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You Gotta Start Somewhere!

Greetings!   This is my very first blog post!  If you are here, you have probably visited my website (http://asimplyelegantceremony.com). 

I am very blessed to love what I do.  I have always loved weddings and it is such an honor to be part of each couple's day.  I am humbled by the trust they place in me with their ceremony and it is my heartfelt desire to do my absolute best for each of my couples!

One of my colleagues, Chaplain Patrick, from New Jersey, recently wrote a post in his blog about why he does what he does and it struck a chord with me.  So, I'm beginning this blog by sharing his post. 



On a regular basis, I am asked all sorts of questions about being an officiant.  I'm asked about ceremony details. I'm asked about what it takes to make a marriage legal. Some want juicy details about an unexpected event. These are simple questions to answer.You have probably come to my site and blog because you're looking for a ceremony. You're probably also asking yourself, "What does he do?"

When I was asked this question the other day, I had to sit back and let my mind simmer on this.  Well, I officiate weddings. I provide a ceremony. I calm nerves. I both give and take direction. I listen. I orchestrate and give cues. I file licenses. I'm a reader, writer and speaker. I'm an office manager and a webmaster. The list continues...

What sets me apart from other officiants is not the ceremony. That's just a small piece of it. I like to believe that what I do is create an experience. An experience that turns into a treasured memory. Every piece of what I do is targeted at one goal: Create the best possible memory.

A beautiful vacation is awesome. Getting away to a new place is fun and exciting but the excitement only lasts for the length of the trip. After you're home and the bags are unpacked, life returns to normal. It's the experience and memories of the trip that can now be enjoyed. Would you go on an expensive vacation if you knew you couldn't keep the memories? Sure you'd have fun, but what would you get in the end? Nothing.

So, what do I do?

I create an experience that you'll fondly remember all your life.

There are a million little ingredients needed to create the experience. Many of these things  will happen without notice. In every wedding there is one moment that speeds by faster than the blink of an eye. It's the fraction of a second that a couple look at each other and reality sets in. They realize that they are married!

That fraction of a second, that memory: That's what I do.


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