Cowboy Boots and Brandy

There is a first for every officiant.  I typically like these “firsts” because they bring something new and unique to my ceremonies.  But including a horse in the vows?

Well, it happened.  And it was fantastic.

Christa and Eric met and fell in love pretty quickly.  She loves horses, particularly her own horse Brandy.  Eric created a beautiful engagement scenario which included both Christa’s daughter and horse.  Christa’s daughter was her maid of honor.  But since the horse couldn’t come to the wedding, Eric made sure that Christa knew he was taking them both into his life.

“I Eric, take you Christa and Brandy, to be my wife and horse.”

The beautiful country themed ceremony was at Circa ’34, complete with cowboy boots, bales of hay, and a minister wearing a blue jean skirt.

Christa and Eric, thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day!

(Top photos courtesy of Kate Moynihan Photography, others are my photos.)

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!


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!