Pura Vida Wedding

Reston, VA

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About this pro

I am a bilingual Unity minister.

Unity is nondenominational, open, inclusive, affirmative, and respectful of all life choices.

I believe in the power of love and its expression in a committed relationship.

Location

Reston, VA 20194

Background check

Complete

Times hired on Thumbtack

37

Reviews

20 Reviews
  • Mersy P. Dec 22, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Outstanding
    I'm glad I found him. I would totally recommend him to anyone. Keep up the good work Mr. Enrique!
  • Megan R. Jul 31, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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  • Andrea S. Jul 4, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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  • Alex L. Jun 28, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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  • Moon N. May 30, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    On time; very professional and a beautiful wedding ceremony that he personalized for us. Thank you so much for being part of our special day. You should definitely hire him for your wedding ceremony.
  • Katie C. May 16, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    After looking through the many officiant's, I had Picked Juan due to the many great comments about his services. when first hiring him through thumbtack he was very quick with responses time and had full availability. about a few hours later he told me he "forgot" about another couple he had been hired by on the same day around the same time & if I was willing to change my wedding time so he could do both weddings. At that time my wedding invites were already sent out so it was a no, he said he would see if the other couple would maybe move their time to make it work. when I had told him my concerns regarding him juggling 2 weddings so close together, he never responded back. After scrambling to find a new person he contacts me over a month later to tell me he was now available.. Very unprofessional.
  • Vincent F. Jan 23, 2016
    Same-Sex Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Everything was perfect. The ceremony was personal, sensitive and memorable. I would recommend this officiant without any reservations.
  • Jonathan E. Dec 30, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We hire Juan a few months ago to be the officiant for our wedding. We got to speak with him on the phone, meet, go through an informal rehearsal, and the actual ceremony. Every step of the way Juan was extremely professional, friendly, courteous and helpful, almost like a father-like figure. We were really glad to have such a great officiant. We wanted a sand ceremony and other little bits and pieces for our ceremony to which Juan graciously assisted us with and made suggestions so it turned out perfectly! Thanks again Juan!
  • Keona C. Dec 21, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    With under two weeks before our wedding, Juan Enrinque Toro was available! I knew he was God sent when I received and read his quote!! He was professional and corresponded with me promptly to ensure he was catering to our ceremony needs. He provided us with the most loving ceremony I have ever witnessed! God used Juan Enrique as a vessel to speak to our hearts. I am filled with an overwhelming feeling of love and gratitude every time I relive my ceremony. Juan Enrique was patient through my pre-wedding chaos and even blessed our food for us! Juan Enrique Toro filled our venue with so much love, light, positivity, and warmth! His energy is contagious and sincere! My guests are still raving about our ceremony almost two weeks later. It was truly a blessing to have found Pure Vida Wedding!
  • Adam L. Oct 27, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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  • Isabel L. Oct 22, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Juan Enrique is awesome! And we haven't even had our ceremony yet. We are only in the planning stages, but he has already been so kind, so helpful, and so responsive. He shared with us his standard ceremony and invited us to customize it. We've talked with him over the phone about our plans, and he answered follow-up questions by email promptly and thoroughly. We feel confident and reassured by our interactions with him. We'll post more feedback after our ceremony, but to date, Juan Enrique been a cordial and calming force amid the chaos that inevitably accompanies wedding planning!
  • Nichole P. Oct 19, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I wanna thank juan enrique toro so much for being a part of our special day. You made our day more special then i could even ask for. You did a wonderful job at married jeff and i and we wanna thank you from the bottom of our hearts..Tank you so much.I totaly recommend you to anyone who is getting married .
  • Fabiola C. Sep 24, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Our wedding was definitely the best day in our lives. Thank you Juan for taking charge during my our rehearsal. Our ceremony was beautiful, not a single dry eye!
  • David P. Sep 12, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    He blew us away with his first impression and we knew he was the one for us. We are so happy and thankful Juan Enrique was able to be part of our special day. He had a very refreshing attitude wich was much needed for our wedding. He was very flexible with timing and ideas. Thank you!
  • Nicole E. Sep 11, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Juan officiated my wedding on 08-29-15 and he couldn't have done a better job. The ceremony he put together was very fitting for us! He is such a sweet man and his demeanor just makes you feel good! You can tell he loves what he does. He was on time and ready to go. He was very responsive to emails and phone calls leading up to the wedding. I highly recommend! :)
  • Whitney S. Aug 27, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Juan was such a great minister for our wedding. There were some last minute changes that were out of my control, but he worked with us and the ceremony was just beautiful. Thank you again, Juan! God bless!
  • Juliana L. Aug 17, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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  • Robert A. Aug 5, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We had a phenomenal experience working with Juan Enrique for our wedding. Let me start by saying that we had the good fortune of finding him with a little over a month left until the big event. He met with us during the week to get specifics about what we wanted for our ceremony, and from the first few minutes we knew we wanted him as officiant. He has a jubilant demeanor coupled with a firm dedication to making sure the ceremony itself goes exactly as you want it. I came into the meeting anxious given the impending deadline of the wedding, and left fully confident that the ceremony would go well. After we met, he gave us a copy of his typical ceremony (which he has in both English and Spanish), and encouraged us to make amendments. He gave us his phone number, and asked us to call him any time with questions or changes. We later made several changes to the ceremony, including the addition of two Bible readings (including one Gospel reading, done in both English and Spanish by Juan Enrique), and having a mix of both English and Spanish for certain key parts, and he was very accommodating. He even made sure the passages were pulled from the correct version of the Bible (we needed the King James translation since our families are both Catholic). We also decided to have two readings by family members during the ceremony, and he made sure they were printed out and ready to go. On the big day, Juan Enrique was a calming presence. He was patient and assuring, which honestly helped alleviate some of the day-of jitters. It had been raining the entire day and we found a break in the storm to do our ceremony (which was in a garden just outside the venue). Though the rain had stopped, the sky was still threatening, so we made some last minute changes to the ceremony to shorten it up. Juan executed the ceremony perfectly even with the last minute changes, and everyone at the wedding agreed it was lovely despite the unfortunate weather. I would definitely recommend Pura Vida Wedding to anyone looking for an officiant.
  • Furkan S. Jun 6, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I took a chance on Juan. He had no reviews yet but something about his kind face and sincere profile made me choose him to officiate our special day. My intuition couldn't have steered me better! Juan was so accommodating, kind, sincere, enthusiastic, and genuine. He seemed truly happy to be a part of our day. I have no plans to ever get married again but if I did I would surely choose Juan once more! ;-)
  • Chelsea T. May 28, 2015
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Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I understand that I am at the service of the couple. The ceremony needs to be a reflection of their love and relationship. To this end, I will happily adjust the wording of the ceremony to meet their wishes and honor any rituals they want to include.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a bilingual (Spanish) Unity minister with 25 years of experience and hundreds of ceremonies to be proud of. My intention in each ceremony is to allow the power of your collective love to inspire, not only the couple but all those present as well.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I base my quote upon the location of the ceremony and whether the couple wants my participation in the rehearsal. I don't have a standard fee but I am sensitive to the couple's financial needs.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have been doing wedding since my ordination in 1991. I started by offering wedding within my congregation.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All types of people, religions, rituals, locations, bilingual, and sexual orientation. I am still waiting for the skydiving or scuba diving wedding invitation.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
It is important that the couple finds someone with whom they resonate. This is a life-long commitment and the bond between minister and couple is sealed in the ceremony. The chemistry needs to be right.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Questions about flexibility and willingness to accommodate the desires of the couple.