Since 1987, when I first began celebrating marriages, I have found this to be one of the most fulfilling parts of my life as a minister. To have the chance to work with couples as they make this major transition in their lives is indeed a privilege. My philosophy is this: if couples come to the point of marrying, it is likely that they are already betrothed to one another in their hearts. The marriage celebration is a public affirmation of a personal covenant. Some couples express this bond with reference to God, others do not. Sometimes one person in the marriage is more overtly religious or spiritual than the other. Marriages these days are not as simple as they perhaps once were when overt religiosity and a church wedding were the norm.
My job is to help the couples to share this very private part of their lives with their friends and families. To express why it is that two people have found in one another a suitable life’s partner is a challenging task that words alone cannot easily convey. I love this challenge. I spend time talking with the couple about why they love each other, how they met, their hopes and their dreams for their union. – Jeanne Sommer
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