My name is Matt Nathanson. I grew up in Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1997-’98. I was a partner in a successful financial planning practice until 2005, when spinal and nervous system issues became too challenging to stay employed. Since then I have had three spine surgeries (probably 40 procedures total) and seen more doctors than most people do in their lifetime. I’m finally walking upright and still in a period of introspection and questioning my purpose. My soul yearns to learn more all the time and I’ve found my truth in lining up with the things that make me happiest, like officiating weddings! I officiated my first wedding in 2007 and it was just what the doctor ordered! It was an amazing experience and I received lots of compliments. Since then I have gone to the University of Metaphysical Sciences and received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and been ordained through Wisdom Of The Heart Church. I am happily married since 2004 to the coolest girl I’ve ever met and have two wonderful daughters and a cat. I have found my calling and I promise that all my energy will go into your ceremony. Thanks so much for considering me to be part of such a special day! Ceremony audio can be heard here.
If I’m already scheduled to officiate for another couple, rest assured that you’re in good hands with Rob or Kyle. I’d describe Rob as one of the most laid-back, peaceful people I’ve ever met. I imagine his kids feel safe with him, after they’ve had a hard day. Kyle has a big personality and is there to greet anyone with a smile, handshake and laughter. He’s the joker in the photo doing the, ‘Dr. Evil’ or whatever it is that he’s doing.
Their full bios can be found below.
My name is Rob Young. I’m an Arizona native, having grown up in Yuma and then served in the Army for four years before attending Northern Arizona University. I took school seriously and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in History and a minor in Anthropology. After college, I began working in the financial services industry and in the summer of 2016 opened my own firm! I couldn’t be more grateful for the support I’ve received from my son, Quinn, the love of my life and better half, Regina, and daughter, Piper. I’m an avid musician, self-proclaimed music nerd, love to read three or four books at a time, and I build furniture in my spare time. When there’s snow on the ground and I can play hooky, you’ll find me on a snowboard. I truly am an incurable romantic and not only officiate weddings, I used to DJ too. My combined wedding experience goes back to 2008. I love being able to contribute to a couple’s most memorable day. Wedding ceremonies are sincere rituals for some and a big party for others. Either way, telling your story and sending you off to a wonderful life helps to fulfill my own. I’d be honored to officiate your ceremony.
Testimonials: “Matt was not available on our date, so we booked his associate Rob. Rob was amazing! Afterward, we got so many compliments about our ceremony and how he took such special care to personalize it to us. It was very clear that he put a lot of time and effort into writing the ceremony just for us and making it funny, light hearted…but also sweet and heartfelt. If you are looking for something extra special, and an officiant that really cares about making it all about you, then I highly recommend 1st Officiant. We seriously couldn’t be happier with our choice!” Carrie and Chris K.
“After looking at what felt like a hundred different officiants, we settled on 1st officiant to perform our wedding ceremony. We felt the vibe they put out was in line with our views for a light, entertaining, secular wedding. We met with Rob Young who was perfectly aligned with what we envisioned for our ceremony, and we began planning. Rob asked for details about our story, how we met, how we got engaged, etc. Then separately he asked us for things we loved about each other and things we aspired to in our relationship. He had a few follow up questions and was always easy to communicate with. We selected several readings we liked and sets of vows we both enjoyed. We could not have been happier with how our ceremony turned out. Rob was a great speaker and made our ceremony sound deeply personal to us as a couple. We have received nothing but excellent feedback from our guests who thought the ceremony was beautiful and personal. We would recommend Rob and 1st officiant to any couple without reservation.” Sarah and Gray M.
My name is Kyle Allen. I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and spent most of my youth playing soccer and eating locally famous green chile. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and a minor in Language Arts. After college I packed up my life and moved out to Phoenix to begin my teaching career. I’ve now been teaching and coaching soccer since 2002 and absolutely love it. I currently teach 4th grade. Watching my students light up with excitement and desire to learn is truly rewarding. Seeing them shine is why I do it. Teaching led me to weddings. A fellow teacher, who’s also a wedding photographer introduced me to Matt Nathanson and I began officiating weddings in 2015. It has become another source of joy for me. Seeing a couple beam with love and excitement while sharing their happiness with family and friends, is simply amazing. I walk away from wedding ceremonies feeling truly inspired. I get to play a crucial role in a day that will stand out in each couple’s lives forever. I’m able to share their stories and special moments with their guests, maybe crack a couple jokes, and watch them take their first step into their future together. What’s better than that!
Testimonials: “My husband and I had the pleasure of having Kyle, from 1st Officiant officiate our wedding. I cannot say enough good things about Kyle and how our ceremony went. At our first meeting, we knew right away that we wanted Kyle to officiate our wedding. You could tell that he truly cared and wanted to get a sense of who we are as a couple and as individuals. Our ceremony was so personal, you would have thought he would have known us for years! I got so many compliments from guests saying how much they loved my ceremony.” Sara and Paul C.
“I cannot tell you how many compliments we received on how perfect, and personal, our ceremony was. You brought the perfect blend of humor and emotion to our day. Thank you for being so patient with us. This was the most important part of the day for us, and it was more than we dreamed of.” Nina and Ryan R.
“Hi Kyle!! Just getting back from our honeymoon and we wanted to really thank you for your PHENOMENAL readings! I am BLOWN AWAY! You did such a fantastic job and exceeded my highest expectations. Your awesome attitude and fun personality really made us feel so at ease that day! You were a HUGE key part in starting our lives together and really sharing with our guests a wonderfully written story! I cant tell you how many people came up to us/ emailed/ text us – how great of a job you did and that it was the best of all the weddings they have been to. I have read and re-read these readings over a million times because I LOVE IT THAT MUCH! Thank you for sending me the copy! I have it printed/ laminated and shared with all my family members that were unfortunately unable to travel to attend. The Grandparents especially were extremely moved by your story. We give you a million stars (5 isnt enough) and are now catching up with reviewing our vendors but you are the one I wanted to reach out to first. Thank You for making our guests laugh! They are still talking about it 🙂 YOU’RE THE BEST!” Caity and Sean F.