What is your goal as an officiant? How/why did you begin officiating?
Our goal is to create and perform a ceremony that mirrors our clients, their life, their style, their love-story - in other words, the ceremony is custom, personalized , authentic, heartfelt, intimate and a beautiful memory for a lifetime to come. No two are the same.
Rev. Heather began performing ceremonies in 2005. As a licensed practitioner at Center for Spiritual Living Seattle, I was often asked to perform memorial services, baby blessings and house blessings. I officiated my first wedding in 2008, when friends asked me to marry them. Now an ordained minister, on staff at Genesis Global Spiritual Center, I have the great honor and blessing of performing many rituals and ceremonies celebrating the rites of passage in people’s lives. It is one of my greatest joys.
What type of services do you offer?
Ceremonies as you wish!
We offer all types of ceremonies and rituals. We create or collaborate with our clients to create the celebration of their dreams, and offer other services such as pre-marital counseling, and creation of a Sacred Covenant for their marriage.
What types of ceremonies do you specialize in?
Whatever the occasion- celebrating a life, a new addition to the family, a wedding, a blessing of a new home or business, or a letting go/release ritual-we specialize in creating and performing a unique tailor-made celebration for your special day!
We offer traditional, religious, spiritual, nondenominational, secular and interfaith celebrations. Our wedding experiences have ranged from a quick civil ceremony to an elaborate vow renewal, a traditional wedding to a beachside Zombie marriage, to name a few! Playful, unconventional, breathtaking, romantic, intimate, tiny, huge, traditional, modern, spiritual, or a matter of state, we delight in working with each couple, creating and performing your made-to-order festivities!
What type of service do you enjoy providing the most?
We really enjoy creating the collaborative personalized ceremonies as well as unique covenants for our clients’ marriages. One of the very sweetest moments is getting to know the couple and their love story.
However the best part is officiating the ceremony and witnessing firsthand the magic of their experience.
What distinguishes your services from others in the area?
We are honoring of all couples, families, cultures, traditions/lack of traditions, and truly cherish working with all people in celebrating life’s precious moments.
We honor and celebrate love in all of its forms.
One Heart Celebrations excels at weaving our clients’ cultural background, spirituality & lifestyle into unique rituals and ceremonies. For example, we often draw from a family’s cultural traditions in creating a personalized baby blessing for their child. One baby blessing incorporated many traditions from the mother’s native land, China, into the celebration –the mother played the piano and sang Chinese songs, drawings were created & shared by children of their extended family depicting the Chinese Characters for prosperity, happiness, used in blessing babies’ lives, as well as placing many beautiful Chinese items/colors on the altar created for this sweet occasion. The officiant included red in her attire as this was an auspicious color for such a ritual.
We have received multiple SOS calls from people whose ministers/officiants had bailed within 72-48 hours before the big day, leaving them with no one to marry them, no vows/ceremony order of service, no refund, and no contract. One Heart Celebrations offers all of our clients a contract guaranteeing our services for your ceremony, and replacing ourselves with another officiant of equal or greater caliber in the event of illness/accident/unforeseen circumstances. (or a refund if you prefer.) We are committed to reduce this unnecessary stress and hardship right before your ceremony!
What is your favorite wedding tradition?
A sweet wedding tradition we’ve seen more of this summer is the ring warming tradition. It is a lovely way to include everyone present at the wedding as an active participant, blessing the couple and their life together as they warm the rings in their hands. Everyone seems to enjoy this, and the couple has a greater sense of being supported by their community. This tradition adds to the powerful reminder the rings will provide the wearers.
Are there any new twists on old traditions that you enjoy?
We love all traditions, flourishes, and rituals that add to the distinct experience of a couple’s special day.
Where do you tend to officiate the most?
We have performed ceremonies all over Washington state, in all kinds of settings: churches, hotels, homes, gardens, secret lakefront cottages, farms, beaches, community centers, clubs, restaurants including Salty’s on Alki, event and wedding destinations such as The Oasis in SODO, The Seminary at St. Thomas Center, The Monte Christo Ballroom, and The Farm Kitchen. The common denominator seems to be that the location is often a reflection of the couple and their love story. For example, a recent wedding was located at Luna Park on Alki Beach, next to the anchor there. The newlyweds love the water, spend much of their time sailing, and began their relationship on Alki. So this was the perfect place for them to say, “I do!”
Another wedding was held at the Seminary because it looks like Wayne Manor from Batman, which was a shared passion of the couple. There was a classy Batman edge to the occasion, which included the venue, the colors, and even sneaked a few lines into the ceremony itself.
Rev. Heather is also available to officiate at your destination wedding. She has fond memories of traveling to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico to marry Judy and Lenston!
What is one of your favorite venues and why?
It’s hard to pick just one. Each is lovely in its own way and has something special to offer. We did a wedding at The Swedish Club in Seattle on Seafair Sunday one year. The guests were invited for a brunch, then were treated to a front row view of the Blue Angels flying show, which the wedding followed and then a reception capped the day’s rich festivities. The Blue Angels is a hard act to follow, however it sent this couple off with a flourish! Now every year the Blue Angels fly on their anniversary!
Honestly some of our favorite venues have been the homes of the couple, their families, or friends. We did a wedding at a charming country home on Vashon Island that had been in the family for many decades, where other family members had adjoining properties. The ceremony took place in the exquisite gardens of one home, while the reception took place in the barn and grounds of another. The couple loves cycling so their family got vintage Schwinns and other classic bikes, planted the baskets with old fashioned flowers in the wedding colors and leaned them casually around the properties. It created a fabulous instant feeling the couple conveyed in their ceremony – of carrying on with tradition, celebrating the expansion & connection of their families, and a delightful sense of whimsy and play.
Please tell us about one of your favorite event memories and what made it so special.
One of our favorite event memories is of a vow renewal Rev. Heather was blessed to perform. The very much in love couple had been married for twenty five years, and had planned a romantic trip to Europe to celebrate their anniversary. The wife was then diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy. They decided to stay home and celebrate their 25th anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony at their stunningly beautiful home surrounded by all of their children, family and friends. Rev. Heather worked with the couple to weave their original vows, gifts performed by all three children (a song, a poem written for the occasion & a favorite reading), songs sung by the bride to the groom and later by the groom to his bride, all the elements of a wedding ceremony, and ad lib sharing from friends into one of the most touching, joyful and loving celebrations of love & marriage Rev. Heather has ever witnessed. An especially poignant aspect was the testimony of all the family and friends of how this couple’s love amongst them had blessed and continued to bless their lives!