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 much legal in other states and some Michigan couples are willing to risk it here as well.
Is it a good idea? That depends entirely on you and your friend. Continue reading When you ask your friend to officiate your wedding
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 humor. So I added him and went on with my life, as he went on with his.
Fast forward a year or two. My new friend, Michael, has fallen madly in love with Kassandra. Who could blame him? Look at her, she’s incredible! He’s not so bad either.
Continue reading A wedding in a restaurant? It’s no joke!
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.
Continue reading Blending traditions: Hindu and Catholic 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 unique. Thank goodness I love a challenge!
Continue reading Polka-palooza wedding!
If you’re studying culinary arts 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.
Continue reading Amy and Chef Nick wed at the overlook in Frances Park
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 months.
Suddenly, the wedding was right around the corner and they had no officiant. I began getting panicked emails asking if I was available. Due to other weddings and plans, I was unable to get back to poor Rozina right away. It may have been the longest weekend of her life.
Continue reading Quiet ceremony at the Meridian Historical Village in Okemos
Say hello to James and Brianna! Aren’t they gorgeous?
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.
Continue reading June wedding on the Hawk Hollow Golf Course
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 year of planning, no high ticket dresses, no fire-breathing elephants dancing at your $50,000 reception hall. Just two people, in love. Simple.
Now the word wedding seems to mean complicated and expensive. Why? What happened?
Continue reading What happened to Weddings?