I love people, especially any chance to help them flourish in their lives. Working with a couple to figure out how to best mark and celebrate their wedding day with a unique wedding ceremony is one of my passions. It probably does not hurt that I have loved weddings my whole life, and think of them as a true sign of hope in the world.
My background is in the social work world and in pastoring. I have worked in the downtown eastside of Vancouver for 12 years, and for three years I was a pastor of a local congregation. I first began to officiate weddings in my work as a pastor, walking with couples through pre-marital counselling and serving as their officiant. I quickly realized that I enjoy this work and that my gifts are well used in this work. I also have a lifelong love of writing and performing music, and my experience standing in front of many crowds has a side benefit of helping me to stay calm in those moments!
When it comes to your ceremony my role in the process is to serve you in creating whatever service you have in mind. I have folders of resources, stories of past examples, and experience to offer to you if you ask, but my primary job is to follow the direction that you give. If you have a vision tell me about it, and I will do my best to make it a reality. My job is to help this be an easy experience that results in you having the wedding ceremony that you want.
I would love to hear from you, to listen to what you are hoping for, and to answer any questions you might have for me. I feel a great honour in getting to journey with people in this way, and if you are interested in inviting me into your life for this incredible event, let me know.
When I am not marrying people, I love spending time with my wife and three kids, playing banjo, and going on long runs.
I look forward to hearing from you, and feel free to ask as many and whatever questions that you would like.
Thank you Young Hip & Married! We were lucky enough to have Peter as our officiant; he was awesome! Peter contacted us early and helped us understand how the ceremony would flow and never pressured us when we were late with our vows. We came all the way from Florida and Peter made us feel comfortable from afar. Unfortunately, on the day of the ceremony, weather related challenges cancelled our original plans. We were faced with making on-the-spot changes and Peter was key in keeping us calm and reminded us that the day unfolded exactly the way it was supposed to. It was beautiful – just really cold! Thank you, Peter, for being an awesome human and making our ceremony something we will never forget!Keoni & Chris
We put off getting married for 5 years because nothing seemed right until we found Young Hip and Married. We had family flying in and we were working on such a tight schedule; I figured booking any officiant was going to be a long shot. The awesome team made everything so easy, painless and fun. Our officiant, Peter, was so prepared and clearly full of passion. He was able to make our tiny elopement very intimate and personal. 10/10 would recommend!Lauren & Nathaniel
We used Young Hip and Married for our wedding and could not say enough about how amazing they were. We had a very unique request with a surprise ceremony and Peter La Grand was able to deliver on our vision (with very little input form us).Roger & Samantha
- Huge thank you for marrying us!!!!!! I was hopeful for a personal, casual and totally us experience and you delivered that and more so thank you very much. We appreciated your patience/kindness with the slight delay, no pressure, and it was so great that you celebrated with us and had a glass of champagne after. You never felt rushed. We laughed through out the vows; I loved that we were able to help with them in advance yet you added thoughtful messages during the ceremony. It was perfect, all of it, thank you!Joey & Jason
Peter, our wedding officiant, was the best – literally the best. He took the time to meet us for coffee, get to know us, understand our expectations, dislikes, likes and was able to weave those into a surprise ceremony. Our ceremony was also at a strange time and Peter promised to come out at a specific time and not to worry, he would stay until he had married us. It was super important to us to be able to do it our way and Peter was always understanding of this, super excited to work with us and just a pleasure to get to know. The only thing we wish was that he stayed around for the after party ; ) We highly recommend. Thank you!Angela & Dylan
We’re a second time mature couple with 6 kids between us ages 16 to 23. We met with Peter La Grand and shared our love story. He made note of every detail including getting to know our family and friends via Facebook and email. We shared that there were some doubters, judgemental individuals who want what we have. He knocked it out of the park AKA CHURCH ! Those people were gob smacked. Subtle, classy and yet made a statement. Humour, romance and tradition was our design and Peter delivered. See you again, Peter we will be in touch!Deborah & Scott