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"The cure for anything is saltwater... sweat, tears, or the sea..." ~Karen Blixen (as Isak Dineson)

As a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®* l work with clients to create joyful weddings and uplifting memorial services. In addition, I am here to help mark other milestones throughout life—home blessing, baby naming, new business, coming of age, retirement, and more—with heartfelt ceremonies.

The Celtic Pagan traditions of my Irish ancestors especially inspire my reverence for sacred, earth-based ceremony, and the ocean inspires my love for nature, its elements, and its creatures.

The hallmark of a Celebrant ceremony is complete customization, no templates with names and dates filled in. Whether love story for a wedding or life story for a memorial, my background as writer and storyteller will inform the process of weaving words as we collaborate to create your unique ceremony.

I am an initiated priestess with the Rosa Mandala Collective of El Cerrito, California, undergoing the traditional year-and-a-day priestess training with eclectic and varied spiritual influences. I also serve as a lay leader in my congregation, the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara.

I am proud to serve those of all orientations and backgrounds, including the LGBTQ community. Always customized just for you--it's your ceremony your way.

*Life-Cycle Celebrants® are professionally trained Ceremony Specialists who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to celebrate life’s milestone events. We collaborate with our clients to create and perform personalized ceremonies that reflect their beliefs, philosophies of life, and personalities.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$500

Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony Rehearsal

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$350

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$100

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$100

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baha'i Faith
Baptist
Buddhist
Catholic
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Hindu
Islam
Jainism
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
Mormon
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian
Pagan
Presbyterian
Quaker
Shinto
Sikhism
Taoist
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

30-60 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

CA

What languages do you speak?

English
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Karin F. Sent on 01/02/2022
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Warm and Meaningful

Justine officiated a modern pagan portion of our otherwise mostly Jewish wedding ceremony. She did so in a way that had our 125 guests participating comfortably and meaningfully in something that was new to most of them.

I have been fortunate to participate in many events Justine has officiated and/or led over the years before and after our wedding. Her heartfelt way of speaking, with her warm sense of humor, has a way of putting people at ease. Her insightful use of language and group participation connects people to what is meaningful. I recommend her highly to help people begin their marriages with love, joy, and inspiration.
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