Main Office Location:
By Appointment Only
San Francisco, California
Greater San Francisco Bay Area
With a calm yet light-hearted presence, Minister Maggie performs both religious and non-denominational wedding and commitment ceremonies that express her couples’ spirituality, values and beliefs. She works closely with each couple to get to the heart of their relationship, and helps them find the words to most eloquently express their love story. A true people-person, Maggie delivers ceremonies that are engaging, warm, and inclusive of all guests. She says, “My goal is for you and your guests to leave the ceremony filled with joy and love!”
Personal. Professional. Joyful.
Sometimes in the excitement of planning a wedding, the ceremony gets forgotten. But the ceremony is really the main event of the day! It's the reason people travel long distances to be at the wedding. They want to share in the joy and beauty of that moment when the couple says, "I do." The ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the festivities. My goal is to make sure people leave the ceremony saying, "That was the best wedding we ever went to!" I want them to feel warm and happy and to take that good feeling to the party and beyond. Because a wedding ceremony is so important, couples need the guidance of an experienced officiant. I have performed hundreds of ceremonies over 15 years, and each one has been a joy and an honor.
The word "minister" sometimes confuses people, but most of my ceremonies have no religious words at all. Almost all of my couples describe themselves as "not religious," but they do feel spiritual and want more than a civil ceremony. That spiritual grounding is what I try to provide.
At one time, I would lead prayers at the Sunday Celebrations at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco. Someone wrote me a letter and sent it to the church addressed to "Maggie (Minister)." People began calling me Minister Maggie, and it stuck.
One of my most unique weddings was on a cable car in San Francisco. The couple had come from out of state, and they brought a bag full of kazoos and other musical toys. We caught a random cable car, and the groom passed out the instruments. The riders were from all over the world, but everyone played "Here Comes The Bride." We hung on to the rails and had the ceremony right there. Then the couple had their first dance while the riders played, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." Suddenly, a local resident in the back of the car began singing the words. It was such a fun, memorable, San Francisco event!
It's really important for the couple to enjoy every moment of the day. Planning can be so stressful that couples are sometimes too exhausted to relax and have fun at their own wedding. I've found that having help (a team of professional wedding vendors or even just designated friends) can make the day far easier for the couple and their guests.
Caring. Joyful. Calm.
Favorite book: A Tale of Two Cities
Favorite movie: Midnight In Paris
Favorite work of art: Nighthawks by Edward Hopper
"Getting old is not for sissies." —Bette Davis
Hiking in the redwoods. Trying to play bass guitar.
A 24-pound tabby named Pavo recently adopted my husband and me. His owner died, and Pavo made it clear that he wanted to move into our house. We feel blessed to have been chosen and delighted to have this magical being in our lives.
- East Bay
- North Bay / Marin
- San Francisco
- Santa Cruz
- South Bay / San Jose
- Tri-Valley and Livermore Wine Country
- And other areas by special arrangement.
“The ceremony was fantastic. Minister Maggie read our words as if they were her own, and made it seem like that she had known us our whole lives. She had a huge smile the entire time, and made me feel like she was part of the family.”
“We had a vision for our ceremony and she offered many wonderful suggestions to expand our ceremony. Best of all, our ceremony felt true to us and she certainly facilitated us in that process.”
“On the day of the wedding, she executed our vision perfectly.”
“Maggie was a star on the wedding day. She exceeded our expectations. She has a great speaking voice and projected so everyone could hear her without a microphone.”
“Maggie had a calm and fun presence and we felt safe when we met her. She’s respectful and humorous.”
“We chose Minister Maggie for our wedding ceremony because she is so kind and open and very genuine. We also felt like we connected with her.”
“Maggie is assertive, quick on her toes, and a great leader.”
“Maggie helped us execute our vision by listening to us, working with us to draft our ceremony, and letting us edit it continuously.”
“We were thrilled with the planning process with her. She is extremely approachable and easy to talk to. She had great advice that clearly came from years of experience.”
“Rev. Maggie has such a lovely voice—so lovely as to calm down a nervous bride!”
“We really appreciated how professional, warm, and kind Maggie was throughout the process.”
“I would recommend Minister Maggie to all of my family and friends who are getting married in the future—especially my younger sister!”
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