Meet Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is a leading interfaith and non-denominational wedding officiant who is known for her warm, loving and creative approach to blessing couples of all backgrounds, and for guiding them on their journey to the altar and beyond. She is also an expert in reducing bridal stress.
"New York Magazine" lists her as one of the city's top officiants and Joan Hamburg recommends Rev. Laurie Sue in her book, "City Weddings."
As a contemporary clergy person, Rev. Laurie Sue specializes in creative and loving ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds, cultures and religions. She has happily married hundreds of couples in unique interfaith, multifaith, non-denominational, or non-religious wedding ceremonies, in locales that range from Central Park to castles to every place in between. She supports marriage equality.
Her wedding ministry is built on her work as a journalist specializing in relationships, romance, and sexual and emotional health. She was a reporter and editor for 20 years prior to becoming ordained and she continues to write on those topics. She is also a student of psychology and currently in a graduate program for marriage and family counseling.
Her couples are as diverse as the unique places they choose for their weddings. Rev. Laurie Sue writes each ceremony especially for each couples, and is comfortable including and blending elements from any tradition.
She is also called upon to create spiritual ceremonies without religion, and romantic ceremonies without a spiritual focus.
She has officiated weddings that have included rituals, readings or elements from: Kabbalah, Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Toaism, African, African American, Latin, Filipino, Korean, Native American, Celtic and Persian cultures and more.
She has written extensively on love, romance, sex, marriage, and weddings and is currently a blogger on these topics for The Huffington Post. She has also been Love and Family Editor for Beliefnet.com, Relationship Editor for DrLauraBerman.com, Emotional Health and Sexual Health Editor for EverydayHealth.com.
She has been interviewed about weddings and marriage by The New York Times, Newsweek, USA TODAY, Associated Press, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, The Bridal Book, Wedding Dresses Magazine, New York Magazine, NY Daily News, Newsday, Inside Edition, WE Network, WB11, Eyewitness News, Fox 5, and others.
She is author of 14 books. In her newest book, "YOUR INTERFAITH WEDDING: A Guide to Blending Faiths, Cultures, and Personal Values into One Beautiful Wedding Ceremony" (Praeger), she helps couples navigate through the experience of blending their lives and families in a meaningful ceremony.
She is also author of "WEDDING GODDESS: A Divine Guide to Transforming Wedding Stress to Wedding Bliss" (Perigee/Penguin Books), in which she shares her insights on how women can prepare for marriage and plan a wedding without the typical wedding stress.
Rev. Laurie Sue helped establish, and co-led, the NYC branch of The Bridal Survival Club.
She lives in New York with her husband and son.