New Book is now LIVE! Plus 5 FREE Download Dates!

My new book, “How to Choose and Work with a Wedding Officiant” is live on Amazon! And my gift to engaged couples- it will be FREE on 5 special dates. Kickoff celebration date: this Thursday, November 8. Then 4 dates that fall near peak engagement dates:
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24, the Day after Winter Solstice, December 22, the day after Christmas, December 26, and the day after New Year’s Day, January 2, 2019. To get your FREE download on one of these days, go to Amazon, find the book , choose the device you want to download it to, and click it. You fo not need to have a Kindle Fire to access the book. Amazon will give you the Kindle app free to use on your phone, tablet, or laptop. Enjoy

Winter Weddings 2018/19

 

photo by Skyrider Photography

Wedding Season 2018 is winding down, and I am continuing to book weddings for Wedding Season 2019, so of course, do contact me to book your 2019 wedding.

I am still available for off-season weddings, but for winter bookings, snow and ice can be an issue. So, I book winter weddings one of two ways.

1. Advance bookings, provided the venue will reschedule in case of inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.

2. Short timeline weddings. i.e. weddings that are more on the spontaneous side. I still need a week to customize the wedding for you, but as long as we have a week and a good weather forecast, so I know I can get there. This in place, we can make it happen!

Steampunk and Fairytale Weddings

Kanta Bosniak Weddings- Steampunk and Fairytale

For most weddings, my attire is as pictured in the photos you see on my Weddings page. Simple black, top and bottom, with a white or ivory clerical scarf. However, when couples want to create a certain style or theme, such as a cowboy wedding and want me to wear Western boots, that’s what I do!

Similarly, if you are planning a steampunk, Potter, Hobbit, or fairytale wedding, I’m happy to support the look you envision. From the first time I was asked to do a theme wedding, I began building a hat collection which includes top hats, a derby, a wizard hat, Harry Potter/Retro glasses, and more. I even created a crazy-quilted  and embroidered jester hat.  And I’m continally adding to my costume wedding collection. If you are dreaming it, I am happy to do my part in bringing your dream to life.

Custom Ceremony Services

photo Stephanie Poe Thomas, graphic Kanta Bosniak

Whether your style is fresh and natural or formal and elegant, I’d love to work with you to create the wedding ceremony of your dreams. Contact me to reserve your date and let’s get started! (540) 577-8854

It’s About You

Photographic Dreams

Your wedding is a beautiful event that you’re sharing with your loved ones. And of course, you want your family and friends to feel comfortable, respected, honored, and included. At the same time, your wedding is about you. So, first and foremost, I am committed to creating the ceremony that reflects who you are and celebrates your love story in a way that feels like “you.”

Unique in All the World



Just as every individual is unique, so is every couple. The two bring together their particular personalities and gifts, backgrounds, life experiences, hopes, and dreams… and found their shared life. So, it is only fitting that weddings reflect this.

In this wedding, we brought togther elements of Norse and Shinto spirituality. The result was magical.

Usually, I dress very plainly, as you can see in the photos on my Weddings Page. But for this beautiful wedding on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we (bride/groom/minister) wore adornments created by the groom, who is an extremely talented jeweler. If you look closely, you will see that he is wearing a Thor’s hammer.

Whether your wedding will be an intimate elopement in a rustic locale or large elegant affair in a formal setting, I woud love to work with you to create the wedding ceremony as you envision it.

Walking Your Path Together

Kristie Lea Photography

As an engaged couple, your individual paths have merged and now you are walking your path that you are creating with your shared dreams. Blessings on each step of your way!

Wedding Season is Here!

Photo by Holly Cromer

Looking forward to officiating lots of weddings this season! Congratulations to all the couples who have booked with me. And congratulations as well to engaged couples who are looking for an officiant. I’ll be delighted to talk with you about creating the ceremony you desire and officiating it on your special day.

Ya Gotta Have Heart

Artists, writers, and singer/songwriters, and filmmakers offer a specific vision of life. Whether it inspires compassion, inspiration, fresh new thinking, and joy or whether it deadens, roils up hatred, bores, triggers horror, fear, or despair depends on the state of the creator and of the consumer. I think artists have a sacred responsibility to serve life and help us expand our vision.
 
That does not mean commerce cannot be involved, Some of the most inspiring creative excellence has come out of advertising. Nor does it mean that the shadow cannot be shown in the picture. it’s in us and in our world, right? And to ignore it is silly. But how does your protagonist deal with his own ego? How does he respond to evil when faced with it?
 
“Everybody counts or nobody counts” -(Michael Connelly’s) Harry Bosch
 
The best noir antiheroes have a flinty and uncompromising moral code. It may not be the one held by the systems within which they have to work (or which they work against). But the respect for human life is always there, shining like a diamond in the mud. Our stories need to be about bigger things than revenge, ego, the vicarious trashing of “the other,” or stylish, clever, yet empty cynicism. Empathy is the key factor that drives storybook and everyday heroes, even the gruff and edgy kind. Ya Gotta Have Heart.

Art for Life

Kanta Bosniak mugs on Redbubble

Trying pull myself away from designing mugs and clock faces, so I can do some new writing and make some new paintings… whose images I can put on mugs, clocks, and use for book illustrations. There’s something so fun about making art that you can play with like this. I remember as a kid going to library class and learning about the Dewey Decimal system. There was a distinction made between the categories of Fine Art and Applied Art. The latter was considered less worthy than the former and was accorded less respect because it was made to be used by people in their actual lives.

This bothered me even back then. I loved book illustrations, folk art, and painted furniture. And I loved all the beautiful things made by artisans of different countries and times that I saw in the Philadelphia Art Museum and Penn Museum. Nobody in these museums was saying, “Well, is painting is art, but that painted blanket chest isn’t art.” Or “This sculpture is art, but that painted, beaded, feathered Native American vest is not art.” And if they had, I would have disagreed with them. Ditto if anyone had said, “This mural in Italy is art, and the hex signs on that barn in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania are not art.”

I want art on my wall and I want to drink my coffee in it. To me, both things are equally beautiful, because both things are not things so much as they are expressions of ideas and feelings mingled together that trigger ideas and feelings when seen and/or touched.

We do not decrease the value of a beautiful object by enjoying, appreciating, and using it, but rather add to it. This is why I treasure my father’s ceramic lamp. Sure, I love the workmanship and artistry. But more than that. It was his.