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On Love and Marriage...

Posted on 11 March, 2013 at 20:16 Comments comments (12)
Are You Engaged? Congratulations!
To the soon to be wed,
What is Love? Love is a word that cannot be described easily or in a few sentences. Love fills our hearts with joy and our lives with meaning. We all give love and we all receive love in many different ways. What is marriage? Marriage is not the love you give or receive; it is the vessel that contains it. Let your marriage be a place where love takes you on a journey together, let it bring you the gifts of light and let it grow within and without constraints. Let it fill your hearts and let it fill your hearts again, for there is no way to measure love there are only ways to embrace love. May your love flourish throughout a long and happy life and may you bring new ways of expressing your love to one another each and every day. Bring the feelings you have today, the joy and wonderment of each other, with you every step of the way. I wish you peace and happiness on your journey.
                                                                                With Love, Rev. Dawn Krohberger

Happy New Year

Posted on 6 January, 2013 at 17:27 Comments comments (26)
Happy New Year! 
It's 2013...I am sure each of you are celebrating and hopeful that this year will bring many wonderful things.  The new year always brings a fresh start.  It is magical in the sense that it forces us to reflect on the year or even years before and it gives us an opportunity to take a cleansing breath, to open our hearts, close old doors and be fully present within the moment. 
I wish each of you the courage to take on tasks that have been pushed aside for fear of failing, the strength to recover from choices that have not moved you in the direction you intended and the clarity to see all that has already happened is in the past so that you can start each day day with nothing but a new possibility to be, do or have anything you choose.  There is only freedom in that and what a way to begin a new year,  make it great...I know you can.   
Happy And Healthy New Year To All With Love
Reverend Dawn
Interfaith Minister
Marriage Officiant
Serving Long Island Suffolk & Nassau County
Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan

Same Sex Marriage and Formalities

Posted on 4 February, 2012 at 14:09 Comments comments (54)
Congratulations Same Sex Couples…It is your time to shine.
“Same Sex Marriage” July 2011-New York State Law states that a same sex couple can lawfully be married and have been granted all rights to enter into a legally married union. 
I personally feel that this is a major breakthrough in some of the restrictions placed within our society. Legalizing same sex marriage in the state of New York is a great stride toward balancing our individual as well as communal growth.  We cannot fully grow collectively when there is a large portion of our people being limited to certain rights and forms of self expression.  Having the ability to marry someone you are in love with, no matter what gender, is a wonderful feeling and it is even better when it is socially accepted.  Although this law has been passed just over six months ago I have noticed that there are still some questions around the formalities of performing a same sex marriage. To answer some of these questions I have been asked often…I decided to start a short blog about it.  These questions are valid and answered quite simply. 
Question:Do you perform same sex marriages?
Answer: Yes and I do, honorably.
Question:How do you pronounce a same sex couple married?
Answer: While everyone of my ceremonies are unique to each couple I do usually (unless otherwise requested) pronounce all my couples the same way and a same sex couple has to be no different.  After our final readings and blessings, I pronounce the couple simply and beautifully as "married" prior to signaling their first married kiss.
Question: How do you introduce a same sex couple for the first time to the audience?
Answer: This is usually decided by the couple as only you know how you will be entering into the marriage.  In fact it is appropriate in all marriages to ask the couple how they would like to be introduced to their guests for the first time as a married couple. 
I hope this helps, feel free to leave me questions or comments here.  Thanks for reading.
For more information regarding the NYS law on same sex marriage check out the link below.
Peace, Love and Light to all.
Reverend Dawn

Wedding Poem

Posted on 31 January, 2012 at 11:00 Comments comments (15)
Your Love To Me
written by Reverend Dawn
Your love to me is a single flame that lights an entire room,
Your love to me is simple yet can fly me to the moon.
Your love to me is a gift, one I cherish each and every day,
Your love to me, are the lyrics when there is nothing more to say.
Your love to me is gentle yet the strongest feeling I’ve ever felt,
Your love to me is solid yet makes me want to melt.
Your love to me is precious and I hope you know it’s true,
Your love to me I hope returns, the very same love to you.

Just the facts...

Posted on 15 January, 2012 at 14:38 Comments comments (40)
A Wedding Ceremony should be handled with care.  There are many things that should be taken into consideration but do not worry, you will not have to think about any of it.  During our fist meeting together is where I collect most of the important facts.  During my information gathering, which is seamless to you, I can get a pretty good idea of the type of ceremony you are looking for.  Of course this is always discussed between us and you will even have an opportunity to choose the wording you want.  The fundamentals do not change too much from ceremony to ceremony however, the presentation and the context is what validates you as a couple.  It is your wedding so it should be about you.  There is nothing generic about who you are and therefore there should be nothing generic regarding your wedding ceremony.