Their wedding date indicated the lightheartedness of this couple! The ceremony took place at Mescal Canyon Retreat in Clarkdale, Arizona. What a spectacular hidden gem! Ellen and Darren wanted a simple yet meaningful ceremony. Married in their hearts for 10 years, they decided it was important to join together as husband and wife. Ellen’s two daughters were in attendance along with a dear friend and Ellen’s sister. We took a 15 minute walk through the grapevines and down a path into a canyon area and arrived at an amazing rock circle. The circle was enclosed by a short wall and was the perfect place for their ceremony. It felt like this was a sacred area steeped in magic. A hawk feather hung from the tree. I rang the wedding bells indicating that we were beginning the ceremony. Ellen and Darren took their place and their guests sat on the wall while taking pictures and video taping. There were tears of joy and the love they shared was infused with kindness, warmth and playfulness. During the ceremony, we heard the piercing sound of a hawk as it flew over, what a blessing! One of Ellen’s daughter’s read the lyrics to the song ‘Thank You’ by Led Zeppelin and to close the ceremony, the other daughter read ‘Instructions for Life in the New Millenium’ by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. Afterwards, we toasted to the newlyweds!
Read Ellen's review:
With Jen's help we had a beautiful and meaningful celebration. We really had no idea what we wanted in terms of the content of the celebration. Jen can supply you with a large assortment of vows to choose from as well as readings and many other ideas. We had our daughters each do a reading at her suggestion. After reading questionnaires that we both filled out about our relationship and choosing the vows and readings that we liked, Jen crafted a beautiful and personalized ceremony which was elegantly delivered in her soothing and joyful manner. Jen was very flexible and was willing to move the time back a few hours at the last minute. She also had to make a 45 minute drive to get to us and there was a very reasonable fee for the extra mileage. Our ceremony involved a 15 minute hike to the spot where we performed the ceremony and she was great with this idea. She fit in very well with our family and everyone in attendance expressed to us that her direction and positive presence really made the event magical!
Jen Paul, Life Cycle Celebrant, Ordained Minister, Wedding Officiant, Healing Arts Practitioner, Life Coach, Death Doula