Chris and Rachel, photo by Stephanie Fink

Chris and Rachel, photo by Stephanie Fink

weddings

Jewish tradition teaches that when you stand together under the chuppah - the wedding canopy - you are standing at the very center of the universe. Whether your wedding will be a Jewish wedding, an interfaith wedding, or a secular or spiritual wedding rooted in your love for each other, at the moment you stand to make that commitment to each other, I believe you will be standing at the very center of the universe. 

Every wedding is unique.

First we need to meet each other, get to know each other a bit, and talk about the wedding you are looking for. That meeting is, of course, complementary.

Before you choose to hire me to officiate at your wedding, and before I agree to officiate, we will discuss the options I can offer, and the cost. My fees take into account my time commitment for planning, rehearsals, travel, the ceremony itself, and how much of the ceremony I am customizing for you. I also offer Premarital Coaching + Officiation Packages. 

If you are looking for a musician to sing or to bring music to your wedding, I am open to working with the musician of your choice and also have a few I can recommend.

 

One of my favorite things about Amy is her commitment to making sure that everyone is comfortable and feels respected. For us . . . that meant she had to do a lot of explaining. We spent time discussing values and making sure those values would be part of our ceremony and part of our marriage. We never felt pushed into anything when working with Amy; she is very patient and accepting. Most of our guests were not Jewish, however they felt very comfortable and welcome in our ceremony. We have been told repeatedly how much everyone loved our ceremony and how meaningful it felt. I believe that is because Amy helped us create a ceremony that really represented us.

Amy is one of the most delightfully enthusiastic people that I know and her energy is infectiously positive. I am so happy that she was with us on our important day.

Our premarital counseling with Amy was great. We really wanted to start our marriage off on the strongest possible foundation. . . . Some days we covered a lot and some days we got so into it that we only discussed one topic. Amy was able to gauge where we needed more time and attention so that nothing felt unfinished when we moved on to the next topic.

Prior to my own ceremony, I had only been to one Jewish wedding. I had learned of various aspects that comprised a Jewish ceremony, but [what I was most interested in was what] I wanted to include in my own wedding. For me, that meant [making] intentional choices:

Why did we choose to stand under a chuppah?
Why did we choose to circle each other, and to recite seven blessings?

The largest question for me was, “what does it mean to live a Jewish life?”

That is where Amy came in.
— Rachel Mach
I am not Jewish; I was raised without religion. My wife is, and we want to have a Jewish home and live a Jewish life together. For me that meant not only understanding what it means to be Jewish, but what it means for me, personally. Amy first got together with us months before the ceremony. She took the time to get to know us and how we want to live our life, and developed a learning plan around our desires. She created a guide for us as a couple that was specifically tailored to our uniqueness. We covered a wide variety of topics and life lessons that got my wife and I to explore the intricacies and difficulties of creating a Jewish household and raising a family together - All the while keeping what it means for us, personally, to live a Jewish life.

Amy not only guided us leading up to our wedding, she also co-officiated the ceremony. Having Amy get to know us over the months prior to the wedding meant not just having an officiant stand up with us, but having a close friend that has gotten to know us over the last year. She took the time to ask us what each blessing meant to us. All the words that were spoken at the ceremony and the blessings that were said were genuine and meant specifically for us together. Amy even incorporated the audience with a community blessing. Because a Jewish wedding isn’t just between a couple – it’s meant for the entire community.

The result was a Jewish wedding that was unique to us as a couple. Every detail was chosen with a specific purpose and reason in mind. Amy crafted a wedding, along with our help, that all our friends and family could enjoy. I feel confident in the choices that we made and the meaning behind them. And, even months later, my friends and family still come to me to remind me how much fun they had at the wedding. It was an event in which all our friends and family were involved. Thanks to Amy and her guidance, my wife and I had a memorable and personalized wedding for that the entire community got to enjoy. Beyond the ceremony, I feel confident in the decisions that we make going forward with an understanding of what it means to live a Jewish life together.
— Chris Mach
 
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