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Mad Housewife – Don't be silly darling, it's just wine!


We couldn’t have a more pertinent and entertaining wine sponsor this year for Get Hitched Give Hope’s annual fall event than the lovely Mad Housewife Cellars!! They’ve been making wine for 5 years, and their product? Not your stuffy ol’ cab, but “California Chick Wine” (their words! I love a sense of humor!).

What prompted you to open this lovely business of yours?
I wanted to offer an affordable tasty wine to busy, multitasking ladies who handle the chaos of their lives with confidence and a sense of humor.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer and why?
I love that we offer a momentary escape from reality for women on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

What do you like to say makes you unique from others in your industry? Why do clients choose your services/products?
We are the anti-wine snob. Our label makes our wine approachable. We live by the motto–The dishes can wait, dinner be damned–We try to bring a sense of humor and levity to life. Oh, and I love the hot chick on the label.

What is your favorite thing about weddings? Why do you love doing what you do?
The drinking of course! Celebrating, letting your hair down, and most importantly leaving with a smile.

You can find them all over the internet, because yep, “your fav retro housewife has stepped into the 21st century!”

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Annemarie Juhlian

Annemarie Juhlian, Seattle Wedding Officiant


I am so delighted to support Get Hitched Get Hope! I received a phone call from Michelle Engvall last year about participating in the “debut event” and my immediate response was, “gosh, yes!”  This is an amazing opportunity for the Northwest wedding community to come together and “give back” in a way that is meaningful, poignant and measurable.

In my work, I create personalized, heart-centered and fun wedding ceremonies.  I work with couples of all faiths and traditions and this work takes me all over the Puget Sound area and Washington State.  I’m not into the “blah, blah, blah” boring wedding ceremony but rather love to work with a couple to create something personalized, real and memorable – and this can be either casual or formal – large event or intimate moment.  This is not necessarily an easy task and it’s one that I relish and love.

I invite you to take a peak at my website and blog at:

And for Get Hitched, Give Hope, I am donating a “pre-wedding planning package” to one lucky couple!  In my former life, I spent many years in event planning so I’ve got event DNA running thru my blood.  This package will give a couple an opportunity to storyboard their wedding day and time line, save a little money in certain areas and together, we can explore creative ideas not only for the ceremony but reception, too!

Annemarie Juhlian, Wedding Celebrant & Officiant
425 922 1325
Visit Annemarie’s blog:

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(the images above were taken by at Annalisa & Jason’s May 2009 wedding – I have to say it is an absolute pleasure working with Annemarie, she is incredibly organized and really makes you feel at ease!  Her ceremonies are always personal, creative & very entertaining!)

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GHGH Bargains

With the current tough economic times, it can feel pretty painful to spend money on your wedding. You want to hire your favorite vendors, but the prices feel out of reach. So what if we told you that at last year’s Get Hitched, Give Hope, one bride scored her wedding photography at 60% off retail price, paying just $1,120 for a wedding photography package that normally costs $2,800? And another bride got DJ services at 40% off…instead of paying $1,2000 for her DJ, she paid $720. And another one saved 40% on her invitations? And all of these deals were from some of Seattle’s best wedding vendors.

Yep, brides and grooms got some truly outstanding bargains. Auctions are like that sometimes. At Get Hitched, Give Hope, you can walk away with things you need for your wedding anyway, and you get to feel great about every dollar you spend knowing it’s going to such a good cause.  So spend some time reading about all the vendors whose goods will be available at the event, mark your calendars for October 29th, and buy your tickets here to get in on the great deals! (To find out more about our charity, the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation, click here.)

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Charities we love ~ The Danskin SheROX Triathlon

This week I met with a gal I connected with through twitter (yay for bringing the community together!!) – Kat Speyer, I was immediately impressed (she is a wedding bee blogger!) and then I went to her photography website and was WOWED!  She is a talented girl!!   We met and chatted over cupcakes (yumm… thank you Trophy!) she is so incredibly generous and is willing to donate her time to help make Get Hitched Give Hope a success (THANK YOU!!) so for this year she is going to help us with marketing & PR (her background).   We are SO thankful to have her with us and REALLY appreciate her support.

She is very generous in all areas of her life – she recently participated in the Danskin Triathlon which she is going to share with us below, adding to the list of Charities We Love!

Thank you Kat!

Hi there, I’m Kat! (Yet another friendly Seattle wedding and portrait photog.) The GHGH crew is graciously letting me guest post to share some thoughts on the fight against breast cancer. (Thanks, guys!)

I was first introduced to Brides Against Breast Cancer when I was planning my wedding and blogging for Wedding Bee in 2008. So many brides in the Bee community talked about donating their dresses or purchasing them at one of the foundation’s gown sales. I’ve always been impressed with their organization, so I was delighted to discover Get Hitched, Give Hope in Seattle working with Brides Against Breast Cancer to put together a fabulous benefit event and fundraiser.

Let’s be honest… Cancer is scary. At some level, we’re ALL at risk. So it behooves us to take care of our bodies, support research, and assist those in treatment. As an athlete, I’ve had the pleasure to be involved in numerous events to support a variety of causes. Many of the most poignant are those to further cancer research, particularly when survivor teams and their families are involved. There are a lot of organized races, both competitive and non-competitive, entry level and advanced, to benefit the cause.

For example, though she doesn’t consider herself an athlete, my mother is one of the most ambitious cyclists I know. (She can outpace me on a bike— we’re talkin’ 20mph here– and she just started riding two years ago.)  Last year, she fundraised for  the Team in Training Chuckanut Century in memory of a family member who succumbed to leukemia. This summer, she rode the Seattle Livestrong Challenge to benefit cancer research. That’s a killer ride, so I give her many kudos!

But I have to say that I’m most proud of her for her latest accomplishment. Just last weekend, she completed the Danskin SheROX triathlon. We trained together and it was our FIRST multi-sport event. We’d never done anything like it before—neither of us are swimmers and my mom had never ran before our training!

Here’s my mom and I after a “mini” triathlon training. As you can see, I felt like poop.

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, the Danskin tri is a women-only “sprint” distance triathlon immensely popular for its accessibility to women of all fitness levels and known for its strong fundraising for cancer research. Since 2004, Danskin has worked exclusively with The Breast Cancer Research Society as their Official Charity, raising over $850,000 to help BCRS end breast cancer. The race also gives special recognition to athletes who are breast cancer survivors and encourages all participants to donate individually.

I would encourage all of you wonderful people determined to further support the fight against breast cancer through events like GHGH, to look into the Danskin. You might be saying, “Who? Me? I could never do that!” But really, you’d be surprised. Anyone can. And not only is it satisfying as a fitness challenge, it also is immensely meaningful to be involved in an event that contributes so greatly to the cause.

There’s also great group support. This is my mom’s mentor group, who let me tag along on some training events:


You also have the option to wear a smokin’ unitard. (Really, I love it… but LOOK at the thing. :P)


In case you’re wondering, my mom and I both finished strong!  While I was expecting to have a bad time, I experienced quite the opposite… it was FUN and I met some really cool people along the way. It was also unbelievable how fast the race passed: My mom finished in under 2 hours (after losing her timing chip) and I finished in about an hour and a half.  You’ll be surprised at what you can do! So, please, give it a shot. It’s amazing what you can accomplish and what a difference it can make for others.

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Brandy Thibault ~ Abaloria Jewelry

In December of last year a few of us girls were talking about our New Year’s resolutions – like many people do, mine was (is) a silly one – to wear earrings every day of the year.  (so far still going strong minus a few forgetful days.)  When I checked the mail later that week and found THE most beautifully packaged box in the mail – I thought for sure, “this couldn’t be for me…. could it?”  and then I found the note and Brandy from Abaloria became more than just a gorgeous jewelry designer – she became my FAVORITE jewelry designer!!  The earrings she sent are GORGEOUS – perfect for any event (although, I like to save them for special days when I can tell people they were made for me!)

So I would love to introduce you to a beautiful girl, a great friend and a FABULOUS jewelry designer – Brandy

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read on to find out more about her & Abaloria:

Tell us about yourself!
My name is Brandy Thibault and I am the owner/designer of Abaloria Jewelry, I started my company 6 years ago and specialize in custom bridal. I can adorn everyone from the bride, bridesmaids, flower girls and yes, the mothers! The process usually takes 2 week (at the most) and is very fun. I meet with you at my cozy studio and take a look at the dresses and wedding colors and give you helpful suggestions on what I can do for you. The jewelry is hand made by me and designed to fit your individual style. Please feel free to browse my work on my website:

What do you love most about your work?

I love everything about my work! I love meeting and getting to know each person, designing and creating pieces that are individual and one of a kind. The whole process from the first meeting to the last really!

What drew you to Get Hitched, Give Hope?
I was really intrigued by the whole concept of a swanky party where brides can learn more about quality products in a fun environment while drinking and eating amazing food, winning prizes and spending quality time with their friends. The largest part of my interest was the proceeds going towards Breast Cancer. My mother in-law is battling Breast Cancer for the second time. She won the battle 12 years ago and recently found out it was back. She underwent a full Mastectomy and is in remission so far. (Keep your fingers crossed!!) To be able to be a part of raising money to help the families make memories that will last a lifetime is a wonderful thing. I feel honored that I was invited to be a part of this.

What makes your business different than everyone elses?

I think the custom part of my business is what makes me stand out from other jewelry makers. I meet with each client and take in the effect their budget, likes and dislikes and come up with the perfect jewelry for them. I wont let them leave unless they are 100% happy. I dont mind re-working a piece, or just plain starting over, thankfully I have not had to do that yet! One of my favorite things to do is take an old family heirloom and recreate a new set out of it for the bride. Many times there are enough stones, crystals or pearls to create a piece for another family member too. Makes for a fun memory of the family member who handed it down to them and something they can pass on to their children.

How are you participating in this year’s event?
I am donating a custom Jewelry Set as well as earrings for the swag bag.  Did you hear that??  Gorgeous earrings in the SWAG bag!!

Here are some gorgeous images of her work in action:


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October 16, 2009 - 2:49 pm

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Next month I will married, can you tell me where I can get a good diamond ring , at a good price?

Keep up the good work.

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