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.
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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Megan · Married on 05/27/2018
We found Melody by sleuthing through reviews on various wedding sites. Following a brief Skype meeting, we knew with certainty Melody was the officiant we wanted to work with. As our wedding neared, we met with her for roughly an hour and left feeling like we had just shared coffee with a longtime friend. Following the meeting, Melody emailed a few questions for my husband and myself to answer privately to her to be incorporated into the ceremony. We really appreciated this, as in the pre-wedding bustle, it served a secondary purpose to make us stop and reflect upon our relationship. Before the wedding, we received a portion of the ceremony to proof, but the homily remained a surprise.Sent on 06/03/2018
Melody has such a calming presence and was an absolute joy to have with us leading up to and during the wedding day. I knew I would struggle to make it through vows we wrote without becoming emotional. At the same time, we weren’t excited about doing a canned vow exchange. Once again, Melody effortlessly helped us to strike a happy medium and craft a ceremony that said everything we wanted, while including perfectly timed moments of comic relief. The homily she crafted was so personal, witty, and heartfelt that it left many of our guests - including our own parents - assuming she was an old friend.
People commented throughout the evening that they normally think of the wedding ceremony as being a formality to “get through” in order to get to the fun of the reception, but that our ceremony changed their minds and helped them feel connected not only to us, but our other guests, as well. Other comments included one person saying he didn’t cry at his own wedding, but he shed more than a few happy tears at ours. Multiple guests commented it was hands down the best ceremony they had ever been to. Melody was AMAZING and one of the absolute best decisions we made. She made our day so special and we can’t recommend her highly enough.
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Shaine Cunningham · Married on 05/04/2019
Heartfelt and Delightful
Melody is exceptionally eloquent, kind, and sincere and has this amazing gift for connecting with people and weaving their ideas, feelings, and stories into a beautiful and incredibly meaningful ceremony. The ceremony she created for us was sweet, funny, and full of so much joy. Our guests said it was their favorite part of the night, and we wholeheartedly agree. From the first phone call to meeting her at a coffee shop, and from answering questions about one another to standing with her in front of our family and friends to say our vows, Melody was professional, dependable, and truly delightful to work with. I cannot imagine our wedding without her and will forever be grateful for the special memories she helped us make. Thank you for everything!Sent on 05/09/2019
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Erica Stratton · Married on 04/27/2019
Truly magical ceremony
My husband and I had been together for over 12 years before our wedding. It was hard to imagine what our ceremony would be like - how do you summarize such a long relationship in 20 minutes? We aren't religious, but really wanted something meaningful. As difficult as all of this seemed to us, Melody surpassed all expectations. She was a calming presence and gave such a personal and sweet homily. She understood our desire for something formal, but not overly religious. Having Skyped with her and then met her once in person, we knew she would do a fabulous job. What we did not expect was to both be in tears throughout the ceremony! But her words really moved us and started off our night of celebration with love and gratitude. She sent each of us some questions to answer separately and included some of our responses in the homily. We don't often get a chance to articulate how much we mean to each other and this was such a meaningful and unexpected way to do so. We did not expect to enjoy our ceremony as much as we did, but Melody made it one of the best parts of our wedding day! I cannot recommend her services enough.Sent on 05/06/2019
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