Rev. Annie Lawrence, Interfaith Minister & licensed Wedding Officiant in NYC, available for spiritual, civil, non-denominational, destination weddings, elopements, same-sex marriage & vow renewals in NY & beyond. All couples welcome--Marriage Equality! Find out more...
Yes, she was great at putting us at ease and gave us time for ourselves before starting!
Nothing but that was fine, we didn't want any surprises!
We played music in the background but also added a couple different lyric quotes in the ceremony.
Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Personable : 5.0
Customized Ceremony : 5.0
Reliable : 5.0
Presence : 5.0
Review: Rev. Annie was responsive, helpful, & warm
Wedding Date: 05/09/2014
Reviews Posted: 1
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? We were very comfortable with Rev. Annie from her belief in the value and meaning of all committed couple relationships. This was clear from not just the FAQs on her website but from our every interaction with her. We were impressed with her integrity and the dignity she brought to our ceremony, and could sense her quiet strength and support.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? Rev. Annie spoke about the meanings of the different parts of the ceremony, the significance of our bond, offered appreciation to our loved ones for having made the journey to be with us in NYC for the wedding, and several other small gestures that made the experience very personal, such as placing her hand on each partner's shoulder when it was time to speak the vows.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? It was a small, intimate ceremony. We asked for four people to do readings of poems that were meaningful to us: two immediate family members (one of each partner), a dear high school friend, and a close friend who has known us both from the start of our relationship over 10 years ago. We had another special friend speak a few words about the history of marriage equality as it has evolved, much of this progress having been accomplished in the State of New York.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? Many of the guests commented on how they loved Rev. Annie's handling of the ceremony, which we had asked to be "spiritual but not religious," and said that it was a beautiful service. There was hardly a dry eye amongst the 25 or so guests by the time everyone rose to greet the newly married couple.