Ordained Wedding Officiant Paula Mari Tepedino

Ordained Non-denominational Wedding Officiant in Berks, Montgomery & Lehigh Counties 

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Listen before you Walk

Posted on August 26, 2018 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I've heard a lot of beautiful music during a wedding ceremony and in particular, during the part, where the bride is walking down the aisle.

I've also heard a lot of music with lyrics that made me wonder if the couple had listened from start to end to the lyrics. Let's look at the song HAPPY. It was very popular last year. But if you read the lyrics it's not so HAPPY and it doesn't seem like something a bride would want to have on her special day. 

So before you choose that s...

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Empathy

Posted on May 22, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

These days, it's sometimes hard to hear or see 'good news'. News that is positive. News that isn't slanted or biased in anyway. And if there is positive news on regular media TV it usually is deemed a small slot either before the nightly news ends or begins.

Our world needs more coverage on those that uphold Empathy. 

What is Empathy? Empathy is understanding not just from the 'head' level - from the heart level most of all. Understanding and feeling what another is going thr...

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Don't Look Back

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Simple advice when regrets haunt your memories is to stay calm, breathe and look forward.

Getting engaged to prepare for your marriage is a huge step in your personal growth. The romance may fade; the lessons will continue; and together you will learn how to navigate communication, compassion and patience. 

When you get into a 'tiff' during the preparation for your wedding (or afterwards), remember that it is an opportunity for growth. It's Lesson1 or Lesson 2 in your destina...

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What every groom-to-be needs to hear

Posted on July 9, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

1.  Ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask questions of those you are considering to hire for your wedding day. It's the littlest things that can make a difference in how much you'll spend and how much stress you can avoid but being completely INFORMED.

2.  Shop around. Compare and research venues. Are you a golf-nut? Look at golf courses that are getting into the swing of things by making use of their spaces to host indoor/outdoor weddings. Like wine? Wineries can be gorgeous ...

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Preserving Love

Posted on February 8, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (1)

My father who was married to my mother for 65 years until she passed from leukemia 6 years ago knows how to preserve love. He asked me this the other day, "Paula, you know how to stay married?". And of course I said, "No, how, Dad, do you stay married?" And he said with a straight face, "Don't get divorced."

At first, I thought it was a joke. And he seems like one. Yet that is the answer. Don't get divorced. For him, no matter what, he stayed, mom stayed, they talked it out, fought, lo...

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Doing the Right Thing

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Doing the right thing is a saying we use to use when someone came through with honesty, extra help beyond what was expected, with no compensation.

It's something you may or may not see around much unless you really look. It's what the younger set these days would say would be 'old fashioned'. Yet, for me, and people like me, doing the right thing is a perennial - meaning it never dies or goes out of fashion. Like opening or holding a door for your loved one. That's an example of 'doing ...

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When Nervous....Breathe!

Posted on July 15, 2016 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Officiant work is fun and meaningful. What I truly enjoy about serving people, is getting to know them: who they are, what they believe in, what their visions are, how they fell in love, how they see their marriage unfolding.

As a writer, crafting words that fit each couple, takes time and thought, so that every word is rich in descriptions that define the couple.

Although, the ceremony is completed within 10 to 20 minutes, it may seem like a LIFETIME to some couples who get nerv...

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Navigating choice

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Life has so many levels of being and doing.

Figuring out how to navigate choices can be challenging for some of us.

Paulo Coelho, a introspective author, says it best here:

"Avoid those who believe they are stronger than you, because they are actually concealing their own fragility.

Stay close to those who are not afraid to be vulnerable, because they have confidence in themselves and know that, at some point in our lives, we all stumble; they do not interpret this as...

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Love is a state of Being

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Love is a state of being. It isn't something you fall into, like a hole, or order from a menu. It is a natural state of being. All things are love in their truest pure state. Like a tree, standing there on the sidewalk, offering its shade, its foliage as fragrant air, it's strength as it endures over the years the storms, it changes without whining and complaining. When the time comes to drop leaves, the leaves drop, when the time comes to grow fruit/flowers, it grows. When the time comes to ...

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Importance of Vows

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Vows have been traditionally part of many a commitment -whether that is being married or becoming a member in an organization.

The Vow is a verbal acknowledgement of 'staying the course' and living up to what is being promised. It's much more realistic to keep what one is promising to a simple form rather than have a page of 'I promise to....' It's challenging enough to commit to one vow let alone 20!

I recommend to couples that they imagine that for every word they put in their v...

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