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About My Generation Weddings

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 has performed over 180 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.

Services Offered
Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings offers two kinds of ceremonies: a simple, romantic ceremony ($350) or a more personalized ceremony ($500). 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 you 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 customized ceremony may also include expanded interfaith or multicultural traditions, rituals (such as handfasting or a sand ceremony), bilingual passages, or 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 (total travel fee depends on time and distance).

Payments can be made via cash, check, Venmo, or Zelle.

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:

  • Non-denominational
  • Spiritual
  • Secular
  • Non-religious
  • Interfaith
  • Agnostic
  • Catholic
  • Jewish
  • Quaker
  • Episcopalian
  • Evangelical
  • Methodist
  • Baptist
  • Unitarian
  • Earth-based
  • Pagan

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Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
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Premarital Counseling

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No Denomination

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Max M. Married on 07/22/2023
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Working with Dusty was a pleasure. Throughout our time working together, he was always on time to calls, very clear in his communication, and friendly. We particularly enjoyed working with Dusty because he got to know us as a couple, and in doing so was able to write a ceremony that perfectly reflected our story, experiences, and shared values as a couple. Additionally, Dusty has great poise during our ceremony. He spoke clearly and had an amicable tone. He created such a familial atmosphere that many of our guests asked us how long we'd known him, assuming he had been a friend of ours for years. Overall, we highly recommend Dusty. You will have a ceremony perfectly catered to your unique relationship, and Dusty will execute it flawlessly.
Laurel D. Married on 07/08/2023
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Dusty was excellent to work with! Quick to respond, professional and accommodating for our big day. His delivery on wedding day was fantastic
Scott F. Married on 07/06/2023
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Her dream vows renewal experience

Dusty worked with my wife and me as our wedding vows renewal officiant in Santa Barbara, playing a huge role in our amazing day! Dusty is dedicated to creating extraordinary ceremonies. With meticulous attention to detail and a thorough approach, he ensures a truly exceptional experience. His ceremonial excellence and personalized touch make our special day unforgettable, filled with joy and cherished memories. I can't recommend Dusty more highly. He is amazing to work with!
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Dusty Hoesly
Dusty Hoesly

Born and raised in Oregon, Dusty Hoesly grew up with the outdoors as his backyard. In addition to a reverence for nature, he learned about the importance of love, community, and commitment from his family, who operated a home health care company. Having worked with various populations as a teacher, Dusty can make people of every generation feel welcome and comfortable.

After attending dozens of weddings as a guest or participant, Dusty began officiating at weddings when two friends asked him to marry them in 2008. More friends and relatives soon followed with the same request. After positive responses and much prompting, Dusty decided to offer wedding services for other couples.

Dusty has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dusty’s background as a student and scholar of different religious traditions has given him a sensitive and nuanced understanding of the various ways that people choose to celebrate life’s most special moments. Dusty has a deep appreciation for non-traditional, spiritual, and secular ways of consecrating extraordinary occasions, as well as for non-denominational and mixed-faith ceremonies. His expertise about contemporary wedding rituals and personalized ceremonies has been featured in the New York Times.

Dusty is licensed through the Universal Life Church.

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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

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