"We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness - and call it love - true love." - Robert Fulghum
The Wedding Day and Ceremony
As a professional wedding officiant or clergyman- Wedding Coach, I present this ministry of the CNY Nondenominational Marriage Ministry to be created, to help specialize not only in religious, but also spiritual, non-religious ceremonies, pop-up weddings and elopements in Greater Syracuse and Central New York for couples who may be religious or not, straight or LGBTQ, sacramental or not, first marriage or remarriage and those who are just out of the ordinary, unconventional and non-traditional.
Here Some the ceremonies and places are mentioned below
- Barefoot To Elegant Fun and Romantic
- Beach, Backyard, Estate, Garden, Park, Yacht
- Country House, Clubhouse, Hotel, Ballroom, Banquet Hall
- Weddings, Vow Renewal, Commitment Ceremony
- Traditional, Non-Traditional, Religious, Non-Religious, LGBTQ, Inter-Faith, Non-Denominational, Celtic, Pagan, Alternative, Domestic Partnership
The ceremonies are couple-focused, and it is always important to me that every word be meaningful and relevant to you. Even short elopements can be a profound and personal alternative to the courthouse as well affordable within each couples budget.
When you find a reading, vows or poem that speaks to you and your individual relationship, and you get that “Yes!” feeling you’ll know you’re on the right track. You can also help me get to know you and personalize your ceremony by answering the “Telling Your Story” questions.
YOUR WEDDING CEREMONY, AND YOUR DAY, YOUR WAY!!!
“Harmony is the spiritual beauty of an intimate relationship. It is elegant coexistence, peaceful compatibility, a similarity of frequency. It is knowing that you share the same view of the world, that what you want out of life runs along parallel lines. It’s looking at your beloved and being able to say to yourself, ‘We stand for the same things, don’t we? We may encounter some rough spots, but at the heart, we both share the same values.’” -- Daphne Rose Kingma
we can marry you anywhere in Central New York according to the New York State Domestic Law Article 3, Section 11 of the state code, which states "A clergyman or minister of any religion" with the exception of New York City,. We specialize in non-denominational, sacramental, interfaith and secular (non-religious) weddings. We’re also happy to officiate your commitment ceremony or vow renewal.
Wedding Officiant - No Hassles:
-Honoring and respecting all religious traditions and spiritual paths, bringing your families together.
Individualized ceremonies -Honoring and respecting all religious traditions and spiritual paths, bringing your families together.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow. Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)
Modern - Multicultural ceremonies
Baby naming ceremonies
New Prices as of April 23, 2018
Full custom ceremony packages begin at $100 donation fee for the full-size wedding ceremony, includes writing your ceremony for you, or one that I have. Mileage always free within 60 miles of Syracuse NY, any mileage outside that range will be asked to cover gas and time on the road to get to the venue. We believe pricing should be clear & simple. No hidden costs or fees
$70 donation fee for small wedding ceremonies for guests from 4-10 people, and I have ceremonies that you can choose use for your ceremony. Mileage always free within 45 miles of Syracuse NY, any mileage outside that range will be asked to cover gas and time on the road to get to the venue.No hidden costs or fees We believe pricing should be clear & simple. No hidden costs or fees
$60 for an elopement ceremony, Mileage always free within 35 miles of Syracuse NY, any mileage outside that range will be asked to cover gas and time on the road to get to the venue. We believe pricing should be clear & simple. the couple, and 1 to 2 witnesses, and I have ceremonies that you can choose use for your ceremony and we find a venue. We believe pricing should be clear & simple. No hidden costs or fees
All may be individualized to make your day as meaningful, intimate and memorable as you like. Ceremonies performed at any venue, limited only by your imagination.
Wedding vows can be customized for your needs Get In Touch With me About Your Ceremony Needs! Serving all of Central New York counties such as Onondaga, Madison, Oneida, Cayuga, and others. And Please enquire about me about helping your out as your wedding coach as well.
Email Bishop Kirk for your wedding ceremony or service at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (315) 728-9087
below are just 28 couples out of the 136 couples that were married by Bishop Kirk, since 2002 around Central New York.
- Mr. and Mrs. Terry and Jami Chapman
- Mr. and Mrs. Rocco and Taina Morganti
- Mr. and Mrs. Martin and Heather McAlduff
- Mr. and Mrs. Josue and Olivia Cruz
- Mr. and Mrs. Christopher and Jessica Butera
- Mr. and Mrs. Anthony and Zanette Dunlap
- Mr. and Mrs. Joshua and Sara Hamlin
- Mr. and Mrs. Alexander and Jordan Wilson
- Mr. and Mrs, Trey, and Savanna Debbs
- Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Kristina Compton
- Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Jennifer Butcher
- Mr. and Mrs. Timothy and Courtney Spann
- Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Sydney Plitt
- Mr. and Mrs. Antawan and Tamba Reed
- Mr. and Mrs. Dan and Felicia Hankey
- Mr. and Mrs. Jody and Shellia Carter
- Mr. and Mrs. Kirk and Lori Donohue-Schanzenbach
- Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Stephanie Dawes
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Beth Meyer
- Mr. and Mrs. Eric and Kimberly Brink
- Mr. and Mrs. Joshua and Jessica Modzel
- Mr. and Mrs. Abraham and Lecey Tembi
- Mr. and Mrs. Adam and Sarah Cronin
- Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Michelle Noche
- Mr. and Mrs. Joshua and Ann Eckler,
- Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Patricia Matter,.
- Mr. and Mrs. Johnny And Cherith Morris,
- .Mr. and Mrs. Bekaye and Crystal Kouyate,
Officiating Wedding Ceremonies since 2002
I am an interfaith sacramental minister ( ordained within the order of priest and consecrated in order of bishop) and wedding officiant with a tendency toward the non-traditional and unusual. I specialize in all sorts of wedding ceremonies that I custom for my couples from religious (some sacramental, some not,) spiritual, non-religious and queer wedding ceremonies, helping couples find the right words to express their feelings and experience a personal wedding ceremony like no other. I have earned several academic degrees over the years from a Bachelor of Arts in Music and History to a Masters of Theological Studies. as well as Officiated over 132 wedding ceremonies since 2002.
When I’m not at a wedding or deep in a conversation, I enjoy time with my family, cat and, composing & playing my music instruments, games, reading, studying numerous subjects of interests. and tons of random projects.
Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from the State University of New York at Oswego-1997
Masters of Education from American InterContinental University-2004
Masters of The Theological Studies from Nations University-2017
Minister Credential and Ordination
- Clergy with the Progressive Celtic Church-An Independent Sacramental/Catholic Church click here
- Validly ordained Priest May 30, 1999, validly Consecrated Bishop within full and valid apostolic succession from the East down from the Holy Apostles of Saint Andrew, Saint Mark, Saint Thomas, Saint Peter and Saint Bartholomew and from the West from Saint Peter, and Saint James, on February 18, 2001 by Valid Bishops within the Eucharistic Setting: the complete apostolic succession is listed here
- Credentialed by the Universal Life Church on August 6, 1997
- Member in Good Standing with the American Association of Wedding Officiants-2009
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Some Reviews From the Past
WE TRULY APPRECIATE AND THANK YOU FOR PERFORMING OUR WEDDING CEREMONY ON JUNE 7, 2003. YOU REALLY CAME THOUGH AT SHORT NOTICE AND DID A GREAT JOB. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING. MR. & MRS. BEKAYE KOUYATE FROM READING, PA
Thank you so much for the beautiful presentation and conductance of our ceremony. You made the words leap into life from the page. Ann loved every moment of it and I was so pleased that everything came together on the day! God really did smile on us. Mr. and Mrs. Joshua and Ann Eckler,
We were beyond pleased with our experience with Bishop Alban Kirk, from start to finish. His organization, communication, delivery, and thoughtfulness far exceeded our expectations. All questions were answered promptly and thoroughly throughout the planning process. We went to other clergy in the area that we researched but it was through a mutual friend that we had found him; our experience was worth every penny. The ceremony was personal and sentimental. We laughed and I cried (and cried and cried), exactly how we pictured it. Our guests continue to rave about the ceremony and we couldn’t agree more. One guest said if she had known her and her husband could have had a ceremony like ours, they would have forgone the traditional church wedding. She is writing Bishop Alban Kirk’s name down for future vow renewals. We cannot thank Bishop Alban Kirk enough for making our day absolutely flawless, beautiful, and perfect! Mr. and Mrs. Adam and Sarah Cronin
When we did a renewal of our wedding vows, Bishop Alban Kirk did an awesome job, he even did better and made the ceremony more personal than the justice of the peace that we used when we first had gotten married. Jessica and Joshua Modzel
Thank you very much for the role you played in our special day. We really appreciated your calm, kind, professional and engaging manner - and my parents did, too. They mentioned how much they liked you and the intimacy of our wedding. Thank you for making our ceremony so incredible. We are so happy it all worked out the way we had anticipated. Thanks for making it happen! Mrs.Lecey Tembi
Our family can not stop talking about our ceremony that Bishop Kirk did for us, he even brought in another bishop to assist him in the ceremony, this does not happen in the mainstream denominations at all. Kimberly and Eric Brink
Even when we eloped, Bishop Kirk still made our day special for us with our ceremony geared for us. Beth And Robert Meyer
Thank you for making our ceremony so special. We felt it was perfectly suited to our personalities and beliefs. Stephanie and Peter Dawes
Thank you for working so hard to make our wedding day special ! We truly appreciate it! Kirk and Lori Donohue-Schanzenbach
Bishop Alban Kirk truly made our ceremony a memorable one! we would highly recommend him. Jody and Shellia Carter
Bishop Alban Kirk was absolutely amazing! Bishop Alban Kirk and Bishop Rodney made us feel so at ease and walked us through all the steps to a successful ceremony and wedding while giving us the sacraments of holy matrimony. Bishop Alban Kirk is easy to talk to and provides input that helps to make everything seamless and efficient. Even with a last minute change to our ceremony, he was able to incorporate everything we needed and make it truly memorable, while staying true to the sacramental traditions of the apostolic Christian church. Mr. and Mrs. Dan and Felicia Hankey
Bishop Kirk was very professional and compassionate during our ceremony. The process was very simple, quick and thorough. We highly recommend him. He goes above and beyond to fulfill your needs. Everything was perfect for our simple ceremony that we wanted to do. Mr. and Mrs. Antawan and Tamba Reed
Best ceremony ever. Highly recommend Bishop Kirk. He made the ceremony very interesting and personal to with our elopement ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Henry and Sydney Plitt
The Elopement ceremony while it was short it still was done with care, respectful and was very special for both of us and Bishop Kirk was very well Organized as well, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy and Courtney Spann
Highly recommend Bishop Alban Kirk, he was easy to deal with Mr. and Mrs. Larry and Jennifer Butcher
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