25 Reviews for Heartcrafted Ceremonies
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If I could give 100 out of 5 stars, I would in a heartbeat! Susie is absolutely incredible at what she does. She went above and beyond in every way imaginable when it came to helping us create our perfect wedding ceremony. From our very first meeting, my now husband and I felt like finding Susie was meant to be. We're both extremely introverted and had a lot of anxiety surrounding the ceremony itself. I honestly don't think that we could have done it without Susie.
She is such a warm, welcoming, accepting person who we felt instantly comfortable with. She was there for us any time we needed her. She reached out to us several times simply to check on how we were feeling since she knew how nervous we were. She constantly offered her help and support in aspects of the planning that were outside of the normal officiant duties.
When it came to writing the actual ceremony script, Susie's process was perfect. The way that she truly gets to know her clients results in the most personal, heartfelt script you could ask for. We only had 10 in attendance at our ceremony, but every last one of them commented on how "us" the whole thing was. She is also a terrific speaker.
I could go on and on about how wonderful Susie is, but I'll leave it at this.
We couldn't have even dreamed of a better experience from start to finish, and we're forever grateful to have met Susie.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Jamie! I have to agree, the three of us just clicked right from the start didn't we? And your wedding ceremony was a beautiful collaboration because of that lovely connection. I remember how fearful you both were of being in front of people for your ceremony but we worked through it together and made some modifications. To my absolute delight, you are both laughing and smiling and absolutely in the moment with each other in every picture! (Mission accomplished!) I truly loved the intimacy of your riverside wedding - it fit you both so well - and special elements you chose like including your toddler son in a tree planting ceremony. It was a day I will always fondly remember. I'm so happy to have been part of it.
Our wedding would not have been the same without Susie. Her presence and warmth enriched our wedding and were integral to the beauty of our ceremony.
Prior to the wedding, Susie was professional, responsive, and engaging. The depth of her experience in guiding couples was immediately obvious from our first meeting. In light of both my wife's and my resistance to public attention, her reassurance and knowledge was essential. She readily provided information and examples to help my wife and I craft our perfect ceremony.
Susie was responsive to our requests for assistance on each step of the way and was readily available to provide guidance. Thank you!
In the process of searching for an Officiant for my wedding, I was referred to Susie by another Officiant who was booked on the day in question. I called Susie and explained my wedding was in a couple of months and was she available, fortunately for us, she was available. Things always work out for a reason, for us that reason was having Susie perform our ceremony and marry us and we had no regrets.
Susie listened to what we wanted and when we were not sure, she shared her experiences of past weddings which was tremendously helpful. She gave us perspective of things we had not thought of. Susie is all about the customer, she is the type of person that understands what this special day is about and will do everything she can do to make it about you. In fact, she will tell you, "it's all about you and what you want, not what I want." In regards to working with her, she was always available and returned phone calls or emails very promptly. Susie is a complete professional in every sense of the word. Susie did craft our story for us based on the information we supplied to her, so the more detail you give her, the better your story becomes. I would HIGHLY recommend using Susie, you will not regret it. Thank you again Susie for what you did for us and sharing our day.
Thank you for your thoughtful and kind review, Steve! From our first phone conversation, I just knew we would have a great time planning your and Molly Jo's wedding ceremony. And we did! I am so happy that you found my suggestions along the way helpful. I try to learn something from every wedding I officiate, and if appropriate, pass little nuggets of knowledge to the couples I work with. Good to know they are appreciated! I thoroughly enjoyed writing your Love Story and sharing it during your wedding. Yes, love can happen when you least expect it but one might need some persistence to get the show on the road! (So good you were persistent, Steve!) It was an honor and a privilege to be your Officiant and share your most special day. Thank you both!
Our wedding was in October of 2017. We had a great experience working with Susie and were very happy with our choice. Susie is a very kind and non-judgmental person. She made us feel very comfortable throughout the process. Susie goes out of her way to try and get to know you and make the ceremony personal. She was very patient with us, as we came to her with no idea of what we were doing and didn’t know how we wanted the ceremony. Susie is very flexible and understanding. She arranged to meet with us multiple times and gave us many ideas of how we could make the ceremony unique and special. She provided us with drafts of our ceremony to make sure it was what we wanted and delivered a heartfelt, humerus, and genuine story just as we wanted.
In addition to writing a great ceremony, Susie gave us detailed instructions of how to obtain our marriage license and complete the name change. She went out of her way to make it to our rehearsal and took the initiative to lead it. Susie is truly passionate about what she does. I recommend Susie for anyone.
It was a joy getting to know you and Marty and planning your ceremony together. Thank you so much for your kind words, Ashley. I was really pleased to see how relaxed you both were during the ceremony despite being a little nervous about everything when we first met. I think our meetings and conversations beforehand really helped. It was truly a beautiful wedding and genuinely yours in every way. I was so happy and honored to be a part of it and am excited for your future together. Wishing you both all the best!
When we met Susie we knew she was the officiant for us. She really took the time to get to know us, and helped us through the process. We had very little idea how to go about the whole ceremony, we just knew it needed to be special. Susie gave us a lot of ideas and made us feel very comfortable through each step of the way. Our guests raved about how meaningful and special our ceremony was. Most importantly we loved every bit of it. I could not recommend her any higher. She will absolutely make your ceremony the best! Plus she made the most beautiful flower circle for the ceremony!!
Thank you, Jessica! Working with you and Phil to create your ceremony was truly a wonderful experience from start to finish. The fact that you were both so open to all the ideas and possibilities that could be included in your wedding ceremony certainly contributed to it being personal and "you!" I am still amazed how the flower circle I made coordinated perfectly with the boho rug you chose to define your ceremony space. Now that was serendipity .... and complete trust on your part. It was such a delight being part of your special day and I wish you both much love and happiness in the years ahead.
Wow! Susie was a dream to work with. We felt an instant connection with Susie and are so happy with our decision. It honestly felt like she could read our minds when it came to putting together all the little details that went into our big day. She had the best recommendations for wedding readings and ways to show our personalities throughout the ceremony. She even came up with a beautiful wedding tradition that we will continue to do each year on our wedding anniversary! Susie is so warm and welcoming and will make you feel instantly comfortable in her presence. Do yourself a favor and book Susie, you will not be disappointed!!!
Thank you, Lexie! It was wonderful getting to know you and Hassan, and of course meeting your puppy Ruby, via the magic of web meeting software! It certainly condensed the miles between St. Paul and Portland didn't it? I may have had ideas to share, but the two of you added your personal touches which is what made your ceremony so intimate and special. I loved the personalized box you found for your Love Letter ritual, complete with your name, wedding date and Mt Hood beautifully engraved. Wow! What a wedding keepsake that will be! And coming this summer.... a new addition to your family! Your adventure continues... thank you for having me be part of the very beginning. The memories of working with both of you, and your beautiful ceremony, will continue to make me smile.
Susie is amazing! We live in South Florida and needed to plan our wedding in Oregon. That alone is a difficult task! Susie was there every step of the way from Skyping us for a few "meetings" to helping us find the perfect location for our special day. She even took care of the bouquets and went shopping with us to find the perfect wine combination for the ceremony. Susie really went above and beyond! She made everything SO easy for us and always had a great disposition! We highly recommend her!!
Thank you Lori! Working with you and Caro to plan your wedding in Portland was such a fun and wonderful experience. It's a city I know and love and finding the perfect location for your ceremony was like a treasure hunt! My beloved Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden was such a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony. I loved hearing your proposal story and will never see a Ferris Wheel again without thinking about it! Your wedding was so joyful in every way; I was very honored to be part of it. Oregon is waiting for your return!
Susie was absolutely fantastic!!! She was so sweet during the process and guided us every step along the way. The ceremony she put together for us was simply perfect, we had SO MANY compliments on our ceremony! We had to find an officiant on late notice after our first one cancelled, and lucky for us Susie had a cancellation for our date. She was prompt, polite, responsive, and made us completely comfortable for our big day. I can't say enough about her, you will be lucky to have her guide you on the most special day of your life!
Thank you, Charmaine! I really enjoyed getting to know you and Matt and was so honored to be a part of your wedding day. I have to say, having your ceremony within the family hazelnut orchard was lovely and so unique! How authentically Oregon can you get with that venue? I am so happy you and your guests liked the ceremony. Wishing you all the best!
We are a unique couple and wanted our ceremony to be a reflection of that. Susie was so good at listening to all of our crazy ideas! She was able to capture who we were as individuals, as well as our family dynamic. She was able to turn all of that into an incredible, one-of-a-kind ceremony. Susie went above and beyond for us. She was able to pull off a complete tear-jerking surprise for my wife! Having Susie so involved with the ceremony planning made us feel completely confident that everything was taken care of, allowing us to enjoy a stress-free wedding! Susie is very professional, takes incredible notes during meetings, and gives out phenomenal ideas. She embraces all people equally and we love her for that. We truly beleived she was our soulmate officiant from the first time we met.
Pam & Alex Lochlann
Oh Pam and Alex! You are such a beautiful, loving and caring couple and so amazingly connected. Getting to know you both and working together to create your ceremony was a total joy. I agree, the strong connection between the three of us was evident from the very beginning. Your wedding was so rich with personal touches and unique changes to traditional elements, it was authentic and completely yours. Alex, I don't think I will ever forget the emotion of seeing your sweet Grandfather lovingly hold and kiss your rings during the ring blessing. It was so tender and unexpected and brought tears to my eyes. There were so many other special moments - it was really an intimate and love-filled wedding. And with the Clackamas River as a backdrop, beautiful in every way. Love IS Love - I am SO happy you married your Anam Cara! Thank you for including me in your most special day.
I am just the groom. I have no idea which of her friends or family told my bride how to find Susie, or how much she costs. All I know is it was worth a lot more than she charged! I felt like what I wanted was as important as what my lady wanted. Now we all know that is not true, but at least I felt it. I was also very grateful Susie could finish my reading from Pooh, since I was too busy blubbering to get it out! She also helped us write a great ceremony, included our dog, Taco, as ring bearer, and greeted all our guests, helping them feel welcome and important. Susie also led the crowd in singing Going to the Backyard (Chapel) as the processional. She even found a way to include the Chicken Dance in our recessional music!
Thank you for your thoughtful words, Riley. It means a lot to me. You know when you are asked to officiate The Red White & Blue "I DO" BBQ on the 4th of July that's it's going to be a pretty special wedding with LOTS of fun included. And it was! The three of us sure had a great time planning your ceremony and even Taco cooperated as the ring bearing pup! I am so glad I could step in and read the rest of the Winnie the Pooh verse for you. To be honest, I had to choke back tears too! I think your wedding was the perfect combination of tears, cheers, laughs, and applause and sometimes all at once! I loved being part of it.
Susie is such an amazing wedding officiant, I couldn't imagine anyone else performing our ceremony. From the start Susie was able to work with me and craft the perfect ceremony even while I was living in Chicago. She is responsive to email, phone calls, etc. Always able to work around my busy schedule.
Susie prepared the most thoughtful and one of a kind wedding ceremony just for us. It was truly spectacular to see how much thought and time she put into the ceremony.
I enjoyed working with Susie and found it easy to become friends. Susie is the only option if you're looking for the best!
Thank you, thank you for your very kind words, Jean! I was so pleased to be part of your beautiful wedding day, and most of all, have the opportunity to meet and get to know you and Gabe. You are so in-sync with each other; your hearts are truly connected. I thoroughly enjoyed writing your ceremony and especially your Love Story which will only evolve and grow with marriage. It was truly a privilege to be your Officiant - thank you again!
Susie was absolutely wonderful. She's a very warm, friendly person who was happy to meet with us several times to discuss our ceremony. She happily worked through and around all of our wishes for the ceremony and was even willing to go on a rigorous hike to get to our location. The ceremony was completely customized while requiring very little from us to convey what we wanted. I don't think there's anything that she could have done better. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant, especially if they're hoping for a personalized, intimate experience.
Thank you Anthony and Nadia for bringing me along on your waterfall wedding day adventure! It was an amazing day! Getting to know both of you while we worked on your ceremony was a wonderful experience. You are truly a yin and yang couple .... and balance each other beautifully! Small weddings have such a fond place in my heart - yours will always be a favorite. Having your dog be part of the ceremony was icing on the cake. Wishing you all the best and many happy trails to waterfalls in the coming years!
Susie is the perfect person to play this role for any wedding. She was so attentive and in tune with who we are as people and crafted the most meaningful ceremony we could have had. She has a real gift for connecting with people and creating an atmosphere of love.
Thank you Kim! It was a delight working with you and George. I loved how your ceremony just blossomed with things to make is so personal and truly unique to you and George. Having your dog Rolo bring the rings down the aisle was my favorite of many wonderful moments. He did a great job and right on cue! (Whew) I wish you both abundance, love, and lots of music in the coming years. It was such a privilege being part of your wedding day!
Susie Cunningham has truly found her calling!
Though rarely at a loss for words, Ted and I simply didn’t know where to begin as we faced the prospect of creating our wedding ceremony. At our first meeting with Susie, however, those concerns fell away. Susie brought an open heart, creative suggestions, and order as we began crafting our ceremony and vows. With enthusiasm, reassurance, and guidance, she presented options that helped us define the commitment we were making to each other. As we read the final version of our ceremony a couple of weeks before the wedding, we looked at each other with tears in our eyes. With Susie’s invaluable support, we finally found the words that seemed so illusive to us the first day we met her.
We enthusiastically recommend Heartcrafted Ceremonies ... Susie Cunningham will exceed your expectations!
Susie was fabulous! She really crafted our ceremony to be uniquely 'us'. She gave us so many choices for our ceremony----I honestly didn't know ceremonies could be made so personal----and promptly helped us with any questions we had. Her pricing was fair and she was flexible about planning a rehearsal and setting up meetings to discuss our ceremony. She was a calming force before the ceremony, and smiling face throughout the night.
Thank you so much for your kind words. Working with the two of you was fabulous! It was such a beautiful wedding at the Oregon Garden and how wonderful Mother Nature cooperated and gave us a dry ceremony! Whew! But really, rain or no rain, nothing could dampen your happiness that day. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of your most special day. All the best to you and T!
Our entire experience with Susie was absolutely amazing. From just our first email inquiry about officiating our wedding, all the way to our big day, she was so easy and fun to work with. She made us feel at ease throughout the planning process, which made it easy to stay stress-free about all the little details. Susie has the kindest heart and really went above and beyond to get to know both of us well. By the time our wedding day arrived, everything came together so nicely and our ceremony was everything we hoped it would be - fun, heartfelt, and completely personalized for us. Thank you, Susie, for being so sweet, reliable, and for taking the time out to really get to know us!
Thank you Caitlin and Elise! What a wonderful wedding day you had at Black Butte Ranch. And I was the lucky one honored to be your wedding Officiant! Getting to know the two of you as we worked together on your ceremony and as I wrote your Love Story was a complete delight. You have found .... and married your soulmate! I am so happy for you and wish you all the best and much love in the years to come.
Susie is warm, intuitive, flexible, and fun to work with. She knows when to make suggestions, when to guide, and when to take charge. It was a joy for us to get to know her through the process, as well as have her officiate our ceremony. We feel that Susie added value to our wedding and eased our minds during the planning process. Highly recommended. -Amir
It was a wonderful, beautiful day in every way! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and Elizabeth as we worked on your ceremony together. I loved the special ways your included and honored your families in your ceremony - especially your parents. It was all so sweet and intimate in an absolutely stunning riverside setting. Thank you for the honor of being your wedding Officiant. And I am so thankful for the little "tech tips" you gave me along the way, Amir!
When my husband and I first met Susie we immediately felt comfortable and as though we had known her for a long time. She was very attentive to what we wanted out of our ceremony and created a personalized ceremony just for us. Susie was a wonderfully calming presence the day of our wedding and an excellent speaker to boot. We received multiple comments from our guests about how lovely and personalized the ceremony was, and my husband and I completely agree. While the cost of choosing Susie might be a little higher than average, the quality we received was more than worth it for us. The ceremony was the most important part of the day for us, and Susie made it perfect.
Thank you K for your very nice comments. Reading them made my day! It was such a pleasure meeting with you and J at our little coffee place and planning your wedding. You and J have such a sweet Love Story! You said from the very beginning that the ceremony was the most important part of your wedding day. I am so pleased I had a part in making your most special day perfect. It's suppose to be! It was such a joy working with you - the calmest bride I ever met! Sending many good wishes to you and your husband J.
Susie is an amazing officiant and celebrant! My husband and I both felt an immediate connection with her, because she is an open, honest and welcoming human. She wants to create the perfect ceremony for you. We were a bit lost, we didn't have religion's strict guidance, nor were we interested in having a "cookie cutter" ceremony - we wanted something that was uniquely us, which is exactly what we got. Everyone commented that ours was such a great ceremony. Susie gave us all the pieces to put together a ceremony that fit us just right - and she executed it perfectly. Her sweet demeanor shone through and made the entire audience happy. You will not be disappointed with her - she replies to emails quickly, is very attentive and flexible, and provides the perfect amount of guidance. I suggest you book her for your ceremony now!
Thank you K & E! I really appreciate your kind words about working with me. I so enjoyed getting to know both of you, and with your collaboration, creating your wedding ceremony. By the time your wedding rolled around, I felt I was officiating the wedding of two friends. And I was! Thank you for that honor. All the best to the O'Hooligan's!
Susie is absolutely amazing! Kim and I literally decided at the last minute to elope in Oregon and we were so happy to find Susie. She completely immersed herself in our ceremony and demonstrated more flexibility and creativity than we could have every imagined. We expected to have just a simple and quick ceremony but Susie had other plans for us. She showed how we could make our wedding so much more memorable than just the standard I do's. Susie ensured that she included all the things we are passionate about and still gave it her own special flair. Pick Susie for your planner and celebrant, you will be extremely happy that you did. I know that we certainly are!
Thank you, Jeff! First, for giving me the honor and the absolute delight of being your wedding Officiant, and secondly, for you and Kim being so open to ALL the possibilities. As the three of us brainstormed a bevy of elements to include in your wedding, the universe connected all the dots .... perfectly. Your afternoon wedding at Hug Point was so sweet, so intimate, and so completely you and Kim. Cheers and *hearts* to you both!
Susie was an absolute joy to work with! My husband and I were immediately impressed by her heartfelt writing on her website, and her joyfulness and genuine kindness was felt during our first meeting. She was very communicative leading up to the ceremony and wrote up a beautiful love story for us. We were obviously very busy and preoccupied prior to the ceremony, and Susie stepped in during moments of confusion to take charge and made us feel like our wedding ceremony would be special no matter what our day throws at us! She went above and beyond the duty of just an officiant. She played a major part in creating our beautiful memory - we not only gained an awesome ceremony, but a wonderful friend. Susie is AMAZING!
Thank you Mary! It was such a delight working with you and Josh to plan your elopement wedding at the Oregon Coast. From your first email to me, I knew we would have a special connection ... and we did! Plus Mother Nature let us know that she was part of the ceremony by blessing the beach with little washes of waves .... during your vows! All the little surprises only magnified the happiness and love you and Josh share. Thank you for the honor of being part of those moments.
Susie was an amazing officiant! I didn't give her much time, but she worked diligently with us to create a beautifully customized ceremony. Our ceremony was uniquely us and everyone at my wedding commented on how great it was to hear about our lives and love. Susie asked my husband and I to each write about how we met, how we fell in love, etc. and she turned it into a wonderful Love Story about the two of us and shared it during our ceremony. She understood our brand of humor and our personalities and made everything suited to us. We just loved the experience and can't wait until our first anniversary to open our love notes to each other and to keep the tradition going (Susie's idea too!).
Thank you, Casey! I had so much fun working with you and Craig. We sure accomplished a lot in 30 days .... and 3,000 miles apart! I'm delighted to hear how much you liked your wedding ceremony and the Love Story I wrote about you and Craig. I hope reading your "Wedding Day Love Letters" to each other on your First Anniversary will bring you back to all the emotions and love you felt that day. Best wishes to both of you!
Susie did an amazing job with our wedding. She provided us with the perfect amount of guidance to create our personalized ceremony. My favorite part was writing out Love Story. She asked my husband and I to separately write to her about how we met, memorable experiences we shared, and what we love about each other. Then, she crafted a beautiful story which brought tears to my eyes when I first read it. Susie was wonderfully supportive as we worked through the various parts of the ceremony to create the best wedding for us. I highly recommend Susie for anyone who wants a beautiful, customized ceremony that is created in partnership with a caring and hardworking officiant.
Thank you, Courtney! I so appreciate your very nice comments about working with me to create your wedding ceremony. It really was a partnership wasn't it? Writing a couple's Love Story is always my favorite part and you and Jason had such a sweet story. I enjoyed sharing it with all your guests and was honored to Officiate your wedding.
We worked with Susie as our officiant for our wedding last month and it was AMAZING!! I looked to book my officiant shortly after I booked my venue as I didn't want to stress this large detail in midst of planning everything else. We worked with Susie off and on for 11 months from the initial meeting to wedding date, but put my mind at ease. I am a detailed planner who stresses the small stuff. Susie helped us in writing the entire ceremony from start to finish months ahead of time. This was super helpful to review, sleep on it, ask for input/suggestions, sleep on it again - we knew exactly how things were going to go and exactly what was being said and when. We were making changes the week before our ceremony and Susie encouraged us to continue reviewing, she wanted to ensure we were 100% happy with all being said. At our wedding and following we received numerous compliments on how well done and how personalized our ceremony we created with Susie. We wouldn't have felt so comfortable with our wedding day and our ceremony and vows without Susie we are certain
I am delighted you and Ty were so happy with your ceremony. It really was a collaboration between the three of us and I think that's what made it so personal and "you!" Thank you so much for your wonderful review - it's nice to be appreciated! And Kelsi ...... YOU are the most organized bride... ever! What a treat it was getting to know both of you over the past months. Best wishes in the years ahead.
Susie is authentically friendly, kind, open, and flexible. We 1st met with her less than 2 months before the wedding and she never made us feel guilty about waiting so long. But she gently guided us by providing samples, feedback and deadlines. She met with us several times, created the ceremony format in a timely manner and allowed us to edit several times before the ceremony. The day of the ceremony, she arrived early and helped us feel at ease & relaxed. Ultimately, we felt like we were working with a trusted friend!
Thank you Laurie! I really enjoyed working with you and Jim, hearing your story 20 years in the making, and creating your wedding ceremony. It was really joyful occasion, and happily, the weather cooperated! All the best in the years to come.