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Got married on Halloween and a month or so beforehand -- we find out our officiant was not able to do our wedding. Saw GAWO while working and called immediately. Carolyn was nothing less than perfection when it came to understanding our situation and needs. When we met with her...she made us feel at ease and it was clear she knew what she was doing.
During the time up to the wedding, Carolyn kept in touch with us to make sure she had the wedding tailored to our specific story -- not just some generic "I do" kinda thing. She went above and beyond in our opinion.
The ceremony itself -- she guided the participants perfectly. Instructed us all where to be, what to do the day before...and the day of....if it weren't for my beautiful bride...Carolyn would've stolen the show.
Its a shame I wont be getting married again so I could enlist Carolyn's services --- but if youre in need of a wedding officiant, GAWO and Carolyn are my top pick!
When we thought about was was important to us on our wedding day, this was by far one of the highest priorities. We wanted dependability, professionalism, but also thoughtfulness in consideration that this is one of our most special days together as a couple. We did some research, and landed at Grand Avenue Offiants. Three beautiful officiants appeared, their credentials, and it was finally one of the easiest choices of our wedding planning. I'm sure all three of the officiated are wonderful, but we happen to get Carolyn. We cannot say enough great things about our experience from her warm smile, caring demeanor, and thought she put into our ceremony including the preperation building up to it. Every meeting we had with Carolyn, we were either grinning ear to ear or wiping tears away trying to understand how someone could understand us so well, even though we were just getting to know each other.
We had a wonderful time through this all. John and I have talked many times about the imprint you've left with us and we are so grateful. We consider you a friend and really hope to keep in touch. We have and continue to received many compliments on how personal the ceremony was to us. Some even considered it one of the most touching ceremonies they've attended. Thank you for your very significant part of that.
Carolyn was simply the best. My finance/husband and I were so impressed with her follow up, thoroughness and professionalism. She took the time and the effort to get to know us like family and it could not have reflected in her delivery of our beautiful ceremony. The wedding party made a point to comment on how she took charge of the ceremony rehearsal and put everyone at ease.
When we first met with Judy, we new right away that she was the right person to marry us. We met with her several times so she could really get to know us and our story. We were able to pick reading with her guidance to really tailor our ceremony to the type of people we are. She was so open to ideas and suggestions but we did not need to give much as she had fabulous ideas and thought of her own that we just loved. Judy was so easy to work with and was so friendly. If I had it to do all over again, hands down, Judy would be the one to marry us.
As a professional wedding planner in the Twin Cities, I had the pleasure of working with Carolyn Germaine at a wedding ceremony held at the Mill City Museum. Carolyn is the most organized and professional officiant I have worked with. She had a wonderful presence throughout the wedding and created a meaningful and joyful ceremony. When she told the story of how the bride and groom first met, it was apparent that she goes the extra mile to get to know her clients on a personal level and ensure that their wedding is truly special. I highly recommend the Grand Avenue Wedding Officiants to any couple in search of a great officiant!
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We hired Kjersti Moline from Grand Avenue Wedding Officiants for our wedding and we couldn’t be more pleased. From our initial consultation with Kjersti, we walked away knowing that she was the right fit for us. She took the time to listen as we talked about our relationship and what we wanted for our future and always asked questions to help us think of things from new perspectives. Throughout the planning process, we met with Kjersti multiple times and always felt like she understood our relationship and listened to us intently. When we heard our ceremony for the first time we were blown away and again on our wedding day the ceremony was perfect. She set the tone of the day so well and she represented our relationship and who we are beautifully. You could tell through the ceremony that she had taken the time to get to know us and completely personalized the ceremony to us- no cookie cutter ceremony! We got so many comments from our guests about how wonderful the ceremony was and they continue to talk about how special it was even months after the wedding. We are so extremely happy to have picked Kjersti and we would enthusiastically recommend her to anyone!
I highly recommend Grand Avenue Officiants. We worked with Carolyn and I do not have enough words to describe how pleased we are. Before the wedding she was always available to answer questions and give us ideas on how to personalize the ceremony. She took the time to get to know us. We also participated in the marriage enrichment day, which was very rewarding. Even just last night my husband I and were using the things we learned that day to better understand each other. We received so many compliments after the ceremony! All of our guests were filled with emotions and commented on how beautiful the words were. Such a perfect way to start our marriage.
Carolyn, my husband and I are so glad we received a recommendation for you to officiate our wedding ceremony. We could not have been any happier with the results. You are such a genuine person, so full of love and kindness. It was so easy to get to know you and be comfortable with you. You did an amazing job officiating our ceremony. Everyone there could feel your true love for what you do and passion in uniting people in marriage. You told our story perfectly! You took the time to get to know us, and the way in which you presented the details was beautiful. Thank you again and again for being part of our special day! – Heather & Steve
Kjersti was a joy to work with. My husband and I were trying to plan a small, intimate wedding over a short period of time and very much wanted to participate in Kjersti's marriage enrichment course. She was extremely flexible, generous with her time, and made my husband (who was unsure of the whole process) feel very at ease. We both felt we benefited from the coursework she provided and felt we learned more about each other, which surprised us after having dated for three years.
The day of our ceremony, Kjersti was fun and sweet and put us both at ease. She led us through the ceremony and our vows and we felt so comfortable and relieved to have been able to work with someone as kind and sincere as her. She provided her services without any religious intonation (as was my husband's request) and she personalized the service very deeply to us as a couple. Our wedding day was better because she was there and I would highly recommend Kjersti as an officiant to any other engaged couple!
Carolyn, It was such a pleasure to meet you and have you officiate our wedding. We were so happy with the ceremony, it was just perfect. Our family and friends both commented that small weddings are their favorite. It was short and sweet and you captured us perfectly in that short amount of time. Thank you so much, Sarah and Brady
Kjersti officiated our August wedding, and we could not be happier with the entire process. Kjersti met with us several times during our engagement, in order to get to know us as a couple and help us design our ceremony. She was incredibly responsive to our ideas, and offered wonderful suggestions when we felt unsure. The ceremony went off without a hitch, and afterward, we had several of our guests comment that our ceremony was one of the best they'd attended. We couldn't agree more! Kjersti is highly recommended.
Carolyn, Thank you so much for creating SUCH a wonderful ceremony. Every person we spoke to after said it was the best they had ever witnessed. For us it as everything we hoped for and more.
The ceremony was the part we enjoyed most out of the day (we don't feel most couples can say that).
Judy was a wonderful part of our wedding ceremony! After our initial planning sessions with Judy, although we'd just met, we felt like we'd known her for years. We left the sessions feeling closer as a couple, and confident our ceremony was exactly what we envisioned. We were able to finalize the ceremony details early on in our engagement, so we were able to focus on the more intense planning of our wedding. Not only is Judy a communicator, she is extremely professional, flexible, knowledgeable, and experienced. In addition, she is calm and confident, which truly made the both of us feel at ease on the big day. We would highly recommend Judy for any type of wedding, as she listens to your needs, offers guidance when there is question, and creates the most powerful love story to share with your loved ones on your wedding day.
~Claire and Tyler, July 2015
Wonderful. The wedding ceremony was not religious yet spiritual for the wedding couple and from my perspective. Brining gratitude into the conversation of marriage and life together, acknowledgment of family that contributed to each of the bride and grooms lives, and a feeling of inclusiveness made this very special. As someone who also officiates wedding and commitment ceremonies, I found this to be the most beautiful secular service I have attended. Highly recommended.
“We strongly recommend Judy Owen when looking for a Wedding Officiate. She goes the extra mile to make your special day, just a bit more extravagant! From the first time we had a consultation with her to the I do's, she was very involved and interested in our journey. Not a detail goes ignored and not an eye is left dry after her ceremony. She learns everything about you and helps say everything you were thinking of, but just couldn't bring to words. We will always look back on our special day fondly in big part to Judy Owen!” Zach and Haley
If you're looking for a Wedding Officiant that will make your Wedding Day, YOUR Wedding Day, Carolyn Germaine is the best. She took our love story, and created a ceremony that weaved the moments that brought us to that day together, and did so in a way our families are still talking about it almost a week after our ceremony.
Carolyn takes the time to learn what you want, who you are as a couple, and works with you to help shape your ceremony to something that will leave you smiling all day long, and leave your families, most likely crying tears of joy.