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    Married Four Months, Together Eleven Years

    Married Four Months, Together Eleven Years

    Last October, Cat Byerly and Jill Marimon from Indianapolis came out here to Wonderland, the Point Reyes National Seashore, to get married. October is always such a thrilling time for…

    Finding My Story in the Obituaries

    Finding My Story in the Obituaries

    Most people smile when I mention that I officiate weddings, but seem a tad surprised when I mention that I also lead funerals. Obituaries, death notices, life tributes: whatever you…

    Two Newlyweds Reflect Upon Their Marriage

    Two Newlyweds Reflect Upon Their Marriage

    Last October I had the privilege of marrying Karen and Kim Huckabee in Jenner, where the Russian River flows into the Pacific Ocean. It is a beautiful place that is…

    A New Year’s Eve Wedding That I’ll Never Forget

    A New Year’s Eve Wedding That I’ll Never Forget

    Is it any different officiating for one’s best friends? I had the opportunity to find out when, on New Year’s Eve, I was honored to marry my best friend and…

    Samar Hattar: Wedding Planner Extraordinaire

    Samar Hattar: Wedding Planner Extraordinaire

    Last month I had the pleasure of officiating a wedding that was orchestrated exquisitely by Samar Hattar of Blissful Events (www.blissfuleventplanning.com). This was a rare treat for me, as I…

    Reflecting Yourself Through Words

    Reflecting Yourself Through Words

      Wedding ceremonies can be nerve-racking. As an officiant, I see my role as similar to an anchor; someone couples can lean on for support. So, typically, the first thing…

    Considering Getting Married?

    Considering Getting Married?

    When the two of you have been together for a while, and it seems like the time is right, how do you reach a clear, solid decision on how and when…

    Who Officiates: Friend or Pro?

    Who Officiates: Friend or Pro?

    It doesn’t surprise me to read that more and more couples have decided not to use clergy as their wedding officiant. Since the last few decades have seen a decrease…

    Two Weddings, Three Days, Four Brides

    Two Weddings, Three Days, Four Brides

    By Reverend Elizabeth River I just had one of the most joyous times in my career as a wedding minister. A couple of weeks ago, I officiated two weddings within…

    An Ideal Wedding Rehearsal

    An Ideal Wedding Rehearsal

      I was part of an ideal rehearsal the other week. I met the couple at their wedding venue, the Bernard Maybeck-designed Forest Hill Club House. We discussed logistics, chatted…