Reverend Barbara Gilday
2300 I Street, Bellingham, WA

Reverend Barbara Gilday

2300 I Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — This is one of many outfits I wear, according to the colors, style and wishes of the couple.
2300 I Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
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This is such an important day in your life. As you contemplate all the busy-ness of booking locations, caterers, floral arrangements, photographers, etc., think about what this day says about who you are as a couple and what you want to communicate to your family and friends. At the core of it all, is a love that you will want to share simply and honestly to the people closest to you. A ceremony that is personal and meaningful to you and your guests will be remembered long after the flowers have died and the champagne has been consumed.

How can we make your wedding ceremony a reflection of who you are as individuals and as a couple? What are the traditions and beliefs you want reflected in your ceremony? You may have poetry, music or other creative pieces that you wish to bring into the ceremony. My resources offer multiple options of all parts of the ceremony including many samples of vows, poetry and wisdom readings. Simple, pre-prepared services are also available
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Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Children can be charming at the wedding - they can steal the show or become challenges. We practice at rehearsal (and sometimes the parents practice several times before) and then go with the flow the day of the ceremony. Be prepared to adapt to accommodate the child rather than be upset that things aren't exactly as planned.

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Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Children can be charming at the wedding - they can steal the show or become challenges. We practice at rehearsal (and sometimes the parents practice several times before) and then go with the flow the day of the ceremony. Be prepared to adapt to accommodate the child rather than be upset that things aren't exactly as planned.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — In the Northwest, sometimes the weather doesn't behave the way we want it to. In this wedding it rained. In some cultures, rain on the wedding day is a sign of fertility. This couple's baby is due shortly. They are thrilled!Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Traditions can be very meaningful. When they are not, different ways of expressing who the couple is, can create significant moments in the wedding. Sarah and Brad having both their parents escort them up the isle honored their appreciation of their families. Instead of "who gives this woman to be married to this man?", I asked all the parents as a group if they would support the marriage with their love.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — At the Chrysalis Inn. There are many small venues around the Northwest - Squalicum Boathouse, The Ferry Terminal, specialty hotels - for the larger weddings, I've officiated at the Bellweather, The Lakeway Inn and other large venues. Yes - I do occasional weddings in churches too.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Kate and Ashley had a beautiful ceremony and were lovingly held and supported by their friends and family to be life partners. It was an honor for me to be part of preparing and facilitating their day of celebration and honoring their choice to commit themselves to one another for the rest of their lives. I have gladly shared similar experiences with other same sex couples.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — While weddings are a very serious occasion, when they are done in a loving and personal style, nerves are calmer, and the experience can be enjoyed by the couple as well as their family and friends.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Overlooking Puget SoundReverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Snow shoe wedding at Artist's Point near Mt. Baker. As a hiker and kayaker, I welcome wedding opportunities in the outdoors. Other examples: in private gardens, (in my own garden, as well) by the ocean in hotels and on beaches, in fields both wild and manicured privately, at Disney Point on Waldron Island, on Whistler and Baker, etc.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Johnny and Greg were married in a field on property of a friend. They were particularly creative in their wedding in the setting and the vows. Here you see their daughter being carried by Greg. She spontaneously entered the ceremony. They recessed down the isle with enthusiasm, surrounded by the whole group of friends who at that time were circled around them from the final blessing.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Creating a Rainbow as a Unity Symbol. This was created by the fathers, mothers and couple combining food coloring. It referred to a challenging part of one of the couple's history and symbolized that it would never occur again - as in the flood story from Genesis. This ritual came out of our brainstorming what would have integrity for them as a couple, to symbolize their union. We often come up with very creative and personal symbols - a rice wine drinking ceremony, the lover's knot, the Celtic oathing stone, etc.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Finding ways to individualize your wedding, makes it memorable and fun for you and your guests. With your lives and interests and my history performing weddings, we have fun making this all fall into place, with integrity for who you are, the importance of the occasion and the natural flow of the event.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Erin and Travis at the top of Whistler. We have stayed in touch for 10 years, since their wedding. This was their comment after the event: Barb, Thank you again for everything you have done for T. and I. You have such a gift, and it's incredible that we stumbled upon you. We truly hope to not lose touch with you and we both feel strongly that we would be blessed to have you in our lives going forward as both a friend and a professional counselor. I just can't imagine that there are many newlyweds or couples as lucky as we are to have met someone like you. We love you, Erin and TravisReverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — This wedding had the best advantage of the formality of the Country Club and the beauty of nature outside for photos.Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — Happy Couple after the ceremony- my goal is for your family and friends to say of the ceremony: "It was so you!"Reverend Barbara Gilday, Bellingham — I had the honor of marrying both my son and my daughter. This was my son's wedding. What a happy day!
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6/2/2010

"Wedding Officiant", An Eventective User from Bellingham, Washington
Thank you very very much! I was extremely pleased with how things went. Everything was very smooth and you're right! Time flies on your wedding!

A coworker of mine who came to the ceremony told me today they really liked how professional and prepared you were. As did we! (they had gone to a wedding 2 weekends ago and apparently it was night and day in comparison) We could not have done it without you!

As my friends start tying the knot and having babies I'll make sure to mention you. You were a life saver and please do stay in touch.

Niki and Erik
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