________________________________________________________ Our wedding wasn’t what we were originally planning. Due to an illness in the family we made the decision, in the course of one night, to change our wedding to 2 months away with 20 guests, instead of 8 months away with 150 guests. The toughest part was that we were living in Manitoba planning a wedding in Langley, BC. Luckily for us, our amazing photographer (Damara Moe Photography) recommended a FABULOUS officiant, Kevin Fatkin. We decided to take her advice and began emailing back and forth with Kevin. From the very first email, any anxiety I had regarding the man who was to make us husband and wife was eliminated. Kevin was not only incredibly informative; his caring and helpful personality was evident just through email. Over the next few weeks we corresponded back and forth over email discussing different options for the ceremony and even things like decorations. Kevin was clearly trying to help make our wedding planning the least stressful he could, especially knowing we weren’t there to make arrangements ourselves. He even made a special trip to our venue to let us know what he thought our needs would be with regards to the space and set up. It was incredible knowing that such a caring person, a stranger to us before this, was going above and beyond to help us with our wedding plans. When we finally met it felt like we’d known Kevin forever (given the size of Langley it turned out we knew A LOT of the same people but not each other). We ended up spending most of our meeting talking about life, friends and experience and not much time talking about the ceremony. We didn’t need to - Immediately we trusted Kevin to take our wishes into consideration and run the ceremony in a beautiful way. Kevin made sure to be at our rehearsal and he made it a fun, stress-free experience. He also had many ideas that helped make it extra special. We both went to bed the night before our wedding relaxed about vows and knowing that the ceremony would run smoothly. On the day of the wedding Kevin was at the venue before most of the guests had even arrived, preparing for our ceremony. We didn’t have to worry about him at all; in fact he seemed more worried about making the groom relaxed! Kevin is so charismatic and easy to be around that, even with such a small, intimate wedding, it felt like he belonged. Our ceremony was everything we hoped it would be and so much more. Kevin had talked to us before the wedding day about how things never really go exactly according to plan but that the little things are the part you will remember most. Kevin was absolutely right. Everything from my father being super nervous and plopping my hand into my husband’s and forgetting our hug, to getting a lecture about picking on the groom before he was my husband (I picked some lint off his tux), to my ring not going on quite smoothly, I remember and cherish the most. Kevin brought a wonderful balance of humour, seriousness and faith to our ceremony for which we couldn’t be more grateful. Our wedding was a wonderful day and we have beautiful memories that we will have with us forever. We thank Kevin Fatkin for that because without him, it would not have been the same. -Brent and Rebecca _______________________________________________________
Made our ceremony so personal and fun. We couldn't have picked a better officiant. He had 2 meetings with us to get a feeling of who we were and we gave him full trust in putting together a ceremony that would be perfect for us. So happy he was apart of our day nod made it official!- Desiree and Brent
We are so pleased we had Kevin there to spend our special day with us! Finding an officiant was one of the more nerve wrecking parts for us, but he instantly made us feel very comfortable. My family and I are Catholic, while my husband and his family are not religious. Kevin did a great job at customizing a ceremony that was perfect for us. I would recommend Kevin in a heart beat to any friends who get married in the future. Thank you sooo much Kevin!!! -Sasha and Adam
We were referred to Kevin by one of our good friends, and we are so thankful that we were able to connect with him! Living in Toronto and planning a Vancouver wedding can come with some challenges, but Kevin made the process so easy and stress-free for us! Corresponding mostly via email until a week before the wedding, when we met Kevin in person, it was like getting together with a good friend. We felt deeply connected with Kevin. He took such a genuine interest in us and our relationship, creating a custom wedding ceremony for us which perfectly honoured and highlighted our cultures. On the day of our wedding, Kevin was a calming force, keeping our ceremony light and humourous, quelling any nervous feelings we may have had. We are still receiving compliments on how well Kevin performed our ceremony and how wonderfully organized it was. Several guests have said it was the most beautiful ceremony they have attended, and this is all thanks to Kevin! We are eternally grateful that we were fortunate enough to have someone as special as Kevin, marry us.
Hi Kevin,Thank you so much for providing us with a copy of the ceremony. That is a wonderful keepsake. Our friend gave us a wedding box time capsule, so we are very excited to place that in the memory box for ten years. We have had nothing but compliments regarding the ceremony. You kept us calm, you had our audiences undivided attention, and even got some of our toughest to shed a tear. We will certainly keep you in mind for future weddings and will be happy to recommend you. Ours will go down in history as the best wedding ever! Bias, but it was fabulous! Many thanks, Dan and Sarah
We had Kevin as our officiant. He met with us several times to get our ceremony exactly how we wanted it. He personalized every word, brought our vows, held the mic while we said them so we weren't shaking, and made our entire ceremony something we both will never forget. It was beautiful and Kevin made every guest feel welcome. We have built a friend out of Kevin. I would highly recommend him. Michelle and Pat Gunther(Via Wedding Wire)
(Aug 8, 2016) We loved Kevin and cannot say enough good things about him! He made our experience so memorable and fun, not only on our wedding day, but throughout the planning process. He made us feel extremely comfortable and he had a great personality and sense of humour. We didn't want the traditional ceremony and he let us decide how we wanted it to go. We're so thankful we found him!!
Words can not express how thankful we are that you were our officiant. You were exactly what we were hoping for. We thought the ceremony went beautifully, and everyone had fun. Thank you for being flexible with our ideas and incorporating all the neat little things we wanted. It was wonderful to get to know you. And we will be spreading your name throughout all our friends who may soon be married. Thank you again for all that you did, and for being part of our day.- Chelsea and Lucas
Kevin is an absolute blast, he is so full of energy and witty comments. My husband and I got along with Kevin and were not disappointed with his delivery on our wedding day. I would highly recommend Kevin to everyone. He is really affordable, funny and knowledgeable. He helped me out in so many ways, whether its just a simply 'You got this" to helping me obtain the marriage license. Kevin was phenomenal at my wedding. -Katrina
Kevin made our ceremony so personal and fun. We couldn't have picked a better officiant. He had 2 meetings with us to get a feeling of who we were and we gave him full trust in putting together a ceremony that would be perfect for us. So happy he was apart of our day and made it official!- Desiree and Brent
We are so pleased we had Kevin there to spend our special day with us! Finding an officiant was one of the more nerve wrecking parts for us, but he instantly made us feel very comfortable. My family and I are Catholic, while my husband and his family are not religious. Kevin did a great job at customizing a ceremony that was perfect for us. I would recommend Kevin in a heart beat to any friends who get married in the future. Thank you sooo much Kevin!!! - Sasha
Private User said... Rev Kev is absolutely a warm hearted, easy going Reverend. We had so much fun meeting with him and he came out to our house. He also organized it so that we received our marriage license within 2 weeks of our wedding. Great person, great sense of humour!
"My husband and I went into it wanting a simple and fun-loving ceremony without all the fluff but we didn't know how to create it. Kevin made the process very relaxing, going through the requirements step-by-step and providing us with the tools and creative ideas to make the ceremony our own. Kevin was fun to work with from the start, making us feel comfortable and getting to know us as a couple. Even during the ceremony Kevin really delivered the fun and easy-going atmosphere we wanted, making us feel at ease and keeping the guests entertained and laughing! He really helped to create a ceremony tailored to us as a couple and I don't think it would have been nearly as easy and fun without him! Thanks Kevin!"
When I started planning my wedding almost 2 years ago, there were so many choices for officiants. After reading some reviews through facebook and wedding wire we decided to go with Kevin Fatkin, and we are so happy that we did! From the very start, Kevin was always super responsive to my emails, and when my fiancé and I finally met him in person it was like we were seeing an old friend! He is such a sweet and funny guy, and so easy to talk to--everything you'd want in an officiant! Fast forward a few months and COVID happened--so my fiancé and I decided to redo our wedding plans entirely and have a small park wedding with just some close friends and family. We changed our minds so many times in terms of location, timing, date, etc--even up until literally the night before! But Kevin was so patient and easy going that it never was an issue. Even though we couldn't meet in person we facetimed and emailed leading up to the day, and when the wedding day came I don't think it could have been more perfect! Even with such a small ceremony, it didn't feel like Kevin was a stranger - but just another friend there. He was able to incorporate all the things we wanted into the ceremony, and added some of his own touches too that were great. Despite all the chaos leading up to it, our wedding ended up being everything we wanted it to be, and we are SO happy we were able to have Kevin as our officiant. Highly recommend!!!
Testimonials Kevin couldn't have been better for our wedding and the start of our marriage. He took care in everything he did and put great thought into our ceremony and our big day. We met with him several times and after every meeting we got more excited about our wedding and our life together because of our conversations with him. He really is the best of the best and you won't be disappointed!
Kevin; As of today, Ben and I have been officially married for 1 week! We are finally back at work but still living on cloud 9, as they say:). As I sit here and type, I'm struggling to find the right words to say to you all. How do you properly thank the group of people who came together and helped you fulfill the best day of your life? Each of you played such an important role in that day. I found you all through the internet and completely took a gamble with your services. Boy did that gamble pay off! Ben and I COULD NOT have been happier with the ceremony. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for being such great people and for coming into our lives. We are now living our happily ever after...... Christie --------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kevin is the "total package!" His passion for God; his love for people; his relational strengths; his positive attitude; his extensive experience, great creativity and wealth of ideas were invaluable in planning and performing the ceremony, and his wonderful sense of humour made all the difference at the wedding of our daughter and son-in-law! We were blessed and are deeply indebted. Thank you, Kevin! - Lois _____________________________________________________
There is not much more that we could say about Kevin other than FANTASTIC! From start to finish, Kevin completely grasped what we were dreaming for our day. He took aspects of who we are as individuals, as well as who we are as a couple, and wound them into our ceremony. Some people say the pronouncement is the best part of their whole day, but for us it was what Kevin had carefully and thoughtfully put together for our whole ceremony that made it so incredible. A day, thanks to Kevin, that will always be remembered.- Karen and Kenny ______________________________________________________
From the first phone conversation with Kevin we felt a warm, personable connection that put us at ease. He tailored the ceremony to fit our personalities, venue and wishes. Leading up to the big day, he was professional, reliable and very accommodating with changes or editing of the vows. Our guests commented that our wedding was the nicest they had ever attended. Having Kevin as our marriage officiant made our wedding even more special to us.- Candace and Joel ______________________________________________________
Kevin was very personable and easy to talk to. He was professional and accommodated all of our requests into the service with ease! Kevin was the one for sure thing that we didn't have to worry about. He helped to make it one of the most special days of our lives. He is FABULOUS!!- Stephanie and Craig _________________________________________________________
As we started to plan our destination wedding - one of our biggest fears was that we wouldn't know or have a relationship with the person marrying us. Once we met Kevin that fear began to fade. Kevin took the time leading up to the wedding to really get to know us and put together a dream ceremony. His input and guidance were invaluable. Our guests are still talking about what a wonderful job the officiant did and that means the world to us. Kevin also made a point during the wedding weekend to get to know our friends and family too. He will be a friend for life not only with us but some of our guests as well. Thanks Kevin!!! Todd and Karly _________________________________________________________
I have been in the event industry for over ten years now. I have since grown my business to where we have the pleasure of assisting hundreds of couples each year, and we service weddings and events from start to finish. Over 90% of our business is generated by happy clients and, therefore, the commitment to maintain outstanding customer service has always been my main focus. I am honored to recommend Kevin Fatkin to marry my couples, and know without a moment’s hesitation that their needs will be met beyond their wildest expectations. Kevin’s natural ability to connect with people makes him truly unique in the wedding industry and although I have worked with numerous officiants in the past, few leave me speechless as to stop and shake my head in disbelief. Kevin’s sense of humor, kind spirit, and attention to detail allow him to connect with not only the wedding service, but also the couple’s entire day. Recently I was assisting a couple who wanted to have their service performed in French, only to later discover that Kevin went on to learn the service in their mother tongue. We were blown away with his desire to make sure their ceremony was exactly as they had hoped. When clients ask for help, Kevin is always my first choice. I do not give referrals lightly; however, putting my clients in touch with Kevin is an extension of providing genuine care and concern for our couples’ most important day. Simply said, one cannot go wrong when considering Kevin Fatkin to perform their wedding ceremony. - Lisa Gregory (owner- Lisa Gregory Special Events) _________________________________________________________
We were so pleased with our ceremony. Had lots of wonderful feedback from our loved ones. Thank-you so much you really nailed who and what we are about. You are a good listener. We appreciate how you made it so personal. The whole thing was perfect.- Jim and Tammy _________________________________________________________
We are extremely grateful for all your help with our wedding ceremony. We couldn’t have asked for a more awesome person to marry us?- Daryl and Andea _________________________________________________________
Thank you so much for being our wedding officiant. We have enjoyed working with you every step of the way! You have been so fun and easy to work with! Thanks- Mike and Lisa _________________________________________________________
We wanted to thank you so very much for all you did and how you helped us. You made it very special for us!! Thank you, thank you. Love Joe-Anne and Wayne __________________________________________________________
Kevin, from the bottom of our hearts Dave and I would like to thank you for making Laura and Nathan's wedding ceremony an amazing success. You are a wonderful gentleman, fantastic at what you do and you have the natural ability to make everyone feel welcome and loved. We know that Laura and Nathan were amazed by you from the first meeting and you did such a great job of capturing who they are and mean to each other and that showed throughout the ceremony. You truly are gifted and we were blessed to have you there on that day. Thank you, thank you, thank you. - Dave and Susan
Having a very personal ceremony that reflected my husband and me as a couple was very important. We're non-traditional, and particularly myself, fairly quirky. It was a 50's themed wedding and had a reading about dinosaurs called "A Lovely Love Story," and we wrote our own vows. Kevin was able to take everything that we wanted and work it together in a seamless manner. I was also incredibly nervous about having everyone look at me during the ceremony and Kevin's easy going manner, plus quick wit, made the ceremony flow incredibly smoothly. Thanks again, Kevin! (Taryn and Dylan via Wedding Wire)
"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
We just wanted to say again thank you so much for everything you did to make our wedding perfect! We have been told many times it was the best ceremony people had been to, and that's much because of you. Thank you!!- Nick and Lyndsey
Kevin had me in stitches from the very first email correspondence! He is so full of life and love and made us feel so comfortable from the first meeting! I'm so happy he was a part of our special day! - Crystol and Bill
Kevin was our officiant for my ( now ) wife and I's wedding this past weekend, and I can confidently say he was the biggest part of it going as smoothly, effortlessly and most of all enjoyably as it did. Months leading up to the day he was always asking us if we had questions, was making sure we were on top of things, and when i left things to the last minute he was still polite and understanding. His rehearsal process the night before, was perfect in that any doubt was gone and any questions were answered. The day of the wedding, he was on top of everything he needed to be. He started, executed, and finished off our ceremony with good humor, (for us with shaky nerves) a very professional voice to address our large group, and a bright smile with pleasure in his voice to introduce me and my wife as Mr. and Mrs. If you go with Kevin for your big day, you wont be disappointed. Thanks again for all your efforts Kev! The Rays
"We couldn't have asked for a better officiant to perform our wedding ceremony than you Kevin. Due to travel schedules we had very little time to pull everything together and rehearse for the lovely, multi-cultural ceremony it turned out be and a lot of that was you! You learned some Farsi for the wedding and were at home navigating between the two cultures as we planned the event. Everyone cried and laughed at least once during the vows and we love seeing your smiling face in our wedding pictures. Unfortunately we won't be able to have you marry us again :) But will recommend you to any couple planning to make the leap! ~ Alex and Farzaneh"
From the very beginning, when we first spoke with Kevin I knew we were in good hands. He is responsive and down to earth, and made the entire process fun and stress-free. Our ceremony was personable and magical because of Kevin, and we would recommend him in a heartbeat to other couples! -Jean and Jeff
We only had 2 weeks to plan our wedding due my upcoming surgery. So finding a commissioner who would be available on such short notice would be a challenge to say the least. Kevin quickly replied to my email. Upon hearing the reason for our time crunch he bent over backwards to fit us into his busy schedule. Kevin is super warm and personable with a sharp sense of humor so, It didn't take long for us to connect and for him to get a sense of who we are together and as individuals. We had been together for 23 years and it was time. It was to be a very private ceremony on Sept 2 (with our two stand ups and a photographer) in our backyard under the grape arbor. It turned out to be a glorious 32*F no breeze! Champagne toasts to follow. He customized his words so specifically to our relationship making our ceremony incredibly romantic and magical. I have to say we all got pretty emotional but there was also plenty of spontaneity and fun 😉 😉 Lol. It is certainly a day to remember which we will look back on fondly for many years to come. It's easy to see he is an incurable romantic and thoroughly enjoys his calling. We choose Kevin over and over 😊 Thank you, Kevin, you made it great! With love, from the Gasparettos