Archive | June 2013

Wedding Reading Of The Week – Hunter Hayes

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This week’s reading is actually some song lyrics from a great new song by country singer Hunter Hayes. The song is called “I Want Crazy”:

“But I don’t want “good” and I don’t want “good enough”
I want “can’t sleep, can’t breathe without you” love
Front porch and one more kiss, it doesn’t make sense to anybody else
Who cares if you’re all I think about,
I’ve searched the world and I know now,
It ain’t right if you ain’t lost your mind.
Yeah, I don’t want easy, I want crazy.
Are you with me baby? Let’s be crazy.”

Want to hear it sung? Here’s the YouTube link:

Happy Wedding Planning 🙂

Wedding Reading Of The Week – Robert Fulghum

Robert Fulghum may be best known for his wonderful book,

    All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

He wrote a wonderful piece called “Union”, however, that you may find perfect for your wedding ceremony:

“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 promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- 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 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, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this – is my husband, this – is my wife.”

Happy Wedding Planning!


What will my Officiant be wearing?

Fran Calhoon, Wedding Officiant
Have you given any thought to what your Officiant will be wearing? Since she/he will be in several of your photos, you might want to think about it! Are you having a religious ceremony? Then you’ll probably want your Officiant to wear a clerical robe (I personally give my couples a choice of black, pink, or light blue!) If it’s more of a secular service, then a nice dress or suit may be more appropriate. And on the beach? Something less formal, perhaps. This is one other thing you should discuss with your Officiant prior to your ceremony. It’s one of my questions to a couple when we meet – what would you like me to wear? I definitely want to present the appearance they were hoping for, and I also want to make sure I don’t clash with the wedding party! I know that a lot of couples spend a great deal of time picturing how the bridal party will look at the altar – colors, height, etc. Remember that your Officiant will be right in the middle, and he/she should blend well with everyone else 🙂 Happy Wedding Planning!

Wedding Reading of the Week – Thomas Hardy

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I found this passage from Thomas Hardy’s “Far From The Madding Crowd” when I was researching material for a couple who met while both were vacationing in Mexico. Though from different parts of the country, they began a long distance relationship that eventually led to marriage. I found the words in this excerpt to be so relevant as they applied in that situation. It may work well for you too!
“We are all on our own paths, all on our own journeys.
Sometimes the paths cross, and people arrive at the crossing points at the same time and meet each other. There are greetings, pleasantries are exchanged, and then they move on. But then once in a while the pleasantries become more, friendship grows, deeper links are made, hands are joined and love flies. The friendship has turned to love.”

Is Mom Feeling Left Out Of The Ceremony?

red rose
Every Mother dreams of watching her daughter walk down the aisle on her wedding day. It’s full of emotion – that’s her baby girl, will she be happy, oh my goodness, she looks so beautiful! All these thoughts and more are running through her mind. The Mother of the Groom has similar feelings. And yet, sometimes Mom might feel a little left out. Though some brides are having both their Mom and Dad walk them down the aisle, most are still escorted by just Dad. If you’d like to give Mom a little attention, here’s a suggestion, and it’s almost guaranteed to make her tear up. I call this “Roses To Moms” when I discuss it with my couples. Simply put, it’s a presentation of roses (eternal symbols of love) to the Moms during the ceremony, accompanied by words about how the marriage not only brings two people together, but two families as well, and the couple wish to express their gratitude to their families by presenting each Mom with a rose. Short, simple, and heartfelt. Consider if it you’d like to honor the families without a complete Family Unity Ceremony. Happy Wedding Planning!

St. Mary’s Wedding Venue – Greenwell State Park

If you are searching for a beautiful outdoor venue in Southern Maryland, be sure to check out Greenwell State Park. You will also hear it referred to as Rosedale Manor. It’s located in Hollywood, nestled high on the banks of the Patuxent River, and covers nearly 600 acres of woods and parkland. It also has a beach. There’s a small inn onsite where the couple can spend the night (Knott Lodge), and the historic Rosedale Manor house can be used to get ready on the big day. A tent is usually set up for the reception. I have the privilege of officiating several weddings here this year, and each one is always gorgeous! Definitely worth a look if you’re checking out the area!