Life Celebrations

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Hi, I’m Brian Lyke.

As a California Wedding Officiant for over 35 years in Big Sur and on the Monterey Peninsula, I’ve enjoyed helping couples create a ceremony that reflects their values and intentions for their life together. I’m comfortable with large or small weddings, with inter-faith marriages, and with those who want a spiritual but not necessarily religious ceremony

What is your training and experience as a minister and officiant?

I am a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.). I have served as a college chaplain (Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA), as a Hospice Chaplain (Hospice of The Central Coast in Monterey, CA), and as an Interim Pastor. For 20 years I was on the staff of Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.

What sort of ceremony do you do?

It depends on what you want. I believe that couples choosing to get married should have the opportunity, if they wish, to participate in the creation of their own wedding ceremony. I have a lot of experience in helping couples find ways and words to honor their spiritual values and create a ritual that has meaning for them….

How long does your ceremony last?

Again, it depends on what you wish. We can do a simple, traditional ceremony with no frills and take as little as ten minutes. (Not really my preference) Or, we can take 20 minutes or longer, and know that we have done something very special together that you and your loved ones will be glad to remember for the rest of your lives.

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