Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In Memoriam: Sean Patrick O'Reilly, beloved Seattle wedding officiant & friend

Special thanks to my friend Gayle O'Donnell for the majority of this posting today.

All of us in the Seattle wedding community are mourning the loss of Sean Patrick O'Reilly. Word of Sean's sudden death from a brain aneurysm started getting out Sunday in the close-knit wedding network here, and the reactions of all who hear it are shock and disbelief.

I first met Sean several years ago when a lovely couple of ours selected him as their officiant. He later went on to officiate many weddings and even a beautiful baby Christening that we had the pleasure of being part of. During those years, Sean and I spent lots of time discussing my daughter's sudden death at age 7 - also of a brain aneurysm. Sean wrote a special poem for Kelsey and always signed his emails to me with the note: 'Remember the angels, they are always nearby'. How true that statement feels today.

With his amazing personality, genuine loving spirit, tender and loving heart and brilliant character, is it any wonder he won the Vendors' Choice award several years running for Seattle Bride Magazine's "Best of" awards in the Best Officiant category.

Sometimes things happen that make all of us question "WHY?", and the loss of Sean Patrick O'Reilly is certainly one of those times. He had so many friends, all of whom felt like they were his only friend. He radiated warmth and love. Heaven has a new angel in residence, but we will certainly miss him here. Our love and prayers go out to his beloved partner, David Skover, who has shared Sean's companionship for so long, and will certainly feel a void larger than any of us can ever know.

Peace be with you Sean "The Celt" O'Reilly as you begin your too early but well deserved rest.

I pray that you will have the blessing of being consoled and sure about your own death.
May you know in your soul that there is no need to be afraid.
When your time comes, may you be given every blessing and shelter that you need.
May there be a beautiful welcome for you in the home that you are going to.
You are not going somewhere strange.
You are going back to the home that you never left.
May you have a wonderful urgency to live your life to the full.
May you live compassionately and creatively and transfigure everything that is negative within you and about you.
When you come to die may it be after a long life.
May you be peaceful and happy and in the presence of those who really care for you.
May your going be sheltered and your welcome assured.
May your soul smile in the embrace of your anam cara (soul friend).

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Have tags, will travel....

I love luggage tags. I use them on my laptop case, my gym bag, my emergency kit, and of course, my luggage! These would be such a darling gift for the newlyweds - especially if they were off to a fabulous honeymoon following their wedding.

From the Mindy Weiss collection, we found them at one of our favorite online stores - See Jane Work. For $25 for the set, these are a pretty and unique gift for the lucky couple.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The honeymoon continues....

Isn't love grand?

These are some fabulous shots of Sean & Avanie Trovato, taken by the absolutely incredible - April Greer during her recent visit to NYC. We were so fortunate to coordinate their gorgeous wedding - almost one year ago!
Time flies, but love lives on...

Happy (almost) One Year Anniversary, Sean & Avanie!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Meet Alex - our latest team member!

We are thrilled to introduce you to our latest team member - Alex!

Alex Chaffee, Event Goddess

Alex has never been one to miss a party, or at least plan one. Whether it is Grandpa Oscar’s 98th birthday bash or little Halle’s kindergarten graduation celebration, Alex is there to party plan and boogie down.

In college, Alex was the social chairman of her sorority, where she planned several events including her chapter’s Centennial Celebration for over 2,000 attendees. She did such an outstanding job that she was honored with the position of sorority chapter president. Following college, Alex worked as a hospitality and marketing intern for the Seattle Seahawks. Utilizing her passion for sports and event planning, she flourished when planning VIP events.

As the Event Goddess, Alex lives to plan absolutely fabulous and unique events. No need to stress when working with this chick—Alex’s work ethic, experience and kind heart make her an absolute gem to work with.

Alex describes the joy of event planning with the Taylor Hanson quote, “Happiness is like peeing your pants—Everyone can see it, but only you can feel the sensation.”

Contact us at 877-389-1382. Let us help make your next event absolutely legendary. For all the right reasons.