Commitment Ceremonies

Experience the beauty and depth of a non-legally binding commitment ceremony with Serene Circles Officiants. These intimate and heartfelt ceremonies provide a sacred space for couples to express their love, commitment, and devotion to one another without the legalities of marriage. Led by compassionate and skilled officiants, these ceremonies honor the unique bond between couples and celebrate their journey together. With a focus on mindfulness and spiritual connection, Serene Circles Officiants craft personalized rituals and heartfelt vows that reflect your values and aspirations. Immerse yourself in the beauty of a non-legally binding commitment ceremony, where love takes center stage and memories are made to last a lifetime.

Commitment Ceremonies 

Welcome to Serene Circles, where we celebrate the diverse paths to commitment and love. While legal marriage is available to all individuals over the age of 18 where we service, regardless of sexual identity or orientation, there are various reasons why someone may choose not to pursue it.

Some individuals may find that a commitment ceremony better aligns with their personal beliefs and values. Commitment ceremonies offer a beautiful and heartfelt way to solidify the bond between couples without the legalities associated with marriage. These ceremonies allow couples to express their love and commitment in a way that feels authentic and meaningful to them, often with personalized vows and symbolic rituals.

In addition to commitment ceremonies, there are other options for couples who prefer not to pursue legal marriage. Common law marriage, although not recognized in Massachusetts, can establish a legal relationship in New Hampshire under specific circumstances. This can provide some of the benefits and protections associated with marriage. Similarly, domestic partnership is available in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire, offering legal recognition and rights for unmarried couples.

We are dedicated to providing information and resources for those considering alternative paths to marriage. We understand that each relationship is unique, and we strive to support individuals in making choices that resonate with their values and aspirations.

Whether you are seeking a commitment ceremony, exploring common law marriage, or considering a commitment ceremony for domestic partnership, we hope to offers insights, inspiration, and guidance to help you navigate your journey. We believe in the power of love and commitment, and we are here to assist you in creating a meaningful and fulfilling path that suits your individual needs.

Reach out at a collaborative member to explore the possibilities and find support as you navigate your own journey of commitment and love. We are here to celebrate and empower your choices, honoring the diverse ways in which couples create and nurture their relationships.

Collaborative Members

David Orlebar
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Katherine DeSilva
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Choosing an Officiant

David Orlebar and Katherine DeSilva are dedicated ministers ordained by the Universal Life Church, serving communities in New England. With a passion for spiritual guidance and a commitment to inclusivity, David focuses on providing his services to the vibrant Southern New Hampshire and metro Boston areas, while Katherine ministers to the communities on the beautiful North Shore of Massachusetts. As Universal Life Church ministers, they embrace the belief in the universal principles of love, compassion, and acceptance, ensuring that their ceremonies are personalized, meaningful, and welcoming to all. David and Katherine bring their compassionate hearts and deep respect for diverse beliefs to create sacred and transformative experiences for couples on their journey of love and commitment.


As Serene Circles Collaborative members, Katherine and David possess a deep understanding of the sacredness of commitment and the transformative power of love. They skillfully guide couples through the journey of renewing their vows, infusing the occasion with grace and mindfulness. With their diverse backgrounds in spiritual traditions and practices, they bring a wealth of wisdom to your ceremony, incorporating rituals and elements that align with your beliefs and values.

By entrusting your vow renewal to Katherine DeSilva or David Orlebar, you can expect a ceremony that not only celebrates your unique love story but also fosters a profound sense of unity and connection. Through their gentle guidance and attention to detail, they create an atmosphere of tranquility and serenity, allowing you and your partner to fully immerse yourselves in the moment and savor the depth of your commitment.

Their commitment to curating a serene and harmonious experience extends beyond the ceremony itself. Katherine and David work closely with you to understand your vision and desires, ensuring that every aspect of your vow renewal reflects your journey and aspirations as a couple. With their warm and nurturing presence, they create an environment of calmness and tranquility, leaving you and your guests feeling deeply moved and inspired.

Choose Katherine DeSilva or David Orlebar as your Serene Circles Collaborative officiant, and let their expertise and dedication create a vow renewal ceremony that honors your unique love, fosters unity, and fills your celebration with a serene and tranquil energy.

David Orlebar

Meet David L. Orlebar, a charismatic and compassionate wedding officiant who brings a unique blend of warmth, professionalism, and inclusivity to every ceremony he performs. David is a black male with a captivating presence and a genuine passion for celebrating love and commitment. His inclusive approach embraces couples from all walks of life who share a deep love for one another and a belief in the sacredness of marriage.

Ordained by the Universal Life Church, David is highly experienced in crafting personalized wedding ceremonies that reflect the unique love story of each couple. He understands that no two couples are alike and goes above and beyond to ensure that their ceremony is a true reflection of their values, traditions, and aspirations.

Based in New Hampshire, David primarily serves couples in the area. However, he is more than willing to obtain an out-of-state clergy designation to extend his services to couples in Massachusetts. His dedication to making your special day unforgettable is evident in his attention to detail and his ability to create a warm and inclusive atmosphere for all in attendance.

David's calming presence and eloquent speaking style make him an ideal choice to lead your wedding ceremony. Whether you prefer a traditional, modern, or culturally diverse ceremony, he will work closely with you to create a ceremony that feels authentic and meaningful. David has a natural gift for connecting with people and understands the importance of making every couple and their guests feel comfortable and welcomed.

When you choose David L. Orlebar as your wedding officiant, you can expect a heartfelt and personalized ceremony that celebrates your love and commitment. His dedication to love, inclusivity, and the sanctity of marriage will ensure that your wedding day is a truly memorable and cherished experience.

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