LaToya Papillion-Herr, loving called Minister Toya, is a Premiere Wedding Minister, Marriage Coach, Author, and Entrepreneur. Inspired by the historical ruling on same-sex marriage by the Supreme Court in 2015, she began serving couples that wanted radical support, professional standards, a whole lot of magic, and a genuine connection at the wedding altar. LaToya uses her work and her voice in the industry to boldly advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and all marginalized couples to have grand celebrations of love!
As an award-winning wedding officiant and minister, she highlights the love stories of diverse couples from all over the world. Her couples and ceremonies have been featured in publications like Vogue, Brides, Southern Bride Magazine, Martha Stewart, Dancing with Her, Equally Wed, New Orleans Wedding Magazine, and Munaluchi.
Minister LaToya was the wedding officiant on season 11 of the popular LifeTime tv-series, Married at First Sight, for one of the series' favorite couples, Woody and Amani.
LaToya began her heart-centered work in 2010 as a spiritual counselor, serving clients in vulnerable spaces of their lives. Now, as a marriage coach, she supports couples while they navigate thriving, fulfilling, and rewarding lives together. Through every session, she connects with the experiences of her marriage and intentional growth to compassionately serve her clients.
In 2020, she received her certification as a Marriage Educator and Pre-Marital Coach through Prepare/Enrich and began working with couples to cultivate the space for a long-lasting union. LaToya’s drive to fully support her clients with experience and education, lead her to Loyola’s School of Ministry and Theology where she is completing her dual Master’s program in Pastoral Studies & Counseling.
LaToya and her wife take pride in the connection they have shared for over 15 years (and the amazing children they’ve been blessed with). Growing up with vastly different backgrounds and ideals about marriage, they learned what it meant to create a union on their terms. As an LGBTQ+ and interracial couple, they have also faced the hardships that society has tried to send their way.
Through it all, they maintain and advocate for their shared commitment to creating change that will positively impact the world their children will inherit.
With a dedication to honoring the full spectrum of our human experiences, LaToya wrote Laughter at the Altar, a guide to creating meaningful moments and magic at the wedding altar. In her book, Minister Toya shares her personal wedding story, the lessons learned, and the knowledge she now shares with her couples. While openly sharing her experience as a professional in the wedding industry, she also features insider notes on coordinating the ceremony, space for note-taking and planning, and unique script samples for every part of your wedding ceremony.