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With this ring, I _____ wed.

Yep!  Many people don’t know this phrase, “With this ring, I thee wed.”

The words thee and be sound nearly alike.  Yet they don’t mean the same thing!

Probably 30% of the time, couples hear the word wrong, even though i really enunciate the T H sound of Thee.  So I often hear, “With this ring, I be wed.”

Maybe I’m just old and know the phrase from movies and older tv shows, and English weddings, and well wait, current TV shows too!

If you can think of a good phrase to use, I’ll give you credit!

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Who has the right….

…to judge others?  Certainly not me.

The phone call recently about a couple who was being judged by their officiant because it was a second marriage (read into it, “you were divorced”) got me thinking about the right to judge others.

The couple that called asked me to officiate their ceremony.  I said I’d be honored.

I often get judged and I really try not to judge others – I don’t have the right to!

I have been judged on: where I live, that I was/is a yankee, what I drive, yep – my hair is thinning, that I like to go to sleep early,  and so on.  When I was a child I would be judged/made fun of because I  played the clarinet and tuba (not at the same time!)

Recently someone asked me when I got out of my car at a Christian event – with a very judgmental tone (the kind that you’d give a child when you say, “did you spill the milk?”),

“What do you do for a living?  What kind of car do you drive?”

Never in my life have I felt so judged because I drive my nearly seven year old midlife crisis convertible.

If I were to arrive anywhere in a car like this, I would be judged because I drive a car like this.

1978 Ford Pinto


The fact is, I used to own a car just like this! And, it was the first car I owned in my name (well, me and and finance company.) It was purchased used in 1983ish.

So now the world officially knows, I drive a white convertible!

Who has the right to judge others?

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Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta

Last night at 9:30 was the “sneak peek”  (Episode one on Netflix) of the newest wedding show! Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta on TLC.   And if you watched closely enough, you’d seen me!

A local wedding coordinator, Chad Baker,  said, “I’ve watched numerous episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, and none of them has ever shown as many shots of the minister as they showed of you!”  I probably would have known that, but the first episode I watched was the last night at 9pm!  (sorry SYTTD folks!)

It was towards the end of the show, maybe the last 10 minutes in which the Savannah couple appeared (even though at the beginning there was a quick shot of the three of us just as I was pronouncing them husband and wife).

The bride and groom, Melissa and Kevin, are fantastic people!  Here’s a quick photo of them that I asked photographer  Lyn Bohnam to take with my camera phone.  It’s not the best photo, my cell phone really needs to be replaced!

Say Yes To The Dress: Atlanta with Mr. and Mrs. Kevin and Melissa Kelly

I’d met with them prior to their ceremony and prior to them knowing they were going to be on the show. Not only was Melissa beautiful, her personality was even more so! I’m really happy I was able to help them with their dreams.

Here are some of the other vendors for her ceremony, all of whom are part of the SavannahWedding Professionals.

Wedding Coordinator: Tricia Huddas and Company.

Photographer: Lyn Bonham.

Flowers by: Garden on the Square, Julie Driscoll

Cake:  Custom Cakes, Minette Rushing

Chairs: Savannah Special Events.

Thank you Kevin and Melissa for allowing me to be a part of your special day!

Now you can watch it online (very beginning there’s  a shot of me and then the last 3 minutes or so, I’m there too!) (Episode one on Netflix)  click here:

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