Paryss Michelle Dowling

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The Wedding of Raven Darcia Griffin & Dirck Jansen Hoagland, Sr.

Officiated by Paryss Michelle Dowling at Fountain Front, The Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 8th, 2021. Witnessed by Sonia Witherspoon and Michael McPherson.


"I've been able to officiate weddings for the last 5 years, but this wedding was so big, important, and major. Why? 1. I planned and coordinated the wedding. 2. The bride is also my cousin. 3. Her wedding was my very FIRST TIME being able to officiate! Yes, I was nervous. Yes, I was freaking out a bit prior! Yes, I was antsy... But when it came down to the ceremony getting ready to begin, my confidence level all of a sudden was on 100%. The happy couple and the onslaught of beautiful family and friends enjoyed and appreciated my simple, yet sweet approach to the ceremonial vows, as well as their personal touches such as their Sand ceremony. I am happy to have been able to be a part of their wonderful moment in so many ways, but being able to officially marry them was a true blessing!"

Paryss Michelle Dowling


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Raven Darcia Griffin And Dirck Jansen Hoagland, Sr.’S Wedding Wedding Ceremony Script

Dearly Beloved and Honored Guests,

We are gathered together here to join Raven Darcia Griffin and Dirck Jansen Hoagland, Sr. in the spiritual and lawful union of marriage.

It is a blessing and joy of mine to officiate this wedding, as the bride is not only a bride, but my beautiful cousin, and her husband-to-be is amazing. They both understand and realize that this contract is not to be entered into lightly but thoughtfully and seriously, and with a deep realization of its obligations and responsibilities. Please remember that love, loyalty, and understanding are the foundations of a happy, crazy, exciting and enduring home.

Let us pray.


Dirck and Raven, if it is your desire to take the vows which will legally unite you at this time, please respond "It Is".

Do you, Dirck, take Raven to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself unto her for as long as you both shall live?

*(Wait for Confirmation)*

Do you Raven are this take Dirck to be your lawfully wedded partner, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in good times and woe, for richer or poorer, keeping yourself unto him for as long as you both shall live?

*(Wait for Confirmation)*

*(Ring Exchange)*

Dirck, please take the ring you have selected for Raven. As you place it on Raven's finger, repeat after me: 'With this ring, I thee wed'.

(Will repeat for Raven to Dirck)

We will now do a sand ceremony with the couple and their blended children. In blending the colored sand, it represents the blending of a beautiful family that can never be separated, just as the impossibility of separating grains of sand.

*sand ceremony commences *


By the authority vested in me by American Marriage Ministries and the State of New Jersey I now pronounce you married! Kiss your bride, jump this broom, and live your unified life!

They kiss

Broom is laid down

They jump


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