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)”

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”

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”

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!”

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”?”