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Denise Doerksen (she/her)

Looking back on my life, weddings are some of my happiest moments. When I married my husband, Allen, over 30 years ago, I was so overjoyed that my face hurt from smiling too much. My middle son had 22 witnesses stand up for him and his bride and we capped the night off by dancing under the stars. And my eldest son got married on the beach in Tofino and I never imagined such love could beam from his face as he beheld his new wife.

I first got into officiating weddings when my friend introduced me to a couple looking for a non-traditional wedding that mixed Filipino, Celtic and First Nations culture. The couple was so excited and passionate about what they wanted, I knew I had to be involved. Their ceremony was fantastic and awakened my love for creating unique ceremonies – no two are alike!

One of my favourite parts of the wedding is the processional (if the couple is having a processional). I love the sense of anticipation, promise and hope that is wrapped up in those first few moments. And the radiance on the couple’s faces as they come together makes time stand still – a sacred moment where love is tangible.

When I’m not officiating, I work as a Spiritual Companion – which is a life coach, psychologist and friend all rolled into one. When I’m not working, I love to spend my time outdoors hiking and kayaking. I also enjoy knitting my own clothes (I recently bought a weaving loom) and learning new languages (I’m studying Arabic).

For couples checking out Young Hip & Married, I want you to know that we are here to assist you in marking the moment that your married life begins. We would never curb the creative way you want to declare your love. I would be honoured if you let me hear your love story and your vision for how that story gets told on your wedding day. There is no other couple like you and so the ceremony we create together will be like no other. I am crazy about creative weddings! By sharing your story and ideas with me, we’ll be able to create a one of a kind ceremony that is as memorable, unique and wonderful as you two.

  • Coco and I just wanted to say thank you again for being a part of the wedding and helping to make it such a success. We had so much great feedback about the whole wedding; it was a great night. You did an awesome job of being in the moment and helping us through the day.

    David & Coco
  • Wedding made simple! Requests accommodated, professional and personable!

    Dan & Andrea
  • Our wedding was better than we imagined. Denise and Emily played a huge part in that. Despite a couple of hiccups with some guests arriving late and slight change in location of the ceremony, Denise and Emily were so gracious and helpful. Thanks guys for making our dream wedding a reality!!
    Milena & Jordan
  • Thank you so much for everything. You were a calm and peaceful presence on our special day, and we appreciate all your efforts. Our families were touched by your thoughtful speech and Faisal loved the “snow tires” moment. I would highly recommend Young Hip and Married to anyone going through this process!

    Photo by Mathias Fast

    Tanya & Faisal
  • Thank you so much for facilitating our elopement! It was perfect in every way! Your personal touch to make it “ours” was wonderful, and you helped us make an amazing memory of a lifetime 🙂 We would love to frame the fantastic poem and vows you wrote as you did such a great job of capturing who we are!

    Tomoko & Jason
  • Let me tell you this….there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! We cannot even count how many times we have been told that that was the best wedding anyone has ever been too! The ceremony was out of this world and we could not be happier! Denise was an absolute god send, angel, poet; she helped us create the ceremony of our dreams!

    Syndi & James
  • Young Hip and Married provided my wife and I a personal and unique ceremony that was perfect. Denise was our officiant and she was so professional, very thoughtful and a careful listener to our desires for our ceremony. We loved how smoothly and perfect the ceremony went and our guests loved it too.

    Taylor & Lauren
  • Our experience with Young Hip and Married was amazing. We had the pleasure of working alongside Denise. She helped us create a beautiful personalized ceremony. She was very quick to answer any questions and always available to chat when needed. All of our guests loved how personalized and meaningful this ceremony was. We highly recommend using Young Hip and Married for your wedding!

    Justine & Matt
  • Amazing to deal with. Brought ideas to the table we hadn’t thought of and recommended ideas.

    Avery & Danica
  • From the second we met with Denise, we knew that we made the right decision. The whole experience was the perfect amount of “laid back” that we were looking for but also very professional. The ceremony was my husband and my very favourite part of the entire day and we owe that to Young Hip and Married. We are so thankful that we went with them and 100 percent recommend them!

    Tania & Zac
  • We loved working with Young Hip & Married. Denise was so amazing to work with from our first phone call. She listened to what we wanted and provided help along the way. She was very responsive and helpful every step of the way. She made our ceremony feel so personal and special. I can’t thank her enough for her beautiful words and our dream wedding ceremony. I am so incredibly thankful for her!

    Ally & Daniel
  • We are so grateful we came across Young Hip & Married as we were planning our wedding. We hired Denise as our officiant and from the first time we met her we knew we had made the right choice! Everything was absolutely perfect. She was warm, perceptive, and thoughtful in everything she prepared – from readings, to our request for a Scottish handfasting, to our vows. We’ve had so many family and friends comment to us that it was one of the most personal and meaningful ceremonies they’ve witnessed – and we feel the same! Thank you SO much Denise for helping us create meaningful memories as we start our marriage together 🙂

    Aliez & Jeff