The Ceremony is the Heart of your Wedding andthe Story of Your Love is the Heart of the Ceremony.
Celebrating your love and promising your commitment to each other, your wedding can express your own style in so many ways -
* strutting down the aisle to Aretha Franklin's R E S P E C T * state park forest wedding- the bride wore white lace gown over hiking boots * an aisle of sunflowers stuck in the sand on the beach * bilingual and Spanglish ceremonies in backyard or chapel * Scottish and Jewish wedding with bagpiper and canopy * blended family with kids blending colored sands in a keepsake jar * unity candles lit by families then the couple lighting their own * releasing butterflies symbolizing wishes of happiness * costumed renaissance wedding feast (pic below) * spring flowered mountain meadow ceremony and picnic reception * readings and pronouncement of marriage by family and friends
The traditional wedding sequence:
Procession - officiant, wedding party, groom and bride assemble
Convocation - welcoming guests, establishing occassion, noting families and friends are joining through marriage
Invocation - inviting those who have passed on and the spiritual world to witness and bless
Readings, songs or other contributions, perhaps from family and friends
Address - what marriage means
Your Love Story - unique, personal and memorable
Expression of Intent - "do you...?" "I do"
Vows - traditional and/or original exchange of promises
Rings - blessing and exchange of rings
Pronouncement - "I/we now declare you husband and wife"
Benediction - together everyone blesses you as a couple
Recession - off you go into your married life!
The ceremony with all the elements above lasts around 20 minutes.
Your ceremony can be exactly as you would like it to be!
Heather (American) and Mukush (Nepali) at their wedding, about to take the traditional 7 steps around the ceremonial fire.
Thank you again and again for the lovely ceremony. Everyone wanted to know where I found the wonderful officiant. Even the hardcore non-romantics reported that they actually stopped and took a breath when you asked them to. I received many comments that it was the most beautiful wedding that they had ever been to, EVER! It was certainly just as Stuart and I wanted it to be. Love, Karen and Stuart
Background: I have a rich background in trans-personal psychology and spirituality, art and activism. Having traveled throughout the world, I have experienced ritual and ceremony of many of traditions in their countries of origin. I taught biofeedback, stress reduction and mind-body awareness for 13 years at Santa Rosa Junior College, along with privately offering healing bodywork and energy work. For over 15 years, I have been producing and co-producing consciousness raising, holistic events, including festivals, expos and conferences. I am well grounded in metaphysics and the perennial philosophy, the spiritual essence of all religions and traditions.
It is my honor to be at your service.
I am gifted in perceiving and celebrating each unique couple, designing ceremonies with your feelings and dreams, and creating connection with heartfelt eloquence.
Honored and delighted to perform your wedding ceremony - Let's begin with your specifics and a call. Blessings!