At Last Weddings
At Last Weddings

At Last Weddings

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Introduction: I care deeply about couples not only having a wonderful wedding but that they have a rich lifetime of growing together. I have over 33 years of pastoral experience with many, many weddings as a United Methodist pastor. I have officiated at weddings in multiple states, many churches and outdoor as well as other non-traditional venues. I have been trained in marriage enrichment since 1996 and am certified in giving Prepare-Enrich premarital inventories. It has been my joy to work with couples from many religious and ethnic traditions from across the U.S. and Europe. I will personalize your service and, if desired, offer premarital counseling and a post-wedding follow-up. In addition to officiating, I also sing solos if desired with many years of experience as a soloist, church choir member, and member of classical, folk and show-tune ensembles. I offer an opportunity to celebrate your wedding with meaning, grace and joy while also giving you the option of preparing for you life together in a way that gives you tools for the long haul of your relationship. I have a master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry in Arts and Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary and have been ordained since 1988. I offer discounts to persons who are faithful members of a local church in their community or to persons in Alamance County who are actively looking for a church home. I also offer travel/honeymoon planning as one of my marriage enrichment modules.
Overview

Hired 9 times

Serves Elon, NC

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1 employee

33 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

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Deborah J.
Jul 16, 2022
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It was such a blessing having Pastor Mark officiate our wedding. He was a calm and assuring presence on what could have been a hectic day. Would highly recommend.

Details: Wedding • Christian • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will be needed at the rehearsal • Date and time has not yet been chosen

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Chrystal L.
4 weeks ago
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Excellent Officiant!! He took our ideas (as vague as they were) and created an absolutely beautiful ceremony! I would definitely recommend!

Details: Wedding • Christian • 51 - 100 guests • Help writing vows will be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Steve B.
Aug 27, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Mark was very professional, gave us a picture perfect wedding ceremony, couldn’t have asked for someone better to preside over our ceremony. Highly recommend.

Details: Elopement • Christian • 21 - 50 guests • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Amanda H.
Mar 25, 2022
I could not have imagined anyone else officiating our wedding. Mark provided excellent premarital counseling and helped us in every way to plan the ceremony. His wisdom helped guide us as we began our marriage and we continue to pull from our experience as we live life together. Mark is professional, but always looking to bring laughter and life into everything, including helping us to stay focused on the purpose and fun of our wedding instead of getting bogged down in the stress of planning. He was open to our ideas for the ceremony and helped us to plan the best worship experience for our wedding. Highly recommend!
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Angela R.
2 days ago
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Mark was wonderful! I can’t say enough positive things about him. All of our family and guests loved him too! The ceremony was beautiful. Highly recommend!!

Details: Wedding • Christian • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Date and time has not yet been chosen

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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My base fee is $250 for all weddings that are local. After 25 miles I add travel expenses based on the distance, time expenditure and cost of meals and accommodations that the timing of the wedding will require of me. Optional additions include singing (generally $50 to provide up to three songs I already know or $100 for a song I would have to learn), Premarital enrichment or counseling is included in all weddings at no added expense except $35 for couples who wish to do the Prepare-Enrich marital inventory, which is my expense from the company that administers the assessment. My fees are first to defray my expenses and after that to invest in my own marriage since time planning and officiating non-church member weddings takes time away from being with my wife. I invest any fees or wedding honoraria in dates with my wife, vacations with her, or saving toward an eventual home in retirement since we have no home equity as a pastoral family living in a parsonage.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I respond to notifications as soon as possible. Once a couple is seriously interested in my services, I meet with them in person if they are local (greater Burlington/Elon area) or we have a Zoom/FaceTime or phone visit first if they are further away, but as soon as possible we have an in-person visit. Then I offer premarital counseling (1-4 or more sessions) and a premarital inventory if the couple desires. I try to do as much of the planning of the wedding as possible in our initial meeting, but offer further wedding planning time later remotely (or when not too distant by a personal meeting). If the couple desires a wedding rehearsal (which I recommend unless the service is just the vows), I normally attend and help lead the rehearsal. If there is no rehearsal, I arrange with the couple to be present well ahead of time on the wedding day to walk through the ceremony and choreograph the flow of the service. I also offer (but do not require) a follow up consultation 3-9 months after the wedding to follow up on how the couple is doing.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a B.A. in psychology and religion from Emory University (Phi Beta Kappa); Master of Divinity from Duke University (summa cum Laude), and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary with a focus in Arts and Theology and a dissertation on Christian hospitality and the arts. The undergraduate degree prepared me to better understand relationship dynamics. The MDiv. prepared me further in marital counseling, worship leadership and preparation, preaching, and administration as well as all other areas of pastoral ministry. Experience with weddings for 33 years has taught me wedding etiquette and how to deal with diverse wedding parties and family dynamics. 35 1/2 years of being married has prepared me to help couples envision their long term potential, and 25 years of being trained (with my wife) as a marriage enrichment leader has offered me a diverse set of marital tools for positive, edifying communication, conflict management, goal setting, skills for working together, spiritual growth together/marriage as a divine vocation, and methods for speaking one another’s love language. I was ordained a deacon (probationary first step) in the United Methodist Church in 1988, and an elder in 1991 after a long series of reflection papers, psychological assessments, interviews before boards of ordained ministry, and recommendations for multiple overseers and parishioners. This lengthy process assured that I met ethical and spiritual standards and that I root all facets of my ministry, including officiating at weddings, in a clear sense of God’s call, personal integrity and a motive of service.

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