Rev. Janice Carter

Wedding Celebrant and Officiant in the Seattle area


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Hawaiian-Themed Wedding at Alki Beach

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April and Modou chose an Hawaiian theme for their wedding at Alki Beach. It was a perfect day for a wedding at the beach – sunny and warm. The scenery was spectacular with the guests looking out over the water as they watched the ceremony. They could see the ferry boats going by in the background and part of Seattle. As the wedding progressed, it attracted a large group of onlookers from people visiting Alki.

The wedding had a color theme of turquoise and tropical colors. The bride’s dress was a perfect combination of white and turquoise. The bridesmaids wore turquoise dresses and the groomsmen and groom had turquoise vests and bowties. The ring bearer and flower girls wore white and turquoise.

The bride and groom wrote very heartfelt and touching vows to each other. In keeping with the Hawaiian theme, Rev. Jan read an ancient Hawaiian Marriage Prayer before the vows:

“Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide rivers of our minds. We were each other’s distant shore, the opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell. We did not know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive the cry of one riverbank to the other. We were apart, yet connected in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common tree. Remember?

I knew you existed long before you understood my desire to join my freedom to yours. Our paths collided long enough for our indecision to be swallowed up by the greater need of love. When you came to me, the sun surged towards the earth and moon escaped from darkness to bless the union of two spirits, so alike that the creator had designed them for life’s endless circle.

Beloved partner, keeper of my heart’s odd secrets, clothed in summer blossoms so the icy hand of winter never touches us. I thank your patience. Our joining is like a tree to earth, a cloud to sky and even more. We are the reason the world can laugh on its battlefields and rise from the ashes of its selfishness to hear me say, in this time, this place, this way – I loved you best of all.”

After the ring ceremony, a sand ceremony was performed for the coming together of a new family – the bride, her 7 year old son, and the groom. This ceremony symbolized the coming together of the three individuals into one unit. “As you each hold your sand, the separate containers of sand represent your lives to this moment; individual and unique. As you now combine your sand together, your lives also join together as one.”

Best wishes to the newlyweds and their new family! May their joy and love increase through the years!

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Myers – Powell Wedding Join Two Families Together

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It was noon on a beautiful, sunny Saturday in June as Nancy’s sons, Shawn and Patrick, walked their mother down the aisle. “I Dreamed of You” by Barbra Streisand played for the processional walk. This wedding was the event that Nancy and Dan had been waiting for to crown their commitment to one another. When they met on Facebook sixteen months ago, Dan and Nancy lived a continent apart with Dan in Canada and Nancy in Gig Harbor. They met in person the following month and five months later, Dan relocated two thousand miles, along with his special needs daughter, to be near his soulmate. As Nancy said in her vows, their meeting could only be described as fate.

Their wedding was an intimate affair with about thirty of their closest family and friends. It was held in front of the fireplace in their new home which was finished only two months ago. It is a beautiful, loving home for them and their combined family of three daughters and two sons. Nancy was a beautiful, demure bride wearing a floor-length ivory gown and a classic string of pearls. Dan was a handsome, beaming groom in a dark suit and blue shirt with a pink boutonniere. The love they share could be felt by everyone as they said the vows they wrote to one another. Dan vowed to Nancy to “promise to do my best to make you feel loved, respected, safe, secure, desired, happy and at peace” while Nancy vowed to Dan to “be your loving wife and stand at your side until I take my last breath.”

A prayer to our Heavenly Father followed their vows:

“Let the love that is already shared by Nancy and Dan’s hearts
Be strengthened by the vows they have taken today.
As they hold the hands of their beloved,
So shall their lives be held by Your love and guidance
From now until the end of their days.
Amen”

May the rest of their days be filled with love, peace, and health as they walk hand in hand through life.


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Nashville Couple have a SimpliDone Wedding

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The SimpliDone Garden in Sammamish, Washington lay in wait for the brides to arrive. They appeared at the appointed time and were a vision of loveliness. Debra was resplendent in her black lace gown and Tara looked like a fairy tale princess in her tea-length white dress and red heels. The two flower girls looked like twins in their ankle-length white dresses with black sashes.

Debra and Tara live in Nashville and chose Seattle, Washington as the place to get married. This turned out to be a complex venture since Debra worked behind the scenes to have friends and relatives fly to Seattle to attend their wedding as a surprise to Tara. It was a successful venture and the guests added to the festivities of the occasion!

For their wedding ceremony, Debra and Tara wrote heartfelt and touching vows to each other. Debra pledged her life to Tara, “a life that is complex,
imperfect, yet eager to be yours until we leave this earth”. Tara vowed, “[Our love] is a love that will always be, and I promise to always believe in you and me. And to be thankful for everything we have and everything we are.”

We wish Debra and Tara much love and happiness as they travel down the road of life together at each other’s side.


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Long Term Partners Wed at SimpliDone Gardens

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Bobbi and Jean have officially been partners since their commitment ceremony 15 years ago. On June 15, 2013, they were thrilled to finally be able to be legally married! As they said their vows to one another, the guests could sense their joy and happiness as tears sparkled in their eyes and emotions made it hard to speak.

They were married in a beautiful outdoor wedding at the SimpliDone Gardens in Sammamish, Washington. Bobbi was resplendent in a long, crimson gown with gold detailing and a long train. Jean was attired in a coordinated ensemble consisting of a black shirt and suit with a maroon vest, tie, and pocket handkerchief. Bobbi’s two daughters and her four-year-old granddaughter attended, as did Jean’s father and cousin, and several friends and neighbors.

They had a beautiful ceremony, including a purification ceremony to wash away any past transgressions and a Unity Candle ceremony to symbolically join their lives together as the following words were said, “These candles represent the glow of spirit dwelling within each of us. Today Bobbi and Jean join their twin flames to kindle a single fire of passion and enlightenment, for their union and for all the world.” The ceremony ended with the Benediction of the Apaches.

We wish Bobbi and Jean many more years of love and happiness together!