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Ministers and Photographers
Ceremonies to encompass all faiths to honor and celebrate your wedding day.
Your ceremony should celebrate your traditions and rituals that have deep meaning for you. Rev. Rieley can customize the words that will express all those feelings you want to express for all of the following:
Some couples choose to create a service that is more spiritual than religious. Writing your own vows can be a daunting task and I can give you direction so you’ll be able to come up with something touching and heartfelt.
Whatever your dreams and desires, I would love the opportunity to work with you and make sure that your wedding is an event to remember all your life.
I would like to meet face-to-face with the couples I will be working with, however, if that is not possible then we can meet by Face Time, Skype or conference call. We discuss your ideas, what ceremonies you want to include–unity candle? Sand ceremony? Handfasting? Lasso & coins? Jumping the broom? and your choice of readings and vows. With the information you give me, I will customize a ceremony for your approval.
If you have a rehearsal I will be there to make sure everyone knows what they are doing and if you have a wedding planner I will work with her (or him), too.
After your wedding, I will sign your marriage license and send it back to the circuit court from which they were issued, per the court’s requirements.
I can tell you how to get your marriage license and give the bride the information needed to get her name changed.
Elopements are usually small, intimate weddings which include the couple, the officiant and sometimes a few close friends and family members. No rehearsal is needed and elopements have the advantage that not much space is needed. In fact, almost any lovely spot will do. I have officiated an elopement at parks, living rooms, backyards, on a beach, on the Riverwalk, and at Guest Houses and Hotels, generally with a warm and friendly ambiance as a backdrop. Of course, elopements are not as expensive as weddings–a definite plus if you are on a budget.
I am also a photographer and bring my camera to all my elopement ceremonies. You will be able to purchase a CD of all the photos taken, with the right to reprint, for a nominal fee.
Your wedding day is one of the most deeply personal times in your life. It should express who you are as individuals, as a couple, and the life you are creating together.
Most weddings are public because we know that in order to build a life of love, we must have our community that includes your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. With a wedding you gather those you care about, calling on them to share in your joy, to promise their support through good times & bad, and to be witnesses to the world of the love that you have found in your partnership.
Your ceremony is profoundly sacred, whether you are religious or not, it will deeply affect you. Whatever language you use to express your faith or feelings that show that you are not alone, but now have a life partner to go thru life with. No matter what that brings as each day is a mystery, and as long as the two of you have each other to get thru whatever each day brings, then you will have a life that is filled with moments of joy, bliss, sadness and grief. But you will go thru them together every day.
My favorite compliment after officiating a wedding is that it was heartfelt and personal. My goal is that your wedding will reflect your partnership and that you are committing to being in this relationship.
So now that you know what marriage means to me and how I conduct the ceremony, let’s go over it.
After initial communication by e-mail and/or phone a face to face meeting is planned. When meeting in person is not possible because of geographic or time restraints, phone or Skype can be used for this initial, extended conversation. This is a very important meeting and in order for me, as your officiant to do a good job it is important that both the bride and groom participate if at all possible. Come to this meeting ready to share a bit about yourselves and to simply get to know me and have me you. There’s really nothing you need to prepare but it’s good to not be in a rush. I generally give an hour for the first meeting.
I will need you to fill out a Questionnaire which I will send to you thru email before we meet. If you have it filled out and ready for me to read then it will give us more time to focus on the details of your ceremony.
Once we’ve decided that we want to work together I will prepare a contract for everyone to sign. Which I will also send thru email. This protects all parties and clarifies our agreements. A signed contract and deposit book your date. The deposit is generally $100 and will be deducted from your total fee.
I will send you thru email several ceremony choices to choose from for the basic elements of your ceremony, then I will put the ceremony together with your own words. These ceremonies give you the ability to be intimately involved in the creation of your ceremony, especially in the language that is used and will allow you to choose from rituals that you might not otherwise be aware of.
Cultural and Religious elements
No matter your religious or cultural backgrounds, there are always ways to incorporate the elements that honor these traditions. If you have a specific request in this regard I am happy to work with you to find the very best ways of bringing these traditions (modified or traditional) into your ceremony
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