A Non-Denominational Ceremony
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Selected Best of 2013, 2010, 2009

Orange County and Los Angeles
Buena Park CA 90621
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A modern, individualized approach to the ceremony tradition by an experienced and affordable officiant for your traditional, civil, spiritual, secular or not religious, indie, DIY, vintage, geek, LGBT, multicultural, alternative or second marriage ceremony. Service to Orange County, Los Angeles, Temecula, Long Beach, Palm Springs, Ojai, Catalina Island, Malibu, Big Bear or Lake Arrowhead. Beach ceremony, home or backyard weddings welcome. Trained & certified by Celebrant Foundation & Institute. Available to plan from out of state or outside the country. Ordained minister/clergy/reverend.




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Kristia Temple
Wedding on 2012-09-08


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VENUS IS AMAZING!!!!

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Venus was amazing! We did not know what to do or even where to begin with our ceremony. Venus was so helpful and created a personal ceremony that was a great representation of our relationship and personalities.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She went above and beyond to make our ceremony special and significant to both of us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows. Venus provided many examples to help us with the process.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Venus was funny, but the ceremony was not a stand up comedy. She had guests tearing up with sweet emotions then laughing with humor. She was perfect!


suzanne m


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Unexpectedly awful.

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

During our initial meeting, we were semi-comfortable with her, but had a hard time trying to get a coherent sentence out of her. She seemed spaced-out and all over the place.

Looking back on it, I'm uncomfortable that there are so many good reviews on Venus, due to the fact that she reimburses people some of her officiant fee if they leave her reviews on sites like this.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She added a lack of communication that was unexpected. Also unexpected was when she asked us if we would rather go with a different officiant because she was such a "space-cadet" for not answering our emails...ever.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She mentioned that she personalizes every clients weddings, and asked us to fill out a questionnaire. It was a little cheesy.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We went with a different officiant after Venus was unable to answer ANY of our emails in a timely manner (we are talking about DAYS for a simple answer).

I'm guessing the favorite comments will have to do with our new officiant, since Venus has not so gracefully bowed-out of our wedding, three weeks before the event.


shawna christian
Wedding on 2012-07-08


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Venus was the best ever!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She made the entire process so easy and relaxed. She is very skilled in her knowledge of the wedding process. She made us feel right at home. In fact, I think I have found my long lost sister!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She added such a personal touch to everything. After first talking to her, she knew us right away. I was so surprised when her first version of our ceremony was so spot on!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She made our wedding feel so personal and unique with the just words she wrote for the ceremony, to the way she treated my friends and family like her own, to the way she smiled thru it all. She made it feel like our wedding was the most important thing in the world.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"I can't believe you found such a wonderful officiant!"


John Sohn
Wedding on 2012-06-23


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Truly made our wedding our own.

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She did make me feel comfortable. She was very caring and understanding of the different cultural backgrounds of my wife and me.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She definitely helped out with some of the "on the fly" coordinating on the wedding day. Several people in the wedding party weren't there for the rehearsal, and she calmly made everything flow.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Well, pretty much everything was personalized. The entire layout wasn't traditional, and it was great that we could have the ceremony our way.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

A handful of guests were used to the more traditional type of wedding, but they still said everything was great. Most of them said that it didn't drag on. They said they had been to weddings where it seemed like things were taking forever, but there were no outright negative comments.


Junko Tan
Wedding on 2012-03-02


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Nice person!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Venus was a really nice and pleasant person to work with. She explained everything that needed to happen and everything that was going to happen. She was always in constant contact with us and provided us with the step by step breakdown for the ceremony while still remaining flexible to our guest and event. Thanks again for your advice, samples, and witty personality.


Diana Rhee
Wedding on 2011-10-30


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Calamigos Equestrian Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Venus is very easy-going, kind, and accomodating!She is great to work with.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She personalized the ceremony and did everything as expected.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We added some personalization to our vows by saying kind words about each other.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They thought it was well-done, quick, and meticulous. I think people really enjoyed themselves and thought it was very sweet.


Christine Boylan
Wedding on 2010-10-23


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Venus!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Venus is a truly wonderful celebrant who worked with us in crafting the ceremony that most represented us, which included both traditions and new elements. She made us comfortable right away with her sparkling, down-to-earth sense of humor.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She kept a spirit of reverence but also fun. We even had a round of applause during our ceremony!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We are both writers, so Venus guided us through many, many drafts of the ceremony before we had her take a pass on the script. She was very patient with our perfectionist natures and our need to define marriage as we saw it during the ritual.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Since the wedding, many of our guests have commented that the ceremony was the most memorable, touching part of the wedding, and Venus had a great deal to do with that.


Amy Sumabat
Wedding on 2010-11-02


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A Perfect Day...

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Venus made us very comfortable. She was easy-going and down-to-earth. Her open-minded personality was exactly what we were looking for our non-traditional ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Venus was willing to perform the ceremony in any location that we chose and her level of flexibilty was very unexpected, but exactly what we were looking for.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The ceremony location was what personalized our wedding the most. Venus was very open to performing the ceremony in a location that was special to us. We chose a place that was much less traditional and it was a perfect choice.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

What a perfect wedding,.. a perfect day.


K Davidson
Wedding on 2010-10-09


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Wonderful wedding ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She made us feel very comfortable- we didn't really know what was supposed to happen at our rehearsal,and she stepped up and coordinated everything with the owner of our venue and put all our fears to rest.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

N/A

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Her couples questionaire really helps you put your own voice in your ceremony. She went word for word on some of our answers, and worded the others even better.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

She put our love for Star Trek in our ceremony- and all of our guests laughed and said they'd never heard anything like that in a wedding!


Melanie Turner
Wedding on 2010-09-23


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Mel and Phil Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Venus is relaxed, professional and very funny. She really made us feel comfortable!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The ceremony was beautiful. Venus provided a wonderful background on both Phil and I. She has a real nack for words - they really flowed and suited our personalities.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We kept our wedding very sharp and simple. A quick yet interesting service.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We eloped, as a result there were NO guests!


Katherine Maguire


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Wedding For Legal Purposes

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes. Though we had the ceremony in a park of her choice, which was beautiful, but crowded, we would have preferred our backyard. Unfortunately, we were so last minute that she was unable to come out to our home.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was sweet to accommodate us last minute on her birthday.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We simply wanted a quick ceremony on a particular date without any guests, as our formal wedding was a month later.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

N/A


sandy duong


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Thank you Venus!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes. Venus is easy to talk to and gets back through email rather quickly. She is friendly and also has a sense of humor.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Venus sent us a questionnaire that we filled out and she used that to come up with a base for the ceremony. She also gave us the opportunity to edit whatever we wanted. It wasn't like a normal ceremony I've been too. I felt it was just for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They liked that it was different and not the normal dialogue.


Linda Kieffer
Wedding on 2010-06-06


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A Small Intimate Beach Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Venus was very personable and accommodated our requests with a week's notice.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She wrote a lovely "welcome and introduction" which added so much more meaning to the ceremony.


Jenny Ka
Wedding on 2010-06-05


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Very Personal Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, she was very very nice and took the time to understand what I was looking for in this special day.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She came and mingled with the guests for a little bit, which was a nice touch. She's very smiley and easy-going - very easy to work with.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We emailed back and forth for a while and once she felt she had enough info about our relationship, she created the first drafts and sent them over to me to review. She wanted to make sure it was exactly what I wanted, and it was! She got it 99% right with the very first draft!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Short and sweet" - which was EXACTLY what I was going for. Everyone commented that the ceremony was very reflective of my husband and my personalities. Venus was absolutely perfect for this day!


Christina Diane


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The best Celebrant out there!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. She was amazing. Venus has an amazing aura and energy around her. A lovely person to be around. I was the photographer at the wedding and she was absolutely lovely. The bride and groom, who were dear friends of mine still gush about how amazing Venus was. The brides mother had past away and it was very, very important to include her in the ceremony. All the guests were crying, tears of joy. She really added a special and customized touch to their wedding.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I had the absolute pleasure working with Venus. Venus and I were both vendors for a gorgeous Temecula Valley Winery wedding. I met her at the rehearsal and she was pleasant and easy to work with from the get go. The first thing that I loved about her was her energy— she has this amazing aura around her that makes everyone at ease, especially the bride. The second thing that I immediately noticed was her attention to detail and attention to doing whatever she can to make her client happy. I have worked with countless officiants and celebrants in the past, but no one holds a tune to the fabulous celebrant Venus Kitagawa-Stojsic. Venus sees the big picture, she actually cares about her clients needs and goes over and beyond to work with the other vendors at the wedding to make sure that the client gets the wedding of their dreams. First impressions are definitely everything and Venus delivers.

As a photographer, I'm also trying to do whatever I can to make my clients happy. With that in mind, I was elated in how helpful Venus was to make sure that happened for me. For instance, the smallest gestures can change everything; what many ministers or officiants don't remember to do is to move to the side after the "kiss". It's not a make it or break it deal in the photograph, however the attention to the littlest details like that really count. For her to know how precious the moment of the seal of the kiss is and to move aside is very forward thinking and proves my very point of her being someone that does everything she can to make her clients happy. My point in this little instance is given proof that Venus is not only amazing and what she does, but also for the very fact that this all goes back to Venus seeing and recognizing the big picture and believe me you, not everyone is like that. What I love most about Venus is her willingness to go above and beyond; this is why she is so successful and this is why EVERYONE wants to book her.

Venus is thoughtful, caring and I would one hundred percent, absolutely recommend Venus to anyone wanting the best of the best!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

See comments above. Spoken from a vendor working with Venus:)


Rachel bank
Wedding on 2010-04-03


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Highly Suggested

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Venus was a wonderful addition to our wedding. She worked hard to make our ceremony personal, and was completely open to our requests and suggestions. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a dependable and caring wedding officiant.


jessica gallentine
Wedding on 2010-04-21


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Perfect day of our life!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My husband and I had such a wonderful day!! We had a very short amount of time to pre-pair for a wedding and Venus came through for us with flying colors.She took the time (what little we gave her) and gave us a wonderful ceremony.Everything we asked for we were given.If we ever renew our vows she will be the first person i call on.Venus was on time ,professional,friendly and very helpful!!! Thank you so very much!!
Patrick & Jessica B.


Jeana Green
Wedding on 2009-06-28


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Wonder Woman of Weddings!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was warm and very helpful.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She made our ceremony so tailored to what we wanted it was perfect.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

People even asked me after the ceremony if they could get a copy of it.


Tiffany Ferguson


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Tiffany and Wendell's Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, absolutely! She was so friendly, personnable, genuine, and approachable. I felt like I had known her for years! It was her genuine, non salesy approach that drew me to her in the first place. Being in an interracial relationship, I was looking for an officiant I could trust and feel comfortable around. As I googled officiants in my area, I was lucky enough to stumble across Venus' website. I knew from the website I definetly had to set up a meeting. When we met her for the first time, she made us feel so comfortable and at home with her, that I knew right away she was the officiant for us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Actually, Venus did nothing unexpected, and that was definetly a good thing! She told us exactly what to expect from her, step by step so that there were no surprises. She did what she said and was there for us every step of the way. She provided us with professional, exceptional service, and after meeting with her for the first time, I knew that was exactly what to expect from her.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Everything about the ceremony was personnalized! After offically signing with Venus, she sent us a list of questions for both me and my fiance to answer. As I answered the questions, I really felt that it was a great way for Venus to get to know who we were and what our relationship embodied. Venus than took these questions and created the ceremony based off of them so that every single detail was personnalized. I truly felt that our ceremony was one of a kind and uniques, which is the exact way I view our relationship, so that it was a perfect representation of who we were!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That it was so genuine and heartfelt. It seemed that the guests really got a good idea of our relationship and how truly happy we were. Everyone commented how they could see the love between me and my husband. Also, everyone commented on how nice and friendly Venus was.


p s


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A wonderful California ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! Venus is very personable and friendly and wants to work with you to create a personal ceremony befitting your relationship.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Venus added some organization to help guide us in writing the final text.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote the script and vows, which included readings from family, and included a ring-warming element.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone loved it - it was beautiful and touching.


sarah comer


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Venus

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Venus is very personable and intelligent. She can create a ceremony that is unique to you and your partner based on your beliefs and backgrounds. She is non-judgmental and genuinely cares about writing your ceremony the way you want it.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Venus is open to creating a ceremony that is unique to your relationship, she writes it from scratch based on the information you give her about yourselves and any traditions or values you want included. This is not your "cookie cutter" officiant. She does not read from a script that she has recycled dozens of times for other couples. You can tel Venus really enjoys making your day special for everyone.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Venus was willing to create a non-religious and gender neutral ceremony for my husband and me. She can do all types of ceremonies, but it was such a relief to find someone who performed the ceremony on "our terms". This is not your "cookie cutter" officiant. She wants it to be the way you want it.
Because my husband's ethic background is Japanese, we included the traditional SanSanKudo sake ceremony.
We also included a short mention of our support for gay marriage because we have many friends who are LGBT and wanted to honor their relationships as well.
We did not have traditional vows and we agreed to honor each other with "we do" instead of the more traditional script.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

So many of my guests commented on how unique and different our ceremony was. They loved how it was not "thee, thou, do you, i do". The sake ceremony was a big hit, and many people commented on the gender neutral approach to our ceremony.


Sophia Choi


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Thank you!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I knew Venus had to officate our wedding in the first 5 minutes we met. She was so friendly and open that we felt very at ease with her.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

It was so unexpected that she wrote the perfect ceremony in one try. There was nothing for me to change or add!


Donna Ault


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The perfect day

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! She was on time, always available, and did a fantastic job. I can't imagine ANYone creating a better ceremony. She exactly created the mood and atmosphere we had hoped for.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Venus was the consummate professional. I recommend her highly! She created a warm, sacred ceremony that two weeks later, we are still hearing about! Thank you again, Venus!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The lei ceremony - the joining of families choked up everyone - especially the participants!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

It was perfect; so moving, I cried.


jennamartin


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Jenna and Tyler Martin

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Venus made us feel very comfortable because she was so easy to work with and really tried to make things very easy for us. She is also very personable and friendly as well as, easy going yet professional.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing. Venus is upfront about everything that is one thing we loved. There are no hidden surprises with her she goes over everything that will happen.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

With Venus. She made the ceremony so special and so personalized, it was just amazing. She made our wedding day so memorable and wonderful with her amazing writing.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They loved the ceremony and how it truly reflected us as individuals and as a new married couple. The guests also commented on how professional yet, warm and friendly Venus was!


lizzzeee


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Liz and Jeff's Small but Special Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Venus was very open and agreeable to our desires and followed through with all of the planned elements of the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She truly added a spirit of celebration while leading a meaningful ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Venus emailed us questionnaires that had great questions about how we met and fell in love, what we admire most in each other, and other significant questions.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone was emotionally moved by the ceremony - even the ones that usually aren't!


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