Marie Di Giovine 
Same-Sex Weddings and Vow Renewals

Photo: Capture Destiny Photos
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I am beyond excited to be featured in the February 2018 issue of Emerald Coast Magazine. I am truly honored and humbled that I was chosen to be interviewed for their Beach Vow Renewal Ceremonies article. The article touches on my Officiant service and the wonderful experiences I have had in being a part of so many couple's lives.  I am so proud to live here in the beautiful Destin FL area, where people come from all over the world to say "I Do" and then "I Do Again" years later!

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For my lovebirds coming to the area for your wedding, check out this article...lots of things to experience before and after the wedding!

Jason and Chris had the most beautiful sunset Seagrove Beach wedding! I incorporated Scripture, blessings, and acknowledgement of parents and children. They were so much fun to get to know and I truly enjoyed uniting these handsome men in marriage!
"Marriage is the promise between two people who love each other & who trust in that love".

Shelby and Chelsey had a beautiful Destin sunset wedding at Henderson Beach State Park. Acknowledgement of parents, their own vows, my poem and a sand unity really made this wedding very special. Carrie Alves Photography did their usual awesome job with the photos.
I am loving the colors in these photos! Debra and Lynette celebrated 12 years of marriage with a Henderson Beach State Park vow renewal ceremony. These ladies have been enjoying 12 years of wedded bliss, enjoying the beach, travel and being mothers to their children and grandchildren. They are better women because of each other. This vow renewal was Debra's way of showing her love to her wife Lynette. I got to work with Carrie Alves Photography again, we make a great team!

Annie and Cherish had a wedding as beautiful as that sunset! I Officiated their ceremony with a fun group of guests joining in on the love. Great choice of colors used in the sand unity ceremony. I created their vows but they said a few words of love to each other; hence the tears. Another wedding working with the awesome Carrie Alves Photography, and lovely arbor and decor by Crystal Beach Weddings.
Cody and Michael had a Destin sunset beach wedding filled with laughter and love. They were so much fun, and very kind men. A Family Sand Unity with the kids was so meaningful! Carrie Alves Photography did an awesome job capturing the love, and Crystal Beach Weddings provided the arbor. Visit my Instagram and Facebook pages for full size images! 

I Officiated the wedding ceremony of Ashley and Nicole while their family and friends joined in the celebration. A sand unity ceremony added an extra meaningful highlight, as well as give the girls a keepsake for their home. These two lovebirds are GORGEOUS and almost look like sisters! Amazing photos by Authentic You Photography . Check out my Facebook and Instagram pages for full size images. Coordination and lovely set-up by Crystal Beach Weddings.
Tammy and Carey enjoyed me Officiating their June Destin beach wedding on a beautiful evening. Lots of people on the beach but we found our own little spot and were soon "in the moment without a soul around". Taking advantage of my personalized service, they included acknowledgement of family, and they created their own vows and blessings, which were quite beautiful! (Yes, I teared up!). These girls enjoyed every bit of their ceremony! I wish them tons of love and happiness!
When I met Jill & Stacy during their pre-wedding trip to Destin I knew immediately that they were two peas in a pod and truly meant to be together. Both are stunningly beautiful, and just the kindest ladies you’d want to meet. Sharing a deep connection between them, they have a love that cannot be denied. I was thrilled to Officiate their Henderson Beach State Park wedding, which included a sand unity ceremony and my blessing.  
The threat of a storm was fast approaching, so we decided to have the ceremony under cover. I felt so bad...but, the storm passed just as the ceremony ended, and they were able to get to the beach for Mari Darr Welch Modern Photojournalist to finish her photo session with toes in the sand. Lyza with Bella Fleurs Events provided a beautiful arbor and décor. 
Sept. 25th - Tim and Matt were blessed with this beautiful sunset at their wedding this evening. Pro photos and their story to come! 
Contact me about my Officiant service at YOUR sunset wedding!

Scott came to me as a referral, and when Ben & I saw each other we remembered each other from years back. It was such a great experience for me to get to know these two handsome men. We had an intimate romantic morning ceremony on the beautiful grounds of where they live. Acknowledgement of parents and a sand unity ceremony made it extra special. Scott and Ben were so excited to make it "official" and I was even more excited to be the one to do it!

To my past and future lovebirds~ 

Thank you for choosing ME to Officiate your ceremony! You all enrich my life and I am beyond blessed to create a memory for you. 

I wish you much love and joy in 2019. Live your vows! ~ Marie

My friendship with Mike goes back to when he was my favorite bartender at Bonefish Grill. Over the years I’ve kept my acquaintance with him, through jobs and mutual friends. Although I’ve always known him to be a happy, fun-loving man, I’ve never seen him as joyous and at peace as he is now, with Lance. It was my true pleasure to unite the two of them in marriage. My heart is full! 

Kieff and Francis had the most beautiful September wedding, surrounded by the love of family and friends. I created Francis' vows; Kieff created his own. A sand unity ceremony and of course my special touches of LOVE made their ceremony just perfect! These guys were just so kind (and good looking too!).
Photo: Capture Destiny Photos ~ Floral on Arbor: Flower Girlz, Inc. 
Kaytee is Melanie's rock. She's always been there for her no matter what. Melanie is Kaytee's surprise blessing and forever soul mate. She is excited to grow old with her true love. I Officiated their Grayton Beach State Park wedding. You would never know by these smiles that they were shedding tears of happiness & joy throughout the ceremony. ~ "Thank you Marie, so much for EVERYTHING! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect ceremony. It was a pleasure to meet you and have you be a part of our special day!"

Jenny supports Ashley's dreams and ambitions and is always there for her. Ashley brings out the best in Jenny. They are a great team. I Officiated their Miramar Beach wedding ceremony on a beautiful afternoon in May. To say it was windy is an understatement. My hair clip popped off my head..we all had a good laugh about it! I wish these lovely ladies much happiness and lots of laughter always! 

A few of many lovely photos by Vera Hogenson.

Toni and Carla feel very fortunate to have found each other. They laugh together, travel together, and look forward to continuing making memories.  They are glad that their love and relationship is finally legally recognized and protected. Acknowledgement of parents, an Apache Wedding Blessing, a Ring Blessing and a Blending of the Wines ceremony were all incorporated which made this Destin wedding ceremony extra warm and loving. The girls sent me a beautiful Thank You card: "Marie, thank you for making our wedding day so special and beautiful!" 

Photos: Capture Destiny Photos

From the moment I met Kevin and Jim over coffee, I just knew not only were they right for each other, but that I was the right Officiant for them. They had so much to bring into the ceremony; my wheels spun immediately thinking of all the meaningful things I would incorporate to make their wedding day spectacular for them and their guests. 

Acknowledgements of loved ones, both alive and deceased, special words of love, a Blessing and more made their personalized ceremony very touching. Not a dry eye on the beach! 

Kevin and Jim respect each other and their opinions. They communicate well and make each other better people, looking forward to a continued growth of their relationship. How lucky was I to be in the middle of these two great, funny and good-looking guys! Thanks to Sonja Revells Photography for capturing so many beautiful photos!

Liz and Zee had a beautiful morning wedding surrounded by their loved ones. A sand unity ceremony added that extra special touch. And of course we had to acknowledge the fur babies back home LOL! I had the best time Officiating their ceremony. Congrats to my Sept. 8th lovebirds!
Thanks to Paul and Brian, I Officiated my VERY FIRST wedding on a boat! Wow! What a great experience. With just a few friends on board, this was an intimate wedding perfectly timed during the setting of our beautiful Destin sun. The guys made me feel so at home, with snacks and drinks and lots of laughs. Oh and wedding cake too! Sand Hippie Photography was spot on with all the perfect photos. 
I Officiated the wedding ceremony of Jennifer and Karen at the beautiful Henderson Beach State Park. I love the pink and black color combo!! With about 50 guests in attendance, it was a loving and fun event. Everyone was so excited for these sweet women, and of course excited to be on our beautiful Destin beach! Lovely bridal party photo courtesy of Capture Destiny Photos.
Julie has always been Susan’s rock, her soul mate and partner in crime. Julie's life was made complete the day Susan agreed to be her life partner. There has never been a dull moment in their relationship. On New Year's Eve 2016 they began another "adventure" - with love, honesty, and respect.

I Officiated this beautiful Destin wedding ceremony at a private residence with the closest of family and friends in attendance. Vera Hogenson Photography did a wonderful job in capturing so many lovely moments on this picturesque winter afternoon.
After 26 years of being together, Don and Henry FINALLY made it legal! What a beautiful, intimate Watercolor wedding ceremony it was. I Officiated their ceremony on the balcony of their rental home; a peek of the Gulf amid the forest made for the most spectacular backdrop. Their closest friends joined in for the celebration, everyone dressed so eloquently. A champagne toast followed before heading off to dinner. Don and Henry complete each other and are better people because of one another. It was a true pleasure for me to be part of their day. 
I Officiated the wedding ceremony of Stephen and Kenneth during a beautiful October morning at Grayton Beach State Park. After having been in each other's lives for 27 years, they were more than ready to tie the knot! Their mothers joined in this joyous celebration; what sweet ladies! Sand Hippie Photography captured the love perfectly. I wish Stephen and Kenneth a lifetime of love and happiness!
I Officiated the wedding ceremony of Karen and Linda on a warm September morning in Fort Walton Beach. Wow! Lots of love going on here...two sweet ladies who committed their love for each other in Hawaii in 2001, and chose ME to make it legal for them now. I incorporated a Sand Unity Ceremony, a Blessing and a few other of my "touches of love"! A bright light ceremony captured perfectly and professionally by Mari Darr-Welch Photography

Charlie and Shawn enjoy sunsets and deep conversation. For the first time in their lives, they are not lonely. They are embracing a second chance at happiness as they start a whole new second life.

They arrived by boat and walked down the aisle to Bette Midler's "Chapel of Love". Great processional song!

I Officiated their Destin beach wedding with family and friends witnessing their vows and ring exchange. A glorious sunset followed.
Jeremy and Isidro wanted a little privacy so I Officiated their Same-Sex Sandestin Wedding Ceremony on the deck of their high rise condo. WOW! What a view! They created their own vows and my words brought out some unexpected emotions...hence, tears of joy and love! ~ "Marie, you were perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this special moment with us."

What better way to start off a beautiful day in Destin than to elope on the balcony of your condo! That's what Regina and Anita did on a glorious August morning. I Officiated their ceremony, bringing in a Blessing and a Sand Unity Ceremony. Intimate, private and PERFECT!

Triba & Lisa were so excited for me to marry them! We chatted and laughed the whole walk from the house to the beach. But when it came time for the ceremony, they got serious. I brought out emotions, tears and their genuine feelings for each other.  “Marie, thank you! It was a very special, beautiful service. We will never forget you!!” 

Ferris is so thankful she had the courage to approach Alisha when she did. Her prayers were answered.  She knows marriage will not change the relationship, just solidify what they already have. 

Alisha feels they were brought together for a purpose beyond their control. They lean on each other, they are a team. She falls in love with Ferriss over and over again. 

I Officiated their July wedding ceremony with their loved ones in attendance. These girls were so sweet, they made me feel so special. And, they gave me a 5.0 Wedding Wire review! Make sure to check it out!

Peg and Paula started out as friends, spending time getting to know each other, which strengthened them as partners. I tied their love knot during a warm June afternoon. A Ring Warming Ceremony really added a nice touch to this same-sex Miramar Beach wedding ceremony!  

Molly fell in love with Stephanie's child-like heart and Stephanie made it easy for Molly to be in a loving relationship. They share a bond that has helped them get through all kinds of challenges and made them stronger. They appreciate the love and support of their family and friends, and were thrilled to be legally married in front of all of them! I Officiated their Blue Mountain Beach Florida same-sex wedding ceremony, which included a Blessing and extra personalization. These girls are just as nice as they are pretty! 

What can I say about Coty and Mike...from the moment I met with them to begin discussions on their ceremony, they had my heart. Fun, loving, and a bit crazy! I just KNEW their's was going to be a GREAT wedding!  

They were thrilled to be able to be legally married, after all their years of being in a relationship. The support and love of family and friends was evident by the very special group of people who joined in to witness their vows.

Taking my advice on hiring professional vendors, Coty and Mike had a beautiful beach set-up, delicious catered food, and a fantabulous wedding cake. 

Chuck Lawson Wedding and Event Music provided romantic beach music on his Caribbean Steel Drums for the ceremony then had a full party going on at the reception. And, as you can see, all of this was perfectly captured by Jon Hauge Photography.

Oh yeah...we had mermaids, too!

I Officiated Coty's and Mike's Inlet Beach Wedding Ceremony on June 19th - and loved every minute of it! 
I Officiated Maiika and Ashley's Navarre Beach LGBT Wedding Ceremony on a beautiful warm May evening. A Scripture reading, their own created vows and lots of laughs made this wedding very intimate and special. These girls were so much fun to be with! I wish them many loving years together. 

Photos: Capture Destiny Photos

Kim & Malissia enjoy each other and their companionship. Impromptu getaways and spending time with friends is important to them. They know that marriage will only strengthen their already firm foundation, and they aspire to not need anymore than what they already have to remain as happy as they are. Congratulations to these two sweet women who had a beautiful Crystal Beach, Destin Wedding in October! It was my pleasure to Officiate their ceremony.

Photo: Capture Destiny Photos

Gene and Ty have a passion for this beautiful place I call "Paradise". Years of memories and experiences while here on vacation made Seagrove Beach the perfect setting for their long awaited unity. Live orchid leis flown in from Hawaii were the perfect touch to this intimate wedding with loving friends and of course Coco their poodle! 
Congrats to my Oct. 14th couple!

I Officiated Erin & Laura's Commitment Ceremony on 09.28.13 on the beach of Rosemary Beach. It was a lovely ceremony, shared with their closest family and friends. 

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...when they asked me to Officiate their Rosemary Beach Wedding Ceremony on 9.28.15, I was honored! I pronounced them legally married in the company of the same group of folks who were there in 2013! Everyone was "casual" this year, and the rain dictated an inside ceremony. Erin & Laura are more in love than they've ever been! 

I really enjoyed being part of their special day...twice.

I Officiated this Destin Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony of Heather 
and Kendra on Holiday Isle. 
A Shell Toss ceremony made it extra fun! Sweet girls~I wish them years of happiness and LOVE!

On Aug. 28th Kim and Candace said “I Do” during a loving and romantic Destin same-sex wedding ceremony. Acknowledgement of their daughters and Candace’s mom, a sand unity ceremony and a family blessing made this wedding very intimate and memorable for all.  


Photo: Capture Destiny Photos

Aug. 8th: Sometimes the beach comes inside! Scott and James had a fun and loving beachy, tropical wedding inside with their son and daughter-in-law present. They wrote their own vows and participated in a meaningful Sand Unity Ceremony. Their 5.0 Wedding Wire Rating and Review is much appreciated!
July 22: Billy and David said "I Do" during an intimate Destin same-sex wedding ceremony. I really enjoyed helping them make their dream wedding come true! 
June 5th: Renee and Tara exchanged vows witnessed by family and friends during a beautiful Henderson Beach sunset ceremony. 
These girls were so much fun! Laid back and just so happy to be MARRIED!! Glad I was the one to make it happen!

May 10th: Theresa and Shamone waited a long time for this day. I Officiated their Destin same-sex Marriage as the sun was just going down. Love the colors of the sky - I truly believe it was meant all for them!  
April 17th: The rain and wind did not dampen the celebration of Jennifer and Kenia's wedding. Joined by family and friends, we celebrated their union with a meaningful sand unity ceremony and acknowledgement of parents.

March 7th: Congrats to Esther and Suzanne! I Officiated my first Same-Sex Wedding Ceremony in Blue Mountain Beach for this lovely couple. Very romantic, and a beautiful Hand Blessing made it extra intimate.
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Marie Di Giovine is a LGBTQ Friendly Wedding and Vow Renewal Officiant serving Destin, Fort Walton Beach, 
Miramar Beach, Navarre Beach and Santa Rosa Beach (30A) in the State of Florida.
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