Weddings Pastor - Tucson, AZ
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Selected Best of 2012, 2009

9515 N Albatross Dr
Tucson AZ 85742
United States




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Hi there and thank you for your interest in our services. We are Pastor Ray, and Pastor Trish Elliott, ordained, Non-denominational, interfaith ministers. Our ministry serves couples who want a professional ceremony and want something more than just a cold-dark courthouse or justice of the peace. We offer to you the ceremony you have been dreaming about.

We have been performing weddings in Tucson and Southern Arizona since 1999. We have enjoyed doing ceremonies at private homes, gardens, hotels, resorts, chapels country clubs, and out in mountain passes as well to name a few popular spots.

We like to work directly with you. With a 1st meeting to discuss what you would like in your ceremony and we can work with you "via" the Internet, electronic communication (smart-phones). You are in control of your wedding, we are there to guide you along to have your day be a very Special Day for the rest of your lives. We want your ceremony to be your's not a canned performance.

We also specialize in short notice weddings (Today, Tomorrow or next week). It's your call @ 520-343-5302.

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Wedding on 2011-12-31


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Our wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray was wonderful! He has a very calm demeanor and a great sense of humor.



Wedding on 2011-11-11


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Review: Pastor Ray was great!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Definitely did. He was very easy going, and was able to get what we wanted within our first meeting.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Professionalism. I really appreciate how he took the time to get to know us first and make this about us. It makes the ceremony much more meaningful.



Wedding on 2011-11-12


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Touching ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray made us feel comfortable from our first meeting. He was easy to talk to a d gained a sense of who we are and what we wanted right away. He walked us through the whole process and always made sure we were prepared.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

He had a great reading that fit in so well with our relationship and who we are. It was the perfect words for us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

He made it just for us by incorporating things we told him from our earlier meetings. He was able to keep it short like we wanted but still able to include all the important aspects we requested such as a reading, bible verse, vows, and prayer.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests liked the reading at I mentioned before. It was fun and upbeat and helped everyone relax. Pastor Ray has a great public speaking voice which made him very easy to listen to.




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Mr. and Mrs. Green

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes...Pastor Elliott has great people skills and me and my bride Diane felt very comfotable with him...he had our trust imediately!!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Paster Elliott had a message frome my bride's daughter...she had contacted him unexpectantly to offer a heart felt approval of our union...my bride, Diane, was overwhelmed with emotion...it was awesome!



Wedding on 2011-10-31


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Greatest day ever! thanks Pastor Ray!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We were both very comfortable during this whole process thanks to Pastor Ray's Calm yet cheery attitude, he made the whole thing more fun.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The pastor was much kinder, friendly and way more knowledgeable than I was expecting. He listened very carefully to our history gave us exactly the simple and private ceremony we wanted. It was just perfect!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows to eachother, the Pastor was very patient and re-assuring to both of us while we read them.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

It was so simple and small the guests loved it as much as we did. We all had a great time. Thanks Pastor Ray, For everything!



Wedding on 2011-10-01


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Memorable

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray made us feel very comfortable. He gave us suggestions that made us feel he had known us for years. Pastor Ray helped us with the stress of making decision for our wedding that was unexpected to us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

After my soon to be wife walked down the aisle, she was overwhelmed with joy and was very emotional. Pastor Ray handed her a handkerchief, and then again later in the ceremony. Pastor Ray was very prepared when you’re not sure what to expect. Thanks!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

After meeting with Pastor Ray and giving him our background, he designed the perfect ceremony for us, including scripture readings and a fantastic poem.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests commented what a beautiful ceremony. They also said he did a great job keeping the rain to a minimum!



Wedding on 2011-09-17


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What a Special Day, Indeed.

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray made myself and now husband feel very comfortable. He was cheerful and was very understanding. He maintains a cheerful attitude so as not to make the meeting feel to stiff. He made us feel that our day really was a special day.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray seemed to have no issue in giving his two cents. I have no problem with that. He would state the feeling he got from us and threw in many suggestions. He walked us through in a very professional and clear manner.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Although we had the traditional vows in our ceremony we also were able to add our own wedding vows. He was also able to work with our odd number of brides maids and grooms men.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Many of the guests commented on how beautiful the pastor spoke and the choices he had made on which versus to read. Some had only wished he had been able to stay and enjoy the reception. ^.^



Wedding on 2011-08-13


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Pastor Ray was the right choice!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray made us both very comfortable. Ten days before our wedding we decided to change up our Officiant from a judge to a Pastor. Pastor Ray met with us two days later and completely customized the whole ceremony with us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray adds a touch of class and really made our ceremony very warm and loving.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our wedding was completely customized! We had a Celtic style ceremony with an Oathing Stone, Pastor Ray helped us the whole way with planning from start to finish.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We had many comments about our wedding ceremony but what stood out to me was the fact that my guy friends even made comments about how Pastor Ray did a great job.



Wedding on 2011-02-14


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Definition of Perfection

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray was extremely personable and warm. He guided the planning process for my wedding with expert care, offering suggestions and proposals, even as he actively listened to my ideas and concerns.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The stylings and decor of Pastor Ray's second-story chapel surprised me. The room was completely perfect for the intimate setting we had discussed.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Pastor Ray was open to customizing anything and everything. I was engaged in personalizing every element of his script and vows, and he offered a number of options for locales.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My mother commented after the ceremony on how perfect the Country Club was in both its interior and exterior for taking photos. Although I did not have many guests at the wedding (by design), everyone in attendance was impressed by every aspect of the ceremony. I can not say enough good things myself :)



Wedding on 2011-04-02


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Perfect Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My wife and I being in the Coast Guard were always having our chops busted by the former Navy Chief. LOL. My wife and her family have known Pastors Ray and Trish for years and they made me feel like family from the moment I met them.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

His organization was outstanding while letting us have complete control over the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our music set our ceremony apart from many others. Pastor Ray was very accommodating as we asked to have a "secret" rose ceremony for a presentation to our mothers and to friends and family who could not be with us. I was pretty proud of my dip for kissing my wife too - Pastor Ray was quite surprised as seen in many pictures we got from the moment :-)

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

How happy, natural and obvious our love for one another is. Ceremony specific: The length was perfect, long enough to truly express our faith in God and the commitment we made, our gratitude for everyone being there, but short enough to enjoy and not overheat in the early April Arizona weather.



Wedding on 2011-03-19


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Best Wedding Ceremony Pastor Ever!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We can't thank Pastor Ray Elliott enough. There are not enough words to describe how amazing Pastor Ray is. As the bride I excepted to be so nervous the day of the wedding especially after our first Rev. backed out a month before our wedding and poor Pastor Ray got bite by a rattle snake the night before the wedding, but I was as relaxed as a butterfly thanks to Pastor Ray taking the time pre-wedding to help us plan the most perfect ceremony that fit our wants and needs. Pastor Ray knew just from sitting down with us one time what kind of people we were and the kind of ceremony that fit us the best.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray Elliott read our service from the heart. Everyone there could truly feel the meaning of the words he was reading. Pastor Ray’s voice and heart are the best unexpected additions to the ceremony. Anyone can read a service, but the way Pastor Ray express the emotions and meaning for the words in priceless. Pastor Ray doesn’t just read the ceremony to the Bride and Groom; every single person there walks away with a truer meaning of the words Love and Marriage.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We personalized our wedding ceremony by having Pastor Ray perform a Rose Ceremony that our guest can’t stop talking about. The rose ceremony really hit the heart of all our guest they all found the true meaning of the three simple words “I LOVE YOU.” Several couples who had been married for 30, 40, 50 years all came up to us and said we wish we had the rose ceremony when we had gotten married. The heart that Pastor Elliott put into the words of the rose ceremony brought tears to several guest and wedding party attendants. They true were able to see the love that was in the air that day and see the love that was being shared with everyone.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our favorite wedding comments from our guest were that “Our ceremony was the best ceremony they have ever attended”, “ You could just see the love between the bride and groom”, “Our ceremony was the most true, and meaningful ceremony they had ever been to and that they were in awe with how Pastor Rays words were able to bring the true meaning of love to there relationship after so many years together” and one of our favorite lines came from our best man who never cries told us “ you brought tears to my eyes with the exchanging of the roses.”



Wedding on 2010-10-31


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Halloween Wedding!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray was very personable and warmed up to my wife and my self. We both felt totally relaxed and taken care of with Pastor Ray. He guided us through the whold process and made it a wonderful experience from the first meeting to the wedding.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray gave us both council throughout the ups and downs that confronted us as we prepared to have our ceremony. He helped us find the inner strength that we already had and needed to stand up and declare our love for each other. Thank you Pastor Ray.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The whole ceremony was personalized for us. The first meeting with Pastor Ray gave him a chance to understand the relationship that had grown between the two of us. He asked us questions and listened to what we had to say and saw the real people that sat there with him. These answers, our actions and the other little tells that make up our relationship helped Pastor Ray craft and shape the ceremony that he united our love and lives with. It was truly a special moment that will always live on in our hearts and memories forever.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All the comments from our guests were our favorite comments. All of the guests at the wedding told us virtually the same thing. It was a beautiful ceremony and they thanked us for letting them share the moment with us.



Wedding on 2010-09-17


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Pastor Ray did a wonderful wedding ceremony for us

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray was great!! He made my wife and I very comfortable. We live in Illinois and contacted Pastor Ray over the phone and he was sincere, very professional and easy to talk to from the beginning of our talks. Once we arrived in Arizona, we met with Pastor Ray and he walked us through the ceremony and prepared us for our big day. He is very friendly and genuine. Pastor Ray drove out to the Wyndham Canoa Ranch in Green Valley(GREAT RESORT) and performed a wonderful ceremony. I would recommend Pastor Ray to anyone looking for a Pastor to perform their wedding ceremony. Thanks Pastor Ray!!! We will always remember our special day and the special ceremony that you prepared for us.

Scott and Janelle

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray added a very comfortable environment. It was relaxed and he was very genuine and easy going. He made it fun!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had a small outdoor wedding at the Wyndham Canoa Ranch resort and we couldn't do a unity candle ceremony due to the wind so Pastor Ray recommended a sand ceremony which turned out beautifully and we will always remember it.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They were impressed at the effort that Pastor Ray put into the ceremony. It lasted 16 minutes and was wonderful. We were not sure, since we organized the event over the phone, of the caibur of Pastor we would get but we made an excellent choice with Pastor Ray.



Wedding on 2010-09-18


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We love Pastor Ray!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray was very easy to work with and made us feel like family!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray always added the right amount of humor

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We made as many changes as we wanted to without ever feeling constricted

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Very personable!



Wedding on 2010-07-10


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Thank you, Pastor Ray!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes he made us feel comfortable. He was nice and we felt like he knew what he was doing and he was very professional.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing was unexpected. Our ceremony was perfect for both Joe and I, and we would recommend Pastor Ray to anyone. Thank you Pastor Ray for making our wedding so special and memorable.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

He was very open to doing anything we wanted and he had some good ideas himself.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

He was very well spoken and he made the ceremony perfect for both Joe and I.



Wedding on 2009-11-01


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Simply Perfect

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! Patrick & I felt very confident with Pastor Ray because he was very honest & upfront. He wanted to get to know us & help build our ceremony around us. He asked the important questions & took notes. He really listened to what it was we had to share with him. Pastor Ray is very genuine.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray & his wife, Pastor Trish, had made us this great book of our ceremony. Word for word. It means a lot, being the sentimental type, to have something special like that. It will be great to look back on in time. Thanks!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We all put our heads together to try to figure out a way to keep the peace with our families, keeping everyone involved that wanted to be. Pastor Ray actually came up with a brilliant idea to have Patrick walk both our mothers down the aisle & have each light one of the candles that Patrick & I would later light our unity candle with. The moms LOVED it & we did as well. They felt extremely involved, especially after missing out on most of the planning process because of distance in where we all live. It was a phenominal idea that we are so happy to have been able to include in our ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We actually are still having people talk to us about the vows. They loved how we kept the traditional vows in the ceremony & also wrote our own. They thought it was a great idea & some people even shared with us what they would have said if they had written their own vows.




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Kaelyn and Justin's Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray met my wife and I on a day that I was absolutely sick as a dog and he made sure to accommodate that. He agreed to move the initial meeting time up in order to let me get home earlier and get some rest. Pastor Ray and Trish were alway friendly and made it easy to pick up the phone and call them.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray added a touch of himself in the ceremony. Rather than a cookie-cutter mold of a ceremony, Pastor Ray incorporated his feelings about Kaelyn and I as well as his experiences with love.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Kaelyn and I personalized our wedding ceremony very simply. We just added some minor touches that we had wanted all along and Pastor Ray helped work with these touches.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Whoa!"
~Pastor Ray after seeing the first kiss from Bride and Groom




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Lakeside Memories

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Ray and Trish put us at easy from the first moment we asked them to perform our ceremony. They made every effort to connect with us from a far as we planned the ceremony in a few short months. We had a video conference and exchanged many e-mails as we planned the perfect ceremony for Jay and I. At the rehersal, they included humor to put me at ease as we watched all the details come together just as we had discussed. They took the initative to complete and submit all of the paperwork to make our marriage official and legal without us having to gather the information or worry about a thing.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The special advice they gave Jay and I at the rehearsal helped to focus and remind us of the important step we were going to be taking the next day. It was a nice suprise to get an individual, personalized lesson about love from Ray just before we walked down the aisle. Ray and Trish provided some of the best advise we have yet received on having a long, loving and happy marriage.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Jay and I picked from the many sample ceremonies they have used to create a beautiful ceremony that signified all that Jay and I want our life together to be. We used the sand ceremony instead of the unity candle because I was afraid the candles would go out since we were married lakeside. We also choice the hand ceremony because we felt the symbolism of the unitied hands perfectly conveyed what we want our marriage to be about. Trish also gave us a wonderful momento in the form of a wedding program that had all of the words from the ceremony. I didn't realize how caught up in the moment I was and being able to read over our vows, readings, and blessings is an amazing gift that I will always cherish.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"I liked the way the ceremony was not just about tradition, but focused on the celebration of love and what it means to be married." friend of the bride and groom

"Beautiful words in a beautiful setting for a wonderful couple." father of the groom




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A day to remember

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

VerY! Pastor Ray is wonderful. He has a great sense of humor, and a wonderful way of using the information you give him to create a a ceremony that makes everyone happy. My husband (then fiance) and I have some different religious views, and Pastor Ray helped us create a ceremony that had enough religious tradition to make my fiance happy and not so much as to make me uncomfortable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We had a country/cowboy themed wedding. He was very flexible and exuberant about the theme of the wedding and even willing to dress the part of an old west minister. He suggested this himself, and we did not have to ask him to. Pastor Ray seemed to have as much fun with our wedding as we did, and that was a true blessing.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We asked Pastor Ray to go through the traditional vows and allow us to add a personal set that we read to each other in turn. He embraced this idea with us, and helped work in into the ceremony so that it flowed smoothly. He also added a special reading for us that we had both found very special.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Most of the guests said that they were moved and touched by the ceremony and our vows to one another.
Pastor Ray was so wonderful! He was right there for us through all the planning, offering to help where he could, and checking in to make sure things were going alright, and Pastor Trish made us a cowboy themed booklet with the ceremony and our vows in it that is such a wonderful keepsake from the wedding. Our thanks to both of them for everything.




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One beautiful wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray made my fiance and I feel at home right away once we met him. He broke the ice and made it so easy to communicate.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The pastor follows up through out the process so you have no worries.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were able to pick from so many cerimonies and add small touches that made us feel special on our wedding day.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That Pastor Ray was so sincere and personable. His charisma and sense of humor really spreads through everyone that is around him




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Our Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Ray made both of us very comfortable. We both come from very different and religious backgrounds. He worked with us very closely to create a ceremony that pleased us both.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray was very cognizant about our families differing backgrounds and did everything he could to please not only us but to accommodate our families. This was very thoughtful. Pastor Ray was also very dedicated to being there for us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We incorporated a poem about the Journey of life and the rose ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

It was very thoughtful and creative and just the perfect length to sit through!!




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Wonderful Pastor

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastory Ray was terrific! He met with us months before hand to review what kind of ceremonony we wanted and worked with us throughout the process to make sure he delivered what we wanted - we were very comfortable with him and his process.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Ray was very personable and professional - he really made sure the ceremony was exactly how we wanted it - not how he wanted it...is is our day, right?

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I added the Celtic Wedding Blessing, we had a unity candle, a moment of silence...it was definitely our ceremony, and not a generic one.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The mood was light and love was in the air...


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