A Beautiful Ceremony NW
A Portland area native, I started out as a musician – another profession that is known for bringing people together to celebrate! My experience making music on stage helped me develop my instinct for communicating with people heart to heart. Years of staging performances also laid the foundation for my understanding of how ritual and ceremony can bring people together in a deeply shared, vibrant experience.
My friends know me as a great listener who loves to play the role of host. With my knack for bringing people together and my stage presence, it occurred to my daughter that I would be the right person to conduct her best friend’s wedding ceremony. I studied the steps required to be a qualified wedding officiant, and in 1996 I became ordained through the Universal Life Church, where ministers come from all walks of life and spiritual traditions, united by their belief in religious freedom. One beautiful summer day, I conducted my first wedding ceremony in a beautiful park on the banks of the Columbia River, my proud daughter the beaming maid of honor.