We want all our Tahoe Unveiled brides to know about our favorite Lake Tahoe wedding officiant, Pastor Eric of Reno Tahoe Ceremonies. He has preformed some of the most beautiful, heart-felt ceremonies we have seen. He was even the officiant for Stephanie and Greg Martin’s wedding of One Fine Day Events and Bending Branch Studios. Now that is saying something!
How and when did you decide to become a Pastor and work as a wedding officiant?
I always knew I was going to be in the ministry since I was 18. I had a sincere desire to help people ever since I could remember. I did not grow up in the “religious” world, so it was very unique for me when I went to seminary in the Chicago land area! It was last year that I decided to offer my services as a wedding officant. The purpose for doing so was mainly because I wanted to meet new couples starting out their lives in our area. I want to help guide people in the preparation for their marriage, not just their wedding. A marriage lasts a lifetime, a wedding lasts a day!
What is unique about your services? What can we expect would be different about you from others in Lake Tahoe?
I like to give the very personal touch to such a ‘big day’. I’m not in favor of just showing up, doing my thing and leaving. I really enjoy the camaraderie and strive greatly to make the families of both sides comfortable with me officiating their wedding. I am much more on the comical side than the serious side, a trait I’ve found most couples to really enjoy!
Describe the type of couple that will have the most success working with you.
I love it when couples “have no idea what they’re doing”! I enjoy giving input and instruction where appropriate. The couples I seem to really connect with are those people that enjoy life and have a love for each other that is obvious. If couples are looking for a ‘fun’ ceremony and light hearted smiles during the service, I would be a great fit!
What is your inspiration for writing ceremonies?
My inspiration comes from the couples I work with. I’m very sensitive to the desire of each person and family involved. Some people want long ceremonies with a lot of spiritual aspects involved and others just want to get straight to the point! I can do either and I believe this versatility goes a long way.
What is the most unique ceremony you’ve written?
The best way to answer this question would be to say that each ceremony is unique because every couple is unique; they each have their own story that wants to be told in a way that’s meaningful and special to them and their families. I will, however, say that one of the most beautiful ceremonies I’ve ever done was recently when a dear friend of mine asked me to perform her wedding. Her father is Scottish born and raised and her mother is Irish born and raised. It was the largest gathering of “Gingers” in the Tahoe Basin! (I happen to be one myself J) I had the privilege of watching and participating in both cultures and had a fun time doing it. Her father sang a beautiful song and the unity ceremony was touching. The only thing I regret was not taking the offer to wear a kilt myself!
What is the cutest or funniest thing you’ve seen happen at a wedding?
One wedding I did was in Incline Village at one of the golf courses. They had one of the most beautiful unity ceremonies I had ever seen. When I met with this couple, we brainstormed this idea and it turned out to be perfect! They had an empty box with their initials engraved on the glass that was the front of the box. Then, they had ‘shot’ glasses lined up on either side (representing each of the bridal party, groomsmen and bridesmaids). Each of the wedding party poured sand into the box from their respective shot glass, representing the part they played in this couples life. Then the couple poured in their portion of the sand from two beautiful vases signifying that they sealed the deal! It was a very memorable moment.
What is the most rewarding part of doing this job?
It is so rewarding to meet friends of a lifetime. I get a thrill out of being a part of their big day and making it enjoyable for them. It is one of the happiest industries to be a part of!
What are some of your favorite venues in Lake Tahoe?
As a ski bum myself, I greatly enjoy Squaw. It is a peaceful, serene view from each corner. No matter if it’s done at PlumpJacks or in the valley, it’s tough to beat it! The people at The Chateau at Incline Village are easy to work with and the views of the Lake are spectacular.
What is the most challenging part of being a wedding officiant?
My most challenging part is saying no to people. In the Tahoe area, especially during ‘wedding season’, it becomes very busy and I can’t book every one. I have done 2 in the same day before, but the rush takes away the personal touch and I don’t like that.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
In the winter months, of course, I’m on the slopes. But during the summer, I love climbing the ‘10’s’ in the Tahoe Basin. (These are the peaks that are 10,000+ feet). I also enjoy fishing up and down the Truckee River from Tahoe City to Reno and everywhere in between! My family and I spend a lot of time in the outdoors together throughout the year making precious memories.
What advice would you give young couples searching for a wedding officiant?
Is it the right fit? Culturally, some officiants just aren’t the right person for the job. This includes myself. Is the officiant sensitive to your needs and desires or is he/she so set in their ways that they can’t be versatile? There are so many aspects to choosing the right officiant, but really, it all comes down to connecting with each other.
A personal note from Pastor Eric~
I would love the opportunity to meet you, be a friend, or help in any way I can. I’m available any time for counseling or even some corny jokes! I look forward to meeting you!