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Based in Castro Valley, California, Winner Weddings by Roya is a bilingual wedding officiant specializing in multi-cultural ceremonies, Persian, American, and multi-cultural ceremonies. Roya Soleimani Winner is an ordained non-denominational minister through American Marriage Ministries and is authorized by the State of California to perform marriages through the Bay Area and Wine Country. Roya is delighted to work with you and your partner to create a ceremony that reflects your love story.


Roya Soleimani Winner has over a decade of experience working in technology and communications, and officiating weddings has become a beautiful and meaningful addition to her life. Roya also has a Master's degree in Middle Eastern studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a Bachelor's in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Furthermore, this passionate officiant also enjoys working with several community organizations, like the Iranian American Women's Foundation, to make a difference in the world.

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Winner Weddings by Roya is honored to officiate your non-religious wedding ceremony or vow renewal. Through a detailed rehearsal, you and your significant other will leave feeling calm and confident for your special day. With a duration of 30 to 60 minutes, your wedding ceremony will be an event to remember.

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Lauren D. Married on 10/01/2022
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A Wedding to Remember!

We were so lucky to have had Roya officiate our wedding in October and would highly recommend her to any couple who is currently planning their wedding! Roya finds a beautiful balance between being professional AND being a supportive friend who is excited to be part of your day. During each planning call and upon finally meeting her in person, Roya keeps what is most important at top of mind by reminding you "we are here to celebrate your love!" While planning, she provides such thoughtful guidance, options and ideas to really customize your ceremony and experience of getting married. During the wedding day, she couples her masterful public speaking skills with her calm, friendly energy that is infectious and helps everyone there feel welcome and excited. She knew exactly what to do with the marriage certificate, which we appreciated because you can't make any mistakes!

Instead of a religious ceremony, we really wanted to focus on our personal connection to nature and the peace it brings us, and our wedding was outside so this was a perfect fit. I come from a catholic background while my husband does not, so Roya gently suggested we give a nod to religion once and only one during the ceremony by inviting our guests to greet the ones around them. I thought that was beautiful.

Roya carefully drafts her ceremony script based on questionnaires that you and your partner fill out separately, and she shows it to you ahead of time so you can edit if you want to. We both teared up reading her beautiful words the first time, and had little to no edits! She did a phenomenal job capturing our connection and our words about eachother, and we still have the script to read back on our anniversaries.

I will also mention that she did a great job with time management of the ceremony as were both a little nervous to stand in front of everyone, and wanted to keep the ceremony short so she devised the script accordingly. Many of our guests came up to us after to say it was one of the best ceremonies they have attended, that they loved Roya's energy and her beautiful words! It feels good knowing that not only was it memorable for us, but for our guests too.

Though we have no plans to renew our vows, I find myself wanting to somehow work with Roya again!! (and I can't say that about all of our wedding vendors lol) If I can lend any advise to another couple who is considering hiring Roya to officiate their wedding it is to book her and don't look back! Allow Roya to guide you through the process and facilitate *joy* on your special day.
Omid Married on 08/26/2023
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Great experience and beautiful ceremony

We could not have asked for a better experience having Roya as our officiant! Our wedding was multicultural, blending Persian and Arab traditions. From our first conversation, Roya came in with a warmth and positive energy that we instantly knew we wanted to work with her the rest of the way. She took the time to get to know us by asking us questions about our love story and our values, and constructed a script that beautifully blended these together with the traditional aspects of a Persian ceremony. She even went above and beyond in learning and delivering parts of the ceremony in Arabic, which was greatly appreciated by my wife's family. Many of our family and friends commented on what a wonderful job she did in officiating our ceremony (and some of them even want to work with her when it's their time!).

My wife and I felt very comfortable and excited throughout the process of working with Roya, and the end result was a beautiful ceremony that we will look back on and cherish. If you are searching for an officiant that truly listens to you to achieve your vision for your wedding ceremony and particularly excels with multicultural couples, don't think twice and contact Roya now!
Alexis N. Married on 07/29/2023
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The absolute best!

We feel so fortunate to have had Roya to officiate at our wedding. She is very professional, reliable, personable, friendly, caring and compassionate. Her calm and peaceful demeanor made our wedding a beautiful event and we had SO many of compliments from our friends and family. Roya guided us thoughtfully in preparing for our ceremony and was very empathic and considerate to all our needs and questions. Roya took the time to get to know us and our relationship to personalize our ceremony and tell our love story — the words were meaningful, and sincere…in short it was everything we could have ever wished for and more! Thank you Roya!
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