Friday, January 15, 2016

First Birthday Baby Blessing

I am a blessed woman and I am constantly reminded of this. I have the honor of participating in some of life's happiest events. Yes, officiating weddings is at the top of the list. Yet there are other celebrations that touch my heart as well.

Celebrating with Baby Q (Quentin) and his family was a wonderful way to start my new year. I had the pleasure of marrying Quentin's parents, Emily and Kurt several years ago. I was thrilled when they asked me to baptize their first born, Ches. And now, a few years later they contacted me again. In Emily's words, she wanted me to 'complete the spiritual circle' by baptizing Quentin.
We had a ceremony planned but it became evident that Quentin had his own agenda. He quickly plucked a flower from a nearby arrangement and decided it would be great fun to taunt his parents. Quite a little character he is! And such an innocent little face.
And that is the beauty of a baby blessing. You never quite know what will happen. Ceremonies that take place in a personal space are a little more relaxed. This does not diminish the sacredness of the ceremony but does allow for a little laughter.
We worked on the ceremony together and, if I say so myself, it was very beautiful. Although Christian based the ceremony honored the Divine in other religious traditions.

Heavenly Father, Divine Mother, Spirit of the Universe we ask for Your blessing here today. Protect this family and community and surround us with infinite unconditional love. Keep us mindful that the miracle of new life is both a gift and path back to you. 

Creating a personal ceremony is not always an option and many couples appreciate the opportunity to include wording that voices their truth and speaks to their heart.
Quentin was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 'With the blessings of the Divine mother, the compassion of the Buddha, the protection of Maa Durga, we call you our own. Quentin, God has called your name.  You are connected, protected, loved, and blessed. You are forever a child of God and one with the Divine, a member of God’s family.'

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Family Wedding at RiverMist

Family weddings are the just sweetest. There is so much excitement when young children are involved in a wedding ceremony. And what a wonderful way for Natasha and Jason to start their married life.
Natasha is accompanied by her lovely flower girls.
Holding hands. A perfect start.
We included the Ceremony of the Red Thread for Jason and Natasha's wedding.
According to this legend, at birth the gods tie an invisible silken red thread around the ankles of a man and a woman destined to be husband and wife. As the years pass, the thread grows shorter and shorter, until finally they are united. 
The red cord was tied around their ring fingers as Jason and Natasha made their vows.
 The cord was removed.
And replaced with a wedding ring encircled with red band.
Natasha and Jason made special promises to their children.
The girls received a necklace, a symbolic reminder of the promises made.
 Family Circle.
It's true.... One Big Happy Family.
More kissing, oh no!!
Jason is a lucky man. Three women to love.
No doubt who is the favorite.
 And always will be.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

True Love Finds Carmen and David

Carmen and David wanted a candlelight ceremony. October was the perfect month.
Tonight you are declaring to each other you will be by each other side,
 no matter what life brings your way.
Carmen, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love,
and my choice to share my life and dreams with you,
 I give you this ring with the pledge to love you
today, tomorrow, and always.
 And now, bringing with you all the joys of your yesterdays 
and the promise of all your tomorrows
 will you now join your candles together as one.
 Can't you just feel Carmen's happiness.
Happily Ever After
And Carmen will make it so! 
 So what's next..... everything. Most of all happiness!

Monday, October 12, 2015

A Destiny of Souls - Virginia and Todd Are Married

Destiny is a mysterious thing. No matter what you do or where you go, you can’t avoid it. And, no matter how hard you try, even putting forth your greatest effort, you can’t force it to happen before its time. Virginia and Todd's wedding was a celebration of the destiny of two souls.
My Love--Linda Lee Elrod
When I met you, I had no idea how much my life was about to be changed..
but then, how could I have known?

A love like ours happens once in a lifetime.
You were a miracle to me,
the one who was everything I had ever dreamed of,
the one I thought existed only in my imagination.

And when you came into my life,
I realized that what I had always thought was happiness
 couldn't compare to the joy loving you brought me.

You are a part of everything I think and do and feel,
and with you by my side, I believe that anything is possible.
(this day) gives me a chance to thank you for the miracle of you...
you are, and always will be, the love of my life.
 Almighty God, bless these rings, symbols of faithfulness and unbroken love. May Todd and Virginia always be true to each other, may they be one in heart and mind, may they be united in love forever.  
One quick photo with the newlyweds.
Many happy times ahead for the new Mr. and Mrs.

Monday, September 28, 2015

NGubia and Damian Marry at RiverMIst

 Damian and NGubia will have a traditional marriage ceremony in her home country during the summer of 2016. However they will always remember the start of their married life at RiverMist.
Damian waiting patiently for his Bride.
 And here is the lovely, NGubia.
NGubia, the man who stands by your side is about to become your husband. He will look to you for gentleness, support, for understanding, for encouragement and protection. So I ask, do you, NGubia take Damian to be your beloved husband – to live together after God’s ordinance – in the holy estate of matrimony? 
We ask your blessings for Damian and NGubia. 
May they be kind in their words, considerate of feelings, 
and concerned for each others needs and wishes.
 Always time for a first dance.

I Found Love by BeBe & CeCe Winans
When i found you...I found somebody who cares
When i found you...Found my most intimate prayer
When i found you...I found what every heart dreams of
When i found you...I found love
 Big Smiles.
Hope to have photos of their next ceremony. 
Best wishes!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fall wedding in North Carolina

The weather is normally wonderful for a September wedding. Seema and Jason will most definitely agree. It was a perfect day to begin their married life.
Yes, it's true. Soon to be husband and wife.
As you place these rings on each others fingers, you are taking responsibility for the success of your marriage, acknowledging that the future of your marriage is in your hands and in your hearts.
I give you this ring as a reminder
that I will always love, honor and cherish you.
Just like this ring, my love for you has no end.
So happy to show off the new rings.
  Time alone to savor the moment.
 And the adventure continues.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stormy and Paul Marry at RiverMist

Dusk. What a wonderful time to marry. Just ask Stormy and Paul.
What you don't see. They are surrounded by the people who love them most. But more on that later.
Exchanging rings, the physical 'binding' part of a wedding ceremony. Many think this is the moment you become husband and wife.
Unity Sand. A nice way to honor the merging of lives.
And now about their guests. Each person was given a small polished stone to hold in their hand during the ceremony. Before the formal 'pronouncement' each person came forward and gave their 'blessing stone' to the happy couple, offering congratulations and words of wisdom. The stones are now displayed in their home, reminding the happy couple of everyone present on their wedding day.
After lots of hugs and kisses. It was time for THE kiss.
And now the guests.
Wedding cake coming up.
And time to celebrate. Cheers!!
Happy times ahead for these two.