#ISpeakUp

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month “This observance started in October 1981 as a Day of Unity. Today, it has grown into a national month of awareness to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect those who work to end the violence. The Nevada Coalition toContinue reading “#ISpeakUp”

Please Don’t Stress! (Wedding Planning)

If you’ve recently became engaged and don’t know where to start, don’t stress! There are many wedding vendors out there to help you through this process… including ME! Before you begin, try gaining advice from recently married couples you know. I’m sure you have friends and even co-workers who are willing to share their storyContinue reading “Please Don’t Stress! (Wedding Planning)”

Why Elopements are Your Best Bet Right Now!

In the midst of the global pandemic, the Coronavirus can be a real stickler when it comes to your wedding!  But maybe we can spin the negativity around on this thing and perhaps the virus is telling you to save a little (or a lot) of money and do something unique; for just the twoContinue reading “Why Elopements are Your Best Bet Right Now!”

What Does an Officiant Wear?

As a female Officiant, this could be a bit tricky.  The number one rule of any wedding is to never wear white as a guest and this applies to the Officiant as well.  How rude and embarrassing would it be if I showed up wearing a white dress for a ceremony?  I had one coupleContinue reading “What Does an Officiant Wear?”

Cave Rock – Lake Tahoe Elopement

I worked with Hannah Martini, amazing photographer, adventurer, and “professional third wheel”, on a previous micro-wedding.  You immediately feel comfortable with her energy and vibe.  When she recommended me to Erick and Lauren, a couple who recently moved to Reno, I was excited to work with her again… Little did I know, she was goingContinue reading “Cave Rock – Lake Tahoe Elopement”

Planning to Get Married? Read the Four Types of Weddings to Get Started

With the average wedding in the United States costing around ~$34,000 in 2019 (The Knot), couples should be informed of all wedding types before spending any money!  There are 4 basic types of wedding:  civil, elopement, micro-wedding, traditional wedding. Below is a brief explanation of each… Civil: You, Fiancé, Legal Official (Judge), Witness* and aContinue reading “Planning to Get Married? Read the Four Types of Weddings to Get Started”

Sh*t Happens! – Wedding Bloopers

You know the common saying, “Sh*t happens”?  Well, sh*t doesn’t avoid weddings.  Actually, sometimes it seems sh*t seeks them out! There will be at least one incident during your special day.  And, no, I didn’t just jinx it.  There will be one!  Trust me… Someone will get too drunk, someone will step on your dress,Continue reading “Sh*t Happens! – Wedding Bloopers”

We Want to Elope; Where Do We Start?

RIGHT HERE! If you and your partner are looking to elope, you came to the right blog!  I’ve helped several couples get hitched in the most random and beautifully unique locations.  It’s up to you to dream of your wedding backdrop and I, as your marriage officiant, can make that happen!  Here’s what you need:Continue reading “We Want to Elope; Where Do We Start?”

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”