What They Are Saying About
Joan Bogwill, Licensed Officiant &
Heartfelt Custom Ceremonies
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."--John Ruskin
My favorite part of my work is getting to know my client and their love story. Without their love, I am simply a writer and storyteller. But together, we can design a masterpiece ceremony that will create lifelong memories for you and your guests.
Celebrating Love Ceremonies
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Joan was the best officiant we could have ever asked for our wedding! She took the time to truly get to know me and my fiance and ensure that she was able to integrate our love story into our ceremony. She was willing to meet with us multiple times to discuss our aspirations for our ceremony, and ultimately incorporated the most beautiful prayer, nature imagery, and ring ceremony. She had 5-star communication, positivity, and professionalism. Our guests were complimenting her all throughout the night!
Joan created a personalized wedding ceremony that felt very special to us. In the months leading up to your wedding its easy to get side-tracked with all the other details. I'll admit we had not given a lot of thought to the actual content of our ceremony. Joan showed great leadership guiding us through the process and learning our preferences, but in a way that never felt burdensome or interfered with all our other responsibilities. She was a pleasure to work with. All of our guests went out of their way to tell us how beautiful and special our wedding ceremony was. Were grateful we found her!
I am a MOB and my daughter found Joan to officiate her wedding. Well if you are looking for more than someone to just marry you then Joan is the woman! Joan worked with bride and groom for sometime on how the ceremony would be. So I have to say most weddings now are 5 minutes top and all the effort and preparation is over that fast. But somehow Joan was able to incorporate what was most important to the couple and family. She incorporated God, love and their beautiful love story of the couple! I don’t know how she did it but it was amazing!!! The wedding was beautiful and was the perfect time frame, not to fast and not to long. She showed up early and handled everything! She made it so simple and just perfect. Not a dry eye in sight! It was so beyond anything a MOB could have asked for. Thank you Joan, and you will always be remembered for being apart of such a special day to our family. A 10 star doesn’t say enough for Joan.
Joan was very professional, prompt and passionate, but our experience with her went beyond normal standards/expectations. She was an encouraging guide through both the legal processes and matters of the heart. Our ceremony was completely catered to our tastes, spiritual beliefs, and our small but mighty guest count. She involved them all in the action making it that much more special. As a bride, I experienced no stress as she was very communicative and straightforward with information my husband and I needed. Though we are from up north, Joan is going to be HIGHLY recommended to everyone we know. Thank you for the absolutely wonderful experience!
We planned a destination wedding vacation to Cape Coral, FL and found out the day before our ceremony that we did not have any one to officiate or marriage. We contacted Joan the evening before our ceremony and she stepped up to save our day. She took the time to get to know myself and my now husband and made our ceremony very personal to us. It was absolutely perfect. She is so kind and warm and really shows compassion. We really couldn't have found any one better to make our special day as special as it truly was. Thank you again Joan! You are truly an Angel!!
Our experience working with Joan was fantastic! She was professional and a great communicator who quickly responded to our questions. Joan created the ceremony exactly the way we had hoped for--we laughed, and we cried and made memories. Joan is caring and knowledgeable, and we are so glad we chose her to officiate our ceremony.
Joan was amazing! We had a couple of phone interviews before we selected our officiant. It came down to Joan, who is newer to the industry vs another officiant who had does this full-time for decades. With Joan, we felt the passion and the personal connection right away! She worked with us all throughout the planning stages. She sent us multiple drafts of the ceremony. She had every detail down and worked well with our venue staff. She made us laugh, she made us happy cry, and she made our day special. We are so glad we had Joan as apart of our wedding.
Joan was a wonderful officiant and lovely person! She perfectly captured our love story, was easy to work with, had great communication, and meshed so well with us and our family! She helped make our day so special and unique!! We got so many compliments about the ceremony and it allowed us to share a piece of our story with our guests! We cannot wait to get the pictures & videos back so that we can relive the moments. We truly appreciate all that Joan did for us!
Honoring Life Ceremonies
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Saying goodbye to a loved one is difficult, regardless of age or circumstance. However, a series of personal losses made me realize how ceremonies honor and celebrate a loved one's life and helps with the grief process. So, using compassionate communication skills, I will:
Learn about your loved one during our 90-minute to a two-hour in-person or Zoom meeting.
Trained in ceremonial design, I identify readings, songs, rituals, symbolism, and storytelling that reflect your loved one's personality.
Design, write and perform a ceremony that honors your loved one's life and legacy.
"Joan speaks with such strength and groundedness. She is confident but in a gentle and calming way."