About

About
Ceremony

Photo courtesy of Kent Meireis Photography

I am Jen, a celebrant, ceremonialist, mother, wife, friend, teacher, facilitator, web worker, space holder, bi-coastal, multicultural, irreverent reverend, wedding and funeral officiant, & life-long student of ceremony, living outside of Boulder, Colorado.

I have facilitated ceremony of all kinds for the past 20 years, and happily, I am at home doing this kind of work. My passion for ceremony is the most valuable asset I bring when I join with you to create your ceremony. I am dedicated to creating custom ceremonies: I want to connect deeply with an individual, couple or family, and craft something special & unique.  I care deeply for my fellow humans, and pride myself on creating exceptional experiences for everyone I work with.

I honor all traditions, though I must admit I am not too fond of pushing my beliefs on another, or being pushed upon. I follow my own path. My best guide is the natural world: the earth, the stars, the sun, the moon and their rhythms are what most inform how I live. I believe in the simple things: kindness, forgiveness, acceptance and love. I think that the universe is far too large and mysterious to take myself too seriously, so I am a big fan of humor too.  I’m quite practical and grounded:  I do this work not because it is “the right way” or “the truth,” I do it because it brings beauty and joy and meaning and connection to myself and the people I work with.

No matter our spiritual or religious background, whether we are atheists or church goers, perhaps we can all agree on this: life is wonderfully mysterious. How could one gaze at a beautiful Colorado vista, or the stars stretching out into the universe, or a couple who is deeply in love, and not feel a sense of wonder?

Knee-deep in the cosmic overwhelm, I’m stricken
by the ricochet wonder of it all: the plain

everythingness of everything, in cahoots
with the everythingness of everything else.

-Diane Ackerman

Upon completion of a two year program, I was ordained in 2012 as a non-denominational “Minister of Walking Prayer” from the Center for Sacred Studies. I am also a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant, with a focus on funerals, memorials and end of life celebrations, with the Celebrant Institute & Foundation. I have been fortunate enough to work with, collaborate with, and learn from amazing ceremonialists all over the world.  I never want to stop studying ceremony, its artistry, and its profound impact on how we birth, how we die, and how we live all the moments in between.

I bring all of these aspects of myself to my role as a wedding & funeral officiant, celebrant, and ceremonialist. In the end, though, it is my intention that “I” disappear, so that your ceremony is a reflection of you.

Take a look at my thoughts on wedding ceremonies, funerals and other ceremonies, and please do get in touch if you would like to know more.

“The whole world is, to me, very much “alive” – all the little growing things, even the rocks. I can’t look at a swell bit of grass and earth, for instance, without feeling the essential life – the things going on – within them. The same goes for a mountain, or a bit of the ocean, or a magnificent piece of old wood.” ― Ansel Adams