Choose Your Own Adventure

Authored by: Amber Shurr Enduring Promises

Our memories are best captivated not by the mundane or monotonous, but by the moments in which we are both surprised by the unexpected and yet feel the most alive in our own skin. Life was never meant to be lived by a template but rather to be a story, adventured as we wake up each day to write a new page. There are people and things that we connect to on our individual journey that shape us and attach to us, they become a part of us and are played out in everyday moments as well as our major life events. Just as fashion is never a “one size fits all” neither should your life be. This is especially true of the monumental moments such as your wedding day.  

“Our lives are stories, and the stories we have to give to each other are the most important. No one has a story too small and all are of equal stature. We each tell them in different ways, through different mediums—and if we care about each other, we’ll take the time to listen.” Charles de Lint

Whether your love story is connected to a “Tale as old as time..” Beauty & The Beast or “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Star Wars  Many of us find pieces of ourselves in the characters of our favourite books, movies, or pop-cultural trends. We express invitation to others to get to know us through fashion and what we choose to celebrate. Oftentimes, these are the things that draw us together and how much more when it comes to choosing a life partner.

What could be more authentic and memorable than your wedding day built around these influences. Your wedding day marks the beginning of a brand new family unit, distinctively, who you are as a couple. You are taking the time to individualize the location, the guest list, the decor, the music, the food and drink, why should your ceremony stand in stark contrast to the rest of the day?

Your wedding day is a big moment in your lives and love story. By adding a theme to your wedding you are solidifying the moment in the memories of your guests. In the book “The Power of Moments” by Chip & Dan Heath, the authors outline how to do this.

“Defining moments are created from one or more of the following four elements:

  • Elevation: Transcend the normal course of events, be extraordinary, surprise
  • Insight: Rewire our understanding of ourselves or the world
  • Pride: Moments that capture us at our best — achievement, courage
  • Connection: Shared with others”

Your wedding day is a defining moment so why not add a touch of whimsy or even colour over every element with your theme?

“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.” “I love you,” he whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.” “I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”

– Sarah J Maas “A Court of Thorns and Roses”Photographer: Hailey McBride

Or your rhythm is more that of the world of Steampunk culture.

My soul is a metronome. It sways to your song of love.” ~author unknown

Maybe your fascination lies within the darker world of Halloween. With the intrigue and thrill of Vampires, masks and Friday the 13th!

Photographer – Cinema One

“Friday the 13th” – movie series

Maybe your love story best resembles a nod to Beth & Rip from Yellowstone

“[The ring] means that you have me, that I’m yours. It means, ‘Come live your life with me.’ The only thing I ask is that you outlive me so that I never have to live another day without you.”  or

 “You had me at hello” – Jerry Maguire,

“No matter what happens to us, everyday spent with you is the best day of my life.” –The Notebook or even

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” –Winnie the Pooh.

Wherever your love story takes you, may you always live happily ever after!

About the Author: Amber Shurr

Amber Shurr is a passionate, Enduring Promises Professional Wedding Officiant with a budding enthusiasm for sharing stories through the written word. She is a proud furbaby mom/slave and mother of 3 amazing young adult humans!

Kaelen & Scott

We chose Ron Shantz as our wedding officiant and was he ever incredible! He was not only so wonderful to work with leading up to the day with answering our questions, making sure we knew the flow of the ceremony but really wanted to make our ceremony special. He spoke so eloquently, had a very calming presence, and used humour. I can’t recommend him enough; he will truly make your wedding experience incredible and special. Thank you, Ron!

Kaelen & Scott
Married on September 23/2022

Rhiannon & Rob

We came across Enduring Promises at a wedding expo and were sold on their “build your own ceremony” approach to officiating. Then we met Amber Shurr. Right from our initial meeting we knew Amber was going to be the perfect person to marry us. She was so upbeat and covered everything we needed to know. When it came time for our wedding ceremony, she was incredible – her tempo was perfect, she went with the flow and cracked a few jokes and after all was said and done, she submitted our paperwork so that our marriage is registered. All in all, it was the perfect ceremony, there’s not a single thing we would change. We would recommend Enduring Promises to everyone we know.

Rhiannon & Rob
Married on September 24/2022

Christie & Martin

A big thank you to Tim for officiating our wedding! We couldn’t have asked for a better fit for a wedding officiant. The seriousness mixed with being laid back and a great sprinkle of sarcasm was exactly what we needed for our ceremony. Taking a fun shot at Martin about who was the annoying one after he was joking with me was perfect! Tim really made the ceremony feel like us, and that was all we ever wanted!

Christie & Martin
Married on September 17/2022

Dalila & Dani

Best day of our lives!

We went with Enduring promises because it was included in our wedding package. And we are SO happy that it was. Everything was so easy, and we chose to go with David Blow as our officiant. He was extremely quick to respond to any of our questions and he was easy to talk to and understood what our needs and wants were. He was also extremely flexible attending our rehearsal the day before. In the end our ceremony turned out to be everything that we could have ever wished for!

Dalila & Dani
Married on September 16/2022

Angela & Sean

Brianne Manuel was the officiant for our intimate wedding ceremony. She was amazing to deal with prior to the wedding and during the ceremony. She was exactly what we were looking for when thinking about an officiant. She was quick and responded to all my emails. Brianne made this process so easy for us and was an absolute pleasure to deal with.

Angela & Sean
Married on September 20/2022

Tania & Nathan

The perfect touch!

We were so honoured to have David Blow as our officiant for our wedding day. He is the sweetest soul and made our wedding ceremony so beyond perfect. David made the effort to also come to travel to us for a rehearsal, he was so organized and took a load of stress off our shoulders.

Enduring promises has a WONDERFUL platform that they provide you so that you can customize your entire wedding ceremony. I love this because you can create your special moment in any way you would prefer.

I would recommend enduring promises and David Blow over and over again!

Tania & Nathan
Married Aug 26/2022

Rachelle & Antonio

Melissa Welch-Paré was the officiant for our wedding, and she was nothing short of amazing! She was very prompt, attentive, and made the entire process easy and enjoyable! We would highly recommend both Melissa Welch-Paré and Enduring Promises for anyone looking for a unique option for their wedding.

Rachelle & Antonio
Married on September 10/2022

Samantha & Andrew

Angela was the best!! A+++

Our experience with enduring promises was amazing from start to finish. Angela exceeded our expectations and made our day an amazing success. She provided pointers and recommendations based on her experience, she led our rehearsal and took control of the ceremony which we absolutely appreciated! Angela was fast to respond from start to finish, and even after following the ceremony when we had some additional questions.

The online portal was a great tool as we were able to curate our customized ceremony just how we wanted it. It was incredibly easy to use and the prompts for each section of the ceremony were very helpful.

We would HIGHLY recommend Enduring Promises and Angela to be your officiant. We had a top notch experience every step of the way. Thank you, Angela, and team, for making our ceremony and day so special!

Samantha & Andrew
Married Aug 13/2022

Drew & Leeann

Melissa was super helpful and kind. She kept in contact with us after the first meeting just to remind us of deadlines and options with the ceremony. The templates are super easy to use and really helpful. It allows you to personalize and set the tone you want for your ceremony and your guests. Our officiant Melissa Welch-Pare was amazing, I would recommend her to anyone. She is super personable, kind, and professional.

Drew & Leeann
Married August 6/2022

Wendy & Trevor

Absolutely amazing experience!! THANK YOU!!

Our officiant Belma Vardy was absolutely amazing!! Often reviews are based on a 5⭐️scale, Belma deserves at least 20⭐️!!!! From start to finish we felt comfortable in placing our trust in Belma to guide the ceremony we had created!! The online development platform was fantastic! It gave us some ideas as a starting point, but also allowed us to create a ceremony that was custom to us, add to it, change it and tweak it to perfection! Belma was there throughout to make sure everything was in place and exactly as we wanted it! Her communication and calm nature put us (as well as our two teenage boys that were our wedding party) at absolute ease (throughout the planning process) and her expertise and guidance allowed all of us to enjoy every minute of our special day!! We can’t thank Belma enough for all that she did for us! We would definitely recommend Enduring Promises for your officiant(s) without hesitation!!

Wendy & Trevor
Married Jul 31/2022

Nicole & Christopher

My wife and I got married on July 22 with the help of Brad! We could not have asked for a better officiant as Brad took the time at our rehearsal dinner to go through what our wedding was going to look like and helped to reduce our anxieties. For the wedding day itself Brad helped my wife and I overcome our nerves with a joke that broke the tension and gave us a beautiful ceremony. I am so thankful that we picked Brad to be a part of our special day!

Nicole & Christopher
Married Jul 22/2022