Your wedding is a momentous event in your life that should honor and celebrate your unique relationship. I firmly believe that a stranger at your ceremony should leave feeling like they know you and who you are as a couple. Using my background as a Spiritual Director, ritualist and event planner, I listen to the stories of your relationship for the moments of courage and the amazing ways that you live into the authenticity of your relationship.
I listen for the stories of bliss and the tales of disagreement that every couple experiences. I listen for the quiet moments when one knows what is right, for one’s own self or with our partners. I then weave these moments of a couples’ shared life into a customized wedding ceremony that represents and expresses the love they share.
Each of us long to be known and to be our truest self and we want to express our authenticity especially within the ceremony where we make sacred promises to one another. I am passionate about creating spaces where that desire for authentic expression can be realized. Whether using religious or secular language, the personalized wedding ceremonies I create help couples reflect to their assembled guests the personality of their relationship and the values they hold together. I hold a Masters of Arts degree in Theology. I have officiated weddings in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and California.
I look forward to turning your stories into an event that is truly yours.
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When we meet, I’ll ask you to tell me about your life - what brought you to each other, and what led the two of you to this adventure.
I look forward to hearing your story.
My education earned an MFA from NYU and a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, and I am certified to offer premarital counseling. I am also a certified yoga instructor, specializing in restorative healing to treat depression, anxiety and stress. I’ve spent much of my life working as an artist, activist and educator - and those passions deeply inform my approach as your wedding officiant. My personal spiritual journey includes decades of grateful recovery in the 12-step community, over a decade leading worship in a variety of faith settings, and several years leading classes and retreats.
I can offer you wisdom gleaned from all these paths I’ve traveled. My personal experience as a bride will inevitably bring insight, empathy, and lessons learned to our meetings. My history in the arts can help us design a ceremony that celebrates your love, reflects your authentic selves, inviting everyone present to participate in a meaningful, memorable way. My training as a spiritual leader can serve us as we collaborate to create serenity, joy and mindfulness in all we do.
I’d be honored to travel this path with you. In our time together we will probably laugh a lot, possibly weep a bit, and hopefully learn, grow, and deepen in countless ways. I look forward to all of it!
I am a spiritual humanist with an emphasis in comparative theology. I have had the great privilege of officiating for so many couples in unique and personalized ceremonies that brought together many different perspectives and traditions.
A large part of my interest in attending a deeply ecumenical seminary was my desire to create bridges between faith traditions and communities. I am especially interested in creating ceremonial language for those who choose to celebrate and express a sense of life, love, spirit and connection, but outside of a defined faith tradition.
One of the simplest, but perhaps most profound, discoveries that I made at seminary and certainly in life, is that the greatest common denominator between religions...and non religious but spiritual disciplines, is this: that some of the deepest and truest language of Spirit...is the language of Love. There are so many beautifully varied expressions of this language. For some people there are tangible metaphors found in the power of nature or in the vast universe that encompasses life, for others it lies within the relationships which surround them; some may speak in a humanist way, and others in a more spiritual manner,but all speak to the power of that which is celebrated in their love for one another...and for those, like yourselves, who are fortunate...in their wish to be married!
Congratulations! Your wedding approaches and I’d be honored to assist! I've officiated at dozens of weddings since 1995 and am privileged to share in the joy that weddings bring to couples and the communities they invite to the occasion. My personal spiritual journey ranges from professional leadership in a large denomination (1995 - 2011) to the simple joy of breathing in meditation, or a simple moment of appreciative observation for the curiosities, humor and other wonders of life. I am prepared to create with you a ceremony that reflects your values, be they religious, humanist, spiritual, secular, or any other expression of the loving foundation of marriage. I do not represent a specific denomination. My wedding officiant credentials are licensed in Minnesota. I look forward to meeting you!
Warmest congratulations! Ain’t Love Grand? My heart grins from ear to ear taking in the radiant glow of love stories. Essentially, that is what our first meeting will be. You telling me about your first meeting, first date, first kiss, first fight, first apology, first time meeting the family, first fishing trip, first Thanksgiving, first adventure, first uttering of those three weighty words ~ I. Love. You. Stories weaved together bringing you to where you are today, a veritable quilt of love wrapped around you that you can never imagine shedding. I take these romantic snapshots from our first meeting and write a personalized ceremony, a love letter, if you will, that captures your love and commitment to each other.
My name is Caroline. I am a writer, a dreamer, a poet, a believer in life and true love, a humorist with a big, kind heart and a constant, genuine smile. And I love Love. Weddings gather those who are closest to you in a unique, one of a kind celebration of head-over-heels love. Whether 400 guests or 4, you will return to your nuptials again and again as you remember one of the most important days in your life. I’ll help make certain that it is everything you wish for, and more.