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       Marie Di Giovine

       Officiant for Weddings and Vow Renewals

      

      850.376.7240 

       marie@weddingceremonybymarie.com


             Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Miramar Beach, Navarre Beach and Santa Rosa Beach (30A) in the State of Florida



 
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Nothing like saying "I Do" under the moonlight...on the dock of the bay. Congrats Linda & Louis! What a loving, romantic ceremony.
Carolyn & JD were my first clients who asked ME to be part of their Sand Unity Ceremony! Wow was I touched! I Officiated their Henderson Beach State Park Elopement Ceremony with Mari Darr Welch Photography capturing the tears, laughs, kisses and sunset. They met 20 years ago, dated, went separate ways and were reunited by God in His time. 
Adrian knew, from the moment he saw her, that Yvonne would someday be his wife. Acknowledgements, Scripture & a Blessing made this December wedding extraordinary. Photo: http://snapshotblessings.weebly.com
Brent and Rachel celebrated 10 years of marriage with a meaningful Miramar Beach Vow Renewal shared with their children. Love their colors! Sweet family :)

Kim didn't fall in love....she walked into love... with Robert - with her eyes wide open and choosing to take every step along the way. I Officiated their Inlet Beach Wedding with their children and family in attendance. Love all the smiles! 


Photos: Capture Destiny Photos

Laurent surprised his wife Nadine with a Grayton Beach Sunset Vow Renewal Ceremony. The kids presented their mom with a gift. So many surprises! This fun and very kind family traveled from Belgium to celebrate this special occasion with me on our beautiful beaches!

April 25th: Brittany & Ryan married on the very same beach they fell in love. This beautiful bride is the granddaughter of my good friend Martha. So, needless to say, I was honored and elated to Officiate this wedding. "Thank you, Marie for a beautiful ceremony! It was perfect!" ~ Brittany


Photo: V&V Photography

Feb. 14th: Weddings at the beach are FUN!!!! Bruce and Ying's sense of humor was prevalent during the ceremony and afterwards. Lots of laughs during their romantic Valentine's Day Panama City Beach Wedding.
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Susan surprised her husband Jason with a 10 Year Wedding Anniversary Vow Renewal Ceremony. He surprised her with an Anniversary Ring. As you can see in the top left photo, I was surprised as well when he slipped it on her finger! Their daughter Skylar took part in the ceremony by reading First Corinthians. (What a cutie!) This Vow Renewal was Susan's way of thanking Jason for a lifetime of unmeasurable love and support. Surrounded by family and friends, this was an intimate Grayton Beach beach house ceremony. It was PERFECT!

I Officiated Michelle & Nick’s elopement ceremony at Henderson Beach State Park, working alongside Jon Hauge Photography. This was a special ceremony for Jon & I as we were the vendor team at Michelle’s dad and stepmom’s elopement in July 2015 also at Henderson Beach State Park.

Michelle has excelled in so many areas of her life, because of the support and encouragement she receives from Nick. She is the best thing to ever happen to him, and he will enjoy every moment of the rest of their lives together. 

I always go above and beyond to ensure my couples get to have their dream wedding, despite weather challenges. After several attempts under the beautiful Eden Gardens State Park Wedding Tree, the rain won, and we had to move inside to the covered pavillion. I really don't think Vicki and Gene cared where their ceremony was, as long as they got to say their vows to each other in the presence of their loved ones and doggies! So loving and romantic, this was a beautiful wedding. Vickie waited a lifetime for true love, and for Gene..AT LAST, his love has come along.

I Officiated the WaterColor Elopement Wedding Ceremony of Molly and Jason at the beautiful Cerulean Park. What a great place for a small wedding! 

I incorporated Scripture verses and a Blessing while Jason surprised his bride with a few intimate vows of his own. Amy Little Photography took photos of them at the Inn, the beach, Cerulean property...so many to choose from! Congrats Molly and Jason you had a beautiful wedding! 
Love this shot of my Blessing upon Hilary & Chris at their Eden Gardens State Park Wedding Ceremony. Having known each other since middle school, their relationship is one of support and encouragement of each other. They are better people because of each other's influence and love. I Officiated their ceremony under the Wedding Tree with about 100 attendees. A big, beautiful and colorful wedding! 

Photo: Birdsong Photography

Joe knew Heather was a keeper when she obliged to dig a hole for the porto-potty during one of their first dates together. Hey, he had his priorities! LOL! They are a family-oriented couple who pride themselves on being loving and attentive parents to their blended family. I Officiated their wedding at Margaritaville Resort on Pensacola Beach. With about 30 people in attendance, it was just intimate enough for family and friends to join in their celebration. I personalized their ceremony and added in a Shell Toss so everyone could be involved. Chuck Lawson Wedding & Event Music provided his usual outstanding ceremony and reception music, with dancing till the doors closed. Arbor, décor and coordination: Lough Tide Beach Weddings. One of many lovely photos by Shannongraphy.


I was overjoyed when Suzanne, a former coworker, asked me to officiate her daughter's wedding. Katie made a beautiful bride and is just as pretty as her mother. 
Katie and Casey share a relationship based on loyalty and friendship. They chose the pool deck of their Watercolor vacation rental home as their ceremony location. Of course, in front of the fireplace. Family and friends witnessed their vows during a warm February afternoon. 
Big thanks to Casey for his US Active Duty Military service. And thanks to Suzanne for trusting me to create a memory for her little girl.


I Officiated the wedding of Elizabeth and Matthue with their sweet boys at their side. A chilly day, but the love for each other warmed everyone up. My family blessing, a Sand Unity ceremony and their personal words of love to each other created a special memory for all of them. And yes…they cried. That’s what my ceremonies do – bring out emotions. Photos by the lovely and talented Sonja Revells Photography. 

I am so fortunate to do what I do! I meet the nicest people, like Brenda and Steve and their lovely group of family and friends who witnessed them say "I Do" on the beach of Wyndham SunDestin Resort. What started out as a chilly morning turned into a beautiful warm day. Brenda & Steve told their story to their guests as I chimed in with my little special touches. Congratulations to Steve and Brenda!

I always thought Karina was a beautiful girl, but to see her walk down the aisle in THAT dress, with THAT smile, just made me tear up! She and Frank exchanged vows, rings and lots of kisses at their Opal Beach Wedding Ceremony with champagne and cake afterwards. Their son Luke Anthony stole the show as ring bearer! I loved Officiating this wedding and creating a new memory for this little family! Tahiry Humrich Photography did a fabulous job capturing all the special moments.


Ever since Jonathan met Rachael he finds himself falling for her more and more everyday. To him, she’s truly beautiful inside and out. I Officiated their Destin Holiday Isle Wedding Ceremony with family and friends gathered in attendance. Their ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Palazzo Del Sol beach house. Tropical steel drums and DJ party music provided by Chuck Lawson Wedding and Event Music. Lovely photos by Ashley Nichole Photography



Brittany and Shea had the most intimate Destin elopement. I personalized their ceremony reflecting their feelings towards each other and their son, which made it even more romantic. Shea relied on me to help him put it all together; his words of appreciation are found on the "Testimonials" page of this website. Their choice of Jon Hauge Photography was spot on in capturing their very special love.
Mat knew from their very 1st date that Robin was "the one". And Robin feels blessed to have such a thoughtful man in her life! Their Miramar Beach Wedding Ceremony consisted of a personalized ceremony, acknowledgements, Sand Unity, Handfasting, Shell Toss, a Cherokee prayer and a Christian Blessing. All captured beautifully by Irina Nikole Photography. Arbor/Decor by Destin Events and Floral. Location: Hidden Dunes Beach Resort.
Robin and Mat are such a sweet couple and I wish them all the best!
Ya just never know where love will find you. Juli and Bob found it when they bumped into each other at the dumpster! Who knew taking out the trash could be so romantic? HaHa! A simple but meaningful wedding ceremony is all they needed to express their love and commitment to each other. ~ "Marie, I want to thank you again for the fabulous ceremony that you did with Bob and me.  It was absolutely perfect!  We are so thankful that we found you....I would recommend your services to anyone who has the crazy idea to run off to Florida and get married.  :-) Big hugs from us to you, Marie!! - xoxo  Juli and Bob


I was honored to Officiate a wedding for another couple traveling from France. Aurelia and Flavien created their own vows reflecting their life together and feelings for each other. They exchanged bracelets instead of rings, and I personalized their ceremony. And, of course, we had to take a selfie! They were obviously very pleased with my service:

 

“Marie, we were so happy to find you, as from France with only the internet, it was not an easy thing to do. I felt from your words, and your pictures on your website and Facebook all the joy you were having doing your work and making memorable moments with a lot of care. Getting married with your help was simple. We want to thank you for your attention choosing the place, the moment, for your patience with us and our "complicated trip" and your beautiful words. We felt we were in trust, and that moment will remain in our greatest memories, if not the greatest!  

 

Thank you for everything,” ~ Aurelia & Flavien


Joanna & Gustavo had quite the wedding! Joanna’s daughter Peyton arrived in style with a newly sprained ankle. She then later surprised her mother & Gustavo with sand from Mexico & California for their Sand Unity ceremony. They celebrated Gustavo’s heritage with a Lazo ceremony. Grandmother Louise read Scripture and all the guests participated in a Shell Toss Ceremony. What a fun wedding! I am so happy I was part of it!

Amey and Jim have been through thick and thin and have always been there for each other. Everything has fallen into place for them since they moved here, so it was only fitting that they move on to the next chapter in their lives and what better place to do that then here in Paradise, aka Destin, Florida.
 
I Officiated their wedding on the grounds of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. I love the foliage; it makes for such a tropical look, and a nice diversion from the usual beach weddings. 
 
An intimate wedding on a warm May morning with family. Peaceful, quiet and romantic.

Tara told me “The love she shares with Eric is one of a kind. Pure and appreciative. Their souls harmonize with one another. They are meant to be”.  I Officiated their  Eden Gardens Wedding Ceremony under the beautiful Wedding Tree in June. Little Madalynn loves her newly created family.

 

Photo: Paul Johnson Photography ~ Ceremony Steel Drum Musician/Reception DJ: Chuck Lawson Wedding & Event Music ~ Chairs and Décor: Annlyzang Events


Last week I had the pleasure of Officiating the wedding ceremony of Jeff and Blythe. This was the very first time a wedding took place on the Nature Walk Trail of Henderson Beach State Park, and as you can see, it is quite picturesque. This is the place where Jeff proposed to Blythe, so the location held a special place in their hearts. 

Jeff is Blythe's hero, savior and protector. She is his everything. They exchanged vows in the presence of their loved ones before they all celebrated with an intimate dinner afterwards. 

Congrats to my lovely couple and BIG THANKS to Jeff for his U.S. Military Service!

If momma’s happy, I’m happy!: ~ 

“Marie, Thank you for the most special wedding day for my daughter. It was beautiful and you are a beautiful person too! Everything was wonderful.” ~

Maureen’s daughter Kelly was just the cutest, sweetest bride! It was my pleasure to wed Kelly and David, alongside the nicest group of family and friends. I incorporated Scripture and a Sand Unity, which made their ceremony extra special.

June 4th: Liz adds color to Denis’ life, enriching him emotionally and physically. She loves that Denis never treats life as a chore, but that he embraces it, and that he always starts and ends everyday with a hug. Their Destin Bay House Wedding consisted of a personalized ceremony, family acknowledgements, presentation of a gift to Liz’s daughter Emma, and a Family Sand Unity and Blessing with her as well. Lots of laughs, a few tears of joy, and a complete celebration of love!

Photo: Amy Little Photography



Tabatha and Bill's June 23rd 
Miramar Beach Wedding Ceremony included a Sand Unity, Scripture, Family Blessing, Personalization 
and Acknowledgements. 
Tab's son Cooper gave her 
away (how cute!). 
Surrounded by the love and 
support of family and friends, they had the most loving and 
fun ceremony! 



I Officiated the double Miramar Beach Vow Renewal ceremony of Kim & Rich (10 years) and Kim’s parents Ann & Jack (55 years).  I personalized each ceremony, which brought out laughs and tears.  A Family Blessing, Champagne toast and romantic dances in the sand made an extraordinary event for this family.

 

Photos: Laura Jennings Photography  

Musician: Chuck Lawson Wedding and Event Music


June 8th: Double Vow Renewal Ceremony tonight for Michelle and Frank (25 years), 
and their son Gregary and his wife 
Randi (10 years). So nice to see a family so close and committed to each other, their marriages and family. What a wonderful memory they have of their 
Fort Walton Beach vacation!

Venisha and Derrick love the Destin area, so it was only fitting that an impromptu Beasley Park Vow Renewal Ceremony took place while they were here on vacation. A Family Blessing with their daughter Tianna, their own created vows, a Sand Unity Ceremony and Shell Toss made this Renewal very emotional. I know that God works through me to bring my couples restoration. I am so truly blessed.
Rhonda and Dave had the most relaxed and intimate Miramar Beach Wedding Ceremony. Saying "I Do" in the company of family made their wedding that much more special. It was so nice meeting this sweet couple, I wish them all the best! Loved their beach house - Daquiri Days II. www.beachhousesllc.com

Ya can't have a Wedding Ceremony at Margaritaville Beach Hotel Pensacola Beach without a champagne toast afterwards! Cimbrey and Kade said "I Do" on a beautiful February afternoon, surrounded by this great group of people who love them! BIG THANKS to both for their U.S. Military Service!

Photo: Eatmon Photography

Donna and Tim's Rosemary Beach Wedding Ceremony on Valentine's Day was very memorable! They were my 1st couple to serenade each other during their own ceremony! They sang “Evergreen”; the perfect song to symbolize their love and commitment to each other. A Sand Unity ceremony and some extra personalization enhanced this meaningful wedding. Romance, fun and lots of laughs made for many emotional moments.   


Ashley & Tom's relationship is filled with love, trust, and acceptance. Together they have a fun-filled, loving relationship that always keeps a smile on their faces. I Officiated their Miramar Beach Wedding Ceremony in November. BIG THANKS to both of them for their US Military Service! 


5.0 Wedding Wire Rating & Review: “Marie is AMAZING! She is not only so sweet and kind, but she has the most beautiful, creative, and unique way of describing the love a couple shares. She was so thoughtful and attentive and made our ceremony better than I could ever imagine!"


Photo: Jamie Hamlin, Simple Elegant Affairs



I Officiated Angie & David’s 30 year Panama City Beach Vow Renewal on a windy, rainy afternoon in October. We brought the ceremony inside their condo and had the most warm, touching (and fun!) ceremony. Love, trust, and respect for each other are the core elements of this successful marriage. Long-time friends Marty and Lynn joined in the celebration, which included Scripture, a Blessing, a Sand Unity Ceremony and of course a Champagne Toast! 


Photos: Capture Destiny Photos

Kristen & Brent’s 4 year relationship has always been easy & comfortable. Having sons the same age is a common ground they both share. Their new motto: "Love is better the second time around." Congrats to this newly created family! 



As soon as Barbara looked into his eyes, she knew Anthony was the man she had been looking for all her life.  And, being the perfect gentleman, he asked if he could kiss her. Anthony found his Cinderella, and married her! ~ "Marie, thank you for making our wedding so special and personal. You are a pro at what you do and the way you put us both at ease. It was absolutely perfect." ` ~ Anthony & Barbara (See their Wedding Wire Review as well!) 

Photos: Capture Destiny Photos

Hi Marie,
We just wanted to thank you again for making our ceremony so special.  We
love the way you included our families and made everyone feel a part of the
ceremony! The blessing prayer was one of my favorite parts and will always
be a special memory. It was an incredible moment that I will always cherish.
May God continue to bless you and the work you do,
Kim and Jay Jones
Hi Marie,
We just wanted to thank you again for making our ceremony so special.  We
love the way you included our families and made everyone feel a part of the
ceremony! The blessing prayer was one of my favorite parts and will always
be a special memory. It was an incredible moment that I will always cherish.
May God continue to bless you and the work you do,
Kim and Jay Jones

Wow! Sometimes I don't realize how my service impacts others. 


"Hi Marie, We just wanted to thank you again for making our ceremony so special.  We love the way you included our families and made everyone feel a part of the ceremony! The blessing prayer was one of my favorite parts and will always be a special memory. It was an incredible moment that I will always cherish. May God continue to bless you and the work you do!" ~ Kim and Jay Jones

We just wanted to thank you again for making our ceremony so special.  We
love the way you included our families and made everyone feel a part of the
ceremony! The blessing prayer was one of my favorite parts and will always
be a special memory. It was an incredible moment that I will always cherish.
May God continue to bless you and the work you do,
Kim and Jay Jones
Hi Marie,
We just wanted to thank you again for making our ceremony so special.  We
love the way you included our families and made everyone feel a part of the
ceremony! The blessing prayer was one of my favorite parts and will always
be a special memory. It was an incredible moment that I will always cherish.
May God continue to bless you and the work you do,
Kim and Jay Jones
Hi Marie,
We just wanted to thank you again for making our ceremony so special.  We
love the way you included our families and made everyone feel a part of the
ceremony! The blessing prayer was one of my favorite parts and will always
be a special memory. It was an incredible moment that I will always cherish.
May God continue to bless you and the work you do,
Kim and Jay
Hi Marie,
We just wanted to thank you again for making our ceremony so special.  We
love the way you included our families and made everyone feel a part of the
ceremony! The blessing prayer was one of my favorite parts and will always
be a special memory. It was an incredible moment that I will always cherish.
May God continue to bless you and the work you do,
Kim and Jay Jones
Jones


While Officiating Mary and Rob's Seacrest Beach Vow Renewal Ceremony, Mary's mom Beth surprised Rob with family heirloom cufflinks and Rob surprised Mary with a new wedding band. Roses were also given to Mary's mother and grandmother. Lots of love between this couple & their families! Great working with Chuck Lawson Wedding and Event Music and hearing those steel drums as Mary walked down the aisle. Here's one of many wonderful photos taken by Larry Kirk Photography.

Shortly after they met, Ron and Leslie sat at her kitchen table, talked for 3 hours, and fell in love. Respect, gratitude and a positive influence on each other led them to marriage. I Officiated their Watercolor Resort Wedding at their beach house with their parents and children in attendance. So kind and passionately romantic….love these two! 

Photo: Capture Destiny Photos


After over a year of planning, Jenna and Brandon finally had the wedding of their dreams. Acknowledgments of parents and children, a Wine Box Ceremony, and my Military Blessing made this wedding extra meaningful. Jenna gave me a 5.0 Wedding Wire Rating & Review! I give Brandon a 5.0 rating for his US Military Service to our Country. It was my honor to Officiate their Santa Rosa Beach Military Wedding Ceremony. 

HUGS from the groom are always accepted!! My sweet couple Donna and Anthony, married during a romantic Henderson Beach State Park Elopement Ceremony. 

Text from Donna: "Marie, it was such a beautiful service, so much more than I had hoped for".  ~ 
My couples always make me feel so LOVED! :) 

Set Up/Coordination: KLM Event Services

May 1st: Congratulations to Geraldine and Anthony, my couple from France, who traveled with their family and friends to the U.S. for their destination wedding. I Officiated their Seagrove Beach, FL Wedding Ceremony and was overjoyed to do so. After many months of emails, FaceTime and messages, I felt like I knew them forever. And…they brought me a little gift from France….pasta made in Italy! Can't wait to cook and enjoy it!

April 24th: Had the honor and pleasure of Officiating Louis and Nikki's Fort Walton Beach Wedding Ceremony today. Louis is the son of Sharon & Lou, my wonderful neighbors & friends. It was hard for me to contain my emotions during the ceremony as I consider these folks as "family". 

Nikki's post on my Facebook page just made my day: "Marie, we cannot thank you enough for the phenomenal ceremony you officiated for us. You exceeded our expectations in every possible way! The personalization and verbiage were breathtaking. Thank you for being the beginning of the best day of our lives. We love you!"
I Officiated Nicole & Dave's Henderson Beach State Park Wedding Ceremony. Such an appreciative couple; giving thanks to their parents and guests for their support and presence. They created their own vows and I said a special Military Blessing for Dave, who serves our Country. And, as you can see, I really was their "second mom" ~ wiping tears is just part of my job!

Photo: Amy Little Photography

I was so happy to Officiate this very touching Okaloosa Island Vow Renewal Ceremony. With the help of his daughter Deanna, Dennis pulled off a surprise for Carol, his wife 

of 30 years. This family shared tears of joy as new memories were created. "Marie, Just wanted to drop you a quick note to express my extreme gratitude for a job well done. The ceremony was perfect; Carol can't stop talking about it (which is OK). You created a memory that will last a lifetime for our family. What more can I say; perfection is hard to beat!".  

~ Forever grateful, Dennis


Photo: LoriLani Photography

I received a Facebook message today from a photographer I recently worked with. This made me feel really good! ~ "I have seen many officiants over the past three years, and I love your ceremony style by far and will recommend you when a bride asks! Some officiants never pray or mention the Lord in a ceremony. They make for very cold and quick ceremonies. Your ceremonies are very ordered, warm, and personalized. I just wanted to let you know that of your contemporaries, you are the best I've seen:)"
On 11/28/13, Thanksgiving Day, I Officiated the 50th Wedding Anniversary Vow Renewal Ceremony of Annie & Hal, who were married on 11/28/63, also on Thanksgiving Day that year. 
I just knew from the emails and photos sent to me by Annie that they were a special couple. Surrounded by close family and friends in a beautiful beach house in Destin, I unfolded their lives and history together. As they recited their Renewed Vows of Marriage, there was not a dry eye in the room. Thank God for Kleenex! 
It was my pleasure to create a new memory for this lovely couple. I am thankful on this Thanksgiving Day to have had this amazing experience.
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