At Last

Amy and David had been together for 14 years. They had discussed marriage, but it never happened.  And then, on her birthday this year, he surprised her with a ring and proposed.  He said he knew she wanted to be married, and he wanted to make her happy.  Forever.

So after 14 years together, David and I waited for Amy and her niece to meet us at the altar as Etta James serenaded us with “At Last”.

It was perfect.  And I think we all cried a little.

Congratulations, Amy and David!  May your “at last” also be your “happily ever after”.

A Poet and his Muse

Mars will likely laugh at my title, should he see it, because he is a poet.  A real poet. (Not like me in tenth grade when I won that local woman’s club contest.)

His work is amazing.  I know this because he and his bride shared a selection he wrote as part of their wedding ceremony last weekend.  Mars spoke in his delightful British accent, and Laura spoke her portions in fluent French that brought tears to my eyes. (Even though admittedly I have no idea what she said.) Nonetheless, it was simply beautiful.

Thank you, Laura and Mars, for allowing me to be a part of this incredible ceremony.  I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness!

Laura and Mars

Formal photographs to come…but for now, enjoy our post-wedding selfie!

Vows for Vets

My friend Katherine and I have organized an event for Veterans Day this year and will be offering free wedding ceremonies for Veterans and active duty military.

Please visit this page for more information.  (You will be redirected to a page on Katherine’s website.)  Feel free to contact me with any questions!

 

What If…

What if every ceremony could be this fun?  Alison and Lee were super prepared with all the details of their ceremony.  I knew it would be beautiful, but I didn’t know how much fun it would be as well.

What if every ceremony was this great??  Honestly, most of my couples are fantastic.  They are usually nervous and I am concerned about giving them a perfect (or as close as possible) ceremony.  But even with all the nerves, I encourage them to enjoy the moment and have fun.  Alison and Lee did just that.  And so did I.

Thanks, you two, for allowing me to be a part of this beautiful (and laughter-filled) day!

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Friends and Weddings

There is a certain joy in being the minister when your friends get married.  Last weekend I was the officiant for my sweet friend Theresa and her husband Steve.  She and I worked together for many years and have kept in touch since she moved away.  And being part of her wedding was incredible.

First, her family!  Oh my goodness, what a joy!  Her mother is Italian and the family poured in from across the states.  I fell in love with them immediately and enjoyed every minute with them.

Second, the food!  When Italians gather, they eat.  And eat.  And even the non-Italians joined in for the food and fellowship.  This is how weddings should be, friends!  We gathered at least twice a day throughout the weekend to eat and drink and talk and laugh.

And lastly, the love!  I can’t even put it into words, so I’ll share some pictures here.  My friend Libby McGowan was the photographer, and she’s good…check her out here.  Congratulations, Theresa and Steve!

Six Years

Six years ago today I became a wife.  Matt and I were engaged to be married and things in our timeline moved quicker than we thought and we called our minister and asked if he would go ahead and marry us that night.  (Okay, full story: he and his wife are family friends and we had supper with them and with my parents at Chick-fil-A earlier that night and joked about him filling out the marriage license we had gotten that day.)  He agreed, so we went to his house, called a neighbor to come over as a witness, and said our vows.  We signed the paperwork on the ironing board where his wife had been finishing laundry and called it official.  Six years ago tonight.

So as I sit here reminiscing, I am even more grateful that I began StephanieShafferCeremonies and can be a part of wedding stories for other couples.  I’m booking more wedding ceremonies and am so thankful for those who have invited me to be a part of their celebrations.  Thanks for your confidence in me, for your referrals, and for your support.

Here’s to six fabulous years and countless more to come!

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Our first selfie at an NCSU football game 🙂