With This Ring
About Rev. Carleen Burns
(Photography by Christopher McGuire Photography)
My services are based on the belief that my couple's needs are of the utmost importance. I am committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of my business is from vendor and customer's referrals. So that my children and bridal couples are my priority, I am solely devoted to a wedding ministry and do not tend to a church congregation. I am ordained and authorized to solemnize marriage almost anywhere in the USA, but concentrate on Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana. I obtained my ordination to officiate weddings through the Universal Life Church - an interfaith and nondenominational ministry. Because the ULC embraces diversity of beliefs, it allows me to perform a wide variety of ceremonies--from the very secular to the very religious. As a non-denominational minister, I will not ask for a religious commitment or counseling sessions from my couples.
I spent the first 12 years of my life in Grand Rapids and enjoy visiting the area. I have lived in the Kalamazoo area since then. I graduated from Parchment and currently live in the Mattawan school district with my husband, Brian, sons Travis and Brandon, and our Cavalier Spaniel, Duke. My oldest, Jessica is out on her own now.
When not uniting happy couples in wedded bliss, I occasionally sub and volunteer at our schools and enjoy crafting and writing. I love what I do! I truly feel honored when a couple chooses me for such an intimate day of their lives, and take that trust very seriously. I strive to make the ceremony something they don't have to stress about and will remember fondly. Though my wedding ministry does help me provide something toward our household budget, this is a calling for me; not a "gold mine".
I try to run my business by this motto: To live as Christ is not to demand it of others, but to find it in myself, so that others may see.
I welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.
"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
-- When Harry Met Sally
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8769 Meadowview Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Varied by day, but please call anytime and feel free to leave a voicemail if I don't respond.