Ceremonies in Nature
Celeste was a delight. She listened to us and created a ceremony that was personalized, relaxed, beautiful, and in the Spirit. We wrote our own vows, and Celeste provided some very special prayers, as well as offering a sand-vase ceremony representing our past together, our present, and our future -- a lovely touch. Her style is respectful, dignified, and also joyful and encompassing. I can imagine any bride delighted and grateful for her services.
My wife and I met Celeste prior to our marriage when she visited our Bed and Breakfast; we took an immediate likening to her. So when we decided to get married two years later we knew we wanted Celeste to do our ceremony The main reason we wanted Celeste to do the ceremony was due to the fact that we could make it as non-traditional and unconventional as we wanted. This is not to say she could not do a conventional wedding (i.e., in a church, minister, reverend religious based, etc) but at the age of 50 we wanted a ceremony outside, at our home, and with a ceremony completely different from the ordinary.
I knew what I did not want for a ceremony, but I did not know what I really wanted. So Celeste was very helpful proposing different formats; we decided to do the sand blending and wine celebration . We also did not want a religious based ceremony but rather a secular humanist spirited approach. Celeste did a great job of proposing different ceremonial passages and allowing us to change it to our personalities.
Celeste was very helpful in being able to do the ceremony at our home- some 140 miles from her home. In addition she helped overlook several of the wedding functions and would have clearly done more if needed. She was good at helping where needed and also respecting what we wanted to do ourselves.
Vendor response to review
Thanks for the kind words, D & R! To everyone: This is a wedding where I suggested the Bride & Groom walk down the 'aisle' (a garden path from their house) together holding hands, since there was no formal procession with attendants. Their rings were on the table in a 'Treasure Chest' I have. What a beautiful day and celebration afterwards, too!
While Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and surrounding areas (such as Elephant Butte and Hillsboro) offer some beautiful sites for ceremonies, I often travel to other areas to perform ceremonies. Here are some other locations where I have officiated: White Sands National Monument, City of Rocks, Spencer Theater in Alto, and Sandia Park. When living in California, most of my ceremonies were on the beach or ocean bluff, some on golf courses or in back yards; wherever you want your ceremony to be held, I am willing to go there! I encourage involving your minor children (if any) in the ceremony, perhaps with a Family Sand-blending. Let me help make YOUR ceremony the one you AND your guests will remember most fondly. Let's talk!
Although I've only had rain during one ceremony out of over 125 I've performed, always be prepared for wind or rain. I am always ready to perform the ceremony in any type of weather, but YOU may not be. Consider having umbrellas or a contingency plan.
Don't expect small children to necessarily behave as you would like them to. If including them in the ceremony (such as Flower Girl, Ring Bearer, or a Family Sandblending), be prepared to proceed without them doing their part. You can either have an 'alternate' or just do something different (e.g. rings on table or given to Best Man/Maid of Honor; no flowers strewn or have them strewn by someone else). And don't get upset with them; think of the stress on their young minds in this situation! : )
You might consider planning on the actual start time of the ceremony to be 10 minutes after the time on the invitations, so latecomers don't disrupt the ceremony.
Music is harder to do at most outdoor venues. Unless it's at a motel or golf course, there probably won't be any electricity.
If you have any other questions and concerns, I'm glad to help as part of the process of putting together a ceremony that you will love!