LaToya Papillion-Herr

PROFESSIONAL WEDDING OFFICIANT & OWNER, WANING MOON WEDDINGS BY LATOYA

I write and perform meaningful wedding ceremonies for couples in love. There ceremony matters and I'm here to make sure it is a genuine reflection of your love story!

What inspired you to start your business?

Being able to celebrate life changing moments all different types of people.

What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?

I'm a mommy and wife; so my family is a huge part of my passion outside of work. In addition, I teach and speak on diversity and inclusion in the event industry. I love to craft my way through life - sewing, painting, glues, and a glitters... I love it all!

What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?

I was doing a photo fellowship in Kenya with the ethical wedding jewelry company Soko and much of my job was photographing the artisans in their workshops. In Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa, I was surrounded by the most visionary, hustle-minded artists who were creating exquisite brass earrings and necklaces and employing their family and neighbors in the process. I was initially scared to run my own business but seeing the bravery of these entrepreneurs inspired me to take the self-employed risk when I returned to San Francisco. 

Image Credit: NyeJah Bolds Photogrpahy & S Murray Photography