Rev. Anita

San Francisco Wedding Officiant Anita Joe

I am a proud native San Franciscan and alumnus of San Francisco State University with a BA in Theater Arts. I am also a true romantic and am so happy to have married my soulmate. We have three amazing grown daughters. Being of multi-ethnic background, I am familiar with and appreciate the many rich cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles celebrated in our diverse city. Throughout the years, I have assisted friends and family members with their own weddings, ranging from large to small, and including intimate weddings and ceremonies for various lifestyles.

I have held a unique assortment of professional positions, including working as a community outreach specialist, assistant customer service manager, senior caregiver, and my personal favorite, as a drama class consultant for a local public elementary school. Currently, in addition to officiating weddings, I work as a marketing executive for a health and wellness company. Outside of work, I serve as a volunteer women’s leader for a non-profit organization located in the heart of the city. We focus on initiatives in peace, culture, and education. My leadership responsibilities center on encouraging women, helping women achieve their highest potential, and working closely with youth to support and empower them.

I have been happily married for over 30 years and planned my own wedding. The planning presented me with a few logistical challenges and in turn, with invaluable learning opportunities. We had two wedding receptions, one for a select few immediately following the ceremony and the other for over 100 guests, held later that afternoon. The venue for the larger reception was my brother’s home in his patio area surrounding the pool. As unpredictable Bay Area weather would have it, I learned that morning that it was expected to rain later that day. Nevertheless, I persevered, ensured that I had a plan B ready to go, and determined that no matter what, everything would still go smoothly. I confidently met the challenge and arrived prepared! But in the end, the sun came out and the weather turned out to be beautiful! I mention my own story because I understand that sometimes unforeseen pre-wedding or even day-of challenges may come up. From the day of my own wedding until now, I have always come prepared. With my optimistic and determined spirit, I can not only tackle these challenges head-on but resolve matters in a calm, cool, and efficient manner.

In my down time, I am often found spending quality time with my furry grandchildren: Abby, our Japanese Chin rescue dog and Smalls, our Netherland dwarf rabbit. I am also an avid reader who loves to get lost in historical fiction. As for movies, I absolutely love romantic comedies.

It would be my honor to be your officiant for this important day in your lives. I will bring unparalleled passion and warmth to your ceremony. Above all, and what I deem most important, is my guarantee that I will listen carefully to you and your vision, however broad or detailed that vision may be. I look forward to seeing to it that no matter what, we actualize the wedding ceremony of your dreams. It is my great honor to be a part of the Cali Officiants team.