Stephanie | Vancouver Officiant
Searching for a bubbly, passionate, romantic-at-heart, who has been telling couple’s stories for a decade now? With a background in proposal planning and wedding planning, through her own company, she is over the moon to now legally marry couples and be invited into your day on whole new level. Stephanie believes that marriage should be as beautiful as your wedding day, and your ceremony should reflect you as a couple and the journey you have taken together to arrive at this amazing comitment. You have an incredible love story that Steph can’t wait to hear…..and re-tell! Get ready for a whole lot of fun! Did we mention Stephanie is really bubbly?!!
I’m not good at public speaking, nor coming up with vows. What vows I did have, I wanted that to be in private between me and my husband to be. Yet I didn’t like the traditional vows of “to have and to hold until death do us part” etc…as I’ve heard it too many times at my 5+ older cousin’s weddings. I wanted something special, modern, fun, customized, yet still had as powerful of a meaning as traditional vows. I wanted someone to take the reins and turn this ceremony into an engaging event for everyone. I wasn’t there to put on a show for an audience. I was there and the audience was there because they are people I care about that will be involved in the rest of my married life to guide, love, and support us. This was exactly what these amazing people at Vancouver Officiants do. I picked Stephanie Reitsma and I have never made such a good decision. She is fun, bubbly, not shy, and initiates conversations because heaven knows I can’t. We meet at new cute coffee shops I’ve never been do and have a blast talking about the wedding. I learned so much from her about planning a wedding. She is more than just an officiant. She asked me questions that I didn’t even know I was supposed to have answers to. That saved me a lot from getting shocked if I had missed anything.
During the rehearsal, she made sure EVERYONE knew their place. If they didn’t, then they get an explanation and another walk through. She answered EVERYONE’S questions. Again, I am Chinese and I bring my whole family to everything so all my immediate family (and then some) was there to ask questions. She had a plan and she made sure we all knew the plan and how to execute this flawlessly. She stayed as long as she had to in order to get this done right. Even my dad was like “where in the world did you find this gold”? If it weren’t for her, we would be running down the aisle like headless chickens.
Stephanie’s ceremony was written beautifully. I loved how she incorporated our life, our love stories, and experiences from those close to us into the ceremony. Our guests were all involved in the process and she made it fun for everyone. She had creative ideas on how to get people from getting in the way of photographers with their big ipads for cameras, she made sure both us and our guests were equally happy. Not only this, but she does more than she needs to. She went out of her way to rally up everyone and beeline them out of the ceremony room (because we had to get out of there for the next wedding set up), and out on the boardwalk for photos because Eric and I got stranded in the sea of people who wanted to take photos with us in the narrow hallway which prevented us from making it outside. Does your officiant do that? I didn’t think so.
I give them 100 out of 10. They get the golden buzzer