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We were glad we hired Saundra from I Do x Two to be our Officiant. This is the most important part of the wedding and Saundra did not disappointed us. She was professional with compassion and flexibility. Couple weeks before the wedding, we realized we did not remember to book Saundra for the rehearsal. I was stressed out a little bit. She was booked for another event, but she followed up with me to make sure the rehearsal went ok without her. It was greatly appreciated. We recommend Saundra!
My Husband and I got engaged in September 2016 and Jeff officiated our wedding in December 2016. My Husband is Portuguese Catholic and I am Indian Hindu. As you might imagine, finding the right person to officiate our wedding, with only about 3 months to work with, while ensuring our and both our families wishes were considered, AND taking care of all the other wedding planning (catering, flowers, DJ, photographer, etc.) - COULD have been an extremely challenging task! Luckily, during one of my lunchbreaks from work, I googled "wedding officiants bay area". I clicked on Thumbtack, and the website asked me a few questions, such as wedding date and address. I submitted my answers and didn't think much of it, and went back into work. When I finished work, I checked my phone, and I had about 10 responses! Each officiant had a little blurb about themselves, but I was really drawn to what Jeff Finger had to say. I called him and he was friendly and kind. He asked to meet with my Fiancee and myself, and was very accommodating about where to meet and respectful of our time (and stress levels lol!). When we met, Jeff wanted to know about us as a couple, our path to marriage, and not only what we envisioned for our wedding, but also for our life together. We left the meeting feeling happy, hopeful, and excited! There was no doubt in our mind that Jeff was what he were looking for. Leading up to the wedding, Jeff sent us an outline of the ceremony. This was so helpful to us, because it added structure our entire wedding. He also checked in with us a couple of times to make sure everything was going well - again, this was super helpful! On the day of the wedding, things were chaotic. It rained and guests were late. Jeff was flexible, calming, and told us everything was going to be ok. And he was absolutely right. Our wedding day was beautiful and perfect, and a day I will remember all my life! Jeff officiated our wedding with emotion, confidence, and professionalism. Many of our guests commented on the beauty of the ceremony, and the way Jeff included everyone seated in the venue, and how they felt they were a special part of our wedding day. We were so fortunate to find Jeff, and highly recommend him to anyone planning a wedding!
If there was a ten star rating, I would give it to Mr Ben Miyaji a very Profesional wedding officiant. He was very attentive during my wedding planning. He kept in touch till my wedding date. He arrived before the time set, and he performed a simple brief ceremony as we asked. Thank you so very much Mr Miyaji. Toni and Ron.
He was the best! I would highly recommend him if you want someone who is punctual, respectful,reliable, and professional. Unfortunately our wedding ceremony was not able to start on time due to a personal matter that took place. Our wedding was suppose to start at 3pm and he had another wedding ceremony to do at 4:30. I communicated with him and let him know what happen and our situation. I asked him would it be possible if he can go to his next appointment since we were not ready yet, and then come back. He said yes he will be able to do so, which made me feel so much better because i was starting to panic and I didn't know what we were going to do if he had not been able to come back. He was able to, so I was so happy that we had that option. After he was done with the other ceremony he let me know he was done and asked did I still need him to come back I told him yes, and he came back. He prayed with us before the ceremony and after that he performed our ceremony and he did a wonderful job. I am really thankful and appreciate that he was still able to officiant our wedding even after the setback we had. Thanks again I really really appreciate it, and by the way I loved how you put our love story together, it was great! If anyone was is looking for a great officiant, like I mention earlier, I would highly recommend him as the one to perform your special ceremony.
Diego was attentive, punctual and very professional from day one. He tailored my ceremony to match our personal preferences and was joy to have as our wedding officiant! Our ceremony was conducted in both English and Spanish in an equitable manner, hence, our guests were able to embrace the ceremony in their native language. Thank you Diego!
Rev. Dr. Leslie was an awesome officiant. She could not have been better and more professional for our wedding event. I would recommend her to anyone!
My new husband and I were very happy with Rebeca's role as our officiant for our wedding at San Francisco City Hall. She was very easy to work with over email (we were planning from out of town) and worked with us in developing our ceremony service every step of the way. Thank you for marrying us!!
We had a small wedding in Sonoma county and Phil was great, he was available on short notice. we also decided to have him sing a song for us. We chose on that was not on his list and he was able to learn it in about a few days before the wedding. All the wedding guest were surprised and loved it. Thanks Phil for being our officiant for our special day.
Sheryl is really amazing,are wedding ceremony was more than a job to her. She made sure that everything was better than planned she goes over every detail with you like a friend. I would recommend her to everyone..its really hard to balance emotions and situations when your getting married and Sheryl was there every step of the way. It actually seems like she's my wedding planner, counselor, and friend plus the person marrying us lol and she's so affordable...
Picking Jessica was one of the most wise decisions we've made for our wedding. She was always on time, and her communication was clearly and timely. Most importantly, she took the time to understand our background and delivered a very touching homely. I love her and would highly recommend her!
Gwen was a dream come true as a wedding officiant! She took the time to get to know us and to truly be as one with us on our wedding day! We loved her personality - she truly fit what we were looking for. Gwen is amazing and I can't say enough good things about her!!!!!
Sara was amazing from the beginning of our wedding planning process all the way through our big day! I would recommend her to my closest friends and family. Her professionalism, dedication and true passion for the art is unprecedented. Thank you for making our day so special!
My partner and I, after 10 long years of being together, finally decided to tie the knot. Among the many decisions to be made re: our wedding was hiring the officiant. We are a diverse family unit, and wanted someone who was sensitive to our wishes. Rev. Gail turned out to be the perfect choice! She patiently endured our multiple changes to our vows, worked with the challenges of our venue,was very supportive to our needs, and basically took our worries away when we felt a bit overwhelmed from all the wedding details. I highly recommend her as a kind and professional wedding officiant. Thank you, Gail, for helping to make our special day go smoothly.
Rachael was my favorite part of our wedding. She is absolutely wonderful. She met with us 3 times before the wedding to get to know us and our love story. She incorporated parts of our story into the ceremony. We had a hand-fasting ritual which she thoroughly researched and made it work for us. We also had a tree planting ceremony - she thought of using a lemon tree for us because it fit our story well. We ended up forgetting our marriage license the day of the wedding and there was no way for us to go back home to get it. She was super understanding and was accommodating when we agreed to meet a week after the wedding. Everyone I talked to said that the ceremony was beautiful, all thanks to Rachael! She just overall went above & beyond. On top of all that, she's one of the sweetest people I've ever met! Thank you for everything, Rachael!
I highly recommend Sara Shendelman as a wedding officiant! She did my wedding with such warmth and enthusiasm, musical talent and professionalism, i couldn't have imagined anything better. The photographers even came up to me after and expressed to me what a unique and wonderful ceremony it was. She helped guide us through the planning process, allowing our personality and beliefs to shape the service, but providing the traditional foundation which we desired. She was such a delight to work with and so easy to get in touch with when I had questions, she made this stressed out bride feel completely at ease! The guests said it was the best wedding they had ever attended.
An out of body experience is an understatement. Trent Thornley was incredible. A week before our wedding the officiant who was scheduled to marry us had a family emergence, so we were in a pretty stressful bind. Trent was referred to us from a dear friend who works with Trent. Within 30 minutes Trent had agreed to skype with us and we connected with him as a person instantly. He was so accommodating and luckily he was available for the very next weekend. Not only did he agree to be our officiant, so last minute, but he was able to travel to our wedding in Oregon from San Francisco (of course we bought his flight and hotel!). We sent him our ideas for the ceremony i.e. vows, readings, prayer, etc. and before the wedding he sat with each of us separately and then together to make sure we were all on the same page - he was our spiritual guide and professional facilitator. He had this wonderful ability to connect with us, make us feel supported and also ease our nervous and stressful energy. And I even asked him, "am I missing anything in my vows that might get me into trouble" and to that he assured me I covered all my bases and helped me laugh that off. :) Once we walked down the aisle and joined hands at the alter, the energy was electric and Trent went to work. He opened with a wonderful ice breaker and got the attendees, engaged, present and participating. He lead our ceremony like a magician. I mean, he may as well have had on a wizard hat (which would have totally worked because we are a geeky fantasy and sci-fi couple - and even played the Star Wars theme song during our procession)!! Which Trent totally supported. We also asked Trent to follow our general guidelines but to bring in his own knowledge, passion and spiritual experiences in Catholicism and Buddhism, which he did beautifully. After the ceremony, we insisted Trent stay and join the party because he was an instant friend and we couldn't bare to let his beautiful energy leave the party - and he did! If you are looking for a compassionate, open-minded, uplifting, intelligent, commanding, respectful, loving minister/reverend/officiant/wizard person to marry you, then I highly recommend Trent Thornley!
Bridget is wonderful! We wanted simple and heart felt sentiment for our vows that reflect who we are, where we came from and what we feel for each other and Bridget delivered. I'd recommend her to anyone who desires an officiant to express joy in a way that feels real. You cannot go wrong with the services she offers!
I used Hamei for my wedding last year after I witnessed him marry friends of my husband and I. I was so impressed with his professionalism and ability to create such a meaningful ceremony. We needed help deciding on our vows and he helped us decide on how to format it. We already had met him once but he insisted we stop by his restaurant to go over what we wanted from him. I'm glad we did. I highly recommend meeting with him in person. (He bought me and my husband 2 glasses of wine while we chatted with him . ) ;)
Christopher deLellis, Guidance and Grace, performed the wedding ceremony for my son and my now daughter in law about a year ago. I am not simply posting this "view" of praise because the wedding was for my son, but it was the BEST wedding I have ever witnessed. Yes, the emotional love was bursting as my son married his best friend. But, the ceremony performed by Christopher was as personal as it was professional. He spent time with my son and his now wife to prepare incredibly personal and pertinent vows and also developed a handfasting segment during the wedding that was of particular importance to my son and his wife. Christopher was amazing, charming, and most of all, incredibly present while performing the service with the two of them AND the group of gathered loved ones who were the wedding guests. Actually, one of the couples attending the wedding hired Christopher for their wedding after experiencing first hand how incredible he is. If you are looking for someone to perform a service for you who is a dedicated and highly gifted celebrant, hire Christopher deLellis. A wedding between two people is a once in a lifetime event that you want to cherish forever. Christopher gives you this experience! BTW, we later hired Christopher to do our home blessing when we sold our house of over 30 years of ownership. We invited friends, family and neighbors to this special event, and Christopher performed a splendid and moving ceremony to give us all a special closure to our home and all of the memories we made under the roof. We were so impressed, we had him also bless our new home. The wedding and our home blessings were not religious, but very spiritual, deeply moving, and gave us new memories that we have forever in our hearts. Talk to him about his ability to personalize and type your wedding or other special event. He can do it all with Guidance and Grace.
Robyn and Gil were so easy to work with. They were able to guide us into a form to follow when we felt lost but were totally able to incorporate our individual ideas when we asked. What I loved most about them, however, is that they provided such a warm spiritual tone that felt all-inclusive and welcoming. I highly recommend Robyn and Gil for your celebration.
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I provide premarital counseling, and customized interfaith weddings as an officiant. I meet with the couple and talk with them about their beliefs and preferences, write the service and check with them for their approval and any additions and deletions to the service. I have experience with many types of weddings and the beliefs that inform the service and am always respectful of the couple and what they want.