Mac and Jared!

I was honored to officiate Mac and Jared’s wedding this June at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens – and equally thrilled to be a featured vendor on Bustld!   For More pictures and Mac and Jared’s story – click on the Bustld Badge below.

Is Premarital Counseling or Education for You? *

The short answer is a resounding YES. Getting married without pre-marriage prep is like starting a business or any important venture without preparing. Half of all marriages end in divorce, and only half of those that endure are truly happy in the long run. Many happy engaged couples assume that they won’t be contributing to […]

Pre-marriage Counseling Check List

Make sure that the pre-marriage counseling or prep you choose covers all of these. Here are some questions to help you select the pre-marriage counseling that’s right for you: Does it include an assessment inventory to help you understand your areas of compatibility and strength, as well as areas you may need to address? Does […]


When I meet with couples as their wedding officiant, I am frequently asked what to do about marriage vows.  Deep inside couples recognize the importance of the words they will share with each other.  Wedding vows, unlike everyday promises, are made on the premise of our love for just one other person.  Marriage transcends every […]

Ceremony Ideas

Unity Candle Lighting–Two flames representing the individuals are joined to light a center candle. Each person lights a single taper candle. The couple then brings the flames together to light a larger middle candle. The tapers remain lit and are replaced in their holders to represent two coming together while maintaining individuality. Although this is […]

Elements of a Wedding Ceremony

Processional Opening Remarks and greetings to family and friends Words from your minister on love and marriage Presenting the bride Wedding Vows Ring Exchange Pronouncement of the marriage Blessings or wedding poem Introduction as husband and wife The wedding recessional

Sample Ceremony

Ceremony of Marriage Between a Bride & Groom As a non-denominational and an interfaith minister, I believe that you should not have to compromise, in the short span of time you have, with words that do not relate to who you are. We can include rituals and traditions from your faith, backgrounds and culture. The following ceremony […]

In The News!

Opening Wedding Party at Duke Mansion FROM THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER: Rebecca Nagy, Katie Perrin, Laura Egan and Jennifer Osuna at a faux wedding reception held at Duke Mansion. The party was the historic site’s way of celebrating that it now hosts weddings and wedding receptions. Details: (Photo courtesy of Tommy McCart) Reverend Rebecca Nagy […]

Are You Legally Married?

This subject of legality has become a slippery slope in recent years with the plethora of DIY wedding articles and people jumping on the internet to be ordained.  Many counties in NC choose not to actively enforce this law which was upheld by the NC Supreme Court as recently as 1992, while others hand out […]