Blissful Ceremonies

Vancouver, WA

About this pro

How does your service stand out?

For me it's not just a service, I love performing the ceremonies! Couples are making a life changing commitment and it is awesome being part of it. It's an honor to share in their day. We have fun and make it memorable! I always try to add humor and a story from the couples time together to make the ceremony extremely personal and all that are gathered feel as if they are part of the experience. Most times the attendees learn something new about the couple. I want to be "part" of the day and utilize my people skills to make everyone feel loved, honored and cherished. Pariticipating in "the beginning" is incredible! I am proud to volunteer with "Wish Upon a Wedding". This is a non-profit organization which helps terminal paitents by providing free wedding services and products.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The joy of the day! Knowing at the end of the ceremony that I did my best to make the couple comfortable and making it a day they will reflect on their entire "together" life! Hearing the toasts that loved one's share to wish their couple a life of happiness. I never leave without a smile on my face. Beginnings.....
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Location

Vancouver, WA 98683

Times hired on Thumbtack

2

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Dennis P. Oct 30, 2013
    When we got Laura, she’s a totally relaxed person. She made sure that everything was set up during the wedding. She knows how to act professionally and she sees to it that all are taken care of, including our family members. We are so thankful of having her cater our wedding ceremony. She even brought her husband as a photographer, and he also took a lot of pictures of us. We were given a chance to see those pictures in their perfect shot. I’d definitely recommend her as a wedding officiant to my friends' future weddings! Our happy marriage is a testimony of Laura’s excellent wedding service.
  • Tom M. Oct 30, 2012
    Laura was a joy to work with. She met with us prior to our ceremony, got to know us and came up with a terrific ceremony for our wedding. She took our feedback to heart and made changes as requested and even made changes right up to the last minute. It was just perfect for us.
    Laura P. Jan 6, 2013

    Thank you guys! I really appreciate the positive feedback :) Do you have any photos that show me with both of you? If so, I'd love to get them so I could add them to my website :) laura@petersonsphotography.com

  • Rebecca H. Aug 28, 2012
    Laura thank you soooo much for a beautiful ceremony, not only mine, but my daughter's too. I first met Laura in july of 2011 when she married my daughter up at camp dakota, I knew then I had to have Laura marry us. The vows were personalized by you, Michelle and Dennis, very heart felt and alittle humor added in. You made it easy to relax and have fun with the whole experience of selecting, planning and even executing. I especially liked the confidence in every word that was read for the vows, very clear and strong. I would highly recommend Laura!!
    Laura P. Aug 28, 2012

    Thank you Rebecca! L

  • Chrissy R. Jan 19, 2012
    Laura was the officiant for my sisters wedding, the Audas wedding 8-20-2011 (which I helped plan) & it was beautiful (some pics are on here)!!! Laura was so great with my sis... who really didnt know what she was wanting or the right way to go about things. This was my sisters second wedding...but it was her first fairy tale wedding (her first marriage was in vegas). It was very important for us as a family to help make this day the perfect day. Laura was truely amazing! My sis has 2 kids & her hubby to be had 4, we really wanted to find a way to involve the kids in the ceremony. Not only was this a union for Tanya & John... this was a union for a FAMILY! We wanted to do a sand ceremony. Each family member picks out a color of sand & they all individually add there sand to the keepsake container. Tanya & John together first... then each child in age rank individually.... then Tanya & John together to top it off. Laura came up with the idea of having each child say their own vows with the new step parent to be. It was amazing!!! There was not a dry eye in the yard & all the kids felt so loved & special!!! I highly reccomend Laura to everyone I talk to & for anyone who wants to have a special... personal... amazing wedding. She is brilliant!! Thank you so much Laura for being so great! Much love & appreciation Chrissy ;-)
  • Tina X. Aug 10, 2011
    Verified Review
    After our first meeting with Laura, my husband and I knew we'd be satisfied with having her on board for our wedding. During my wedding planning, I did not focus on our vows until the few days leading up to our wedding day. Laura was so helpful in many ways. She listened to our needs and when ever we changed our minds about something, she was very quick to implement our requests. I felt bad about switching things up on her at the last minute, but she adapted to the changes quickly. She handled it so well. Laura also offered to deal with our vendors, and although I handled that part on my own, I felt she genuinely wanted to make our big day stress-free. She always wore a smile, was professional, and a joy to work with. Thank you, Laura! Mr. & Mrs. Vue :)
  • Nichole R. Jan 18, 2011
    Laura was great she made everythinng so much easier for my hubend and i she was and is a very nice person very down to earth she did everything we asked for and was great at her job. She is the best.....

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I study on the internet within multiple sites to confirm I am up to date on current procedures. I also review the latest trends in creating vows. Added a "sand" ceremony with a family with 6 combined children! Each child and the parents had vows and then they added unity sand into the family container. Have also done "Jumpming The Broom" and "Handfasting". Each ceremony should be specific to each couples individuals wants and desires.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I have one fee and that is $220, with additional charges for travel over 25RT miles. I am in Vancouver and can jump across the river for any events in the Portland area. I officiate only one service a day: I like to keep it simple. No rushing, and I want to be there for the special couple. With gas approaching $4 a gallon, I'm glad I have an economical car to keep my fees as low as possible. I love joining couples and do my best to keep the pricing as close to $220 as I can.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My husband is a photographer and I've worked with him for years enjoying the love shared by so many. I thought it would be something that I would be good at and I am!! I enjoyed my studies and was enthusiastic about all I learned. There is no set way to perform a ceremony. I continue to create and experiment with different ways to make the wedding day a memorable experience for all. The "Special Couple" can count on me to make it special, just what they had in mind, and fun for all involved. I spend quite a bit time getting to know them and know what they want. I am so glad I decided to give this a try....I love it!!!!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weddings, Anniversaries, Partnerships, Marriage Renewal, Interfaith Vows, Handfasting, Celebrations of Life, create or assist with wording, vows, promises! I really enjoy adding that "personal" and sometimes funny story to the wedding ceremony. I like to know my couples, even if we have to do it via email. It makes the experience really all about you and your best friend! I also create celebration of life photo presentations with music. My years of experience give me the ability to assist with seating, the entrance, giving away the bride, lifting the veil, candle lighting, jumping the broom, giving and receiving of the rings, sand ceremonies, the introduction and your exit down the aisle!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Always check out references. Request information on what the service offers. Speak with the officiate to make sure you feel comfortable and that they have the skill and knowledge to provide a ceremony that will become your memory. Will they be available for your rehearsal? How early will they arrive on your special day? Photos, check to see how your officiate presents themselves. They will be in many of your photos and can be as important as your flowers! Will they stay throughout the reception or leave right after the ceremony? Will they process the marriage documents? You should be free to enjoy your day and not have to worry about any details!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I hope I am able to convey that I will be there for them. Performing ceremonies is something I love doing. I enjoy finding out what the couples relationship is all about; adding a personal story in their vows allows their guests and loved ones to relate to the ceremony. Bringing families together for this most important of occasions. While we can and should celebrate our differences, what we have in common is infinitely more important than what divides us.