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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is a New York City wedding officiant, journalist, and author, who has married hundreds of couples and has written extensively on love, romance, sex, marriage, and weddings.

She is a widely recognized as an expert on interfaith, intercultural, and highly personalized nondenominational weddings and is known for her warm, loving, and creative approach to blessing couples of all backgrounds. She has guided thousands of couples on their journey to the altar and beyond and also specializes in helping couples and families manage wedding conflicts and reduce wedding stress. New York Magazine lists her as one the top interfaith officiants in the NY.

A journalist for many years prior to her ordination, she began her career as an advice columnist for a local newspaper and has been called upon to share her insights on love, relationships, soul mates, and marriage ever since.

Rev. Laurie Sue has maintained an active ministry for over 15 years while also working as an online columnist and editor. Most recently, she was Love and Family Editor at the award-winning multifaith website Beliefnet.com and Emotional and Sexual Health Editor at EverydayHealth.com.

She is author of 13 books, including Your Perfect Wedding Vows, Your Interfaith Wedding: A Guide to Blending Faiths, Cultures and Personal Values into One Beautiful Wedding Ceremony (Praeger Books) and Wedding Goddess: A Guide to Transforming Wedding Stress into Wedding Bliss (Perigee/Penguin).

Visit Rev. Laurie Sue at http://www.YourInterfaithWedding.

Entries by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

Buddhist Wedding Blessings

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 12:54 PM

An interfaith couple recently asked me to create a ceremony that blends in, and celebrates, the bride's Buddhist family tradition with readings and ritual. I was reminded of some of the wonderful Buddhist blessings I have included in ceremonies over the years, for couples in which one partner was born...

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7 Ways to Make Your Wedding Ceremony Sacred

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 10:47 PM

Every time I officiate at a wedding ceremony I am awed by the extraordinary energy that becomes available when two people in love literally step up to commit themselves to sacred union. As an interfaith minister, I am frequently called upon to solemnize marriage vows outside of traditional religious settings,...

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9 Goddesses to Help With Money, Love, and Protection

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 1:42 PM

While deep into the study of comparative religions in seminary school, many years ago, I was surprised to discover the many feminine faces of the Divine. There are thousands of Goddesses, from many of the world's cultures, known by different names and images, which represent feminine aspects of divinity and...

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When You Are Standing At The Altar of Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 10:14 PM

Some couples absolutely love the idea of being the stars of their wedding day and welcome the spotlight.

Some couples truly are lost in the bubble of love that surrounds them on that day, and so focused on each other, that they never notice what is happening around them...

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How To Prepare Your Wedding Altar

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 9:34 PM

Everyone uses the term "wedding altar" but not everyone knows what it is, what it should contain, or who is responsible for bringing each item and setting it up.

As an officiant, I've set up hundreds of wedding altars for ceremonies reflecting many faiths and cultures, as well as personal...

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Marry Yourself: A Valentine's Day Ritual For Singles

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 4:38 PM

"To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness." ~ Robert Morely
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There is nothing in the world that beats the feeling of falling in love and being in love!

Many people fantasize of meeting the perfect...

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9 Rituals for Interfaith and Intercultural Weddings

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 4:21 PM

The wedding ceremony is a ritual unto itself yet many of the interfaith and intercultural couples I work with also opt for smaller, significant rituals within the ceremony.

There are many beautiful customs from world cultures and faiths. Woven into the wedding ceremony, they offer you the chance to affirm...

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Wedding Sand Ceremony Helps Blend Familes Together

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2015 | 11:21 PM

By many accounts, the sand ceremony originated in Hawaii.

It is said that a couple would stand on the beach to be married. During the ceremony the officiant would tell each partner to scoop a handful of sand from where the other stood, and would guide them in pouring the...

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6 Easy Ways to Deal With Wedding Jitters

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 4:26 PM

The nervous jitters of the wedding day may keep some butterflies fluttering in your stomach and distract you, even if you have prepared for this day in many ways. This is natural. It's all new to you and you feel a little nervous; okay, maybe you feel a lot nervous....

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Holiday Blessing for Couples in Love

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 1:44 PM

As you prepare for your upcoming wedding, or settle into married life, here is a special holiday blessing for couples in love.

May your partnership stay sweet
and filled with everyday graces.

May your home be a sanctuary,
vibrant with love, passion and beauty.

May your marriage be...

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Kahlil Gibran Wedding Readings

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Couples of all backgrounds and faiths appreciate the romantic inspiration on marriage and love by Lebanese-born author, poet, philosopher, and artist Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931).

While his classic book, The Prophet, spiked in popularity in the 1930s and again in the 1960s, some parts of the book have found a...

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9 Secrets to Finding the Right Wedding Officiant

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 4:15 PM

To create the right kind of wedding you have to select the right officiant--or officiants--but you need to have a clear understanding about what to expect in your work together.

Over time, I've gotten many frantic calls from couples that were in some way disappointed by the officiant they'd originally...

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Dealing With Wedding Drama

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 12:25 PM

I have spent quite a few hours in recent weeks talking with couples about family dynamics that are adding stress to their already-stressful wedding planning experience. It seems that certain situations are heightened as the wedding draws nearer, giving the couple more to worry about. Whether it's an interfaith, same-sex,...

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Surrender to Wedding La-La Land

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Although it is perfectly natural to worry how you will get through your wedding ceremony -- with all eyes on you -- I am here to tell you that it may not be as stressful as your fears have led you to believe!

On the wedding day, after months and...

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The Perfect Wedding Vows Are Different for Each Couple

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:21 PM

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Your wedding vows are often considered the hallmark of the wedding ceremony. They are meant to acknowledge your love and commitment, to share what you mean to each other, and to express promises that will build the foundation of your marriage. Personal vows...

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5 Solutions to Bridal Stress

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:16 PM

In our culture, brides and stress go hand-in-hand.

Bridal stress is unique. It is essentially temporary, yet is often connected to deeper emotional challenges and is exacerbated by family dynamics . There is often a decision to make, or challenge to resolve, at every turn and any little disruption...

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How Fifty Shades of Grey Enticed Us With Erotic Triggers

(7) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:00 PM

With the scheduled release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie trailer on "The Today Show" this Thursday, fans are getting excited about seeing their favorite characters and scenes come to life on the big screen.

Let me just admit, up front, that I am one of those fans.

I...

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11 Inspiring Quotes About Self-Love

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Love makes the world go round, but self-love is where it starts!

It is important in all aspects of life yet it is especially important to your relationship. The first stop on the road to romance is you. It is honoring and loving oneself that opens the door for another...

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Spice It Up! Erotic Romance Books Good For Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 3:57 PM

When I wrote my first erotic romance 20 years ago, it was sold in the secret back section of book stores, sex novelty shops, or by mail order, in a plain brown wrapper. How things have changed since Fifty Shades of Grey! These books are so much more accessible now...

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Homework Assignment for a Happier Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 5:20 PM

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When I begin to work with a couple on creating their wedding ceremony, I give them a homework assignment to write down what they love about each other and what marriage means to them. It helps them gather their thoughts about what brings...

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