WOW! Many thanks to everyone that voted for Koru Ceremony. We are so honored to be named for the fourth year in a row, a finalist for the WI Bride BEST OF 2020. We won BEST OFFICIANT the past two years and are looking forward to finding out the results for this year's award in November. Whether we win or not, it is always a privilege to be in this company of amazing and talented wedding pros, who are some of the best in the industry across the board. And we want to congratulate our fellow officiants, who were also named finalists.
It was a complete joy to marry Jim and Katie on their incredibly beautiful farm in Belleville, WI.
This year, it has been so much fun to do so many small, intimate micro weddings because of Covid-19. Just because these weddings are tiny doesn't mean they are less exceptional. I would say that sometimes they are even more special because it is so much easier for everyone to be present in the moment, and today was no exception.
I loved the ceremony that I crafted with Jim and Katie, and it was fun to include their children with two of them, each doing a reading. But my favorite part of the ceremony was the moment of silence. Here are the words I shared about this breathtakingly gorgeous farm that is so special to this family:
"Kate and Jim came upon this farm for the very first time nearly five years ago today. They'd been dating two years and were looking for a house they could restore and a piece of land they could revive. They wanted a place where their children could be together- or apart- with space to wander. When Kate and Jim drove up the long driveway- the house, the sky, the birds, and the burr oaks spoke to them, welcomed them, and a seed was planted.
Just as Kate and Jim have loved this place, this place has loved all of you. So let us take a moment of silence and with gratitude, listen, and give thanks to this peaceful place you call home."
Many thanks to Liz and Alex for taking the time to write this glowing review for me on The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Google Business. They were a complete joy to work with in planning their wedding ceremony. This couple went from planning a wedding with lots of guests at the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, WI to creating an intimate celebration with their immediate family in their backyard in Elk Grove Village, IL.
It takes a lot of time and energy to plan a wedding, but planning a wedding in the middle of a global pandemic takes courage too. Luckily these two are EMT/Firefighters.
"We loved working with Pat. She rescheduled with us 3 times at 2 different locations for our wedding during this crazy time. Her flexibility and patience were a Godsend. She made creating the ceremony fun and personal for my husband and me, and all of our family agreed that our ceremony was phenomenal. Thank you so much for everything Pat!"
Liz and Alex were married on June 21, 2020.
I loved marrying Susan and Don in May at the UW Arboretum. They were a sweet and unconventional couple. Being able to create a unique, one-of-a-kind ceremony that fit them perfectly was a joy. Here is the review they wrote for me on The Knot, Wedding Wire, and Google Business.
"We were delighted to have Pat as our officiant for a non-traditional, non-religious, socially distanced pandemic wedding and I cannot recommend her highly enough!
We were VERY specific about what we wanted, while simultaneously needing a lot of guidance. Pat provided that guidance in a wonderfully patient way and was very understanding of how much control I took of the ceremony text and planning.
We met in person a couple times before the pandemic but after that, every meeting was done remotely via zoom and by email. She was exceptionally punctual about responding when I made changes or had questions.
When the day came, Pat allowed us to be without masks while she and our witnesses wore them, and we maintained social distancing. She was a delightfully elegant, venerable officiant and spoke beautifully. It was truly a more perfect day than I had even imagined, and I am so glad we met Pat to walk through it with us!"
Thank you Caelin and Walter for writing this beautiful and heartfelt words about your wedding on June 20, 2020, with Rev. Sarah Harrison at your family farm in Lake Geneva:
"We had less than 30 days until our elopement when we met Sarah at Koru Ceremonies. Sarah and the Koru team worked quickly with us to arrange and plan an intimate and personalized ceremony. Because of the COVID pandemic, we had to downsize and replan our special day. Sarah helped us navigate the challenges of a small ceremony and made the experience more intimate and heartfelt than we ever imagined.
The ten individuals present were able to participate in a small ritual, read from scripture and feel a part of our vows to one another. After the ceremony, our guests said it was the most special wedding they had attended (and it certainly wasn't their first!)
Sarah was flexible, responsive, and insightful when it came to rehearsing and orchestrating the ceremony. She knew all the tips and tricks to help everything go as planned. She was also patient with my husband as I as we worked to set up a tripod to have his parents and sister join via video conference. Throughout the entire process she provided a calm, confident and professional attitude.
We would recommend Sarah and Koru to anyone, especially couples still looking to have a ceremony in the middle of a health crisis. Thank you Sarah!"
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