Universal Life Church
I will provide you with my 'Ceremony Builder' that is 32 pages of readings, poems, vows, etc. (both Secular & Religious), so that you can create a unique and
personalized ceremony that will perfectly express your beliefs & commitment.
~WEDDINGS ~SAME SEX MARRIAGES ~VOW RENEWALS ~HANDFASTINGS
Whether you're looking for a legal marriage ceremony, a pledge of commitment to a life partner,
or a renewal of your vows, I will work with you to
create the celebration you will always remember.
Civic/Secular Ceremony: Without reference to religion or spirituality.
Non-denominational: Christian or traditional ceremony that doesn't reference any one particular religion.
Inter-faith: For couples of different faiths, blending the traditions of both.
Spiritual: Whatever resonates to your heart, including Wiccan, Pagan and other alternative beliefs.
~Renaissance ~Medieval, Celtic ~Victorian ~Vintage, Flapper ~Sci Fi, LOTR ~Star Trek, Star Wars
~Western, Pirate ~Hawaiian, Beach
~Goth, Halloween ~Sports, etc.
I am so happy same sex marriages are now legal thoughout the United States and am honored to serve the LGBT community.
The Marriage Licenses now read: 'Spouse Signature', not 'Bride' and 'Groom'...isn't that wonderful?
Whether you've been married one year or fifty, renewing your vows to one another is the perfect way to tell your mate how deep your love is.
And this time you can have the ceremony exactly how you'd like it.
An ancient Celtic and Pagan tradition as a pledge of commitment, betrothal or marriage. The vows may be taken for "a year and a day", "a lifetime", "for all of Eternity" or "for as long as love shall last".
The couple's clasped hands are bound together with a cord, hence the phrase "tying the knot".
Handfasting can also be included as a romantic addition to any ceremony.
Here are some lovely mini ceremonies that can be included in your Wedding. Note: You supply your own candles, sand, stones, etc.
and I will have the appropriate reading to accompany them.
Symbolizing the joining of two lives, the bride and groom each take a lit taper and light the central candle together. Again, symbolizing the joining of your lives, the bride and groom each pour different colored sand into a central vase. Representing the contributions of family and friends, flowers are passed out to each guest before the ceremony. Each person thinks of a blessing for the couple then places the flower in a vase at the front of the room.
Seedling or Tree Ceremony:
The bride and groom plant a seedling or seeds into a chosen planter then together they pour water over it. Also can use a small tree already in a container that can later be planted in the yard or your new home. A stone is given to each guest upon their arrival. They hold the stone in their hand and make a wish for the couple's life together. Then with a felt tip pen, they write their name and wish on the stone and place it in a special container to give the couple. Symbolizing that the marriage will last as long as the glass is broken, (forever), the groom smashes a thin goblet or light bulb wrapped in a cloth or napkin.
This is typically done in Jewish ceremonies but I think it is a romantic gesture that could be included in anyone's ceremony.
This tradition is said to be rooted in ancient Africa where couples would jump sticks to signify entering into a new life together. Wiccans believe the broom sweeps away negative energy. I would be honored to help you incorporate any of the above into your ceremony with my 'Ceremony Builder' that is 32 pages-over 100 readings, poems, vows, etc. to choose from to create a personalized one.
It's important to me that when you are standing at the altar, holding hands and looking into each other's eyes, the words spoken to unite you in marriage must perfectly express your beliefs and love for one another.
Whatever you want, I will happily work with you to make your celebration the one
you've always dreamed of having. Your day, your way!
"Rev. Christine was very willing to work with us, and was happy to marry two brides!!! We were happy to have her with us at our venue in Albion, MI. She spoke to us before we left for the ceremony, and as we stood with her moments before she began. She calmed our nerves, and made sure we knew our day was about us - not the others who sat in the audience. She was wonderful, and we wouldn't have wanted to have anyone else there with us!!! I highly recommend her for your ceremony!!! She is excellent!! :)"
~Stephanie & Lindsay Zook 7/9/16
"Christine is a wonderful woman! I would definitely recommend her to anyone! She's great at what she does and she'll let you do whatever makes you happy, that's what she's there for. My wedding was absolutely perfect and it would not have been possible without her! Thank you so much Christine, you're an amazing woman!"
~Kristina & Jacob Hinkle 8/20/16
Resident Minister with
"Celebrations Wedding Chapel & Event Center"
Serving Jackson County, Michigan
and adjacent Counties only
(plus adjacent Counties): $200
($100 deposit to reserve the date)
~Jackson area with
*previous day rehearsal: $250
($100 deposit to reserve the date)
~Over 20 miles from our homes-a $25 travel fee will be applied.
We will only travel within 50 miles of the Jackson area - See below map:
Contact me to see if your date is available before making a deposit.
Note: All deposits are Non-refundable.
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"My wife and I are so grateful that we chose Christine to be the officiant for our wedding. We were so pleased by Christine's professionalism and availability throughout the entire process. We were particularly appreciative of her attention to detail in her willingness to allow us to personalise anything we wanted and when she respectfully enquired about the correct pronunciation of names in our ceremony. Christine really helped guide us through our ceremony and it turned out better than we could have imagined. We highly recommend Christine!"
~Angelica & Andrew Paniagua 7/9/16
A few of Rev. Christine's
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A true 'Lovers Knot' that becomes stronger under
pressure symbolizing a bond that will forever tie
your hearts and withstand the storms of life.
Hand Tying or Handfasting:
Handfasting within the Wedding ceremony symbolizes:
"The ties are not formed by these ribbons or even by the knots connecting them. They are formed by your vows. Your two souls and hearts are now bound together as one.”
It is my honor to officiate for all couples desiring to make a commitment.
My only requirement is that you love one another - nothing else is any of my business.
Any type of Celebration using any wording or theme.
Indoors or out, a park, a campground, a lake or your Aunt Lucy's backyard!
*Do you need a formal rehearsal
the day before?
It's up to you but it isn't necessary in most cases. I will come early and make sure everyone knows their role,
what to say, where to stand, etc.
It's easier than you think!
In ancient times when precious metals for rings were difficult to afford, this Celtic tradition had the couple say their vows while holding a stone, symbolizing setting their vows in stone.
A new ceremony idea where the Bride & Groom each paint a picture or pour paint over a blank canvas together. Sometimes taping off an outline of a heart or even a full heart so after the tape is removed it serves as a Guest Book.
My Associate Rev. Amanda Humphrey
"Christine hit all the right notes in our wedding and my wife and I were over the moon, Not only would I recommend Christine, I would advocate it to any of my friends in Michigan and any that wouldn't mind flying her to their venue anywhere in the US. That is not hyperbole, she was prepared and a joy to be around on our special day."
~Melanie & Tom Shepherd 9/21/13
Christine was AMAZING! She is so sweet and SO helpful. We got to personalize out whole ceremony with her wedding builder. Everything went perfectly except we forgot the marriage license (oyyyyy!). She kept me calm and ensured me that it was not the end of the world and then she made herself available the following day to take the license to her to be signed. Also, she sent me all of the information on how to have my name changed once we were back from our honeymoon. Thank you Christine! You were great.
~Tiffany & Randy Kretzinger 4/11/15