As an Officiant, I instill an atmosphere of relaxation, humor, and honesty – including only what you want for your special day. I bring a sense of maturity and versatility to the wedding ceremony, which creates a warm and unique experience for you and your guests. I am based in NYC, however I am more than happy to travel wherever your wedding may be.
I certainly draw upon my theatre and public speaking experience and can easily help plan the look, sound and feel of the ceremony. If a highly choreographed procession is what you want, I can help you. If you need assistance with music or reading selections, just say the word. Or heck, if you want to get married on a Broadway stage and want a ceremony to match, let’s do it!
I approach the ceremony from a secular/non-denominational place. I truly consider your union as the foundation for the wedding ceremony. This is true if it’s your first wedding or a vow renewal. The ceremony can be as traditional or untraditional as you’d like. Together, we will discuss mood and style, the rituals you want and potential inclusion of family and friends. We can then add in any cultural or religious traditions, if you have them. We will work largely through email to finalize the ceremony. I am an active listener and I pride myself in creating ceremonies couples adore, even before they know exactly what they want. Shoot me an email or give me a call, so we can discuss how you envision your ceremony.
It has long been a trend for couples to ask friends to officiate their weddings. I get it. It’s cost effective and potentially more personal. Heck, I even became an officiant to marry a friend. While it’s an exciting challenge for a friend or a family member, it can be daunting. I recently added Ceremony Consultation to my list of services to help “friend officiants” capitalize on their personalities to create a great ceremony. We will also work on speaking with confidence and taking on the legal and administrative issues with ease. If you or any couple you know may be going that route, feel free to contact me!
“Hope was absolutely wonderful! From the moment we met her, through the drafting process of our ceremony, she was great. The day of, we were both full of nerves and she was so warm and comforting. She has an amazingly warm and friendly presence – her delivery of the ceremony was also perfect. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience! All our friends and family loved her! Hope is truly a genuine, caring, and lovely person…we are so happy to have found her!!” Stephanie & Chris, New York, NY