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FAL-WIN 2018

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1 4 F a l l / W i n t e r B R I D E 2 0 1 8 Ask the Experts JUSTICE OF THE PEACE VOWS TO KEEP Justice of the peace Gary Fields has performed more than 10,000 wedding ceremonies since 1997. He and his partner Sharon ornsberry, a minister, work a s a consulting team. By Nikayla Edmondson Why do people book a justice of the peace for their wedding? Fields: "I've had calls at the last minute because 'Uncle John got cold feet.' And you don't know what kind of mood the bride and groom are going to be in when they arrive. I try to assess that and address it to break the anxiety with humor." ornsberry: "We make our weddings about the couple. We've been to several ceremonies where there wasn't a personal feel and it had nothing to do with the couple. And occasionally we'll look at each other and say, 'We don't do that, do we?'" What kind of ceremonial services do you offer? Fields: "We'll do whatever kind of ceremony you want; if you want a civil ceremony, religious — you tell us and that's how we're going to do it. Whatever your request, we'll try to fulfill it. But of all the themed ceremonies, I don't do Elvis!" What's your process like? Fields: "We do a lot of small stuff and get a lot of spontaneous calls. I've done ceremonies for various reasons — for those wanting to get married in hospice, second weddings and simple elopements." ornsberry: "We have so much fun with the small weddings. I am a teacher and I have married a couple outside of my school before with two witnesses." Fields: "We do a consultation. I write everything up from the start of the ceremony to the exit. And I like to sit down with them and give them a basic rundown of ideas and then change it the way they want. I like to talk to the photographers too, so that we both know the important moments of the ceremony and how they can get those pictures." How much does it cost? Fields: "It depends on the ceremony. We've done as cheap as $75 and up to $325." What's your favorite part of the ceremony? ornsberry: "When the bride walks up and is being given away and you get to see the emotion on the groom's face. He's crying and she's so just pretty." Fields: "I like to watch the facial expressions. I did a wedding where the bride got up there and started crying and she went on about how she didn't expect to cry. So everyone is running around looking for a tissue and the groom pulls out a handkerchief and he says, 'I knew you were going to need this.' I also like to do something called an ambush, where I have the groom hug the mother-in-law, and I make sure the photographer captures those moments. Because it's truly special and catches everyone off-guard." What is your advice to couples? ornsberry: "Try not to do the rehearsal the night before because anything you imagine can go wrong will and we recommend relaxing that night." Fields: "e most important thing when you're getting married: Look at your partner when you say your vows."

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