Dawn Halstead, M.Div.
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You married Alex and I at the Masonic Temple back in March of 2011.

I'm not sure if I ever wrote to you explaining what a perfect job you did officiating our wedding and tailoring it to who Alex and I are as a couple, but it was the best ceremony we ever could have asked for.

We recently had good friends marry in Charleston. It was a beautiful day — and at the end as we were saying goodbye and wishing the newly married couple all the best in their journey of marriage, the bride told me that they did their best to mimic our ceremony. It was sweet and made me smile — the ceremony we had put so much thought into with a huge amount of support and help from you, was still inspiring people and people were still remembering it.

Of course, Alex and I loved our day. But when we think back to our favorite moments, it's always the ceremony we remember loving the most. Thank you for making that happen for us.

We've had quite a few changes over the past three years. Alex graduated law school, we had our first daughter, we moved after Alex accepted his first job as an attorney, and soon we will be adding another baby to the family in November!

—Kelsey & Alex G.

Thank you so much for giving us a truly incredible day we will remember for the rest of our lives. We are so glad you were able to fit us into your busy schedule with such short notice and have everything go off without a hitch! It was perfect and so special! Thank you,

—Nick and Ashley W.


nailah & tammynailah & tammyThank you very much for officiating! Both of us felt like you wrote it just for us! It was personal and very relevant to our relationship and now marriage. Thank you for blessing the beginning of our life together!

—Nailah and Tammy

Photos by Steph

Dawn, you are a joy and delight to work with! Thank you for your caring, patience, all of your creative ideas, and for all the energy you put into our ceremony. Most of all thank you for your constant support in helping make our wedding day so special for us!

—Amanda and Matt


Dawn, Both Cheryl and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding ceremony such a beautiful one. Both our families had the nicest things to say about your touching words and it couldn't have gone any more perfect for us. We are incredibly glad we picked you for our big day!!

—Melissa and Cheryl N.

We are so very thankful that you came into our lives for the most important day in our relationship! You are truly an angel that God has given. Such love and compassion for others! Thanks so much for your kindness to us and opening up your lovely home!!! God bless you and your family!!!

—Cindy and Deb

melissa and jeffRev. Dawn Halstead did an amazing job officiating our ceremony. As soon as my husband and I met with her for our first consultation, we were immediately at ease. Rev. Dawn is so easy to talk to and she was sincerely happy for us as a couple. She allows you to make your ceremony personalized — we were able to send her readings and take lines out as we wanted. We wrote each other a letter before our 2nd meeting with her and read them at that meeting. When we were finished, Rev. Dawn asked us if we'd like to use these in our ceremony. It added even more of the personalized touch I was looking for. During our rehearsal, Rev. Dawn was so easy to work with. Everyone listened and stayed on track! The day of the wedding, Rev. Dawn was on time, and our guests were very impressed with how she did during the ceremony. My husband and I just looked at her during the ceremony and smiled a few times. It was nice to have someone so sweet and so professional doing our wedding! Rev. Dawn can do all sorts of wedding ceremonies in several locations. Definitely check out her website for more information! She was very quick to respond to me when I first started looking for an officiant and she's willing to meet however many times you need to meet. She's just great!!!

—Melissa and Jeff


We thought you did a fabulous job. You were very professional and so very helpful with supplying samples of ceremonies so we could "build" our own. The whole event was perfect for us. It is very obvious that you love what you do. Keep up the great work. God Bless!


Dawn was fantastic to work with! She worked with us to create a very personal ceremony, but made the whole process so simple and anxiety-free. It was so wonderful to have one piece of the big day we didn't have to worry about!

—Vid & Sean

photos copyright © Mark Kegans | used with permission

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The ceremony was fantastic. Thank you for working us in this morning and your help with obtaining the witnesses and absolutely everything! I will be recommending you to everyone I know. Also, thank you for the print-out of the ceremony.

—Matthew & Sergio

The wedding was better than we could have imagined. We completed your review tonight. We were so pleased with how everything went, from the planning process to the wedding day.

Thank you for being our officiant; I'm so glad we found you! I will definitely be recommending you if I hear of anyone looking for an officiant.

—Andrea and Elliot


When Duke and I first booked with Dawn, we thought we were just going to stand up and just say "I do's" and that would be the end of it. But after our first meeting with her, we felt so comfortable and confident that our ceremony was going to be so beautiful and personalized—something that no one else would ever have—we decided to create a full ceremony.

The book, A Wedding Ceremony to Remember, truly does have the perfect words for the perfect ceremony. This book was so helpful and a great starting point. It has ceremonies from the traditional to the second time around. We started with the first step, the welcome part, and read each one for the different ceremonies and picked our favorites. We continued to do that down the line until our whole ceremony was planned—remembering you can take out, add, or change anything along the way.

Thanks to A Wedding Ceremony to Remember for helping to plan our ceremony, and Dawn Halstead for having the creative desire to make this a once in a lifetime experience. We have begun our fairytale....


david and lauradavid and lauraJust wanted to thank you again for being our officiant. We had a lot of fun putting together the ceremony and so many people told us afterwards how beautiful and memorable they thought it was. Most importantly, we couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. The whole thing was very meaningful for us and we wouldn't have changed a thing. If anyone asks you for a reference do not hesitate to get in touch with either of us. Thanks again!

— David and Laura


marissa and luke Thanks for being a part of the wedding! WE LOVED it all!!

— Marissa and Luke

photo © by Carla Richmond | used with permission

paula and steve and sophiaDawn was very helpful and creative through the planning process. We looked to her for guidance and help to create the perfect ceremony. She had great ideas to achieve the type of service we wanted. She did an excellent job and would refer her to anyone looking for an Officiant.

— Paula and Steve (and Sophia)

Vickie and I would like to thank you for being such an important part of our special day! We loved all the processes that you have leading to the ceremony. You were so very supportive and kind to us and we believe you were meant to marry us. We hope that we can keep in touch. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

God bless — Vickie and Kathy (Minneapolis, MN)


bruce and stephonI hope this is also helpful to future husbands. We are a gay male couple that were married by Dawn on August 14. Dawn was very easy to talk to, and to work with. We knew that we didn't want a "traditional" wedding for our non-traditional relationship/wedding. Dawn gave us a lot of good ideas, and resources to create the ceremony that was right for us. It was a lot of fun putting it together, and Dawn gave us suggestions and ideas throughout. It was a short ceremony (under 30 minutes), but turned out to be fun and beautiful — just what we were hoping for.

— Bruce and Stephon

Tessa and DanielDear Dawn, Thank you so much for making our wedding so special! You were patient, understanding and such a great guide through the whole planning process. You really took the time to understand what we wanted for our wedding and executed it perfectly! Thank you for helping a very stressed bride.

—Sincerely, Tessa and Daniel


Kelsey and AlexDawn was such a gift to us during the wedding planning process. My husband and I were looking for an officiant who would help us create a beautiful, unique, and special ceremony for ourselves and our guests that would reflect who we are and Dawn did just that. She really took the time to come to understand Alex and I both as individuals and as a couple. In helping us create a beautiful ceremony, Dawn was always there with helpful suggestions and input as well as creative ideas that would help us bridge together the whole ceremony.

Kelsey and Alex's weddingI cannot tell you how fantastic Dawn is to work with. Our ceremony was absolutely perfect and we both feel so fortunate that Dawn was able to play such a fundamental part in the biggest day of our lives so far. The following weeks after our wedding we had multiple guests comment on what a perfect ceremony we had and were so thankful that we shared many beautiful moments with our families and dear friends.Kelsey's and Alex's wedding

If I could do it all over again I would not change a single thing about our ceremony. It was absolutely perfect for us and we have Dawn to thank for so much!



Dawn is delightful as a speaker, preacher, and friend. She can be serious, thought-provoking, funny, informative — but never boring. Any service in which she participates shows her strong work ethic, her attention to detail and her graceful style.

One of Dawn’s gifts is her ability to be a wonderful listener who knows how to affirm you, be sensitive to wherever you are in your life and accept you with understanding and compassion.

—Maryellen K.

Dawn Halstead is a gifted clergy woman with a flair for making things beautiful. Any service that she crafts will be done with taste and style. Dawn will help you create the wedding of your dreams — a perfect blend of your special wishes and your cherished beliefs. Dawn conducts her services with both reverence and joy. She will help make your special day unforgettable.

—LuAnn S.

Dawn has a gentle spirit, a caring demeanor and a sense of the beauty of creation. She brings this gift to her ministry in a holistic way. You can be sure that she will work with you to make your ceremony reflect the beauty of your relationship visually, musically, and in words.

—Gage C.


I met Dawn at Iowa State University in 2003. My first impression of her was one of true inner beauty with a quiet and unassuming wisdom. I have found myself seeking out that spiritual wisdom many times over the years.

Dawn is extremely creative and puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She will do her best to create an environment of sacredness, positive energy, and love for your spiritual ceremony.

It is a blessing to find someone so committed to sharing their spiritual gifts. I cannot think of a better person to recommend for your special day.

—Georgi L.


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