Living for Love

1423 Avondale Ave, Richmond, VA 23227 Map · Phone number · Visit website
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About Living for Love

A wedding officiant based in Richmond, Virginia, Living for Love offers ceremonies for all couples. Rev. Melody Porter, officiant at Living for Love, is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church with experience officiating a variety of weddings, from interfaith, non-religious, and single religion ceremonies to civil unions, rehearsals, and vow renewals. Melody creates a ceremony that is meaningful and personal to the couple with the goal of reflecting the uniqueness of their love and partnership, and hopes for their relationship. She enjoys infusing lightness and laughter into ceremonies, while creating space for all to be fully present in the sacredness of the love and commitment being shared.

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Fully licensed in the states of Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, Melody works with couples on customizing their vows for a ceremony that tells their story and the life they are creating together. Although she is deeply rooted in the Christian faith, Melody has experience officiating ceremonies of many religious and spiritual traditions and perspectives, as well as interfaith and non-religious weddings.

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  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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    Christina · Married on 07/05/2019

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    A Beautiful and Memorable Ceremony

    My husband, Carlos, and I got married in Powhatan, VA, but since we live in San Francisco we had limited knowledge of wedding officiants in the area. We were looking first and foremost for someone we would trust and feel comfortable with, and also were hoping to find someone who could help us create a ceremony that had spiritual undertones but was not explicitly religious. From our very first email and Skype conversations I could tell Melody's warmth, eloquence, and calming energy would be a perfect fit for the wedding ceremony we wanted.

    During our consultation call, it was absolutely lovely to take a pause from wedding planning to talk with Melody about our relationship - how we met, what we love about one another, what our joys and challenges have been, and what we're dreaming for our future together. As we then planned the ceremony script via email, she was deeply attentive to every word. Our stipulations were that Jesus and the patriarchy must be absent from the ceremony, so she was spot on with things like planning to have a congregational blessing of the marriage rather than a "giving away of the bride" by my father, and making prayers and blessings very openly spiritual. The homily she delivered was absolutely beautiful, and though there was definitely room for smiles and laughter, all our family and friends said there was hardly a dry eye among the congregation. Despite having just met us, Melody's sensitivity and empathy definitely made our ceremony feel extremely personal. We couldn't be more grateful for her work.

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    Living for Love's reply:

    Wow, Christina, it means so much to hear that what we were able to develop in conversation together struck just the right tone for you and was so meaningful to you, Carlos, and your guests. I really enjoyed getting to know you both and wish you boatloads of happiness. Peace, Melody
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    Megan Molnar · Married on 06/08/2019

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    Great Experience

    Melody gave us one of the most personalized wedding ceremonies we’d ever experienced. In our short time getting to know her, Melody managed to remember tons of personal details about us, and our story, and incorporated them into the ceremony as if she’d known us for years. She was incredibly well spoken and pleasant to work with, and even exuded such a calming aura and personality, that we knew she’d be great for us after our first phone call with her. Melody gave us a truly memorable experience for our special day.

    Sent on 07/10/2019
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    Living for Love's reply:

    You have such a great story, and I loved learning about it and getting to know you both as we built your celebration. Wishing you all the best, Megan!

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Living for Love FAQ

  • What is the typical price for your wedding services? $ 500.00
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services? $ 500.00
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal? No
  • What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals? $ 100.00
  • What types of weddings and events do you provide services for? Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion
  • What services do you provide? Allow Couples' Own Vows
  • What religious affiliations do you serve? Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate? Less than 30 mins.
  • In which states are you licensed? FL, GA, MD, MI, PA, VA, WI
  • What languages do you speak? English

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