Old Photo of Me

Well, look here. That's an old picture of me on my wedding day. Back when I only knew two things I wanted to be for sure: married and a mom. I was barely 21 and I had no idea how much work maintaining a marriage would be. Back when I knew it was going to be difficult to have babies but no clue just how devastating my journey would be. The challenges that came from 12 years of infertility was something my young mind could not even begin to fathom. I had hope and love on my side back when I got married in April of 2000. That was all I thought I would need.

Fast forward (almost) 17 years and, man, the stories I could tell! So much good has happened but there was plenty of bad to make me really appreciate those happy moments. Infertility and the loss of a foster child nearly broke my marriage. But during some of my darkest hours I always reflected on the happiness, joy, love, and hope I felt on my wedding day.

My wedding day. It was a beautiful day and I had a blast planning it. I felt lost after that day came and went because I didn't have anything fun and/or pretty to focus on anymore. Sure, I could find creative outlets to fill that emptiness but it took me nearly all my married years to realize that I was made for weddings.

All my creativity could be utilized to help fulfill other people's visions for their wedding days. My college days required me to be very focused and organized, adding a level of professionalism I hadn't been graced with naturally. The experience I gained from administrative roles and customer service positions I held over the years gave me the business acumen to create Petit Cadeau Ministries. 

If you feel I would be a good match as a wedding officiant for you or someone you know, please send them my way. I am a phone call (or email, or IM, or FB or IG post) away from potentially creating the ceremony you've been dreaming of. 

To those of you who are following my journey and cheering me on, my infinite thanks to you! Your support means everything!!

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Rev Jessica Winter