“The love story of Terrance and La Shunna began about 25 years ago, when she was only 15 years old, and he was much older – 21!
“Because she wasn’t allowed to date until she turned 18, her mother was quite emphatic about squelching any relationship between them.
“But Terrance was patient and persistent; he knew La Shunna was the woman of his dreams. And because her grandmother liked him and would allow him to come sit on her porch, Terrance and La Shunna spent three years talking and getting to know each other before they ever went on a date.”
In honor of their love and commitment to each other, they renewed their vows in a ceremony held at Arden Hills Resort and Spa in Sacramento.
In the presence of their three children, many family members, and numerous dear friends Terrance and La Shunna read vows, exchanged rings, and promised to continue to be each other’s best friend and greatest inspiration.
Congratulations, Terrance and La Shunna! May you continue to “love like you mean it,” and may you celebrate many, many more years as husband and wife!
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Planting a tree to celebrate a marriage is an ancient tradition shared by numerous cultures around the world. With its strong roots, continual growth and long lifespan, the wedding tree is a living testament to the love two people share.
A Tree for Jason and Allison
Jason and Allison are an adventurous couple with a great love of the outdoors, so the Grand Sierra Pointe in Foresthill, with a reception at the Forest House Lodge, was the perfect location for their December 2013 wedding.
What a unique idea! Read more »
It’s a joy to be able to do something that you love doing.
I feel very blessed to be able to perform wedding ceremonies and celebrate with couples as they take this important step on their journey together.
And it is humbling to learn that the readers of Style Magazine feel that I’m doing a good job.
“The love story of Joseph and Andrea began more than six years ago. He was the handsome FedEx delivery man and she noticed that he often came to her office without any packages, just so he could talk with her. One conversation led to another, and their interest in each other grew.
“She appreciated his charming, caring nature and fun sense of humor; he was drawn to her beautiful eyes and her gentle, sweet demeanor. They began dating, and quickly recognized they were meant for each other. So Joseph asked Andrea to become his wife and his partner for life, and of course she said ‘Yes!’”
During their courtship Joseph frequently demonstrated his delightful sense of humor by sending illustrated declarations of his love to Andrea via email. Read more »
Although most of my ministerial work involves writing and performing wedding ceremonies, I am occasionally called upon to conduct a memorial or celebration of life service.
I was recently contacted by a local funeral director who asked me to officiate at the service for his father-in-law, Ken. I was honored to do so. Read more »
Jason and Celina were married today in Foresthill, with the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains as their ceremony backdrop. (Their reception was held at the Forest House Lodge, one of my favorite wedding venues.)
I am confident Jason and Celina will have a long and happy marriage, in part because they were raised with the example of longevity in marriage. Both sets of parents have been married for 30 years or more, and have exemplified the value of respect, good communication, and knowing how and when to give and take in a relationship.
Congratulations, Jason and Celina! May you endlessly delight one another and may you love and fulfill each other always.
Leon and Carlos met on December 7, 2001, and they got married on their seven-year anniversary: December 7, 2008.
Well, they had a ceremony on their seven-year anniversary, but since same-sex marriage was not legal in California at that time, it was technically just a ceremony of the heart.
Until yesterday, July 13, 2013, when they again said “I do” and exchanged rings and this time I was able to pronounce them to be married. And sign their marriage license.
I generally include a Love Story in ceremonies, and after interviewing them back in 2008 I shared the following in their December 7th ceremony:
Carlos and Leon are aware of the work and commitment required in order to build and maintain a solid relationship. They know there are many essential elements in a successful marriage, including communication, trust, honesty, compromise, respect for self and each other, and a determination to succeed in marriage.
After nearly a dozen years of loving each other and working together to live a happy life, I think Carlos and Leon are a wonderful example of love and commitment.
Congratulations, you two!
And when you’re ready to renew your vows on your 25-year anniversary (December of 2033), I’d love to be there!
The past week has been very important to couples in California. Unless you never open a newspaper, watch TV or turn on your computer, you know that same-sex marriage is once again legal in California.
Back in 2008, during the brief window of time that same-sex marriage licenses were issued, I was honored to perform a handful of weddings for non-traditional couples.
As is my practice with ALL the couples I work with, I asked questions and wrote a Love Story for each of these ceremonies.
And what I found is that their stories, their challenges, their hopes and dreams were no different from any other couple.
They date, they hope to find their “one true love,” their hearts may get broken but they continue to love.
They worry about aging parents, and a challenging job market, and the loss of pets and other family members.
They celebrate anniversaries; they worry about their spouse’s health; they grieve for a marriage that fails (as is true for one of “my” same-sex couples).
And don’t we all?
As I’ve said before, and will continue to say for the rest of my existence: Love is love. It has no gender or race or age or nationality.
It is simply the essence of who we all are, as spiritual beings having a physical existence.
Congratulations for ALL people who choose to make the commitment, and do the work, to have love and be love!