By the Power...
By the Power...

By the Power...

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$195
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Introduction: Regardless of how our lives have changed over the past two years, I still believe that with some specific planning, I can help you create a wonderful ceremony. Weddings offer you the moment to publicly demonstrate your love and commitment to the world and now is the time for us all to become more creative in finding ways to achieve this. Whether it is a simple elopement, a small family event, or a formal church wedding, each ceremony will create the bond that will last a lifetime. No matter how many weddings I perform, I am still amazed at the many simple ways that couples bring parts of themselves to the ceremonies. A hippie wedding in a field where everyone is barefooted, a short ceremony in a mountain cabin surrounded only by family, a brief elopement in the apartment of a Soldier who was deploying the next morning - each of these events were special in their own ways. My goal is always to help you create an experience that no matter how complicated, or simple it may feel during the planning phase, will live in everyone's memory as "that perfect day." Over the course of the last few weeks, I have seen weddings performed from balconies, through glass doors, and in fields where everyone stands a bit farther apart than they normally would - our lives must continue, and lives spent together are much happier than those spent alone. In our modern world, we can harness the power of technology to create a perfect, yet safe, ceremony. My goal is simple: help all couples celebrate their futures. It doesn't matter which religious tradition you come from (or none at all), your gender, race, or sexual orientation - everyone deserves to be happy and I am here to make that a reality. So, reach out to me and together we will create just the right combination of love and safety. NOTE: Much as my ministry is ecumenical in nature, so too is my position on COVID vaccines. Both my Wedding Day Coordinator, Debra, and I have had both the two initial vaccinations and the booster as well. Our focus has been, and always will be to conduct safe and healthy ceremonies.
Overview

Hired 24 times

Serves King, NC

Background checked

2 employees

11 years in business

Payment methods

Apple Pay, Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Square cash app

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

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

Featured Projects

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  • A Wonderful Wedding in Hamptonville 2021

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Reviews

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

Excellent 4.9

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Darren P.
Apr 21, 2022
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Reverend Mike was a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend him to all. We could not have had anyone better to officiate our wedding. Debra was a pleasure to work with as well. Both are very professional and courteous.

Details: Wedding • Non-denominational (mentions God) • 20 guests or fewer • 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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Emily E.
Apr 21, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Reverend Max was wonderful and couldn’t have made the day more perfect. Even though we planned everything in a week, his words felt uniquely fitting and made the ceremony really special. He also wrote a few words in German for our family overseas! He is incredibly personable and warm. I would highly recommend him for anyone’s wedding.

Details: Elopement • Non-religious (no mention of God) • 20 guests or fewer • 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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Laney S.
Jul 1, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Our officiant bailed on us last minute and both Debra and Max quickly responded to help officiate our wedding. We really appreciated all of their effort and loved getting a CD of photos that Debra took before and after the ceremony. We highly recommend By the Power!

Details: Wedding • Non-religious (no mention of God) • 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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Taylor G.
Dec 15, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Max and Debra made my wedding day so stress free. I appreciate everything they did and couldn’t have done it without them!

Details: Elopement • Christian • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will be needed at the rehearsal

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Ava W.
Aug 22, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Max Goelling was great to work with! He was very professional and helped so much at my wedding. My nerves were calmed during the rehearsal and the ceremony. His wife Debra was amazing also! They both went above and beyond!

Details: Wedding • Non-religious (no mention of God) • 21 - 50 guests • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will be needed at the rehearsal

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Max Goelling

FAQs

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

    Having discussed how best to price our services with numerous minsters, priests, and officiants, I found a wide range of opinions. Some say, charge nothing and just ask for a donation to their church (or favorite charity). Others say charge a significant amount so that potential brides and grooms will appreciate the value of your services. We have chosen to charge a fair price that covers our time, travel, and expertise. Ours is not a commodity that can be simply valued by a market analysis - it's far more of a personal touch. We also know that now is a time where budgets are stretched thin and that no matter how much a couple may want to have a ceremony, they think it is too expensive. I say where there is a will, there will be a way - contact our Wedding Coordinator and I guarantee you we can find that way.

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

    Regardless of how we are introduced, my first goal is always to Our first goal is always to establish an environment of trust. My preference is to meet in person and when we do, I begin by asking some questions about the couple's vision of the event. If they would like to engage in any counseling sessions (finance, property ownership issues, religious challenges, etc.), we will find the best place and time for me to share a few ideas. If, on the other hand, they wish to continue the conversation by email, telephone, or text, I am more than happy to do so. Again, my goal is to create a high level of trust and comfort while exploring the best way forward.

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

    As a minister, I hold a Doctor of Christian Studies, a Master of Christian Education, and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services. As a counselor, I hold several licenses in the fields of financial advising, investment management, and protection strategies. I also am a certified sexuality educator and can provide counseling in this are as well. I have conducted many pastoral counseling sessions and continue to work with new couples as they process the many challenges that bringing two lives together can bring.

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