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Emily was a pleasure to work with. She was extremely helpful and always quickly responded to any questions we had. She really made it easy for us. We would definitely recommend her for anyone else looking to get married.
Working with Emily was wonderful! When our plans with our Officiant fell through just 6 weeks before our wedding, we contacted Emily after reading other great reviews on Wedding Wire. We were living out of state but it was very easy to work with Emily via phone and email and she was always very prompt in responding and with revisions or suggestions. She gave us many options to chose from and guided us with her expertise to create the perfect custom ceremony. I really liked that she provided detailed Rehearsal instructions that we were able to use with our venue since we decided not to have her attend the rehearsal due to distance. From start to finish she was clear, organized and helpful. The keepsake ceremony that she mailed us after our wedding was an added bonus! I would recommend Emily's services to anyone planning a custom wedding ceremony.
We were absolutely delighted to work with Emily on our wedding ceremony. Not living nearby, our conversations took place via phone and email. This was not a barrier as Emily was always thorough, prompt and professional throughout our communications.
My favorite part of our wedding was the ceremony. I attribute a significant part why to the work and dedication Emily put forth in crafting our story. She was able to weave our experiences as a couple into a greater narrative about the journey of life and the preciousness of existence and love. The presentation was personal but had a timeless quality. It informed many who had not known our story and its message left an indelible mark on others. Attendees of all stripes, cynical and otherwise, praised the beauty of the ceremony and the simple elegance of the affair that Emily helped to create.
I highly recommend Emily.
Emily was excellent! We had her write a ceremony for a friend to perform. She sent a great list of questions which my fiance and I had a blast answering independently. She has great options for readings and ceremonies to choose from and was also open to any ideas and options we brought to the table. Based on the surveys she was able to get a very good idea of who we were and what made our relationship special. She wrote about it so eloquently. We had MANY/MOST people come up to us and comment on how much they loved the ceremony and how personal and meaningful it was. A friend that was at our wedding is hiring Emily now to write her ceremony:) It meant so much to me that everyone in attendance "felt it" the way we did during the ceremony... there were happy tears everywhere. The quality of ceremony made the entire event! Thank you Emily!
I give Emily 5 out of 5 stars as she did a great job officiating our wedding from start to finish. One of the most important things to have with your wedding vendors is communication. Emily did a great job always staying on point and in contact with us throughout the process. The process started with a meeting in person to go over some wedding details and us giving her information on what we were looking for in our ceremony. One of the best things about Emily is that she will help you create a unique and special ceremony, tailored to the couple. She has plenty of ideas and suggestions for your ceremony, but was never forceful with her thoughts. As for the value, she was a little bit more pricey than other officiants, however being a firm believer of you get what you pay for, we were not disappointed in the least. If you are looking for a perfect wedding ceremony, choose Emily!
Emily performed an amazing ceremony for us. She takes the time to get to know a couple through a detailed couple's questionnaire which was my favorite part of wedding planning-- reading my husband's responses was really a touching experience. This allowed Emily to craft a ceremony for us that was truly intimate and thoughtful. A number of people commented to us afterwards how much they loved our ceremony and wanted to know how Emily knew us so well..... a true testament to her gift for writing beautiful ceremonies. My parents also loved the parent recognition and it meant a lot to us to be able to thank them on our big day. Emily was thoughtful, responsive and detail oriented during all the planning .. highly recommend.
We found Emily through wedding wire and we were on short notice given our plans. She was extremely responsive in her emails. As we were planning from out of town, we conducted our meetings via Skype and only met her on the day! In our first Skype meeting we were very impressed at how thorough she was in her questions. It seemed she really wanted to know us and our story to make sure she made the event personalized and special for us. She provided great ideas and worked well with us as we made edits and suggestions to get to the final script for the day. Given we were coming from out of town we did not have a rehearsal. She arrived early as stated and did a quick walk through with us. The wedding went extremely well and people commented on how they liked how personal it seemed. We definitely recommend Emily if you are looking for an officiant for your wedding.
Emily was JOY to work with from start to finish on our lovely destination wedding. We live far away from her, so we mostly communicated through email. But the emails felt like we were chatting with an old friend. Emily is warm, responsive, helpful, kind, and has a great sense of humor. She maintained her stong presence at our ceremony amid some last minute challenges. The story she wrote for us and performed for our guests was moving and poetic. Do not hesitate to hire Emily if you want a personalized ceremony and a smooth, stress-free experience!
Our ceremony was absolutely perfect! It was completely personalized for us. Our guests are still commenting on the uniqueness of our ceremony. We were unable to meet with Emily prior to our event and coresponded entirely through email. She was very easy to work with, extremely organized and very prompt to respond to our emails. She put together a beautiful ceremony that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Emily was great to work with from start to finish for my daughter's wedding. Emily is a "Life Cycle Celebrant" who truly can appreciate the joys of a marriage and help to share that vision with all who participate. She worked closely with my daughter and her fiance to make the ceremony uniquely theirs. We highly recommend Emily!
(Bride here.) The fiance and I decided to get married a month after we got engaged so I could be on his health insurance, and saved the "real" wedding for a year down the road. We needed an officiate FAST, and found Emily through Wedding Wire. We were immediately attracted to the fact that she offers completely nondenominational, non-spiritual ceremonies. For our short civil ceremony, Emily worked with us every step of the way, providing us with a brief questionnaire, the answers to which she then crafted into a personalized ceremony. It went so well that we asked her to officiate our big wedding too! This time she gave us a slightly longer questionnaire, and the three of us went back and forth working on it until it was perfect.
Several of our guests commented on how great the ceremony was, and how well it expressed our personalities with some romance and a little humor thrown in. They were all surprised to learn that Emily did most of the work. Since it reflected us so well, they assumed we had written it all ourselves. Emily was a real pleasure to work with, and had great communication. Definitely recommended!!
Emily was great to work with! Our ceremony was personal, yet to the point. Everyone remarked how beautiful it was.
My husband Joseph and I couldn't have been happier with Emily and our ceremony. Joe and I live on Long Island. It's about 4 1/2 - 5 hours away from where we had our ceremony in Burlington Flats, Ny. Emily was insightful and was in constant contact with us throughout our wedding planning. We had only 5 months to get everything in order and we couldn't have pulled it off without Emily. The couples homework I found to be enjoyable. I enjoyed answering those questions and thinking back to the very begining. Then to share our answers with each other deffinantly brought our relationship to a whole new level. It made our ceremony even more special and we will cherish it forever. Joseph and I look forward to a future vow renewal. Thank you!
Joseph & Christina
Emily was the officiant for our wedding this past September at Cutler Botanical Gardens in Binghamton, NY. My husband and I live out of town so all of our communication with Emily leading up to the wedding was through email; she is SO quick to respond every single time we had a small or large inquiry. She has you fill out a questionnaire to help format the ceremony - and she does an amazing job piecing your responses together to make a personal and witty ceremony! The first draft she sent to us was so perfect. I loved how many examples she had of each detail of the ceremony and that we were able to pick and choose exactly what we wanted to be incorporated. She truly caught who we are as individuals and who we are as a couple.
Going with Custom Ceremonies was one of the best vendor decisions we made. Whereas, with other vendors, we constantly had to be checking in and making sure they still remembered us, with Emily, we always felt fully attended to. In fact, she stayed on top of us to make sure we were getting everything done on time. (It was much needed.) She is incredibly organized and efficient.
The ceremony itself turned out great. We laughed; we cried; it was better than Cats. It is now a month later and guests are still telling us how surprised they were by the emotional spectrum they experienced, all thanks to Emily's well-chosen questions and eloquent synthesis of our answers. We're very grateful.
The ceremony held at West Branch resort (Hancock, NY) on 8.31.14 was beautiful! Emily arrived promptly for the rehearsal (after a time change) and walked through the ceremony in a warm, calm, and professional manner. The next day, from the time I entered the pavilion (MOB) I was mesmerized by Emily's calm delivery and how easily the ceremony flowed. She added just enough humor and personal stories to make it a very memorable ceremony. Not only me but many, many guests asked me if Emily was related since she spoke as if you knew the bride and groom. I would highly recommend Emily for creating a unique, special and personal ceremony!