A ribbon braiding ritual was a playful and moving way to symbolize and celebrate this family’s abiding love and unity.

“Thank-you for such a wonderful, peaceful and loving ceremony. The three of us were very surprised at how meaningful and touching our special day felt. We were caught off guard at how emotionally uplifting and honored we felt after the ceremony!  The ribbon braiding was very fulfilling and helped us to all “tie the knot” as a family!  Thanks again, Doug.”

Wonderful article in the Huffington Post about the benefits and joys of choosing a Celebrant to create you wedding ceremony…



It was such an honor to be profiled in the Fall/Winter issue of Monadnock Living (see below)!  Their, soon to be on the stands, Spring/Summer 2012 issue, features “Thoreau’s Monadnock” and looks like another gorgeous and engaging read! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monadnock-Living/204192236285603

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JP0213photos by Ray Haskell, Perfect Image

Simply adorable. Wendy and Jimmy ride off into their future as husband and wife!

Envision your future together.  Snowshoeing together in winter, the first Harley rides of spring — past orchards in blossom, the magnificent sunrises and sunsets of summer, and the glowing colors of bountiful autumn.”         

…from the ceremony, as Wendy and Jim envisioned their future life together, and shared a third sip of cider from a “Common Cup”.                         

October Wedding

I’d been told to turn right off the country road and drive through the open “bar way” gate. The gravel road curved up a fairly steep hill and when I reached the top the setting took my breath away!

Jim and Wendy created a beautiful ceremonial space on their friend’s land, overlooking Mt. Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

Although the mountain was invisible behind thick clouds, the ceremony and the retelling of their love story evoked its majestic presence.

Wendy and Jim made their vows on an oathing stone, which they found on the mountain and had engraved for their ceremony.  I suggested this Scottish tradition after learning about this couple’s love of mountain climbing and the joy they experience being in nature together.  It will be an enduring symbol, as if their love, and the promises they made are “set in stone.”

Like.the colorful carpet of leaves that they walked through hand in hand, I used red and gold paper and bound their keepsake ceremony with an earthy twine.  

Looking back, I realize we were blessed with a break in the heavy rains that fell before and after their ceremony that day, and that this loving couple created a special radiance all their own!

Thank you so much for the beautiful bound keepsake! It was done beautifully, as beautiful as our ceremony that you created and performed.  Wow! Both Jimmy and I were blown away at how wonderful our wedding day was and the FABULOUS job that you did.  It was more than we could have ever imagined!!! The picture you sent of our oathing stone and the way it kind of mimicked the outline of Monadnock was so neat. 

Thanks so much for all that you did to make our wedding so special and wonderful! I sing your praises to all that I have told about our wedding!

Wendy and Jim 

By Carol Renzelman

Imagine a loving couple on their wedding day, full of anticipation for the very heart of the occasion — the ceremony itself. Imagine the couple knows that the words to be spoken express their core truths, intentions, and hopes and dreams for the future; they know that their love story will be told in a manner touching to everyone present…

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