Entries by Barbara Parker

Family Vows

A and E had a vision – exchanging their promises of marriage alone on top of a mountain, just the two them. In the end, there were a few of us, but they had their moment all alone to exchange words of love to each other. They also had a moment to make their promises […]

After the Ceremony; the Fine Print

The ink is dry on the marriage licence, the dress is packed away, one or two of those fabulous photos have been framed, and is in a place of honour in your home. You are still basking in the glow of happy memories, the day those you love came together to help you celebrate what […]

When the Heart Breaks

Sometimes I get a difficult email or phone call. The bride, or groom lets me know the wedding is off, has been cancelled, and won’t be happening at all.  I can tell what a difficult phone call or email that is to make. I don’t often hear the details of what happened, or why, but […]

Vows, the Heart of the Wedding Ceremony

The marriage vows are truly the heart of any marriage ceremony. They are the high point, the climax of the dramatic arc that is the story of the ceremony. The couples I work with come to the vow section in many different ways. Some are very clear from the start – they want to write […]

Hearts Come in All Sizes

On one of the last glorious fall weekends of 2014, I spent the day in my front yard, picking rocks. Since July 1st, our yard had been torn up, and it took us most of an busy summer to level it by hand and prepare it for remodeling.  On that fall day, as I bent […]

Remembering our Passed

Last year, we were in Patzcuaro, Mexico, for Dia de los Meurtos, Day of the Dead. Five friends, traveling together,  very spontaneously created an altar in our rented house, and sat around talking about our own dead: mothers, fathers, grandchildren. It was a moving experience. So this year, I felt drawn to making another, at home. […]