YOU ARE GETTING MARRIED? HOW WONDERFUL!

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 WOULD LIKE ASSISTANCE FINDING VENDORS WHO BELIEVE IN MARRIAGE EQUALITY, I WOULD LOVE TO HELP!


 Ellie and Brooks

Ellie and Brooks

I knew I wanted to incorporate Judaism into my wedding, but my husband-to-be wasn’t Jewish and I wanted the ceremony to reflect us both.  Amy helped us to pick out some Jewish customs that felt representative of us as a couple, and then did a wonderful job incorporating them into our wedding ceremony.  I went into the wedding planning process feeling nervous about the ceremony, and it ended up being my favorite part, in large part thanks to Amy! 
— Ellie Kahn Autry
 Chris and Rachel, photo by Stephanie Fink

Chris and Rachel, photo by Stephanie Fink

Amy is one of the most delightfully enthusiastic people that I know and her energy is infectiously positive. 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? 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 have been told repeatedly how much everyone loved our ceremony and how meaningful and inclusive it felt.
— Rachel Mach
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. 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. Months later, my friends and family still come to me to remind me how much fun they had at the wedding.
— Chris Mach
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Heather and Oliver Hennig's Ketubah signing!

Oliver is from Germany and Heather from Saint Paul, Minnesota. They met in high school when Oliver was an exchange student and their relationship grew through college, Heather becoming a nurse here in the U.S., and Oliver becoming an Engineer in Germany until Oliver finally moved to the States so they could be together. Their beautiful ketubah made by Ginny Reel of Ketubah Arts, is written in Hebrew, English, and German. I incorporated all three languages into their ketubah signing ceremony. 

 Blessings under the  chuppah  (wedding canopy) .  Photos by Allie with  Heartwild Photography

Blessings under the chuppah (wedding canopy).
Photos by Allie with Heartwild Photography

Amy Ariel is the best officiant and wedding counselor we could have ever had! She was so in tune with us as a couple, focusing on our needs and what counseling would best help our relationship instead of giving us cookie cutter counseling. On top of that, she spent hours working with us to design a ceremony that was completely unique to the two of us and meaningful in every aspect of the ceremony. My groom is not Jewish and I (the bride) am Jewish, so we wanted to create a ceremony that had all of the meaning of a Jewish ceremony without the Hebrew and overt traditions that made my groom uncomfortable. On top of that, Amy took Jewish traditions and morphed them into meaningful elements for us; for instance, we don’t say the kiddish together on Friday nights, but we always make a challah and say Motzi. So instead of a Kiddish, Amy suggested having a close family friend or relative make us a challah that we blessed and passed around during the ceremony instead - genius! She was also instrumental in our chuppah being meaningful to us (built by both of our parents instead of rented) and incorporated quotes and sayings throughout the ceremony from our favorite books that we read together (another special tradition of ours). We are so very, very glad that she could be our premarital counselor and officiant!
— Sarah Lund
 Amy Josefa Ariel, Officiant and Sue Lund, Mother of the Bride (and professional photographer!)

Amy Josefa Ariel, Officiant and Sue Lund, Mother of the Bride (and professional photographer!)

The ceremony itself, written both by Amy and her co-officiant [Sarah’s brother Jeremy] - was chock full of memorable, unique, personal and meaningful moments. Every detail was so well thought out, planned and executed. Amy orchestrated the ceremony to fit the hopes and dreams and personal preferences of the couple. Amy had everyone under the chuppah who had just done a personal blessing to the bride and groom, say a blessing over the bread together, in Hebrew. Since many of the family was not Jewish, she had them repeat the words line-by-line- so everyone could both say the words and follow along. And, of course, we also said the English translation.
As my Mother-in-law - who is not Jewish - said, it was the most inclusive ceremony she had ever seen. And that’s saying a lot for a 90 year old woman! 
The ceremony brought the community together and the words spoken by Amy and Jeremy encouraged the couple to keep building this community. Instead of doing the traditional seven blessings that are sung in Hebrew, Amy suggested to the wedding couple that they pick seven special people to SAY a blessing to the bride and groom. Amy printed up all the blessings, and even provided a copy of the entire service to those hard of hearing so that they could follow along during the ceremony.
Amy’s thoughtfulness, incorporation of the wishes and desires of the bride and groom, attention to every detail and inclusive manner shined through that chuppah, the ceremony and into our community. Amy made everyone feel welcome and included in our ceremony and in the lives of the wedding couple. Here, now and forever more.
— Sue Lund, Mother-of-the-Bride
 
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