Testimonials / Non-traditional Weddings:
Maria & Michael
This past Summer we had thehonor of being married by an exceptional person, Rev. Jim Francek. Jimtook the time to capture the essence and meaning of our love andinfuse it into our ceremony. The experience was spiritually moving andthought evoking. He truly has many gifts among which is his beautifulvoice in word and song, his connection to the earth, his care for thevirtues of marriage, and his process by which he becomes your friend.On a day which represented our future, when all our loved oneswitnessed our commitment it was nothing short of MAGIC because of him.
Carolyn & Robert
We feel extremely blessed tohave had Jim Francek officiate our wedding. He is a wonderful andcaring individual and he listened intently to our thoughts and ideasregarding not only our wedding day, but also how we envisioned ourfuture marriage together. From the beginning he worked closely with usproviding us guidance to realize the strengths of our relationship andthe individual traits that we both would be bringing to this marriage.We really appreciated Jim’s input and creativity in helping us workthrough the details of our ceremony; he truly understood our desirefor a unique and thoughtful wedding day. The ceremony itself exceededall of our expectations and we received many compliments from guestson how touched they were. We feel confident that Jim was the perfectperson to officiate our marriage.
Corey & Steve
Jim Francek has a genuine attitude of commitment he makes to you as a couple, as you make one of the biggest steps in your life. Jim helped us from day one in our first meeting to learn who each of us were, to and to identify each others strengths. This beginning exploration became the the building for the creation of a personal and meaningful ceremony. This experience gave Corey and I a sense of, "Wow, this person actually cares about who we are and what we are about!" It's refreshing to knowa man like Jim exists. He invited us to an eye-opening experience thatwe will take with us and use for the entire length of marriage. Wetook a day with him and other couples and reflected on who we reallyare and how we act and react to each other. This short per-marriageretreat was priceless, Corey and I learned many new things about eachother which have helped us. Jim is one who really understands why twopeople make this commitment and takes pride and joy in delivering aservice that relays the true message of a wedding---the unity of twopeople and professing that love publicly in front of loving friendsand family. The reception is great, but when it follows of servicelike this it looks like a mere bonus. Your family and friends will befloored. All in all, a ceremony with Jim is like he says, withoutboundaries, and he let us dictate how we wanted our ceremony to be andhe added his wonderful and powerful words that had most people intears. Thanks Jim! We look forward to working with you again on anyfuture retreat!
Testimonials / Ceremonies drawn from Native American and Christiantraditions:
Todd & Kate
Kate and I had a wonderfulwedding outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. Our pre-marriage experience withJim & Pat assisted us to identify differences that we had in ourpersonalities and communication styles that we needed to be aware ofas we embarked on our journey together as a married couple. Theinsight and understanding that they provided has proven to be aninvaluable cornerstone of our healthy relationship. The weddingceremony itself was a wonderful mix of traditions encompassingelements of the Native American and Christianthought and insight. Jimwas excellent at establishing a sacred spiritual space and guiding usthrough the ceremony in a way that left a lasting impression on us andall of those who joined us for our special day.
Testimonials / Wedding between a Christian & Muslim:
Kristin & Patrick
"It wasn't about the ritualor ceremony, it was about the people -- unique individuals, united asa couple. Through our preparation with him and his deep commitment tous -- understanding and counseling us a couple -- Jim was able tocreate a celebration that reflected our personalities, values,religious traditions, and dreams as a couple."
Kevin and Amina
Jim... Thank you so much for performing our wedding ceremony this past weekend. It truly was a beautiful ceremony and an amazing day that you started for us. We greatly appreciate it. Everyone of our family members and friends had great things to say about your and Dr. Abraham's leading of our ceremony. They all loved it and thought that it was so well done. We both really enjoyed working with you up to the big weekend.
Testimonials / Wedding including Jewish & Catholic Traditions:
Shira & Tom
At first, Tom and I had areally difficult time deciding on what our wedding should be as wecame from two different religions and backgrounds. Our challenge wasfiguring out how to involve and include both of our faiths and at thesame time honor the traditions from our different ethnicities andreligions. We considered having a Rabbi and a Priest but that justdidn’t seem to fit our personalities or our vision of the ceremony. Assuch we reached out to Jim. He took the time to get to know us and ourneeds as individuals and as a couple. He respected where we both camefrom and honored our traditions without it being overwhelming to theother family. He was able to put a wonderful ceremony together whichtook both traditions and religions and our spirituality and wrapped itall into one beautiful event. After the ceremony many family membersand friends commented on just how special our ceremony was and howthey all felt a part of it. Both of us look back and know we pickedthe best person to marry us.
Testimonials / Traditional Weddings:
Justin & Stephanie
From the pre-marriagecounseling to the ceremony itself, Fr. Jim played a crucial role inour lives that has benefitted us to this day. He and his wife Pathelped us to understand ourselves better with pre-marriage sessionsand consequently this gave our marriage and our ceremony more meaning.The wedding day itself went without hitch and having him perform ourmarriage was a real life blessing. Many of our friends, family andguests commented on how unique, impressive and touching the ceremonywas.
Matt & Allison
Soon after making contactwith Jim it became obvious why he comes so highly recommended. Beforeeven discussing our Wedding ceremony we commenced with some“pre-work”. The pre-work involved a series of assessmentswith the goalof getting to know yourself and your partner better; a highly valuableexercise. During the planning of the ceremony we were pleasantlysurprised at how highly customizable the content was. Over the yearsJim has collected a good number of readings, prayers and variations onceremony which allow enough flexibility for a couple to make theirwedding exactly what they want it to be, but without the daunting taskof finding or building all the content themselves. In delivering theceremony Jim did a fantastic job with many of our guest commenting onwhat a genuine, down-to-earth and thoughtful message Jim delivered.Jim, thanks for all your help and good luck to you in the future.
Courtney & Matt
We both want to thank youagain for your support, guidance and inspiration throughout thewedding process. The words you spoke at our ceremony and the knowledgeyou equipped us with prior to our big day have prepared us for a longan successful marriage. We will always remember what you have done orus and practice what you have preached. With Warm Thanks,
Laren & Antonio
I don't normally writereviews so this will be short and sweet but Jim was a fantasticofficiant. He was patient, kind, knowledgeable, and professional. Wedidn’t write our own vows but he had a great selection of writings andreadings to choose from. He was the perfect amount of spiritual andserious without the ceremony being boring. I highly recommend him!!!!