How I came to Officiating
When my dear friends asked me to marry them I felt moved and honored by the opportunity but I had no idea that I would fall in love with officiating weddings. The process of officiating brings together all of my great loves: working with people; creating intentional and devotional space; and the necessary theatrical skills required to invite an audience into the experience of the sacred commitment between two people.
Planning a wedding can require an enormous amount of energy, time, and money. It can feel stressful because the couple may need to negotiate many different people's expectations throughout the planning of the event. However, your ceremony is at the heart of this event, and the commitment you make to devote time to sit with your intended can create space to reflect on your relationship, your commitment, and to the feelings and thoughts that are emerging as you move closer to your special day.
My intention is to hold space for the two of you as you articulate your vision for your ceremony and to help guide you through an intentional process as you share your dreams, hopes, and fears with one another.
Creating the Ceremony
Each couple's wedding vision is unique and we will work together to write a ceremony that embodies who you are as a couple. I will offer my guidance to help you write your own vows, select readings or music, and to honor your respective cultural and family backgrounds.
"Jordan was so much more than our celebrant. She held space for us to find our way through the stresses and joys of creating our ceremony together with such wisdom and grace. My partner and I had never openly discussed the intimacies of our relationship with anyone and I can't imagine a more generous, supportive, creative guide than Jordan. Her warm presence and command of speech made for a ceremony more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. Jordan made our special day, perfect. We wish we could do it all again!"
~ Lindsay Walker Clark and Jacob Slominski, Brooklyn, NY (wedding held in Ramona, California)
"Out of all the things I did to prep for my wedding, working with Jordan was by far the most influential!
It was important to me and my husband that our ceremony be very spiritual yet non-religious. We wanted our ceremony to be lighthearted, fun, yet meaningful, with careful thought and intention behind what we wanted to say to each other. And we weren't sure how to create that!
After witnessing Jordan officiate a friend's wedding, I knew for sure that she was the one to help us process this transition in our lives and help us form our ceremony.
In our premarital sessions she helped us share our experiences leading up to the wedding, highlight our love story, and express important qualities we see in one another. She included our officiant in this process and, because he was a first time officiant, she had additional sessions with him to help guide him with public speaking, presentation, and how to best support us during the ceremony.
Our ceremony was absolutely MAGICAL and deeply meaningful to us. There were laughs, tears, and most of all we felt grounded and fully present with one another. My husband and I both feel it was our favorite moment of all our wedding festivities! We feel a deep gratitude to Jordan for helping us navigate this. We're one of her #1 fans and highly recommend her! "
~Elyse Sparkes and Federico Castagnini, Brooklyn, NY (wedding held in Maine)