Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ringing in the New Year with a Wedding

Photo:  Joe Dyer, Seattle PI

When I first talked with Bart about their plans to wed, he was so excited about being married at 12:01am January 1, 2012.  As things evolved, the couple finalized room reservations at the Pan Pacific with a great view of the Seattle Space Needle and the fireworks from their room.

Amber flew in from Italy, where she is stationed in the military.  Family members gathered early and prepared for the "big occasion."  

Everyone was expectant and happy.

We began the ceremony before midnight.  It was a simple affair with a unity candle lighting and personal words from the groom.

Bart is an early riser and he wrote Amber a "love" email at 5:30am.  The events of the day filled every moment so he decided to share his email (from his phone) during the ceremony.

The rings were held by them both after the ring had been "warmed" by the blessings and well wishes of everyone present.  

The couple was pronounced Mr. and Mrs. just after the fireworks began.  How can you top that!

Wishing the two a bright and joyful marriage, spectacular in every way!

Photo:  Seattle PI
Photo: Joshua Trujilla, Seattle PI

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Emma and Guy Wed on the Last Day of 2011

Walking to the Woodland Garden via the Wilcox Bridge
The bride and groom were truly blessed with a sunny day on December 31st!  Guy and Emma decided to wed in the Arboretum at a place where Guy's mother and he visited on her recent trip to Seattle.  Since she couldn't actually attend the ceremony, the choice of the Woodland Garden brought a sense of family to the occasion.

And, I learned about the Wilcox Bridge.  I've driven under it a zillion times but this was the first time I walked it.  Love learning new things!

Emma and Guy each carried, and then wore, a red rose.  They were beautiful and added both a touch of color and expressed their commitment in the language of flowers.

The two were very conscious of the wording of their ceremony. (We encourage couples to have words said that are important and meaningful to them.)  I loved their vows.  Here's one part of them:
Do you pledge
·    to help each other to develop your hearts and minds, cultivating compassion, generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, concentration and wisdom as you age,
·    to together undergo the various ups and downs of life
·    and to transform them into the path of love, joy and equanimity? 
Guy and Emma: We do.

Emma's friend, Jill, read a letter to the couple written by Guy's brother, Jeremy.  It was funny and sweet and poignant and loving ... and it touched everyone's hearts.

Jill did a great job of presenting.

All in all, a wonderful experience!  What a way to conclude one year and to begin life together as a married couple in the new year.

Being curious what marriage in 2012 will be like, it seems it will be a year blessed with harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and ongevity.  Guy and Emma, may all these qualities be yours!

Do you have a special place where you would like to exchange your wedding vows?  Give us a call or contact us through our website:  www.seattleelope.com