Feeling very thankful, not only for my friends and family, but for all of the dear couples I’ve been privileged to marry over the past 20 years. You are the reason I love what I do. THANK YOU!
Last Saturday night, a lovely wedding in Oak Brook at an elegant banquet facility with a wonderful coordinator. She was terrific at the rehearsal on Thursday, getting folks lined up and ready. And she was great to work with at the wedding as well.
One groomsman sported a Mohawk — it was an eclectic group of people. More piercings and interesting hairdos than I can remember ever before. Nice. And the couple assured me their ceremony was exactly what they had been hoping for.
I LOVE doing this!.
A couple of weeks ago, I married MaryEllen and James — she is a professor of Spanish. A lot of the script was translated into Spanish, beautifully, by a friend of theirs.
At the end, a tall man from among the guests came up to me, shook my hand, and said: “This is my first wedding with a woman minister – and it has been absolutely wonderful! If this had been a Catholic wedding in the church, we would have had to listen to a long homily, and I would have been sleeping. This was beautiful.”
Thank you, universe!
Whether it’s a simple wedding on a beach in Glencoe or an elaborate affair at the Intercontinental downtown, summer is the season for beautiful ceremonies, both outdoors and in. This year, I’ve traveled from Wheaton to Lake Forest to assist with wonderful weddings, and my busiest days are ahead.
These days, couples often want to include their dog(s) as part of their wedding. They usually act as symbolic ring bearers, walking in with an additional bridal party member and either staying for the reception or getting chauffeured home after the actual ceremony. It’s a treat to have them there — it lends an air of sweetness and fun that guests always enjoy.
Several years ago, it was Payton, a border collie, who was sitting with a family friend in the back row on the aisle. When I turned to the best man for the rings, he said: “Payton, come!”, and whistled. Payton ran right up the aisle to the best man’s feet, and the rings were in a little pouch on his collar. Excellent! I told them I would love Payton to be at all my weddings!
I hope you’re enjoying these summer months as much as I am. Blessings to you.
What lovely weather we had last weekend. I was blessed to assist five couples with their weddings — from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. One was non-denominational with Jewish and Christian elements, another, Hindu and Christian — and two were same sex ceremonies, one with Buddhist readings.
I’m changing the world one wedding at a time! And loving this work every day!