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Deb was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was so kind and really had a lot of wisdom to share with Brandon and me as we prepared for the big day. We decided to get to know her a little bit more and opted to do a handful of premarital counseling sessions. It was also a great way for me and Brandon to dig a little deeper into our relationship with the help of Deb's sessions. She has well thought out exercises and "homework" for us to do in preparation for each session. We were unsure about what to expect from premarital counseling but after the first session we really enjoyed it and looked forward to each following session. Deb did a fantastic job putting together the ceremony and it turned out beautifully. We definitely recommend Deb for those looking for an officiant for their big day!
Bill was very helpful along the way, the meetings we had leading up to the wedding were insightful and gave us a new and beneficial perspective on our relationship, and he performed a very nice ceremony for us. Overall we were both very glad to have chosen him to be our marriage officiant.
I offer a variety of different styles in ceremonies. I have officiated dozens of weddings and I really enjoy getting to know the couple and making the service personal. I have several styles of ceremonies such as Simple, Christian, Contemporary and Traditional. I also love to be creative with the couple and develop new ideas that are outside of the box or integrate personal elements or ideas you may have into the service. I have samples of each ceremony available below: A SIMPLE CEREMONY (A Ten Minute Ceremony) ________________________________________ A CALL TO CELEBRATION To all the family and friends of _____and_____, I welcome you here to share with them their joy as they pledge the vows of marriage which will unite them in marriage. Let us all join in our love and support of _____and_____, with our best wishes for their everlasting happiness. ADDRESS Marriage is one of the most important obligations that any two people can commit to in their lifetime. Marriage offers the greatest of challenges to overcome; but, in return, marriage gives love, strength and support from one another. It is the couple who preserves and demonstrates unrelenting patience and faith who obtains the highest form of happiness within their marriage. A good marriage is dependent upon many factors, but the first prerequisite is a strong bond of friendship and respect for one another. Your love for each other will grow with each passing day, but a genuine liking for each other, the willingness to accept each other's strong and weak points with understanding and respect, is the foundation of a strong marriage. READING (A special reading my be inserted.) PRAYER (Optional) QUESTION OF INTENT The Vows which you are about to exchange serve as a verbal representation of the love you pledge to each other. For it is not the words you speak which will bond you together as one, but it is the inner sense of love and commitment that each of you feels within your heart and soul. _____, do you take _____ to be your wife/husband? Do you promise to love and respect her/him and share all life has to offer...your hopes and dreams...your achievements and disappointments with her/him from this day forward? THE EXCHANGE OF VOWS AND RINGS May these rings always remain a symbol of the covenant which you now make, and may your love be as endless as the circle in which these rings are formed. (These words are repeated after the officiate as the rings are placed on both on the third finger of the left hand, with the groom going first, followed by the bride.) "I, _____, take you, _____, just as your are above all others, to share my life. I give you this ring as a symbol of our everlasting love." SAND CEREMONY (optional) You have just sealed your relationship by giving and receiving rings and the exchange of vows. This covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have committed to share the rest of your lives with each other. This is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand, one representing each of you, all that your were, all that you are, and all that you will be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will be joined together as one. Just as the grains of sand can never be separated so may your marriage be forever and a day. PRONOUNCEMENT By Virtue of the authority given me by the State of Texas, and in conformity with the law, I pronounce that you are husband and wife. May you live together in blissful happiness from this day forward. You may kiss the bride! I present to you Mr.& Mrs. _____ _____. A TRADITIONAL CEREMONY (A Twenty Minute Ceremony) A CALL TO CELEBRATION There is nothing is sweeter than love, nothing more courageous, nothing higher, nothing wider, nothing more pleasant, nothing fuller nor better in heaven or earth, because love is born of God, and cannot rest but in God, it is above all things God has created. Love is the reason we are here. _____and_____ have chosen each other and we are gathered here in the sight of God, and in the family and friends to join them together in holy matrimony. ____and_____ are delighted that you will share their wedding day. Thank you for the greatest gift anyone can give, your participation in their celebration as they pledge their lives to one another in marriage. Who presents _______ in marriage? _____and_____ come together from different backgrounds and experiences. In the covenant of marriage they do not leave these behind but form a new family which will extend the circle of love. They pledge to each other to be a family and their confidence in the future brings them before us today to enter into marriage. They commit themselves to working at this relationship so that it will always grow, enriching their lives and love from this day forward so long as they shall live. Marriage is a sacred relationship. It requires much of two people, sometimes more than you can give each other. But God promises to be with you in the marriage and help you with its responsibilities. READING (A reading may be inserted) PRAYER Gracious Heavenly Father, guide _____and_____ and walk beside them together as husband and wife. Give them grace and love enough to forgive each other during those turbulent times in their relationship. Grant them also the gift of celebration so they can enjoy the many happy times they will share together. Dear Lord, grant their love for each other be as beautiful as it is in this hour, may it grow deeper and stronger in the years ahead. Amen QUESTION OF INTENT _____and_____, I require and charge you both as you stand in the presence of God, to remember that love and loyalty alone will avail as the foundation of a happy and an enduring home. N other human ties are more sacred than those you now assume. If these vows be kept unbroken, and steadfastly as you endeavor to do the will of your Heavenly Father, your life will be full of joy and the home which you are now establishing will abide in peace. _____, do you take _______, to be your wedded wife/husband, to live together in the Holy estate of marriage? Do you promise to love her/him, comfort her/him, honor and keep her/him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others keep yourself only for her/him as long as you both will live? READING "What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories?" George Elliot RING CEREMONY Do you have a token of exchange whereby these vows may be sealed? The perfect circle of the ring symbolizes eternity. Precious metal and stone is a symbol of all that is pure and holy. Our prayer is that your love for each other will be as eternal and everlasting as these rings. In the years to come, may these rings remind you of the overwhelming joy of this special occasion when you were united in marriage. The ring is an endless circle. This says that marriage is permanent and should only be broken through death. _____, take this ring a place it on _____ finger and repeat after me: I, _____, take you,_____, to be my wedded wife/husband. To have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish 'til death to us part, and with this ring I thee wed. UNITY CANDLE (Optional) The lighting of the candle of unity represents the merging of two wonderful families taking place and the significant role that parents, grandparents and siblings will play in this marriage today celebrated. These candles have been lit by your family in honor of your love for each other. As you light the candle of unity together may it remind everyone present of the importance of family, the eternal flame of love that burns with these two hearts for each other and for the flame of love that burns within the heart of God for each of us eternal and unconditional. APACHE BENEDICTION Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there are three lives before you; His life, Her life and Your life together. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your best friend and traveling companion. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into your days together. May all your days be good and long upon the earth. For in your journey above you there will be stars. Beneath your feet there will be stones. As time passes, remember, like a star your love should be constant and like the earth your love should be firm. Be patient with each other. Storms will come but they will go quickly. Always be free in the giving of warmth and affection. Never let the ways or the words of the worldly or un-enlightened give you unease. For God is with you now and with you always. PROCLAMATION Forasmuch as _____and____ have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and thereto have pledged their vows to each other; in accordance with the laws of the State of Texas and with the authority of God's Word, I pronounce that they are husband and wife. Those whom God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. You may kiss your bride! It is a pleasure to present to you: Mr. & Mrs. _____ _____ A CONTEMPORARY CEREMONY (A Twenty Minute Ceremony) ________________________________________ A CALL TO CELEBRATION We have gathered here for the marriage of _____and_____. May they continue to grow together and to strengthen their love throughout their lives. Who presents _______ in marriage? ADDRESS Marriage begins in the giving of words. You cannot join yourselves to one another without giving your word. This must be an unconditional giving, for in joining yourselves to each other, you join yourselves to tomorrow, the unknown and the ever changing season of life. I would like to extend my joy to you on this occasion. You are about to take a new step forward into life. It is my hope that your fulfillment and joy in each other and in yourselves increase with each passing day. Marriage is one of the most important obligations that two people can commit to in their lifetime. A good marriage is dependent upon many factors, but the first prerequisite is a strong bond of friendship and respect for each other. Your love for each other will grow with each passing day, but your willingness to accept each other's strong and weak points with understanding and respect, this is the sure foundation for a happy life together. The marriage union is the closest relationship that exist between two people. When a man and a woman decide to join together in marriage, they should do so with a full realization of their responsibilities. Marriage is a serious commitment. When a man and a woman come together to make a public confession of their love and devotion, pronouncing vows and pledging their lives to each other, it is a threefold union. They are joined together spiritually, legally and physically. Are you fully prepared to be faithful to his lifetime commitment? PRAYER (Optional) Gracious God, we call upon you in the midst of this celebration to be with this man and woman and walk with them during their days together as husband and wife. Grant that they both be filled with faith and trust. Give them grace to live with each other in peace and harmony. May they always bear one another's weakness and grow from each other's strength. Help them to forgive one another's failings and grant them patience, kindness, cheerfulness and the spirit of placing the well-being of one another ahead of one's self. Amen READING (a special reading my inserted) CONSECRATION You both have had dreams of the potential of your tomorrow's believing that anything is possible. As you set out to live in this world and make a difference in it, your hearts are full of joy in knowing that you will be by each other's side; your desire for redeeming the promises of tomorrow is strong. Having found each other, you have decided that there is no moment in your life more significant than this one, the moment you offer yourself and all that you will become to each other completely. May you share with each other, from this day on, the unending joy of growth and discovery together. For many years to come you will remember this beautiful day; yet, beyond the fragrant flowers, beyond the melodious music, beyond the expressions of joy and encouragement from family and friends, beyond albums filled with picturesque memories, may your celebrate through the years that which is most fundamental about your union. You are joining because of love, respect and honor, and because you are committed to sharing equally in the triumphs and trials of the days to come. As you begin this new chapter in your lives, remember, all of your yesterdays have led you to today, and your love will lead you into tomorrow. DECLARATION OF INTENT _____(Groom/Bride), do you promise to love, respect and care for _____(Bride/Groom) for life, remaining faithful to your love as it enters into new meanings and definitions? READING "Sooner of later we begin to understand that love is more than verses, valentines, or romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favorite memories, and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, it is a seed that can flourish even in the most unlikely places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all, one know only by those who love." Author Unknown VOW & RING CEREMONY May I have the rings please? Rings are an ancient symbol, blessed and simple. Round like the sun, round like the eye, and round like arms that embrace. May these rings symbolize that your love, like the sun, illuminates and warms the others heart, like the eye, you must see clearly even amid the adversity of life, and like arms that embrace as grace upon the world. May they also remind you that love given comes back around again and again. _____,(Groom/Bride) take this ring and place it on _____(Bride/Groom) finger and repeat after me. I,_____, (Groom/Bride) take you, to be my wife/husband, in equal love, as a partner and companion, to have and to hold, to honor and to cherish, in joy and in sorrow, from this day forward. THE LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF UNITY (Optional) In the calm of this moment, as you join together as husband and wife, having left the darkness to stand before the bright light that is the love of God, may the lighting of this candle symbolize the collaboration of two hearts that are united in one life. READING: "THESE ARE THE HANDS" These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you. These are the hands that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever. These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief wracks your mind. These are hands that will countless times wipe tears from your eyes, tears of joy and tears of sorrow. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help hold your family together as one. These are hands that will give you strength when you need it. These are the hands that even when wrinkled with age will still be reaching for yours, still giving the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch. PRONOUNCEMENT _____and_____ have chosen each other, declared their love and purpose before family and friends, and have made their pledge to each other, symbolized by the giving and receiving of rings. By virtue of the authority vested in me by the law of the State of Texas, I pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss! ANNOUNCEMENT I present Mr. & Mrs. _____ _____ A CHRISTIAN CEREMONY (A Twenty-five Minute Ceremony) ________________________________________ A CALL TO CELEBRATION We are gathered here in the sight of God, and the presence of this gathering to join together this man and woman in holy matrimony; which is an honorable estate, instituted by God, signifying unto us the mystical union that is between Christ and His Church; which holy estate Christ adorned and beautified with His presence and first miracle that He wrought in Cana of Galilee, and is commanded of St. Paul to be honorable among all men; and therefore is not by any to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in the fear of God. Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. SCRIPTURE READING "What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels? If I did not love others, I would be noting more that a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge? And what if I had faith that moved mountains? I would be nothing, unless I loved others. What if I gave away all that I owned and let myself be burned alive? I would gain nothing, unless I loved others. Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud. or rude. Love isn't selfish or quick tempered. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others d o. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting, Love never fails. For now there are faith, hope and love. But of these three, the greatest is love." (I Corinthians 13: 1-8, 13) CONSECRATION Our most holy God at this sacred moment we pray for Your blessings upon these Your Children. They come into your presence with precious gifts: their love, their hopes and dreams, their faith in each other, and their trust in You. As they consecrate these gifts to Your service, we pray that they may find life's deepest meaning and richest happiness. Bind their lives together in sanctity and in devotion. Teach them to ennoble life as they share their love together. In Jesus name we pray. _______, do you take _______, to be your wedded wife/husband, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? Do you promise to love her/him, comfort her/him, honor and keep her/him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keeping yourself only for her/him so long as you both shall live? SCRIPTURE READING "I have loved you just as My Father has loved me. Stay in my love. If you obey my teaching, you will live in my love. In this way, I have obeyed my Father's teaching and live in His love. I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy might be full. This is what I tell you to do: love each other just as I have loved you." St. John 15: 9-12 "Dear friends, let us love each other, because love comes from God. Those who love are God's children and they know God. Those who do not love do not know God because God is love. God has shown his love to us by sending his only Son into the world. God did this so we might have life through Christ. This is love. It is not that we loved God but He loved us. For God sent His Son to pay for our sins with His own blood." I John 4: 7- 10 SACRED VOWS I, _______, take you _______, to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part, according to God's holy ordinance; to you I pledge my love. EXCHANGE OF RINGS The hand which you offer to the other is an extension of yourselves; just as is the warmth and love which you express to each other. Cherish the touch, for you are touching another life. Be sensitive to its pulse, and try to understand and respect its flow and rhythm, just as you do your own. _____, (Groom/Bride) With this ring I thee wed; In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. THE LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF UNITY In marriage, God calls a man and a woman to leave their parents and to cling to one another in love, and to become one in flesh. Each of your parents has lit a candle in your honor. I now invite you to take those candles and use them to light a candle that symbolizes your bond as one in flesh, and as one in spirit. THE LORD'S PRAYER Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. AMEN (Matthew 6: 9-13) A BLESSING May the Lord answer you when you are in distress. May He protect you. May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support. May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests (Psalms 20: 1-2; 4-5). The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace (Numbers 6: 24-26). PRONOUNCEMENT Those whom God hath joined together let not man put asunder. Forasmuch as _____and_____ have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this gathering, and have pledged their love, each to the other, and have declared the same by giving and receiving a ring, and by joined hands; I pronounce that they are husband and wife, in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. ANNOUNCEMENT You may kiss your bride! I present to you Mr. and Mrs. _____ _______________
I am the most experienced and well-trained psychologist in dealing with anxiety, trauma (both big and small), and panic disorders. People appreciate that I treat them as individuals, which includes respect, understanding, empathy, and skill. I have a reputation of being both trustworthy and creative in helping people. I am a psychologist who helps others recover the joy of leading full, satisfying lives.
We have a wonderful historic church in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. that is perfect for the midsize wedding of 50-200 guests. I can also do counseling and marry the couple that is willing to learn how God's complementary roles and goals enhance marriage for time and eternity.
We have developed a unique six-session wedding counseling package designed to help couples maximize their love. In addition, we work closely with each couple to ensure their wedding ceremony liturgy is perfect.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I am also a Certified Professional Empowerment Coach and Life Coach. I offer the following services: - Premarital counseling and coaching - Marriage counseling and coaching - Interpersonal relationship counseling and coaching - Empowerment coaching - Personality Assessment
I'm an ordained former pastor who can officiate weddings in Michigan and possibly other surrounding states.
I have a private practice providing individual, couple, and family counseling, with psycho-educational groups for men resolving anger issues and women resolving relationship issues. I also offer grief and bereavement counseling for those suffering loss.
Reverend DeWard is an ordained pastor with a Masters of Divinity degree, providing professional and personalized spiritual counseling and coaching. She ministers to people in a variety of life circumstances - engaged or married couples, parents, those who are grieving (such as Hospice patients and their families) or going through life transitions. Andrea is specifically trained and experienced in coaching and pastoral counseling, and is not a licensed clinician. Her listening and communication style is open, gracious, compassionate, and encouraging - always with the goal to "Go Show Love" and help others to do the same.
I specialize in individual, family and group settings to help get a reality check on your life. I do counseling, educational groups and support during times of grief and loss.
I am a spiritual therapist. I personalize a wedding to the clients' wishes. Varied costumes can be used. This is a very special time in a couple's life. Let's make it that way.
We offer Christian outreach and fellowship. Our services include, kids' cowboy and motocross camps, cowboy church, and prison and hospital visits.