Why I Love Journeying With Wedding Couples!
I look forward to working with you and your partner to creating a ceremony reflective of the two of YOU – your values and passions!
Getting to know each of you more deeply and creating a ceremony that speaks to your ideals is a core part of my wedding process.
I typically meet 7 times with couples in order to create this personal relationship. Conversations explore everything from how each of your similarities and differences strengthen your union, to financial decision making, crafting the wording for your ketubah (wedding contract), personal growth dreams, navigating conflict, commitment to social justice, and how you envision celebrating holidays together.
Committed to your partnership, I offer tools to co-create a JOYOUS marriage!
Jewish, Interfaith, & Spiritual Ceremonies
I enjoy tailoring sessions to each couple's interests: creation of your spiritual life, delving more deeply into a wedding's ritual elements, creating traditions as a couple...the universe is wide open!
I am delighted to work with interfaith couples. Interfaith weddings are a transformative integration of a couple’s beliefs, ideals and cultures. I will help you find ways to include your entire family in the ceremony as well as incorporate personal prayers and rituals.
Creating spiritual, non-religious ceremonies is another passion of mine. Let's speak more about blessing the sanctity of your wedding drawing on the wisdom of nature, Oneness between humans, and connecting with the Force of Love surrounding us.
As a rabbi passionate about creative ritual, we also explore pre-wedding rituals in nature to mark this special time in your lives.
*Photo credit: Alison Vagnini
I am, honored to officiate LGBTQ wedding ceremonies. The ceremony is largely identical to other weddings, with language changes as appropriate. I will help you create a ceremony that reflects your values as a couple. I am also a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.
*Photo credit: @narrativerange
Ceremony Location & Destination Weddings
I look forward to sanctifying and sharing the joy of your sacred occasion in any spot your heart desires!
Through the use of Zoom, pre-marital sessions and wedding planning can be conducted from anywhere, and I am delighted to travel to personally conduct your wedding ceremony.
Already Have an Officiant & Need Help Creating Your Ceremony?
You can't wait for your loved one to officiate at your wedding AND resources to guide you and your officiant sound fantastic!
I offer 3 levels of support:
✶Petit: 1 meeting or video call with each couple and their officiant sharing the basic elements of a Jewish wedding ceremony and answering any questions.
✶Grande: 3 meetings or video calls.
~Getting to know you as a couple, your connection with your officiant, and your vision for your ceremony.
~Guidance with all the details of your ceremony. Co-creating a service that feels, personal, JOYOUS, with just the right amount of tradition and creativity.
~A run-through of your ceremony with your officiant. Ensuring everyone feels confident about language & choreography. Let's affirm a clear and no-worry approach for your big day!
✶Venti: All the goodies of a Grande + pre-marital support to rock the socks off marriage. I customize content and number of sessions for each couple.
Conversations explore everything from how each of your similarities and differences strengthen your union, to financial decision making, crafting the wording for your ketubah (wedding contract), personal growth dreams, navigating conflict, commitment to social justice, and how you envision celebrating holidays together.
I also happily co-officiate with your loved one as well as progressive clergy!
Vow renewals are another way for couples to sanctify a significant anniversary. Couples may choose to stand under the chuppah again together, surrounded by friends and family, and offer blessings of love and affirmation to celebrate all their marriage has brought them and all it will continue to bring.
Celebrating the JOURNEY!
I relish honoring each couple's entire wedding journey. We share a creative nature-based ritual to create intentionality as part of this exciting new chapter in their lives!
This stirring ritual with Elaine and Steven was in Rocky Mountain National Park. Check out both pictures, we clean up pretty well. 😊
"She's the best - look no further! Rabbi Marshall was really invested in developing an actual relationship with us. Guests continue to tell us how much they loved the ceremony & Rabbi Marshall specifically!
Rabbi M., you were amazing, & Melinda and I couldn't think of anyone better to help us start this chapter of our lives together. You rock!" ~Charlie & Melinda
"Coming from different backgrounds (Jewish and Christian/Secular), it was really important for us to have a ceremony that could honor and include all of our loved ones. We were absolutely blown away by the result. When we began the series of meetings, we never could have imagined the impact that the process would have on us, the wedding, and even our guests. It is hard to put into words just how meaningful and sacred our ceremony was. We will cherish our time under the chuppah for the rest of our lives. Even now, 6 months after our wedding, we still are continuously hearing from our family and friends how touched they were by our ceremony.
We also loved our premarital counseling meetings- they became a ritual we looked forward to. Each meeting brought us closer together and challenged us to see each other more clearly than before. Rabbi Marshall got to know us and what we needed to ground us in our love for each other during the sometimes stressful process of planning a wedding. We could not recommend Rabbi Marshall enough to anyone who wants to pursue a loving, personal, and spiritually restorative path to their wedding." -Hannah and Kevyn
"Our wedding ceremony was perfect and we’re so grateful for you, and your open, collaborative spirit that helped us generate much of the content together on our video call! We couldn’t have done it with such grace, intention, and woven tradition, without you." -Amy and David
"Having Jessica as the officiant of our wedding was the detail I didn't know I needed to make the day perfect. She not only was a calming and loving presence on the day of the wedding, but took the time to create a ceremony that was unique to us in every way. She offered structure, ideas, and feedback when we needed, and took every idea or priority we had and included it with seamless flow. Jessica brought a spirituality to our nonreligious ceremony that emphasized our love for each other, our families, our friends, and the land itself." -Natalie and Erica
More Love from a couple...
We cannot rave enough about Rabbi Jessica Marshall’s skill and finesse as a wedding officiant. In fact, even now two months later, whenever we see guests from our wedding, each person remarks about the beauty and sincerity of the ceremony. We know from working with Jessica over the course of a half year leading up to the wedding why the ceremony was so perfect. Jessica has deep knowledge of how weddings can go and was able to be flexible and responsive to our needs. She listened closely, made suggestions, and then ultimately crafted a creative and personalized ceremony just for us. She took the time to understand what was important to us and who we are as a couple, sharing options and advice, but ultimately listening to what we wanted. She was fully willing to go with us on our journey, even when that meant changing our minds along the way a dozen times or so.
We always looked forward to talking with Jessica across the months because she had a way of grounding us again. She suggested we create a list of “wedding values” and revisit them when things felt overwhelming. We found this very helpful. She also always got us laughing and reflecting on what really matters. On one occasion, she asked us to shut our eyes, hold hands, and just talk about the feeling we wanted to have the day of the wedding.
Jessica was always patient, positive, and empathic along the journey of planning and developing our big day. So, it is no surprise that our guests remember the wedding ceremony as vividly as we do. Jessica was a calming presence the day of the wedding and throughout the ceremony. She brings her whole self to her work – her art really – and her authenticity during the ceremony helped us feel relaxed and authentic, too. She was able to manage some last-minute logistics with grace and humor – and then transition easily into leading a heart-felt ceremony. We remember the joy of standing there and celebrating our love with her – and the delight we felt in hearing her kind, wise, and witty words of wisdom throughout. ~Susan and Joanna
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