In our culture the milestone of marriage is the one that is most celebrated. Marriage is a transition from one stage of life to another. Even if you don’t marry until your thirties or later, you are still leaving your birth family to form a new family. Your status has changed. You have met the love of your life and you want to share your joy with your community of family and friends.
The ceremony is the most important part of your wedding. If your ceremony feels personal and meaningful to you, something will happen during the ceremony that will take your relationship to a deeper level. If it is a good ceremony it should act as part of the foundation upon which you build your marriage. If your ceremony is personal and expresses joy, the reception that follows will be all the more joyous.
To achieve this goal I work with you to find the readings and vows that best represent who you are and what you want to say to each other and to your community.
Instead of delivering a “sermon" or "homily,” I talk about you, your relationship, and the special love you have found for each other. If you wish to include religious or cultural traditions in your ceremony. I help you find those that best express your wishes, and I incorporate your choices into a memorable, meaningful, and unique
ceremony that is just for you.
To guarantee that what I say represents your values and beliefs I send you a “first draft” via email and you are able to make comments, corrections, additions or deletions. After I have incorporated your edits and suggestions, I send you the “final copy” so that you know exactly what will be said at your ceremony. Remember, it is your ceremony and it really should be all about the two of you.
Visit my website for a fuller description of the ceremonies I can work with you to create, and then perform. The Spring and Fall are ideal times for outdoor weddings in one of the many vineyards and other venues in Central Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley and along Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park. I bring a battery operated sound system the helps ensure that all of your guests can hear the entire ceremony, including any readings you may choose.