A wonderful way to include the children in the wedding ceremony is to give them jewelry after the vows. I offer a number of choices for the wording of this ritual.
Are you planning a destination wedding in Arizona? The possibilities are endless!
Sedona destination wedding (Photo by Hailey Golich)
Flagstaff destination wedding (photo by Ryan Williams)
Mormon Lake destination wedding
Grand Canyon destination wedding (photo by Heather Taylor)
Horseshoe Bend (photo by Parker Michael)
You want to hire a professional Wedding Officiant who knows Northern Arizona! I can make suggestions and even take you to a secret spot for an Arizona elopement. Contact Jen Paul, Life Cycle Celebrant and Ordained Minister of Life Passages today to begin planning your Arizona destination wedding!
I met with a couple on a Monday and married them on a Wednesday. Although it was short notice, together, we created an incredibly beautiful, meaningful and personable wedding ceremony. This young couple had an intimate ceremony on the San Francisco Peaks with three friends in attendance. Their dog was the ring bearer! Their proposal took place in the Sand Dunes in New Mexico and they used the sand for a "sand ceremony". It was memorable!
If you play it right, your ceremony exit will be one of the most heavily photographed moments of your wedding -- so forget the rose petals and birdseed. Jazz up your exit by passing out small bags of colorful confetti, paper airplanes, mini beach balls, or even lavender buds for everyone to toss your way. Even better: Stage your own mini parade by passing out parasols and noisemakers for your guests to escort you to your getaway car.
The clouds were gathering early in the morning and there had been an intense thunderstorm the night before. However, at 11am on June 11, 2016, the weather was perfect for Rich and Jenn's wedding on Mount Elden in Flagstaff. We drove to the top of the mountain and had an intimate ceremony in a meadow overlooking all of Flagstaff. Ponderosas and boulders loomed in the outlying area. There were tears, laughter and a little bit of pain (due to a few red ant bites!).
Though I pledge myself to you today, my sense of worthiness will never depend upon the way you love me. I have a divine Light within me that exists independent of how anyone treats me, including you. You cannot make it brighter, nor can you extinguish it, no matter what you do. And you have the very same Light within you. From this day forward, I will honor your Light, and you will honor mine. This will become the rhythm of our marriage, and it will be called grace.
Though I promise to have and to hold you, I will not expect you to remove all of my loneliness. Because no human being can do that for me. Instead, I vow to make my loneliness available to you, to share it with you, not as a way of erasing it, but as a way to intermingle it with yours. In this way, our wounds will not vanish, but they will give birth to something new. It will be called belonging.
Though I promise to love and to cherish you until death do us part, I also swear that our marriage will not become the sole purpose of my life. Our home will not be the end all and be all of my search for meaning. Rather, it will be a safe place for each of us to dream our dreams, an open space in which to discover our passions, and an empowering place from which we can both launch ourselves into the world, to love and cherish it, as well. In this way, our marriage will become something bigger than itself, and that thing will be called compassion.
Today, I pledge this to you: I am not entering this marriage to lose myself, but I am also not entering into this marriage to hold on to myself. I’m entering into this marriage to live one of the great paradoxes of existence: that we are now merged as one, but also not. We are together and apart. Close and distant. United and alone. Fused and free.
Today, we pledge to let our marriage, slowly, over the course of years and decades and a lifetime, reveal to us one of the great mysteries of existence: every person is entirely separate from every other person, and entirely connected to everyone else, as well. And in this way, our marriage will become a part of something ancient and sacred. It is called unity.
This is our solemn and Holy vow.
Jen Paul, Life Cycle Celebrant, Ordained Minister, Wedding Officiant, Life Coach, Death Doula