As I reflect on starting this business on October 1, 2020, I didn’t know what to expect! I didn’t know if the wedding industry would embrace me or if the pandemic would eat me up spit me out!
As some of you may have read, I started officiating weddings back in 2018 and I had to put a hold on pursuing it further because I entered the eMBA program at the University of Nevada, Reno. During my last semester I was in a class titled Personal Branding and I was to choose a “sustainable interest” to blog, tweet, and generally show interest in. I was compelled to write about Marriage Officiating and through these efforts, I remembered how much I LOVE officiating ceremonies and I started providing these services in the Reno/Tahoe area post graduation. From there, “Officiant Facts” was created to help couples and other Officiants out there know their laws and fun facts, I kept up with my website and blog, and I officiated NINE marriages. My goal was honestly only four for the remainder of the year; given the current state of the country and wedding industry. I am shocked, humbled and excited for all the things being a Marriage Officiant brings!
With that said, I started off the year with an amazing Minimony in Mammoth Lakes, CA! Yes, my reach provided me the opportunity to meet one of THE COOLEST couples and perform an adventure elopement for them amongst the snowcapped mountains.
Hannah, the bride, contacted me via email and when we began the consultation phone call, I knew we were the right fit for each other. As we progressed through the ceremony writing process, I instantly realized that Hannah and now husband Bali are my dream clients! They are responsive, easy to work with, and I was quick to see the love they have between each other. I giggled with joy when Hannah grabbed Bali’s face during our virtual call and asked, “Aren’t you excited to marry me?” It was too cute! I am so lucky that I get to meet couples like this!
On the day of their ceremony, I was honored to witness the most heartfelt and poetic vows. I’m typically able to stay stoic while couples read their personal vows to one another, knowing that I must continue their ceremony quickly thereafter, but this time was different. Because I spent time with them while they were getting ready, laughing and getting to know them more, once I heard these complex feelings and the deep understanding they have for each other put into words, I was fully engaged. THEN, when they began showing emotions, they GOT ME! WOW. I had to snap out of it, so I quickly wiped away a few tears, took a deep breath and nailed the rest of their ceremony (#professional haha).
Not only did I get to meet and hang out with Hannah and Bali on New Year’s Day, I also met their amazing photographer Kayla Plouffe! She captured these enchanting photos of Hannah and Bali’s Minimony! The photos posted here are only the sneak peeks; I can’t wait to see the entire gallery!
I sure hope I get to work with Kayla again! Her specialty is curating adventure elopements. She is knowledgeable of the mountainous areas, as she is an avid outdoors-person, and will be there for you every step of the way. Plus she snowboards! I sure hope we get to conduct a ceremony during a sweet ride down the mountainside with a couple soon (contact us if this sounds like you!). Kayla is definitely my recommended wedding photographer for Mammoth Lakes and beyond!
Thank you Hannah and Bali for choosing me to officiate your Minimony and thank you Kayla for capturing these special moments!