I became an officiant as a response to the growing need for non-religious and interfaith wedding ceremonies, baby welcoming ceremonies, and memorials to accommodate the growing number of people who wish to celebrate life’s rites of passage with personalized, special ceremonies without having to strictly adhere to a particular faith’s doctrines. I will honor your beliefs, whether you follow a certain religious tradition, consider yourself more spiritual than religious, or if you are an atheist.
I write 100% original ceremony scripts based on your story! Whether it’s a wedding, the arrival of a new family member, or a celebration of life, I will work with you to design a ceremony that respects your beliefs while creating intimate connections between you and your guests that will last a lifetime.
I get to travel through special memories with my Couples and Families, while creating new ones together, and I take that honor very seriously. The relationships I build with my Couples and Families are ones that I cherish and respect. Serving others by officiating weddings and other life events with warmth and joy has become my greatest passion, and I am fortunate enough to have it fulfilled every weekend! I live my life surrounded by Love, and it just doesn’t get any better than that!
I am an ordained minister and ceremony specialist who is not restricted to a particular denomination or faith, which allows me to tailor your ceremony to reflect your specific values. It is my pleasure to work with you to create a wedding ceremony, baby ceremony, or funeral, memorial service that is exactly the way you want it to be.
One of the most rewarding parts of creating one-of-a-kind ceremonies is immersing myself in the love story of the couple or Family. I love pouring over their answers to a questionnaire designed to provide insight into their relationship, surrounding myself with their music and their photos, combing through their social media for references to favorite cultural touchstones, and learning about who they are as individuals and as a couple in order to create a personalized script that leaves guests and family members alike to wonder if we have all be friends for years. To see my words elicit love, laughter, and delight among couples and guests during the ceremony is the most rewarding moment of each ceremony.
Becoming an officiant was never my intention, and I never thought that my academic and personal interests would add up so perfectly to evolve into a profession that has given me more joy than any other endeavor I have ever explored!
As an anthropology undergraduate, I first fell in love with the rituals and traditions of various world cultures. I was simply fascinated by the way people lived and practiced their beliefs to connect to each other and their world. With graduate credits in English, I spent the next 14 years in higher education, directing a program for students with learning and other disabilities and teaching composition and literature to undergraduates in New York and South Florida. Because of this, I successfully honed my ability to use words to express emotion and sentiment. Through exposure to poetry, fiction and drama, I became more familiar with meaningful prose and effective delivery. It was in these years of teaching that I learned how to captivate an audience and maintain their interest. All those years working with undergraduate and graduate students enriched my life in many ways, and I am so grateful for the experience because it certainly prepared me for my career as an officiant.
My life changed dramatically when I lost my brother-in-law on September 11, 2001. After that horrifically tragic day, like many, I sought the answers for my questions regarding life, death, and the afterlife. For personal development and growth, I enrolled at the University of Metaphysical Sciences and earned another bachelor’s degree. Later, I completed my Doctorate in Divinity and ordination, and I have since devoted my life to helping others and creating personalized ceremonies that capture the desires of the Couples and Families whom I serve.
But everyone starts somewhere.
My very first ceremony was for a good friend who I lost touch with for years. She was getting remarried, and she insisted that only I could deliver what she envisioned because it was such a delicate situation: her first husband had passed, and she and her fiancé wanted to create a special tribute to him somehow, yet at the same time, she wanted me to create a ceremony that was about her and her fiancé’s relationship, based on their ideas of spirituality and not with the religion they were raised. I, of course, was petrified of such a responsibility, and I said “no way!” She assured me I could do it, reminding me of my years teaching Literature, and she sugar coated every compliment she could think of. She won me over, I did it, and it was one of the greatest moments of my life. From there, Ceremonies with Cynthia was born.
My Love Story
Like many others, I too have a special love story! Ultimately, two of our dearest friends were dating, and they set us up on a not-so-blind date, and we have been together, more madly in love with each passing year, ever since. It sounds pretty common, though, right? But there is so much more to the story, so many more lives and connections that were orchestrated for our meeting to occur, and it all began when we were children, more than two decades before our meeting! Best friends, cousins and neighbors all played an intricate part in our love story that continues to be a never ending beautiful experience for both of us.
I am sure that you too have a special love story, and I would love to learn all about it! They are what make personalizing ceremonies so meaningful for me. Because when you fall in love, real love, you want to shout it from the mountain tops. You want everyone to hear about how you met and fell in love, and you want to share stories of that special love with everyone else you hold dear to your heart. I can make that possible by capturing the essence of what you feel and putting into words.