Owner: Michelle McGrath
Member: February 1, 2012
Compassionate. Organized. Thoughtful.
Natural State Events is home to the Reverend Chelle—a ceremony officiant with a uniquely Northwest style. Chelle’s officiating style is intensely custom, and wedding guests are impressed by the details she captures in her ceremonies.
What first interested you in the wedding industry?
I love public speaking and event planning, and I admire strong marriages. The combination of the three led me down this path!
How would you describe your style?
Light hearted, touching, spiritual but not religious, creative, unique
What do you enjoy most about working weddings?
The smiles on the bride and groom’s face during the ceremony
What is the most important consideration couples should make in hiring someone in your profession for their wedding?
If you want a traditional wedding service, a custom service like Natural State might not make sense. Think about how you envision your ceremony–if it’s standard, I’m not the best officiant for you. If it’s one-of-a-kind and reflection of your personality
What’s your favorite moment during the wedding?
Drawing a giggle from the bride and groom in between their tears of happiness is pretty great.
What’s the question I’m not asking but wish I would, or what is the question that clients usually don’t ask you but you wish they would?
How long does the ceremony creation process take you?
What is your motto, theme song or favorite quote?
All you need is love!
“I was blessed to have the Reverent Chelle officiate my wedding and facilitate my Blessing-Way ceremony. On both occasions, she took the time to find out what my husband and I were looking for, and tailored the ceremonies accordingly.
Before Gus and I got married, Chelle talked to us about what we love about each other and what makes our relationship work, then she talked to our friends and families too, and incorporated all of that into the service. We had a small, living-room wedding with about 40 guests, and everyone felt included and involved in the ceremony. We had a ring-blessing ceremony, where all the guests held our wedding rings and said a blessing over them, and a water ceremony, where Gus and I drank out of a double-lipped vessel that his mom made. Chelle added just the right amount of humor to the wedding, and made everyone feel comfortable.
For the blessingway, before the birth of my son Theo, Chelle organized a group of loved ones to come together in an intentional group to offer blessings and support to me and Gus as we embarked on the journey of parenthood. We had snacks, made an art project, and told stories from childhood. One song was performed, and one poem. Each of the guests, my closest friends, offered a blessing and put a special stone, feather or trinket in the blessingway jar, which I brought with me to Theo’s birth. The ceremony was heartfelt and lovely.”