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Marriage Is…

A beautiful opportunity to Embrace the Other.
A daily prayer and practice of gratitude, patience, kindness
When we See the Other
And meet the moments of fear with love
When we choose to sow love
We see that the Other is truly the Self
And by Seeing the Other
By Loving the Other
We love and heal the Self
And we are instruments of Her peace

OM Shanti ~ Namaste
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There are many types of rituals, most of which deal with transition (changes that have happened, are happening, or may happen). It’s an important part of life and community to honor and be present with our life transitions, whether they are small or large, trivial or significant. Rituals can be categorized into the following types:

Birth/Rebirth - birth of a child, starting a new job or business, moving into a new home, entering puberty, becoming a grandparent, etc.
Keywords: Beginnings, purification, cleansing, initiation, origin

Merging - marriage, getting a roommate, business mergers, etc.
Keywords: Balance, heart, unity, relatedness, connection

Cycles - birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, seasons, etc.
Keywords: Cyclical (wheel of life), celebration, seasonal, movement, deepening

Death - physical death, divorce, leaving a job, completing a project, etc.
Keywords: Endings, releasing, finishing, completion, liberation

Healing - for any kind of imbalance, whether it’s in the body, mind, heart or spirit; and can be for the self, another person, a relationship, a group, the planet as a whole, etc.
Keywords: Wholeness, unity, balance, manifestation, embodiment, health

To this I would add a sixth category:

Personal Awakening - anything that one does daily or regularly to bring structure, comfort, spiritual growth and development, join with community, etc. To connect personally to something larger than yourself, whether that means mind-body yoking through a yoga or Zen meditation practice; connecting with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the liturgy; or simply the act of making your coffee while your body wakes up and prepares for the coming day.

All rituals speak to connectedness, which, as we learned, is the essential purpose of any ritual. Thus, many of these types of rituals (and their keywords) overlap and combine.

(Some info adapted from The Art of Ritual, Renée Beck and Sydney Barbara Merick)

#priestess_minister
#ritual
#ceremonies
#sacredstory
#connection
#transformation
#instrumentofpeace
#sowlove
#travelingweddingplanner
#travelingofficiant
#theenergist
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Happy one year anniversary (plus one day) to Jesse and Alex! What an honor it was to plan and officiate their perfect, intimate Maine wedding. I still remember the gorgeous fall day, the love of their families surrounding us in the ceremony circle, and the radiant joy that Jesse and Alex exuded. Wishing you two this same love and joy for years to come! ❤️
📷 Photo courtesy of Sarah Morrill Photography

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#wedding
#priestess-minister
#ritual
#ceremonies
#sacredstory
#connection
#circleofloveweddings
#sowlove
#travelingweddingplanner
#travelingofficiant
#tinywedding
#intimatewedding
#destinationwedding
#mainewedding
#fallwedding
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What Is Ritual?
Rite, Ceremony, Symbolic Act, Intention, Connection

A vital part of any ceremony or rite is ritual. A ceremony depends on ritual to imbue it with meaning. Rituals themselves are ceremonies, in that they “fit together” (the root of the word ritual) and honor the turning-point events of our lives, as well as our daily activities.

Ritual is metaphor. A ritual uses symbolic acts to remind us of a truth, or to embody a concept by engaging the senses and the imagination, to enable us to see beyond what’s literally occurring, and experience different levels of meaning.

For example, when a couple lights a unity candle during their wedding ceremony to symbolize the blending of two families, this is a symbolic act, and a ritual within the ceremony.

In its most basic sense, a ritual is any action that we do with intention - whether just once or many times - as opposed to a habit, which is done regularly but perhaps mindlessly. A ritual connects us to the present moment, enabling us to become mindful, and attentive only to what we’re doing at that moment.

For example, washing your hands could be a mindless habit. Or, you could decide that each time you do it, you’ll focus your attention and transform the act into a moment of gratitude for your hands, and everything they do for you and for others. The intention makes it a ritual. (Thanks to Rob Spencer for this idea!)

Ritual connects us to levels of consciousness beyond the physical. It’s a beautiful opportunity to practice the gift of co-creating with the Divine, manifesting the sacred in our daily lives.

(Some info adapted from The Art of Ritual, Renée Beck and Sydney Barbara Merick)

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#ritual
#ceremonies
#sacredstory
#connection
#transformation
#instrumentofpeace
#sowlove
#travelingweddingplanner
#travelingofficiant
#theenergist
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This weekend we in the Northern Hemisphere celebrated the Fall Equinox. In the wheel of the year, this is a time of balancing, where day and night are equal length, as we shift into the fall and winter seasons. It’s a time of harvesting seeds that were planted in the previous spring. It’s also a time of planting seeds that will burst forth in the following spring. In the dark half of the year, like Persephone, we go below and inward, we descend into the depths, we embrace the mystery of chaos. We look inside ourselves for the next steps, and we prepare to rest before new growth occurs.

This is exactly what is happening with me and with Circle of Love Weddings. As I enter my second year of seminary, training as an interfaith, interspiritual priestess-minister, Circle of Love Weddings is officially on sabbatical. I’m taking this time to study and travel, to enable me to focus on learning to create ceremonies and rituals, so Circle of Love Weddings can blossom into a new company with expanded offerings.

This year, I am open to taking on a limited number of wedding planning or coordination clients, as it fits with our travels. I am also very willing to officiate ceremonies of all kinds: weddings, baby blessings, memorial services, and any other ritual for any life transition or celebration.

In this space, I plan to share what I’m learning in seminary this year. I welcome questions and dialogue about weddings, ceremonies, ritual, ministering and the Divine.

I honor with gratitude all the people and the experiences that have converged to create this path of service that I am traveling.

I anticipate with joy our future work together. If I can be of service to anyone, please reach out.

Blessed Be and Namaste. I love you all.
xo, Daria

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Sending love to my past clients (you’re always in my heart!) as I am updating www.circleofloveweddings.com with recent weddings! Happy anniversary to Sarah and John, married 6/10/17 at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, now @thewhitleyhotel. Hugs and kisses to you both! Photo courtesy of @laurastonephoto #weddingphotographer #love
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#atlantaweddings
#travelingweddingplanner
#weddingguru

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In honor of #valentinesday, I’m sharing one of my all-time favorite wedding readings: I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg. Check out this hilarious, sweet little book about friendship and love. A quote: “I like you because when I tell you something special you know it’s special and you remember it a long long time. You say remember when you told me something special and both of us remember. When I think something is important you think it’s important too. We have good ideas.”
And my favorite part, from the end: “I would go on choosing you and you would go on choosing me over and over again. That’s how it would happen every time.”
#love #happyvalentinesday #joyfulunions #weddingreadings #weddingplanning #atlantaweddings #atlantaweddingplanner

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Happy Candlemas and Groundhog Day! Winter is turning toward spring, I’m seeing daffodils blooming (so early!) and on #throwbackthursday I’m thinking of this beautiful February wedding at @summerourstudio. In the dark of winter the space was suffused with candlelight - so beautiful! I loved Kristin’s handmade sign on her chair. Instead of the typical Mr. and Mrs. signs, they invited their guests to come and say hi. So sweet! Happy almost anniversary, @kristinmharris and Jeff!
#joyfulunions #beautifulcouple #chairsign #weddingplanning #atlantaweddings #atlantaweddingplanner #candlelight #tbt

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L.O.V.E. this seating chart idea (as seen in @martha_weddings): it’s a map of the night sky and each guest is seated at a table named after a constellation. I really want one of my brides to do this! Who’s in?
#joyfulunions #seatingchart #weddingplanning #atlantaweddings #atlantaweddingplanner #writteninthestars

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Tonight I am honored to be a part of A Night For Brides at @faithflowersatl. We’re going to showcase Laura and team’s gorgeous flowers, and I’m going to talk to the brides and moms about #hardtruths – Hard Truths About Wedding Planning. The five topics are Decision-Making, People Behaving Badly, Guest List, Budget and Emotional Issues. Looking forward to a fun event!
#joyfulunions #weddingtipsandtricks #weddingplanning #atlantaweddings #atlantaweddingplanner #staycalm

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