Kevin and his wife Debbie have been married for almost four decades and have seven children and seven grandchildren. When meeting new friends, they often find people’s jaws drop when hearing that they are raising such a large family in today’s hectic world. Kevin will often respond with a smile and reply, “We are truly blessed…but don’t necessarily recommend it!”
What Kevin does recommend is for all of us to look at life, especially life’s milestone events, with new eyes and an open heart. His own desire to become a Journeys of the Heart officiant was kindled after participating in the beautiful weddings planned by Journeys for two of his daughters. Each celebration was unique and affirming allowing the flow of a creative, personal expression of love. Kevin knew that the joy, love and gratitude that he felt during and after these sacred ceremonies was calling him to share his own gifts to help others honor and mark their own meaningful celebrations.
One of the gifts that Kevin shares with others is a strong desire to connect his deep and inclusive spirituality with a compassionate response to those in need. Kevin’s education (Master’s degree in Religious Studies, graduate certificate in Spiritual Direction) formed a strong spiritual foundation but it has been his time with Catholic Social Services that has really made his faith come alive. Kevin has found that his work supporting homeless men and those with intellectual disabilities have especially opened his heart to the ‘dance’ of the vulnerable and the Divine found in all of us.
Kevin’s own dance with family and social work is beautifully balanced by the positive energy and joy he feels though his participation with Journeys of the Heart. A favorite TV series This Is Us reminds him that all our Journeys (pun intended) intersect and encourage us to respond to each other with compassionate, open hearted love. Kevin’s appreciation of life extends to all of nature and he loves hiking the many beautiful trails near his Chester County home.
Kevin believes that each ceremony is a privileged opportunity for him to be fully present at a most significant moment in people’s lives. He is honored and grateful to bring his many gifts and a welcoming, fun-loving and uniting perspective to this sacred role.
Kevin was the absolute best! He really got to know my husband and I before the ceremony, and it made us feel like we were sharing our special day with a friend. Kevin made our day more special than I could have imagined. I still have people reaching out to me to tell me that they were overwhelmed by the beautiful ceremony and the special moments Kevin incorporated into our day. I do not have enough good things to say about our experience. We worked together to create exactly what we wanted to say, and we could not have been happier with the outcome.
Kevin Barr and Journeys of the Heart really brought our day together. Kevin worked with us long distance via FaceTime, phone calls, and email to make sure our wedding was exactly how we pictured it. He asked questions and really got to know our love for each other and was able to bring that out during our ceremony. Kevin was able to incorporated our NYE theme into our vows in a way that was beautiful. Our guests raved about our ceremony and how they really felt the love that Kevin spoke about. I highly recommend this vendor’s services.
Kevin Barr helped us create a beautiful custom wedding ceremony. He was kind, professional and took the time to get to know us and our “love story.” There were no surprises. We went through every detail, from wedding vows to ceremony tips. We had a small wedding, with no rehearsal; yet with Kevin’s guidance, it went as planned. Our ceremony was both spiritual and meaningful. The bonus is we have a new friend and have planned a dinner with Kevin and his wife. We strongly recommend couples seek Kevin’s guidance and wisdom. You will be so pleased!
We would 100% recommend Journeys of the Heart to couples looking for an officiant for their wedding! We decided early on to go the nontraditional route and have an outdoor, personalized wedding ceremony. We found Journeys of the Heart online and were connected with officiant Kevin Barr about a year prior to our wedding date. We really could not have asked for a better officiant than Kevin! After our initial in-person meeting, Kevin put together a personalized ceremony incorporating our unique story and interests. Throughout the planning process, Kevin would check in to see how things were going for us and to offer helpful advice along the way. On the day of our wedding, Kevin pulled off the perfect ceremony, mixing our personalized story with humor and advice. We received (and continue to receive) so many compliments from guests and family on the great job that Kevin did! Over the year of planning, Kevin became a friend. We were so happy to have him play such a big part in our wedding and would recommend him to any couple looking for the perfect officiant for their day.