In order to reserve the date, we require a non-refundable deposit which is deducted from the total fee.
Our services include:
> An initial meeting, giving you the opportunity to meet with us face-to-face.
> We are available for continuing consultation up to and including the day of your wedding.
> On the day of the ceremony we arrive 30 minutes before start time to go over last minutes details with you.
> If needed we can assist you with details such as the processional, seating of parents etc.
*We also accept weddings from the website 'A Beautiful Affair of the Heart'. When going through that national referral service, their posted rates apply, which is typically $375.
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Samples From a Beyond Illusion Wedding
The Foundation of Marriage
This passage (as well as other options) works well in the beginning of your ceremony
Today the two of you have come to the fulfillment of a momentous decision. And that is what love truly is: not merely an emotion or an infatuation, but a decision to look deep within another’s heart, and bond with that person, knowing that your partner’s strengths will make up for your weaknesses and the other’s weaknesses will be complemented by your strengths. Whether your eyes met across a crowded room and you felt that indescribable spark or you’ve known each other for years and been friends, at some point the two of you made the deliberate decision that what you had wasn’t fleeting, wasn’t ephemeral, but was the foundation of something long-lasting: a lifetime of love and companionship. I’m sure that your decision was not made lightly, and I rejoice with you as you announce and proclaim to your friends and family your decision to love and commit to each other for a lifetime.
The "Hands" Ceremony
This is the perfect transition into your vows and ring exchange
Otto and Helga, Please face each other and take each other’s hands, so that you may see the gift that they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
The following poems serve as great endings to your ceremony, just before "I now pronounce you husband & wife"
The Apache Wedding Blessing
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life together. And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship - as they threaten all relationships at one time or another - remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives - remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
The Irish Wedding Blessing
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon the fields.
May the light of friendship guide your paths together.
May the laughter of children grace the halls of your home.
May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips, a twinkle from your eye.
And when eternity beckons,
at the end of a life heaped high with love,
May the good Lord embrace you
with the arms that have nurtured you
the whole length of your joy-filled days.
Kate & Jeff's wedding June 16, 2012
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you so much for the wonderful ceremony that you helped us create. Our wedding was beautiful, and the ceremony couldn't have been more perfect.
I appreciate that although we were planning the wedding from afar, you took the time to get to know our needs and wants as couple. The process was simple, and I liked the many options that we were given for wording and order of ceremony.
The most important and meaningful part of our ceremony was the inclusion of our children. You helped make our wedding truly reflective of the importance of our family. The ceremony between my husband and my oldest child was especially meaningful. The option of including him in his own part of the ceremony brought our relationships full circle. It was more than a wedding...it was truly the joing of a family.
Our wedding was a true reflection on what matters to us, and I thank you for making our day so special.
Rev. Thomas Joyce officiated our wedding for us and we couldn't be happier with our wedding ceremony. We met with him and his wife Susie (also an officiant!) in person at their home to discuss our wedding ceremony in detail, and they are both wonderful, friendly, down to earth people. While we didn't want a lengthy wedding ceremony, we wanted something a bit more personal than just the traditional service a justice of the peace could provide. We worked with Tom to choose every detail, including the readings, vows, and the order everything was done. He did a great job covering everything during the rehearsal in great detail--he made sure that everyone was on the same page and that we were completely happy and comfortable with the plans. Our ceremony went off without a hitch, and our family and friends are still commenting on how beautiful it was :)
Gail and Tony's Wedding
Andrea and Kyle 's Wedding
Matt and Amanda 's Wedding
Ana M. Chavez, MSA student
University of Phoenix
317 Sarah Lane
Portland, TN 37148
Subject: Letter of Referendum
To Whom It May Concern:
Rev. Susie Joyce officiated my wedding on February 28, 2009. Through A Beautiful Affair of the Heart Group, I was introduced to Rev. Susie Joyce. When I first contacted her, I felt at ease talking to her over the phone. Though I was overwhelmed and have lined up questions regarding the wedding ceremony process, Susie was able to answer all my questions diligently and patiently. She understood all my concerns and listened carefully to my expectations. In creating the program, Susie assisted in finalizing the wedding ceremony draft, adding important part and deleting parts that are not necessary. Susie’s willingness to offer suggestions and advised when I was confused has helped tremendously not only in the making of the ceremony but also in the success of the rehearsal day and the wedding day. Not having a wedding planner, Susie contributed helping us with the line up during wedding rehearsal and shows us how we would come in and explain the timing of our entrance.On wedding day, Susie was there on time. Her performance officiating our wedding was memorable. She was able to deliver the message clear and audible. I felt her emotion during the ceremony making our day memorable. The service she provided for us has been extraordinary that I am writing this letter of recommendation as a thank you for making our wedding ceremony not only a success story but the most memorable one.For those that are looking to hiring an officiant, based on Susie’s experience and expertise, her professionalism and her willingness to work above and beyond, I highly recommend Rev. Susie Joyce to officiate your special day. I know I could not have done it without her.Mrs. Ana M. Peery
Referral letter from a wedding performed by Susie
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