a friends wedding…

I officiate so many weddings for so many wonderful couples, but this past weekend I officiated for someone I’ve known for many years. Although not one of my closest friends, the bride is certainly someone I’ve known and admired in our community for a long time. Naturally I was flattered that she asked me to be their Celebrant.

May 1st wedding, on Kentucky Derby Day... hats were encouraged!

May 1st wedding, on Kentucky Derby Day... hats were encouraged!

I was not expecting the ceremony to feel different that other ceremonies, but to be totally candid (any why not – that’s why I write this blog) – it was. I was a little nervous and emotional. Speaking afterwards with some theater people who were guests at the wedding, they totally agreed: performing for friends or family is actually harder than doing so for strangers.

And do not doubt that every priest, minister, rabbi, or celebrant, like myself, is performing. For me, the depth of meaning, spirituality and emotion is in the creating and writing of the ceremony itself. At the actually wedding ceremony itself, it is performed. I l want to clearly impart the meaning through a good reading of the ceremony content we have agree upon.

There are many elements to think about when you choose your officiant – and their personality, demeanor and ability to perform your wedding is one of them. Will they warmly express the meaning of the day? Will everyone be able to hear them?

At the Meadowbrook Inn

At the Meadowbrook Inn

I met a great photographer at this wedding – Kelly Planer, who got some of the photos to us immediately! So here are two lovely photos. The venue was the Meadowbrook Inn in Tannersville – one of our areas little known treasurers! It’s a lovely spot and the food is great!

Congratulations to Denise & John!

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