Quality of service5.0
Barbara helped my partner and I design an inclusive, intimate wedding ceremony that perfectly reflected us both as individuals and as a couple. We started the process by telling her that we wanted a same-sex ceremony that honoured my Chinese-Canadian roots, while being done in a way that still made my American husband and his Midwestern family feel fully included. We ended up with a very personalized ceremony that not only told our story, but helped to incorporate some traditional elements in a very refined, contemporary, and inclusive fashion. We received a lot of compliments about the personal, inclusive nature of our beautiful ceremony and how meaningful it was to everyone there.
The process of working with Barbara on our ceremony remotely from San Francisco was easy and enjoyable. We would recommend that couples working on customized ceremonies leave themselves plenty of time as the process requires a lot of introspection and soul searching. We started working with Barbara about a year before our wedding. After an initial brainstorming video conference, we spent the next few months reflecting on Barbara's questionnaire. This was easily the most important part of the process as it formed the foundation of everything that followed. The questionnaire was actually a great pre-marriage counseling tool, as it really forced us to reflect on ourselves as individuals and on our relationship with each other. We also really appreciated Barbara's flexibility with the questionnaire. She was more than willing to do multiple calls with my partner as he felt that he could better express himself verbally than in writing. Not too long after we submitted our responses, and several months before the wedding, we received the first draft of the ceremony from Barbara. Barbara captured our personalities and relationship, and designed the ceremony in such a uniquely phenomenal way that after the first draft, we only had to do some very minor fine tuning. We also appreciated Barbara's flexibility in working with a friend of the family to help translate and deliver key parts of our ceremony in Mandarin so that everyone there could follow and feel included in our day.
If you're willing to put the time and effort into making your special day unique and memorable, we definitely recommend working with Barbara!
Malla Birns , Married on 07/08/2016
We highly recommend Barbara Densmore as your Wedding Officiant, she is simply the BEST! Our wedding ceremony was truly memorable, and so much better than what we initially envisioned. Meaningful, Unique, Heartfelt, Captivating and Inclusive are some of the words that come to mind when we reflect back on our wedding day. We connected with Barbara from day one and felt very confident she was the perfect choice for us. Barbara is smart, easy going, down to earth, and is a genuinely lovely person to work with. Early on Barbara gave us "homework", for us it was a bit of a cathartic soul- searching adventure. We really had to dig deep, take accountability, explore what marriage meant to us, our commitment to one another, our journey as a couple, our struggles, love and respect for each other, and the level of participation we wanted from our friends and family. Barbara listened to us and really understood what our vision was. Our wedding ceremony wasn't simple, it had quite a few customs and traditions that we wished to incorporate. After three Skype meetings later, and a handful of revisions, Barbara helped us create the most beautiful 45-minute ceremony that all our guests absolutely loved and embraced. Six weeks later people are still complimenting us, and commenting on how much they enjoyed our wedding ceremony. They also felt very blessed and honoured to be included. We couldn't be more thrilled with the outcome!
Lisa Lui , Married on 06/08/2016
Barbara took the time to get to know us as a couple before we committed to anything and it was a great opportunity to see if we would work well together when building our special moment. We're both on the quieter side and not outgoing, so Barbara made us feel very comfortable when opening up to her. When building our ceremony, she offered lots of different options and advice and said there is no "right" way to develop the ceremony as long as it is what "we" wanted. And that is exactly what we got. We didn't want all of the attention on us, and built in the interaction of our friends and family. With Barbara's help, she made the ceremony a lot less intimidating than we initially thought it would be!
Barbara was fantastic! Very flexible and adapted to our needs and often had suggestions that would make our ideas even better. You have to do a bit of homework as she wanted to know quite a bit about us and she used that to tailor our ceremony specifically to us. SHe also knew the guests and made everyone feel welcome and included. I can't say enough about Barbara!
Eric Paul , Married on 30/07/2016
Working with Barbara was a dream! In the early stages of our dealings Barbara gather some personal information from both my wofe and I seperatetly and when we received the first draft of the ceremony we were so amazed at hiw well she knew us and truly got our vision for the ceremony. Her suggestions were on point and she even went as far as to bring in extra help for the ceremony at no extra cost which made things go perfectly! We would highly reccommend Barbara!
Darshan Stevens , Married on 21/07/2016
Barbara blew us away. We are wedding photographers ourselves so we had seen Barbara officiate at other weddings — we've photographed nearly 200 weddings and Barbara's ceremonies are absolutely the best.
So we knew when we began planning our own wedding that we had to have her design our ceremony for us. She is totally together, she gets us and what we wanted, and she delivered a ceremony that is so perfectly us. I could not be more pleased.
If you want your ceremony to be really special, unique, and tailored to fit the two of you as a couple, get Barbara.
Erin Poulson , Married on 16/07/2016
From the first Skype call we had with Barbara, sitting in a hostel room in Ecuador we knew that we had found the perfect celebrant for us. Our ceremony was one that naturally evoked a lot of emotion. Many of our guests had only recently learned about the news of our relationship and engagement. In a way, our ceremony was our grand "coming out" to our friends and family. We wanted to tell our guests the story of us falling in love, in a way that kept them engaged and involved throughout the whole ceremony. Barbara knew just how to do this, crafting a one-of-a-kind ceremony that left our guests gushing that it was hands down the best wedding ceremony they have ever attended. Her gorgeous story telling left words like 'powerful' and 'moving' being used to describe the day. Even guests with seasoned poker faces were brought to tears by the words Barbara had crafted to perfection. She is a captivating speaker that really engages with your guests. She is funny and creative, nurturing the roughest of ideas into something beautiful.
If you want a totally unique ceremony that leaves your guests amazed and enthralled then look no further. You've found the best in Barbara.
Jan and Jean Paul Gentes , Married on 11/06/2016
Barbara took our wedding ceremony to the next level and surpassed both ours and our guests expectations of what could be. Barbara understood our vision and with her talent crafted a wonderful interactive emotion filled experience for all. We continuously get reminded of how beautiful it was. Thank you Barbara
Barbara was really great. We wanted something special for our ceremony that wasn't cookie cutter and would be personal and memorable, and Barbara delivered. She tailored the ceremony just to us and had great suggestions to add to further include our family and friends as active participants. She has really great ideas to help you write your own vows in a way that isn't overwhelming or overly cheesy. Many of our guests specifically told us how unique it was and how much they enjoyed the ceremony. My one disappointment is that she flubbed up my name (at least once, she referred to me by the wrong, albeit very similar, first name). This was a simple mistake but especially surprising and disappointing because one of the things that makes Barbara so great is how much interaction she has with her clients beforehand -- we skyped several times, and extensively emailed -- so it really caught me by surprise.
Shalyn Przada , Married on 28/05/2016
Barbara is the THE best. From the first meeting we had to the actual ceremony, the process was amazingly smooth and easy. She received so much praise from our friends and family, our ceremony a hit! Barbara was extremely easy to communicate with and professional. We couldn't have imagined a better person to lead our ceremony. If you get the opportunity to use Barbara you will not be disappointed. Such a fantastic experience!