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Koru Ceremony Turns 15

Filed in About Koru Ceremony — January 18, 2020

 

It’s hard to believe that it has been 15 years since I started Koru Ceremony. The first year I had 3 weddings.  I recently read through my very first ceremony and I see a rookie trying to figure out how to have a thoughtful and meaningful ceremony. But the words now feel clunky to me.  I can see how 15 years and literally hundreds of weddings has helped me hone and perfect how we work with couple to make a one-of-a-kind ceremony that will wow their guests.  Some couples I have lost touch with, others I have gone on to baptize their babies and bless their new homes.  Even if I don’t continue to connect with each and every couple, I still feel honored to have been a part of one of the best days of each couple’s life.

Over the years as Koru has continued to grow, I began turning away people because I didn’t have the time to be at every celebration.  So Amy, then Sarah, and now Peter came onboard to help with officiating.   Grace Episcopal Church subcontracts Koru to help with wedding coordination at the church so I have Sarah M., Caryn, and Gwen to help with those weddings when I am not available.  In other words, in 15 years Koru Ceremony has gone from 3 weddings to about 90 weddings per year.

Who knew 15 years ago that I would be able to do what I love and am passionate about – helping people celebrate various transitions throughout life’s journey whether it is for weddings or other rituals like vow renewals, baptisms, house blessings, blessingways, funerals/memorials, divorce, croning and milestone birthdays.  I truly feel blessed and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many lovely and delightful couples, families, and individuals.  Thank you!

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What does Koru mean?

KORU (kor-roo) is the Maori word for “loop.” For the indigenous people of New Zealand, the koru spiral represents a fern frond beginning to unfurl. The koru symbol embodies new beginnings, a new phase of life, renewal, hope for the future, positive change, personal growth, working in harmony, bringing people together, and being mindful of the good things in life.

At Koru Ceremony, we strive to personify these ideals and celebrate a new beginning through ceremony and ritual.

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