Welcome to my new blog! It is fitting that my first post be about my first wedding for 2017:

Josue and CeliaJosue and Celia are a lovely couple who first met in middle school. Though they were friendly through middle school and high school, the spark didn’t light until they hit community college. Since then it’s been smooth, easy, and very loving. What a sweet story.

During the initial consultation, I always ask a couple how, using a few words or a phrase, they would describe the tone that they want for their wedding. Josue and Celia wanted something romantic, elegant, fairy tale-like, and intimate.  It was a delight to get to know them and to create a ceremony that expressed these characteristics and their love. Both Celia and Josue possess a wonderful sense of humor which, along with the occasional tear, was definitely present during their ceremony. They also share a faith in God, so we included prayers and a reading from First Corinthians. I could feel the love filling the room during the ceremony, and I hope that it touched the heart of each of the 180 people in attendance.

Josue1If you haven’t been to the Miners Foundry in Nevada City, I highly recommend a visit. Its old mining history gives it a vibrant atmosphere and it is a historical culture center for this area. I’ve officiated many weddings there, and every one is uniquely beautiful — including this one!

Have a look at how they decorated inside the fireplace with many candles and covered the mantle with gorgeous fresh flowers. It was beautiful to behold! I don’t have photos from the professional photographer yet, so please excuse my less-than-professional ones.

They also ran cloth in gorgeous flowing waves up above. This photo came after the ceremony (I was busy during it :-) ), but it gives you the idea. One of the great things about the Miners Foundry is how the caterer can convert the Stone Hall, where the ceremony was held, into the dining hall. As you can see in the photo, Emily’s Catering was on the scene and they made everything happen swiftly and beautifully.

Josue room

As with every ceremony I officiate, I had to be on my toes and use some flexibility: reminding people to stand for the bride, a quick joke when a baby started to loudly cry, that sort of thing. We had quite a few non-English speaking people in the room and I hope that, though they couldn’t understand the words, they felt the love and joy in the air.

The wedding ceremony sets the tone for a marriage, so I feel that Celia and Josue are off to a wonderful life together. As I said in the ceremony, “I know everyone here joins me when I say that I have deep faith in your marriage.”

When I hugged Josue goodbye, he told me that the ceremony had been perfect. What more can an Officiant ask for?

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