River and Root Ceremonies is a unique officiant business located in Washington, D.C. I work with individuals, couples and families to create ceremonies that honor your major life transition. I use my training and experience, along with your ideas and love story, to craft a ceremony that represents you and your partner.
PLEASE NOTE, I am currently on sabbatical and will only be booking in-person weddings for June 2021, July 2021, and August 2021 at the moment. I am happy to work with you remotely on ceremony consults for events taking place outside that time frame. Thank you for understanding!
Hannah Nielsen-Jones is the owner and lead celebrant of this company. She graduated from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, and has been a part of the wedding industry since 2015. She has a background in theater, and uses her creativity to create a ceremony with language that reflects who you are. Hannah is licensed in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and she’s willing to travel within 100 miles of the District. She’s also fluent in Spanish, so she’s happy to perform bilingual ceremonies.
This passionate celebrant offers a complimentary meeting, so you can decide if she’s right for you. After selecting her, Hannah will send you a questionnaire to get to know you better, and then start drafting your unique ceremony. You will have the final say over everything that is said. Her services include:
27 Reviews for River and Root Ceremonies
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Lauren · Married on 10/12/2019
The single best wedding decision we made
Getting our ceremony right was by far the most important decision for our wedding. We feel truly blessed that Hannah was our celebrant. She approached our story as a couple with an open and eager heart. After a few initial conversations—including an in-person meet-up—we signed a contract for our wedding day. The process began with Hannah sending a questionnaire for each of us to complete. It was not a burden, nor did it feel like homework; it was truly one of the best parts of our wedding planning process. The result? Hannah had stories and insight into our relationship that she could use to create our ceremony.Sent on 11/27/2019
Hannah has a wonderful way with prose—both written and spoken—and the ceremony that she created for us honored our families, celebrated our love for each other, and created space for our guests to share in this love and community spirit on our wedding day. Hannah looked to us as collaborators in the ceremony creation—for things like a community vow—but we never felt that our ceremony was being forced into a form that was untrue to us as a couple. Our guests were left speechless upon learning that Hannah was no, not a dear friend, but rather a professional (and extremely gifted!) celebrant. We cannot recommend Hannah’s unique, wholehearted approach enough!
River and Root Ceremonies's reply:Oh, Lauren, thank you for your wonderful words. I so enjoyed getting to know you both and I'm so appreciative of the ways that you each brought your complexities and vulnerabilities into the ceremony creation process, and the trust you shared with me throughout editing and revising. Planning a wedding celebration takes a lot of work - I'm always so honored/moved when folks set aside time, energy, & resources for the ceremony aspect of it the way that you two did. Thank you.
Adam J. · Getting married on 06/01/2021
Best Part of our Wedding
Hannah is absolutely incredible! She was professional, personable and made our special day better than we could have imagined. We cannot recommend her enough; our ceremony was above and beyond, thanks to her. The process leading up to the big day was fun and intimate and really got us excited for our celebration of love. During the ceremony, she was able to express our love for each other through her beautiful words while capturing the essence of our relationship. 10/10 would recommend, our wedding would not have been the same without her! She's the best there is!Sent on 02/15/2020
River and Root Ceremonies's reply:Thank you so much, Adam (full disclosure - we are cousins!) It was such a joy to get to know you and S in this special way, and it meant a lot to be a part of your wonderful wedding celebration. Thank you both for the thoughtfulness, thoroughness, care and and compassion you showed yourselves and each other throughout the ceremony writing process. Big hugs!
Jay P. · Married on 01/09/2021
The perfect person for our special day!
Hannah was an absolute blast to work with and provided my wife and I a clear pathway to the ceremony of our dreams. Hannah's professionalism gave us comfort as every step was easily explained along the way. We couldn't have asked for a better person to marry us! Thank You, Lindsay and JaySent on 09/23/2020
River and Root Ceremonies's reply:Thank you so much, Jay! I really enjoyed working with you and Lindsay. I appreciated your flexibility under the pandemic circumstances and I was so very happy to be a part of your celebration. Congratulations once more!
I worked with Hannah Nielsen-Jones and she was just a joy. She made the rehearsal and ceremony so smooth and flawless. I look forward to working with her more!