Frequently Asked Questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We’ll start with an extensive questionnaire, which will help us dive into the planning process with ease. The questions will get you thinking about the meaning of your union, and help isolate the elements you’d like to include in your ceremony. These questions will provide me with insight into your partnership which I will weave into your script.
What education and/or training do you have that supports your work?
I am a certified minister through the Universal Life Church. I am trained in Relational Life Therapy and am a certified teacher of MatrixWorks, a model of leadership that focuses on group-dynamics. I hold a Masters degree in Resilient Leadership from Naropa University. I am facilitator of relationships; both as a couples coach, and in supporting groups to create happier and healthier communities and teams.
What do you charge?
All Inclusive Package: $ 998 Includes:
Couples Discovery Questionnaire to get you asking meaningful questions and support us in building your ceremony script
Two planning sessions (approximately an hour each) in which I will guide you step by step through the process of designing your ceremony
Custom ceremony design, including the writing of your love story
A survey to collect insight from your community which I use to make your ceremony more meaningful
Basic Community Circle to connect your loved ones before, during or after your ceremony
Signing your marriage license and mailing it to the state
*Complimentary: 90-minute Premarital Coaching session
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have always been deeply passionate about love. I believe romantic partnership has the potential for growth that no other bond can offer. It's a chance to know our own divinity through the trials and glories of intimate relationship. I am lit up by coaching couples to foster healthier and happier relationship.
Wedding officiating came into view for me in 2015. In a very short period, two couples asked me to officiate their weddings. Shortly thereafter, as I was leading a week-long couples canoe trip down Labyrinth Canyon in Utah, one of the couples became engaged! Both in their late 50s and neither had been married before, but something happened on the river that made them realize it was time. A few days later they asked me to marry them then and there-- in the great beauty of the canyon. After 3 weddings back to back to back that year, I realized this was something I was really good at and yearned to offer more.
Are we a good fit?
I embrace and welcome a diverse array of partnerships. I find that the couples who are most drawn to me as an officiant or coach are people who value good communication. They tend to be interested in having a hand in designing their ceremony script and want it to be personal to them and filled with love. They value building a successful and satisfying partnership. They're the kind of people who know that as special as their wedding day is-- it should not be THE BEST day of their lives-- but the enchanting beginning to many years of blissful partnership.
What will our collaboration be like?
I fall in love with every couple I get the pleasure of working with. I get to know their relationship's ins and outs. I learn about the strengths their community sees in them as a couple. I weave these pieces together into a story that becomes part of their ceremony script. When working this closely with people on something that matters so much, it's impossible for me not to fall in love.
What advice would you give a couple looking to hire a wedding officiant?
You want to work with an officiant who will take the time to get to know you. The personal touch will make your ceremony memorable-- which is what you want on your wedding day!
You should also be sure that your officiant is legally able to marry you to make it official in your state. A good officiant will offer to call the county for you, triple check on your license details, and be sure you know exactly what steps to take to make your marriage legal.
Most importantly, you want to work with someone who makes you feel at ease and comfortable. Someone you get along with naturally. Someone who cares deeply about the quality and integrity of their work. Someone who can hear your vision for your ceremony and support you in creating it!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Will you need a ceremony rehearsal? Will you want your officiant to run it?
What's the tone of your ideal ceremony?
What have you seen in other wedding ceremonies that you liked or not liked?
How do you want to remember your ceremony? How would you like your guests to remember your wedding ceremony?
Are there traditions or rituals you’d like to include or leave out?
What's most important to you about the officiant you hire?