Shannon and JP
Shannon and JP

Hilton Austin Wedding #winawedding

Shannon and JP
Shannon and JP

Hilton Austin Wedding #winawedding

Ali and August
Ali and August

Ali + August Barr Mansion Wedding photo credit Mint Photography

Shannon and JP
Shannon and JP

Hilton Austin Wedding #winawedding


Dress Floofer. Groomsmen Wrangler. Storyteller.

Hello lovers... you did it!  The hunt is over! You found me!  I knew you would.  You’ve searched high and low, swiped left and right, endured blind dates and crappy coffee. 

AND THEN... you finally landed on the love of your life…

You’ve also found your 

  • venue

  • florist

  • classical ukulele player 

  • butterfly groomer

  • taco truck 

NOW you need someone to MARRY YOU and here I am. 

Obviously you have gathered that my name is Christel Stuart.  Now, let me tell you a little about me.  I left a 10 year career with AT&T to do what I do now.  Officiating weddings has been the most fun, rewarding, exciting, and joyous “job” of my life.  My first ceremony was my cousin’s wedding in Costa Rica in 2014 in front of a breathtaking waterfall. 
Not a bad day at the office, am I right? 

Cut to today and I have officiated over 500 ceremonies in several states AND countries!  I am happy to dress in costume, perform rituals like unity candles and knot-tying. 

I offer custom vows or read the ones you have prepared. 

When 2 people stand before me, they are filled with love and nerves and sometimes whiskey!  I say some pretty words and ask some important questions and PRESTO-CHANGE-O they are MARRIED!  So “changing lives” isn’t something I take lightly.  Some people want a quick ceremony to “get it done” and some want the puffy marshmallow dress and the string quartet. 

I respect all of those decisions.  Lately, I have seen that people want their friend to officiate their wedding.  My goal is to be your Professional Friend.  To capture the essence of the two of you while knowing where to stand, how to keep groomsmen sober-ish, and work with your other vendors.  Officiating isn't only reading a beautiful script and asking for the "I do's".  It's listening and learning about your love story so that you and your guests feel like we have known each other for years. 


I live in between Austin and Bastrop.  I have lived in Texas almost my entire life. I am fortunate to be married to my business partner, and he is a terrific, patient, handsome man named Austin.  He does wedding, portrait, and event photography.  I also have a stepdaughter, Riley, who impresses me daily with the young woman she is becoming.  Austin left a 16+ year career with AT&T to pursue HIS dream, working with me!  (don't tell him I said that!) 

If you want to see his photography work, and I recommend that you check it out, go here: Austin Stuart Photography

We are one heck of a duo, right?  We have a company where we offer officiating and photography, and photo booth services together.  You can check us out at Hand Heart and Crown Weddings  

I would love to find out more about you and what your perfect wedding day looks like.  I want to change your life and marry you to the love of your life in a field, under a tree, at an outdoor chapel, in a gorgeous venue, or even out of the country.  My passport is current and I can always use more stamps in it! 






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Congratulations !!! 

Chapel Dulcinea Elopement

Sundays at the Capitol

You don't want the fuss of a big wedding. You just want to share your day with your love and maybe a few guests. Let me marry you anywhere on the Capitol grounds on a Sunday


"I Do" Ceremony

You and your love want to say "I Do".  Small, intimate, personal.  Let's make it happen! 
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Simple Wedding Ceremony

There is something magical in getting married outdoors in Austin! Let's go to Mount Bonnell or Mayfield Park. How about the San Antonio Riverwalk or The Botanical Gardens.
Venue Wedding
You found the perfect person, you found the perfect shoes, you found the perfect venue! Let's GO! I am happy to make sure your special day is... PERFECT!