We know awesome is an awfully overused word these days…at least in the MyDeejay office. And yet, if the shoe fits… Meet Laura Cannon of Divine Transformation! Laura is a fun, creative, dedicated and, yes, awesome wedding officiant. We’ve been privileged to provide sound for many weddings performed by Laura, and they’re among the most incredible ceremonies we’ve witnessed. We’re so excited to share Laura’s thoughts with you…ready? Go!
How did you get started in the wedding business? Kind of by accident. I was a Reiki Master teacher and had my ordination as part of my healing practice. I had a Reiki student who got engaged and - knowing that I was an ordained minister - she asked if I could perform her wedding. I explained to her that I had never done a wedding before but that I would love to try. As soon as I began the ceremony I had one of those moments that Oprah describes as an 'A-ha' moment. I knew it was what I was meant to be doing. As I finished the ceremony, the caterer who had witnessed it came up to me and said it was the best service he had ever seen and asked for my card. Then I thought, note to self: get business cards and make this happen. The rest is history!
What do you do when you are not working? When is that? :) As an entrepreneur, it is hard to separate out your work from your life and I actually love it that way. I am pretty much always working because being a minister is about providing guidance and support to people. No matter whether I am teaching yoga, working with my counseling clients, or enjoying time with friends and family, I always find myself in that role of guiding and supporting. The bottom line is that I try to be present in every moment so that I can fully enjoy whatever the day brings.... whether that is work or play.
How would you describe your approach to weddings? My approach to weddings is that each one is unique, because each couple is unique. I believe that each couple has their own beliefs and desires and that my job is to create and perform a ceremony that their guests can walk away from feeling like I must have known them for years. I like to strike a balance between being reverent by honoring the sacredness of the union and at the same time keeping the tone light and fun.
What inspires you in your work? Love. I really feel like I have the best job in the world. I get to bear witness to so much love and one of the most special and memorable days in a person's life. The love of the couple, the love from their friends and families, it is just too amazing to describe. I get to wake up every day excited about what I do and there is nothing more inspiring than that!
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? Again, being surrounded by so much love! It is also really rewarding to see that love grow into love that nurtures a whole family. It has been so amazing to baptize the babies of my former couples and keep a relationship with them after the ceremony.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? That it takes more than 20 minutes. Sometimes people call me and can't understand why it would cost a few hundred dollars to perform a 20 minute ceremony. What people don't realize is how much actually goes into not only creating the ceremony, but also meeting with the couples, traveling to and from meetings, rehearsals and weddings, and the time and expense of running a business as well. I explain to couples that in the grand scheme of things, your wedding officiant is probably the most important because they kick off the wedding and set the tone for the whole event. Not only are they the most important, they are also likely the cheapest vendor you will have! What do you think sets your company apart from other officiants? All of my officiants go through an extensive training to become officiants. They don't just get ordained online and show up for a wedding. They invest a lot of time into honing their skills and becoming the very best at what they do. We all share the same philosophy... our job is not to make a couple adhere to our belief systems. Our job is to create a highly personalized ceremony that is a reflection of that particular couples beliefs, desires, and wishes. We have been in business for nearly a decade and have been providing 5 star award-winning wedding services since our founding.
What do you love about weddings? The look on the faces of the couple as their eyes meet for the first time at the start of the ceremony.
What do you hate about weddings? The emphasis put on a singular day. I wish couples would spend as much time planning their future lives together as they spend planning one singular event. A wedding takes almost 250 hours to plan, and that is if you know what you are doing. If a couple spent 250 hours talking about important things like communication styles, intentions for the future, common issues in their relationships, etc. before their wedding, I would have a lot fewer couples to counsel later.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? I once had a couple who had a backyard wedding and as part of the ceremony we incorporated a tree planting. They literally got the shovels and dug out a hole and planted a tree together in the middle of the ceremony. That tree got to remain a constant reminder to them every time they looked out their window of the growth of their marriage.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Don't get caught up in the details of planning an event. Remember that your marriage only starts with your wedding day. Spend just as much time thinking about the life you will create together after.
Who is your favorite artist or band? Pearl Jam and mostly anything from the 90s grunge alternative rock area.
What is the worst song of all time? Barbie Girl by Aqua. Seriously, who thought that was a good idea?!
Open mic, final thoughts: Your wedding day will go by fast. Stay as present as possible with every moment. Relax, eat, dance, and really enjoy your day!
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us and sharing such sage advice, Laura!