Completely customized wedding ceremonies that tell your unique love story.
Am I the right wedding officiant for you?
I love to work with couples who want the wedding ceremony to be the highlight of your special day. If you see your ceremony as more than just a race from the boring stuff that makes it official to the real fun on the dance floor, then we should talk (though I certainly love to shake it up as much as the next goofy dancer).
For me, the wedding ceremony is when you take precious time to share your deep commitment to each other in front of the people who matter most to you. It's where you stand up and tell the story of your love and your hopes for the future. You understand that getting married actually means something, and you want to celebrate that transition in a powerful way that’s still lots of fun.
Don’t freak out if you’re not a poet or a soaring orator; that’s where I come in. I help you harvest your story and share it back to each other, and to your guests. I don’t set out to make you sound awesome, but it always happens. And it always happens in a way that also makes you sound like “you”, not like a greeting card or a cookie cutter sentiment clipped from somewhere on the interwebs.
While queer wedding ceremonies are my specialty, I'm a big fan of equal love, so if you're a straight couple and want a fabulous ceremony, I'll happily work with you, too.
How we create your ceremony together
Do we click?
Start by giving me a call or email to check availability and ask any initial questions. We’ll set up a free consultation visit where we’ll get to know each other and see if I’m a fit to become your wedding officiant. I'll ask you a bunch of questions to get things rolling. If we connect, we’ll start the process of working together to build your unique ceremony.
To make the ceremony completely tailored to you, I'll walk you through a fun and meaningful process of story gathering that makes sure your ceremony reflects your unique history, values and aspirations. Yes, there will be a bit of homework, but it will be way more fun than trigonometry, I promise.
I'll work with you to create the ceremony until you’re completely happy with every aspect of it, from how you walk down the aisle (or beach, or mountain ridgeline), through your vows (totally distinctive -- what you really want to promise each other), to readings, music, and how you want to include others (or not) in the service. I have tons of ideas and examples to draw on that you can use to shape something that completely suits you. This stuff matters to you, so it matters to me. You're at the centre of the process the whole way through.
For the wedding day itself (and the rehearsal), I'm your champion at the front of the room. I'll corral the crowd, calm any nerves, work with your DJ and other wedding support crew, and make sure that your ceremony is a completely joyous and deeply meaningful celebration of your love story.
Sound good? Then let's connect to get started.
Sounds great, but how much is it going to cost?
Yep, these custom ceremonies aren't the usual out-of-the-box fare, so neither are the fees. I offer two ceremony levels:
Completely Custom Celebration
Completely Custom ceremonies are just that: totally tailored to each couple from start to finish. Original stories. Original vows. A process of story gathering and sharing that will help you connect with each other on a deep level. I'll work directly with you for as long as it takes to make sure that I glean all of the stories, quirks, and magic of your relationship (i.e. until I "get" you). From there, I'll turn it into a ceremony bursting with joy and deep meaning for you, and one that will have everyone commenting years after the fact that it was the best wedding they’ve ever attended. Yes, you can and should take all of the credit for that!
In addition to all of the up-front connection, I'll give your my full attention on the day of the ceremony and never book more than one Completely Custom Celebration per day.
$1,200+ depending on length and number of ceremony elements. Includes in-depth story gathering, ceremony writing, editing until you're delighted, and officiating.
Story Snapshot Service
If you’re constrained by time or budget, I still want to help you create a service that is deeply meaningful to you. I'll customize your ceremony and harvest your unique story, but the service will be shorter and include fewer ceremony elements. Like a favourite photo snapshot, I'll capture the important pieces and create a memory that'll make you smile every time you think of it.
Most clients pay $800-$1,000. Includes essential story gathering, ceremony writing, and officiating. Get in touch to talk about your individual needs.
Feel free to reach out with questions and to arrange your free, no-obligation introductory consultation. I can't wait to hear from you and start learning your story! Contact me now.