Marriage is meant to be a safe, loving, committed relationship where we can grow, learn, make mistakes, forgive and be forgiven, celebrate each other, and become better human beings. Your wedding is day one of that marriage.
I believe that you should be in control of this most important of days – having your story, your love and your values celebrated in the way that you want. My job is to turn your vision into a reality with the experience, tools and knowledge that I bring to the day. I count it a huge privilege to walk alongside you as you prepare for your day and launch into the rest of your lives together.
My favourite part of the wedding ceremony is helping my couple stay in the moment. There are so many distractions, so much pressure, and such a range of emotions, that it’s easy to get distracted or overwhelmed. At the start of the ceremony, I like to talk to my couple personally, make them laugh or take a deep breath, help them slow down, and remind them to focus on each other and the reason they’re here.
As funny as it sounds, it was actually my own divorce that inspired my work in weddings and marriage. Through that divorce, I learned that while I loved my first wife, back then I wasn’t ready or prepared for marriage. But in looking at my choices and values, I realized I still really believed in marriage. So I started helping others to face the challenges in their lives and marriages through premarital coaching and eventually by officiating weddings. I later met my best friend and wife, Sylvie, and our marriage has just made our friendship stronger. We’re both passionate about making a difference and learning from each other while growing together.
When I’m not officiating weddings, I work on staff at my church. Like officiating, this job gives me the chance to connect with people in meaningful ways. And when I’m not working, you can find me hanging out with my wife, catching live music, watching a movie, taking a road trip, or playing board games with friends.
My goal is to make your wedding day sacred, fun and memorable for all – from helping you create vows that represent your love, to keeping everyone on the same page at the rehearsal, to bringing you into the moment during your ceremony. I want you to have the best day you could imagine while remembering that this is just day one in a life-long journey. Keep sight of the marriage you are creating, while enjoying your wedding day to the max!
Gerry wrote a very heartfelt ceremony speech that we reflect on to this day. It was perfect for us and our guests agreed. The ceremony was very well received. People commented on how personal it was. When our rehearsal got hilariously rained out by a torrential downpour, Gerry’s calm demeanor was very much appreciated! He corralled everyone inside and made sure we all knew what to expect for the big day, despite not being able to do a proper walk-through outside.Kevin & Erica
My husband and I eloped and happened to find this company online. They made it such a great experience; everything was taken care of and there was always communication. With Covid restrictions and all, they kept in contact and updated us. Gerry was absolutely fantastic; I couldn’t praise him any higher. He made our elopement super special and treated us like family. Amber was so much fun working with her as a photographer and our sneak peak pics are amazing – super excited to see the rest. All in all, absolutely 5/5 would 10000% recommend. This company was amazing to work with and our experience was better than I could have thoughtPaige & Brian
Young Hip & Married made our experience stress free. They were super helpful with any questions we had and I can’t thank them enough for helping us with our wedding.Laura & Derek
Taylor and I couldn’t have chosen a better company for our elopement! We initially had the pleasure to work with Marilyn, but due to unforeseen construction at Lynn Valley we changed our location to the Fraser Valley. Unfortunately we could no longer work with Marilyn. YH&M accommodated us in a few hours with Gerry who works in that region. Gerry is down to earth and was a pleasure to work with. His words were incredibly heartfelt at our intimate ceremony. Thank you to the YH&M team for making our day so special and memorable!Urminder & Taylor
We highly recommend YH&M! The entire team has been incredibly supportive and communicative during the covid19 pandemic. We had to postpone our original wedding plans and we decided to reschedule last minute and the YH&M team worked with us to make everything happen. Gerry, our officiant, was calm, flexible, and supportive during our entire time working with YH&M. He wrote a beautiful wedding script with impeccable attention to detail based off of communication between emails and meeting with us once in person. Thank you for everything!Josh & Stephanie
Our experience with Young Hip & Married was nothing short of perfect! We wanted to keep our special day simple and carefree and YH&M ensured just that. Everything from location suggestions to an absolutely amazing officiant was exactly what we envisioned. I would highly recommend YH&M to couples who want to keep their elopement simple and stress-free! Thanks for everything YH&M team! You made our special day unforgettable!Tiffany & Adam
Gerry Hiebert did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. He was extremely helpful with his suggestions on how the ceremony could flow. He listened to the things that we had requested be put in the ceremony and you could tell he had much wisdom in the area of weddings.
Nicole and I were blessed to have someone so experienced as Gerry marry us. He’s kind-hearted and funny and (most importantly, haha) he stepped off to the side for our first kiss so the photographer didn’t get him in the shot. You can easily tell his heart’s desire is for the couple and the families celebrating to have a good time together.Jesse-Cole and Nicole
After attending 7 weddings one summer, as an officiant, Shawn really stood out to us. In fact, several years later when we decide to elope, we reached out to Young Hip and Married and booked Gerry as we were confident anyone with the company would be great.
The responses were timely, professional and detailed. Coordinating everything was a breeze as Gerry was extremely flexible and accommodating – even day of when we started 15 minutes ahead of our scheduled time! He made sure we came prepared with all the necessary legal paperwork and he too was organized with all the paperwork side of things on his end.
Gerry was also extremely helpful when we worked on creating our vows. He truly made this part easy and captured our vision in words quite easily. Our family was very impressed that they actually paid attention to each word being exchanged!
Thanks Gerry and Young Hip and Married for making this piece of our day special and easy!Dalida & Scott
Young Hip & Married paired us with the most perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony. Our wedding was a simple backyard setting, and we wanted the quickest ceremony possible. Both my husband & I were not interested in writing or saying vows, or saying anything except “I do”, and Gerry made that happen for us. From start to finish, Gerry was an absolute pleasure to work with and although our ceremony was quick (probably the fastest wedding ceremony in history), he kept the entire thing professional and very lighthearted and a little comical (just like us!). I highly recommend Young Hip & Married to bring your wedding ceremony dreams to life. Thank you Gerry and the Young Hip & Married team!Rianna & Dennis
Gerry was the perfect officiant for us. 10 out of 10. (We didn’t know him before this.) Gerry went above and beyond in so many ways. He had such a great energy from the start making our ceremony relaxed and fun. From helping us write our vows, to keeping our toddler distracted while we said them…he made things so much easier for us. We’re happy he was a part of our special day.Holly & Brandon
With Young Hip & Married you will get a wedding that is both individualized & unique – and far from generic! Professional, organized, flexible, and thorough are just some words I would use to describe this company. A few things that really stood out to me right away were how quickly they were to respond during communication, their great tips and advice for weddings, and how they even provided a course for writing your own vows.
Gerry Hiebert was the officiant for our wedding and he did an amazing job from beginning to end!
His expertise along with his warm and calming presence made the entire process smooth and painless, and gave us the confidence and peace of mind we needed. Not only was Gerry incredibly helpful and supportive along the way, but he also created a highly personalized ceremony which was perfectly tailored for us!
On our wedding day we were able to just enjoy it and live in the moment, and we are still receiving comments about how beautiful and romantic the ceremony was. We couldn’t have done it without Gerry, and we are so glad we chose Young Hip & Married!Sylvie & Jon