Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week we highlight the multi-talented team of Reverend Tan. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about Reverend Tan, now’s your chance! Take it away, Rev…
Tell us a little about your company? We offer male and female officiants for all types of ceremonies. Rev. Rick and Rev. Jennifer are a married team who also offers harp, flute and piano. We love officiating and playing music in weddings!
Rev. Jessica, Rev. Jose and Rev. Jacob round out our incredible team of officiants. Rev. Rick can offer ceremonies in Tagalog, and the rest of the team can offer ceremonies in Spanish. We often perform with talented friends who play violin and guitar. We mostly travel to the greater Sacramento, Napa and East Bay areas, and we specialize in offering elopement and small wedding packages in beautiful Davis. We have over 130 reviews on WeddingWire.
When did you establish your business? We have played music in weddings since 1985, and have officiated weddings since 2003.
What sets you apart from your competition? Our goal is to officiate the wedding of your dreams! Your vision — your words. We are open to all types of ceremonies, themes and rituals. We help you as much as you need to craft the perfect ceremony. Offering live music and officiating is unique, and adds elegance to the event. Couples receive a discount when you hire us to both officiate and play music. Elopement and destination packages are also available.
Where do you find inspiration? Inspiration is found in the love that we see every day as we meet with couples and officiate weddings. Every moment spent on a wedding is pure bliss, and inspires us to share our love for what we do with future couples! We offer elopement packages and are inspired by stunning images on Pinterest and Instagram.
What trend do you see coming for weddings this year? More couples are incorporating rituals that symbolize the coming together of two families, and also honoring ethnic traditions in a modern way. Examples are watering a young tree during the ceremony that has earth from both parents’ homes, and then planting it in the couple’s home after the wedding, or incorporating a modified tea ceremony to honor Chinese parents in the middle of the wedding.
Do you regularly blog? If so, what’s your blog site? Yes! We love to blog about our weddings. You can follow our blog at reverendtan.blogspot.com.
Can you share a funny/embarrassing/touching story about one of your clients? Rev. Rick officiated a Gothic-themed wedding a couple of years ago. It was outside at night in the dark. Rain began to pour down, and the ring slipped out of the Best Man’s hand! Everyone present was searching in the dark, wet grass and couldn’t find it. The couple decided to finish up the ceremony, and later during the reception, a friend went back out to look and found the ring!
What’s your favorite comment/compliment that one of your clients has given you? We often hear, “Thank you for making our wedding ceremony exactly what we wanted and for being so calm. Thank you for sharing your beautiful music with us and making the wedding so special!”
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? We love to have picnics at the UC Davis arboretum with our children, go for walks through the greenbelts, and eat at the Davis Farmer’s Market!
Do you have any hidden talents? Rev. Jennifer is an aromatherapist, fiber artist, and homeschooling consultant. Rev. Rick is a feng shui consultant, artist, and teacher.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what element(s) would be most important to you? Funny you should ask! We just had our 20th anniversary celebration in April. We updated our colors from the 1994 palette of burgundy/mauve/forest green, to the 2014 palette of lavender/pale pink/sage green.
Now, we have 4 children who were all part of the ceremony, with the oldest three playing flute, violin, guitar and singing our song “True Love” that we wrote almost 25 years ago and that was featured at our wedding. We had a variety of desserts instead of traditional cake. Instead of vows, we asked everyone present to write a blessing to us, and Jennifer’s brother (who is also a wedding officiant!) read them aloud to us during the ceremony. It was exciting to have a new ceremony and bring together our families again after 20 years.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Hire a coordinator or at the very least have someone not in your wedding party who will help you with the day-of details. You want to enjoy a stress-free day! Select vendors who are professional, experienced and a good fit with your wedding vision. The right vendors will share their positive energy with you and make your day amazing!
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Photos courtesy of Reverend Tan.
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