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Translating

July 30, 2021

All language has baggage. It’s the nature of language. So, we adjust and shift, and try our best to rearrange language to better convey the truth beneath those pesky, heavy, baggage-laden words. It’s not always an easy or pretty process, but isn’t the process the point? The grappling and adjusting. The exchange of new words, […]

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“The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an […]

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Premarital Advice, Telling the Story of Marriage

I Watched a Wedding

December 9, 2020

I am an intern. As an intern for Central Ceremonies, part of what I am doing is observing rehearsals and weddings. That means, among many things, that I am pivoting careers. It also means that I observe the woman who married me over a decade ago perform ceremonies. It means that I get to revel […]

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A Day in the Life, Telling the Story of Marriage

Amy Mader, wedding coordinator extraordinaire with Platinum Weddings and Events, and I have been colleagues for almost twenty-five years. This is pretty amazing to think about since we are just shy of thirty years old (ha!) But seriously, Amy is my Yankee friend. She taught me all about whoopie pies, the midwest accent, and Cheeseheads. […]

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Much is different these days, and we may never return to how things were before Covid-19. But we will adapt, change, and overcome; weddings included. There will be a day when we all are together again celebrating marriage, but even when that time comes, it likely won’t be how we did it before. And in […]

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Call me biased . . . because I am! I think one of the most important, overlooked, and underrated decisions you will make concerning your wedding day is who will perform your ceremony. Ideally this person helps set the tone for your wedding day, as well as equip you with some tools for the marriage […]

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Hey!  You made it this far? Well, good things come to those who wait. This is our last entry in our first-ever series, so thanks for joining us.  AND, it’s the last part of the ceremony, too. Time to seal the deal, and celebrate with food, cake, and dancing. The Kiss And that is the […]

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For better or for worse (see what I did there?!), here we are at the center of the ceremony! At the very heart of this grand affair are the wedding vows. And wedding vows are far more than a few sweet and pretty words spoken before the party begins. So, then, what is a wedding? […]

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No, no . . . not the physical address. Although that is important (see my previous post on welcoming words). This is more about the message to the bride and groom. You know – dearly beloved,  marriage is a new way of life created, ordered, and blessed and must not be entered into carelessly, selfishly […]

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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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