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Rebekah increases the happiness for brides and grooms!

We want to acknowledge a wonderful addition to our officiant team, Rebekah! She had her beginnings in the wedding industry in Columbus, OH, almost 6 years ago, and she has been amazing.

Wedding Officiant, Rebekah King, near Columbus Ohio at Rockmill Brewery in LancasterWedding Officiant, Rebekah King, with happy couple, Missy and Ryan, at Rockmill Brewery near Columbus, Ohio, in Lancaster!Rebekah is a joy to know and work with and has conducted wedding ceremonies for almost 2 years. Brides and groom love her friendly, upbeat style, and her genuine heart that cares so deeply for each and every bride, groom, and person. She has a fantastic speaking voice and delivers each ceremony with energy, joy, and love! We are so glad to have Rebekah as part of our team of professional officiants! Thanks Rebekah for being a part of creating happiness for the important work we do!

The image in this entry was taken at Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster Ohio. The happy bride and groom are Missy and Ryan. Here are some nice words that the bride, Missy, sent after her wedding, "We have received numerous compliments about the ceremony already.  Your energy and enthusiasm really impressed all in attendance.  Thank you again for all of your help, and for making the ceremony special.  Everything went so smoothly!  We will definitely recommend you to friends and family in the future." Thanks, Missy & Ryan!

Missy's friend, Kari, took this photo and did not desire to have it credited because she works out of town! Thanks for the photo Kari!

Lauren & Derek! Grange Audubon Wedding

In Columbus, Ohio, there are many wedding venues from which to choose! As the officiant for Lauren and Derek I was happy to solemnize their marriage at the Grange Audubon Center. The two marriage readings they chose were, "These I Can Promise" by Mark Twain, and "I Carry Your Heart with Me" by E.E. Cummings.   In this photo below I stop in to see how the bride, Lauren, is feeling.

Hello happy bride! Wedding Officiant Damian King with Lauren in Columbus, OhioWedding Officiant, Damian King, meets with bride, Lauren, in Columbus Ohio, at the Grange Audubon Center Here she looks over my tie selection and finds one she likes! So...see next photo....

Bride compares officiant tie choices at her wedding in Columbus OhioBride chooses tie for her wedding in Columbus as officiant, Damian King, reviews the possibilities with her!...I wear it for her!

Indoor wedding ceremony in Columbus, OH. Damian King officiantBride, Lauren, and groom, Derek, with wedding officiant, Damian King in Columbus, Ohio at Grange Audubon Center.There was a great deal of warmth, and there were many smiles and laughter.

Wedding officiant with bride and groom in Columbus at Grange Audubon CenterWedding venue, Grange Audubon Center, in Columbus Ohio. Dan Buckley, Photographer. Damian King, officiant.Dan Buckley photographs Damian King, wedding officiant, in Columbus OhioDamian King officiant, enjoying upbeat, happy wedding ceremony with Lauren and Derek - Audubon Center, Columbus OHHere is the reading they chose by Mark Twain, "These I Can Promise". ""I cannot promise you a life of sunshine; I cannot promise you riches, wealth or gold; I cannot promise you an easy pathway that leads away from change or growing old. But I can promise all my heart's devotion; A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow. A love that's true and ever growing; A hand to hold in your's through each tomorrow."

Photographer, Dan Buckley, captures officiant, bride, and groom in Columbus, OhioBride and groom with wedding officiant in Columbus, Ohio, at Audubon CenterAnd this is their reading, "I Carry Your Heart with Me", by E.E. Cummings:

"i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) ...it continues...

Wedding officiant, Damian King of United Marriage Services Columbus OhioWedding Officiant, Damian King, reflects on an important moment during Lauren & Derek's ceremony in Columbus, Ohio

i fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)"

Here the groom, Derek, receives his bride's ring.

wedding ring placed by officiant in groom's hand in Columbus OhioGroom receives bride's wedding ring from officiant, Damian King, in Columbus, Ohio

Now the bride begins to place her groom's ring on his hand, sealing their promise on this very special day!

bride places wedding ring on groom's hand as officiant looks on in ColumbusLauren happily places wedding ring on Derek's hand as they exchange vows at venue, Grange Audubon Center, Columbus, OHA farewell greeting with Derek's father is exchanged. I have just completed an awesome time, as this happy bride and groom step into their future as husband and wife!

Dan Buckley Photography of Columbus captures wedding officiant shaking hands with Derek's fatherWedding congratulations in order! Officiant, Damian King, exchanges greetings with groom's father in Columbus, OH The artistic images in this entry are courtesy of Dan Buckley of Dan Buckley Photography. You can view more of Dan's fine professional work by visiting the link to his website provided. Dan's phone number and email address are 614-288-4427 and dan@danbuckleyphotography.com.

Sarah Selhorst of Mass Appeal Catering (now Bosc and Brie) did a fantastic job, as always!

Thanks for visiting our website! I so enjoy serving as the wedding officiant for brides and grooms in Greater Columbus and throughout Central Ohio.

Joelle & Jacob at the Vault!

I was the officiant for another fun wedding at the Vault in Columbus Ohio! This indoor ceremony for Joelle and Jacob was filled with joy and meaning. A few words that I was privileged to share are listed below this photograph!

Wedding Officiant in Columbus Ohio, at the Vault, Damian KingDamian King is the wedding officiant in Columbus, Ohio, at the Vault for Joelle and Jacob's celebration!"A relationship grew stronger by the aid of their friends. And blossomed into love, by the support of their families. And that’s when Jacob realized, it wasn’t really fate that brought them together.  It’s been said, that fate is nothing more than the crossing of preparation and opportunity. The day that Joelle met Jacob was the opportunity.  But they had been in preparation for that opportunity their entire lives.  A preparation that came from everyone in this room.  Parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues."

They also conducted their own Sand Ceremony! Here is the wording they used - "Joelle and Jacob, today you join your separate lives together. The two separate bottles of sand symbolize your separate lives, separate families and separate sets of friends. They represent who you are as an individual. They also represent your lives before today. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one." 

(Sand is poured here) "Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be."

Their sand ceremony was then followed by a special ceremony for their parents! Roses were presented as these words were spoken... 

"This wedding celebration is a joining of two unique families who stood separate until today.  Today we unite these families by the marriage of Joelle and Jacob.  Now as an extension of their love for each other Joelle and Jacob will present a rose to their parents.  They would also like to acknowledge the love and sacrifice that each parent has made to make their children who they are today. The giving of this rose is a symbol of honor, love and gratitude. It says, we value you mom & dad, today and always. Thank you for all you have done. We will always be grateful."

It was a very special day and their family and friends were so glad to be part of such a time of celebration with the ones they love.

The artistic images in this entry are courtesy of Dan Buckley of Dan Buckley Photography. You can view more of Dan's fine professional work by visiting the link to his website provided. Dan's phone number and email address are 614-288-4427 and dan@danbuckleyphotography.com.

Thanks for visiting my website today!

Katie & Mark at The Columbus Athenaeum!

The Columbus Athenaeum in Ohio, is one of my favorite venues to serve as the wedding officiant for brides and grooms like Katie and Mark. The staff at this venue are very organized and punctual, and this can be very helpful as so much of a wedding is on a timeline! Ann Clark does a fantastic job and she was their wedding coordinator that day. In this first photo, Katie and Mark are having a great time together as they stand outdoors in downtown Columbus.

wedding in Columbus Ohio at Athenaeum. Officiant was Damian KingMark & Katie celebrate their marriage outdoors at the Columbus Athenaeum in Ohio.Here this beautiful couple and I enjoy a pose together. Katie chose an awesome bouquet. Let's take a closer look...

Officiant Damian King in Columbus Ohio for wedding of Katie & Mark at AthenaeumKatie & Mark's formal pose with wedding officiant, Damian King in Columbus, Ohio A great deal of detail went into crafting the arrangement for this bouquet so that appears much like a work of art!

wedding bouquet for Katie, bride,in Columbus OhioThis wedding bouquet is a work of art!Here I check in with the bride and offer a few words of encouragement to Katie. She felt very ready to begin! Mark and Katie have waited a long time for this day and want to celebrate!

wedding officiant checks in with bride at the Columbus AthenaeumKatie is ready to be married. Wedding officiant, Damian King, checks in with bride before her ceremony in Columbus Ohio.One of my favorite parts of any wedding ceremony for me is when the words, "You may kiss the bride!", are spoken. And Mark truly kisses his bride! The guests were cheering and I was over to the side enjoying the reaction of all those in attendance.

Groom, Mark kisses bride, Katie, at wedding in Columbus OHYou may kiss the bride! Groom, Mark, takes those words seriously. A very happy couple!Another great photo with the bride and groom with their bridesmaids and groomsmen in downtown Columbus.

Wedding dip in Columbus OH. David's Bridal supplied dressWedding Dip! Katie & Mark relish in a fun moment with their bridal party in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.Here Katie and Mark again enjoy each other's company, as they celebrate their future as husband and wife with all the possibilities and the promise it holds.

Bride & groom, Katie & Mark, outdoors at their wedding in Columbus OHBride & groom in the moment - "I am captivated by your love."All the photographs in this entry display the fine artistic talent of Bobbie DeBrito of Photography by Bobbie DeBrito. You can find out more about Bobbie's work by following the link provided. You can also call or email her at 937-716-4378 and bobbie@photographybybobbiedebrito.com to see if she is available for your wedding.

Katie & Mark used Master Mix DJ for their music and *Rachel's Cakes* for their wedding cake. Katie's beautiful dress was by David's Bridal.

I wish this beautiful couple all the best in the years to come! I was happy to serve as their officiant on their wedding day in Columbus Ohio!

Lisa & Bill - Elegance & Style

Joy and excitement fill the air! The lovely bride makes her walk. Just by the expression on her face you can sense the depth of feeling she has for her groom. It was a real pleasure being the wedding officiant for Lisa & Bill. This is the moment she has been waiting for, and now it's here. Being of part of this experience brings joy to me, and so often I feel so honored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the steps of the rich staircase at Whispering Winds Manor in Crestline , Ohio, I solemnize their marriage with joy and a sense of wonder. This day is like no other for them, and therefore like no other for me. Each wedding is different and unique, almost like a fingerprint.

Here they enjoy their sand cermony. If you look through the empty vase you can see the tasteful blend of red and white sand, layering inside their center vase, the vase they will keep in their home to remember that they are no longer two, but one in marriage.