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A Marriott Kind of Interfaith Wedding Weekend!

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of performing two Interfaith weddings that were very special to me. Bevin and Brian were married at the Marriott Biscayne Bay, and Elaine and Larry were married at the Marriott in Marco Island. It’s funny that they were both at Marriotts, because one of the first things I learned about Larry when I met him, was that he was obsessed with Marriott, and probably holds more points than anyone on earth!

But what also made these Interfaith couples very special was how creative they both were in planning their wedding ceremonies. There were differences that I just loved, and made them so much fun to reflect back on.

First, Bevin and Brian are diehard Canes fans, so it was no surprise when they chose to include the sand ceremony, and had individual bottles of sand with their initials on them, filled with orange and green sand!

Personalized Sand Ceremony

Sand Ceremony - Canes Colors!

But what made Bevin’s Interfaith wedding so unique was that Brian’s mom hand made the bride’s bouquet, as well as the bridesmaid’s, and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres out of beaded jewels and fibers. They were stunning!

Elaine and Larry’s Jewish Interfaith wedding ceremony was completely unique – they did an amazing job of planning, but incorporated some really fun, lighthearted aspects into the night. The scary part was, they put their wedding rings in a treasure chest, and buried them in the sand right near the chuppa. I lost sleep over this for days, and even though they marked the spot with a wooden “x”, it still gave us a scare when their little ring bearers couldn’t find the chest, even though they were digging frantically with their shovels. WHEW, were we relieved when they found those rings!

My favorite part of a west coast beach wedding, though, is something money can’t buy. The west Florida sunsets are beyond beautiful, and I had so much fun capturing the coastline.

Marco Island Sunset

But, the coolest part of the Jewish Interfaith wedding ceremony, was that after they were pronounced, we all lined up with sparklers, and formed 2 lines on either side, and they came running up from the beach, and through the line of sparklers, just as the sun was setting, and it was just so beautiful, lively, and unique!

Sparkler parade Larry and Elaine

My awesome Interfaith couples are now celebrating on their honeymoons, and the certificates are filed, but the love and joy in my heart is still so strong for them both. Thanks for the awesome memories, and the really great Marriott weekend, everyone!

P.S. BIG shout out to Alexina at the Marriott Biscayne Bay, and to Jacey Wood at the Marriott Marco Island. Both operations were first class, and I especially loved how totally in control Alexina was and had every detail covered before I even asked for anything. Great job, ladies! You are true professionals!

Also – I really loved working with Lisette, the photographer for Bevin & Brian’s wedding – she’s a sweetheart, and her work is just so yummy!

Soo – off to Islamorada on Saturday for Cheryl and Prav’s Jewish Hindu wedding ceremony extravaganza!  See you next week!


PS: Want to create your own “dream come true wedding”?  Contact Cantor Debbi today to see how you can co-create the event of your dreams.

2 thoughts on “A Marriott Kind of Interfaith Wedding Weekend!”

  1. My son has booked a venue march 30th from 6 pm to 10 pm and he would like a Jewish wedding. We know it’s Shabbat. So what is your answer. Thank you

    • Wendy,
      I am generally happy to perform a wedding prior to sundown on Saturday – please contact me directly at [email protected].
      I am a very liberal officiant, and more interested in the content and personalization of the service.
      I’d love to speak to you!


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