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Same Sex Marriage

Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. Marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations civil marriage enhances the “welfare of the community.” It is a “social institution of the highest importance.” Civil marriage is at one deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition. (Quote by Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall).

As a Rhode Islander, I am proud to acknowledge that as of August 1st, 2013, Rhode Island became the sixth and last New England state to recognize and legalize same-sex marriage.”Love-based marriage is a personal expression and I am here to help in every way to make your marriage ceremony completely reflective of your personalities and life style.

Rhode Island is a small state but it has the most amount of coastline surrounding it, which offers spectacular locations for wedding ceremonies to be held. Combined with Rhode Islands’ beauty, rich history and New England architecture, this state offers a wonderful opportunity for elopements and destination weddings. Besides the beauty it also is one of the few states where a couple can get their marriage license and in the same day get married. There isn’t any waiting time. Not having any waiting time gives couples more options and no extra ahead time trips to obtain the marriage license. A couple could come in for the day, get their license, have a qualified officiant marry them and they can be back to their home state, all in a day. (Of course I think Rhode Island is so magnificent why go back so soon)

All of my ceremonies are developed the same way, with spirit and passion and artistic collaboration that will fully express the couples love for each other. Often times the site is on the coastline in the quiet of the morning or setting of the sun. In that moment everything stands still and I get the honor to witness a couple that were lucky enough to have found each other.

 

Testimonials

Thanks Debbie for helping us put together a beautiful wedding. All our guests have complimented us on how touching and personal the ceremony was and all the credit belongs to you.

We knew we wanted to get married but we weren’t sure what kind of ceremony to have. You listened to our ramblings and skillfully guided us to find the perfect mix of elements that made the day unique and a reflection of our love. It surpassed anything we could have imagined on our own. You are so easy to work with and you have a great way of learning about your clients through your questionnaire. We were most impressed by how open-minded you were to our ideas and the mood we wanted to create once we got started. We felt an instant connection to you during our initial phone interview and knew you were the perfect choice to be our celebrant. You are truly gifted in how you turned what you learned about us into such a well-written story and then narrated that story as if you have known us for a very long time.

We are still blown away by the fact we pulled it together over the phone and through email and only met for the first time less than an hour before the ceremony! Now that proves how professional, organized, and trustworthy you are at what you do. I am recommending you to all of my friends as the only celebrant to consider for getting married in Rhode Island.

Ruth and Kim – October 15th, 2013

Greetings from Memphis! You did an OUTSTANDING job! The service could not have been any more special. It was everything we wanted, personal, intimate and a bit light-hearted. Your suggestions on the secluded site was spot on. Having read over the script numerous times during the editing process, I was not prepared for the impact of the words, thoughts, and feelings that it encompassed. This was a direct result of your very superb delivery.
The day was glorious from the weather, to the coffee ceremony (that was such an inspired idea on your part), to the luncheon at Castle Hill. Allan Millora the photographer was great! He actually ended up spending over an hour and a half with us. Thank you for your patience and suggestions in helping to make this such a rousing success!

 

Cheers, Michael and Joel

 

Our ceremony was very personal, intimate, and meaningful not just for ourselves, but also for our guests. We highly recommend Debbie as an officiant. Debbie put a lot of thought and time into writing our ceremony. She consulted with us frequently about the wording and vows; she also gave great suggestions for unity rituals, advice on venues and insightful support for the over all process. Our phone calls and emails were returned promptly. Our spiritual beliefs were respected and integrated into the ceremony. As as a same sex couple we can vouch for Debbie as a genuine supporter of lesbian/gay marriage.
Her cost was reasonable especially considering the amount of time and creative energy. She put into making our day so meaningful.

 

Dana and Candice, May 24, 2014