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Watch: Samuel Heath Describes Being Asked to Officiate a Wedding for the First Time

Published Wednesday, Mar. 23rd, 2022

That pivotal moment when a friend or family member asks you to officiate their wedding…


Most professional wedding officiants get their start by performing a ceremony for a close friend or loved one – and every officiant remembers their first time! 



In the video below, AMM Minister Samuel Heath describes the phone call that started it all, and reflects on the importance of showing up to that very first conversation with warmth, authenticity, acceptance, and love. 





If you’ve been asked to officiate a wedding for the first time, or if you’re thinking of asking a friend or relative to perform your own wedding, take Samuel’s advice: 


Ask questions, get to know each other, and get excited to celebrate love! 


American Marriage Ministries is an inclusive, interfaith, nondenominational church that ordains people from every walk of life.


We believe that all people have the right to marry and to choose who performs their wedding, and that all people have the right to perform marriage. 



It’s our incredible Ministers that bring our mission to life!





Connect with Samuel: 

Minister Samuel Heath is based in Atlanta, Georgia. You’ll know him as “The Good Guy!” 


On Instagram: @samrenard



AMM Minister and wedding officiant Sam Heath marries two men in a beautiful indoor wedding ceremony, photo taken by Nightingale Photography

Photo by Nightingale Photography





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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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