Rev. Janice Carter

Wedding Celebrant and Officiant in the Seattle area

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Married on 41st Wedding Anniversary

Jennie Knapp and Bob Wuensch were reunited in marriage today, exactly 41 years after their first wedding.  They were first married while they were in the Navy on August 15, 1972 and wed for the second time today – on the 41st anniversary of their first marriage!  During the 41 years between their two weddings, they got divorced  and  married other people, but discovered they were always looking for someone who could measure up to their first love!  Now, 38 years after divorcing each other, they celebrated a real love story – their coming together again to marry the one they have loved during all those years of separation!  They had lost track of each other and lived on different coasts with 3,000 miles separating them, but found each other again through Facebook.

They kept their wedding very simple and intimate, limiting it to ten guests.  Afterwards, everyone went to dinner together to celebrate their marriage and to eat wedding cake!

The song, “I Wanna Grow Old With You” expresses their feelings well:

“Oh I could be the one,
Who grows old with you.
I wanna grow old with you.”

May they be blessed with many long and happy years together!


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Camm-Thompson Wedding at Pickering Barn

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Pickering Barn was the site for Megan’s and Adam’s mid-July wedding. The bridal party looked elegant and summery in their gray, white, and yellow outfits. Megan was gorgeous in her soft, white, flowing gown. Adam was handsome in his gray tux with a white shirt, yellow vest and bowtie. The bridesmaids wore gray strapless dresses and the groomsmen wore the same color combination as the groom. The flower girl was precious in her white rose dress with a yellow sash and cute little pigtails!

This was a special wedding that had been anticipated since last year not only by the families of the bride and groom, but also by the photographer, Barbara Roser, who is the godmother of the groom, and by the wedding officiant, Rev. Jan Carter, who is a business partner and long-time friend of the photographer. The celebration started the evening before the wedding with the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner hosted by Barbara in her beautiful gardens in Sammamish. It was a romantic setting that could have been a scene out of France or Italy. Everyone had the chance to enjoy each other and to dine on a gourmet Chinese buffet.

On the day of the wedding, the bridal party had fun wearing sunglasses and doing group jumps for the photographer before the ceremony. The men loved showing off their argyle socks for the cameras. The ceremony was held outside under a clear blue, sunny, Seattle sky. During the ceremony, both fathers bestowed their family wishes upon the couple and imparted their thoughts for Megan’s and Adam’s marriage. The marriage ceremony ended with a hands ceremony which started “These hands, that you are holding, are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years”. The ceremony ended with the following thoughts:

The love already shared by your hearts
Has been strengthened by the vows you have taken.
As your hands are held by the hands of your beloved,
So shall your lives be held by your love
From now until the end of your days.

We wish Megan and Adam a lifetime of love and happiness together as they start their life together in Spokane with their daughter.

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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.

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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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!

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Easter Sunday Shines Brightly On Wedding

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Kelly and Bonnie Rae were married on an unseasonably warm and bright, sunny Easter Sunday at the Millennium Room in Auburn, Washington. The brides and their guests were dressed in Easter colors. Both brides were escorted down the aisle by Bonnie’s father after her niece sang “I Wanna Grow Old With You”, accompanied on the guitar by her nephew. It was a beautiful ceremony with a reading from Gift From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Knowing that “love is easy, but relationships can be hard”, the reading talked about relationships and how they grow and change through the years. A relationship starts out so pure and simple, yet through the course of every day life, it changes and becomes complicated. It compares a good relationship with a good dance – the partners do not hold on to each other tightly, but they move in the same pattern while the dance is endlessly and beautifully unfolding. “They know they are partners moving to the same rhythm, creating a pattern together, and being invisibly nourished by it.” Bonnie and Kelly then recited their vows to each other that they had written, expressing the things they will do to help nourish and grow their relationship. A reception followed along with the cake cutting and several different kinds of cake to choose from! We wish Bonnie and Kelly a wonderful, long, and loving life together!


Zenner-Sarieddine Wedding

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Ashley and Salem had a beautiful outdoor wedding at DeLille Cellars in Redmond, Washington on September 1, 2012.  It was a perfect day captured in pictures and video.  The ceremony was performed on a grassy knoll surrounded by trees and water.  The ceremony had a love letter & wine box ceremony, where the bride and groom wrote each other love letters and put them in a box, along with a bottle of wine, to read on their 5th wedding anniversary.  A copy of the ceremony was also included.  They also did a wine ceremony, combining white and red wine to symbolize the combining of their two lives into one.  Afterwards the guests were treated to a cocktail hour and then a delicious sit-down dinner while listening to music by the DJ.

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Dobish-Dawson Wedding

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Heather Dobish and Drew Dawson were married in a beautiful wedding on August 10th at the Novelty Hill – Januik Winery in Woodinville, Washington.  The ceremony site looked like a beautiful courtyard in Italy with wine barrels of flowers, a gravel path, and Italian lights draped from tree to tree.  The ceremony beautifully reflected the love and personalities of the couple.  The parents participated by reading a blessing for the bride and groom.  There was hardly a dry eye during the ceremony.   The reception afterwards was elegant with a live band, a sit-down dinner where each course was paired with the appropriate wine, dancing, and partying far into the night. Guests for the wedding and reception came from 17 different states to join the newlyweds in celebration.  They were surrounded by their sorority sisters, fraternity brothers, and family.  It was one of those weddings that will be remembered and talked about for years to come!  Congratulations to the newlyweds and best wishes for a long and loving life!