When I first launched Grace Ceremonies, I didn’t officiate elopements or civil ceremonies. Of course, I would work with couples who wanted their wedding to be just the two of them, but I used to think it would be kind of strange if I just “showed up” to preside over a ceremony.
I’m so glad I changed my mind! Over the years I have officiated elopement ceremonies from backyards to town commons, libraries to living rooms, Look Park to Smith College, Mt. Tom to the Quabbin Reservoir.
Every so often, a couple even comes to me! I marry them right here at my office in Florence, with all my little tea candles lit and all our warm hearts glowing.
True, it’s not the same depth of connection I have when I get to know a couple well—their love story, their dreams and aspirations—but it still is incredibly special.
At elopement ceremonies I often name that they are different, reminding the couple (and anyone else present) that no matter what shape or form a wedding takes, it will be one of the most important days in the lives of those two people.
When I stand with a couple, whether alone or witnessed by family and friends, the quality of love and joy and fulfillment is just the same as my other ceremonies.
Remember, not every wonderful wedding is a big one; some of my favorites have actually been the littlest ones.
Poetry and Musings of an Interfaith Minister on the Journey of a Lifetime.