Category Archives: Marriage Equality

A Butterfly Ritual for Weddings, Memorials and More

In folklore, butterflies are said to come from the faerie realm. In some Native American traditions, butterflies represent a living piece of a rainbow. In many cultures, butterflies represent the sweetness of life, the beauty of dance, the inevitability of … Continue reading

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Podcast Episode 4 – Oathing Stones for the First Look, the Wedding Ceremony and More

Layered, piled, buried, jutting up from the ground, stones weave the tapestry of the earth. They symbolize the old, the everlasting…the ancestors. What does it mean to make a oath on a stone connected to the realm of the departed? … Continue reading

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A Colorful Way to Tie the Knot

 In the December 19 issue of Brides magazine, Whitney C. Harris writes about  wedding trends for 2017.  Industry experts from around the country affirm the growing use of bright colors in wedding palettes. I concur!   As a wedding officiant, … Continue reading

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The Wedding Jar

Even the shortest, simplest wedding ceremony deserves to be special. It is, after all, a celebration of love and a commitment intended to last for life. It was for these simple ceremonies that I created a ritual I call “The … Continue reading

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Ritual: GARDEN GIFTS by Zita Christian

Many believe that eating basil will protect you and give you courage. And eating orange peel will make you fertile. True. My daughter Laurie Neronha and I love to cook. Despite the aggression implied in the language of the kitchen … Continue reading

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Getting Married? Let a Romance Writer Tell Your Story

September 12, 2011 There’s a full Harvest Moon tonight.  Just a century ago, much of life this time of year centered around the harvest.  This was the season when my Pennsylvania grandmother put up glistening jars of grape jelly, apple … Continue reading

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WRITTEN IN STONE ~ A Wedding Ritual

On June 21, I had the honor of solemnizing the marriage of my former boss and forever friend, Doug Evans, and the love of his life, my new friend, Mikolaj Bauer.   The evening ceremony took place at the Ritz Carlton … Continue reading

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