Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings offers non-denominational, mixed-faith, spiritual, and secular ceremonies in traditional or modern styles. Whether you’re looking to get married, consecrate a domestic partnership, or simply share your commitment with the world, Dusty would like to help celebrate your special day.
My Generation Weddings serves couples in and around Santa Barbara, California, as well as in San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. Dusty prides himself on honoring the unique connections between every couple. His primary focus is understanding you and your partner, so he can develop the beautiful ceremony you envision. He also speaks some German.
In 2008, two of Dusty’s friends asked him to officiate their wedding. Afterward, several more friends and family members asked him to marry them too, and his passion for officiating weddings was born. The praise and encouragement he received inspired him to start Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings in 2012. Since then he as performed over 160 weddings. Dusty has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California - Santa Barbara and is licensed through the Universal Life Church. His expertise about contemporary wedding rituals and personalized ceremonies has been featured in the New York Times.
Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings offers two kinds of ceremonies: a simple, romantic ceremony ($300) or a more personalized ceremony ($450). For either kind of ceremony, Dusty will work with you in person, by email, or phone to craft the perfect wedding for you. He shares drafts with couples to get your feedback and tailors ceremonies to your desires; you will see the final draft before your wedding day. Dusty also performs rehearsals and can help coordinate your ceremony.
The simple, romantic ceremony is centered on love and commitment. It includes the standard elements of a classic wedding and offers a variety of vows, readings, and phrasings. Couples can choose to write their own vows, add readings, include rituals, or otherwise shape the ceremony as they like. Dusty has nonreligious, nondenominational, interfaith, and Christian templates he can use to begin creating your unique ceremony.
The highly personalized ceremony includes a couple’s “love story” of how you met, fell in love, and decided to marry. This is based on discussions with the couple and an emailed questionnaire. A more personalized ceremony may also include expanded interfaith or multicultural traditions, more complex rituals (such as handfasting), bilingual passages, and additional elements. Please contact me to learn more.
There is a $100 charge for a rehearsal. I am also happy to perform weddings with no rehearsal, depending on your preference.
I perform weddings in all locations, indoors and outdoors. For weddings outside the Santa Barbara area, I charge a travel fee starting at $100 (depending on distance).
From conducting a consultation in person, over the phone, or through email to participating in the rehearsal for your ceremony to celebrating your wedding, Dusty is with you through every step to ensure your wedding is perfect. If it’s a wedding or a vow renewal, or any ceremony that celebrates your unique love and commitment, Dusty is glad to help honor your special day.
Dusty can officiate ceremonies that are:
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Amy Richardson · Married on 02/01/2020
I could not have picked a better person to officiate our wedding. I got to meet Dusty through my wedding planner. I felt very comfortable with him at our first meeting. He did a ceremony just for us and added some special touches I asked for. A day before the wedding I asked him if he could add something else in and he was more than happy to do so. At the reception and still to this day I have family and friends tell me how beautiful the ceremony was and ask who the officiant was. The ceremony Dusty did was beyond beautiful. I could not have been more happy with it!Sent on 04/04/2020
Amie Geary · Married on 12/07/2019
Speaks Clearly, Nice voice, and Good presentation
It was a pleasure to work with Dusty. He gives you a copy of what he will say at your wedding, options to choose from, and is flexible about any ideas you have. He wants your wedding to be all yours, anyway you want it. He does rehearsals, too. If you have any questions he returns your calls within one day. He both gracious, and well spoken. I definitely recommend him. Note: he does not come with his own microphone though, if you need one you supply it. Dusty is professional, prompt, speaks clearly, and adds makes your wedding as you wish.Sent on 03/17/2020
Quincy · Married on 11/17/2019
spectacular-we couldn’t have done in without Dusty
from the moment my husband and I contacted Dusty, we felt an instant connection to his warmth and enthusiasm. Dusty asked several questions regarding our ceremony and the type of ceremony we wanted for our special day. He was so informative, well-organized and passionate about his work; we truly couldn’t have asked for a better or more caring officiant. He wrote the outline of our ceremony immediately and allowed us to FaceTime him regarding various things we wanted to add to our ceremony. Dusty didn’t hesitate to add special moments throughout our ceremony and made God the center of it like we requested. I didn’t realize how important it was to connect to our officiant until we met Dusty. He will always be one of the most special parts of our wedding. Thank you for everything, Dusty. We are so blessed to have met you!Sent on 12/22/2018
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Dusty has worked for many times as an Officiant/Minister. He is wonderful. He contacts my couples well ahead of their wedding date and writes a personalized Ceremony for them. I have only fantastic things to say about Dusty. He is genuine, honest, and so very nice to work with. He has never been late, always dresses appropriately and I would give him 10 stars out of 10! He is caring and interested with all my couples. I would not hesitate to hire Dusty Hoesly ever! kim colombini weddings by the sea - santa barbara