One of the surprising aspects of working in the “industry” side of weddings is all of the opportunity. I have been given the opportunity to create meaning. I love creating love. Sometimes I sit in wonder and awe. The open doors, new paths, and vendor relationships, are incredible. Beyond that, the chance I have to create beauty expands my own heart. Furthermore, as a pastor, creating love helps me fulfill the vows I made to serve the church.
Creating in the Church
One of my favorite aspects of serving the church is penning meaningful and creative liturgies and worship. Often, I like to do this in a manner that most would consider “outside of the box.” When I took my ordination vows, one of the promises I made was to serve the church with “energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.” I took this vow to heart. Today, I carry out my vows by blessing couples and by writing modern wedding liturgies.
When I worked in the church, there was ample opportunity to create new liturgies throughout the church year. The seasons of Lent and Advent, were especially great moments to weave creative liturgy into worship. Advent and Lent are traditional church seasons, but modern liturgies help us to see faith in new ways. We have the chance to experience God anew, and to grow in faith and love. Now that I work outside of the church doors, those opportunities to create new liturgies have shifted to the way in which I create bespoke wedding ceremonies.
Weddings are the perfect moment to create something new and beautiful. The words of your ceremony are the beginning of your new life together. The blessing spoken over you should reflect who you are together. These words frame the start of your marriage, and therefore should be able to pull together your language faith and your love story. Whether you are drawn to traditional language or something modern and creative, it’s the perfect opportunity to create words that will become a lasting memory of love.
Weddings offer a unique moment where imagination can come alive. You can create something beautiful in whatever way you wish. Your day reflects your love. The ways in which you choose to tell your story can be full of imagination. Above all, the wedding ceremony is your story told in a sacred imaginative way.
It is such a privilege to create words of blessing for a couple. Creating love in this way is a holy honor. As a pastor, telling your love story helps me fulfill my ordination vows. It is a joy to serve with “energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.” It is also pure to joy to create in this way.
So how did I get here? Without a doubt, that is a story of creation! Recently, I had the chance to share a bit of my story with the Rev. Clint Hufft on the Wedding Ceremony Podcast. Be sure to listen to the podcast (at the top of this post!), to learn more about me, and how I came to be a wedding pastor in Paris. I also share a little bit about the very personalized service I offer to my couples.
Catch all of the Wedding Ceremony Podcasts here.
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Love the featured image from this blog post? This fabulous and creative ceremony was captured by Rachael Laporte and Becky Payne. Check out our Rock and Roll Bride Vow Renewal and all of the fabulous vendors that made this day possible here.