Wedding Bells

In Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 at 6:46 am

Five years ago, my good friend Brian asked me to marry him. To his fiance.

I said, “You’re crazy,” he told me how to get myself ordained and registered with the county, and the end result was a beautiful ceremony at Frontenac State Park near Red Wing, MN. I thought this was a one-off, but it turns out there is a market for my ministerial duties. Friends and acquaintances began contacting me and asking a very personal question. “Will you marry us?” I have now helped more than a dozen couples celebrate the beginning of their married lives.

On June 5, I had the honor of officiating an intimate ceremony for Ramsay and Amanda at Glacial Lakes State Park near Morris, MN. This was perhaps the smallest and most personalized service I have ever witnessed. The wedding took place along a path surrounded by natural beauty, and there was no audience as everyone in attendance was a vital part of the ceremony.

In addition to my official duties I was asked to wield a microphone back at the reception to address the hundred or so attendees, introducing the happy couple, raising a glass to toast the future, and clearing the floor for their first dance. I enjoyed the microphone so much that later in the night when “Bust A Move” started playing over the sound system it was a small step to ask the DJ for the mic and start rapping and dancing karaoke style.

My next gig is a destination wedding in beautiful Marquette, Michigan. It is a ten hour drive so I will be traveling solo for this one. No two weddings are exactly alike, much as no two couples are exactly alike. People get married all kinds of crazy ways and I am happy to be of service.

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