Do you have a specialty? Or a particular spiritual/religious background?
My specialty is to create a wedding that you want. I have learned to take my personal beliefs out of the process of creating a wedding – to make sure that I represent your beliefs about marriage and wedding ceremonies. So if you are very religious, come from different religious backgrounds and need to create a ceremony that respects both, or if you wish a completely secular ceremony, I can do that. Additionally, as an interfaith minister – with knowledge of most world faith traditions – I can recommend some beautiful rituals to include in your ceremony if you’d like. I would say most ceremonies that I do are of a spiritual, non-denominational nature.
How long are your ceremonies?
Generally 20-30 minutes long.
Do you include ceremonies such as Unity candle or sand ceremony?
If that is what you want! There are also many other wonderful ceremonies and rituals I can suggest.
What is your style when you officiate a wedding?
Again, I go with the style that you want for your ceremony. I can be very serious and reverent in a formal wedding – or I can be casual and a bit humorous if that’s better for you.
How can you create a personal ceremony for couples you don’t know?
I actually don’t! I make sure to get to know you very well! I have you fill out a questionnaire before we meet for our “creative session” (the meeting we have to develop your ceremony), which I read a few times before we meet. Then during our meeting, that can last 1 or 2 hours or more, I dig into you as individuals and as a couple. I ask all kinds of questions. It’s actually quite fun! Before we end the meeting, I make sure I know enough about the two of you to begin the process of creating the ceremony. After I send you the first draft, we can go back and forth revising it as long as necessary. We get to know each other quite well in this process!
What is your attire at the ceremony?
I have a number of robes of different colors, and will coordinate what color would work best. Or, in some cases, I don’t wear a robe – but just a minister’s mantle.