Planning Your Wedding Ceremony

A Wedding Ceremony is a once in a lifetime event.  On your wedding day you stand before your family and friends and declare a commitment to share the rest of your life with you chosen partner. 

For most of us the only thing we now about a wedding ceremony is what we have seen if we have attended a ceremony.  Most of us don’t know the parts of a wedding ceremony nor their meaning.

I spend time with every couple that I serve as the Wedding Officiant to explain the various parts of a wedding ceremony, the meaning of the parts and why they are included.  I then help couples think through various ways of incorporating the ceremony parts and show them various options that can be used. 

Your wedding ceremony is YOUR WEDDING and should fit the truths and values that fit you as a couple.  For this very reason I spend time to help you understand each portion of your ceremony and help you to find the style of ceremony that fits you best.

I enjoy this part of the planning because it allows for creativity and it really opens the opportunity for each couple to help design a ceremony that is unique to them.

-Keandra S

Our big day could not have gone any smoother than it did with Dr.McFadden. Leading up to our day, he gave us plenty of options and artistic opportunity to make our ceremony personal to us. Many thanks to him and making our wedding day memorable!

An Overview Of My Work As A Wedding Officiant

I am an experienced officiant having conducted hundreds of weddings and would love to have the opportunity to chat with you about your wedding. I am uniquely equipped with the ability to lead you through the entire process so that you fully understand every aspect of your ceremony.

I am easygoing, have a great sense of humor and love doing wedding ceremonies. I offer you many options on how to construct your ceremony so that it fits you well as a couple. I have a MA in Marriage and Family Counseling, a MS in Pastoral Counseling and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Counseling and Administration.

These degrees do not qualify me to help you nearly as much as my passion for marriage and my passion for helping people in the process of planning and living their lives to their fullest. I am a great people person and have the ability to help everyone involved feel at home when preparing for and being involved in a wedding ceremony.

You will want someone who can easily connect with the family and friends who will be there. A wedding ceremony is one of those very special times in the life of a couple and their families that everyone looks forward to. It is a great experience to be involved in such a good time with families and to be able to lead them in an experience that is unique, meaningful and sacred.

The Types Of Couples I Have Worked With As A Wedding Officiant

I have worked with every sort of customer that is out there. I have had multicultural ceremonies and they have been a wonderful way to include my creativity in the planning process.

I have worked with couples who wrote most of their own ceremony, although that is usually the exception. Most couples have me prepare their ceremony. I have worked with couples who planned their ceremony a year and sometimes two years ahead. I have worked with couples who planned their ceremony a week ahead, this was particularly true during the Covid-19 crisis.

I have done back yard weddings, church weddings, weddings in a hotel room and weddings at lots of wedding venues. I once had a wedding for a couple who wanted to meet at sunrise on an island in a local river. The couple did a morning run to the location and my wife and I rode our tandem bike 15 miles to get there. We met this couple at the same location exactly a year later for a vow renewal.

I am very flexible and I will most likely be able accommodate to any unique ideas you may have for your ceremony.