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Lorrie was exactly what we wanted from a quick, small, outdoor destination wedding ceremony officiant. Great job.Nov 5, 2017VerifiedNOLA Elopements and Wedding Ceremonies's reply
Awww thank you so much!! It was truly my honor to be part of your special day!!!
Lorrie did a fantastic job on our wedding day. We were late in getting our ceremony organized and did everything remotely as we were coming to town from out of state; nevertheless, her presentation and professionalism gave us an intimate and memorable ceremony. Thanks a ton!Nov 7, 2019VerifiedNOLA Elopements and Wedding Ceremonies's reply
Awww thank you so much for the kind words. I truly enjoyed meeting you both and wish you both many years of happiness together!!
Loved working with NOLA Elopements... Lorrie Werden was awesome; Great communication. She’s a fun, outgoing officiant that made us feel comfortable and made the ceremony feel extra special. Thanks, Lorrie!Feb 16, 2020VerifiedNOLA Elopements and Wedding Ceremonies's reply
Thank you so much. It was truly my honor to officiate your special day!!
My husband, Alex, and myself were married on 3/21/17 by Lorrie Werden-Barnes. My wedding day, and Lorrie, were amazing. See, I'm a planner. I correspondedack and forth with Lorrie about details, suggestions on venue as well as many other topics a bride typically worries about. I was not a typical bride. I am 50 years old and this was not my first time being married. Alex and I planned elopement ceremony in my favorite city, New Orleans. No family were accompanying us, it was our elopement trip / honeymoon. We love the outdoors and wished to marry outside. Lorrie made many fine suggestions but my favorite suggestion was to perform the ceremony under the "Tree of Life" located in beautiful city park in NOLA. Lorrie reassured me she would find my required two witnesses and gave me the contact info for the Court clerks office regarding legal details. On the morning of our marriage day, we went to pay for our marriage license take care of the legal forms and applications. (I forgot to mention, we traveled to NOLA from St. Louis and arrived that weekend prior to marriage date). We wanted to marry specifically on 3/21/17 because this was a special day for us)...........Soooooo, after being at the clerks office for two hours we were not able to obtain our marriage license because if a minor technicality. Alex was a widower and his name was not located on his former spouses death certificate. WOW ! Talk about panic. We were scheduled to meet under the beautiful Tree of Life at 2pm and it was now approaching noon and we did not have our marriage license. I frantically phoned Lorrie, in tears, letting her know of our situation. Lorrie was so sweet. She was calm and reassuring and asked me, "Do you like the Ocean"? Well......YEAH! I love the ocean but had no idea where she was going with that question. Lorrie advised that there was a small city in the State of Mississippi about an hour away from NOLA. She told us the coastline and beach was beautiful and suggested we drive on over to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. ( Now remember, we were from StL in Missouri). How cool was this! It was about noon and Lorrie advised us to go check out the beaches and see if we line the area and then phone her and she would meet us there. She made herself 100% available to us and continuously reminded us that "this is our day and she wanted to help us make it as special as it could be". We made hus trip and found this little city to be a beautiful little p,ace, gorgeous old homes, kinda upscale community, beautiful coastline, Marina with gorgeous boats along the coastline, many scenic piers and the list goes on and on. I called Lorrie about 3pm ish and let her know we found our perfect location. Towards the end of the coastline of this ocean view drive, we saw a cool tree surround by a round bench. The tree was united at the bottom but spread into half, like two separate strong trunks to the tree. I just thought it was a pretty tree, ON THE BEACH.......BY THE OCEAN. Alex said, " That's beautiful baby, but there's something in that tree". We excitedly parked the car and went to get a closer look at this tree. There were two angels carved into the tree. One on each side of the split. There was a small sign with the title, Tree of Angels. Ironically, since the day I met Alex he has told me that he lost his mother giving birth to him and he has had HIS ANGEL watching over him his entire life. It was like his Momma had let us know she wanted to be at our wedding, you know? It sent chills down my spine. We knew this was the place we were meant to be married. Lorrie was there within an hour and a half and we were married , under the Tree of Angels , on the beach, with the beautiful blue ocean waves as our background music. We were so grateful to Lorrie. She was so sweet, so professional and I felt like she went above and beyond my expectations. Needless to say, we added a generous tip to try to show our appreciation. LORRIE MADE MY MARRIAGE DAY PERFECT and we will be forever grateful.Apr 21, 2017NOLA Elopements and Wedding Ceremonies's reply
Awww Thank you so much! It was my pleasure! So glad that we were able to make it work and that you have special memories. You were so easy to work with! Wishing you many happy years together!
Just got married in NOLA. Absolutely couldn’t have done it without Lorrie. She helped me a long the way, through the entire process. She was flexible as we changed our time slightly. we came from Florida.she helped make it flawless and she is a genuine person. I highly recommend her. If I could give 6 ⭐️ I would!Nov 18, 2019VerifiedNOLA Elopements and Wedding Ceremonies's reply
thank you so much! Y'all were an absolute blast to work with. Make sure you look me up on your next visit to New Orleans! Would love to connect with you again.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?All my rates are for fully personalized ceremonies, travel to and from, performing your ceremony, completing and filing your paperwork with the proper authority afterwards, and unlimited correspondence. I require a date, time and location in order to provide a price quote since rates are based on location/holiday/local festivals.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I can meet in person (if you're local), skype, e-mail or phone.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I'm a Non-Denominational licensed Ordained Minister. I do perform both religious and non-religious ceremonies. .