Rev. Laura C. Cannon - Wedding Officiant, Author, and Professional Speaker

Laura C. Cannon is a wedding officiant, author, and professional speaker. She owns several wedding-related companies, including Ceremony Officiants™ (, which received the Wedding Industry Experts award for most popular wedding officiant company in the United States in 2016.  She is also the president of the International Association of Professional Wedding Officiants ( and has personally performed well over 1,000 wedding ceremonies.

As a member of the National Speaker’s Association, Laura travels the country speaking about consciousness, mindfulness, relationships, and business, and is a regular speaker at the annual WeddingMBA conference in Las Vegas. Her work has been featured in Washingtonian Bride & Groom, The Knot, WeddingWire, The Baltimore Sun, BBC News, WTOP, FOX5 DC, and FOX45 in Baltimore. 

Ordained as a nondenominational minister in 2003, Laura has been ministering and coaching individuals and couples for over a decade. Her latest book, The Conscious Entrepreneur, is a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and businesspeople to change their relationship with their working life.

Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling.  A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a meditation teacher and a 200hr RYT yoga instructor.

Laura will host our special closing presentation at the Wedding Savvy Summit.

Raquel Shutt

Raquel Shutt is the owner of Wedding Savvy Inc., a premier full-service wedding planning company located in Annapolis. For more than 10 years, Wedding Savvy has been featured in many regional publications such as The Knot Magazine, The Washingtonian, and The Capital, as well as featured on We TV’s “Platinum Weddings.” Her firm has been recognized as one of the best by and Capital Gazette. Recently, Raquel was named one of Annapolis’ Finest 40 under 40 by Cystic Fibrosis as well as “People to Watch” by The Capital in 2009.