Samara O'Shea

Archive for February, 2010

Wedding-Vow Writing: The Informal Announcement

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I’ve been invited by Brides magazine to attend an event tomorrow evening called Color School. (If you’re in the Manhattan area, please come. Brides to be, aspiring brides, former brides, brides maids, friends of brides, and grooms welcome). I am appearing as a vow-writing expert. I am certainly qualified to do so considering much of my time is spent molding love (and other emotions) into words. After all, aren’t wedding vows simply a glorified love letter—complete with lifetime promises—read aloud one designated day before your nearest and dearest?

Being asked to do this got me thinking I should officially add “Wedding Vow Writing” to my letter-writing repertoire, and I’ve decided to do that very thing. I’m actually wondering why I didn’t think of this sooner. Alas, everything in its time.

I’m making this informal announcement, in the event that any of the women I meet tomorrow would like me to help them with their vows. The initial coast will be $100 per person—meaning $200 to write vows on behalf of both bride and groom*. These prices will not go up exorbitantly but reasonably once I formalize everything—making this the early-bird special. The formal announcement will come in the form of a new page added to this site. I’ll collaborate with my lovely and talented Web designer, Lorissa, and hopefully have that up in a few weeks time.

*Or bride and bride / groom and groom. I am happy, honored even, to write on behalf of same sex couples.

Pens Poised?

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I know I haven’t been posting much lately—and a week before Valentine’s Day! Woe is me. I am spending Valentine’s Day as a single gal this year, but that hasn’t stopped me from writing some love letters. I’ve sent three:

1. To my homosexual husband (the man I’d marry if he weren’t gay)
2. My ex-boyfriend’s grandmother (still very close with the ex and, obviously, his grandmother)
3. My parents

Have you written your Valentine’s? I did a fun interview with Dutch Public Radio on love letters if you need some inspiration.

Much love,
Samara