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    "The Meaning of Marriage"

    "The meaning of marriage begins with the giving of our words." That quote from Wendell Berry expresses the essence of the rite of marriage. It is profound and simple. It needs no embellishment. It does need, like any rite of passage, the universal, as well as, the deeply personal. Vowing to remain faithful and true for all the days of your life is no small thing.The sincerity and commitment two people bring to this blessed ceremony is what will be remembered. This is not to say your wedding ceremony will be an entirely solemn affair; no, far from it. For with the sincerity comes elation and joy, all springing from the same deep well.  

    Jenn and Tim: Such a sweet and sincere couple speaking their truth to each other. (Whychmere Harbor Beach Club)

    Lacy and Jeff exchange vows at Chatham Bars Inn last August

     Tom and Amy's wedding at Borsari Gallery - Kelly Cronin Photography

    - Exuding Joy



    Soulful, Sophisticated and Fun- Weddings on Cape Cod

    Sweet simplicity of this 2016 season. It has been a quality over quantity summer of ceremonies.This June wedding at Borsari Gallery was so beautiful and fun. Great couple and loving family celebrating the power of love!



    June Weddings on Cape Cod

      "Another bride, another June, another sunny honeymoon, another reason another season for making whoopey."

    Most of you would not recgonize that song; it was old even when I was young but says it all, in a fairly gender biased way about love and marriage. But what the heck...June is all about bride and grooms and well, why not, it's about making whoopey.

    Anna and Seva whoop it up beneath the Linden Tree at Ocean Edge Resort as I read an ode to their love story.

      I have had some wonderful couples this June. Late Spring and early Summer has been so gorgeous on Cape Cod. I've had several weddings at Ocean Edge which is right around the corner from me here in Brewster. You can't get a better place for a cocktail hour than the Ocean Terrace with sweeping views of Cape Cod Bay. I don't have photos from this year yet but let's see what I can pull up from years gone by.


    Mike and Liz at Sunset over Cape Cod Bay. They wed at the Carriage House at Ocean Edge. Such a heartfelt beautiful couple! 



    Soulful Weddings: When Plan B is better than A-OK

    I spent last weekend in Brooklyn with my best friend and her daughter whose wedding I officiated last October. Helene and her husband, Zach, were celebrating six months of marriage by going on their honeymoon. Both have such busy lives and would we want it any other way!

    Helene and Zach wed in Indiana on a beautiful homestead complete with a rustic charming barn.

    Helene's Plan A dream had been to have a Maine seaside ceremony but for a number of reasons the wedding was moved to Hoosier Land. It made sense.  Zach and Helene met in Bloomington when they were attending University of Indiana. Zach was photograhing the Women's Cross Country and Helene literally caught his eye as she ran by.

    Both Helene and Zach have roots in Indiana- deep roots. So the dreamy seaside summer wedding was replaced with the Autumnal October rustic wedding on the lush grounds of Zach's father's home. 

     Plan B was to have a garden ceremony, cocktails on the deck, dinner in the tent and dancing in the barn. But Hurricane Joquin wasn't cooperating with plan B. It was rainy and cold even in Indiana far from where Joquin was doing his damage.

    The day before the wedding Plan C emerged with much consternation and concern. Luckily, the bride was in her bubble swept away by her sister to have fun with her bridesmaids on a scavenger hunt in Indianapolis. When she did arrive the bubble persisted as flowers were being arranged by the moms and friends.

    I highly recommend 'the bridal bubble.'  At this point it is best to keep her majesty in her ivory tower far from the madness of the crowd. 

    As for where the ceremony would take place, it was a game day call. The barn was ready. Strung with fairy lights and adorned with flowers. The bridal party was to process down from the hayloft to be met by the groomsmen at the bottom of the steps.

    Those who needed a seat sat on hay bales. It was intimate and enchanting. Everyone was bathed in a warm golden light chatting up a storm before the proceedings.  Plan C was even better than B. 

    Helene says she is now the go-to- gal when her friends get engaged. They bring their worries to her. Those plan A wedding dreams that may be thwarted by forces beyond the control of even the most determined brides and grooms.

    Helene reassures them with all of her six months of wifely wisdom,

    "What a great metaphor for marriage. By letting go of expectations plan B or even C can be better than your wildest dreams."

     Happy six months anniversary! 

    Keep those wildest dreams coming!


    Weddings on Cape Cod: Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall......

                                        The Prowers Pretty Little Winter Wedding at Chatham Bars Inn

     The winter wind has abated. It's breath warmng even though the branches are still bare and will remain so until well after any threat of snow. Most springs on Cape Cod the winter holds on tenaciously. This has been a gentle fallow season. It seems like life itself is percolating right beneath our feet; earth softening;crocuses peaking.We all say, "Yes!"

     Ceremonies in draft form like seedlings sprouting line my desktop. Today I will print out one so it takes form. Onto pretty paper words will form. The paper is from Thompson's Printing a local business in Orleans. One ream is called 'Blooming Pink' the other entitled, 'Botanical.'

    Weddings are about beauty. Close to Summer Solstice, Sarah and Justin wed at Wequassett Resort on Round Cove.

    And wedding ceremonies are about words of truth and fidelity.

     The Meaning of Marriage- Wendell Berry The meaning of marriage begins by giving our word. We cannot join ourselves to one another without giving our word….

      Consent:   Have you come here today of your own free will to give each other your word in Marriage?    “We Have.”  Please turn and take each other’s hands and share the vows of marriage.

     A marriage of words and images, symbols and rituals that make the ancient rite of marriage like the rite of spring; a testimony of hope and love that renews and transfoms everything it touches

    "For love is matchless in majesty, it has no parallel in power and there is no darkness it cannot dispel."

    Meher Baba


     Happy New Moon Eclipse and St. Patrick's Day.  Enjoy these last days of winter before the busy as a bee days of Spring sweep in.