You're Invited to the Zen Bride at 501 Union!



A More Perfect Union has teamed up with the Green Building and 501 Union to bring a little “Zen” to our brides! The Zen Bride is a workshop that gives brides-to-be an opportunity to recognize & process the amazing rite of passage from engagement day to wedding day and celebrate it with other brides going through the exact same things at the exact same time!

Wedding Officiant and Pre-marital Counselor Hope Mirlis created The Zen Bride based on the needs she saw in her pre-marital counseling practice. There were some issues and emotions that kept reappearing, primarily for women around waves of emotions and change of identity. 

In the warm surroundings of 501 Union, we will create a safe space to bond and celebrate with a community of women processing the same challenges, successes, anxiety and joy you are. Together we will release any stress with a little meditation and yoga, discuss our successes and challenges, share our stories, & create and perform a meaningful ritual leaving you relaxed and refreshed and ready to complete the journey towards wedded bliss.

This will be an intimate experience and capacity is limited to the first 15 RSVPs. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Bring your own mat for yoga.




About the Instructor

Hope Mirlis of A More Perfect Union is a virtual smorgasbord. A handful of educator, a scoop of performer, a dash of administrator and a whole lot of positive, nurturing energy. Born and raised on Long Island, she spent over a decade in Atlanta and after a brief stint on the West Coast to embrace her "inner chill,” she’s back in New York bringing balance and inspiration into marriage preparation and working with grooms and brides to embrace ritual and create unique wedding ceremonies. Hope is a registered NY Wedding Officiant, a pre-marital counselor and a Certified Yoga Instructor working with couples across the country since 2009. 

What you can you expect from the process?

During our time together, my complete attention and focus will be on you. The Zen Bride is designed to help you speak truthfully about your experience and deal with issues that have come up along the way. I will provide a forum for you to safely share and validate. I will ask powerful and probing questions, offer different perspectives, while helping you pave the way to achieving what you want during the engagement period. Everything that we discuss will be confidential. I will always be in your corner with your best interests and your agenda at heart.

What will I expect from you?

Make your our time together a priority. We are a team, accomplishing more together than either of us could do alone. For this to happen, you need to be prepared and present. Take time to be centered, breathe and be ready to talk. Our time together is really just the beginning. The real work begins AFTER the workshop. Use what you learn. Complete what you agree to do. Feedback is encouraged.