Wedding Vessel

What could be a more fitting symbol for a marriage than this? The belly is our shared life experience. The two spouts - our unique approaches, the naked surface, our new canvas. In some traditional Indigenous American and Mexican wedding ceremonies the vessel is used in the marriage rite. The “Novios” pass the vessel back and forth until each has sipped from both spouts. How fitting a metaphor for learning to see from the perspective of our mate! The vessel becomes a remembrance of the vows that were taken and the new container we have created together. These vessels are all one of a kind, made from white stoneware on a potter’s wheel, and assembled by hand.  The surfaces are smoothed and unglazed. This naked surface is also a metaphor. To become truly present and awake we must strip ourselves bare of our past and our agenda. “Sacred Union” gives us a chance to let go of our pre-conceived ideas of who we are. We come to one another as children – innocent and open. Together, we paint a life upon this blank surface. In our surrender to living from LOVE we discover who we really are – beyond our self-image, opinions or stories.

 

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Kind Words

"Since our time was short, we needed to find someone quickly to officiate our wedding in Mendocino, CA. We not only found that in Rev. Nansee New, but we also connected with her immediately. She provided all the care and input we needed as though we had worked with her for months. We created a perfect ceremony overlooking the ocean! Thanks Rev. New for your great services!"
– David and Joann Chaney, San Jose