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Looking for an officiant for a wedding at an outdoors, historic, or other unique location? Or perhaps you're looking to have a memorable, personalized ceremony that is written & performed by a non-religious officiant? Or maybe you just want a wedding at home with close family & few friends, or simply wish to elope.
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I provide a variety of services to meet your needs, whether humanist, interreligious, or secular in nature. Themed weddings and ceremonies that includes unique touches like a handfasting or wine box ceremony. Legally recognized to officiate & solemnize weddings in New York and endorsed by The Humanist Society, I take great pride in my profession. I am also able to assist couples with writing vows, as well as assist with exploring options when it comes to deciding upon a location or venue. And, for those with minimalism in mind, I also offer an extremely affordable photography component for those who book me as their officiant.
2020 & 2021
As a Humanist Celebrant, I conduct secular, humanist, nonreligious or inter-religious weddings. Wondering what it means to be a humanist? Click here For those who are looking to marry, but interested in taking a less traditional route, there are many different avenues. Celebrants, like myself, perform wedding ceremonies for couples who'd rather not have their ceremonies officiated by priests, ministers, or reverends.
Ceremonies that are religious in nature may be rather lengthy, such as those that incorporate Catholic mass or other form of sermon. Some couples wish to avoid religious pomp and lean away from the traditional, formal tone. More and more modern weddings often feature unique and contemporary touches. Many wedding ceremonies today take place in locations other than churches, such as outdoors, at home, in historic landmarks, and even on mountaintops. These are all places where I have officiated weddings.
Mountain Top Ceremonies
I do travel a few times annually up into the Adirondacks to hike peaks with couples so that they may have that mountain top wedding that they have always envisioned. I also have a photographer who I recommend, who has in the past also acted as witness for couples. Here is a photograph of a Rocky Mountain top wedding that I officiated in the summer of 2020 that Brian Shaw took.
I take pride in my work and truly enjoy working with couples in planning their most special day. I have officiated many secular and humanist ceremonies, as well as incorporated a variety of unique elements such as an oathing stone ceremony, a unity tree ceremony, and a wine box ceremony. A simple description of how a humanist ceremony works--according to the director of ceremonies of The Humanist Association of Ireland--is that it is very personal and meaningful...essentially two people celebrating their love for one another and making their commitment to each other. If you were to choose a humanist ceremony, you'd be present in the company of family members and friends closest to you, with appropriate well-chosen words, hand-crafted readings and vows (designed with my help, if needed), and music of your choice. Here is a sample of a Humanist ceremony, not penned by me, but one that is quite popular among my client base.
A secular wedding ceremony is exclusively tailored to include non religious wording, vows, and readings. This type of ceremony could be a bit simpler and perhaps even shorter, yet poignant. Some couples desire to include some religious components, such as those who are planning an interfaith wedding. As a humanist chaplain and former teacher of world religions, you can rest assured that my efforts to create a tasteful, meaningful ceremony are genuine.