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Wedding Day Shines True

PhotoGrid_1506296685759Love – pure and simple – was on display yesterday in all its beauty at the wedding of Midori and James. The Seattle couple exchanged vows in front of family and friends at a private lake house in Snohomish County. The bride’s parents flew in from Japan and the groom’s parents attended from Atlanta. The ceremony featured a traditional “red string of fate” unity ritual as well as a presentation of pink rose pendants to each of the Mom’s. The presentation and the exchange of vows was translated in both Japanese and PhotoGrid_1506296873308Korean by the couple’s friend, Kyoung hee. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a lavish dinner featuring Northwest cuisine catered by A Grand Affaire. The menu included coconut shrimp and cedar plank salmon. The wedding cake was a traditional Japanese chestnut cream frosted sheet cake. After enjoying their weekend with family at Lake Goodwin, the newlyweds return to Seattle where James works in the tech industry and Midori enjoys a new admin job with a local seafood producer. Congratulations, Mrs. & Mrs. Bang! May the sweetness and sincerity of your commitment to each other fill your hearts with a love that remains pure and real and shining true. PhotoGrid_1506296436203

 

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Delightful Wedding at Double Tree

PhotoGrid_1499632553394Guests from as far away as New York and Illinois gathered Saturday evening for the wedding of Alice and Kevin. Both the ceremony and reception were hosted at the Double Tree by Hilton Portland hotel. Glittery gold accented the color pallet of ivory, peach and black which was carried out in gowns, bouquets, decor and a sparkling candy station. The ceremony featured a glass sand unity ritual – the blended sand to be used by the groom to craft a signature piece of art. After the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres buffet which included mouth watering treats such as crab cakes and corn fritters. A lavish dinner buffet followed featuring Northwest salads, stuffed pasta, chicken, roast pork and a prime rib carving station. Entertainment included a photo booth and DJ tunes. In addition to the build-your-own candy box, each guest selected a succulent to take home (complete with “how to care for” instructions) courtesy of the family succulent farm. After a honeymoon in Cancun, the newlyweds return to Portland where Alice works in retail management and Kevin is a glass artist. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Murray! May your marriage be blessed with light and laughter.

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The Art of Romance

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Rollmates by Jonathan Sundy

Coming up with a gift that expresses the joy of being in love can be a daunting task. Especially when you want it to be an original idea. Meet Jonathan Sundy, a romantic soul and whimsical artist extraordinaire. His unique character designs capture the childlike spirit of loving hearts in sweet and simple ways that never fail to bring a smile.

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Apple and Pear by Jonathan Sundy

Whether you are buying the gift for your bride, your groom or the happy couple, there are wonderful designs to choose from with options of original paintings on canvas or framed prints. Jonathan’s work is currently on exhibit at a number of venues around PDX or you catch him in person at Crafty Wonderland this Saturday at the Portland Convention Center. Note: Be sure to check out Jonathan’s illustrated books, too!

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5 Star Review

stars“Jane was a perfect officiant for our wedding! She helped figure out the little details of the ceremony. She exudes such a peaceful, loving, and joyful energy that made our ceremony perfect for us. Thank you again Jane!  Love, Greta and Neil”

I always appreciate it when newlyweds take the time to send in a review. It really helps other couples make an informed choice … and, of course, it’s a wonderful reminder of why I love this work! Read more reviews on WeddingWire.

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Married at MoNA – An Artful Choice

 

art museumImagine a private wedding ceremony held at a modern yet intimate and inviting art museum. Afterwards, you and your guests enjoy local wine and cuisine amidst the ambiance of contemporary art by Northwest masters. Introducing, MoNA, a small town treasure with big city pizazz. The Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, WA, provides a perfect venue for a classy wedding that’s easy on the budget as well as the eye. You can rent the entire facility (including rare underground parking) for a fraction of what urban museums charge. Special bonus features: The spiral staircase makes for easy photo styling, you can choose your own caterer, guests have access to the wonderful museum store and best of all – your rental fee helps support the nonprofit’s free admission and educational programs. Lots of lodging options in town from small B&B’s to waterfront rustic to a historic hotel on main street. All within walking distance. Good to know: The museum is open 7 days a week until 5 pm so rental is available for evenings only.

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Island Wedding

lummi-islandLooking forward to officiating a wedding on Lummi Island this summer. I’ve done weddings at churches, chapels, museums, vineyards, botanical gardens, restaurants, resorts, forests and urban hotels. I’ve performed ceremonies on beaches, rooftops, golf courses and hillsides. This will be my first wedding on an island. Lummi Island located 25 miles south of the Canadian border is accessible via the Whatcom Chief – a 22 car catamaran departing hourly from Gooseberry Point. The 9 mile island is an artist’s mecca, home to the award winning restaurant (as in best in America) Willows Inn and chef Blaine Wetzel and beloved for its vistas of the Salish Sea. It has a library and a labyrinth but no gas station. Sounds like my kind of place. Watch for wedding photos in June! Aerial view of Lummi Island courtesy of Simply San Juan.

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It’s All About The Blend

lovers-leapMarriage is all about blending. Ideals, perspectives, personalities, lifestyles … leaning into each other and complimenting each other’s unique attributes. And speaking of blending, I’ve always loved the idea of using special tea blends as wedding favors. It’s easy to create an attractive gift package to place at each setting or display in a “take one home” basket. Caution: Be sure to gift a tea that’s trusted and not from an import warehouse. Lover’s Leap, from Portland favorite, Smith Tea, is a perfect choice. Fragrant rose petals in black Ceylon accented with chamomile and citrus. You get 15 sachets per box individually sealed in a large (4″ x 2.5″), decorative foil lined wrapper. Want to take your wedding tea to the next level? Read my post about having Smith do your packaging and/or custom blend your wedding day tea. Here’s to happy blends everywhere!