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Alyra · Married on 07/30/2017
Shyamala is a master officiant - her thoughtfulness, deep knowledge of different traditions, and attention to detail made our ceremony everything we hoped for. She worked with us to bring together the different stories that shaped our relationship and crafted a ceremony that suited us perfectly.
We were so thrilled that she agreed to officiate our wedding and was available to do so (she's in high demand!), as we have witnessed multiple ceremonies that she's led - each one unique and profound. You won't find a better or more skilled officiant.
Heidi · Married on 01/04/2019
Last minute request yielded exceptional results!
We are a couple based in NYC who were married in the Bay Area. Imagine our disappointment when my husband's best friend of 25 years couldn't be our officiant, as planned, ONE WEEK before the wedding! Needless to say, we were scrambling! I looked around and contacted a few different officiants in the area. Once I spoke with Shyamala, I knew we were done looking. Time was of the essence and she was prompt in her response. Others were also, but there was a calm in her voice and patience behind her words. I felt that she understood the urgency, but was going to take her time completely to make it as special as we were looking for. We interviewed at her house where she asked detailed questions and took notes. At her idea, we forwarded some "notes" our friend had drafted to keep the ceremony personal. Obviously, we knew the feel or tone of the ceremony we wanted but hadn't prepared anything ourselves. We are "spiritually ambiguous", and she knew exactly how to phrase the love and destiny type stuff to make it genuine and heartfelt. She was ready with special readings, poems, sayings, the vows, and quotes we could add. We were both able to look over what she had prepared and edit, days prior to the ceremony, while she kept our "personal statements" as surprises to one another. She added a touching tribute to his mother that made her cry (more). The day of, I didn't see or hear from her at all until I was walking down the aisle. PERFECT and in my opinion very professional. Her cadence and pace was perfect. Words and disposition matched our feel completely. In less than a week, we got a really nicely done ceremony put together AND I really like how she printed the ceremony and our vows out on heavy stock paper. Price was very reasonable. Overall, Shyamala is a kind and caring individual. Her personality shone through without adding too much or taking away from US. Very happy with our decision.
Tanicia Baynes · Married on 12/06/2018
Hands down, the best wedding officiant
From the moment Shyamala answered the phone I knew she was meant to be our wedding officiant. She was warm, kind, thorough and genuinely interested in us as a couple. We didn't have a particular type of ceremony in mind and she was able to offer such beautiful suggestions for readings, vows and rituals that really helped us create a custom wedding ceremony that felt personal and special. And meeting her in person was like seeing an old friend again. Her warmth, caring and knowledge creates the perfect space for an amazing ceremony to unfold. I we had to do it over again, we would hire her again and again, hands down, without a doubt.
Juliana · Married on 11/02/2018
Shyamala was the perfect choice to perform our ceremony at the Brazilian Room. She crafted and delivered the perfect ceremony for us and several people commented on how beautiful and true to the two of us it was.
Working with her was an absolute pleasure every step of the way. She really has a talent for asking the right questions and sensing who you are as individuals and as a couple, then reflecting that in your ceremony. She has curated a wonderful selection of readings and rituals to give you some ideas for things to incorporate in your ceremony, but is also skilled at bringing in any other ideas you might have. She sent us a draft of our ceremony two weeks out (which made me cry the first time I read it, tip: don't read it at work) then worked with us from there to make it perfect.
Afterwards, she gave us a printed copy of our beautiful ceremony to look back at forever.
We can't recommend her enough.
Sunita Kumar · Married on 10/01/2018
Truly empathetic and creative officiant
Shyamala was a truly great officiant, weaving together our personal stories and incorporating both American and Indian elements into a beautiful City Hall ceremony. She was extremely flexible with our timeline and content and we loved her ideas for how to make our ceremony special.
Divya · Married on 09/29/2018
The Most Personalized, Respectful, and Fun Process
We both come from different religions (we're Hindu and Jain) and wanted to create a ceremony that respected both as well as our values of equality. Shyamala made sure that she read about our wants/needs/values beforehand in great deal, then invited us to her home to meet with her and discuss more in person. Immediately we found her to be warm, personable, very knowledgable, and very respectful of different religions. Every time we spoke, she was extremely prepared and helped us co-create the perfect ceremony. She was willing to work with us in our Google Doc too! Our ceremony would not have been as special without her fantastic input (including pieces like writing our story into the ceremony, and explaining traditions to our guests in an easy-to-understand way). This whole part of planning had originally made me nervous because the ceremony is so important and can go so wrong, but Shyamala made it one of the most fun and meaningful. On the day of our wedding (as well as the rehearsal the day before), she brought a peaceful and spiritual force and we felt so calm and happy. After the wedding, we had a small mixup with the marriage certificate after the fact, but Shyamala made sure to take care of it too.
Jonas · Married on 09/14/2018
Heart, soul and 'real' - the best officiant you could ask for!
Shyamala was absolutely great to work with! We talked to 4 different officiants before our wedding and she was certainly the most "real" and sincere one. You can tell she truly loves what she is doing and puts all her heart and soul into it.
She took a lot of time to get to know us and our story. That allowed her to customize the ceremony to our needs and make it in a very personal manner. We felt that a lot of the other officiants have their standard agenda that they do and are not willing to change it up much.
But Shyamala wrote a ceremony that was tailored to us. She allowed us to provide enough input and always guided us effectively. We loved that perfect balance of being open to our ideas but also ensuring that the whole ceremony would work out as a whole.
Our guests loved the ceremony and some asked if she was a friend of ours since she put so much heart and warmth in it. We couldn't have been more happy with choosing her!
Brittany · Married on 09/07/2018
We first heard of Shyamala through our wedding planner since we were having a Napa Valley destination wedding and are originally from Boston. We relied a lot on recommendations from our planner as she had worked with many vendors and was more familiar with the area then we were. When researching Shyamala, the first thing we did was listen to a video she had posted on her website. We absolutely fell in love with her voice – there is just something so calming and soft about it – that we knew we had to speak with her. Knowing that we would both be filled with nerves and anxiety on the big day it was important we felt calm with our officiant during the ceremony. We quickly booked a phone conversation with her (no video chat or Skype) and in the first five minutes we spoke we knew she was the perfect fit for us!
Since we were from Boston, we wanted to meet her in person at least once before our September wedding so we mentioned we would be flying out to Napa for some wedding events (food tasting, cake tasting, etc) in February and she offered us over to her home for coffee and cookies (so sweet)! We met with her for an hour and just talked as she got to know us as a couple and our journey together over the last 10 years. After we left we just felt even more validated that we chose the perfect person to officiate our wedding.
Our wedding in September was a dream come true and the ceremony was absolutely perfect!! Shyamala did such an amazing job that we actually had several guests come up to us throughout the evening and still to this day comment about how great of a job she did and how it was one of the best wedding ceremonies they’ve ever seen!
If you’re in search of an officiant in the Napa/Northern Cali area please do yourself a favor and book Shyamala – you will not be disappointed!!
Anh · Married on 08/18/2018
Thank you Shyamala!
My husband and I were beyond satisfied with choosing Shyamala to officiate our wedding. The guests were in tears and commented on how unique and heart felt the ceremony experience was. Shyamala was well organized and created space and time to learn our stories with coffee and cookies at her place. We knew instantly that receiving her special care and dedication early on foreshadowed what to expect for our wedding. I am pleased we chose Shyamala and she chose us back. If Shyamala has any availability, I would strongly recommend her to officiate your wedding! I would choose her again, and again if I could.
Thank you so much Shyamala! Keep doing great work and service for couples, family and the community.
Love, The Plasencias
Erin Goodell · Married on 07/27/2018
Amazing Officiant experience!!!
Shyamala was absolutely amazing at our wedding! We could not have been happier! Finding the perfect officiant was very important to us. We wanted someone who would take the time to get to know us and our story and make the ceremony personal- and Shyamala did exactly that. She was even more amazing than we could have asked for. She reached out to us several times and truly got to know us and our love story. The ceremony was so personal and she made it exactly what we dreamed of. Not to mention that after the wedding, so many of our guests told us how personable Shyamala was with them prior to the ceremony. She engaged with the guests and made them laugh and feel welcome to the ceremony.
We 100% recommend Shyamala for your wedding ceremony. She will spend time to get to know you and create the ceremony exactly how YOU want (she will even ask you questions you had not thought about yet and set your mind at ease).
Kevin Calica · Married on 06/30/2018
Shyamala Littlefield is a rare jewel! A precious gem.
Shyamala is a guide of hearts, a director of love and a producer of poems! Above and beyond! She authored the most stunning and loving ceremony we’ve ever experienced! Generosity of spirit was the thread woven throughout the whole process. There was so much giving and at the same time so much space that the end result was a tailor-made story that everyone in attendance felt and got to be a part of.
Shyamala made it a lot of fun too! Her upbeat nature permeated the entire process. It’s almost like she “authored” our special day. Scripting out an experience rather than just an event is the only way to describe it.
Jodi Collins Henry · Married on 04/21/2018
Perfect Fit for Our Special Day
We found Shyamala while looking on line at the Knot website. Shyamala was listed as "the best of", so we contacted her to see if she would be a fit for the ceremony we wanted. We did a Skype meeting and had an initial discussion with her. After we met, we knew she would be a perfect fit for our wedding. We told Shyamala "our story" and she cleverly inserted the story into our ceremony. She provided excellent references for us to chose from and modify so that we could make the ceremony unique to us. The references included sample vows and ring exchange statements as well as quotations and poems. When working on our ceremony together, we enjoyed the flexibility of her schedule to meet with us on Skype during the evening hours and weekends. After the ceremony, we received several comments from our family and wedding guests who said that they really enjoyed the ceremony. Shyamala was the "perfect fit" for our wedding.
Ariel A Deardorff · Married on 03/03/2018
Lovely ceremony with Shyamala
The ceremony Shyamala put together for us was perfect. We met first with her over Skype and liked her right away, then later we had a longer conversation at her home over coffee and tea. She held no preconceptions about how the ceremony should go, but did a great job of guiding us through the many possibilities. She asked us great questions to find the right tone for the ceremony and learn about us as a couple, and then she wove it into a meaningful and personal ceremony that captured us extremely well. We had many guests compliment us on a ceremony that was very "us" and asked how we knew this officiant who seemed to know us so well. We would highly recommend her.
Johanna · Married on 10/13/2017
Thanks for everything, Shyamala. The ceremony was lovingly personal and your words were deeply touching. I can never thank you enough for making our wedding so special!
Beth · Married on 10/07/2017
We loved working with Shyamala in preparation for our wedding day. We had one Skype meeting and one in-person meeting to plan the ceremony details and share our love story. We were graciously welcomed at her lovely home and felt immediately that she was the right fit for our non-denominational wedding. From the details we shared with Shyamala, she wove a beautiful story about our relationship that made our wedding guests cry. We felt she gave a great balance of authenticity, seriousness, and moments of light that reflected our own personalities and gave our guests a genuine, personal glimpse into our relationship. In fact, several of our guests said it was the most genuine ceremony they'd ever seen. Shyamala is considerate, timely and thoughtful, even asking us the color scheme so she could match it with her scarf! We are so grateful for her services and would not hesitate to recommend her to other engaged couples.
Cindy · Married on 09/30/2017
We are so thankful to have had Shyamala as our wedding officiant. The first time we met her, we already knew she'd be just the right fit for our wedding ceremony. There is a calm in her voice and presence that was perfect for delivering the beautiful words she crafted for us. During the planning process, she welcomed us to her home, where she got to know us and our love story, asking us all the right questions that led to putting together a beautiful narrative to tell our story on our wedding day with all the heartfelt emotion we were feeling inside. In the short amount of time we spent with her, Shyamala did an amazing job of making our personalities and love for one another shine through. Our guests had specifically mentioned to us that our ceremony was very touching and causing many of them to (uncharacteristically) tear up. On the day of, Shyamala arrived early to ensure everything was ready for her to perform her duties. She even wore a scarf to match our wedding color. She is so patient, kind, thoughtful, and genuine in her work. We are so happy she made our big day so special. Thank you, Shyamala!
George · Married on 09/02/2017
Shyamala was truly an amazing find to preside over our wedding. From the start she was great to work with and we received tons of compliments from our guests about how beautiful the wedding ceremony was to attend. We felt very connected throughout the whole process and Shyamala was happy to work with us through a few edits to make the ceremony perfect for us. We would happily recommend Shyamala to any of our friends that are in search of an officiant!
Derek · Married on 07/16/2017
Shyamala was superb for our wedding. She is a prime example of an excellent wedding officiant. She did not put any pressure on karla and I and how we wanted to conduct our wedding vision. Best part of her was she made both of us feel super comfortable and confident. Shyamala even added a few incorporations and recommendations to see our thoughts and it was very complimenting as well.
We lost our previous wedding officiant about 3 months before our wedding due to her son's acceptance for college. We found shyamala through Yelp few days after. If you believe first impressions are real and true, you will see that with shyamala. We met her at her house and the interview was awesome. She made us feel welcomed and at home; made us cookies and tea and wanted to hear our story of how karla and I met.
She also performed a free service for us where we got married before our actual reception date and her backyard is gorgeous. Shyamala; I have no regrets or no negative thoughts of you. You were amazing. I even accidentally wanted to kiss my wife a little too fast before the ceremony and shyamala made it cute and funny to accommodate that. Thank you so much for everything.
Andrea · Married on 06/24/2017
We are so happy that Shyamala was the officiant at our wedding. From beginning to end, she was super easy to talk to and helpful with the whole process of planning our ceremony. She made it easy for us to get in touch and meet with her.
She had a lot of examples and suggestions for us to look at to get an idea of what we wanted. When we had an idea of what we envisioned for our ceremony, Shyamala went out of her way to help us incorporate any religious or cultural components we wanted to include.
It was very easy and comfortable to talk to her. She even encouraged us to make our ceremony something that fit us as a couple, instead of outside expectations. In the end, we were super happy with how everything turned out. It was perfect for us! Afterwards, many of our guests complimented us on the beautiful ceremony... thanks to Shyamala!
J · Married on 05/29/2017
Shyamala made our wedding ceremony special, she accommodated us in every way possible and articulated our wedding vows perfectly. We would definitely recommend her to anyone who is interested in having a memorable wedding ceremony experience. We highly recommend her!
Eric · Married on 05/19/2017
My husband Tom and I couldn’t be happier with the wedding ceremony that Shyamala put together for us.
I found Shyamala online and interviewed two different officiants. Tom and I interviewed her together and she stood out as being prepared and knowledgeable. Little did I know how much more was to come.
Shyamala spent time with us on Skype to go through options, helped us define our preferences and gave us ideas as to vows that we could use, alter, or mash-up. The end result was a ceremony that was entirely ours.
Shyamala showed up early to our venue and stayed in the background until it was time for her to take over. Once on stage, she masterfully guided the ceremony, making it all about us and our guests, and in concluding, introducing us as a couple to our family and friends in a heartfelt and loving way.
Every single guest commented on the ceremony and we have unreservedly referred her to others. To her list of accolades, I would add professional, thoughtful, warm and ingratiating. I know now how lucky we were to find her.
Marie · Married on 05/07/2017
Shyamala is amazing! Having Shaymala officiate our ceremony was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning process. We had so many of guests come up to us after the wedding to say how impressed they were with our officiant and our ceremony. They all said they had been to millions of weddings before, but what she did was special and genuine. My husband and I could not agree more! My husband and I felt very comfortable with Shyamala from our first meeting and really liked the ideas she presented to us. We liked that she had so many options for rituals and readings to help get us in the direction we wanted. She is a professional, who is easy to work with, and actually listens to what you want.
Kristina · Married on 05/06/2017
Shyamala was absolutely wonderful, and we were so happy we chose her as our officiant! We got married in May in Colorado. She is based in California, but she came highly recommended, and was willing to make the trip for us. With less than 3 months lead time, Shyamala expertly guided us through a process of creating a ceremony and vows that were a perfect fit for us and felt as though they truly came from our hearts. She clearly has a lot of experience, and yet was always very present to our uniqueness as a couple and seemed to genuinely care about ensuring our big day felt special and personalized just for us. Beyond this, we sensed Shyamala has a reverence for the ceremony of marriage and helped us meaningfully express our emotions and our love for one another.
Lauren · Married on 03/25/2017
Shyamala made our wedding ceremony incredibly special! The expertise she brought to her trade made us feel comfortable from the very first conversation. We shared deeper, more meaningful things about our relationship than we had with any other officiant we interviewed, because she asked "the right" questions. This was extremely important, as we were really struggling with whether to hire a professional or to ask a family member/friend who knew us more intimately. Through her thoughtful questioning, Shymala got to know the two of us and our story. She is genuine and kind and it's clear that she enjoys her work. We received multiple compliments about the intentional words used in our ceremony, which we built with the guidance of Shyamala. We also appreciated that she respected our wishes to remain secular and incorporate our personal statements to one other. Everything Shymala did to help us prepare for our big day and her authentic delivery of those words made it what it was - memorable and uniquely tailored to the two of us.
Kelley · Married on 02/18/2017
Shyamala did wonderful work for our wedding ceremony and for the preparations beforehand. She was very sensitive to our desires and took a lot of time with us. She put a lot of thought, care and love into our ceremony and truly made it special. She was also very flexible! I would highly recommend her!