A More Perfect Union - Hope Mirlis
Hope was exactly who we needed to lead our wedding. She worked closely with us over the course of two months to design a totally custom ceremony, incorporating all of the elements we wanted. She helped us to focus our ideas and then expanded upon them with her own words. We loved that she was totally open to feedback and would eliminate any phrasing that we didn't respond to without taking it personally. She also offered great advice on readings.
At the rehearsal, Hope quickly bonded with our families and bridal party- but at the same time kept everyone in line as people were wandering off to photograph the sunset.
And on the big day, Hope was just perfect. Sometimes when planning a non-denominational wedding, the ceremony is an afterthought. You focus on the party and the design and when it comes time to pick an officiant you think maybe you should just have a friend do it. I'm SO glad we didn't do that. The ceremony was absolutely our favorite part of the day and Hope was an integral part of it. We're so happy we chose her.
I cannot imagine preparing for marriage without Hope's insight and guidance. She helped me and my fiancee navigate some very important (and sometimes difficult) topics that we would never have thought of otherwise. Through our sessions, she learned so much about us as a couple, and incorporated this knowledge into our ceremony. Because of her care, attention, and presence, what could have been a mundane ritual was transformed into a hand-tailored ceremony and a true celebration.
I was lucky enough to have Hope not only serve as our pre-marital counselor and officiate our wedding, but also to guide me, my maid of honor and two close friends in a wedding-day yoga practice. Hope got us out of our heads and into our hearts. The focus on breath and heart was so soothing, and was absolutely perfect - just what I needed to settle myself before our ceremony. I felt truly centered, awake and aware, and because of that, I was able to be fully present as I entered marriage. Our ceremony, written primarily by Hope, was deeply personal and full of meaning. She was accommodating and encouraging of the Buddhist tone we were looking for, and provided some lovely touches by way of her own research. I cannot express how grateful I am to have had her support by way of yoga, officiating and serving as a personal centering point for me on that day.
Hello and congratulations on the next step in your journey. The wedding day is a celebration of your love with those closest to you. The ceremony while usually just a small portion of the day is the main reason for gathering - a chance to create a meaningful and important ritual of your union. As a Wedding Officiant, I instill an atmosphere of relaxation, humor, and honesty - including only what you want for your special day. I listen to your story and write a completely custom ceremony making it very "you," but a completely memorable experience.
I approach the ceremony from a secular/non-denominational place, but am happy to include anything from a religious tradition, if you have one. I also offer pre-marital counseling and a yoga practice designed for couples and/or their wedding parties.
Please contact me for a complimentary consultation to begin discussing the journey ahead. 917-504-4468 or hope@perfectunionNY.com