Radiant Touch Weddings

Oregon City, OR

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Couples tell me that I have a way of delivering the ceremony with such feeling and emotion that it truly touches their hearts and that of their guests. I also provide so much more than just a ceremony. I become the person they go to for questions, ideas, coordinating, rehearsal, day-of situations, etiquette, and so much more. The bride and groom almost always HUG me goodbye, rather than a hand shake. :)

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love meeting so many fun and interesting people. Some of my best friends I met through performing their wedding. Guests and family members that still keep in touch with me through email, referrals from people who attended a wedding I performed, brides call me when they first find out they are expecting their first baby or send me photos as their family grows. Of course many couples I never see again but others may stay in my life forever. There is always a reason why our paths in life crossed.

Location

Oregon City, OR 97045

Years in business

10

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

1 Reviews
  • Kim S. Oct 20, 2010
    Can you believe Bev has married me 3 times! Yes! But all to the same man. We had hired Bev to marry us originally on 7/7/07. We planned a small wedding at the Rose Hite Memorial Gardens in Milwaukie. It was held under the pavillion to a small group of friends and family. It was lovely. Bev was very professional. She included a very special part of the ceremony where our children came up and combined different colored sand into a vessel that we could use as a candle holder. We have the candle holder sitting on our mantel to this day, surrounded by the individual different colored glasses of sand that contributed to the final showpiece. We light the candle all the time and remember how special it was when we blended our families. But! Before our 7/7/07 public wedding, we officially married on 6/3/07, which happened to be the anniversary of our first date. It was about 4 days before that day and I was calling to finalize some things for the July ceremony and I asked her if she could accommodate our request to marry us sooner. And she said yes! So off to the courthouse we went to get our marriage license. We each invited one person to "stand up for us" and be our witness, but we didn't let them know we were getting married. Just doing a walk through and wanted their opinion. They were both so surprised! We got married under a small archway in the rose garden itself. Then, on our first anniversary, plus one day, we had Bev complete our committment to each other in a special ceremony that combined Pagen and Christian rituals. We started under the archway exactly opposite where we married the year before, and said some personal things. Then we went next door to the oak grounds of the church next door to complete our ceremony. This time it was just Bev and us two. She was very accommodating to our preferences for this combined ceremony. We couldn't have asked for a better day. And the bonus to all this is that her daughter and she also took pictures for us. She artfully arranged them into a CD and bound photo album for us. Bev is great for honoring whatever you want to express your special day. I wouldn't hesitate to call on her again when we are ready to renew our vows. Kim and Henry Sanchez

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
After the initial contact and verifying of availability, the next step is usually a consultation to discuss the wedding and ceremony. I share ideas and suggestions if they are wanted. A deposit holds the date, I prepare a ceremony based on what was discussed with the couple. I send them a draft to approve or make changes. I arrive early to the rehearsal so that I can go over details of processional with bride. I coordinate the rehearsal forwards and backwards. I arrive early to the ceremony to handle license and certificate and to share a ceremony outline with DJ and photographer. After the ceremony we sign the certificate and then I process the license with the County Clerk's Office. Often times my clients live out of state so everything is handled by email and I meet them at the rehearsal or wedding.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I formed a wedding network so that wedding professionals in all services can meet, refer, learn, share and improve their services with the help of others. It's called NW Wed Pro. I have also produced two Bridal Fairs. Knowing the other vendors at weddings and being familiar with the venues is important. It can make the entire wedding go smoothly.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing is pretty basic. I try to keep it affordable and flexible. I will perform elopements for as little as $75.00 but the average full wedding package which includes consultation, ceremony writing, rehearsal coordination, wedding day ceremony performance, travel both days and filing of the marriage license ranges between $350 - $400. Often I perform small family weddings for only $150.00. It all depends on the day, size, location or complexity of it.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weddings. Elopements. Vow Renewals. Commitment Ceremonies. (in that order) I also find myself being: The coordinator The Photographer The person all the children gravitate to. The answer person. And much more.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I was asked to help make a Dream Wedding for a couple who had lost their home to a fire. The venue offered their estate and I contacted NW Wed Pro members to get them to help out. Within hours we were loaded with donated service providers. Dream Team Events coordinated and brought it all together and I performed the ceremony. The couple was overwhelmed by happiness and the generosity of so many. It was a great feeling. Another big project was as Lead Project Manager for a mass vow renewal ceremony for 65 couples at the Grand Reopening of the Oregon City / West Linn Arch Bridge. I performed the ceremony and coordinated a big reception for all of them after the ceremony.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your research. Read reviews. Go with experience. Hire a good public speaker. A professional knows how to handle just about any problem that might arise during a wedding. As an officiant I have coordinated hundreds of rehearsals so that everything goes smoothly on the big day. The wedding party feels much more confident after a good rehearsal.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish they understood that the officiant needs to be booked as soon as is possible. Usually 6-9 months at least, to guarantee your wedding date is available. Many couples think it's a last minute thing but then learn that none of the officiants are available for their date.