Today I officiated a Jewish Interfaith wedding ceremony for Scott and Mara, one of the most lovely, down to earth, authentic couples I have met in a long time.
From the moment I met them, I was touched by their simple honesty and affection for each other. In a very short time, I felt like I really came to understand the essence of who this Interfaith couple was, what they stood for, and what they wanted to be to each other, in their lifelong partnership. Mara had a 5 year old son, from a previous relationship, and they gave birth to Sophie about 9 months ago, so it was very important for them not only to create the perfect wedding ceremony, but to honor their children with a unity ceremony to join the family together.
They were married at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida The location provided a beautiful backdrop for a simple wedding ceremony. Scott and Mara are a no frills couple, and their wedding matched their personalities so perfectly. The important thing to each of them was to honor their love and future commitment with a simple, authentic ceremony that was all about them. No pomp and circumstance here, and it was much appreciated, by guests, family, and an officiant who is used to lots of p&c! 🙂 This time, it was the two of them, their son Zack, their daughter Sophie, and 25 friends and family members who meant the world to them. Their chuppa was a family tallit (prayer shawl) that were attached to bamboo sticks, and 2 of their younger guests held it over their heads.
We created the sand ceremony to include Zack and Sophie, read the 7 blessings, and I sang the Birkat Cohanim, the Priestly Blessing, in my favorite Julie Silver style melody. My comments, as usual, were strictly about Scott and Mara, who they are to each other, what holds them together, and what they wanted to be for each other in the future. It was a beautiful service. Mara was a beautiful bride, and the couple looked amazing together.
What I loved about it was how comfortable it all was. It was easy. There was nothing superficial, nothing contrived. Just a story about Scott, Mara, Zack, and Sophie, and the lives they will all share together. I was honored to be part of their day, and wish them many years of joy and happiness together.
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