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Rev. Eloris Rogers-Wilhite is a leading interfaith and non-denominational wedding officiate. In addition to her expertise in creating personalized interfaith, multicultural and non-denominational weddings; she has created a unique venue of not only officiating chapel, home and garden weddings, but actual ‘wilderness weddings’ and ‘theme’ weddings. These ceremonies have been held on top of a ski mountain on skis, or snow shoes, in a mountain meadow, at a dude ranch, horseback, on a lake or river beach, even in a hot springs and much more.
Contained in her book “Wilderness Weddings, How Do We Say I Do?” you will a selection of vows, verses, endearments, blessings, new and old customs, protocols, and legalities, which are presented to assist you in planning and participating in your own wedding when your thinking: “How Do We Say I Do”?
Eloris created this book about the Wilderness Weddings that she has been officiating for over 30 years. She has compiled information, ideas and suggestions for assisting couples to have a truly meaningful wedding. Assisting families to ‘reach across the aisle’ when joining two different cultures, religious backgrounds, or histories is an important step in making new traditions based on the old while the couple is creating their new venture together. She is widely recognized as a wedding stress expert who helps couples and families have a calmer wedding planning experience. She has done extensive research to creatively merge many traditions and faiths by keeping the focus on love nourished by romance and the desire to not only marry the right partner but to be the right partner.
The wedding ceremony sets the tone for your future life together, living together with humor to temper stress and comfort to ease pain. As husband and wife, potential father and mother, they will be nurtured by sharing laughter, joy, affection, comfort and trust. You’ll find the material in this book will be helpful in putting your thoughts together to create your own very personal ceremony.
There have been hysterical moments when many wedding rehearsals and even the weddings themselves, have had their unexpected moments. Laughter is not only the best medicine for illness but laughter is also the best medicine for stress and somberness. e.g. The little ring bearer accidentally drops the rings and they roll under the seats of the guests and he immediately drops down and starts crawling around under the chairs to retrieve them. There was the Cowboy wedding where the groom wanted to ride his ‘spirited’ stallion to the hay-bale aisle. His father thought it wise to give the horse some sedative before the ‘ride’. At the appropriate moment the groom came weaving up the trail on his horse like they had both been out drinking all night.. the guests all howled in laughter.
Another amazing experience came out in the woods when just after the bride came down from a grove of trees with her father toward the wedding circle, two bear cubs came running by, the maid of honor shrieked and ran screaming down to the cars. The cubs ran away, Mama Bear never showed herself and all went well, after the laughter. There are so many funny moments the list could make a whole new book. Speaking of which she is working on a new book; "After The Garden", a history of weddings and their traditions throughout the history and pre-history of man and woman joining together to live as life partners.