Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies

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About Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies

Hello. I'm Donna Rose Gardner with Honey In The Heart Ceremonies. I'm here for the two you by bringing my heart into performing your ceremony with warmth, a sprinkling of humor and honey in the heart that naturally flows with your love.I welcome your ideas in addition to what I provide, to ensure that your ceremony reflects the unique love that the two of you share. Many couples have told me how much they appreciate my flexiblity with creating a ceremony that is a truly a reflection of the two of them!

In 2008 I received my ordination from the Center for Sacred Studies. In 2009 Honey in the Heart Ceremonies was founded. My experience with performing hundreds of ceremonies over the past ten years has leant to my expertise and creative ideas. When providing guidance for your elopement, intimate ceremony or large gathering of friends and family you will have a ceremony that embraces everyone present with love and warmth. People from all beliefs, cultural/ethnic backgrounds and LGBTQ couples are embraced in my life.

Ensuring that your expectations are met is something that I take very seriously. I pride myself in working with couples to make sure that both the ceremony planning process AND the day I say the words, “ Family and Friends, I now introduce to you as a married couple” are an incredible, memorable experience.

“It was really easy to work with Donna from booking our date with her to having our signed marriage license mailed after the ceremony. She walked us through planning our ceremony and it was a beautiful day that ran smoothly. We appreciate all that Donna did for us on our special day.”

Matt and Lauren

Services Offered: The ceremonies I perform range in tone from a civil union, interfaith, non-religious, and spiritual. I also perform partnership and vow renewals. If you want me to be present at your wedding rehearsal-I'll be there. I also bring handkerchiefs for the two of you just in case there's a few tears that come from the wellspring in your hearts.

I offer a selection of pre-written ceremonies. If your desire is to have a ceremony that’s filled with an honest simplicity that allows you to be fully present in the moment then one of my pre-written ceremonies is the perfect choice. You can choose from a variety of options that are offered. Everytime I perform a pre-written ceremony it's like the first time and the words flow from myheart.

Or, we can co-create your ceremony. Many samples from the beginning to the ending words are offered to you. Additional components such as hand fasting, a sand ceremony or other ideas can be included. We spend time together talking in depth about your love so that your ceremony will truly be as amazing as the love that the two of you share. I create your love story that's woven into your ceremony!

Let's chat together soon about the love that the two of you share and what I can do to help you with crossing the threshold inoto the deeper commitment in marriage that you are entering into. You can call, text, email and/or have SKYPE, ZOOM or Facetime conversation with me.

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Elopement ceremony at ventana, big sur overlooking the pacific ocean.
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Beautiful ceremony with an ocean view at chaminade resort and spa
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Dasha and jake at fall creek in felton
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Dasha and jake under the forest canopy in the santa cruz mountains
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Stepping down the stairs to perform a ceremony at chaminade resort and spa
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A country setting for mike and robyn at rancho don bosco in santa cruz. I love her boots... And i...
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Another fun photo of mike and robyn! What a fun day this was. I loved getting to know them and...
Donna rose gardner - honey in the heart ceremonies
Donna rose gardner - honey in the heart ceremonies
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Ceremony at seascape beach resort overlooking the ocean. Gianni and erik were full of love, joy and...
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A romantic and casual setting for this wonderful ceremony that was in a meadow by the coast in santa...
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Look at the wings of clouds that blessed this amazing couple. This photo was in a meadow close to...
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David and denise were married at the historic la playa hotel in carmel. Denise promised to always...
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Wonderful review from ally fockler, weddding coordinator, at the shadowbrook restaurant in capitola
Waiting for the ceremony to begin with pilar at the shadowbrook restaurant in capitola
Waiting for the ceremony to begin with pilar at the shadowbrook restaurant in capitola
Donna rose gardner - honey in the heart ceremonies
Donna rose gardner - honey in the heart ceremonies
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Happy couple as husband and wife. Beautiful ceremony overlooking soquel creek on the patio at the...
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Beautiful wedding at clos lachance winery in san martin
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A moment of shared joy and laughter at matt and julie's ceremony at seascape beach resort in aptos!...
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Jamie and jennifer's beautiful coastside wedding at seascape beach resort in aptos. The day was...
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Beautiful sunset wedding for this amazing couple at seascape beach resort in aptos, ca
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Close to my heart this couple on their wedding day by the beach in santa cruz! Love was so very...
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Paul and grady were married at their friends radiator and muffler shop! Paul asked me to wear a hat...
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Love this picture of paul and grady being married in the shop! Grady had tears in his eyes. This was...
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What a wonderful ceremony at the shadowbrook restaurant. Rebecca stark took some amazing photos and...
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Mark and kara on january 2nd! Beautiful ceremony standing on the beach at sunset in santa cruz....
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Elopement ceremony at ventana, big sur overlooking the pacific ocean.
Elopement ceremony at ventana, big sur overlooking the pacific ocean.
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Sequoia retreat center

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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Teresa Dela Fuente · Married on 10/11/2018

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    Professions, warm, caring, and she really talk from her heart.

    Donna was very warm and understanding. It couldn’t been any better. We are very thankful for such a beautiful experience.

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    Richard · Married on 09/30/2018

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    As soon as I talked to Donna I knew I was lucky to have her be part of my ceremony, she was more than professional, she was a sweet caring woman who I could tell was doing this more as a service to god than for a financial gain and that meant the world to me. On top of that, when my chairs weren’t delivered and sound set didn’t show up, I thought I might lose it but she was a friend to me and talked me through it. A lot of my friends and family complimented me on the things she said and how her words really made everybody feel like laughing and crying happy tears. She really brought it out in everyone and made the day special. I couldn’t have asked for more from an officiant. I also really liked how she gave me options on what we wanted her to say. It really made it easy and made it feel more personal. I’ll always remember Donna and be forever greatful for all she did for my husband and I.

    Sent on 10/01/2018
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    Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much for your kind review! It truly was a joy bringing you together as husband and wife, standing on the beach with your family and friends.

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Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies FAQ

  • What is the typical price for your wedding services? $ 495.00
  • Which of the following are included in the price? Ceremony Rehearsal
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services? $ 395.00
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal? Yes
  • What types of weddings and events do you provide services for? Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union
  • What services do you provide? Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
  • What religious affiliations do you serve? Agnostic, Earth-Based, No Denomination, Unitarian
  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate? Less than 30 mins.
  • In which states are you licensed? CA
  • What languages do you speak? English

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7 Endorsements

  • Sweeley's Design Shop
    Sweeley's Design Shop Wedding Florists

    I have known Donna Rose Gardner from many, many years back during her start as a wedding coordinator for distinguished establishments in the Santa Cruz area. It is of no surprise she chose to be a wedding celebrant. Donna has a unique gift of connecting to her clients and being a part of their special day. Always a joy to see her.

  • Duke and Pearl Weddings
    Duke and Pearl Weddings Wedding Planners

    Donna's wedding ceremonies she creates with her couples are some of my favorite! They are a joy to experience as she engages not only the couple but the guests as well.

  • Sound In Motion Entertainment Group
    Sound In Motion Entertainment Group Wedding DJs

    We really enjoy working with Donna. She does a great job of personalizing every ceremony she does. This isn't easy but she somehow makes it happen! :)

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    831-331-4708 (Phone number)

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