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I wanted to share this lovely letter I received from one of my brides. I love to perform weddings – not least because of the special relationships which develop.

We found Richard on the internet, which is a modern way to find a wedding official. But he is not a “modern alternative” to the traditional wedding, he is God’s upgrade, bringing love to an unconventional setting.

My new husband and I were thrilled with the prospect that his eleven year-old son, Cody, would become part of the ceremony. This was not only important to us, but the wedding guests were so touched by the “Family Ceremony” many cried at its tenderness and wished they had done that for their own children in their second marriages. It meant so much to me because it is my first wedding and now only child – the mirror image of the man I love and vow to honor.

Rev. Gordon was more than an official, his experience and powerful oration made him the perfect sanctifier of an already blessed union.

We are grateful. My husband and I feel that finding Richard was from the same hand that lead us to find each other.

Thanks, Richard


Sondra Dee

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Another Facet

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During the week, I work as an Architectural Photographer.  The following is an article posted in the blog of  Meg and Jim Zoller – The Zoller Group of Keller Williams Realty, The Metropolitan.

Digital Pictures Set-up. . . Need Help Anyone???

Richard Gordon, who specializes in Architectural and Real Estate Photography in Houston, Texas, gave a short seminar to Realtors recently in a brownstone that was for sale. He had taken the beautiful advertising pictures for the home. My daughter, Kristin, and I took the opportunity to attend.

Among the many topics he discussed were:

Where you can take basic digital photography courses,

Equipment that you really need to take the photographs,



Post production.

The one section that caught my attention the most was the “set-up” of the pictures to show the rooms which are photographed in the best possible way. I knew when I was listening to him that this section wasn’t too far over my head. I already knew a few of the tips, but I learned more. He taught us to:

Shoot the pictures from the corners of the room. It makes the rooms look larger.

Tell a story about the home by the pictures that you take and how you arrange them. Take them as you would normally proceed to tour the home yourself.

In order to make rooms look larger you need to use your imagination. Plan your pictures. One way was to not take a picture of the corner of the room where two walls meet. If the picture ends before the corner is seen, then it makes the room seem to continue . . .and to appear larger.

All lights should be turned on. Move lights around to get the best lighting you can if it’s necessary.

Turn off all the ceiling fans so that the fan won’t blur your picture.

Close any blinds upward so that you get better lighting for the pictures.

Sometimes it’s necessary to move furniture to get the picture to balance better.

Sinks need to be neat and tidy and the faucet should be turned directly forward or perpendicular to the wall.

There were other ideas that he discussed, but I think these are the ones I needed to focus on.

If you would like to have Richard Gordon’s contact information . . .please let me know and I’ll happily give it to you. He will take photographs for all your marketing needs.

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I Love Performing Weddings!

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It is a wonderful calling to be a wedding minister!  I get to spend my time with happy people at joyous occasions.  Often, these events turn into family reunions with long-lost relatives arriving from around the country and, in many cases, from around the world.  Add to this the interesting locations and ceremony variations couples request and you’ve got the making of an incredible event! What could be better?

The greater Houston area boasts an almost limitless variety of wedding locations.  From the beaches of Bolivar and Galveston to gleaming, downtown, high-rise rooftops the third coast offers unique settings to enhance any wedding theme and dream. With a little imagination, almost any environment can be transformed into the perfect wedding setting. Although I’ve lived here for more years than I care to remember, brides and grooms are constantly reintroducing me to my hometown, causing me to see familiar sights with fresh eyes.

I’ve see an airplane hanger turned into a chapel with biplanes serving as silent sentinels. On Clear Lake there are at least two entities offering nautical nuptials.  You can choose between a sleek modern yacht and a graceful, old-fashioned paddle wheeler. Elegant stately mansions grace many of the smaller towns around Houston, and in the city itself, opening themselves to weddings and receptions with an Old World flair.  Many of our parks offer quiet, verdant vistas for the casual, intimate exchange of vows and, of course, nothing says intimate like a home setting – inside or out.

The Rose Garden in Hermann Park has long been a favorite venue.  With row upon vivid row of gorgeous flower beds surrounding the wedding party, it’s easy to believe that the entire world is celebrating the happy occasion! (The Rose Emporium in Brenham offers a similar experience).  I’ve recently been asked to officiate at two weddings in Hermann Park that will change forever how I see this venerable site.  The Houston Zoo and the Museum of Natural Science will both provide a familiar, yet totally original, setting in which to tie the knot.  Once again, I’m being reintroduced to a city I thought I knew!

A wise person once said, “Imagine you just won the lottery.  What would you do tomorrow?  Go out and do that!”

I know exactly what I would do the day after I won the lottery.  Perform a beautiful wedding at a familiar location for a couple very much in love; seeing this site, with fresh eyes, as if for the very first time.

I love performing weddings!

Please contact us at Houston Minister Services for more information on the many ceremony options to create your perfect wedding ceremony.

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Wedding Ceremony Readings

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Listed below are some selected readings that you might like to incorporate into your wedding ceremony. Our Officiants at Minister Services can incorporate the below readings into your wedding ceremony to create the perfect day.
1 Corinthians
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. So Faith, Hope and Love abide these three; But the Greatest of these is Love!
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.
If one falls down, his companion can lift him up. But pity the man who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together they will keep warm. But how can one be warm alone? Though another may overpower one, two can defend themselves. And a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Then they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.
Kahlil Gibran
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
And, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each other be alone. Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together; for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
Remember that love gives nothing but from itself. Love possesses not, nor would it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. And think not that you can direct the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, will direct your course.
Apache Prayer
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there are three lives before you, His Life, Her life and Your life together. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth
Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
Please continue to revisit Readings by Richard to view personal messages and additional readings added by Reverend Richard Gordon. You can also contact us for more information at 713-208-2025.

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Readings by Reverend Richard Gordon

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Welcome to Readings by Richard.

Reverend Richard Gordon

I am Reverend Richard Gordon, a non-denominational Minister specializing in Weddings, Baptisms, and Memorial Services throughout the greater Houston Texas area. This particular area of the Minister Services Blog is where I share my personal writings with you. I hope you check back often to see new additions.

Throughout the Minister Services website we strive to provide information to assist you. Whether it is a time of honoring loved ones who have passed, or celebrating the future, we would be honored to take part in your ceremony.

Please call 713-208-2025 or Contact Us via email for a complimentary phone discussion to see how we may be of service.

We welcome your comments or requests.

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