Yes. I am a non-denominational minister, ordained through the Universal Life Church, which is based in Modesto, California, and am authorized to perform legal marriage ceremonies in 48 US states*.
I am also registered with the City Clerk of New York, as required by New York State Law.
*Some localities require additional registration. I will verify requirements with your local registrar.
A. Some Officiants have little to no communication with a couple until they show up the day of the wedding ceremony, and most often read a simple, impersonal ceremony script.
As your Professional Wedding Officiant, I do so much more. We will meet to discuss what you expect and what other options are available. Once we have a plan for the ceremony, if you choose the "Your Love Story" ceremony, I will email both of you a survey form as homework to get the info I need to compose Your Love Story. In the meantime I will start putting together a unique ceremony based on our discussion. After I receive your responses to the survey, I will begin to compose "Your Love Story".
A. Yes, I am happy to accommodate various ceremony types: Elopement, Interfaith, Non-Religious, LGBT, Second Wedding, Vow Renewal.
A. I offer several services from a simple license signing to full ceremonies with rehearsal and a unique "Your Love Story" reading, so it depends on the type of ceremony you’re interested in. For details see Pricing page.
A. Head on over to the Date Availability page, fill out and submit the form. I usually respond within 48 hours. If I have an opening on your wedding day, we'll schedule some time to talk and see if we are comfortable with each other. When you decide you’d like to work together, we can confirm your date, review terms and make payment.
A. A minimum 50% non-refundable retainer is required to lock in your date and is due upon booking.
The balance for all services must be received no later than 30 days prior to your ceremony, unless your wedding date is less than 30 days from the time of booking in which case payment must be made in full.
A. Absolutely, and I encourage it! Writing your vows is a great way to better personalize a ceremony that reflect your personalities, love and commitment to one another.
A. Wedding Rehearsals are recommended for wedding parties of 8 or more (including the 2 of you). Rehearsals help the entire Wedding party and family members to know their part in the ceremony; where to go, where to stand, etc.. Doing a couple of run-throughs guarantees a smooth transition throughout the ceremony.
Knowing what happens next takes the stress out of the day so everyone can enjoy every single moment instead of worrying where they're supposed to be.
A. If you choose the Your Love Story Wedding, attending and conducting your wedding rehearsal is included in the price.
A. The retainer or deposit given to secure a service is not refundable. Once you've chosen a date and a retainer is placed, the date becomes yours and all others requesting the same time slot will be turned away. For this reason, payments received to secure your wedding date are non-refundable regardless of circumstance. Should you wish to reschedule your wedding date, fees can be applied toward your new date up to 90 days without additional charge.
A. Cancellations require written notice. If written notice of Cancellation of Services is provided by the Bride and/or Groom at least seven (7) days prior to the Wedding date booked, all fees paid in excess of the Booking Retainer will be refunded. If written notice of Cancellation is provided by the Bride and/or Groom at less than seven (7) days prior to the Event date, the Bride and/or Groom will be responsible for full payment of Services, except for travel fees, if applicable.
If the Bride and/or Groom do not provide a written notice of Cancellation, Bride and Groom shall be responsible for full payment of Services, including travel fees, if applicable.
If written notice of Cancellation of Services is provided by Client, Officiant shall be released to make attempts to re-book the date and time of the Event. In the unlikely event that the Officiant is unable to perform the ceremony due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. hospitalization, automobile accident, and/or transportation breakdown, etc.), Officiant shall be allowed to make reasonable attempts to provide a replacement Officiant at no extra cost to the Bride and Groom. In the event the Officiant cancels the Wedding Agreement for Services, Bride and Groom will be refunded all services.