About Michael, a St. Thomas Wedding Officiant
Dreaming of a simple and romantic wedding? I can help. My wedding packages are designed for couples who want a simple and romantic wedding or vow renewal. If you have planned the details, just let me know when and where to show up; or if you need a little help getting the details together, just ask. I am happy to help.
Having performed weddings in Ohio and California for 7 years and now in the Caribbean, I promise to be someone you can count on. My ceremonies are enjoyable and will fulfill your island dreams of a perfect wedding. So, whether you want to wed on a secret beach, take a helicopter ride to a deserted island, or share your vows on a sailboat, I will help you bring your dreams to life.
I began performing weddings after watching my buddy get married in Phoenix, Arizona. The Officiant at the wedding was having a blast and I struck up a conversation with him. He said that being an officiant was his dream job. At weddings, everyone is happy. The atmosphere is festive. The only stresses are ensuring everyone knows where to stand and the groom’s boutonniere stays on straight.
At the time, I was a trial attorney. I loved trial work but I realized being an officiant was the polar opposite of trial work. In a trial, the 2 sides don’t want to be there, the jury certainly doesn’t want to be there and usually the judge would rather be on a golf course. Within a few short days of returning back home to Ohio from the Arizona wedding I decided to become a licensed wedding minister. I started off doing small weddings in Ohio for family and friends on the weekends.
Soon I was traveling to California every month to perform legal services so I would often book weddings in the Los Angeles area if they corresponded with my schedule. In time, I was doing weddings almost every week in both Ohio and California. But then I was offered an attorney position with the Department of Justice of the Virgin Islands and I decided to pack up and head to the Caribbean.
For the first few years in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands I practiced law exclusively. But eventually I longed to perform weddings again. I officially started performing ceremonies again a few years ago while I maintained my position as an attorney. But eventually I decided to give my full time and attention to performing beautiful destination weddings.
Now, I spend most of my days working with brides and grooms coming to St. Thomas and St. John for their dream destination wedding. So on a typical day I’m either on the phone with one of my couples or down on a beach performing a ceremony.
I am truly blessed to now have a job where my office is the beach, and my customers are the happiest people on earth. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day. I can’t wait to meet you!
- Island Mike
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