Naomi Rose is a multi-award winning wedding officiant. She creates one of a kind, community rich, love story focused wedding ceremonies that help couples joyfully and powefuly transition into the next beautiful phase of their lives!
Some of the things couples have said about her wedding ceremonies include:
“Our ceremony was purely and honestly of another universe. I'm still in awe of how beautiful that experience was. Naomi really helped us cross the threshold of marriage, and we are forever grateful for everything she's done for us.” -Shane, Carmel Valley Ranch
"Thank you again for the amazing gift to us of that beautiful ceremony. It was art in action, and it was beyond meaningful.”
"It was everything I’d hoped for, and more than I could have imagined. It absolutely felt like a ritual, rite of passage, and sacred ceremony... exactly what I wanted it to be AND somehow more than I thought it could be."
“By far, our favorite part of our wedding was the beautiful ceremony Naomi created just for us.”
"If you are fortunate enough to have Naomi as your wedding officiant, you will have an experience that neither you, nor your guests, will ever forget."
Naomi Rose writes and performs original, custom, written-just-for-you wedding ceremonies for couples of all colors, creeds, races, religions, genders and sexual orientations. Most of the couples who seek her out identify as secular, atheist, agnostic, spiritual but not religious, alternative, earth-honoring, nontraditional, inter-spiritual, multi-faith, Jew-ish and unaffiliated. Her rave reviews on WeddingWire, Yelp and The Knot reflect her passion and dedication to wedding ceremonies that enliven, inspire, engage and delight couples and their communities. Naomi Rose is active on Instagram and you can follow her there @santacruzofficiant. She is the author of a popular blog about unique wedding ceremonies, nonreligious wedding ceremonies, LGBTQIA+ wedding ceremonies, Jew-ish wedding ceremonies, spiritual-but-not-religious wedding ceremonies, secular wedding ceremonies, multi-faith wedding ceremonies, earth-based wedding ceremonies, and outdoor wedding ceremonies, neo-pagan wedding ceremonies and more. Naomi has special expertise with interfaith, mixed-faith, mulit-faith and Jew-ish wedding ceremonies.
Naomi Rose has more than 15 years of training and experience in ceremony creation and facilitation. Her education includes a BA in creative writing from Queens College, CUNY, a background in theater and public speaking, 2 years of ministerial training with the Center for Sacred Studies, and certification as a Life Cycle Celebrant from The Celebrant Institute and Foundation. Additionally she has apprenticed with master ceremonialists in various traditions of ritual, ceremony and prayer. Since beginning Santa Cruz Officiant in 2015, Naomi Rose has performed over 150 wedding ceremonies, become a founding board member of the Slow Weddings Network, and won multiple awards on the top wedding websites, including WeddingWire and The Knot. Naomi Rose takes couples under her wing, guides them and loves on them on one of the most important days of their lives. As well, Naomi helps couples stay grounded, present and connected when they get lost in the wedding planning, and it all becomes a bit too much.
Santa Cruz Officiant performs custom wedding ceremonies in the city of Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Mountains, including Los Gatos, and all along the coast between Big Sur and Half Moon Bay (including Pacifica, Carmel Valley, Monterey County, Carmel By The Sea, Slow Coast, Pescadero, Davenport, Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek, and La Selva Beach). She occasionally performs ceremonies San Mateo and Santa Clara counties as well. Some of her favorite venues to officiate at include Nestldown, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Holman Ranch, Gardener Ranch, Carmel Valley Ranch, Rancho Don Bosco, Rancho Soquel, Seuoia Retreat Center, The Holly Farm, Waterfall Lodge, Regale Winery and Vineyards, The Mountain Terrace, and Sand Rock Farm.
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Kristy Stokes · Married on 10/07/2019
Perfect for us!
We found Naomi Rose through our photographer who highly recommended her. We planned a very intimate elopement with just the two of us, so it was very important to us to have an officiant who we could feel very comfortable with and trust in such a personal and meaningful moment in our lives. We were very happy that Naomi was available for our date! She prepared a beautiful ceremony for us and we wrote our own vows. When she arrived, I was talking to our photographer about my plan to surprise my husband with a bridal hula after the ceremony. I hadn’t even told Naomi about it because I figured she’d be gone by the time I did it. She was so interested and touched by the gesture of a hula, that she encouraged me to make it a part of my vows to him. That hadn’t even occurred to me, and the fact that she cared enough to incorporate it into the ceremony meant so much to me. I loved that she wasn’t just “watching the clock“, and that she truly wanted us to have the best experience. I ended up doing the hula as part of my vows, and it was the most memorable part of our elopement. I am so grateful to Naomi for being so flexible, accommodating, and compassionate on our very special day. She even cried during our vows which was very touching. We hadn’t ever met prior to the ceremony yet she was so present and grounded, and made it all about us. We couldn’t have asked for more! She even calmly helped me a few weeks later when I thought I’d made a huge mistake with our marriage license. It turned out to be fine, but I appreciated her immediate response and caring nature. Mahalo Naomi!!Sent on 11/02/2019
Christopher Ortiz · Married on 09/29/2019
Ceremony to remember!!
Naomi prepared such a beautiful and memorable ceremony for us. We got so many positive comments from our families! She had a wonderful process for getting to know us as a couple and for helping us to reflect on our own relationship. These insights were incorporated into a very personalized and special ceremony that we will always cherish. Working with her has honestly been one of the best aspects of the wedding!Sent on 11/05/2019
John · Married on 09/21/2019
Wonderful and memorable ceremony
Naomi was wonderful to work with. She created a beautiful ceremony for us. It was full of laughter, happiness and emotions. We will cherish it forever, and our friends and family will remember it with fondness forever.Sent on 10/04/2019
Naomi always made herself available to us throughout the whole process, which took several months. Corresponding with us by email, text, phone call and in person. She helped us write our vows and got to know us both personally. We really trusted her, and it was a fun and enjoyable experience to work with her.
Naomi is one of a kind! I've never met an officiant who is as passionate as Naomi. We met a bridal show and was blown away by her love and kindness - she really does care for the couples she marries! I would highly recommend Naomi and will recommend her to all my clients.
Naomi with Medicine Woman Wisdom Weddings is very warm and wonderful person to talk with. She will create a wedding ceremony especially for you based on what you want and will have many meaningful ideas to make your wedding ceremony truly memorable for you!
Rev. Naomi is an amazing ceremonialist that has a flair for Officiating Weddings with decadence and intimacy that reflects the couple. Her style is unique but with great depth. I would recommend her to any couple who desires an intimate ceremony that radiates their love they have for each other! with love, Rev. Tedda