My Background, Life Path, Beliefs and Values
What I Know For Sure as a Seattle-based Wedding Officiant…
Instead of a dry and predictable life bio, here is what I truly want you to know about me.
I love this work. It is such an honor for me to share in a couple’s ceremony on a wedding day.
For more than 10 years, I have worked with couples of all faiths and traditions (religious, spiritual, secular) as an ordained Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant & Celebrant, traveling throughout the Seattle/Puget Sound area and Washington State.
I don’t run a ceremony mill outlet or cookie cutter operation. What I know for sure as an Officiant is that this work is all about cherishing you as a couple and celebrating your unique and loving relationship in the form of a gift – your ceremony.
Fully Devoted To You, My Couple
My devotion to each couple is the cornerstone of my work.
I am best suited for a couple who recognizes their ceremony is the “heart” of their wedding day. This is also a couple who invests a little more for the comfort and assurance of knowing they are engaging an experienced, skilled and devoted Wedding Officiant who is passionate about a sweetly designed ceremony.
As shared by past couples in Testimonials, I often receive appreciation for the time and care I offer, no matter if your wedding guest list is two people or 200.
Beliefs + Background + Training
I come to this work with a big and sensitive heart. I possess an open-minded, inclusive and curious nature and a life philosophy that is spiritual in nature with love and kindness at its center.
I was raised in a Christian home in the Mid-west and very much appreciate the traditions, beliefs and rituals of all world religions, faiths and paths. I am a voracious reader, learner and seeker and I am one of those people who is extra happy when they have a book.
I am on the Faculty of the Celebrant USA Foundation headquartered in New Jersey. I have earned two Diplomas of Celebrancy from this prestigious East Coast institution.
Before becoming a Wedding Officiant a decade ago, I spent 15 years building, managing and selling 2 successful event planning companies in Redmond, WA. Prior to this, I was a television news anchor/reporter for five years in three markets and hold a B.A., in Journalism from Syracuse University, New York.
Life in the Seattle Area, Family, Dog Rescue & More
In life, I have experienced great joy and great sorrow. I’ve had enough highs and lows in life to know better, and my heart is optimistic and grateful.
I am married to the love of my life and we live on a beautiful mini-farm in Olympia, Washington with our “fur family” of special needs and old dogs, all rescued from neglect/abuse.
Greg and I are devoted to dog rescue and rehabilitation and this shared passion is a mission and purpose that fuels our love and commitment (in addition to each other, of course!) We work with several local rescue groups and have a special place in our heart for saving death row dogs. For us, there is no better feeling in life than knowing a living being is free of suffering and is safe.
Greg and I were married at a private home in Woodinville with our Officiant, two couples we adore and our four dogs. We celebrated with an informal party and enjoyed a cruise to Alaska for our honeymoon. For the two of us, our wedding day was “perfect.” In my marriage, I have the profound opportunity to truly love and be loved and to walk through life with my best friend.
And, I feel fortunate to have a close community of family and friends, a wide group of wedding industry peers and some fun and quirky interests and passions.
Random Things You Might Like To Know About Me…
- Earl Grey tea and chocolate are magic for me on a very good or difficult day.
- I am passionate about making a wedding ceremony “real.” I am passionate about this work that I do.
- I have an unhealthy emotional attachment to cocker spaniels. I get to love the most wonderful and handsome guy in the world.
- I am part of a group of women who have met for 28 years. I obsess about details. I believe Carolyn Myss is a magical teacher. I’m an information junkie.
- I am in awe of people who live their lives in service of others.
- I’ve lived in Michigan, Indiana, New York and Alaska and have been in Seattle for 27 years.
- I successfully and happily did the corporate thing for 20+ years in special events production and on-air in broadcast journalism.
- I am both out-going and quiet in personality (a walking paradox). I giggle.
And Just For Fun…
I do not sacrifice anything. I do not jump out of anything. I do not wear scuba gear and I do not do any ceremony naked. Other than this, I’m open!
If We’re On The Same Page, Let’s Connect
If what I share here resonates with you, let’s chat by phone or meet for coffee/tea and conversation. Please call or text 425.922.1325 or email. Or use the green contact button below and expect a prompt reply.