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Ten Random Facts About Tracy, Your Savannah Wedding Officiant!

I recently updated my Meet Tracy page and as part of that project, had some copy that did not make the final cut, including some random facts and photos. The facts were fun to write so I decided to use the content for a blog post for those of you who would like to get to know more about my background before I became a professional wedding officiant and what I do in my spare time.

So without further ado … here are ten random facts about me!


1. I am a self-described high-achiever, just like Hermione Granger. My first career goal at 5 years old was to be a professional writer and I sold my first story to a national publication, ‘Teen Magazine, when I was a sophomore in high school. Luke Perry was on the cover and there was an insert for Beverly Hills 90210 perfume inside.

I am reminded every time I watch Riverdale how old I am.

Photo by The Empowerment Photographer

2. My first job after graduation from college was as a Teach for America corps member in the Washington Heights section of New York City. I am friends on Facebook with many of my students who are all now in their early 30s and living life to the fullest. I am proud to have even been a small part of their lives as I see them unfold in real time.

My experience as a teacher led me to two of my proudest professional achievements before I started this business- (1) helping to start the NYC Teaching Fellows program, which was the largest alternative teacher certification program in the country in the mid-2000’s, and (2) writing my book, Confessions of a Teacher Recruiter: How to Create an Extraordinary Resume and Hook Your Dream Job. 

3. I have a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University, with a focus on economics and finance. It may seem like a strange skillset to bring to weddings, but I’ve found that absorbing and analyzing information to create stories is my jam, whether that data is numbers, words, or photos for my website.

4. I listen to Spotify playlists while I write ceremonies.  My playlists include songs from The Vitamin String Quartet and Rockabye Baby, with a little Beastie Boys, New Edition, Janet Jackson and Tegan & Sara thrown in if I need an energy spike. I ask all my couples for a song to listen to while I write their ceremony and I’ve created a public playlist of all those songs on Spotify (10+ hours of music and counting!) .

5. I love Marvel comics and my hobby is to devour both vintage and new comics on the Marvel Unlimited app. I love Chris Claremont’s 1980s X-Men run, Dennis Hopeless’ and Javier Rodriguez’s take on Spider-Woman becoming a mom, and Brian Michale Bendis’ Alias (Jessica Jones). I wore my Captain Marvel jacket to lead Savannah’s Women’s March in 2017 and 2018 and CANNOT wait for that movie.

Photo by The Empowerment Photographer

6. My mom superpower is that I can make any lesson to my son sound like it is an original Daniel Tiger song. The secret is to channel your inner Tom Haverford.

7. When I am not working or mom’ing, I try to spend my time on civic activities that elevate other women in Savannah. I’ve run a number of women’s leadership groups and I am also a board member of a non-profit called Shelter from the Rain that provides mentoring and other support to low-income single moms in our community.

8. I grew up off the beaches of Cape Cod and will always prefer the Atlantic to the Pacific and the ocean to the mountains. When I lived in New York City, I rented a house every summer with friends on Fire Island, a secluded island off Long Island only accessible by ferry and we had a famous neighbor. Her name begins with a T, her book begins with a B and she has a TV show with a number in it. I found that celebrities REALLY are just like us. I love living close to Tybee Island and going around 5PM during the summer when you can see the dolphins swimming on by.

9. I love a good bourbon on the rocks, especially out on our deck in April or October. It is the quintessential Savannah experience.

Photo by Matthew & Ashly Fine Art + Films

10. Everyone ALWAYS wants to know my craziest wedding stories and two stand out. For the first, the bride was four hours late for her ceremony and was not bothered at all. It was my first wedding back from maternity leave and I almost took down my website and closed up shop when I got home!

The second involves a gentleman who showed up to his elopement with a marriage license, but without his bride, and told me that he didn’t think their wedding was important enough for her to ask for time off from work. I did eventually marry them- together- on another date … and less than two years later, he tried to schedule another elopement with me to marry someone else (I politely declined).

And I still love this job. The easygoing couples- and those that bring me challenges- make this experience the best. And yes, I plan to write a book some day all about it someday!

Photo by Matthew & Ashly Fine Art + Films

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to learn more about you, too!

Tracy Brisson, Founder of Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements

 

Savannah Wedding Officiant

Summer & Fall 2015 Availability Update!

It has been a wonderful and very busy summer here officiating weddings, including the 20 couples I’ve married this July. The fall season here in Savannah is very busy as locals and people from all over the world plan their weddings to take advantage of our unique mild temperatures and sunny skies. Before the season starts in earnest on Labor Day weekend, I will be taking some time off and traveling to some great beaches on the East Coast.

Savannah Wedding Officiant Availability
I have sunscreen and beaches on the brain.

If you are planning to work with me, here are updates on my availability from now until September 8th.

  • If you would like to book a Simple Signing Service, I will be doing them until Friday, July 24th and then resuming them from Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21st. I will begin performing them on a regular schedule on Tuesday, September 8th. If you would like a Simple Signing Service before September 8th, please book your date by Friday, July 24th.
  • If you would like to book an August wedding or elopement, I will be performing those from August 10th to August 21st. All August clients must have their deposits and booking forms in to me by Friday, July 24th. 
  • If you are booking a wedding for the fall, winter, or spring 2016, I will be regularly checking email so please send me your inquiry. I have about 16 weddings booked for September and 10 booked for October, but only one weekend in each month that is completely booked with multiple weddings. I have booked three spring 2016 weddings just this week and the calendar will continue to fill up. Check my availability and contact me about your date!
  • Even though I will not be marrying people, I may post some new blog posts while I am traveling. It was one of my 2015 goals to write more and I am going to take advantage of my travels to do so.

My one year anniversary as a Savannah Wedding officiant will pass on August 3rd and when that day comes, I will have married just under 150 of y’all. I feel grateful every day to work with wonderful people like yourselves. Have a wonderful end of July!

Tracy Brisson, Founder of Savannah Custom Weddings & Elopements

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Celebrate Georgia’s Historic Day for Same-Sex Marriage

As June 2015 closes, I’ve obsessively refreshed Twitter each Monday at 10AM to find out which Supreme Court decisions were released that day. Before their session closes on June 30th, we will receive a ruling on the case Obergefell vs. Hodges, which will determine if same-sex marriage will be legal in Georgia.

The Supreme Court usually only releases decisions on Mondays, but with 7 major cases left in the session, they’ll also be releasing decisions on June 25th and June 26th. My phone is fully charged and my thumbs are ready to track the updates!

Last fall, I wrote my first blog about marriage equality and this spring, I was able to take action on my belief that ALL love is beautiful. I spoke on a panel for Georgia Equality on the positive economic impact that same-sex marriage will have on Savannah, I married four beautiful LGBT couples in South Carolina, and I was even interviewed for NPR!

Tracy Brisson speaking about marriage equality at Georgia Equality's Savannah Town Hall.
Tracy Brisson speaking about marriage equality at Georgia Equality’s Savannah Town Hall.

(Photo courtesy of Kinzie Ferguson Photography.)

But more than anything, I am ready to stop tracking the legal debate and the nuances of the law and marry all the people who want to be married. In anticipation of a ruling that paves the way for LGBT couples to marry in Savannah, here’s what’s next.

  • To celebrate the historic decision, I’ll be marrying people for FREE in Forsyth Park for the first 48 hours after Chatham County issues its updated marriage license once the decision is issued (the Chatham County Probate Court has indicated they will expedite the process as much as in their control). My colleague, Megan Jones of It’s Megan Jones Photography, will be taking FREE photos, too! ALL couples with a valid marriage license, regardless of sexual orientation, are welcome. Call 912-226-4097 to book your appointment.

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  • I am actively booking weddings for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, if you are interested, please check out my packages and contact me.

All love is beautiful- let’s celebrate love’s win!