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I Do Ceremonies Officiants

Stephen SimmonsAustin Officiant Stephen Simmons Family

I moved to Austin in 1984 and I have seen the incredible growth and changes and understand the uniqueness and appeal of Austin and the surrounding Hill Country. I have been married for over 26 years to my best friend, my treasure, my beloved – Tricia. I have two beautiful daughters and I love the journey of life with my best friend and family at my side!!  My desire is that every couple will have a marriage that brings them the joy and pleasure my marriage has brought me.

I have found over the years that having my wife involved in my activities is much more enjoyable than just “hanging out with the guys.”  Don’t get me wrong, for each of us to have our friend time with others is important, but I have found that I really enjoy doing more things with my wife and it draws us closer in all areas of our life.  I have also found that effective communication is one of the most important attributes to a successful marriage.  I have learned to listen more, and because I listen to my wife when she is sharing with me, it allows us to better understand what the other one is going through.  There are times when we each need a sounding board, and other times when we are looking for the other’s input, direction or guidance in a situation.  I have found that our relationship grows when we understand what the other is asking of us (expectations), instead of assuming the reason something is being shared is because the other person is looking for us to solve their issue.  I can truly say my life is better with every year of marriage and I truly desire for every couple to have a beautiful marriage and relationship with their spouse.

I highly recommend every couple purchase a couple of resources to help you better understand your spouse! Men and women are different, we have different needs, we have different definitions for what something means, and until you gain more understanding of the opposite sex, you will face challenges in your relationship.  5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, His Needs Her Needs by Willard Harley, Love and Respect by Emerson Eggerichs, What Women Want — What Men Want by John Townsend are a few resources I’d recommend that have helped me and my wife.  In many relationships, either the husband or the wife will take the time to read, but unless both of you commit to investing in your relationship, your marriage will only experience a partial completeness in what it could be.

I love performing wedding ceremonies because it is one of the top 3 or 4 highlights in most people’s lives.  The day you get engaged is exciting, but the day you say “I Do” should be one of the most exciting and memorable moments of your life.  I enjoy listening to a couple’s love story and working with them to create a wedding ceremony that will be memorable and enjoyed each time they look back at the moment.

Since your wedding day is such a special occasion, I strive to create the ceremony each couple desires it to be. I’ve performed over 600 weddings and I’ve never performed the ceremony twice.  I customize every ceremony for every couple, bringing your family and friends into the moment, and performing a ceremony that everyone will remember and enjoy. I never just “show up” and perform a “canned” ceremony. So whether your are looking for a fun ceremony, a spiritual or traditional ceremony, or a combination of tears and laughter, I desire to make your ceremony all you dreamed it would be.  Together, we will make your dream a reality!

Sincerely,
Stephen Simmons

Loren Jones

Welcome Loren to our Officiant Team!

Loren Jones I Do ceremonies officiating weddingAs I Do Ceremonies grows and the number of referrals and requests increase weekly, our team is growing! Stephen met Loren several years ago, and because of Loren’s great attitude, speaking presence, dry humor, character, and personality, Stephen asked Loren to join the I Do Ceremonies team. Loren brings over 19 years of experience in ministry to the team. Loren has had the honor of performing over 100 weddings at numerous places for some wonderful couples. Loren will bring his sense of humor and gentle demeanor to your ceremony, and would consider it a privilege to perform your ceremony and join you together in marriage.

Mitch Royer

We are happy to welcome Mitch to our Officiant Team!

Mitch Royer WeddingMitch Royer is the Children’s Pastor at Life Austin. With over a decade of working in Kids ministry, his experience consists of a variety of mega churches including Willow Creek in Chicago, IL and Sun Valley Community Church in Phoenix, AZ. In his current role at LifeAustin, his desire is to see the kids of Austin experience life change. He is married to Stacy, and has 2 kids, a daughter, Fiona and a Son, McNeely James.

“My First Wedding was performed 9 years ago. I love officiating weddings because I get to see the fresh love of a couple, looking forward to the future. It reminds me of my love for my bride as well. It is a great reminder of how important your spouse is and will be to your success.”