Once you are real
you can never
It lasts for always!
~ The Skin Horse ~
...a non-traditional minister needed a special wedding ceremony for a friend's wedding and magically the beloved children's tale of The Velveteen Rabbit hopped into his mind. Now, you can write your own fairy tale with a little help from Reverend Kurt and one of the sweetest stories ever told.
No two people are the same so no marriage ceremony should be the same. Every Velveteen Ceremony is personalized to reflect each couple's unique story and to celebrate the magical power of love to help us become real.
...and then they were real
Talk to a Velveteen Couple
If you are considering writing your own fairytale wedding story, the best advice is to talk to one or more Velveteen Couples directly. Their experiences are as unique as the human beings who created them. The Reverend are simply present to facilitate the Velveteen Rabbit's magical spell. Contact Kurt to make the introductions.
Book Your Velveteen Wedding Today
Popular dates during springtime tend to fill up fast but you can reserve your day or weekend as far in advance as you'd like. There is no deposit and other than any travel and lodging expenses to accommodate your venue, the Reverend charges only a nominal fee for is services. Contact Kurt anytime with your questions or just to chat about whether or not a Velveteen Wedding is right for your story.
Photo by Kristen Verby
It's Your Day So You Get Your Way
If there's one rule for a Velveteen Wedding it is that the Velveteen Couple get to have everything their way! (Which means the Velveteen Bride gets everything her way, of course.) Whether you are working with a wedding planner or going DIY, the Reverend is just here to help as needed and otherwise do as he's told.
Photo by Kristen Verby
The Velveteen Rabbit
These happy couples owe a debt of gratitude to Margery Williams, the author of The Velveteen Rabbit. Without such a touching story as inspiration, there would be no such thing as a Velveteen Wedding. After each ceremony, many guests share their memories from their childhood of reading the story of the toy rabbit who wanted to be real and the little boy whose love gave him life. A Velveteen Wedding is an opportunity for the wedding party and their guests to be reminded once again by the wise Skin Horse that it is our love for each other that makes us real.
Sarah & Trey
Sarah and Drew are a pair of the many Velveteen Bunnies running around out there in the world. Like real bunnies, Velveteen Couples tend to multiply each time a Velveteen wedding takes place somewhere in the world and someone knows someone who knows someone whose sister has a Velveteen Wedding. You get the picture. This wedding was held the Duncan Memorial Chapel, a gorgeous limestone historic chapel in Crestwood, Kentucky. The handsome groom and all his groomsmen wore suspenders giving this wedding a hipster vibe to compliment the ravishing traditional bride.
Photo by Mike Taylor Photography
Brent & Sarah
Long time sweethearts, Brent and Sarah are as cool as the other side of the pillow. Now Dr. Brent, at the time of their wedding, he was in the middle of medical school. Sarah is an uber talented graphic artist and her visual flair imbued every element of their Nashville wedding. Sarah and her girls booted up in true Nashvegas style even though they are all from the Wisconsin area. Go figure. Needless to say, the wedding was beautiful, hip, and as fun as a fifth of Tennessee Whiskey and a hundred dollar bill on Printer's Alley.
Photo by Kristin Verby
Dan & Charlene
These two animal lovers were toasting yet another perfect outdoor wedding and outdoor reception at the Farnsley Moreman Landing in southwest Louisville, Kentucky. If you think thought they wouldn't dare have their basset hounds in the ceremony, you'd be wrong! Family and friends enjoyed a scenic view of the mighty Ohio at sunset during the ceremony and then walked up the hill to a lively open air reception. From setting up until the last dance, these beautiful souls were blessed with a storybook wedding.
Photo by Kurt Maddox
Amy & Dyan
The photo says it all! Amy and Dylan are made for each other and their outdoor barefoot wedding made the most of a gorgeous Kentucky day along the Ohio River on the grounds of the historic Farnsley Moreman Landing. Although this bride and groom were a big hit, the real star of the show was their daughter, Eleanor Jane!
Photo by Anna Lokavich Brown
Melody & Jamie
What's jazzier than a mint 1956 Corvette convertible? That's right -- a newly minted Velveteen Couple driving one! Jamie is a certified rock star who spends most weekends performing with his band, Junction Creek. Melody is a technology rock star and also happens to be the Reverend's sister and yet she still honored him by asking him to officiate her special day. Jamie and Melody's love story ranks as high on the charts as any you'll ever know. They are definitely the Dick Clark of Velveteen love birds!
Photo by Steve White
Rachel & Greg
Rachel and Greg are true Louisvillians and in true Louisville flavor held their ceremony at the Louisville Boat Club just down River Road from the horse farm where Rachel grew up dreaming about this day. AS you can see, these two truly love each other and that love was on display for their family and guests throughout the wedding day festivities. The best part of having a ceremony at these types of venues is that the party starts as soon as the ceremony ends. And party they did with most of the guests hitting the dance floor for much of the evening.
Photo by David Crane
Ryan & Danielle
Danielle always dreamed of a beach wedding and Ryan is in the business of making Danielle's dreams come true. Their Point Clear, Alabama beach nuptials featured Ryan serenading Danielle during the ceremony with his impressive vocals and trusty guitar. The folks at the Point Clear Marriott delivered absolutely perfect weather with blue skies spotted by marshmallow clouds. The intimate family affair was too sweet for words.
Photo by Nicole Maddox
A great officiant knows their role and stays in their box. The officiant facilitates the ceremonial magic that happens when two hearts become one. Reverend Kurt has performed dozens of weddings all of the United States in every possible venue. The one constant is that the bride, groom, wedding party, and parents are the stars of the show. Everyone else plays second fiddle.
Photo by Anna Lokovich Brown
Trey & Amber
This fun young couple got hitched and held their reception in the ballrooms of downtown Louisville's fabulous Glassworks building. You could literally peer through the velvet curtains to see artists working their craft in burning smelting ovens during the ceremony. But those ovens weren't as hot as the five alarm reception for Sarah and Trey's family and friends following the ceremony.
"Everything that is real was imagined first."
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Ordained by the Universal Life Church
Kurt has been officiating weddings from the age of 18. Since then, he has performed weddings all over the United States in every kind of venue including a private island, an historic home, a bed & breakfast, a gazebo in a public park, overlooking scenic waterways, on the beach, in hotel ballrooms, and in traditional houses of worship.
Kurt has been helping couples become real for over 30 years.
Kurt officiates ceremonies for any loving couple wishing to take the sacred vow of marriage without regard to orientation, nationality, race, or religion. The only requirement is that both parties must intend to help their spouse become real. Contact Kurt by phone, text, or email to get your very own velveteen wedding on the calendar.