Designing and officiating unique, personalized wedding ceremonies while helping couples create a radiant foundation for a successful and satisfying marriage.
I embrace and welcome all couples and offer a 3-part system to creating your unique and powerful wedding ceremony!
#1: Ceremony Celebrant
Together, we'll create a personalized wedding ceremony. I come prepared with various frameworks, ceremony structure possibilities, creative ideas for community engagement and love-filled quotes for you to pull from.
Taking time to build our relationship will ensure that I am able to deliver your ceremony with love and insight into your partnership, and so that you can develop trust in me as a guide. On the day of your wedding, I will manage the ceremony details and people involved, so you can relax and enjoy each moment of the day with your loved ones.
Elements I've brought into ceremonies include telling your love story, ring warming, community vows, and playful surprises for each of your guests.
#2: Couples Coach
Getting married is a really big deal! Religious officials traditionally provided marriage counseling, but with so many couples choosing secular weddings, this counseling aspect often goes lacking. For months leading up to your big day, during the wedding and after, I support your partnership in building a solid foundation to the life you are creating together. Aspects of this coaching work might include learning new communication tools, creating joint mission statements and shared agreements, last name discussions, vow writing, etc.
#3: Community Connector
Weddings release an immense amount of shared joy! Your community celebrates together, bonding over the fact that they all love YOU TWO. You've likely felt this at a wedding you've attended. This is possibly the one time you will have all these people in the same place, making it the ultimate opportunity to build a strong community around you! The community bonds that form on your wedding day are what will support your partnership in years to come. Being the couple at the center, these interactions can be stressful to facilitate, especially if you are not a huge extrovert. Don't miss your chance to help your families and friends connect. I'll facilitate their connections through meaningful interactions, circles and playful games-- allowing you to focus on enjoying your wedding weekend more fully.
TESTIMONIALS FROM COUPLES
"Sarah was the best officiant we could have imagined. She was thorough and attentive at every moment, and brought great joy to the process of creating our ceremony. A few of our friends said that it was the best wedding they had ever attended and I credit much of it to Sarah. She went above and beyond, was present, clear and organized at every meeting, very communicative, professional, and just a joy to work with. Sarah did an excellent job of assisting in creating the space and ceremony that best suited us, and directed and performed it to perfection. Thank you so much Sarah!"
-Aryn Moulton and Daniel McNichol, September, 2017
"We asked Sarah to officiate our wedding because of our trust in her. We knew she would bring the utmost care and professionalism, and infuse our ceremony with love and a personal touch. And she did! She came along for all our family festivities throughout the weekend, connected with our loved ones and made sure they felt included and important. She jumped in to organize our bridal parties and oversaw communications. Over the years, Sarah has provided much insight and support to our partnership. We are thriving and so happy!"
-Ingrid and Miguel Alvarez, July, 2016
"Sarah did an amazing job officiating our wedding. She helped give us direction and get us thinking about how our perfect ceremony would unfold. With Sarah, we discussed our vision. She gave us a framework and asked us the right questions to create a ceremony that truly represented us. She connected with our family and friends to gather details about our love story and how our community views our relationship. Sarah is a very open individual, who can connect with anyone on multiple levels and really read into what it is that you are needing or wanting. You can feel by her presence she is someone who embodies love and wishes to contribute to and grow the love of your partnership. We highly recommend using Sarah as an officiant to anyone who wants their wedding to build community and connection! She does a fantastic job creating a beautiful ceremony and loving community!"
-Caitlin Delap and Grant Gundrum, September, 2016
“A canoe trip turned out to be one of the most extraordinary of my life. I left single and came back married! The soulful, professional, fun guidance from Sarah and Lauren, remote beauty, outrageous stars, delicious love, long, sweet canoe floats, SWIMMING, ever deepening and amusing camaraderie with the group, jungle surgery, yummy meals, and the SWEETEST time ever with my now husband. I still prefer ‘glamping’ but, for me, this trip was UTTER MAGIC and SHEER PERFECTION.”
-Adelyn Jones, and Mercury Roberts, who decided impromptu to get married on a canoe trip I host every Summer. I officiated their wedding on the river. August, 2016
"Working with you has completely transformed our relationship. You are a gifted coach and have been so on point with knowing how to support us! We are communicating better than ever, aware of our patterns, and able to work through a fight MUCH more quickly. I now realize that our disagreements have gifts! You have made a big difference for us. Your coaching has taught me how to communicate my truth through conversations that are gentle, kind, loving and affirming; and yet I am making my point, taking care of myself, and not being a doormat! What I have learned from you is just fantastic. We would NOT be where we are today without the sessions we've had with you, Sarah. You got what was going on and you saved us. You really did. I just can't thank you enough."
-Anne Marie and Skip, July, 2017
"We met with Sarah three times before our wedding as a way to set aside time to discuss issues in our relationship about which we were contemplating. This having been the first time either of us had worked with a coach, we were both nervous. Sarah recognized that immediately and was able to frame an atmosphere that helped us relax and share freely. Her skill that first session allowed us to approach the next two sessions with excitement and comfort. Sarah balanced sharing personal experience, to help us feel like she understood from where we were coming, with skill of keeping sessions focused on us and our needs. She was kind, warm and also allowed us the space to laugh. We truly enjoyed the experience working with Sarah and would like to figure out a way to make space in our lives for continued coaching."
-Rachel and Shawn, July, 2017
"Our time with Sarah has been absolutely eye opening. Sarah has given us the space needed to thoughtfully reflect on the relationships we have with others, and with ourselves. By the end of only a few sessions, we took a step back and saw how far we had come. We can say confidently that with Sarah's help we have greatly improved our ability to communicate with ourselves, each other and the people surrounding us."
-Aaron and Dayna, September, 2017
TESTIMONIALS FROM OBSERVERS
"I've been to countless weddings and ceremonies of various types and I must say, Sarah truly has a gift. She facilitated the marriage of my friends to perfection with depth and humor and grace. I recommend her for any ceremonial leadership you might have need for and especially for those involving a love bond."
"Sarah officiated my daughter's wedding last July. Aside from being a lovely woman outwardly, it was Sarah's inner ambiance that helped create the happiest day of my daughter's life. Sarah took a great deal of time learning about the romance which ultimately led to the big day. All of the conventional traditions were there but Sarah's intrinsic instinct of life and love added a unique and earthy quality that was truly magical. I would highly recommend this lovely, young women to anyone about to take their marriage vows!"
"I've witnessed Sarah officiate several weddings. She is compassionate, articulate, kind and honest. She uses her skill as a coach to get to know you, weaving together the narrative of a couple's joint existence, and delivering that story gracefully to an audience. This isn't just her job, it's what she lives for -- and it shows."
"I was at a wedding last summer that Sarah facilitated on a couples canoe trip we co-hosted and it was amazing! The venue was perfect, and her words were incredible, inspiring, and appropriate. She is also a talented couples coach and I was witness to highly skilled coaching with 2 different couples- one was the couple who got married later in the week. She is amazing!"
-Lauren Bond Kovsky