About Liz

 

Liz Rae wedding officiant

Personal Life 

Liz grew up in a small town called Cottage Grove, Minnesota. She developed a creative bug during her early years when she would write novels for her neighbor to help her cope with an abusive household that fell through the cracks of the child services system. She believes this is truly when she became an entrepreneur, as she also would spend her free time writing business plans for imaginary businesses in addition to working random jobs at a young age. Before graduating high school, she was working in marketing and promotions by taking on multiple unpaid jobs with nightclubs and bars in Minneapolis, leading her to run marketing for a bar just at the age of seventeen. 

A passion for sports also grew during her younger years when she received her first job at a local ice arena and later went on to manage different high school sports teams, including the football and men’s hockey team.

She was later granted an Independent Status Appeal by the State of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota, allowing her to separate herself from her immediate family financially due to proven abuse throughout childhood on multiple accounts. 

During college, Liz averaged twenty to twenty-seven credits per semester in both the College of Education and Human Development and Carlson School of Management while working countless jobs in sports, being one of the youngest employees to work at various professional sports teams in Minneapolis. 

Her heavy workload funded her love for traveling around the world. With a majority of her travels being solo, she visited London, Paris, London again for the Olympics, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, and India. She has since visited South Africa, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and lives part-time in Rome, Italy. 

After college, she changed career paths and worked in Human Resources for Target Retail while carrying other jobs in technology thus later pursuing a career with start-up technology companies.

Entrepreneurial Efforts 

Liz began her first business, Liz Rae Weddings, after her best friend became engaged after college, which became the inspiration to become an ordained minister for her wedding. Another friend of hers was proposing to his boyfriend when he asked her to also officiate his wedding. When she was made aware of the high ministry costs for those in the LGBTA community, she launched Liz Rae Weddings to help couples hire and affordable officiant with the same great service as those with a higher costs. The business expanded rapidly, winning multiple awards such Best of Weddings from Thumbtack and Best of The Knot. It currently contracts eight other officiants.

Liz's next business venture was Hensa, a gender-friendly clothing line inspired by LGTBQ weddings Liz officiated for Liz Rae Weddings. The goal of the line is to create clothing for the body, not the gender, in hopes to allow people to wear clothing they love without the stigma of gender. Hensa premiered at the London Bridal Show in 2016 and hosted its first casual line, the Be Bold Collection, in 2017. 

Liz also continued writing throughout her jobs, first being published on Elite Daily and Thought Catalog as well as various other mediums. She continues to write for Thought Catalog and hosts two of her own blogs, Thoughts at Night, which is the unedited versions of her work, and Young, Blonde and Broke, which discusses her experiences creating startups. Liz also ghostwrites and considers writing wedding scripts the best form of creativity. 

Philanthropy

Liz mentors Marvin, an eight year old child in Honduras, and provide for not only him, but his family, which consists of Marvin, his mother, and his two younger siblings. She also provides for Maria and her grandmother in Indonesia. She is four years old and the sweetest girl on earth. 

She also volunteers with the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force in the education sector to help bring an end to children being trafficked in the state of Minnesota. To learn more about sex trafficking, please visit ww.mnhttf.org.

Finally, Liz is an advocate for child abuse prevention and business development in third world countries. To be contacted about this, please email liz@lizrae.com.