The joy and the honor of being a wedding officiant!
I am not a priest nor a minister—what I offer is a personal and legally-binding wedding ceremony at your home, on the beach, or wherever else you wish to seal your union.
- In the state of Florida
- Outside of Florida if you can provide your own notary for the legal paperwork
- Supporting all couples and all religious denominations or spiritual paths
- Non-traditional ceremony, or a blend of tradition and unusual — your choice
- Meaningful rituals such as handfasting, unity candles, water blending
- Add the sweet sounds of crystal bowls, crystal harp, flute and other live music to your ceremony
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- Marry Us, Please — A 10-minute ceremony — Short and Sweet
All you need is the legal exchange of wedding vows and rings, perhaps just the two of you, or maybe a handful of family and friends. You could easily go to the courthouse for a relatively low fee, but you’d prefer to have your ceremony elsewhere, such as in a restaurant, on the beach, or in a private home. I don’t need to meet you or rehearse beforehand, as we can briefly cover your needs in a phone call.
- I Do — A 20-minute ceremony — You Create It
You’ve already created the flow and content for your wedding program and you’d like me to review it with you, provide advice, and conduct the ceremony. We’ll meet once by phone, or in person if it’s practical, and I’d provide suggested edits for your script if needed. I also offer you samples of vows and oaths which may help you finalize your program. Although I don’t attend your rehearsal, we chat by phone just before your wedding, to review any final changes.
- The Full Monty — A 20-45 minute ceremony
You’d like something really special, around 20-45 minutes, to include all those personal trimmings that make it unique. Together, we’ll co-create this expression of your love. We’ll have a “getting to know you” meeting in person to go through the many questions I’ll have, so that I can create the flow and ambience that’s just right for you. This includes the role of family members and/or friends, special rituals or symbolic traditions you may want, and your choice of blessings and vows.
I’ll write a customized Order of Ceremony and wedding “script” for you, which you edit as needed and return to me two weeks before your wedding. I recommend a rehearsal, which I’d attend, to go through everything with you. The full preparation usually takes me ten hours or more and the result is a meaningful and heartfelt wedding ceremony.
Contact Julie for more info on creating a ceremony to cherish forever.
Happily Ever After Testimonials
“What is the most important thing you want to promise to your partner, and the promise you most want to hear from them”, is just one of the questions you might receive from Julie Murphy before your wedding day. Along with a series of other questions that will give each partner something deeper than the standard ‘I do’.
My wife’s and my experience with Julie Murphy as our officiant was nothing short of genuine, for both the respect of our marriage and our after care as a unified couple. Tied up like a bow with a South African accent that will surely captivate your guests; as it did ours. ‘Julie was a pleasure to work with’ does not do her or the effort she puts into your wedding justice. Our experience with Julie was special, memorable and most of all friendly; as she slowly eases her way into your and your guests’ hearts. I highly recommend Julie Murphy for your wedding.” — David
During our very first phone call to learn more about each other, Julie and I instantly connected. Although she gave us time to “think about it,” I knew I wanted to just say “YES!”. When you know, you know 🙂 Throughout the entire planning process, Julie was there every step of the way to answer questions and foster creativity and authenticity when creating our personalized ceremony.
Her experience as a wedding celebrant helped guide us whenever we had questions or felt stuck. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful; the words, the cadence, the love and the dedication was all there. I couldn’t have imagined our ceremony any other way. It was a true display of love and who we are overall as a couple. Not only was Julie spiritually present the entire time, but she captivated the attention of our 160+ guests as well. Her words were both potent and poetic. She gave us such a meaningful experience that we’ll never forget. In fact, my husband and I walk around the house sometimes quoting her words, “There is a light that shines through all of us – the essence of who we are…” True story! Thank you, Julie, for all that you have done for us. Knowing we will stay connected truly warms our hearts. We are so honored to have crossed paths with you! We love you!” — Elyssa & Jeff