We have something new to share with you today, our very first wedding officiant interview with Chauncey of Harmony Ceremonies based in SF, CA! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and have lived here all of my life, with an exception of a 4 year stint in Hollywood in an attempt to “find myself”. I am an educator by previous profession and love the heart work of mentoring our youth. I am the youngest of three and the proud Godmother to a 5 year old special little girl.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding officiating?
I have been a mobile notary and real estate agent for the last seven years. I quit my 9 to 5 job because I wanted the freedom of working for myself. Well about two years ago I read an article in Essence magazine the featured several women who had created successful “side hustles”. One woman was a notary public and developed a wedding officiant business on the side. I thought to myself, “Hey! I can do that!”. So I ordered some business cards and…they sat on my desk for two years. After two years, one day I was working at my desk and happened to look at the box of cards, and the light in my head went off…again! I immediately started working on developing my business and in two weeks I was up and running with a website and my first gig! Harmony Ceremonies was born and has been pleasingly growing ever since.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
When the ceremony is over and the couple has exchanged lips and huge smiles, I know my job is done. The joy people receive from being in love and committing to one another through marriage is very heart touching. The guests are happy, the couple is happy, the children are laughing (or crying), and the dog is barking…it’s like a fairytale!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding officiants just getting started?
Planning a wedding can be a very stressful task. You must be able to communicate with your couple and assure them that your part of the ceremony is one less thing that they have to worry about. Communicate often and provide them with a copy of the ceremony as early on as possible so that they can exhale.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
I am a member of the feeding ministry at my church and assist with the program once a month. I spend a lot of time with my family and enjoy their company, including our new family puppy Velvet. I am also a singer and have participated in several community choirs. Believe it or not, I have always dreamed of being a wedding singer! Who knows…I’m definitely headed in the right direction!
Any great stories from a wedding you’ve officiated?
I performed my very first wedding for a young couple and the husband was a Marine who had returned home. The wife was so touched by the words that I’d written, she began to cry as I read them. The mom repeatedly expressed her satisfaction with the ceremony and wished she had found me two months prior for her own wedding. She has since become one of my notary clients. Great feeling!
What advice would you pass along to couples planning their wedding?
Start planning as much in advance as possible so that you don’t have a huge “to do” list right before the wedding. Even the small things that seems so simple, get them done and checked off of your list!
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
What I have seen are couples moving toward more creative ceremonies and breaking away from tradition. Your wedding is something you will remember for the rest of your life and the entire day and its events should represent you as a couple. Have fun with your wedding and be as quirky as you want to be. Your guests will love it and have a great memory of it as well.
Thanks Chauncey! For more about Harmony Ceremonies, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide Profile or head straight to their website.
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