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.
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