I did a happy dance when Seattle Bride Magazine recognized me for the work that I  do.Best of Bride 2013 logo

Over the past 10 years, I’ve worked with many couples of all faiths and traditions.  Many are close to my heart and have become life-long friends.  Some just wanted me there for the ceremony and bid a friendly farewell.  Other couples come and go, for reasons that have nothing to do with me.

And in this wedding work that I do, for me a ceremony is about a marriage.  It is about stepping into the unknown with someone and going for it – trusting all you know and trusting all you don’t know.

For me, it’s about traveling through the inevitable stages of a loving and lifetime relationship and navigating the twists and the turns, the highs and the lows.

It is about not leaving the room, especially when you really want to.  It’s about knowing that if you exit a side door without doing everything you can to preserve and protect, you will most likely find another skirt or pair of pants and learn many of the same lessons all over again.

At the end of the day, I’d like to think that if elegantly designed and created, a glorious wedding ceremony is about a couple’s shared and BEST intention around their purpose, intention and personal mission, rather than just a lifetime moment “that gets you married.”

Marriage isn’t for the faint-hearted.  It calls for two strong, loving and congruent individuals to stand tall and stand proud.  It is about two people saying, “let’s go – let’s do this – let’s feel it all – joy, crazy, anxiousness, glee, unsure, stuck, unstuck, loving, brave and so much more.”

Here is to a happy new year of beautiful marriages!