Hiring Away We Go for
our officiant was sincerely one of the best choices we made in planning our
wedding. Shawna is such a warm human being and is very detail oriented.
Communication was exceptional. She has such a talent for understanding couples
and their families to craft the perfect ceremony. People are constantly telling
me how amazing our ceremony was because of the lovely words and feel that she
provided. It was so incredibly unique, and so “us” while keeping it traditional
enough for family. I wouldn’t change a thing!
Shawna at Away We Go
Weddings came by recommendation for us and we are so grateful to have had the
opportunity to work with her! She blew our expectations out of the water. We
had originally planned to get married in the summer of 2018 and had nearly
everything planned already by January 2018. Out of the blue my husband (then
fiancé) finally agreed to elope - which I had wanted to do all along! I started
to get our new plans in order and I text Shawna in hopes that she had our new
date open and to my delight, she did! From that second on she worked with me to
ensure that this quickly approaching day would be nothing but perfection! From
the planning to the actual day she was with me every step of the way! Day of, BOY
did she deliver! She braved blizzard conditions to top it off! My day was
absolute perfection because of this lady! To Shawna, you delivered the most
unique, beautiful, and so “us” ceremony. I could never have imagined it to be
so perfect. I could never thank you enough! A HUGE thank you to Away We Go
Weddings for making this day everything that it was!! It was a day that I will
remember and cherish as the best day of my life, for the rest of my life. Thank
you, thank you, thank you! So much! Danika
Our wedding was in
April 2017. Let me tell you, planning this alone, I was a HOT, I repeat, HOT
MESS! I had no idea what I was doing, or what I needed in order to make this
day go smoothly. On a whim, I logged onto theknot.com to scope out some
potential vendors. I came across Away We Go Weddings. I read a couple reviews
and, thought, "Why not?!", I'll contact Shawna. The rest was history!
She was amazing! From the very first phone call she had me laughing and had me
telling her my life story. She is absolutely amazing, I just can't say that
enough! She even came out to "the sticks" to a local restaurant and
ate breakfast with us while we ran through ceremony details. I can't believe
how one person could make a day like your wedding day run so smoothly. She was
so calm and level headed, almost like she had done this a million times before.
;-) She made my day special. My husband and I decided to go the less
traditional route and opt out of having any specific faith included in our
ceremony. Let me tell you, that did not stop her from making it the most
heartfelt and beautiful ceremony I could have ever hoped for! Everyone at the
wedding was raving about the ceremony and how it flowed so smoothly. That was,
in large part, to Shawna. She is an absolutely lovely person and she really
puts her heart into her work! You can honestly tell she loves what she does,
and wants to make each bride's day special!
You can immediately
tell that Shawna loves seeing people in love. She is genuine and everything she
says comes from the heart. She is an amazing officiant and goes above and
beyond what she needs to do. We received so many compliments on the vows that
she wrote for us. In fact, she did such a good job at getting to know us, that
many people assumed that we had written them ourselves! She is also incredibly
organized and detail oriented. She even reminded the DJ to turn on his lights
for our first dance (which I didn't notice were missing until he turned them on
and I saw Shawna walk away)! We also had the pleasure of using Away We Go
Weddings for our photo-booth. People had such a blast and David and Shawna made
sure it was a fun time! Even our photographer said that it was one of the best
photo-booths she had seen at a wedding. We really can't say enough good things
about Away We Go Weddings!
Shawna was an absolute
pleasure to work with. I planned our wedding from Australia and Shawna would
Skype my husband and I at ridiculous hours of the day to ensure we were able to
connect given the 15 hour time change. I would highly recommend Shawna and away
we go weddings to be your celebrant. The ceremony she wrote had us and our
guests laughing and in tears. It was personalized to fit our story and
Shawna and Company at Away We Go Weddings helped create the day that totally matched our niece and new nephew's style. The wedding was elegant... in an art gallery, personal and gorgeous. They took care of the wedding party and all of us.... gorgeous venue, great times and fabulous fun. The staff at Away We Go Weddings saw all of us through every detail and made a perfect day and after all, who doesn't love warm, fresh cinnamon rolls and coffee at 10:00 p.m.?!!!!!!
Hiring Shawna and the team from Away We Go Weddings was one of the best decisions of our wedding planning process. Unlike other coordinators that I met with, from Day One Shawna made me feel at ease and like our wedding was special not only to us, but to her as well. Rather than making us feel naïve (which we totally were – first-timers at the “getting married” thing) or pressuring us into choosing things that didn’t fit our vision for our wedding, she was patient and walked us through all aspects of the planning process from start to finish. Her inventory of select wedding decorations and supplies got us off to a great start and helped us to solidify the details for the ceremony and reception. She was tireless in her communication with other vendors and made sure that everything from picking up our floral order to the arrival time of our caterer stayed on track. Actually, “tireless” is exactly how I would describe her, David, and her staff throughout the whole wedding weekend. Shawna was graceful in serving as an intermediary to address the opinions of multiple friends and family members, while ensuring that our wishes and decisions were respected and consistent. She has a remarkable ability to cultivate valuable relationships with her clients, and we feel that we not only had a wedding above and beyond what we’d envisioned, but also gained a friend in the process. AWGW offered an unbelievable level of service and value, and I don’t think anyone in the Twin Cities area could do it better.
We hired Shawna to officiate our wedding. We expected something basic and she went above and beyond exceeding our expectations! We met a few times before the big day and she ensured every detail was on point. On our wedding day, she went above and beyond and wrote amazing vows(we needed the help)...that were personalized just to us! It was as if she's known us for years! Everyone loved them, and most importantly we did! She knows so much about weddings and offered excellent advice, and gave a great idea and even made our ribbon ceremony! We also hired them for the photo bar, which exceeded our expectations! Her husband David handled it and we were provided personalized photo strips after matching our theme. We cannot thank them enough for truly making our ceremony as special as it could be and for providing photo/costume/silly fun at the reception!
My husband and I
really can’t say enough great things about Shawna! She is absolutely amazing!!!
And Im not just saying that because she did our entire ceremony outside in the
pouring rain on her birthday. She was such a trooper and I never once heard her
say anything but positive things about the situation. We had Shawna for
coordination, officiant and her photobooth! I will say for anyone on the fence
she was such a blessing because I didnt have to worry about a single thing.
Back to Shawna. She really wants to get to know you. She creates the best
ceremony personalized for you. I was shocked with how perfect the entire
production was. We got so many compliments on her from family members and
friends. People thought she was one of our friends that we have known forever.
Her photobooth is amazing. It was just the right size and seriously so much
fun! For real though Shawna really puts you at ease. She loves doing what she
does and you really can tell with how much passion she puts into everything!! I
would absolutely recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Shawna was an amazing officiant. She was so kind and genuine and went above and beyond what I expected for her service. We even had several guests ask us how long we had known her as a friend. They couldn't believe we met her twice after finding her online because the message she wrote for our wedding was so personal.
Shawna and her team at
Away We Go Weddings was truly THE greatest hire I made for the wedding. I
wouldn't have survived the planning without the team. From moment one, I felt
like I was the only bride she was working with or like I was the most important
person in her world. We also used their officiant services as my husband nor I
are religious. She made it SO incredibly special. Us and our guests were
laughing and crying during the ceremony. I had so much trust in her team as she
got to know my husband and I, that I didn't even want to know what the wedding
message was until the day of so it could be a beautiful surprise. And that is
exactly what we got, it couldn't have been more tailored to us and who we are
as a couple. My friends and family ranted and raved about how well she took
care of the people in the wedding. Everyone thought we had known each other for
years and that is truly how it felt. I have suggested to SO MANY bride friends
of mine to use Away We Go Weddings for any of their wedding needs. If I were to
do anything for my wedding all over, it would be to hire Away We Go first in
the planning process. Shawna has remained a great friend of mine and it is a
really special thing to think I gained a life long friend in someone who I
hired as a stranger to marry my husband and I. My husband even said so many
times how impressed he was with her services, care and prices. He loved that
she was so attentive to me and my needs on our big day. Love Love LOOOVE this
team!! A+ Squad no doubt.
Shawna married my
husband and I May 18th 2017 in Duluth Minnesota. Our venue only allowed to do a
rehearsal on site the day of the wedding and Shawna ran it with ease and
confidence; she made sure everyone in the wedding party new what to do and when
to do it. Our ceremony was beautiful, personal and more than anything I could
have ever imagined it to be. I had many compliments during the reception that
it felt like Shawna had known us for years. We also had the photo booth and it
was a huge hit that everyone had an amazing time capturing how much fun they
were having at our wedding. My 5 year old nephew still has his photo strips and
shows everyone how much fun he had at his Auntie's wedding. A big reason I
chose Shawna to be our officiant is because she made me feel special and heard.
Each time I talked to her I was amazed with the little details she remembered
about my life and knew she truly cared about our wedding and didn't just see me
as a "customer" but as a bride who was trusting her with the best day
of her life.