Photo Attribute: My gratitude to Jeff Carr Photography for the lovely photos!
Natasha and Tyler invited my husband to accompany me and urged us to stay for the reception as well. I am very touched by their graciousness and generosity. We had a fabulous time and almost fell out of our chairs laughing at the entrance of the wedding party. I loved the choice of "Ain't Misbehavin'"for their first dance. Perfect touch! And you know you're going to have a good time when DJ Shane is the entertainment....and eat well when Chef Anthony of Renaissance Catering is in charge of the food. Their fajita bar may seem something of an odd choice for their wedding theme, but all bets are off when it comes to eating at a garden party. And it was yummy!!
Christine at Jeff Carr Photography was the professional photographer for Natasha and Tyler, but these are not her work. My husband's handiwork allowed me to blog about their wedding faster than usual. I will absolutely point people to Christine's work when the pictures are ready though. I know about a little surprise for the bride that I am hoping to share with others since it will probably result in some pretty funny pictures. I walked into a hilarious scene with the groomsmen when I arrived on site. No spoilers for now, but if you're at all curious you'll have to check out the sneak peek album on their Facebook page in a few weeks. Maybe Christine will include one of those shots...we shall see.
Best wishes to you Tyler and Natasha!!!
The final piece fell officially into place this morning, so it is time to make the formal announcement. Although it has happened fairly gradually over the last four years, the change feels somewhat abrupt when I sit down to make the announcement.
We do tend to raise our eyebrows when someone resigns "for family reasons," don't we? But since I am not a political appointee I expect more people will take my word for it. My children have all reached the age where they are involved in multiple activities, especially in the evenings and on the weekends. I have uttered the phrase, "I can't. My kids have soccer." too many times for me to count! The eldest is also off to college in the fall of 2015, so my time with him is limited. Especially considering how much time teenagers give to their parents anyway.
I was recently presented with a career opportunity that allows me to spend more leisure time with my husband and sons, as well as prepare for when these three adorable boys become handsome young scholars...and the price tag that inevitably comes with that transition.
I have, therefore, decided to resign from the ministry and move on to new endeavors. This is not to say I will never return to ministry...never say never..., but probably not until at least 2021 when my youngest packs up his teddy bear and moves into a dorm. Did I just say 2021?!
I am, of course, fulfilling all of the officiating obligations already on my calendar and may entertain the idea of officiating a special wedding from time to time. My legal authority to solemnize marriage isn't changing, so a "you officiated my brother's wedding," or "we're willing to pay your way to Honolulu" may win me over. (Oh, and soccer players or weddings held on a soccer pitch are guaranteed special consideration.)
But I will no longer be actively promoting my services as an officiant or accepting general inquiries, though I will speak with couples who have been referred to me. I will try to be of assistance if my schedule permits.
I have converted my website to one that I hope will provide assistance to both officiants and their clients alike. I remain available for writing, coaching, and mentoring. I will probably continue to add to the blog from time to time so do feel free to contact me with questions and suggestions.
I want to express my heartfelt and sincere gratitude to the 489 couples who have thus far trusted me with their wedding ceremonies. It truly has been an amazing honor!
Here are the names of some officiants, alphabetical order by company name, who serve Brevard County and Central Florida.
Shannon Perez: Florida Beachside Weddings
Dona Grigsby: Love is a Beach Wedding
Renee Silverman: A Lovely Ceremony
Rev. John Bennett: New Path Ceremonies
Teresa Dyer: North Brevard Bridal Services
Many happy returns!
May they always be the best of friends and their love for one another deepen over the years.
A friend recently asked why I have officiated weddings for so many years since it takes time away from enjoying a lazy weekend. This email I received from one of my brides may help her understand.
I want to thank you for performing the center of our wedding! You were so professional yet completely personable! I knew from our first conversation that I wanted you to marry us. You were helpful and dependable! Plus, your blog and web site has great advice and tips. Our guests asked if I had known you for a while, and they were surprised to find out that we only knew each other from a distance. Thank you from the bottom of my very warm and happy heart. - BMB
That's why! (Though there is something to be said for lazy weekends too.)
I have to thank my husband, Jamie, for graciously agreeing to be my gopher and photographer. He took over 700 photos in the course of an hour, poured champagne, packed and unpacked boxes, and so many other things I probably wasn't even aware of at the time. All of the photos in this post were taken by him, except the portrait on the beach which I took while Jamie was preparing for the reception.
Bottom Left: Image Courtesy of Simply In Love Photography
Above Right: Image Courtesy of Matt Shumate Photography, Spokane, WA
Rev. Ann Fuller
The commentary on this blog is my own opinion developed over years of officiating a wide range of wedding sizes and styles. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have.