I am the child of a lesbian mother and a Pentecostal pastor father. My upbringing was marked by religious restrictions that cast a shadow on the LGBTQIA+ community. Ridicule and shame, echoed in my ears, even as my mother grappled with her own secret as a lesbian. Witnessing her internal struggle, hiding her true self from the world, became a poignant lesson on the profound hurt and trauma inflicted upon those who are judged for being different.
During different phases of my adolescence, I transitioned between living with my mom and my dad. Although I ultimately rejected the judgmental aspects of my dad's Pentecostal teachings, the essence of faith lingered, and I find solace in practicing spirituality daily. This personal journey has cultivated a deep respect for individuals who express their beliefs and follow their connection with God in their own unique ways.
In my practice, I carry this respect forward, understanding that spirituality is a personal journey, and everyone has their own path. I empathize with those who have experienced judgment due to their differences, recognizing the profound impact it can have on one's well-being. This understanding has led me to appreciate the beautiful diversity in humanity, acknowledging that each person's uniqueness is not only valid but also deserving of love. I believe in creating ceremonies that honor the unique love stories of each couple, irrespective of their faith, orientation, or background.
Today, as I meet with new couples looking for an officiant, I emphasize that I respect individuals who hold their beliefs close, and I am equally enthusiastic about creating secular ceremonies that exclude any religious influence. My aim is to make every couple feel seen, accepted, and celebrated for who they are, fostering an environment where love knows no boundaries and differences are embraced as integral to the tapestry of human connection. I celebrate the beauty of love in all its forms, providing a safe and inclusive space for couples to express their commitment.
While being raised by opposite parents makes me unique in itself, I also have the privilege of being bilingual. Intertwining Spanish into ceremonies is my way of bringing the comfort of home to couples whose native language is Spanish or who are bilingual. Language is a powerful tool to express love, and incorporating Spanish ensures that every word resonates deeply with couples and their guests. It adds a personal touch, making the ceremony feel like a warm embrace. Guests often approach me to share their delight upon hearing me recite portions of the ceremony in Spanish. It makes me feel proud of my own culture, and my ability to bring a sense of comfort when sharing this piece of home with others.
I take pride in my ability to craft ceremonies that cater to non-traditional couples. Whether it's blending different faiths, celebrating diverse cultural backgrounds, or embracing unique love stories, I approach each ceremony with an open heart. Love knows no boundaries, and neither should the celebration of it.
Because of my inimitable background I feel uniquely positioned to officiate weddings for non-traditional couples, those of various faiths, and Spanish-speaking or bilingual couples. Through empathy, compassion, and a commitment to inclusivity, I bring a personal touch to every ceremony, making it a true reflection of the couple's love story. If you're seeking an officiant who understands the beauty of diverse love and can provide a ceremony that feels like YOU, I am here to help you create a celebration that embraces the uniqueness of your love. Let's embark on this journey together, weaving a tapestry of love, acceptance, and celebration.
Officiant Suinda Machuca