(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)
Here is a little bit of information about Barbara and how she came to be a minister doing weddings in the north Georgia mountains. Rev. Dr. Barbara Roberts is a non-denominational minister who has performed wedding and recommitment ceremonies (vow renewals) since she became an ordained minister in 1993. She just passed her 30 year anniversary in May 2023.
One of the most joyful aspects of her business, Alternative Weddings by Rev. Roberts, is officiating at marriage unions: she has married hundreds of people by now! Many different venues have been used, from parks and streams like Amicalola Falls, to churches and large reception halls.
Ceremonies have ranged from simple Native American practices such as tying a string around some trees to the most "traditional" ones involving singing and the reading of poetry or passages of scripture. Her goal is to help couples choose just the right ceremony to suit them and to really make their special day one to remember always.
Barbara does not have a church, but rather considers her ministry to be complimentary healing in various forms. Her ministry and passion is teaching others to heal and to empower themselves. She has had to try many different complimentary modalities in order to get herself healed and they have worked very well for her over the years.
She moved up to Dawson County by an interesting mix of coincidences. Formerly, she lived right above Peachtree DeKalb Airport in Chamblee, Ga until the county bought her house out as a safety zone for the airport. She's one of those rarities, a native Atlantan, but the pollution and traffic have driven her away from there to the peace and tranquility of the mountains.
Here's some interesting info about Barbara's former life. She was a Ballroom Dance teacher in Atlanta for 26 years and one of her former dance students had moved up to the Amicalola Falls area. He had some land for sale and she bought five acres across the valley from the falls. She now lives in a log home on the side of a mountain and loves the fresh air and clean water of the North Georgia Mountains.