Moment to Cherish
Your wedding ceremony is the central moment of your most special day. An intimate ritual, shared with family and friends, it celebrates your love and commitment while marking the formal beginning of your new life together.
Selecting a skilled and caring celebrant can make a significant difference on this meaningful occasion… and leave you with memories that you will cherish forever.
The Rev. Thomas Lawrence has been conducting personalized wedding ceremonies for more than twenty years. Caring and sensitive, he can work with you to plan a ceremony that will make your special day all the more memorable.
Because your exchange of vows is a deeply personal statement, Rev. Lawrence will design a religious or nonsectarian ceremony that addresses the considerations that matter most to you. Depending on your preference, he can also develop a moving interfaith service that enables you to express your commitment in the presence of God while respecting your individual faith backgrounds.
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Reflecting Your Love
The ceremony that joins you as husband and wife is the centerpiece of your wedding celebration. Ideally, it will be deeply meaningful for all who attend. It can also be just as well planned as the rest of your wedding arrangements.
That's why choosing the officiant who will conduct your ceremony is such an important decision.
Over the years, Rev. Lawrence has officiated at weddings throughout the tri-state area (New York City, NY Metro Area). In settings ranging from homes to churches, gardens to rooftops–even aboard watercraft–he has been flexible in helping couples make the most of the wedding locations they’ve chosen.
Rev. Lawrence will honor your preferences for your ceremony. He’ll help you evaluate your on-site options for ceremonial music and creative choreography, and help you plan for alternative settings if your outdoor wedding is threatened by inclement weather.
During your preliminary meeting, Rev. Lawrence will suggest ways to panic-proof your wedding ceremony and avoid common wedding pitfalls. Because wedding planning and stress go hand-in hand, he’ll describe some useful preventive measures to help manage that stress.
Experienced and understanding, Rev. Lawrence has a rare ability to deal gracefully with the unexpected, and stands ready to defy “Murphy’s Law”–the notion that anything that can go wrong, will. He’ll work with you every step of the way to help ensure that you fully enjoy what ought to be one of the most exquisite moments of your life.
Marriage is more than a ceremony: it’s a lifetime commitment, one in which compromise, growth and understanding are crucial. Wedding planning may be the first real test of your ability to work and make decisions with your spouse-to-be. If problems or difficulties arise during your engagement, you may want to schedule an appointment with Rev. Lawrence for premarital counseling.
Counseling can help you isolate problems and teach you how to work together to overcome them. In the process, you’ll also learn more about each other and the kinds of emotional support each of you needs.
Remember, the more you know about each other, the stronger and more intimate your marriage will be.
It might also be a good idea to plan ahead to make an additional commitment to your relationship. Schedule a “check-up” appointment a half-year into your marriage to explore your needs and expectations and to discover new ways to make your life together more fulfilling.
“My husband and I couldn’t have been more delighted. The ceremony was beautiful and spoke to us in a deeply personal way. Thank you so very much.” –R.T., Tavern on the Green
“I’m impressed with how the ceremony talks of the realities of marriage, yet tells us how we can use our marriage to grow personally.” –B.J., The Stanhope
Reverend Thomas L. Lawrence, Master of Divinity, is a skilled and experienced couples counselor. He is a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.