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Jessie Blum, New Jersey Vendor: Officiant Website: Eclectic Unions About Me: I began writing & officiating wedding ceremonies in 2008, and love every single moment of it. It all started when my best friend asked me to officiate her Jewish/Lutheran/Pagan (but completely non-religious!) wedding - since then, I've found a love and passion for creating original wedding ceremonies that truly reflect the couples being married. Wedding ceremonies should be all about the bride & groom's love, relationship, and commitment, and I do my best to make sure everything is just perfect! I live in Northern New Jersey with my fiance and our two kitties, and, when I'm not meeting with my awesome couples or writing wedding ceremonies, I love to knit, obsessively check my email, and plan my own wedding (Oct 2010!).
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Jessica and Steve got married in the beautiful Kirkpatrick Chapel, on the grounds of Rutgers, in New Brunswick, NJ. They wanted a secular interpretation of a traditional Christian ceremony, so I worked with them to personalize a few elements and really make the ceremony feel like them (like a few mentions of their cats and the story of their engagement).

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They used one of my suggested vows, which I just love, and did them “repeat after me style,” where I broke them into chunks, and they repeated them – no memorization, and no little piece of paper to hold – they could just look at each other.

I, Steve, take you, Jessica, to be my wife, my friend, my love, and my lifelong companion. I promise to treat you with respect, love, and loyalty, through all the trials and tribulations of our lives together. This commitment is made in love, kept in faith, lived in hope, and eternally made new.

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They also had a reading, a version of 1Corinthians 13 that I particularly liked:

Love is patient and love is kind. It is not jealous or conceited or proud. Love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable. Love does not keep a record of wrongs. Love is not happy with evil but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up – and its faith, hope, and patience never fail. Love is eternal.

Meanwhile, the three remain: faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.

We also included a brief ring blessing, as well as a final blessing, during the closing remarks.

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I loved that Jessica had her bridesmaids choose any blue dress to wear, and I think the results were beautiful! The chapel is across the street from the train station, and Jessica was hoping a train would come by and toot their horn during the ceremony! Alas, it was the only disappointment she had that day, as no train came by during the ceremony, so it was completely silent (which any other bride would have thought was fabulous)!

Jess and Steve, many thanks for sharing your wedding with me. And congratulations again!

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(All pictures courtesy of Donald Yeager)

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Miss Bruschetta (message)  5,565 posts, Bee Keeper

What lovely vows :-) And I love the blue dresses against the red chapel wall!

 
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Jessie516 (message)  5,480 posts, Bee Keeper

What a lovely wedding. We also asked our officiant to read our vows in the “repeat after me” style. I was afraid I’d forget what to say! :)

 
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I loved the vows :)

 
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Miss Mouse (message)  4,698 posts, Honey bee

I love that last photo of them walking out!

 

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Jessie Blum @ Eclectic Unions Jessie Blum, New Jersey Vendor: Officiant Website: Eclectic Unions About Me: I began writing & officiating wedding ceremonies in 2008, and love every single moment of it. It all started when my best friend asked me to officiate her Jewish/Lutheran/Pagan (but completely non-religious!) wedding - since then, I've found a love and passion for creating original wedding ceremonies that truly reflect the couples being married. Wedding ceremonies should be all about the bride & groom's love, relationship, and commitment, and I do my best to make sure everything is just perfect! I live in Northern New Jersey with my fiance and our two kitties, and, when I'm not meeting with my awesome couples or writing wedding ceremonies, I love to knit, obsessively check my email, and plan my own wedding (Oct 2010!).
 
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