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172 Reviews for Life's Celebrations

Recommended by 99% of couples

4.9 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.9
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.9
  • Average response time 5.0

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  • Monica

    Monica Albair Anello · Getting married on 10/08/2021

    5.0
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    Highly Recommend!

    My husband and I can't thank Cris enough for not only being a part of our big day but also helping us afterwards with the marriage license! Planning a wedding during a pandemic wasn't the easiest thing we've ever done but we knew from our first Zoom call with you that we were in good hands. The time and thought Cris put into our ceremony helped deliver the best ceremony speech we've ever heard. You could say that I might be biased since it was for my wedding but we were told over and over by our guests that it was the best ceremony they've ever attended!

    Not only did Cris deliver an amazing ceremony speech, he was also willing to help us when we had to change venues a month before the date. Then on top of that, he met me at City Hall, a month later, to help get our Marriage License (which was "lost in the mail"). Thankfully, he was very organized and kept a copy so that they were able to use that!

    I would highly recommend Cris!

    Sent on 10/21/2020
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    Paige Rivera · Married on 10/30/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Cris was wonderful!

    Cris really took his time to get to know us as a couple and to put together a ceremony that fit our needs/values perfectly. Cris was professional, on time, and made our ceremony fun and light hearted which is exactly what we wanted. We could recommend him more!

    Sent on 12/14/2020
  • Taylor

    Taylor Bazzoni · Married on 10/10/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Seriously, don't go with anyone else

    Cris was everything we could have hoped for even when our wedding day was impacted by COVID. Not only was he flexible, but he made us feel secure in our decisions and was always up for whatever we ended up going with. He came recommended to us by two of our vendors. We also attended a friend's wedding where he officiated and we got to see him in action before our big day. Highly recommend!!! Thank you for everything, Cris!

    Sent on 01/12/2021
  • Brittany

    Brittany Crocker · Married on 09/26/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Cris is wondeful!

    Cris was so wonderful as our officiant for our ceremony on 09/26/20. We met with Cris early on, and he walked us through the entire process and typical order of a ceremony, which was incredibly helpful. After deciding to have Cris officiate, he was always quick and responsive in all communications. He was more than willing to make adjustments or rewrite portions of our ceremony, and it was evident it was very important to him that our ceremony was exactly what we wanted. When we couldn't decide on a reading, Cris promptly sent over several to choose from, and ensured us he had more if we didn't like those. The day of our wedding, Cris was professional, warm and funny performing our ceremony. He even snagged a picture on his phone of us getting family portraits following the ceremony, and sent it to us later that evening. So thoughtful!! He also handled everything with our marriage license, and made sure we remembered the needed documents on the big day. Even though St. Charles is no longer providing keepsake marriage licenses, he went out of his way to get one for us. He also offered to help me through the name change process, when I finally get around to it! Cris was incredibly enjoyable to work with and did a wonderful job officiating our ceremony - if you select him for your big day, you won't regret it!

    Sent on 10/25/2020
  • Rachel

    Rachel · Married on 08/14/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    Hire him!!

    Cris is professional, easy to work with, and his communication is top-notch! He made planning our ceremony so easy! He gave us lots of guidance and options to completely customize it ourselves and make it personal and fitting for us.
    One of the coolest stories about our wedding - we had to reschedule due to COVID. Miraculously, all of our vendors were available for our rescheduled day... except for Cris.
    He had a rehearsal scheduled for the day of our wedding (Friday). He wanted to make it work so badly. He called the other couple, explained our situation, and gracefully asked if they’d be willing to change the time of their rehearsal so he could be at our ceremony. He did NOT have to do that! That was so kind. I have shared that story so many times, and I think it speaks volumes about Cris. He truly cares for his couples and loves his job!

    Sent on 09/25/2020
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    Heather · Married on 08/08/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    Amazing service

    Throughout all the confusion with Covid-19, Chris was amazing to work with us with date changes and venue changes! He was very professional and customized the ceremony to our personal needs! Everything was AMAZING!

    Sent on 08/28/2020

    Life's Celebrations's reply:

    Heather and Josh...it was a pleasure to be part of the one of the biggest days of your lives...especially considering the challenges you guys faced all along the way! Wishing the two of you a life time of happiness.
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    Aiden Fellers · Married on 07/25/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    Excellent help and consideration

    Cris was wonderful in helping our wedding become a dream come true. He has lots of experience and was able to give us advice as we weren’t sure what we wanted but didn’t take control so left us the freedom to make our own choices. We appreciate everything cris has done for us and for making our day special.

    Sent on 09/06/2020
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    Madeline Hessling · Married on 07/25/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    Amazing Experience

    Cris made everything so easy. He had great ideas, understood what we were looking for, and was so responsive. He is professional, put together, and was everything we were looking for. Simply a great vendor and officiant!

    Sent on 10/04/2020
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    Tricia S · Married on 07/12/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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    Very professional and personable

    Cris was our first choice when selecting an officiant for our wedding at Silver Oaks! He was very kind and open to all of our requests to make our wedding the beautiful and special event we imagined! I would highly recommend him for your ceremony. He was patient and very responsive to all of our questions and I had a lot!

    Sent on 12/14/2020
  • Sarah

    Sarah Stolfa · Married on 03/21/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Amazing experience!!

    Cris is an amazing officiant. We have been working with him for over a year and I cannot say enough good things. He takes the time to get to know you as a couple and to make sure that your ceremony is exactly what you are wanting, no matter how many edits go back and forth. Due to COVID-19 we postponed our wedding and chose to do a smaller ceremony and then we ended up having to cancel. Then at the last minute we decided to still get married. Cris was supportive and flexible with every change we were making. We are so thankful that we are getting to use him for our postponed celebration next year as well. You would be making a mistake for not hiring Cris!

    Sent on 05/19/2020

    Life's Celebrations's reply:

    Thank you guys for your very kind comments. It was so worth the trip to Piazza Messina on such a gorgeous day and a gorgeous couple.!! Can't wait for next year and doing this all over again!
  • K

    Krystal King · Married on 03/11/2020

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    Exceptional!

    Cris Hanna was a wonderful officiant. He made a great first impression upon our first meeting by being so thorough and organized in explaining his duty as an officiant. His thoroughness and organization was consistent throughout our wedding planning process. He offered great suggestions and advice when we had questions or concerns. He provided a structured outline for our wedding ceremony and allowed us to make any changes we wished. He was flexible and understanding with our decisions. He was also a great help for our wedding rehearsal. He walked us and our whole wedding party through the ceremony with a breeze. Thank you for helping to make our special day so perfect.

    Sent on 11/27/2019
  • · Married on 09/28/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    Felt like we knew him for years

    Cris wrote the most beautiful ceremony for our wedding. We felt comfortable working with Cris from day 1. He followed up with us when needed and was always prepared. He felt more like a friend and was always very professional. He's so prepared that he even brings his own microphone and sound system in the event that the venue's fails. Everything was made to feel so personal and he really grasped our story. He took the time to ask questions and really get to know us and the details of our wedding. We were nervous before booking Cris that things wouldn't be personal with someone we had never met, but Cris took all that worry away. The first draft brought tears to my eyes and had the best quotes. We couldn't have asked for anyone or anything better. Tony and I had the perfect day. By the time we got back from our honeymoon, we could tell he was true to his word about submitting the license the first day he could because we had the official copies from the state in the mail when we got home

    Sent on 10/22/2019

    Life's Celebrations's reply:

    You guys were a real joy to work with and I couldn't have imagined a better background for you to celebrate the big day! We should do this again in a few years when you're ready to renew your vows Love, joy and prosperity to all of you!
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    Allysa · Married on 09/21/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Cris is flexible!

    Cris did a great job! He even threw in some humor during the ceremony which helped with the “seriousness” of the day. He also was able to change the rehearsal the week of due to a mistake on my end. Thanks Cris!

    Sent on 09/30/2019

    Life's Celebrations's reply:

    Alyssa and Jason...loved working with you guys...loved learning about the property...And your folks really went out of their way to prepare the ceremony area. Wishing you guys all the best!
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    Ellis · Married on 09/07/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Fantastic!

    From the moment we met with Cris, we had nothing but great things to say about him. He is prompt, professional, and made our day one to remember. He was one of the few vendors that we used that we felt we never had to be concerned about. Cris informed us before the ceremony that he would not be able to stick around long post ceremony due to a personal event. That did not make our ceremony any less important to him, he took his time and we loved the whole ceremony. We would recommend him to anyone!

    Sent on 09/23/2019

    Life's Celebrations's reply:

    Thanks to both of you for your kind words, and your understanding on your big day. You could not have picked a more memorable venue than the Graham Chapel, and you were truly stunning! I couldn't be happier for the two of you, and wish you many long years together.
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    Amanda Chandler · Married on 05/24/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Wedding Ceremony

    Cris did a wonderful job! He made sure that everything ran smoothly and that the ceremony was exactly the way we wanted it! He was kind, on time and responsive! Thank you Cris for making our wedding ceremony the best!!!

    Sent on 05/27/2019
  • Steven

    Steven Tuhy · Married on 05/18/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Best Officiant

    We had an amazing wedding ceremony, thanks in part to our excellent officiant, Cris, with Life’s Celebrations. Cris was very prompt with his responses, and always replied in less than 24 hours. Cris did a great job of listening to our story and vision for the ceremony, and helped weave a beautiful script that had all the components we wanted. Every part of the ceremony was tailored to our specifications, and thanks to his experience and expertise, the whole event went just as we planned. Cris explained every step of the process and made us feel very comfortable. He was flexible with the rehearsal timing, and was able to shift an hour forward as we confirmed our other plans for the evening. I highly recommend Cris and Life’s Celebrations as a wedding officiant for all types of ceremonies.

    Sent on 06/17/2019

    Life's Celebrations's reply:

    Steven and Kelsey!
    I can’t thank you enough for the very kind words you shared with others in the reviews you posted on all 3 platforms. My only disappointment was not getting to stick around longer 😊

    You guys were so easy to work with…and I think one of most cooperative wedding parties I’ve worked with in ages. I think we were actually blessed that the venue stayed out of it LOL

    I’m thrilled to have been part of your day and I’m hopeful that I’ll hear from family and friends in the future.

    And thanks for sharing the link to all the great pictures…they will be most helpful!

    Wishing you guys the best that life can possibly offer
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    Laura Williams · Married on 05/11/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Williams Wedding May 2019

    After reading fabulous reviews about Cris, it was a no brainer to hire him as the officiant at our wedding. Cris took everything into consideration during our first meeting and ensured us our ceremony would be exactly what we wanted. It certainly was! We have received many compliments on how wonderful our ceremony was and I truly cannot imagine a better person to join my husband and me in marriage. He even went along with our crazy idea to have our outdoor ceremony when it had rained all morning and just minutes up to the start of the ceremony. His cooperation with us and the rest of our vendors made for a perfect ceremony. Thank you again, Cris!

    Sent on 06/21/2019
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    Victoria Walker · Married on 05/04/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Highly recommend!

    Cris was perfect for our wedding ceremony. He was by far the most responsive professional I spoke to over the course of planning our wedding. We wanted a small, short ceremony and were looking for someone who was willing to keep religion separate from our ceremony. Cris was very communicative with me about what we wanted our ceremony to be like. He checked in periodically and allowed for as much or as little input as we wanted to provide. I can't recommend him enough for your special event.

    Sent on 05/25/2019

    Life's Celebrations's reply:

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and kind words! Small, intimate ceremonies are often the best...and I got to play with your puppy!!! Bonus :-) Hope the rest of the weekend went well and your trip back home was uneventful!!
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    Megan · Married on 03/23/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    Amazing! Cris goes above and beyond for his couples!

    Cris is amazing! He really made our wedding ceremony the easiest part of planning. Cris took to heart everything we discussed in our initial meeting and put it into the words that became our vows. And they were wonderful! Even after the wedding Cris was giving us advice on what we needed to do for name changing! He is above and beyond more than an officiant and someone we were so lucky to have as apart of our wedding.

    Sent on 04/09/2019
  • Kelsey

    Kelsey Thompson · Married on 01/19/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0

    One of the best decisions we made!

    There are not enough amazing words to say about Cris! He made our wedding ceremony so special and truly helped create a day we will never forget! From the very first meeting he made my husband and I feel comfortable and excited about having him go through this process with us. He is extremely professional and one of the nicest and funniest guys to work with; It felt like we had known him forever! If you are looking for someone to officiate a life event for you you have to choose Cris! This was one of the easiest decisions we made while wedding planning and definitely one we did not regret :) HE IS THE BEST!!

    Sent on 02/18/2019
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    Caitlan Marie Todd · Married on 12/15/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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      5.0
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    Amazing Experience!

    Cris is a dedicated, kind, and a passionate wedding officiant! We had the best experience with Cris as our wedding officiant. After a lot of research and him being one of the preferred officiants for Silver Oaks Chateau my fiancé and I met with him and knew right away he was exactly what we were looking for. He was always very prompt with his replies to our questions and made our ceremony custom to mine and my fiance's vision. He revised our ceremony draft twice until he knew it was just what we wanted! When our guitarist backed out a month before the ceremony we reached out to Cris for recommendations and he was super helpful and got us in contact with the piano player who ended up doing our ceremony music! He really does go above and beyond to make your day perfect. Everything from the rehearsal to the day of went just as planned and was stress free. After the ceremony we got so many compliments on how beautiful it was and how amazing our officiant was! We are so lucky to have found Cris and are lucky to now call him a friend!

    Sent on 12/21/2018
  • Heidi

    Heidi · Married on 10/12/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
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    Fantastic!

    We were in quite the bind six weeks before our big day... our friend-officiant backed out and we had no idea what we were going to do! Not only did Chris work us in to his already full schedule, he made time to get to know my husband and I and tailored the ceremony to match us to a T! We are still recieving compliments from our guests! Our ceremony couldn’t have been moor perfect! Thank you, Life’s Celebrations!

    Sent on 11/05/2018
  • Tracy

    Tracy Dillard · Married on 10/10/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
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    Cris was the perfect Officiant!

    Cris was wonderful from the very first phone call. Professional, charming, responsive, and all around good guy! We are so happy Cris was available to be apart of our day. We knew from our first meeting with him that he would be perfect for our wedding. Thank you Cris for helping to make our special day so special!

    Sent on 12/27/2018
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    Taylor Bumpus · Married on 10/05/2018

    5.0
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      5.0
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    I couldn't have asked for a better officiant!

    I would absolutely recommend Cris to anyone looking for a professional, flexible and personable officiant for their wedding. Cris was wonderful from the moment I started the process with him up until the very end. I was sad to see him go at the end! He was flexible in working out times to meet with my now husband and I when we had some last minute conflicts and made us feel so comfortable from the second we met him. He wrote a beautiful ceremony for us and allowed us to make any edits that we wanted. He was available at any time of the day for questions/concerns and was very quick to respond to any email I sent him. We loved our ceremony and the style he brought to it. He took every desire we had for our ceremony and put careful thought into it and made sure he found a way to eloquently include our daughter as well as our loved ones that passed on before us. It was everything we ever wanted and he threw in the perfect amount of humor where it needed to be. I received so many compliments after our wedding on what a fantastic job he did and what a beautiful ceremony he performed. I couldn't have asked for more, he really was the perfect choice for an officiant for our wedding. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone!

    Sent on 11/19/2018