We had the good fortune of connecting with Cherise Klosner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cherise, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Before going full time with my officiating business I was working as a dental assistant for a rapidly growing practice. Officiating had been more of a side hustle but I never dreamed that I could take it any further. Once the pandemic happened it gave me the opportunity to pause from my 9-5 to be home with my kids while they finished the school year remotely. During that time I helped a few happy couples who, like most, had to cancel their big traditional wedding and opt for an elopement. I had no idea how many couples were actually looking to hire an officiant and word spread quickly about my business. It did not take long for my schedule to begin filling up and I made the decision to pivot away from my life in the office and turn towards becoming a full time officiant. This has allowed me to structure my schedule in a way that fits my family and I love it!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a wedding officiant who supports all healthy love. Whether a couple comes to me and are planning a large wedding with all the trimmings or eloping up in the mountains, I remind them that the reason for the celebration is that they are uniting their lives with the one they love so let’s make the ceremony extra special. Every ceremony script I write is completely customized to fit each couple’s unique style. I use their love story to guide the ceremony because no two couples are the same. I believe that the ceremony sets the tone for so much of their wedding day and should be handled with as much intention as any other aspect of their wedding. Because of this I also do my diligence to contact other vendors who may be involved with a couples special day to ensure that we are working cohesively to bring them the best experience possible. From June of 2020 to today I have officiated several hundred ceremonies and I have learned that most couples don’t know what to expect during their ceremony so I spend time getting to know them, their interests, and also what they do not want included in their ceremony. It is my goal that at the end of each ceremony every couple has the feeling of “wow that was so us” because it is all about them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I have grown up in Washington State most of my life and I was definitely the kid in high school ready to get as far away from home as possible but now I truly enjoy our little corner of the world. If you’re looking for a great sandwich, Melon Seed Deli & Frozen Yogurt in Tacoma is too good. For breakfast Moon Rise Cafe in Lakewood is delicious. The breakfast sandwich is my favorite! I will pretty much try tacos anywhere but the Matador in Tacoma is definitely one of the best and their drinks are always on point. As far as the views, the Pacific Northwest is really unmatched. About an hour or so outside of Seattle you can visit Olympic National Park and see the beach, the mountains, and the HOH Rainforest all in one afternoon but my absolute favorite spot to chill is probably right at home. We are lucky enough to live close to a sweet little lake where we can play in the water, grill up some good eats, the drinks are always strong and Tahoma (Mount Rainier) is our backdrop.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh man I have been so fortunate that I have such great support from family and friends. I had actually been chatting with my lash tech about how much I loved officiating ceremonies and she suggested growing it into a business. She said some things that really hit home about going after my dreams and how that affects not only my happiness but my kids as well. Shout out to Tiffynee Terry-Thomas for listening to me chat her ear off while I got my lashes hooked up. Beyond her my sister Brittany has been a huge support and is always down to let me run script ideas by her to review and edit. Lastly, my husband Jon has helped me take this from side hustle to full time by getting me a shiny new laptop (because I had been borrowing our daughters when she was done with her school day) and also really pick up on the home front when I am away at a wedding or off in the mountains for an elopement. There are so many people in my life who’s support is invaluable and I love them all.
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