Sara Baillies Photography
Kristen and Danny’s wedding on Sunday at one of my favorite venues, The Eloise in Mt. Horeb, was so much fun to officiate. I always love telling the couple’s love story, and their proposal, in particular, was an amusing story to share with their guests. I also loved their wedding flowers. Their use of zinnias, coneflowers, cosmos, […]
WOW! Check out these absolutely stunning photos by one of my favorite wedding photographers to work with, Tara Draper Photography. Tara knocked it out of the park in capturing the love for Caitlin and Andrew and their beautiful wedding day. Here is what Tara wrote about this delightful couple: “Caitlin + Andrew – What a […]
“Pat was fantastic! We had a pretty general idea of what we wanted for our Wedding ceremony, but the guidance and assistance we received along the way were so valuable to helping us really put together the perfect ceremony, just like we wanted it to be. It was obvious to us, as the planning stages unfolded, that Pat and the Koru process would be suitable for many different types of couples, whether religious or not or spiritual in their own way or not, with the freedom to “pick and choose […]
I adore every couple I have the honor of marrying, but sometimes I get the opportunity to marry someone I have known for years. Skyler is one of those kids I watched growing up in our small town of Deerfield. Our families have been friends for years, and I was the long-term substitute teacher for his mom, Jennie’s 4th-grade class when Skyler was born. So I was flattered when Skyler and Heather asked me to officiate their ceremony at Harvest Moon Pond. Skyler and Heather love rock climbing, […]
I received a really sweet thank you note from Katie and David: “Dear Pat- We will forever be grateful to you had the opportunity to get to know you. You graced us with your comfort, confidence, and overall warmth, which allowed us the space to breathe and take in every moment. You are a very […]
I only met Taylor and Nicole a few weeks ago after Nicole had proposed to Taylor and wanted to get married on July 4th on Twin Lakes, where Taylor’s parents live. She didn’t know that Taylor already had plans to propose to her on July 4th. Although they went ahead with wedding plans, Taylor was […]
”Pat Werk was our officiant for our wedding ceremony last week. We met via zoom, which was very convenient for us, to plan and organize our ceremony. During our meetings, working with Pat was simple, wonderful, and informative. We chose to have Pat share our love story during our ceremony since we met during Covid. Some of our extended family and friends didn’t know our whole story! I can’t count how many people came up to us during our reception and asked if Pat was a […]
I had the honor of officiating Arturo and Elizabeth’s backyard wedding this afternoon. Arturo’s parents were visiting from Mexico, so he surprised them by getting married. To make it more accessible for some of the guests, I provided a printed copy of the ceremony in Spanish so everyone could follow along. And Arturo’s niece stepped in as the translator during the declaration of consent, vows, exchange of rings, declaration of marriage, and the introduction of the newly married.I learned that Ar […]
On June 16, 2021, Koru officiant Rev. Peter Leidy married Logan and Matt. One year later, Logan contacted Koru to ask if I would do a baby blessing for their daughter Emma. They loved working with Koru Ceremony and were delighted to learn that we did baby blessings/baptisms too. Celebrating another significant milestone in this […]
It was a joy to marry Krista and Shane last weekend at The Fields Reserve in Stoughton, WI. After the wedding, I received this sweet quick note from Krista. “Thank you for everything! People were absolutely blown away by our ceremony. I had so many people ask me throughout the night if you were a relative because […]
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.