Chaplain Claudia Meyer

Chaplain Claudia Meyer Chaplain Claudia Meyer will help you create a meaningful and personal wedding ceremony that celebrates your love! Every couple has a story... who will tell yours?
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Chaplain Claudia works with people from all walks of life, religious and non-religious, from all types of backgrounds and faiths. Her ministry is non-denominational, and she offers care and support to anyone who needs her help. Chaplain Claudia is a respected care provider, who approaches each client with a desire to make any event a meaningful expression of their personality. She has a unique ability to put people at ease, she collaborates to bring your ideas to life through the the event, and she has the experience and skill to provide professional service. Chaplain Claudia would love to speak with you and provide a free no-commitment consultation to determine if she is the "best fit" and can provide just what you need She believes you'll find that she can! Call or email her today!

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😲😯 STOP it already with the cuteness overload!! πŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸΎ Including 2 and 3 year olds in your wedding can be risky (what if t...
09/28/2020

😲😯 STOP it already with the cuteness overload!! πŸ‘¦πŸΌπŸ‘¦πŸΎ Including 2 and 3 year olds in your wedding can be risky (what if they throw a tantrum or meltdown?!)... but when they turn up THIS CUTE, you know it was totally worth it!! ❀❀ Nephew of bride (left) and grandson of groom (right) rocking the "tot wedding fashion"! πŸ‘πŸ€£

If you're not having this much fun at your wedding, what are you even doing?! Keryn & Chris knew how to do it,  complete...
09/27/2020

If you're not having this much fun at your wedding, what are you even doing?! Keryn & Chris knew how to do it, complete with a super cute almost-three-year-old ring bearer and their closest family & friends. Congrats to the happy couple! β€πŸ‘°β€β™‚οΈπŸ€΅β€β™‚οΈπŸ’πŸ₯‚πŸŽŠ
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#minimony # minimonywedding #otesaga #cooperstown #albanyofficiant #upstatenyofficiant #professionalofficiant #ammminister #ido #intimatewedding #tinywedding

09/20/2020
Bark For Life of Albany-Colonie

Wonderful to be a part of this year's virtual "Bark for Life" for American Cancer Society and offer a blessing of the pets... πŸ™πŸΆπŸ™πŸ•πŸ™

Bark 2020 blessing for pur pets

So many thoughts. So much sadness at the news of her passing. So much gratitude for her tireless work for equality that ...
09/19/2020

So many thoughts. So much sadness at the news of her passing. So much gratitude for her tireless work for equality that benefits us all.

Rest in power, Notorious RBG.

You will be missed.

I learned about "phases of disaster and recovery" when I served on a Disaster Committee as a Chaplain at Albany Medical ...
09/16/2020
The pandemic at six months: Welcome to the disillusionment phase

I learned about "phases of disaster and recovery" when I served on a Disaster Committee as a Chaplain at Albany Medical Center. This article is a good refresher for me... and probably helpful for you! This pandemic is truly a marathon, not a sprint!

(RNS) β€” Over the last 15 years of studying disasters around the globe, two disaster experts have learned important lessons about navigating the six phases of emotional and spiritual recovery.

09/13/2020

Getting ready to marry Stephanie & Steve @ the Otesaga in Cooperstown...

There is beauty in diversity! πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ¦³β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦°β€πŸ‘΄πŸ½β€πŸ‘±πŸΎβ€β™€οΈβ€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦±  In the past several weeks,  I've married interracial couples, peo...
09/13/2020

There is beauty in diversity! πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘¨πŸΎβ€πŸ¦³β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ¦°β€πŸ‘΄πŸ½β€πŸ‘±πŸΎβ€β™€οΈβ€πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦± In the past several weeks, I've married interracial couples, people from Poland, Barbados, El Salvador, and Trinidad, conservatives and liberals, heteronormative, gay, and transgender folks. β€πŸ‡΅πŸ‡± πŸ‡§πŸ‡§ πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡» πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡Ή πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆβ€ There is strength in diversity! #loveislove #interracial #diversity #ido

I regularly follow "What's Your Grief," an excellent website and blog about all things grief-related. They recently publ...
09/11/2020
Learning A Secret After A Death

I regularly follow "What's Your Grief," an excellent website and blog about all things grief-related.

They recently published an article about "Grief Secrets," or things you discover about a loved one after they have died. Wow! An important - but rarely discussed - topic! I highly recommend it!

For just a glimpse, check out their new Instagram account: @griefsecret

The topic of secrets has been a grief theme for me lately. It started about a month ago when I watched the documentary Stories We Tell. Haven’t seen it? No fear, the preview is below. And in case you’re like me and you can’t just watch one trailer, […]

Wanna elope on a mountaintop? I've got you.  How about in the city? I'm all about it! The choice is yours,  and wherever...
09/10/2020

Wanna elope on a mountaintop? I've got you. How about in the city? I'm all about it! The choice is yours, and wherever you want to say "I do," I'll be there to guide you and to help make the moment perfect! You deserve nothing less! β€πŸ’πŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸŽŠβ€
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Fabulous Photos by Noxon Photography and Em braceable Joy Photography https://embraceablejoyphotography.org/
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#elope #elopementcollective #intimatewedding #minimony #COVIDwedding #tinywedding #lakeplacidweddings #albanyweddings #ammminister #professionalofficiant #marriedbyapro #whynotelope

There is something *magical* about intimate elopements, and today's mountaintop wedding was proof of this. ❀🎊  It's the ...
09/08/2020

There is something *magical* about intimate elopements, and today's mountaintop wedding was proof of this. ❀🎊 It's the love, it's the weight and gravity of the event, and it's both the fulfillment of dreams and the promise of a shared life ahead... ❀❀

And all of these have nothing to do with the dress, or the guest list, or the menu or the music. Just a wedding at its most basic and beautiful. I'll celebrate big love at a small wedding any day! πŸ’β€
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Congrats, Emily & Brandon!! All the best to you both!!
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#elope #elopement #elopementcollective #intimatewedding #minimony #ido #justthetwoofus #marryme #marriedbyapro #upstatenyofficiant #albanyofficiant #adkwedding #professionalofficiant #ammminister

Beautiful day for a downsized and rescheduled wedding.  Emily and Ariana managed to pull off a "spring tea party" look e...
09/05/2020

Beautiful day for a downsized and rescheduled wedding. Emily and Ariana managed to pull off a "spring tea party" look even though it's Labor Day weekend. Folks, break all the rules you want when it comes to celebrating!! (Except for the ones about COVID... don't break them!) Even Lily the senior dog had to come congratulate them!! All the best to you both!! β€πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ‘°β€β™€οΈπŸ‘°πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ’πŸŽŠ

Perhaps you've read about this in the news... the Maine Wedding that spread the coronavirus among at least 59 people (ma...
08/27/2020
Does This Maine Wedding Show We Have Communal Responsibility? | A Practical Wedding

Perhaps you've read about this in the news... the Maine Wedding that spread the coronavirus among at least 59 people (many of whom didn't attend the wedding).

A sobering reminder that the virus is real, is still here, and that as much as we're all yearning to celebrate big after being cooped up for 6 months, our decisions - like how to manage your 2020 wedding - have real consequences. Be safe and be wise, my friends!
https://apracticalwedding.com/maine-wedding/

A news story came across our radar this week about a wedding that has been linked to 53 COVID cases, and one death so far. And here is the kicker: not all of the cases were guests at the wedding. In fact, the person that died didn’t attend the wedding, but was exposed by a Read more...

Recipe for Officiating: 1 part wisdom, 1 part wordsmith, 1 part calming presence, 1 part performing emcee. Mix it up jus...
08/24/2020

Recipe for Officiating: 1 part wisdom, 1 part wordsmith, 1 part calming presence, 1 part performing emcee. Mix it up just right and you get some ceremony magic!! β€πŸ“œπŸŽ€πŸŽŠβ€
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Did I mention that I LOVE this work? And the privilege (and fun) it is to be a part of something so sacred and special?? 😊🀩
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Thank you to ALL my couples for trusting me to share your story and celebrate your love!! β€πŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ

Brittany & Anthony tied the knot today and joined their families in love! Congrats to you both!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯‚πŸ’‘πŸŽŠ @ Rose Garden At C...
08/24/2020

Brittany & Anthony tied the knot today and joined their families in love! Congrats to you both!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯‚πŸ’‘πŸŽŠ @ Rose Garden At Central Park

Today was EPIC for several reasons... Meaghan & Eric met because she left her number on a sticky note in his truck after...
08/22/2020

Today was EPIC for several reasons... Meaghan & Eric met because she left her number on a sticky note in his truck after seeing him in a Cumberland Farms, and today they got married! ❀πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰ And at long last, I worked a wedding at M&D Farm with Mario Pollan & Daniel Beunos. πŸŒΏπŸŒ»πŸŒ·πŸƒ Oh! And I also met and worked with DJ Trumastr... all in all, an EPIC day!πŸ˜πŸ€©πŸ‘πŸ»

Location,  location,  location!! This was the setting for Aima and Eden's beautiful and intimate elopement... nature pro...
08/14/2020

Location, location, location!! This was the setting for Aima and Eden's beautiful and intimate elopement... nature provided all the decor needed!
Professional πŸ“·: Katherine Wright, @ytkphotography
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Bride is a doctor and Groom is a brewer of beer. When they thanked me for marrying them, I said, "I hold both your professions in high esteem! It was my honor!" πŸ˜β€πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ€©
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#elope #elopement #elopementcollective #intimatewedding #minimony #COVIDwedding #tinywedding #albanyweddings #troyweddings #upstatenyweddings #ammminister #marriedbyapro #professionalofficiant #whynotelope @ Troy, New York

If you consider yourself "spiritual but not religious," or even if you've walked away from religion, I invite you to lis...
08/12/2020
Forgiveness and Reconciliation with Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

If you consider yourself "spiritual but not religious," or even if you've walked away from religion, I invite you to listen to this. It's 20 minutes of brilliance, wisdom, and practical advice on the topic of Forgiveness, that just happens to be rooted in Judaism & Maimonedes. Enjoy!!

Jul 21, 2020 - β€œSo it's not necessarily an overnight thing. And the only person, the only person or people who get to decide if a person should be forgiven, are the ones harmed.” Season two of The Confessional is coming very, very soon. In the meantime, I invited my good friend Rabbi Danya Rutte...

08/12/2020

Walking to get married...

Kirsten and Jack chose her family's lake house as the location of their downsized-due-to-COVID wedding.  It was warm and...
08/10/2020

Kirsten and Jack chose her family's lake house as the location of their downsized-due-to-COVID wedding. It was warm and sunny, only the closest family was gathered, and we ended the ceremony by "breaking the glass" that was wrapped in several face masks... because #2020. It was a beautiful precursor to the big celebration they'll have next year. Cheers to you, Mr. & Mrs. Miles!! ❀πŸ₯‚πŸ’πŸŽŠπŸ’β€

Backyard with a view? βœ”Rustic decor, garden flowers? βœ”Granddaughters as flower girls, cheeky grandson as ring bearer? βœ”P...
08/08/2020

Backyard with a view? βœ”
Rustic decor, garden flowers? βœ”
Granddaughters as flower girls, cheeky grandson as ring bearer? βœ”
Partner to grow old with? βœ”
All the makings of a perfect intimate family wedding! Congrats, Paula & Denis!! ❀πŸ₯‚πŸŽŠ @ Delanson, New York

Find someone who looks at you like this... and then make a plan to spend the rest of your life with them!! (Even if you ...
08/04/2020

Find someone who looks at you like this... and then make a plan to spend the rest of your life with them!! (Even if you meet in freshman gym class! 🀣) Congrats, Elena & Zach!! πŸ’•πŸ˜πŸŽŠ
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Photo by @nicolenerostudio
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#elope #elopement #elopementcollective #minimony #intimatewedding #loveisnotcancelled #loveinthetimeofcoronavirus #albanyweddings #upstatenyweddings #ido #professionalofficiant

I'll take the compliment... thanks, Elena (or shall I say "Mrs. Neumann"!!) You know how to make a girls' day!! β€πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»
08/02/2020

I'll take the compliment... thanks, Elena (or shall I say "Mrs. Neumann"!!) You know how to make a girls' day!! β€πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ»

Who says a "backyard wedding" has to be hot dogs & hamburgers ('tho it can be if you want it!)?? I walked into a *dreamy...
08/01/2020

Who says a "backyard wedding" has to be hot dogs & hamburgers ('tho it can be if you want it!)?? I walked into a *dreamy garden party* this afternoon to marry Stephanie & Keefe. The beauty of the setting matched their beautiful souls! All the best to you, Keefe & Stephanie!! β€πŸ’πŸ₯‚πŸŽŠ
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#elope #elopement #loveisnotcancelled #minimony #COVIDwedding #loveinthetimeofcoronavirus #albanyweddings #upstatenyweddings #ammminister #professionalofficiant #marriedbyapro @ Niskayuna, New York

My work is about connecting people,  telling their (love) story, and wishing them the best...So when I got two calls thi...
07/30/2020

My work is about connecting people, telling their (love) story, and wishing them the best...

So when I got two calls this week that meant a "loss of business," I reminded myself of this fact.

One couple decided to ask a family member to marry them in a small ceremony this year (instead of me). So I offered to coach the family member and offer some advice on how to officiate. 😁

Another couple contacted me to say that they were canceling their plans for a small wedding because they had recently heard from their children (who had been estranged since their divorce from their ex), and that the children wanted to get to know the new fiance. I congratulated them and told them that it was WAY more important to repair and nurture family relationships than to rush a wedding. ❀

I love my work because it's about people and connections as much as (if not more than) it is about earning money. It's a ministry as well as a job, which is why I keep my title "chaplain" (from my work as a chaplain in a hospital for 10 years). I want to serve others and bless them, just outside of a church or religious institution. Just like I was telling my daughter the other day, "because God is everywhere!" ✝️☦β˜ͺοΈπŸ•‰β˜Έβœ‘πŸ›

"Surprise! We're getting married!"  😲 Shelley and Cortez surprised everyone in their family who was gathered for a summe...
07/26/2020

"Surprise! We're getting married!" 😲 Shelley and Cortez surprised everyone in their family who was gathered for a summer get-together by the lake when they stepped out of their car dressed to get married with an officiant on board! It was a lovely little ceremony that included their two boys (joining them for "family promises" - SO SWEET!!). Wishing Shelley and Cort all the best in their marriage!! β€πŸ’πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰β€
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#loveisnotcancelled #ido #tinywedding #surprisewedding #ammminister #marriedbyapro #albanyweddings #upstatenyweddings #albanyofficiant

Mharj and Gary chose to get married in a simple but beautiful "microwedding" at the Desmond Hotel last weekend. About a ...
07/21/2020

Mharj and Gary chose to get married in a simple but beautiful "microwedding" at the Desmond Hotel last weekend. About a dozen family members and friends - including their sweet doggie - joined them. It was absolutely perfect!! #tinywedding #loveisnotcancelled #ido

One of my favorite - but underrated - pictures from a wedding... Kristin & Bret Jorgensen got married 4 years ago,  and ...
07/17/2020

One of my favorite - but underrated - pictures from a wedding... Kristin & Bret Jorgensen got married 4 years ago, and at the end of their celebration, they took the time to lay down in the grass and take it all in! Wedding days fly by with so much excitement and so many details... I highly encourage couples to stop. and. take. it. all. in. ❀❀😊🎊 Happy upcoming Anniversary, Krissy & Beef!!

"Would it be ok if I liked you?" he innocently asked.  "Well I sure hope it's ok because I like you too!" she replied. A...
07/11/2020

"Would it be ok if I liked you?" he innocently asked. "Well I sure hope it's ok because I like you too!" she replied. And thus began the sweet romance of Alex & Caroline. Happy Minimony, you two love birds!! πŸ’•πŸ’πŸ’‘πŸ₯‚πŸŽŠ
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#intimatewedding #minimony #elopement #elope #elopementcollective #saratogaweddingofficiant #upstatenyofficiant #albanyofficiant #ammminister #professionalofficiant #ido #saratogawed @ Saratoga Hall of Springs

What gets you through a rough day? This little one always manages to put a smile on my face... even when she was getting...
07/11/2020

What gets you through a rough day? This little one always manages to put a smile on my face... even when she was getting on my last nerve one minute ago. Find your happy and spend some time with it today. You'll thank me later! πŸŒ»β€πŸ˜πŸŽˆπŸΆπŸŽ‰
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#momlife #findyourhappy #begoodtoyourself #carpediem #momboss #kids #chaplainclaudia #happiness

I'm humbled to be featured in the recent AMM (American Marriage Ministries) Newsletter about my focus on elopements rece...
07/11/2020
Newsflash: ⚑ Everyone's ELOPING!

I'm humbled to be featured in the recent AMM (American Marriage Ministries) Newsletter about my focus on elopements recently! πŸ˜€

Now You're Engaged Podcast: Are We Crazy If We Just Elope? Spotlight Guest: Officiant Claudia Meyer Chaplain Claudia MeyerΒ talks about officiating, eloping, and a new service she's offering -- coaching first-time officiants to perform their first wedding!Β -- in this episode of the Now You're Engag...

One of the things getting ME through the craziness of these uncertain times is witnessing couple after couple saying "le...
07/08/2020

One of the things getting ME through the craziness of these uncertain times is witnessing couple after couple saying "let's get married anyways!" πŸ’‘πŸ””πŸ’’πŸ’πŸŽŠ #loveisnotcanceled.
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#elope #elopement #ido #tinywedding #intimatewedding #petitewedding #elopementpackage #albanyweddings #albanyofficiant #albanyelppement #lakegeorgeofficiant #lakegeorgewedding @ Lake George, New York

07/04/2020
Fr. James Martin, SJ

A word of truth!

Wearing masks, maintaining social distance and in general caring for the other person's health is pro life. Not doing so is saying that even these small measures are too inconvenient for you. And that their lives are not worth those small sacrifices. Are you pro life? Then please wear a mask.

This is a lovely photo taken (by the talented  @jayzhangphotog) of a super sweet elopement I officiated last weekend. Bu...
07/03/2020

This is a lovely photo taken (by the talented @jayzhangphotog) of a super sweet elopement I officiated last weekend.

But I have a CONFESSION to make: RIGHT before the ceremony, I fell on some uneven grass and badly twisted (sprained, not broken) my left ankle. TWO WEEKS AFTER I SPRAINED MY RIGHT ANKLE. So now I'm nursing two recovering ankles and a tweaked back. 😬☹😒

The universe is trying to tell me something. Everything is OUT-OF-WHACK lately... and I thought I was doing fine... even hitting a stride with balancing EVERYTHING (you know, my life, my business, my child, my home, my family, etc.). But NOTHING is more important than my SOUL and my MENTAL HEALTH. And both of those have taken a beating lately, what, with all that's going on in the world.

So it's time - for me - to slow down. Even stop. Remember what's most important to me (because most bets are off these days!), and take care of myself... so I can heal and continue to be there for others... the ones that I love ❀ and the ones that I love to marry! β€πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘©πŸ‘¨β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨πŸ’β€

What do YOU need to do to take better care of your SOUL these days??
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#elope #elopement #ido #selfcare #soulcare #takecare #chaplainclaudia #whynotelope

A local couple agrees... the wedding isn't ABOUT all the big stuff, it's about the two of you and your love... and #love...
06/27/2020
Local couple says 'I do' amid pandemic

A local couple agrees... the wedding isn't ABOUT all the big stuff, it's about the two of you and your love... and #loveisnotcanceled !! β€πŸ’πŸ‘¨β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘©πŸŽ‰β€

Local couple says 'I do' amid pandemic

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Tuesday 09:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 21:00
Thursday 09:00 - 21:00
Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Saturday 09:00 - 21:00
Sunday 09:00 - 21:00

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Every couple has a story. Who will tell yours?

You spend so much time and energy planning your wedding, but what about the most personal aspect of the whole day - the vows, the promises that you and your loved one make to each other? Your wedding ceremony is a chance to declare your love as you embark upon this new chapter of your life! Whether you want a traditional or unique ceremony, with or without a religious tone, reflecting your personalities, cultures, and traditions, I will collaborate with you to ensure that the ceremony aspect of your big day is perfect!

I can offer a wealth of resources on readings, music, and sample vows. I'm happy to work with you to write your own vows as well. Contact me today to schedule a *free* initial consultation, we’ll meet for a cup of coffee or a drink, and we’ll find out if we’re a good β€œfit” for your wedding! Drop me an email ([email protected]) or call me (518) 339-6304!

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Hello Claudia; nice to be on your page. I hope all is well with you.
Claudia is a fantastic Chaplain focused on love. She focuses on the couple and their needs. She is professional, makes things personal and memorable. Highly recommend!
Wishing you love and peace this Mother's Day... whether it's a day of celebration or of hurt.
Hi Claudia- I have a question for the group but my senile mind can't remember the group's name. What is it, please? Thanks much, Neal
Ok, so you've heard of the "first look, " when the couple gets to see each other before the ceremony... well, this photographer helped ease the nervous groom's jitters by playing a practical joke... and nailed it! Enjoy!!
I always tell couples, "If you're having anyone under the age of 5 in your wedding, be prepared for anything!" Here's the proof!!! πŸ˜πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ€£
24% off the couples I've married are either "encore" brides or grooms...a second (or third) marriage for them. It always makes me happy to see people finding love again after divorce or loss...