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Nikolina K. · Married on 11/28/2020
A blessing! More than we could ask for!
I don’t even know where to begin! Rev. Michael is such an amazing person, so inspirational and nurturing. You can truly tell that this is his calling. My husband and I purchased the package with the marriage coaching sessions and wow! First off, Rev. Michael got us to think and connect on a completely different level... i recommend this to everyone. Not only was it so much fun, but we feel it brought us even closer. Now the ceremony... Wow. We had to reschedule due to COVID and he made it so easy and was so understanding. He made the drafting of the ceremony so simple and seamless. We knew nothing about weddings and nothing about a ceremony. We got married yesterday and our ceremony was perfect. THE MOST perfect. I am bulgarian and my husband is serbian and we had a very diverse crowd. They were all amazed and couldn’t stop raving about how great the ceremony was. This was even after us not doing a traditional wedding from our cultures. Everyone said we made the right choice after Rev Michael delivered such a beautiful ceremony. He really does feel like family and it’s so amazing to have had someone like this a part of our day.Sent on 11/29/2020
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Kalajdic. You two were an absolute a joy to work with. Though COVID forced the postponement of your most special day by seven months it turned out beautifully. Thank you for giving me the privilege of getting to know you and encouraging you to explore even more facets of your relationship. No matter what challenges you face I think you make a winning team. God bless you on your journey of life together.
Yeilem · Getting married on 12/04/2021
Although we weren’t able to book Michael for our special day, his beautiful attention and care alone deserves a review. We fell in love with Michael instantly, he is a genuine and kind soul and really listens to the couples he meets with. He has great presentation and makes a deliberate effort to customize the experience. We felt that he cared about our marriage and not just the ceremony.Sent on 01/20/2021
Michelle · Married on 11/01/2020
Michael was such a pleasure to work with. He was very supportive and provided great guidance throughout our wedding planning process. He takes the time to have you complete a relationship assessment and meet personally to discuss the results and provides advice accordingly. He also assisted us with the challenging task of writing statements to one another for our ceremony. He truly cares about the decision you are making and it shows through his work! Our ceremony was absolutely perfect and we couldn't have asked for anything better! Michael is very very professional, friendly, and passionate about what he does! Thank you again Michael we highly recommend you!Sent on 10/25/2016
Bridgett C. · Married on 03/07/2020
Having DeArruda Weddings + Marriage was the best decision we ever made!! We enjoyed each and every coaching session we had and it really helped us prep for our marriage and our ceremony. With the guidance and tips we felt more comfortable at our ceremony and we got a better understanding with certain things. We felt we had a friend to confide in during the process of our engagement and are SO happy we made this decision! Thank you Michael!!
Sent on 03/19/2020
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Greetings Mr. and Mrs. Milford! My goodness, what a year this has been. Yours was one of the last in person, previously scheduled weddings that I had the privilege to conduct on time - before COVID changed things for so many preparing to be married in 2020. Your charming country setting with luscious shade tress and beautiful horses matched the easy warmth the two of you share. I pray that your journey of married life will bring you every joy you are seeking. You truly are a gift to each other.
Alicia A. · Married on 02/29/2020
Taking the Leap
Reverend DeArruda was so amazing through our whole process. We opted for the marriage coaching which was very helpful. I was a little skeptical, but I was so happy that we choose to talk the time to do the coaching sessions. There are various options but we did 4 sessions before the wedding.Sent on 04/30/2020
Our first meeting was easy over Zoom, before Zoom became people's primary method of communication and it was so great and made us confident that we would be a good fit.
Over the many hours talking with the reverend, we really got to know each other better and made for a much more personal ceremony experience. Everyone told us how thoughtful and touching the ceremony was.
Reverend DeArruda was so great and we would highly recommend him to everyone.
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Dear Alicia,
Carrie D. · Married on 02/08/2020
Best choice for a wedding — and lifelong marriage support
We wholeheartedly recommend Michael as a wedding officiant and partner who will strengthen your lifelong marriage! Since we’re out of state, my dad initially joked about us getting a “rent-a-minister” — but after meeting him, he showed overwhelming approval of this classy, professional minister who facilitated a perfect wedding. Michael’s “create your ceremony” enabled personal customization of our wedding. After sending us the overall script, he used Zoom (web conference) to walk us step-by-step through the ceremony since we opted out of a rehearsal. We’re a military couple, so we appreciated his organization and the digital rehearsal so we knew what to expect. He even impressed the venue and other vendors through his own coordination with them before and during the ceremony. The synchronization ensured guests and other vendors knew where to be and what to do at the right times, enabling smooth transitions from guest arrival through dinner. He demonstrated such an easy ability to connect with others from multiple cultures. It seems uncommon that guests would give raving reviews about an officiant, but ours were so impressed with his professional demeanor, articulate speech, and sense of humor they kept complimenting him. “It feels like he actually knows you two,” they commented — and he does.
After reading such positive reviews about the coaching sessions and wanting to start our marriage on a strong foundation, we opted for the Luxe package. We weren’t sure what to expect or say, but he provided tools to guide the sessions and help us meaningfully discuss topics affecting our relationship. He carefully listened to our responses and asked questions to go even deeper. His intelligence, warmth, and thoughtfulness keep our minds active and hearts safe. Michael genuinely cares about couples and successful relationships, constantly encourages us, and refrains from judgement. We have enjoyed his pre-martial coaching sessions so much we decided to continue post-marital coaching sessions with him for another 2.5 years, so we’re also thankful he’s very adept with modern technology.
We credit discovering him to my sister-in-law who conducted comprehensive research for her own wedding and identified him as the top minister in the region, and we absolutely recommend him too!Sent on 02/15/2020
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Dear Carrie and Vic, it seems like yesterday that we were standing together under the sprawling oak tree at Legacy Lane Farm for your picture perfect wedding. Like lots of other folks your first year of married life has been punctuated with the challenges of the pandemic. Thankfully that wasn't the slightest concern when you said "I do." And, to your great credit, you are navigating the uncertainties everyone faces in this new normal with grace, persistence, and as much lovingkindness as I experienced between you when we first met. Thank you for the honor of inviting me to walk with you on this journey of life. Keep up the good work - and I'll see you soon.
Rebecca A. · Married on 11/16/2019
Rev. DeArruda was super easy to work with. We were planning everything from out of state, so we used video conferencing to plan the ceremony. He made it the smoothest process, and even met with us when we arrived in town the week of our wedding. I am so happy we used Rev. DeArruda, would definitely recommend his services!!Sent on 02/03/2020
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Dear Reba and David, where has the time gone? Congratulations on your first year of marriage, initiated on the sunny shores of Florida's Gulf Coast. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you to help create your dream wedding. Every time I am asked to become part of one of the most important moments in people's lives I am blessed by the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the nicest people on the planet. You are part of that distinguished group. I am sure the grace, kindness and enthusiasm that you possess will bring great joy to everyone throughout your lives. God bless you!
Brandy L. · Married on 10/18/2019
Can't Wait for the Big Day
I spent forever trying to find an officiant that provided quality service. Based on previous recommendations, we decided to go with Michael. He was willing to do video chat for the consultation given how far we are from, and gave us a breakdown of each package he offered. All around a great guy! Can't wait for the big day!Sent on 04/21/2019
Our wedding was such a success thanks to Michael. Guests had nothing but good things to say about him!
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Hi Brandy. I am looking forward to the start of your coaching sessions. And together we will create your one of a kind wedding ceremony. Take a deep breath cuz' wedding planning can become overwhelming. I hope you don't let that happen. Be in touch soon.
Courtney · Married on 06/07/2019
If you want the best, then you go with him! He is so punctual and classy.Sent on 06/10/2019
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Dear Courtney and Elliott, I was recently back at the Powel Crosley estate for a wedding and immediately thought about the two of your on your glorious day. I pray you are enjoying all the blessings of married life - even with the challenges and uncertainties introduced by the pandemic. Stay safe, hold each other close, and let your love smile every day.
Sarah · Married on 05/11/2019
Best decision ever!
WOW! We couldn't have been happier with our decision in choosing DeArruda Weddings to be such a BIG part of our BIG day! Micheal was so kind & truly has a passion for what he does & you can tell this by the second you speak with him! Our family & friends kept complimenting our ceremony saying how personalized & romantic it was! We couldn't have agreed more, it was everything we were hoping for & more! He made sure our wedding party was doing exactly what they were suppose to be doing at all times! haha! You will not regret going with this vendor for your wedding day!Sent on 05/26/2019
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Holiday greetings, Mr. and Mr. Calabrese! I'm not sure where the time has gone - especially this year. I am remiss in thanking your for your kind words. Though yours was one of the largest bridal parties I've had the pleasure of working with everyone of you defied my experience that organizing wedding participants can be a bit like herding cats. It was a joy to work with you, to plan and conduct the most important ceremony of your lives. I pray that the obvious joy and love you share with each other will continue to flourish throughout every moment. God go with you on this wonderful journey.
Lisa F. · Married on 04/12/2019
Michael is so wonderful!
Michael was amazing from start to finish. He was extremely thorough while creating the perfect ceremony for us. He is so warm and welcoming he felt like family. At rehearsal he was even helpful getting everyone to the right place at the ceremony location. The day of the wedding he was such a comfort to me! He assured me everything would go smoothly, which it did. He is also very funny! He made us laugh and be at ease. I can’t say enough about how happy I am with his services. Thank you!Sent on 05/08/2019
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Hi Lisa and Jason, now Mr. & Mrs! What a beautiful day on the beach with your family and friends all celebrating your union. The joy flowing between the two of you was just amazing, such a blessing to see. May that continue through every season of your life together. Remember that there is nothing more important than your marriage and family. Everything else should be measured in terms of how it builds you up to fulfill your purpose on this earth. God bless you. Warmly,
Jonathan · Married on 03/09/2019
We couldn’t be happier with our decision to work with Michael. From our first contact through to our ceremony, his professionalism and kindness made the process much more enjoyable and comfortable than it likely would have been otherwise. Not only did we appreciate his attention to detail leading up to the big day, but his composed manner on the day of was truly calming.Sent on 03/19/2019
We would also highly recommend the couples coaching sessions. Though these were low-key and fun, they absolutely strengthened our relationship and helped us discover some great new things about each other. Michael’s experience really showed as we never felt pressured, but he made it really easy for us to open up. He really is a great person.
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Thanks Jonathan and congrats on marrying Soo. The two of you were meant for each other. Strong, kind, gentle, and so respectful in your love and care. Everytime I have the honor of working with a couple I am invited into the sacred space of your relationship. You two are the picture of tenderness and appreciation that marriage is all about. I wish you deep, rich, abiding love that gives you reason to celebrate being alive. Warmly,
Mary · Married on 02/23/2019
My fiancé and I have enjoyed every minute working with Michael! Our wedding in February will be the third in my family that he will officiate. Upon signing the contract to book him, he offered my fiancé and I the option for pre-marital coaching. My family members who worked with Michael didn’t opt for these sessions, but we figured it could be fun and gave it a try. We started the sessions a strong couple, but we finished them even stronger and felt more connected than ever before. Michael helped us remove outside distractions and really be vulnerable with each other. We enjoyed the experience so much that we requested to have quarterly check-in sessions with him after we say our vows. We feel so lucky to have Michael stand with us and marry us on our big day!Sent on 10/20/2018
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:We've only just begun this journey together. Your relationship coaching sessions are over and the ceremony planning gets underway in earnest now. Knowing the character of your relationship will make my job so much more effective. I am honored to be asked to serve you, and your families as your minister, coach and officiant. I look forward to a wonderful celebration and the continuation of the journey in your quarterly check-ins. I think you had a brilliant idea. Here's to a beautiful wedding and marriage. Warmly,
Carly · Married on 02/23/2019
Everything I could ask for and more!
My husband and I were ever so grateful for an amazing experience with DeArruda weddings! We worked with John Fullerton to officiate our wedding. Let me tell you we were skeptical about spending the money at first but we wanted it to be just right so we booked. John never disappointed us once. We were able to complete all our pre marriage counseling over the iPad and he worked with our crazy busy schedule. We lived 3hrs away so in person meetings wasn't an option for us. We grew with these amazing courses and they provided us with valuable take aways for the future.
Then there was the ceremony...he performed the most beautiful and endearing ceremony. Just the right wording and all within the time frame we asked for. I cannot say enough good things about the experience we had. HIGHLY recommend.Sent on 03/25/2019
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Hi, Carly! I love the photos of the wedding you posted. It brought me back to that beautiful, perfect day with the two of you and your families and friends. I smiled when I thought back to your entrance into the ceremony. As I said then, it was epic! I was so honored to be a part of the ceremony and your lives. Thank you for your words describing your experience of the work we did ahead of time. I am so glad it was useful and pray that the work done then grows and expands into lifelong joy and delight in each other. God has blessed you both richly. May God continually do so! Let's stay in touch Say hi to Chris from me.! Warmly, John.
Amanda C. · Married on 12/22/2018
Exceeded Our Expectations!
Rev. Michael performed the most beautiful ceremony for my husband and I! He was incredibly professional and very flexible in terms of meeting with us to plan our ceremony, as well as with rehearsal times, and was willing to travel to our area to do so. He not only made us feel confident that everything relating to the ceremony was taken care of, but he also coordinated with our other vendors to ensure everyone worked together seamlessly, which took all of the pressure off of us. He worked together with us to craft a ceremony that fit both of our personalities and beliefs. He also truly took the time to get to know us and our story, and has such a warm and kind demeanor, it was like he'd known us for years. He was extremely responsive and was such a pleasure to work with! We are so grateful to have had Rev. Michael with us on our special day, and I would recommend him to anyone! He is a beautiful speaker and a truly lovely man!Sent on 05/03/2019
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Happy 2nd anniversary (almost)! The big question on your wedding day was whether it could realistically be outdoors due to the high winds. And now here we all are asking ourselves how to navigate the headwinds of a worldwide pandemic. Life inevitably forces us to focus on the most important things. Your being together as husband and wife is not dependent on what's going on around you but what goes on between you. I am blessed to have witnessed a deep connection between you which I believe will sustain you in every situation. God continue to support you throughout the seasons of the gift of married life you have received.
Vanessa · Married on 12/01/2018
Best officiant ever!
My husband and I adore Michael! We found him online after deciding on a destination wedding on Anna Maria Island. I inquired for more info on his website and he contacted me by phone and we set up a video conference!Sent on 04/25/2019
As soon as we starting chatting with Michael, my husband and I knew we had to have him officiate our wedding. He has a warm and inviting presence and a great sense of humor!
We purchased the package that included pre-marital coaching and the officiating of our wedding (with rehearsal included). I thought the package was super reasonably priced compared to other officiants. We LOVED the pre-martial coaching. He really took the time to get to know both of us and our story. We video chatted with him 4 times and did one session at his home office while we were in town! It wasn’t like a counseling session (which we did not want). It was more like getting to know each other, our strengths/weaknesses, and our families!
During the 8 months leading up to the wedding, we spoke with him via email almost every week. We were able to totally customize our wedding ceremony- it could be as religious as we wanted or not and we were able to literally write out exactly what we wanted him to say! He helped with the timeline of the wedding and with writing our vows also!
When the wedding weekend came everything ran super smooth! He coordinated our entire rehearsal, showed up early, and was there to walk everyone through the day of the wedding. He even coordinated with our violinist and DJ to ensure that the sound quality from him mic was perfect (we were on the beach and it was windy). When our wedding day came he was a very calming presence for us and our families. He was early, dressed appropriate, and officiated the ceremony perfectly!! Not to mention his voice is PERFECT for officiating! Afterwards he signed the marriage certificate and submitted all the paperwork for us!!
He was truly one of the best parts of our wedding day and I don’t think the day would have ran as smoothly if we didn’t have him. All of our guests loved him and his message during our ceremony!! Would definitely recommend.
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Dear Vanessa and Chris, what a lovely review! It's been a year since your wedding but it seems like yesterday. You two were so pleasant to work with. I'm delighted that you have taken the commitment to marriage and family so seriously (and joyfully). There is nothing more important be than the character and quality of your relationship. God continue to bless you every day.
Jason R. · Married on 11/25/2018
Michael DeArudda made our beach wedding go pretty much perfect. His insightful comments as well as his delivery of the nuptials was spot on. He made my wife and I very comfortable through out the whole process and I couldn’t think of anyone else that I would have perform such a meaningful ceremony!Sent on 12/03/2018
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:So happy for the two of you, Mr. & Mrs. R. The gift of love and the promise of life together founded on the vows of marriage could not be more cherished by a couple than I saw with you. Thank you for the honor and joy of creating and presiding over your ceremony. You have been blessed with a profound appreciation for the gift you are to each other. May you prosper in every conceivable way. Warmly, Michael
Martha · Married on 11/10/2018
Michael did a great job, very personable. We enjoyed getting to know him leading up to the wedding via our coaching sessions. Package was a great value price wise. His officiating was very good and added in some personal touches that he learned about us through the coaching session. If you want absolute control over what is said, make sure to discuss it before hand!Sent on 01/20/2019
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Holiday greetings and happy 2nd anniversary! How are the married doctors doing? I am honored to have been asked to both conduct your ceremony and spend time with you preparing for married life. Because of the COVID pandemic it has been a long time since I've sat with couples here in my study. These days we are all meeting virtually via video conference. I appreciated your time and commitment to those sessions. Praying that you are thriving in your new life together.
Barbara · Married on 11/03/2018
The perfect fit
Michael certainly is meant to be an officiant. He is a very kind looking man who has great patience and makes things fun during such an exciting anxious time. He is incredibly through in his work and is very quick to respond to any questions. His prices are slightly high but after meeting him and seeing how he does things, we were glad to have paid for his services. Couldn't recommend him enough and i'm happy he was part of our big day!Sent on 01/22/2019
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Dear Barbara and Paul, congratulations on your 2nd anniversary of marriage! It was a n honor and delight to help you prepare for the most important journey most people ever take - the commitment of your life to another. Thanks for your kind words and the pleasure of working with you to celebrate your love and that of the One who gave it to you. God bless you always.
Klara · Married on 10/07/2018
We are so happy that we chose Rev. Michael as our officiant as he was such a pleasure to work with. He made the whole process of planning very easy and helped us create our beautiful ceremony just like we’ve always wanted.
Rev. Michael makes everyone feel involved, from the bride and groom to every single guest and that was very special.
We highly recommend him!Sent on 10/21/2018
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Seasons greeting and happy 2nd anniversary K+K! It was a joy to celebrate your love and commitment in marriage at Davis Island Garden Club. Thanks for asking me to be part of this most special moment in your lives. I wish you every blessing throughout all your days.
Katie · Married on 10/06/2018
Amazing experience! Highly Recommend!
We were sooo happy and lucky we found DeArruda Weddings! Michael is amazing and he really took the time to get to know us. He is incredibly organized and on top of things all the way through your wedding. We cannot recommend him enough. We had guest come up to us saying he was the best officiant they've ever heard, we agree!!Sent on 10/29/2018
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Congrats on becoming husband and wife! Your commitment to cherish each other and the relationship you are building was evident the first time we spoke. Then, in the coaching sessions, I came to appreciate the tender connection you share with and for each other. Knowing this made it a breeze to create and conduct your ceremony on the sunny shores of the Gulf. Can't wait to connect again soon. Many blessings in all the days and years ahead. Thank you.
Jennifer · Married on 09/26/2018
Beautifully Arranged Ceremony
I'm embarrassed to admit that the ceremony itself was not among my priorities when my husband and I started planning our September wedding. We sought out DeArruda Weddings only weeks before our big day and had the wonderful fortune of working with Michael. He asked exactly the right questions to get to know us and, ultimately, help us decide how we wanted to structure our ceremony to make it our own. He helped us write personal statements that we will cherish forever and, in the end, he officiated a ceremony that was by far the most magical part of the evening. So many of our guests assumed we'd known Michael for years the way he so accurately described our relationship. He's a true professional and a true master of ceremonies. Highly recommend DeArruda Weddings!Sent on 10/29/2018
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Wow, such kind words! I am deeply appreciative for your time and effort to express your thoughts about the wedding ceremony we created together. It is my joy to do this work with couples. It is such an encouragement to know that what I did had such a profound effect on you, and your family and guests. If no one else ever read your words, they mean the world to me. But, as it turns out, many other couples searching for what you found will read them. Thank you for your honest feedback. Now, go live this life that you have begun together and live it with gratitude and great joy.
Laura · Married on 07/07/2018
DeArruda Weddings was one of the officiants listed on Opal Sands preferred vendors lists! I visited the websites listed and Michaels really stood out to me so I set up an appointment! I am SOOO happy he was on the list because we instantly connected with him! Michael is so easy going and personable. He took the time to get to know us and he used what he learned to draft a ceremony that fit us perfectly! He spoke so clearly and had our guests all laughing! Since our wedding my family and friends haven't stopped talking about how great the ceremony was and how wonderful Michael did! I definitely recommend using Michael as your officiant - you will not be disappointed!!!Sent on 07/26/2018
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Congrats, Laura and Ryan! Your celebration was warm, sincere, fun and relaxed from start to finish. I love doing weddings by the water. Something about the salt sea air, the sound of the surf, and people playing nearby underscores the sense that life is good, it is rich and to be enjoyed. You two are shining examples of this. Your joy is charming. May you be sustained in your marriage by the One who gave us all these wonderful gifts. Thanks for asking me to be part of your special moment. Warmly, Michael
Jenn · Married on 06/09/2018
Enjoyed a beautiful wedding preparation and ceremony experience with Michael DeArruda! He took the time to get to know us as individuals, a couple, and our blended family dynamics. We thoroughly enjoyed the wedding prep course and the ceremony was beyond our expectations even though we had the opportunity to customize the readings and music. Our family and friends commented it was the best ceremony attended because of Michael and his beautiful and inspiration words.Sent on 07/25/2018
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Dear Jenn and Frank,
Elizaveta · Married on 04/07/2018
To say that Michael was the highlight of the wedding is like saying nothing at all. We were so thorough about our search for only the most important person at the wedding outside of bride and groom, that we went through many articles, searches and phone calls and almost got to the wrong answer a few times. However, something prevented me from making the commitment every time until we found Michael. It was clear from the first Skype call that there is no other option for us - he is thoughtful, well-spoken, extremely genuine and so many other things that made him the star of the show during our ceremony (that is of course, until the bride showed up :)). In all seriousness, if I could post a video of my entire ceremony to spread the word about Michael's gift to engage people and make your already special day simply unforgettable, I would. But then I'd be worried he would be overbooked. If you found this review, and Michael has your date available, don't waste time and book him pronto, that is my bridezilla advice to you all! :)Sent on 05/29/2018
DeArruda Weddings + Marriage's reply:Dear Elizaveta and Stefan, you put a big smile on my face as I read your message. Not only because of your kind words, but more, because of your energetic and playful spirit. I love the energy you two have as a couple. The wild winds that blew on your wedding day were fitting for the character of your personalities. May you enjoy the dance of the winds of love throughout all your years as husband and wife. Keep in touch. Warmly, Michael