Rev. Mercy - Bilingual Wedding Officiant is a wedding officiant based in Los Angeles, California. Company founder and lead officiant Mercedes Ibarra is a bilingual Interfaith and Interspiritual Minister who is fluent in both English and Spanish. Ordained by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2016, Rev. Mercy specializes in creating unique ceremonies for couples who don't fit the traditional mold. Whether couples come from multi-faith households or identify as spiritual rather than religious, Rev. Mercy can customize a ceremony that gives them a sense of tradition and community. She also believes that Love is Love and Black Lives Matter. Rev. Mercy is currently providing COVID-safe weddings.
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Mariana C. · Married on 10/04/2020
Best bilingual officiant!
Rev. Mercy was simply great! We hired her less than a month before our wedding and she immediately gave us a sense of relief. She is great for Spanish only speakers AND English only speakers! She gave us the entire ceremony script in English and Spanish and asked us to edit which parts we preferred in each language. She made it so easy to follow during our ceremony. I immediately received messages from friends asking for her contact information! She also answered all of our questions and submitted our paperwork through certified mail. She made it so easy for us to have such a special day!Sent on 11/29/2020
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Erik D. · Married on 08/08/2020
Couldn’t have been happier!!!
Reverend Mercy came through with a beautiful and touching ceremony despite the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis. We had planned on a big “normal” wedding when Covid-19 suddenly disrupted our plans (and alas, everyone’s lives). Nevertheless, Rev. Mercy helped us continue to get married on our original date with a stunning and intimate Covid-safe beach ceremony. She gave us tons of generous time getting to know us before the wedding and giving us sage advice and priceless marriage counseling. She perfectly handled our less religious and more spiritual inclinations and had a beautiful and professional delivery of the ceremony. We are very grateful that we found and chose Rev. Mercy!Sent on 11/15/2020
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Ceci · Married on 03/01/2020
Beautiful Personal Wedding Ceremony
Mercedes was so amazing! My two favorite parts of wedding planning were cake tasting and meeting with her in advance of our wedding. During that meeting she asked about our relationship, listened to our stories and asked about how much religion or spirituality we wanted incorporated into the ceremony. The ceremony was perfect and was very personal. My mom who has a hard time hearing has told me multiple times how clearly she could understand everything said in both languages. So many wedding guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. Mercedes made our ceremony truly special!!Sent on 04/16/2020
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Hello, I'm Mercedes, a.k.a, Rev. Mercy! I'm the daughter of Cuban immigrants, born and raised here in the Los Angeles County area (specifically in Hawthorne and Inglewood). My first language was Spanish and I speak Spanish and English fluently.
I grew up Catholic, but I was always surrounded by what author Luisah Teish calls the "whispers" of the Afro-Cuban Lukumí tradition. When I got to college, I discovered yoga, which led me Hinduism. When I was 25, I married an atheist-Muslim who introduced me to Buddhism. Eventually all of this spiritual seeking led me to One Spririt Interfaith Seminary, where I was ordained as an Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister in 2016.
The day of my ordination, one of my old friends sent me a message asking me to officiate his wedding because he could not find a bilingual officiant who understood his Dominican culture nor his and his fiancee's non-religious spirituality. I said yes to officiating their wedding and fell in love with the entire process, so much so, that I've been officiating weddings ever since.
Another big thing to know about me? I'm also a professional Flamenco dancer and teacher. That's why you see me here in polka-dots.