Next up in our Officiant Q & A series is an interview with Vancouver Lower Mainland Officiant Kadee. Read on to learn more about her officiating style and which Game of Thrones house has her allegiance.
When meeting with a couple, what’s the first question you like to ask them?
How long have you been together? I find this opens up the other, fun questions around how the couple got together, which fortuitous events landed them in love, etc.
What is the best compliment a couple or wedding guest has ever given you?
The sister of the groom came up to me immediately after one ceremony with tears in her eyes and told me I’d perfectly captured and honoured her brother and his bride. Getting people married in a way that celebrates and honours them is a huge goal of mine, and it was a great reward to hear I’d done that from someone who knew them so well.
What is the best part about officiating weddings?
The best part about officiating weddings is getting to know and celebrate so many fabulous people. No couple or love story is exactly the same and it’s such a privilege for me to share that story with their friends and family in a way that enriches the whole celebration.
You start the ceremony in one relationship and end in another. If you anchor that transformation in focused, joyful, you-honouring celebration, it makes for a powerful experience for you and your loved ones.
What one thing should all couples know before their wedding ceremony?
Unless your cultural/religious background requires otherwise, drink lots of water and make sure you eat! It’s much easier to stay calm, grounded and present when you’re not thirsty or hangry.
Share your wildest or most memorable wedding moment!
One of my first weddings this past season included the couple’s two dogs. I ADORE dogs and was very happy the couple wanted to include them. But on the day of the ceremony, they walked up in their cute little doggy-tuxes, parked themselves in front of me and the groom, and proceeded to let loose the most awful dog-gas for the entirety of the ceremony. We all kept our cool and pretended not to notice but I was dying inside. I still crack up thinking about it.
If you were getting married again, what would you want in your wedding ceremony?
More of my husband’s and my story. We had a very religious ceremony, which was important to us, but I wish we’d had our story included as well for the many friends and family who came and didn’t know it.
Why do you think couples should invest in their wedding ceremony?
Because as crazy as it seems, it is a transformation. You start the ceremony in one relationship and end in another. If you anchor that transformation in focused, joyful, you-honouring celebration, it makes for a powerful experience for you and your loved ones.
What is something people would never guess about you?
I can peel an orange in one long, continuous strip. Superpower, amirite?
Who is your dream couple that you’d like to officiate for?
I would have loved to officiate for Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex. But for couples who aren’t yet married, I would have to go with Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner because #TeamSansa.
What is your favourite wedding movie?
My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding. So hysterical.
And lastly, what do you wish for your couples?
SO much happiness, love, and joy. Always.
Thank you so much to Kadee for taking the time to answer these officiant q & as! If you want to learn more about Kadee and book her as the officiant for your Vancouver Lower Mainland wedding, you can visit her page here.
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