Moments of Your Life
I’m so excited to meet you!
My name is Melissa Coe, and I am a professional Wedding Officiant, Certified Life Cycle Celebrant and Funeral and Memorial Specialist in Portland, Oregon. My passion and life’s calling is creating inviting, deeply meaningful and personal, one-of-a-kind ceremonies that you and your guests will remember long after the day is over.
Celebrating Your Life Events
From beginnings (weddings, commitments, renewals and anniversaries) to endings (separations, divorces, funerals, memorials and animal companion remembrances). I will help you turn your event into a beautifully composed, unique moment which is totally harmonious with you and your values.
I believe that every life event has meaning and deserves to be recognized and honored, joyfully and sincerely.
This is why my clients include people from all faiths, paths and orientations. My Celebrant certification has given me an extensive education in the history of ritual and symbolism, as well as in the traditions of world cultures, beliefs and religions. And as an ordained, Interfaith minister, I experience great joy and delight by creating ceremonies which authentically speak of your journey and your beliefs.
I love drawing on my education, knowledge and ceremonial experience to help you celebrate your LIFE—both the small and the big parts of it— sincerely, uniquely, joyfully and memorably. Significantly.
Creating Your Ceremony
The ceremony is the heart and soul of any celebration. Whether you are secular, religious, spiritual, nondenominational, interfaith or multicultural, I will carefully listen to your stories, memories, beliefs and intentions. In a fun, relaxed and collaborative process, we will discover the words, music, readings, symbols and traditions with which you most resonate. And then, with great heart (as well as a lot of laughter and sometimes, a few tears!), your custom, created-only-for-you ceremony will unfold precisely the way you envisioned it ~ celebrated in the presence of the ones you love.
My sole/soul goal is to create a ceremony and memories that fully reflect YOUR understandings, not mine!
It’s your ceremony. YOU own it and have complete and total editing rights. Until it’s exactly the way YOU want it, even if you think of something else the morning of your event, it’s not done until YOU say so.
Conducting Your Ceremony
Finally, you can relax and know that when I officiate your ceremony, I will arrive an hour before your event; I will warmly and sincerely welcome your family and friends as the very important people they are; and that I will conduct your ceremony with professionalism, grace and spoken from the heart. Together, memories will be created that everyone present will cherish and talk about for years to come!
We do not remember days, we remember moments.
~ Cesare Pavese