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Sandy and his wife were amazing. We were to get Married in Woodward Park. When they closed the park due to a Mountain Lyon siting. Sandy and his wife Tess took us to their house to have the wedding in the Front Yard. It was beautiful. They took 25-30 strangers to their house to hold a wedding. They turned the bad thing into a good thing. Sandy had Accidentally wrote the wrong year on the Marriage which anyone of us can do. As soon as I called him . Sandy and his wife met us at the clerks office to correct it. We we're Married on 12/31/2015. What an Amazing Experience. I Recommend anyone to hire him.Jan 15, 2016Verified
Negative Stars!! We had a HORRIBLE experience with this person. He was very rude and extremely off-putting in every communication we received from him. I have never been treated so rudely. He literally caused us nothing but stress. He also gave us faulty information regarding the submission of the marriage license. He informed me that I should submit the license with the county clerk, when, according to the county clerk, it is the officiant's responsibility. This is information he should have known, unless he knowingly provided false information. Yesterday, I recieved an email in which he lied to me, stating that my wedding was not approved by the prison, even though we have been approved (IN WRITING) since May. As he does not know my fiance's full name, and would not have been given any type of information. What type of a person behaves in such an unprofessional manner? We have happliy moved on to a different open-minded officiant, and can only advise other couples to stay away from this person.Jul 10, 2015VerifiedRev. Sandy's reply
No good deed goes unpunished. The review policy at Thumbtack is one of absolute transparency. When customers read reviews they have to know that the process is credible. This is proof. To clear up some details let me point out that the bride was in Germany. Her perspective groom is currently incarcerated in one of the prisons in Chowchilla. That is where the problems began. As she stated in her review she never supplied me with much information. It is unfortunate that she felt it rude of me to ask for clarification on basic facts such as, which prison, the time and date of the ceremony, and were there requirements that I had to meet to be allowed to perform a ceremony in the penal system. When she finally provided confirmation on which facility, times, dates, etc. I contacted a person there and was informed she had no knowledge of permission being granted for a marriage on the date I had been given and that the point was moot because I was not registered to perform such services for them. On the marriage license issue I must take umbrage. As you look over my Thumbtack page you will note I have been hired 28 times. That is just this year and that number represents a fraction of the weddings Ive done. I have never been required to submit a license to a county clerk. Maybe things work differently in Germany. I did, in fact, agree to submit their license to the county clerk in order to expedite the final copy that she needed to provide the government in Germany. I am glad they have moved on to a different officiant and I wish them the best of luck. I truly hope they have a long and happy life together.
Rev. Sandy is THE BEST! We could not have asked for more! Not only did Rev. Sandy write the most perfect script for our ceremony, but he and his beautiful wife Tess took amazing photographs for us too! We were married in Sequoia National Park with 12 guests for a nice, intimate ceremony and Sandy and Tess made our day run seamlessly and helped more than we could have imagined. They truly went above and beyond! They are wonderful, genuine people, and we highly recommend them!Jul 8, 2018Verified
We loved Sandy! He did such a great job at our wedding. He arrived right on time and the ceremony was executed perfectly. Thank you so much Sandy!May 20, 2018Verified
Couldn’t have asked for anyone better. Him and his wife are some of the best people my husband and I have had the pleasure of meeting. The way they invite you into their home to rehearse and get to know one another made my husband and I feel so confident before our big day. I highly recommend.Apr 18, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Why is my price higher than all the others? We provide a greater service. Our standard fee includes a consultation in our home so we can get to know each other better in order to personalize the script for the ceremony, travel to and from your venue for distances under 0ne hour round trip), and candid photos of your ceremony! We charge an additional fee to attend rehearsals or for travel more than an hour travel time.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?What we prefer is meet with both of the newly-weds-to-be to learn what makes this relationship special. We want to create the perfect ceremony.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Both my wife and I are retired school teachers. I am a professional photographer in addition to being an ordained minister. I also hold an honorary Doctoral Degree of Divinity.