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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.
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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A Wedding to Remember!
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.
Great experience and beautiful ceremony
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!
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