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Cassie & Brock at Merrimon-Wynne House in Raleigh

Cassie & Brock in the carriage house at the Merrimon-Wynne in downtown Raleigh
Jenna DiPrima Photography

“Absolutely pick Katherine Edwards to be your officiant. Our ceremony was phenomenal and we received many compliments from guests who thought that our ceremony was lovely and thoughtful. I’m not an overly touchy-feely person, but I really felt like our welcoming message, wedding address, and vows (which we were able to select and combine from Katherine’s per-prepared remarks) came together to create a ceremony that was perfect for my husband and me. She offers both religious and non-religious options and is incredibly easy (and pleasant!) to work with. I am so glad we picked Katherine to be our officiant and would highly recommend her as an officiant to any friend.”

Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House
Catering: Donovan’s Dish
Coordination: C and D Events
Design: Bushel and Peck Designs
Photography: Jenna DiPrima
Rentals: Party Reflections
Lounge Furniture: Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Cake: Details Cake Design
Reception Music: E3 Band
Hair and Makeup: Perfection by Patricia
Ceremony Music: Carolina String Society

Cindy & Kim at The Glenwood Club in Raleigh

Photo by Organic Exposure Photography

“What can we say about Katherine? Simply put, she is amazing! She impressed us at our first meeting. But she went beyond our expectations by presenting us with options so that we could literally “build” our ceremony to reflect our own personal tastes. On top of that, she gave us both questionnaires that we were told to fill out separately and not share with each other. With answers to those questions in hand, she created a very personalized ceremony, telling a funny and poignant story not only for our guests to enjoy but also for us to be able to hear what each of us had shared with her in a wonderful fashion. This was perfect for us…reading our own vows would probably have had us each in tears! And while it was Katherine who took our words and put them into a beautifully written ceremony (yes, she made us cry anyway!), she managed to capture our deepest feelings and put into words what would have been very hard for us to articulate in the moment. We would highly recommend Katherine and are honored to feel like we did not just gain an officiant, but also a newfound friend!”

Kelly & Forest at the Stockroom 230

Kelly & Forest’s original plan for their ceremony was to have it at Umstead Park in Raleigh and have their reception at the Stockroom 230 downtown after. The rain back up plan would be to hold everything at the Stockroom and a few weeks prior to the ceremony they decided to just go ahead and do that. That ended up being a really good decision, as it was raining most of the afternoon!

Secretly, I was kind of happy about that because I have done ceremonies at Umstead Park in the past, but the Stockroom was one of those venues I hadn’t seen yet and I really wanted to check it out! It is a really neat industrial-looking space with exposed brick, wood floors, and beam ceilings. There is plenty of room for both ceremony and reception, and a little landing area that’s perfect for cocktail hour.

Another neat feature at the Stockroom is the Glass Box on the top floor of the same building that can be rented as well. It can be used for smaller events, bridal luncheons, showers, or as a changing area for the bride and her ‘maids. That is what Kelly did!

There were lots of lovely details throughout their ceremony and reception spaces, but I particularly loved the chalk wall! The bridesmaids walked in to the Etta James version of, “I Want a Sunday Kind of Love,” so this was really perfect. Plus, it was a Sunday! The chalk wall was done by AB Chalk Designs.

Kelly and Forest included some really cool elements in their ceremony, including a presentation of roses to Kelly’s mother, a sand ceremony, and a shell wishing with a twist. Since we weren’t at the beach to toss the stones into the water, guests instead collected them in a large glass vessel that the couple could display in their home!

Kelly & Forest’s best man and maid of honor signed the license following the ceremony while guests mingled for cocktail hour.

Floral The Wedding Woman
Coordination Harmony Weddings and Events.
DJ Vox DJ Company
Photography Shaun King

The couple was kind enough to leave this review for me on Wedding Wire:

“Katherine did the best job for our wedding! She was so easy to work with and so helpful in planning and answering all our questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant on their big day. She had the best attitude and all our guests commented how great of a job she did. Thanks again Katherine for everything!”

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Tracy & Robert at Pullen Park

I am so very lucky to work with some really great couples. I connect with so many of “my” couples on a personal level and their excitement for the wedding and love for each other are contagious!! Imagine being so lucky, getting to experience that kind of joy almost every single weekend! That being said, some weddings just hit me a little deeper. And Tracy and Robert’s ceremony at Pullen Park was one of them.

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When we met back in February, these two knew what they wanted… something sweet and simple, an intimate ceremony with mostly family, and something that would include their 5 children from previous marriages.

It was a beautiful April afternoon when we gathered at the gazebo in Pullen Park Lake for their ceremony. I arrived early and helped hang some decorations and set up the sand ceremony. If you are trying to count all the vials in that picture I will help you out – there are 8! One for the bride and groom, one for me to pour “foundation sand,” and one for each of the 5 kids. Sand ceremonies are an awesome choice for including kids in the ceremony. It is such a visual representation of the blending of the families, and I think most kids like getting their own color of sand!

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They chose a pretty coral color for their theme and Robert surprised Tracy by renting a tux with coordinating vest. She thought he would be wearing a suit (and he had actually joked he was going to wear shorts and a t-shirt… men!). They didn’t see each other before the ceremony, so after Tracy made her entrance over the bridge it was sweet to see her reaction to Robert!

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Shortly after the ceremony began I saw one of their 9 year-old twins start crying tears of happiness. Now, I tear up in ceremonies pretty often. I’m an emotional person and like I said, I get wrapped up in the all the happiness and joy! But this was more than that. I was fighting back tears as I could feel the love so strongly between not just the bride and groom, but from all of their children, and their family and friends that were there to share the moment. It was truly beautiful!

After the ceremony their two witnesses signed the license, while the couple and family did their formal photos. My favorite of the pictures I took that day was the moment below with the 4 youngest kids (Robert’s oldest is grown and married) watching the ducks in the lake. These kids have gone from great friends to brother and sisters, and that is a very special gift their parents have given them!

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Robert & Tracy I am wishing you all the love and joy this world has to offer as you begin your journey as a new family!
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Esther & Isaiah at the WRAL Azalea Gardens

Esther & Isaiah were married on a beautiful day at the end of April at the WRAL Azalea Gardens in Raleigh. The gardens are a beautiful spot for a spring wedding, as most of the flowers are in bloom and the tall pine trees provide enough shade to keep things cool. I was grateful for the especially cool afternoon they had!

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The gardens were hopping that day, full of family portrait photographers and lots of prom-going teens getting their pictures made! Fortunately, WRAL puts out these signs at every possible entrance to the ceremony space to make sure people are respectful.

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I loved their turquoise and coral beach theme! Everything was coordinated so well, no doubt with thanks to her planner, Katina Lucas of Visions of Elegance! The sand ceremony they chose to include in the ceremony was the perfect ritual to go with the beach theme.

Another sweet detail that was too cute not to mention… Isaiah and his groomsmen wore their shades until the moment Esther got to the top of the aisle. Then they whipped them off in unison to admire her beauty! I love it!

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The following photos from the ceremony were taken by Annette at Martha Smith Tillery Photography.

You’ve gotta love that dip at the end! LOL… my face says it all!

The couple was kind enough to leave this review for me on Wedding Wire:

“Katherine was great!!! She made the wedding ceremony process easy. She was helpful in answering all of our questions and terrific including all of our ceremony choices. I would definitely recommend her to anyone needing officiant services.”

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Nancy & Renee in Raleigh

Renee and Nancy were married on Cinco de Mayo! May 5th of this year was their 18th anniversary.

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They came up from South Carolina and tied the knot in an intimate elopement ceremony at their niece and nephew’s house in Raleigh. Congratulations you two!

The couple was kind enough to leave this review for me on Wedding Wire:

“Katherine made this process extremely easy. She did a great job with the ceremony. We couldn’t have asked for things to go any better. We highly recommend her.”

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Jason and Sarah in Raleigh

Jason and Sarah were married in a sweet, intimate, elopement ceremony at Jason’s parents’ home in Raleigh in early May.

The original plan had been to have the ceremony out on the back deck. I admit that would have been pretty amazing, as it was a large, beautiful deck hidden among a thick grove of trees. However, mother nature had other plans that day as it was absolutely pouring when I arrived!

The back up plan was this charming set up in the living room. I loved how everything coordinated with the purple and white. The monogrammed cake and matching napkins were some of those little details that show how special a wedding is, no matter how small the guest count!

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The couple chose a short, non-religious ceremony that they felt represented their relationship well. I know their parents were a little concerned that there would be no mention of God, but Jason’s mother came to me with tears in her eyes after the ceremony. She told me she didn’t know a non-religious ceremony could be so beautiful!

Because there was no bridal party, the couple just had two close friends in attendance to sign the marriage license following the ceremony. This is almost always seen as an honor by those who are asked, so consider that when choosing!

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Jennifer & Michael at the Raleigh Rose Garden

Jennifer & Michael were married on a cool May morning at the Raleigh Rose Garden. If you aren’t familiar, the garden is located behind Raleigh Little Theatre’s stage and amphitheatre. It is a beautiful spot and the roses were in full bloom!

There are a few pretty spots in the Garden for a ceremony, but Jennifer and Michael chose right in front of the fountain with the pergola in back.

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Jennifer’s dad built these benches and brought them in for the ceremony!

This couple was low key and easy to work with and wanted just a short and simple ceremony. They did add a really unique reading that I loved. “Description of an arch” from Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks:

“The arch is nothing else than a force originated by two weaknesses, for the arch in buildings is composed of two segments of a circle, each of which being very weak in itself tends to fall; but as each opposes this tendency in the other, the two weaknesses combine to form one strength.

As the arch is a composite force it remains in equilibrium because the thrust is equal from both sides; and if one of the segments weighs more than the other the stability is lost, because the greater pressure will outweigh the lesser.”

Following the ceremony they had their moms sign the license. Love that!

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Whenever the guest count is on the smaller side for a wedding, I recommend getting one big group shot with everyone. I was happy to take this one for Jennifer & Michael!

The couple and their guests headed to a reception lunch at The Pit in downtown Raleigh, then they took off for their honeymoon!

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Chelsea & Alex in Holly Springs

Chelsea and Alex were married back in May at a beautiful private residence in Holly Springs. We had the rehearsal the night before and their photographers, Into the Sun Photography, were at the rehearsal to do lighting checks and see the space, so we got some fun pictures from that!

It rained on the evening of the rehearsal and all forecasts for Saturday pointed to rain, rain, and more RAIN! Lucky for us, this is what it looked like on the wedding day…

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Perfection! Our back up plan of the reception tent was totally unnecessary. Chelsea and Alex put a lot of work into the details of their day and I enjoyed walking around and snapping pics before the ceremony.

Chelsea is a horse lover (there were even references to how much time she spends at the barn in Alex’s vows!), so these horseshoe favors were fitting!

Chelsea’s mom told me she searched high and low for a “cake tent” to keep the bugs off the cake in the hours leading up to cake-cutting time. When she had no luck she made her own, using tulle and coat hangers! I thought it was brilliant!

The following images from the ceremony are by Into the Sun Photography.

Chelsea and Alex included a handfasting in their ceremony, which is probably my favorite ritual. It is based in Celtic and Scandinavian tradition and is where we get the term, “tying the knot.” The couple chose cords of ivory and blue to represent clean beginnings and fidelity and trust.

Following the ceremony, Chelsea’s best man and maid of honor signed the license to make it legal!

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Alex and Chelsea were kind enough to leave this review on Wedding Wire:

“There’s a reason Katherine has 67 5-star reviews! We set up two meetings with potential officiants and canceled the 2nd one immediately upon talking to Katherine. She’s organized, flexible, and a great writer and speaker. Planning a wedding can be stressful and difficult, but thanks to Katherine the rehearsal and ceremony were easy to put together!”

They also left this review on Google:

“We’re very happy about how well our ceremony went, and that was in large part thanks to Katherine. By the day of, we were stressed and tired and nervous, and she was calm and organized and thoughtful. For preparation, for the rehearsal, and for the wedding itself, Katherine was fantastic and we highly recommend her!”

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Some of my wonderful couples from 2013-2015!

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“I absolutely loved working with Katherine! It was not a difficult decision to choose her to be our officiant. She was always very quick to respond to any e-mails I sent her and helped tremendously with certain ideas that I wanted to incorporate into the ceremony. I felt extremely comfortable with her and would choose her a thousand times over to marry us!” ~K&K, November 2015

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“There are not enough words in the dictionary to thank Katherine for everything that she did for us. I am speechless. It was everything I could ever have hoped for and more. We had a change of officiant at the last minute and we are SO lucky that Katherine was put in our lives at the right place and the right time. We got so many compliments on the ceremony during the reception and the whole Sunday following our wedding that we spent with our family. Everyone was beyond impressed, especially after learning about the short notice. I had comments on every single piece of it… from the unplugged statement to the “taking it all in” piece at the end. While we worked with a ton of amazing vendors for our wedding, there is not a single vendor that I would give a stronger recommendation to than Katherine. She truly made our wedding day unbelievable. Don’t think twice before you book her services… you won’t regret it.” S&R, October 2015

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“Katherine Edwards was such a pleasure to work with. We met her at a local coffee shop, and right off the bat she was warm, friendly, and we felt like we had known her forever. She is professional, responsive, and accommodating to all of our requests. We wanted repeat-after-me vows and a simple yet sweet ceremony, and the options she provided us with were easily customizable with lots of beautiful options. Our ceremony was 13 minutes long from start to finish, and our guests complimented the beautiful ceremony all night long. Katherine was easily one of our favorite vendors to work with, and I would highly reccomend her to anyone getting married in NC!” K&C, October 2015

© MKM Photography 2014, http://mkm.photos“Let me first start off by saying that Katherine was absolutely amazing! She is highly professional and helped us create a completely personalized ceremony. We were able to change everything from the welcome to our vows and so much more. With her help, we were able to incorporate our personalities and style into each aspect. She made all of our guests feel welcome into our ceremony as my husband and I come from different religious and spiritual backgrounds. After the amazing experience wirh Katherine, we wouldn’t have wanted anyone else performing our ceremony! I highly recommend her to all of my recently engaged friends!” M&R, January 2015

1313347_0176“I can not say enough about Katherine Edwards…She was nothing short of perfect. She was prompt…responsive…affordable…organized…creative…prepared…an absolute dream to work with and that’s saying a lot since most of my experiences during this journey from single to married have left a lot to be desired. I would recommend her to absolutely anybody…She is easy to talk to and you’ll feel like she’s a friend by the end. If you are in an interracial relationship like I am (my husband is white and I’m black) it’s especially important to pick someone who will make both sides feel welcome and comfortable and she did just that. You will not regret hiring her.” S&C, December 2014

DSC_2568“Katherine was the perfect officiate for our wedding. Rob and I met with several officiates and when we met Katherine we knew we no longer had to look any further. She was professional, personable and clicked with us immediately. She is highly organized and helped us through the process of helping us with our ceremony. She performed a beautiful ceremony for us and we felt like we’ve know her for years. I would highly recommend Katherine without any hesitation.” R&K, December 2014

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“Katherine was awesome to work with and very helpful” T&J, October 2014

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“What a treat it was to work with Katherine, from the first meeting to the big hug after the ceremony. Katherine is warm, professional, personable and felt like a match for us right away. Her website sold me initially – the amount of information she provides about not only her services, but getting married in North Carolina, is incredibly helpful. We were also drawn to her openness and the variety of ceremonies she offered. We chose a package where we pieced together our ceremony from text options she provided. She sent a great document of options ranging from very religious to very not religious, with a great mix in between. We were able to create a ceremony that was truly our own using Katherine’s material. She was so easy to work with over email, offering helpful suggestions, providing drafts, and responding so quickly. On the wedding day, she nailed the ceremony. What a beautiful presenter and officiant she is – her calm and friendly energy put me right at ease on the big day! Without rushing us at all, she finished our rooftop ceremony and pronounced us married about 4 seconds before it started raining.

We also hired Katherine to coordinate our rehearsal the night before- with 10 attendants, parents and ourselves, it was SO nice to hand over the responsibility of directing! Katherine quickly and efficiently ran through everything with us and by the end, everyone felt confident in their roles and cues. She took care of filing our marriage certificate and sent us a follow up email with tracking number on Monday morning.

Working with Katherine was one of the best decisions we made in the wedding planning process. I would (and will) recommend her to absolutely any couple looking for an officiant. Katherine is the type of person that I imagine can connect with the widest variety of people. She is so flexible, transparent, genuine, professional and knowledgable. Our wedding would not have been the same without her!” K&J, October 2014

Cathy and Greg“Katherine made our wedding ceremony so personal and so special. Upon meeting her, we both knew that she was perfect for us. She took extra time to get to know both of us and her wording of the ceremony was excellent and so meaningful! Our guests were also very impressed with her. Thanks to her, the ceremony went very smoothly and she helped to capture the atmosphere that we wanted. She also helped us with finding the perfect musicians and venue! Thank you Katherine!” C&G, October 2014

jk2“I wish I could give Katherine higher reviews! I met her online as I started planning my out of state wedding sometime last year. I had no idea where to start or what to do and she swooped in and made everything alright. A couple months ago my fiance and I talked about changing the date because of an employment opportunity. We lost Katherine as our officiant as the date was filled very quickly. When we decided to change the date back, and realized we could no longer have her marry us, i was devastated. She was the only person for the job! I felt like the person that was going to marry us, had to connect with us. Beings how we were out of state, I looked for another officiant and Katherine helped me. But no one compared! We decided to change the date to the next day so Katherine could be that person! When I met Katherine in person for the first time at the wedding, I felt like I had known her for years. After all, we had been emailing atleast weekly for the past year or so!! If you’re looking for someone with a good sense of humor, professionalism, and knowledge about weddings she is definitely the person you need to hire. I could not be happier with her services. I truly felt like I made a friend in Katherine! She made our wedding perfect! Thank you so much for all of your help, Katherine!” JL, September 2014

image9“There needs to be a higher rating than 5 on here. Katherine was/is awesome! She made the process so simple, easy, and most importantly stress free! Her vow/ceremony selections are beautifully written and her flexibility to provide a customized experience for you and your fiancee’s needs is impeccable. She is as hands on or off as you want her to be and she will truly make your day even more special than it already is but she also provides a warm heartfelt atmosphere as you can truly tell she cares about you and making your day memorable and exactly how you want it to be. Out of all the chaos of wedding planning her positivity and flexibility made the officiant and vow/ceremony selection one of the most fun and easiest tasks to mark off our list. Thank you Katherine for making our wedding day (9-13-14) amazing!” JH, September 2014

Lake Benson“We absolutely LOVED Katherine Edwards! She was so personable and flexible with our schedules. She did a wonderful job with officiating our wedding and the wording of the ceremony was beautiful! I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for an officiant for their wedding that adds a classy personal touch :)” EJ, August 2014

IMG_1271 (2)“Katherine was a joy to work with and she made our day a special one. She was very responsive to every email and on time (early) to each meeting, rehearsal and wedding! She was very professional and easy to work with! We received so many compliments on the service she gave! Katherine is truly a wonderful officiant and we will definitely use/recommend her in the future!” NC, August 2014

MandD102“After a very frustrating search for an officiant, we were so relieved, delighted, and fortunate that we found Rev. Katherine Edwards.
We had met and emailed with others, but Katherine was the most responsive, friendliest, and most flexible. Her fee was very reasonable and she was completely upfront with us from the beginning on the cost. She even has the fees directly on her website, which for me was a relief.
Katherine was supportive of every choice we made. She cheered us on as we planned and calmed me when I started to get anxious before the big day. She was so helpful when I had questions on the mechanics of the ceremony and the layout and requirements. From the moment she arrived on the day of, I was relieved to know that she was there to guide us through.
Katherine is passionate about weddings as joyful celebrations and really makes you feel more at ease.
She is a very caring, warm person who takes her job as an officiant seriously, while still maintaining her personable disposition. I would recommend her without hesitation to anyone planning their wedding.” MH, August 2014

View More: http://ashleynicoleblog.pass.us/mrmrspayne“I knew from the moment that I saw your smiling face, sitting inside that coffee shop, that you were a perfect match for us. Your sincerity and warmth during the ceremony will be a lifelong memory to the both of us. Thank you so much for everything!” JP, August 2014

FireRosePhotos-Chris&Kelsey-430“Katherine was wonderful to work with and could not have done a better job with our ceremony. Everyone commented on how beautiful and personal it was. Many of our guest thought we had known her for quite some time because everything said fit us so well.” KB, July 2014

hitching post“We were very pleased with Katherine. She was very professional, efficient and accommodating. Her relaxed and pleasant demeanor helped to ease my wedding jitters. She made the ceremony special and I can not thank her enough!” RB, July 2014

Shepherd_152B“She was a wonderful officiant! I am very pleased with her service and we had a beautiful wedding!” LS, July 2014

IMG_7835“Katherine is amazing. She was so supportive of & accommodating to what we wanted our ceremony to be like. She was sensitive to our situation/any needs that we had, & just made us feel so comfortable! I loved how she allowed us options to personalize everything to our taste. I really can’t say enough about how wonderful she is! HIGHLY RECCOMENED!” KM, July 2014

HAP_8569“Katherine was simply amazing! My husband and I wanted a ceremony that would work for both of us. He wanted religious and I wanted something nondenominational. Katherine worked with us to help develop a ceremony that would allow us to have a little bit of both. She stayed in touch with us throughout the planning and was always incredibly quick to respond to emails and phone calls. Katherine is also reasonably priced. Everyone who attended my wedding kept asking me where I found Katherine because they were so impressed with her. She not only spent time with my husband and I but also spent time speaking with family members as well. The ceremony was beautiful and Katherine was 100% helpful throughout! I couldn’t imagine my ceremony being any more perfect. She was quick to send in out marriage license, we were married on a Saturday and I had my official marriage license in my hand by Wednesday! I HIGHLY recommend Katherine! She is  sweet, patient, and genuinely cares about the people she is working with.” AH, May 2014

367“Katherine is the most wonderful officiant a bride and groom could ask for!! With 10 days until our wedding and our previous officiant bailing we found Katherine here and lucky for us she was available! We quickly met with her and she won us over immediately. She is so personable and genuine. She is totally open to doing the ceremony however you want but will give options and feedback if you need/want it. She is punctual both in person and via email and is always professional. She answered any question we had prior to, the day of, and even after the wedding. Our wedding day would not have been the same without Katherine as our officiant. We are both so happy that things worked out as they did and she was the one to share our day. Book Katherine today!! :)” -KM, April 2014

bubolz lake jordan 3“Katherine did an amazing job!! She was able to work with us on a short notice and was willing to do whatever we requested to make our day perfect!!” -NB, March 2014

Josh & Lisa - 027“We loved Katherine! Our service was amazing! She was so sweet and nice! She was very respectful to everything we asked!! I would definitely recommend her!!” -LL, March 2014

Goudreau Hardesty“Katherine was great from the very first email all the way thru the wedding. With her help we managed to get everything done in just a few days which was good since we only had about two weeks from the time we decided on the wedding date.She was always quick to reply. She is very personable and professional.” -S&L, February 2014

DSC_0682“Thank you for being so incredible.  I actually find myself sad that it’s done, and one of the main reasons is that we are done communicating about the wedding.  I hope we don’t lose touch.” -AJ, February 2014

Boyd Tillett 1 31 14“Katherine Edwards was the best officiant we could have ever imagined for our wedding!!! She was very professional but yet so down to earth and personal. She wasn’t just the officiant she became part of our wedding as if she was part of our families!!! We would recommend Katherine to any couple!!!! Thank you Katherine!!!” -PT, January 2014

Apex elopement“We wanted to keep our ceremony low-key but yet special, Katherine did exactly that! She was responsive, listened to what we wanted and worked with us to make sure everything was just what we wanted. She did a beautiful job at the ceremony! We would highly recommend her and feel lucky that we got her to do ours!” -MH, December 2013

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IMG_0917“Thank you so much Katherine! You did a great job from beginning to end! I really appreciated that you listened to us and incorporated everything that we had asked for. You were also very accommodating to our schedule. Our ceremony was beautiful and I am so happy that you were apart of it!” -GB, October 2013