What is distinct about Keith?
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive. ~Howard Thurman
I was once told that the way we discern our vocation in life is to find a need in the community that we are exceptional at meeting. As a Celebrant I am honored to walk with people through some of life’s most awesome moments. During the hike, I help to pace those steps with meaning, comfort and joy. I get my juice in working with people. Variety is the spice of life and I savor being in the mix with the “salad bowl” of humankind! The qualities I bring to your ceremony come from my background of substantial formation, education and experience in crafting and presiding at ceremony.
My motivation and desire is to please you with an excellent wedding and ceremonial experience, made from listening, skill, creativity, integrity and dedication. For a short time we will be companions who strive to make your wedding dream a reality. With me, you will get a unique and custom ceremony, my wedding-day ceremony planning expertise, and unlimited phone and email access.
How much does a personalized ceremony cost?
Each couple is different in what they are looking for in a ceremony and accordingly, my fees vary. In any given month, I am officiating wedding ceremonies that range from $250 to $950 for services.
As a Celebrant, I am a bird of a different feather. Rather than merely inserting “name of bride and groom” in a one-size-fits-all wedding script, I start from scratch for each couple. I take significant time to learn who you are individually and as a couple, and what your wants and desires are for the ceremony. In listening to you, I can then offer creative ideas on how we can accomplish your dream ceremony.
In addition to the time it takes to develop a unique and personalized ceremony, my fee also includes unlimited consultation with me via email and telephone, and time and travel to lead your rehearsal and preside at your wedding ceremony.
For more detailed information, please go to Services and Fees.
How long are your wedding ceremonies?
In my experience, the ideal range of time for a wedding ceremony is between 30 and 45 minutes. If it is shorter than 30 minutes (notwithstanding Elopement ceremonies), people may wonder why they took the time to get dressed up!
In the past, people looked forward to short quick ceremonial experiences because they tended to be rote; “if you’ve been to one you’ve been to ‘em all.” With my approach to unique and personalized ceremonies, your guests will be engaged and surprised at how fast they fly by; good times always do.
Do we need to have a rehearsal?
I view the rehearsal as an extension of the entire wedding experience, and it is usually at the rehearsal where the festivities begin. I have two goals for the rehearsal. The first is to provide a space for making connections between your family and wedding-party friends, to hear where people hail from and of their relationship with you.
The second goal of the rehearsal is to walk through all of the “movements” of the ceremony, and to make sure the processional/recessional happen according to your desires. We do not run through the words but keep them revered for the wedding day. I do however have the bride and groom practice their vows so that they can sleep soundly before the ceremony. In my experience, this type of rehearsal is an enjoyable experience that will give you the inspiration and confidence you need to be fully present during the ceremony. No worries!
Rehearsals often last between 45 and 60 minutes.
Can we write our own vows?
Yes! I encourage your creativity and uniqueness every step of the way, and I am available to guide you in the process. There are also other opportunities in the ceremony to celebrate your love as a couple.
Do you have an assistant or person to back you up?
Yes, I have several Celebrant companions who preside and have a style/philosophy similar to my own. I would ask one of them to officiate in the event I have an emergency. In my years of doing this work, I have never been late nor missed a date!
Marriage License Information?
Denver County: Click here for Denver County marriage license information
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Arapahoe County: Click here for Arapahoe County marriage license information
When do we sign the marriage license?
I recommend signing your legal documents at rehearsal. In my experience, keeping “paper work” out of the wedding day helps continue a rich flow of festivity between the ceremony and the reception (it feels strange to whisk the bride and groom off to a closet to sign a paper when all of their guests are waiting to congratulate them). I believe signing the marriage license at the rehearsal becomes meaningful and symbolic as the bride and groom prepare for the emotion of their big day and transition into marriage. Finally, it is my job to see that all signed legal paperwork gets immediately returned for processing to the Clerks Office.
How do you dress for a ceremony?
I will always dress dignified and appropriately for a ceremony. I usually wear a black suit with a shirt and tie that works well with your wedding attire. Upon request, I have also worn a ministerial robe (white) with a colorful and festive stole.
What if we are getting married outside of the Denver area?
Have car, will travel! I’ve been many places, from as far away as a back yard in Michigan to the ocean beach in Florida. Often, I travel to the mountains (Evergreen, Estes Park and the like). It’s your wedding and I will do my best to accommodate your wishes.