Meet the Team

Our Story: Elevate Wedding Officiant

About Us

Congratulations on finding the love of your life! My wife and I have been married for 20 years now and I truly honor those who share the commitment. After I was asked to officiate my dear friend’s wedding,  I had to share this experience again with others. As the raving reviews continued to flow in, I knew I was making a difference. That was hundreds of weddings ago!

I have an incredible team of officiants to serve our couples so that we will always be available for your special day. We have a true passion for making your wedding the most memorable day of your lives. We cater to your needs and assure you that your wedding will be elevated for the two of you as well as for your guests.

We hold the title of officiant very dear to our hearts and will make sure you and your guests will always smile when remembering your special day. I am often asked what makes us better and different and I believe our reviews answer that question.

Why Elevate Wedding Officiant?

  • We are licensed ordained ministers in all 50 states.
  • Based on our years of speaking experience, we know how to make wedding ceremonies super unique, engaging, and elevated. We are award-winning speakers.
  • We help design and guide the processional and recessional to your needs.
  • We offer full-service options for your wedding planning and vendors.
  • As authors, we bring that creativity into the writing of your wedding ceremony to always make customized. 
  • We are professionals. We will always be early and make sure things run smoothly.
  • We are fun! Weddings can be stressful at times and we see it as our duty to make the process a lot more joyful and uplifting. 
  • Based on our previous ceremonies, we are preferred officiants at many Colorado venues.
  • If you are not satisfied with the service, we will make it right. We stand behind the quality of our ceremonies.

Dr. Keppen Laszlo 

Owner and lead celebrant, Dr. Keppen Laszlo, has been presiding over weddings for years, and as an accomplished professional speaker with decades of experience, Keppen will delight in guiding you through your marital vows. 

Before becoming an officiant Keppen served as CEO for a series of companies. He has written motivational books and his writings have been featured in publications such as the New York Times and USA Today. 

He discovered his passion for officiating after conducting his friend’s ceremony. Since then, Keppen has developed a distinctive officiating style that will surely endear you and your significant other. He is ordained and based on previous wedding ceremonies,  he is now a preferred officiant for several local wedding venues. 

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Phil Bandoch 

Being recently married himself, Phil knows how fun and exciting, yet stressful planning a wedding can be. Phil had a wonderful officiant and never had to stress about the ceremony. He knows how important that is for you. He is excited and honored to be part of your wedding day experience and will provide a memorable ceremony for you and your guests. He takes being an officiant seriously, as marriage is a lifelong commitment.

Formally educated with a degree in History, Phil now is a full-time Social Studies teacher and has a passion for education. He has also been a high school head football and track & field coach.  Phil loves to motivate and mentor the youth both inside and outside of the classroom.  Giving plenty of pre-game and post-game motivation words, as well as graduation speeches, he is comfortable and experienced with public speaking.  When not serving others, he enjoys camping with his family, being active, and going on date nights with his wife. His baby boy keeps him plenty busy and is such a joy to be around. He also loves to travel to see his family in Wisconsin. 

Phil will deliver a ceremony in a fun and enjoyable way, but also acknowledge the importance of the commitment that you and your partner are making.

Donna Riccardo

As a leader in Toastmasters, Donna has earned the highest award of Distinguished Toastmaster. She is a trained NLP practitioner and was the Director for BNI.  Donna is a dynamic speaker  with over 30 years experience.  She is a member of the National Speakers Association, a published author, a frequent podcast guest, and has her own public speaking company.  As a program leader, Donna trains and coaches entrepreneurs on how to speak to be more visible and get known as an expert in their field.

Donna moved to Centennial in 2000 and loves spending time with her handsome husband.    She enjoys social and competition ballroom dancing, swing and Latin dancing, cooking, reading, fashion, yoga, meditation and the amazing blue skies of Colorado. She is passionate about making a difference in peoples’ lives, particularly in the area of relationships. She lives by the quote, “all we really have is each other.”

Donna Riccardo
Jo Burns

Jo Burns

Jo and her husband, Brian, have been married for 33 years.  They have 2 kids, a son in college and a daughter in high school.  Jo believes that love is love and we all need some in our lives.  Love is our most powerful connection to others.  Jo is a national speaker and workshop facilitator and a member of the National Speaker Association – Colorado.

Jo has worked in non-profit, public, and higher education settings most of her career and is the owner of Jo Burns Connects LLC.  Jo is a skillful connector with 20+ years of experience and  is a recognized expert in parks and public health arenas.

Jo is a playful and witty human being that enjoys being outdoors and active.  She loves bringing people together for fun, recreation, education and love. She believes there is something magical that happens when people gather around a common goal.  Jo’s mission in life is to make a difference in the world…one connection at time.

DeeDee Lake

Being married for thirty-eight years has certainly given DeeDee a continued passion for commitment and extraordinary marriage. She is enthusiastic about her own marriage and yours. She is dedicated to making your special day one to remember and is honored to be a wedding officiant.

She is the Connection Expert, a certified relationship coach, member of National Speakers Association, founder of Cherish Relations Retreats and Workshops, published author, columnist, member of Advanced Speakers and Authors, Author’s Relations Coordinator with CrossRiver Media, a Navy brat, and a retired Army wife. You can be sure, DeeDee’s at wherever fun and beautiful memories are happening.

She lives in Fountain, CO with her hubby, a cranky shih tzu, and a crazy golden doodle pup. DeeDee loves: God, her man, family, friends, and potatoes. DeeDee is a hopeless, unapologetic romantic and believes relationships are built one conversation at a time.

David Goldberg

David Goldberg

Rev. Dr. David Goldberg is passionate about people and servant leadership, and especially loves officiating for couples. He is an ordained minister with four earned degrees including a Bachelor’s in Journalism; a Masters in Communication; a Masters in Consciousness Studies and a Ph.D. in Ethical and Creative Leadership.

David has served as minister at Unity on the Avenue Spiritual Center in Denver, CO, for the past two years and has visited 70 countries for service, business and pleasure.  

David is honored to have worked with hundreds of couples and families recognizing all of life’s rituals, including the joyful gatherings that are the celebration of love at its finest, weddings.

Connie Warden

As a leader in Toastmasters, Connie is known as The Storyteller and every newly engaged couple has their story. She is dedicated to understanding that story and making your special day fun, heartfelt, and filled with wonderful memories.

Connie lives in Littleton, CO, and enjoys biking, paddleboarding, traveling, and spending time with her other seven siblings. Connie said “I Do” to her husband 33 years ago. They have a son, a daughter, and three granddaughters. Life is full and exciting.

She has a Masters in Oriental Medicine and has been practicing Oriental Medicine and Lifestyle Coaching for 15 years. Her even bigger love is teaching yoga and holding retreats that help people expand their potential.

Connie Warden
Denise O'Malley

Denise O'Malley

Denise O’Malley has been an accomplished public speaker since a child delivering talks for small groups to audiences in the thousands. She thrives on creating inspirational and memorable moments for all.

Professionally, Denise is the Founder of You Define Wellness, a worldwide community of independent health & wellness professionals who support clients with education, goal setting, and access to alternative & holistic healing services.

Denise and her husband, Bill, are empty nesters who have been married for 25 years and have three adult children.