2011 Wedding Highlights

It’s difficult to choose, because I think all of the weddings I officiate are wonderful, but I’m going to attempt to highlight some of my most interesting and memorable ceremonies from 2011.

At Dingmans Falls

Early in the year I officiated at two lovely historic locations a bit out of my normal area – the French Manor and Glasbern Inn. At the French Manor an interfaith couple with children gave us the opportunity to enjoy some lovely rituals, such as the Sand Ceremony and the Breaking of the Glass. The Glasbern couple had a really beautiful ceremony incorporating many religious elements. It started raining in the middle of the ceremony – and we quickly got umbrellas up over the couple and had to skip a bit and go straight to the vows. I try to strongly and calmly take control when emergencies come up, but I also ask the couple what they’d like to do. They wanted to stand their ground and exchange vows. So we did. In the rain. Its only water and it was really ok.

Speaking of locations, I married couples at Bushkill Falls and Dingmans Falls, as well as by the Delaware River. I officiated at Holly Hedge in New Hope, PA, the tree house in Nay Aug Park in Scranton, and the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

By the Delaware River

The coin toss!

How can I ever forget the coin toss? The groom had the humorous idea to toss a coin to see who would go first to speak their vows. This tied into their sports passions and the DJ played the NFL theme for the special and memorable moment.

Speaking of memorable moments and vows – the most memorable vow award this year goes to the groom who sang his vows. Wow! It was fantastic. I made sure he went second, because how could you follow that?

Another memorable couple was a German groom and American bride, and we incorporated the ‘sawing the log’ ritual right into the ceremony.

The groom sings his vows.

2011 was a great year for weddings and I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings. Happy Holidays everyone!

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