I am available to officiate small to large wedding ceremonies throughout the Tampa Bay Area. I will work hard to ensure your ceremony runs smoothly so you, your family, and friends can truly enjoy the moment.
• Short and sweet
• A romantic anniversary vow renewal
• Secular or spiritual
• Civil non-religious or religious
• Say your own vows
I prefer to meet with "the happy couple" 2-3 times prior to "The Big Day" to get to know you better and make your ceremony more personal...if you so choose. Or, we can keep it simple with no meetings.
You can include your children or pets,
and I am happy to help you with special ceremonies. Most importantly, you get an experienced officiant dedicated to making sure you have an unforgettable wedding ceremony.
Rehearsal- my presence at your rehearsal is totally optional. If you choose to have me attend and facilitate your rehearsal practice let me know and I’ll check my availability and provide you a fair price.
Vows- I hold a B.A. in English, and I'm a published poet. My mastery of the language can only be a be an asset when writing your vows...even if it's just editing.
"Handfasting is a rural folkloric and neopagan custom, initially found in western European countries, in which a couple hold a commitment ceremony. The commitment may be seen as temporary and secular, or of a longer, spiritual variety, depending on the context."
"Handfastings are commonly used in Wiccan and Pagan ceremonies. Today the handfasting is more literal: a couple will bind their hands together during the wedding ceremony (before, during, or after reciting their vows), often to symbolize their connection and devotion to one another."
"A Pagan or Wiccan handfasting can be several things, depending on the couple's wishes. It can be a legal marriage. It can be a commitment ceremony for a common law or civil union. ... Sometimes, due to the small size of our religious body, it can be difficult to find a clergy member who is also a legal officiant."
"Baptism has long been an important element in many spiritual traditions. You are probably most familiar with seeing it practiced in various denominations of Christianity; Catholics, Assemblies of God, and of course Baptists partake in baptisms, as well as most others. It is viewed as a rite of passage wherein the participant is inducted into a community of faith. It also symbolizes a believer's dedication to God and/or a set of religious rules."
"There are two types of baptisms: affusion and immersion. Affusion baptism involves sprinkling or gently pouring water on the head of the participant. This version is typically performed on those with limited mobility such as the elderly, babies, or the handicapped (though it can be used for anyone).
Immersion baptisms, as the name suggests, involve full submerging the participant in water. For this type of ceremony, you’ll need a pool, a font, or a natural body of water like a lake or river."
"Many Christian denominations invoke the Holy Trinity during a baptismal ceremony. This tradition comes from the Biblical account of the baptism of Jesus as told in the Gospels. During the events, God the Father opened the heavens and sent down the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ, the son."
Offering in-home, nursing home and hospital visits. I will administer Communion if requested.
"The Last rites are meant to prepare the dying person's soul for death, by providing absolution for sins by penance, sacramental grace and prayers for the relief of suffering through anointing, and the final administration of the Eucharist, known as "Viaticum", which is Latin for "with you on the way." It is mainly a Catholic rite, but as an ordainined minister, I am on-call for this somber duty at any time.
"A funeral is an orderly service connected the final disposition of a corpse, such as a burial or cremation, with the attendant religious tenents and observances."
HOWEVER, "Celebrations of Life" deal more
with telling the story of the deceased loved one's life and joyfully (despite grief and loss) moving them and yourself spiritually forward from the pain of their physical departure. Commonly, Celebrations of Life occur after the individual's physical remains have been cared for through burial or cremation.
Funerals and Celebrations of Life