As if Everett didn’t already have enough on his plate, he has yet another talent that is asked of him year round: Officiating weddings! Yes, he is a licensed marriage officiant for 13 years now. He was first asked back in 2001 to be the “emcee” of a wedding doing all the duties of an officiant except for the legal part of the ceremony. Two years later a couple asked him to get his license so he could complete the whole ceremony.
He got his certificate online at Universal Ministries and his license at City Hall in New York City. Since then he has officiated some 14 weddings, including a wedding ceremony that was actually performed on The Meredith Vieira Show while he was bandleader.
Many satisfied couples enjoy Everett’s ceremonies because he tailors them to the personalities and essence of each couple’s relationship. He weaves in the stories of how they met, integral friends and family influence, spiritual backgrounds, beliefs, and an earthiness that is honest, joyful and memorable….the same elements he brings to his music and performance.
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“We were the first couple Everett ever married, way back in 2003. We asked him to preside over our nuptials because we knew he would make everything magical and perfect and funny and charming and soulful and deep and eloquent and full-of-love. We knew this because he is our dear friend and those are the elements he brings to the world every day when he wakes up. We are pretty sure he brings those elements to brushing his teeth. In other words, asking him to officiate our wedding was a no-brainer. And it turned out to be the best easy decision we ever made, right after the one where we decided to get married in the first place. That day, we had the privilege of seeing the birth of Rev. Ev., and we will be forever grateful for the beauty, poetry, music and heart he brought to our wedding.“
~ Taro and Leigh Alexander
“Rev Ev was the officiant at our wedding in Puerto Villarta, Mexico. Our ceremony was on the beach and as he sang and played djembe, he created a magical and musical atmosphere that our family and friends are still talking about! Everett helped us with every step of the ceremonial process, from writing our own vows to choosing music. His soul and positivity made not only our day amazing, but also the days leading up to our wedding knowing we had someone special guiding us through.
We highly recommend Everett to any couple looking to create a unique and memorable wedding ceremony.”
~ Marc and Kirsten Copely
Photos by Stefan Ludwig
Photos by Stefan Ludwig
Photos by Stefan Ludwig
“In order to get married, two “I do’s” were essential to me – one from my then-boyfriend and soul-mate Bill when I asked him to marry me, and the other from my infinitely-talented, soul brother Everett when asked, “Will you accept my humble plea to officiate our marriage ceremony?” Fortunately for me, both said “Yes!”
I had heard from a friend who had been married by Everett that he does an exceptional job, and now I can personally attest to this, as he surpassed my greatest expectations and helped me create the wedding of our dreams. He met with me and my now-husband several times before our wedding in order to understand the essence of our relationship and convey it through a perfectly written ceremony. It was filled with sincerity, wit, humor, important details about us, and it pulled on every heart string, moving everyone in attendance to smile, beam, laugh, and cry with joy. Everett is the consummate professional with an artistic heart that connects with everyone he meets. With him at the helm, I was confident our ceremony would be personalized, organized, moving, musical, and have an arc like a well-written play. It had all of that and more.
After our wedding, with each congratulatory hug from family members and friends, many said, “That was the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever attended.” I have only my husband and Everett to thank for that. His ceremony is something we’ll treasure forever.”
~ Justin Wynn
“For anyone getting married, there are numerous happy memories to treasure for a lifetime. Everett Bradley was one such treasure for us. Everett is one of the most creative, thoughtful, and loving people I know. He’s a person I truly admire as an artist and friend. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to officiate and help us plan our wedding.
In the weeks and months leading up to the wedding, he met with us both to help us tailor a wedding ceremony that would reflect our personalities, history together, and love for one another. He helped us elaborate, edit, and organize our many ideas into a cohesive ceremony. And he kept in regular communication with us until the moment of the wedding as we tweaked and changed parts of the ceremony. Up until the day of the ceremony, I could tell he was continuously tailoring our ceremony so that it told a story about us and our love for one another. He brilliantly tied many fond memories we shared into that story. He helped us select readings and music that complemented our story. My husband’s sisters performed a song during the ceremony, and he helped them arrange the music into a beautiful duet. The ceremony was absolutely perfect in every way, in large part because of Everett. He made everyone feel welcome and appreciated. He made everyone laugh. He made everyone feel like family. I am so thankful Everett was able to play such a large, important role in our wedding day.”
~ Bill Schoss
Photos by Mikiodo
“I’ve always thought weddings and funerals should be personal, and if that’s the feeling that you’re going for on your wedding day, look no further than Reverend Everett Bradley.
On a Thursday we went to the NYC courthouse to apply for our marriage license, but while there, we looked at each other and said “do we really want to get married here?” The answer to that unexpected question for both of us was “no”, so with license in hand, we left the courthouse with a very serious question on our hands–what do we do now? Over lunch and brainstorming, one of us had a eureka moment: “Everett! He could save the day!”…and he did! We called him immediately and asked if he would marry us over the weekend in Central Park, and he said yes!
We met with him the next day, and we told him that the only rules we had for our ceremony were that we laugh (because we know how funny he is), and that it reflect who we are as a couple. Everett tailored the service to our personalities, to what we desired – personal, warm and intimate – and we even asked him to insert a surprise vow, which, believe me, definitely made us laugh!
Our wedding was exactly as we hoped it would be. Everett is thoughtful and considerate, and while he’s a personal friend, he still took this moment very seriously. The mixture of joy and reverence that he created that August day in Central Park filled us with love, and gratitude that our wedding could not have been more perfect.
~ Neal & Daniel
Liz and Tyley