George and June

My heart and full.

This beautiful couple got married in my wedding space today. Their friends Larry and Mary were in attendance.

I often hear people say they give up on love. This beautiful couple is proof that if you wait for it, love will find you.

Congratulations, George and June Schultz!

Paul and Penny

Paul and Penny were married this past weekend in our wedding chapel. Family and friends were there to witness the nuptials. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Stoneking! It was a pleasure to officiate your wedding.

April and Kelley

I was overjoyed to marry Kelley and April in our wedding chapel recently! They were surrounded by family and friends and the service was beautiful.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Do you…?

My decision to become a wedding officiant was based solely on my marriage experience. My fiancé Johnny and I eloped. We drove to Columbus, OH and were married by a nice lady who dedicated the first floor of her home to weddings. It was beautiful, low-cost, and the stress of planning a wedding was virtually eliminated.

After the ceremony I told my husband I’d love to marry couples one day, not knowing if I was just thinking out loud or if it was something I’d actually do. A few months ago I thought I’d give it a try. I became an ordained minister; I became licensed to officiate weddings in West Virginia and Ohio; and I brought my husband on board to help when I needed to take pictures during the ceremony.

Mid-Ohio Valley Wedding Officiants was born.

Little did I know that my heart would become abundantly full in this new venture. I’ve been asked  so many questions about what I can do and don’t do. Many of these questions are covered on my FAQ page, but here are some of the typical questions many couples ask.

Do you officiate last-minute weddings?

I can and I have officiated ceremonies on a hour’s notice. If I am available, I can officiate your ceremony in my office, in my chapel, or at a location of your choice.

We’ve officiated weddings in homes, at parks, and at our studio located on the second floor of The Dils Center at 521 Market Street.

Can you officiate weddings over the phone?

No. I cannot legally officiate weddings over the phone.

I have been asked if I can marry a couple via telephone when one person is incarcerated and the other wants to marry him/her. The State of WV and The State of OH have confirmed that I cannot legally perform a ceremony unless both people are present.

Will you perform a same-sex ceremony?

Yes. I will and I have officiated a same-sex wedding ceremony. I support marriage equality.

Bring a government-issued I.D. (driver’s license, photo I.D., or passport) and your marriage license, and we’ll perform the ceremony in my office, my studio, or at a location of your choice.

Do you take pictures?

Yes! Mid-Ohio Valley Wedding Officiants is a division of Deb Lorentz Photography. My studio is across the hall from my wedding chapel. I can also take pictures on location. If you need a photographer and an officiant, my husband will officiate the ceremony while I take pictures. Pictures are considered an add-on service.

Here are some of the add-on services from which to choose:

  • Engagement Pictures
  • Bridal Boudoir
  • Groom Boudoir
  • Wedding Package

We want just the vows. Can you do that?

Yes. This is called the “Sign-and-Go” package. I eliminate everything but the “I do” portion of the ceremony. It’s quick and easy. I can sign the paperwork in my office or meet you at a location of your choice in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

You can see my services and rate here.

If you have questions, feel free to reach out to me. I’ll add a contact form soon. Until then, you can contact me at movwedding@gmail.com or via my Facebook page here .

3 Reasons to Renew Your Wedding Vows

Renewing your wedding vows is a beautiful way to say to your spouse, “I would marry you all over again.” It can be sentimental, romantic, or funny. What I appreciate about vow reaffirmation ceremonies is that the pressure is off so everyone can enjoy the commemoration.

I also love the idea of family and friends pitching in to host a vow reaffirmation party for a special couple. It allows children, grandchildren, extended family members, and friends to commemorate the couple’s enduring love and to create memories that will last a lifetime.

If you’ve been thinking of renewing your wedding vows or hosting a vow reaffirmation ceremony for your loved one, here are three reasons to do so.

1.) Couples reaffirm their marriage vows to celebrate the past and to look to the future.  

Taking a step back in time to remember why you fell in love is a great way to refresh your relationship. Married couples often get caught up the day-to-day tasks of getting through the day, the month, or the year and often lose focus on what they appreciate about their life partners. Vow renewals allow couples to slow down, remember why they fell in love, and to celebrate each other.

2.) Couples often renew their vows after they have worked through some rough patches in their marriage.

Regardless of whether it was a major illness, financial upheaval, or fractured trust, a marriage reaffirmation ceremony may be symbolic of surviving a crisis or healing old wounds. Some couples renew their wedding vows as a catalyst to reset their relationship and to renew their commitment to each other as they recover and move forward.

3.) Spouses celebrate anniversaries by renewing their marriage vows.

One of the most popular reasons people renew their marriage vows is to commemorate wedding anniversaries. In fact, many couples choose to reaffirm their marriage each year to celebrate another year. Others choose milestone anniversaries, such as the 5-, 25-, or 50-year mark to reaffirm their marriage vows.

Renewing your vows is a wonderful opportunity to reminisce about the past and look to the future. You can use scripted vows offered by the officiant or write your own. There are no rules.

Regardless of whether you choose a private ceremony between the two of you or want your friends and family to witness your vows, reaffirmation celebrations are a beautiful way to celebrate the strength of your marriage.

 

 

 

 

Donovan and Courtney

I had the pleasure of joining this beautiful couple in marriage this month.

As a wedding officiant, I get emotionally caught up in the moment at times. I came close to crying but held myself together long to pronounce Donovan and Courtney husband and wife. It was an emotional, beautiful wedding. I am blessed to do what I do.

Congratulations to the bride and groom!