I had the honor of officiating Persis & Ryan's wedding last July at the Hancock Shaker Village in the Berkshires region of Western Massachusetts. With its verdant lawns and iconic round stone barn, this historic location makes an incredible wedding venue!
"Hannah was a wonderful officiant – she crafted a beautiful ceremony that was reflective of our values and relationship. The ceremony was our favorite part of our wedding, thanks to her guidance and honest writing. She was very responsive to our needs throughout this process and really took the time to get to know us as a couple, which made our ceremony that much more meaningful. I highly recommend working with her!"
In honor of the bride's mother, the couple decided to incorporate a yugal or wedding garland used in the Filipino Catholic tradition. Wrapped around the couple’s shoulders as a symbol of unity, the figure of eight shape signifies their everlasting love and fidelity for one another.
The bride's grandmother recited a brief excerpt from the Lavaan, the four hymns of the Sikh wedding ceremony from the holy scripture of the Guru Granth Sahib, and also sang a portion of a shabad, or Sikh devotional song.