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Amelia · Married on 12/06/2020
The best officiant!
We are SO glad that we chose Barbra to be the officiant for our wedding! We connected right away after I first reached out, and my now-husband and I both felt so comfortable when meeting with her and going over what would go into our ceremony. Our March 2020 wedding was cancelled just a week before due to the first shutdown for COVID-19, but Barbra was so sweet and supportive during the whole postponement process.
As we got a few months away from our rescheduled date in December, we made the tough decision to reschedule a second time to an entire year later, but we knew we still wanted to get married in a small ceremony this year. Hours before another shutdown, we finally got married, and it was the most beautiful ceremony. We didn't have audio set up, and everyone was standing far away for social distancing, but Barbra's words about us still touched everyone! She's going to repeat the ceremony for us at our larger wedding next year, and we're so glad we get to work with her again!Sent on 12/13/2020
Genavieve D. · Married on 02/12/2020
10+ Stars to Barbra
From the first call to the day of the ceremony Barbra was so wonderful to work with! We wanted something relaxed and unplanned for our elopement ceremony. I was worried about not knowing all the details and Barbra was so caring and easy going about letting the day unfold perfectly for us. I could not have asked for a better day and Barbra was a huge part of making it so PERFECT! I will be forever thankful to her for the light, loving, thoughtful energy she brought to our wedding day.Sent on 01/06/2020
idosantabarbara's reply:Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! It was entirely my privilege and honour and I wish you many years of laughter and love!
Sarah · Married on 07/27/2019
Wonderful Officiant with a Personal and Touching Ceremony
We absolutely loved our experience with Barbra from our initial phone call to our counseling sessions and to our ceremony on the day of. It was such a great value and experience to do pre-marital counseling with her along the way. For one thing, the sessions are a nice quiet pause along what ends up being a very hectic and busy planning period and second it gave us a chance to get to know Barbra better and for her to get to know us. By the time our ceremony came around it didn't feel like a stranger was marrying us, but an old friend who knew so much about us and how we got to that day. She organized the ceremony so well and also incorporated some Filipino traditions into it for us. We would recommend Barbra whole-heartedly and also suggest going to counseling with her before!Sent on 09/27/2019
idosantabarbara's reply:Thank you so much For taking the time to write this that means the world to me! It was my honor to be a part of such an amazing wedding! Love to you both
Loren G. · Married on 05/18/2019
Excellent and Elegant
Look no further! Book Barbra for a wedding officiant who will help you create a ceremony that is meaningful, personalized, heartfelt, and elegant. Barbra traveled all the way to Manhattan Beach from Santa Barbara to officiate our wedding. She was prompt, energetic, encouraging and very well prepared. She gave us plenty of assurance and support throughout the whole process. She made sure that she captured the essence and uniqueness of our relationship. She was easy to work with. She provided us with all the guidance we needed to create a very memorable wedding ceremony! Thanks a million Barbra!Sent on 08/26/2019
idosantabarbara's reply:Thank you so much! For This lovely review as well as the honour of being part of such a magical celebration of love! You will always remain near and dear to my heart 💓 it’s all about love!
Taylor B. · Married on 05/10/2019
Fabulous experience! Perfect in every way.
We had a beautiful wedding at my families estate in Montecito. Barbra was beyond fabulous and the ceremony could not have been better! The perfect amount of personal touches with tradition and prayer. We received compliments all night from our guests about how perfect the ceremony was and how great Barbra was. We would give her more stars if we could!! We are so pleased and thankful to have her share in such a magical day.Sent on 10/08/2019
Sarah · Married on 11/22/2018
Barbra is the way to go!!
Barbra has a true gift! Our ceremony felt so personal, not just to us, but to our guests as well. The last thing I thought our friends and family would be talking about months later was how great the ceremony was, but ours were, they loved it! Barbra just has a way with words, captivating everyone in attendence. We spent a few hours with Barbra to get to know her before our big day and she was kind enough to drive 2+ hours each way on Thanksgiving day for our wedding! We feel so lucky to have had Barbra there. She even eased my nerves before the ceremony and made us both feel so comfortable being in the spotlight exchanging vows. We would totally reccomend Barbra!!Sent on 11/19/2019
Ashley · Married on 10/07/2017
We hadn’t even thought about an officiant until our wedding coordinator set up an appointment, nor did we know what we wanted or what we were looking for - and then we struck gold!Sent on 10/29/2017
Barbara was personalized and intimate, with the perfect touch of humor, candor, and advice!
She was interested in us, our story, what we loved about one another, and wanted to customize a ceremony that would reflect that.
Weddings in general are unquestionably a very personal endeavor, however, this is even more the case when it comes to ceremony itself. After meeting with Barbara a couple times to share stories, get her advice on everything from ceremony to vendors, and learning what to expect, we felt incredibly comfortable with her. This was in no doubt an advantage of her personality overall, and skillset as a marriage counselor and therapist as well.
When it came to the ceremony itself, we simply let her guide us along. We were able to lose ourselves in the experience and simply enjoy the moment. Of course we loved the ceremony, but afterwards we were floored by how many people came up and applauded the officiant too - even days later people were raving about Barbara!
When it comes to those special moments in a wedding that you’ll reflect on later in life, and that your attendees will too, you’ll want the right officiant to help create that. For that, you’ll want Barbara Mousouris!
idosantabarbara's reply:Oh my goodness thank you so much for the kind words! I really care about what I do, so this means the world to me! It was sincerely my honour and privilege to be part of your incredible day and meeting the two of you! I hope to get together in the future to celebrate again with a glass of champagne! Thank you and sending big hugs , Barbra
Christina · Married on 09/09/2017
I really wish I could give 10+ stars to Barbra.. My husband and I are forever grateful to Barbra and her amazing ceremony!! Not only was Barbra the most wonderful officiant we could have ever asked for, but she is the most incredible person!! She spent time with us and got to know us so that she could make our ceremony incredibly personal and absolutely perfect!! Her words were so heartfelt, personal and special that it brought tears to almost everyone attending. I still have people coming up to me to tell me how wonderful she was and that they have never been to a ceremony so perfect! She tied in special things that my husband and I thought of each other and also spoke about our heritage and made our ceremony so incredibly unique. She was able to have everyones hearts filled with love and crying and laughing all in the same ceremony!! Barbra put her heart into officiating our wedding and that meant the world to me!Sent on 09/13/2017
Planning a wedding is not easy, but Barbra was there for us throughout the entire process and guided us along with her tips that were oh so helpful!! She was so wonderful at our rehearsal (and we had a very excited group ;-)) and connected so perfectly with our family and friends that we felt like we had known her forever!! She has this unique gift and talent to warm hearts and spread love! We cannot recommend Barbra enough!!! She is exactly the person you want marrying you and so SO much more!! I promise you, choosing Barbra will be the best wedding decision you make, because she sure was ours!!!
Barbra - WE LOVE YOU!!! And cannot wait to share many years of friendship and memories!! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for EVERYTHING!!!
Brian and Christina
idosantabarbara's reply:Oh my goodness, after your wedding I cannot believe you took the time to write this heartfelt message it means the world to me thank you so much! It was entirely my honour and privilege and an evening I shall never forget-- love you all !
Amy · Married on 08/19/2017
Barbra officiated our wedding in beautiful San Luis Obispo. The ceremony was everything we could have dreamed of and so much more. Barbra did such a wonderful job - her words were heartfelt, personal, special, and fun! She took the time to really get to know my husband I before the ceremony and even asked us some fun personal questions that she tied in perfectly to the ceremony. We knew within minutes of skyping with her that she was exactly what we were looking for. She had everyone laughing one minute, and crying the next. We continue to hear from all of our guests that it was the most beautiful wedding ceremony they have ever been to. She was a huge part of our wedding weekend and she felt like part of the family right away.
We can't recommend Barbra enough! She is exactly what we were looking for and in addition to being our officiant, we also did couples counseling with her a few times before the wedding. The sessions were helpful, comfortable, and tons of fun. Barbra makes everything relaxing and stress-free, which is SO important to have for a bride/groom while they're planning a million other things around their big day.
We love you Barbra! - Amy & TimSent on 10/30/2017
idosantabarbara's reply:Oh my goodness thank you so much! I totally fell in love with you too and will never forget the honor of marrying two such amazing people in such a beautiful setting! Let’s definitely get together for a glass of champagne as soon as possible! Love you both! Thank you again so much this means the world to me !
Jena · Married on 08/12/2017
We couldn’t have asked for a better ceremony than the one Barbra wrote and performed for us. She captured our relationship perfectly in the succinct manner we were hoping for. Her personal touches and obvious thought she put into her work was truly appreciated. We would recommend Barbra for any couple hoping to find an officiant who can make their unforgettable day a perfect one. Our guests and our photographer had nothing but the highest praise for Barbra, and neither do we! We rate Barbra an 11 out of 10!Sent on 08/26/2017
idosantabarbara's reply:Thank you so much for taking the time to write this, that was so kind of you! It was absolutely my pleasure and honor to do your wedding at the amazing Curtis Winery camp Carmina ! Give me a call when you are in town and we can celebrate again with a glass of bubbly! I so appreciate your taking the time to do this lovely review thank you so much ! Xo Barbra
Maggie · Married on 07/12/2017
Barbra is an absolutely lovely, joyful person and we are so happy to have had her officiate our wedding. She took time to get to know us, meeting at her home on a weekend afternoon with our son. The wedding was ultra casual, with just immediate family, on the beach, barefoot in the sand. Barbra infused so much beauty and warmth into the poems and vows, she really captured our gratitude and joy in each other. Everyone just thought it was perfect. We are so grateful to have found Barbra!Sent on 08/10/2017
idosantabarbara's reply:This means the world to me! Thank you so so much for the feedback. It truly was my honor and privilege. I look forward to getting together again to celebrate your love!
Kimberly · Married on 04/07/2017
My husband (Max) and I were just married on April 7, 2017 in California. Planning for the Big Day was a little tricky since we currently live in Iowa, so almost all of our vendors were people that we found online after extensive research. We were fortunate enough to find Barbra after quickly vetoing various officiants that we found on different websites; we’re very picky! I emailed Barbra to get a little more information from her and she immediately responded to us. After a few messages back and forth, we set up a Skype meeting where Barbra got to know my husband and me. It was an immediate sense of relief getting to know Barbra. She took the time to learn about Max and myself; from the day we met to our families to the wedding planning process. Not only did she learn about us, she also allowed us to learn about her. The mutual relationship that formed was such a comforting feeling to have with regards to one of the most important aspects of a wedding ceremony. Through the course of the next few months we were finally able to meet with Barbra in person during a visit to CA. Once we had a face-to-face with her, we officially knew that we had made the right decision. Barbra’s process in writing the ceremony was something that we felt very supported in. She took two different religions (and quite a bit of uncertainty about what we really wanted to be said during our vows; plus, last minute changes…oops!) and made it into a beautiful speech about us. She incorporated inside jokes and humor, sentimental moments and memories, and optimism and best wishes for the future. Our audience was also interested and involved; we received so many compliments afterwards about how lovely the ceremony was. Overall, it felt as though a long-time friend was our officiant and made our day so amazing. Thank you so much, Barbra! Your kindness, thoughtfulness, insight, and confidence made our day so special.Sent on 04/16/2017
Kimberly & Max
idosantabarbara's reply:Oh how sweet of you to take the time to write this after your wedding! It means the world to me and it really was entirely my honor to create a meaningful wedding for you both, I love what I do! Thank you again for the kind review. Big hugs!
Jennifer · Married on 04/02/2017
Barbra did a absolutely fabulous job at our destination wedding in New Orleans. She was personal, professional, and invested in her heart in making our ceremony as sacred and beautiful as we hoped. We have gotten countless comments saying, "That was by far the most romantic wedding I have ever seen in my life!" Barbra brought many of her own repertoire of ideas to the table and was always willing to tweak anything as I thought of more ways to make our ceremony special. She made people laugh, cry, and enter into the presence of what a ceremony is all about - two people committing their lives to each other. We did everything from hand washing ceremonies to sacred stones and candle lighting with special music and personal vows - and Barbra was the best cheerleader to have by your side on your big day. She knows how to energetically hold a space for people to unite their lives, and that is a tall task. She met with us several times beforehand to really understand our love story and to make sure it was represented in the clearest vision possible on our wedding day.Sent on 04/11/2017
We had met Barbra from a few different communities in town, but had we not, we still would have selected her and can't recommend her enough. She will go out of her way to make your ceremony spectacular, and she will be the first on the dance floor to help get your reception started. Plus, she looks fabulous in a little black dress, so you can be assured your wedding photos will look spectacular. Don't look any further than I Do Santa Barbara and Barbra. It's the best choice you can make.
idosantabarbara's reply:oh my gosh lovely bride, I can't thank you enough! I so appreciate the time and heart it took to write this right after your magnificent wedding & honeymoon! thank you thank you!!! Love
Kelly · Married on 10/31/2016
If we could give Barbra more stars we would!! When planning our wedding Matt and I knew we wanted to keep things small and intimate. When I found out Barbra helped to teach Matt in the second grade, I knew she would be a perfect fit!! From the moment I met her, she made me feel comfortable, she even convinced Matt to write his own vows. From start, to finish, our wedding was perfect. The ceremony was beautifully written and personalized just for us. Matt and I feel extremely lucky to have had the best officiate our wedding! We love you Barbra!!Sent on 11/09/2016
idosantabarbara's reply:Oh thank you so much, that was so kind of you to take the time to write this while enjoying your honeymoon! I assure you it was my pleasure and privilege. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and hope to see you soon! Big love, Barbra
Zack · Married on 06/25/2016
My wife (Tanya) and I had selected a friend of our to officiate our wedding at Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos. To make a long story short; our officiant had a last minute scheduling conflict (about 2 months before the wedding) and we had to quickly find a replacement. Our biggest challenge was getting comfortable with someone who would officiate our wedding in just 2 months. To add to that, we live 5 hours away from our wedding venue so we would also need to find this level of comfortability exclusively from a phone call. My wife and I compiled a list of about 3-4 people who we would interview via phone and hopefully click with one of the prospective officiants. Barbara was the 4th and last person on our list. I cannot express enough how thankful I am that we decided to call. Not only did Barbara take the time to listen to what we wanted from our ceremony, but she delivered beyond our expectations! Tanya and I really wanted our wedding to focus on our relationship, our story, and why we had chosen to spend the rest of our lives together. Barbara truly took that to heart and crafted a ceremony that matched what we hoped for. After our initial conversation, Barbara sent Tanya and I a brief open needed questionnaire to get to know us as both individuals, and as a couple. The answers we gave were clearly reflected in the ceremony and it truly made us feel like she took our answers to heart and incorporated them into the ceremony. If you are looking for an officiant who will truly listen to how you envision your wedding, will make it as personal as possible, and will make the day all about you and your spouse, I would highly recommend Barbara. Barbara was so excellent and personal that family and friends assumed that Barbara was a longtime family friend. Numerous people were in shock when we told them we had met over the phone just 2 months before the ceremony.Sent on 09/12/2016
idosantabarbara's reply:Tanya & Zack, I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you took the time to write this sweet review, thank you SO much!! It was my honor and privilege to meet you and create such a wonderful wedding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Diane · Married on 04/16/2016
Barbra was so great! We got so many compliments on how lovely the ceremony was. We also opted for the Pre-Marital Counseling sessions she provides beforehand, which I would highly recommend and made us feel that much closer to her by the time of the ceremony.Sent on 06/25/2016
Thank you Barbra for being so supportive and thoughtful!
idosantabarbara's reply:Thank you so much for taking the time to write this! It truly means the world to me, and I fondly remember our counseling and Wedding together, it was an honor !! Hugs :-)
User6867765 · 2+ years ago
Barbra was an absolute joy to work with. From our very first meeting, it was clear that Barbra was intent on getting to know my husband & me on a very personal level in order to make our ceremony as authentically "us" as possible. She created a beautiful, emotional and moving ceremony that suited our family just perfectly. We wanted my husband's two children to serve an integral role in the ceremony, as it was extremely important the day signified all of us becoming a family. Barbra worked with us to find the perfect reading for the children to recite and helped incorporate the children into a "family tree" ceremony. Her pre-wedding questionnaire was extremely thought-provoking and helped us both write our own personal vows to each other. She helped us keep our non-religious ceremony short and sweet, but full of rich words, love and strong, spiritual content. Barbra took all the stress and worry out of planning our ceremony and helped us to channel our focus in the right places. We would give her an extremely solid recommendation to anyone looking in the Santa Barbara area. She is a joy to work with.Sent on 06/21/2016
idosantabarbara's reply:Thank you so much! This means the world to me :-)
Nicole · Married on 10/23/2015
Barbra recently officiated our wedding and was wonderful. She was clear and concise, worked seamlessly with the photographers, and received many compliments from our guests.Sent on 11/23/2015
Initially we had a skype session with her and really liked her easy demeanor and professionalism. We were asked to email her a bit about ourselves individually, which she ultimately worked into the sermon, giving it a very personal touch.
We gave her a very broad vision of what we wanted the ceremony to encompass (we are not religious) and when the day came, it was spot on. She offered to let us read it before, but mentioned that it was sometimes fun and more spontaneous to let it be a surprise. We would recommend letting her surprise you.
idosantabarbara's reply:Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, I appreciate it so much. It was my honor and pleasure to be a part of your beautiful day, big hugs !
User5614850 · 2+ years ago
Barbra was absolutely amazing as an officiant for our wedding. We met with her several times before the big day, and she was always available to calm nerves with all the anxiety and craziness leading up to the big day. She was wonderful with providing advice for writing vows and arranging the ceremony exactly how we envisioned it to be.Sent on 11/14/2015
As for the ceremony, it was perfect. Countless wedding guests commented after the ceremony that Barbra's service was incredibly personal. It was as if she knew my partner and I our whole lives. The ceremony was extremely individualized and personal, all of our wedding guests were moved by her words.
My husband and I cannot recommend Barbra highly enough! She is absolutely amazing and professional!!
Michael · Married on 05/23/2015
Barbra was an incredible officiant for our wedding. We could not have asked for a better ceremony -- it felt incredibly personal, intimate, and very special. Our guests raved about Barbra for weeks. We feel very blessed that she was there for us on our big day.Sent on 11/15/2015
Carissa · Married on 04/25/2015
Barbra was absolutely amazing! We came across her merely by chance through a last minute reference and are we glad that we did! It's been over a year since she married my husband and I, and our friends and family are still talking about the ceremony. They say it is hands down, the best wedding ceremony they have ever been a part of! We definitely recommend Barbara as a wedding officiant!Sent on 06/18/2016
idosantabarbara's reply:thank you so much Carissa! I so appreciate it, wonderful memories of an amazing day. Love to you both! xo
Lee · Married on 01/29/2015
Words fail me for the dream we shared under the canopy of eucalyptus as we stepped into our future with Barbara at the helm. You have to appreciate our capricious nature and disregard for planning. Barbara was delightful and supportive in feeding our whimsical approach to ceremony. Everything was beautiful on that day and Barbara was a key component to the memory. In a ceremony as intimate as ours, the officiant plays a more significant role and she was up to the task. LOVE HER.Sent on 11/11/2015
idosantabarbara's reply:Thank you so much!! It was my honor; your kind words are the frosting on the cake!! Xx
Jessica · Married on 08/16/2014
Choosing who is going to marry you is extremely stressful! My family is Jewish and my husband is Greek Orthodox so after much debate, we made the decision not to get married in either religious venue. This started our quest to figure out who was going to marry us. I wanted a friend of ours to perform the ceremony while my husband wanted a professional minister. My mom suggested that we contact our family friend Barbra who specializes in interfaith marriages. After our first meeting with Barbra, it was clear that she was the perfect person to marry us. Over the course of nine months, she worked with us to craft the perfect ceremony that incorporated Jewish traditions such as smashing the glass and Greek traditions such as the Stefana Crown Ceremony. Barbra combined traditional vows with fun personal stories about our lives. We also wrote our own vows (which I highly recommend) and combined with Barbra's words, it truly felt like the perfect blending of our lives. So many people came up to us afterwards to say how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how it truly felt like us. My top priority throughout the wedding planning process was to create a weekend that truly felt like my husband and me-I wanted everyone to come to Santa Barbara for a wonderful and fun event that truly incorporated all of our favorite things and Barbra did just that. She is patient, kind, insightful and truly guided us through the process. I am so thrilled by the ceremony and am so grateful to Barbra for creating such a fantastic memory for us and our guests. I wish we could do it all over again!!!!Sent on 11/12/2015
Joanna · Married on 09/28/2013
Barbra delivered the most beautiful wedding ceremony. She created such a thoughtful, sweet, humorous, and joyous atmosphere. She made me feel comfortable throughout the ceremony. Her kindness and graciousness are touching.Sent on 10/25/2013
idosantabarbara's reply:Thank you so much!! I was 100% my pleasure, I loved you both!
Jennifer · Married on 08/10/2013
Barbra was fabulous!!! She made it personal and had a great sense of humor. We loved her and so did our guests. Thank u!!!!Sent on 10/22/2013
idosantabarbara's reply:thank you so much! I really care about what I do, and so appreciate the kind words. hugs!!