Officiant Lady | Rev. Connie Jones-Steward, MA


  Weddings For Your Lovestyle TM  

People often ask me why I do what I do. The truth is that there is no single answer. But if I had to pick the top two reasons the first would be that I love the feeling of being in on the start of establishing a new family unit. I can't tell you how it touches my heart when a couple sends me photos of their maternity shoots or newborn infants. The second top reason is that I love taking a couple's feelings about their relationship and putting them into the unique story that forms their Authentic Love Story wedding ceremony.

 

Some of my past couples have  described me as a "beautiful spirit with a calming presence that eases any and all pre-wedding day jitters." I've been told that I have a compassionate nature that puts couples at ease and helps to create a graceful wedding experience. I am a longtime advocate of marriage equality who supports all religious, spiritual and secular belief systems. I am am happy adept at creating weddings that include elements of Protestantism Catholicism, Judaism, Wicca, Paganism, New Age, Eastern, African and Native American religions; sometimes combining two or more into one ceremony to accommodate interfaith couples. 


Couples have come from around the globe to be married by me. Thanks to technologies such as Skype, Google Duo and email,I am able to  consult and plan with couples at any time and from any locale. Past clients have come from Australia, Japan, South America, Massachusetts, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Texas  as well as those from Northern and Southern California. 


Creating unique and authentic love story weddings is my talent and passion. I view marriage as not only the joining of two people but also the coming together of two families. As already mentioned, this is a transformation to which I am honored to bear witness and to facilitate.


My  belief is that your ceremony should represent an accurate portrayal of your unique relationship. Therefore I do not create cookie cutter ceremonies. Each ceremony, even elopements, include elements of who you are. I create ceremonies that are inspirational, personal, joyous and that strike the appropriate balance between seriousness and levity.


I am  ordained as a nondenominational minister and also as a minister of Goddess spirituality and serves as a volunteer minister at The Goddess Temple of Orange County. She holds an M.A, in Comparative Religion from the Universal Life Church, a B.S, in Business Administration & Marketing from California State University at Dominguez Hills and an M.A. in Anthropology from California State University at Northridge. I am a firm believer in the  connection of mind, body and spirit and I hold certificates as a reiki master teacher and a crystal therapist. I am a member in good standing of the Association of Bridal Consultants, an organization that sets and maintains high wedding industry standards.


I reside in the Rosewood section of Los Angeles County with my husband and our rescued cats Nytefall and Lola.


My credentials include:

  • Ordained, non-denominational minister, 2002
  • Ordained , minister of Goddess spirituality, 2010
  • MA, Anthropology, CSUN, 2012
  • Reiki Master Teacher Certificate, 2012
  • MA, Comparative Religion, ULC, 2011
  • BS, Business Administration, CSUDH, 1986
  • Member of the Association of Bridal Consultants