We teachers love it when former students get in touch to let us know how they're doing. I never expected, though, that one of my Freshman English students from my first year of teaching would contact me and ask if I would officiate at his wedding in the summer of 2017.
Of course I agreed: I can't imagine any higher honor one could bestow upon someone. The snag was, of course, that I had no idea how to perform a wedding, or what I would have to do in order to make it all legal. I looked into becoming a Justice of the Peace, but that didn't feel right for me. After doing some research online I found American Marriage Ministries, an organization that ordains people as ministers so that they can perform weddings and a handful of other ceremonies. I went through their program, learned how to write and officiate at wedding ceremonies, and I was ready.
To make a long story short, I had more fun designing and performing Dave and Jenni's ceremony than I ever thought I would. And when it was over, I wanted to experience that kind of joy and promise again, as often as I could. I built this website, had some cards printed up, and started Love, Honor and Cherish. Since then I've performed weddings in front of 300 people and weddings for two in a curtained booth in a sushi restaurant. I've worked in huge, beautiful halls and in people's backyards. The only thing I can say that all of my ceremonies have had in common is that I have loved every minute of them.