“Carolyn is the master of the three most important skills. She is a superb listener. The ceremonies she designs reflect a profound understanding of the lives of those who will be making their vows. She is an amazing writer. Expect eloquence, humor, a touch of poetry and deeply moving expressions of the meaning of the event. Finally, her presence is both comforting and inspiring. Her voice and manner lift the ceremony without making her the focus of attention. I highly recommend her.” – Charlie Cree, Groom
Legal & Professional Officiant MN & WI offering officiating services, individualized couple’s marriage enrichment sessions, Marriage Enrichment Days for Couples and Enneagram Personality Typology sessions for individuals or couples Appointments: 612 616 3782
Masters Theological Studies plus two-year certifications in each of these three areas: CPCC Relationship Skills, Enneagram Leadership Specialist, Spiritual Guidance – Shalem Institute
5.0 out of 5.0 Wedding Wire Rated
Quality of service 5.0/5.0
This 5 star rating reflects the importance of your wedding day for me! In over 7 years of officiating, I have never been late or missed a wedding ceremony I have committed to officiate.
We invite you to contact us for information on our officiating services. Experienced Officiant since 2010!
“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking before you!” – John O’Donohue
We are honored that you are taking time to review us at Grand Avenue Wedding Officiants. Through our extensive professional credentials and testimonials you will discover that we love our work as officiants and our highest priority is to create for you the unique and personalized ceremony of your dreams. Your complete satisfaction is most important to us from the time of your free consultation through the planning process and your wedding day!
MORE THAN AN OFFICIANT: I am not only interested in providing you with the best services to create the personalized wedding ceremony of your dreams but I also am dedicated to providing you with the best in current relationship insights to create a strong and lasting marriage! I invite you to view my Marriage Enrichment Page for details. 2017 is my 7th year as an officiant in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
My primary focus is in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area and Rochester officiating at venues that include mansions, gardens, theaters, hotels, event centers, golf clubs, barns and backyards! I also frequently plan with and officiate for couples in Western Wisconsin! Ceremony sizes range from small gatherings to over 300 in attendance. I am comfortable in all settings and have been told I bring a warmth and care for you and your guests which is always deeply appreciated.
While I hold no religious affiliation, my earliest faith background was in both the Catholic and Protestant traditions. Over three decades I have studied broadly in world faith traditions and spiritualities centered on peace and compassion. While exclusive teachings may sometimes exist within a faith tradition there is far more commonality between traditions which unite us! Such broad training has given me the ability to assist you (whether Agnostic, Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Earth-Centered, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or another tradition). Meeting with you we find deeply meaningful words for your ceremony staying authentic to your own experience. The ceremonies I create also sensitively bridge any gaps that might exist between you and the faith traditions followed by your parents and/or grandparents.
This ability to speak meaningfully across non-religious and religious lines is one of the uncommon qualifications which bring couples to us.
Professional background: MA Theological Studies – Hartford, CT (2 yr degree) Spiritual Guidance -The Shalem Institute -Bethesda, MD (3 yr. certifications) Co-active life coaching – CTI – Minneapolis (2 yr certification) Enneagram Studies (“The Narrative Tradition”, Palmer & Daniels & Jerry Wagner – 3 yrs – certification) I also highly recommend Kjersti Moline whose dedication, credentials and experience is exceptional.
We invite you to contact us for information on our officiating services.
“Thank you Carolyn, from the bottom of our hearts, for your thoughtful and caring work as Officiant for our daughter’s wedding. You are graceful and confident, guiding and directing with experience and knowledge. Your words were particular to Katy and Jon, and that is a rare and wonderful thing. Many guests remarked on the substance of the ceremony and your beautifully delivered comments. With great appreciation.” Cindy and Don Gehrig, Parents of Bride
“Carolyn, thank you so much for officiating the most beautiful wedding ever! We had so many compliments and many of our guests wanted your number! Thank you for helping us get through the process and expressing our love to our friends and family. Your words, compassion and spirit was beautiful and we are so honored to have met you! Please keep in touch and thank you!” – David and Eleyna
“Carolyn, I fear that words aren’t capable of completely expressing how grateful we are for your guidance and for the beautiful ceremony you performed. Even though we spent mere hours together, your service spoke as though you were with us for our entire journey as a couple. For two people incredibly nervous and uncomfortable about a “public” ceremony, your art made it feel as though it was just the two us standing there! Even more, our 150 people wedding had numerous, strong (and loud!) opinions on faith and religion, none of which we, the bride and groom, practice. We were sensitive about this being OUR wedding and ceremony, but we didn’t want to offend our guests or make them feel like they could share in our blessings and love. Carolyn, I don’t believe it could have been any better. You truly spoke across all of those religious and faith barriers and made the entire room one with love. Thank you so very much for leaving your fingerprints on our start to marriage. Your value is immeasurable!” – Erin, bride
(The following testimonial was for a brief personalized wedding/alternative to a judge)
“It has been 3 days now since Carolyn became a part of our life that we will never forget. On Friday she came to our house to wed Tom and myself. I have to be honest and say I wasn’t sure what to expect from someone who didn’t know us and yet was going to become a big part of our life. We both thought it was going to be “rehearsed” and almost “automatic”. We couldn’t have been more wrong. We felt a connection that was very powerful. She has a presence that is more than friendly. We felt this warm soul who really cared what she does and for whom she was doing it for. We could feel the love that came from her heart and not just for the money. Tom and I felt so loved from the moment she walked into our home. She spoke with gentle kindness, and sincerity. We liked the words she chose and the pauses she took. We wanted a very simple, yet special day and she gave it to us with so much more. It was a day of love shared by so many. There are no words we could use to say thank you for the perfect memories she gave us. We appreciated the time she spent with us before, during, and after the ceremony. It was another aspect of how personal she made it for us. Thank you once again for not only making our day so special to the two of us, but for also being such a beautiful person with a wonderful heart. We are so lucky to have had our paths cross so that we could meet her. Thank you so very, very much!” – Tom and Gary