Hello! My name is Laurie Lemek, CFD, AIFD, PFCI, AAF.
What do those designations mean?
I am a Certified Floral Designer (CFD) through the American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD), which I was inducted into in 1991. I am also a member of the Professional Floral Commentators International (PFCI), and last year I was inducted into the American Academy of Floriculture (AAF).
I am a Justice of the Peace in the State of Connecticut. Therefore, in accordance with the law of Connecticut and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the law of Connecticut, your union will be legal in the State of Connecticut.
I am an ordained, non-denominational Wedding Officiant and Civil Celebrant, legally sanctioned to perform weddings, commitments, and other rites of life in the state of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
I am ordained through the ULC — an interfaith and non-denominational ministry as well as an ordained member of both The Church of Spiritual Humanism and Open Ministry. Because these ministries embrace a diversity of beliefs, it allows me to perform a wide variety of ceremonies.
As a non-denominational celebrant, I will not ask for a religious commitment or require counseling sessions as a prerequisite of marriage from my couples.
All ceremonies are precious and wonderful are carried out in an open, loving, and non-judgmental environment.
I am both the Celebrant that assists in verbalizing what couples are feeling and the ordained Officiant that will make it official.
How It Works
Step 1: Meet & Greet
After your inquiry, I will contact you by email or phone to arrange to have our first meeting. At the first meeting, you will tell me about yourselves — both individually and as a couple. I will ask you to describe your vision for the ceremony as well as for your overall wedding day.
I truly enjoy getting to know your story, what brought you together, and what your hopes are for this union. As we get to know each other, we can determine if we connect and are the right fit for each other. There is no fee for the initial meeting.
Step 2: Next Steps
If you decide you think we'd be a great fit and would like me to be your Officiant, we will start the process! A simple contract will be signed and a 50% deposit will be due at the time of signing.
I will send you information regarding my assistance in planning the ceremony, writing the vows, and other important aspects of a wedding ceremony.
Step 3: Choosing Your Ceremony
We'll meet again to discuss your custom ceremony. I will explain a few commonly-used types of ceremonies and the various things those ceremonies entail to see what you like best. Using the information from this meeting and our initial meeting, I will customize the ceremony to fit the couple.