COVID-19 Fully vaccinated and booster shots.
This is your day. This is your ceremony. Your ceremony will be custom written - with you - to highlight the things that you wish to express to your family, friends, and each other...words to reflect who you really are.
Together, we will compose a happy and loving script that will enhance your guest's experience and create a lasting memory for all who attend your wedding day.
Let's talk ... I'll listen.
Tell me about your dreams for a meaningful wedding ceremony.
Tell me how you met, how you fell in love.
Ask me if I can "do this" or "do that."
I'll ask you about special readings, special guests, or special traditions to include in the ceremony.
I'll write a comfortable, entertaining and flowing dialog for you to approve in advance.
It'll be happy, it'll be fun, I'll keep it simple.
Small in-town wedding? Outdoor site? Short and Sweet ceremony with just a few guests? I will take you around to several sites in town with emphasis on photos, beauty, and romance. The river, the barn, the falls, the overlook.
A simple intimate gathering of your kids, family and friends. Or, the ceremony and reception you never had. Reaffirm your love that has matured and deepened over the years.
A simple ceremony for just the couple or with a small group of family and friends. Not complicated, but meaningful and romantic. Practical and inexpensive.
During the holiday season, I dress up as Santa and visit with kids at Christmas events. For me, Christmas is all about the kids.
After the ceremony, I will leave with you a keepsake. It's a soft binder with a clear cover that includes the exact wording of the ceremony we wrote together, a clear sleeve for your vows, a sleeve for your marriage license, and a brochure of Steamboat on the day your were married.
From the moment we asked Patrick to officiate our wedding he put 100% of his energy into making our ceremony special. His thoughtful inclusion of personal details represented us and our relationship so accurately. The result of his attentive preparation was a ceremony that was both professional and personal at the same time. He was also extremely helpful in coordinating the licensing and paperwork that was necessary for our out-of-state wedding. We feel so fortunate to have had Patrick's participation in our wonderful wedding day!
We were so lucky to find Patrick! He absolutely made the ceremony we were dreaming of come true. We met with him 2 months prior to the ceremony and it was clear that we had struck gold with a true professional partner to help us craft a perfect ceremony. And on our wedding day, Patrick's heartwarming nature and heartfelt delivery had our guests in smiles, laughs, and tears.
He will be a true joy to work with, a great conversationalist at your reception, and will deliver a ceremony you and your guests will be raving about for years to come.
Patrick Browning is such a wonderful kind soul. I just had to reach out and ask him to officiate our wedding.
I honestly couldn't think of a better person for the job.
He is thoughtful, understanding and passionate with any task he takes on. He is comfortable and at ease getting up in front of a group of people (that he doesn't know) to get the conversations and toasts going.
He is a warm heart and a true blessing to include on such a special day.
We knew the first time we spoke that we wanted Patrick as our officiant. He was thoughtful, kind, funny, and a joy to work with.
He made the whole process easy and our ceremony was perfect.
He was respectful of what we wanted but also had helpful suggestions which truly enhanced our special day. We can not recommend him enough!
From the first call to the day of our wedding, Patrick was there every step of the way! The detail in his vows captured us, they were thoughtful, funny, and true to our personalities. He showed up in a cowboy hat, which was PERFECT for our 10,000 foot mountain top wedding in the winter. His wife, Christy, helped by streaming our ceremony live to family and friends. We felt loved by both of them and they were a wonderful part of our day.
She Said: Patrick Browning was wonderful and helpful. He guided us through the process and helped us make the ceremony our own.
He said: I really enjoyed working with Patrick Browning. We filled out a simple questionaire, and Patrick called us and had a simple conversation about us and our story. He then crafted a beautiful ceremony, and was gracious and helpful when we made edits. Without a rehearsal, Patrick hosted a lovely ceremony and nailed it!
Patrick made our ceremony feel very special. From planning, to the rehearsal, to the big day he was very attentive, professional, and easy to work with. His suggestions were right on the money. We asked for a short and sweet ceremony with lots of heart, and Patrick did an amazing job! We could not have asked for a better officiant.
We are so pleased that we found Simple Ceremonies. Patrick Browning's easy-going nature made the process of writing the ceremony easy and fun.
He touched our lives, made us smile, and brought on the tears. At our request, he read three passages from the Bible that reflected our faith.
You will not be disappointed when you select Patrick to officiate your wedding.
Patrick was fantastic! Not only did he pull off a wonderful ceremony for my wife and I, he accomplished it with only THREE DAYS NOTICE! Since our families live out of state, Patrick's wife, Christy, and son Ryan attended and helped with taking pictures and were wonderful to meet. We are truly grateful to have Patrick officiate, and the Browning family be there for our special day. We highly recommend Patrick and Simple Ceremonies!
We simply did a search for "wedding officiant Steamboat Springs." Simple Ceremonies popped right up. We studied the site and found that it fit our desires perfectly. Patrick was a joy to work with. We found that we were similar in age and that lead to several delightful phone conversations.
He guided us through composing the ceremony, making suggestions and sometimes pulling us in the right direction. He allowed and encouraged us to include two of our favorite country songs. We smiled all the way through the event. We enthusiastically recommend Patrick for your wedding!
What a great day, we can't thank you enough for making it so special.
"Patrick was the perfect choice for our special day. He made every step of the process easy and the ceremony both humorous and intimate. We had so many compliments on how amazing a job he did. What a professional!"
The name says it all.
Simple Ceremonies Steamboat Springs
We planned our 20th anniversary vow renewal with just the two of us and our two kids. Our dream was a winter mountain-top ceremony on the snow with the sun on our shoulders and ski runs in the background. What we got was what Patrick called a
Patrick took charge and guided us into an area where trees protected us from the wind with a view a Steamboat Gondola lift tower.
Throughout the process, Patrick was upbeat, humorous, and business like. We felt that our renewal was conducted by an old friend.
You will be please that you found him.
"Standing before you today are two people who found each other at the end of their 3rd decade of life. They bring to this celebration a wealth of knowledge and experience. They both have worked and traveled and been in love before.
They are here with their eyes wide open, ready to commit to this next phase of life. Ready to build a life and a family together."
(To a very young couple)
Getting married is exciting and fun! Staying married is a life-long challenge, one well worth undertaking.
These comments are about
You are just discovering your love, you have to nurture it as you grow. Touch each other, hug each other, kiss each other every day. Say "I love you" every day. Kiss good morning, kiss good night. Be playful. Tickle, poke, and get in the way with a smile.
When you're wrong - apologize. When you're right - forgive.
One of you is going to be more organized. Accept it. Let the organizer lead; when you are organized you GET THINGS DONE!
It's no longer YOUR money, it's now OUR money. Don't fight when the money gets tight! And, finally,
never go to bed angry.
(To a not-so-young couple)
Frank Sinatra expressed it best
when he sang:
"Love is lovelier
the second time around.
Just as wonderful
with both feet on the ground."
You are not strangers to love. You are not strangers to commitment. You've been down this road before. You are here today, together, out of a desire to love and be loved by another person fully, without limitation. No other ties are more tender, no other vows more sacred than those you now assume.
And later in the ceremony:
So wonderfully stated by the Beatles:
"And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make."
(The COVID-19 Era)
This ceremony is being conducted in and unprecedented era on our planet. The COVID-19 Corona/Delta/Omicron Virus pandemic is underway prohibiting large gatherings, restricting travel, closing businesses and schools, requiring the wearing of masks and practicing a previously unknown activity called "social distancing."
Respecting this unusual circumstance, today's ceremony is a small gathering of friends and family.
(Having interviewed many couples who are planning their big day)
Steamboat Springs is fortunate to have many talented and professional planners, venues, photographers, caterers, florists, audio/visual, transportation specialists, and of course ME!
Please search Steamboat Springs when developing your plans. You will find excellent expert service from people who are experienced in the wedding business, know the local market, know each other, and work well together.
(The couple were both
commercial airline pilots)
You could have chosen any capital, any country, any island on any ocean, any historic site, or any of a thousand beautiful and glamorous locations on Earth, but you selected this little western town of Steamboat Springs as the place to begin your life together.
As a resident, I am pleased to represent our town, and I thank you for this honor.
(We're blending or bringing
kids into the marriage.)
Today we are conducting a wedding of two people who found each other, fell in love, and are ready to commit.
AND, this wedding is also a marriage of four people whose lives will now forever be intertwined. We welcome (Son) and (Daughter) as two integral parts of this wonderful day. Together, all four of you will build a family and a life of sharing.
Love each other, protect each other, shelter each other, and grow together.
(Compose and Recite your own vows)
I strongly encourage you to consider preparing statements to say to each other. Almost every couple that I work for is gun-shy and nervous about speaking. They are afraid they will cry, or blow it, or not be able to find the words. Trust me, you will be so happy you did this.
You write it out on a piece of paper, not on your phone. You smile and look each other in the eye. You speak from your heart. You say nice things to each other. You make a few promises that you fully intend to keep until you die. It's that easy! You're a grown up, you can do this.
I offer to assist you, but I will not put words in your mouth..
( I was complimenting a local wedding planner for her organization and communication skills)
"You are a model of efficiency!"
And then I added:
"And I am a model of
Heh heh heh.
Ceremony script preparation and performance, meet with couple to design script, prepare draft ceremony and make subsequent changes, prepare agreement/contract, deliver marriage license to County Courthouse.
Work with wedding planner, sound service, and wedding party.
(Travel to a remote rehearsal may have a separate fee.)
Remote venue, distant venue, lodging, meals, expenses.
A personal tour of local in-town sites for a small wedding. Generally done a day or two before the ceremony. Site selection based on weather and the beauty of the site.
Attire requests, ski mountain ceremony, holiday weddings, assist with writing toasts.
The ceremony is what this is really all about. The rest is nice, but having a wedding ceremony that you and your family and friends will remember for its originality and for expressing your own personality is priceless. And because you co-wrote it, there will be words and phrases that you will remember forever.
The officiant is the facilitator of the most important aspect of your wedding - the ceremony - and you will share an intimate moment in time. The relationship between the couple and the officiant is a partnership, and both should treat the process respectfully.
Reach out to me by phone,
text, or email.
I promise I will reply promptly.