When I first spoke to Celia over the phone it was such a fun conversation that I knew we wanted to have her as our officiant. Unfortunately she had a wedding earlier that day and couldn't guarantee she would be at our place on time, which quite frankly I appreciated the honesty. Instead we worked with Cari [one of her associates] and boy was that a great thing too! Cari provided fun readings that 100% spoke to me and my husband [we're the type of people who like to laugh] and she nailed it on the spot! Even now I have people asking me about one poem she read because it was hilarious. And I think it helps that people LOVED her voice [they asked me if they could have recordings so they can listen to her speak]. I fully believe officiants make the wedding, after all they are marrying you, but when your guests start to tell you on a consistent basis on how awesome she is.....that truly speaks volume to me! Besides the ceremony itself both her and Celia were fantastic to work with- so on point and ready to answer me within minutes! I loved their suggestions and willingness to add/remove anything we did or didn't want and made our lives so much easier. I HIGHLY recommend them because you will never regret their high energy!
My "prelude" to wedding vows;
" A sacred vow, once spoken, becomes a part of your existence forevermore.
The sacred vows we speak to each other are more than just words. When we make a promise, a subtle yet powerful shift takes place in our souls. A vow is not only a promise to another, but a promise to ourself. Fulfilling a sacred vow is a constant challenge and a constant reward.
These are vows made, which are simply promises kept. I made these promises years ago in my heart, but now I stand before you to repeat them, in front of our friends and family as joyful witnesses"
Yes, it's a day for parades and the beach and BBQ (and maybe some wedding planning in the mix since it has been a rainy weekend in New Jersey). But more importantly, it's a day to remember every person who has served our country, often without the proper support or recognition. It's a time to think about how we support the families of these fearless patriots in big and small ways.
If you have a chance (and if you don't have a random chance, maybe you'll make one) reach out to someone who has lost a loved one, whether it's 50 years ago or last week, and let them know how grateful we are for their service. I can tell you that will mean more than you can ever imagine. (Photo courtesy of Maarten Van Den Heuvel)
Celia is amazing. She truly takes time to get to know you and your partner - and it comes through during the ceremony - and keeps things fun and easy along the way. She has a lot of very sweet touches that will make you feel so special and help prepare you for this step. I won't give away those details here, since the surprise of her gestures really made us smile! We highly recommend her and if you were lucky enough to find her, take the time to set up a consultation with her. We know you'll find her warm energy and fun spirit so endearing!