Tie the Knot with Pastor Dave

Humanist (non-religious) Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, Memorials, and other events. If you want a personal, spiritual, warm, and powerful ceremony without religion, please choose me to be your officiant. http://pastor-dave.org

Secular (non-religious) ceremonies and events throughout Puget Sound and beyond.

Pastor Dave is an ordained minister in the Church of Spiritual Humanism and the founder of The Humanist Assembly of Washington State http://HumanistAssembly.org He is working with members of his family to create memorable events for your family. Perfect for big formal weddings, Seattle area destination weddings, simple elopements, and other ceremonies and services, you will always be the center of attention and really feel married.

Dedicated to caring, personal, and professional service we offer a wide range options for your wedding, handfasting, or commitment ceremony.
* Personal, Professional, award winning service.
* Let us provide a location for your wedding, or we will come to you.
* Hire your own photographer, or use Cindy's Simple Snapshots.
* Custom and Personalized ceremonies at your request.

What a gorgeous spring day!  D and C chose a simple Tie the Knot and Pick Your Spot level of service with the 4) Contemporary Ceremony.  This was a destination wedding for them in the back yard of a superb rental cabin/house by North Bend.

Everything flowed as smoothly as the Snoqualmie River.

What a gorgeous spring day! D and C chose a simple Tie the Knot and Pick Your Spot level of service with the 4) Contemporary Ceremony. This was a destination wedding for them in the back yard of a superb rental cabin/house by North Bend.

Everything flowed as smoothly as the Snoqualmie River.

Perfect, perfect, perfect day! M and C are a wonderful couple. It was just them, me, and a couple of their family/friends in Seattle's Discovery Park, on the beach by the lighthouse. The place where they first met, and had become their favorite hangout over the years.

This was the simplest of the simple. Tie the Knot, Pick Your Spot, and a little creative parking! Of course they chose the 1) Traditional from the Four Simple Ceremonies.

Two pics. The first is them facing North with Mt. Rainier right over our bride's head. Then I spun them around like a top so that they were facing South. Not as good for light on their faces, but you had to see the Lighthouse and the Olympic Mountain Range behind them. What a beautiful, beautiful couple and panorama. Sixty and sunny. Perfect spring day.



Here is a bit of a geek out. One of the services available to you is Music and Amplification for Your Wedding ($100). I use a product called the "Happie Amp" (now called the Amazing Amp). It is a battery powered PA system that comes with two belt packs for lapel mics, a cordless microphone, and a bunch of inputs on the side of the box. It is small, pretty inconspicuous, puts out a lot of reasonable quality sound, and is easy to use.

This weekend I officiated an outdoor wedding. It started with me providing background music. I have a little BlueTooth receiver that attached to one of the belt pack transmitters, so I played the music from my tablet out through the Happie Amp. I was wearing the other belt pack for my lapel mic. When it came time for the processional, I turned the Blue Tooth belt pack off, and the soloist turned on the cordless, handheld microphone on my mic stand. He had already plugged his acoustic/electric guitar in to my Happie Amp. Once he was done singing and playing he handed the hand held microphone to me, and the happy couple was able to use it as they read their personal vows to each other.

WOW!!!! That was a lot of versatility. Three vocal and two musical uses from one little box and a few attachments.

It all went seamlessly. All of the 100 or so guests were able to clearly hear all of the music, singing, and spoken words.

What a perfect way to spend a gorgeous spring afternoon!



[04/11/17]   Heh. From one of my fellow officiants.

Marie April Gismondi

Next time I have an April Fool's Day themed wedding, I think I'm going to ask the couple if they want me to call on a reader... who hasn't been asked to read. Just a thought :)

[03/15/17]   Great line for vows from "The Walking Dead." "I didn't ask for much but got more than I deserved."

[02/25/17]   Here it is, the official unveiling of my new stoles, the Star Stole and the Planetary Stole. OK, it is one reversible stole, but you get the idea. They join the (newly renamed) Forest Stole. I have also been getting more requests for Suit and Stole, so you can see how that looks as well.

It is your wedding. You get to decide how everything looks. Even me.




You heard it here first! "Tie the Knot with Pastor Dave" has added a new feature. Every couple can now choose to Tie the Knot! Available as a complimentary option for any ceremony is a knot tying ritual. This will require more than a little editing to include it across the web page, but it is available now. You have but to ask to add this ritual to your ceremony.

"Since the earliest of days in cultures across the earth, the tying of knots has been a beautiful symbol of the joining of two hearts as one. It represents the unbreakable linking of two lives, two destinies and two families. Let us celebrate as (Groom's Name) and (Bride's Name) complete this ancient rite. [Couple ties the knot.] And so you are joined!"

A short .gif image/video has already been added to the web page (and to this post) that shows you exactly how the Knot is Tied. After the ceremony you will be able to keep the romantically colored Chord (yes, that's the correct spelling for this kind of thing) with your own Love Knot!






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