Weddings & Blessing Ceremonies

         

* Custom Wedding Ceremony Design – Rates and Design options discussed at initial meeting

* Non Denominational Ceremony Officiant – Civil and Spiritual Ceremonies – Weddings, Elopements, Vow Renewals, Conscious Contract Dissolution.

* Pre and Post Wedding Counseling

* Wedding Day Wellness Sessions

I LOVE WEDDINGS!!!!

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As a registered officiant, I am available in the the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii for weddings, civil unions, vow renewals, all life celebrations, events and space blessings. If you live elsewhere and wish for me to officiate your special event or wedding, please be in touch.  “have love to share, will travel!” 🙂

My wish is to support you in being truly prepared and present for this most important step you are taking in celebrating your love for one another and committing to your lives together.

I offer pre marriage counseling to give you the core skills for a conscious relationship and to help you live your love as a daily practice of being fully connected to your self, your source and each other.  The path of committed relationship is one of the most beautiful opportunities to learn, grow, give and receive the best of what it means to be an agent of love in the world.

As your special day approaches, I will help you design a custom ceremony that is a genuine and unique expression of your personalities, your love story and preferences.  I specialize in simple, nature based, joyous ceremonies that include your own choices of rituals, readings, prayers, songs, personalized vows and even humor.

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Handfasting Ceremony
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The most important aspect of your wedding ceremony is your heart centered presence.  With all the arrangements, logistics and focus on the details that you have poured so much energy into, it is essential to be able to settle into your hearts and truly be present for and with each other during your ceremony. You may want to arrange for a Wellness Session for you and your family and friends. A yoga and deep relaxation class, a walk in nature, a time for private reflection before the festivities begin.   It is my honor to hold a space of graceful presence for you and to help you savor every moment of this sacred celebration.

Valentine’s Day Vow Renewal Ceremony on the Washington State Ferry

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“You and I, it’s as though we have been taught in heaven how to kiss and sent down here to earth together, to see if we know what we were taught” – Boris Pasternak

Have a listen to these podcasts to learn more about my wedding ceremonies and couples counseling.

BLESSING CEREMONIES

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Boat Blessing Ceremony for Team Sail Like A Girl before their r2AK race to Alaska

Through out our lives we often experience small and significant transitions.  A time of transition is like a thresh hold to a new and unknown world.  From birth to death, we navigate these changes, which involve not only a new time in our lives but often a new space.  During these times of entering into a new chapter or phase of life, we long to know that we are held and supported, and search for a way to commune with the unseen world, asking for the blessings of providence upon us and our special events and passages.

Eagle Feathers and Prayer Beads Blessing Alter For Women’s Sailing Team

Here is a lovely excerpt from the blog of a guest who attended a Boat Blessing for a team of women sailors who were preparing for the daunting task of completely a 750 mile sailing race to Alaska

“I dashed through the open gate and ran down the dock where I was delighted to see a huge crowd gathering around the boat. We circled Team Sail Like A Girl by standing on docks and nearby boats, and held hands and waited while our beautiful friends stepped into Maks to the Moon and prepared their hearts and minds for their journey. And then Grace MacLeod, a graceful living coach, orchestrated the most glorious boat blessing I could have imagined. The sky was miraculously blue and rain-free. The sun was out. My friends faces were peaceful. They held hands. And we all cried. Seriously. I just don’t think any of us were prepared for how beautiful this experience was going to be. We circled these women in strength and love and awe. We watched Grace clear fears and energies with sage smudges and feathers and words of wisdom, and bring in luck and light and speed and success with talismans and candles and good energy. We listened to inspiring songs, including one from our friend Benjamin Doerr of the St. Paul de Vence band. We all took turns rubbing the boat with cedar boughs for good luck. As if on cue a majestic bald eagle circled above us all at the end of the ceremony, adding its blessing to the endeavor.” Belinda Barnes

The obvious time for such a ceremony is to celebrate a new beginning. How joyous and yet tender to be entering into the unknown of welcoming a baby into the world, beginning a new career, starting over in a new home, or transitioning to a new place on the planet to live.

Women’s Retreat Ceremony Alter

The much more difficult times to honor, are the endings that we all experience, yet perhaps this is exactly when we need to invoke the support of the invisible, the luminous, the eternal. Divorce is rarely “celebrated” as it is often felt as a failure, yet it can also be an acknowledgement of completion. “Let us consciously and respectfully honor that the commitments we made to each other are no longer alive or sustainable. Let us dissolve those bonds and free ourselves and each other to continue to grow and thrive in new ways.” These ceremonies can be simple and just for the couple or can also be exquisitely beautiful, involving children, family and friends engaging in rituals of dissolution, such as sand being poured into water and stepping through new doorways as hands are released and prayers of well wishing are offered.

The most tender of all transitions in our earthly life is the releasing of our loved ones at the doorway of death. Again, it can be so helpful to have a calm and caring guide to help grieving hearts say farewell. Especially for families who do not have a chosen place of worship or a religious leader to turn to, having the support of a Celebrant to help you create a beautiful celebration of life can provide such relief and comfort, helping you to have permission to experience and express all that is in your hearts and send your loved one off to the mystery of LIFE beyond life.

“A blessing ceremony is gracious invocation from the human heart to the heart of the divine.  A blessing creates a circle of light drawn around a person, place or event to protect, heal or strengthen. The beauty of a blessing is that it affects what unfolds.” – John O’Donohue

here are some links to blog posts about some fun and very sweet ceremonies… enjoy

https://gracemacleod.com/2020/09/27/the-wonder-of-saying-i-do-times-two/

https://gracemacleod.com/2018/06/12/a-week-of-launches-june-4-10/

https://gracemacleod.com/2020/04/27/getting-married-in-the-garden/

https://gracemacleod.com/2020/05/25/eagle-feathers-and-hand-fasting/

https://gracemacleod.com/2020/02/16/valentines-day-vow-renewals/

https://gracemacleod.com/2018/06/14/team-sail-like-a-girl-women-leaders-inspiring-us-all/

Please contact me to explore  a package of services that meets your needs or simply to have me “save the date” so I can help you marry each other and celebrate the special events in your life. 

blessings to you,

Grace

  gracemacleod8@gmail.com     808 212 8694

Testimonial

Grace,

Thank you so much for volunteering to officiate our first ever Valentine’s Day Vows on the Bow event. Your words filled the entire boat with love and joy. This was a special sailing not only for those that participated but also for those that witnessed this special moment. We greatly appreciate your time and services in making this event a  huge success!

Very best,

Kathy Mesa

WSDOT Ferries Division Communications

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Several couples gather on a ferry to renew their marriage vows on the Seattle-Bainbridge route

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