78 Reviews for Melissa Coe Ceremonies
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Melissa was absolutely amazing. One of us works in the wedding vendor industry, so we fortunately knew exactly who in the area is the best officiant/celebrant to hire for our own wedding last week, and Melissa definitely did not disappoint...from the first meeting to the questionnaires and thorough lists of readings and vows options, Melissa really has her craft wired. She is skilled, patient, professional, warm, funny, a great listener...she will work with you to craft exactly the ceremony you want. With zero exaggeration, literally every single one of our guests commented on what an amazing ceremony we had, and usually it was the first thing they said! We felt so much love in the room, as everyone was totally engaged and involved in our ceremony. Most of the time, we heard something like "Wow, that was the best wedding ceremony I've ever seen! I think I cried 10 times!" It's been just over a week, and we're still getting comments from friends and family. THANK YOU Melissa, you are fantastic.
So – love + love + love = whole bunches of good, gooey, heart-felt endorphins “gathered together” to celebrate L O V E. What greater compliment could I have had coming from another wedding professional for whom I have the greatest admiration? But in this case, two people with whom I felt an incredible ease and assurance that I was in the presence of people who were good and genuine, sweet to the bone. And so they both are. Love to Kellyn and Dwayne
AMAZING!!! She was fun to work with and my guests favorite part about the wedding was our ceremony, which thanks to Melissa was perfect! The ceremony was exactly what we wanted and it was incredible personal to us. If you get the chance to work with her, I would jump on the opportunity. She is easy to work with, creates an entirely personalized ceremony and goes above and beyond in so many ways!
Megan and Devin, you're AMAZING as well!!! You are such a fun couple and I loved telling your guests your story especially the bit about how you met at a 'dating hot spot' - Mrs. Nidick's math class in high school and about your rivalry over which football team is best - the Patriots or Broncos but that's not a discussion I want to get in to, LOL!!! Thanks so much for the honor and delight of marrying you, I adored every minute!
Melissa was an absolutely amazing officiant. She took the time to meet both of us and really get to know what was important to us in a wedding ceremony. She then put together a ceremony that was both incredibly personal and beautifully written. Multiple guests told us later that they were just blown away by how beautiful our ceremony had been. Additionally, she made a special effort to make sure that the wording was consistent with our values and gave us absolute veto power, which made us feel comfortable that there would be no surprises. We would absolutely give her the highest recommendation.
Kristen and David - you were fabulous to work with, as well!!! You are a such an inspiration about the dedication and commitment it takes to love each other and maintain a relationship through the grind of medical school, residency and internship years - truly, yours is and was a heroes journey. I'm so happy and delighted you're both FINALLY in the same time and place so that you can live with and love each other, face to face, everyday as husband and wife, doctor and doctor - I adored marrying the two of you, thank YOU!
We met with several officiants but Melissa was the first, and my wife and I both walked out of that meeting thinking "these other people are going to have to perform actual miracles to impress us more than she just did."
When we started seriously planning our wedding, the first thing we knew was that the traditional Western ceremony with its tuxedo and white dress -though we have nothing at all against it- just wasn't for us. We opted to have an Indo-Western wedding, a celebration of not only our love of one another but of the Indian culture and their incredibly intricate, colorful, and joyous marriage traditions. The Hindu wedding celebration is very elaborate and we wanted to incorporate many of these into our ceremony while still retaining some of the elements from the Western tradition (personal vows, etc.) and Melissa was invaluable in helping us research and structure our ideal wedding. She worked with us both separately to craft our story that she told to our guests, building that all out of my wife and I's words in what was a funny, extremely personal, and deeply emotional ceremony. Melissa even invited us an our wedding party in to her home for our rehearsal. We've been told by so many of our guests that, not only was there not a dry eye in the house, but ours was easily the best wedding they'd ever attended. They also couldn't stop gushing about Melissa herself.
As I waited to make my entrance, the panic and worry of our guests waiting, remembering the steps of our ceremony, and the monumental nature of the event, trying to hold on to my emotions, it was my mother and Melissa that kept me calm and collected. She walked upstairs and did just the same for my wife. You should look no further for your officiant than Melissa Coe. She made our wedding so much more than we could have imagined, effortlessly weaving together what often seemed like disparate threads into this grand, beautiful thing; and my wife and I were happy to gain a friend in the process.
Oh my gosh, Matt and Chandra - YOU were amazing!!! From the very first moment we met and you invited me into your vision of your wedding ceremony, I was hooked. I absolutely loved every detail, every intention expressed, the careful and thoughtful attention you paid to the flow of the ceremony and the words you chose. And, I adored how involved you were with planning your ceremony - there was no detail overlooked including your ceremonial attire. GORGEOUS!!! It was a beautiful and joyous occasion and I am thrilled that you invited me to marry you - it was my absolute pleasure!
We loved having Melissa as our officiant and we got so many compliments on our wedding ceremony! It was beautifully done and we would highly recommend her to anyone!
It was so much fun to celebrate Caitlin and Mac's marriage with them, even though it was over 90,000 degrees in the shade that day (slight exaggeration, LOL!). I loved telling everyone their love story, of how Texas (Mac) met Portland (Caitlin) in Seattle on her birthday which resulted in Mac moving to Portland by her next birthday because she was the woman of his dreams! Such fun, thank YOU!
My husband and I had a great experience with Melissa!! She is so awesome and created such a beautiful ceremony for us! We appreciated how she took the time to get to know us and our stories to make our ceremony more personalized to us! I love Melissa so much, she is such a sweet lady and she really takes care of things! We were totally confident in her and really loved having her be a part of our special day! :)
Kelsey and John were such a delight to work with from the very beginning and had such a great love story! From first meeting in college to their proposal on the docks with the seals applauding their approval, I know that these two will always be singing all the Disney movie songs in perfect harmony because really and truly, their love is, "A Tale As Old As Time…"
Melissa Coe single-handedly made our wedding into the most amazing experience ever. We were just going to find someone to marry us and move on to the fun but after meeting with Melissa our whole world changed. She made our day the most special day. Her unique and exciting approach made her so incredibly fun to work with! She was our absolute favorite and not only transformed our wedding into the most meaningful day for us and our families and friends but also got us in touch with other equally amazing people. Our wedding would not have been the best wedding (beyond anything we could have ever imagined) without her. Everyone loved her! How she blended our stories with our vows went beyond any “typical” exchange. She invites your audience into the mix and personalizes your wedding in a way that everyone still talks about (almost a year later). We could not recommend anyone more than Melissa we feel so lucky to have found her and whenever anyone asks us for a recommendation her name is the first one we give out.
OMGosh! I LOVE Carrie and Tristin! LOVE their story, of how they met, when they realized that they had met their destiny. Adored their son, their hopes for their future but above all, I was honored and delighted that they were willing to embrace it all and celebrate their journey gloriously and deliberately. THANK you to Carrie and Tristin and everyone who made their day perfect.
Now that married life has settled in, we reflect often on our wedding. You were absolutely INCREDIBLE! The time you spent getting to know us through your established process and the way you crafted our ceremony truly captured the essence of our relationship. As we blend our family, the moments you created during the ceremony made a difference and positioned everything for our future. Our guests often reflect on the wedding. They talk about one moment they were laughing and the next moment they were crying....what perfection! Thank you Melissa. You created an emotional and memorable experience that was a dream come true.
Deborah and Michael - you have the kind of love story that Hollywood would envy to know! From living blocks apart in SFC and Seattle and never knowing each other, to possessing a random photo of your kids playing together on an Oregon beach to finally, meeting via a blind date - your story was a dream to write and an affirmation of miracles. The love you have for each other is pure joy to witness, THANK YOU for letting me get you married - at last!
Melissa was probably the best decision we had made during the wedding planning process. She was accessible and responded quickly to emails, detail oriented, and took delight in getting to know us not just as a couple but also as individuals. During our first meeting with her, we got to know her pretty well and she asked lots of questions about our relationship and our stories. We decided immediately that she was to be our officiant and cancelled all other meetings that same night. Melissa took the time to craft a personal and fun ceremony; everyone raved after the wedding, telling us it was the best ceremony they had been to. It was unique because she eloquently scripted our story, our favorite things about each other, and other fun details about our relationship that many of our guests didn't know. She made us laugh and get teary eyed, the guests definitely cried. And then at the end, she had all of our guests pronounce us husband and wife. The supportive atmosphere was overwhelming, in a good way!, and showed how truly magical of a writer she is. Melissa is not just an officiant, she is a celebrant who portrays stories in a unique and fun way. As a person, Melissa is loving, supportive through everything, and empowering. As a feminist, I struggled with looking forward to the ceremony when we first got engaged. Melissa made sure that we were seen as equals. I seriously appreciate everything she did. Who needs an officiant when you can have celebrant of a lifetime? Go for Melissa, she will make your day more special than you ever dreamed it could be.
I truly have the best job in the world - marrying couples like Lyssi and Corey! These two lovers touched my heart (and everyone else's) with their story, fun moments, serious intentions and complete adoration of each other. Perfectly suited for and in love couples like Lyssi and Corey are the type of people that every Celebrant dreams of celebrating - truly, it was my honor and great joy to marry them! Love them both!!!
Melissa is the only choice!!! The one and only because of who she is, what she represents, the quality and care of her work, and her dedication to getting to know you, your spouse, and their story. No one else could have told our story, the way she did!!! The love and humor she shared... it was real! Everyone in the room could feel it and shared the excitement! Rollie and I were so impressed with Melissa, even with her first impression, we knew she was the One! And we were not disappointed. She was there for us along the way, and spent quality time adding to our Love Story in ways we would have never thought of. If you hired anyone else that would be a mistake. Melissa is now our friend and you can do no wrong with her. She loves her couples, her work, and her relationships. I can't want to see her again!
Oh my gosh, AMY!!! Thank you to the moon and back! I just read your review and I’m sitting here in tears. What an incredibly generous review, I am completely overwhelmed… YOU and Rollie are amazing and real with huge hearts and because of the great love you have for each other, you made it a joy for me to tell your story – I couldn’t wait to celebrate your wedding with you and your gathering on the 31st !!!
I’m especially touched and delighted that you consider us to be friends! YAY! The only negative to doing what I do is that I get soooooooo attached to my couples and then, after the wedding, I don’t see them again. It’s like losing a member of my family so anytime you two want to meet up for lunch, dinner or HH – I’m there. YOU are the reason I do what I do and I’m grateful every day.
Sending you both a BIG emotional HUG!!!
Melissa is the ultimate in warmth and professionalism! She is so open and supportive of gay marriage, and there was no hesitation with her in sharing our story. She has a fun sense of humor that fit with ours so it was nice to know that we could be playful at the same time as building a sense of connection with our friends and family through the ceremony. Several friends at our wedding commented that they loved our Celebrant, asked where we found her, and stated that our wedding was the best wedding they have ever attended. We are definitely not overstating, and would recommend Melissa to anyone who is looking for a Celebrant/Officiant for their ceremony.
It is such a gift when I have the opportunity to work with pure creatives who are crazy in love and want to go "all out" declaring their love and commitment for each other! Sherri and Victoria are such a fabulous, wonderful and expressive couple whose directions to me included creating a ceremony that embodied "vintage, recycled, sexy, funky, steampunk and definitely French." Oh, my gosh - they, their friends, decorations and love story kicked it up to the next level! And we had so much fun designing the ceremony that we took a pinky swear to be forever after friends. LOVE these two.
Melissa was AMAZING. We found her on this service and she was highly rated. We met with her a year early because we wanted to make sure that we found the right person.
Melissa met us for coffee and asked us questions and gave us time to ask questions. We wanted a truly untraditional ceremony that would not upset our families but stay true to us.
Melissa was amazing about staying in contact, providing a questionnaire to get more information, sending suggestions for readings and vows. She made the process as painless as possible.
Flash forward to the wedding day, she showed up early to greet our guests (who absolutely loved her), she delivered our ceremony and everything. Guests cried, I couldn't stop crying. It was so amazing.
I would absolutely recommend Melissa. She made our day more amazing than words can say.
What a JOY it was to work with Laney and Jon and to tell their love story! From their first date of watching Star Dust and Star Trek together while eating his homemade chicken fried rice, to Jon waiting to propose while she completed her degrees (plural!), theirs was always a perfect match. Their wedding day was a gorgeous, joyous, exhilarating love fest of family and friends at Cannon Beach with her fabulous grandmother as their Flower Woman and Laney laughed and cried and Jon never ever stopped grinning...
Melissa was AMAZING! Professional, fun, thoughtful, and very organized. Planning a wedding is a lot of work and stressful - but Melissa really helped make the day special and her input helped us in our planning, too. Our guests kept asking us, "Who was that lady you hired to officiate your ceremony? She did a phenomenal job!" Thank you for helping to make our wedding so memorable!
Ruban and Jacob's wedding was one of the most fun and unique ceremonies that I've ever had the pleasure of officiating. Surrounded by their families and friends, there were a lot of tears, laughter and wild applause as their story was told and they finished their vows with, "As long as I'm living, my husband you'll be." It was a beautiful day for this Canadian Main Man and his Cajun Man to be wed as they stood under the trees in the Holt Arboretum with a bit of Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler thrown in - Let the good times roll!
Open your heart to Melissa because she will surely open hers to you! I can't begin to tell you how much I was able to relax once she took the reins. Our ceremony was intensely personal and she sprinkled a few lighter thoughts into the mix... our small crowd was able to recognize us throughout the reading and our simple vows, ending with Live Long and Prosper and a flawless Spockian hand!
Hire her now before she gets booked up!!
Jamie and Ron wanted an intimate and personal ceremony which was fun, personal, profound, meaningful and a little bit ridiculous and quirky - just like them! I loved giving them exactly what they asked for. I was especially honored and thrilled to celebrate their long relationship and love story because Jamie is a FABULOUS professional wedding photographer who has been to a LOT of weddings! To be asked by another wedding professional is the highest of compliments - thanks Jamie and Ron!!!
Melissa is truly amazing at what she does. She helped us create our vision for our ceremony - with her help, we were able to construct a ceremony truly authentic to who we are and our values. Melissa is very helpful all along the way - from resources for vows, readings and rituals, she's more than happy to help facilitate any traditions or beliefs intertwined into one ceremony. She even crafts a detailed script for everything that will happen in the ceremony, which was incredible for us and gave us peace of mind.
Early on, she also has a spectacular questionnaire where each individual gets to tell their story about who they are as well as about your loved one - really a wonderful way for her to craft the 'love story' in the ceremony.
Melissa was fabulously responsive, professional, gracious and empathic. She accommodated everything we wanted, including week of the wedding requests, and had a copy of our vows for us, which she handed to us at the correct time.
I cannot think of anything I would change about our ceremony, and that is in large part to the wonderful work of Melissa.
Katie and Mark are so much in love with each other, and had such a great story! I loved how they met, that they both bought engagement rings without the other one knowing, both proposed at practically the same time and that Mark's writing "could put Hallmark to shame" (and it really could!). I LOVED working with Katie and Mark and was thrilled to have celebrated them!
Melissa Coe is so amazing! Everyone is still talking about our ceremony (now 5 months later) and how unique, fitting, and special it was! This was the favorite part of our day. We love Melissa and would recommend her 100 times over!!
Jimmy and Keely were such a kick to work with - their story and zany personalities were out of bounds and their ceremony was so much FUN. Interactive, spontaneous, sincere, heartfelt, personal, hysterically funny and sooooo much love! I LOVED celebrating their marriage and them!
Melissa is creative, loving, enthusiastic, professional, and she really made our ceremony especially unique and fun for us as well as our guests. Her approach to creating and facilitating a wedding ceremony is something that I would recommend for any blended couple. She really worked with us to figure out how we could combine both of our cultures and values into our ceremony. She has a lot of experience and therefore plenty of suggestions to make a heartfelt and interesting ceremony that all could enjoy. Our guests raved about her and let us know that she facilitated the most engaging wedding ceremony they've attended.
Christina and Hunnan were wonderful to work with, a delight to know and their ceremony provided me with a wonderful and welcome 'brain cramp' to design! It was a great challenge to weave together their Cambodian and Native American traditions to honor both of them and their families. SO MUCH FUN. Their story was had lots of twists and turns but along the way, their friendship deepened into the kind of love that most of us only dream of. I loved them and their families, all of whom were so happy to see them finally marry their one true love!
Melissa blew us and our guests away with how intimate, customized, and unique the ceremony was!
We had done some research on officiants who performed same-sex marriages and Melissa’s page stood out to us. We could tell that she is a writer and a good story teller. My wife and I didn’t know what to expect from an officiant when we first met with Melissa, but she wowed us from the very beginning! She told us about her ceremonies and how she creates a custom ceremony for every couple, unlike other officiants who typically use a script or two and just insert your names. (Melissa prefers the term celebrant over officiant.) We decided to book her on the spot!
A few days later, she sent us “homework” to tell her about ourselves, our story, what we love about each other, etc. so she could include our love story and the details of our love for each other in the ceremony.
On the day of the wedding, she arrived at the venue early and fully prepared. The ceremony flowed very well. It wasn’t too stuffy or formal. Melissa made us laugh and cry. She entertained without taking the focus off of us. Afterwords, even the other vendors were raving about how awesome she and the whole ceremony was! When people who have seen numerous weddings make a point to tell you that your ceremony was the best they’ve ever seen, it speaks volumes to the quality of Melissa’s work!
I would HIGHLY recommend Melissa Coe to anyone in the Portland area!
What a LOVELY and fabulous couple who had known each other since high school and stayed together through college and graduate school. Their story is an inspiration to everyone - lovers old and new as well as to those who have not yet found the love of their life. And as Alex's grandmother Ginny would often say, "Aren't we wonderful?" Yes. They really are quite wonderful and a joy to marry!!!
Choosing Melissa as the celebrant to facilitate our ceremony was the easiest decision we made in the whole wedding! She is an absolute pleasure to work with and she will easily incorporate any requests you may have into your ceremony. She truly takes the time to understand each of her couples and is able to reflect their personalities in her process.
All of our friends and family were incredibly impressed with the heartfelt ceremony and also thought she had a beautiful speaking voice, creating a calm and happy moment for everyone. The ceremony was very important to us and we wanted someone who was kind hearted, thoughtful and easygoing to marry us on such a happy day. Melissa is all these things and more, she is truly an outstanding person and I highly recommend her for your wedding! 6 months later and people are still raving about it!!! We will always use her for any upcoming events. She leaves such a great long lasting impression with everyone who meets her.
Thank you Melissa for creating such a beautiful moment for both my husband and I! I am so happy we have such a wonderful memory to carry with us for the rest of our lives. I would highly recommend her to any and all couples, heterosexual or same-sex, religious or secular. She can do it all!
Kay and Ty are so PERFECT for each other! They found each other against all odds, never once believing that true love was even possible. And yet, once they met, that was it. They knew that they would be together forever. And at their wedding, they shimmered with SO much love, laughter and happiness that everyone there couldn't help being thrilled (and a little bit jealous!) for them! I've always known Kay to be an extremely talented, professional floral designer with very high standards whose style embodies exquisite, impeccable taste with flawless execution and their wedding did not disappoint. It was black tie and champagne all the way! I'm always honored to be asked by another wedding professional to officiate their wedding, but especially this one. Their wedding was about far more than one day, it was about spending the rest of their lives with the one they intended to love forever. It was my great delight to make it so.
It is impossible to say enough good things about Melissa! Every single guest has commented on the touching, funny, warm and personal ceremony. "That was the best ceremony I have ever seen!" say our guests from 16-86, Midwest to West coast and agnostic to devout. The planning is very interactive with Melissa sending questionnaires and ideas for readings and rituals. Both of you will really have to think and define what you want in the most important moment of your lives. Melissa took both our likes and must haves and blended together a perfect, custom ceremony. Even if everything else would have fallen apart (it didn't!), it would have been perfect! We cannot recommend Melissa Coe strongly enough!
This couple has a love that is deep enough to cross oceans and mountains with a mutual admiration and respect that was awesome and wondrous to behold. It was a beautiful, sunny day at Timberline Lodge and Lisa's father was able to be there with tears in his eyes - so proud and loving! I wish the world for Capt Lisa and her handsome blue-eyed love and am grateful that I had the honor and delight of marrying them!
I used Melissa Coe for my elopement and couldn't have been more pleased! I rarely if ever give full 5-star reviews, but this woman deserves it. She is knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. She made a somewhat-complicated process 100% fun, smooth, and easy! A great local business with a true customer service focus. Hire her — you will not be disappointed!
I can't express enough my thanks for doing such a completely wonderful, warm, funny, expressive and entirely charming ceremony. I had so many guests come up to me afterwards and tell me how incredible the service was and how delightful it was to learn about the couple's meeting, dating and marriage process. They felt they truly knew the background of Melissa and Steve and it added such a depth to the ceremony - I heard numerous times, "it was the best ceremony I've ever been to!" You captured the two of them to a tee.
- Carole Perkel, Mother of the Bride
It's great to get reviews from my couples but to get one from the mother of the bride speaks volumes! Thanks, Carole for introducing me to your daughter and for trusting me with their ceremony, And what a wonderfully unique and funny couple - with their Ring Bearer Best Dog (who behaved perfectly), their closest friends as their attendants, everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves even though it was in a fairly formal setting. A perfect blend of them - casual & serious, funny & profound. A great day, thank you!
I saw Melissa do a wedding about a month prior to my wedding. I was there to help set up and didn't know the couple. As I listened to Melissa and the ceremony I cried, I laughed and knew I wanted her to marry us.
With Melissa you make your ceremony your very own, with your very own love story. Melissa is lovely, very easy to work with and has a great sense of humor. We highly recommend her for any event. Thank you Melissa!
Toni and Tammi were delightful! We only had a short window of time to get to know each other and to write the ceremony, but it turned out to be perfectly suited for the two of them, showcasing their love story and journey together - which everyone laughed and cried to hear! They were so rich with friends and family supporting that it became a true Love Fest! Sooooooooo many hugs!!! I love love love these two women and feel so fortunate that I was able to marry them!
Melissa knows how to tell a love story!
What an incredible experience we had with Melissa as our officiant! If you're looking for someone who will listen to your story of how you fell in love and then make your special wedding day magical - Melissa Coe is your officiant! From our first conversation, we knew we had found the person we wanted to marry us and share in our special day. The whole process was enjoyable and completely stress-free! Melissa is so warm and kind - and makes it so easy to trust her with your love story!
We had over 60 guests at our wedding and EVERY ONE of them came up to us and commented about Melissa's delivery of our love story and how touched they were with the details. Many asked how we found her - that's how amazing she is in telling love stories in a way that captures hearts of attendees - and even made us, the bride and groom, fall in love all over again!
Kelly and Jeremie have one of the best love stories I've ever heard so of course, I LOVED telling everyone! Additionally, I adored seeing them surrounded by their families and friends, all of whom laughed to hear about how they found each other (MANY years after high school), how they managed to grow their relationship even while living in separate states and what their plans were for their future. Everyone gathered had so much love for this couple that it was absolutely tangible and exploding and I was thrilled, delighted and excited to have the honor of marrying them. FINALLY.
We found Melissa Coe online when looking for a wedding officiant who would be comfortable performing a same sex wedding. At our initial consultation, we found her to be warm, inquisitive, understanding and encouraging to share our story with her in complete comfort and confidence. Much to our delight she turned out to be the most amazing and outstanding individual we could have ever selected to perform and officiate on our special day.
Melissa has a clear talent for writing and crafting each couple's unique love story, encouraging each partner to share the details of how they found each other, fell in love, and made the choice to marry.
Melissa is confident and calm while performing the ceremony. Instantly, the couple knows everything they worry about potentially happening on their wedding day will be handled calmly, confidently, and maturely. She begins each ceremony with her inclusive way of drawing in all the guests to participate, sets the stage, choreographs the event, and allows the couple to focus completely on each other during the ceremony, knowing all the while you're in such great hands.
Melissa is such a fine quality person, lives her values, and clearly is one of the best in her field. We had the absolute time of our lives on our wedding day in large part to her and how she told and shared our love story to our family, friends, and guests. Wow, is all we can say. Melissa is a class act, a classy lady, and I don't think we could ever write a review to do her justice. But, every person we spoke with about our ceremony found it to be one of the most memorable weddings they had ever attended, they couldn't stop talking about how wonderful Melissa was, and how they were so moved to tears throughout the event.
We would recommend her with the highest regard for any occasion you would need.
Vivian and Leah are amazing, such a wonderfully gorgeous couple inside and out. Their love and regard for each other is tangible and evident in everything they do or say and so, their ceremony was co-created so that all of their guests felt equally loved and cherished as well. Love endorphins were truly flying in the Columbia Gorge on their wedding day and it was absolutely my honor and delight to marry them & I LOVED being their marrying lady!!!