I was a wedding photographer for many years. In covering all the aspects of the wedding day I always felt uplifted by the real purpose of the event: the shared love of each couple. Through the lens, I became familiar with many wedding ministers and officiants; I appreciated those who had genuine rapport with couples and seemed to speak to me as well as the guests. When I began considering career transitions, I happened to read about Marriage Commissioners at San Francisco City Hall and was given the opportunity to train with their staff. I was hooked. What a perfect way to bring my wedding knowledge and experience into a different creative expression. I went on to study with the renowned Celebrant Foundation and Institute which helped me clarify my own spiritual beliefs while exploring creative writing, ritual and ceremonial customs of diverse cultures. I became certified as a Life Cycle Celebrant with emphasis on creating personalized, meaningful ceremonies from birth to end of life.
When I founded Ceremonies and Celebrations I embraced the gift of getting to know my clients over a longer time frame through a questionnaire, personal meetings, calls, video chats and emails. Their love stories excite me, provide the essence of the ceremony and reward each couple, their families and community with warmth, sincerity and humor.
It’s remarkable to be at the stage in my life where my career and personal paths have intersected and led me to a fulfilling role. My credentials include a Master’s Degree from San Francisco State University, experience as a classroom teacher, photojournalist, proud parent and a volunteer in my community. I’m legally certified as a minister to perform wedding ceremonies in California and work in a relaxed, yet professional manner. I love the work I do and am grateful to all the wonderful people I meet on this journey!
My fee varies depending on the type of ceremony you choose and the preparation and travel involved. The range is typically $400-1200. For weddings, please email me with a few details-date, location, time, number of guests, bridesmaids/groomsmen, children participating and any ceremony preferences. Once I have a sense of your particulars, I’m happy to prepare a fee quote including travel. I always encourage a complimentary phone consult for clarity.