A WORD FROM GRACE I have always been a sucker for happy endings. I am a die-hard Romantic, who believes that everyone deserves to find his/her perfect partner: the One with whom a lifetime seems not only desirable, but infinitely necessary. I became a Wedding Chaplain in order to be a small--but integral--part of a couple’s special day, when they gather their family and friends together to witness their act of commitment to each other. There are moments of almost unbearable happiness: tears of joy--yes, mine too--when the groom sees his bride coming down the aisle, heading towards him and their future together. There are solemn vows; mangled phrases; nervous giggles; white knuckles; dropped rings, and, my favourite, a crumpled kleenex hauled out of a low-cut, pearl-encrusted, lacy bodice. Family and friends smile and sniffle, ooh and aah, hoot and holler as they bear witness to this timeless rite of commitment. When you choose me to be your Chaplain, the first thing I do is arrange a meeting to get to know you. Over a few meetings, together we craft the ceremony to your desires and specifications. Unity candle? Check. Own vows? Start composing. Your dog as Ring Bearer? Fabulous. Your great-uncle Lewis in top hat and tails to dance you down the aisle? Of course. In other words, it’s what YOU want--because, in this instance, it is ALL about YOU. I have templates and suggestions which I give you, in case you need them; otherwise, what results from our meetings is the ceremony of your dreams. I also run the rehearsal--yes, because I’m naturally bossy (after three decades wrangling teenagers as a secondary school English teacher), but also because it will be one thing fewer on your really long “To Do” list. I look forward to being that small--but integral--part of your amazing day, the day you stand before your family and friends and declare that you want to begin, or continue, your life’s journey together as One: Hand-in-hand you want to publicly commit yourselves to building a life and a family, to grow in love and laughter and joy. A wise man once said, “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes, but no plans.” Let me help you create, and officiate, the ceremony that is the beginning of your plans for a lifetime...together.
Grace Y.K. Fatkin, Chaplain, Member of Christian Ministers’ Association
We could not have asked for better person than Grace to conduct our wedding ceremony. We really appreciated her taking the time to meet with us twice to ensure that our ceremony was exactly what we wanted. It was a beautiful, simple and customized ceremony that reflected us as a couple so perfectly. All of our guests loved the ceremony and kept telling us what a great job she did and we couldn’t have agreed more. We will continue to recommended Grace to any engaged couple we know. :)
Thank you, Matt & Erin (Aug 31, 2014)
Good Evening Grace. You did an awesome job with our wedding. Both Rob and I were very happy to meet you before the wedding. We loved the idea have skyping (from Invermere,) so we didn't have to make a special trip out there to go over the things that we needed to do to make our day the best day ever. If I know of anyone else that might be getting married out that way, I will recommend you to them. Again thank you; it was a joy getting to know you. (Stacey, Invermere, B.C.)
We had Grace Fatkin as our wedding officiant for our wedding last November and she was just wonderful! She even met up with my husband and I on two different occasions to learn more about us and our story. She obviously listened well because her presentation at our wedding was very personal and heartfelt. Grace truly enhanced our wedding ceremony on many different levels! I would highly recommend Grace's services to anyone looking for a wedding officiant, she is amazing at what she does!- K and P
Grace- Thank you so much for everything. You were such an amazing part of our wedding and made our special day go off without a hitch. We loved your opening remarks and how personal they were. They really made the whole ceremony so special. We will remember them forever.
Everyone (us included) was in awe at how magical the ceremony was.
The best Marriage Officiant ever!!!
Grace is amazing! We
liked her a lot. Everybody had fun during the ceremony. She was very
helpful & we were so comfortable with her. Even though we just had a very
simple intimate wedding, & with little time for preparation (just 3
weeks) still she made it very special & memorable! We highly
recommend her! - Maricel
Absolutely Wonderful! When we were looking for a wedding officiant, a couple of our recently-married friends recommended Grace, and we couldn't be happier. Working with Grace was an absolutely wonderful experience from day one. We first met with her at a coffee shop, where she got to know us a little bit as a couple (how we met, what we value as a couple, what we cherish about the other person, etc.). After this meeting, Grace worked with us to see if we had any specific readings we wanted to include, and helped us put together a completely personalized ceremony. All throughout this process Grace was responsive, attentive, and efficient. Based on our initial meeting, Grace even wrote a personalized ceremony introduction, which was the perfect balance of heartwarming and humorous.
Grace really is an amazing officiant, and we highly recommend her services!- Chris
Dearest Grace, We would like to thank you for making our wedding day a special and memorable one. You were very supportive, helpful and patient with us every step of the way. We loved your opening comments and your humor - it helped set the tone for the rest of the evening.If we have friends getting married in the future, we would definitely recommend you to them! Thanks again and wishing you all the best! Love, Karen & Alden
THANNNNNNNNK YOU SOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!! Thank you for everything!!! Honestly, you were amazing. We are so happy you were a part of our big day and your words were beautiful! We had tons of people come ask us where we found you and that you were excellent! From meeting up with us and helping us organize the ceremony to make it perfect, we sure appreciate everything you did! The lovely reminders for the vows…ha ha ha. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Shandyce and Chad
We got married last July 12,2014. Grace conducted our ceremony and we were so happy and blessed to found her.She is very organized and efficient. She will guide you every step of the way to the end. She will work with you no matter how you want to do your wedding. It's all your choice, and she will help you with in everything. Her rates are very fair. We will always remember her because she was part the best day of our lives. We will meet her again soon as one of our friends is getting married this August..So don't wait longer; email or call her so you get your spot booked. You won't regret it :). (Ruth- via Wedding Wire)
Well Mrs. Fatkin, I've had an image in my mind of exactly what I wanted for my wedding, and with the help of you and the members of my family (and the decorator and caterers!) my wedding was not at all what I had in mind, because it was better than I ever could have imagined! All the help you gve me was fantastic. All of the meetings, coming in to Walnut Grove, and the reminders were great! I felt like the whole time we were always on the same page and there were no suprises. I know that Adam feels that the ceremony was wonderful and your help in preparing was much appreciated, but also we both really liked that you asked his opinion of matters! So many people just talked to me as if Adam had nothing to do with the wedding; it made him feel "this big" (now picture my fingers poised in the air almost touching!) My favorite part of having you as my officiate was your organization (wow, big surprise!) and of course the fact that someone so close to the family could be such a crucial part to my big day! Mum and Dad both agree that you made all the "paper work" of the wedding so effortless it was not a stress at all! I thank you so much for all your help!
It was fun getting married earlier this month and Phil and I would like to say a great big Thank You to you, Grace. Everything went exactly as we wanted (very simply). It was a pleasure to meet you and hear your thoughts on helping us put things together. We did not need any more time with you other than what we had. You made it feel so easy and relaxed. There was nothing that could have been done differently. We appreciated that you had the choices for our service and that you didn’t have anything too overwhelming for us to have to choose between. Phil and I are very happy that you were able to accommodate us. Thanks so much. We will definitely recommend you, if anyone we know (or don’t know, for that matter) is looking for an officiant. Thanks. Deb Armstrong
Before we met, we were already drawn to your outgoing personality we could sense through your emails. You were so accommodating and flexible, even making the trek from Port Moody all the way to Yaletown to meet us. You made our ceremony special. You engaged our guests. You were encouraging. You reminded us to breathe when we forgot. And all of our guests loved you. They asked if we wrote our own vows - we had to give you the credit. Thank you for being a part of the most memorable day of our lives. - Melissa & Ryan
“…you did an amazing job!” (Chantel and Gary)
"We had the privilege of having both Kevin and Grace Fatkin as the officiants at our wedding. Kevin was my high school drama teacher and Grace taught me English. It was very meaningful to have them involved in our wedding. From our first meeting it was obvious to us their commitment to their work and our wedding. They put a lot of effort into customizing our ceremony exactly as we wanted. They were always full of suggestions which made our wedding very special. We met with them many times prior to our big day and it was so comforting to see familiar faces during the ceremony. They are extremely well organized and efficient. Our ceremony flowed very smoothly and it was exactly what we had asked for. It is obvious that this work is a passion for both Grace and Kevin and you can tell that they appreciate the importance of the day and do everything they can to make it as special as possible for you. Kevin and Grace should be your first choice when choosing wedding officiants."- Jaime and Brendan
It goes without saying that a young woman’s wedding day is the most important day of her life, and she hopes that it will be perfect in every way! Having said that, on June 15th. 2013, my hope of a perfect day came to be, and my wedding day was truly one that a woman could only dream of. As you can imagine there is a tremendous amount of planning that goes into a wedding, and I am so grateful for everyone that helped me turn my dream day into reality, especially Grace Fatkin who officiated over our wedding ceremony.
Knowing how important it was to capture the essence of us as a couple prior to the ceremony, Grace took the time to really get to know us, so she could personalize and tailor the experience especially for us. Well, needless to say, our wedding ceremony was awesome and so well done, that when we get together with friends we still talk about it.
The ceremony in particular was stress free, and more than we had ever hoped for because it was as if one of our wonderful friends was doing the officiating. In Grace’s own unique way, she brought warmth, sensitivity, humor, and that personal caring touch you just don’t see in many other wedding ceremonies. She definitely made it personal for us.
As you will soon come to find out, the wedding day is one of, if not the, most stressful days of a young couple’s lives. But although the anxiety of hoping that everything will go as planned is very real, it is unnecessary if you have the right people in control of the day’s events. Well, our wedding ceremony’s right person was Grace Fatkin. Grace is a consummate professional, with an incredible attention to detail, whose coordination resulted in a stress-free, picture- perfect day for us. The moment we knew that we would be able to enjoy our special day, instead of worrying about all that could go wrong, was when Grace said to me, “Don’t worry, Jana and Lorin. I have everything under control, and I’m here to help you both every step of the way.” And she definitely was!
Well that pretty much says it all, and there really isn’t much more to add, except that we are huge fans of Grace and that we definitely recommend you get her to officiate over your wedding! Her presence will take an already great day to a whole new level. She is Awesome!
Congratulations On Your Upcoming Wedding!
With Love always and forever, Grace,
Lorin & Jana
We would like to thank you so much for officiating our ceremony. Your singing and words were absolutely beautiful, thoughtful and extremely meaningful. We couldn't have asked for anything more for our wedding. The whole day was absolutely perfect. Thanks again Grace. - Morag and Ken
Wade and I just wanted to thank you, Grace, for such an amazing ceremony! Your welcome and remarks about marriage and commitment were right on and very fitting. We really enjoyed the Frank Sinatra song; you did a fantastic job singing it and the lyrics were so true. Even the weather turned out perfectly in the end! Our guests remarked how much they enjoyed it as well. Thanks so much! Laurel and Wade
Thank you so much for officiating our wedding ceremony, it was a day that Grace and I will never forget. We were both very impressed from our first meeting and throughout the planning stages by your timely responses to our questions and appreciated how receptive you were to our requests. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and making our day so unique and special. We had many guests ask if you were a family friend or relative as your officiating was so warm, caring and genuine. Your enthusiasm and attention to detail made us feel at ease on our big day. It's evident you truly love what you do and we are glad we found you. We have since recommended you to our friends and look forward to seeing you at their upcoming wedding! - Tony and Grace
My husband and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to be the officiate our wedding! As soon as we sat down with Grace we knew it was the right fit. She made us both feel relaxed and was interested in getting our perspectives on each other and what we wanted for our wedding ceremony. Grace was kind enough to meet with us three times before the actual date – two sit down meetings as well as the rehearsal run through. Every time we met with Grace she was extremely organized! She played a HUGE part in helping out ceremony run smoothly…even coming early to meet with the DJ so they could work out timing queues. She did an amazing job at the ceremony – it was short and sweet, just like we asked for. We had many comments afterwards from guests about what a great job she did and how genuine her words were. One guest even said that she had the most calming voice he had ever heard and that he could listen to her read the phone book! Grace is amazing and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for someone to perform their wedding ceremony! Thank-you Grace! – Derek & Elena
I just wanted to say a big thank you for being a part of our wedding. Grace, you did such an incredible job of the ceremony and it was honestly everything Bruce and I hoped it would be. You infused the ceremony with such warmth and enthusiasm, and it was beautiful from start to finish. We've had so many compliments on how lovely it all was- and several people have told me specifically it's the nicest ceremony they've ever attended. It's just been on my mind lately to let you know how much we loved what you said and just that we're so completely happy with how everything turned out.
Grace Fatkin was our wedding officiant and we both adore her!! Grace listened to what we wanted and made our ceremony absolutely perfect. Additionally she was amazing during the ceremony and gave us subtle cues and reminders. It took so much stress away and she was so wonderful to work with, such a joy.- Eric and Jacqueline
We absolutely loved working with Grace for our wedding. She was so relaxed and flexible and she took all of the stress out of the ceremony. We especially appreciated how caring Grace was and how she took the time before our wedding to get to know us to ensure that we had a personalized and meaningful ceremony. Our guests all commented on how great she was and we could not have asked for a more beautiful ceremony! It was a perfect day!- Carla and Simon
Grace was absolutely wonderful to deal with. She has this preternatural ability to keep us both calm during such a stressful time. The energy and passion that Grace brought when meeting with us was quite uplifting. We are both very lucky and thankful that we had Grace as our officiant. Anyone who uses her will not be disappointed.- Dominic and Krissy
Grace; Christine and I wanted to send a note of eternal appreciation for making our special day so incredible. Your wit, examples and words of wisdom were so perfectly chosen and delivered. We felt you really paid attention to the details of our relationship and really listened to us in our initial meetings together. Please know we'll always remember you with fondness and heartfelt gratitude. Warmest wishes, Christine and Hamish
Grace is kind, funny and thoughtful. She’s the type of person who, from the moment you meet her, you feel like you’re talking to a close friend. Grace met with us twice before our wedding and ran our rehearsal. During our coffee meetings, we stepped outside the whirlwind of planning the big day to reflect on our relationship – to talk about how we met, why we love each other and share our hopes for the future. Grace listened and asked questions. She really got to know us. Grace was truly a source of support in the months leading up to our wedding – sending us reminders before we ever had to ask. She tailored our ceremony to our relationship using the stories and values we shared with her. Grace went above and beyond.
Grace, Graham and I can’t thank you enough for being such a special part of our day. It would not have been the same without you. We really appreciate the personal touch you put into our ceremony. We went searching for an officiant, but found a friend.- Heather and Graham
I just wanted to say a big thank you for being a part of our wedding. Grace, you did such an incredible job of the ceremony and it was honestly everything Bruce and I hoped it would be.You infused the ceremony with such warmth and enthusiasm, and it was beautiful from start to finish. We've had so many compliments on how lovely it all was- and several people have told me specifically it's the nicest ceremony they've ever attended. - Bruce and Shannon
Christine and I wanted to send a note of eternal appreciation for making our special day so incredible. Your wit, examples and words of wisdom were so perfectly chosen and delivered. We felt you really paid attention to the details of our relationship and really listened to us in our initial meetings together. Please know we'll always remember you with fondness and heartfelt gratitude. - Hamish
Grace, We just wanted to say thank you so very much for all your help and services for our July 9, 2016 wedding.
You made the officiant aspect of our wedding such a smooth process! We appreciate all the hard work you put into our vows and meetings, and will definitely be recommending you to any future friends/family looking for an officiant! - Chelsea and Richard
It was the most beautiful and spectacular ceremony and everything I ever wished, dreamed and hoped for.
Chris had his Opa's napkin in his jacket pocket, and offered it to me during the ceremony! I told him that would make me cry even more but it was so special knowing that he was up there with us while we were getting married, and that you were able to present our love story/tribute to our grandparents to all of our family and friends.
Everyone has commented on how amazing you were and that you really did a wonderful job. It wasn't too short, wasn't too long, had some humour but sentimental and most of all you took the time to grab the Maid of Honour, Best Man, Groom, Parents and Bride to walk them through everything before the ceremony even started.
I cannot wait to see all the photos and videos. Thank You Again, Charlene & Chris Landsman
Veronica says: My now husband and I had the privilege of working with Grace for our beautiful thanksgiving wedding, and she was absolutely wonderful. She got to know us both over two sit down meetings and from there put together a wonderful ceremony which all of our guests complimented us on. She spoke with confidence, and ease and was a big help during our walk through the night before the wedding. I would highly recommend her!