"I began officiating weddings in 1999 and have performed hundreds of weddings over the years. In addition to being a minister, I am also a yoga instructor, and I have built houses for Habitat for Humanity and continue to volunteer extensively for the Courage Center as well. I am also an author and public speaker. So yeah, I'm a people guy. My style is warm and relaxed, and with my background in yoga I am very good at helping people to maintain calm serenity during their ceremony. Your ceremony will be fun, beautiful, and meaningful, that is my promise to you."
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How long have you been in the industry?: 1999
What kind of equipment or training do you have?: I have over 15 years experience as a professional speaker. I have a BA in English Literature. I have several published books and am a regular contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul editions. I am a certified yoga instructor. I have performed over 200 weddings since 1999.
What makes you unique within your profession?: I radiate calm and am easy going. I have been doing this for so long that I am quite at ease and I do not get flustered. I have an easy smile and a warm sense of humor.
What do you love about weddings and serving couples?: The whole wedding mood is one of hope and love. Who would not be thrilled being a part of this? I love stepping into the world of bright beginnings, of immersing myself in the moment. When I am officiating a ceremony I truly feel like I am in my element and that is where I want to be.
When not working a wedding, how do you spend your time?: I like to spend my mornings drinking coffee and doing the NY Times crossword puzzle with some friends at my favorite local coffee shop. I take Bikram's hot yoga classes whenever I can. I play disc golf. I'm an English major, so I like reading literature. In 1989 I was in a car accident and suffered a pretty severe brain injury and I have worked very hard to recover from that. Now I facilitate support groups and volunteer for the Brain Injury Alliance of Minnesota. Impeccable speech is very important to me and I spent many years relearning how to speak clearly.
Describe your most memorable wedding or event.: I was officiating an outdoor ceremony one summer and it was the middle of the afternoon. The temperature was in the 90s and I was standing in a dark suit right in the direct sunlight. I was marveling at this little kid in a tux who was running wildly all around, seemingly unaware of the heat. I was standing there with the groom and he was telling me what a wild boy his ring bearer was and pointed to the young man in the tux. I always enjoy having little kids in the wedding because they never act as expected and it gets everyone laughing, the tension dissipates, and everyone has a good time. He told me this little boy was walking both sets of grandparents down the aisle. So here we are, standing in our dark clothes in this heat and sun and the ceremony starts as the young man begins escorting his grandparents. All of his wildness disappeared and he was as solemn as a judge, slowly walking each couple down the aisle. The groom and I just looked dumfounded at each other. Why did he have to pick NOW to slow down? In the heat the groom quickly looked over my copy of the ceremony and told me to skip reading this one long poem. I asked, "Are you sure?" He said, "Please." So I skipped the poem, no one noticed, and the ceremony was simply beautiful.
Anything else you want to say?: Ooooh, pick me! Pick me! Seriously, I really enjoy doing what I do and will be enthusiastic, excited, and genuinely happy for you.