Little Love Teachers

Children

  (You can listen to Rev Crystal read this blog post and multitask to your heart’s content!) What’s the single most wonderful thing about having children? Narrowing it down to one characteristic might be pretty difficult, but let’s give it a go anyway. I’ve never had children so I’m asking you what you think. My first guess is they are little love teachers. Bring Out the Softness Alicia explained how her young daughter is a comfort to her as she adjusts to the passing on of  her grandmother she was so close to. Her son will tell her out of… Read More »


Don’t Let Regret Ruin Your Future

  Every morning I go through the same ritual. I write what I appreciate, evidence of what’s going well, 5 things I need to do that day, and how I want to show up (energetic, loving, smart, prosperous, etc). Then I write out what I want my life to look like, kinda like my personal screen play. In addition, since my mother passed on in December of 2017, I choose a card from The Soul’s Journey Lesson Cards by James Van Praagh (JVP). JVP communicates with those who have passed on. I like to think because James is tuned into… Read More »


Don’t Get Blown Away By Small Stuff

Dog bone paperclips

All the Small Stuff Have you ever noticed that the “small” stuff, when pulled together makes something big? Or have you ever been inspired by a piece of art? When you stepped closer to the canvas you were amazed at all the little details the artist used to make the painting complete? Impressive, Very Impressive Some of the tips I’m giving you may seem small. But when you add them up, they can keep you on track and minimize those awkward moments we all want to avoid when we start something new. The 98% Because honestly, at least 99% of the wedding… Read More »


How Not to Get Wedding Referrals

A Fabulous Place In the area I live, there’s a multi-wedding site venue called The Homestead Resort. It’s a fabulous place to visit whether it’s for a wedding, or is just a weekend romp. It happens to be 35 miles from where I live. There’s a two-lane highway there, with two three-lane passing zones in the hills. Oh, and I should mention there’s a big city, Traverse City, to be exact in between where I live and The Homestead. TC has a huge number of festivals and activities going on all summer and fall. With lots of people from out-of-town… Read More »


In Time You’ll Refine Your Wedding Address

Wedding Address Gets a Bad Rap Let’s talk about the Wedding Address, which is where the Minister or the Officiant talks about love, relationships and marriage. Some say the Wedding Address is the most boring, snoozing portion of the entire wedding. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It can be the place where people are very inspired. That’s where I want my wedding ceremonies to head! Not being preachy is the key. And honestly, sometimes I have felt I was being more preachy than I thought. Take note, I say to myself, and do better next time! Then… Read More »


Small Wedding Locations

Becoming a Small Wedding Location Resource for out-of-town couples “We want to get married up in Traverse City but we don’t know where. Do you have any suggestions?” I get this question about potential small wedding locations 2 or 3 times a year, sometimes more. In the last couple of years, I took the free and low cost wedding location list in my mind AND put it on my website. While the list changes, (ones I like and ones I think are too much trouble), I have 5 or 6 sites where couples can hold their small wedding or elopement… Read More »


2019 Winter Wedding Giveaway!

  2019 Winter Wedding Giveaway I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve teamed up with 19 other Michigan vendors to give away a beautiful winter wedding in January 2019! We’re coming together to share a little love with couples who love winter. Like, “here’s a free dream wedding for you” kind of love. Get the scoop on the Giveaway website and share or tag a friend! Please visit the website,  https://www.northernmichiganweddinggiveaway.com/ to enter and see the rules. There are some wonderful discoveries ahead of you!! If you know anyone recently engaged make sure to tag them in this post! Fabulous Vendors! Some fabulous vendors… Read More »


Blessing Of the Rings

Exchanging wedding rings is one of the highlights if not THE highlight of a wedding ceremony. Here are ways to convey the meaning of the rings’ symbolism.   Community Blessing of the Wedding Rings There’s a number of great ways to include guests in the blessing of the couple’s rings. Option 1: As the ceremony begins, have the wedding rings in a pouch easily and tightly closed at the top. The Officiant will announce the rings are being passed around for each guest to silently bless. Have one of the Attendants begin passing the rings around. Have an Attendant from… Read More »


Is Officiating Right for You?

Officiating as a Career A mid-life crisis doesn’t always feel like a crisis. Nor specific only to men. The angst is more of a glitch in a predictable way of doing things. In my case, I didn’t have the urge to splurge on a new red sports car. Sailing around the world on a yacht getting a new love in every port didn’t seem particularly appealing. Although actually that sounds pretty good now … But my crisis began when I knew I had to find occupation that suited me after I ended my tumultuous career as a church minister. Getting… Read More »


Ritual of Unity — Sand Ceremony

Traditional Ritual of Unity A traditional ritual of unity is the Candle Lighting Ceremony used in many weddings. The lighting of two candles represents the individual light of each person. The couple lights one large pillar with their individual candles to represent their coming together in one light. However, when a ceremony is held outdoors, wind can be unpredictable. Candles can be easily blown out. No Lights Out A Unity Sand Ceremony can take place regardless of the wind or weather. Because Sand is such a flexible medium a couple isn’t faced with the question, “Does this mean the light… Read More »


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