Top 5 (Local-ish) Elopement Locations with ALL the Views

Permit not required!  (For avid and beginner hikers…) Northern California and Nevada provides absolutely stunning hiking locations, which can double as jaw-dropping marriage ceremony backdrops. I’ve done each hike below with the exception of one. I am an adventurous Marriage Officiant and if you can dream of a natural backdrop for your union, I’m in! Continue reading “Top 5 (Local-ish) Elopement Locations with ALL the Views”

For Better or Worse, Coronavirus Edition

While researching what to write for my next blog post, I’ve seen a recurring theme in the Washington Post, New York Post and many wedding industry-related blogs writing about the same topic – COVID-19 and relationships!  I thought to myself, “This is a real issue!” From each article or blog I read, there are fourContinue reading “For Better or Worse, Coronavirus Edition”

How to Elope without All the Feelings… (of other people)

An elopement is an “act or instance of running off secretly, as to be married”.  The act of running off to get married (with or without the secrecy) has become trendy as wedding costs increase.  With this, however, comes feelings.  Not the happy feelings you have for your future spouse. I’m talking about the disappointmentContinue reading “How to Elope without All the Feelings… (of other people)”

PRIDE MONTH

How do I feel about same sex marriages? HAPPY PRIDE! LOVE IS LOVE! EQUALITY FOR ALL! This is how I feel! I know this is a sensitive subject for many people.  Being in the wedding industry for about 2 years, I realize this high level of sensitivity.  Same-sex marriages have been legally recognized by myContinue reading “PRIDE MONTH”

The Year 2020: Virtual Weddings

As we’ve recently endured (and are still witnessing) the events of 2020, that will undoubtedly go down in history, where does that leave wedding ceremonies?  We have all heard the phrase “BLANK is canceled” and to some, that may have meant the wedding of their dreams.  Some couples had to cancel and some rescheduled forContinue reading “The Year 2020: Virtual Weddings”

Happy Loving Day!

Today, June 12, is known as “Loving Day”!  What does that mean? Meet Mildred and Richard Loving: From Wikipedia: Loving Day is an annual celebration held on June 12, the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which struck down all anti-miscegenation laws remaining in sixteen U.S. states.  The remaining sixteen states were predominately in the south and when theContinue reading “Happy Loving Day!”

Engineer Turned Marriage Officiant – How It All Started!

Graduating only one semester apart with a Mechanical Engineering degree and while interning together at International Game Technology (IGT), my friend Farhad and I became close over the years.  We sat two cubicles down from each other and shared laughs over the projects we worked on, the people we have dated, and our love forContinue reading “Engineer Turned Marriage Officiant – How It All Started!”

What is an “officiant”?

pronounced of·​fi·​ci·​ant | \ ə-ˈfi-shē-ənt From Marriam-Webster, the definition of an officiant is “someone (such as a priest) who officiates at a religious rite”. Over the years, the image of a wedding ceremony has completely evolved. Today, marriage or wedding officiants have moved beyond a priest or a minister; they are simply the officially licensed person who may perform marriageContinue reading “What is an “officiant”?”