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  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 4.9

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    Lynn · Getting married on 11/05/2019

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    Accepting, Flexible and Positive Energy

    Hannah was the officiant at our wedding in May 2019 and she was exceptional. From the initial meeting Hannah made us feel very comfortable. This was truly an accomplishment as all 3 of us were in different locations so it was a virtual video chat meeting. Then meeting in Hannah in person was even better. She has such a warm, welcoming energy - it was just what we were looking for. The process questionnaire and follow-on exchanges were very helpful in focusing us on what we wanted for our ceremony. Finding Hannah was a blessing. She's wonderful!

    Sent on 05/27/2019

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much, Lynn! It was wonderful working with you both, both remotely and then in person. I really enjoyed the different elements that you brought to the ceremony and the ways that you each brought so much of yourselves into the process. It was very moving for me to be a part of your elopement and I'm so happy for you both!
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    Alex · Married on 05/18/2019

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    Hannah creates MAGIC!

    I cannot say enough good things about Hannah! Run, don't walk, and hire this incredible human! She made our wedding ceremony one of the most magical experiences of my life. So many guests noted that it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been to. Every step of the way, from our original meeting to the day of the ceremony was so magical thanks to her incredible process. We knew right away after meeting you that she were for us, and we are so grateful that we found her. The final script was gorgeous, and we are still receiving compliments to this day about the ceremony. The energy was palpable during the day of the event- something that I know Hannah helped created. I wish I could give Hannah more stars than are even available for reviews here! Her professionalism, artistry, vision, and voice SHINE through her process!

    Sent on 06/04/2019
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    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    ALLLLLEEEEXXXX!!
    Thank you so very much for these wonderful words. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate both you and P and your flexibility and patience with co-creating this ceremony. It truly was a collaboration between the three of us and I loved so much that both of you approached it through the lens of spiritual artistry. It was a joy and a blessing to work with you and be a part of this wonderful celebration. Mwah!
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    Diana Delgado · Married on 05/04/2019

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    You Wont Regret Hiring Hannah!

    We got married on May 4th 2019, and worked with Hannah for over 6 months to make sure our vows and ceremonial language was perfect for who we are and for what we wanted our marriage to represent. Throughout the process Hannah was nothing short of spectacular and supportive. She provided us with guiding language and ceremonial recommendations, but also flexible enough to allow improvisation. In fact, because we knew Hannah was bilingual and could handle a Spanish reading passage, we added one. We opted to trust her abilities, and she executed flawlessly. Hannah went above and beyond what was necessary but also talking with our friends to get a wholistic understanding of who we are as people. Hannah was always available to answer any questions we had, and we never once felt that she wasn't listening to us. In fact, Hannah is an active listener and she reflects that in her work.

    During our rehearsal, Hannah was able to efficiently guide our wedding party through the ceremony and answer any questions our guests had. On game day, Hannah was professional, punctual, and steady. It makes a world of difference when you believe in the abilities of your officiant to lead you through your marriage ceremony. We highly recommend Hannah for any and all marriages.

    Sent on 05/06/2019
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    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much, Diana. It was truly a joy to work with you both. Thank you for your creativity, your honesty, your humor, and your irrepressible spirits - I had so much fun collaborating with you on a ceremony that honored you as individuals and as partners. The day was such an infusion of warmth and love, it was almost palpable! Thank you and big hugs.
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    Ashley · Married on 10/06/2018

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    Perfect Recipe for a Ceremony

    Jeff and I found out about Hannah on Catalyst Wedding Co and we are so lucky she was available on our wedding day!

    The process started by meeting with Hannah (in our case, we had a phone call since we were planning from Chicago) and getting to know each other. Once we decided we HAD TO HAVE Hannah officiate our wedding, she provided a questionnaire. The questionnaire was such a good exercise because I got to sit down with my partner, Jeff, and really get to the root of what makes him him, what parts we love most about each other, how we think our relationship with grow with marriage, what our parents contributed to us... it's like a tiny time capsule of our love in written form.

    Hannah used the questionnaire to get to know us and draft up our ceremony. We gave feedback only once and the second draft is what we used... she wrote it as though she has known us for years.

    We cannot recommend Hannah enough. She is a great listener, a great moderator, and a beautiful writer. She was instrumental in crafting the story we wanted to share on our wedding day. Our friends and family can't stop raving about how the ceremony was so special and "so us". (The ceremony was crafted around a cookbook that Jeff and I are trying to cook every recipe in... amazing!)

    Thank you, Hannah!

    Sent on 10/25/2018

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Oh, Ashley, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words. It was a genuine pleasure getting to know you & Jeff (and to get cookbook recommendations from you, too!). Thank you for the ways you showed up for the process of co-creating the wedding ceremony - I'm so very glad that you were pleased with it and that it felt right to you both. Big hugs and congrats!
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    Emily · Married on 06/17/2018

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    Hannah helped us cultivate a ceremony that truly felt like our own. She was generous and felxiable throughout the collaborative process of creating our ceremony together, and she shared wonderful insight using her experience and expertise. An absolute joy!

    Sent on 08/01/2018
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    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Oh, Emily, working with you and Tim was so much fun. I loved the challenge of discerning how to reference one of our mutual favorite works of art in just the right way as part of your wedding, and I was moved and honored to witness the ways that you both showed up for each other and for the process with such authenticity and grace. Congratulations again and thank you for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful (and humid ;) day!
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    Christopher · Married on 01/12/2018

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    Hannah was AMAZING. She was absolutely incredible throughout the entire process. We met with her two times before the Wedding Day and she was so pleasant and fun to be around. With just one interaction and answering a brief questionnaire she put together the most amazing Ceremony for us, like she'd known us for years. She also provided valuable feedback to us while writing our own vows. We got such positive feedback from our guests, including many praises for the Ceremony that Hannah led. Our wedding day was perfect, with huge props to Hannah for her style and eloquent speech. Our wedding was bilingual and her Spanish is perfect! I'd recommend her 10 times out of 10!

    Sent on 01/26/2018

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Oh Chris, thank you so much. It was just delightful to get to know you and Noelia and to work together on co-creating your ceremony, and of course it was also wonderful to share yummy food and wine with you as we journeyed together! Thanks to you both for showing up to the process with such enthusiasm and great ideas. I particularly appreciate you sharing the Unity in Glass ceremony with me - such a meaningful ritual. Wishing you both todo lo mejor in your married life!
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    Olga · Married on 10/14/2017

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    We found Hannah through wedding wire as she had excellent reviews. We met her at a coffee shop and she was very welcoming and friendly. Hannah showed us the entire process and gave us tons of information and templates/examples of verbiage we could use for readings, vows, etc.
    She helped us with the entire ceremony reading from top to bottom, as we made edits and revisions a few times sending them back to her to incorporate. She always made us feel at ease with our decisions whether it be the unity ceremony, vows, or arrangement of details.
    The entire process was smooth and come wedding day, she was on time, professional, and did an excellent job. We would recommend Hannah to anyone that needs an officiant for their wedding day.

    Sent on 10/31/2017
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    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much, Olga! It was such a pleasure getting to know you and Jake and co-creating your wedding ceremony. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this important and meaningful day.
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    Jackie · Married on 10/14/2017

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    Hannah gently guided me through the process of planning and executing what ended up being the perfect ceremony for me and my partner. She helped me ditch the traditions that didn't serve us and embrace ones that did. She listened to every nuance and nerve that affected my assumptions about the day, reflected some things back to me for consideration, and helped with advice where it seemed I was getting tangled up. The care and love with which she approached the day, the confidentiality she kept knowing it was a secret ceremony, and the complete availability it seemed she had for me even amidst her many other clients is unmatched. If you're not sure if she's right for you, she is!

    Sent on 12/03/2017

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Jackie, thank you so much for your wonderful words and sharing your experience. You and your partner are such dear folks and I'm so, so glad we were able to work together to create a wedding ceremony that felt right to you both. Big hugs and congratulations!
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    Colleen · Married on 09/30/2017

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    Hannah performed our wedding ceremony last week and she was amazing. We found her at the last minute and she was able to accommodate us on short notice and made our ceremony better than we ever imagined. She took a couple stories that we gave her and turned them into a personal and moving ceremony. AND she mixed in both Spanish and English so that it flowed beautifully. We absolutely loved it, and we can't recommend her enough.

    Sent on 10/03/2017

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much, Colleen! I'm so glad that it worked out. It was so fun to be a part of the day!
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    Sarah · Married on 09/09/2017

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    We had originally booked another officiant who had a family emergency two months before our wedding, but recommended Hannah to us. Initially we were concerned about the switch, but it ended up working so well. Hannah took time to get to know us and helped us craft our ceremony just the way we wanted it under a shortened timeline. She took the job very seriously and was very responsive to changes we would like. We really felt that she provided a series of great options, but then let us direct how the ceremony ultimately turned out. We are so happy we ended up working with her! On our wedding day we received so many compliments that our ceremony felt like "us." I think that is the highest praise for Hannah!

    Sent on 09/11/2017

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Sarah. It was truly a pleasure getting to know you both. I really enjoyed working with you to co-create your wedding ceremony and it's absolutely wonderful to hear that it felt like it was so 'you' - truly what all Life-Cycle Celebrant ceremonies are aiming to accomplish. This was a complicated situation at the outset, and the ways you and D came to the table with grace, understanding, and open-ness really enriched our process together. Thank you! Wishing you both all the best in your limitless married adventures!
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    Kaitlin · Married on 08/26/2017

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    Working with Hannah to create a customized wedding ceremony was the best decision my partner Larry and I made during our planning. She was so easy to communicate with, and given that we were planning from Hawaii that was a huge relief to us. I have been raving about her ever since we first spoke on the phone; she is an excellent listener and an incredibly articulate person who worked hard to make sure that our story and style were seamlessly portrayed. We had a vision, but honestly no experience (like most people getting married for the first time). Hannah made it easy for us to tell her about our relationship and perfectly gave form to what was for us the best, most personal ceremony we could have ever imagined. I am so thankful we found her. We will always remember the ceremony we created with her as the most amazing beginning to this new phase of our lives!

    Sent on 09/01/2017

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Kaitlin, it was a joy to co-create ceremony with you and Larry. Thank you so much. Wishing you both all the best in the adventure of married life!
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    Kit · Married on 03/19/2017

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    Just talk to Hannah at River and Roots! She offers her guidance, experience, understanding and creativity to fashion the most meaningful ceremony for you. You'll be delighted.

    Sent on 03/23/2017
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    Courtny · event on 12/27/2016

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    It was such a pleasure to have Hannah officiate at our baby's blessing ceremony. I was visiting the area from Hawaii, and we were able to successfully communicate via Internet. We spoke once, which I found very helpful, and from there we worked together on the program. She was so professional and found all the right words and sentiments to express at our ceremony. I highly recommend her for any services and celebrations. Thank you Hannah, for all the time, care, and attention you gave our family for William's blessing!

    Sent on 12/30/2016

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Courtny,

    It was such a pleasure to co-create William's baby welcoming with you. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of a day of such tenderness and joy with your family. It warmed my heart and it was something I will remember with great fondness.

    Warmly,
    Hannah
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    Brian · Married on 12/27/2016

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    Hannah created a personal, heartfelt and beautiful ceremony for my husband and me. Her process encouraged real participation from the heart and provoked us to think deeply about our connection. I highly recommend River and Root for a most beautiful wedding ceremony!

    Sent on 12/31/2016

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Thank you so much! It was a joy to work with you both and witness your connection virtually and in person. Wishing you all the best in your married adventure!
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    Michael · Married on 07/03/2016

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    This past weekend I officiated the wedding of a very close friend in Bay Village, Ohio. The ceremony went incredibly well and I have Hannah to thank. Hannah provided me with a ton of great ideas and resources, guided me in personalizing my words, and definitely put me at ease with her professionalism, knowledge and general demeanor. I would highly recommend.

    Sent on 07/05/2016

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Dear Michael, I'm so glad that the consulting conversations we had were useful to you as you prepared to officiate this wedding. I'm sure you did a wonderful job and thank you so much for sharing your experience!
    Warmly,
    Hannah
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    Carolyn · Married on 06/11/2016

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    Hannah did an amazing job officiating our ceremony. We wanted to keep things non-religious, but also staying true to the familiar elements that our friends and family knew and expected from a wedding ceremony.
    What we ended up with was a beautiful personal tribute to our love story, and to the commitment we were making. Many guests said it was one of nicest weddings they’d ever heard, and that was a tribute to Hannah. She did a really outstanding job.

    Sent on 07/03/2016

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Carolyn and Dan,

    It was an absolute pleasure to work with you and I'm so glad you and your loved ones were moved by the ceremony. You two are such neat people and I was so honored to play a part in the beginning of this next chapter for you!

    Warmly,
    Hannah
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    Anna · Married on 05/07/2016

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    Hannah did such a great job crafting a ceremony for us! We had originally decided to have a religious ceremony with a different officiant. But nearly last minute made the switch to secular. Deciding to work with Hannah was a no brainier. She immediately makes a strong impact as being someone thorough, funny, caring, and well spoken. Within a couple weeks she had worked with us to write a ceremony which felt very true and meaningful to both of us. Thank you!

    Sent on 05/26/2016

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    Anna, thank you so much! It was such a pleasure to work with you and Jesse. I'm so glad that you were pleased with the ceremony and that you felt it reflected the two of you. Warmly, Hannah
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    Ellen · Married on 12/10/2016

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    Hannah wrote and performed a beautiful ceremony for our wedding. She captured the tone we wanted, was extremely accommodating when we wanted to shift the theme and was patient when we made countless tweaks, cuts and additions. We signed off on every word in the final ceremony and appreciated having that level of control (& working with someone who brought so much beautiful language to the table in the first place). She mailed our paperwork promptly, and we had a copy of the text of our ceremony in our mailbox before we even returned from our honeymoon.

    Sent on 12/19/2016
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    B & K · Married on 06/15/2019

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    Stunning ceremony that felt like us

    It's so easy to forget in all the fuss of wedding planning that the ceremony is the first point of the day: it sets the tone, and it's where you actually get married! ;) Hannah, of River and Root, was the perfect person to help us bring our focus back to the ceremony. Though we both love to write, Hannah brought the ceremony writing expertise that we sorely lacked, and provided warmth, gravitas, and thoughtful structure. When we got to the day, neither of us could believe how well the ceremony had been woven together. It read like us. Hannah also helped us pull together our different faith traditions, to tell our story and honor our family and experiences in a way that felt honest. For any couple that wants to craft their own ceremony, Hannah is the ideal partner. Don't hesitate to reach out.

    Sent on 07/09/2019

    River and Root Ceremonies's reply:

    B & K, thank you so much. It was so fun to work with you and to puzzle through together how we might be weave in the different (personal and faith) elements that are important to you. And to be able to celebrate with you in such a beautiful and meaningful family space was so special to me. What a gift. Congratulations again!

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