Reflecting on 2013 Weddings

As 2013 comes to an end it’s a good time to look back on some the weddings I had the honor to officiate this past year. And while every wedding was beautiful in its own way, there were some that were particularly unique.

Beautiful backyard ceremony in the woods.

Early in the year I performed a ceremony at beautiful Skytop Lodge. Because it was a winter wedding the couple chose an appropriate theme. They shared hot chocolate as part of the ceremony, and everyone got to participate. We contrasted the cold of winter with the warmth of sharing the beverage. A few words about the history and symbolism of chocolate added some extra flavor. I don’t just make this stuff up, folks. The idea came directly from the couple; it’s my job to make it work, and come alive with meaning and emotion.

In the spring I married one of the most interesting and accomplished couple’s I’ve ever met. They were very private so I cannot reveal much about them except to say they are true American heroes. I officiated their elopement on the roof of Skytop Lodge. They wanted to be married before the bride was deployed. We were close to the heaven that day.

In June I performed a ceremony at a nightclub in Scranton. This was a special place for the couple, because they had met there on Halloween, and had many memorable dates there, as well. Both were quite taken with spooky themes, so there was some fun and laughter in their ceremony, as I incorporated a touch of zombie-mania.

One of the best backyard weddings ever was one where the ceremony took place in the woods behind their home. They each had a child from a previous marriage, and we incorporated the kids in wonderful ways. The reception was in the yard, was set in a perfect rustic chic style. They didn’t have to spend a ton of money to make it charming!

A brunch at the Stroudsmoor County Inn was quite memorable this past fall especially because the couple found their wedding inspiration through the use of apples and apple cider. There was much family history as well as faith tradition attached to it and that made it very special.

At Pocono Manor, at the request of the couple, I wove a touch of The Lion King into the ceremony. The couple loved this show, and their story was connected to it, so they used it for their ceremony and reception, in just the right proportion.

At the Shawnee Inn a couple shared water as a symbol of sharing their lives, which was perfect as we could look out at the beautiful Delaware River and reflected on the flow or life.

And at Mountain Springs Lake Resort in Reeders I was thrilled to focus on the history of the family, who had been coming there for years. It was the second wedding I performed there for the same family and we drew upon tradition, creating new tradition going forward as well.

Every wedding doesn’t have to have some unusual ritual (although it can add a bit of a wow factor to the ceremony). A wedding ceremony is in and of itself a beautiful ritual. These examples of unique wedding ceremonies grew naturally from the couple’s story. I never insert something into a ceremony that doesn’t fit.

There is beauty in a very simple service when it accurately reflects the couple’s love and commitment.

 photo credit: Smile.Peace.Love Photography 

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