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6 Easy Ways To Personalize Your Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremony

As a non-denominational wedding officiant, almost every weekend I stand before a couple and bear witness to their vows. And each time, as I look out on the gathering of family and friends, I realize that the couple before me will probably never know just how much they are loved.   For me, a wedding ceremony is a HUGE hug that family and friends offer to the couple.  Yes, at its core, the ceremony honors and celebrates the love and …

So What Is The Value of Pre-Marital Counseling??

  When not officiating non-denominational weddings here in Los Angeles, among other things I teach at UCLA Extension. Last month I finished up my eleven-week course, The Dynamics Of Interpersonal Communication.    All of my communication work – including my pre-marital communication coaching – is based in the belief that we all do what we do and say what we say for a reason.  No one “just is.”   Flowing from that is my conviction that in every relationship, over …

What a Groom Should Never Say to a Bride!

picottephotography.com   I love this picture of Melody and Michael – one of my couples!   Michael really impressed me when I first met with them. Not only did he know how long they’d been together, he had clear ideas about what he wanted their non-denominational ceremony to be about. Heck, he even knew the color of their table cloths!   Michael worked with Melody in creating their wedding day. And as corny as it sounds, the satisfaction and joy …

A Celebration of Choice in Los Angeles!

  I recently had a final meeting with a couple who are getting married next month. During a leisurely Starbucks conversation, the groom, Max (names changed, said this to me:   “I had to reach rock bottom in past relationships before I could find Kate I had self-imprisoned myself in a gulag of abuse. I knew I wanted better and so I set out in search of Kate.”   The old cliché that marriage is a “ball and chain” made …

Do You and Your Partner Laugh Every Day?!

http://moorephotography.com   Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. Rose Franken   I recently happened on an old issue of Vanity Fair magazine, in which fashion designer Marc Newsom offers a profile of fellow men’s wear designer Paul Smith. I happen to really like Paul Smith shirts and so I was curious to learn something about the guy.   It’s an affectionate tribute, but the real gem from the piece comes in the last sentence.  …