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Wedding Officiant Services

CRAFTING & OFFICIATING WEDDINGS 

Serving Asheville, NC & Surrounding Areas

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About My Wedding Ceremony Packages

Ceremonies that Remain in

the Heart and Memory

My Three Most Popular  Packages . . .

 - Fully Customized           

 - Simple and Sweet

 - Elopement 

Whatever package you choose, my promise is that your ceremony will delight you. All are heartfelt and meaningful, all beautifully presented and professionally officiated.

Your ceremony can be religious, spiritual, secular, interfaith, multicultural or LGBTQ. I will create for you exactly the tone you want - your choice of formal or informal, warm, intimate, light-hearted and fun with humor, or a blend of these. I will hand-craft your ceremony to be a beautiful reflection of your style, your preferences, your love story. 

I also offer a . . .

 7-Minute Ceremony & License Signing

This is a fast and lovely pre-scripted ceremony . . . and so much more heartfelt and meaningful than a courthouse ceremony!

Scroll down to see descriptions of all 4 packages. Not sure what package is right for you? Click Inquire About Your Date below to arrange for a no obligation consultation.

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Recently Married Couple

Fully Customized Ceremonies
A Personalized, One-of-a-Kind
Celebration of Your Union
$675*

* Click Here for more info on pricing and the advantages of a fully customized ceremony.

  Click Here to learn how I'll  work with you to create a one-of-a-kind fully customized wedding for you.

  • There's never been a love exactly like yours. This ceremony is beautifully customized and personalized and features your unique love story. I create your ceremony from scratch based on our conversations and your answers to my questionnaire. This is a fun and meaningful way to bring some personal background into the ceremony and to share with everyone the "real" story about you as a couple, what brought you together, how and when you fell in love, your marriage proposal, what is important in your lives, why you are choosing to marry, what you love and enjoy about each other and your vision for your future together. 

  • Your fully customized ceremony will feel like it's officiated by a friend, by someone who understands and knows you.

  • Choice to include wedding ceremony unity rituals: unity candle lighting, handfasting, unity sand ceremony, and wine sharing are some examples.

  • Choice to include blessing/warming of the rings and community vows of support as ways to have your family and friends participate in your ceremony in a warm and meaningful way. 

  • Choice to have family members, friends, loved ones participate in your ceremony through readings, poetry, musical performances and to have them participate in wedding rituals mentioned above.  

  • Choice of the tone for your ceremony: warm, intimate, formal, informal, light-hearted, fun, humorous, religious, secular, spiritual, or a combination of these. 

  • Choice of how you say your vows: 1) write and recite your own vows, 2) repeat after me 

  • A beautiful ring ceremony for the exchange of your rings. 

  • Design of your wedding processional with you to ensure each member of the wedding party knows their role.

  • A crafting session by Zoom or phone to collaborate on the elements, order and flow of your ceremony. 

  • The opportunity to make edits on your ceremony, giving you peace of mind knowing what I'm going to say on your wedding day. 

  • Arrival at your wedding at least 45 minutes early to plan cues and pacing with your wedding vendors: for example, your coordinator, DJ, photographer, videographer.

  • Marriage license signed and filed with the Register of Deeds.

  • Commemorative Keepsake of your wedding ceremony printed on beautiful gold parchment paper. 

  • A beautiful, memorable and heart-warming performance of your ceremony.

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Simple & Sweet Ceremonies
Simple and Heartfelt
$425*

  • A simple, sweet, heartfelt ceremony with beautiful words about the beauty of love and marriage. 

  • I offer this as a Wedding Ceremony, Vow Renewal Ceremony or Commitment Ceremony

  • Choice of the tone for your ceremony: warm, intimate, formal, informal, light-hearted, fun, humorous, religious, secular, spiritual, or a combination of these.

  • Choice of how you say your vows: 1) write and recite your own vows, 2) repeat after me 

  • May include a wedding party with processional and music.

  • Choice to include blessing/warming of the rings and community vows of support as ways to have your family and friends participate in your ceremony in a warm and meaningful way. 

  • Ceremony at the venue of your choosing. 

  • Arrival at your wedding at least 30 minutes early to plan cues and pacing with your wedding vendors: for example, your DJ, photographer, videographer. 

  • Marriage license signed and filed with the County Register of Deeds.

  • Commemorative Keepsake of your wedding ceremony printed on beautiful gold parchment paper

  • A beautiful performance of your ceremony officiated with a lot of heart!

  • Travel fee applies for ceremonies outside of Asheville.

*My Simple and Sweet package only offered Monday through Thursday due to high demand for my Fully Customized  ceremonies Friday through Sunday. 

 
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Elopement Ceremonies
Small and Intimate
$295*

  • You and up to 4 adult guests.

  • A small, intimate elopement ceremony, beautifully officiated with a lot of heart. 

  • I offer this as a Wedding Ceremony, Vow Renewal Ceremony or Commitment Ceremony

  • Choice of the tone for your ceremony: warm, intimate, formal, informal, light-hearted, fun, humorous, religious, secular, spiritual, or a combination of these.

  • Choice of how you say your vows: 1) write and recite your own vows, 2) repeat after me  

  • Includes informal photos of your ceremony taken by my wife if ceremony performed at our home. 

  • Witnesses provided if you don’t have your own. I provide one free witness (my wife, Debbie). Second witness is $50 if elopement ceremony is performed at my home. Price varies for second witness if ceremony is performed elsewhere.

  • Marriage license signed and filed with the County Register of Deeds.

  • Keepsake of your wedding ceremony emailed to you. 

  • Travel fee applies for ceremonies outside of Asheville.

*Elopement Ceremony can be performed at my home in East Asheville for $250. No need to book a venue or secure a location if you choose this option. I have a beautiful, quiet yard for ceremonies. 

 
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7-Minute Ceremonies
with Marriage License Signing
Fast and Lovely Pre-Scripted Ceremony
$100

  • A beautiful, heartfelt performance of your ceremony. Far more meaningful than going to the courthouse!

  • I officiate this ceremony at my home in East Asheville. 

  • Your choice of non-religious or religious ceremony. Also your choice to recite your own vows or I can write them and have you repeat after me. 

  • Marriage license signed and filed with the County Register of Deeds.

  • Witnesses provided if you don’t have your own. I provide one free witness (my wife, Debbie).  $50 for second witness. 

 
 

Why go with a

Fully-Customized Ceremony?

 

First . . . a Word About Fees 

Many couples make significant investments in their venue, catering, the wedding dress, a cake, a photographer, etc. Your ceremony is the reason for the dress, the reason for the venue, the reason for the celebration that follows. Why not make your wedding day truly unforgettable with an amazing and unforgettable ceremony!

 

My fee for your one-of-a-kind, fully customized ceremony is $675. If you require a rehearsal there is an additional fee of $100. I’ve created a rehearsal guide that I adapt for each couple’s wedding that often eliminates the need for me to attend the rehearsal the day before, and I arrive 45 minutes early on your wedding day to go over the processional with members of the wedding party and the DJ or musicians if you have them. However, I’m happy to also attend your rehearsal if that is your preference.

 

Travel fee applies for ceremonies outside of Asheville. 

Once you make the decision to work with me, I will be available to you throughout the entire process, and will work to ensure you are totally satisfied. Contact me for a no-obligation consultation to discuss your needs and your vision for your wedding.

My Pledge and Commitment to You

Your wedding ceremony is the highlight of your special day—where you publicly pledge your commitment to each other, where we tell your unique love story and share your hopes and dreams for your future together. My job as your ceremony specialist is to help you pull this off without a hitch—to create a feeling of sacredness, magic and celebration. I will ensure that the ceremony you share with your guests reflects is a one-of-a-kind special event that reflects your preferences, your style, your personality and your traditions!  I’m here to cater to your preferences so that your ceremony becomes a treasured experience in your life.

I believe that love is love, so whether you’re a straight or LGBTQ+ couple, whether you want a spiritual, religious or secular theme, a humorous or formal tone, interfaith or multicultural ceremony—I’ve got you! It will be an honor to work with you and produce a ceremony experience that meets your needs and delights you!

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How We’ll Create Your Customized Ceremony Together

 

Getting Started

It starts by inquiring about your date. See the button at the bottom of this page.

 

No Obligation Consultation

During our initial communication—which can occur through text, email or live conversation—you’ll give me an idea of what you’re looking for in your wedding ceremony. I will offer you a no-obligation consultation (no hard selling, guaranteed!), where we’ll further discuss your vision for your ceremony. During that conversation—which we’ll do in-person or through video chat (Zoom, FaceTime, Skype), you will get a good sense if I’m the right officiant for you. 

 

Building your Ceremony

Next, I’ll send each partner a Q&A – and based on your answers, I will craft your unique ceremony—something that becomes a beautiful one-act play that tells the story of your love, your history, your aspirations, and reflects your style. You’re in control of what you wish to share with your guests. We’ll go over your vows—whether you want to read your own, read what I’ve written for you, or simply repeat after me. I’ll guide you through all of this and offer suggestions including ideas of what wedding rituals to include, such as handfasting or unity candle lighting. You’ll let me know if you want readings, live music, who to include in your processional, which guests to acknowledge, if you want to include a remembrance to acknowledge loved ones no longer with us. You'll have an opportunity to make edits and the final approval is in your hands!

 

Your Wedding Day

On your wedding day I will arrive early, connect with your DJ, photographer, and any other wedding vendors, speak with your bridal party and ensure we’re all in sync and ready to go! I will alert your guests when the magical moment has arrived. I will then officiate a ceremony that is joyous and memorable for all!