Wedding Officiants

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Getting married near Panama City, Florida? You're going to need an officiant. Your wedding officiant is the person who will perform your ceremony and will sign your marriage license as the official witness. In Florida, a licensed Notary Public or an Ordained Minister may perform a wedding ceremony. 
Whether you're planning a simple courthouse wedding or an epic celebration, our officiants would be honored to be a part of your day. For us, it's all about promoting and encouraging the love of two people! 
Meet some of our officiants...
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Lacie Shepherd
Notary & Non-denominational Minister

Lacie is the owner and founder of The Wedding Shop by Uniting Happiness. Originally from Louisiana, she and her husband fell in love with the Panama City area, after her husband was stationed here in the Air Force. They quickly rooted their family of five here and decided this would be their forever home!

Lacie loves to be invited to officiate a couple’s wedding, and has been performing ceremonies for more than 10 years. As both an ordained minister and Florida Notary Public, Lacie is duly qualified to perform ceremonies in Florida, although she has traveled all over the country as a wedding officiant! She believes your ceremony should reflect the couple’s love story, and she really enjoys helping create something magical and unique for each couple.

“Love is the most powerful force we know. It is such a humbling feeling when I am asked to be a part of a couple’s love story and encourage the growth of that force.” –Lacie Shepherd


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Mike Shepherd
Notary & Non-denominational Minister

Mike Shepherd is the co-owner and co-founder of The Wedding Shop by Uniting Happiness. Mike is from Alabama and also serves as a Master Sargent in the US Air Force. Like his wife, Mike is also an ordained minister and Florida Notary Public, able to perform civil or religious ceremonies. 

Mike’s favorite pastimes include spending time with his family, fishing, and woodworking. Mike is an experienced public speaker and talented craftsman with a creative eye. He has traveled the country performing ceremonies of all types. He especially loves intimate elopements and the special moment that is privately shared between two people. Rev. Mike is laid back and easy going, always up for an adventure!

“Being invited to share the happiest day of a couple’s life, is beyond compare. I could not be more grateful!”  –Rev. Mike Shepherd


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Jill Poyant

Ordained Minister

Performing wedding ceremonies is one of Officiant Jill’s greatest joys.  Whether you are contemplating an indoor, beach, or backyard ceremony, Jill will perform a special ceremony tailored just for you.   

Jill, a Wisconsin native, who moved to Panama City more than 10 years ago, is a fun, polished, and professional officiant who is an ordained, non-denomination minister of the Universal Life Church.  Her compassionate nature naturally puts couples at ease and helps to create a graceful ceremony.

Marriage is a time when two people come together and proclaim their love for one another and their desire to create a new life together. This union is a sacred event to which Jill is honored to bear witness.  She supports marriage equality and honors all religious, spiritual, and secular backgrounds.