Becoming an Ordained Minister all started with my own wedding to my wonderful husband, Warren. Both of us had been married before so we wanted to keep things simple yet it was important to us that it still be memorable and "something special" that we would cherish forever. We both felt that going to the town hall, for us, was impersonal so we called a local officiant and were married in our home, with a beautiful, intimate ceremony on New Year's Eve with our children and family around us. Exactly what we wanted! I wrote our ceremony because it was important to both of us that our love be represented and how grateful we are to have found each other and how blessed we were to have this newly blended family.
Warren and I both have children from our first marriage. Warren has three children and I have two. Sadly, I lost my 18-year-old son, Nicholas, in 2014. As the struggles of his passing are daily, the love of all our children keeps me going and being able to perform ceremonies gives me so much joy and a huge purpose to get up with a smile everyday!! We also have two fur-babies, Baylee Boo (Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix) and Lexi Lou (Chocolate Lab/Boarder Collie mix). We adopted Baylee February, 2013 while we were still in New Jersey and Lexi, we rescued December, 2017 while we were in New Mexico. The two of them are spoiled rotten and trouble together, but we wouldn't change a thing.
Warren, my daughter Katie and I moved back to Tennessee in the Fall of 2018 after living in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for two years. We are originally from New Jersey and moved to Tennessee in the fall of 2014. Tennessee has always been where we wanted to settle in but an opportunity for my husband came up out west and we decided, as a family, this was a good move. My heart has always been in Tennessee so when Warren's commitment was up, we were blessed that another opportunity came to my husband which brought us back to the Chattanooga, TN area, and we couldn't be happier! Although, I am missing the incredible food (OMG, the green and red chile is to die for) and I truly miss and all the amazing vendors and couples I met in New Mexico. I am blessed to now call them friends.
Warren has traveled all over the world while my travels mainly took me to the Jersey Shore, a favorite place for me and my kids. Living in Loudon, Tennessee, while my husband was hard at work, Katie and I would take day trips to Gatlinburg, Sevierville and the Smoky Mountains all the time. Cades Cove was a favorite spot for us to bring a picnic lunch and just relax. In New Mexico, Katie and I explored lots of beautiful areas like Santa Fe, Madrid and our favorite was traveling through the Jemez Mountains and stopping at the hot springs. We loved going to the Balloon Fiesta which was held every October, especially when family came to stay with us.
In my spare time, as I mentioned, I love to drive around and take in the beauty that is in my backyard. We are now so excited to explore the South Eastern part of Tennessee as well as make our way into Georgia and Alabama. I always seem to find something new each and every time we go out.
I worked in Banking for many years leaving in 2014 to pursue my love of officiating wedding ceremonies. I wanted to be available to my couples 24/7. I knew I could create and give couples the same wonderful memories my husband and I have of our wedding ceremony. For me, the Wedding Ceremony is the most important part of your Wedding day and when my couple is standing in front of me, I want them to feel as a friend is marrying them and not some stranger they met online. Through the years I have come to realize that this is not just a business for me, but a passion. To stand witness to the start of your married lives together is truly a gift and with that gift given to me, I give my couple the gift of love and respect for them and their wedding day. My couples wedding day is just as important to me as it is to them which is why I will only perform one wedding a day.
I look forward to helping you fill the first page of your new life with treasured memories of a ceremony that is as unique as the love you share.
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