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Life Celebrations is a wedding officiant company in Carmel, California. The officiant, Brian Lyke, has been a college chaplain, a hospice chaplain, and a pastor. For over 40 years, he has helped couples create a ceremony that speaks of their love and their hopes for their life together.

Brian graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity degree. Additionally, for 20 years, he was a staff of the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Over the years, his spiritual journey has continued, and his religion now is simply Love! No dogma, no doctrine....just LOVE, which is the religion that Jesus taught and lived!

Services Offered
Life Celebrations provides officiant services, including premarital counseling if desired, and personalized wedding ceremonies, including civil unions, interfaith ceremonies, non-religious ceremonies, rehearsals, single religion ceremonies, and vow renewals. The following are religions that the officiant services:

  • basically all religions or no religion at all

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Ceremony Rehearsal

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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What services do you provide?

Premarital Counseling

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Baha'i Faith
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

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Vanessa S. Married on 10/12/2021
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Brian gave us the BEST ceremony we could have asked for.

Finding a wedding officiant was one of the last items I checked off our wedding to-do list, even though I knew I should have focused on it a lot sooner. I think I procrastinated in part because I myself wasn't really sure what I (we) wanted during our ceremony. My family and I are religious, but my fiance (now husband) and his family are not. I grew up attending weddings mostly in churches, officiated by pastors, some of whom *almost* seemed to preach sermons rather than present a program for a wedding. We definitely wanted a ceremony that we both would be comfortable with, and that both our families would appreciate. Fortunately, we found exactly that in Brian Lyke! Brian was recommended to us by our venue coordinator, and after looking through his website and reading the amazing reviews, we knew we had to contact him. I was a little nervous not knowing what to expect, but our email correspondence and first conversation over the phone were a wonderful experience. Brian was warm and friendly, listened carefully to our stories and ideas. He asked pertinent questions that would help frame our ceremony, and provided examples for us to look over and a collection of readings we could select from. He responded quickly and graciously to the numerous messages I sent him afterward as more questions arose. The ceremony Brian performed on our wedding day was brilliant-- he really listened and creatively incorporated elements of our stories (how we met, how we got engaged, etc) into his thoughts on marriage. He skillfully and thoughtfully highlighted what it means to be partners for life, in ways that pertained not only to us as newlyweds, but applicable also to already-married couples no matter how long or short they've been together. Brian's words were deep, but also lighthearted; serious, but also with wholesome humor that made us all laugh. My mother and several of my friends and family came up to us after the ceremony (even days afterward) just to comment on how much they truly enjoyed and appreciated Brian's words. To be honest, I don't think it's very often that friends/family comment on something like that--usually the compliments center more around the wedding dress, decorations, food, etc.--so that is even more testimony to how special, heartfelt, and memorable of an event Brian helped to create. In my & my husband's opinion, Brian gave us the perfect ceremony. We are so thankful and blessed.
Gisella A. Married on 09/14/2023
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Our experience with Brian was amazing from start to finish!

Brian was truly amazing from start to finish. We found him online on our search, to then realize he is a client at our job! We already knew him, which was even better. He was so professional, easy going, and truly such a kind person. His service was phenomenal, and everybody loved him. We are so grateful to have found him!
Mona Married on 09/02/2023
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Highly Recommend Brian Lyke!

I am so happy with our choice to have Brian Lyke as the officiant for our wedding. He was so awesome the whole step of the way from the phone interviews, rehearsal, and wedding. He wrote / spoke the most amazing words for our wedding. We got so many compliments on the ceremony. It was a beautiful combination of laughs, wise words, spirituality, and inspiration. I highly recommend going with him for your wedding!
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Fleurish Floral Designs Fleurish Floral Designs Wedding Florists

Brian Lyke is a wonderful Officiant. He is quiet and sensitive and listens to his couples to create the perfect wedding ceremony. Everyone who has met Brian agrees that he is a great person and a perfect fit for their event. I always enjoy witnessing Brian's wedding ceremonies. I highly recommend Life Celebrations and Brian Lyke!

Carmel Photography Carmel Photography Wedding Photographers

I have photographed countless weddings with Brian over the years - and each one is handled with sacredness and care. He always incorporates details of how the couple met or something significant in their lives. i have always found him to be kind, professional and gracious in helping the couple through some very nervous ceremonies. He is my number one recommendation for an officiant in our area.

Every Last Detail Wedding & Event Coordination Every Last Detail Wedding & Event Coordination Wedding Planners

I've worked with Rev. Brian Lyke since first starting out over 12 years ago and have always found him to be a caring and sincere celebrant. These qualities carry over into the ceremonies he creates for each of his couples. He also offers pre-marrital guidance, which is a helpful resource for those couples who feel they may need it. I enjoy working with Brian and highly recommend him to my couples. Patty Speirs, Every Last Detail Wedding & Event Coordination,

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