A Change of Plans : blissful blogging
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A Change of Plans

by Beverly Sullivant--NJ Wedding Minister on 01/05/12

When Lindsey and Michael set about planning their October 2011 wedding at the Brownstone in Paterson, NJ, they originally decided to ask a local justice of the peace to lead them in their exchange of vows. As the time grew closer to their special date, however, they decided to look for an ordained officiant instead. This is how they came to find me.

Over coffee and dessert at a diner in September the three of us got to know one another and we planned out some of the special features of their ceremony. They wanted traditional vows, but no extra readings. They wanted sweet words for their ring exchange and a something simple for the declaration of their being married. They also wanted a sand ritual, which became the highlight of their ceremony.

Lindsey and Michael had purchased a rectanular plexiglass box that stood vertically and contained a black and white photo of themselves. Their sand colors were black and white as well. So, as I spoke about the meaning of the sand and the designs it makes as they poured it, Lindsey and Micahel created a beautiful memory box to display in their new home.

For this couple, deciding on an ordained officiant rather than a justice of the peace, helped them create a ceremony that spoke eloquently of their new life together.

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