Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I work with couples to create the wedding ceremonies of their dreams! We meet and select the elements for a memorable and unforgettable wedding. Most people say my weddings are the best they have ever attended.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. A three person ceremony in the glass sky box at the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower
A large ceremony with 8 attendants on each side. Beautifully crafted event, candle lit and stunning atmosphere
A small family event. We included everyone in the vows and asked for their support for the couple.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make sure your officiant wants you to be happy and comfortable. Remember it is your wedding and your day and everything needs to involve and include you and your wishes.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Some Officiants charge very high fees and then tell you that you must use their ceremony. I think the best celebrants adapt to your wishes and ideas. My fees are on a moderate scale. My travel to the ceremony is included in the fee as are our conversation(s) about your ceremony.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. It is important to me that your wedding day be a day you can look back a for years to come and that you are able to say. "It was just as I imagined it! We are so glad we chose Denise as our officiant!'
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love meeting people at a time of their lives when they are dreaming of celebrating their love. I enjoy the differences each couple brings to me. Some want no religion. Some want to uplift two faiths. Some are spiritual. Some know what they want when they see it, and not before. All are seeking someone who will listen to their desires and affirm their ideas and beliefs.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. What is my background? I attended theological school, am ordained and have worked as a minister for years. My faith is affirming of all beliefs, even those who are questioning, doubting or do not believe. My wish is to accept people and create a ceremony that invites those you love into your story.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I worked with a couple by phone and over the internet. They lived 1,200 miles away. They wanted to include elements from the heritage of both of their families. I suggested an element from Eastern Europe and it turned out the grooms mother had saved her hand woven mat which she and her husband had stood upon. She was delighted to have someone think of including this. It was very touching when she placed it for her son and his bride to stand upon.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Any one can perform a wedding these days. However, it takes skill and experience to create a ceremony that feels like a true celebration of your love. Something unexpected happens in every ceremony. The flower girl sits down in the aisle because she is too scared to move. There is an accident on the road to the wedding and the guests are on the other side of the emergency vehicles. A crucial person to the event is delayed. You really wish for the wedding to be outside and suddenly it begins to rain. A seasoned professional can take all of these things (and others)in stride and help manage them so that the ceremony still feels loving and a celebration.