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What Previous Clients Have To Say

Steve Is Very Personable

We looked online for a wedding officiant for quite a while and just weren’t satisfied with what we were finding, until Steve. After reading the reviews and information about him, we decided to contact him to see if he was available in a pretty short timeframe (about a month). He was available so we made arrangements to meet. The meeting was great, he is very personable, and makes you feel comfortable. Our wedding was very small; in our home, Steve was very professional and interjected just the right amount of humor! Our family enjoyed his company very much. We highly recommend Steve to be your officiant; you will not be disappointed.

Polly K. on April 23, 2018

The Perfect Pastor Non-Judgmental

We had the perfect day and the perfect Pastor in Steve Whalen! My husband and I sat down with him prior to our wedding day and had a wonderful, at-ease conversation about ourselves, how we met, the marriage proposal and some challenges that we had experienced in our relationship. He took our comments and then shared them as part of the ceremony and it was great! Our wedding was very intimate with only family members. During our informal reception he honored our family with prayers and blessings! His has a very relaxed, non-judgmental demeanor. My daughter said that when he prayed for her and her husband she felt a calmness in her. He definitely is a man of God and our day was perfect!

Cathy O. on April 11, 2018

Very Professional

He was very thorough, very professional and very polite.

Mike P. on April 9, 2018

Serious When Appropriate, Humor When Appropriate.

{Steve} Showed up early, did a great job interviewing us for the ceremony proper. Serious when appropriate, humor when appropriate. Very Happy.

Dave C. on March 25, 2018

Steve Adapted to our Wedding’s Craziness.

“Our wedding was crazy, short notice, ran late, but he was adapting to it all.

Andrea N. on February 28, 2018

We felt like we were talking with a friend!

Steve had the perfect personality for our wedding. My husband and I are not the most vocal about our love story and we wanted someone who was fun and light hearted who could tell loved ones about our journey to marriage. After meeting Steve we instantly felt like we were talking with a friend!PersonableSteve is so fun to talk to. His persona helps keep things joyful and light during the ceremony. •PreparedMy husband and I had no idea what we wanted our ceremony to look like. Steve had a template that guided us. He asked us questions to help us determine how we wanted the ceremony to flow and provided us with ideas and examples.CommunicationHe was always available and enthusiastic about our journey/story. Even though Steve mixed up a couple of details from our initial meetings, he promptly adjusted them in his script and nailed all the details during the wedding ceremony! •Flexible – We changed the wording/ceremony script on Steve a couple of times and he was more than happy to adjust. •RehearsalHe made the rehearsal fun and didn’t tell us exactly what he would be saying during the ceremony the following day, which was exciting! I appreciated that he wanted to keep it somewhat fresh and exciting for us. •License- Steve was great and helped obtain the marriage license, sign it (obviously) and also guided us in submitting it after the wedding. We have been in contact since the wedding and he has been available for me with any questions I have! •Client/Couple Focused – My husband and I are Christians and I loved working with Steve to create a message about our relationship and our relationship with God that is unique to us. He did not push us to use the same old verses that everyone uses, but he was willing and interested in our story and how we wanted that shared with all of our family and friends. We also wanted to keep the ceremony short, so he adjusted the points and timing so it would fit within our request.

Lauren T. on January 22, 2018

Steve was the only officiant to respond

We contacted Steve (Water to Wine) and a few other officiants on Wedding Wire, less than a week before our date that happened to be during the busy Holiday season. Steve was the only officiant to respond. He quickly agreed to perform our ceremony in our location. We communicated back and forth so he would have info about who we were and what kind of ceremony we were hoping for. On the day, Steve arrived early. He was friendly, professional and knew exactly what we were hoping our wedding would be. His ceremony encompassed our personalities, some relationship history and our requested desire for acknowledgement of Gods presence. Our wedding guests had nothing but wonderful comments, we couldn’t be happier and we would highly recommend Steve to others.

Denise N. on January 4, 2018

Steve was fantastic!

Steve was fantastic as our officiant! He regularly communicated with me; and answered any questions I had right away. He was funny during our ceremony, just like we are, and i would absolutely book him again if I were to plan my wedding over! Thank you Steve!

Heidi W. on November 22, 2017

“The best ceremony they had been to…”

WE LOVE STEVE!!! As soon as we met him we knew he was the perfect fit for our big day. He’s a sweet, teddy bear of a man who is fun loving and professional. He handled our families with grace at the rehearsal and had our guests laughing up a storm during the ceremony. Our guests later told us it was the best ceremony they had been to because of HIM. I could not recommend this man enough.

Karli F. on October 5, 2017

“So pleased to have Steve as our officiant!”

We were so pleased to have Steve as our officiant! He did such a great job for the ceremony itself and was very good with our families. He was very easy to communicate with and was able to attend the rehearsal dinner as well (we were in Ferndale and he was coming all the way from Snohomish!) which helped put our minds at ease for the big day. Steve was also very reasonable in pricing, which was an added blessing. Thank you Steve!

Alysha E. on September 26, 2017

“Steve was Absolutely Amazing!”

Steve was absolutely amazing, we had everything go well and I am very thankful for his services. He not only was able to make it a personal ceremony but he did a great job getting to know each of us and incorporating our personal story into his presentation. My wife and I know how much there is to do when you are planning a wedding. Do not let yourself stress out about one more thing. Hire Steve and I promise from an officiant standpoint you will not have to worry!

Anthony D. on September 22, 2017

“Steve was the perfect Officiant!”

Steve was absolutely amazing! He is a wonderful speaker and made our ceremony light, fun and special. We had such a great time and we felt so comfortable with him. He was always there and willing to give advice or answer any email questions I had and on our big day, such a calming figure for me and my husband. Steve was the perfect Officiant and I’m so glad he will always be remembered as part of our wedding day!

Rachelle F. on September 14, 2017

“Exactly what we wanted our wedding ceremony to be.”

My family and I traveled form Michigan for our remarriage ceremony and everything had to be done through email and phone calls. In addition to being professional, knowledgeable, and full of humor, Steve was also very accommodating and willing to work with us to give us both exactly what we wanted our wedding ceremony to be. Additionally, he was willing to meet us at our rental home and perform the ceremony there, even though it meant a 45-mile trip for him. I would definitely recommend Steve to anyone who asks.

Kathy H. on August 26, 2017

“Steve Made Me Relax…”

Steve did a great job officiating. He was well organized and helped us every step of the way. He made the ceremony very personable by adding in our chosen bible scriptures, and it was especially nice to have him say some of the ceremony in Spanish for Daniel’s family. I was extremely nervous walking down the aisle but Steve made me relax by having a few comical remarks. We both didn’t want a crazy, serious ceremony, so I am glad that he did that to lighten the mood. I would definitely recommend Steve.

Cheryl B. on August 21, 2017

Easy To Work With And So Much Fun!

Steve was very easy to work with and was so much fun! During our ceremony he had everyone laughing and everyone had such a great time. He made sure he was including everything we wanted into our ceremony. He was very responsive to messages and questions as well. We are so happy with the way everything turned out. Thank you Steve for making our day extra special and fun!

Haley W. on August 15, 2017

He Put In An Extra Personal Touch!

Steve is very personable and easy to work with. We were really pleased with his ceremony and the extra work he went to put in an extra personal touch.

Rand H. on August 13, 2017

He Made Our Ceremony Extra Special!

Steve was absolutely amazing as an officiant and even more as a guide throughout this journey calming nerves, getting to know us and really making our ceremony feel all the extra special. We are so thankful and blessed to have found him and are forever grateful for his part in our special day!

Rachelle F. on August 11, 2017

He Made The Whole Process Easy!

Steve was great! He was so great to work with and fit our style and personalities perfectly! He was very responsive and personable and made the whole process so easy. Would highly recommend!

Ashely O. on August 3, 2017

Exactly What We Wanted!!!

I’m so thankful we went with Steve to be our officiant. He was easy to communicate with; he made our ceremony short, sweet and personal. Exactly what we wanted!!! Thank you!

Rachel R. on July 18, 2017

Steve Was Wonderful!

Steve was wonderful. From the first conversation I had with him I was comfortable with him. He made it all about my husband and I. He kept in touch even though I hired him about 6 months in advance. There was never any question about whether he would remember. Everything was great! Thank you so much.

Jennifer W. on July 18, 2017

He’s The Best!

Steve made our special day perfect! He was genuinely interested in our story as a couple and getting to know us to make our ceremony personalized and exactly what we wanted. He was nice, welcoming, and professional! He was very responsive to our questions and was great about confirming all the details beforehand. He showed up early to our rehearsal and wedding and came prepared and ready to lead. (He even brought gifts for the ring bearer and flower girl!) The ceremony was exactly what we had hoped for and we are so happy we found Steve! We would recommend him over and over again – he’s the best!

Kiera W. on June 12, 2017

Absolutely Phenomenal!!!

Absolutely Phenomenal!!! We were an out of state couple and he did an amazing job of being available on the phone and thru emails at all times. He took time to get to know each of us individually and as a couple. Gave us full reign to develop our own ceremony yet was there to help and guide us where we needed. Then to top it all off he delivered a perfect ceremony mixed with seriousness, humor, and love. Would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Steve!!!

Jacob F. on December 22, 2016

Steve made our day 100%

Steve did our ceremony; he made it everything we ever wanted! He is absolutely amazing and made our day 100%. Thank you so much!

Charlotte R. on December 14, 2016

A Great Officiant!

Steve Whalen was a great officiant. He showed up to the venue about 30-45 minutes before the ceremony began, just as he promised. He was very professional about his appearance and presentation and we were very pleased with his service. He added a bit of humor and did a fine job of reciting our story of how we met and grew together. I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for a great pastor / officiant.

Maria B. on November 4, 2016

Steve Was A Hit!                                                                                                       Steve was a hit with my family and other guests. Extremely pleasant to work with and made this part of the process as easy as possible for me. Very much appreciated!        – Roberta T. on October 30, 2016 –

Absolute Perfection!                                                                                                 Steve officiated our elopement ceremony. His communication prior to the day was prompt and professional. He respected our wishes on what kind of ceremony we wanted and got to know us in order to personalize our day. 

Our ceremony was on the ferry to Bainbridge Island and despite tight time constraints; Steve still managed to deliver exactly what we were looking for. He was delightful to get to know and sincere in his interest in us as a couple. We even got stranded on the ferry together and had delightful conversation and company with him for the duration of our (unexpected) extended stay. All of my guests remarked on how wonderful Steve was.
 I wholeheartedly recommend his service as an officiant to any and all, no matter your wishes for the type of service you want.                                                                                                   Sharon Z. on October 14, 2016

Steve is the Guy!                                                                                                        Steve was the best fit right in to venue, very sweet fun loving and loves his job. So if you need a great man to do your ceremony Steve is the guy.                                                                                Lorri B. on September 27, 2016-

You would be making a mistake if you didn’t hire him                                             Where to even begin with how happy we were with Steve…. He was amazing! From coordinating our rehearsal (my terrible “day of” coordinator couldn’t make it) to showing up early and being so professional with a definite sense of humor. My fiancé and I forgot our rings during the ceremony so instead of everyone going into a panic, we just pretended and Steve played it off so well with a bit of humor so everyone was laughing, just what we wanted. Our first meeting with him was great. We sat and all got to know each other for a good couple hours and he really made our ceremony so personal. You would be making a mistake if you didn’t hire him to officiate your wedding. I promise, you will not be disappointed!!!                    Ashley R. on September 20, 2016-

We can’t recommend Water to Wine Weddings enough!                                       From our first phone conversation to the ceremony itself, Steve was wonderful!! We appreciated his warm manner and timely communication. The day of the wedding he was punctual and organized, and he personalized the ceremony from start to finish. We can’t recommend Water to Wine Weddings enough! Thank you, Steve, for helping to make our day so special!                                                                                                                                                             Kristin D. on September 15, 2016-

“Steve was AWESOME!!! We loved him, our guests loved him! Everyone is still talking about it. His presentation was beautiful, funny, and inspiring! He took the time to get to know us and then designed his presentation around what he learned. He also took care of all of the paperwork and explained fully how everything would work. I can’t say enough about how pleased we are! THANK YOU STEVE!!”                                                                                           -Paige S. on September 9, 2016-

“My husband and I found Pastor Whalen on Thumbtack. It was the first time we used Thumbtack so we were a little nervous about it. However, Pastor Whalen was amazing! He was so approachable, patient, kind, and reliable. He catered to our needs and preferences. Our wedding was very small and intimate, but with the help from Pastor Whalen, everything went very well and was exactly what we wanted. My husband and I overall had a wonderful experience and would recommend him to anyone!”                                                                                 -Nikki W. on September 4, 2016-

“We recently found Steve through thumbtack and the experience from start to finish was great! We had a meeting where we got to know each other and then he was present at our rehearsal and wedding. He had the answers to all the questions we had and would not have changed a thing! We had a great experience and would gladly recommend him to our friends and family!”                                                                                                                                                       -Jorden D. on August 28, 2016-

“We met with Steve, and we instantly got a positive and gentle feeling from him. He is well spoken, caring, and has a good sense of humor. When he performed our ceremony, it was exactly how we wanted it to be. He performed what we had requested, and we loved his work. We enjoyed working with Steve, and would recommend him to anyone.”                                     – Khalil D. – (August 16, 2016)

“Steve was wonderful! We had our wedding in Seattle, but currently live in Bend, OR and he was so helpful over email until we could meet with him in person. Once we met, we knew he would be great. Such a personable and sweet man! He asked us questions about our relationship and lives, and shared stories about his own family. We appreciated that he felt comfortable enough with us to share those stories. We went away from our meeting feeling excited and a little less stressed 🙂
The ceremony was beautiful and Steve did a fantastic job! We were very very happy 🙂 A lot of our guests commented on how he did a great job and how sweet he was. We couldn’t recommend Steve more! Thank you so much, Steve!!!”                                                                             – Mackenzie P. – (August 16, 2016)

“Steve was our officiant and he was fabulous!!! Great sense of humor and his command of the Spanish language surprised and delighted us. I love that he does rehearsals and has the patience of a saint! He educated us on the marriage process from the marriage license to the vows and we and our guests thoroughly enjoyed having him there on our special day!!!”            – Melodie H. – (August 7, 2016)

“Steve did an amazing job for us with our wedding. He has an amazing heart, a great sense of humor and clearly loves performing weddings. I could not have asked for our ceremony to be any more perfect for us. It felt like we had known Steve for years. It was truly a blessing for us to have him be such an important part in our ceremony. I cannot recommend him strongly enough.”                                                                                                                                                               – Curtis M. –  (July 12, 2016)

Steve did an amazing job! We were so pleased by his speech. Steve is very funny and made wonderful light-hearted jokes with the family. We loved getting to know him and highly recommend him!                                                                                                                                               – Emily K. – (July 11, 2016)

“My husband and I are so pleased we found Steve! He is personable, funny, and comfortable. He did exactly what we asked and did it well, even though our wedding was so dark he could barely see his notes! He is great at communicating and made everything easy and comfortable. Thank you Steve!”                                                                                                                                           – Laura S. – (January 4, 2016)

“Pastor Steve was amazing to work with. From our first meeting to our wedding day he communicated in a timely manner and answered all of our questions and concerns with patience and kindness. 
We received many compliments on our ceremony for being touching yet fun.  
Thank you again Pastor Steve!!!
”                                                                                                 – Aleksandra M. – (August 9, 2015)

“Steve was amazing! My family is Hispanic and Steve came up with the idea to do part of the ceremony in Spanish- totally went above and beyond to include my family. And, I left the wedding license and certificate at home and Steve was totally fine with waiting for a family member to pick it up for us to sign and even volunteered to submit it!. We definitely won’t look back with any regrets”                                                                                                                                     – Karla Q. – (August 25, 2015)

“Steve was awesome! We laughed, cried and laughed some more! He made our ceremony personal and memorable! Would highly recommend him
.”                                                                    – Andrea H. – (July 30, 2015)

“My husband and I are super happy with the ceremony Steve performed! We asked for a casual, sweet, funny ceremony and we received all those things. He is a very nice person who put us right as ease from the beginning. We couldn’t be happier
.”                                                     – Erika N. – (July 23, 2015)

Steve was awesome! We met a few weeks before the wedding so he could get to know us a little better. During the ceremony it was if he had known us for years and our guests even commented on that. He even got a chuckle or two out of our guests and us. The ceremony was perfect. Thank you Steve for making our day extra special!                                                                  – Lisa F. – (April 23, 2015)

“Pastor Steve made our wedding ceremony more than I could have imagined. His big heart and great sense of humor showed his compassion for my special day. The best thing about Steve is that he truly cares. I knew that I could go to him with anything. His compassion for us as we got married was just what we needed on our special day.”                                                                      – Livia L. – (June 4, 2015)

“Once I met Pastor Steve, I knew he’d be the perfect match to marry us. He was very accommodating and flexible to our schedules, and had his own fun flair to the ceremony, as ours was a mix of two languages. If I had to do it all over again, we would definitely consult Pastor Steve as our officiant again!”                                                                                                              – Ashley P. – (July 1, 2015)

“Steve was simply incredible. He personalized the ceremony perfectly, was prompt, and did everything he could to make sure it was exactly what we wanted. We HIGHLY recommend him!! Thank you Steve for a beautiful day!!!”                                                                                            – Majkin M. – (August 25, 2014)

“I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. Steve was perfect. Everyone thought he did an outstanding job. I would highly recommend him.”                                                                                    – Genette A. – (August 19, 2014)

“Steve was excellent! I gave him less than a weeks notice to perform my bilingual wedding and he came through with a memorable sermon that included all of the bible verses I requested to be mentioned. He was funny and went with the flow of our wedding. (It started later than planned; my husband forgot his ring at home!!) He made the whole thing very comfortable and remembered some of the elements of our ceremony that I forgot! He really wanted us to be happy with what he had prepared and took just a few moments to go over all the details with us. He understood we only had a second to talk about those details and he was very good at being time sensitive with us. He even asked me what he should wear to ensure he was dressed appropriate for our wedding style! I would recommend Steve to anyone who needs a solid ordained minister. I do believe he would perform well under any circumstance! Thank you Steve!”                                                                                                                                                                 – Gianina F. – (December 14, 2014)

“Steve was wonderful. We talked over the phone and emailed back and forth a few times before our wedding, but we didn’t meet him in person until just before our wedding. He arrived on time and he was prepared with the ceremony we had asked him to do. He even added his own touch of humor to keep it fun and not so serious which gave everyone a laugh. We couldn’t have found anyone better. Thank you Steve. You made our wedding perfect.”                               – Heidi B. – (December 16, 2014)

Steve was so very professional and funny he made the day so special for us.”                                  – Eva P. – (December 24, 2016)

“Steve was the officiant at my wedding on Dec. 22, 2014. Months prior to the big day, he took the time to meet with me and my fiancé, as I wanted to make sure we hired someone who we felt comfortable with and confident that they would officiate the type of ceremony we wanted. We spent almost 2 hours talking to Steve that day we all met. He listened to our life stories, our upbringings, our trials and tribulations we had gone through and the story of how our love came to be. He also shared with us his life story, his current church in which he is a pastor at and the love story of him and his wife. My fiancé and I felt very well bonded with Steve by the end of our meeting; it felt like we were chatting and catching up with an old time good friend.  Steve is very personable, friendly, outgoing and vivacious. A very lovely personality, indeed! He is a fun person to talk and have coffee with.  I knew EXACTLY what I wanted for our ceremony, for I had written it all up myself. I gave him a copy of it, he looked it over and agreed that it was very well put together and that he’d have no problem officiating the ceremony exactly as I had written it.  On the day of, he not only kept to the ceremony I had written, but he also threw in some wonderful points of humor, jokes very personalized to my fiancé and I, which he was only able to do because of the time he spent really getting to know us.  I would most definitely recommend Pastor Steve to anyone who is looking for an officiant who won’t just merely perform your ceremony, but who will take the time to really get to know the couple beforehand, therefore allowing the couple to have a very special, unique and fun ceremony personalized to them and their personalities! Having him perform our wedding ceremony truly made our special day even more special! Thanks Steve!”                                          – Tamara W. – (December 30, 2014)

Steve is a wonderful person to work with. I was a little apprehensive meeting a pastor of a church, mostly because I’m not the most religious person in the world. That being said, it was very important for me to have someone of my faith officiate my wedding. My fiancé, Steve and I spent a good 2 hours just talking like we were good friends the whole time. He made us both feel very comfortable with him and the way he does things, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have him officiate my wedding in September 2015. 🙂                                                                           – Carissa G. – (April 10, 2016)

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