About this pro
9 years in business
29 hires on Thumbtack
Type of ceremony
Service type (affiliation)
Cheryl Lynn and her partner Bonnie helped with my September 2015 wedding. Before the wedding, communication was pretty good as we were getting details put in place. The day of the wedding, Cheryl Lynn arrived at a later time to the venue than we had originally planned. (We planned on her and Bonnie being there between noon and 1pm and she got there roughly between 3 and 4 for my 5:30 ceremony.) I was able to see the decor a few minutes before the ceremony and everything was pretty much how we planned on setting up (with the exception of chair sashes on different chairs than I had planned and she didn't utilize any of the tulle that I had purchased- and tulle can be expensive) She seemed very rushed to me and my guests. She was still putting on chair sashes for the ceremony chairs as the guests were arriving and tying up loose ends. The wedding went better than planned and Cheryl Lynn and Bonnie did a great job trying to keep up with wedding activities/cleaning up. I didn't see her or her partner during most of the ceremony or reception though, she seemed pretty flustered during both. They were both able, however, to clean up after the wedding by the venue deadline and get my decor back to me after my honeymoon which was greatly appreciated. At the wedding, my marriage license was given to Cheryl Lynn to send to the courthouse by mail. After a few weeks had passed with no wedding license issued to me in the mail, I called the courthouse and they said they never received the marriage license. I then contact Cheryl Lynn to ask if she had sent it; she confirmed that she had sent it. I had called the courthouse and numerous post offices the weeks following and still no sign of the marriage license. Needless to say, my husband and I had to go to our courthouse (which was in another state, since we had traveled back to our home state to have the wedding) and got married there. I was very upset about this detail because not only did I plan my wedding for a year and put some hard-earned money towards it, it turns out we didn't even officially get married that day in front of all our friends and family. I know that the point is "we love each other" and at least "everyone was there with us," but it's frustrating when you hire someone for a certain job and they don't completely fulfill that job. Warning to new customers of An Essential Event: handle your marriage license yourself and if you need to send it by mail to the courthouse, send it CERTIFIED! Don't be so trusting. (good thing we didn't have legal issues or insurance matters depending on this wedding date)Feb 3, 2016Verified
Cheryll Lynn worked with me to create an amazing ceremony. She made excellent personalizations, helped to suggest readings and overall, was a great officiant. I think she even memorized most of the ceremony. Thanks Cheryll Lynn for helping to make our day so special!Jul 21, 2015Verified
We were so happy to find Reverend Cheryl to officiate at our wedding. Her cheerful temperament and willingness to go above and beyond helped make for a perfect ceremony. We would highly recommend her services.Jul 7, 2015Verified
the woman never sent me a contract I had to find a new associate I would never use your service againJun 15, 2015Verified
Cheryll was very successful in customizing the perfect ceremony for my daughter. Thank you!Jun 2, 2015Verified
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- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Northern Colorado, which helps to assure couples that their custom wedding ceremonies will be well-written. In addition, I have also earned a certificate as a Preston Bailey Signature Wedding and Event Designer and as a Professional Bridal Consultant.
- What types of customers have you worked with?I have worked with a variety of customers on a host of different events. From baby showers and birthday parties to fundraisers and of course, weddings, I have had the pleasure of serving so many people on their special day, all with diverse budgets (from $250 to well over $100,000), locations (Grand Junction, Greeley, Larkspur, Montrose, Vail and more), and styles (bling, classic, geek chic, rustic, and tropical). Each client and each event is so unique, and that makes working with them so fun and inspirational!
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?My best advice when choosing any vendor for your event would be to select someone that you feel comfortable with. You are entrusting your vendors, and especially your wedding coordinator and/or planner, with one of the biggest days of your life in terms of both budget and emotional investment. Find someone whose sense of humor, style and urgency match your own so that you can be sure that they understand and are able to deliver on your dreams.