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Kristina · Married on 10/03/2020
We are so happy that we chose Bishop Richard to officiate our Catholic non-mass wedding ceremony. A He was very helpful in the planning process, gave us good advice along the way and performed a beautiful ceremony in front of a very special group of family and friends. Highly recommend him!Sent on 10/13/2020
Rachel Flood · Married on 09/12/2020
Father Richard Does it All!
We are so lucky to have had Father Richard Officiate our wedding ceremony. From the beginning, he answered all of our questions (which were a lot) and always made himself available to us. We never felt like burdens, in fact, quite the opposite. You can tell he loves what he does and it shows during a ceremony. He eased my mind with every concern I had (as I am not very religious myself and was not aware of many of the Catholic ceremony rules). He made sure we were 100% at ease and that all we needed to focus on was each other. That means more than we could ever say.Sent on 09/17/2020
Father Richard goes above and beyond a ceremony. He provided us with step by step instructions on how to obtain our marriage license, when to change my name regarding my passport for our honeymoon, and how to go about that process. He checked in months and weeks before the wedding, sending little reminders we needed as we were so busy towards the end!! He also was patient and flexible with us, since getting married during a global pandemic can be QUITE stressful and things changed everyday.
Overall, we were so happy to have him there for our wedding day. He truly made it everything we (and our families) could have dreamed. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU Father Richard!!!
Alexa Giokas · Married on 08/22/2020
Such a wonderful experience
My now husband and I had such a wonderful experience with Bishop Richard. He was incredibly thoughtful, compassionate, and understanding. Would recommend a million times over!Sent on 09/18/2020
John Rizzo · Married on 08/21/2020
Father Richard is fantastic!
Thank you Father Richard for your flexibility doing our "Covid" WeddingSent on 10/05/2020
Kaileigh · Married on 10/04/2019
He does it all!
Having a Catholic ceremony was very important to me when we got married, however my now husband was not religious and preferred to not be in a church... so we had to compromise. Bishop Richard came highly recommended to us and I am SO glad he did. Not only did I get my Catholic ceremony, but he came to our location and our marriage is now recognized in the Catholic Church. Bishop Richard was more than just an officiant though, he gave us great advice when it came to wedding planning, he set us up during the ceremony for pictures so not one moment was missed, and was someone great to just chat with. He truly put our minds at ease when it came to the big day. Our ceremony went smoothly thanks to him, and our guests had a lot of great things to say about Bishop Richard! He was by far, the best find out of all our wedding planning in my book!Sent on 10/07/2019
Chelsie Monahan · Married on 09/06/2019
Father Richard is THE BEST
Father Richard was great to work with and does a beautiful Catholic ceremony. We met with him a few times prior to our wedding day and he really took the time to get to know us and offered great marriage advice. It fostered a very personal and intimate feeling ceremony which is exactly what we were looking for. He ensures you’re well prepared for your wedding day as well as your future together. He was such an important part of our big day and will remain a part of our life as a married couple for years to come!Sent on 09/16/2019
Alicia Soos · Married on 08/24/2019
Wedding at The Desmond, Albany
Thorough in planning process and advice; all details addressed to make our day absolutely perfect! Personable and professional; we found we easily trusted Bishop Richard, and grew fond of working with him.Sent on 08/28/2019
Jane · Married on 07/13/2019
Can't recommend highly enough :)
Where should I start?Sent on 07/29/2019
When my husband and I first decided to look into officiants for our wedding, we were faced with a litany of issues: (1) he is Hindu, (2) I had never been officially baptised, (3) our marriage faced significant external opposition ... the list goes on.
To say that Bishop Richard helped us navigate these issues is an understatement. He welcomed our dual-Hindu/Catholic ceremonies with all the amity in the world and was very understanding of our circumstance. After several meetings, I asked Bishop Richard to also baptise me, and I'm blessed (quite literally) that he and his wife were able to attend the entire 12-hour wedding day as guests.
The spiritual aspects of the wedding aside, Bishop Richard gave phenomenal tips for the wedding itself (Details you don't think of, like lanterns lining an aisle getting knocked over as the bride's walking down). I'll let him give you the rest of them, but for now - a huge thank you to Bishop Richard and his lovely wife Mary, and I know we'll stay in touch well after the wedding day.
Arleen and Jay Anderson · Married on 07/07/2019
Beautiful and Memorable Ceremony!
We could not have had a better ceremony than Bishop Richard provided! He was very accommodating to our unique requests, combining tradition and our personal flairs. Our guests were raving about the ceremony throughout the reception. He was also very detailed and thorough in our meetings, assisting us with the planning and putting us at ease. We are so lucky to have found him. If you are looking for a memorable wedding, you cannot go wrong with Bishop Richard!Sent on 07/16/2019
Gabrielle · Married on 05/18/2019
Bishop Christopher Richard was very helpful and knowledgeable of the process and made it very easy for us! We loved having him marry us! He was very kind and friendly and was a pleasure meeting! My husband and I highly recommend him for and service you are thinking of!Sent on 06/13/2018
Fallon · Married on 05/18/2019
It was very special to us to be able to have a religious ceremony at the venue of our dreams. Father Richard was communitive, professional and fun.Sent on 05/01/2019
Alisa · Married on 04/13/2019
He made our wedding ceremony dreams come true!
Father Richard was the reason our ceremony was as perfect as it was. He put both of us at ease and made all of our wedding nerves go away. It meant the world to us that Father Richard was able to present us with our marriage sacrament. Prior to our wedding, it was nice to meet with Father Richard twice, once to get to know each other and see if we would be a good fit, and the second time to gives us advice and tips for having the best marriage a couple could have. He really made it so that we didn't have to worry about a thing on our wedding day. He took care of all the logistics and made sure everyone was where they needed to be. We cannot thank Father Richard enough for the kind words he said about us at our ceremony and we are so thankful that he will always be in the memories of our special day. We highly recommend Father Richard to anyone who is looking to have a beautiful, religious ceremony, outside a conventional religious space. We are excited to continue our relationship with Father Richard for many years to come!Sent on 04/30/2019
Jennifer R · Married on 04/05/2019
Best Officiant there is!
We were beyond lucky to have Bishop Richard to not only officiate our wedding ceremony, but also baptize my husband into the Christian faith. We cannot begin to express how thankful we are for Bishop Richard! Bishop Richard is professional, insightful, and compassionate. Each meeting we had, Bishop Richard shared helpful hints for the wedding planning process. We would highly recommend Bishop richard to anyone!Sent on 05/01/2019
Kathleen · Married on 11/04/2018
He will put your mind at ease!
Father Richard, even at our first meeting, put us at ease. He’s a pro and knows best how to plan a wedding. He gave us great tips, vendor recommendations and made the process of planning a wedding run as smoothly as possible. We especially liked his tips on Save the Dates and his already crafted paper wedding program. Being raised in a strict Roman Catholic household, I liked our down to earth religious belief talk prior to having set a date. He’s a wonderful priest!Sent on 11/12/2018
Meghan · Married on 10/20/2018
Amazing officiant! Exactly what you look for
I was so happy we were able to get bishop richard. He had the ceremony down to a science and even thought of things that we didnt ( handkerchief for my poor husband who was sweating alot at the ceremony) down to earth guy and really takes all the stress away from how the ceremony will go. Highly recommend. Absolutely my number 1
Pick!Sent on 10/26/2018
Alexandra · Married on 09/29/2018
wonderful to work with
It was a pleasure working with Father Richard. My husband and I were both raised in religious households and wanted to have a Catholic ceremony but did not want to get married in a church. Father Richard was the perfect solution! His ceremony was exactly what we were looking for. He was friendly, professional, and very helpful throughout the entire wedding planning process. Thank you again Father Richard!Sent on 10/28/2018
Kaila · Married on 09/22/2018
Father Richard is AMAZING! We had chosen him through a recommendation from our wedding planner whom worked at our venue of choice. After meeting him for the first time, we knew he was the perfect match for us. He is a genuine person and very personable. I very much recommend him!Sent on 09/25/2018
Jess · Married on 09/16/2018
Very friendly, personal, made our ceremony have the special feeling we were looking for.Sent on 10/11/2018
Danielle Decker · Married on 09/15/2018
The Perfect Ceremony
Had the most perfect and wonderful ceremony with Father Richard. Everything went the way I pictured it and the moments came out awesome in the photos.Sent on 11/06/2018
Kristen · Married on 08/11/2018
Bishop Richard did a phenomenal job officiating our wedding! He was willing to include our family traditions in his ceremony without any issue. We were able in incorporate the Filipino cord and veil ceremony and had an American Sign Language interpreter. He kept the ceremony very smooth and was a pleasure to work with. He was always there to answer our questions, both ceremony related and wedding questions in general. He will always point you in the right direction for music, photography and tuxedos! We are very happy with his services and know any couple who chose to will be in great hands with Bishop Richard.Sent on 08/23/2018
Domenica · Married on 06/29/2018
Father Richard was simply the best decision we made for our wedding. From the day we met him we knew he was the perfect fit for our ceremony. You could not ask for a more professional, helpful and caring man. He was always available with a quick response to a question, recommendations to make the process easier and did everything possible to help with everything and anything before the wedding and the day of the wedding. Our families were impressed and absolutely loved him from the moment they met him. My husband and I could not have asked for a more perfect day and a huge part of that was because of Father Richard. He gave us the most perfect ceremony to start our lives together. Our faith is very important to us and we were able to have the Catholic mass experience at our venue. If you are looking for a Catholic mass experience without being in a church look no further. Father Richard will make your dreams come true just like ours.Sent on 07/09/2018
Erin · Married on 05/26/2018
Bishop Richard was exactly what we were looking for! From our first meeting with him, we could tell that he takes the responsibility of marrying a couple seriously - he doesn’t say yes to everyone. He really took the tome to get to know us and helped us with other wedding questions along the way (the best ways to stay in your budget, ceremony/reception planning, etc). Being raised catholic, but having a wedding venue far from a church, we weren’t sure how we were going to pull it off, but Bishop Richard was the perfect solution.Sent on 06/01/2018
Jen · Married on 05/18/2018
Working with Bishop Richard made planning our ceremony so easy and wonderful. On our first meeting he sat down with us to really listen and learn what we wanted for our ceremony and in the end he absolutely provided us with the perfect ceremony. I absolutely recommend working with Bishop Richard.Sent on 05/25/2018
Kerrisa · Married on 04/07/2018
Bishop Richard was wonderful to work with throughout our wedding process. While planning a wedding on the east coast, and living in California can be challenging ,Bishop Richard was very easy to communicate with, he was always available via email and phone. Our ceremony had a beautiful mix of both a spiritual and personal component. I would highly recommend his services.Sent on 04/20/2018
Samantha · Married on 02/24/2018
Bishop Richard was amazing to work with. He provided SO much insight on how to prepare for our big day. He is very professional and ensures your photographer will have great shots of the ceremony.Sent on 03/06/2018