Memorable moments from 2015

As the year comes to a close I want to thank each and every couple and family that choose me to officiate their weddings (and sometimes funerals). It is a responsibility and honor I take very seriously. It’s customary at this time of year to take a look back. I hope that the ceremony I created for every couple was meaningful and memorable, and was the highlight of their year. To be honest, I can’t remember the details of every single ceremony I officiate, and I’ll just use my age as a good excuse! But what makes one memorable for me? It varies of course – from an unusual couple, perhaps their venue, or a special ritual – any number of things might stay with me. Here are a few that stand out in my admittedly less-than-perfect memory.

Back in March I officiated for two cool guys who had a 1920s themed wedding at Bank Street Annex. You could not want a better blending of theme and location. The venue is a converted old bank in Easton, PA. It was rebuilt in 1929 in the art deco style, including 40-foot ceilings in the main area. Along with the wedding party, most of the guests dressed the part, and the total effect was stunning. Of course I think I did a great job on the ceremony, too!

The jazz era at Bank Street Annex

In April I recall a lovely wedding at Friedman Farms, in Dallas, PA, that included a bread, salt and wine ritual, blending Eastern European cultures and the couple’s love of wine. Friedman Farms is an extremely large barn venue that is really quite something to behold!

Now that's a barn wedding!

For an interfaith wedding on Lake Wallenpaupack at Ehrhardt’s Resort, the breeze from the lake and the religious rituals came together for a perfect ceremony on a summer day.

Speaking of lakes, there was the wedding on the beach at Lake Naomi that was laid-back and fun. I always think of beach weddings as being at the ocean, but there are plenty of beaches here in PA on our lakes. Sand in your toes is a good thing.

Perhaps the most memorable of all was the wedding in the storm of the year. Officiating for friends is always special and I have known this groom all his life, being a long-time friend of the family. I fell in love with his laid-back amazing bride, too! They found a farm-style venue and had made fabulous plans for bonfires, music, and outdoor fun and games when a huge storm hit. This is where attitude (and rain plan) is everything. It could have been a disaster, but because they were so relaxed about it, it turned out great! Perspective is everything.

This beautiful ceremony actually took place during a storm.

A fall wedding late on a Friday night was magical as the light faded at Woodsgate, at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The groom was a professional actor from NYC so I knew had to deliver with my performance! I created some special rituals for them that combined and modernized two Jewish traditions – the Seven Steps and Seven Blessing.  I told their love story in the form of a three-act play! It was a ‘Bravo!’ moment for sure.

At Mountain Springs Lake Resort we blended several religious rituals again, from a family with several different traditions. Their beautiful arbor there works perfectly as a Chuppah! I love interfaith weddings.

I officiated a wedding at a private residence that was like something out of a movie! Honestly, I’ve never been to a house quite like this one. The couple was interested in Eastern philosophies and spiritual practices. We worked with the theme of a circle, and at one point the couple walked around their guests, encircling them with their love and appreciation while I read a special poem that reflected the meaning. I created another ritual we called a Namaste moment. Namaste is something you hear a lot but many don’t know what it actually means. It is a Sanskrit word meaning: ‘I bow to the divine within you, which is the divine within me.’  I had them bow to one another, touch their palms together, and focus on breathing, as in yoga. This was done just before taking their vows. The purpose, in part, was to slow down the moment, and really breathe it all in. I was very pleased of this ritualistic adaptation I created, and more importantly, so were they.

At a private estate.

I had several military couples this year, but I especially remember one where both partners were retired Command Sergeant Majors.

At my own little outdoor ceremony site, Harmony Gardens, I created a beer-themed wedding that was a bit hit. You may have read about it in a previous blog. Sharing beer with good friends was uniquely meaningful, and certainly very ‘them!’

These are just a few of the many wonderful memories from 2015. I am already well into working with couples for 2016 but its good to stop and look back. I hope you, too, will remember what you’ve accomplished this year and I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

 

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