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Kim Nobert · Married on 06/21/2019
She made it so simple!
My first contact with Rachael was so easy and light hearted, instantly i knew she was the right fit for us. Her personality shone through on the phone and through her text messages, and she was so knowledgeable about making everything run smoothly. We chose the ready-made ceremony as we were eloping, and I sent her some ideas of what i wanted, and she tailored it to fit our ceremony on the beach. My now husband literally was in shock of how easy it was and how comfortable we were with her. I cannot thank you enough for marrying us!Sent on 06/25/2019
Troy Kemmerling · Married on 10/27/2018
Our Yosemite dream come true!
Let me start by saying Rachael was the most amazing officiant we could have hoped for. When we first contacted her we were unsure as to just what kind of ceremony we were looking for. We informed her we were not religious, and wanted something kinda funny, kinda serious.Sent on 12/12/2018
We had three more meetings after this, and each time Rachael was punctual, prepared, and informative. During these meetings, not only was Rachael able to get to know us as a couple, but we also learned more about each other as an added bonus. At our last meeting Rachael provided us with a script of our ceremony and we were blown away. We really had nothing to change, add, or edit. She told our love story better than we can ourselves, and crafted a beautiful ceremony full of symbolism and nature, which represented us perfectly.
On our wedding day Rachael was calm, cool, and collected as always, and delivered a flawless ceremony, which had our guests raving about her as soon as it ended.(And yes, it was kinda funny, kinda serious, but all us.)
We highly recommend Rachael to all couples, whether they know exactly what type of ceremony they are looking for, or if they need a little guidance to shape their perfect day. Her amazing personality, attention to detail, and creativity will ensure all couples have a ceremony they and their guests will not forget. In addition to an excellent officiant, we feel we have gained a new friend in Rachael, and look forward to more “meetings” in the future.
Katelynn Rufino · Married on 10/23/2018
Muir Woods elopement
From our first conversation with Rachael, we knew we wanted to work with her. She brought a lot of ideas to the table without losing sight of our vision for the ceremony. I knew she was going to do a great job, but I can honestly say she exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend her!Sent on 12/12/2018
Dean Burnett · Married on 10/19/2018
What a beautiful, embracing officiant
Rachael (Officially Hitched) created a unique ceremony for us that reflected both of our backgrounds and beliefs. She worked closely with us in advance to understand where we were each coming from to understand exactly what we were both hoping for. Her passion for love and acceptance permeated every single word in our ceremony, and our guests could not stop talking about what an absolutely magical ceremony she created for us. I cannot thank her or recommend her enough!Sent on 12/13/2018
Dominique · Married on 10/14/2018
We had a wonderful time working with Rachael!
We were looking for a ceremony to reflect us with a few drops of our respective religions and she delivered. Having Rachael Tanner as our officiant was one of the best decisions that we made. Throughout the process she guided us on writing our love story which helped us write our vows. At every meeting, it felt like her priority was to get to know us and to learn about us as a couple. We had a blast working on our ceremony and vows with Rachael.Sent on 11/19/2018
Her style of writing stood out against other officiants we interviewed. She listened to our suggestions, and turned them into a memorable ceremony. For example, I was inspired by a scene from the movie Mad Max Fury Road, she helped our bridesmaids and groomsmen reenact a more wedding friendly version with them shouting, “You may kiss the Bride!” as they showered us with flower petals!
Our guests learned a lot about us and were moved to tears through Rachael’s words. She is very friendly and professional. In the end, if you want a memorable ceremony that is unique to you and your significant other, Rachael is your officiant!
**Photos taken by Hazy Lane Studios**
Abigail Peterson · Married on 10/06/2018
We couldn't have made a better choice than Rachel.
From our first meeting Rachel's warm and professional demeanor made a very strong impression on us. We knew after our first meeting that she would be able to create a ceremony that embodied our journey and love. She was incredibly organized with her questionnaires and pre-wedding material and her questions really got down to the heart of who we are as a couple. After the beautiful ceremony we had a handful of guests express how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how much they appreciated Rachel's warm demeanor and voice. We really appreciate having had the opportunity to work with her.Sent on 12/12/2018
Kevin · Married on 09/30/2018
We were so happy and honored that Rachael was the one to marry us. She was perfect from start to finish, and met with us multiple times to ensure we got the exact ceremony we wanted. She was able to effortlessly blend religious and non-religious elements, and best of all, made it interesting! Many of our guests were talking about the ceremony afterwards, and they were all very impressed! I cannot recommend Rachael enough.Sent on 10/20/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:Thank you! You and Katie were gracious and delightful wedding hosts, and such a great couple to work with! I wish you the best!
Danielle · Married on 09/01/2018
A short but beautiful journey
Our experience with Rachael was magical. Even though our time together was short, Rachael took that time to get to know us on an individual level and as a couple. She is truly genuine and passionate about the work she does and from the minute you talk to her you can tell this isn’t just a job for her. She was exceptional in telling our love story and everyone that was at our wedding had nothing but great things to say about her. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better to fill this huge role at our wedding. ❤️Sent on 12/12/2018
Gigi · Married on 08/20/2018
We had a different set up for our wedding than most. We weren't from California and Rachael made sure our vows were exactly as we had hoped, professional, warm and friendly, fun and really a part of our whole day, not just there doing her task. I would recommend her to anyone and especially not being able to meet her in advance and going by phone conversations and reviews I can tell you she does NOT disappoint. The wedding wouldn't have been the same without her. :)Sent on 09/25/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:Thank you so much! It was such a treat to get to know you and your children. You have a lovely family. And it is so clear you cherish them. <3
Julianna · Married on 08/18/2018
Rachael was sweet, supportive and flexible throughout our whole planning process. We were pretty particular about what we wanted and she was very accommodating and offered the best suggestions. Our day was perfect with her help!Sent on 12/13/2018
Jacqueline · Married on 08/16/2018
Working with Rachel for our intimate ceremony in Muir Woods was maybe the best decision we made! From the getgo she was readily available and easy to work with. When we first hired her, it was for a small elopement, but two weeks before the ceremony we decided to invite others. She handled this change like the pro she is, without even missing a beat. Additionally, as a particularly unique pair of people, she was excellent at tailoring the ceremony to our particularly unique needs!Sent on 08/29/2018
Rachael is the perfect choice for any couple, no matter what they have in mind, or don’t! We had barely any idea at the outset of what we wanted, but by the time we reached the woods, the ceremony was perfectly ours. So much so, that afterwards our family just could not stop complimenting what a wonderful job she did!
Her pricing options are clear, her communication is prompt but never over bearing, and her words are masterfully composed. I would *highly* recommend Rachael no matter whether you’re religious, part of the LGBTQ+ community, clueless about your ceremony, have the ceremony planned down to the last second, have an entire 300 person family, or are eloping with your beloved. You simply can’t go wrong with her :)
Timur · Married on 08/11/2018
After the ceremony, our guests were wondering how many years we have been friends with Rachael! This is how incredibly well and personal she was able to narrate our story through the ceremony.Sent on 08/20/2018
We met three times, getting to know each other and collaborating on our ceremony and vows. She took our anecdotes, jokes, and stories and created a perfect narrative to tell the guests. She also helped us improve our vows through a series of questions. These have also helped her put together the ceremony.
Our wedding day was filled with warmth, showcased our personalities, and has left our guests saying it was one of the best ceremonies they have ever attended. We cannot recommend Rachael enough! She did an amazing job to help us create our own fairy tale wedding!
Officially Hitched's reply:I am so ecstatic :) I love you both and it does feel like we've known each other for years. First time anyone has said "fairy tale wedding"--which is great because I love fairy tales. Can't wait to see all life has in store for you! Thank you for taking the time to write this review.
Yael · Married on 07/29/2018
Rachael worked with me and my fiance to create our wedding ceremony, which also included a love story about our relationship, and our vows. (We chose the combination DIY-with-consulting-package.) She was very easy to talk to and collaborate with, and provided us with a lot of thoughtful questions and resources so we could come up with ideas and write. She gave us useful feedback and suggestions that made our writing better. The ceremony Rachael designed was beautiful, meaningful, and thoughtful. Many of the guests I spoke to told me that they enjoyed the way she officiated the ceremony and her warm presence. Overall, she worked really hard and did an excellent job. Rachael, thank you so much for making the most important part of our wedding day as special and memorable as it could be.Sent on 08/02/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:You are so generous! Seriously, you and Jason have amazed me with your generosity and spirit. I just can't say enough about how great you are! Thank you for allowing me the honor of marrying you!
Kellyne · Married on 07/15/2018
Rachael was so amazing! From the first phone call, she made my husband and I feel calm and taken care of. It was very important for us to have a more non-traditional approach to our ceremony without the mention of religion. She did an incredible job weaving together our love story, our love of nature, and the significance of our ceremony location (Muir Beach Overlook). She spoke the most beautiful words and truly created unique and personal ceremony. If we did it over again, we would choose Rachael a thousand times. You'd be very lucky to have her marry you!Sent on 08/29/2018
Maddie · Married on 06/22/2018
My husband and I can't say enough glowing things about Rachael! Working with her on our wedding ceremony was a huge treat, especially amidst the many stresses of wedding planning. If you're looking for a warm, incredibly personable officiant with a calm but commanding presence—and one who can move comfortably between moments of sincerity and levity in your wedding ceremony—then look no further than Rachael. Over the course of a few months and many enjoyable Skype meetings, we worked together to craft a custom ceremony that felt 100% like us. Without Rachael's guidance, that wouldn't have been possible—we wouldn't have known where to start! But she was an amazing partner in that process, giving us tons of ideas and options about everything from readings, rituals/traditions, and the overall flow of the ceremony, while still remaining completely flexible based on the direction we wanted to take. (We were blown away when we read the finished product; Rachael is an amazing writer!) On our wedding weekend, she guided our nervous family members through the rehearsal, then delivered a flawless ceremony the next day—and as an awesome bonus, she wore a killer outfit and lipstick on our wedding day, so she's also a beautiful presence in all of our photos! Not only did I thoroughly enjoy working with Rachael as a wedding vendor and a consummate professional, I also felt like we gained a lovely friend in the process.Sent on 08/11/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:I am so stoked about this review. It means a lot that you feel like you have gained a friend, because I feel the same way. I hope to see you two up on your mountain ranch one day! Thank you for your compliment on my outfit an lipstick; it's a very high one since you were married in a snazzy sequined and beaded wedding gown--you are my style hero.
Michael Hungerford · Married on 06/22/2018
The Perfect Choice for a Carefully-Crafted Wedding
Rachael Tanner was the perfect officiant for our carefully-crafted destination wedding in Bodega Bay. From the introductory video call to the big day itself, Rachael’s passion for her profession, genuine enthusiasm for our love story, and thoughtful attention to detail were abundantly clear. Her deep repertoire of material combined with her creative, authentic style resulted in a ceremony that beautifully blended time-honored tradition with our secular values and unique circumstances. For instance, my wife’s family hails from Savannah, GA where weddings are a grand affair and customs like giving away the bride are non-negotiable, while my wife and I wanted a smaller wedding with modern touches like a best lady and man-of honor in addition to the typical party of groomsmen and bridesmaids.Sent on 12/30/2018
Even though we selected a less-bespoke package, Rachael was still able to expertly evoke the perfect imagery to capture the natural beauty of our garden venue and the joyous atmosphere of the day while paying solemn respect to the importance of our union and honoring a loved one who had passed too soon. There were just the right amounts of laughter and tears.
Due to scheduling conflicts, Rachael was not able to make our rehearsal, but you would not have known from her poise and polish on our wedding day. She collaborated well with our day-of coordinator to get up to speed in a very short time and ensure outwardly flawless execution despite minor hiccups with the DJ’s processional song timings and a flood of emotions from our young ring bearers. At all times, Rachael was a warm and gracious guest, gregarious without stealing the spotlight.
All in all, Officially Hitched made sure everything went off without a hitch. Our guests said our wedding was the best they’d ever attended and that Rachael’s ceremony struck all the right chords. Working with Rachael was a pleasure, and we would recommend her to family and friends without hesitation.
Alice · Married on 06/15/2018
Rachael was the best officiant that we could have asked for! She did a great job meeting with us before the wedding and walking us through the process of writing the ceremony. We were both pretty clueless about the different parts of the ceremony, so Rachael really helped us narrow down a vision and what parts were important to us. The ceremony ended up being the best part of the day, and so many of our guests said that it was the best ceremony they had seen! Rachael was so great to work with and was amazing on that day of- her voice projected well and she had great energy. Thanks for making our day so amazing!Sent on 06/22/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:Soooo happy to make this day special. You two are so stinking cute--and love Kuldeep's corny side which jives with my own. Thank you again! Blessings on everyday you are together.
Leslie · Married on 06/03/2018
Working with Rachael to compose our wedding ceremony exceeded every expectation. I can't tell you how many compliments we had from our friends and family expressing their admiration of her and the ceremony that she performed. We wanted what felt like the impossible: an incredibly intimate wedding ceremony that was personal, emotional, and beautiful.....from a total stranger who lived over 400 miles away!! Once we read her testimonials and watched the video on her website, we knew she would be perfect. Every call or video chat we had with her was so therapeutic, in a way. Planning a destination wedding and buying a house at the same time was very stressful. Each call with Rachael grounded us, reminded us of why we were doing all of this, and forced us to slow down and re-focus. She has a wealth of resources, she is compassionate, funny, professional, and eloquent. Hiring Rachael was the best decision we made during this crazy process and I wish I knew more people in the Bay Area to recommend her to!!! Thank you so much Rachael, you are such a beautiful person and you are touching people's lives in such a meaningful way - thank you, thank you.Sent on 06/08/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:Leslie, I can't tell you how encouraged and just warm this review made me feel. I feel affirmed in my work. Thank you for this gift! And also, for being my stand out DIY + Guide Bride and Groom! You worked hard on your ceremony and it was such a wonderful and authentic one for you and Sean. <3 <3 <3
Alisha · Married on 04/27/2018
My husband and I immediately connected with Rachael from Officially Hitched. She was very responsive and we were blown away with her professionalism. She honored our requests for the ceremony and provided great suggestions and ideas to put in as well. She had a great attitude and mentality that made her so easy to work with. She made the overwhelming task of our ceremony a breeze! I would highly recommend her!Sent on 05/15/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:It was such a treat to marry you! Anytime I connect with fellow Michiganders, it is extra special! Thank you for these kind words and for putting so much of your hearts into the ceremony. <3
Diana · Married on 03/31/2018
Rachael Tanner was completely amazing.. Not only is she affordable,reliable but also is interested in getting to know the couple. She takes great notes and incorporates as much as you tell her to. I wanted “The Rose ceremony” (something I looked up myself and a had meaning) she took her time to look into what into it! She’s super patient and understanding,easy to talk to, her vibe is so friendly and nice that you feel it over the phone.. I would definitely recommend her as a minister/officiant. Thank you so much again Rachael!Sent on 06/27/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:Thank you!!! Thank you for this great review and the awesome photos.
Jennifer · Married on 03/04/2018
Rachael was absolutely incredible! We knew we wanted her as our officiant from our very first phone conversation. Speaking with her felt so natural, and it was so easy to open up to her and let her in on our relationship. We met with Rachael 4 times before our wedding, where we went through every aspect of our ceremony. During these meetings, Rachael got to know us on a personal level, which enabled her to write the most beautiful ceremony we could have ever dreamed of! I cannot express how happy we are that we had Rachael as our officiant on our wedding day.Sent on 03/26/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:You guys were so awesome. When I first learned about the unique wedding you had planned I thought, oh please pick me! You are such joys to work with. It was great working with a couple who share love of some of the same pop culture icons as me! You guys deserve all the goodness and happiness that life brings!
Misa · Married on 02/24/2018
Rachael you have a special gift. Thank you for helping our vision become a reality. So many of our friends commented on what a beautiful writer you are, and how gracefully you set the tone for the evening. You helped us create a moment full of joy and magic, that was truely sacred and now embedded in our hearts forever.Sent on 03/11/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:My heart is so full. Thank you for sharing your story with me and for letting me be a part of this special ceremony. It was truly unique and left me feeling so inspired.
Kerry · Married on 12/22/2017
Fantastic officiant coach who helped weave together a beautiful ceremony
Rachael was wonderful. We decided to have a friend who we love and trust officiate our wedding, and even though he is wonderful and wise, he had never done a wedding and wasn't quite sure how to officiate. Also, my parents were really worried about having a friend do it, so we hired Rachael to coach our friend and we were involved in the whole process. She was a wonderful guide and coach, not only to Rich (our officiant) but to us as well. We have mixed religious backgrounds and she had many thoughtful ways to help us weave together a ceremony that really represented us, and empowered Rich to feel confident that he could shepherd the responsibility of being an officiant. I loved every moment of our ceremony (except for the rain part :)) and Rachael was integral in bringing it all together. Recommend with flying colors!Sent on 12/19/2018
Ashley · Married on 12/09/2017
Rachael was so amazing! She was kind, attentive, and very well organized. She went above and beyond with meeting with us and writing our wedding ceremony. Everyone at the wedding greatly enjoyed everything she had to say. She was also very approachable after the wedding durring the reception. She is the best!!Sent on 12/23/2017
Officially Hitched's reply:Kraig and Ashley are an amazing couple. They really let themselves feel the power and love of their wedding day and marriage. I LOVED working with you both. I feel so blessed to know you!
Peter · Married on 11/06/2017
Amazing - couldn’t think of anyone better to be present on your day. A true class act.Sent on 05/30/2018
Officially Hitched's reply:Thank you! Loved your intimate, heartfelt ceremony. And thanks for the rose!