A Ceremony of the Heart
Custom designed, Non-denominational Ceremonies
planned and performed with
Beauty, Grace, and Majesty!
Our services include
Creating and Officiating Ceremonies
Wedding Planning, Consulting and
Relationship Counseling including "The State of Grace Document."
CALL FOR A COMPLIMENTARY IN PERSON CONSULTATION
323 650-3761 or 310 502-1977 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Leave us a message at 310-226-7101
A Wedding and any ceremony you plan is such a special time and so in each ceremony and celebration Your wishes and personal traditions are included and honored. We strive to create a ceremony and celebration that is meaningful and personal and inclusive of the elements that will make your day memorable to you, your family and friends.
Mary Jean says,
" I perform each ceremony as if it were the first, last and only ceremony I will ever perform.
Every couple that stands before me deserves to have an extraordinary and memorable experience.
After all, this is the moment when they are making promises of love and deepening the spiritual bond they have created. It is an honor to be chosen to share such an intimate moment and so it is important for me to contribute a feeling of warmth, intimacy and magic! I never rush through a ceremony, rather I speak to the couple and help them feel relaxed and present."
With over 15 years experience we bring knowledge, inspiration and a variety of ideas to the creation of your ceremony so it truly is an expression of your unique relationship and the words spoken will reflect your style and what is in your inmost hearts.
" I approach each and every ceremony with humility and encourage you to express your individuality."
" My goal is to help you have a ceremony that is more than you ever dreamed it could be and to that end I pay attention to detail, and listen carefully to what you want. Then together we collaborate to create your ideal ceremony. As we work together, you have complete control of the ceremony content and once you have approved it, that is exactly what we deliver.
It is a matter of utmost respect and our heartfelt commitment to you that your ceremony is what you want."
We begin by offering a complimentary, in person consultation to see if we are a match. At that time I have 3 goals......
First we take some time to get to know each other and see if we connect:
Your ceremony is a most significant moment, it is important to have an officiant with whom you feel there is a connection, someone who makes you feel comfortable and safe and someone that cares about you.
Second we discuss your ceremony ideas:
You may have many ideas, or none at all...you may have traditions or something you have seen someone else do......whatever it is we will take time to explore your personal feelings about the ceremony and determine a direction and tone for your ceremony.
Third I bring numerous ceremony samples for review:
Together we will review ceremonies to find examples of material that would be appropriate for you which is a great starting point in creating your ceremony and helping you to see what is possible. Often we discover together new ideas or directions you may not have previously considered.
At the end of this first meeting you will have a very clear idea of what is possible and what kind of ceremony you will have when you choose A Ceremony of the Heart for your Wedding!
I have often been told, " Mary Jean’s exquisite voice adds a feeling of warmth, and intimacy."
I have years of public speaking experience and so it is my commitment to perform your ceremony with love and care and do it so it is warm and conversational and never preachy. I believe words can be like music and that they should come alive so that everyone listening is engaged and moved by this very special moment.
In addition to weddings we offer
Vow Renewal, Family Blending Ceremonies
Baby Blessings, Baby Naming,
Partnership Blessings, Commitment Ceremonies,
House Blessings, Young Adult Rites of Passage,
Pet Ceremonies including Welcoming and Memorial services.
Premarital and Relationship Counseling
" State of Grace Document " Certified Facilitator
We take pride in providing a beautiful keepsake copy of your ceremony!
We serve the greater Los Angeles area including the San Fernando Valley,
Orange County, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and will travel to whatever destination you choose!
Wedding Planning Services
We offer Full, Partial and Day of Services as well as Vendor and Concept Consultation.
Mary Jean Valente is a full-service wedding planner serving the Southern California area, including Los Angeles, Orange County, and the San Fernando Valley as well as Destination Weddings. Mary Jean provides full wedding coordination, month of consulting and day~of coordinating.
"After working in the event industry planning large corporate and celebrity events I began to specialize in weddings. I love working with people and I especially love helping a couple plan a day that is based on their love for each other! It is very fulfilling to help create a day that is more than just another party, rather a day to be cherished forever and one that is an expression of your unique taste and personal style.”
From the Ceremony, to the Décor, Photography and Videography, to the Cuisine, Music, Floral Design and other special elements your wedding will be as unique and different as you choose. “My approach is to bring insight, imagination and expertise so your wedding is everything you hope it will be!”
"I consider it an honor and a privilege to participate in this once in a lifetime moment and so I treat you and your wedding day with the respect and care this significant and meaningful day deserves.”
"It is my commitment to bring joy and happiness as well as a sense of peace and grace to you, your guests and the celebration of your love!"
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Evan H. · Married on 01/02/2020
We forever hold her in our heart!
Mary Jean Valente was a huge part of the best day of my husband's and my life! Our wedding day will forever be in my heart and we are very grateful to have had Mary Jean by our side on the day of and the days prior.
Mary Jean took the time with loving patience and sincerity to truly get to know us. As we were not located in the same city, our 'meet and greets' were restricted to telephone calls. However, that did not hinder Mary Jean's ability to hear and understand who we are as individuals and what we wanted for our special day. Her warmth, spirit and positivity were strongly felt throughout the process's entirety.
She was extremely professional and prompt with all means of correspondence, while also being very personable and fun! Mary Jean was proactive in setting meeting times that accommodated our schedule and was attentive to what we had to say, while also guiding the conversation to ensure we discussed everything that was necessary.
Mary Jean has extensive knowledge on many ceremonial practices, faiths, vows from various cultures and approaches. With that being said, she is very open to what you may have in mind, while also being constructive with her input and can offer excellent resources and advice to make it all happen.
We could not have had the magical day like we did without her support and guidance. We forever hold her in our heart.Sent on 01/28/2020
Ash · Married on 08/04/2019
Love Mary Jean!!!
Mary Jean is so amazing and personal! She put so much work into our simple elopement ceremony up on the beach. She is truly amazing and takes the time to get to know you and personalize the ceremony to fit who you are! She spent hours with us planning on the phone and was just so fun and sweet! She gave so much guidance and help during the whole time! She even typed up the ceremony in a sweet program and gave it to us at the end! Adorable!!! She will always be part of the family! Loved having her officiate the wedding! Thank you Mary Jean!Sent on 08/05/2019
Jj De T. · Married on 07/23/2019
A magical, wonderful, custom tailored experience that we would not trade for the world and will remember for the rest of our lives
I can’t properly describe how wonderful Mary Jean is or how much she contributed to our wedding. Not just the day of, but the entire process working alongside her in the planning stages was such a detailed, special, and deeply moving experience. Mary Jean made my husband and I feel like we were the only people in the world and the most special couple on Earth throughout the planning stages. She is so passionate about what she does, bringing such a warm and kind energy into the whole process. Our ceremony and wedding day would not have been nearly as monumental and enriched without her expertise, ideas, and genuine passion for what she does. All of my questions, fears, doubts, and worries were eased throughout the process as she helped me and my husband develop our ceremony together. We all laughed and cried together while creating the perfect ceremony. And on our wedding day, all our wedding guests mentioned to us how much they enjoyed her energy and the experience she cultivated. She brings forth a wealth of experience and ideas and has the exact personality and heart for her role. I can not recommend her enough. You will thank yourself in spades after working with Mary Jean for your big day.Sent on 08/08/2019
Mary Jean married my husband and I and became a very dear friend and mentor to me. Mary Jean is the reason that I decided to become an Officiant. Mary Jean is very professional and cares only about the couple and making their wedding day perfect. I would recommend Mary Jean to anyone wanting to get married in California or anywhere that she is willing to travel to.
As a planner working with quality and trustworthy professionals is key. Working with Mary Jean from A Ceremony of the Heart was not just a pleasure, but an honor. Not only was she one of the best wedding professionals I recommended for this destination wedding, but the ceremony she officiated was SPECTACULAR. Thank you for all your assistance, prompt responses, caring heart, and for being such the wonderful person that you are. My clients were pleased with their beach ceremony, and the guests who were overjoyed with the circle of love you created for them. Thank you and I defnitely recommend you and look forward to working with you. Jacqueline Vazquez ~ Lifetime Events by Jacqueline
It was such an honor to work alongside Mary of A Ceremony of Heart. It's not often that I work with an officient who goes beyond the call of duty. Her love and attentiveness to each individual couple's wants and personality for their ceremony is completely genuine and thoughtful. She creates personal touches and even thinks beyond the wedding day to add a special touch for each couple. I was blown away with the professionalism as well as love she has for each of her clients. She was a joy to watch and I even overheard many guests commenting on how sweet and special the ceremony was! You will not disappointed in having A Ceremony of the Heart on your wedding team!