Sierra Wine Country Weddings

Ione, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

This profession is my passion. I'll always go the extra mile to make sure the couple is happy, and aren't stressed on their wedding day. I DON'T charge a travel fee, and I DON'T require a deposit!!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Being a part of the couples special day. Seeing families meeting for the first time, and relatives seeing each other, ofter after months or years apart. Feeling the excitement of both the bride and groom on their special day, and being a part of it, makes it unique.

Location

Ione, CA 95640

Background check

Complete

Years in business

8

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

140

Reviews

70 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Jul 11, 2017
  • Dawn W. Jul 6, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Ed was amazing!! From the beginning, getting to know us all the way to the wedding day! I highly recommend!
  • Toni A. Jun 11, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Ed was a blessing to work with. I found him through thumbtack when I couldn't get someone to preform the service. It wad rally beautiful and everyone loved the ceremony. He always responded to messages and calls. And tried to get to know my fiancee and I before the wedding. He's great
  • Gregory M. Jun 6, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Ed was absolutely fabulous and the ceremony he prepared was perfect! We also received our Blu-Ray DVD's almost immediately in the mail!!! Thank you, Ed, blessings!
  • Tara A. Apr 14, 2017
    Thank you Ed!
    Ed is just wonderful! He is so friendly and pleasant and makes everyone feel so comfortable on one of the most important days of your life. I highly recommend Ed! Thank you for being so great Ed! ~Tara and Travis ūüėä
  • Dalana P. Apr 5, 2017
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    million dollar serv......small fee
    Wow I am so very satisfied with Edwards services he made our wedding a million dollar experience for a small fee. From reminder emails to just helping with all our needs I can't say how happy you will be with such a caring and outstanding experience.
  • April M. Feb 25, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Ed cancelled due to personal issues
    Edward E. Feb 27, 2017

    Unfortunately, my mother has a medical issue that will require surgery, and make me unavailable on April's wedding date.

  • Vickie N. Feb 5, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Wedding
    Ed was great. Contacted him 3 weeks prior to wedding. He was able to guide us through the process and make our day go off without a problem.
  • Brandon B. Jan 10, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Amazing
    Edward is amazing! He was very responsive whether it was email or text. We were having trouble with our vows and he provided us with a few samples. After seeing the samples, we were able to put our own personal touch on our vows. He also provided several sample scripts to give us a variety of options for what would be said during our wedding. What made it even better was that he was able to send us a video of a wedding he was the officiant for at the same venue we are using. It was awesome to see how things would be laid out and how the ceremony would go. You can't go wrong with choosing Edward to officiate your wedding.
  • Erin D. Jan 8, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Two Thumbs Up
    Ed was wonderful and did an amazing job!! He's very personable and made us feel like we knew him for years!! Highly recommended!!
  • Pearl W. Sep 23, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    best of the best!
    I couldn't be any happier with the way things turned out. Ed was so wonderful. Very helpful and genuine. All around amazing experience. He's one of the top for a very good reason! !!
  • Kimberly P. Sep 9, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    No rating stars too high for Ed !!!!
    If you need an officiant PLEASE hire Ed. He was a complete life saver to me. My best friend passed away after a 9 year battle with breast cancer. Her sons were traveling from different directions so we had little time to arrange a memorial service. Even though Ed primarily handles weddings, he was EXACTLY what I envisioned to officiate for us. He was kind, sympathetic, cooperative, offered suggestions. He wrote opening and closing prayers I could not have written better myself. He was there early. He offered a shoulder. He mingled with us. His appearance was impeccable. He was a calm in my storm. He offered to video the ceremony which I had not thought of. I will sing his praises to anyone who will listen to me. In fact another really good friend may marry soon and I know she will hire Ed when the time comes. You will never be sorry to have chosen Ed for your function. Whether a wedding, baptism, memorial/funeral. He's your officiant !!!! Kimberly Perez
    Edward E. Sep 13, 2016

    Thank you Kimberly!! It was an honor and privilege to help you.

  • Ashley D. Sep 7, 2016
    So kind!
    Ed was so kind and personable! My husband and I greatly appreciate how helpful he was with our vows and he was always reassuring us that we weren't falling behind and that everything would work out. He really helped make our ceremony truly memorable and his recording of the service was icing on the cake!
  • Christie J. Aug 30, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Ed was so friendly, helpful, fast to respond and early to arrive to our wedding. We are so thankful we found him and would recommend him to anyone searching for a fantastic officiant.
  • Amy T. Aug 5, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Ed made a wonderful officiant at our wedding. We loved his personality and how very helpful he was.
  • Tyler M. Jul 24, 2016
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    Ed did a great job. I highly recommend him to everyone.
  • Natalie V. Jul 10, 2016
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  • Janna C. Jun 7, 2016
    Ed is amazing!!! Ed from the moment we started talking about my wedding was soo incredibly helpful and answered any and all questions I had! Ed came to my rehearsal and walked through the ceremony as many times as we wanted until we were comfortable. Not only did he perform our ceremony but he also recorded it, us taking photos and our grand entrance and put it on DVD for us! I would recommend Ed 110%!!!! Thank you so much Ed for making our day so special!
  • Wendy W. Jun 6, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Ed was great at the wedding. He performed the ceremony exactly the way we wanted and fit right in with the family. Unfortunately, his communication afterward has been almost nonexistent. It's been more than a month since my wedding and I still have not received any videos from him. I'm very disappointed.
  • Hillary H. Apr 13, 2016
    I absolutely could not have asked for a better officiant for our wedding than Ed. He was more than helpful and patient during the process of planning the ceremony. He had a wonderful, grounding, calming, happy presence all day long at the wedding. His kindness and generosity knows no boundaries. In the whirlwind of the last few weeks of wedding planning, I forgot to get our unity candles for the ceremony. Without a hesitation, Ed took care of it and got them for us. It was a gesture and act of kindness that will never be forgotten. Ed made both my husband and I feel calm and comfortable before, during, and after the ceremony. He is so nice and easy going, when you meet him, it feels as if he is an old friend you have known for decades. I obviously cannot say enough good things about Ed. I highly reccomend Ed for your ceremony!
  • Nancy U. Apr 12, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Edward did a wonderful job as the officiant at our daughter's wedding. He worked with our daughter and her fiancée to help them develop their wedding vows, was always available for questions and handled the wedding and rehearsal very professionally but with just the right amount humor to make the ceremony relaxed. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding officiant.
  • Kelly U. Apr 11, 2016
    Ed was absolutely fabulous for our wedding on March 19, 2016. He met with us in person before hand and sent us tons of vows to help us decide on what we wanted said. He even called us the night before to rehearse them over the phone. He has an extremely calming presence and helped the entire day run smoothly. We highly recommend him for your wedding!
  • Lacey M. Apr 9, 2016
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    Ed was wonderful!! Everything went smoothly and he made it very easy for us. Just what we wanted, thanks again!
  • Janna C. Apr 2, 2016
    Ed was amazing! He went above and beyond for Bryan and I. He came to the rehearsal and walked everyone though the ceremony until everyone was comfortable to what was gonna happen. He showed up the day of the wedding extra early just in case we needed help setting anything else up. Ed even recorded our ceremony from two separate cameras. When our photographer was taking photos Ed walked around with us in case we needed anymore help with holding my bouquet or fluffying my dress or getting water etc. He was amazing and we would not change a thing!
  • Trista C. Oct 21, 2015
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    Meet with him once and so far he has helped so much and thought of things I never would have for the wedding. So glad he will be officiating our wedding in February!!
  • Tamey M. Oct 2, 2015
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    Mr. Evans was very quick at responding to my request. He was a pleasure to speak to the very first time. I would recommend him to my friends and family.
  • Jason C. Sep 26, 2015
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  • Nancy R. Sep 23, 2015
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    Talking to Ed on the phone and the communication was a great indication that this would be a great day with him as our Officiant. We had a commitment ceremony and he guided us through, showed up and Video taped the event as well. He was personable and we felt like he was a real part of our whole family from start to finish.... Thank You Ed for making our day special!
  • Bridgett P. Sep 21, 2015
    Ed did a great job officiating our wedding. He is a very kind man. He has a very calming personality which is great for a day when you are so nervous. He has a very clean professional look and spoke well at the ceremony. Also he makes a great video of the ceremony for you!! I would highly recommend him!
  • Staci G. Sep 20, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Rev. Ed Evans is the best! My husband and I found him on Thumbtack.com. We met with him over a year before our wedding, and every step of the way, we kept in contact, and we truly felt like he cared. He gave us multiple options for us to say for our vows. We didn't want to say our own, and we loved that he had special vows that sounded just like us. He has lots of ideas and truly just enjoys marrying people! He also video taped our entire wedding for us without extra charge! His services are unlike any others. After we said "I do" and we walked back down the aisle as a married couple, it was time for my family to follow. My grandmother, who lost her husband to cancer about 7 years ago, started to walk down the aisle alone because she didn't have an escort. However, when Reverend Ed saw this, he walked up to her, put out his arm, and said, "Here! You shouldn't have to walk alone!" That small gesture made a world of difference for my grandmother. After the ceremony, I had tons of guests commenting on how sweet our ceremony was and everyone wanted to know how we knew Rev. Ed. Everyone was shocked that we had only met because of the internet. Our guests said it really seemed like he was speaking from the heart when marrying us. He is such a nice and genuine person. I would recommend Reverend Ed to anyone!
  • Patrick M. Sep 7, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    We were very pleased with Ed's service. He was very helpful by discussing with us the flow of the ceremony and our vows. He even showed up early to help, and he filmed the ceremony itself for no additional fee. We would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant.
  • Robin P. Sep 4, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Ed did a wonderful job as our officiant. He is very experienced and gave us so much good advice with planning and coordinating everything. We had several phone and email conversations about vows and our different preferences, and he was very good about staying in contact throughout the months before our wedding, he even arranged for us to meet prior to the wedding. He is so easy to talk to that we really enjoyed our meeting with him! He even came to our rehearsal dinner and got to know our family/ helped us plan the ceremony. He also came early on the day of the wedding to help with whatever we needed, and get to know everyone. He is such a nice guy and when you meet him and get to talking, it feels like you have known him a long time. We still have family members saying how nice he was and they were all surprised to find out that we had just met him a few months before the wedding! I could go on and on but I will just say that I would 110% recommend that anyone getting married should hire this man, you will not be disappointed! Thank you so much, Ed! :)
  • Kaleen P. Aug 18, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    We feel truly blessed to have found Ed to officiate our wedding. He was such a pleasure to work with before our big day. He answered all our questions via email quickly and professionally. He provided us ceremony wording options and we had multiple people comment on how beautiful the ceremony was. And as if it couldn't have been better, Ed video taped the entire thing! Ed gave us three copies of our event, one for us, one for my parents and one for my husbands family. My family loved Ed so much we were happy that he stayed for the reception. And he kept filming! When Ed saw that my photographers left he made it a point to stay to capture the special moments they could not. I am so grateful to Ed for everything he has done. He was a huge part in making our special day perfect.
  • Amber C. Jun 18, 2015
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  • Chris M. May 28, 2015
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    Ed was the most gracious, flexible officiant we could have asked for. We were kind of last minute in our arrangements and Ed gave us great direction and worked with our needs. We were so pleased.
  • George M. Apr 21, 2015
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    Ed was just exactly what we were looking for. He was professional, well dressed, well groomed and well spoken. He blended into our wedding celebration like a member of our family. In fact, he is welcome to our home anytime he is in carmichael.
  • Lisa B. Mar 8, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Very helpful and experienced! Did a fantastic job. Would definitely recommend Ed. Thanks for the job well done!!
  • Tiffany H. Feb 1, 2015
    We could not have asked for a better minister for our wedding. Edward did a wonderful job, he was very professional, polite, friendly, and so helpful throughout the ceremony and reception. From the moment we met Edward we could tell that he was very passionate about the service that he provides which really meant a lot to us. It was such a pleasure having him be apart of our wedding, and we are so grateful to have met and worked with such a genuine man.
  • Beth W. Jan 29, 2015
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  • Lou R. Jan 6, 2015
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    Everything exceeded our expectations. The ceremony performed by Ed was superb. We wrote our own vows borrowing a little from the ceremonies he sent us. His officiating was brilliant. He even took an outstanding video of our small wedding. Everything about his service impressed us. We recommend Ed highly and hope that Amber House and other wedding venues suggest him in the future. His work is above and beyond what anyone could want. Well done, Ed.
  • Nicole M. Dec 31, 2014
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  • Nancee G. Dec 16, 2014
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    We highly recommend Edward Evans , we couldn't have had anyone better. We corresponded via enternet going over details and offering up different ceremony suggestions. He helped us pull off a surprise Wedding of the year on 12/13/14. He arrived to what everybody thought was a holiday Christmas party ,during cocktail hour as a guest....The Bride- to- be in a red cocktail dress . As ever everyone was asked to sit down for dinner ... Music is heard by all , " Goin' To The Chapel And We're... Gonna Get to Married" Enter the Bride in a long gown....Her three daughters line up on her side....the Grooms four sons line up on his side....enter Edward and a marriage ceremony begins.... It was fabulous in a gorgeous Christmas setting at "The High Hand Nursery " with all the guest in total surprise. Edward played along with the whole surprise thing and helped us carry off our big surprise. We couldn't have asked for anyone better than Edward Evans. I'd like to mention that the Bride and Groom had dated for four years in high school fifty years ago. Great evening , Thank You again Ed. Nancee and Eric
  • Linda D. Nov 5, 2014
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  • Haley D. Nov 2, 2014
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    Ed was absolutely fantastic! He was very accommodating and understood our wish for a laid back wedding day. He always responds to emails or phone calls right away! Our friends want to hire him for their wedding next year. I have nothing but positive things to say about him as a person and a professional. Thank you so much Ed! Brent and Haley Wells :)
  • Yaritza S. Nov 1, 2014
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    He was AMAZING! This was my first time ever using Thumbtack and my oh my, I will surely use it again! Ed was an outstanding officiant! From the moment I read his profile to the first phone call we had, I knew there was no better Officiant for us! We decided to take a twist when it came to our vows and Ed made it sound perfect on our wedding day! I recommend him to anyone who would like a beautiful Ceremony! -Y
  • Kari H. Oct 29, 2014
    I am so happy that I found Ed! He was nothing short of amazing and provided SO MUCH help & support for both the rehearsal and wedding day. He went above & beyond what we expected from him, and I couldn't be happier that we selected him to officiate our wedding. He is also extremely friendly and responsive!!!
  • Stacy B. Oct 22, 2014
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    Edward was a great choice as officiant for our wedding. He was very helpful with selecting vows, punctual to our meetings and so friendly. He even did a video of our wedding at no extra cost. We had some special requests and he was flexible and eager to make this a day to remember. Thank you Edward for making our day great!
  • Marla W. Oct 13, 2014
    Searching for the right officiate for our daughter's wedding was a bit daunting, until we found Ed! I knew he was the perfect choice the first time we spoke. He is very professional, calmly reassuring, and full of experience & helpful suggestions. His promptness, the audio/video, & his willingness to accommodate were above and beyond! THANK YOU ED :D
  • Julie M. Sep 10, 2014
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    Ed was incredible. He was so organized and really worked with us to creat the exact feeling we wanted for our ceremony. He also stayed and filmed our ceremony and reception which, while we didn't think we wanted a film originally, turned out beautiful and we are so glad he did it! Ed fit in so well at the wedding that we felt as if we had known him for a long time. I would highly recommend using Ed to perform your wedding ceremony. You will never regret it! He definitely helped make our wedding memorable!
  • Sara J. Sep 7, 2014
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  • Ian C. Aug 30, 2014
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    Ed was absolutely AMAZING. Just a bit of background, for us we were looking for an African American officiant and Ed actually reached out to us via thumbtack and very professionally stated that he was interested in performing our ceremony. After striking out and even after Ed himself tried to think of any, we decided to go with Ed. The professionalism in which he reached out to us and informed us of his interest is what actually prompted us to go with Ed, the price didn't hurt him either lol, but from the moment we decided on Ed he was more than helpful and went FAR beyond the scope of an "officiant". We had a problem getting speakers for our rehearsal and Ed was gracious enough to bring his portable speaker that we could hook up our music to so that we would be able to have a proper rehearsal. He also offered, in the beginning of us working together, to video tape the event for us. At 1st we were not going to video our event, but after careful thought, we decided to do it, and it was because Ed did NOT pressure or try to up sell his services that we went with that extra service. The rehearsal and wedding went off without a hitch Ed was on time, NO he was EARLY for each event and made sure that EVERYTHING was the way WE wanted it to be. He corresponded with us via email almost everyday it seemed like, lol, to take care of any issues or thoughts we may have about the wedding, ie; our vows and when we wanted to say them, what we wanted him to include or not include in the general words to the audience. He stayed and filmed the entire wedding, he was able to get some GREAT video, only one thing wrong on the video was on my song to my wife it was focused on me singing and we would have loved to see a pan out and capture my wife as well, but even with that it was still a GREAT production. All in all this was thee GREATEST moment of my life and Ed did everything to make sure that it was from his end. Ed sir, you succeeded in making our wedding our most enjoyable life event EVER, and I will recommend you to EVERY & ANY one who tells me they are getting married. So I guess there are only 2 words that say what this post is supposed to say THANK YOU!
  • Paula P. Aug 22, 2014
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    Ed is absolutely AMAZING! We got a good vibe from him right away and never once regretted our decision in choosing him to be a part of our lives on our special day. He went above and beyond and made an already nerve wracking experience into a smooth, memorable event. Everyone complimented him on his words he read. Thank you Ed! We will always remember our day.
  • Arlene H. Aug 4, 2014
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    Ed officiated our wedding in May in Folsom and was great to work with. He made sure to stay in touch with us throughout the process and answered any questions we had. We also got a video of our wedding as well as audio which was awesome. You got to hear all the guests mingling and talking before the wedding. I would recommend Ed in a heartbeat!
  • Hollie N. Jul 26, 2014
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    Ed was a wonderful man! We couldn't have been anymore happier with his services! He came up with beautiful vows and not to mention him doing both audio and video recording for us! Thank you Ed! I highly recommend him!
  • Jean H. Jul 15, 2014
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    Ed was our officiant. He did an amazing job with helping us pull everything all together. He was a perfect fit for our wedding. We don't have the DVD yet but I'm sure it will be awesome. I would highly recommend Ed.
  • Pamela G. Jul 8, 2014
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    Ed is a great officiant. Very punctual, nice, funny and respectful person I met. He goes above and beyond to make your day as magical as possible. Very professional with his ceremony. He comes prepared. We highly recommend his services.
  • Bruce R. Jun 18, 2014
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    Ed made my husband and I feel extremely comfortable. He helped us customize our wedding ceremony exactly how we wanted it to be. His calm energy is exactly what a bride and groom need on the rehearsal and wedding day. We are so happy with Ed and would highly recommend him!
  • Angela N. Jun 14, 2014
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    On May 10, 2014, Ed did us the honor and married us. It was one of the best days of our lives! Ed played a huge role in that. We had initially met a couple months before the wedding date and both Michael and I felt totally comfortable with him. I was a bit apprehensive meeting a stranger who would become a very important and personal part of our ceremony. But Ed immediately put me at ease. After we booked Ed, he followed through with his commitments and all the "extras" he provided us with was awesome! The ceremony was PERFECT! His attitude, professionalism and genuine persona made our wedding that much more special. We would, and will, recommend Sierra Wine Country Weddings to friends and family! Thank you Ed!!
  • Lisa F. Jun 13, 2014
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    What can we say? A lot!! Ed is such an incredible human being and we feel so honored to have found him in Gold Country! My husband & I chose Ed on Thumbtack and we are very glad we did! We chose a setting to be married by the Mokelumne River and it couldn't have turned out more beautiful! Ed was quick to respond to emails and he even had dinner with us a month ahead of time to get to know each other a bit, we even share a love for Sammy Hagar music lol...thank you Ed for making mine & Jarod's wedding on the River a special one! The DVD is a great bonus too and I can't quit watching it!!!
    Edward E. Jun 27, 2014

    We had a great time next to the river!!! Had quite a few onlookers asking what we were doing.

  • Tara L. Jun 13, 2014
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    I used Ed last year for my wedding. He was great to work with from the first time I contacted him. He answered all my questions and let me know things that he has seen and done with past weddings. He advised my wedding photographer that he will move out of the picture for our "first kiss" this is something that I would not have thought of on my own. He sent me all kinds of wedding vows and let me pick which one I wanted to use. I actually cut and pasted a few to make it more special for my husband and I. The video was an AMAZING touch! He did a great job capturing all the special moments and something that I will be able to cherish forever. I will defiantly recommend Ed to any friends/family members who need an officiant. He did an amazing job!! Thank you Ed for genuinely caring about the couples you work with!! Tara & Daniel
  • Taylor H. Jun 6, 2014
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    Working with Ed was amazing! Leading up to the wedding he checked in with me to see how things were going. And he always responded to my emails very quickly. He was on time to rehearsal and there early the day of. Very professional! I highly recommend Sierra Wine Country Weddings for your officiant and videographer needs :)
  • Cinda D. May 26, 2014
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    When you first meet Ed it feels like you are reacquainting with an old friend. There is a capable, warm, friendly, soothing aura about him that meant everything when we were standing in front of him during the ceremony. We had the ceremony and reception at a beautiful outdoor venue. As a speaker he has confidence and a wonderful speaking voice with great tone that is perfect for this job. This is a man we completely trusted with the very important job of marrying us in front of our family and friends. He also video taped the entire ceremony! There was not one mis-step the entire day. You did a great job, Ed. Cinda and Dan
  • Lisa N. May 24, 2014
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    Missed our scheduled and agreed upon appointment, lack of follow up, communication and inability to contact him directly. In the end, we offered to start over and he then backed out, stating he lost his job and was not able to commit to our wedding date. Zero stars (though this site only allows a low rating of 1 star) and if I could warn you not to call him, I would. God awful experience that left us still in need of an officiant. Edward, if you didnt want the job in Santa Clara county you should have just told us from the start that this event was out of area for you. Lots of things could have gone better, like showing up to the appointment, telling us honestly that you don't go to the Bay Area, following up with us and having a direct method of contact, ie, cell phone that you answer, would make you better. I am very upset (Steve), F'n Pissed off actually that this happened, and I vented that to you in the original email and text and thumbtack messages... Don't do this to anyone, EVER again! And to think we decided to try again because your a Reverend... WHATEVER DUDE!
    Edward E. Jun 5, 2014

    Steve, thank you for your review. For my future prospective couples, please allow me to explain the situation that led to Steve¬ís above comments. Yes, I DID miss an initial meeting with Steve and Lisa that we scheduled very close to their home. After almost 300 weddings, and a combined total of almost 1,000 scheduled commitments (including wedding pre-meetings, rehearsals, and weddings), I finally made a mistake, and forgot to schedule their appointment on my calendar, or failed to save the appointment before closing out the scheduling program on my computer. On the day of our meeting, Steve called my wife to ask where I was the day of our meeting when I didn¬ít answer their text message (I was in the foothills with no coverage). He was EXTREMELY RUDE and DISRESPECTFUL to my wife during that phone call. Steve also sent a very rude and CAUSTIC e-mail to me that same afternoon, questioning my professionalism, my caring towards the couples I work with, and my not returning his text message that morning. Given Steve¬ís rude behavior and apparent level of anger, I chose to answer Steve by e-mail a few hours later, apologizing for missing the meeting, and offering to write and mail him a check for his time that day. Steve responded with the below e-mail (to my apology and offer to reimburse him for his time): Hello Edward, Were both very surprised to get your messages, it was to say the least, a really tough day and this was only 1 of a few issues we encountered... If I may shed some light on why this affected us so much... About 5 months ago we asked my 'best friend' to become an Officiant and marry us - our way of showing love and honor to him as my soul brother... well about 3 weeks ago he abruptly backed out on us and we don¬ít even know if were still friends?? Big ordeal! We haven't spoken since... Anyhow... We are human, we make mistakes and emotions ran high for us, me specifically, and I should have been more respectful towards you and your wife - I'm sorry for being so rude. Shortly after receiving Steve¬ís above e-mail, I responded with a return e-mail which Steve said he didn¬ít receive. Next I responded via thumbtack e-mail, and again, they noted that they didn¬ít receive it. Lisa (Steve¬ís fiance) then sent me the following Thumbtack e-mail: Hello Edward, We received your message yesterday via Thumbtack but no email... We thought we'd try once more, with no intention of bothering you, to see if you were still interested in giving us another shot... we are looking forward to your reply, either way - please let us know. Thank you for your time and attention. Best wishes, I again sent them another Thumbtack e-mail (which they received), which led Steve to send the 1 Star review. Additional information: Steve and Lisa¬ís Thumbtack solicitation for an Officiant listed the wedding zip code location as Copperopolis (close to me), but I found out from Lisa later that the actual physical address was Sanborn Skyline County Park (Saratoga Ca.), a location 120 miles from my house. Their Thumbtack request also asked that the Officiant attend the rehearsal too. This would have meant that I would have had to make a 240 mile round trip twice on consecutive days, or stay in the area after the rehearsal and rent a hotel room and pay for meals. Either option would have added a significant price to my fee, something I didn¬ít want them to have to absorb. I had also just lost my job the previous week, and I noted in my e-mail to them that I was uncomfortable with committing to a wedding (and rehearsal) on a weekday, as I may have a new job by then, and would most likely not have been allowed to take time off from work, as I would be a ¬ďnew¬Ē employee. Steve then sent his vitriolic review and score of 1 of 5 stars. In closing, I am human and did make a mistake. I can understand Steve being upset about a missed initial meeting, but his level of anger, lack of self-control, and total lack of respect and rudeness to not only me, but also towards my wife for missing a meeting would be totally unacceptable to any reasonable adult.

  • Heidi P. May 19, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    Ed officiated our April 2014 wedding in Sacramento, California. He was perfect! We had a very DIY wedding and he helped make sure that even the vows were personalized and reflective of us as a couple something we definitely wanted. Ed is extremely flexible. Due to weather and the inability to get the entire bridal party together for an official rehearsal, we definitely winged the procession to say the least. Thanks to Ed's experience and our groups ability catch on quick, none of the guests were the wiser. Ed showed up early the day up to help our group go over the key points and stayed to capture some of the post ceremony photo session on film for us. Thank you Ed. It definitely wouldn't have been the same without you!
  • Brittany S. May 6, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    EXCEEDS EVEN THE HIGHEST EXPECTATIONS!! Wow where do I start... First off my now Husband and I were planning this from Virginia and had never met and only spoke on the phone until we finally met at the rehearsal. We felt like we have known Ed practically our whole lives, and guests of the wedding would have never guessed otherwise. He goes above and beyond in every possible aspect. The thing that we and all our guests were shocked by was that he stayed for the entire reception videotaping, making sure he didn't miss a thing. Finding someone on here in a short noticed made me extremely nervous being that it is such a huge deal, but Ed was absolutely perfect and we couldn't be more thankful to have him as our officiant. I could write an essay about how great this man was, but just know that if you hire him, you will not be disappointed in the least!
  • Steven W. Feb 27, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Amazing, amazing, and AMAZING! So easy to work with and so understanding. Even though our ceremony was last minute and small, Mr. Evans worked with us all the way and even helped with our vows. I would GREATLY recommend him to ANYONE planning a wedding. Regardless of size.
  • Don C. Feb 8, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We have only great things to say about Ed and our wedding experience. Ed was so helpful and organized that the ceremony was almost effortless. Ed is such a good man and more organized than most. He made sure that we were comfortable with the ceremony we had selected. Both before and during the ceremony, his reassurance helped to keep us calm and focused on each other rather than just on the words. Thank you Ed for everything. Kelly and I give our highest recommendation! Sincerely, Don & Kelly Crisp
  • Christina L. Feb 6, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ed was amazing. He was very professional, kind, prompt and thorough. He made our wedding experience perfect! I love how often he kept in touch and made sure we had everything we needed! I would defiantly recommend him.
  • Julie S. Jan 3, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Great first impression fom Ed so far. He is professional, passionate and flexible. I am very excited to have choosen him to do our wedding in June, I'm sure once the wedding is over I will be updating this to 5 stars if he meets and exceeds our expections, which I'm betting he will. Also a huging selling point is that we will get a free video of our ceremony...saves us the money for an expensive videographer and it will be a wonderful keepsake. Just another way that demonstrates Ed is willing to go the extra mile with his services. Very Excited!
  • Sarah C. Dec 2, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Ed was so warm and friendly, and helped create a perfect wedding day for our family, my husband and me! He gave us excellent ideas, and was flexible with our very last minute plans! I highly recommend Ed for anyone who wants a special ceremony to remember forever!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First, I send an e-mail introducing myself. Then I suggest a phone call to discuss their special day. I always suggest a meeting in person to make sure that the couple is comfortable with me. I send an Info Sheet to have the couple look over and fill out so we don't overlook or forget anything. I give as much assistance as they need, and I'm always available by phone or e-mail. I pride myself on answering quickly.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Not really applicable, but I do keep up on the latest trends so I can help the couples make informed decisions.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I normally charge either $225 or $325. The cutoff is over 30 guests. I don't charge a travel fee. I do charge $75 to attend a rehearsal, as it prevents me from performing a wedding that day. If the Rehearsal is very close, I will normally waive that fee. I also include videotaping the couples wedding ceremony in HD (using two cameras) as a part of my package price. I make copies for the parents, and any other who may not have been able to attend. I also use a MP3 recorder to tape the audio of the ceremony, and add it to the wedding DVD if needed. I will normally e-mail the wedding audio that same evening so the couple have it to listen to on their honeymoon. I will also upload and e-mail the wedding video to them to watch on the honeymoon. I offer to mail the wedding license so it will be one less thing for them to be concerned about on their special day.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
On a dare from my wife's best friend Shirley. She was a wedding Officiant, and said I had what it took to be one. At the time I had a job that I loved, but kept it in the back of my mind (a plan "B"). When the economy went South in 2009, my job was eliminated, and I quickly took Shirley up on her dare. My 1st wedding was a small one at a winery in Amador County at sunset in the Fall. Everything whet off without a hitch, and as they say.... The rest is history!!! I'm up to over 450 weddings.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All types!!!!!!! In over 450 weddings, I've never had a bad one :-).
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm proud of every wedding I perform, and in helping each couple in any way I can to make sure they have a fun and memorable wedding .
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look for an officiant that cares about you both. It's more than just the fee they charge. If the first thing they want to talk about is money, a deposit, or a contract, you're probably not a priority to them. They should want to get to know you, and allow you to have your wedding your way, not theirs!! They shouldn't tell you want you need to do, but ask you what you'd like to do. They should offer many suggestions that you can choose from. If they aren't friendly, find someone else!!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Just ask away, and let the pro help them.