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Rev. Courtenay of Firenze Wedding Ministries is a minister and wedding officiant based in Syracuse, New York.

Your wedding... Your ceremony... Your way.

Hello, nearlyweds. Congratulations on what must be one of the happiest moments in your lives - your engagement! Now, let's talk about the next happy moment - your ceremony.

I'm Rev. Courtenay, and my staff and I specialize in crafting every single detail of your ceremony just as you have dreamed it to be. I truly believe that each wedding ceremony should be a personal and intimate representation of each couple鈥檚 love for one another.

My ceremonies can range from traditional to eclectic, so any request made will be received with full attention to your needs and wishes. My religious culture and belief system is interfaith and non-dogmatic. That means I honor the individual spiritual journey of every single person, regardless of their religious background. This allows me to help all couples with an open heart, full of joy for you on your most special day, including those currently not practicing in any organized faith or those still searching.

While I am based in Syracuse, New York, I most often serve Central and Western New York, Northern and Southern Tiers,
including Syracuse, Liverpool, Cicero, Clay, Fulton, Oswego, Watertown, Rome, Utica, Ithaca, Cortland, Binghamton,
Rochester, Corning, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and more.

However, I am licensed to perform weddings and other life cycle events in all 50 States as an ordained minister. If your wedding is out of state, don't be afraid to inquire about my services!

I completely understand how the wedding planning process works and how to make the ceremony of your dreams. Contact me today to schedule your consultation, as dates for 2023 and 2024 are filling up quickly!

Services Offered
I take any and all requests with a completely open mind, whether it is customized vows, various types of unity ceremonies, or religious traditions. This can include spiritual unions, secular and agnostic weddings, single-religion and interfaith ceremonies, LGBT weddings, elopements, non-traditional families, and vow renewals. I also offer my services for rehearsals and pre-marital counseling, should you like it.

I am fluent in English, French, and Italian. In over a decade of ministering, I have officiated weddings for couples of various religious affiliations, including Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, earth-based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Taoist, Unitarian, and non-denominational Christian, as well as those that are more spiritual, or non-religious.

Other Services
Besides acting as a wedding officiant, the team at Firenze Wedding Ministries can also help as day-of coordination for your wedding. This service is offered by staff member Courtney Galloway, P.A. Fee schedules are discussed upon request for day-of coordination.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$350

Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony Rehearsal

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$100

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$50

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$50

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?

Premarital Counseling
Bilingual

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baptist
Buddhist
Catholic
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
No Denomination
Pagan
Presbyterian
Quaker
Taoist
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.
30-60 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

AL
AK
AZ
AR
CA
CO
CT
DE
DC
FL
GA
HI
ID
IL
IN
IA
KS
KY
LA
ME
MD
MA
MI
MN
MS
MO
MT
NE
NV
NH
NJ
NM
NY
NC
ND
OH
OK
OR
PA
RI
SC
SD
TN
TX
UT
VT
VA
WA
WV
WI
WY

What languages do you speak?

English
French
Italian
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Rev. Courtenay is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for wedding ceremonies. She is described as professional, personable, and easy to work with. Reviewers appreciated her attention to detail and efforts to personalize the ceremony. She is praised for making the process stress-free and going above and beyond to make the wedding day special. Overall, reviewers highly recommend Rev. Courtenay to friends and family.

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Rev. Courtenay is highly recommended by multiple reviewers for wedding ceremonies. She is described as professional, personable, and easy to work with. Reviewers appreciated her attention to detail and efforts to personalize the ceremony. She is praised for making the process stress-free and going above and beyond to make the wedding day special. Overall, reviewers highly recommend Rev. Courtenay to friends and family.

Amanda
Amanda Sent on 08/13/2018
5 out of 5 rating
Reverend Courtenay did an absolutely amazing job at creating the perfect ceremony for us! Not only did she make our ceremony deeply meaningful and customized to our life, she guided us through the whole process from beginning to end and anticipated our needs. She is extremely professional, very personable, quick to respond, and is amazing at creating the perfect day! Plus she was the only one that could calm the nerves of my groom before the ceremony started! We would recommend Rev. Courtaney to anyone and would not have changed a thing, all our guests were blown away with the ceremony!
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Christina K. Sent on 12/16/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Experience

It was perfect, we would definitely recommend to others and friends. She was very personable and we were very pleased.
Amanda
Amanda Sent on 12/15/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely Perfect!

We wanted a super small in home ceremony(nothing fancy) and Rev. Courtenay did just that! She was early and more prepared than we were! It was perfect! We appreciated her patience while we got the Zoom call up and running, so my husband's family could watch from Puerto Rico!
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Rev. Courtenay Mingolelli-Laxton
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Minister/Reverend

As a member and minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, my religious culture and belief system is non-dogmatic.

This means I honor the individual spiritual journey of every single person, regardless of their religious background. I help all couples with an open, servant's heart, full of joy for you on your most special day, including those currently not practicing in any organized faith, or those still searching.

While I am based in Syracuse, New York, I most often serve Central and Western New York, Northern and Southern Tiers, including Syracuse, Liverpool, Cicero, Clay, Fulton, Oswego, Watertown, Rome, Utica, Ithaca, Cortland, Binghamton,
Rochester, Corning, Buffalo, Niagara Falls and more.

I am licensed to perform weddings and other life cycle events in all 50 States as an ordained minister. If your wedding is out of state, don't be afraid to inquire about my services!

I am passionate about our beautiful world, and the fantastic people that make up our communities. Before receiving my Masters Degree in Divinity, I received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, with a minor in Western Theology at the State University of New York Albany campus and Columbia College. When not performing wedding ceremonies, baptisms, funerals, or counseling couples and families in preparation for these rites, I chaplain on call at our local hospitals.

As a minister and former bride, I completely understand how the wedding planning process works, and how to make the ceremony of your dreams.

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
Candidly Beth Photography Candidly Beth Photography Wedding Photographers

I heartily endorse Courtney! I discussing the important topic of equal rights, I learned of her personal and professional commitment to these issues. Please consider choosing vendors like her that show this real lived experience and social advocacy. Warmly, Beth Candidly Beth Photography candidlybeth.com Firenze Wedding Ministries Reverend Courtenay Munyan Weinkauf 801 7th North Street Liverpool, NY 13088

All Occasion Photography All Occasion Photography Wedding Photographers

Courtney is an amazing people person. She is easy to get along with, but also very professional, knowledgeable and affordable. I highly recommend her for any ceremony.

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