How did you get started doing this type of work?
I chose this field of business due to working in the court system for many years. I worked with people going through divorce everyday. It's an epidemic. It is emotionally draining and for people not married it does not give them anything to look forward to. I was becoming jaded and realized people were getting married for all the wrong reasons. I saw many not willing to work at making the marriage work or give it the respect that was due. I saw the bitterness and mean things that people did out of spite. I saw hurt and disappointment, dreams shattered, children displaced. I wanted to try to be a part of the solution. I carried an emotional burden that I was helping to perpetuate this cycle. Yes, I could have chosen to be a marriage counselor, but then I could not see the sparkle in my customer's eyes when they looked at each other coming down the aisle, the hands shaking as they face each other right before they take their vows, the look of love and support the family members convey, the expansion of family and friends in that moment. And of course, there is usually cake!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I primarily perform intimate weddings, same gender ceremonies, upscale weddings and Florida destination marriage ceremonies to tourists throughout Central Florida in addition to local Florida resident brides. I help my clients find the correct words to make their wedding ceremony unique, memorable and extraordinary. With a great command for public speaking, the guests of my couples always are engaged in the ceremony and feel like they are taking part in your wedding instead of by standing. I also offer amateur photography to my wedding clients to enhance their destination or intimate wedding experience.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Know what you want and don't be afraid to ask questions. This is your special day and with love and hard work it will hopefully be your only wedding day. Be yourself. Don't feel pressured to go through the normal expected pomp and circumstance of a traditional wedding if that is not who you and your groom are. I am easygoing, and truly enjoy each wedding I perform. I am open to performing alternative ceremonies, same sex ceremonies and themed weddings, as long as I feel comfortable that I am representing the spirit of the ceremony correctly and it has no personal offense to me.