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! 

Since then, I have had the absolute privilege of officiating over 150 wedding ceremonies.  I have seen quite a bit on this journey (the good, the bad, and the lovely), and it gives me pride to have the expertise to guide a couple through creating a ceremony that flows with ease and truly sets the tone for the rest of the wedding.  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 where the magic begins and  I feel like I am the absolute luckiest person in the world to have a job that celebrates love every single day! 

Shelly A. Mead
New Hampshire Justice of the Peace