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Your wedding... Your ceremony... Your way.
Hello, brides and grooms. Congratulations on what must be one of the happiest moments in your lives - your engagement! Now, let's talk about the next happy moment - your ceremony.
I'm Rev. Courtenay, and my staff and I specialize in crafting every single detail of your ceremony, just as you have dreamed it to be. I truly believe that each wedding ceremony should be a personal and intimate representation of each couples’ love for one another.
My ceremonies can range from traditional to eclectic, so any request made will be received with full attention to your needs and wishes. As a member and minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, my religious culture and belief system is non-dogmatic. That means I honor the individual spiritual journey of every single person, regardless of their religious background. This allows me to help all couples with an open, servant's heart, full of joy for you on your most special day, including those currently not practicing in any organized faith, or those still searching.
While I am based in Syracuse, New York, I most often serve Central and Western New York, Northern and Southern Tiers,
including Syracuse, Liverpool, Cicero, Clay, Fulton, Oswego, Watertown, Rome, Utica, Ithaca, Cortland, Binghamton,
Rochester, Corning, Buffalo, Niagara Falls and more.
However, I am licensed to perform weddings and other life cycle events in all 50 States as an ordained minister. If your wedding is out of state, don't be afraid to inquire about my services!
I am passionate about our beautiful world, and the fantastic people that make up our communities. Before receiving my Masters Degree in Divinity, I received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, with a minor in Western Theology at the State University of New York Albany campus and Columbia College. When not performing wedding ceremonies, baptisms, funerals, or counseling couples and families in preparation for these rites, I chaplain on call at our local hospitals.
As a minister and former bride, I completely understand how the wedding planning process works, and how to make the ceremony of your dreams. Contact me today to schedule your consultation, as dates for 2020 and 2021 are filling up quickly!
I take any and all requests with a completely open mind, whether it is customized vows, various types of unity ceremonies, or religious traditions. This can include spiritual unions, secular and agnostic weddings, single-religion and interfaith ceremonies, LGBT weddings, elopements, non-traditional families and vow renewals. I also offer my services for rehearsals and pre-marital counseling, should you like it.
I am fluent in English, French, and Italian. In over a decade of ministering, I have officiated weddings for couples of various religious affiliations including Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, earth-based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Taoist, Unitarian, and non-denominational Christian, as well as those that are more spiritual, or non-religious.
Besides acting as a wedding officiant, the team at Firenze Wedding Ministries can also help as day-of coordination for your wedding. This service is offered by staff member Courtney Galloway, P.A. Fee schedules are discussed upon request for day-of coordination.
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Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling, Bilingual
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Taoist, Unitarian
Less than 30 mins., 30-60 mins.
AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY
English, French, Italian