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Brian N. · Married on 03/09/2021
Valerie crafted a ceremony that felt extremely customized and special. She was extremely easy to work with and helped our wedding day come out exactly how we hoped it would. We've received several compliments from our guest at how unique and how beautiful our ceremony was. Would definitely recommend!Sent on 10/21/2019
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thank you Brian and Courtney! I love creating customized weddings for my couples! It's was your big day and you deserved to have it be all about YOU! So glad you had a great time! Please stay in touch!
Xiao A. · Married on 12/09/2020
Lovely wedding in Central Park
We hosted a lovely small wedding in Central Park in socially distanced manner. Valerie sent us a very thorough questionnaire to get to know us. And she wrote a touching wedding script based on the story. It was as if she knew us for very long time. She provided wedding vow samples that really speak to us. It was a beautiful ceremony by Valerie. We are very gratefulSent on 09/19/2020
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Xiao and Xinbo, thank you for trusting me with your love story and letting me create your ceremony! I really enjoyed getting to know you. So glad you are happy!
Kim J. · Married on 04/04/2020
Our wedding was postponed due to the coronavirus and Valerie really helped us through it! She was in constant communication with us on our options on how to still have a ceremony and the legal measures with the NYC court system. We were able to have our ceremony on April 4th over zoom where we live streamed it over YouTube for our friends and family to tune in not only did she officiate the ceremony but Valerie reworked her original ceremony to make it work over zoom. She really took the time to get to know us as a couple and her words were extremely beautiful.
Valerie is a true gem, very sweet and made our day so special! Her professionalize and knowledge is outstanding. She will also be preforming an extended ceremony in person on December 5th where our family can actually be in attendance. We feel so blessed to have Valerie be a part of our wedding and highly recommend her!
Thank you Valerie for your hard work, kind words and inspiration throughout these times! Can’t wait to celebrate in December!
Kim & Jim Dietz
Sent on 04/19/2020
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thank you Kim and Jim! This is certainly an usual time and required much creativity! Complying with the law while at the same time having a virtual ceremony! Yet we got it done! And now you are finally married! Looking forward to December! PS having your cute dog Louie as ring bearer was so sweet. And he behaved perfectly!
Christopher C. · Married on 03/12/2020
Something we will never forget!!
Valerie was outstanding!! I gave her all the information needed to help me plan a surprise renewal for my wife when we traveled to NYC. She met us in Central Park and surprised my wife and son. She wrote vows that my wife and I will treasure forever and made the experience something that we will never forget. Not to mention, when we arrived back home, we were surprised again with a package in the mail with everything that was written for our ceremony packaged together in a keepsake envelope. I would highly recommend using Valerie for your renewal or wedding. She will make it something special!!Sent on 04/15/2020
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thank you Chris! It was such fun planning the surprise vow renewal for you and Stephanie! Your love for each other truly warmed my heart. So glad you are happy!
Michael F. · Married on 03/09/2020
We highly recommend Val!!
Val officiated our wedding in September 2019 in Central Park. We could not recommend her highly enough. She first asked us to complete a detailed questionnaire that enabled her to write a first draft of our ceremony. Val somehow managed to incorporate both the solemnity and humor that we were seeking. My wife and I then tinkered with the language, and Val was always extremely responsive in sending us new drafts until we were happy with a final version. A month before the wedding, we met with Val in CP and at our nearby brunch site to discuss precisely where in CP we would be married and, more generally, the type of ceremony we wanted. Val was extremely helpful and supportive throughout the process. On our wedding day, Val helped lead our friends and family to the ceremony cite. The ceremony went off exactly as planned. (Val also recommended our photographer, and that worked out great.) Val later gave us a written copy of the ceremony as a memento. As for price, I talked with other potential officiants and found Val's to be extremely competitive.Sent on 10/23/2019
In sum, we very highly recommend Val to serve as a wedding officiant.
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thank you Michael and Sharon! I loved creating your ceremony, bringing in all the experience of the life you lived up until and including when you met and fell in love. Your story was so compelling! Thank you for sharing it with me and trusting me to weave it into a beautiful ceremony. Best wishes to you both!
Lucy G. · Married on 02/11/2020
Working with Valerie was great. She made sure that our ceremony was tailored for us. When we had to postpone due to the pandemic, she was flexible, and we were able to reschedule for a later date. Our ceremony was exactly how we had imagined it, some teary eyes, a bunch of laughs and all smiles. We couldn’t have worked with a better officiant for our special day.Sent on 11/16/2020
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:I absolutely loved officiating for you two on that cold winter day with bright sunshine! I especially loved your laughs. You're such a fun-loving couple! Thank you for allowing to me to be part of your day!
Claudia V. · Married on 06/25/2019
The perfect celebrant for our special day!
Valerie was fantastic from start to finish. She helped us choose the right location near the Brooklyn Bridge as we were not locals and from overseas which really helped. She took the time to make the ceremony really individual to us and she made the day run smooth. She was just involved and present and really cared about our experience. Her partner also took some great photos of the day which went over and beyond what we expected. Thanks for everything Valerie!!!Sent on 07/19/2019
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Claudia and Michele, my new Aussie friends! Thanks so much for your review and allowing me to be part of your Big Day! I'm so glad you were happy with the ceremony. All the best to you both!
Christine C. · Married on 04/13/2019
April 13, 2019 wedding @ the NYBG
I was lucky enough to be put in touch with Valerie when my original officiant cancelled on me a mere two months from our day. From our first phone call, Valerie was attentive, responsive, and more importantly - comforting. Even through a big error in our arrangement ( I messed up the ceremony time! eeek) she was flexible and understanding. Huge. She took the time to get to know us through her own questionnaire process and was incredibly patient and thorough. On the day of, I felt completely at ease once I knew she had arrived. She went off and handled coordinating with my DJ sand photographer and took a quick moment with my small bridal party and I to just breathe and level set - it was probably one of the most critical moments of the day. Valerie was clear, concise, and delivered an amazing ceremony. She was integral in the success of our vows as well. My guests said that they were refreshed and intrigued by the beautiful, personal ceremony. And my pictures prove it - every person at a our ceremony look engaged and happy.Sent on 06/16/2019
It was a blessing that my original officiant cancelled. I feel lucky to know Valerie and to have had our paths cross.
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Christine and Red- Thank you so very much! My heart just melts when couples really enjoy the ceremony. It means I accomplished my goal of making your day truly special!
Joana M. · Married on 12/02/2018
So HAPPY we chose Valerie. She was absolutely exceptional! Every step of the way she was there to help. Valerie took the time to get to know us as a couple and performed a wonderful service. She made our wedding extra special and she felt like part of our
life, not just an officiant.
We’ll cherish this day for the rest of our lives and we thank Valerie for making everything so perfect!Sent on 12/13/2018
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Aw, thank you so much! I just loved your "story". It could really be a good movie!!! I smile every time I think about it. Thanks for letting me create your ceremony!
Michelle F. · Married on 11/25/2018
Mike and I got married on 11/25 and we can’t stop talking about how wonderful the ceremony was. The ceremony was the most important part of the day in my opinion and it was everything we had hoped for and more. We received so many compliments on it from friends and family and everyone really enjoyed hearing the details about our story.Sent on 12/05/2018
Valerie took the time to get to know us and that was reflected in the ceremony. She was very responsive and made the entire process stress free. It's clear that she cares about her work and takes pride in what she does.
Valerie, thank you for making the ceremony so special for us. I look forward to receiving the keepsake copy and reading it years from now!
Michelle and Mike
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Michelle and Mike- it was such a pleasure to work with you guys to create your wedding ceremony. I love how we incorporated your family into the ceremony, and especially loved seeing the smile on your grandmother's face! Wishing you both a wonderful life together- Val
Angela A. · Married on 11/21/2018
We had the most perfect day and would like to thank Valerie for being part of it! The service was beautiful and personal, Valerie captured everything we wanted and incorporated it into our wedding service, how we met, why we love each other, our plans for the future, even a mention for our dogs!! We couldn’t have asked for anything more.Sent on 12/04/2018
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Angela and Chris- It was a pleasure to meet you and create a perfect day for you! Your smiles are imprinted on my mind! All the best to you both!
Nikki · Married on 10/06/2018
Summed us up perfectly!
We could not have asked for a better celebrant and a more beautiful ceremony! Right from the start Val was just interested in learning about us as a couple. In each draft of the ceremony, she somehow managed to capture us and our story so perfectly. Her responses were quick and she was willing to accommodate any vision we had. We had been to a few weddings this year and we couldn't help but judge the ceremonies and pick out things we liked or didn't. At the end of the day, Val's was the best I have ever heard! You could really feel the love in the courtyard. Our guests kept asking how long we had known her, that's how personal it was!Sent on 11/19/2018
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Nikki and Matt- your wedding was so much fun! I loved looking at the expressions on your parents and guests faces during the ceremony. There was so much love there! Such great families! Thank you for letting me be part of your day. Stay in touch!
Pam · Married on 10/06/2018
Val, you did such an amazing job on Nikki and Matt's ceremony. As mother of the bride, I love how you made the ceremony personal and very beautiful. I was so moved by it. I’ve watched the video so many times and can still get leaky eyes. I’m so glad they connected with you to be such an important part of their day. So many wonderful comments from family and friends. You made it so special and memorable! Thank you so much!Sent on 09/04/2019
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thank you Pam! Getting a review from the mother of a bride is truly special! I'm glad you still get leaky eyes...I remember seeing you crying happily DURING the ceremony too!
Nadine M. · Married on 07/24/2018
Valerie ticked all the boxes we wanted and needed from our small Central Park wedding, and then some. Due to geography, we did not actually meet her until the morning of the ceremony. But her communication via phone and email was professional and friendly, and we appreciate the work that went into making our special day as smooth and lovely as it was. Our family greatly enjoyed the ceremony (a few tears of joy were shed), and many people commented on what a fine job she did in pulling it all together. In fact, we ended up using one of the poems she selected for us at a later event related to our wedding; so she clearly knows what she's doing.Sent on 08/06/2018
We'd recommend her highly and wish her nothing but the very best.
Mat & Nadine Morrison
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Mat and Nadine, it was an absolute pleasure to create your wedding ceremony. Seeing the wonderful connection you both have with your families was truly wonderful. And those kids! How adorable! I do hope our paths cross again. Thank you for trusting me to be your officiant!
Sara · Married on 06/15/2018
Valerie was the absolute best choice of officiant for us for our wedding. After our initial meeting, she totally understood the romantic, non-denominational wedding we wanted and wrote a ceremony script that was perfect. There was not a dry eye in the room and we loved working with her. Would highly recommend!!Sent on 06/19/2018
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thank you so much Sara! You are right, there was not a dry eye in the room, so it was good you provided guests with those cute handkerchiefs! I'm so glad you and Mitch were happy with the ceremony! Smiles all around!
James · Married on 06/13/2018
We planned our NY wedding from Scotland and were so glad that we had Valerie as a celebrant. Although we never met her until the wedding day, her personality and professionalism shone through the emails. She gave us good advice and was always quick to answer any queries. We certainly didn't feel like the distance was an issue. The wedding questionnaire we completed helped her to get to know us better and we felt in control of what was being said on the day with Valerie adding her own special touches within the speech.Sent on 08/01/2018
Valerie made the wedding day itself very personal and made everyone feel at ease. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:James and Gary, thank you for your kind words! I was deeply touched by the words expressed by your family members during the ceremony. The love that you two have for each other brings such love and warmth from others. Thank you for allowing me to "tell your story" and be there for your special day!
Janet · Married on 06/06/2018
Valerie was the best find of my wedding, minus the groom. From the first email, I could just tell how perfect she was for us. She asked all the right questions and was in touch, but never pushy or overwhelming. She made me feel at ease through the entire process, which for me... a type a, anal, perfectionist... is really such a hard task. At no point did I question if we had chosen the correct officiant. I actually was wondering if she was real, but sure enough she was! She officiated our sunrise ceremony and was prompt... she even beat me there! She wrote a personalized ceremony and kept it short and sweet, as I had requested. The ceremony made us feel like she knew us for years. Our immediate family were the only ones present and they are still talking about how beautifully written our wedding was. Her pricing was extremely reasonable and her communication skills are top notch. I found her while she was on vacation, out of the country, and she was STILL answering me!!Sent on 06/11/2018
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Janet and Joe- Thank you so much for this review! It was my first 6am sunrise wedding, and it was really special. The morning light, the happiness on you and your guests faces said it all. I'm so very happy you two are finally married! You are perfect for each other! Congrats!
Devon · Married on 11/04/2017
Val was absolutely wonderful! Her profile spoke to me immediately when we were looking for an officiant and I am so glad we chose her! The ceremony that she wrote for us was personal, touching, and funny. It was exactly what we wanted. She helped us roll with little hiccups on the day and was really great to have for such a momentous occasion. I recommend her without hesitation!Sent on 11/26/2017
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thank you Devon and Erik! I'm so glad you were happy with the ceremony! It really did reflect your personalities and that's always my goal. You were such fun to work with. I know you'll have a happy life together!
Ivelisse · Married on 11/03/2017
Jonathan and I would like to begin by saying that you would not be disappointed with Valerie. From the moment my husband and I met Valerie, we connected and she got my husband's jokes (which was very important to us). We wanted to pick an officiant that showcased our personalities and love for each other and Valerie did just that. There is not a person that did not comment about how amazing the ceremony was and how there was a little bit of everything. Those couples that are married told us that as they heard Val tell our story and listened to our personal vows they reminisced on their own marriage and remembered why they got married. Our single friends told us that this was one of the best wedding ceremonies they have ever witnessed as it was centered around two people who love each other and made a decision to become one giving them hope of what they could have. All of the comments and the feelings that our friends and family felt was exactly what we wanted to portray. We feel strongly that it was in great part due to Valerie having taken our vision and bringing it to life. We wish we could get married all over again just so that Val could marry us.Sent on 11/14/2017
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Ivy and Jonathan- thank you so much for this review. Working with you two was an absolute delight! Seeing you two, so much in love, and your love and joy for living was so evident during the entire ceremony. What a gift that you found each other!!
Caseley · Married on 09/10/2017
Val was a pleasure to work with. She did an amazing job creating the ceremony of our dreams that made not just the two of us happy, but also our family and friends.Sent on 09/24/2017
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thank you Caseley and Abhishek! It was a pleasure working with you two and meeting your families and guests. Also thank you for the sweet card you sent! All the best to you both
Susan · Married on 08/29/2017
I wish I could give Valerie 10 stars! She officiated my 25th anniversary vow renewal in Central Park. We are so happy we found her. She's super responsive, kind, professional and fun! She helped us (on very short notice) put together a beautiful ceremony that my husband and I will never, ever forget. She crafted the words for the ceremony so beautifully, I will remember them forever in my heart. Thank you Valerie !!Sent on 09/13/2017
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Susan & Rob- It was absolutely a delight to officiate at your vow renewal! You are SUCH a lovely couple and it is so heartwarming to see love going so strong 25 years later. I walked away with joy in my heart....and that's why I Iove doing this! I'll see you for the next big anniversary, I hope!!
Timothy · Married on 08/26/2017
Valerie was wonderful. We contacted her on short notice (3 weeks) and she made arrangements to be available. Her warmth, kindness, and spirit made our wedding all the more special. She was truly a godsend!Sent on 09/04/2017
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thank you Timothy and Leangy! I'm so glad I was available. It was a pleasure officiating for you on that gorgeous day! All the best to you both!
David · Married on 08/22/2017
I decided to suprise my wife,with a vow renewal on on recent trip to new York .. From the uk, i contacted Valerie Coleman, about suggestions where this would happen ? Valerie ran me through everything and helped me plan the place and time I requested. The ceremony on the day was very professional and my wife was put at ease by Valerie .The day was everything I could of expected, thanks to to Valerie ..Sent on 09/07/2017
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:David- it is such a joy to officiate at surprise vow renewals and yours was so sweet and special! Sandra is one lucky woman to be married to such a wonderful man! I hope you return to New York for your 50th vow renewal! All the best-
Shelly · Married on 07/21/2017
With no doubt you will be thrilled with Val's talent and professionalism! She will accommodate and go the extra mile to ensure your ceremony is stress free, and a ceremony you will always treasure!!!! The perfect ribbon to the package ... she will send you a package of your ceremony for a keepsake.Sent on 07/31/2017
Val is simply amazing!!!
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Thanks Shelly! It was fun officiating at the 10th anniversary vow renewal for you and Jeff! Wishing you many more happy years together- All the best- Val
Taylor · Married on 06/11/2017
From beginning to end, Valerie was a pleasure to work with. With our questionnaire answers she was able to craft a ceremony that was heartfelt, personal, emotional and so "us". We had tons of complements from our guests that said it was the best ceremony they have attended. Valerie was very responsive from our first email reaching out, all the way until our wedding day. She always answered our emails and calls promptly and was very easy and personable to work with. We highly recommend Valerie if anyone is looking for a celebrant that will create a beautiful & personalized ceremony for their special day.Sent on 06/27/2017
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant's reply:Taylor and Elie- Thank you so much for this beautiful review! I am so very happy you and your guests were thrilled with the ceremony. That was my goal! All the best to both of you!