Riordan Mansion is a great historic Flagstaff venue perfect for a DIY wedding. Their cost is very reasonable and they provide plenty of chairs. You can be married outdoors, although K&M were wed indoors on a chilly overcast winter day.
Their ceremony took place in front of the historic fireplace surrounded by about 15 of their closest family and friends. K&M are a laid back local Flagstaff couple who wanted a sweet, non-denominational, simple, yet meaningful ceremony. The proposal took place at Granny’s Closet (a former favorite local restaurant) where they first met. M secretly got the staff involved and had them play, ‘I think I’m in love’ by Eddie Money over the loudspeaker. Then, he got down on one knee. How fun is that?
To quote K, "Who knew a love of sports and cheap beer could be the foundation for a genuine, infinite love?!"
I was super happy to be a part of their big day at Riordan Mansion which was filled with so much laughter and smiles.
2017 was such an amazing year! I enjoyed each and every couple I had the honor to work with in crafting and officiating their ceremonies! Thanks to all of you who made this award possible. I'm so grateful!
In 2015, couples spent an average of $35,329 nationally, with Arizona weddings costing just over $29,000, according to The Knot's 2016 Real Weddings Study. With Arizona weddings being lower than the national average, consider getting married in Arizona!
How to save money on your wedding?
Marry at a park or in the outdoors and keep your ceremony small.
Have a backyard wedding.
Consider marrying in Winter and/or on a weekday.
Consider renting your wedding dress.
Have a cash bar.
DIY as much as possible.
Instead of a wedding, consider eloping.
For your ceremony, I offer packages from $299-$599 to fit any budget!
This is a great twist to the Unity candle ceremony for beach lovers or if you want to include members of a blended family. It's such a lovely keepsake to remind you of the love that brought you together and it's fun to watch the layers of sand create a visual work of art!
J&K were wed on a perfect fall day in Sedona. From the moment they exchanged smiles, they were captivated by one another. You can see why, they have the best smiles ever! It was an incredibly moving and fun ceremony complete with laughter and tears. At the end, the father of the groom brought over the glass which was wrapped carefully in a towel and as the groom stomped on it we all exclaimed 'Mazeltov!'
Here's what the groom had to say: Jen was wonderful! She really invested in our celebration. She created and delivered a very personal and original ceremony. She picked a beautiful, breath taking location. There were tears and laughter and a whole-lotta-love!
D&D were wed on the Summer Solstice at Thornager's in Flagstaff! Their ceremony included a handfasting. Their handfasting was unique because they had a variety of cords that matched their colors and they chose to have them draped over their hands rather than tied. You can see that it was a wonderful affect!
They chose the Simply Chic Ceremony which included a questionnaire. From their answers, I was able to weave some very cute stories about their relationship into their ceremony which created a warmth and connection with all.
This is what the groom had to say about Jen Paul of Life Passages.....
Jen helped us with so much, I'm not even sure where to start. Her entire service was so personal and she really captured our love story with the information she gathers from an in-depth questionnaire. She also worked incredibly hard on our behalf, speaking closely with our D.J. and our venue to make sure there were no complications. Many of our guests said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever seen. I will recommend Jen Paul to everyone.
Bride Debbie said...
Jen Paul made our elopement amazing! Upon meeting her, it was as if we'd known her for years. She has a calming spirit about her, which helped calm my excitement nerves. Jen helped us coordinate our ceremony from beginning to end with zero stress on our part and she was completely open to us doing things the way we wanted to. Our elopement could not have gone any better. It was literally, the BEST day ever!
From the moment I spoke with J&K, I knew what they shared was authentic; for, when I asked him to describe their relationship in two words, he said, "quantum entanglement". This became the theme for their ceremony as all of us experienced a deep connection through the entanglement of their love. They chose to wed at Arcosanti, an architectural wonder which overlooks a canyon and is located 70 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona. The flower girls were adorable, the wedding party was dazzling and the bride and groom: passionately in love. The ceremony included a mother's rose ceremony in which the bride and groom offered a rose in gratitude to their mother's, a tender moment. K&J's wedding day took place in Spring and the winds were intense! The element of air is associated with the direction of the East which is connected to the rising sun and new beginnings - what a Blessing! The wind, however, did not interfere with the talented Galaxie Andrew's photographing skills. There were so many brilliant shots, I had to include snap shots from the ceremony all the way to the reception. Links to Arcosanti and Galaxie Andrews are accessible on the slideshow. Such a magical wedding day at Arcosanti for J&K and it was an incredible joy to be part of co-creating an amazing ceremony! If you are planning a wedding at Arcosanti, I would be honored to co-create your ceremony!
Graham and Elizabeth were wed on a beautiful spring day at Merry Go Round Rock in Sedona. They had traveled from Wisconsin with the groom's family while the bride's family joined us from Southern Arizona. We met at Sedona Rouge Hotel and jumped into the Jeeps which the guys skillfully maneuvered up the rocky trail. It's as if you are driving on a dry riverbed, lots of bumps and switchbacks! This is no place for your standard vehicle! Such a fun adventure! As you can see from the photos, the location is well worth it.
Graham and Elizabeth are such a sweet couple; high school sweethearts. One of the things the bride said to me from our first conversation was how important the ceremony was to them. I couldn't wait to read their questionnaires and create their unique love story! It was a non-denominational ceremony and we began a moment of silence, connecting to our hearts and opening to gratitude. The bride and groom wrote their own vows and we included their adorable daughter in their family vows. Their daughter also wrote the sweetest poem for them which she read after the vows and many tears shed.
Elizabeth said, "We are so happy that we had Jen as our officiant at our wedding! After our initial phone call, she gave us questionnaires to fill out so that she could get to know us better. Based on that information, she was able to create a ceremony "script" that was unique to us. When she gave it to us to read through, we were able to change anything as we saw fit. I felt that she was committed to creating a ceremony that we were completely comfortable with and met all of our needs. I also appreciate her willingness to make the 45-minute ride out to our ceremony site at Merry-Go-Round Rock in Sedona. Overall, Jen is a kind, thoughtful, accommodating officiant, and I would highly recommend her!"
It was a perfect day in October for K & A's wedding. They were wed at Indian Garden's Park in scenic Oak Creek Canyon. K & A chose the love story ceremony and their ceremony was both moving and humorous! If you think a ceremony is boring or not very interesting - think again! The telling of your love story is memorable! If you are getting married in Northern Arizona contact me to learn more about co-creating an amazing ceremony with you and yours.
Read the bride's review:
We must find the time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. - John F. Kennedy. Kyle and I got married in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, Arizona and had the honor of being united in love by Jennifer Paul from Life Passages. Not only did Jennifer take the time to get to know us before the ceremony but she truly understood our vision, recognized our do’s and don’ts and made our ‘Love Story’ come to life. Jen gave us suggestions along the way, including a Stone Ceremony, which we were able to incorporate into the ceremony. We now have a beautifully unique display of love in our home to remind us of the commitment we made to one another and shared with our closest family and friends. From the bottom of our hearts we cannot thank Jennifer enough for sharing the loveliness of her soul and words with us on our day of marriage. Any couple looking for the perfect wedding officiant would be truly blessed to have Jennifer Paul.
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Jen Paul, Life Cycle Celebrant, Ordained Minister, Wedding Officiant, Healing Arts Practitioner, Life Coach, Death Doula