Young Hip & Married elopement ceremony at Green Lake with wedding officiant Lauren

Lauren Kirkey she/her

Get to know Greater Vancouver wedding officiant Lauren Kirkey.

Greater Vancouver, BC, Whistler, BC

Young Hip & Married wedding officiant Lauren marrying Doina and Valia in Vancouver with John Bello Photography

I really enjoy meeting couples, seeing their chemistry, hearing their unique love story and working with them to provide a ceremony that delivers the right amount of romance, encouragement and fun. This is your special day and your ceremony should reflect what’s important to you.

I am so grateful to be part of the amazing company of Young Hip and Married. I would be honoured to come alongside you for your special day and wish you many, many years of love and life together as you celebrate the next chapters of your love story that are already unfolding.

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Lauren, we are deeply grateful for the beautiful ceremony that you gave us and for the lovely way that you connected with my family. It was such a special evening.

The decision to do the official ceremony with you before our party next year was so spontaneous that neither of us really knew what to expect. We both felt very honoured by how seriously you took us and surprised by how emotional we became upon hearing your beautiful speech. Even though we barely know one another, you managed to capture the way that we feel about one another perfectly.

Neither of us will forget you or that evening. Truly, anybody who has the chance to be married by you is a lucky person!

Claire & Bodo
Married by Lauren, Aug 2019

Officiant Lauren conducting an elopement ceremony

Thank you very much, Lauren. You made us feel welcome and your warm, friendly professionalism made things easy. So nice to see you again, and to have you be part of this important day in our lives. Thanks again for everything!

Angus & Daichan
Married by Lauren

Newlyweds Angus & Daichan pose with Officiant Lauren and a sign that says "just married"

We wanted an elopement that was quick, simple, and absolutely zero stress. We messaged a couple different companies and YH&M easily stood out as the best option. They responded quickly, booked our date immediately and paired us with some amazing folks.

Lauren, our officiant, is such a pure soul and John Bello, our photographer, went above and beyond expectations. We went from “let’s get married” to “Mr. and Mrs.” in under 2 months thanks to YH&M. Highly recommend if a memorable elopement is what you’re looking for.

Amanda & Michael
Married by Lauren, Oct 2022

Lauren was incredible, we could not have asked for a better person to be our officiant! She did an amazing job capturing my partner’s and my energy and intentions for one another. All of our guests could not get over how perfect she was and how she made the ceremony that much more special. The day would not have been the same without her. Thank you again!

Anne-Emilie & Eleen
Married by Lauren, Oct 2022

Lauren officiating an elopement at Stanley Park in Vancouver

Lauren's Story

I started officiating as part of church leadership positions 14 years ago and it’s been a huge honour, privilege and delight of my life ever since.

Caring for people, encouraging, holding space together and making an impact are values I hold dear that fit so perfectly with this calling.

When I’m not officiating, I work primarily for The United Church of Canada and enjoy spending quality time with my spouse of 16 years. He is my rock, balances my outgoing energy and always offers wise counsel.

My life is infinitely better with him in it and I don’t know where I would be without his love and support. As a side note, although we are in a female-male partnership, we both identify in our own way as part of the Rainbow community.

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Simply put, we had an amazing experience with Young Hip & Married. Communication between the team was fantastic and our officiant Lauren was there to answer any and all questions we had. Even when we wanted to make changes, she was super willing, with no hassle, as we went and we couldn’t have been any happier with the love and service we received.

During these strange times of COVID some people tend to put a little less effort into making connections but not YH&M. Would absolutely recommend if you’re looking for people who have your best interest at heart. If we could get married again, I’d choose them no questions.

Kaytlyn & Courtney
Married by Lauren, Jul 2020

I cannot say enough good things about our officiant, Lauren! We had to make many changes to our wedding amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and Lauren (and the rest of the YH&M team) were incredibly supportive and flexible.

We had a zoom meeting with Lauren to introduce ourselves and ended up sharing many laughs, feeling even MORE excited about our upcoming nuptials, and like we had known her for years. She has a genuine approach, great energy, and we felt she totally had our back every step of the way.

We had so many compliments from our guests in regards to Lauren – she was the cherry on top for our perfect day. Thank you YH&M for linking us with Lauren; she’s an 11/10!

Lisa & Darryl
Married by Lauren, Aug 2020

My wife and I got married in February, having a small, intimate COVID safe ceremony at our recording studio. As a queer couple, we wanted to find an officiant for the wedding who understood our experience in the world and who could grasp our views and feelings surrounding marriage, and how we wanted our day to look.

We found YH&M online, and heard back within a day – right away they recommended one of their officiants, Lauren, to us – who we then had an opportunity to meet with over Zoom. We had a wonderful time getting to know Lauren, and felt right away that she understood who we are and what’s important to us. We connected right away!

I would recommend Lauren, and Young Hip & Married’s services to any other couples out there looking for officiant/commissioners right now. They are wonderful to work with, and lovely compassionate folks. Thanks for making our day so wonderful!

Nicolle & Megan
Married by Lauren, Feb 2021

Newlyweds Nicolle and Megan posing for a cellphone selfie with Officiant Lauren

Lauren was an absolutely fantastic officiant for our special day! We honestly couldn’t have been more pleased. Her words felt so authentic and from the heart and her demeanour was so calming and yet excited at the same time….the perfect balance!

Tina & Jamie
Married by Lauren, Sep 2021

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