Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. 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.
Q. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
A. 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.
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. 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!!!!
Q. What types of customers have you worked with?
A. 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!
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. 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!
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A. 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.