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About Lyssabeth's Wedding Officiants
We've been around since 2002 and have married a gazillion couples. Granted, that's a very unscientific number, but we didn't start keeping stats until 2007 because we were having too much fun marrying people!
Want to hear my 30 second elevator speech that I give when people ask me what I do for a living? I tell them I marry people for money. I do get the strangest looks from that one.
The History of Lyssabeth's
My name is Maureen Thomson (if you're interested, you can read my bio here). That's me in the picture to the right, watching with groom Aaron as his lovely bride comes down the aisle. I didn't set out to perform wedding ceremonies. Rather, the opportunity found me in the form of a dilapidated 100+ year old Victorian home in Denver, CO. When I purchased the house in 2001, I had no idea that it would be the gateway to an entirely new life adventure.
I simply felt compelled to buy this property. Who buys a house on a whim? It's not like it was a bracelet or a candy bar! But buy it I did and since it wasn't practical for me to live in it at the time, I began rehabbing it in a hurry, figuring I had to do something income-generating with it and fast--before the first mortgage payment came due!
Ding, Dong...Will you Marry Me?
While working on the house, I'd periodically have people coming to the door asking if I would marry them. I was initially flattered until I realized that they didn't actually want to marry me; they wanted me to perform a ceremony for them!) Puzzled, I did some digging and learned that the previous owners had used the home as a Vegas-style wedding facility. Apparently, it was known as the place in the neighborhood to get hitched cheaply and quickly.
One thing lead to another. I finished scraping, painting, sanding, staining, refinishing, and renovating until the house was restored to its 1892 splendor.
A Wedding Officiating Business was Born
Since this little gem seemed to be the unofficial small wedding capital of Denver, I decided to go with the flow and set it up as a facility in which to hold intimate weddings. Then a funny thing happened on the way to officiating notoriety. Couples would bring in their own judges or ministers to perform the ceremonies while I, perched out of sight at the top of my red carpeted staircase, would listen to the services and think..."Ewwww..." Each was the same cookie cutter and boring blah de blah, blah, blah.
"I could do this better," thought I. And so I did.
With a background in coordinating special events and fundraising for the non-profit sector, I was adept at both writing and public speaking. And having been married a time or two myself, as well as marrying off two daughters, I definitely knew a thing or two about what makes a wedding memorable. So I obtained my credentials to legally marry couples and went to work. Except it didn't feel like work. It was fun!
Soon I was being approached by couples who weren't using the Victorian for their ceremony but wanted me to write and perform their ceremony anyway. "Sure," said I.
I quit my day job. My weekends became filled with weddings. Many, many weddings.
By 2003 I was exhausted. Happy, fulfilled, but exhausted. So, I brought on another creative and passionate public speaker. I trained her in the Lyssabeth's method and my mentoring combined with her own unique personalty made for a dynamic addition to the Lyssabeth's team. A short while later, we were both booked solid, so I brought on another person and trained him. Then another. And the rest, as they say...
I knew we had something very valuable to give to couples getting married--couples who didn't want mention of God in their ceremony; couples who did but for some reason couldn't be married in a church; couples who wanted to elope but couldn't stand the thought of a courthouse wedding; gay and lesbian couples, already married couples who wanted to renew their vows. So many couples, so little of me to go around!
So we replicated our model over and over--carefully choosing only the most passionate, dedicated and fun (because what good is a wedding without smiles and laughter?) professionals to officiate under the Lyssabeth's umbrella.
I named the business after my two daughters (and oh yes, I'm supposed to point out here that Bethany is the older even though her name comes second. But "Bethalyssa Wedding Officiants" just sounds weird! And yes, they both swear that the other one is my favorite.
I sold my beloved Victorian in 2008. We're still based in the Metro Denver area, but since my husband, Jeremy and I love to travel, having that huge old house to care for was taking a bite out of our travel time (and budget!).
Lyssabeth's Wedding Officiants serves the entire Denver Front Range--including Fort Collins, Estes Park, Metro Denver/Boulder, Longmont, Evergreen/Conifer and Colorado Springs. Any of my creative officiants would be honored and thrilled to collaborate with you on your wedding ceremony. I am grateful for each and every one of them and would be happy to connect you with the officiant who best meets your needs.
Lyssabeth's was absolutely amazing. Our ceremony was planned in about a month's time and we needed to communicate everything over email since we were planning while overseas. Maureen's communication was always clear and very timely, making sure everything was in order as we tried to piece together our idea of a ceremony.
Our officiant was absolutely fantastic. He brought a calmness and kindness to our day that we needed. Our ceremony had so much life and emotion -- so much more than we had expected given our only communication was via email. And we weren't the only ones that thought so; we had friends of ours in the crowd that saw our officiant oversee our ceremony and asked him to perform their ceremony a few weeks later. Would absolutely recommend their services to anyone.
The simplest way to get started on finding the officiant and ceremony level for you is to follow these three steps:
- Read over the the details descriptions of our Basic and Classic ceremonies.
- Look over the bios of our Colorado officiants to see who resonates with you the most.
- Complete our contact form and tell us how we can help give you the most memorable wedding ceremony ever. We promise to get back to you within one business day. If you'd like a faster response, call us at 720-360-1094.