My name is Rabbi Irving Luchans. I am an ordained Rabbi who believes that marriage is a blending of the beliefs, spirituality and love of two individuals. Ceremonies are designed for couples with various beliefs, backgrounds and situations. Love knows no religious boundaries, and your wedding ceremony deserves to reflect your own, unique oneness as a couple.
I have extensive experience working with Interfaith and multi-cultural couples. You are encouraged to celebrate your diverse backgrounds by incorporating rituals, blessings, prayers and readings reflective of your heritage. These can be adapted in a universal context for interfaith, intercultural, and interracial marriages. These traditions can be celebrated with or without religious context, as well. The symbolism of the rituals within interfaith and intercultural ceremonies is explained to all those present. Interfaith couples often feel it important that clergypersons of both their faiths participate in the marriage ceremony. I am happy to co-officiate with clergypersons of other faiths.
• Ketubah • Chuppah • Seven Blessings • Kiddush cup • Breaking of the glass • Bedeken • Unity candle • The sign of peace • Wrapping of hands • Giving of coins • Irish wedding blessing • Iranian sofreh • Native American blessings • Japanese Sake ceremony • Hindu Seven Steps • Chinese symbolism • Buddhist ceremonies and rituals
The heart of your wedding is your ceremony. The ceremony is about yourselves, your love, your relationship and your families. It reflects who you are and what you believe. Together we create a unique, meaningful and memorable ritual to celebrate this special day. Whether it is a traditional ceremony or one that we create together, it will honor, reflect and enhance your personal faith and feelings. I will use those ideas, wishes and values that are meaningful specifically to you as a couple in the creation of your personalized ceremony. For example, we ensure that your traditions are honored and celebrated in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable. The Spirituality of your commitment to each other is emphasized. Family issues are reconciled with great sensitivity.
We honor and embrace life’s complexities and assist in bringing togetherness to this sacred moment. To find love once is in itself a miracle, to find it again is a testimony to the human spirit and God's infinite compassion. For couples with children, there are wonderful ways to include and honor them in the ceremony, as well.
No two ceremonies are alike. Your ceremony reflects you. Each couple has their own particular magic. I seek to find that magic and convey it back to you and to all those present. In order to get to know one another, I ask many questions, so I can then speak to your hearts and your souls during the ceremony. In this way, your ceremony shall remain alive within you, resonating throughout your married lives.