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.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Melissa Alexander · Getting married on 05/30/2020
My fiance and I had an amazing experience with Melody! We were looking for a quick elopement ceremony in September and reached out to Melody less than a week before we were trying to have our elopement. She was very responsive and flexible throughout the entire process, even on a holiday weekend. Melody listened to exactly what we wanted and was able to make our ceremony a dream come true. We highly recommend her!Sent on 10/07/2019
Living for Love's reply:It was so fun to celebrate your marriage with you both, in such a beautiful setting and surrounded by your sweet family. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it, Melissa!
Caroline · Married on 10/05/2019
Most memorable day of our lives
We were lucky enough to find Melody through a recommendation of our family friends. She was incredibly kind, supportive, and greeted us with an open mind and an open heart. She truly got to know who we both are as individuals as well as our story as a couple. She incorporated our story into the ceremony which tied everything together so beautifully, and she also brought in spiritual elements that resonated with us as well. The ceremony was so completely “us”, and it was a perfect balance of tradition and honest, real love.Sent on 10/09/2019
Living for Love's reply:You both brought such open minds and hearts to our process, too! I am excited for the life you have already shared together and for what is to come. All the best -
Lee · Married on 09/07/2019
My fiance and I reached out to Melody because we had read such wonderful reviews, and after an amazing experience with her I just knew I had to add to her list. From our very first conversation with Melody, we both felt to at ease. She made the whole process manageable. Just a few short conversations with us and she was able to write the most beautiful and personal ceremony. Our guests could not stop mentioning how wonderful the ceremony was and how perfect it seemed for us. Everyone was shocked that she hadn’t known us longer. She is such a genuinely friendly person, and it was so wonderful to get to work with her on our big day. We weren’t sure on any specifics when we first met with her, but she somehow knew what we needed and I cannot imagine a more perfect ceremony.Sent on 09/19/2019
Living for Love's reply:It was so nice to work with you, Lee! Thank you for the kind words, and I'm so glad the ceremony felt really perfect for you. Wishing you heaps of happiness.
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