Wedding & Elopement Coaching

Tie the knot, your way. 

 

 

 

Wedding & Elopement Coaching

Tie the knot, your way.

 

“I believe that no one can tell Your Love Story, quite like the two of you.” 

Wedding & Elopement Coaching is all about supporting you as a couple to create your  vision for a wedding or elopement that is an authentic, personal and deeply meaningful celebration of your love. Through our conversations I’ll get to know you both, ask questions you might not know to ask yourselves and help you think outside the box about ways to weave elements of who you are and what’s most important to you both into your wedding or elopement ceremony and celebration. I’m also here to support you as you navigate the more emotional, or tricky aspects of planning, and to make sure you stay true to yourselves when the pressure of other’s opinions inevitably start coming your way. 

Covid 19 – Party Crasher or Opportunity? Whoa. None of us saw this coming. I want to fully acknowledge this is not a fun situation to find yourselves in, especially if you had originally planned to have a big wedding and now choosing to elope of have a micro wedding, instead. I would like to offer a possible silver lining…so often, I hear engaged couples say  they feel like their wedding has gotten away from what they had originally wanted. They felt like in many ways it wasn’t about them anymore. The thing is, with a smaller wedding or elopement, it can be 100% about you two AND may I suggest…you can have the best of both worlds.  If you want to throw the big party in the future, I say GO FOR IT. I’d be glad to offer you support and coaching around this option if that’s something you want to consider.

We cannot recommend working with Cait enough- it truly was the most important and valuable investments we made

“We worked with Cait to craft our wedding day to fit us to a “T”.

We wanted to go away from traditional ceremonies, as that is not us, and with the pandemic it impact our journey, too. We decided to work with Cait since it started to feel like the closer we got to the wedding the more the ceremony part of it was feeling like an afterthought.

We feared we would regret not making more of that but we also felt so stumped- both of us had only ever seen a traditional ceremony. Working with Cait gave us so many ideas, support and lots of empowerment. We did 3 sessions but we feel like 4-5 would have been great, if we had more time to add that in before the wedding!

Our wedding day was lovely, authentic and comfortable to experience! We cannot recommend working with Cait enough- it truly was the most important and valuable investments we made.”

Danielle & Bob

Caitlin really listens, makes you tap into what is really important and most of all has very creative/refreshing ideas that neither myself or my partner would have ever thought of

 

“Working with Caitlin was everything I didn’t know we needed as a couple trying to navigate the ‘pandemic wedding’. We were so stressed in 2020 trying to make our big wedding happen and all the what if’s were driving us mad. Caitlin brought a sense of calm and understanding to our conversations. I realized we didn’t need to force something to happen that ultimately wasn’t going to be what we wanted it to be. She pushed us to think about what was most important and what we really wanted which was to still get married regardless if there were 2 people or 200 people there. And we did just that. My partner and I married ourselves in the mountains with our two very best friends by our sides. It was one of the most magical days we’ve experienced. Caitlin helped guide us through what we pictured this day to be and it ended up being everything we wanted, and more.

We are working with Caitlin this year for our larger ceremony and we couldn’t be more thrilled to continue to share our journey with her. She really listens, makes you tap into what is really important and most of all has very creative/refreshing ideas that neither myself or my partner would have ever thought of. Thank you for all your guidance thus far, Caitlin.” – Alannah & Jase

Alannah & Jase

Wedding or Elopement Coaching is right for you if . . .

 

You want the life you’re building together to be more beautiful than your wedding/elopement (though of course, it will be beautiful, too). 

.   .   .   .

You want your wedding  or elopement to be a celebration that is truly intentional, authentic, and meaningful to you both.

.   .   .   .

On your wedding or elopement day, you don’t want to feel like you are going through the motions, following a script someone else wrote  but to instead feel fully present for a celebration created by and for YOU.

.   .   .   .

You’re overwhelmed by the planning process and feel like you can hardly hear yourself think through the barrage of well-meaning advice and opinions that have been flying your way since your engagement, (let alone have a clear vision for your celebration)   

.   .   .   .

You’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressure to uphold certain expectations that don’t feel right to you and your partner. Some marriage celebration traditions/expectations just don’t feel like “you”, they may even make you cringe, feel shackled or disingenuous but you aren’t sure how to make it feel aligned. 

.   .   .   .

You consider yourselves to be a bit non-traditional and off-beat, in the best kind of way and have always valued self-expression.

.   .   .   .

You’re worried about offending or getting push back from family and friends when you share that you want to do things a little (or very) differently but don’t want that to stop you from having the celebration you both desire. 

.   .   .   .

You are DIY-ing your wedding/elopement OR working with (or intend to hire) a wedding planner but are struggling to communicate what you want, or don’t know how to answer their questions.

 

 

You want the life you’re building together to be more beautiful than your wedding/elopement (though of course, it will be beautiful, too). 

.   .   .   .

You want your wedding  or elopement to be a celebration that is truly intentional, authentic, and meaningful to you both.

.   .   .   .

On your wedding or elopement day, you don’t want to feel like you are going through the motions, following a script someone else wrote  but to instead feel fully present for a celebration created by and for YOU.

.   .   .   .

You’re overwhelmed by the planning process and feel like you can hardly hear yourself think through the barrage of well-meaning advice and opinions that have been flying your way since your engagement, (let alone have a clear vision for your celebration)   

.   .   .   .

You’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressure to uphold certain expectations that don’t feel right to you and your partner. Some marriage celebration traditions/expectations just don’t feel like “you”, they may even make you cringe, feel shackled or disingenuous but you aren’t sure how to make it feel aligned. 

 

.   .   .   .

You consider yourselves to be a bit non-traditional and off-beat, in the best kind of way and have always valued self-expression.

.   .   .   .

You’re worried about offending or getting push back from family and friends when you share that you want to do things a little (or very) differently but don’t want that to stop you from having the celebration you both desire. 

.   .   .   .

You are DIY-ing your wedding/elopement OR working with (or intend to hire) a wedding planner but are struggling to communicate what you want, or don’t know how to answer their questions.

 

You want the life you’re building together to be more beautiful than your wedding/elopement (though of course, it will be beautiful, too). 

.   .   .   .

You want your wedding  or elopement to be a celebration that is truly intentional, authentic, and meaningful to you both.

.   .   .   .

On your wedding or elopement day, you don’t want to feel like you are going through the motions, following a script someone else wrote  but to instead feel fully present for a celebration created by and for YOU.

.   .   .   .

You’re overwhelmed by the planning process and feel like you can hardly hear yourself think through the barrage of well-meaning advice and opinions that have been flying your way since your engagement, (let alone have a clear vision for your celebration)   

.   .   .   .

You’re feeling overwhelmed by the pressure to uphold certain expectations that don’t feel right to you and your partner. Some marriage celebration traditions/expectations just don’t feel like “you”, they may even make you cringe, feel shackled or disingenuous but you aren’t sure how to make it feel aligned. 

 

.   .   .   .

You consider yourselves to be a bit non-traditional and off-beat, in the best kind of way and have always valued self-expression.

.   .   .   .

You’re worried about offending or getting push back from family and friends when you share that you want to do things a little (or very) differently but don’t want that to stop you from having the celebration you both desire. 

.   .   .   .

You are DIY-ing your wedding/elopement OR working with (or intend to hire) a wedding planner but are struggling to communicate what you want, or don’t know how to answer their questions.

. . . We felt like this too. 

It would be an honor to support you both though the process of creating your own deeply personal, meaningful & intentional vision for your celebration.

 

Here are the next steps. . .

  • Schedule a free 30-minute Discovery phone call with me (and your partner if possible). You can ask me any questions you have about working together. Schedule your free Discovery Session call here!

  • Next we will schedule our first official coaching session with the three of us in person (if you live near Fort Collins, CO) or by video chat. 

  • Each session will be scheduled for 90 minutes (either by phone or video chat), see package information below!
    • As current Celebration of Love clients you also have access to special 50-minute one-on-one coaching for any wedding-ish related support needed for only $100 per sessionWeddings can bring up a lot, from processing this important step in your relationship, to guest list or dress shopping frustrations, to how to deal with wanting to yell at the next person who gives you well-intended yet unsolicited advice,  and anything in between, I’m here for you! 
  • Prior to our first meeting you will receive a list of questions designed to foster thoughtful conversation between you and your partner and prime all of us for our first coaching meeting. You’ll email your answer back to me prior to our first meeting!

  • At the end of each meeting I’ll send you off with some ideas for next steps, tips, ideas for further exploration, helpful resources and referrals if requested.

  • Whenever you need addition support creating your vision, contact me to schedule your next session – From talking through solidifying your guest list to preparing to meet with your officiant, to nailing down details for your ceremony and anything in between!  

“We began working with Caitlin in October of 2018 for our September 2019 wedding and it was the best decision we could have made in the planning process.

Having Caitlin on our side helped keep the focus on what mattered to us; getting married and making vows, ceremony and reception all our own. We wanted to put thought and meaning and intention into how we promised the rest of our lives to each other and I’m not sure we could have come up with something so ‘us’ without Caitlin.

Caitlin listened carefully, reflected our thoughts back to us and added her unique perspective in an invaluable manner. I honestly don’t know if we would have had the courage to go through with some of the more nontraditional aspects of our ceremony without her support, feedback and know-how.” 

Photos by Apricity Images (apricityimages.com

Laura & Cameron

Wedding & Elopement Coaching Packages & Pricing:

Single Wedding/Elopement Coaching Session ($300)

Ideal for couples who: Just need some help getting started with the wedding planning process and feel that once they have some clarity, they can take it from there!

This package includes:
  • One 90 minute session held via Zoom (in-person sessions available near Fort Collins, CO)
  • An in-depth questionnaire sent to you prior to your first session meant to begin facilitating thoughtful conversations between you and your partner (we will discuss your answers during your first session)
  • You will walk away from this session with more clarity and a high level vision for your wedding, as well as ideas for further consideration
  • I will provide vetted industry referrals and resources, if requested
  • Strategies and suggestions for communicating your vision to loved ones
Package of Three 90-min Wedding/Elopement Coaching Sessions ($750)

Ideal for couples who: Feel overwhelmed with the wedding planning process and feel very unclear about how they want their wedding to look. They worry that they may feel pressured into doing things that don’t feel right to them and want support staying true to their vision and figuring out how to put the pieces together into a cohesive and thoughtful celebration.

This package includes:
  • Three 90 minutes sessions held via Zoom (in-person sessions available near Fort Collins, CO)
  • An in-depth questionnaire sent to you prior to your first session meant to begin facilitating thoughtful conversations between you and your partner (we will discuss your answers during your first session)
  • Strategies and coaching related to communicating your vision to loved ones 
  • A clear and specific vision of your wedding day crafted over three sessions
  • Assistance outlining your intentional and highly personal wedding ceremony and reception
  • On-going support throughout the wedding planning process via email
Package of 5 Wedding/Elopement Coaching Session ($1,125)

Ideal for couples who: Want more in-depth practical and emotional support throughout the wedding planning process. They are not clear about what they want their wedding to look like and feel overwhelmed and pressured to have a certain type of wedding. They value, more than anything else, that their wedding represents who they are and want someone in their corner keeping them on track with this desire. They also feel that having help communicating their wishes to their officiant and looking over what they have written for the ceremony would be valuable and stress-relieving!

This package includes:
  • Five 90 minutes sessions held via Zoom (in-person sessions available near Fort Collins, CO)
  • An in-depth questionnaire sent to you prior to your first session meant to begin facilitating thoughtful conversations between you and your partner (we will discuss your answers during your first session)
  • A clear and specific vision of your wedding day crafted over five sessions
  • Strategies and coaching related to communicating your vision to loved ones 
  • On-going support throughout the wedding planning process via email
  • Assistance outlining and fine tuning your intentional and highly personal wedding ceremony and reception
  • A meeting with you and your officiant and assistance communicating your vision and wishes for your ceremony
  • One session can be used for me to communicate with the officiant privately, to provide them with feedback on their speaking part and the flow of the ceremony

Give Wedding Coaching as a Unique Engagement Gift!

BOOK NOW! I gifted a couple sessions to my sister as an engagement present and Caitlin eneded up guiding and helping every step of the way! Caitlin is insanely talented and her kind personable spirit make working with her comfortable and easy. She helped my sister and her husband create their own truly authentic celebration of love♡ Weddings can be creative, fun and representative of the couple. Caitlin will make your ideas and visions into a reality! Highly recommened her wedding coaching!

Amy Harrison

Caitlin is amazing! If I could gift anything to a newly engaged couple, it would be her Wedding Coaching. She is very easy to talk to and made my partner and I feel comfortable right away. She helped us to craft a wedding ceremony that was truly meaningful.
Thank you, Caitlin!

Mike & Melissa

Think of me as more of a Wedding & Elopement Celebration Guide, than a Planner.

 

 

My Philosophy…

 My husband, (who I affectionally refer to as “Beast”), and I threw our own Celebration of Love on September 9th of 2018 – a celebration created by intentional choices, and careful consideration for who we are and what this milestone meant to us as life partners. It was a celebration so genuinely “Us” that it was quite possibly the most joy-filled, and authentic experience of our lives and guests told us they felt it too. It was also one helluva party, I might add. Our own celebration has left me with a deep soul-felt desire to help couples create their own vision of an incredibly intentional, genuine, and joy-filled Celebration of Love. 

While it is easier to say “wedding” or “elopement” rather than “Celebration of Love,” I realized throughout my own journey, the simple decision to re-brand our day as a “Celebration of Love” rather calling it a “wedding”, allowed myself and others to loosen our attachment to the expectations and pressures the word “wedding” inherently invokes, giving us space to carefully decide which traditions to keep, re-imagine or disregard altogether. 

As your guide, my goal is to facilitate thoughtful conversations between you and your partner, as we explore ways to infuse who you are and what’s important to you both into your vision and planning. I will help you take the “shoulds” and “have tos” out of wedding or elopement planning as you make thoughtful choices about which traditions to keep, re-imagine or nix altogether. Even long standing traditions will be given new life if incorporated intentionally – what matters is what they invoke in You!

I make sure, the most meaningful aspects of your celebration are at the forefront of your mind from the beginning, including your ceremony! Making sure it doesn’t become an after-thought.

Most importantly, I am here to keep you both grounded in the fact that, while the day you get married is important, it is your marriage, and each day that follows, that matters most. 

Preparing for your wedding or elopement day can be an intense and often overwhelming process, but it can also be amazing and unique opportunity for self-expression. The more you feel your celebration is authentic to both of you, the more all the time spent planning will feel more than worth it. I’m here to help make the process of figuring out what you want, what’s important and how to create it, easier and more enjoyable. 

“To sum it all up, we used Caitlin’s wedding coaching services because we were very clear about what we DIDN’T want for our wedding ceremony, but were still feeling very unclear about what we DID want. Neither of us wanted a traditional wedding, but we also didn’t know exactly what a non-traditional wedding would look like or include once we removed all of the aspects that didn’t fit us. Caitlin knows a lot about modern-day weddings and helped us brainstorm ideas for piecing together a ceremony that represented the type of people that we are. Most importantly, she learned about us as individuals and our story as a couple and came up with ideas- activities, logistics, rituals, and even just the feel and ambiance of the whole wedding day, that reflected us and our story. We talked with Caitlin very early in our engagement when the wedding was still far off, which helped us set the tone of our ceremony, reflect on it, and then more decisively build the logistics of our day knowing exactly what we wanted it to feel like. We would highly recommend Caitlin’s coaching, especially if you have an unclear vision of your wedding day, and the earlier in the process of wedding-planning, the better!

Callie & Alex

Not sure where to start creating your own intentional wedding celebration? 

Hey, I’m Caitlin!

Life Coach and self-proclaimed off-beat, non-traditional bride.

When we began our own journey of creating a vision of an authentic Celebration of Love (aka our wedding), I often felt overwhelmed by the expectations and pressures to uphold age-old wedding traditions that just didn’t fit who we are as a couple. Determined to be true to ourselves, I (with my future husband’s participation and full support) resolutely set out to create a celebration that spoke to our identities, our relationship, and what this public celebration meant to us.

It was at times, a grueling, and tearful process. I often second guessed our decisions, struggled to explain our vision to others, and found myself periodically pulled off-course by well-meaning advice.

I learned so much from my experience and do not regret a single choice that made our celebration “Ours”. Once our day was said and done, I realized I have so much knowledge, guidance, and insight to give to others, to not only make their process of creating a vision for their celebration, more intentional, fun, but also ( I hope ) a bit easier.

I’m so looking forward to being your guide and endlessly supporting Your vision.

Cheers to you both, and huge heart-felt  Congratulations!

– Caitlin

Our Celebration of Love

 We tied the knot inside a hexagon, on a very special property owned by my cousin and her husband. “Beast” and I are beekeepers and love the symbolism of the hexagon – love, balance, harmony, equality, communication and community. The hexagon  was made with grasses and flowers from our loved ones’ gardens and our own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Hive"

 We quickly realized the typical names for wedding parties didn’t fit our co-ed group. We also chose to not have members of The Hive stand on a specific side during the ceremony, as each person is a dear friend to us both. Calling them”The Hive” was  a perfect fit – just like individual bees can’t survive without their hive, we would not be where we are today without this group of people in our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inspiration for my non-conventional dress...

The only thing I knew for sure, was that I wanted to wear my great grandmother Lydia’s necklace on my wedding day. I had always admired it as a child. My Grandma Lydia was such a special person in my life, she taught me to paint, and as an adult I’m inspired by her tenacity, and courage to go after what she wanted. Having a piece of her with my on my wedding day was so meaningful. Truthfully, I was never set on wearing white on my wedding day and after trying many white dresses on, none seemed to do the necklace justice like this one. I purchased the dress from a small boutique in New Orleans with “Beast”. Having him be part of the dress shopping process is one of my fondest memories. 

We walked each other down the isle

“Beast” and I loved the symbolism of entering our ceremony together, just like my parents did more than 30 years ago. We considered our Celebration of Love to be just that, a celebration – of the life we had built together so far, and an opportunity to sharing our intentions, love for one another, and the deepening of our commitment with loved ones. As you can imagine, our sweet pup Elbe stole the show as he dutifully walked between us the whole way. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our dear friend was our "Kween of Ceremony"

We asked Julia to say the opening words, set the tone for our ceremony, and share her thoughts and perspective of our relationship. We know she “gets us” and had supported our vision every step of the way. Plus she is one of the most genuine people we know, is incredibly articulate, witty-as-hell, and best of all, she wears her heart on her sleeve. She rocked it and had us all laughing and crying simultaneously. Beast and I then self-solemnized or married ourselves, which is legal in Colorado. 

Our "Hive" and Guests stood around us

The idea was inspired by a wedding we attended a few years before. We believed, that by having our guests standing with us we would feel not only more supported but less on display. We also hoped our guests feel like they were part of the ceremony not just observing it.

We asked our "Hive" and parents to share their intentions for us

Each of our Hive members and parents were asked to bring a physical object that represented an intention they have for us. They shared the meaning then placed the item in the one open side of the hexagon to ceremoniously close the space for us to share our vows and intentions for our marriage and life together.

We wrote our own vows

 Together, decided we wanted them to be one part love letter + one part what this step meant to us + one part intentions for our future. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We did the damn thing.

Then took a little time after the ceremony for a private celebration. Also, I can’t resist pointing out how my dress shows off my sweet 14.5″ scar from my spinal fusion surgery…a part of my life that shaped who I am and I wanted to show it off, not hide it. 

And we danced the night away together. . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by the incredible Redden Wood

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