Bright Path Ceremonies

Wedding Officiant Testimonials

"Deborah can be credited with creating one of the most personal, moving, and unique ceremonies I have ever experienced in my life for my wedding day. Before meeting Deborah I tried to create a ceremony on my own but was finding myself stuck. How could I tell our family and friends about us as a couple? Who could be the voice of our love story? And, finally, how could I achieve a special and meaningful ceremony without the influence of a religious institution? Creating a ceremony without specialized guidance can be daunting. Step in Deborah! From the moment I met her I could tell I had found the person I was looking for and my key partner in curating this ceremony. She listened to our wishes, she asked great questions both to me and  my husband, and she really made us reach inside ourselves to find what it is we love about each other and how we wish to grow together in marriage. Deborah provided us with an expert outline of our wedding, and worked with us on various edits. She suggested readings, and she suggested beautiful touches to the wedding day – symbolic acts or ways to involve our family and friends in unique ways. My family and I could sleep better knowing that someone was really taking care to make the day special – and that our guests would feel a spiritual connection to our marriage ceremony even if it was outside mainstream religious traditions. The ceremony itself was magic! Our guests cried, laughed, and had only glowing things to say about the event. I highly recommend working with Deborah on your special day – be it a wedding ceremony or another spiritual occasion."

Alexandra & Justin, 2014

 

"We used Bright Path Ceremonies for our October wedding this fall, 2013. My husband and I wanted a simple ceremony, but wanted it to be remembered as well. We chose Deborah and she was fantastic. She made a Love Story for us and incorporated it into the ceremony. It was a way for our guests to understand the way we met, why we fell in love and explained our hopes for the future. It all felt like a real movie. The ceremony was absolutely amazing and I would recommend Deborah to anyone getting married."

Breena and Matt

"Debbie was our officiant for our wedding and it was a wonderful experience. From the first phone call to the wedding day, she makes the whole process very easy and smooth. Debbie is very attentive and prompt with her work. I have to say that she made our wedding planning a lot less stressful not having to worry about our ceremony. We have received so many compliments on our ceremony and how detailed and personal it was. Our guests expressed that our ceremony was one of the best ones they have ever been to. Debbie portrayed our love story so beautifully that many people were crying happy tears. It is great to work with someone who is so organized and who also cares so much about what they do. I would highly recommend Debbie to anyone who wants a very personal and loving ceremony."

Lauren and David 2012

"Debbie, thank you so much for an amazing ceremony! Brian and I were very thrilled to have you officiate, and so many of our friends and family were touched by your stories of us. Thank you also for being so flexible with the weather, and the details being changed at the last minute. Your patience and understanding went a long way into helping us stay calm."

Brian and Erika, September 2012

"We were very pleased that we selected Debbie as our wedding Celebrant. She was completely flexible, allowing us to craft our own ceremony while giving helpful guidance and suggestions along the way. When we received the final draft of our ceremony, it was clear she had put a lot of effort into it. She allowed us to make any changes we wanted, so we knew exactly what we would be getting on the day of our wedding–this took some of the pressure off the day of the event! Debbie exhibited complete professionalism through the whole process–she was responsive, helpful, knowledgeable, on-time and well organized. She is clearly passionate about her work. We felt  our ceremony was in good hands and would definitely recommend her to others."

Mr. and Mrs. Riley

"Debbie was positively amazing officiating our wedding. We chose to do a Murder Mystery Wedding week -end in Jim Thorpe, PA. Debbie created a ceremony customized to fit our personalities and relationship. Debbie suggested since we are Irish to do a “Tying the Knot” ritual, which included our siblings and mothers. It was so wonderful to have our family members participate in our vows. Debbie is comforting, caring, pleasant, and wonderful. It would not have been the same without her."

Mr. and Mrs. Ross

"We were so happy with everything you did for us! We have had so many people tell us both at the wedding and in the last month how beautiful it was and how the ceremony “fit” us. All of our friends loved the “love cup of beer ritual” and said it was so fitting. We want to say thank you for everything…We know you spent a lot of your time personalizing everything for us and we absolutely loved it."

Steph and Chris, St. Patricks Day, 2012

"We write to you over a month after you married us in the Rock Ridge Chapel to thank you for your magical gift to us. Your words and ceremony were crafted in a way that honored our families and our love and created a sacred space for the community to witness our union. We cannot thank you enough for marrying us with such grace and authenticity: we could not have imagined a more perfect celebrant for our marriage."

Sophie and Isaac 2012

"When we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and began planning our wedding, we knew we wanted things to complement us, our personalities and what we esteemed to be sincere to us.

Contacting Deborah Belaus to officiate our wedding was simple and relaxed for us, yet professional and personal, too. Each time we contacted her, she was polite and quick in response. Our first meeting was informal and with young children in tow. Deborah, like us, took everything in her stride.

Deborah was very easy to work with when planning our wedding. though her email, meetings and “getting to know you” questions, Deborah really had a good idea of who we were. Her intuitive nature pretty much pinpointed exactly what we wanted for our wedding day, as she came to know how we met and more about each of our personalities. When we met at our wedding venue, to have a run through for the day, Deborah walked us through the plan and ceremony as well as worked with us to find a rainy day back up.

Deborah was brilliant from early days to the wedding day and beyond. Her genuinely openness to facilitate and officiate an amazing ceremony that identified just who we are, was exactly what made our family feel an intimate part of our wedding. We wanted our day to define us, on that day, and what we hope to grow to become. We wanted our family to not only have a peek at us and our dreams but to be a part of it all, too,if only for just one day. Our family really enjoyed the ceremony and that is exactly the way we wanted it.

Thank you, Deborah! You were an integral part of our beautifully, exquisite wedding day."

Becky and Bob August 2012

"Our ceremony was just so elegant, beautiful, private, touching and graceful-just the way we always envisioned. We still receive very flattering reviews about the ceremony. People tell us it was the most beautiful one they have ever been to.

Thank you so much for being helpful, attentive and professional."

Tatsiana & Ron, September 2013

"I recently was a guest at a wedding that Debbie Belaus officiated. It was one of the best wedding ceremonies that I have experienced. The ceremony was customized to fit the personalities of the bride and groom, the family members, and all the guests. What Debbie created was amazing–love, stability, promises all rolled into one perfect ceremony. She was professional, direct, soft, and she created an atmosphere that bound together every person that was there in unity, and happiness for a very special couple."

E. Schnellman

"Debbie captured what we wanted our ceremony to reflect. We received so many complements about how beautiful it was performed. The day went so fast that we wish we could do it again!"

Janet and Andere, October 2012

"My wife an I were extremely pleased with the wedding celebrant services provided by Debbie. She was very flexible and understanding with our needs, had an open mind with all of our ideas, and also had some great suggestions of her own that we put to use. Debbie created a beautiful and unique ceremony that reflected our relationship and personalities, drawing influences from different cultures and spiritual backgrounds. We wanted a non-tradional wedding, with vows and blessings that truly defined who we are as a couple and that’s exactly what we received. I can’t even count how many compliments we received after the ceremony ended, but our guests loved what Debbie had created for us. She is professional, while being caring and friendly and has a calmness about her that makes a stressful situation easier to handle. We are elated with Debbie’s contribution to our special day and couldn’t be happier with the results."

Nick and Melissa 2012