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Get to know Chase

Q.What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A.My primary piece of advice for someone looking to hire an officiant is to meet with them face to face. You want to make sure that the officiant makes you comfortable and that you "mesh", because on your wedding day, no matter how many guests you have, the ceremony primarily involves just the three of you, and you want to be at ease with the person performing your ceremony.

Q.What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A.The most important information that clients should know before seeking out an officiant is the date and time of their ceremony. Knowing the location and type of ceremony that they would prefer is helpful, but not necessary. The absolute most important information is the date and time of the ceremony so that the officiant can verify that he/she is available to perform the ceremony.

Q.Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A.My primary job is working with adults with disabilities, and I officiate weddings because I thoroughly enjoy being a part of couples' special days, not because I have to. I am extremely flexible and respectful of any wishes of a couple that I am working with, because after all, I am participating in their ceremony and not my own. I work tirelessly to ensure that the ceremony I am performing is reflective of the couple in front of me.

Q.What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A.One of the most common questions I am asked is whether or not I am flexible with my ceremonies, to which I always answer "Yes!". I like to start off by reviewing a number of different ceremonies with my clients, so I can get an idea of the couples' style and desires for their ceremony. Then, I help compile a ceremony that is unique to the couple and that incorporates any special touches that they desire, until we develop their perfect ceremony.

Q.Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A.One of my favorite ceremonies was one that I performed for a bride and groom and a small number of their family on the Main Street bridge in downtown Columbus. Standing with the skyline as a backdrop, the wedding was held on a brisk October day. The most memorable part was that pedestrians and cyclists crossing the bridge stopped on either side of the family while I was performing the ceremony, adding to the number of spectators, and that they joined in with applause once the happy couple was announced.

Q.How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A.I decided to become an officiant after a best friend became engaged and asked me if I would be willing to perform their wedding. I felt honored to be asked to perform such a meaningful task for someone so close to me, and feel just as honored each and every time I am involved in any couples' special day.