Category Archives: Ceremonies and Celebrations

Zen and the Art of Weddings

Planning a wedding is planning for one day of your life, but you are really planning for a lifetime together.
Wedding planning isn’t going anywhere, so when you can’t stop the wheels from spinning, you know its time to take a break and find your zen.

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The Walk Down the Aisle

The processional choreography can be as diverse as you are. We often don’t take advantage of this opportunity – perhaps because most couples have never heard about or seen anything other that the standard entrance.

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Summer Lessons Learned

As fall is settling in, it’s a good time to reflect back on this past summer’s weddings and see what can be learned from some of my various experiences. If you are planning a wedding for next summer, you may be picturing a gorgeous sunny day.  And there was plenty of that. But you are [...]

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How to Elope

Last week I wrote about the many reasons couples may choose to elope. Elopement is no longer a secret or undesirable choice. In fact, there are many good reasons to get married without guests. So, if you’ve decided to elope, how exactly do you accomplish this? First and foremost: where ever you are going, find [...]

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Thinking of Eloping? Read this….

In the past eloping was defined as running away to get married, especially without parental consent. But in today’s world it can mean something very different. There are two parts to taking a closer look at elopement: One is the ‘why,’ and the second is ‘the how.’ There are indeed many reasons to elope. Today [...]

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What Can We Learn from Celebrity Weddings?

Is there anything to be learned from celebrity weddings for us common folks? Up until now I’d say no. Of course how would I know since I’ve never read about them, wrote about them, or cared about them. Until now. You’d have to live in a cave to not have heard about Angelina Jolie and [...]

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Ceremony tips. .. are a few of my favorite things…

I do love ‘raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,’ but when it comes ceremonies here are a few of my favorites things. Work those bubbles, or petals, or whatever. If you’re going to have them at the end of your ceremony, make sure everyone is ready to go immediately after the kiss! The newlyweds [...]

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Tips for Grooms…

  Ask any man what was the most stressful day of his life, and a good many of them will tell you it was their wedding day.  Consider what faced them:  family pressures, silk and chiffon, emotional roller coasters before, during and after the Big Day, not to mention publicly declaring one’s love in front [...]

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Same-Sex Weddings Aren’t All That Different

Now that marriage equality has come to Pennsylvania, I am getting many inquiries from same-sex couples. It’s an exciting time. Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall wrote in 2004 that: “Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support…. It is at once a deeply [...]

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FIRST LOOK

The ‘first look’ is a photo or series of photos capturing the moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time (in her gown before the wedding). It can be amazing, wonderful, and heartfelt. It can also serve a useful purpose. And conversely it can be corny, phony, and overly staged. I love [...]

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