First and Foremost I am your Loveographer!
Ahh yes..you are correct, I made that word up! I tend to be creative that way. More technically speaking I am a specialized wedding officiant certified by BC Vital Statistics to make your marriage legal and I have the same authority to perform your ceremony as a government appointed marriage commissioner and then, the similarities end there.
My name is Valerie Maltese I write love stories and life stories for a living and I love my job! I am a specialized wedding officiant. I am a certified Life Cycle Celebrant for Weddings and I am also a Funeral Celebrant trained at the Insight Institute to perform life tributes , memorials and other celebrations of life. I am an interfaith minister and will facilitate your beliefs or your ideas and I serve all members of the community !
Handfasting, Blending of Sands, Tree Planting, Blending of Wines Ritual, You name it! We can include anything, as your wish is my command, just like your fairy godmother!
So how do I do it you ask? I gather my information from you and write a first draft. Next we edit it together, it is a co creation and we go back and forth a little and you have final say on the script so no funky surprises when it comes to your wedding ceremony ! This process makes it become perfect for you, painless and priceless! If you are having a wedding party I help you create this and guide a rehearsal for you. If your crew is game, I will even choreograph a few simple dance moves for them if they are game for dancing down the aisle. I love a co creation, I love keeping it individually tailored, I love to perform your unique ceremony in true storyteller fashion. I tell your story with a goal to keep your audience listening and captivated. My aim is to create a one of a kind ceremony that is relevant and personal to you. The authenticity of this is always a beautiful and interesting way to draw your audience close and set a personal tone for the rest of the day, not to mention launch you off for the rest of your lives...
But wait!.. back to getting to know about me...
I come from a long line of artists,
romantics and writers.
I could tell you a story or two..
it is me who really wants to know about
your true love story.
Go ahead and tell it to me
and I will write it into
your marriage ceremony and it will
also become a
timeless and epic love story !
I guarantee that even if you have wedding guests that are watching you get married online, your ceremony will draw them close, captivate them heart and soul and keep them on the edge of their seats.
I vow to you that I will make your wedding ceremony intimate, personal, meaningful, entertaining, and a true reflection of you and your loved one.
I deliver an alive and entertaining love filled ceremony because I am a total romantic and a professional performer. A fun fact is that I began my acting career in the company of none other than the infamous Tony the Tiger. We ate cereal together on a Kellog's Frosted Flakes commercial and he told me I was grrrreat!
Ok so guess what! The tiger was right about that, I am grreaat, you should see my reviews! !
It still feels a lot like play to me. I think things come easier when you were simply born to do it! I believe I always been a celebrant. I have always enjoyed celebrating love.
Gathering in celebration and ceremony to mark transitions keeps us inspired, uplifted and gives meaning to our lives!
What did I know about sugar crashes and a gluten free diet in those days? All that registered was I had a chance to meet Tony. My mom ran out of the usual comp card or 8x10 glossy. The headshots we would always to bring the casting agent. Being as she is so determined and creative in her solutions, she rose to the challenges she encountered and spontaneously grabbed a five foot tall cardboard version of me on our way out the door. My mom was kooky and creative that way and I am a proud to be a chip off the old block. The drive from the suburbs was hot and I tried not to fall asleep. I probably ate some sugar coated cereal just that morning in fact. I was prone to these odd car sleeps and my mom kept trying to keep me chipper asking me my name and about some of my favourite things, practice questions that the agent might ask me. I repeated my name in a stupor and stood as the last kid in a line up around the city block. They called these big auditions cattle calls. "Oh no it's a cattle call" , I heard my mom say to another parent and then to me, my mom said "honey we don't have to stay if you are tired and hot". I clung to my huge poster sized photo of myself wondering if Tony would like it. I just gave her a "no way we are not leaving nod" and went back to the dream I held firm to. My mom was satisfied she was not being a stage mom now. There was always that reference and she was actually a child performer from the vaudeville days! Born in 1930's, she grew up in the movie theatres watching Fred Astaire sweep Ginger Rogers around. As beautiful as Ginger Rogers herself, my mom always remains creative and encouraging of everyone and most especially her children to see the creative light in themselves. She was imaginative as a daughter like me could hope for and still in that moment not as imaginative as me. Confident that my mom was in tune with me, perhaps I had not mentioned it. After all meeting Tony if I got so lucky (and I knew I was lucky! ) My big chance of getting picked even with 100 other kids lined up just seemed so matter of fact easy to me. Why would I even pause to ask her if I would be working with Tony the infamous Tiger. I assumed once they had chosen me that he would be the first there waiting with a box of his cereal to share with me. It is just that my mom would only later become enlightened about my romantic notion. I was possibly delirious from my sugar crash and the Toronto summer heat didn't help but for some reason I began to be certain they would pick me and I would meet Tony and indeed it happened that they picked me. .Woweee! Maybe after so many kids, the last kid in line, me was the easiest to remember or maybe it was that giant picture of me. I'm not naming the year but lets say this, nobody had ever heard of a gluten free diet, Mr. Bubble was getting old (if you knew who he was) and Tony was better than Sugar Bear and also Tony was only there for a few seconds at a time in my living room with me. Tony the Tiger was just so cute and I had big crush on him. I adored that tiger and I truly thought we would meet.. you know I mean well.. for real and in person. I was 5 years old then and the director told me to just look up at the empty space above me and smile because Tony would be drawn in later by some animation artist! Can I explain how difficult that concept was for me to understand? You have been a good sport if you have read this far so let me say this much, that even the prize of a plastic Tony the Tiger spoon and bowl set which they sent me home with could not repair my heartache. That set would have taken at least a year of saving the cut out coupons from the cereal box tops too! Truly, it was a blow and indeed a first heartbreak. Be that as it may, I am the first to tell you, I have never shied away from being romantic, being imaginative or from performing in public!
Ok, so here is one more fun fact! As a teenager, I was like a "Cyrano Debergerac." I composed love letters and poems for my girlfriends to give to their romantic interests. It was thrilling, except I had to keep it secret so I couldn't even take the credit for those awesome teenage love letters.
Becoming a Life Cycle Celebrant and "Loveographer" allows me to celebrate my own calling to love and romance. I combine many skills acquired over a lifetime...and now I can even get to have some of the credit. Although writing your ceremony is in truth a bit of a co creation so contact me and let's write this thing! You don't actually need to be a writer at all. Just like my teenage buddies did, you can just each talk to me or email me and tell me about your love story. I will turn it into your one and only Loveography! Perfect for a wedding ceremony script, a renewal of vows or even for an anniversary tribute.
A Life-Cycle Celebrant delivers more personalized ceremonies and rituals than what you might get with other types of officiants. You have the freedom to be you and not adhere to anyone’ else’s belief system. You have the freedom to do it all your way!
So tell me, are you a bit of a free thinker and could this be your cup of tea?
I love this job. Creating my own reality as a Loveographer now allows me to celebrate my own calling to love and romance. I combine many skills acquired over a lifetime...and now I even get to have some of the credit!
Tree Planting, Blending of Wine, Hand Fasting, Blending of the Sands and any other Custom Created ideas or elements you would like can be integrated. I guarantee the words chosen for you will reflect you and your ideas, beliefs, backgrounds, and personalities. I adapt my writing and delivery style for each unique client and this is a co creation.
You have the freedom to be you and not adhere to anyone’ else’s belief system. You have the freedom to do it all your way!
Meaningful, personal, entertaining and heart felt while you stay true to yourself and uplift your friends and family in love!
On a hiking trail, on a boat, on a golf course, a beach or a winter's slope, I meet you there and I facilitate your personal beliefs in your way.
Click here to hear a clip from one of Valerie's custom written Love Story Ceremonies below including a blending of wines ritual !