Getting Married at the Beach?

Beach Weddings with Pastor Steve Durkac Biloxi, Mississippi and Alabama Vow Renewal

Steve Durkac

It has been my honor to have officiated over 4000 simple beach weddings, vow renewal, elopements, and ceremonies along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Alabama, NW Florida.

Some of the beaches and areas that I have officiated at include, Biloxi, Gulf Shores, Pensacola Beach, Dauphin Island, Mobile, Point Clear, Fairhope , Fort Morgan, Gulfport,  Hattiesburg, Orange Beach, Perdido Key, Navarre Beach, Fort Walton, Destin, and at our church Chapel in West Mobile, Alabama.

Hello, my name is Steve Durkac and I am the pastor of CrossHope Chapel, a nondenominational church in Mobile, Alabama with relaxed authentic gatherings, prayer support, simple worship, and informal fellowship around expository verse by verse teaching with open discussions.

This website is primarily used to share my wedding and marriage ministry information for brides and grooms heading to the Gulf Coast beaches to get married. You’ll also find pages for my Books, Free Downloads, and Blog Posts with such categories as Bible Answers, Prophecy Outlook, Once Adventist, Simpler Church, etc.

Relaxed Ceremony…

Beach Weddings with Pastor Steve Durkac Biloxi, Mississippi and Alabama Vow Renewal

Getting Married in Alabama

Officiating is fun for me, and my ceremonies are always relaxed, yet dignified and meaningful. We will laugh, but you may also cry, because I’ve learned a thing or two about having the right flow in the ceremony that begins with a spiritual note than moves into a romantic focus.

There was a time when I actually worked as a Christian Comedian, so you will find some interjected humor, but not a comedy show because the ceremony is about you, your spouse, and your marriage.

You can read my Bio and my Personal Testimony at my church’s website. I don’t take a salary from my church, CrossHope Chapel in Mobile, Alabama so the officiating fees keep me involved in ministry. I have been in vocational pastoral church ministry for over 30-years and offer a laid-back, yet dignified meaningful wedding or vow renewal ceremony and who acknowledge my church’s Wedding Officiating Policy.

It was while working as a hospital chaplain that I began to receive requests to be a wedding officiant for couples coming to the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. And, it was also as a hospital chaplain that I became a Certified Laughter Leader providing therapeutic programs for patients and caregivers.

So while you can assured that I am responsible enough to show up for your wedding and though I bring a life-long vocational ministry background with me, I can also assure you that we are going to enjoy a few laughs and a relaxed time.


“Pastor Steve we just want you to know you made our Special day~PERFECT! And we Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, patience and your humor. For going the extra mile and all our wonderful photos. We highly recommend and Appreciate You!” -Beth & Paul [more reviews]


Simple Approach…   

Beach Weddings with Pastor Steve Durkac Biloxi, Mississippi and Alabama Vow Renewaly

Getting Married in Mississippi

Over the many years that I have been officiating weddings, I have presided over large ones with $50,000+ budgets, 300 quests, one at a historic hotel that charged $10,000 an hour for their banquet room.

I have officiated for couples who stood in the parking lot of Walmart, McDonalds, gas stations, and even several on the USS Alabama battleship. I can tell you that simple is better, and more meaningful to the couple, their family, and to the marriage.

I have received hundreds of unsolicited testimonials from brides and groom and you can read a large sampling of those at my Bridal Review page. You can also view some photos at Photo Gallery Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5.

If you book me to officiate your ceremony, you’ll have my experience of over 4000 weddings, both small and large, simple to extravagant, outdoor to indoor, with every possible kind of family dynamics you can imagine, familiarity of Gulf Coast beach spots of Mississippi, Alabama, NW Florida, and I will be available to answer your planning questions, help with any coordination, or even to take photos with your camera – no additional fees.

I use a 2-step email process for booking your wedding or vow renewal officiating into my schedule and calendar that consists of first submitting my Availability Form. If I am available I will ask you to submit my Confirmation Form.

If I am unavailable to officiate your wedding, I will happily direct you to other church ordained ministerial friends who may be available, and you can still enjoy the planning helps available here or at my social media.

As Seen On TV…  

ABC Good Morning America TV

My unique ministry has been featured on Fox News and Christian Television Network. Some couples still seek me out to officiate their ceremony because of my 5-minutes of fame on ABC Good Morning America television show in 2010 when I officiated a world record attempt vow renewal for Lulu’s in Gulf Shores with close to 500 couples at big Tropical Re-union Vow Renewal Ceremony.

My ceremonies are always non-denominational, but never non-religious because I will always include a brief prayer of blessing upon the couple at the beginning. If you do object to prayer I can give you some tips on finding a non-religious officiant.

You can view a video at my Ceremony Overview page and hear me discuss the flow of my typical wedding ceremony. My aim is to be simple, not long-winded, knowing you probably just want the dignity of an ordained Christian minister to add an authentic touch to the moment, while being meaningful and respectful to your day, with a dash of humor to ease some stress without taking away from the solemn experience!

It was while working as a hospital chaplain that I began to receive requests to be a wedding officiant, and it was then that I had to put up this web site to help curtail the phone calls that were interrupting my patient visits.


“Steve was so wonderful! He was very professional and even made us laugh. He was the perfect choice for our small wedding. Thank you!” -Jessica & Dennis  [more reviews]


Photography Help…

Wedding Officiating with Pastor Steve Durkac at the Gulf Coast BeachesI may have officiated over 4000 weddings, but I have also photographed over 1000 weddings. If you visit the Photography page you’ll be able to learn about some no-cost photography and low-cost keepsake photography options.

I am happy to give a referral to a professional full-time photographer. I am happy to take photos with your own camera or smartphone, at no additional cost. I can even take a few photos on my own smartphone and immediately email them to you, at no cost.

I have a professional Nikon D5000 camera with customized lens and for an additional fee I am happy to bring it and take some photos.

Sometimes I am able to bring my daughter with me to take photos and for a fee if you are only looking for some keepsake high resolution digital photos of your ceremony, poses, candid shots, and afterwards we will send those to you on a USB jump drive, no watermarks or logo imprints, no copyright restrictions. Please visit my Photography page to learn more.


“WOW!  We were SO fortunate to have found you to officiate our Wedding. We Truly appreciate you… Our wedding was so beautiful to us and you made it so meaningful! Thank you so much!”  – Jennie & Danny  [more reviews]


Premarital Counseling…

My Grandma once told me, “We all learn to love. Love is what brings us together, but fighting, and learning how to fight fair is what keeps us together.”  There is a lot of truth to that, but it is a truth that is often not understood until we are far down the road of aging.

Success in marriage has more to do with properly managing the balance of conflict and romance. Both have a lot of variables that differ from couple to couple. So in my ministry to help coach couples through rough patches to satisfying relationships, I use a few educational tools through discussion in person at our Chapel or by phone or by Skype.

Please visit the Marriage Care page and learn about my Premarital Counseling approach to help couples and individuals prepare for their marriage or regain the relationship they once had in their marriage.


“Thanks Steve, the photos are awesome! The vow renewal meant so much to us.  It was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much for being so nice and easy going. The honor was all ours to have met such a wonderful person.  It is truly a blessing to find people like you that still exist in today’s world. Take Care.” – Laurie & David [more reviews]


Ceremony at Chapel…

Pastor Steve Durkac Weddings Gulf Coast Beach OfficiantIf you are looking for a Covenant Marriage Ceremony in Mobile, Alabama, I may be able to officiate that at our church location Chapel.

The traditional marriage license has been replaced in Alabama by an affidavit document system, which means a couple will need to receive paperwork from any Alabama county courthouse, then get a Notary of Public to verify signatures, and finally return that paperwork to the courthouse register themselves as legally married.

A marriage ceremony will is no longer a requirement in order for a marriage to be recognized as legally binding. However, I will be offering a Covenant Marriage Ceremony, registered with CrossHope Chapel church, so a bride and groom can still have an important benchmark and basis of commitment through an exchange of vows in the eyes of God.

Booking Me…

I use a 2-step email process for booking your wedding or vow renewal officiating into my schedule and calendar that consists of first submitting my Availability Form. If I am available I will ask you to submit my Confirmation Form.

I do not require a deposit, but instead, if you have a change of plans after you book me, all I ask is that you let me know it’s canceled so I can help another bride or spend time with my family, and avoid the travel to your booked location.

I am fine with last-minute plans. It’s fine if you won’t know the exact spot where you want to have your ceremony until you arrive and have a chance to look around. I will come to your location of choice, rather than asking you to come to my spot on the beach, I’ll go to where it is convenient for you – your home, your condo, hotel, beach house, public beach where there is parking.

Usually the best spot on the beach is just out back at the condo or hotel where you are staying. I will also tell you that I don’t mind if you want to wait until you get down to coast and drive up and down the boulevard and even let me know the day of where to meet you. If you have any questions please contact me.

Written Works..

Please visit my Published Books page to see a list of books I’ve written with a description and purchase information. You’ll also find some free PDF’s at my Free Downloads page. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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