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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Hired 62 times

Serves Albuquerque, NM

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9 years in business

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

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Eden D.
Jul 28, 2021
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Mauro was very thoughtful and eloquent with our wedding ceremony. He was even willing to hike a mile through the Bosque to get to the perfect location. I highly recommend this officiant for your wedding.

Details: Elopement • Non-religious (no mention of God) • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Date and time has not yet been chosen

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Dustin C.
May 7, 2022
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Reverend Mauro was great! Made having our wedding a breeze as crazy as that sounds! Kept it very professional even when my kids were spazzing out. I would recommend him to anyone who wants an amazing wedding. A special thanks to Reverend Mauro from the Carpenter family!!

Details: Wedding • Christian • 51 - 100 guests • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will be needed at the rehearsal • Date and time has not yet been chosen

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Josh S.
May 16, 2021
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My gosh, where to even start! Mauro met with us for coffee a couple weeks before our wedding, my now wife and I were planning on just being there for 30 minutes and hour tops. Just enough time for him to get the preliminary information that he would need to officiate our wedding. Instead we were met with this amazing man that we now get to call a good friend! Not only did he ask for the base level information that he needed, but took the time to genuinely get to know us not only as individuals but also as a couple! We ended up being there for almost 3 hours just getting to know each other and forming a long lasting relationship. If you want a genuine person who truly cares about you and making your day YOURS Mauro is your man. We could never have asked for a better person to officiate our wedding, he made it truly perfect!

Details: Wedding • Christian • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Maxine F.
Apr 30, 2021
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Mauro was amazing! He made our wedding day very special. When we were worried about not starting exactly on time, he jokingly said he'd be surprised if everything went as smoothly as we had planned, but he was very patient with us. Our families found comfort in everything he spoke about and he made the whole ceremony very personal. If we could give him a higher rating than five stars we would. He made our day better than anything we could've hoped for and we are so happy that we chose him to be our officiant on our special day.

Details: Elopement • Non-religious (no mention of God) • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Christian G.
Jan 12, 2021
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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

Details: Commitment ceremony • Christian • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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
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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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