Wednesday, October 22, 2014
My favorite ceremonies to watch, are the ones where the officiant clearly knows and loves the couple getting married. In the photos above, the groom's collage roommate performed the ceremony (he'd gotten ordained online). This was the guy who was closest to the couple from the first "Does he like me?" "Should I call her?" moments, all the way through the ups and downs and finally to the altar. The stories were heartfelt and hilarious. Also, I loved that throughout the rest of the day, the friend/officiant was treated as a member of the bridal party, included in the photos, etc.
Here are three reasons why you might consider having someone know you well perform your ceremony. Maybe that is someone who's ordained already, a pastor or rabbi, but maybe that means considering having a friend or family member get ordained in order to perform your ceremony. OR- consider doing both, if you're set on having a religious officiant, you might consider having someone who knows you do all but the official parts. We've seen this work well on a few occasions.
Here are my 3, fairly simple reasons:
1. They KNOW you! And all your guest want to too! A well spoken friend can speak to who you are as a couple, giving your guests better idea about who you are and what is important to you as a couple. Especially for couples who have pretty separate groups of friends and families who haven't spent much time with the two of you, this is a great way for them to get to know you as a couple.
2. They won't make any crazy mistakes. Once we shot a wedding where the officiant kept getting the grooms name wrong. Really! I'm not making this up! All through the ceremony. Wrong name. Obviously, that's an extreme example, but it is fairly obvious and impersonal to have an officiant speak in generalizations about marriage.
3. They're in it for the long haul. In most faiths, the idea of having a rabbi or pastor marry you isn't just for the purpose of signing the official documents. This person would have been meeting with you before the wedding, offering you counseling and support, and they'd be someone you could come to after you were married. If you're hiring an officiant just for the day, you're missing out on all of that. Who is the person you'd regularly seek out for relationship advice/support? Someone who's relationship you respect. A parent, grandparent or mentor? Perhaps they are the person who should be officiating your ceremony.
Images Studio JKoe
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Hey Seattleites! Have you tried out Munchery food delivery yet? They started in San Francisco and recently opened up delivery in the Seattle area. Patrick and I tried it out last week and I have to say we were really impressed. Local chefs design the menu and each day you can go online or use their app to choose one of about 10 entrees and 5 sides to have delivered directly to your house or work. They are all under $10 and the portion sizes were big enough to feed us and Mylo. There are tons of healthy options and for every meal purchased they donate a meal to those in need. Win-win.
If you want to try it out, use this link for $10 off your first purchase. I think we are going to do it again this week!
Friday, October 17, 2014
Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Fall feels like it has officially arrived in Seattle. Time to break out the boots, tea, and scarves! Here are some links that have made me smile or inspired me this week.
Amazing video of six second graders being treated to a $220 seven course meal.
Costa Rican hotel in the trees.
Great parenting advice for toddlers (and those who have to endure their tantrums in public places).
Made me laugh.
Super cute idea for plain white walls.
This rang true to me.
Stunning autumn photography.
Great news! Gotta break out my coloring book today.
These interviews were inspiring for me this week. Which led me here for more inspiration.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Plain, horizontal, white subway tile is becoming a "classic look" now that seems to be a staple in most remodels. We have it in our kitchen and bathroom currently (we rent) and it gives a clean, new look to the space. Lately though I've been loving the look of placing the tiles in a different way or using different grouting or colors for the tiles. My parent's just redid their kitchen with a matte black subway tile which still looks classic but brings a fun element to the kitchen. Herringbone placement of the tiles is also one of my favorites. What do you think? Stick with the classic or do something unique?
(Image 1, Image 2, Image 3)
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I just stumbled across these on Etsy, as in 5 minutes ago. I was in the process of writing another post, but this just caught my eye. Basically, you send in a handwriting sample and they make it into a beautiful piece of jewelry. This could be a great way to honor or remember a loved one who isn't with you on your wedding day. OR an adorable gift for a groom to give his bride! Or if you're looking for a gift for your mom, sister, etc...The opportunities are endless.
Both photos are from the shop Silverhandwriting.
Weddings aside, I this is just a sweet personalized gift in general.