Amanda felt like an old friend the day I met her. She was extremely supportive and always answered my calls and e-mails very quickly. I was confused about some of the legal documents and she guided me through and answered all of my questions. I also appreciate how open minded Amanda is, no matter what your beliefs or if you prefer traditional or non traditional, you never feel that you will be judged or questioned.
Laughter and friendship. I was formerly a wedding photographer, and through all of the weddings I had attended I never saw the officiant as anything more than a prop reading lines from a book. Amanda took time to talk with me and listen to whatever I had to say even if i started stressing about non wedding issues, she also gave me encouragement and confidence when I felt a little overwhelmed. We were able to laugh before, during and after the ceremony, which is exactly what we wanted! Amanda even took the time to come to our reception dinner and took turns snapping some of the pictures when the camera was passed.
We were given a set of templates and Amanda told us we could use them, combine them, modify them...whatever we wanted to do. So my husband and I printed them out and combined about four of them using the old fashioned scissors and glue method. We ended up with the perfect vows that said exactly what we felt. We were married in 1920s fashion by the water at sunset, adding only candles and harvest flowers, a very small group of close friends and family were there and everything about the ceremony and reception was kept very informal and fun. Amanda fit in perfectly with our small group, she even helped us set up our decorations.
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not? Absolutely. She took a great deal of time and energy to get to know us, even in the short time we worked together. She listened to our story of how we met and what brought us back together after many years. She was interested in seeing pictures and hearing our stories. She is relaxed, warm, and friendly, and instantly put both of us at our ease.
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected? A sense of humor. We had worked with her to put the ceremony together (see below), but what we didn't expect (and was was simply wonderful) was her warm, kind sense of humor during the ceremony. She has an easy-going nature and is very warm and loving, and all of that showed at the altar. The result was a ceremony that was tender, warm, and genuine. We got many positive comments on it that evening and in the following days.
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony? Amanda provided us with several templates, from very religious in the traditional sense to very simple and elegant. She said we were free to take any of these as is or to edit them in any way. My husband worked with one of the templates and ended up writing a ceremony from beginning to end, including the vows. Amanda worked with him to find ways to make his ideas flow and work as a wedding ceremony. The result was a ceremony that was truly reflective of who were are and what we mean to each other.
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests? Several guests said, "I can't believe she hasn't known you for years." Many guests were surprised to find that we had met Amanda only in the days prior to the wedding. This speaks so highly of her and of the time she took to get to know us and create a ceremony that was genuinely us. She was a large part of the reason our wedding was so special.