Since 2004 it has been my joy to officiate at more than 500 wedding ceremonies… each a unique, personalized creation… mostly in the Charlottesville area but occasionally in other areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Washington DC (see gallery below). Each individual brings unique life experiences and each couple has a unique story of their own… finding the best ways to reflect that in their ceremony is a wonderful creative challenge. Helping couples celebrate their love and honor the people and things that are most important to them and to their families in their wedding ceremony is always a fascinating process… I have the best job anywhere!
In addition to my work as a Wedding Officiant I have also been writing the Charlottesville Wedding Blog since 2007; offering lovely small weddings and elopement packages through my Weekday Wedding Company; am a co-founder of the Community of Charlottesville Wedding & Event Professionals; and most recently launched a comprehensive local online resource for brides and grooms called One Sweet Wedding: Charlottesville.
A little background… having grown up in an interfaith (Christian and Jewish) but non-observant family in New York City I was free to explore every cultural and faith community I could find: Episcopal; Catholic; Hindu; Jewish; Buddhist; Quaker, and many more! I first became involved in a faith community at age 13 at one of the oldest Quaker meetings in the country. It was there that I took my very first Yoga class which eventually led me to Integral Yoga: a synthesis of many of the world’s great faith traditions, emphasizing that “Truth is One, Paths are Many.”
I received my undergraduate degree in 1981 in Cultural Anthropology and Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and although I loved my studies, found that I was more attracted to a heart-centered, practical approach than an academic one.
In 1999 I completed Life Coach training and soon afterward was blessed to find my way to One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, a 2-year program of study, in New York City, leading to ordination as an Interfaith Minister. Seminary curriculum provided a firm knowledge base in ancient and contemporary faith traditions and spiritual paths and their practices as well as ongoing experience of practical ministry. Through a workshop elective during Seminary I discovered the wonderful world of creating beautiful, heartfelt wedding ceremonies for couples from varied backgrounds and that set me on the path of doing the wonderful work I do now.
I have also trained and worked as a Chaplain at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center and just last year had a long wished-for opportunity to travel to South India.
I am blessed to be married to a wonderful man, Hariharan, have a 25 year old son, Justin, who is the joy of my life and 3 beautiful step-children: Deva, Asha and Jaishree. We also have 2 sweet old cats: Frank and Mr. Mouse and make our home in beautiful Charlottesville, VA