Your Love . Your Vows . Your Moment (HOME)

After 30 years of officiating weddings in Santa Fe, I have moved to beautiful Tucson. It it is my joy to serve couples here as each takes this next most important step in their relationship—the Celebration of “Love in Union” in the commitment of Marriage! View a beautiful wedding slideshow and read an introduction to this site.

Minister/Officiant Services I Offer for Your Wedding in Arizona

Your wedding is just that…yours! Let it simply reflect and celebrate who and what you are together. It is my interest and intention that as a couple you experience the ceremony that speaks to your personal, individual and honest vision of your marriage commitment. Learn about my services and fees.

Notes of Gratitude from Couples Whose Weddings I Have Been Honored to Serve

 

"We sensed your enthusiasm for making our ceremony unique and meaningful. Your words were chosen with care and hold deep significance for us." - Betsy & Dave, Texas. Read more testimonials

A Taste of the Wedding Ceremony in Tucson, Arizona

The essence of this commitment we honor as marriage, is the conscious choosing to live your life fully with another, in one’s entirety, as lover, companion, and most important, with a strong bond of true friendship. See excerpts from wedding ceremonies I've performed and a personal closing note on the ceremony.

Additional Ministerial/Officiant Services I Offer in Tucson, AZ

 

Toast Coaching, Baby Naming, Graduation Recognition, Home Celebration, Compassionate Memorials. Read more

Irene Swain

Non-Denominational Minister & Wedding Officiant

Serving Tucson, Oro Valley, and Marana, AZ

505-983-1799    irene@tucsonazweddings.com    PO Box 69402 Tucson, AZ 85737

© 2019 by Irene Swain. Created by K.G. Loving.

Photos © 2019 by Vladimir Chaloupka, Insight Photo, Robin Parrot, Kathryn Gabriel Loving, and Irene Swain

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Writing Your Own Vows Can Be More Special Than One Might Imagine

When consulting with couples about personalizing their wedding ceremony, I always add the option and suggestion of writing your own vows. Many times the immediate feeling or thought is that this would be too difficult, too intimate, or that reading wedding vows to their partner from a piece of paper, would not "look" good for the ceremony.  And..."I or my partner would just cry and not be able to read."


It is my observation and experience that writing your vows to your "be-loved" can be a fun, deep and meaningful experience in that it allows one the time and contemplation to muse over why this person is so important to them in their life.  It can also be a wonderful point of "sweet humor" coming into your ceremony. I have noticed many times that when one is expressing their appreciation for their partner, the partner is hearing, sometimes for the first time, an aspect of why they are loved so much.  This is a joy to behold!


Some couples write their vows on lovely little book-like stationary, in little scroll form with a ribbon tied around, or just take the folded up notebook paper out of their pocket.  I or the maid of honor usually have the bride's as she does not have a pocket.  It is just my romantic opinion, but reading your vows off of your iPhone is not what I would suggest!  I always make sure that the couple keep their original paper written vows with their marriage license so that they have them for keepsakes.   And if you "love-cry" while reading; well, we all are very, very happy to wait with full hearts.  I will hand you a kleenex. If the bride, your maid of honor will fix your eye-makeup right after the ceremony. And, we all will know there sure is "true love" present!