It's a humid evening in the greenhouse, and there we are with four bridesmaids, four groomsmen, full ring bearer security detail, and 100 guests to create a union to last forever. As a non-denominational minister and professional wedding officiant, it was my honor to guide this group through a beautiful wedding ceremony. Beads of sweat glisten on the groom's forehead, though less from stress or fear than just the temperature in and humidity in the space. He validates this too as he reads a full lyric he has prepared for his bride as his personal vows, in the form of a sonnet. She cries, he cries. "I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss your bride," and the crowd goes wild. One of the most validating pieces of the whole wedding process, is a grateful handshake after the wedding ceremony from the father of the bride, and that seals the night, that closes the wedding service, that ends my duty as the evening's wedding officiant. Nights like that are the best part of being a non-denominational minister.
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