Diane has been with Journeys of the Heart as an officiant and administrator since 2005 and in 2015 was named Executive Director. She is happily immersed in the day-to-day and business aspects of this soul satisfying work. She loves connecting with people about their weddings or other ceremony requests and helping them find the perfect officiant for their needs.
Diane is an intuitive, light-hearted and joyful officiant. She finds immense satisfaction in helping couples have wonderful and memorable ceremonies incorporating their very truest selves with love and delight. Interesting and imaginative ceremonies and venues are of particular interest for Diane and she loves the challenges of creating unique rituals and working in non-traditional settings.
Diane has a master’s degree in social work from Temple University, has worked extensively in many different areas of the child advocacy field. She is also an active volunteer for the organization Cure CMD working to forward research and build community for children and families affected by these very rare diseases. Being drawn to work on behalf of people with special needs as an advocate, Diane is adept at planning celebrations and ceremonies where everyone (including kids) feels comfortable and included. She finds it a particular delight when a couple whose wedding she has officiated gets back in touch for her help with their baby’s blessing ceremony!
Diane is an avid Philadelphia sports fans, and loves watching, playing and talking sports with her two sons…and anyone, really. Her family has taken many sports related vacations with highlights including a two-week baseball game road trip through the Midwest, a ten-day Canadian hockey themed adventure and one very long plane ride to the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Diane enjoys yoga, hiking, thrift store shopping and gardening as well as reading and discussing good books. She also loves a really good/bad pun, all kinds of poetry and playing with words and language.
While Diane is funny and loves to laugh, she has a deeply spiritual core that keeps her centered and balanced. She feels grounded in loving-kindness and in the genuine beauty of connection and relationships and works at being grateful every single day. It is this deep love, respect and joy that Diane brings to her work with Journeys of the Heart.
My husband and I recently got married and used Diane as our officiant! I cannot put into words how thankful we are that we decided to use her! Throughout the entire process, Diane spoke to us to create a ceremony that was personal and customized to reflect both of us, our vision for the ceremony, and our values; rather than a “cookie cutter” ceremony. Our ceremony was extremely personalized and guests could not stop talking about how warm and personable Diane was. Besides the fact that her service was beautiful, Diane is just such a wonderful human being – kind, compassionate, and caring! It was extremely cold on our wedding day and Diane even handed me her beautiful scarf to warm up after hours of picture taking prior to the ceremony starting! Would recommend her without any hesitation!
Diane is amazing!! Prior to booking, my husband and I met with Diane to go over our needs and wants for our wedding ceremony. We knew from the beginning that we wanted something simple, non-denominational and “us.” as far as ideas and thoughts, she mentioned everything we had been thinking. We knew immediately after our meeting that she was meant to be our officiant. Working with her was so easy, and she was always just an email away if we needed any help. After our wedding, so many people asked “Did you know your officiant? She did such an awesome job – it was like she knew you and Chris exactly!” She was a pleasure to work with, and we will definitely be recommending her!
We want to thank you for how perfect and beautiful our ceremony was because of you. I can’t tell you how many people came up to us and said how wonderful you were and asked how we found you because of how great you were. Robert and I, as well as our guests, were raving about you! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You are AMAZING.
Pictures to come! Thank you Diane.
Thank You Diane!
Thank you from both of us. You made our special day even more memorable. When I called Journeys of the Heart, I told (Marguerite) our story and she told me she had the perfect officiant for us – well you were! Not only did you make it fun and funny, you wrote and performed our ceremony in such a way that you captured the spirit of us. Your words made all of our guests feel that they were a very special part of our day and our lives. I am still hearing things about how lovely the ceremony was! Thank you also for handling the rain and all of the day’s events with grace and ease…
Thank you so much for being our wedding officiant. The ceremony was so personal and touching and it was far and away our favorite part of the day. SO many of our friends and family have commented on how it was such a moving ceremony and our families really enjoyed meeting you. We want to particularly thank you for handling the last minute changes with such grace and wisdom and putting us at ease so we could enjoy the ceremony. When we look back on our wedding day for years to come we will always have fond memories of you and the beautiful ceremony you created for us that reflected our love for each other so well.
My husband and I are not very religious, but still wanted a personal and spiritual ceremony. We selected Diane as our officiant and were so lucky that she was available! She was a perfect fit for us. We met with Diane via Skype to learn more about the process and her experience – we booked her right after that call, because it was clear that she is a true professional with a true passion for wedding ceremonies. Not to mention, she has so much experience – she’s seen and dealt with it all! She sent us a rough draft of our ceremony with options built in for us to choose from, such as unity ceremony options, reading options, etc. There were multiple options for almost every aspect of the ceremony script, which gave us the opportunity to customize it. Among these options were over 30 different vows that my husband and I mixed and matched to create our individualized vows that said exactly what we wanted to say to one another (without the pressure of having to completely free-write our vows). Diane totally knows what she is doing. For example, she taught us how to take the rings and put them on each other in a seamless way. She stepped aside and whispered the vows in our ear so that the focus would be on us saying the words – and we were able to look at one another the entire time instead of at a paper. Before the ceremony, she talks to the DJ, the wedding party and anyone reading at the ceremony to ensure that everyone is informed about their duties and on the same page. We were continually impressed by Diane. Many of our guests told us throughout the night that it was one of the most beautiful and personal wedding ceremonies they had ever been to- that it had felt like us. It was truly magical- such a wonderful memory. Thank you for everything, Diane! Highly, highly recommended!!
We contacted Journeys of the Heart to perform our wedding ceremony after they were recommended by our venue (Manayunk Brewing Company). We went with Diane Smith-Hoban as our officiant. When we first met with Diane, she gave us some ideas for the ceremony including different unity ceremonies we could include, readings and scripts for our vows which was a huge help because my husband and I had no idea what we wanted our ceremony to be like. A couple weeks later we made some selections on the ceremony script and then filled out a questionnaire to help Diane get to know us as a couple. We ended up with a ceremony that was so sweet, personal and unique. We did a beer ritual as the “unity ceremony” which involved both of us mixing our favorite beers together and drinking it (we made a black and tan!). The ceremony also included a section where Diane spoke about our story as a couple based on the questionnaire we filled out. When the ceremony was over, our guests could not stop talking about how unique our ceremony was and how awesome the officiant was! Everybody thought that we had known Diane for years based on how she spoke about us. We are so happy we went with Diane and Journeys of the Heart and we would recommend them to everyone!