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Tina & Ethan
Oh, wow. Hiring Renee at A Lovely Ceremony was one of the best decisions my husband and I have ever made. We had a shared vision on what a perfect ceremony was, but it was definitely one that was nontraditional– and the hardest thing about being nontraditional is that there aren’t a lot of references out there to go off of! And when you’re planning a wedding, getting a ceremony down to the “T” can seem nearly impossible. The best way to describe Renee is she’s an expert at her craft. I really never knew an officiant could be so good. When I first got ahold of her by phone, it was a relatively short period before the wedding. I left her a voicemail and that same day she got back to me. We spoke for over an hour! She just wanted to get a feel for what kind of couple we were, our passions, our likes and interests… She was easy to meet up with, and she gave us examples from what I imagine must be a huge arsenal of all the wedding ceremonies she’s written. She had a plan for each part of the ceremony and helped us make it perfect. Day of, Renee had a bit of a scratchy throat but it didn’t stop her at all. Seriously, no one had any idea, she’s an amazing orator! She spoke perfectly: the right pauses, the right pace, all of it. She gave us lots of great advice for a more intimate ceremony. I had a funny couple of moments where one eyelash (!!) then the second (!!!!!) came off my makeup as I teared up, ohhhh my goooosh…. *boom,* there’s a handkerchief from Renee. She, my husband and I all got to laugh to ourselves at such a funny moment, but nobody else in the crowd even noticed. She didn’t skip a beat, and honestly, all of them were in tears anyways. *Happy* tears, obviously. It was THAT good. Hire Renee! You cannot go wrong with her. She will make your ceremony perfect.
Michelle & Brian
We were referred to Renee from friends of ours who had their wedding ceremony performed by her. After contacting Renee by email, she immediately scheduled a video call so we could get to know each other. A few moments into the video call, my now-wife and I had an instant rapport with her, and immediately made the decision to have her to perform our ceremony. Not only did she work with us to provide us with a ceremony that would be both elegant as well as comedic, but she was able to assist in a number of facets that we, as Non-Florida residents, were uncertain about. For instance, Renee was knowledgeable about the marriage license application process and timeline which allowed us to easily complete it from hundreds of miles away. Due to circumstance, our rehearsal was held in a ballroom and our wedding was slated for a different venue. Renee was knowledgeable of the details of our Disney venue and was able to inform us on where certain markers would be. As a result we were able to visualize where we would stand, where to walk, and how to face. This made the actual ceremony comfortable and minimized the amount of faux pas on our part. Because of this, the ceremony went exceedingly well. Renee has a wonderful sense of humor that complemented our somewhat goofy personalities but is very professional to ensure the integrity of the ceremony. She is extremely personable and she was invested in our ceremony to ensure that it was as magical as we could have imagined.
Marissa & Joe
My husband and I chose to have a Disney World wedding mainly because we were looking to have a magical day at our favorite place. I can honestly say Renee, and our ceremony, was the BEST, most magical part of our day. Renee was incredibly helpful with assisting us in preparing our vows and really took the time to get to know us as a couple. She was so, so creative in adding fun aspects to our ceremony, while perfectly capturing my husband’s and my love story. She treated me as if we were lifelong friends on my wedding day, and the lovely chat she had with me before walking down the aisle really helped to calm any nerves. Renee goes above and beyond to help make it a perfect day. Not only was she amazing with vow writing, but her timeliness in responding to emails and her helpfulness with information on name changes and obtaining the marriage certificate was outstanding. My husband and I will most definitely book Renee for vow renewals in the future!!
Renee was practically the easiest wedding decision we made, and she was just as wonderful as we had imagined. She is incredibly responsive with e-mails and made it easy to set up time to meet (via Skype since we are from Texas) when we first introduced ourselves and again when we were finalizing our ceremony and needed a little extra help and re-assurance. We had decided to write our own vows and Renee was a tremendous help for both of us when it came time to put our thoughts into words, helping us edit/revise the vows and making sure the tone matched (we kept our vows secret from each other until the big day.) At the rehearsal and on the big day, she was a very calming and sweet presence and you truly feel that wedding ceremonies are a passion for her. She will give you lots of great tips throughout the process — we could not have chosen someone better.
Renee is such an amazing human. If the world was full of Renee, what a truly loving place it would be. She left me feeling I’d know her for a life time. A life time full of love. Thank you for touching our lives, even for this short moment. You helped make our day truly special. I cannot thank you enough. May you receive as much love as you give. You deserve all the warmth of the sun. Much love XXX
Dani & Ben
Choosing Renee as our officiant was the best decision we made for our wedding! As soon as we Facetimed Renee we had an instant connection with her and knew she was the one for us, so warm, kind, happy (we came off the call saying she reminded us of the Fairy Godmother) and knew exactly what we wanted. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Renee and we cannot recommend her highly enough. We felt so lucky to have found someone like Renee. The ceremony was so important to us, that it was unique to us as a couple and Renee understood this straight away. She was so helpful sending us ideas and reviewing our ceremony draft regularly until we were completely happy with the finished ceremony. All of our wedding guests commented on how lovely the ceremony and Renee were. She made our very special day all the more magical and her “1, 2, 3” wise words of advice is the best advice we have ever been given and it made the ceremony all the more special for us as we really stayed in the moment, a moment we will remember forever. Thank you Renee, for everything, no words can really express how blessed we feel to have met you. Lots of love, hugs and pixie dust Dani and Ben xxx
Hiring Renee was such a wonderful decision. The time and effort she puts into creating your ceremony for you is unmatched. She truly tailors your ceremony to fit you as a couple — and it’s amazing. She prints your vows on a card (if you’re writing your own) and has them ready for you so it’s one less thing for you to worry about, she’s prompt at getting back to your emails, she’s knowledgeable about the marriage license progress, etc. I could go on, but my husband and I were so happy with our experience with her. We received compliments on our ceremony all night on our wedding night. Thank you for everything, Renee!!