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One of the things that I was most nervous about while planning was finding an officiant. John and I talked a lot about officiants and priests and which route we wanted to go ever since we got engaged. Originally, we were going to have my godfather get ordained so he could marry us and we would have a personalized ceremony. But the more we thought about it, the more we realized that we had no idea how the ceremony process works. We decided we should probably hire a professional.
I started researching different officiants on Google. I talked with a few that had our date available, but there just wasn't a connection; something just didn't feel right. Then I turned to Forever Bride to see which officiants were offering a deal (anyone that knows me knows I am a sucker for saving money!). I stumbled across Away We Go Weddings and was instantly infatuated with their branding. I sent an information request, and Shawna followed up with me almost immediately.
I knew from our first phone conversation that we would hire her. She was outgoing, quirky, professional and full of amazing ideas! Her personality and passion for what she does just illuminated over the phone. We set up a time to meet with her in person, and our meeting solidified everything for us. We knew she was a catch! She would be able to guide us through the process and create a ceremony that is personalized to who we are as a couple, and also incorporate some religious elements.
To this day, Shawna continues to go above and beyond for us. She is always checking in and sending ideas our way. She has become much more than our officiant. She is a dear friend to us and I can't imagine having anyone else marry us on our big day!