I began marrying couples in 2006 after a good friend asked if I could marry her and her partner. Since then, I’ve had the privilege to oversee hundreds of wedding ceremonies all over Vancouver Island. Officiating and coordinating ceremonies is a lot of fun and often the highlight of my summers. Over the years, I have gained experience officiating all types of ceremonies – traditional, spiritual, interfaith, non-spiritual, and same gender. From elaborate church weddings with hundreds of guests to intimate ceremonies (including a surprise elopement in my backyard) I’ve enjoyed every one of them.
My favourite part about officiating weddings is getting to know you and your love story. I want to co-create a ceremony that reflects you, tells your story and is delivered in a fun and heartfelt way to the people who matter most to you. I would be absolutely honoured if you entrusted me to help pull off the most important day of your lives.
I am honoured to live and work in Victoria, the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations. I am a white Canadian settler and a queer cisgender female who uses she/her pronouns. My name is Chris-Ann but I also go by Charlie (just don’t call me Chris). When I’m not officiating weddings, you can find me studying in a coffee shop trying desperately to finish my next degree. And in my off time, you’ll find me exploring nature with my partner, road tripping to Tofino to surf with friends, listening to my favourite musicians play live, or making my next travel plans.
The best relationship advice I’ve been given and would like to pass on is that “the relationship you have with your partner is to be the foundation on which you build everything else on”. Remembering and returning to this will be your relationships success. My hope is that one day you can look back and confidently say that your marriage (not just your wedding) was the most rewarding thing that you have ever committed too!
We are very happy we chose Young Hip & Married! Chris-Ann was fantastic! She was very responsive and quick to reply to emails. Her overall vibe was exactly what we were hoping for. We were nervous to have a stranger marry us, especially because of covid so we couldn’t meet in person before the wedding, but Chris-Ann eased any trepidations we had during our zoom chat. The actual day of the wedding was so chaotic, but she remained cool, calm and so professional!!!!!Aya & Justin
After Covid-19 canceled our wedding plans, we decided to get married anyway, and planned an elopement in just a couple of months. Young Hip and Married was easy to work with on a tight timeline. Our officiant, Chris-Ann Lake, had no problem traveling to our fairly remote location. She was warm and friendly and felt like someone we would like to hang out with- not just a random stranger from an internet search. While I’m hoping to never need a wedding officiant again, I’d definitely recommend their services to anyone else.Emily & Chris
Chris-Ann designed us the most intimate and personal wedding ceremony filled with love, laughter and everything in between. There wasn’t a dry eye at our wedding, mixed with smiles and cheers. Everyone has been talking about how intimate and personal and beautiful our ceremony was and that was the response we were hoping for. Thank you for guiding us through the process of writing our own personal vows and for marrying us. We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant.Mel & Ashley
My husband and I just wanted a very small wedding and just a month to do all the planning and preps. When I researched and read about Young Hip and Married, read and heard really good feedback about their services I immediately contacted them and response time was superb, very professional, kind and warm. Our very intimate wedding in Beacon Park in Sidney was such a perfect day we could not have asked for more (except for the bride’s family was not able to come from overseas due to COVID). Chris-Ann (officiant) and Taylor (photographer) were SUPER AMAZING. We had Zoom meetings prior and email exchanges up to before the wedding day. They were so amazing guiding us throughout. Thank you again Chris-Ann, Taylor and Young Hip & Married. I really do recommend them.Nickola & Justin
Chris-Ann really had everyone talking about just how wonderfully different, personal and special her entire presentation, vibe and ceremony was! “One of the best weddings we’ve ever been to, it was so personal!” Thank you for making our wedding one of the best days of our lives!Ashley & Melissa
Chris-Ann Lake was amazing. We met via Zoom first to discuss the details, then went back and forth and figured out the ceremony. On the day she did such a great job delivering the ceremony and getting us organized. Would highly recommend working with Chris-Ann!Caitlin & Alexander