125 Reviews for Sterling Weddings of Sedona
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Shanandoah did an excellent job of guiding us through the process of planning our ceremony and making sure that the details were a perfect match to our personalities and relationship. She has a tremendous amount of experience to draw from and she offered a variety of options to choose from for each element of the ceremony. We planned our wedding in Sedona completely by phone as we live in Rhode Island. Shanandoah made us feel comfortable that she had everything in hand before we got to Sedona including helping us acquire the marriage license. When we arrived, she met us and went through the final details the day before the wedding. We were a bit late arriving due to our flight and she was willing to be flexible with her time so we could have a breather before meeting with her. The day of the wedding, she was kind, personable, well spoken and had an incredible energy that welcomed and included our guests while focusing on the two of us as a couple. We were honored to have her be a part of our wedding day. She set the tone of the whole day. Several of our guests commented on her as A Class for an officiant. Exceeded our expectations!
Shanandoah was absolutely fantastic. If you are looking for an officiant in Sedona I highly recommend her! She put so much time into getting to know us and made sure our ceremony was crafted exactly how we wished. She had a calm and beautiful energy which all of our guests loved. My ceremony was my favorite part of my wedding day and I owe it to her for helping to make it so special.
Our wedding ceremony was so beautiful and peaceful. Shanandoah made us beyond comfortable and was available for any questions before and during our ceremony which was fantastic as we were planning this out of state. I can not speak more highly of her!
Shanandoah was a pleasure and an ease to work with. We loved having her as our officiant. I would recommend her to anyone. She was always prompt and on top of things. We didn't have to worry about a thing with her. We knew she had it covered. She even made a special wedding booklet keepsake of our ceremony! Very sweet and kind woman. Thanks Shanadoah!
Grace. Shanandoah exudes grace. We are unable to adequately express our gratitude for having had Shanandoah officiate our wedding ceremony. We chose to have a Native American ceremony, in which Shanandoah so graciously allowed us to share in the traditions of her ancestors. It was intentional and powerful and when I close my eyes I can still feel the connection I felt to the universe in that moment. After having had the experience of being in Shanandoah’s presence we wonder why anyone would have a wedding any other way. If you are trying to decide on how you want to begin your life as a married couple, I hope you will allow Shanadoah to share with you in beginning this new journey together. She is conscious and evolved. The world is a better place for having such a woman lead the way in the healing this planet so desperately needs. We sit in gratitude for having had Shanandoah as our officiant. Words are not enough. Thank you Shanandoah for making our day everything we hoped it to be, and congratulations to all of you who will make such a wonderful decision in allowing Shanadoah to officiate your ceremony.
-Marjorie and Holly
Marjorie and Holly,
Your words touch my heart, humble my spirit, and bring tears to my eyes. I am grateful to have shared ceremony with you and wish you an amazing marriage!
We were so lucky to find Shanandoah! She was exactly what we were looking for. We wanted someone who could co-create a meaningful but simple wedding ceremony out in nature that would be memorable and moving. From beginning to end Shanandoah was a dream to work with. She had fantastic recommendations for not only the elements of the ceremony, but also every other part of our wedding experience, like flowers, dinner, music, procedures for marriage license and changing my name, etc.
We did the Native American wedding ceremony and it far exceeded our expectations. Shanandoah is half Native American and our ceremony felt very authentic and real. It was truly magical! One of our guests said it was the best wedding he'd ever attended. It was so unique and she allowed us to personalize it in whatever way we wanted, without feeling like we had to create the whole ceremony from scratch. We met via Skype since we are from out of state. She was constantly available to consult and bounce ideas off of and we truly felt like she was there for us. We never met her until the day of our ceremony but it felt like we had known her for a long time! She created a great connection with us.
Shanandoah is very kind and spiritual without being airy and unreliable. She is grounded and organized and I felt like we were in good hands at all times. She had every detail covered, things only a local would know about the logistical requirements and how to adapt in case of bad weather. It was a worry-free ceremony. We were thoroughly satisfied and would recommend Shanandoah to anyone who wants to create a really memorable ceremony.
Reverend Shanadoah Took us from A-to-Z for the entire process. She even helped to get us reservations for dinner after the ceremony. She has a very calming sweet loving energy and she was a pleasure to work with, she made the whole process extremely simple. I would highly recommend her to perform your wedding ceremony!
The ceremony that Shenandoah provided us was one in which we wanted to have the Native American Indian traditions in combination with the traditional ceremony. She made us feel comfortable from the beginning to the end. Allowing us to help in the process of structuring the ceremony.
She also provided us with links to video, photography and flower services in the area. I hope to have her also be a part of when we renew our vows in the future. I was very pleased, and would suggest her services to anyone.
Shanandoah was on our preferred vendor list for our venue in Sedona. From the first website browse, we had such a great vibe about her, and the phone call with her sealed our impression; she was so sweet and calm and was so genuinely interested in us and our story to make sure she was the right officiant for us. She told us to think on it, but as soon as we hung up, we knew we wanted her to marry us. We only met with her the day before the wedding since we came in from NY, but right away we felt comfortable with her, like we had known each other for years.
We wanted a spiritual ceremony and were delighted for her to share the Native American ceremony with us. The blessings and ring clearing and blanket wrap were so beautiful. She remembered all the notes from our phone call and incorporated a piece of our story into the ceremony. And I found out later on that she rearranged the chairs to how I described when they weren't set up right. She made sure everything flowed smoothly and wrote such a wonderful ceremony for us.
We are so grateful for having Shanandoah officiate and be part of our wedding. She took the time to get to know us as a couple and understand what we wanted from the ceremony. I recommend her to anyone marrying in/near Sedona.
Rev. Shanandoah exceeded all of our expectations. Everything was perfect and tailor made to our every desire. From the beginning we knew that we had made the right choice. Not only did she bring her expertise and experience to our wedding, Shanandoah brought warmth and a genuine presence to our special day.
Shanadoah went above and beyond in every area. Six stars would be more appropriate. She listened and gave us ideas that we could incorporate into our ceremony in ways we would have never thought of. She was fun, inspiring and super organized. Moreover, she was plugged into resources such as photographers and planners and locations to help us develop a wedding plan that worked for our budget and intentions. We are spiritual people and believe in the sacredness of marriage, but not in the traditional sense of most wedding ceremonies. Shanadoah understood that, and help us create a heart-centered union that felt like we were casting a powerful magical spell, forging our marriage on new energetic level. At the ceremony, she delivered a powerful pronouncement grounded in ancient wisdom, sacred connection and magnificent, uplifting oratory. My wife said the ceremony surpassed her wildest fairytale fantasies.
Shanandoah was terrific! We called her within a week of our wedding date and she squeezed us in. She performed the sweetest ceremony. Everything went perfect because of her hard work and caring soul! We thank you so much!!!!
From the very first moment we spoke with Shanandoah we knew she was the person we wanted to officiate our ceremony, and was going to make our day wonderfully spiritual and truly perfect--and she exceeded our every expectation. We were planning our AZ destination wedding from our home in Chicago, which wasn't easy, but even during our very first phone call S. gave me great advice and tips for planning, which I utilized throughout the entire planning process--all her advice helped tremendously. She also took the time to Skype with us so we could "meet" from across the country, and when issues arose with our ceremony location she took even more time to visit with us, chat and show us other locations all around Sedona--truly above and beyond what we ever expected from her, and we appreciated it even more than we could ever express. My (now) husband and I always talk about how even just hearing Shanandoah's voice makes the world seem so calm, so relaxing...like nothing could possibly go wrong. During our 18 month wedding planning process Shanandoah worked with us directly to create an incredibly personalized ceremony that meant so much to us, and she didn't even flinch when, a week before our wedding, we said "surprise! we decided that we want to write our own vows too!". We loved having her incorporate blessings of her ancestors into our ceremony as well, as her spirituality was something we really admired about her. We honestly can't even express enough how absolutely integral Shanandoah was in making our wedding day absolutely perfect. Even with some issues that arose, issues beyond anyone's control, with her help our day came together even better than we had originally planned, and was more incredible than we ever imagined. Shanandoah was so helpful, very hands on in helping create our perfect ceremony and day, a calming presence, enthusiastic and uplifting and we truly felt like she wanted to celebrate us and be a part of our wedding day.
Will definitely tell them about our unforgettable experience with Rev. Shanandoah
Shanandoah was the officiant for our elopement in Sedona this past summer and we felt so blessed to have her be a part of our ceremony! After looking at her website and speaking to her on the phone, I knew she would help us put together a wonderful day and she certainly delivered. My husband and I have somewhat different views on religion and spirituality and were a little unsure of what we wanted in our ceremony, but Shanandoah gave us multiple options for wording that blended our beliefs. Shanandoah was always very responsive when I emailed her and had a great awareness of when she needed to be more or less involved in our planning. Our ceremony was beautiful, thanks to Shanandoah, who brought a very positive and peaceful energy to the day.
Rev. Shanandoah Sterling is fabulous. She was with us every step of the way. She took the time to listen and officiate the ceremony of our dreams. We could not have done it without her. My husband and I could't be more satisfied. Our family and friends raved about how beautiful the ceremony was and we owe that to Rev. Shanandoah. I highly recommend Sterling Weddings.
Shanandoah is amazing! We were so pleased with her being a part of our wedding, she helped make our ceremony joyful and perfect..with .zero stress. She is very warm, professional and was a tremendous help to us planning our wedding from a distance. We highly recommend her service...she is terrific!
Bride - OMG!!! We cannot say enough good, great things about Sterling Weddings. The moment we hire Shanandoah, she kept in close touch. We wanted a ceremony that reflected our attitudes and found that a full American Indian ceremony really hit our needs. We didn't want the death due us part, and she delivered. At first, I thought, wow, she is really nice, but the truth is, she is nice, but also understands the depth of seriousness on getting married. When we arrived, she made sure to meet with us a couple of days before the ceremony. She went over what we wanted and discussed many things, including the mundane, however, the whole time she was present in the conversation. She continued to checked in and checked in the day of the ceremony. The day of the wedding, I had a really bad experience, I mean really bad - like almost call off the wedding experience with hair and makeup and my future spouse had been not well, but Shanandoah helped me keep it together. Then the location I picked (Oak Creek Crossing) turned out to be a bad choice. We constantly had people walking into our ceremony and Shenandoah was calm and collected, even though I wanted to laugh non-stop about the comedy of the day. She stayed the whole time, and now we regret not getting a proper picture with her. After photos, she had us follow her back to town where she made sure to get us to the place we had dinner reservations. ONE Word "AMAZING"!
Groom - She took away all of the distraction and focused on the ceremony. First, being married in a community/state that we were not familiar with the first meeting Shenandoah was very reassuring that everything was being taken care of. She assisted us, step by step, throughout the event. The communication that was provided for us before, the day of, and the follow up afterwards was unbelievable. Please feel free to contact my wife or myself for a referral; we can't say enough good things about our experience with Sterling Weddings.
I cannot say enough about Shanandoah! She made our intimate wedding (planned elopement) such a loving and memorable experience. Her calm spirit made for smooth planning, as well as her ability to reach deep and learn about you as a couple to write an absolutely beautiful ceremony. I loved working with her and having the chance to meet such a kind, endearing person.
Reverend Shanandoah Sterling was truly the perfect choice to officiate our elopement in Sedona. She led us step-by-step in writing and preparing our small ceremony. It was perfectly tailored to us, and she picked up on nuances of our personalities and relationship that she wove into the finished ceremony. She happily answered any questions we had with great advice, be it procedure for obtaining the marriage license or a great restaurant for our first dinner as man and wife. She even stepped in to serve as our wedding photographer, generously granting us her service and time. Most importantly, Shanandoah is an exceptionally caring individual who reflects the positive energy inherent in Sedona itself. She was the ideal minister to help us begin our lifelong journey of wedded bliss. We can't recommend Sterling Weddings enough. Thanks again to Shanandoah for helping us to have the perfect day!
- Kevin & Donna
Shanandoah was amazing! She really took the time to get to know both of us and made our ceremony so intimate and special. Every conversation we had was at least an hour but felt like only 10 min..felt like I could talk to her about anything, which made our special day that much more personal and special. You could tell she was very passionate about her work and not just in it for the money. Would highly recommend!
We had the honor and privilege to have Shanandoah be our wedding officiant in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Sedona, Arizona. We asked her to blend our Christian beliefs with our respect for Native American culture into our ceremony, and she came through with flying colors.
We had a beautiful wedding, and Shanandoah was very loving, sincere and we felt like we were being married by a life long friend.
Thank you Shanandoah for your wonderful and thoughtful service.
Jack & Jillayne Wright
In November 2015, it was a distinct honor to have Reverend Shanandoah Sterling perform our wedding ceremony at L’Auberge in Sedona, Arizona. First, let us state, Shanandoah is absolutely amazing as she embodies a welcoming and beautiful energy!
Rev. Sterling designed a personalized ceremony that incorporated our individual style, values, and beliefs, while culminating our wedding day by exquisitely performing the ceremony with intense passion, sweet love, and elegant grace!
From our first conversation, Rev. Sterling was professional, extremely knowledgeable, exercised exceptional attention to detail and was always available to guide our journey in cultivating the “dream” wedding ceremony. On the wedding day, Rev. Sterling gifted a hand crafted personalized booklet that contained our wedding ceremony and vows…a priceless gem that captured the beautiful memoirs of our wedding day.
Thank you Shanandoah! We feel deeply blessed to have you as our officiant. With the utmost endorsement, we highly recommend Reverend Shanandoah Sterling as your wedding officiant!
Rev. Shanandoah was instrumental on the day I married my love. Not just for the obvious reason of her officiating the ceremony but because she was with us throughout every step of planning our wedding ceremony in Sedona. We live in Indiana and had decided we wanted to have our marriage ceremony in the grandeur that is the Red Rocks of beautiful Sedona. From the first moment I made contact with her, she was responsive, and we set up a telephone interview. From this, she put together a beautiful wedding ceremony. She met my love and I by skype to go through our ceremony and make any changes. She was always available through e-mail or by telephone. She once talked to me for an hour and half, as I panicked a bit about our difficult to reach ceremony location and transportation. Throughout our wedding planning, she was always there to provide us with resources and support, whether it was resturants, florists, etc. What I really liked about Shanandoah is she provided a variety of options. It wasn't as if she had this list and would only provide you two of her favored choices. She was very unbiased but truthful in her experiences. She always checked in with us to make sure we had the best day planned for ourselves. You pay her for officiating but she is really an undercover wedding planner. The only mistake you will make if you are planning a wedding in Sedona is not to hire Shanandoah. Although many individuals in that area offer officiating serivces, I feel in my heart, none of them do it out of the love that Shanandoah does. From family members that were present to friends that viewed our wedding video, many remarked how you could tell she was in her element. She officiates because she loves love. You would never go wrong with choosing someone who is passionate, honest, and truly kind on such a sacred day in your life. She also has the most beautiful voice as she officiates. It's magic. Pure and simple.
Rev. Shanandoah was instrumental on the day I married my love. We live in Indiana and had decided we wanted to have our marriage ceremony in the grandeur that is the Red Rocks of beautiful Sedona. Shanandoah was with us every step of the way! From the first moment I made contact with her, she was responsive, and we set up a telephone interview. From this, she put together a beautiful wedding ceremony. As we drew closer to the wedding, she met my love and I by skype to go through our ceremony and make any changes. She was always available through e-mail or by telephone. She once talked to me for an hour and half, as I panicked a bit about our difficult to reach ceremony location and transportation. Throughout our wedding planning, she was always there to provide us with resources whether it was florists, bakers etc. What I really liked about Shanandoah is she provided a variety of options. It wasn't as if she had this list and would only provide you two of her favored choices. She was very unbiased but truthful in her experiences. She always checked in with us to make sure we had the best day planned for ourselves. You pay her for officiating but she is really an undercover wedding planner. The only mistake you will make if you are planning a wedding in Sedona is not to hire Shanandoah. From family members that were present to friends that viewed our wedding video, many remarked how you could tell she was in her element. She officiates because she loves love and what she does. You would never go wrong with choosing someone who is passionate, honest, and truly kind on such a sacred day in your life. She also has the most beautiful voice as she officiates. It's magic. Pure and simple.