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Maeve Wickham · Married on 21 of September of 2019
Jonathan was the best!
Jonathan made our ceremony feel so special and magical. He's an excellent speaker, and it felt like he really captured our essence as a couple in the ceremony he crafted for us. My dad even told me (and I think told him too) that if he were to get married again he would want Jonathan to officiate. (I think my mom wasn't too pleased with this but understood because he really was amazing).
We had so many people tell us after the ceremony how wonderful and perfect it was ("best wedding ceremony I've seen in a long time" was a very common comment), in no small part due to Jonathan.
Thanks so much for everything! It was so wonderful to have you marry us Jonathan!! It's just a shame you didn't get to hear our limericks during our reception speech later that night ;)
- Maeve & ShawnSent on 26/09/2019
Vancouver Officiant's reply:Thanks Maeve and Shawn. I think that together we built a great rapport during our FaceTime meetings and crafted a very special ceremony. This made your ceremony so authentic and fun. You chose a great venue with a great collection of family and friends! It made my job so easy. Thanks for including me in your special day. 😁🙏🏼❤️ ~ Jonathan
Vanessa Wong · Married on 31 of August of 2019
I Couldn't Have Asked For It Any Other Way
I'm not good at public speaking, nor coming up with vows. What vows I did have, I wanted that to be in private between me and my husband to be. Yet I didn't like the traditional vows of "to have and to hold until death do us part" etc...as I've heard it too many times at my 5+ older cousin's weddings. I wanted something special, modern, fun, customized, yet still had as powerful of a meaning as traditional vows. I wanted someone to take the reins and turn this ceremony into an engaging event for everyone. I wasn't there to put on a show for an audience. I was there and the audience was there because they are people I care about that will be involved in the rest of my married life to guide, love, and support us. This was exactly what these amazing people at Vancouver Officiants do. I picked Stephanie Reitsma and I have never made such a good decision. She is fun, bubbly, not shy, and initiates conversations because heaven knows I can't. We meet at new cute coffee shops I've never been do and have a blast talking about the wedding. I learned so much from her about planning a wedding. She is more than just an officiant. She asked me questions that I didn't even know I was supposed to have answers to. That saved me a lot from getting shocked if I had missed anything.
During the rehearsal, she made sure EVERYONE knew their place. If they didn't, then they get an explanation and another walk through. She answered EVERYONE'S questions. Again, I am Chinese and I bring my whole family to everything so all my immediate family (and then some) was there to ask questions. She had a plan and she made sure we all knew the plan and how to execute this flawlessly. She stayed as long as she had to in order to get this done right. Even my dad was like "where in the world did you find this gold"? If it weren't for her, we would be running down the aisle like headless chickens.
Stephanie's ceremony was written beautifully. I loved how she incorporated our life, our love stories, and experiences from those close to us into the ceremony. Our guests were all involved in the process and she made it fun for everyone. She had creative ideas on how to get people from getting in the way of photographers with their big ipads for cameras, she made sure both us and our guests were equally happy. Not only this, but she does more than she needs to. She went out of her way to rally up everyone and beeline them out of the ceremony room (because we had to get out of there for the next wedding set up), and out on the boardwalk for photos because Eric and I got stranded in the sea of people who wanted to take photos with us in the narrow hallway which prevented us from making it outside. Does your officiant do that? I didn't think so.
I give them 100 out of 10. They get the golden buzzer :)
Sent on 05/09/2019
Vancouver Officiant's reply:"Vanessa and Eric, thank YOU for choosing me to marry you. From the moment we met in that "cute" coffee shop I knew you had a great story to share and that you both would be a lot of fun to work together. Thank you for allowing me to surprise you with my words on the day and for making it truly you..with no death to you part talk ;) Wishing you a lifetime of happiness." Officiant Stephanie
Jennifer Carpenter · Married on 14 of July of 2019
Better than I could have imagined thanks to Kristen ❤
Kristen officiated our wedding 7-14-2019. We are so beyond happy that we chose her as our officiant. Her detail and genuine caring about the ceremony and the passages said at the ceremony were way above and beyond our expectations. She was the 200% right choice for us and are so lucky that she was recommended when we were looking. She incorporated our children in beautifully which was really important to us and made sure that we had the time to absorb each part of our ceremony so we didn't feel like it just "flew by". We highly recommend her. so beyond happy with our ceremony. Thank you!Sent on 18/07/2019
Vancouver Officiant's reply:I loved your ceremony! All the detail and personal touches you put into your ceremony and beyond! Having your children involved in such an intimate way was so precious. Thank you for choosing me and I do wish you continued joy and marriage bliss.....always!
Shannon Juzenas Married on 22/06/2019
Double booked our wedding
We had a terrible experience with Vancouver Officiant. The actual officiant we met over Skype was great, and we really liked him. Right after our consult we emailed to tell the organizer that we wanted to book. She sent us a contract, but then she asked us if we could move our wedding time. Confused, I said I'd prefer not, and I asked if it was because there was another wedding close to that time. All I wanted to know was whether I should be worried about our officiant making it to our wedding on time. She replied saying they had enough time and I said that was okay and I signed the contract and paid. After I had paid, she told me that it might be better for me if I talked to another officiant who was completely free that day. I was confused, but I said okay, and we talked to the second officiant. We didn't click with him so we told the organizer we'd prefer our original officiant. However, at that point, she had already booked our original officiant with another couple even though we had already PAID and signed a contract for our time!! It was incredibly frustrating. After some back and forth we asked for a refund, which they said they could do, but it literally took weeks for them to give it back to us, which was unacceptable.Sent on 09/12/2018
It was an awful experience and I do not recommend them whatsoever.
Vancouver Officiant's reply:Hello Shannon,
Megan Parsons · Married on 08 of June of 2019
Made our ceremony perfect
"Lane was absolutely amazing at our wedding, the amount of care he took with the ceremony was more then we could have hoped for, he had everyone laughing and having a good time during the ceremony, and there wasn't a dry eye in the house by the end, it was beautiful. I think every one of my guest said he was the best officiant they have ever experienced at a wedding, even already had people requesting his info from me for friends and families weddings in the future. Could not have asked for a better officiant, and very respectful of our spiritual beliefs and values."Sent on 12/06/2019
Vancouver Officiant's reply:This is really so amazing. Thank you for taking the time write these kind words and I'm so honoured that I was able to be a part of a ceremony that is truly as unique as your relationship! You two are the best! Lane
William · Married on 28 of April of 2019
Perfectly crafted personalized ceremony, stress-free experience
Kristin and Brian were extremely helpful in ensuring that our ceremony went smoothly and was tailored to what we wanted. They contacted us at convenient times to gather the information that they needed to help put everything together, and our ceremony went off without a hitch. Would definitely recommend their services to friends and family in the future!Sent on 03/05/2019
Vancouver Officiant's reply:William & Ayaka, thank you so much for sharing this with us here, we so appreciate it! You two are beautiful together and Brian loved officiating your wedding ceremony! We wish you great joy & marriage bliss! Warmly, Kristen & Brian & the VO Team
Veronica S · Married on 21 of April of 2019
Highly recommend Kristen as an officiant!
Kristen is amazing! We decided to get married with one month to plan the entire wedding and Kristen helped make our wedding planning stress-free! In fact, she exuded genuine happiness for us and she helped us enjoy the planning process. We were thrilled with the ceremony, which was private and intimate with only our family as our witnesses. Family members have even commented on how lovely Kristen is as an officiant and she had us all laughing and crying tears of happiness throughout the entire ceremony. In all honesty, the ceremony was even better than we could have imagined!Sent on 29/07/2019
She made us feel extremely comfortable, answered all of our questions, was prompt in her responses, and very flexible. My grandmother was not doing well at the time of our wedding and Kristen graciously arranged it so that we could call her the night before should we need to change our ceremony destination to include my grandmother who, at the time, was limited in her mobility. This was the biggest stressor of all for me and my husband and we really couldn't thank her enough for alleviating this stress for us. She is compassionate and caring and I think everyone should book her if you can!
The cost is also very reasonable and worth every dime!
Vancouver Officiant's reply:Hi Newlyweds! I know you two are still celebrating! Thank you for such kind words to me....totally makes my heart happy! I do trust these months have been filled with joy and marriage bliss....after the wedding comes the marriage...right?!! Much love to you!
Peggah · Married on 13 of April of 2019
Kristen Olynick was an absolute dream to work with. She made everything so simple and easy and was always extremely responsive. She customized our ceremony exactly how we wanted it. I received so many compliments from wedding guests that say they absolutely loved her personality, energy and positive vibes. I made the best decision going with Kristen on our special day and highly recommend her to anyone planning their own wedding! :)Sent on 01/05/2019
Vancouver Officiant's reply:Peggah & Brady, I am so very grateful to hear such beautiful words shared! Thank you! You two are so fun and I enjoyed....everything! You do have wonderful people surrounding you. Enjoy being newlyweds now and bask in the beauty of your love......Warmly, Kristen & VO Team
Harry Lam/Kimberly Tseng · Married on 23 of February of 2019
From the very beginning, we appreciated how quick you responded to our emails and we loved how heartfelt your speech was at the ceremony. We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant!Sent on 01/03/2019
Harry and I are incredibly happy and blessed that you were our officiant for our wedding. ☺️
Thank you again!
Kim & Harry
Vancouver Officiant's reply:Harry & Kim thank you so much for your kind words to Jonathan, so very appreciated! We value that you took the time share your experience here....and now we wish you great joy as newlyweds! The VO Team!
Laurie White · Married on 29 of December of 2018
Special, modern and totally tailored to us
Lane, thanks again for everything last night. You made the ceremony so special and personalized. It was so lovely to hear the magical way you were able to share our love story with our friends & family. We got so many compliments on your officiating and people were shocked to find out that you weren’t a long time friend, since the chemistry was so natural. We couldn’t have asked for more and I could keep on gushing about it :)Sent on 04/02/2019
Thank you for being a part of one of the most memorable days of our lives.
Vancouver Officiant's reply:We are so happy you two are happy.....and living happily ever after:) We value your beautiful words of your experience with VO and of course Lane! We continue to bless your marriage with goodness and joy! The VO Team
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