A Beautiful Ceremony NW

“Steve was so wonderful! From the first inquiry, he was responsive and super helpful in making sure our ceremony was perfect.” — McKenzie

“Steve was so delightful through the whole wedding experience. He had a wealth of information and great ideas.” — Matt

“Leslie was the perfect officiant for our ceremony…..clear in delivery, great timing and pace, calm and confident. We loved her.” — Aidan

Wedding Ceremonies in English and Spanish

It’s your wedding day, and you’ve invited the most important people in your life to join your celebration. As you get busy with all the planning and details that go into making the day a joyful one, keep in mind that your wedding ceremony launches the festivities by drawing all of your family and friends into the same unique moment in time. A well-crafted ceremony is not only your own unique way of expressing your commitment to one another; it also brings your guests closer together and sets the tone for your celebration.

As an ordained non-denominational wedding officiant based in Portland, Oregon, Steve Sharp or Leslie Sharp will work with you to create a custom ceremony from the heart that will be a reflection of your story and an expression of your commitment to one another. Whether you are planning on a casual backyard wedding or a formal celebration surrounded by hundreds of friends and family, we will work with you to create a ceremony that is based on your personal traditions and life experience.

You can visit our FAQ page for answers to most frequently asked questions about how we will work together with you. You can also see our various service packages and rates on our pricing page. To meet one of us and learn more, simply contact us to set up a personal meeting so that we can get to know each other and discuss your wishes for your ceremony.

We support marriage equality and we speak Spanish. Same sex ceremonies as well as bilingual ceremonies are welcomed. Se habla Español.

“Best Officiant in Portland” – Oregon Bride Magazine

About Us

Steve and Leslie Sharp

Steve Sharp

A Portland area native, I started out as a musician – another profession that is known for bringing people together to celebrate! My experience making music on stage helped me develop my instinct for communicating with people heart to heart. Years of staging performances also laid the foundation for my understanding of how ritual and ceremony can bring people together in a deeply shared, vibrant experience.

My friends know me as a great listener who loves to play the role of host. With my knack for bringing people together and my stage presence, it occurred to my daughter that I would be the right person to conduct her best friend’s wedding ceremony. I studied the steps required to be a qualified wedding officiant, and in 1996 I became ordained through the Universal Life Church, where ministers come from all walks of life and spiritual traditions, united by their belief in religious freedom. One beautiful summer day, I conducted my first wedding ceremony in a beautiful park on the banks of the Columbia River, my proud daughter the beaming maid of honor.

Leslie Sharp

Being a wedding officiant is a unique opportunity for me to combine a life-long interest in spiritual traditions with my background in theater and public speaking. It’s a real privilege to help couples create a meaningful ceremony that draws them together with family and friends in one of life’s great celebrations.

My interest in how we put down roots for our lives by figuring out our own unique connection with the universe at one time drew me to attend a seminary and complete a pastoral internship at a church. Then time and experience taught me that the life of the soul is too mysterious to fit into any single tradition. I now describe my spiritual understanding by borrowing from Hemingway: “There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.”

I greatly enjoy listening to couples describe how they’d like their wedding ceremony to express their commitment to each other in a way that feels most authentic to them. If they’d like to combine elements from specific traditions that are important to them or to their families, I suggest a variety of readings or rituals that will bring those valued beliefs into their ceremony.

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