Congratulations! You have chosen to embark on one of life’s greatest adventures – the committed partnership between two people, each devoted to unconditionally loving the other, and to working together in common purpose and shared harmony. And just as you have chosen to formally sanctify the depth of your relationship, you are also about to choose the style of ceremony and the officiant that best reflects your personal, spiritual and emotional preferences. As a non-denominational interfaith minister, I hold the perspective that there is an essential and common spirituality underlying all of the world's faith traditions. It is a spirituality that speaks to the universal truths that resonate within our hearts, serving to authentically connect people on an intuitive level. I bring that authentic expression of spirituality to the ceremonies I jointly create with couples in such a way that the experience is sacred, elegant, meaningful, and transformative, resulting in a ceremony that you and your guests will remember. As a contemporary non-denominational wedding officiant, I enjoy working with people of all faiths, preferences, and spiritual paths, especially those who feel spiritual but not necessarily religious. I believe that our hearts choose our partners, and I celebrate marriage equality for all. I offer warm and distinctive ceremonies that support your beliefs, values and traditions. I am sensitive to the fact that many people are not certain of the style of ceremony that will best represent them. I delight in working with couples to assist them in gaining that clarity, so that together we can custom design a ceremony that is a unique reflection of you. I officiate at weddings, commitment ceremonies, civil unions, and the remaking of vows. I also officiate at all of life's transitions, including baby naming and blessing ceremonies. I practice throughout the Hudson Valley of New York, including the Catskill Mountain region, and cover the counties of Dutchess, Ulster, Columbia, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Albany, and Greene. I am also available to officiate at weddings in the Berkshire Mountains of southwestern Massachusetts, as well as the western portions of Connecticut. Should you be traveling to the Hudson Valley as a destination wedding, I am very comfortable working remotely, and am able to coordinate all of the details of your special day in a way that will allow it to be a stress-free success. I look forward to having you contact me so that we can explore our synergy and the way in which we can complement one another while crafting a ceremony that is absolutely you.
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Dear Brides & Grooms, Congratulations, best wishes and much joy to you in planning your wedding day! Your decision to marry is one of the most exciting and important decisions of your life and, although this process can be a bit daunting at times, planning your Big Day together ultimately has the potential to deepen your relationship and bring both of you even closer. I would love to have the opportunity to meet with you to talk about how you envision your perfect wedding day & to discuss ways I can assist in creating a beautiful and deeply meaningful personalized ceremony for you. Your ceremony will be one of the most momentous parts of your wedding day and it should be a reflection of your unique relationship and your beliefs in love, life, family & spirit. Whether you wish to have a spiritual, interfaith, non-religious or religious ceremony, I can create and officiate an exquisite, unique and loving wedding ceremony for you; a ceremony that eloquently expresses the sacred reality of your love. My consultations take approximately 35 minutes to one hour. It will give you the opportunity to get to know a bit about me and my basic philosophical approach to working with couples. Our meeting will also give me the chance to learn about you and your beliefs in spirit, love, life and family and to help you create, or to expand upon an existing "ceremony vision." During this consultation I will explain some of the many ceremonial options along with the various elements in the basic structure of a wedding ceremony. I have an amazing selection of ceremony samples, ideas, blessings & prayers, poems, readings, as well as inner rituals for you to choose from. To name just a few inner rituals: Candle Lighting, Rose, Wine, American Indian rituals, Water/River Ceremony, Sand Ceremony, Tree Planting Ceremony, Honoring the Four Directions, and Hand Fasting. Note also that we can have this consultation in person, on SKYPE, Face Time, Google Hangouts or on the phone. All weddings and couples are special to me and, each ceremony is elegantly designed and officiated from my heart. Each couple has their own special blend of magic and I will seek to discover YOUR special blend of magic and to not only capture your magic in your ceremony, but to convey it back to you and to all of your family and friends when I am officiating your ceremony. I specialize in customizing the following types of ceremonies: spiritual, non-denominational religious, non-religious, interfaith and civil/secular. If you are like many couples and don't really know what type of ceremony would be most fitting for you, I will help you figure this out so that by the time we are finished with your consultation you will have a ceremony vision. I also encourage couples to let me know if they have any personal ideas, ethnic/religious/spiritual traditions, rituals, prayers or readings they wish to include in their ceremony. Whatever you can imagine, can be incorporated into your ceremony to create a most unique, beautiful and personalized wedding ceremony. BELOW IS A LIST OF MY SERVICES: 1. Consultation on SKYPE, Face Time, Google Hangouts, phone or in-person. 2. Creating & officiating a customized/personalized wedding ceremony that includes your choice of ceremonial elements, inner-ceremonial rituals, readings & vows. This also includes help in writing your own vows should you choose this option. 3. Inclusion of your “Love Story” in your ceremony: How you met and/or special things about your relationship 4. A special & beautiful copy of your vows for you for your keepsakes. 5. Handling/registration of your marriage license. Do give me a call: 914-799-5279 or an e-mail: ceremonies4u@gmail.com I would be delighted to talk to you about how we can create your beautiful wedding ceremony from the heart! And, don’t forget to go to my website: www.ceremonies4u.com & be sure to check out my testimonials on Wedding Wire which can be accessed by going to the above website address.