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Officiant in Syracuse, NY,
(315) 254-4832

About Us

Your wedding... Your ceremony... Your way.

Hello, brides and grooms. Congratulations on what must be one of the happiest moments in your lives - your engagement! Now, let's talk about the next happy moment - your ceremony.

I'm Rev. Courtenay, and my staff and I specialize in crafting every single detail of your ceremony, just as you have dreamed it to be. I truly believe that each wedding ceremony should be a personal and intimate representation of each couples’ love for one another.

My ceremonies can range from traditional to eclectic, so any request made will be received with full attention to your needs and wishes. As a member and minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, my religious culture and belief system is non-dogmatic. That means I honor the individual spiritual journey of every single person, regardless of their religious background. This allows me to help all couples with an open, servant's heart, full of joy for you on your most special day, including those currently not practicing in any organized faith, or those still searching.

While I am based in Syracuse, New York, I most often serve Central and Western New York, Northern and Southern Tiers,
including Syracuse, Liverpool, Cicero, Clay, Fulton, Oswego, Watertown, Rome, Utica, Ithaca, Cortland, Binghamton,
Rochester, Corning, Buffalo, Niagara Falls and more.

However, I am licensed to perform weddings and other life cycle events in all 50 States as an ordained minister. If your wedding is out of state, don't be afraid to inquire about my services!

I am passionate about our beautiful world, and the fantastic people that make up our communities. Before receiving my Masters Degree in Divinity, I received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, with a minor in Western Theology at the State University of New York Albany campus and Columbia College. When not performing wedding ceremonies, baptisms, funerals, or counseling couples and families in preparation for these rites, I chaplain on call at our local hospitals.

As a minister and former bride, I completely understand how the wedding planning process works, and how to make the ceremony of your dreams. Contact me today to schedule your consultation, as dates for 2020 and 2021 are filling up quickly!

Services Offered
I take any and all requests with a completely open mind, whether it is customized vows, various types of unity ceremonies, or religious traditions. This can include spiritual unions, secular and agnostic weddings, single-religion and interfaith ceremonies, LGBT weddings, elopements, non-traditional families and vow renewals. I also offer my services for rehearsals and pre-marital counseling, should you like it.

I am fluent in English, French, and Italian. In over a decade of ministering, I have officiated weddings for couples of various religious affiliations including Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, earth-based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Taoist, Unitarian, and non-denominational Christian, as well as those that are more spiritual, or non-religious.

Other Services
Besides acting as a wedding officiant, the team at Firenze Wedding Ministries can also help as day-of coordination for your wedding. This service is offered by staff member Courtney Galloway, P.A. Fee schedules are discussed upon request for day-of coordination.

Stephanie Rathbun

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  • Rev. Courtenay was great to work with! Very responsive and flexible. She knew what she was doing and was able to make the ceremony run smoothly. Thank you!

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    Thank you so much for your kind review, Stephanie! It was a pleasure to work with both yourself and Dean, and so wonderful to have the honor of performing your wedding ceremony. Many blessings! - Rev. Courtenay

    Frequently Asked Questions about Officiant

    What is the typical price for your wedding services?

    $ 250.00

    Which of the following are included in the price?

    Ceremony Rehearsal

    What is the starting price for your wedding services?

    $ 100.00

    Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?


    What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

    $ 50.00

    What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

    $ 50.00

    What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

    Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion

    What services do you provide?

    Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling, Bilingual

    What religious affiliations do you serve?

    Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Taoist, Unitarian

    On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

    Less than 30 mins., 30-60 mins.

    In which states are you licensed?

    AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

    What languages do you speak?

    English, French, Italian

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