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When you ask your friend to officiate your wedding

Ever since the Internet started offering online ordinations, couples have given at least a passing thought to having a friend or relative write and perform their wedding ceremony. Currently, in the State of Michigan this practice is in a grey area between being legal and illegal (a limbo sometimes called “alegal“) but it is very…

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A wedding in a restaurant? It’s no joke!

I have friends on Facebook. It’s true. Some of us are silly and profound and clever and we post funny comments on each other’s statuses. After one such round of banter, I got a friend request from a friend of a friend. He assured me he wasn’t a creeper, he just liked my sense of…

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Blending traditions: Hindu and Catholic wedding

I woke up this morning and wondered, “Can you ‘Throwback Thursday’ in a blog post?” Then I thought, “Who’s going to stop me?” So today I bring you one of my greatest hits, the Hindu Catholic wedding of Josh and Sonya from November 1st, 2008.

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Polka-palooza wedding!

When I first met Renee and Ken I knew I had my work cut out for me. They had a lot of great ideas for things to incorporate in their wedding ceremony and no idea how to organize them all into a cohesive ceremony that would be respectful and emotional while still being fun and…

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Amy and Chef Nick wed at the overlook in Frances Park

If you’re studying culinary artsĀ in the Lansing area, you may know Chef Nick. He and his lucky bride, Amy, celebrated a June wedding with family and friends in the overlook area of Frances Park, right next to Nick’s “thinking rock”, his favorite spot in the world to relax and contemplate the future.

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Quiet ceremony at the Meridian Historical Village in Okemos

This one was fun! Nick and Rozina knew they wanted to be married. They knew where and when but they hadn’t quite settled on the officiant yet. Rozina began emailing me last year but we kept missing connections and other wedding plans seemed to be more important, so she put me off for a few…

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June wedding on the Hawk Hollow Golf Course

Congratulations James and Brianna! They were amazing, I first met them, along with Brianna’s mother, Tina, back in February. After 4 wonderful years together they were looking for a lighthearted, short and sweet ceremony that included their daughter and was fun for their guests.

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Rethinking Weddings Weddingwise

Unity Candles – Yea or Nay?

If you’ve been to more than two weddings in your life you’ve seen it, right? Two small candles are lit and the bride and groom light the center candle together. It symbolizes unity, the light of the spirit, two becoming one, etc. So, is it still trendy or old fashioned or something else entirely?

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What happened to Weddings?

Once upon a time weddings were simple events. You fell in love, you told your family and friends, you went to church in your “Sunday best” clothes for a simple ceremony either during or after the service, then you went home for a small celebration feast with those closest to you. The end. No full…