Mazel Tov, Zac and Gina!

By | April 19, 2014

Mazel Tov, Zac and Gina!Zac and Gina are married!

On a picture-perfect Friday afternoon, at the Grand Sierra Pointe in Foresthill, Zac and Gina stood under a Chuppah, recited their personal vows (which were also printed on their Ketubah), and exchanged wedding rings before many of their dearest friends and family members – who shouted “Mazel Tov” in joy and congratulations as Zac broke the glass and kissed his bride!

Mazel Tov, Zac and Gina!

Gina and Zac attended to every little detail, from the specially-drawn artwork on their ceremony program, to the invitation that their guests “take a deep breath, and relax. Notice the stillness that surrounds us, the majestic trees towering overhead and the solid earth that grounds and supports us … allow yourself to be fully present as we prepare to witness the ceremony that will start Zac and Gina on their journey together as husband and wife.”

To further encourage their guests to be fully present at the wedding, everyone was asked to turn off phones and cameras, allowing photographer Jessica Stout (assisted by Katie Moeller) to capture the look of their wedding day, freeing the attendees to focus on the feeling of this important celebration.

The bridal party entered to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” – the perfect song as Zac and Gina honored their close friendships with all those who happily stood as bridesmaids and groomsmen!

At the end of the ceremony, and surrounded all those who had come to celebrate with them, Zac and Gina posed for a group photo to commemorate their first few minutes as newlyweds.

I was so impressed by the partnership, communication, and deep joy that I witnessed as Gina and Zac worked together to help create their perfect wedding ceremony.

And I was very touched by their note to me: “We are so happy with the ceremony, and can’t wait for everyone else to hear it too!”

Zac and Gina, may your marriage enrich your lives, and may this be but the beginning of a relationship that will grow and mature with each passing year!

Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov, Zac and Gina!

Under the Chuppah, post-ceremony.

 

Mazel Tov, Zac and Gina!

The Ketubah

 

A Few Wedding Details:

Ceremony: Grand Sierra Pointe

Reception: Forest House Lodge

Photographer: Stout Photography

DJ: Brian Taylor, Swerve Entertainment

Videographers: Bunny Bee Films

Flowers: Galeazi’s Floral Designs

Love Never Fails

By | April 17, 2014

The love story of Jason and Jennifer began eight years ago when they met through a mutual friend. It was love at first sight for both of them.  Jason says he fell for her really fast, and Jennifer says she knew immediately that Jason was the man she would marry!

Over the next few years their love grew and deepened as they reached many milestones together, including adding Jaiden, Mason and Brooklyn to their family.

Jason and Jennifer are best friends and soul mates, and they believe that “if you put in the effort, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.”

As a special part of their wedding ceremony, Jason asked his mother to give a reading based on 1st Corinthians 13:4-8. Her words are beautiful and timeless.

1st Corinthians 13

“It is a privilege to stand with you all today to declare the presence of love between Jason and Jennifer.

“When love and faith come together and hold hands with hope they become invincible shields to one another. Together they can overcome any issue.

“The bond created by the spirits of love, faith and hope brings peace. If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. (Mother Teresa)

“So it is good to know that a life without love is an empty existence. Love has been declared the greatest spirit of all that lives within us;

“This is made evident by the fact that the nature of love is patient, kind and never gives up hope, because hope is the substance of things not yet known to us;

“Love does not keep a tally of wrong doings;

“Love drives out unkind words, even if it comes from us;

“Love has immeasurable strength that perseveres far beyond our imagination;

“We must find rest and know that love never fails.”

Happy Anniversary – And Congratulations, Dr. Michie!

By | April 11, 2014

Wedding of Heather Michie and Billy Hofman April 5, 2013

Wedding of Heather Michie and Billy Hofman
April 5, 2013

Who knew that Los Angeles College of Chiropractic would be the place to find true love?!

Heather and Billy met in September of 2009 during orientation for the first term of chiropractic school. At first they were so busy with their studies that they didn’t really notice each other in “that” way.

Eventually, though, they were able to have a bit of a social life, and after a school event at Knott’s Berry Farm they began texting and talking, and getting to know each other. Their relationship grew slowly, but over time they realized they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

So after securing her father’s blessing, and planning a very special New Year’s Eve surprise, Billy asked Heather to become his wife and his partner for life. She said “Yes!” and on April 5, 2013, before their dearest friends and family members, they were married in the Villa Courtyard at Arden Hills Resort and Spa.

As their first anniversary neared, I contacted Heather to confirm their mailing address so I could send their special anniversary card.

I knew that Heather had grown up in Northern California, while Billy was a SoCal guy, and that they would eventually need to make a tough post-graduation decision about where to settle down, open their chiropractic practices, and eventually raise a family.

Heather responded to my email, telling me that she had been given the opportunity to build a practice – Michie Chiropractic – in the Rocklin / Roseville California area, and she and Billy had moved to Placer County.

Congratulations, Heather and Billy! I hope your dreams continue to come true, personally and professionally.

And Happy Anniversary! May you enjoy many, many more!
~Rev. Jeri

Twenty Years and Counting

By | February 13, 2014

“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.”

Rev. Jeri Murphy - Twenty Years and CountingToday Terrance and La Shunna celebrate twenty years of marriage.

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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Tree Planting Ceremony With a Twist!

By | January 6, 2014

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.

As a way to acknowledge their love of nature, as well as honoring their family roots, they decided to include a unique unity ritual during their ceremony: A tree planting ceremony – with a twist. Rev. Jeri Murphy Wedding Officiant - Tree Planting Ceremony With a Twist

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First Look and Officially Married

By | January 2, 2014

RevJeriMurphy - First Look and Officially MarriedA “first look” photo session, coupled with a brief and secret “official” ceremony?

What a unique idea! Read more »

Now That You Have a New Married Name

By | December 21, 2013

Now That You Have a New Married Name

More than one newlywed bride* has asked me, “Now that I’m married, how do I change my name on my driver’s license / passport / other important accounts?”

While I cannot give legal advice (I am not an attorney), I can tell you some of the steps to take once a California Marriage License has been filed. Read more »

Thank You!

By | October 1, 2013

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.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for voting Rev. Jeri Murphy as “Favorite Wedding Officiant” in Folsom and El Dorado Hills, and also in Roseville, Granite Bay and Rocklin.

(Photo by Meagan John)

(Photo by Meagan John)

Love Notes and Laughter!

By | September 26, 2013

“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.Images by RJM Read more »

With Honors

By | August 9, 2013

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 »