Pat Furey Photography Getting married? The most important thing that you will need for the day is your marriage license! But figuring out the legalities is not as straightforward as you may think. Factor in that each state has varying laws for the process of getting your license – and it can become a daunting […]

How to Get a Marriage License in Pennsylvania

Marriage Certificate, Marriage License, Wedding License

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Lehigh Valley Celebrants owner, Donna Forsythe, was asked to contribute to a blog post for American Marriage Ministries on Naming Ceremonies. Not familiar with the term? Read more about this wonderful ceremony here! For the original blog, go to American Marriage Ministries. Below is the blog from AMM! Learn about the Naming Ceremony tradition for […]

‘Naming Ceremonies’ at Any Stage of Life: How Celebrants Create Space for Authentic Identity

Baby Welcomings, LGBTQIA+, Naming Ceremonies

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Photography by Laura Billingham Photography I am often asked what a micro-wedding is and what makes it different from other weddings. Simply put, a micro-wedding has a smaller guest list -usually between 10-20 close family and friends. But the ceremony itself is not something that can be quantified. Some couples choose a full-scale ceremony while […]


Elopements, Family Wedding, Humanist Weddings, Micro Weddings, Wedding Venue

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This article was originally published on The Calla Lily Weddings Blog February 5, 2021     Guest Blog By Donna Forsythe From Lehigh Valley Celebrants In 2020 we tried tip-toeing around what was happening to weddings due to COVID-19, but we have had a year of ‘adaptations’ and we need to just say it – […]

What Is Happening With The Ceremony For 2021

Elopements, Hiring Officiants and Celebrants, Humanist Weddings, Micro Weddings, Wedding Vendors

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We were so honored for Jes and Chris of Hand and Arrow Photography to feature us in their blog about the best officiants in the Lehigh Valley. Not only was our group applauded, but one of our celebrants, Cely Santana, was also listed separately – due to her ability to officiate weddings in Spanish. Go Cely! […]

Hand and Arrow Photography

Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Weddings, Wedding Vendors

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As Celebrants in the Lehigh Valley, we are fortunate to be invited to some of the most beautiful venues in the tri-state area. We are often asked, now with many Covid restrictions in place, where couples can tie the knot for an elopement or a micro wedding. Here are some of our favorite places right […]

Where to Elope or have a Micro Wedding in the Lehigh Valley

Elopements, Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Weddings, Micro Weddings

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It is always an honor to work with a couple or a family through Wish Upon a Wedding. Maria and Jason are such a loving and lovely couple – and their boys, Juan and Mateo, are the absolute sweetest! Being able to create a special vow renewal ceremony that reflected the love that they had […]

A Philly Vow Renewal – Wish Upon a Wedding

Philadelphia Wedding, Wish Upon a Wedding

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When it comes to your wedding ceremony, you want everything to be absolutely perfect. Donna Forsythe, local Lehigh Valley celebrant/officiant has provided some important insight and “food for thought” about having a friend or family member officiate your wedding, and things that could go wrong. Like we said, we just want your day to be absolutely […]

When Your Friend Officiates — What Do the Pros Have to Say?

DIY Weddings, Elopements, Hiring Officiants and Celebrants, Humanist Weddings, Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Weddings, LGBTQ Weddings, Philadelphia Wedding

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  Lonnie and Karen had known each other way back in 1999. They were good friends, and in fact, Lonnie even taught Karen how to parallel park. Lonnie, remembered seeing Karen for the first time and thinking, ‘That is my wife.’ But they were both young and parted ways. In 2010, the two of them […]

Lonnie and Karen’s Wish Upon a Wedding

Philadelphia Wedding, Wish Upon a Wedding

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  May 20th, 2014, was the day the the marriage ban on same sex unions was lifted in Pennsylvania, and LGBTQ couples could finally legally marry. This would be my introduction to officiating weddings, which has now become my full-time career. My first wedding was an elopement for two men in their 70s, on June […]

Celebrating 5 Years of Marriage Equality in Pennsylvania

Humanist Weddings, LGBTQ Weddings, Love Wins, Marriage Equality

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