Hello. I'm Donna Rose Gardner with Honey In The Heart Ceremonies. I bring my heart into performing your ceremony with warmth, a sprinkling of humor and honey in the heart that naturally flows with your love. Your ideas are welcomed in addition to what I provide. People from all beliefs, cultural/ethnic backgrounds and LGBTQ are embraced. I want to ensure that your ceremony reflects the unique love that the two of you share. My experience with performing hundreds of ceremonies over the past ten years has lent to my expertise and creative ideas.
Many couples have told me how much they appreciated my flexiblity with creating a ceremony that's unique for the two of them! Ensuring that your expectations are met is something that I take very seriously.Together, we have conversations 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.I've also been complimented on the calm demeanor that I bring into this experience. I tell my couples that if they're nervous to look at me, "my roots go deep." I can help to be a source of reassurance and grounding!
“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 from a civil union to interfaith, non-religious and modern 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 truly flows from my heart.This is a perfect ceremony for elopements as well!
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 a beer blessing can be included. We spend time talking with one another in depth about your love story. I weave into your ceremony to create one that is unique, personal and truly represents the love that the two of you share!
With either type of ceremony, you can write your own vows or choose from samples that I provide.
Let's chat together soon about the love that the two of you share and talk about what I can do to help you with crossing this threshold into your deepening commitment of marriage. You can call, text, email and/or we can have a SKYPE, ZOOM or Facetime conversation. I truly look forward to hearing from you.
"Donna was a pleasure to work with from beginning to end. When we began to search for an officiant for our Pescadero wedding, we sent out a few inquiries to nearby officiants. Donna stood out right away as she responded quickly and reached out to us by phone. She left a very kind voice message, leaving us with a wonderful impression of her warm nature. As we worked with Donna to create the ceremony, she made the tasks straight forward, organized and even made it a little fun and romantic. The final draft of the ceremony was extraordinarily beautiful and intimate. The wedding ceremony went smooth and without a hitch. A moment we both felt very nervous for turned into a moment in front of our loved ones that felt so relaxed and full of love. She truly made us feel as though we were the only two people in the world at that moment. Our guests have made several comments since the wedding, complimenting the beautiful ceremony, and many stated it was one of the best ceremonies they have ever witnessed. We feel honored to have been married by such a warm and kind person. Thank you so much, Donna!" Ashley and Brandon
66 Reviews for Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies
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Brandon Busbee · Getting married on 05/09/2021
Spoken from the heart
Donna was fantastic in helping us put together the ceremony we wanted for our wedding day! She made it personable and kept it light hearted when needed.Sent on 10/04/2019
Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies's reply:Brandon, your wedding was so much fun! I loved being able to bring my humor into it as it was such a fun loving gathering. It was also wonderful to have those moments of seriousness too. Thank you for your kind words.
Samantha Riggs · Married on 02/22/2020
I cannot be more glad to have chosen Donna for our special day. Her daughter Christa was our officiant and an absolute godsend and delight. She was so lovely and made our special day that much more. Thank you times a million for the love, support and communication. Meant the world to me and us. I'd recommend anyone who crosses my path to her.Sent on 03/01/2020
Haylee Englert · Married on 01/01/2020
Donna was wonderful, easy to work with and accommodating. During the ceremony Donna was calming her voice was relaxing. She even provided me with a handkerchief when the tears started rolling. I highly recommend Donna.Sent on 02/05/2020
Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies Price Rates
Has the Pandemic caused you to cancel or re-think your wedding plans and you want to elope? I'm an award winning officiant who has several dates open through the summer also due to this unexpected pandemic. If you want to experience a ceremony that reflects the honesty of your unique love then call me! I'm offering special elopement pricing during this time at $150 in Santa Cruz and $200 in Monterey. (This is discounted from a starting price of $395.00.)
I can also provide a professional photographer who will capture your special moment, set up a phone video so you can share "tying the knot" and bring a beautiful bridal bouquet and boutonniere. Call me or let's chat on Zoom for additional details.
If you book my services for a ceremony to be performed between November 16, through March 31,2020, I will offer my pre-written ceremonies at $300 in the Santa Cruz area; $325 in Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur. This reflects a substanial savings from the normal price of $395.00. Let me know you saw this on Wedding Wire to receive this special pricing offered!
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.
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.
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! :)