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Non-Denominational Officiators and Ministers


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Marguerite H. Sexton and Associates

Serving the Philadelphia Area and Beyond

JOURNEYS OF THE HEART is a non-denominational ceremonial service/ministry serving the Delaware Valley and beyond.  We are the wedding ceremony specialists.  We will custom-design your wedding ceremony according to your exact style and specifications, or we can provide one of our own.  We are experienced in traditional, non-traditional, inter-faith and ethnic weddings.  Each ceremony is created with meaning, care, taste and sensitivity.  Our fees are reasonable; our service is the best.  Every ceremony is relaxed, yet dignified and beautiful.  Your wedding day should be the day of your dreams.  Call JOURNEYS OF THE HEART, and it will be.  Listed below is a compilation of letters couples have written to various JOURNEYS OF THE HEART officiants in response to their non-religious, interfaith or religious wedding ceremonies. 

'Absolutely nothing is more important than the wedding ceremony itself -- not the music or the food, the clothes or the photographer.  The wedding ceremony is the heart of the wedding day.  Indeed, the ceremony is the very first step into your new life together and should be honored accordingly.. ' Marguerite Sexton, Journeys Founder


Reactions non-religious ceremonies

' We thought that our ceremony would involve a big compromise between what we wanted and what was socially expected.  We never imagined we could have such a personal, inspiring and meaningful service.  Our parents and friends were elated for us, our families and friends & a magical experienced that we will never forget.  Sherry and Brian '


' Your personal touch brought us to tears.  We. re so happy to hear that a few couples from our wedding have booked Journeys of the Heart for their ceremonies.. ' David and Maggie '


' Everyone wanted to know how we found you.  You made us feel so comfortable, we felt like we have known you for years.  It meant the world to us.. ' Ross and Lisa .


' We wanted to let you know how appreciative we are for the beautiful words, service and blessings you provided for our wedding.  It truly was a magical day.  We attended three other weddings since ours & and none had the uniqueness, nor did they capture the personal bond between the couple in the way that ours did.. ' Erika and John .


' Thank you for helping us find the words to express so many things that we felt, that we've hoped for, that we've shared.' . Phil and Debby .


' It's been nearly two years and our guests are still raving about our beautiful wedding at Tiramisu.  Thank you for the families you unite and bless.. ' David and Judy .


' A huge thank you for working with us to create a ceremony special and unique - - and on such short notice! ' Janna and Mark .


' We cannot thank you enough for making our wedding ceremony so beautiful and memorable.  You are so special to us . we feel like we have known you all our lives and we love you!. ' Andy and Sonia .


' Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the most beautiful wedding ceremony ever!  All our guests commented on how absolutely wonderful it was.. ' Kelly and Harry .


Reactions to interfaith ceremonies

' Our guests could not stop raving about our ceremony.  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that at least ten people approached us during the cocktail hour wanting to know more about you.  Both of our families were impressed, comfortable and thrilled that neither religion was excluded in any way.  Our wedding surpassed our dreams.  We'll never forget the words you said . They're words we plan to live by.. ' Julie and Tom .

&and from Julie's mother:  . Thank you for the most beautiful wedding ceremony that could possibly have taken place on this earth.'


' It's difficult to find the words to express how we feel about our wedding ceremony.  You were the hub of the most memorable and special day of our lives.  Looking back, we could never have imagined anyone more suited for such a role.  You made us feel calm, you made a challenging situation into a feeling of togetherness and unity.  You expressed our deepest feelings with the most respect and care.  For this and more we are forever thankful.'  . Tamar and David .


' We'd like to thank you for helping us, as well as our guests, feel comfortable, for discussing and incorporating our ideas, and especially for the power and strength with which the words resounded during the ceremony.  Many people have told us that this is by far the most beautiful and touching wedding they had ever attended.'  - Barbara and John .


'We are so grateful for the beautiful ceremony you performed and your gentle ways of making everyone feel at ease.  Both families were extremely pleased with the whole evening.  You made a great impression on everyone with your thoughtful words.'  - Marc and Theresa .


' We believe you were sent to us by God to provide us with the most beautiful wedding ceremony ever.  Thank you, Journeys of the Heart, for everything!'  Patty and Matt .


Some reactions from parents to their children's interfaith ceremony

'We would like to extend our sincere gratitude for making Kiersten's and Box's wedding day such a memorable occasion.  You reaffirm my belief that the religions of the world and their subsequent differences are superceded by genuine spirituality and the quest for oneness, peace and unity found in each of our hearts. ' Bob and Phyllis (parents of the bride) .


' Julie and David's wedding was very touching . with both old and new traditions.  Also, your explanations of those traditions made it more enjoyable for everyone.  Many of the guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was.'  Alberta (mother of the bride)


' We were very delighted with the ceremony you created for John and Ali's wedding.  Extracting and distilling some of the traditions from each religion and creating a warmth and meaningfulness which would be memorable is no easy task!  But you certainly did that.  Thank you for being sensitive to each family and, of course, the kids.  They certainly had a great start with you!. ' Linda and David (parents of the groom)


' Thank you for providing us with a day we will cherish forever.  We watched the video the other night and worlds can't express the joy it brought into our hearts to relieve the ceremony again.. ' Colleen & Jason -

Reactions religious ceremonies

' We just returned from our honeymoon and we can't stop thinking about our wedding and how wonderful it was.  Dave said he doesn't even want to see the video because the ceremony is etched in his mind and he doesn't want to spoil the picture.  Everyone kept asking us where we found you.  People thought we wrote our own vows.  I explained that you helped us find the words.  We can't thank you enough..  Susan and David .


' We are glad that we chose to do our ceremony a little on the untraditional side and that you were there to guide us in the best way imaginable.  You were a great calming inspiration.  Thank you for saying all the right things at the right time.  It was all so perfect.  Every time I looked at you, you were so reassuring and always smiling.  May God continue to bless your wonderful work.. . Melanie and Drew .


. You truly heard what we were saying as we explained what we wanted in a ceremony.  Many thanks for your guidance and personal touch.  It was the best ever.  It was very important that we have a personal yet spiritual ceremony.  We are so pleased to have accomplished that. . Marie and Gene .


. How to thank you?  There. s just no way to adequately express how happy we were with our ceremony.  We. re encouraging everyone in Boston to get married down there!  A million thanks from the heart. . Steve and Erica .


.How can we ever say thank you enough?  The ceremony you wrote and performed for us was absolutely beautiful!  Thee wasn. t a dry eye in the house, including our own.. . Aaron and Elisa .


. We want to thank you for performing such a unique and touching ceremony.  In most of the ceremonies we. ve attended, the officiant talks at the congregation, where you eloquently engaged them and made them a part of our special day.  We were grateful that you were able to easily get everyone organized prior to the ceremony.  We will carry your words with us always..  Angel and Joe .


Other Weddings

Senior Citizen Elopement

. Thank you for such a beautiful ceremony, so beautifully executed & and such a surprise!  Your precious ceremony will be read many times and be preserved with our special items.  God bless you in your holy work.  Looking forward to your visit at Willow Valley. . Lisa and Bill .


Using eastern religious tradition

. Hello/Salam!  We really appreciate your originality and open-heartedness.  You were really a gift from God for us, especially being familiar with Iran and all.  Please keep up your good work.. . Elizabeth and Reza -

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