Indiana Wedding Design is made up of awesome people who care deeply about the couples we serve. These people are such rock stars, we want to take some time each month to spotlight the people who make it all possible! We decided to kick off the year with Sara Dodson. Sara lives on the west side of Indianapolis and came to officiating as a passion project on the side of her full time job in the pharmaceutical industry. Keep reading to find out more about her!
How did you come about being an officiant? How long have you been an officiant?
I became an officiant by chance, when planning my wedding in 2016 I found myself in need of an officiant. While searching a bridal page on facebook, I came across IWD page. When I met Angel, I knew it was a perfect match for us. I had zero worries when it came to my wedding day. Angel was beyond professional and help add extra special moments to our wedding that were memorable. Roughly a month after our wedding, I came to work for IWD. Now coming into my third season, I enjoy today as I did on day one. It is amazing meeting our couples and it is an absolute privilege to be apart of their special day.
Why do you like working with weddings? What’s your favorite part of a wedding?
Weddings are magical, the love, the romance and being a part of a special day. My favorite part of a wedding is the reveal. I love seeing the beautiful couples first glance at each other. From that moment on they know their lives are beginning as one.
How do you define love?
I define love as a feeling that you can’t live without. For myself the day I knew I was completely in love with my husband, was the day I realized I did not want to go on living life without him. My husband is my best friend, when we were not together my day or night was not complete.
Describe your favorite wedding you’ve officiated with IWD or your favorite wedding story.
There are so many to choose from, each wedding I have performed has had a special place in my heart. One of my recent weddings at the beginning of this year of Jesse and Pamela Burris. I love when couples express their love and gratitude to each other. Pictures are a lasting memory of the beautiful day.
What do you enjoy about working with IWD?
I love first and foremost our amazing couples and the relationships that we have created with them. But honestly, our amazing team is so supportive of one another, we are family.
Describe your wedding!
We were married at The White River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo in September 2016. Keep in mind prior to our wedding, I never dreamed of the magical day. I use to tell my dad, I will just go to Vegas and get it over with. Though we decided to have the big wedding, it was absolutely perfect. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. In 2016, the zoo had a Lego exhibit in the gardens, to be honest I prayed that our groomsmen did not take one down. About 6 month prior to our wedding my dad was given a diagnosis of end stage renal cancer. The best and worst time of our lives, though we made the best of it. My dad was front and center the entire day. We experienced our daddy/daughter dance compliments of his mobility scooter, and even slid in a daddy/daughter dance with my husband and step-daughter. Our day was absolutely amazing, I have a wonderful list of brilliant vendors, etc. who help making it great.
What’s the most difficult situation you have faced with a couple and how did you resolve it?
Generally prior to the ceremony, we have worked out all the fine details that are to take place on the “big day”, I make sure I hear all the wants and needs of the beautiful couple to ensure the day goes as perfect to their timeline.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to engaged couples?
Make sure to always remember that it is your wedding. Make sure your wedding is what you as the couple want it to be. Don’t try to please everyone else.
Do you have another job? If so, what is it? What do you do when you are away from work?
I am a real time analyst for a pharmaceutical company for the past 17 years. I am responsible for the scheduling and planning of 5 contact centers across the United States.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, and I am currently in Graduate School for a MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Sara! We are so glad to have her on the team and we can’t wait for all of our future IWD couples to meet her!