Elizabeth: Owner, Officiant
Locations: Minnesota, Greater-Chicago, Rome
Elizabeth Babinski, or better known as Liz Rae online, has been writing since she was a kid, writing novels throughout most of her childhood. Thankfully, none of those are shared with the public. She currently spends her time writing on her blog Thoughts at Night, on numerous websites, and is working on finishing her first book. Her most notable work can be found on Thought Catalog. Liz is best known for a diverse writing style, having the ability to write intimately personal ceremonies that are everything from light-hearted to deeply romantic.
Liz comes from a sports background, having spent a considerable amount of her life working for various professional teams and stadiums, including the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, TCF Bank Stadium, and the London Olympic Games. After taking a break from sports, she spent another portion of her life working in human resources for Target and then further moved into working in technology, first beginning at Apple and transitioning to start-ups.
She still works full-time while running the business, but is working on expanding the business to make it a full-time effort. Her best friend, Maranda, had asked her to marry her fiancé and her, and she figured it would also be great to help other people who wanted to keep their wedding in budget. You can see their wedding website here.
Liz’s business philosophy is to only work with people she knows well and trusts, and this has worked pretty well for her. She finds it amazing that she gets to spend everyday working alongside Mark and Brian, who have inspired her and pushed her to do great work.
When she isn’t doing anything mentioned above, you can likely find her out of the country, as she still wants to visit Antarctica, exercising, eating, or cooped up in her apartment for days at a time writing. You can read even more about her on her website or find her living in another country.
Mark grew up in Avon Lake, Ohio, which used to be a smallish town on the west side of Cleveland. College took him to Cincinnati, at the other end of the state, where he spent ten years acquiring a couple of opera degrees. Yes, he still sings. No, he doesn’t sing at weddings. Not as a soloist, anyway.
His life-long love of literature (19th-century literature in particular) has made him passionate about the power of language to move people in a unique and beautiful way. One of the things he loves most about weddings is the chance to focus this passion on the task of bringing form and poetry to a couple’s vision of their wedding day. Mark is comfortable working and writing in any spiritual idiom a couple might prefer, but also thinks that a non-religious service can (and should) be as unique and beautiful as he can help to make it.
Mark has officiated weddings throughout the country, in churches and private homes, in back yards, on shorelines and riverbanks, in gardens, and around a couple of really impressive trees. He knows that any space can be a perfect space, if it is meaningful to those who celebrate there.
He married Jennifer, his better and wiser half, in 2002. They reside in Saint Paul, where they adore their neighbors, and share space with a houseful of pets.
Brian grew up in Saint Paul, and has aspired to remain a part of his favorite city for as long as he can. He spent his whole life in Minnesota, growing up along with the community he tries to be a positive part of every day. Most of his free time is spent riding his motorcycle around town, trying to keep his wild, crazy rescue dog under control, and expanding his newfound interest in photography. He tends to stick close to things he knows–his hometown, his family and his friends. But someday, when the stars align, he would love to get out into the world and see everything humanity has to offer. He can’t think of anything more exciting than visiting Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and even the more domestic locations like the beautiful Pacific Northwest and New England. But until that day, you’ll find him around the Twin Cities, engaging with the people and community he loves.
Linnea is a wedding officiant and masters level psychotherapist specializing in pre-marital, marital and familial consulting. At the heart of her work, she is a storyteller and a listener of stories. She bears witness to the beautiful struggle that every love is and will be, giving voice to you as she crafts your ceremony with all the sacredness and joy your love deserves; giving voice to you so you can explore the challenges every partner and parent eventually faces. She loves exploring love in all the many stages it takes and in all the varieties it comes in.
In her undergrad, she majored in family studies and philosophy, and later went on to get her master’s degree in Adlerian Psychotherapy from Adler Graduate School. She has experience working with individuals, couples and families, as well as in planning and officiating wedding ceremonies.
Locations: Minneapolis-St. Paul area
Rob lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota with his wife, young daughter and two cats. He is originally from a small town of around 4,000 people and is a true believer of “Minnesota Nice.” As a family, they enjoy walks, dinners, and DIY projects around the house.
When they aren’t at home, they can be found traveling. Their favorite country is Italy in Europe and have frequently visited Europe in addition to Australia and New Zealand. Rob values experiences over things, and loves history, people and food when he’s traveling. He says that traveling is in his blood!
Finally, Rob believes that humor can be found in a lot of places, as laughter is such a key ingredient to a relationship. He enjoys working with people, and during the day, he is a teacher. He loves meeting people and looks forward to helping couples achieve their dream of an unforgettable wedding experience.
Locations: Illinois, Wisconsin
Christine was born and raised in Chicago, currently resides in Lake In The Hills, Illinois, with her husband and three sons. She is an award winning officiant and has been officiating weddings for 4 years. She has lived in New York and visited Europe too many times to count. Christine also is a student at University of Phoenix and is currently obtaining her Bachelors degree in Business Management.