Wedding Ceremonies

Nondenominational, Religious or Civil Ceremonies

This is your Special Day and, as your Minister/Officiants, we provide you with a lovely tailored and specialized wedding ceremony. All our ceremonies reflect you as a couple — your love, your relationship, your beliefs and values. We offer nondenominational, religious and interfaith ceremonies. We can provide you with a traditional Christian service, Catholic service or Jewish service. All our religious ceremonies are spiritual and touched with scripture and prayer. Our non-religious and civil ceremonies are spiritual in nature and focus on love and commitment. For each phase of your wedding ceremony, we offer a variety of selections from which you both may choose. These time-tested selections, together with our consultations, create a lovely, very personal and highly tailored customized wedding ceremony. Should you so wish, we will also help you write your own very special vows. And, if you furnish us with some personal "tidbits" about your relationship, courtship, how you met, etc., these items of interest will further customize your ceremony to your desires. To further enhance an already lovely wedding ceremony, we always suggest that you select one of our Additional Enhanced Ceremonies described below.

Additional Enhanced Ceremonies

Rose Ceremony

The Rose Ceremony is designed to continually renew the gift of love. During the ceremony, you will exchange your first gifts to each other as a married couple. Two roses are all that is necessary. The vows of the ceremony ask that you remember and renew this gift of love to each other throughout your lives. The Rose Ceremony is placed at the end of the ceremony, just after being pronounced husband and wife. The Rose Ceremony reminds you that your love needs your mutual nurturing to reach its full beauty and gives recognition to the new and most honorable title of "Husband and Wife." In the old language of flowers, a single red rose always meant, "I love you."

Unity Candle Ceremony

The Unity Candle Ceremony symbolizes the marriage celebration of your two lives becoming one with the flame of love that burns at the heart of every family. It invites your parents (most typically the Mothers) to light the candles of love and unity, passing this flame on to you, the next generation. It recognizes the importance of family and tradition, as you go forth in your new role of "Husband and Wife."

Sand Ceremony  (Click for More Information)

The Sand Ceremony or Sand Unity Ceremony is oft-times used as an alternative to the Unity Candle. This truly lovely ceremony involves three beautiful vessels each filled with a different color of sand — one color symbolizing the bride, one symbolizing the groom, and the last symbolizing God and/or the family and friends of the couple in support of the marriage. There is another more exquisite clear glass container into which this sand is poured by the bride, groom and minister. By properly layering the colored sands, this clear glass container both visually and symbolically becomes a representation of each the bride and groom as unique individuals, and, with the blending of the sands, it represent their two lives coming together as one. After the wedding ceremony, the couple usually keeps the glass container in a special place in their home — a keepsake to cherish forever.

Children's Ceremony

Marriage is often viewed as the union of two people, but when children are present, it is much more; it is the creation of a new family. Husbands and wives pledge their love for each other with rings. In our Children's Ceremony the parents (or, parent to be) pledge their combined love for the child. As a symbol of this pledge, a gift of love and unity is presented to each child during the ceremony. Also, this is an opportunity for your photographers to capture another precious moment of your wedding ceremony.

Renewal of Vows

You have treasured and cherished each other's love through the years, weathering the storms and building your dreams together. Now celebrate the triumph of your love by renewing your marriage. You will reinforce the wonderful memories of your wedding and will create many happy new memories for yourselves, your families and friends. In a world full of things that are transient and temporary, your solid and lasting love is something really worth celebrating and committing yourselves to once again.

Breaking of The Glass (Jewish Tradition)

At the end of the ceremony, a wine glass (or, sometimes a light bulb) is placed beneath the foot of the groom, who breaks the glass by stamping on it. This custom dates back to Talmudic times, and symbolizes many things. In fact, were you to ask three Rabbis the meaning of this ceremony, you will get three different answers. Here is but one meaning that we enjoy very much. May the number of glass splinters beneath your foot multiply all your joy and happiness. With the breaking of the glass some say, tongue in cheek, that this moment symbolizes the last time the groom gets to "put his foot down."

Dove Release

For many centuries, the white dove has been an emblem of peace, love and new beginnings. In a symbolic gesture, the bride and groom release two or more white doves. The doves will fly upwards and circle several times above those in attendance. Then the doves will fly home together. Some say that, "Life is not measured by the moments of breath you take, but by the breathtaking moments." A dove release is most definitely one of those breathtaking moments on which to end a wedding ceremony.

The Arras or Coin Ceremony

The groom presents the bride with coins known as arrhae (from the Spanish word arras, meaning "earnest money"). The arras is said to come from a Roman custom of breaking gold or silver into equal halves by both parties as a pledge of marriage. The arrhae represent the groom's dedication to the welfare of the bride, and signifies the bride and groom's mutual hope for the wealth, prosperity and security that they will build and share, especially as the family grows. The ceremony occurs after the bride and groom exchange their matrimonial vows and exchange rings.

The Lasso (Lazo Cord) Ceremony

The Lasso (i.e., el Lazo) is associated with a wedding prayer during the ceremony. As part of the ceremony to symbolize unity, a large loop of rosary beads or a white satin circle of cord is placed in a figure eight shape around the necks of the bride and groom and draped onto their shoulders. Where the two loops of the Lazo intersect, as in the figure eight design, there may hang a Crucifix, cross, heart, or something else symbolic and meaningful to the bridal couple. The symbolism of the lasso is to show the union and protection of marriage. Special members of the wedding party, known as Padrinos de Lazo, drape the Lazo around the neck and shoulders of the Bride and Groom. Following the prayer, the Padrinos remove the lasso from the shoulders of our bridal couple. The lasso is given to the Bride as a memento of her becoming the lady of the groom's heart and home and shows their promise to always be together side-by-side.

The Nuptial Knot

The cliché tying the knot is centuries old. In the middle ages, it was believed tying "the knot" would have a positive influence on the marriage. The Nuptial Knot has brought an old custom into the 21st century. The two separate ends looped over into a knot represents two becoming one. To tie means to "bind." The knot means to secure, so when you tie the knot you are symbolically bonding and securing your marriage and you have a precious keepsake to cherish forever.