Through her intensive personalized approach, Rev. Susanna
Stefanachi Macomb has revolutionized how wedding ceremonies
are done. Handcrafting each service with love, artistry and
attention to detail is the hallmark of her approach. As a result,
each ceremony is unique and completely reflective of the couple,
their relationship and beliefs. As a pioneer in the interfaith,
intercultural community, Macomb’s book, Joining Hands
and Hearts, Interfaith Intercultural Wedding Celebrations,
A Practical Guide for Couples (Simon & Schuster) is
considered by many to be the primer for creating interfaith
and intercultural marriage services. It is the first book to
feature the marriage beliefs and traditions of 14 religions
and dozens of cultures. Macomb’s work has been featured
on local and national television, radio as well as in local
and national print publications including but not limited to
The Associated Press,
Publishers Weekly, Modern Bride,
Stewart Weddings, Brides, For the Bride,
New York Weddings, The New York Times, The Los
Angeles Times, Time Out New York and New
York Magazine-- The Maury Povich Show, Whose Wedding is it Anyway, MSNBC's The Ethical Edge on Interfaith Relationships, The Ananda Lewis Show, The Party Planner with David Tutera, The Learning Channel’s, A Wedding Story, NPR
and most recently on
ABC News and
Read all about Rev. Macomb's unique personalized
approach as featured in
Manhattan Bride Magazine
Hello and congratulations on your upcoming marriage!
Finding ones life partner is a gift.
My name is Rev. Susanna Stefanachi
Macomb and I am an ordained interfaith minister who has officiated
at an amazing variety of interfaith, interdenominational, intercultural,
same-faith and humanist ceremonies. Based in New York City,
I have performed wedding ceremonies both domestically and internationally.
There is great joy to what I do. This is a work that makes the
am also the author
Joining Hands and Hearts, Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding
Celebrations, A Practical Guide for Couples, published
by Simon & Schuster, which contains the most complete manual of universal,
religious, cultural rituals, vows, prayers and blessings available. Whether you
are an interfaith or a same-faith couple, Joining Hands and Hearts can help you
create a ceremony that is completely reflective of you, your relationship and
beliefs. It is my wish to give you a ceremony that reflects the magic of your
love---one that will resonate throughout your married life! And if yours is an
interfaith, intercultural union then your love knows no boundaries. What could
be more beautiful? For more information on ceremonies, scroll down below. For
more information on the
Joining Hands and Hearts,
What is an interfaith ceremony?
The core of the ceremony is about yourselves,
your love, relationship and family. The ceremony reflects
who you are and your beliefs. Your traditions are honored
and celebrated in a way that is inclusive and no one is offended.
Spirituality is emphasized (not religious dogma). Universal
themes speak to all hearts. Family issues are reconciled with
great sensitivity. We offer ceremonies for couples of all
Following you will find situation/s
that may apply to you:
For couples wanting a customized
Each ceremony is heartfelt and elegant.
However, no two ceremonies are alike! Each ceremony is uniquely
created, completely reflective of yourselves, your relationship,
your beliefs. Each couple has their own particular magic.
I seek to find what that magic is and convey it back to you
and to all those present. We get to know one another. I ask
many questions. In spending time getting to know you, I can
then speak to your hearts, your souls. In this way, your ceremony
shall remain alive within you, resonating throughout your
am accustomed to even the most challenging situations. My
experience in this area is vast and deep. To give some examples
of the combinations of faiths in ceremonies I have created
European Holocaust survivor's child / American devout Catholic
American Jewish/ Italian Catholic
Irish Catholic / Greek Orthodox
Palestinian Muslim / American Jewish
Mormon / Catholic
Jewish / Hindu
Russian Eastern Orthodox / German Lutheran
Atheist / Presbyterian
Agnostic / Born Again Christian
African American Muslim/African American Baptist
Zoroastrian / Hindu
Japanese Shinto / English Anglican
African American Baptist / Moroccan Muslim
Evangelical Christian / Jewish
Russian French Jewish Sufi / African American, Native American
Born Again Christian - Catholic
Chinese Taoist-Confucian / American Protestant
Puerto Rican Catholic/African American Jehovah Witness
Iranian Muslim/ American Episcopal
Egyptian Muslim/Indian Catholic
Afghani Muslim-Unitarian Anglo Saxon
Greek Orthodox/Lutheran Iranian-Jewish
Japanese Shinto/Jewish American
Pakistani Muslim/Austrian Protestant
African American Baptist/South Indian Hindu
Vietnamese Buddhist/Korean Presbyterian
Iranian Jewish/Christian Chinese
Armenian Orthodox Christian/Jewish
and various other wonderful combinations of interfaith, interdenominational
and intercultural unions.
traditions can be honored in a way that is inclusive, in a
way where no one feels excluded or offended. Family issues
are reconciled with great sensitivity and love. As an interfaith
couple you embody the meaning of respect, tolerance and understanding.
You bring healing and hope. You help bring us one step closer
towards world peace.
here to read my article on Celebrating
Diversity in the U.S.
couples wishing to celebrate their cultural heritage
with or without religious context
have extensive experience working with cultures from all around
the world. You can celebrate your cultural backgrounds by
incorporating rituals, blessings, prayers or readings reflective
of your heritage in a cultural non-religious way. These can
be adapted in a universal context for interfaith, intercultural,
interracial marriages so that no one is excluded or offended.
Scroll down below for examples of some of the rituals offered.
You may also refer to the Table of Contents of my book Joining
Hands and Hearts.
the couple who wishes a spiritual ceremony
without religious dogma
ceremony has all the elements of a spiritual ceremony, we
speak of God, there are blessings and prayers but we leave
out the dogma. Rituals and symbolism are done in a universal
context speaking to all hearts. Should you choose readings
from religious text, we choose those which are universal.
Or perhaps you prefer readings from poetry or literature?
Fortunately there is a copious amount of written material
spanning every era, culture and creed for every aspect of
your ceremony. Again the core of the ceremony is about yourselves,
love, relationship and family...always from the heart.
the couple who wants a humanist ceremony
often refer to a humanist ceremony as a civil ceremony with
heart. We offer humanist ceremonies (without mentioning God).
Where there is love there is sanctity. Marriage is sacred.
2nd and 3rd marriage ceremonies and marriages
find love once is in itself a miracle, to find it again is
a testimony to the human spirit and God's infinite compassion.
There are wonderful ways to convey your love. We honor and
embrace life's complexities, life's richness. There are wonderful
ways to include and honor your children, bringing togetherness
and healing. I have officiated at many marriages for divorced
same sex couples
ceremonies are blessed unions. Love takes many forms. Gods
love is diversity. We offer all the ceremonies above in language
and ritual that is appropriate for your special union.
examples of the rituals offered:
We offer an amazing collection of blessings, prayers, readings,
quotes, legends and rituals from traditions around the world
spanning era, culture and creed which are too numerous to
list! These are celebrated in a universal context. Within
interfaith, intercultural ceremonies, the symbolism of the
rituals is explained to all those present.
complete manual of all rituals, vows, prayers and blessings
are featured and described in my book, Joining Hands and Hearts.)
honoring of parents and grandparents (optional)
honoring of those who have passed (optional)
honoring of children (if applicable)
personal address (where I speak to you)
exchanging of vows (I have a wonderful selection of
You may modify or choose to write your own)
blessing and exchange of rings
the kiss (Though not a ritual, I consider it mandatory!!)
Christian unity candle
passing of the sign of peace
drinking of wine
sharing of bread
Celtic hand fasting
readings, prayers and blessings from all traditions
Jewish chuppah, seven Jewish wedding blessings, the
the breaking of the glass
exchange of the Greek stephana (crowns)
Irish wedding blessing
Iranian sofreh, Sufi Poetry
African/American jumping of the broom, pouring of libations,
partaking of spices
Native American blessings and rituals
Filipino veil and cord ceremony
San- San-Kudo (Japanese Sake ceremony), Honoring of
Vivaha Homa/Lighting of the Sacred Fire/Hindu Seven Steps/Satapadi, the Mangalsutra, the exchange of garlands and other Hindu rituals
Chinese Tea Ceremony, symbolism and legend
Moroccan sharing of
date and sweet milk
Spanish exchange of coins/Arras
butterfly legend/butterfly release
the Scottish Quaich
..and the list goes on and
Again, you may click here to read my article on Celebrating
Diversity in the U.S.
those about to join in marriage:
is a blessed time. May you be showered with joy!
Susanna Stefanachi Macomb
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Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb of New York City