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)