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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.

She has studied, and reported extensively on, how today's romance novels can empower women and have enhanced the sex lives of married couples, as well as looking into the impact of romantic fiction from the perspective of psychology and brain science.

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 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

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

(0) 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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14 Famous Quotes About Soulmates to Use in Your Wedding

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 4:10 PM

When writing a wedding ceremony, I often search for great quotes about love that are fitting to each particular couple. Often we will blend one or two into the ceremony. Some couples also use romantic quotes on their wedding programs.

Here are some of the favorite famous quotes about love...

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Greenwood Marriages and the Fiery Passions of Beltane

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 11:27 AM

It's May... It's May... the lusty month of May...

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Beltane, also known as "May Day," is the ancient Celtic fertility holiday that celebrated the rites of spring with much frolicking and fun. It begins at sundown April 30th and lasts all day on...

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Don't Wait Until the Last Minute to Get Your Marriage License

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

Many couples leave getting their marriage license to the last minute and end up rushing through it, missing the significance of the moment.

The day you go to get your marriage license is a major historical event in your relationship. It is a very "This is it!"...

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Weddings Open Our Hearts to the Promise of Love

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:24 PM

I have always loved this quote from Rev. Flower Newhouse, from The Meaning and Value of Sacraments.

"Most beloved of the sacraments is the one of marriage.

It symbolizes the fulfillment of earth's sweetest dream.

Almost any sensitive person can testify to the emergence of power that is...

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5 Hindu Traditions to Include In Your Interfaith Ceremony

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:17 PM

The Hindu ceremony, a rite known as a Samskara, has many components. It is quite beautiful and filled with chanting, Sanskrit blessings and rituals that are thousands of years old. In India, it can last days, or weeks. In the west, it typically is at least two hours long.

A...

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Wedding Reading: Recipe for a Good Marriage

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 6:27 PM

There isn't just one "recipe" for love and marriage.

When it comes to building a lasting relationship, each couple is unique and will face their own unique challenges and experience their own unique joys. Yet as you move through the seasons as a married couple, you will find there...

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Bridal Shower Ideas for the Non-Traditional Bride

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 8:16 PM

The concept of the bridal shower originated about 300 years ago. According to wedding lore, a Dutch woman's Dad refused to give her a dowry because he did not care for her choice in mates so all the women folk in the village got together and showered her with gifts...

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8 Ways to Soothe Yourself During Wedding Freak Outs

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 4:53 PM

Are you freaking out about your wedding? Here are 8 ways to get calmer, fast!

1. Get pampered. Research shows that massage is a great way to relieve stress. For the best stress relief, try foot reflexology. It is like a heavenly foot rub, but more importantly,...

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This Altar Can Represent Your Wedding Dreams and Goals

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:02 PM

One of the ways the human mind magnetizes the things we want in life is through visual imagery and ritual. It helps make our dreams more concrete, and helps us move toward them. This concept can help you clarify, and move toward, the wedding experience you truly desire.

In...

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A Special Ceremony to Honor Your Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:03 PM

First off, congratulations on your engagement!

Once a couple decides to marry, a journey begins. For some couples there will be a lot of parties and family gatherings to celebrate the coming wedding. It will be a topic of importance for the immediate families as they prepare for the big...

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Prayers for a Soul Mate and True Love

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 4:46 PM

These days, people don't just want love. They want soul mate love -- a relationship with someone who is perfect for them and meant to be.

One of the most important parts of the journey to finding true love is faith. You have to believe in your soul mate,...

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Keep Love Alive by Renewing Your Vows Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 9:23 AM

When you are about to get married, it feels like all the world is filled with love and nothing can ever happen to shake the strength of your romantic union -- or your faith in the relationship.

During wedding planning, even when there is stress, love feels exciting and...

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