Woohoo! Koru Ceremony won the 2019 Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award again this year. We have received this award 6 years in a row. I'm so thankful for my colleagues, Rev. Amy Gile and Rev. Sarah Harrison, and for the wonderful job they do officiating weddings for Koru. And I am grateful for the fantastic couples that wrote such positive and glowing reviews for us on WeddingWire throughout the entire 2018 wedding season so that we could win this award. Each year I am humbled and feel so grateful to be able to work with such amazing people and to be able to do what I love.
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Having recently been to Denmark in June, I'm all about Hygge!! I feel that Koru Ceremony's values mirrors much of the same values as hygge.
Here is how The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living defines hygge:
"Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.
Why are Danes the happiest people in the world? The answer, says Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is Hygge. Loosely translated, Hygge—pronounced Hoo-ga—is a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. "Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience," Wiking explains. "It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe."
Hygge is the sensation you get when you’re cuddled up on a sofa, in cozy socks under a soft throw, during a storm. It’s that feeling when you’re sharing comfort food and easy conversation with loved ones at a candlelit table. It is the warmth of morning light shining just right on a crisp blue-sky day.
The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish life, and offers advice and ideas on incorporating it into your own life, such as:
The Marriage Minute also shared this:
For the seventh consecutive year, Denmark was ranked in the top three happiest countries in the world by the 2018 World Happiness Report.
Why are Danes so happy?
It may have something to do with the Danish concept of hygge.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is sometimes translated as “cozy,” but a better definition is “intentional intimacy.”
Research on hygge has found that it’s integral to people’s sense of well-being. It acts as a buffer against stress, while also creating a space to build camaraderie.
At its core, hygge is about building intimacy and trust with others.
We could all use a little more of it in our lives.
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Thank you Heidi and Ryan for writing this really wonderful review for Rev. Sarah on The Knot and Wedding Wire.
"We were fortunate to have Sarah as our officiant and were so impressed with our entire experience with her. After our first meeting with Sarah we knew she was the perfect match for us, her experience, positive energy and calming presence were exactly what we needed. The ceremony planning guides were so helpful and really put us at ease when putting the ceremony together. We also really appreciated Sarah's flexibility with coordinating meetings with us as we were planning our wedding in Wisconsin from several states away. Our family and friends continue to share with us positive comments on how lovely Sarah is. Words can't express how happy were were to have Sarah as our officiant, she is amazing and we highly recommend her and Koru Ceremony!"
Beautiful pictures by TKO Photo Arts at Heidi and Ryan's wedding at Blackhawk Country Club, Madison WI, in November 2018. This couple was so much fun and so kind. Blessings to them both in 2019!
Just found out that Koru Ceremony LLC won The Knot Best of Weddings 2019 Award for Best Officiant. We are honored to have received this award 5 years in a row. (only 2% of all wedding pros win each year)
We are grateful to the couples we married this past wedding season that have written wonderful reviews for us on The Knot which allows us to win the ultimate stamp of approval from past wedding couple to new couples looking for an officiant for their upcoming wedding day.
We are so thankful for your heartfelt comments and truly feel privleged to be a part of the best day of these couples lives.
(Photo of Sue, Sarah, Pat, and Amy when Koru Ceremony LLC won the WI Bride Magazine Best of 2018 Award for Best Officiant)
Thank you Eric for writing this really lovely and heartfelt review for me on Wedding Wire.
"Pat was just simply an absolute joy to work with! She takes enough time to get to know you, but also keeps things quick and enjoyable during prep. Helps with everything, including the documents no one wants to worry about that day! Lovely all around and highly recommended!" -Eric
Photo by Twig and Olive Photography
This fun and loving couple said their I do's and became husband and wife on Oct. 27, 2018, at Fat Apple Farms in Columbus, WI. Cory and Pamela shared this very special day with their children and created a new family with the strong and ever-lasting bonds of love and laughter. Congratulations to you both!
It's not often that I have the opportunity to officiate a wedding during the week, but I really enjoyed marrying Dan and Suzy at Gates of Heaven yesterday. It was a small intimate wedding with 7 guests, but still included a biblical reading, duet, Charge to the Couple, photographer, videographer, and all of the same elements you might see with a large guest list. (Fun fact: every single guest had a role and actively participated during the ceremony.) I have always believed that it doesn't matter the size of the wedding, it is still a really special day and this delightful couple walked away saying the ceremony was perfect!
I had the pleasure of officiating Melissa and Dom's wedding at the Country Bluff Wedding Chapel in Baraboo, WI. It is a little chapel near Devil's Lake State Park. They personalized their ceremony by doing a tree ritual. The Sugar Maple tree that they watered during the ceremony will be planted on the family farm. They also incorporated a solo by one of the bridesmaids, and readings by her sisters, including the humorous one, "How Falling in Love is Like Owning a Dog."
What a joyful day to join Mario and Prashanth in marriage. I loved how personalized they made their ceremony at the Historic First Lutheran Church in Middleton, WI. Not only did I have the chance to tell their amazing and humorous love story, but they also asked their guests to participate in their candle lighting and they performed the seven steps or Hindu Saptapadi ritual. It was a beautiful blend of their two cultural backgrounds.
This couple's love and strength is a blessing to themselves and the people that make up their beautiful family and friends. May the sun shine brightly upon them all the days of their life together as husband and wife. Melissa and Todd were married at the Wisconsin State Capital Rotunda on Oct. 20, 2018. Thank you to them both for allowing me to officiate their ceremony and be apart of their family story.
I had the privilege of officiating Jess and Dell's wedding yesterday at The Loft at 132 in Sun Prairie. Such an incredible couple that met in 7th grade! Dell's vows may have been the best groom's vows I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. It wasn't only the words he wrote, but also the way he delivered them that was so outstanding.
UPDATE: Jessica wrote this really wonderful review for me on The Knot.
"Pat was truly amazing! She went above and beyond what we expected for the ceremony was willing to work with us with a short timeline and limited availability. All of our guests gave compliments to us about her and the ceremony, and there was not a dry eye in the crowd. She was so organized and made the whole process very low stress. I would recommend Pat to anyone looking for a wedding officiant."
One of the sweetest couples I had the pleasure of working with this wedding season was Lauren and Jake. They got married this past July at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison.
Lauren just wrote this really kind review for me on The Knot.
"Working with Pat from Koru was a dream! Pat is a warm and thoughtful woman, which made all the difference for us. After our first meeting with her, we felt extremely comfortable with her and knew our wedding day would be perfect with her as our officiant. Pat's ceremony options can be tailored to each couple and can be religious or secular, based on your needs. Pat was very responsive to emails and completed the ceremony script in a timely manner, allowing us to give input on what we wanted/did not want to include. On the day-of, Pat was such a calming presence when standing up in front of everyone, shaking while holding the hands of your partner. Pat is more than just an officiant - she takes the time to get to know the couple and you feel as though you get to know her in return. I would definitely recommend having Pat as your officiant if you're looking for someone who will really care about the couple and the journey they are about to embark upon!"
Derek and Michelle were married this past Saturday in the Senate Chamber at the WI State Capitol. The Capitol holds significance for them so it was the perfect place to get married. It's where they met and shared many happy conversations while working at the Capitol and where Derek proposed to Michelle. Congratulations to this wonderful couple.
UPDATE: I received this really nice review that Derek wrote for me on both Wedding Wire and The Knot.
Pat was absolutely wonderful to work with in helping us to prepare our ceremony and achieve the right flow. She met with us several times, provided great suggestions, and was available to us every step of the way. Most importantly, she smoothly and expertly guided us through such an important part of our day, and her positive energy really helped to make the moment special for us! I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Katie recently wrote me this fantastic review on Wedding Wire about their wedding at the Park Hotel. I loved working with Katie and Robert! And I particularly love the line she wrote in her review that said, "even those who 'don't cry at weddings', showed a great deal of emotion at our ceremony."
"Pat did a wonderful job officiating our ceremony. She worked with us to make it personal, and got down to every last detail. Our friends and family, even those who "don't cry at weddings", showed a great deal of emotion at our ceremony."
Photo by Karly Jo Photography
I received the nicest email from Erin today after marrying her and Shawn yesterday at Olbrich Botanical Gardens:
Just wanted to let you know I had so many compliments about the ceremony and everyone loved you! I got many people asking about who you were and how I found you. Thank you so much for a beautiful ceremony it couldn’t have been more perfect for us."
Kate and Josh wrote this super nice review for Koru on The Knot. Wishing this delightful couple all the best in the years ahead as husband and wife.
"We are so happy that we chose Pat Werk as our officiant. From the moment we started working on our ceremony, to the actual day, Pat has been nothing but helpful and kind. We worked on our ceremony together, and she offered great input and ideas, while maintaining flexibility, allowing us to feel like it was truly ours. We received so many compliments, and we couldn't be happier with how the ceremony went!"
Kate and Josh, married on September 15, 2018 at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI
Some of my very favorite people to work with in the wedding business is Sarah and Andrea from Cherry Blossom Events and Amy from One Fine Day Productions. This is the fourth year they have put together a wedding workshop at Camp Wandawega in Elkhorn, WI. Wandawega is a magical place to host this annual event. And Sarah, Andrea, and Amy put so much energy and love in creating the most outstanding sessions with some of the best in the wedding industry. This is my second year of participating and each year I walk away rejuvenated and more balanced, but also energized and excited about Koru Ceremony. Here are a few highlights from the 3-day workshop.
I received the sweetest thank you note from Jake and Lauren today:
"Thank you so much for playing such a big role on our wedding day. We felt so comfortable working with you during the entire process. You are such a kind and caring person- looking back on our ceremony we wouldn't have wanted anyone else to officiate our wedding!"
In the film “Sleepless in Seattle,” Tom Hanks plays a widowed man (Sam Baldwin) whose son calls a radio talk show (Dr. Marcia Fieldstone) in an attempt to find his dad a new wife.
Dr. Marcia Fieldstone : Tell me what was so special about your wife?
Sam Baldwin: It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew it the first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I’d ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew it. It was like magic.
His response gets at our motto of “small things often.” On their own, a million tiny little things don’t seem that important, but when you add them all up, they make a big difference.
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