Officially official!

jbgcelebrantSince I became a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant in 2008, I have officiated at over 500 wedding ceremonies… because I was a minister.  Even though I am trained as a Life-Cycle Celebrant, there just isn’t an easy way for a lay person to marry people here in New Jersey – we don’t have a justice of the peace option here.

So I was delighted when NJ recently passed a new law that allowed those who have trained at organizations like the Celebrant Foundation to legally solemnize weddings!  CF&I’s program is an eight month long, intensive program that covers everything about being a Life-Cycle Celebrant – ritual theory, open communication, marketing, and it was frustrating to go through this extensive training, and then still have to jump through hoops to take care of the legal part of the ceremony.

I am proud to say that I am officially registered with the state department, and I can’t wait to sign my first marriage license as a “Civil Celebrant” on Tuesday!

Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice Award for 2012!

I’m so pleased to share that Eclectic Unions has won the Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire for the FOURTH year in a row! Yay!

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2012 Bride's Choice Awards | Best Wedding Photographers, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Florists, Wedding Planners

Awards are determined by a combination of four factors: Overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2011 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency) on

So a big thank you to all of my awesome couples for taking the time to review me on WeddingWire!

Here’s to 2012!

This was a great year for Eclectic Unions.  This was the year of more than just weddings!  I was honored to be a part of three wonderful baby welcoming / naming ceremonies.

My colleague Kim and her husband George welcomed their son Joey.

My dear friends Ben & Emily welcomed their daughter Sydney.

And my incredible wedding photographer Sarah Schulte and her husband John welcomed their daughter June.

And it was also a landmark year for weddings.  Kicked off with my Offbeat Bride advertorial in late 2010, my ceremony writing services really took off this year!  It was such a unique experience to work with so many amazing and creative couples, all over the country, to craft beautiful wedding ceremonies for their friends or family to officiate at.

Lexie & Alena were married in an aquarium, and had a water sharing ceremony!

Paul and Angie had a highly personalized tea unity ceremony, that drew on their own personal tea sharing ritual at home. (Photo courtesy of The Happy Couple)

And, on top of that, I also created and officiated at over one hundred weddings this year.  One hundred weddings!  When I started out as a Life-Cycle Celebrant in 2008, I never would have dreamed that I would be able to touch so many people’s lives and work with so many amazing couples and families.

A few photos of some of my awesome couples! Photos are from a variety of sources, please let me know if you’d like me to credit you.

Wishing all of you a very happy 2012.  And to all of my couples getting married in 2012 – it’s almost your year!  Can’t wait to celebrate with you!


Eclectic Unions in Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book! Unions is now a part of Style Me Pretty’s exclusive vendor listing, their Little Black Book!

Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book is a highly edited collection of wedding service providers – from mom and pop boutiques to A-Listers. Bottom line, these vendors are the best of the best.

You can check out my officiant listing here – I’m honored to be included.  If you haven’t check out the Style Me Pretty Blog, take some time to check it out – lots of beautiful wedding inspiration and ideas to be had!

Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire for 2010!

I was so excited to receive the Bride’s Choice Award from WeddingWire this year!  I received it last year as well.  It means so much that my awesome couples love their ceremonies so much and take the time to review me on sites like WeddingWire.  I couldn’t have done it without you!  Here’s the official announcement!

2010 Bride's Choice Awards - Wedding Photographers, Wedding Cakes, Wedding Venues & More
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WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced Eclectic Unions has been selected to receive the WeddingWire 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Officiants!

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

Eclectic Unions is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

We are happy to announce that Eclectic Unions  is among the very best officiants within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards.

Coming soon!

Hello blog readers!

I just wanted to throw up a post to say hi, and let you know of some exciting blog posts, coming your way by the end of December:

  • A beautiful at home wedding, including some fun Italian rituals, that the couple put together in two weeks!
  • A wedding ceremony that included a candle lighting ceremony, a foot washing, and was grounded in light, service, and the couple’s open discourse and pursuit of knowledge.
  • A breakdown of Eclectic Union’s first full year of weddings! And a sneak peek at what is going on for 2010!
  • Delicious photos of the cake served at Dan and my engagement party last weekend 🙂
  • Information on the charities I gave back to this year, thanks to my couples.

So you’ve got lots to look forward to!  I’m taking a brief vacation this weekend, but should be back in action early next week.  I hope your holidays and wedding plans are going well!

Hello out there!

Popping in to say hi!

Wedding season is in FULL SWING, and I’ve gotten a bit behind in my blogging.

But don’t worry!  I have some awesome wedding posts coming up later this week, as well as information on putting together your wedding processional & recessional, new ideas for your bridal party, and more!

Thanks for being patient, and you’ll hear from me soon!