Whether the weddings are small, large, medium, elopements, inside, outside, on Lopez, San Juan, or Orcas, I feel blessed to have the opportunity and honor to facilitate weddings in such beautiful locations! Weddings at the Victorian Chapel, Rosario, Doe Bay, the Odd Fellows Hall, Outlook Inn, at the waterfall, at Mountain Lake, on top of the mountain, by the saltwater, amazing locations on other islands such as Shark’s Reef on Lopez Island and Roche Harbor at Friday Harbor–what great places to be married!
It is such a delight to meet couples, get to know them, work on the ceremony together, and then the day comes when the wedding is actually going to happen. I love meeting grandparents, parents of the couple, and other family members, children, friends, and hearing how much the ceremony touched their hearts. I enjoy putting all of myself into this and hearing such positive responses! While I do everything possible to make the ceremony absolutely perfect, I know this is not about me–it’s about the most important day of a couple’s life! It’s about the feeling in the hearts of their parents, grandparents, family, and friends.
To everyone who has entrusted in me the honor and privilege of being their wedding officiant—THANK YOU! And much gratitude goes to everyone in the wedding industry who works so well together to help create memorable island weddings!
The weddings this summer were nothing short of magical. One wedding we called “The Rainbow Wedding” because a rainbow came out just as the ceremony ended! Other weddings included eagles flying overhead. Each venue and each wedding has its unique feel that makes being married in the San Juan Islands perfect for destination weddings.
If you’re thinking of eloping to the islands, I can supply two witnesses and a beautiful ceremony. If you’re looking to be playful, I have a wedding ceremony that is a Reader’s Theater. In other words, rather than have me do the entire ceremony, your guests all have lines they read!
However you decide to have your ceremony, it will be personal and reflect what you enjoy about each other and will include what is important to you.
By the way, after 22 years on the island, I know who the people are and what they offer in terms of quality service in the wedding industry. I’m happy to help you choose what’s important to you. For example, I love working with Erin and Emily at Orcas Video (http://www.orcasvideo.com). They help people feel at ease and do a great job! They even have a drone to offer an interesting perspective on your wedding video!
“Love is like the sun. It shines on all without judgment or separation, regardless of beliefs, gender, spirituality, or sexual preference. When we love, the miracle happens: that which may have been motivated by selfishness and the assumption or desire that things must go just as you wish them to, that element simply steps aside, and there is another, nobler reason to exist – the happiness and well-being of your Beloved. Compromise becomes a pleasure.”
“It is in loving, as well as being loved, that we most truly become ourselves. No matter what we do, say, accomplish, or become, it is our capacity to love that ultimately defines us. In the end, nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter as much as the way you have loved one another. May the love that is you prevail!”
In addition to officiating weddings, I have experienced the joy of being part of couples’ renewal of vows. One thoughtful gentleman brought his wife of ten years to Orcas and surprised her with a renewal of vows ceremony. We met on a trail in nature, unknown to her, and he dropped to his knee and asked if she’ll continue to be married for at least another ten years. We had a beautiful ceremony that we’ll never forget!
After taking wedding parties and couples on tours throughout Orcas Island (Mountain Lake, Turtleback Mountain, kayaking, insider tours of places most tourists don’t visit, and organizing private chefs, etc.), I realized this is something people really enjoy as part of their wedding stay on the island. So, if you want to live it up as part of your wedding destination stay, give me a call and we’ll see how I can help organize a local tour or help you get everything you want for your wedding and the days leading up to the big day!
I’m enthusiastic and honored to be a wedding officiant. If you’re coming to the San Juan Islands, let’s chat and see if we’re a good match. We can set up a free consultation, or give me a call and I’ll tell you about the wedding ceremony I can offer to you and how we can personalize it to meet your wishes for a perfect wedding.
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“Let my love, like sunlight, surround you and yet give you illumined freedom.”
Union by Robert Fulghum
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.
For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.