As a professional wedding officiant, I arrive to your ceremony at least an hour early. That means I get to see the finishing touches of the hair and makeup team (if you’re not doing a first look and already ready). The ladies are often in colorful robes, drinking champagne and laughing at inside jokes. I get to observe the catering staff and wedding planner finalizing the tablescapes and decor. And, I get to check in with the groom and his groomsmen (if there is one) to see how they’re getting ready. Sometimes it’s loud music, shots of whiskey and maybe even lawn games. It’s such a relaxed and happy time!Read More
"I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I'll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again..."
"I'll be looking for you...every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we'll cling together so tight that nothing and no one'll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you...We'll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams...And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won't just be able to take one, they'll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we'll be joined so tight..."
from "The Amber Spyglass" by Philip Pullman
Are you trying to decide whether to write your own vows or to use the traditional vows? It's a tough decision. Writing your own vows allows you to customize exactly what you want to say to your mate, but sometimes the stress of trying to put into words how you feel is so overwhelming. I wrote a blog post about writing your own vows to give you a few ideas, but don't feel pressured to write personal vows. I absolutely love the traditional wedding vows.Read More
Do you want to write your own wedding vows but just don't know where to start? It's a bit daunting, or at least it was for me. I wanted what I wrote for my own wedding to be meaningful and honest but not sentimental or sappy. I didn't want it to sound canned or cliche, but it's hard writing about love in an original way. If you're in the same position I was, listen up, or read on.Read More