109 Reviews for Donna Forsythe - Lehigh Valley Celebrants
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Words cannot even express my gratitude, appreciation and respect for Donna! She was not only an incredible celebrant, but she is also a wonderful person who is organized, professional, and kind. She made everything so convenient and easy for us and kept in touch throughout the wedding planning process. She is extremely open to creative ideas to create a personalized ceremony, she is incredibly versatile, and she adapts to your interests. She also helped provide numerous ideas, passages, and outlines for how to create a unique and special ceremony just for us when we needed guidance. She interviewed us about each other, our relationship, and our families and incorporated it into the ceremony. It was so personal and really felt like she had known us forever. We are still getting compliments on how meaningful and romantic the ceremony was (which was exactly what we wanted:). She's also incredibly thoughtful and dressed in a beautiful professional manner and purposely stepped aside so the photographer captured perfect pictures of the kiss. She made the whole ceremony experience so special and personal and truly added to the day. It's evident that this is not just a job to Donna, but truly a passion and creative process that she perfects for each wedding that leads to happiness for her and her clients! Hiring Donna Forsythe is a MUST do!
When we first met Donna, it was like we were reconnecting with an old friend. Immediately, we just clicked, and we loved her right away. She was an absolute joy to work with throughout the planning stages as we moved toward our wedding day, and she really took the time to really get to know us. This helped her to write a beautiful, unique ceremony that was totally and completely us. Everyone that was at our wedding commented on the beautiful ceremony that so perfectly encapsulated our relationship, and they could not stop talking about what a perfect, amazing job Donna did. I feel so lucky that we met her and got to have her by our side on our big day!
Choosing not to do a religious wedding left us unsure of how to choose an officiant. We found Donna Forsythe online and had an initial Skype call with her. Right away we loved her, her positive energy, and genuine love for love and marriage. She crafted a beautiful and unique ceremony tailored to us which we could edit and collaborate on. On the day of the wedding our ceremony started an hour late due to transportation issues and Donna was such a calming force in this time of stress. She made sure our guests were comfortable and assured us that the ceremony can be sped up a bit without losing its integrity. We’ve been receiving non-stop compliments on the ceremony and that even grown men were shedding a tear. We highly recommend using Donna as she will truly deliver a ceremony that will be unforgettable.
Donna officiated our wedding ceremony a few weeks ago and we are so happy we chose her. My husband and I are both on the shy side when it comes to sharing our personal lives and Donna made it easy. We even ended up writing our own vows, which I never imagined we would do, thanks to some examples and ideas she provided. Our families are both Catholic but we were not looking to have a religious ceremony, and she was able to add subtle references to acknowledge that part of our lives without going overboard. We had no idea where to start with creating a ceremony and Donna knew exactly what questions to ask and completely took the stress out of the planning process. Would highly recommend her!
Our initial meeting with Laura was very informative and informal. We learned a lot about the options in terms of what we could do with our ceremony. She was very responsive to all our needs and work well with us to make the ceremony "perfect" in terms of what we were looking for on our wedding day. Laura gave us a strawman and suggestions to allow us to create our wedding ceremony story. We both were able to express our feelings and what the ceremony meant for both of us. In the end, we had a ceremony that truly made me smile the first time I read the finished product - it hit on all the important points of what we wanted to express. Laura did an outstanding job making it feel very personal and everyone at the reception was commenting on how well done the words and story were during the wedding ceremony. Even though I read the ceremony a few time, it was hard to contain some of the emotions when you heard the words being stated. I would truly recommend Laura to host anyone's wedding ceremony since she will work with you to understand what you want out of the ceremony and will deliver it in an outstanding manner.
It was an absolute honor to work with Cely Santana from Lehigh Valley Celebrants and have her officiate our wedding. Cely was (and is) so welcoming, calm, kind, organized, and easy to talk to when we met with her to learn more about the ceremony planning process. We knew right then and there that she was the perfect fit for us. Cely stayed in constant communication from day one and on and answered any questions we had promptly and thoroughly. A LOT goes into writing a beautiful ceremony and she worked with us every step of the way to cater to our wants and needs. The first ceremony draft Cely wrote ended up being the final draft, it was that perfect, which goes to show just how talented she is. She recreated our love story so perfectly and brought tears to our eyes as my husband and I read the draft together. Cely’s calm, cool, and collected demeanor was so refreshing the day of our wedding and she spoke with such ease and grace during our ceremony (as always!). We received countless compliments about her and the beautiful love story she wrote and shared. I am certain that she touched every single person’s heart at our wedding that day. We were absolutely honored to have her officiate our wedding and could not have asked for a more perfect day. She went above and beyond all of our expectations. Thank you for being so wonderful and kicking the evening off to such a perfect start, Cely!
Cely officiated our wedding this past June. She was incredibly personable and professional while we were working with her. She contacted us months before the wedding to meet us and get a feel for who we are as a couple and kept in contact afterwards. We provided her with some more personal information and stories, after which she wrote her speech for the wedding. When she sent us the first draft for the script, she had captured our story as a couple so well that my wife was in tears! Cely called us again to go over all of the details of the script and the ceremony, making sure that we were comfortable with everything she would say and that we would understand exactly what the flow would be on the day.
During the actual wedding, her officiating was far more than I had hoped for. Even though we had only spoken on Skype and never met in person, Cely was able to perfectly deliver a wonderfully person speech about our story as a couple that was easy to follow for both our closest friends and those who didn’t know us that well. She had clearly put a lot of time and effort into both preparing and memorizing the script, and she delivered it excellently with humor when it was called for and sincerity throughout. After the ceremony, we received more compliments on Cely’s officiating than any other aspect of the wedding, even from my most religious relatives. I could not recommend her services enough to anyone looking for an entertaining and personal ceremony guaranteed to make everyone feel welcome and included.
Laura was fantastic. She really made the ceremony feel personalized and unique. She was extremely responsive in all our e-mails and I could not be happier with her work.
Donna recommend we work with Katherine Hunter, part of Lehigh Valley Celebrants, and she was absolutely amazing. She went above and beyond to make us feel like it was OUR ceremony, and did a beautiful job on the day. She is very experienced and knowledgeable, kind and a great listener. She offers priceless input, and really helped guide us to make choices we felt good about. We communicated with her frequently during the process of planning the ceremony and she worked on multiple drafts until we got it perfect. We loved our wedding and we love Katherine! When writing to Donna, definitely request her!! You'll love working with her.
Katherine Hunter, our celebrant, was fantastic! She is an incredibly kind person who is very well spoken and who can write a beautiful ceremony. She is very well organized and is really on top of her work. We had an initial meeting were we met to get to know each other so she could get a feel for what we were looking for- and from there we had multiple skype meetings to review the ceremony drafts. She regularly checked with us to make sure we liked the wording and that it was representative of our relationship. My husband and I chose to write our own vows and Katherine helped each of us with checking them to make sure they were similar in length and tone. In addition to her ability to write astoundingly well- she is incredibly professional. She set deadlines for my husband and I to get back to her (which we never met because we were terrible at wedding planning) and she kept us on track throughout the whole process. We had a beautiful wedding that was everything I could have dreamed of- and Katherine was a huge part of making this possible.
We worked with Donna's associate Katherine Hunter. Katherine was fantastic with our wedding ceremony! She struck a perfect balance between helping us figure out what we wanted and going with the ideas we came up with. Not only did she help us put together a personalized ceremony, but she coached us on writing personal vows that reflected who we are as well. She's very responsive and checked in with us regularly. Highly recommended!
Irene was amazing to work with from the very beginning. She is such a sweet woman, and was so kind and thoughtful throughout the entire process. Not only was she extremely informative, she helped us through every detail of the ceremony and made sure we were happy with every step. The result was a beautiful ceremony that was built just for us. Guests have gone out of their way to mention how perfect the ceremony was, so I know it wasn't just me being biased, haha. Working with Irene was such a pleasant experience, and I would gladly recommend the Lehigh Valley Celebrants to anyone who wants a wedding ceremony personalized for their own beliefs and love story.
The celebrant for our wedding was Katherine Hunter, and we could not be more pleased with the whole process of working with her. We knew when we first met her that she would be able to create just what we were looking for. She was upfront and explained everything thoroughly so we understood what to expect.
Not only did Katherine prepare a beautiful story of our love as our ceremony, she kept us on track when it came to completing questionnaires, getting our marriage license, and writing our own vows. Since we were so busy with the rest of the planning, it was helpful to get her reminder emails along the way so that we didn’t fall too far behind schedule.
When we got the first draft of the ceremony that Katherine had written, we were both blown away with how spot-on it was and felt like it hardly needed any modifying. It got us really excited for the actual ceremony because it felt special with our story being told in such a beautiful way. Katherine was always quick to respond to emails and answer questions we had. We wanted a ceremony that was light-hearted, happy, and loving with some humor, and we felt that Katherine did great conveying the feeling we wanted through the writing of our ceremony.
On the day of the wedding Katherine was prompt and available in case we had any last minute questions. She had copies of our vows for us, and even a small bag for our groomsman to safely keep our rings. Our ceremony was so well received that our friends and family raved about how beautiful and “us” and it was. It really felt like our day was personal and memorable from start to finish. Thank you Katherine!!
Katherine Hunter officiated our wedding in Philadelphia. This was an LGBT wedding of two men, and Katherine was incredibly supportive, open, and professional in her approach. We met with her for our initial meeting, and she was immediately warm, and interested in learning about us to create the wedding we wanted. She did not impose her wishes or expectations on us and led us to options and respected our decisions for our ceremony. She thoughtfully considered how we might wish to incorporate our families and traditions and background. We had lots of input and opportunity to perfect the ceremony and vows, and she helpfully kept us on track and on our timeline. We hired Katherine rather late in our wedding planning process, but she expertly guided us. Guests came away from our ceremony loving it and saying it was "the best wedding ever." (They love us, of course, but this was sweet to hear nonetheless.) Katherine was a big part of making the wedding an amazing experience for us. Regarding logistics, she was on time (way early to be honest!), prepared, and flexible. She helped make sure we had what we needed. What words come to mind with Katherine? She is thoughtful, professional, organized, prompt, communicative, warm, and friendly. She was easy to recommend - highly recommended!
It might sound weird, but Donna was like an aunt I didn't know I had. She put so much effort into learning about me and my bride, and her ceremony was incredibly personal. In conversation, she remembered all these tiny details about us that I'd forgotten we'd ever mentioned. It couldn't have been more accurate if I had written the ceremony myself.
Everyone in the room was crying. It was absolutely perfect. I am so glad my wife found her!
We had such a positive experience working with Donna. Our ceremony turned out beautifully and our guests had so many nice things to say about Donna and the ceremony. Donna keeps you involved with every step of ceremony planning and has great ideas for special ceremony additions and readings. Donna makes you feel comfortable from the start and was very responsive to emails and skype meetings. We highly recommend Donna!
Donna made our wedding more than we ever could have asked for. We found her about a year before our wedding, and she met and talked with us on a regular basis to really get to know us as a couple. My husband is from Scotland, so being able to coordinate was not always easy. However, Donna made it work and met with us each time he was in the country for a visit.
She helped us learn a lot about each other and about what marriage means to us both. She was able to make our ceremony loving, lighthearted, and completely personal. Almost every single guest at our wedding has complimented our ceremony and said they enjoyed it and how personal it was. I really feel like the wedding day can get lost in the planning and the partying, but she created a ceremony that was the highlight of the day.
I am so thankful we had the opportunity to get to know and work with Donna, and even more excited that she will be officiating for us again this summer in Scotland!
We feel very lucky to have had Irene Blough officiate our wedding. She worked closely with us to create a ceremony that reflected our unique situation, told an honest and loving account of our "story," and was beautifully personalized for us. We had a very short engagement and Irene helped us create our ceremony within 2 months without feeling stressed for time. She was very organized and offered many resources and examples to help guide us. Irene was thoughtful and offered suggestions as to how we could include my husband's two young children in the ceremony, as well as honor my mother, who had recently died. Irene's warm and caring nature came through during the pre-wedding skypes, and she was a source of reassurance and guidance every step of the way. Irene made herself available, responded quickly to questions, and made last minute revisions easily which made for a relaxed planning process. I would highly recommend Irene for your wedding.
Donna officiated our wedding on February 3, 2018 at Two Rivers Brewing Company in Easton, PA. We were connected to Donna by a referral and we couldn’t have been referred to a better person! Donna was amazing to work with from our first communication. We decided to have a surprise wedding and Donna was very familiar with this as her own wedding was a surprise. She made sure we didn’t miss a single detail. The short wedding ceremony that we had was perfect and our friends and family commented on how well Donna explained our 12 year relationship. You would have thought we knew her for years! We highly recommend Donna to officiate your wedding! She is an absolute pleasure to work with!
Going into wedding planning we knew we wanted our ceremony to be uniquely us. We wanted to share our story and our love with all of our family and friends. Through a long chain of recommendations, we contacted Donna, who put us in touch with Cely Santana. Initially, we were nervous about the ceremony. We wanted just the right blend of love, happiness, joy, and spirituality. Cely did an amazing job! She made us feel so comfortable and understood. Following our ceremony we received many questions about how we found such a wonderful Celebrant. Looking back we couldn't imagine our day without her! Thank you Cely!
There are simply not enough ways or words to use to thank Donna for the amazing job she did. She has a beautiful energy about herself; she's very personable, joyous, funny, warm, calming and was able to organize a large wedding party within a blink of an eye! She has a gift of being both professional and fun; you feel like she's part of the family. Aside from her wonderful personality, she has a gift for writing and is extremely helpful throughout the entire process. Our ceremony was exactly what we envisioned and much much more thanks to Donna, she was the highlight of our wedding!!! Thank you Donna for everything!!! Love always, xoxox Mr. & Mrs. Dawson
Hi Jen and David - and thank you for your kind words! Your lives have taken you on quite a journey to get you to where you are now. I couldn't be happier for the two of you. You had such a beautiful wedding day! The Nature Nurture Center was absolutely gorgeous...Big sunny windows, lovely architecture, and lots of happy people! I am looking forward to your visits back to PA and spending some time together. Lots of love back to the both of you!
Cely was absolutely amazing! She was so helpful from the beginning to the end and got back to us right away with any questions. We received so many compliments from our ceremony & everyone thought Cely has known us for years the way she spoke about us.
No matter the size of the wedding, they all come with some degree of stress and chaos. Ours was no different, but from the moment that we met Donna she brought with her a sense of peace and serenity. Her guidance in planning the ceremony was invaluable, making sure that we expressed exactly what we wanted to say with just the right words. Our guests all agreed that her presence and delivery of the ceremony were superb. Donna added special touches to our day that we will hold in our hearts and treasure always. Her devotion to providing a special wedding day for her clients is apparent from start to finish. We couldn't be more grateful!
I would recommend Donna to anyone that wants great personal service! Donna officianted our wedding back in October and originally thought she would be out of our “budget” however after much research and talking with several other officiants decided that she was not that much out of our “budget“ and can honestly say, months later, absolutely worth every penny! Easy communication, Beautiful ceremony and never felt like I was bothering her with our questions through the process. She had us fill out a questionnaire and both me and my husband had individual conversations with her weeks before our wedding day which helped in her telling our love story so perfectly! Thank you again for all you did to make our special day complete!
My Husband and I chose Cely as the Celebrant for our Wedding, and we couldn't be happier with the service she provided! She was professional, organized, caring and flexible. Any time we had questions, she was prompt to answer them and made sure we all came to an understanding. Her smile is infectious, and all of our guests had nothing but wonderful things to say about her. The day of our Rehearsal, she was the first one on-site, as well as on the day of our Wedding. We're so very happy that we found her, because she made such an important day to the both of us that much more special. We highly recommend Lehigh Valley Celebrants!