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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wedding Professional Wednesday: Rev. Kevin Knox

As wedding consultant in central Florida, I am always asked about officiants. Your wedding officiant is a key element in your ceremony going well. Today our Wedding Professional Wednesday feature will spotlight a great officiant to consider for your wedding. Rev. Keven Knox has officiated over several ceremonies I've had over the last four years. I can truly say he is professional, helpful and really takes the steps to ensure your wedding day personally reflects you. We recently took the time to discuss his thoughts on weddings and ceremonies.

Name: Rev. Kevin Knox

Name of your Company: A Beautiful Ceremony, Inc.

Location: Central Florida

Number of Years in Business: 9 years

Website: www.ABeautifulCeremony.net

Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/RevKevinK

Tell us a little about your business and the services you offer:
Custom wedding officiating services and online premarital education.

How did you get started in the Wedding Industry?
A fellow hospital employee asked me to perform her daughter’s ceremony. She encouraged me to promote my services because she had a very difficult time finding a minister. I attended my fist Wedding Professionals of Central Florida (WPCF) meeting shortly thereafter in 2000. It was there that Rev. Jimmy Johnson told me that Orlando is second only to Las Vegas in the wedding industry. The rest is history!!



What professional organizations or networking groups are you a member of?
The Advisory Board for Certified Wedding Ministers
The Perfect Wedding Guide luncheons
Orlando Wedding Professionals events

Any industry awards or recognition?
Awarded ‘Member of the Year’ by Wedding Professionals of Central Florida
Chosen by Disney for their 2009 TV wedding promotion
Helped Charter the Association of wedding officiants
Presenter for Association of Bridal Consultants
Author of "The Best of the Best Wedding Words", "Secrets of Your Dream Wedding" and "Wedding Etiquette Revealed"
Channel 9 - Wedding of the Year Officiant

Furthest place and/or interesting place you’ve travelled to while working on a wedding assignment?
The most interesting wedding was a televised wedding at Sea World. The bride and groom were Sea World divers that got special permission to get married in the Shark Tank. The bride used sea shells to weigh the dress and veil down and both held up signs to say their ‘I do’s’. The couple was fitted with special scuba mask that allowed them to hear my ceremony. Unfortunately Sea World did not allow me to be in the shark cage with the couple. They said something about a liability; instead I had 6 inches of protective glass between me and the sharks.

What are a few suggestions you would make to couples as they are selecting an officiant for their wedding?
1. What do the professional photographers, videographers and wedding coordinators say about the officiant? They are the ones who see all the different officiants and know what officiants do the best work.
2. Is the officiant a good fit for you-Do you feel comfortable with them?
3. How flexible are they regarding your ceremony content and do they offer the resources to make the ceremony planning easy for you?
4. What kind of customer service do they offer-are they easily accessible for your questions.

What are some unique ideas have you seen incorporated into ceremonies recently?
The ‘Wine & Love Letter Box’ is one of the newest options that couples enjoy, but the ‘Blessing of the Hands’ is still the most requested from the ALL options from the ceremony planning kit. Brides prefer it even more than the unity candle.

Are you a blog reader? If so, what are your three favorite blogs besides the Joie de Vie blog?
Sorry, I’m still catching up on this blog technology. I can’t claim any favorites. In 6 months I’ll be able to answer the question differently.

If you weren't working in this industry, what field would you be in instead? Why?
I still work full time as a hospital chaplain. It’s a very rewarding ministry. (Most of my wedding team also serves as hospital chaplains.) I find that the hospital chaplaincy has a way of keeping me very grounded in life while the weddings provide a joyful counter balance to the work as a chaplain. Life is a balancing act.


What would we be surprised to learn about you?
1.That I’m the father of 3 outstanding young adults-how did that happen?
2.I’m a bit of an adventure seeker. I’d rather jump out of an airplane at 14,000 feet than deal with a bridezilla, but who wouldn’t?

When not working on a wedding, what are your favorite pastimes?
1.SLEEP. I have a lot to catch up on.
2.Reading-can’t wait to wake up from a good nights sleep and be able to read a good book.
3.Travel. Teresa’s a cruise agent - can’t beat that!
4.Watching sitcoms on TV. (Rules of Engagement, Still Standing, Two and Half Men, Psych, Monk, etc.)
5.Gator Football!!!

Getting married? Well here is a great professional you may want to consider. Rev. Knox has an excellent team that truly take the steps to making your even an unforgettable one!

Until next time,



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