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 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 150 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 ($475). 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, Christian, and interfaith 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.
From conducting a consultation in person, over the phone, or through email to participating in the rehearsal for your ceremony, Dusty is with you through every step to ensure your wedding is perfect. If it’s a wedding, vow renewal, civil union, domestic partnership, consecration, or any other ceremony that celebrates your unique love and commitment, Dusty is glad to help honor your celebration.
Dusty can officiate ceremonies that are:
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Katie · Married on 09/16/2016
There are not enough words of praise to describe Dusty as a person and as an officiant. In short, Dusty was the perfect choice to officiate our wedding. In the lead up to the wedding he helped to take the stress out of the ceremony planning by being ultimately prepared while being flexible to our specific needs. He perfectly blended traditional and non-traditional aspects of our wedding. When it came to the big day, Dusty brought a sense of calm while keeping a steady hand in the proceedings. His words at the ceremony were beautiful without being saccharine and funny without being glib. Dusty received unadulterated praise from the guests. Having Dusty officiate was by far the easiest and best decision we made for our wedding. Highly recommended!Sent on 07/01/2017
Quincy · Getting 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
Holly Rubenstein · Getting married on 07/20/2019
Dusty was excellent
Dusty wrote a beautiful blessing for my now husband and I. He was flexible, friendly and helped make the day very special.Sent on 06/27/2019
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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