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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Christina · Married on 07/05/2019
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.Sent on 07/19/2019
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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Megan Molnar · Married on 06/08/2019
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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