In the celebration of marriage, we come together in the presence of God to witness and bless the joining together of two people in Holy Matrimony. The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation, and in this sacrament we are witness to a vision of relationship, respect, and love that God intended for us. Marriage is a life-long, spiritual commitment that begins with your desire to form a lasting partnership with another person in God’s love, and continues throughout both your lives as a process of intentional living and growing together. In this holy union, each of you as an individual, and together as a couple, gradually transform and mature in God’s presence and image.

If you are considering marriage or the blessing of a civil union, you must first meet with our rector, Adam Yates–dates will not be booked prior to an initial meeting with the rector. In all cases, the couple must contact the clergy at least 60 days in advance of the anticipated wedding date, although we recommend contacting clergy 6 months, or more, in advance. This gives the couple and the clergy ample time to complete 4-6 sessions of premarital work and make appropriate arrangements for the wedding ceremony.

Photography

A wedding ceremony or blessing of a civil union is a religious service and an act of worship. Flash photography is not allowed during the service itself, and photographers must meet with the rector at least 2 weeks before the ceremony in order to ensure that photography does not interfere with the worship. You are welcome to take pictures prior to or after the service.

Music

Music is normally supplied by our Music Director, Maryann McCary. All music, even if provide by someone other than the Music Director, is under her direction and must be appropriate to a sacred liturgy (at the priest’s discretion). If you hire your own organist or other musician, a fee will still be applied for the Music Director.

Fees

St. Stephen’s has adopted the following as the fee schedule for weddings. Members are considered to be people who worship with us on a regular basis.

  • Building Use:  For the use of the sanctuary (the parish hall is available for receptions for an additional fee)
    • Member: $250
    • Non-Member: $400
  • Sexton:
    • Member/Non-Member: $100
  • Organist:
    • Member: $150
    • Non-Member: $200
  • Clergy:
    • Member: $250
    • Non-Member: $400