As an ordained minister, I’ve performed numerous weddings throughout Northern California. Because my ordination is from a non-denominational church, I’m not picky about what kind of ceremony I perform. All I care about is that the two people getting married are really, truly in love. I won’t require you to do any counseling, and I’m comfortable doing themed weddings (my own wedding was Star Wars-themed). Send me an e-mail today and we can talk about what kind of wedding you want.
Types of Ceremonies / Denominations
I have experience with a wide range of wedding ceremonies, and I’m comfortable performing almost any kind of ceremony you’d like. My very first wedding was a tree-planting ceremony, and it’s only gotten more fun from there. Do you want a short ceremony so you and your guests can get on with the fun? I can do that. Are you non-religious and just want to proclaim your love? Fine by me. Candle-lighting? Sand-writing proclamation? Themed? Klingon? You name it, I probably don’t mind. In fact, if you’ve got a nerdy theme, I’m probably the guy you want — I can correctly pronounce Klingon, Tolkien Elvish, and Old Norse. I’m even available for same-sex marriage (depending on if they’re legal this week).
I’ll work with you to make sure you get a ceremony worthy of your wedding day. I have a Master’s degree in narrative literature and work as a writer for a living — trust me, I can write you a beautiful ceremony. All you need to give me is a few details (special things that define your relationship, what kind of vows you wish to exchange, and how much talking you want to do), and I’ll write a ceremony specially tailored for you. And I hope you agree with me when I say this — I think marriage ceremonies should be both fun and heart-felt. Nothing makes for a better wedding photo than the bride & groom laughing together at the altar.
Travel / Venue / Location
While I’m based in Santa Clara County, I’m available to perform weddings throughout much of the Bay Area and beyond. Plus, if you’ve got a wedding somewhere fun, it might just be time for me to take a vacation anyway. Within Santa Clara County, travel fees are included with your ceremony. If you need me to travel a little further, then I’ll just ask for the cost of gas. However, if you’re having a wedding somewhere fun and I’ve been meaning to visit anyway, then I might not charge anything. Bottom line: ask! I don’t have any preferred venues, and I’m happy to work with whatever venue you choose.
I’ll handle the marriage license for you. All you’ll need to do is fill out some paperwork and sign on the dotted line. When we’re done, I’ll even mail it in for you.
If you’re interested in pre-marital counseling, my sister-in-law is a practicing marriage & family therapist who just happens to have phenomenal per-session rates. If you sign me on as an officiant, you’ll get a referral that will make your sessions even cheaper.