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Gather in, gather ’round. It’s the opening strains of a good story.  And the first words, the first notes, the first movements matter. They will either hook the listeners or lose their interest. Think of all the amazing first lines of great books: Genesis, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, A Tale of Two Cities. […]

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Because who doesn’t want to have a blog (or blog series) with the word “demystifying” in it? Well, here we are chugging straight towards one year of blogging. And wow, have I learned a lot. I hope you have, too. Time to tackle new things . . . like a blog series! Over the next […]

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News, Telling the Story of Marriage

My mission is to create families through marriage.  It’s fun, meaningful, and truly my vocation. My preference, of course, is to spend all my time with my couples writing ceremonies, talking about marriage, and getting to know each other. But, as is true in every job, there are things we are required to do to […]

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My work has me all over the city and surrounding hill country marrying couples from all walks of life. And I provide other services for folks, as well. I preside at baby naming ceremonies, funerals and memorial services.  I teach, listen, pray with and for people. I preach for my colleagues. In fact, this Spring, […]

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News, Premarital Advice

“I have heard people say marriage is hard, but it hasn’t been for us. It’s been so easy and such a joy and we wish the very same for you.” Some things are said at weddings that just stick with you. This was one of them –and it’s nothing I said. Upon hearing these well-wishes […]

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Premarital Advice, Telling the Story of Marriage

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riots at New York’s Stonewall Inn, Austin Weddings Unlimited celebrates the legalization of same sex marriage by the Supreme Court just four short years ago. Long before our ceremonies held any legal status, Austin Weddings Unlimited was entrusted with ritualizing the covenant of love with our same […]

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The vast majority of our couples come to us wanting to personalize their ceremonies. This is a hallmark of the millennial generation, and I, for one, love it. It allows each couple the opportunity to express, in their own words, what the covenant of marriage means to them. Because while love and marriage are universal, […]

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Telling the Story of Marriage, Wedding Inspiration

You are engaged. Now the work begins, right? The dress, the colors, the music, the food, the venue, the photographer. Then there is transportation, makeup and hair, guest lists, save-the-dates, invitations, seating arrangements. Oh! And a marriage license! And hey – probably someone to sign that license, too. We get it. The actual ceremony, the […]

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When my Mom died suddenly in 2012, many other things died too. That is the nature of death. It is a compounding energy: death reveals other deaths, or (ironically) births other deaths, or plows up former deaths. In a tongue-in-cheek sort of way, death begets death. Long before my mother’s death, I had developed a […]

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A Day in the Life

“What questions do you have for me?” I try to remember to ask each couple this question at the end of our first conversation. Most of the time, couples don’t have any questions at the time (they always have questions later!) But sometimes, they come with questions, and I am always excited to hear what […]

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