Congratulations! You have embarked on the rewarding, mysterious, and challenging process of planning your wedding or commitment ceremony. It is an honor and a pleasure for me to welcome you to my web site. I call my practice Artful Ceremonies because I think of the ceremony as a work of art. This does not mean it has to be ornate, formal or lengthy, but rather that it is the result of a creative process, a collaborative creative process between my clients and myself.
This site is intended not only to introduce you to my Artful Ceremonies practice, but also to demystify the ceremony planning process and to plant seeds of inspiration as the two of you begin to think about the kind of ceremony you want. The ceremony is what officially ushers the two of you into your married life together. Whether traditional or non-traditional, in a church, synagogue, or mosque, banquet room, private garden or a windswept beach—your ceremony should express your unique personalities, spiritual beliefs, and values.
When done mindfully, planning your ceremony can reaffirm your love and commitment to each other. Regardless of how long you’ve been together, navigating your way through this collaborative process (which may not be without its conflicts) can help you and your partner know yourselves and each other more deeply. This can strengthen the foundation of your relationship and have a value lasting far beyond the ceremony. For as important as the ceremony is, it’s worth remembering that your wedding is only the beginning of what will hopefully be a long and happy life together.
"Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it...It really is worth fighting for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything, you risk even more."
- Erica Jong