Here are a few testimonials from previous wedding ceremonies I have performed.
When Elly and I were planning our wedding, we knew that, as far as the ceremony went, we didn’t want to go a traditional route… we wanted something that would focus on the two of us and be short and sweet. I had attended a wedding that Shawna performed a few years back and remembered how simple and sincere the ceremony had been and thought she might be a good fit for us. Elly and I met with Shawna and within a half an hour we had pretty much nailed down everything that we wanted our wedding day to be. Throughout the entire process and including the day of, Shawna was helpful, caring, and sincere. We would definitely have her perform our ceremony again if we had it to do over and are very happy to include her in our wedding day memories.
-Cris & Elly, married September 24th, 2016 in Baltimore, MD
– Jodie & Sara, married September 6th, 2015 in Baltimore, MD
When it came to finding an officiant, I was totally lost. Our event coordinator highly recommended we talk to Shawna. I’m so glad we did. Our first meeting was so easy. We were laughing while getting to know each other and understanding what we were looking for in our ceremony. From there, Shawna and I emailed back and forth perfecting and revising the ceremony, as I changed my mind. I cried a little the first time I read the final one.
Shawna was absolutely the best at helping us create a ceremony that we felt fit us. We did all of our communicating through e-mail which worked out great as I was crazy busy handling all of the other planning. She worked patiently with us on the script giving us guidance and support until it was perfect. On the day of the wedding she was very professional and helpful with the last minute jitters. I would highly recommend her to any of my friends who are planning a wedding. Once again we thank you for everything.
– Jenn & Kim, married May 31, 2014 in Baltimore, MD
We had the pleasure of sharing our special day with Shawna, who without a thought said she would marry us. From our first Skype to the time we met in person, she was always willing to guide us and work with us in anyway possible. She joined us on our rehearsal dinner and made sure we were comfortable with the way things were going to happen. We would most definitely recommend her to any and everyone, ESPECIALLY in the LGBT community. We truly feel like we’ve gained a friend in Shawna and we hope that she will have us when we renew our vows. Thank You for an AMAZING day and being the main key in helping two become one. We love you!!!!
– Marti & Miranda, married October 13, 2013 at Hotel Monaco in Baltimore, MD
Nick and I knew that we wanted a ceremony that was unique to us, which reflected our shared political values without being too heavy-handed. Shawna helped us to craft a ceremony that made everyone happy — our friends and family, our political comrades, and most of all ourselves. After the ceremony was over, everybody gushed about what a heartfelt, genuine, and unusual ceremony it was, and we couldn’t have asked for a better reaction, nor could we have accomplished this without Shawna’s expertise. What I love most about Shawna is that she is very direct and lets you know when something isn’t a great idea or won’t work. She’s efficient and dedicated, and I’m so thankful to have had her officiate our wedding.
– Nick & Alana, married April 26th, 2014 at Little Lithuania Park in Baltimore, MD
From day one, even though we were from out of state, Shawna Skyped with us to get to know us and what our plans were. She then gave us a rough draft of the vows in a short amount of time, which gave David and I plenty of time to review it. On our big day she showed up on time and dressed for the occasion. We recommend her to any one that is getting married.
– David & Jeremy, married April 12th, 2014 at Hotel Monaco in Baltimore, MD
Shawna Potter was undoubtedly the perfect officiant for us. After originally planning to use a different officiant, who was apologetically closed-minded about subjects that weren’t directly relevant to us or our wedding, working with Shawna was a much welcomed change. We knew from the beginning that she was the perfect person to work with for an occasion as momentous as our wedding. Shawna’s warmness and humor made her easy to work with while her follow-up and attention to detail contributed to bringing our vision for a ceremony that represented who we are as a couple to fruition. Thank you, Shawna!
– Michelle & Mike, married October 13, 2013 at Hotel Monaco in Baltimore, MD
For our wedding, we envisioned an intimate, personal ceremony with our own vows – but we had no idea how to proceed. Shawna made it all come together. She helped us draft and perfect our ceremony, giving us just the right combination of independence and guidance. All with remarkable patience, as we were still working on it the night before, yet she made us feel it would all be ok – and it was!
On our wedding day it was a great comfort to know we had Shawna at our side. Her presence as our officiant was perfectly suited to the style and vibe of the wedding. So many of our guests commented on what a wonderful job she did, and friends are still quoting our vows to us six months later! Shawna really celebrated us as a couple, and in many ways, helped us celebrate ourselves.
– Shana & Alexis, married January 1st, 2013, at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum
Thank you for performing our amazing ceremony. We couldn’t have done it without you!
– Michele & Rusty, married July 26th, 2012 at the Maryland Historic Society in Baltimore, MD
Shawna was an amazing person to perform our wedding. She took the time to talk over exactly what my husband and I wanted from and in our ceremony, and everyone who attended was taken buy exactly how much what she said reflected us as a couple.
– Lindsay & Nick, married October 28th, 2011 at The Weinberg Theater in Frederick, MD