Samara O'Shea

Archive for the ‘Wedding Vows’ Category

Work in Progress

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Back in February, I made the announcement that I would add wedding-vow writing to my services on this site. At the time I was hoping it would only take a few weeks to get together, but life got in the way. You know how that goes. Today, however, I am much closer to seeing it to fruition. I have written the text for the new pages on the site and sent everything off to my web designer. She will design, add, upgrade, when she is able and volia! we’ll have some fun new features here at LetterLover.

I plan to offer vow writing and also toast writing—specifically maid-of-honor toasts. I was once a maid-of-honor. I know the drill. I hesitate, however, to offer to write best-man toasts. I feel a best-man toast is an animal all its own—something only men can understand. The pressure to be funny is really on. I can be funny but not on demand. I got a few laughs during my toast (see below), but it has to come to me. I can’t force it. The thought of having a customer say to me “Make it funny! Make it funny!” is disconcerting. Sentimental is my forte.

Interestingly enough, I’ve come across some people who do promise to be funny as they help write any speech, toast, or presentation. Over at the Oratory Laboratory Nathan and Victoria are two performers who promise a side-splitting toast. I admire their gusto. Perhaps I’ll inquire as to what business relations with a best-man-to-be has been like for them. For now, I’ll stick with what I know.

My Maid of Honor Speech in July 2007:

For the Brides

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

On May 2nd I’m doing another event with Brides magazine. They are setting up a Newlywed Nest, in Manhattan. This gorgeous living space is open to the public on weekends (from April 24 – May 22) not to mentioned free (and a completely unaffordable reality for most of the aforementioned public). But it’s fun to dream! I’ll be there on Sunday May 2nd from 1 – 3 pm signing books and giving one-on-one advice on writing love letters and wedding vows.

Getting ready for this reminded me that I never posted pictures of the first event I did with Brides—back in February. There was a wicked snowstorm going on outside at the time, but you’d never be able to tell because we were having so much fun inside . . .

Photos by the lovely Rohanna Mertens:

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I walked in from the blizzard and found this—my display. How stunning!

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Whatever I’m talking about has me VERY excited.

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My friend Karina stopped by to say hi.

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What can I say?

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A good time had by all!

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.