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Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya
Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya

Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya

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Introduction: First, as a gay man I started officiating weddings for the same-sex marriage Community. In my experiences as an AIDS attorney in DC in the 1980s, I was there for the worst time of someone's life. Had we had same-sex marriage then, it would have solved so many problems gay couples had when dealing with AIDS. So I felt that now that we could finally get married, it was very important to me to provide this service. It feels as if I have come full circle, now being there at one of the best times of someone's life. From my initial weddings, my services kept expanding and now I officiate about 45% same-sex marriages and 55% different-sex marriages. And I love doing both because I love to see couples so happy on their special day! My service is personalized to YOU, the couple, so that you get a wedding ceremony that you will remember forever. I meet with you and listen to what you want in your wedding, and I almost always accept special requests as part of your service, like a special location (i.e., the mountains, a park, in a hot air balloon, wearing a kilt, a superhero costume, or even a medieval henchmen, etc.), a candle or sand ceremony, even butterflies! One wedding recently we were outside and it began dumping rain. The couple wished to continue the ceremony in the rain so we did. We all got drenched but it was fun for me and memorable for the couple! I am happy to include your religious or non-religious preferences. I have performed services in English and Spanish (and a mix of both in the wedding ceremony), as well as Native, Wicca and other spiritualities traditions. And of course non-religious weddings where only the couple's feelings and words are used in the ceremony. I have even performed a wedding with an alien theme. Non-traditional weddings of any kind are my specialty. I love doing weddings because I am able to be with people at one of the happiest times of their lives - and the joy that comes out during a wedding, the sheer emotions, the sharing of a special bond - to be part of that is simply magical. There is always one point in the ceremony where I can see "something" exchanged between the couple - their faces just show it - that means they KNOW they are now married. It is very uplifting for me personally, and to have the privilege of sharing such a wonderful time of a couple's lives is blissful and fills me with love. I know that you are entrusting me with making your ceremony yours, and want it to be special. And I do consider it an honor and privilege should you choose me to be a part of YOUR ceremony. I can help each of you write your own vows, so you can each say to the other what this day, and the rest of your lives together, means to you. And I am happy to help guide you through the whole process. I strive to make your ceremony one you'll never forget, and I listen to YOU as to what you want in a ceremony. I hope to hear back from you! Mauro
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8 years in business

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Jan - Jun

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

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Christian G.

Wedding Officiant

Reverend Mauro helped make our wedding day exceptional. A week before the wedding, he came to our house to discuss options for the ceremony and was very thorough in helping us plan. At the wedding, he was punctual, personable, and very professional. He has a great speaking voice so everyone could hear him clearly at our outdoor ceremony. We highly recommend him and can't think of anyone else we would have wanted to officiate our wedding! Thank you so much Rev Mauro ... you were awesome! Christian & Cymone
Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya's reply
Christian and Cymone, thank you so much! It was a pleasure and an honor to officiate your ceremony and I'm glad I was able to make it what you wanted. A lifetime of happiness and love! Mauro
Jan 12, 2021
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Catherine B.

Wedding Officiant

The best wedding officiant you could ask for ! Listened to what we wanted and was very friendly and personable. We had a small ceremony but Mauro made it personal and special for us. Would definitely recommend! Thanks alot you made our marriage special
Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya's reply
Catherine, it was an honor for me to officiate your wedding. Thank you for choosing me. I look forward to when you can hold a larger ceremony and hope you'll have me back to officiate that one as well. thanks again! Mauro
Oct 12, 2020
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Kaily H.

Wedding Officiant

Mauro was such an amazing person. He was willing to work with the kinks and last min changes, and was so in tune with my family and what my brother and sister-in-law wanted for their wedding. Mauro is the kindest soul you will meet, he does not judge and sees everyone equally. If I had known him before I had my wedding, you best believe he would’ve been there and I would have been honored to have him. ❤️ Thank you so much for making my brother and sister-in-law’s day so special.
Feb 11, 2021
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Joel S.

Wedding Officiant

Mauro was super accommodating and responsive when we contacted him about performing our wedding ceremony. He took the time to meet with us beforehand to personalize what he would say during the ceremony. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant to perform their wedding.
Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya's reply
Thank you guys so much! It was a pleasure to work with you and I wish you both all the happiness in the future.
Dec 31, 2019
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Steve H.

Wedding Officiant

Rev. Mauro was great to work with and thorough in his interest to get to know you and make our marriage personal & special. Thank you for helping make a very special wedding day!
Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya's reply
Thank you Steve! It was a pleasure to work with you and Mark. Your wedding was beautiful in the setting and how you wanted everything. And your relationship is inspirational to me. All the continued happiness and health to both of you.
Sep 8, 2020
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FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I have a set rate for most weddings. If there are special circumstances, there may be extra charges, like outside of the Albuquerque metro area, I will charge a premium for gas, and if necessary, lodging, depending on where the wedding is held.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    After we agree that I will be your officiant, I meet with both of you, preferably in person, but can also do a video or even phone call if you are out of town. I ask you questions about what kind of service you want, and answer your questions about the process and my services. I work with you to make your special day as joyous and loving as possible.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I am licensed through the Universal Life Church and have attended seminars and trainings both in person and online so I may best serve each couple.

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