Hello there! I’m Dawn, a Secular Minister who specializes in officiating weddings, funerals, memorial services, and other significant events that celebrate the beauty of life, love, and the human experience. I’ve been happily and humbly performing my services as a Non-Religious, Humanist Celebrant across Southern California since 2007.
I consider it an absolute honor to be involved in the most meaningful and memorable ceremonies that my clients will ever experience. Whether I’m gently guiding two loving people during the biggest day of their lives, or I’m kindly assisting in the solemn celebration of one beloved person - ultimately - It’s All About Love. Supporting my fellow humans as a Secular Minister brings me immense joy - because what’s more important than Love?
As a secular wedding officiant, I collaborate with you & your future spouse to craft a ceremony that reflects your personalities, as well as the values and beliefs that matter most to both of you. Together, we'll create a ceremony that is authentic, meaningful, and reflective of the love and commitment being celebrated. If there are any poems, readings, or rituals that you would like to incorporate into your ceremony, please let me know. I can also offer suggestions, based on what you tell me during our consultations. Your wedding day will be an unforgettable day for both of you - so I'm here to ensure that your ceremony beautifully displays the love you share.
As a non-religious minister, it's an enormous privilege to assist you in creating a personalized memorial or funeral service that authentically honors and remembers the unique life of your loved one. I offer compassionate consultations, in which you can share with me as much as you'd like about their life, and their desires regarding how they wished to be memorialized. I'd also like to know your wishes for what you want to include in the service (such as: eulogies, poems, readings, rituals, music, etc.), as well as any input from family and friends, so that we can craft the most fitting, inclusive tribute to your loved one. It is truly my humble honor to help you bid farewell to a wonderful human being who will never be duplicated or replaced.
Absolutely! It's my responsibility to ensure that your marriage license is completed correctly, to confirm that it has not been more than 90 days since the marriage license was issued, and to submit the license to the county recorder of the county in which the license was issued.
You'll need to fill out a state form and pay an additional fee to receive an official (certified) copy of your marriage license. I will be happy to send you the link to the application, upon request.
Only one adult is required to witness the ceremony, for legal purposes.
Definitely! I was among the first ministers to officiate same-sex weddings after it was legal to do so in California.
Yes! A portion of my fees are donated to Children International, and Mercy For Animals.
All taxes, fees, and travel costs - within Los Angeles County - are included in the total price shown on this site. For ceremonies in Orange County or Ventura County, there is an additional travel cost of $100 for Wedding Ceremony (#2) - or - $50 for Wedding Ceremony (#1) and $50 for Memorials or Funerals. To find out travel costs to other counties or states, please email me.
Includes the collaborative planning of your wedding (via phone &/or video conference), with regard to vows, readings, incorporating symbolic gestures or practices into the ceremony, and any other special touches you would like to add. Also includes a run-through/dress rehearsal just prior to the ceremony, as well as the actual ceremony itself, and the filing of your marriage certificate with the state of California.
Includes the collaborative planning of your wedding (via phone &/or video conference), with regard to vows, readings, incorporating symbolic gestures or practices into the ceremony, and any other special touches you would like to add. Also includes a dress rehearsal - on a *different* day - prior to the ceremony, as well as the actual ceremony itself, and the filing of your marriage certificate with the state of California.
Includes the collaborative planning of the ceremony (via phone &/or video conference), with regard to readings, eulogies, speaker placement, the incorporation of symbolic gestures, practices, or traditions into the ceremony - and any other special touches you would like to include. An in-person meeting just before the ceremony is also preferred, to assure you that your wishes - and the wishes of your loved one - will be honored.
Please contact me for pricing on other services/ceremonies. Thank you!
2720 Neilson Way #5130, Santa Monica, California 90409, United States