Rev. Janice Carter

Wedding Celebrant and Officiant in the Seattle area

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Make A Movie of Your Wedding

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We are getting married!

There is a well-known saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.  But the story a video can show is worth  a million words.  It can capture the moment for all time.  You can hear the voices, see the movement, catch things you didn’t see at the time it happened.

I ask some of my couples who are getting married if they are hiring a videographer and 99% of them say no.  They feel they can set up their smartphone on a tripod and take a video and they don’t need to spend money for someone to do that for them.

But a professionally filmed and edited video is so much more that.  Here are two examples of videos that a friend of mine sent me as ideas of what can be done  – one was made in Vancouver BC and the other one in England.   My friend’s name is Karl Dominik and he wrote, ” I want to make some amazing ones, as if it was out of a movie.”  This is a very talented man who is an actor himself and is multi-lingual, multi-talented and has lived all over the world.   In each video below, they tell a beautiful story about the couple.

In addition, I found a wedding video taken in the United States which might reflect what your wedding video might look like.

I have had the same vision as Karl for years – to make a wedding like a movie.  A variation would be to film a pre-wedding movie talking about how you met and showing you as a couple – much like we see in the first video link above – and then show that as the prelude to your wedding after the guests are seated, but before the bride comes down the aisle.  The movie would be a lead-in to the bride and the wedding ceremony.

I once attended a wedding in California over a decade ago where the couple taped the story of how they met and they played the tape after the bride walked down the aisle, but before the rest of the ceremony.  The bride and groom stood up front as the story unfolded.  It was funny in parts and heartfelt in others and overall very romantic!   It was a beautiful story and really set the stage for the wedding.  It was that wedding that gave me the idea of making a wedding like a movie or a play.  And the play, Momma Mia, furthered that idea, showing how different songs that are meaningful to the couple can be selected, then tied together into a story that tells their story.

If you like this idea, I would love to hear from you.


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Protecting Benefits of Same-Sex Couples

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While the United States is in this transition period of recognizing same-sex partners to have the same (equal) rights as heterosexual couples, the legal situation can be very complex, even in states like Washington State where same-sex marriage is legal.

In an article in the Sunday Seattle Times on March 23, 2014, an article advises that same-sex couples, whether they are married or not, have a set of legal documents drawn up to protect them from situations where legal decisions can vary from state to state.

Click on the link below to get the full article.







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‘Tis the Season To Get Married


Halloween is behind us and we are fast approaching Thanksgiving!  Soon it will be the end of the year!

For those couples thinking ahead, getting married before the end of the year will allow you to file your income tax return for 2013 as a married couple.  This will save most couples money when they file their income tax returns.

You can have a private, intimate wedding at my home to become legally married and then have your big wedding as planned in 2014!  It is a no fuss, no stress solution.  Just bring your marriage license, your wedding rings (optional), and two witnesses!

For more details, call Rev. Jan Carter at 206.915.1077. Or email me at


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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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Jo Flies From Okinawa to Marry Her Bride

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Jo flew from Okinawa, where she was stationed with the Air Force, and landed at SeaTac airport just hours before her wedding Sunday afternoon. She was picked up at the airport by her bride, Edessa, and their close friends and witnesses, Carmen and Sabina, and was whisked away to the SimpliDone Gardens for the upcoming wedding. Jo and Edessa had not seen each other for several months and waited to see each other until Edessa walked down the aisle. Edessa was wearing a stunning white dress with floral heels and was carrying a bouquet of wild flowers. Jo was dressed all in black with a white bow tie. Rev. Jan gave a heartfelt wedding ceremony. Barbara Roser took many beautiful photos of the newly-wed couple during and after the ceremony in different parts of the gardens.

After the ceremony, Edessa revealed the secret her floral shoes were keeping. On the bottom of the shoes were the words “I Do”! After the ceremony and pictures, the bridal party of four departed for a special dinner at Palisade Restaurant to celebrate the joining of Jo and Edessa in marriage after a six year friendship and romance.

We wish them a long and happy life together, and hope they enjoy their month together before Jo reports to her next duty station.

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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!