Vows: Vows and readings provide the tone sought by the bride and groom, be it solemnity, romance, levity, or passionate celebration. I will help you find or create the appropriate vows to celebrate your union. I'm a published writer
(e.g. www.seattleweekly.com), and enjoy working with couples to craft the ceremony that perfectly conveys your feelings and commitment. Including family, friends, and children in the ceremony is an option many couples like to explore.
Music: “Appassionata” means “music played with passion” and I believe music is an essential element of any memorable wedding. I have 30 years of experience working with musicians, so whether you want music before or after the ceremony or for your reception, together we will find the perfect match for you, from live or DJ-provided classical, jazz, blues, rock, swing, rockabilly, country, or . . .
Photography and Videography: Recording this day for posterity is a priority for many couples, but there is a dizzying array of options to choose from. The Seattle area has a plethora of talented photographers and videographers; Appassionata Weddings works with experienced, sensitive wedding photographers who bring a fine artistic aesthetic to your wedding, capturing the day’s events with formal portraits and candid shots.
Florists: From modest bridal bouquets to lavish wedding site and reception floral arrangements, most couples enjoy the beauty of flowers at their wedding. All florists are not created equal; Appassionata Weddings finds the floral designer right for your needs.
Catering: From picnics to buffets to formal meals, couples are faced with a formidable array of catering options. Our area boasts many fine wedding caterers that specialize in fresh Northwest fare; I can present you with an array from which to choose, based on your tastes and budget.
Wedding and Reception Sites: Again couples are faced with many desirable choices, from Mom & Dad’s backyard, free waterfront park sites and alpine trails, boats, gorgeous historic mansions and everything in between. Appassionata will deal with the mountains of choice and details to present you with only the best options for your wants and needs.
Honeymoon Sites: Appassionata Weddings can book you into a number of romantic local B&Bs, hotels, and resorts, from the mountains to the islands. I also work with reliable, experienced travel agents to plan trips to more exotic locales; having lived in Spain, New Zealand, Brazil, England, and the Congo, I can help you make informed travel choices and arrangements.
If you would like to discuss having me officiate or plan all or part of your wedding or reception, please contact me via email or phone. I am happy to meet with couples to see if we click before you hire me. My aim is to provide you with a beautiful, stress-free wedding. I look forward to hearing from you.
“Thank you so much for everything. We both agreed that the day could not have been more perfect. The girls agreed too. We accomplished . . . an extremely memorable and special day to cherish forever and a wonderful way to start our life together.” Kim
“Thanks again for your time. Both Marilee & Karl were very happy with their ceremony; you did a great job!” Mark Schiff, re Marillee Schiff and Karl Schweinfurth
“Haven't settled on our vows yet, but we're gettin' there. Thank you sooo much for the stuff you sent and all that you've gone out of your way to do!! It's really sweet of you and much appreciated!” Adele Fahey
Choosing an Officiant
I wrote this in May 2003 at the behest of Seattle Bride Magazine. You may find it useful.
. . . Red flags when surfing sites include horribly gushing copy, or sites containing sloppy grammatical or spelling errors. If the officiant isn't sufficiently literate or detail oriented, they are unlikely to perform a dignified ceremony.
Once you identify some likely candidates, call or email to set up an initial meeting to determine whether you click with the officiant, if they offer any other services you may be seeking (e.g. music, photography, catering), and whether they are within your price range. After that, instinct takes over. Are they listening carefully to your ideas, or are they more interested in imposing their own? Do they try to insist that things should be done a certain way? If so, they haven’t figured out what all modern brides know: anything goes, and the ceremony should be a reflection of the couple’s wishes, not the officiant’s. My advice is to go with your gut: if the officiant listens intently, seems warm, experienced, sincere, and intelligent, go for it.
Some officiants charge for every minute spent in consultation with couples, while others are more relaxed and are willing to offer initial guidance in locating or writing vows before they start charging extra for their time. Do expect to pay extra for rehearsals and substantial travel time.
Appassionata Weddings: bringing warmth, elegance, and style to the simplest or most lavish weddings.
Susan Waterworth, ordained non-denominational minister www.appassionataweddings.com
Less stress, more joy!