We had the good fortune of connecting with Rich and Shelby Satnam and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rich and Shelby, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Our thought process on starting Let’s Knot and Say We Did was of gradual unfoldment. Aside from the unfulfilling and demanding work within the corporate world, we started by offering officiating services as a way to spark personal creativity and joy that I wasn’t finding in my current work as a banker. This was really a passion project that quickly turned into something greater. I (Rich) quickly found my calling of curating and personalizing the most intimate part of a couple’s wedding day. When the pandemic hit, many of the larger weddings condensed in size and couples began getting creative with how and where they would do their ceremonies. I was holding ceremonies in living rooms, backyards, state parks, farms, nature hikes, and all kinds of off-the-grid locations with very few guests in attendance. It was during this process I started to notice a trend. The smaller, intimate sized weddings stripped away some of the production elements of larger size weddings down to what really mattered: two people in love celebrating themselves and their love for one another. The vibe was much more authentic. I also started to notice how these intimate sized weddings deserve to have just as much attention and intention as those with 200 guests. The seed had been planted.
We then took the first step toward a package by the addition of bridal yoga and acoustic music as a la carte options. It wasn’t very hard to persuade couples to see the power behind live music, especially in a ceremony environment. This style of offering went on for 6-8 months. Next came the epiphany-type moment that changed everything.
There was a wedding on Cathedral Rock last November that changed everything. We were celebrating a beautiful couple with just their immediate family. Shelby sang and played music for them, while I did the officiating. Nothing new right? Except when I looked around, I noticed that each of the vendors at this wedding had become like family to us. And it sparked the idea of ‘What if every wedding were like this? What if every wedding we could work with amazing and beautiful vendors to create an unforgettable experience?’ That is the spark that took Let’s Knot from an officiant based company to an all-inclusive elopement and micro-wedding company. We then conducted our first all-inclusive elopement 3 weeks later.
Shelby and I get to work alongside each other to create these experiences. I get the honor of officiating and Shelby gets the opportunity to capture all of the beautiful couples we choose to work with. This thought process is still unfolding as we have some pretty exciting news coming before end of year.
What should our readers know about your business?
Let’s Knot and Say We Did is all about creating authentic wedding experiences. When you work with us, we throw the traditional wedding playbook out the window and seek to carefully craft a unique and creative way to express your celebration of love. As far as we know, there isn’t a company that offers what we do. Most couples have to find each vendor on their own, which can take weeks for it all to come together. With us, we do all of the work for each couple because we want them to show up to their special day in ease.
One of the things that we think sets us apart is our onboarding process. We specifically don’t take on each couple who inquires with us. We have a video call with each couple before moving forward. This hasn’t always been our process, but implementing it has been a game changer. This allows us to share our process with each couple and gives them a chance to interview us. We want to be just as ‘all-in’ when we decide to work with a couple. In doing so, we are able to provide an even higher level of personalization and chemistry.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Arizona is so beautiful! I would tell them to go where we spend a majority of our time: Sedona. Check out Mariposa’s fine dinging, go for a hike at Cathedral Rock, or rent a UTV and go off-roading, eat at Chocolatree, and spend some time meditation or getting a massage.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We really want to give thanks to all of the amazing vendors we’ve been able to work with to make these experiences possible. Without your dedication to excellence at what you do, we wouldn’t be able to provide the level of experiences that we do.
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