A Joyful Experience!

In 2017, my future sister-in-law and brother-in -law asked me if I would be interested in officiating their marriage.  I had never considered doing something like that before, but after some careful consideration, I agreed to become a Justice of the Peace in New Hampshire in order to legally marry them.  I loved going through the planning process with them!  When it was time to perform the wedding ceremony, I was nervous, of course, but everything came naturally to me once the ceremony began. I made an important discovery that day: joining two people together in marriage is a JOYFUL experience! 

It was this awesome experience that led me to start advertising that I was available to officiate marriages for anyone who has a New Hampshire marriage license.  It may sound cheesy, but I feel like I am the absolute luckiest person in the world to have a job that celebrates love every single day!  For me, it doesn’t matter if it is a big wedding or a private elopement; it is an honor to be a part of every ceremony that I officiate. 

It is my second favorite thing in the world (first is playing with my kids) to get to know a couple’s love story and to create a ceremony that takes them away from the madness of a wedding, and allows them for a few minutes, to truly celebrate and cherish each other.  That moment when the couple looks into each other’s eyes for the first time during their ceremony is the best!

Shelly A. Mead
New Hampshire Justice of the Peace