Dr. Raphael Pazo - Weddings of Elegance and Distinction

Lodi, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

As your Wedding Celebrant, I shall tirelessly work with you to make YOUR wedding one of the most memorable, cherished and unforgettable events of your life.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Although I have been fortunate to celebrate hundreds of weddings from various cultures and traditions, in many different languages, both religious or secular, every single wedding is UNIQUELY SPECIAL. I am always looking forward to arranging, planing and celebrating weddings and meeting or exceeding all expectations of the wedding party. I Love Weddings!!!

Location

Lodi, CA 95240

Background check

Complete

Years in business

13

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Tim E. Jun 20, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Our wedding was very simple in nature but Rafael made it so memorable and beautiful. I can't thank him enough for the wonderful job he did and also for what I consider a new friendship that was created by our experience.
  • Joyce K. Jun 11, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Dr. Raphael Pazo officiated the ceremony for my daughter's and new son-in-law's wedding this past weekend on the beach in Santa Cruz. The words he spoke were so touching and heartfelt. I recommend him highly
  • Rebecca K. Jun 11, 2015
    Dr. Raphael Pazo did a great job officiating our wedding on the beach. We are an interfaith couple so he did a great job incorporating both faiths into the ceremony!
  • Christina M. Jun 1, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We had an amazing experience with Dr. Raphael Pazo. He is very professional and was very helpful. And did an excellent job in performing our ceremony in English and Spanish. Thank you Dr. Raphael Pazo for being our wedding celebrant !
  • Elizabeth M. Jan 15, 2015
    We planned our wedding in about a month, not giving very much time to figure everything out, but Raphael helped us every step of the way and everything turned out absolutely perfect! We had a Celtic wedding and he went all out. He wore traditional Scottish attire, including a kilt, and played his Scottish smallpipes at the reception on top of everything else he did for us. He really went above and beyond our expectations! Thank you Raphael for making our special day even more so!
    Dr. Raphael P. Jan 16, 2015

    Dear Liz, Your wedding was of the most memorable and beautiful nuptials I have ever celebrated. Yes, we had little time to plan and celebrate a true Celtic wedding in true Highland form, but you pulled it of. It must have something to do with the fact that you and your husband are both accomplished bagpipers, Congratulations of your recent anniversary, Failte, Raphael

  • Martin S. Jan 15, 2015
    He was very welcoming & helped us with all the things we wanted for our wedding, he made made it beautiful, respectful & also had some humor which I like 😄. Thank you very much Raphael Pazo
    Dr. Raphael P. Jan 16, 2015

    Dear Martin, Celebrating your wedding was one of the highlights of my career. An English-Spanish wedding at the beautiful Morris Chapel at University of the Pacific is always a delight. I am honored for the friendship that we now share. Peace and blessings, Raphael

  • Abraham M. Jan 15, 2015
    Raphael did our wedding for us, he helped us plan it out, he came fully dressed for a our celtic wedding. He made our wedding one to remember, he even said a traditional celtic saying done at weddings and it was just perfect. I recommend him to any one that would like a great wedding.
    Dr. Raphael P. Jan 16, 2015

    Dear Abe, We bagpipers have to stick together. Thank you for granting me the honor of celebrating your nuptials in true Highland fashion. Failte!

  • Gretza R. Jan 14, 2015
    Dr Pazo is an extremely talented musician. His performances are exquisite. He plays different instruments: bagpipes, violin, viola and others. De. Pazo is also a wonderful singer with a voice. I have seen him perform at various events from award ceremonies, wedding and even funerals. He is very professional and his rates are very reasonable. I would recommend him for any events.
    Dr. Raphael P. Jan 16, 2015

    Dear Gretza, Thank you for such beautiful words. As a wedding celebrant and professional musician, I don't often have the chance to perform more than one duty, and really treasure the moment when I am requested to do both. Congratulations on you recent anniversary! Peace and Blessings, Raphael

  • William F. Jan 14, 2015
    We were so fortunate to have Dr. Raphael Pazo perform our Service, We are both of different faiths which made us appreciate how special Dr. Pazo performed our service. He did everything we ask for our wonderful day. Our family felt extremely comfortable and thought very highly of Dr. Pazo.We could not think of anything he could have done better. We got married in Walnut Creek at the Lark Creek Inn and plan on asking Dr. Pazo and his lovely wife to join us for our one year Anniversary in July. Sincerely, Bill and Roberta Fitzpatrick
    Dr. Raphael P. Jan 14, 2015

    Hello Bill and Roberta, Thank you so very much for such a flattering review. I was indeed honored that granted me the privilege to celebrate your wedding according to your wishes, acknowledging and celebration both the Jewish and Catholic traditions and being invited to partake in fellowship at the reception meal. Best wishes for the New Year and kindest regards to you both. Peace and blessings, Raphael Rabbi Dr Raphael Pazo Weddings of Elegance and Distinction (209)345-8072

  • Roberta K. Jan 14, 2015
    Dr. Pazo was very professional and meeted all our expectations. He listened to what we wanted him to do and followed through in every detail. The ceremony took place at Pietro's Restaurant in Lodi, California.
    Dr. Raphael P. Jan 14, 2015

    Thank you, Roberta and Gene! It was a great honor celebrating your wedding and the love you share for each other. Your friend always, Raphael

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Continuing education is essential in our profession in order to stay current with all applicable laws, statues and regulations. Accrediting organizations devise an uniform curriculum of the latest professional practices and ensure uniform dissemination of such information among accredited professionals. I attend all mandatory AND optional continuing education courses.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I celebrate weddings because weddings celebrate love - that most essential and necessary of human emotions. Weddings and marriages have many different meanings for different cultures - but they all have a common thread: it unites two people in love into the most basic unit of our society: a family. Two individuals become one in love, physically, financially and much more.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Traditional Weddings Eloping Weddings Jewish Weddings Inter-Faith Weddings Alternative Modern Weddings Multi-Cultural Weddings Multi-Lingual Weddings Non-Denominational Weddings Secular Weddings Renewal of Wedding Vows Exotic Destination Weddings Sunset at the Beach Weddings Highland Weddings (Scottish, Irish and Welsh)
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently performed a bilingual wedding in English and Spanish. The bride and groom, their parents and siblings all spoke English, but they had several dozens of relatives who only spoke Spanish. The prospect that many of their relatives would not be able to understand what was being said during the ceremony was very distressful to the couple. When we first me to plan the wedding, I share that I was fluent in several languages, Spanish and English included, and that it would be my pleasure to officiate the wedding in both languages. The wedding was a success and since then, three other couples who were in attendance that day, have requested me to celebrate bilingual weddings for them, too. Recently, I celebrated weddings in the following combination of languages: English-Portuguese English-Hebrew English-Hebrew-Spanish English-Arabic Spanish-Arabic Portuguese-Spanish I look forward to the opportunity to serve couple for whom their traditions and language are the foundation of their personal and cultural identity.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Choosing a Wedding Celebrant is an important decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. DO NOT hire a wedding celebrant UNTIL you have checked his/her credentials, checked references and talk to him or her. Your informed decision in then made based on a relationship that will from between the couple and the wedding celebrant. Always remember: Cheaper isn't always better.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Wedding celebrants ARE NOT all alike. Some have dedicated a great deal of time and money in obtaining their education and training. Some are duly ordained and licensed, and have completed an accreditation and certification process, undergone extensive background checks and regularly attend continuing education courses. Others get a free ordination from the internet and operated without any credentials, training, licensing, often without being bonded or insured. Before you chose the person who will preside over one of the MOST IMPORTNAT LIFE EVENTS, be sure to ask questions, read reviews from prior customers and clients couples, inquire around the community and get to know the person you select to be your wedding celebrant, BEFORE making a decision.