Santina & Phil’s September 2018 wedding at Rand-Bryan House, Garner. Photo by Rebekah Torres Photography

When I work with a couple, I like to get to know them as individuals, as well as a couple. Part of the way I do this is by asking them what I call “getting to know you” questions. Frequently, I use part of these comments in the ceremony to help express their love for each other. I also try to use humor in my ceremonies to help the couple stay relaxed and in the moment. I welcome heterosexual as well as same-sex ceremonies; I am also honored to officiate mixed-race marriages as well as multiple denomination marriages. I like to tell couples “you do not have to believe what I believe for me to officiate your ceremony – you just have to convince me you love each other.”

Serving The Triangle

Katie & Zac’s January 2020 wedding at City Club Raleigh, Raleigh.
Photo by Cesar Sanchez Photography

When it comes to officiating weddings, Ed Sansbury has pretty much seen and done it all. As an ordained minister, he is familiar with customs and worship materials from many faith traditions, and he welcomes ceremony materials of any origin that are meaningful to the couple. He loves being able to have his couples laugh during their ceremony and truly embrace the moment.

Ed has been performing weddings in the Raleigh area for more than 20 years. In 2010, he decided to form Triangle Custom Ceremonies as a way to serve the diverse population in the Raleigh area because he saw a need for professionally trained officiants who were flexible to the wishes of the couples.

Ed’s calm and personable demeanor is sure to help you stay relaxed as you plan and experience your ceremony. With a commitment to truly customizing your ceremony, he’s happy to wear everything from his robes or a suit to jeans and a t-shirt. If you’re looking for a minister, celebrant, or officiant who wants to create the ceremony you deserve? Look no further!

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Alyssa & Lynn’s June 2018 ceremony at Jiddi Space & Courtyard, Raleigh

Melissa & Patrick’s August 2020 wedding at Chatham Station, Cary.
Photo by Sarah Reaves Photography

Q: What’s your title/position in your business? 

A: Ed Sansbury, Minister/Officiant

Q: What is your favorite thing about elopements? 

A: In all my ceremonies, I like to help the couples feel like the ceremony is just the three of us and others are “listening in” to the event. In elopements, it is even easier to do that obviously. I enjoy the intimacy the elopement offers and the reassurance that the ceremony is all about them and not everyone else who is present.

Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?

A: I have directed plays for a dinner theater.

Shannon & Ken’s December 2020 wedding at Mayton Inn, Cary. Photo by Photos by Clay


The “Masked Minister” – 2020 Wedding Must Have

“We were referred to Triangle Custom Ceremonies by my sister, a local event and hospitality professional, so we knew we were in good hands. Ed at Triangle Custom Ceremonies took the time to meet us, get to know us, and worked with us to create the perfect ceremony. He had great experience with our venue and other vendors, so we were confident the ceremony would go off without a hitch. Ed brought energy, humor, and could also wrangle up the rowdy wedding party, which is a feat in itself! Our guests loved the “masked minister” and said it was one of the best weddings they have been to. I highly recommend Triangle Custom Ceremonies…especially if you are getting married during a global pandemic like we did – the less you can stress the better, and I promise you will be in good hands with Ed at Triangle Custom Ceremonies!”
- Kayla Boyd, 2020