I grew up watching my father officiate weddings from my spot at the church piano. And even though I enjoyed playing the piano, I remember thinking how amazing it would be to have my dad’s job one day. Like him, I wanted to be able to frame the ceremony in a way that drew attention to the beauty of what was happening in that couple’s unique love story.
My wife and I were married in 2014. On our wedding day, we were filled with gratitude for the people who went before us and made Canada a place where we could legally be married, and gratitude for the friends and family who surrounded us and had supported us through the ups and downs of our long journey to marriage.
When I’m not officiating weddings, I work connecting with hundreds of LGBTQ+ people across Canada and helping them find spaces where they can express and explore both their faith and their sexuality/gender identity.
My favourite part of any wedding ceremony is the vows. I believe something sacred happens when we make promises to the one we love, surrounded by all the people who support us, and often it feels to me like time slows down to hold the weight of those beautiful words.
I would absolutely love to grab a coffee with you and hear the story of how you fell in love and made this decision to commit to one another. My hope is that after all the hard work of planning, your wedding day will be a day when you can breathe easy, take it all in, savor it and really enjoy the one you love and the community who loves you both.
We had a last minute surprise wedding on Christmas Eve and Young Hip and Married was able to connect us with Beth Carlson-Malena. They were able to accommodate us and were very responsive and helpful. I had a call with Beth and we had a discussion about what we were looking for in our small wedding and she sent us the script of what she would read – she did a great job in summarizing our relationship and our vows. Given that the wedding was a surprise, she was flexible on timing which we did not expect especially since it was Christmas Eve. We were so happy that she was part of our day and she made the surprise to our families great! It was an amazing day.Shirley & Keith
- Tina and I wanted to thank all of you for making our wedding happen. It was everything we imagined and the three of you are to thank for that. The process of setting it up was smooth and easy, thank you Tara for dealing with us and getting everything sorted. The ceremony was beautiful, not too long or short, it was perfect and Beth, your words and the way you said them made it so heartfelt. The photos after were a lot of fun to do and Emily you made us relaxed and less awkward than we usually are for photos. (That and the ones we’ve seen are incredible, freaking stunning.)We can’t thank you guys enough for everything; it was the perfect weekend.Young Hip and Married was the best choice we made when planning our elopement. They were easy to work with and the whole team there is full of caring, lively individuals who want to see their clients happily married. I would recommend them to anyone getting married as they offer many different packages and tailor to what you want. We dealt with Tara, Beth (Officiator) and Emily (Photographer) and they went above and beyond.Kirby & Tina
Beth married us this Sept 8, 2018 and we couldn’t have been happier. The entire experience with Young Hip & Married was smooth and professional with the warm and personal touches we were looking for. Our officiant, Beth, was absolutely amazing! She stayed in contact with us through the whole process and wrote us the most touching ceremony. It was fun and sweet and everything we had hoped for! And although we didn’t meet until the ceremony, it was just like having an old friend there with us – inviting and comfortable! Our backyard, East Van, lesbian wedding was nothing short of extraordinary thanks to Beth and Young Hip & Married! We would recommend using them a thousand times over!!
Beth, we wanted to thank you so very much for giving us an absolutely beautiful ceremony and truly making our story come alive surrounded by friends and family. We were so pleased to work with you, every single step of the way was smooth and your warm and approachable nature made the ceremony all the more special!Elona & Michelle
We eloped with YH&M early May 2018. We chose the package with Sky Helicopters and got married on top of a mountain in Pitt Meadows (unreal). Beth, our officiant, was amazing. She worked with us to create a ceremony perfect for us and made us feel so comfortable from the minute we met. Erica, our talented photographer, captured everything …before we took off, the flight, on the mountain… from the preview we have seen the shots are gorgeous. Tara in the office was so helpful answering ALL of my questions (many of them multiple times) in a timely and informative manner. Highly, highly recommend using Young Hip & Married!Sara
Young Hip & Married was just perfect for us. I wanted something beautiful classy fun and so so stress free and blam found it here. We booked our elopement through them. Our officiant was Beth and she’s so cute and fun. She made our vows hilarious (we are a humour filled family) and Emily took fantastic photos. I’m super happy with our special day and I don’t think you’ll regret being stressless on your wedding day.Roger & Huanyu
We had Beth as our officiant for our wedding this summer. She was fabulous! We met her at a coffee shop to see if it was a right fit for us and she was. Beth was very communicative via email and she was very flexible with our rehearsal. She prepared a fantastic ceremony based on our survey responses and responses from our friends. We received many compliments on our ceremony. We highly recommend Beth and the team!Darren & Shauna
My wife and I got married about 3 weeks ago by Young Hip and Married! We were very happy with the experience we had with this company! Their response was always very fast and super friendly! On the day, Beth was our officaint and Erica was our photographer. They were so fun to work with; we can’t recommend them enough.Meredith & Sarah
Young Hip and Married is an excellent marriage service. They took care of us from the beginning and they were super nice and very attentive. We are a gay couple who wanted a simple wedding but in a very special way and Young Hip and Married went the extra mile.Antonio & Peisen
We had the joy of having Beth as our officiant this past weekend. By far her ceremony was the most talked about part of our day. She had us all laughing, crying and feeling all the love. Perfection ❤Jessica & Brian
Beth was our officiant and she did an amazing job! She incorporated our story into the ceremony so everything felt tailored just for us – better than we could have hoped for! She made us laugh and have tears of joy on our happy day with her beautifully written ceremony and delivery.Melissa & Marko
Our officiant was Beth and she was a fantastic. She captured exactly what we wanted for our wedding. Everybody attending the event thought Beth was a friend of ours acting as an officiant. She captured our sense of humour and individual preferences very well. It was funny, heartfelt, and professional. Beth took the time to be sure all names were pronounced correctly and she was on time and ready to go as planned. We have nothing else than kind words and gratitude for Beth for making our wedding an amazing event.Jorgelina & Liza
Beth was so awesome to work with! We weren’t sure of exactly what we wanted, but Beth offered us several helpful starting points that made our preparations very easy. She really listened to us and prepared a beautiful ceremony that really captured who we are and she made us feel at ease throughout the whole process. We could not have hoped for a better officiant. Thank you, Beth, for making this such a great experience!
Thank you for making our day extremely easy and special! We have been reflecting on the experience, and we keep commenting that you were the perfect person for the job, making us feel at ease and letting us be ourselves throughout the ceremony.Soo & Matt
Perfect wedding! We worked with Beth and the entire process was flawless. She was very easy to work with and made the entire process as easy and seamless as possible. She was very accommodating to our needs. We definitely recommend her!Cindy & Jason
Our elopement was perfect! Tara took care of all the details and my requests promptly and efficiently. We chose Beth Carlson-Malena to be our officiant who was a perfect fit for us. She took time to meet and get to know our story and performed a perfect loving, joyous ceremony and reading of the vows on the day. Erica Miller photographed us and though I cannot comment on the photos as of yet; we get them in a week or 2, I can say she was also a perfect compliment of joy and celebrating spirit for our small elopement party. The helicopter company and the pilots who Young Hip and Married use are most excellent. We flew up the mountain. And came down married. It was a beautiful day, the clouds parted, sun came out and blue skies peeked. Thank you Beth, Erica and Tara for making the planning and our Elopement Day flow with ease, joy, and love.Martina Griffiths
Our officiant, Beth, from Young Hip and Married was kind, patient, and flexible. Her communication with us was great and she made our ceremony script personal and heartfelt. We didn’t decide our elopement ceremony location until the evening before our elopement and she was so cool with it and never made us feel rushed or pressured. She was amazing and so was Young Hip and Married!
My husband and I are from Miami, FL so when we decided to elope in Whistler, Canada we knew we needed some guidance. Choosing Beth from Young Hip and Married as our officiant was one of the best decisions we made. She was patient with us and great at communicating throughout the entire process. She made our ceremony script loving and personal and she made our ceremony feel relaxed and special. The whole process was seamless from start to finish!Vanessa & Martin
I went back and forth about hiring YH&M for quite a while. It is a lot of money to spend on an officiant. Beth ended up being so much more than I wanted. She was super attentive and paid attention to every detail. It really showed in our script. It was perfect. Everyone absolutely adored how personal our ceremony was. It made our vows that much more special as well. Thank you so much Beth for everything. I will recommend you and YH&M to everyone <3Cortni & Dillon
Beth was the most amazing officiant we could have asked for. She created a beautiful and personal ceremony for us that suited my husband and me perfectly. Before our wedding day, she met with us to get to know my husband and me and what we were hoping to have included in the ceremony. She even contacted our friends to get personalized information for the ceremony. It was the most effort I’ve ever seen an officiant put into a wedding, and we are so grateful for her guidance through the whole wedding planning process. My husband and I have had so many friends and family who attended the wedding tell us that it was the most heartfelt ceremony they had been to. This was largely due to Beth’s warm and friendly presence, and the fact that she created a ceremony that was unique to us. Any couple who have Beth as an officiant are so fortunate as she truly is a special person to have marry you.M & B
My wife and I were lucky enough to have Beth as our officiant for our ceremony. She did such an amazing job matching our style, and telling our story for all of our guests to hear. Beth helped to make our special day even more memorable. Throughout the night I had countless people tell me that it was the best, most personal and memorable ceremony they had ever seen. We can’t thank Beth enough for such a wonderful experience, and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who needs an officiant.
Thank you so much for such an amazing job. Both Kristina and myself couldn’t be happier with how our ceremony went. You played such an important part, and by adding personal touches regarding our story, you helped all of our guests get to know us in a way that helped to truly showcase what Kristina and I are about. I had so many people (including both my parents) tell me that this was the best ceremony they’ve ever seen. In their own words, each person ended up saying that usually most ceremonies they’ve seen tend to be a boring portion of a wedding that tends to drags on, but that ours was the complete opposite. Everyone loved how you managed to encapsulate our story, while at the same time reflecting a tone and style that matches how Kristina and I are. You helped make everyone laugh, cry, and have an unforgettable experience. Thank you for everything, and most of all, thank you for helping make the day perfect for Kristina.James & Kristina
We had Beth as our officiant. She worked with us to include our son in the ceremony. It felt very personal and she met all our requests. I wanted to add little details into the ceremony and Beth fit all of them in perfectly.Melissa & Trevor
I am thrilled I found Young Hip & Married! There are not enough words to express the gratitude we have for Beth and the ceremony she put together for us. She was able to take all my crazy, jumbled thoughts and put them into a beautiful ceremony that was not only above our expectations, but was nothing short of perfection. I had so many compliments on the ceremony: the language she choose for us, the manner in which she interacted with our guests, and the unique and special way she incorporated our children into the ceremony. Furthermore, she was so flexible. Working with her really was a dream, and she helped make my dreams come true! Thank you so much.Kathleen & Adrian
- Did a helicopter elopement with Young Hip & Married and it was amazing! We loved our officiant Beth and how she worked with us to completely personalize our ceremony! Also loved our photographer Erica who helped us feel less awkward in front of the camera and made us laugh shaking off the nerves! The pilots at Sky Helicopters were aweeeesome and made our ride so fun (and safe!)! It’s beautiful up there guys! Highly recommend Young Hip & Married and their helicopter elopement package! Thanks for the unforgettable day!Randi Roberts
Our officiant, Beth, was amazing!! She told our love story so beautifully and with humor and warmth! Everyone after our wedding said how incredible our officiant was that it was the most romantic and best ceremony they had ever attended! Thanks YH&M!Suzanne Miller
Beth at YH&M was absolutely outstanding. She read our personalities perfectly and picked up on exactly what we were looking for in a wedding experience. The ceremony was the perfect balance of fun, humour, and warmth. She went above and beyond, researching our interests, and incorporating them into the ceremony. Our guests couldn’t stop talking about how great she was, and how perfectly her ceremony was suited to our personalities. In short, we could not have asked for a better experience.Erik & Jessie
YH&M was on my wish list for almost a decade. I had witnessed an elopement in 2009 with Shawn Miller as the officiant and was blown away. Fast forward to 2018 and it’s finally my turn. Even after a decade of growth YH&M stood with the same morals and beliefs on marriage and weddings. We had the pleasure of having Beth be our officiant and she couldn’t have been more perfect. She understood who we were and where we came from after just one conversation. Beth was incredible to be around and was like one of the guests. The ceremony was perfect. Thank you YH&M for connecting us with Beth.Karly Cox
Beth Carlson-Malena was a joy to work with as the officiant for our wedding ceremony. We wanted a small, simple wedding and she helped guide us through the process, giving us great suggestions, which resulted in a ceremony that was perfectly suited to us. She is personable and very easy to talk and relate to. Our wedding celebration was lovely and she helped make our day extra special with her warmth and professionalism. We would highly recommend her.A & P
We booked a helicopter elopement package with Young Hip & Married and were very happy with their services. We especially loved our officiant, Beth. Beth was very responsive and helpful before the wedding when the ceremony wording was being prepared. On the wedding day, she was early and well prepared. We didn’t do our own vows and I thought that what she wrote captured us perfectly. She made us feel very at ease during the ceremony. The office staff was also great and always responded to my questions very quickly.Stephanie
Perfect Experience with Beth, Erica and YH&M!
Once we had decided that we wanted to elope in Vancouver, we started looking at options to do so. As two foreigners, we knew nothing about the legal procedures and who to get in order to elope in Canada. We read tons of blogs and reviews and even contacted a few officiants. What drew us to YH&M, however, was its cool name (I mean, can we at least take a minute to appreciate the name!?) and the overwhelmingly great reviews it had gotten on WeddingWire. We shot them an email and that was it; we were hooked.
We simply love our officiant, Beth. She was nothing but kind and patient with us. She explained to us what we should do step by step and set up a Skype meeting for us to tell her more about our story. I love that when we were trying to set up a time and date for the Skype meeting, she changed the time zone on the calendar to ours so that we’d get a clearer sense of the time. It’s the little things that let us know how much she cared.
Around 2 months before our elopement, a friend of ours who said she could take pictures for us on that day found out she couldn’t make it. Again, we turned to YH&M for help and we were so glad that we did. The staff promptly found Erica for us and we couldn’t be happier. She was kind and professional. Her work on social media looked amazing and we simply couldn’t wait to meet her in person.
Finally, the day of our elopement came and it was everything we hoped for and better. We were a bit nervous at first for we had chosen a rather crowded place to get married (Queen Elizabeth Park), when what we really wanted was to get married in an intimate and quiet corner. Lucky for us, Erica was there early and she immediately recommended this beautiful spot next to a small waterfall. The ceremony itself was lovely and we loved every second of it. Beth was so attentive to details which we could tell by the script she wrote for us.
I highly recommend Beth, Erica and YH&M and we definitely owe them many thanks. As a lesbian couple coming from Asia to get married, they really have helped us make our dreams come true.Jasmine & Freya
We could not imagine a better person to marry us than Beth. She is welcoming, warm and professional; but more importantly than that, we felt utterly comfortable with her.
It is a funny thing to have a stranger play a central part in what is a very personal, often private, happy and vulnerable moment of your life. Beth felt like a friend from the start. She is a person that we would consider a true privilege to know.
Thank you Beth, for your thoughtful, kind and engaging self.Sarah & Tammy
We eloped on a mountaintop this summer, and hit the jackpot, having Beth as our officiant. We’d gone for a beer with her the week prior, and somehow it was as if we’d known her for years. She just GOT us. She encapsulated our love story, and all of the things that were important to us, so beautifully. The only downside is that every single one of our photos show us either crying or laughing! It’s been a month since that magical day. We already miss hanging out with her.Sarah & David
Beth officiated for me and my newly married wife this September 6 along with the best photographer, Erica. Can’t thank them enough for this wonderful experience and everything! It’s one of our best decisions to choose Young Hip &Married!
Simple but perfect! It was really so random that we chose Young Hip & Married, but when we saw Beth and her introduction, immediately we contacted her. In the beginning, we only used emails to keep in touch, but she responded so quickly and understood everything me and my wife wanted. Even when our photographer accidentally couldn’t make it, she found us Erica, the nicest and prettiest photographer in the world! We’re really grateful for everything Young Hip & Married has done for us, and we will definitely recommend them to our friends if they want to get married in Canada!Freya & Jasmine