Justin asked Gina to marry him…a great place for proposals and promises.

The rain took a well timed break during this very wet month in May. A huge hawk flew by to greet us as we walked the path to the clearing under the trees, overlooking Dalco Passage.  The setting was peaceful and serene…and was the perfect place for Justin and Gina to become husband and wife.  Justin and Gina wrote their own beautiful vows and as they gazed into each other’s eyes, spoke them heartfully as happy tears were shed.

Justin and Gina, both University Professors, look forward to a rich and rewarding life in which they are best friends, lovers and companions, and where the love between them is easy to see.  I wish them the very best and thank them for the honor of performing their ceremony.

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 !

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!

Elopement Weddings

Sometimes a small wedding is just right.  And sometimes, during the week works out just fine.  Such was the case yesterday, December 3, at about 2:30 PM when Lindsey & John became husband and wife in my home.  A  few close friends  were present along with their children and Lindsey’s mother. It was a sweet wedding with the sounds of children filling the room as these two immersed themselves in the vows they were taking.

“And two shall be as one”

John anxiously awaited the arrival of his bride, you could tell he was so excited and when she made her entrance, he couldn’t take his eyes off her.

Congratulations to these two as they begin their new life together.  They’ll do just great!