Naturally and Totally Unscripted

Last week’s wedding was a blast. It was one of those where I just had to let happen what was happening. I make a deliberate effort to keep ceremonies focused on the bride and groom and to adjust, slowing down or speeding up or adlibbing my words to fit the genuine spontaneity of their emotions…. Read more »

Life Isn’t a Rehearsal

Following up on Kinsman’s article, “Don’t waste money on your wedding,” I recommend another in New York Magazine: “What They Would Have Done Differently”. One hundred recent brides looked back on the best and worst of their wedding. 84% did not use a wedding planner. 73% (of those who paid for their own wedding) paid… Read more »

More aah… less meh

Kat Kinsman, CNN, wrote a great article last September called “Don’t waste money on your wedding!” It’s still worth reading. Once-in-a-lifetime festivities easily stir us into a frenzy because we can always imagine more ways of celebrating (thanks! Pinterest). And people suggest great (usually expensive or time-consuming) ideas: isn’t it easy to be enthusiastic when… Read more »

So Very Vegas!

Back on the ground! The airline used a small jet, reminding me of private and commuter planes. It had overhead bins but these, in their words, were “for nothing bigger than a shoebox”. Nevertheless we’re safely back in this oh-so-Vegas place. I remember when my sister lived here and I would pass through monthly between… Read more »

Wedding at the Winery

This week’s wedding brought me special joy. The wedding couple was fantastic, plus my daughter was the Matron of Honor and my Son-in-Law such an important part of the festivities. The bride, calm and deliberate throughout the planning, bubbled over during her vows and throughout the reception. One custom suggestion I had given the bride… Read more »

Hanging By A Thread

A lot has been said about Megan Dalla-Camina’s book “Getting Real About Having It All” released last year in Australia and now here. She surveyed 1,000 American women professionals about their well-being and reports a great deal of dissatisfaction. Gena Kaufman points out in Glamor that Dalla-Camina researched Australian men and found their responses nearly… Read more »

A Moment to Breathe

Cleaning up at the office and preparing to leave for Seattle, I ran across this: “Just dropping in to say thank you again for presiding over our wedding ceremony. It really was my favorite part of the day! Everything else seemed so hectic, fast and blurry when I recall it. The ceremony stuck out as… Read more »

Irrepressible Joy

Fun wedding yesterday. The bride burst into laughter several times. The groom’s palms were sweating so much that he tried to shake water from them – with no self-consciousness at all! Everyone felt their love. I remember, a long time ago, riding my horse into a meadow we had never been in together. Suddenly the… Read more »

Makings of a Great Day

Breakfast with the guys this morning. Great time. Baccalaureate this evening. Fantastic musicians, vocalists, and speakers. Outstanding graduates. Lots of good people and work between this morning and evening. I’ve been blessed with so many wonderful moments that they overwhelm my recall. Yet throughout these, only my wife and kids make memories meaningful. I will… Read more »

Off To the Two of Us

It seems like I’ve been off the website for a lot longer than it’s been, but I certainly don’t regret my absence. My wife and I enjoyed a “staycation” in one of the better timeshare resorts here in Las Vegas. It was our anniversary and I tried to skip all but my essential work in… Read more »