Officiant for AL • MS • FL Gulf Coast Beach Wedding, Vow Renewal, Covenant Marriage Ceremony

Steve Durkac Beach Weddings

Gulf Shores

I am the pastor of CrossHope Chapel church, a hospital chaplain, and an officiant of 5000+ beach weddings and vow renewals along Gulf Coast Alabama, Mississippi, Northwest Florida, having been featured on ABC Good Morning America, Fox News, and the Christian Television Network.

If you are looking for a Christian pastor to officiate your simple elopement along the upper Gulf Coast beach, I may be able to help. Some of the beach locations I travel to include: Alabama’s Dauphin Island, Fairhope, Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Mobile, Orange Beach, Point Clear, Mississippi’s Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Hattiesburg, NW Florida’s Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, and Navarre Beach.

Please visit any of these pages to learn more about my wedding and vow renewal officiating services at these pages:

Why Elope at Beach? • Gulf Coast Beaches • Vow Renewals • Bridal Reviews • Photo Gallery • FAQ • Marriage Planning • Officiating Policy • Officiating Fees • Booking Me • Availability Request • Ceremony Keepsake

 

Simple and Intimate…

Dauphin Island

Invest in your vacation, not the flash and frills of the ceremony. You can have a simple ceremony without a great expense, that will be meaningful and dignified without being over the top with unnecessary costs.

I do not take a salary from my small church pastorate so when you pay me an officiating fee to officiate your wedding or vow renewal or Covenant Marriage Ceremony you help keep me active in ministry.

I am happy to give a referral to a professional full-time photographer. I am also happy to take photos with your own camera or smartphone, at no additional cost. Or if you have a friend bringing their camera I am more than happy to take photos of your whole group with everyone in it the picture before I leave the beach. Just let me if I can help.

I will leave with you a free keepsake of the ceremony, my booklet “Covenant Marriage Ceremony.” This is my actual popular beach wedding ceremony wording and with a record page in the back.

Beside my complete ceremony script, this booklet also contains my script for the famous Grandma Story and a 1 Corinthians 13 post-wedding devotional of insights on what biblical love looks in actual marriage relationship.

I’ve learned a few things after officiating 5000+ beach wedding and vow renewals ceremonies along Gulf Coast Mississippi, Alabama, Northwest Florida, having been featured on ABC Good Morning AmericaFox News, and the Christian Television Network, and I’ve tried to share as much as may be helpful at these pages:

Why Elope at Beach? • Gulf Coast Beaches • Vow Renewals • Bridal Reviews • Photo Gallery • FAQ • Premarital Planning • Officiating Policy • Officiating Fees • Booking Me • Availability Request • Ceremony Keepsake

 

Fun and Relaxed…

Orange Beach

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.

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 be 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.

Why Elope at Beach? • Gulf Coast Beaches • Vow Renewals • Bridal Reviews • Photo Gallery • FAQ • Marriage Planning • Officiating Policy • Officiating Fees • Booking Me • Availability Request • Ceremony Keepsake

 

Meaningful and Memorable…   

Pensacola Beach

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 the Photo Gallery page.

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 Request. If I am available I will ask you to confirm your booking.

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.

Why Elope at Beach? • Gulf Coast Beaches • Vow Renewals • Bridal Reviews • Photo Gallery • FAQ • Marriage Planning • Officiating Policy • Officiating Fees • Booking Me • Availability Request • Ceremony Keepsake