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Are you planning a wedding at an outdoors, historic, or other unique location? Perhaps you're looking to have a memorable ceremony that is written by & performed by a non-religious officiant? Or maybe you just want a wedding at home, or simply wish to elope.
Let me help you have the wedding you envision...
I happily provide a variety of services to meet your needs---humanist, interreligious, or secular in nature---themed weddings, or maybe a wedding that includes a unique touch 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 with writing vows, as well as help design your wedding ceremony, decide upon a location, and help anyway I can. And I now offer an extremely affordable, professional photography component, as well.
As a Humanist Celebrant, I conduct secular, humanist, nonreligious or inter-religious weddings. Not sure what it means to identify as 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 include a lengthy Catholic mass, or are incorporated into some form of sermon. They often overflow with religious pomp and proceed in a very traditional, formal tone. However, more and more modern weddings often feature unique and contemporary touches. Couples can design their own ceremonies, write their own vows, thank parents, and even include handfastings. 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.
Please see the categories below to help discover what alternative may work best for you. And you may click the contact link above if you have any questions, or wish to inquire about my availability or the cost of my services.
2019 is my fifth year officiating weddings across the Central New York region. 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.
When it comes to where your wedding ceremony is held, you may wish to consider a location other than a church. Some desire to be wed at historic landmarks or on beaches, while others might choose to exchange vows under a terrace in an open field or in a secluded grove. Some aren't sure where they should wed and depend on me to provide suggestions. I am familiar with a variety of unique locations where you could have your ceremony if you are searching, from Herkimer County to Onondaga County and in between. Whether you envision an urban or rural setting, the perfect place awaits!