From the beginning God created humans in the image of God. Male and female, created to be in relationship with God and each other. Marriage, designed by God, to give us a life partner to be a help and support physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Marriage is a gift, but it is not always easy, especially living in a fallen and broken world. As a wife and a pastor/chaplain I recognize the preciousness of this relationship as well as the challenges – and invite couples to invest in this time to plan for the marriage and not just the ceremony. Premarital counseling is so beneficial for couples as it helps them consider all aspects of their relationship, even aspects they may not yet have experienced. This has become standard for weddings I officiant and takes 4-6 sessions that can be done in person or via zoom. The greatest benefit is that it makes for a more personal ceremony as I work with the couple to design the perfect ceremony that will bless and encourage the couple and the families and guests on this very special day!