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Vows among the bow-wows!!!

There’s a new puppy in my life. Louie is 12 weeks old now and a ton of fun, joy, and work. There’s no doubt about it, I’m a dog person. Louie brings our total to three fantastic English Springer Spaniels. So I figured this was a good time to talk about dogs in weddings. I [...]

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A Case for a Casual Wedding

Here in the Poconos a casual wedding can be a very good fit. Our community tends to be relaxed, and the mountains as a destination, reflect an outdoorsy vibe. If that’s what you’re looking for, have what I call ‘a casual wedding.’

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Creating Rituals for the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us. From special foods, to the kids waking up on Christmas morning, and of course worship services – all imprint on our hearts, minds and memories through ritual. What do you remember most from your childhood holiday traditions? The rituals I create for weddings help deepen the experience, so they [...]

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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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To have or not to have… a wedding rehearsal

Do you need a wedding rehearsal? A rehearsal can serve many purposes. Sometimes it is just a reason to have a rehearsal dinner, which may be important for family members who have never met. It can also help calm one’s nerves. By simply seeing where you will be walking and standing, a lot of the [...]

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Behind the Veil: Pre-Wedding Jitters

Emotions are something we often try to control and tears feel like they can get in the way. But it is perfectly normal to be nervous and tearful before your wedding. In fact, I would be worried about you if you were not somewhat nervous. Before the big day, and just before that big moment [...]

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Why Marriage?

This is why I support marriage equality. Gay and lesbian couples deserve all the same legal, spiritual, social, and emotional benefits of marriage. Because today, marriage is better than ever!

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Mutual Admiration Society

I was planning on posting about a cool blog I just discovered when low-and-behold they blogged about me! But let’s be clear: today’s blog is not an obligatory reciprocal act, but something I really want to share. I’ve written a bit about it before, but now I’ve discovered is an entire site dedicated to having [...]

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It could have gone wrong but it went so right!

I can’t seem to get enough of this topic: rain and outdoor weddings. This Saturday I officiated for a fantastic couple at Mountain Springs Lake (one of the great secret treasures of the Poconos) and the weather was a bit drizzly. It wasn’t exactly raining, but then again, it wasn’t a sunny day. The ceremony [...]

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    Lois Heckman is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant who officiates at weddings, funerals, and other ceremonies in the Poconos and beyond. She has performed hundreds of ceremonies and brings a wealth of knowledge to her work. Visit her website: ... Read Full
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