Kat Newman is the owner and founder of Ceremonies by Kat. She performs gay and lesbian weddings in Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West, Miami-Dade, Broward, Sarasota, Bradenton, Siesta Key, Anna Maria Island, Venice Beach and Fort Myers.
How did you get into the wedding business and the business of marrying couples

In 2012 I moved to the Florida Keys for love. I had zero idea of how I was going to make a living, but after acquiring a position in my area of experience (office management), I slowly began to see that the wedding industry was really taking off. Everyone said “Kat, you would make a fabulous officiant.” So, I took the plunge and through a referral I performed my first ceremony. I was HOOKED! Part time for awhile led to going out full time in Spring, 2015.

Where are you from originally

I was born in Huntington, NY which is on Long Island, a suburb of NYC. I have lived in several regions of Florida since 2004.

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What have you found to be most special or unique about marrying lesbian and gay couples

What I find most unique about marrying gay and lesbian couples is the sense that they have often overcome or sacrificed much to reach this truly miraculous milestone of eternal love and legal marriage. But yet, most do not wear it on their sleeves… it is all natural and right and comfy. Just as it should be. I see much family support as well. I remember so well when I was invited to stay for the reception at one lesbian wedding, being totally consumed by tears of unabashed joy watching all the beautiful women dancing as couples along with the brides and the straight couples.

What was the best memory you have from a same sex wedding and same sex couple you have worked with

Another very fond memory I have was from the first wedding I officiated for two men. They were absolutely gorgeous and very generous. They paid for my ticket on the seaplane from Key West across to the picturesque Fort Jefferson park on the Dry Tortugas along with their moms and a grandma. Despite the oppressive August heat, they changed into full tuxedos and the moms were in cocktail dresses as we stood in the archway of the old fort for their nuptials. They even gave me a corsage! Afterwards, they changed into “drag bride bathing suit costumes” and went snorkeling which the photographer (see attached) captured so well. Lastly, immediately following the pronouncement I proclaimed “Congratulations, I can now safely say that all the best men are married AND gay!!!” I love referring to them as my “boys”

Also, here is a link to a video of another gay wedding I did where the “boys” were so much fun, loaded with flair and you can hear my voice in parts.

https://youtu.be/YWW-wMBaU5g

How many weddings do you perform a year

I have married approximately 350 couples in 4 ½ years. 2018 stands to be a record year at about 110 total.

What do you always take with you when traveling? 

When traveling, I ALWAYS have snacks, coffee/water, motion sickness bands earbuds and entertainment (esp on planes) and a neck pillow.

Greatest achievement

My greatest achievement was starting my business and building my professional reputation bringing both financial success and personal freedom and fulfillment. HANDS DOWN.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Best advice (and also the hardest) Let go of what doesn’t serve you and FORGIVE.

Tell us something no one knows about you 

There is not too much that people don’t know about me because I am an open book. But I don’t typically share with people that I had a terrible fear of driving and didn’t get my license until I was 28.

To Book Kat for your lesbian or gay wedding in Florida: 

Ceremonies By Kat
Phone : 305-942-0067
Email : Kat@ceremoniesbyKat.com