"We have gotten so many amazing responses from our friends and family about how beautifully you performed the ceremony. Everyone just cannot stop talking about how touching it was, and how it was perfectly 'us.'" from Erin & Shannon, a couple we married. We specialize in custom-created wedding ceremonies personalized for the bride and groom. We guide you, the couple, in creating your own unique ritual, providing you with inspiring material from which to choose, drawn from the great spiritual traditions, including Native American, Jewish, Celtic, Hindu and Christian Together we create a ceremony that honors both you and your families. We help you find the words and rites that connect your souls! Currently we are offering covid-style elopements and very small ceremonies in our own backyard and covered porch. You can still be married with some small personal touches. A private ceremony can be just as memorable as the bigger ones of yesteryear - hey, wearing masks and still kissing is quite memorable! Very reasonably priced. Just give a call!
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Rhian G. · Married on 08/11/2020
A Simple and Beautiful Handfasting Ceremony
Joan Levine is an absolute delight and carried out our ceremony with the upmost professionalism. Joan invited us into her home and suggested a hand fasting ceremony based on my Celtic roots. We decided on Peninsula Park as the venue, the service was short yet beautiful set against a backdrop of a clear, blue sky and glorious sunshine, perfect for an intimate, outdoor ceremony in Portland and in the month of November!Sent on 12/12/2019
We highly recommend Joan for a personalised wedding ceremony, she will accommodate your ideas and make helpful suggestions to make your special day just perfect. Thank you Joan!
E D · Married on 04/20/2020
Beautiful Ceremony despite quarantine
Joanie is amazing. She walk you through every step of the process and helps personalize every part of the ceremony. Despite the quarantine nearly forcing us to cancel, Joanie was awesome and helped us adjust our ceremony so we could still get married on our chosen day. Our ceremony was beautiful and very unique. Thank you Joanie for helping us adapt and create a one of a kind ceremony!Sent on 04/25/2020
Tracy R. · Married on 04/10/2020
Caring, flexible and easy to work with!
Joanie went above and beyond with anything we requested for our "Micro Wedding" ceremony and offered their lovely backyard to hold the ceremony, which we gladly accepted! :) Making edits to the ceremony was a breeze and Joanie promptly responded every time. They even sent us photos and videos that we'll cherish for years to come. A++ and highly recommend to anyone!Sent on 10/07/2020
Your Personal Ceremony's reply:Thanks so much, Tracy! As I already wrote you, you put your heart into every detail. All the best! Joanie
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Team of Your Personal Ceremony
Yehudah Winter, RN, MS - Yehudah was raised Jewish and, in his spiritual explorations, has lived in a Zen Buddhist monastery, studied Aikido, Yoga, and Tai Chi, and been a frequent participant in the Native American sweat lodge. Since 1977, he has performed weddings of almost every combination, employing his experience, openness, and creativity in each one. After working a decade as a hospice and oncology nurse, he decided to devote himself to helping people with every type of life transition from birth to death. He and Joanie are both Compassionate Listening Facilitators associated with The Compassionate Listening Project.
Joanie Levine, M.A. - Joanie is a born ceremonialist. Since her 20's she has been creating ceremonies of all sorts - weddings, coming-of-age, funerals, solstices, equinoxes - for small groups as well as gatherings of 600 people. Joanie is spiritually eclectic - Jewish by birth, she is a student of Native American, Buddhist, Taoist and Unitarian theologies. A Dance Ethnologist, Joanie has studied how ceremony functions in cultures around the world. She feels a special connection with nature and is an avid organic gardener, a published poet and a professional storyteller. Currently, both she and Yehudah sing in a choir and a chant group. Both she and Yehudah are Compassionate Listening Facilitators with Compassionate Listening.Org- and they both are good at listening to what a couple really needs - all the nitty gritty details that a ceremony requires.
Bi-Lingual Wedding Officiant
Ana Villarqui is our Spanish bi-lingual officiant. She is available for both bi-lingual and Spanish language weddings, as well as simple non-denominational ceremonies. With her years of experience as a Spanish and ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in Oregon and North Carolina, her warmth and creativity, Ana offers couples the opportunity to create a unique and beautiful wedding ceremony.
Ana Villarqui es nuestra oficiante bilingüe. Ella prepara y oficia ceremonias para casamientos en español o bilingües. Con su experiencia como maestra de español e inglés como idioma segundo en Oregon y North Carolina, y su personalidad genial, Ana les ofrece la oportunidad de crear una hermosa y única ceremonia matrimonial.
We recently worked with Joanie of Your Personal Ceremony. She was very personable and easy to work with. She was very attentive to the bride and Groom and made sure that the day was about them. She made the ceremony personal and interesting without taking away from the reverence that should also be part of the service. I would definitely recommend her to Brides and Grooms.
If you are looking for someone to marry you and you want someone who has experience with a variety of faiths, mixed faith marriages, or just commitment ceremonies, they are very flexible, check them out they do a great job.