Latest Review: (Apologies for the late review, our wedding took place on October 19th, 2013 and a year later we couldn't be happier... details below!)
With a little over two weeks left until our big day, we had not yet locked down an officiant to perform our wedding ceremony, and we were as calm as a couple can be that close to their wedding...which wasn't very.
It was my sole duty to find an officiant since I felt it was so important to respect my Mother (who is no longer with us) by representing her devotion to the traditional religious aspect while still making Liv and myself the prime focus of the ceremony in more of a non-traditional secular fashion; a difficult task for some, maybe, but not for Jan. She knew we were coming.
To know Liv & Myself is to know that we have a very fresh and ever-replenishing love for one another that feels very new to us on a daily basis and had so for almost eight years at the time, but our relationship also has a very traditional 'old soul' feel too, or so we are told by the ones closest to us, so it was pleasantly refreshing when Liv, Jan & myself all found one another. We were peas and carrots from the word go.
Our experience with Jan truly felt like a family affair. She was very professional and even before the very first phone conversation she was dispelling our fears and clearing some of the confusion while being ever present and aware to the fact that we had just a couple of weeks to plan. She sent us a bevy of sample ceremonies to look over on first contact so when we did sit down for the first phone conference that we could really hit the ground running. This made Bride-to-be ecstatic that I had not only found a prime candidate, but actually had ceremony templates for her to review prior to speaking with Jan!
By the end of the first phone conference, Jan had customized a personal draft for us to review, and a couple of very minor changes later, we were ready, content and confident. Peace of mind was worth more than any material and there wasn't a more welcome time for it. All plans were finalized in less than a week, and that gave us a little time to get to know one another and share stories, both of which gave us a newfound respect for one another I believe, and in turn solidified our bonds even moreso. By ceremony time, we all felt like we knew one another longer than just a couple of weeks. Without a doubt in my mind, it truly felt that we were all meant to be there that day.
By ceremony time, Jan arrived looking sharp and was totally prepared with time to spare for any last minute changes and even a little coaching to check our temperature and just make sure we were calm, cool & collected. We were a bit giddy to say the least, and as well as we tried to contain ourselves, we managed to pull Jan into our little bubble mid-ceremony and we now cherish some really awesome photographs that chronicle the event quite well. Good times. The Best of times.
In closing, Jan Leonard definitely filled the role of wedding officiant to a T and went well above and beyond all of our expectations by making it personal and sharing with us our blessed & momentous occasion. She might say it was a pleasure to be a part of our blessed union, but honestly, the pleasure was all ours. Mom & Dad would have been very proud.
Mr. and Mrs. Bounds ;)
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