Thursday, September 29, 2016

The First Look

While many couples opt to do their first look before the ceremony, I still have the occasional wedding where they go the traditional route. Tony and Angela decided not to see each other before the ceremony on their wedding day. The look on Tony's face when he sees his bride is absolutely perfect, 

Thanks to Mantas Ivanauskas Photography for sharing what I think is one of my all-time favorite photos. This could also be attributed to the fact that Tony happens to be one of my favorite people. But either way. this picture is great. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

I'm a Guest Blogger! - Tips for Personalizing Your Wedding Ceremony

I was invited by the wonderful Greatest Expectations to write a blog post about personalizing your wedding ceremony. So, of course, I did!

The article covers several ways to make your ceremony a reflection of the two of you, including music, readings, and unique rituals. 

Photo by Julia Franzosa Photography
So, what are you waiting for?

Head on over and read my article, The Perfect “I Do” for You- How to Personalize Your Wedding Ceremony 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

20 Questions to Ask a Wedding Officiant - and a Few to Ask Yourself

You've picked the date and secured the perfect venue. You know exactly what kind of cake you'll have. You're narrowing down your choices for a DJ. So, what are you missing? 

Oh, yeah..... someone has to officiate your wedding ceremony!

There are so many choices for officiants, so 
how do you know if you've found the right person? They key to this is asking the right questions. 

When you sit down with a potential officiant, you are meeting this person to see whether you're a good match. Be sure to use the consultation as an opportunity to ask questions. Learn as much as you can about the person who will be responsible for one of the most important moments in your life. 

Here is a list of questions that should help you pick the right officiant:

1.    Did you go through any formal training in order to officiate ceremonies?
2.    Are your ceremonies any different from those of other officiants?
3.    Do you officiate other ceremonies besides weddings?
4.    What was one of your favorite wedding ceremonies?
5.    Would you ever turn down a couple's invitation to perform their ceremony? If so, for what reason?
6.    How would you describe your ideal couple?

7.    Have you ever had things go wrong during a ceremony? How did you handle it?
8.    What do you think is your main responsibility as an officiant?
9.    What's the best compliment a wedding guest ever gave you?
10. What was the funniest or oddest moment in a wedding you celebrated?
11. How much control (or input) do we have over the final ceremony?

12. What are your thoughts on a rehearsal? Do you charge extra for running a rehearsal?

13. Do you need a microphone on the wedding day?

14. Will you be staying for the rehearsal dinner and/or reception?

15. Have you ever been late or missed a wedding? If so, what happened?

16. How many weddings do you officiate in a day?

17. Have you ever co-officiated a ceremony with another officiant? If not, would you be willing to do so?

18. Do have any restrictions for us or any of our wedding professionals? (Ex: No flash photography.)

19. What is your fee and what does the fee include?

20. Would you tell us a bit about yourself? 

After the consultation, be sure to take some time to sit down and talk about your meeting. Compare notes and be sure you and your future spouse are on the same page. 

You may want to ask yourselves a few questions. Such as...

Does this person’s personality and approach match ours?

Will this person make us feel comfortable on our wedding day?
Does he/she seem prepared and professional?

Is he/she enthusiastic about our wedding?

Does he/she seem interested in us as a couple and in making our ceremony special?

Can we trust this person to make our ceremony run smoothly?

I hope this list comes in handy. Good luck with your search! (And if you would be kind enough to excuse a professional plug - be sure you speak to a Life-Cycle Celebrant!)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Couples' Choice Award 2016

Thank you to my wonderful couples for this honor!
So excited to have received this award for the 7th year in a row. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

One of my beautiful couples on Upworthy!

This morning, as I was wasting time online, I came across an article on Upworthy about the new Catalyst Wedding Magazine, and the fact that they feature REAL couple.. 

Scrolling through the photos, I came across Lisa and Maria, who I married in 2013. 

Photo by Oriana Koren

Friday, October 30, 2015

Carla & Steve - Gamers Get Married!

Carla and Steve's wedding ceremony at European Crystal was everything a ceremony should be - sweet, fun, and completely "them."

They met in college at anime club, so it goes without saying that their ceremony would have lots of nerdy references. Their unique touches included music from favorite movies. It began with their parents and the wedding party walking in to "Storybook Love" from The Princess Bride and ended with them exiting to Harry Belafonte's "Jump the Line," popularized by the movie, Beetlejuice

The ceremony itself included quotes from Doctor Who, as well as mention of their favorite character from Dragonball Z - none other than Vegeta. They exchanged rings inspired by The Legend of Zelda, and even included the three elements of the Triforce - power, wisdom, and courage - in their vows.
After the vows, guests made wishes on blessing stones, which were then collected and poured into a vase. Carla and Steve then made their own wishes on heart-shaped stones and placed them on top. The blessing stone collection will be a keepsake for them - and a reminder of their special day and all those who shared it with them.

The wonderful Genevieve Lee of TrueLee Photography captured it all on film. You can see more photos of Carla & Steve's wedding by visiting their album on the TrueLee Facebook page.  

Congratulations, Carla & Steve!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sonny & Sam's Gorgeous Outdoor Ceremony

Samantha & Sonny were married this past July at the lovely Royal Melbourne Country Club. The ceremony took place outside, under a wedding canopy adorned with a chandelier. It was exquisite! 

Their ceremony was a lovely blend of traditional and contemporary, and included a sand ceremony as well as a tea sharing ritual, in honor of Sonny's Chinese heritage. 

This beautiful wedding was featured on the Angel Eyes Photography blog, which you can see HERE