Ceremonies With Choice
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April · Married on 03/02/2018
An intimate affair in Niagara on the lake
Our experience with Martin right from day one was amazing, he was available for consultation outside of our initial meetings and took the time out to get to know us for our personalized ceremony and rehearsal. He really helped us navigate the planning process and was an integral step over some hurdles. We also took Martin’s wedding preparation class, from the personality test to the important discussions it covers it was not a cookie cutter class but customized to what our specific needs were at the time. It really helped us stay close to each other and prepare us for married life without getting lost in all of the planning. Our ceremony was intimate, personal and exactly what we were looking for. We are so happy to have met Martin and would certainly recommend him for anyone’s special day he is a one of those rare genuine people you come across not so often. From the bottom of our hearts Thank you!Sent on 21/08/2018
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Jennifer L. · Married on 18/11/2017
Martin officiated our wedding in Nov 2017. He genuinely took the time to get to know us and encouraged us to craft a ceremony that felt right for us while at the same time making important recommendations that we may have missed. Martin's charm and good humour brought incredible warmth to our ceremony and we would highly recommend him. In addition to an amazing ceremony, Martin's follow up with post-wedding details was very helpful to ensure we didn't miss a thing. Thanks for an unforgettable day, Martin!Sent on 01/01/2018
Lisa M. · Married on 12/11/2017
My fiance and I hired Martin to be our wedding officiant as well as pre-marital counsellor on the advice of a colleague of mine who had worked with him in the past. We both agree that this was the best referral that we had ever received because Martin is AWESOME at what he does.Sent on 24/11/2017
First of all, Martin meets you where you're at and doesn't impose his ideas on what a relationship should be on you. This is super important because every relationship is unique and has its own strengths and weaknesses. I love that Martin made us feel normal and respected our opinions and beliefs. Martin practices from a humanist perspective which values human relationships outside of the typical constructs of religion. This was great for us as I identify as Atheist and my partner as Agnostic. My husband and I were eager to be married to each other, not eager to have a wedding, and Martin made the experience exactly what we wanted... a celebration of us!
Martin is an engaging and thoughtful person who makes a concerted effort to make your wedding ceremony reflect who you are not only as a couple, but as individuals with unique character traits, interests and strengths. He allows you total freedom to help draft the ceremony and is helpful in providing suggestions that really reflect your values, beliefs and motivations.
We heard from many guests that our small, intimate ceremony, conducted by Martin was one of the most beautiful and thoughtful ceremonies they had ever witnessed. I'll have to take them at face value because it was a hard crowd to please haha
Martin's Marriage Prep sessions are of SO much value! We really felt like the sessions were completely worth the time and our relationship is so much stronger for it. If you think your relationship is perfect, it's still worth going to see Martin before getting married so you can unpack whatever can't be seen, or strengthen what is already there.
I would HIGHLY recommend Martin!
Ceremonies With Choice's reply:Lisa & Jordan, you're the best. It's been such a wonderful journey sharing in your marriage preparation and officiating your wedding. You both approach life and marriage with such integrity that you've been an inspiration to witness. Wishing you a lifetime of love! Martin
Stephanie P. · Married on 01/11/2017
Martin was so easy to work with and made everything seamless for us during the planning process and on the day itself. He also customized the ceremony perfectly to our personalities. I would recommend him in a second!Sent on 14/09/2017
Ceremonies With Choice's reply:Dear Stephanie & Mark, thanks for your kind words and I've so enjoyed getting to know you through your ceremony planning. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.
Mark C. · Married on 30/09/2017
Martin was the perfect choice for us. He really walked us through the ceremony and helped us to make it personal and absolutely special. The ceremony was very meaningful to us and was not some thing 'just to get over with' before the reception. I love how Martin took the time to get to know us as well so it didn't feel like we were being married by a stranger. He also incorporated the story of how we met, which was beautiful!Sent on 28/10/2017
Michelle G. · Married on 23/09/2017
Martin was the perfect for our officiant and could not have imagined anyone else marrying us! He takes the time to get to you as a couple and shares that with your guests. We received numerous compliments on how personal our ceremony was and how Martin made it light, romantic, and fun. Couldn't have asked for anything more!Sent on 24/10/2017
Ceremonies With Choice's reply:Michelle & David, thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure sharing in your magical day and great getting to know you through the planning process. Wishing you much love and happiness. Warmly, Martin
Sarina T. · Married on 15/09/2017
Martin made the entire process extremely easy for us. He was very organized, got to know us as a couple and helped guide us in structuring our ceremony. Some family members were opposed to a non-church wedding, however Martin helped us manage the situation and ensure no party was offended. In the end, the ceremony was exactly what we envisioned. We had many people come up to us after the ceremony commenting on how personal and touching it was. We would absolutely recommend Martin!Sent on 04/11/2017
Ceremonies With Choice's reply:Hi Sarina & Alan,
Gabriela S. · Married on 26/08/2017
Martin was amazing! He accommodated us perfectly and really went the extra mile to make the day special.Sent on 01/06/2016
Ceremonies With Choice's reply:Gabriela and Simun, it was a pleasure to be part of your intimate marriage ceremony and I wish you both sooooo much happiness. Warmest wishes, Martin
Bethany · Married on 06/08/2017
We were so lucky to have Martin officiate our 85-person wedding on the terrace at Auberge du Pommier in Toronto. Wedding planning can be stressful at times, and Martin helped put us at ease when he met with us six months in advance to go over our vision for the wedding. We felt as though we were meeting with an old friend and immediately felt a connection. He really is a gem of a person!Sent on 28/08/2017
A few months before the wedding Martin sent through a multi-page template to help us design our ceremony. We were able to find sections that resonated with us, and as a result, we ended up with a beautiful ceremony document and vows that flowed and represented our relationship. He really puts the 'choice' in 'Ceremonies with Choice'! :)
Two days before the wedding Martin traveled to my parents’ house to meet with the whole family and go over the plans for the ceremony. This was so helpful and really put everyone at ease leading up to the big day. He also recommended that we use a microphone, as he knew our venue’s space and wanted to ensure that everyone could hear our vows. We ended up doing this, and are so glad that we did.
On the day of the wedding Martin was on time, calm and collected. During the ceremony Martin provided the perfect balance of calmness, seriousness, humour, love and peace. He threw in a few off-the-cuff jokes which were well received, and he also helped us to be in the moment and enjoy every second of our ceremony. I truly enjoyed saying the vows that Martin had helped us put together, and afterwards so many of our guests asked us who was our fabulous officiant, and where did we find him? I can’t imagine our wedding without Martin and I am so grateful that our ceremony was as peaceful and special as it was. I would highly recommend Martin’s officiant services for any couple looking for a more modern, secular ceremony.
Thank you so much Martin!
Patrick S. · Married on 02/07/2017
Through coincidence myself and my late wife's family have had a long history with Martin. He was a professional colleague of my wife's aunt. We found this out when he presided over our wedding. Sadly, since then he has presided over my wife's funeral and my mother-in-law's funeral. In all these situations he has been professional, sensitive and spot on his ceremonies. I cannot recommend him highly enough.Sent on 11/02/2017