So many traditions, so many beautiful prayers,
promises and wishes, rituals and sacred objects - a ceremony
could fill hours and in some cases they do.
Rev. Elisabeth Oakes in Topanga
"So thus Eternity is in
God, the cosmos is in Eternity. Time is in the cosmos. Becoming
is in time. And while Eternity stands still in Gods presence,
the cosmos is in motion in Eternity. Time passes in the cosmos
and 'becoming' comes to be in Time."
Most people hand pick a few cherished traditions, which are
close to their heart or beliefs. Often a New Age candle ritual
is followed by a Jewish "breaking of the glass" as religion
and spirituality mingle like the cultures of this world.
The name of Elisabeth Oakes company - marriage to go - does
not seem to promise peace and quiet and loving attention - but
that is what the open-minded and warm-hearted officiant has
offered for all the ceremonies we had the pleasure to witness.
Ceremony Designed for You
Rev. Robert E. Coté, Rev. Connie A. Poggiani & Rabbi Barry
Tuchman officiate weddings without a prefixed program. They
listen to their brides and grooms and create a unique ceremony
with remarkable flexibility and - humor.
Marriage License for a Day
Fathers, family members or friends seem to become more involved
in the modern wedding world. To create a very personal, intimate
ceremony they become ordained for a day. All is possible though
Stauffer Chapel (Malibu)
A beautiful, non-denominational chapel featuring extensive stained
glass and unmatchable ocean views.
Contact Sally McIlwain
(310) 506-4264 tel
(310) 506-4327 fax
at the Lake / Pacific Palisades
The ten-acre site, with its gardens and natural spring-fed lake,
is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including swans, ducks,
koi, and lotus flowers. Ceremonies are held in ancient Vedic
Retreat Center and Buerge Chapel
Carob, fig and olive trees, palms and papyrus surround the chapel.
It has an ageless quality, thanks to its simple design and thematerials
used in its construction: cedar wood, fir, stained-glass skylights
windows. Rows of pews face the altar, which features a handmade
river-rock fireplace with a massive quartz boulder mantle.
(For small weddings up to 48 guests)
One of the most amazing men of our time, Chief
Michael Twofeathers has done many wedding ceremonies but
not as a commercial act. It is a great honor to be married by
this loving and harmonious Native American leader.
Native American ceremonies are ancient, sacred and are deeply
spiritual. If we as white people truly feel that we can share
their connection to nature and spirit we might have a chance
to invite a Chief to celebrate our wedding with us.
“The power of our ceremonies is perpetuated by discipline
and our integrity. Ceremonies come to us, from the spirit, with
instructions to maintain that doctoring, curing and healing
power. It's up to us as humans to follow those instructions
to be able to receive the blessings as they have intended. I
try my best to follow the guidance of the spirit and our elders
to keep that power and purity so our children and their children,
for seven generations and more, can also receive the blessings
through our ceremonies to live life in a good way. “
~ Michael Twofeathers about ceremonies, October 19, 2004
Bear Moore is a licensed Officiant from the Manataka American