The best part of a meeting for me comes at the end. That is when I'll find out about you and your relationship. I'll learn about the journey that has brought you to this exciting time in your lives. I'll try to find out what makes your relationship unique and learn some of the special stories that characterize your relationship. These stories could be about your how you met, your first date, an interesting proposal, or something funny or important that has happened to you together.
I particularly enjoy this aspect of being a Justice of the Peace, for it takes me back to my roots as a counselor, learning and understanding about people. I will take what I learn from you and weave it into three or four paragraphs that will personalize your ceremony and make it truly speak of you and who you are. This will be the only part of the ceremony that I do not show you ahead of time, although it will be in a copy of the complete ceremony that I give you after your are married. I like it to be a small surprise on your wedding day.
The mother of a bride I married said of this part of the ceremony, "It seemed he knew you all your life." That is always my goal, and it will be one of the aspects that will make your ceremony meaningful and memorable.