In the spirit of end-of-the-year columns I want to share some highlights from this, my eighth year as a Celebrant.
I officiated a wedding in the little schoolhouse in Hickory Run State Park; the couple had their first date at the park and having the ceremony where they shared many good times was meaningful and sweet.
A memorable ceremony at Skytop Lodge included blending the families – as each couple had four children. Their journey took twelve years until they could finally become husband and wife. Sometimes good things are really worth the wait.
There was a wonderful ceremony that used the groom’s Tibetan singing bowls as part of their marriage rituals. He collects these bowls and it was fantastic to incorporate them. The couple each rang one of the bowls to signify the start of the ceremony, and I rang them at the end.
An interfaith ceremony (Jewish/Christian) at Bear Creek Mountain focused on common values, goals and beliefs, complete with ‘breaking the glass’ and sharing Italian wine in a Jewish Kiddush cup. (Thanks Melissa Kelly for the wonderful photos!)
High school sweethearts who went separate ways, but reconnected years later, celebrated their long, challenging journey at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn. They had their dogs with them to share in their joy!
Sharing your love as well as asking for the love and support of family is at the core of any wedding. It is indeed one of the reasons we have a ceremony. That is why I fondly recall the two great guys who were legally married in New York, but wanted a ceremony in Pennsylvania for their families. They understood that paperwork alone does not constitute a marriage, and wanted the opportunity to stand before their family and friends to complete their union. After 18 years together, they clearly knew they were committed.
A ritual I’ll call a ‘time capsule’ was really fun! A twist on the Wine Box Ceremony - this couple put a bottle of scotch and two glasses along with their letters to one another, into the box and sealed it to be enjoyed sometime in the future.
And the couple who chose the date of 10/11/12 had a ceremony memorable for invoking the four directions. This is a Pagan ritual that endows characteristics to the directions (north, south, east, west) that are then used to bless the marriage.
Congratulations to everyone who tied the knot in 2012. Looking forward to and equally wonderful 2013!
Lois Heckman is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® officiating weddings, funerals, memorials and other milestones in the Pocono Mountains. She can be reached through her website: LoisHeckman.com and follow her on Pinterest – pinterest.com/celebrantlois