Law Office of Don E. McClure November 2017

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At the beginning of the year, my wife’s cousin, Jose Luis Arredondo, and his fiancée, Monica Cano, approached me with a unique request.

Knowing my background in law, Jose Luis and Monica had decided that they wanted me to officiate their wedding! I was so surprised and honored by their request, and I accepted without hesitation.

However, I put a plan together and we practiced. When Oct. 8 finally arrived, I felt confident in our plan. Our friends and family were surprised to see me up there with Jose Luis and Monica, but I jokingly reassured them that this wedding was indeed real and legal before we started the ceremony. The wedding went smoothly and surprisingly quickly, and it was truly beautiful. There were plenty of happy tears and laughter throughout the day, and Jose Luis and Monica beamed the entire ceremony. “Our friends and family were surprised to see me up there with Jose Luis and Monica, but I jokingly reassured them that this wedding was indeed real and legal before we started the ceremony.” I’ve known Jose Luis over 12 years. Edith and I actually lived with him at one point in our lives, and if I can say one thing about Jose Luis, it’s that he is one of the most generous people I know. I was so touched that they asked me to be a part of their special day, and it was truly and honor to officiate their wedding. Overall, it was a beautiful and great experience, and I wish them a lifetime of love and happiness.

of my office. Funny enough, I wasn’t very concerned with the actual duties of a minister as I was about my role in the way the wedding was supposed to progress. So, most of my research revolved around those responsibilities. After I took an online class and paid the registration fee, I became an officiant, and I was able to legally marry Jose Luis and Monica. My research continued after my certification, which might sound silly, but this was an important event, and I love Jose Luis and Monica very much, so I wanted their day to be perfect. As October approached, Jose Luis and Monica came to visit me so that we could talk through their schedule of events. As it turned out, the only thing Jose Luis and Monica wanted for certain was a unity ropes ceremony, in which the bride and groom hold three strands (representing the bride, groom, and God) and weave them together. The braid represents the strengthening of the relationship and God being woven into the marriage. Other than that, my cousins told me that I could do whatever I wanted with the rest of the ceremony.

Although I am a bar-certified lawyer, I knew I would not be able to officiate without becoming a registered minister. I wasn’t completely sure how long the process would take, so I started researching and studying so I could be prepared come October. The internet is a wonderful place, so I was able to find all of the information I needed from the comfort

-Don E. McClu re, Jr.

Since this was my first time officiating a wedding, I felt the pressure, and I knew it was going to be a big project.

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