Photo credit: John Schmitz, Jr.

Photo credit: John Schmitz, Jr.

 

Katie Schmitz

— and —

Ian WAllace

 

joyfully request the pleasure of your company

as we speak our vows and join in marriage

in the presence of family and friends.


Saturday, July 6th, 2019

6:00 PM

 

Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts 

Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building

128 North Broad Street,

Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

Self-uniting ceremony

with dinner and dancing to follow

 


What is a self-uniting Marriage?

A self-uniting marriage is one in which the couple are married without the presence of a third-party officiant. Currently eight states and the District of Columbia legally recognize self-uniting marriages, with requirements and restrictions that vary by state. In Pennsylvania, self-uniting marriages have been legally recognized since 1681 due to the large presence and influence of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), who do not appoint or recognize clergy. In a Quaker marriage the bride and groom rise and speak their vows during a meeting for worship. All those present at the meeting serve as witnesses and sign the marriage certificate.