Reverend Robin Renteria
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312 Oxford Hills Dr.
Chapel Hill NC 27514
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Have the ceremony you’ve dreamed of - in your language of love. One that is real, honest, joyful, celebratory and unique. Rev. Renteria personalizes each ceremony for you so that it is memorable and unique. It can be traditional or contemporary, inter-faith, religious, spiritual, or civil. With 20 years experience, she guides you in a calm, easy going way, through every part of the process so that you can relax and enjoy your special day.




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Hannah Givens
Wedding on 2015-08-22


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

YES! Robin was warm and engaging. She is also so professional and skilled that from rehearsal to ceremony her confidence allays any worries or fears.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin let us customize our entire wedding ceremony, picking out what we loved best for each part of the ceremony. We were able to incorporate my Catholic background with my husband's more secular views. We chose not to write our own vows, but we were able to add to them as we desired. We had such a blast creating the perfect ceremony and Robin made the process so simple and fun!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Guests told my husband and I that our ceremony fit perfectly with out personality! Robin did such a wonderful job of guiding us through the ceremony without overpowering it. She put us ease which helped us focus on the most important thing that day: our love for each other.


ashamilt89
Wedding on 2015-06-20


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Robin is fantastic!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My husband is terrified of having to speak in front of a large group of people so saying wedding vows with all eyes on him was causing him extreme anxiety. Robin made both him and I feel completely at ease by making sure the ceremony was exactly as we wanted and the vows short, sweet, and uncomplicated. Robin also organized our ceremony rehearsal which took the stress and pressure off during the real thing because everyone knew exactly what to do.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin made sure that even though we had a short ceremony the moment didn't pass us by. She made sure to take pauses and let us fully embrace the ceremony process.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband and I looked through so many of the resources and example ceremonys Robin provided us so we could pick a choose things we liked. We ended up being able to build our own unique ceremony from all the information Robin provided.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

I had a guest come up to me at the wedding reception and tell me it was the most well rounded ceremony they had every seen. She told me our ceremony was "beautiful, loving, but funny at the appropriate times, and represented us so well as a couple."


stephaniedebra
Wedding on 2015-05-22


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Best Officiant in the Triangle!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin absolutely makes you comfortable right away! She is always smiling and exudes warmth. We truly enjoyed being in her presence each time we had the pleasure to do so.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Her knowledge and professionalism is unmatched. She shares tons of helpful resources with you about creating your ceremony, from multiple versions of vows to different readings you might choose. Her open-minded, open-hearted approach ensures that your wedding will feel authentically "you." In addition, she shared some great tips at our rehearsal about being present at the wedding and how to make things run smoothly.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I am Jewish and my husband is secular, so we included some Jewish elements recommended by Robin to honor my heritage. Additionally, she spoke about what my husband and I love about each other and found just the right words to talk about our relationship. We also included readings that were memorable to us from Thich Nhat Hahn and e.e. cummings. It was lovely!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

So many people commented on how wonderful the ceremony was! They said Robin was a wonderful, eloquent speaker and the ceremony was perfectly crafted. People said it was the best ceremony they'd ever been to. One of my husband's friends came up to him during the reception and the first thing out of his mouth was, "Your officiant was AWESOME!"


sharplila


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Robin Renteria

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

extremely comfortable! She is passionate, caring, and very warm

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Your wedding day is the most important filled with many emotions. Robin is warm, kind, soothing, and knowledgeable. Her presence made the day memorable and easy. Her professionalism exceeds expectations, and she is truly present with all meetings and communications. She is wonderful and highly recommended!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She listens takes notes and cares about making this a special occasion

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

She was nice professional, relaxed and very into with the ceremony


gcivils
Wedding on 2014-12-05


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Personalized, Beautiful Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was recommended to us by our Wedding Planner, and we could not have been happier. We initially Skyped with Robin, which was perfect for our hectic schedules. Within the first five minutes of speaking to Robin, we knew she was the perfect Officiant for us. She has this calming sense about her that really makes you feel at ease.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We had our Mother's and Grandmother read a poem during the ceremony. Robin brought a wireless mic that allowed all of our guests to hear them!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

As our wedding grew closer, we were a little overwhelmed about how exactly we wanted our ceremony. After another Skype with Robin, she narrowed down our options, and built the perfect personalized ceremony for us. It was also amazing having her at our rehearsal. She really made us feel so comfortable, calm, and ready for our wedding day.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of our guests were amazed with Robin. They loved how personal, and romantic the ceremony was -- AND how happy Robin looked to be there.


ellenandrews
Wedding on 2014-10-25


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Excellent!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes! Robin was very kind and patient with us. Completely "got" where we were coming from!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We thought it would be difficult to find someone who could meld our own tastes with our parents, who are more religious than we are. Robin did a great job!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin worked with us from start to finish to make sure our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Several of our guests told us they thought it was their favorite of all the wedding ceremonies they'd attended! This came from several older guests, who had certainly attended a number of weddings in their time.


mweadock
Wedding on 2014-10-04


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Highly recommended

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes. Robin has a very calming, kind personality, and she made us feel very at ease, both through the planning process and during the ceremony itself. She also did a great job wrangling our large wedding party and family during the rehearsal!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin added a few unexpected personal details about my husband and me throughout the ceremony, and we thought it was a very nice touch.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin spoke about what we love about each other and some of our experiences together over the last few years. We chose two readings from Robin's extensive collection and had two VIPs read them during the ceremony. We each chose our own vows from Robin's resources, which made them feel really special to each of us. She also started the ceremony with an announcement to please avoid whipping out their phones/cameras and instead really focus on the moment. It was nice to see that everyone really embraced that suggestion.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"I couldn't stop crying; it was so beautiful."


Lars
Wedding on 2014-10-18


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Would use again

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

The ceremony was beautiful and Robin did a wonderful job!! Robin was very kind, accommodating and responsive throughout the entire planning process. She was very respectful of our requests and wishes.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We had an outdoor wedding and Robin's speaker system was perfect for everyone to be able to hear and follow-along. She even let us borrow her microphone for when we read our own personal vows to each other.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows to each other.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone was complimenting on how smooth the ceremony was and it could not have been done without her.

I would definitely recommend her to anyone who will be getting married soon.


missyguerin


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Robin Renteria

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! Robin officiated our wedding on Sunday, Sept 14th at Shady Wagon Farms outside of Raleigh, NC. It has been almost a month since our wedding and our guests are still raving about the positive and joyful tone of our ceremony. We had a very diverse group of guests at our wedding and she made all of them feel comfortable and welcome. Robin went above and beyond to help us in premarital counseling, preparing our vows and creating a ceremony that fit our personalities that we could truly call our own. She was extremely responsive and gave us tidbits of advice when we asked through out the whole process. Robin was such a joy to work with. We couldn't imagine our wedding day without her guidance and love.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Amount of time she put into our wedding to make it special. Also, the fine tuning of our vows

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She helped write our entire ceremony

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Best wedding we have been to!


dillanandpete
Wedding on 2014-05-31


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Just perfect

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We could not have asked for more from Robin as our officiant. She was wonderful throughout, from the initial planning until the day itself. She put us at ease, was helpful with advice and extremely quick to respond to questions. We would be delighted to recommend her. By far the best of all the vendors we worked with.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Just being really prepared for every eventuality, and reminding us about some of the little things that we hadn't thought of, down to every little detail. In particular, she went out of her way to accommodate the challenges we faced with our immigration situation - we had international skype calls to discuss our requirements and Robin kindly performed an additional small legal ceremony for us in advance of our main celebration.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We customized the ceremony together with help from Robin. We discussed what we wanted and answered some questions about our history together, and Robin put together a first draft, which we then added comments to until we were happy. It ended up feeling like a very personal ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We received glowing feedback from family and friends on the big day, who all thought she was great at helping everyone relax and focus on enjoying the moment! People came up to us afterwards and asked us where we found her!


daveandmendi
Wedding on 2014-04-26


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We REALLY liked her!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was so calming and reassuring and made everything so smooth for us. Every aspect of the ceremony was PERFECT!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

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How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We filled out a questionnaire about some of our personal likes and interests and she custom wrote the ceremony for us. But she also gave us final edit rights until we were 100% happy with every word of the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Many guests approached us and raved about Robin and asked us where we found her.


bry_chick006
Wedding on 2013-11-30


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Couldn't be Happier!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She made me, my husband, and everyone feel so comfortable and relaxed. While she made the wedding feel important with her presence, she was also so warm and comforting that you couldn't help but smile and feel good.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She added that warmth which made the wedding feel loving. In fact, one of the biggest compliments that I received in regards to our wedding was that it was “the most loving wedding I have ever been to”. I think that you can plan a lot of things about your wedding, the food, the music, the decorations, but you can’t plan for it to be the most loving wedding. That I think has to happen organically, and I believe that was as a direct result of Robin.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Many of our guests told us what a beautiful ceremony we had. Many of them said it was the most beautiful and personal they had ever been to. They kept raving about how it was just so “us”. Robin allowed us to plan and personalize our ceremony. Her book of things to choose from was invaluable! She has so many different suggestions with so many different feels that you can truly build your ideal wedding. We literally picked and chose words and phrases from different examples until it felt just right. Robin also asks questions of you and works those personal things into the ceremony (if you want).

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

It was the most perfect wedding I have ever attended


Yao
Wedding on 2013-10-06


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Excellent Officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We had an excellent officiant, Robin, in our wedding on Oct 6 this year. She made sure we understood everything during the pre-wedding conversations with a warm and nice manner. My husband and I were very tied up at work during the wedding preparation. We were late for half an hour in one of the scheduled Skype video meeting, but she was so patient and nice. We are not familiar with American wedding or convention since we are from China and lived in North Carolina just 4 years. She is very knowledgeable and considerate for the culture and custom. After speaking with her, we are very delighted and released from stress. She understood and respected our questions and concerns so well, and accommodate very well. On the big day, she was so professional and passing her love to us and everyone. Our Ceremony was incredibly heartfelt and moving. I was in tears, and my husband was glassy eyed, as were the entire bridal party. She handed us paper handkerchief to blot my tears. Everything is so perfect!


bjwillia49
Wedding on 2013-08-23


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Our Beautiful Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was so reassuring and personable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was extremely patient and flexible with us and our guests.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had our wedding at home, and changed our ring vows to make our ceremony more unique.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Loved your wedding vows being exchanged on your front porch. Very beautiful setting and really liked how your minister guided you both through the ceremony.


mefird
Wedding on 2013-08-24


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Everthing we hope for

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made us both very comfortable. She was warm and encouraging, and challanged us to have difficult conversations before the wedding. I got a lot out of our sessions with Robin, and consider it a great investment in our relationship.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin provided us with a TON of resources to craft our own ceremony, and was very respectful of our wishes to do so. She helped polish the finished product and offered very helpful advice on order, timing, etc.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Multiple people told us how unique and beautiful our ceremony was, and one particular component (ring warming) was new to almost everyone.


Melissa Robinson Kearney
Wedding on 2013-07-25


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Rev Robin Renteria was AMAZING!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My, now, husband and I had an elopement ceremony. We contacted Rev Robin Renteria a few weeks before our wedding date in hopes she may be able to officiate our ceremony. Even though we had given her hardly any notice she provided advice, and helped us to make vows that were meaningful and spoke to us as a couple. Most of our communication was done via email, but she always responded promptly. There are no words to describe how much we appreciate how nice and accommodating Rev Robin was. Our ceremony was perfect! I would highly recommend Rev Robin for any type of wedding ceremony.


kookookoo
Wedding on 2013-05-11


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Robin was perfect!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She made us very comfortable. She accepted who we were as individuals and worked with us to help us become a stronger couple.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She offered wedding enrichment classes and gave us different exercises for us to use in our future to help us better communicate, listen, and trust one another for years to come.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The salt covenant and hand ceremony are different ways Robin helped us make our wedding special

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our ceremony was unique and different from other weddings guests have attended.


juliefriend
Wedding on 2013-05-26


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Best officiant ever!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I cannot express how great of a job Robin did as the officiant of our wedding. The communication with her up until the wedding day was flawless (even all the was from Ohio). She made me feel that she really cared about making our wedding special the entire time and continuously reminded us that we could and should make the ceremony exactly what we wanted--no strings attached!! Up until the last minute she really made an effort to make sure our wedding ceremony was exactly what we wanted (all the way down to what she wore). The day of the event she did such a fantastic job and didn't even miss a beat when one of the groomsmen fainted!! I cannot thank Robin enough for the job she did and I highly recommend her services :)


meagangrantwedding


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Rev Renteria provided a ceremony unique to us

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Reverend Robin absolutely made my wedding day a complete joy. My time with Reverend Robin began a full year prior to my wedding when my groom and I met with her to discuss what we wanted for our wedding. Her warmth and genuine concern with making sure our ceremony reflected who we are and what we wanted our day to be put us at ease immediately. Over the next year, Reverend Robin corresponded with us, helping us to find ceremony readings, etc that had special meaning for us. At our actual ceremony, Reverend Robin was such a calming and loving presence. Many of our family and friends commented to us on how much joy Reverend Robin exuded during the ceremony. You will find her to be an incredibly compassionate and genuinely loving officiant. I cannot recommend her more highly.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Our ceremony was outdoors. At one point a few birds started crowing quite loudly above us. Reverend Robin smiled and paused, patiently waiting for the birds to quiet down before continuing. She went slowly so as to help us remain calm and savor the moment. It was lovely.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Reverend Robin worked with us to completely personalize our ceremony. We got to work with her to choose everything from our vows to our readings to the words said throughout. It absolutely was a ceremony completely personalized to what we wanted.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

A family member who is also a minister commented to us about how joyful and wonderful she thought Reverend Robin was. Also, we had many family members and friends comment just generally on how great Reverend Robin was, conveying warmth and compassion throughout the ceremony.


Margaret Toomey
Wedding on 2013-01-08


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Wonderful, Personalized Ceremony!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made us beyond comfortable. From e mails to day-of, her warmth and knowledge really helped us feel taken care of and prepared.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She has such a great amount of experience and resources that helped us plan a ceremony that fit us perfectly.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We kept it simple and secular. Combining poetry options from Robin, an Irish blessing, and a ring-warming, we had a great, personalized ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Where did you get the idea of blessing the rings? It was such a great idea!"


Rachel Northeim
Wedding on 2012-12-15


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Warm, caring minister with customizable ceremonies

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin has a warm personality and a lot of poise, which made our ceremony appealing and helped us stay calm when up at the altar. Even more important, she allowed us to write our own ceremony using her "Big Book" of ceremony excerpts plus our own original vows. We emailed it to her, and she offered ideas without pressuring us to change it at all. Robin happily and skillfully delivered it just as we had written. We couldn't imagine a better wedding minister and strongly recommend her to everyone, regardless of the message you want your ceremony to have.


Emily de Leon
Wedding on 2012-10-12


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Wonderful Officiant

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Renteria was exactly what we were looking for to complete our small non-denominational family wedding. She was extremely helpful throughout the entire planning process by providing a full range of examples as well as offering suggestions based on her experience and skills. She was there to encourage us when needed and gave us space to complete all the other important wedding tasks. I would definitely recommend her.


Amanda Starkey
Wedding on 2012-11-10


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Go with Robin!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I couldn't be happier with Robin as the officiant of our wedding! From the first meeting I knew she would pay attention to all the details important to my husband and I. She gives the option for as much or as little input as you'd like to every aspect of your ceremony, and is happy to accommodate any special requests. Her "big book" made creating a special ceremony, unique to us an easy as the process could be. If you decide to go with Robin, have her attend your rehearsal to make the real thing as seamless as possible. I plan non-profit events for a living and am extremely detail oriented. When Robin offered to run the rehearsal I must say I was very hesitant because I've been involved in weddings where the Reverend was better to stick to performing the ceremony and leaving the details to a wedding director -- that couldn't be farther from true with Robin. She has performed enough weddings to know all the ins and outs of what could go wrong, and know how to lead a rehearsal so that everyone is comfortable with their role for the big day. I give her an enthusiastic two thumbs up!


Carol Heckman
Wedding on 2012-10-07


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The BEST hire for your wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Sooo comfortable. Robin radiates a presence of calm and love. She welcomed us into her home on the first meeting, and she was so easy to work with. All our family that interacted with her were very impressed with her kindness and professionalism.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband and I are more spiritual than religious, so Robin created a ceremony for us that felt traditional, but had no mention of God. We also added the celtic handfasting ceremony and a Taylor Mali poem, both of which I found in Robin's ceremony planner.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone commented that the ceremony was very "us." My mother's friends said it was the first wedding they had been to from someone of our generation and it set a high standard!


Ashley Carpenter
Wedding on 2012-09-08


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The PERFECT Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Robin Renteria made us feel relaxed and very comfortable on our wedding day. She was great in letting us know that we can take as much time as we needed during the ceremony for tears, smiles and nervousness :).

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We did a special ceremony including my daughter. We ended up wanting to do a family ritual of gathering of families. My "now" husband wanted to adopt her so we wanted to do something special to include her in the ceremony.

She wrote the vows for my husband to say to my daughter in a very soft, romantic and personal way. It was wonderful as everything she wrote was exactly what my husband wanted to say to her.

Our religions between us two are a little different. We didn't want a church wedding, but did want to include certain things as a part of the ceremony. We combined other ceremony rituals from other religions and it was just wonderful! Such a unique ceremony that will never be duplicated!!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She gives you SO many options. It's completely endless. Her mind opens to anything and everything. Whatever you want on your day, it's going to happen. She enjoys meeting with you first so she can get an idea of what you want for your ceremony and how you invision your day. She helps you make options and decisions with what fits that criteria.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"I have never seen such a unique wedding with so much professionalism and beauty."


Alicia Whitney
Wedding on 2012-05-19


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The BEST part of our wedding day

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

If it's any indication, our minds were each separately made up within three minutes of meeting Robin. Her overall approach - informative, real, present, honest, gentle and loving - really hit home for me and my (now) husband. Neither of us likes to be the center of attention and we could both just tell immediately after meeting Robin that she would be exactly the calming presence that we would need on our wedding day. We were 110% happy with the choice.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin had these amazing pre-ceremony workbooks to help her get to know us and to help us to naturally tell our own story so she could work in the details and really personalize the wedding. It was an unexpected surprise, we were very grateful to have a framework to help us get our head's around all that we wanted to include in our special day. Robin is a real professional and knows how to make the job of shaping a ceremony easy for those who have never done it before, yet it always comes out from the heart - real and meaningful.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Using the pre-ceremony workbooks that Robin gave us, we were able to shape a ceremony that was 100% what we wanted to say to one another and to our guests. We were able to incorporate the interests of our more traditionally Christian parents and grandparents while keeping true to ourselves. We wrote our own vows, which was made much easier with inspiration from countless sources and ideas that Robin provided us with. It really was the best part of the day for us. And it would absolutely not have been as meaningful or as poignant without Robin's help and presence.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of our guests commented that it was the most "perfect" ceremony for the two of us and that it felt like Robin had really captured our story, our love, and our "vibe" and that she really created a wedding ceremony that was full of meaning. Our favorite comment was from our wedding photographer, though, who said that our wedding reminded her why she does her job, and that it reminded her of her own wedding, and that she was basically crying and laughing behind the lens as she captured it all. Thank you, Robin!


Laura Robinson
Wedding on 2012-08-16


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A small, simple wedding full of happiness.

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was a fantastic officiant, we had a small family wedding and she made us feel really special. She is open to suggestion and is happy to listen, truly letting you have the wedding YOU want.
We were a little late arriving at the ceremony, it took us a little while to get organised, and Robin was so patient, she didn't mind at all.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She has a great presence, she has a great way of gathering people's attention.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We didn't see the venue until we arrived, we let our family and friends decorate it for us as a surprise! It was a great way of seeing how well our loved ones knew us and our tastes. And they got it!!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We married by a lake, and after the ceremony we all went for a long walk on a trail, in my wedding dress,my brother made me laugh by saying " we were the best dressed walking party out here"

My parents thought Robin was a lovely lady, My Dad said we were lucky to find somebody so good to marry us.


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Amazing, unique, and incredibly romantic!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was completely open to any suggestions we had. She was personable and always available to discuss planning the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The placement of the engagement ring over my wedding band. This was incredibly unique and we received a lot of compliments from our guests.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Completely! She added personal elements of our lives to our ceremony that made it so special.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"That was the first wedding I actually didn't feel like falling asleep"


M O
Wedding on 2012-08-11


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a ceremony we couldn't have dreamed of

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin helped us to create the perfect ceremony. We wanted to blend two cultures/languages, while honoring our parents, but we had no idea how to do that and we were fuzzy on the components of a wedding. Robin really listened to us, and provided ideas and a template, without forcing us into a cookie-cutter ceremony. With her help, we created a ceremony that was uniquely ours and had all of the elements that were special to us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin came early. She was calm and professional, even though we were running late and my whole family was working to set up the wedding. She helped keep everyone else calm and even helped direct the set up. My father was running around trying to help with everything, and somehow she managed to get him to get him to sign the marriage license in the midst of it all. I was hiding in the bridal suite with my very hardworking hairdresser, and I didn't find out how much she had done until after the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We gave our vows in two different languages, included a thank you to our parents, an unusual ring exchange that told a bit of our story, and we broadcast our wedding live online. Robin helped us bring all of our ideas together into a ceremony that was perfect for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Your loved ones will always tell you that your wedding ceremony was the most beautiful, perfect or best. But the comment that stood out, was when our guests started telling us how smoothly everything went together. We were blending languages in a nontraditional ceremony, and things could have been choppy or disjointed, but with Robin's help, the ceremony really flowed together. Her delivery was flawless, and we had had such good communication with her, that we felt completely comfortable by the time we got to the altar (or lawn, in our case)


Jerry Micelle
Wedding on 2012-06-01


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Since we were looking for something simple, beautiful, and somewhat non-traditional, it was important to find someone who could help shape our vision AND make it a reality. Robin was all of that and more, giving guidance to photographers and our guests to make sure that there were no unnecessary distractions. Most importantly, Robin provided a calming influence and gave us the time to savor the moment. We can't thank her enough.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She gave instruction to photographers and guests making sure that everything went smoothly.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We chose one of Robin's beautiful ceremonies and customized it to reflect our traditions and beliefs. We added a bit of Ukrainian tradition. The Apache ending was all Robin, but I loved it.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We heard repeatedly how beautiful, perfect, and well-planned it was. That was great to hear since we threw everything together in a few short weeks. I believe Robin's preparation and presence was a huge part of the wedding's success.


Katherine Nutt
Wedding on 2012-05-05


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Robin is a wonderful, professional officiant

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I was very nervous about standing up in front of people and worried that I would cry not be able to get through the vows! Robin put me right at ease explaining that we were not putting on a performance, that we could face her and hold hands, that she would have tissues for me. She also read the vows out loud clearly for all to hear, and then my husband and I just had to repeat them quietly to each other. This worked out great for us and made it very intimate and relaxed.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin did an amazing job of pacing the ceremony and slowing it down. I think a natural tendency is for ceremonies to fly by, but everything she said was with intention and with appropriate pauses for everyone to take in the moment and the meaning of the words. It was truly wonderful. Robin also contended with several hiccups, like a last minute ceremony location change due to sudden storms, and a (harmless) black snake that appeared during the processional (Robin kept everyone calm, stopped the processional, and called the venue attendant over to safely remove the snake before continuing). She was calm and handled all of these hiccups with real professionalism that comes from years of experience.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We compiled our ceremony by ourselves using Robin's big book of resources. We were able to pick and choose the parts that we wanted and add such as ceremonies and readings from among her many suggestions. Robin then added some personalized touches (which we approved of) based on our conversations about our love, our personalities, and our engagement story. The process was easy and had a wonderful result.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests loved the engagement ring ceremony and our love letter wine box ceremony - we had never even heard of these until we met with robin and went through her big book of resources.


Erica Forman
Wedding on 2012-05-13


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She made our day amazing!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We were both very nervous and she made us feel very comfortable, which allowed us to really enjoy our ceremony, not just run through the steps.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin was so wonderful to work with! She spent time really getting to know my husband and I. The ceremony was exactly us and everything we were looking for.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

I can't tell you how many guests came up to me after with compliments of how the ceremony was very down to earth, understandable, and so meaningful to what marriage is really about especially for those who knew our personalities really well.


Laurel Reitfort
Wedding on 2012-03-17


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Amazing Officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was more than we could ask for when it came to officiating our wedding. She was a calming presence that made things so much easier than I could have imagined. The task of creating a ceremony seemed so daunting, Robin helps to make it easier than you could imagine.
We received so many compliments on the ceremony and our officiant. Robin truly made our day so special. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for someone to help guide your special day!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She gave us so many options to choose from when personalizing our ceremony. We were able to put together a ceremony that brought together two very different cultures and religions.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"It was the most personal and special ceremony. Even though the ceremony did not incorporate a lot of religion it was filled with so much love and personal touches no one even noticed."
We were bringing together two very different cultures and religions in our marriage.


Elizabeth Pultorak
Wedding on 2012-03-31


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Wonderful!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made us feel very comfortable. She listened to us when we described how we wanted our ceremony to feel, and incorporated all the details we discussed. She also got to know our personalities, as well, and made us feel very at ease. Overall, Robin is a really great listener! She wants to create a ceremony that is meaningful to you, so she genuinely wants to hear about your feelings. She has a great way with words, and such a warm spirit!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She didn't panic when my maid of honor fainted!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin incorporated a number of small details about our relationship- our hobbies, our personalities, and our little dog, Egg!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"I really loved that your minister mentioned support for committed relationships and love in all forms, regardless of gender."


Nicole Theroux


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Highly Recommend Rev. Robin Renteria !

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Reverend Robin Renteria made my husband and I feel comfortable and relaxed during our ceremony. She was thoughtful, kind and made us feel very special.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Reverend Robin Renteria has a way with words. You can absolutely tell she loves what she does. The ceremony was very meaningful and she provided us with several options to choose from to personalize our ceremony.


Teresa Williams
Wedding on 2012-04-08


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Our Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Extremely, she was amazing.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin was incredible. She helped us through a few hicups and was a huge help with the wedding when she got there. She was on the ball and very helpful.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She let us pick from many things and heped us personalize the wedding ceemony to fit our personalities.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All the guests loved Robin.


Janet Liu
Wedding on 2012-04-07


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Absolutely loved Robin!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was so sweet and patient she made us feel instantly comfortable. She was the calm in the storm so to speak!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing was unexpected, which is what I wanted! I knew exactly what was going and and what Robin was going to say it gave me confidence in the whole running of the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She was extremely personalized and it seemed tailored perfectly for us!


Stacy Cohen
Wedding on 2012-03-24


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Perfect, Calming Porfessional

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes! Robin was such a pleasure to work with! She makes the process of personalizing your ceremony extremely easy and enjoyable. Robin has such a calming spirit...which I definitely needed on that day! I would recommend her to anyone for a perfect service.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

No surprises with Robin....she works with you so you know exactly what to expect and to make sure the ceremony goes exactly as you envisioned it. She completely captured what we wanted for our day.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin gave us a variety of options for each portion of the ceremony we could choose from....we were able to put these together, change a few words around that fit us to create a very personal ceremony. Robin provided input and great suggestions based on what she learned about us as a couple.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"This is the most fun I've ever had at a wedding"


Hannah Carson
Wedding on 2012-03-03


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Perfect!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was excellent! She listened to our requests, and honored them. She customized a ceremony for us that was personalized and relaxed...truly perfect.


LINDA GOURLEY
Wedding on 2012-03-17


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best day ever thanks to a special person

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

the best experince ever, everything i wanted i got, even the day of she made sure everything was just the way it should be and more, she went out of her way of a busy weekend just to help me at last minute she has become a great part in my life. she was the most friendly ever

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

helping me get things together when that was not her place

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

i got to choose my own wording and have a moment to remember thoses passes and she assisted int that it ment alot

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

she did a great job. what a wonderful ceremony


Anastasia Krikunova
Wedding on 2012-03-03


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Perfect ceremony for our small wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We are truly grateful to Robin for handling our ceremony so well. She was supporting us with every step of the way. When we only started planning, as a couple new to the process, we didn't know of many of the small details that had to be planned or decided on ahead. Robin gave us all this information and helped us make choices that would fit our ceremony. She worked with us patiently to create a customized ceremony and kept reassuring us that she will not stop until we are satisfied with it. At times we were busy planning other things for our wedding and couldn't provide immediate feedback. In those cases, we never felt pressured and rushed by Robin. She would always encourage us to take all the time we needed to come up with words that felt right for us.
On our wedding day, Robin arrived well in advance to make sure that everything was set up and in place. She took time to get to know our photographer and other vendors which showed us that she had a sincere interest in our ceremony. During the ceremony, Robin was 100% there with us and we could feel her calm and reassuring presence which took a lot of pressure and nervousness away. Robin spoke calmly and never rushed through the words.
At the end, she stayed with us for a little bit to congratulate and enjoy our moment with us. Lastly, she promptly took care of all the paperwork for us, and our marriage certificates arrived in the mail in only 4 days after the wedding!!
We would absolutely recommend Robin to our friends and any other couple who is looking for a trusting, professional and kind officiant. She was all that for us, and our happiest day in our lives will always be associated with her. Thank you, Robin!


Jeannine Lowe


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Intimate, family ceremony

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband and I planned our wedding in 6 weeks. With Robin's guidance, we planned a ceremony that included our different religious backgrounds and reflected our individuality and the essence of our relationship. The ceremony was joyful and sincere. We couldn't have been happier with our choice in officiant. She was one of the highlights of the day.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"That was one of the best ceremonies I've ever seen. The minister really seemed to know you. "


Kelly Hodges
Wedding on 2011-12-31


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Robin was a joy to work with. On very short notice, she helped us put together a beautiful ceremony. I would definitely recommend her services to friends.


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes. She provided great guidance and her calm demeanour meant we were always at ease with how things were progressing and what was happening next during the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing. Everything was extremely well discussed, planned and executed.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Modified vows and readings but we found something that was exactly what we were after from the templates Robin provided.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

A very relaxed event.


Ellen Baker
Wedding on 2011-10-15


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Warm, genuine and all around wonderful!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Right from the start Robin makes you feel comfortable and at home. She wants this to be YOUR day about the both of you!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

It was very sweet, Robin gave us an unofficial copy of a marriage certificate that she printed out with our vows. We didn't open it up until we got home that night, it's a nice keepsake.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin has an infinite amount of ideas for every single part of the ceremony but does not limit your creativity if you already have an idea of your own. She can make it feel how you want it to... traditional, modern, unique... but always makes the day specifically about you two. She'll ask you some questions about the both of you and will incorporate it in your special day (always at your liking, she never does everything without your approval).

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone commented on how warm and genuine Robin was and how she made our ceremony about us (very personal)! She made our ceremony memorable, not only for me and my husband but for everyone that was there. Many commented on how that was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever attended and it was all thanks to Robin's planning, hard work and wonderful personality!


Patrick Lentz
Wedding on 2011-09-10


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The Perfect Officiant

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was extremely accommodating from our first meeting all the way through the ceremony. She wanted to make it completely about us; to allow us to soak in the moment. She wanted to work with us and guide us through our ceremony while still giving us creative control.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We added the wine box tradition to our ceremony. We had never even heard of that before but Robin suggested it based on every thing else we discussed. We love it!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin helped tremendously with every piece of the ceremony. She gave us a ton of options and we were able to fit them all together to create a script that was entirely personal. We inserted readings and quotations that made the day about us and Robin was the catalyst to make that all happen.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We had several positive remarks about how personalized the ceremony was. My wife and I used a Dr. Seuss quote about love that numerous family members remembered and mentioned to me even weeks later!


Erin Baker
Wedding on 2011-08-13


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The Perfect Day

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

From our first meeting with Robin, we new we found the perfect Officiant for our wedding. Here presence was so warm and caring. She made us feel that we were very special and listened to our wants for the ceremony. Her warm smile put us at ease. She was prompt for the rehersal and ceremony. She was extremely prepared and worked with our photographer and coordinator.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We came with general ideas of what we wanted to see in our ceremony. Robin presented many options for us and was willing to customize every detail to our liking. She was so quick to respond to emails and questions we had. She allowed us to keep our vows a secret, but enabled us to send them to her to ensure they were balanced. It was such a wonderful thing to have.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our ceremony was filled with many personal touches. After reviewing many options of incorporating our childresn, we decided to have one of our daughters read a story, "Your Personal Penguin". We also included the Celtic Handfasting because we loved the concept and how it was different from a traditional wedding.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Many of our guests complimented Robin because she provided such a beautiful atmosphere for us. She took her time and paused at all the right moments. You could feel the love and emotion...it was incredible. I highly recommend using Reverend Robin Renteria. She is amazing to work with.


Jill Guzman


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Rev. Robin Renteria is an amazing officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Robin is a very warm and serene person, and has a very calming presence. We were comfortable with her right away when we initially met with her. Although we didn't actually see her again until the rehearsal, there was a lot of email contact and she was always accessible and easy to communicate with.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

During the rehearsal, Rev. Robin told my husband and me that we should face each-other and hold hands throughout the entire ceremony. She noted that people are tempted to look around at all of the guests and flowers, etc., but she really encouraged us to focus solely on each-other as we took our vows and made our pledges to each-other.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We customized our whole ceremony with her, so from the mention of our grandparents, to our honoring of our parents with words that we wrote just for them, to our decision to include a hand-tying ceremony, Rev. Robin helped guide us in creating the ceremony and celebration that would have the most meaning for us on our wedding day.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Many guests commented on her smiling presence, how gracefully and skillfully she handled a fainting episode by my maid of honor, but also how much they liked the flow of the ceremony and how skillfully she conducted the hand-tying ceremony. Rev. Robin was really terrific to work with, and added just the right presence as our officiant.


Denise Jackson
Wedding on 2011-08-26


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Grace despite running late & a hurricane!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Renteria has a subtle, easy-going way of putting every person at ease, which was important to me as meeting new people is difficult for me.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was willing to work around the changes that were required due to a hurricane that cancelled out the Saturday afternoon wedding, turning ours into a Friday night wedding at the last minute. And was gracious about our tardiness when that was taking place! Everything became very chaotic very quickly, yet she was a quiet corner to find peace in, and it was very calming.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We read through all of the lovely vows choices that she had, and there were quite a lot of them, yet none really spoke to us in exactly the right way. They were beautiful, yes, and varied, but we had something special iin mind. So, we wrote our own vows, which she delivered to us to repeat back to her, with the emotion that we felt behind the words that meant so much to us. That meant a great deal to hear someone else find the feeling we have with the names we use for each other, the ones held in our hearts.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My eldest son hugged me and said that he was very happy to see me as happy as I am now, thanks to William. And Reverend Renteria has joined us for the rest of our lives, so now I'm married to my best friend. My youngest son told me that he really liked her, enjoyed talking with her, and found her to be an open, warm person.


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We couldn't have been happier with Robin!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! As a nominally "straight" couple who nevertheless feel that traditional marriage and the attendant legal ramifications are not what we're looking for, we wanted to make sure we found an officiant who was comfortable working outside of the paradigm of marriage, while still imparting a sense of momentousness and ritual importance to our ceremony. From our first meeting (on Gchat!), Robin impressed us with her sensitivity to our unique requests - she immediately reflected back the language in which we choose to express our love, and she was full of ideas and suggestions for how to deepen the symbolism of our ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We created it together from scratch. Robin offered us a wealth of Ideas, from which we took things that spoke to us. We brought ideas that we had seen or read about, and Robin was always very open to trying things, even ideas she had never encountered before (our ceremony culminated in a celebratory volcano, about which Robin wrote a really beautiful commentary)

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We heard over and over how much the ceremony "seemed like us", how we it encapsulated our personalities. Robin allowed us the space to be ourselves, while bringing an emotional importance and symbolic richness to the event.


Emily High
Wedding on 2011-06-25


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So pleased! Robin made us completely comfortable!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Certainly. We met with Robin in her home before the ceremony, expressed family concerns and ideas, and she made us feel completely comfortable. I was really glad we could feel like we knew Robin before the day of the ceremony. We were planning from a distance, and it didn't feel like a hurdle at all.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She offered a wonderful, jubilant toast after the wedding that helped relax everyone and usher us into celebrating!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our wedding ceremony completely - Robin provided lots of fodder for ideas and had great passages for us to select from as we chose, but we wrote a lot of it ourselves, and she didn't balk at this, at all. She was very comfortable abiding with our wishes, our script, and our preferences. She was great at guiding us towards what works well from her experience, without pushing her own POV on the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We heard over and over again that everyone's favorite part of the wedding was the ceremony! How often does that happen?! And it was just as we watned!


Amina Ahmad
Wedding on 2011-06-18


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Pick her or you will regret it!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She made us feel like she had known us our whole life! She felt more like part of our wedding then just the officiant. She is truly a special person.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She went above and beyond to get to know us and was very patient with us. We planned our North Carolina wedding from California and she was super easy to work with. She is very flexible and full of great ideas!

We had met with a few ministers before her and we had told them that it was important to us to include something about our family members that had passed on and they all said that it would cost us more money. Robin on the other hand did it for us at no charge. In my opinion she is in it for the right reason!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We worked with Robin to personalize our ceremony and our vows. She was creative and was very flexible!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

1) Your wedding made us believe in God again
2) Your wedding rejuvenated our spirit.
3) That was the best wedding ceremony we have ever seen.


Beth Duncklee
Wedding on 2011-05-28


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Truly Wonderful!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was the perfect officiant for us. When we first met with Robin we knew we wanted her to be a part of our day because of how kind, respectful, and helpful she was. When you are around her you feel happy because of how happy and positive her outlook on life is. When we started creating our ceremony, we were so thankful she was there. We gave her our ideas and she gave us some. Robin created our ceremony and sent us a draft within 24 hours of meeting with her. We made several adjustments along the way but each time we did so she was so prompt with her responses and with her help in guiding us along the way. At the rehearsal Robin was wonderful! She told the entire wedding party and ourselves that we just needed to soak it in. The hints that she gave us and our wedding party really made the difference in our day (we remember each part of our ceremony). At the wedding our wedding planner did not show up so Robin and our DJ (Lenny Fritts) stepped in to make sure everyone was where they needed to be. Robin made our ceremony wonderful and we got so many compliments about how personal and meaningful our ceremony was. Robin is truly a kind spirit and a true professional. We almost went with a different wedding planner but I am SO thankful we did not because I would not have wanted anyone else to marry us. Thank you Robin for helping to make our day so special!


Jonathan Embler
Wedding on 2011-05-15


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Outstanding!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Very comfortable. She was so easy going and a pleasure to talk too.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was there for us. She did not want to put her own spin on the ceremony, she wanted to do what we wanted.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were given the chance to create our own script from examples Robin provided.


Jennifer McNamara
Wedding on 2011-03-05


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Robin is the best!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I cannot say enough about Robin! We were planning our wedding in NC from 3.000 miles away in Oregon. We found Robin last minute, and even though we met her for the first time at our rehearsal, she immediately felt like an old friend. She set the tone for a calm, relaxed, loving event among an otherwise stressful situation. She is so knowledgeable about all the elements that make for a great ceremony and made sure that no detail (and no one) was forgotten. She is organized, reliable and caring - just the person you want around on your wedding day. Her script was exactly what we were looking for – we gave her a skeleton and she turned it into something more beautiful than we could have imagined. We are not religious, but it’s obvious that Robin can speak to the merits of marriage and love through many lenses and she really tailors her scripts to the couple. I can go on and on, but the long and short is this - Robin is the best, I’m so glad we found her and I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone – of any faith, in any union.


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Robin Renteria

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made us very comfortable. Since we planned our wedding from across the country, we first "met" Robin over google chat. She was very warm and personable. She was quick to respond to my e-mails and was sensitive to family dynamics.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our big day was Easter weekend (when we began dating). Robin helped us create a unique ceremony focus around the theme of spring, rebirth, and resurrection. Robin helped us create a unique unity ceremony

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Some of our guests told us it was the best wedding they had ever seen.


Sid Gospe
Wedding on 2011-05-29


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Couldn't have been happier

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Robin took charge of everything at the ceremony itself, helping to signal to the DJ and to the people processing, so that the bride and groom didn't have to worry about anything. Beforehand, Robin helped us craft a script that would be satisfactory to both sets of families, who come from very different cultures.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I don't know if unexpected is the right word, but Robin was incredibly responsive during the months leading up to the wedding. She was familiar with the location of our wedding and had ideas for how we could do things there that would make the service run most smoothly. She also got back to us extremely promptly by email.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We incorporated an ancient Chinese writing into the script.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone told us that it was a very beautiful and moving ceremony, even people that you wouldn't necessarily expect to hear it from.


Megan Vick
Wedding on 2011-05-07


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Best part of our wedding!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made us extremely comfortable because we were able to do everything through email. Beyond that, Robin's overall presence is peaceful, soothing, and professional. Robin is non-judgmental and extraordinarily committed to making sure the bride and groom are 100% happy. She is also wonderful at mediating any day-of family craziness/drama to make sure both the bride and groom are calm and happy.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin went slowly through our ceremony so that we had a few moments to really take everything in and enjoy the actual ceremony. Other than that, everything was as planned.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were able to cut/paste our ceremony from multiple scripts that Robin provided, as well as add our own flair. Both my husband and I are non-traditional when it comes to religion and yet we come from religious families. Robin was very respectful about our beliefs and offered many suggestions to help bridge the belief gap so that all members involved were happy.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of our guests felt calm by Robin's presence. Our guests also thought her demeanor was happy, friendly, approachable, and she was loud enough to be heard! (Robin was mic'd, BTW). The best compliment we received about Robin was that she acted like an old friend instead of some random stranger who rolled up, said some words, signed a paper, and left. And we felt as if Robin is a friend and someone we hope to stay in touch with. :)


Amanda Austin
Wedding on 2011-04-16


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin is a very happy person and put everyone at ease, even as we dodged rain drops! :)

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She provided valuable insight while creating our ceremony and never became frustrated when we were slow to respond.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were able to develop the exact ceremony we wanted using Robin's archives and examples of previous weddings.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"She is really good!"


Nicole Saladin
Wedding on 2011-04-01


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Robin Renteria ROCKS!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made us very comfortable by her openness, her never ending smile, her genuine interest in who we were as a couple and what we wanted out of our ceremony and vows. For all the details brides stress over, I think that when I look back on the details of our day, I will remember details about Robin as an integral component of what made our day memorable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Warmth. We wouldn't have chosen a minister who was unfriendly because we are happy and playful by nature, but Robin was just extra warm and when she talked about creating a sacred space, a circle of intimacy during the wedding, I thought "yeah yeah", but during the ceremony, I felt it completely, which was unexpected for me.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin had so many samples of all different components of the ceremony (opening words, exchange of rings, etc) that we were able to choose pieces that resonated with us, and then she helped us tweak each one of them so that they truly became our own rather than just copying and pasting from others. From all the back and forth revisions, we were then able to come up with incredibly personal vows that fit with the rest of the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

People thought Robin was a lifelong family friend we'd chosen to perform the ceremony, and said how great it was that she knew us so well. They were shocked when I told them I found her by a random google search and had only known her about 4 months.


kathleen lewis
Wedding on 2011-03-12


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Professional, Enthusiastic, and Caring!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

After hearing horror stories of other officiants in the area, I am truly blessed and fortunate to have found Robin! She was a dream! Professional, enthusiastic, and caring. She made the ceremony stress-free and comfortable. I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My guests raved all evening at how romantic and thoughtful the ceremony script was performed and how it was engaging and interesting.


Tom L
Wedding on 2010-12-19


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We highly recommend Robin

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. She has a very warm, soothing demeanor.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The vows that she wrote were incredibly touching. After reading dozens of sample ceremonies online, her ceremony was the first to make us cry, with its earnest portrayal of a tender and dedicated love.


Colleen Bigley
Wedding on 2010-11-20


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Wonderful Wedding thanks to Robin

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Robin would not have been easier to work with. She was very responsive to emails. She was very flexible and accommodating.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin added a great sense of warmth to our ceremony. She is an excellent orator and elegantly portrayed our love for one another.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had a tree planting ceremony and Robin worked with us to create a great script. She worked the tree planting ceremony in with the vows, etc. so nicely, our guests loved everything.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Guests could not stop talking about how wonderful Robin was. Everyone, including us, were so impressed and pleasantly surprised just how touching a ceremony Robin created for us.


allison m


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Robin really made the difference!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We were so lucky to find our way to Robin. So much of wedding planning feels like you're stuck in an industry cog, but Robin was a breath of fresh air in that mix. She took time to get to know us and understand our perspective on our ceremony – despite the fact that we were not members of the fellowship where she sometimes talks. She provided us with a lot of wonderful sample ceremonies that she'd done in the past (without overwhelming us with too many), and she was 100% willing to work with us on incorporating new aspects. Most importantly, though, on the day of our ceremony, her incredible smile and peacefully vibrant nature set a wonderful tone for the day. We had a lot of varied family dynamics at play, and Robin made everyone feel comfortable, embraced and happy.


Talitha Price
Wedding on 2010-11-04


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Thanks for the great ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We were definitely comfortable with Robin and enjoyed working with her. She's very easy to work with and wants to make sure that your ceremony is all your own. She's easy to talk to and very responsive to any questions you might have. No question is too trivial. She made the part of the wedding that we were both dreading into something that we actually enjoyed and will remember always.


Carry Crawford
Wedding on 2010-11-13


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Robin is a TREASURE!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin has a certain calm about her. The moment I met her I knew we'd made the right choice. Her smile is gentle and sincere, making you feel completely at ease. She was impeccably professional, but very down to earth.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She rolled with everything! Though we chose a spot to have the ceremony slightly off the beaten path (stone steps and dirt path with a few overgrowth spots to get through) and she had no objections. We could have asked for the moon and I am convinced if it was within her power, she would have gotten it for us. Additionally, she was instrumental in helping us find a venue - we never would have been able to find the perfect place to have the ceremony without her!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin offered us samples of many of the ceremonies she has performed in the past. From there we read through, marked the sections we felt an attachment to, and then compiled them to create something that spoke to us. She offered suggestions where necessary, as well.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We had only our two daughters and mothers in attendance, but everyone thought she was fantastic! You won't be disappointed with Robin - she's awesome!


Diana Bennett


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Wonderful ceremony!


Jennifer Lazar
Wedding on 2010-10-23


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Couldn't be happier!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was just awesome! From the moment we met with her, she put our minds at ease. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted. We got so many compliments on her/ She spoke beautifully and really put such a lovely personal touch on our ceremony. We were so lucky to have found her!! She is such a nice person and really cares about making your day perfect and she did!


Lauren Durlak
Wedding on 2010-10-16


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Perfect Wedding Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made me feel at ease both at the rehearsal and the day of, when I was so nervous. The way she led the ceremony, let me enjoy every minute. She goes at a great pace so you can take in every second. Her words are wonderful!


JENNIFER RIVERA
Wedding on 2010-10-10


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My Dream Wedding

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Robin did an awesome job at my wedding. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding officiant. She not only spoke beautifully throughout the ceremony, but her overall presence was great. Thank you Robin for performing wonderfully and for completing my dream wedding.


Ruth Myers
Wedding on 2010-10-10


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Myers10/10/10

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We did our homework researching our Reverend, as we did with everything! Robin was kind, understanding, and simple when it came to business, which was refreshing. She was one of 2 service providers I never had to worry about, and we even paid in full early, since we could count on her. She made our ceremony the way we wanted it, and we were surprised to receive lots of compliments during our reception about how meaningful and unique it was. Who knew anyone really listens? I would recommend Robin absolutely 100% without a doubt to anyone.


Kaori Brahna


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Just perfect

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, from the very beginning, Robin has an ease about her that lets you know that she will provide you with a wonderful ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

grace

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin gave us a number of different ceremonies to read over, with these we were able to design our own very special event.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"I have never heard such wonderful, heartfelt words at a wedding" - Groom's mother


Jamin Asay


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Recommended without reservation

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was a wonderful officiant at our wedding. Ahead of time, she worked closely with us in drafting a ceremony that was just right for us. She was always prompt, getting right back to us any time we contacted her. She had lots of materials that helped us figure out what we wanted in our ceremony.

At the wedding itself, Robin was a wonderful presence. The ceremony was a perfect mix of personal detail, a touch of humor, and thoughtful reflection on marriage. Her PA system was very easy to use for the speakers. We received lots of compliments afterwards about the ceremony. We highly recommend her without reservation.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We worked with the abundance of materials that Robin had available, and mixed in our own personal touches. We wrote our own vows, too.


Emily Matchar
Wedding on 2010-09-25


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Robin is absolutely wonderful

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin has a wonderful presence. She's calm, non-judgmental, and absolutely projects warmth. She was incredibly prompt and reliable throughout the entire process - she always answered calls/emails right away, and it was clear that she read carefully through every draft of our ceremony we sent. She came with her own sound system, which she clearly knew how to use - that the sound would crackle during the ceremony was a big fear of mine, but Robin is a pro and everything sounded great.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin pointed out a few details I would have never thought of - that the cello player would need shade from the sun, for example, or that I would need to designate someone to hold my bouquet during the ceremony. This is why you hire a professional!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had Robin speak about us as a couple, describing how we met and why we love one another. It was beautiful and personal, without seeming at all forced. We also wrote our own vows, which we read to one another.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Many, many people just raved about the ceremony, saying how wonderful and personal it was and what a nice presence Robin has. "Non-criers" claim to have teared up.


Kristofer Chang
Wedding on 2010-09-04


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Amazing & Wonderful & Spiritual

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She made us feel so comfortable. Having a same sex marriage, we wanted the right officiant who would not judge us, and she was the most supportive and joyful officiant we met! After leaving her house, we were so excited for our ceremony just as much as our wedding reception!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She offered many ideas about the unity symbolism and suggested doing the sand ceremony. We thought it was such a unique idea and different from the unity candle.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We constructed our own vows and we did remembrances for those who couldn't make it to the wedding or those who are deceased.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Amazing ceremony. The officiant was the best we've seen from other weddings they've been to!!


Melissa Sturtzel
Wedding on 2010-08-21


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Incredible Day!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Robin was easy to talk to and work with but also extremely professional. She was so warm and genuine and really wanted to help make our day special.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She gave us such a great starting point. Her prior experience and weddings have given her so many ideas and she is full of inspiration. She took the time to get to know us so that the ceremony was meaningful and genuine.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We personalized the entire ceremony. Robin had so many great ideas and suggestions but left all of the decisions up to us. She would give us advice but we didn't feel pressured at all. Our ceremony went exactly the way WE wanted it to and we couldn't be happier with Robin's services.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

More than a handful of people have told us that it was the most personalized, heart-felt ceremony they had ever taken part in. What a great feeling!


Gabriel Wiest
Wedding on 2010-08-21


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Professional, experienced, meaningful

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We both felt comfortable right from the beginning with Robin. We were out of state, but Robin worked with us with phone calls and emails to arrive at a meaningful ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The unexpected was that it really was a wonderful experience. It was more moving for us and for the guests than we expected. We got a lot of positive feedback after the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin gave us a couple of resources that really guided us in writing our vows. This helped us put together a nice framework for the ceremony. She refined it and gave us some helpful pointers. At the end, we had something that really spoke to us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The feedback we got from other married couples telling us how much the ceremony meant to them. It wasn't just a show for the guests, it really was a moving experience for them.


Melanie Cicuto
Wedding on 2011-05-21


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Wonderful wedding officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was extremely personable and friendly. She was wonderful to work with and easy to talk to.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin was very willing to adjust our ceremony to meet our needs. She suggested honoring my daughter from a previous relationship to our ceremony, which turned out to be a fantastic idea and a beautiful addition to our ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We adjusted some of the wording in a ceremony we picked out after looking over some different choices. We also wrote our own vows.


Jeff Strowe


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin is wonderful! She is friendly, open, and welcoming during the initial planning stages and really makes an effort to learn about you as a couple. From there, she is committed to making the ceremony a beautiful and personal experience. She has a great number of resources to help in planning but also leaves room for your own personal ideas. On the day of, Robin spoke clearly and eloquently and put the both of us at ease as the ceremony unfolded. It was a great day!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We chose readings that were hopefully a little unique and had a personal feeling to us. We also had a rather large wedding party: 10 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen. The area around the altar became crowded quickly.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone was just very happy to be a part of the day. All of the guests were very complimentary towards Robin and the order/procession of our ceremony.


adrienne rooks
Wedding on 2010-06-12


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Couldn't imagine a better officiant!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made both feel completely comforable and relaxed. Her calm demeanor and professionalism helped make our day enjoyable and perfect. In meetings and discussions with her prior to our wedding, we both felt comforable sharing our personal stories about our relationship which Robin used to customize our ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin helped us step back and really experience our vows and the ceremony. Through years of experience, she's clearly learned techniques to help couples stay present in the moment and really enjoy the ceremony. When it unexpectedly rained causing a change in ceremony locations, Robin was instrumental in organizing and coordinating plan B.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We went through a book of ceremonies that Robin gave us and with Robin's expertise, we pieced parts from different ceremonies together to create a ceremony unique and personalized to us. At the end, our friends and family pronounced us husband and wife.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

One guest told us if she could redo her wedding, she would steal our vows.


Jeremy Heuts
Wedding on 2010-06-05


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made us feel completely comfortable during the entire process and the day of the ceremony. She was always available if we had any questions or needed feedback on anything. Robin wasn't overly intrusive and was more than willing to accommodate whatever we wanted for our ceremony. She was willing to help us think outside of the box for our ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We used the box of wine and love letters to each other to personalize the ceremony.


Corrie Conner


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Thoughtful, caring, and committed

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

First and foremost, Robin has the most wonderful, comforting smile. Throughout the ceremony, it was like having a loving family member walking us through the experience. She guided us in how to feel comfortable during the ceremony, and everything she did throughout it helped us feel that way.
Robin made a great effort to get to know us, to address us personally throughout our time with her. She also embraced and was enthusiastic about unusual requests -- welcoming our proposals.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was available to talk any time, and offered us as many visits as we wanted to meet with her in person.
Robin was so excited to do unusual things (include atypical music, perform a complicated interfaith ceremony)... we couldn't have asked for anyone better!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We included a musical interlude: a Shostakovich quartet. It's an intense and tumultuous piece of music, not your typical wedding experience.

Our interfaith ceremony had both a Rabbi and Robin as clergy. We included Hebrew and English texts, and yet also eliminated any contentious religious or social references that appeared in either service.

Robin guided us through crafting the ceremony, and also made great efforts to coordinate with the rabbi.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The ceremony was remarkable -- moving and profound, yet accessible to everyone.


Ryan Benjamin
Wedding on 2010-05-15


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May wedding at the Matthew's house


Jason Lazar
Wedding on 2010-05-08


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Unforgettable day

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin made us totally comfortable from the beginning, she encouraged our own ideas for the ceremony while providing a wide array of traditions/ideas to help us create our ideal vows.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin just made us feel so at ease with the entire process, that the ceremony we created was meaningful and lasting.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote letters to each other that focused on aspects of our relationship and personalities that we love and cherish, then incorporated these ideas into the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That the ceremony was just so "us." Our personalities were so evident in the way the ceremony turned out.


Chad Bridge
Wedding on 2010-04-24


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Rev. Robin Made our Wedding Day Even More Special

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Robin was absolutely awesome, from the beginning she let us know the ceremony was ours to build. She sent all kinds of different choices and examples of ceremonies, and allowed us to build our own ceremony which she put the finishing touches on. Our ceremony was absolutley our own. Everyone at our wedding commented about her enthusiasm during the ceremony...we could not have been happier.
We also had Rev. Robin do our pre-marital counseling. I'm glad we made that choice. We were able to get to know her better and she was able to get to know us better. More importantly, Jill and I learned a lot about each other and had a ton of fun doing it.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

That is the beauty about Rev. Robin, there is nothing unexpected.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We chose all of the ceremony including our readings and prayers. We also did use traditional music for the precessional and recessional.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone loved Rev. Robin's enthusiasm and positive aura she exudes.


Aaron Kuehn


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Aaron and Alina Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Her confidence and experience put us totally at ease.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

With Robin we created an order for the ceremony, crafted our vows and made a day that reflected who we are and what is important to us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Robin was very poised and professional and has a great sense of humor -- easily seemed like a part of our family gathering.


Jessica Womack
Wedding on 2009-12-15


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was so calm and understanding, she made us feel completely at home from the moment we met her. She is an incredible listener and always lent a welcome ear when we wanted to talk.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Every time we had an idea for our ceremony she was able to listen to and build upon it. She helped us expand our ideas into a beautiful finished product.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our entire ceremony was personalized. We started from scratch, selecting readings and passages that suited our needs. When we wanted something original, Robin met with us to discuss and then wrote it to suit us perfectly.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Many people told us ours was the warmest, most touching ceremony they had every attended.


Christine Bosworth


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Robin was wonderful would recommend to any bride

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin was relaxed and calm and walked us through everything, the creation of the ceremony, the rehearsal and the day of.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She really stepped in when we did not have a coordinator. I was worried about the rehearsal and making sure it all happened as it was supposed to. She gave great advice and helped direct us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We put together our entire ceremony with her help. We were able to customize our vows. We also did a Celtic Handfasting Ceremony that Robin did beautifully.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That is was such a touching and loving ceremony not like the canned (all the same) ones they had seen before. They could really see and feel the love between us.


Jennifer Thompson


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Robin helped us have a perfect wedding!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin is very patient and calming

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

organization for our wedding party

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin's materials provided everything we needed to plan our ceremony. When I found a piece about the meaning of my engagement ring one week before the wedding, Robin included it in our ceremony seamlessly.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

One of our groomsmen noted how calming Robin was.


Christina Gates
Wedding on 2009-11-07


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Robin Renteria, A+ officiant

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We knew we wanted to hire a non-denominational minister, and Robin was a wonderful choice. She approached our ceremony with a kind of openness and accepting and a desire for the two of us to work out together a ceremony that was meaningful to us and reflected who we are as a couple. She is a total pro. At the big event, she spoke well, clearly, paced perfectly, and even remembered to smile during pauses like the ring exchange and the readings. Highly recommend!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin has a massive collection of ceremony options, ranging from classic to modern and covering all sorts of styles, faiths, and affiliations. Phil and I were able to piece together the parts that reflected us best and came up with a very personal ceremony (with just the right dose of tradition to appease the elders!). We wrote our own vows to one another too!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We got so many compliments on how special and individual our wedding was -- and I give so much credit to Robin for helping give our thoughts and feelings shape.


Holly Tiemann
Wedding on 2009-11-18


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Thank You, Robin!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin's beautiful smile and calm demeanor kept all of us calm and present for our wedding vows!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Robin went over the entire ceremony with us in detail so we knew exactly what to expect. She did not take us by surprise in any way, although having her help me zip up the wedding gown did seem above and beyond her call of duty and was very much appreciated!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Robin allowed us to personally select our wording and readings so the ceremony would be a true reflection of who we are as a couple. Robin is extremely well studied and knowlegable in ritual and ceremony, and was able to offer us many ideas in terms of crafting the perfect ceremony for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"That was the most beautiful wedding ceremony I have ever been to. It is a ceremony that I will remember for years to come."


Kelly Crum
Wedding on 2009-11-18


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Best Day of Our lives. . .

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin makes sure that every question you have is answered. She is very easy to get a hold of and flexible.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The entire ceremony is "unexpected" in that it didn't follow the conventional nature of most weddings, it was completely our own special day, that no one will ever have in the exact same way.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I feel that every aspect of our day, our ceremony was customized for our love. I walked down the aisle alone, midway having my soon to be husband walk me the rest of the way. Our ceremony was all about our love, we chose all the portions of the ceremony, wrote our own vows, and had a wealth of writings, phrasing, and readings to choose from. Robin has a wonderful collection of these things that helps the bride and groom make the day entirely their own.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone said how surprised they were by the uniqueness of our ceremony, it was something that people really paid attention to. I know this because, they didn't just say how beautiful it was, they said that this specific part, or this specific reading, was wonderful. We were also told that our ceremony was the best ceremony they had ever been to, that it captured the essence of what that marriage ceremony should be about. It was truly perfect.


Grace Castellanos
Wedding on 2009-11-17


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was open to suggestions and really embraced our ideas for the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She did what we asked. Her personality and joyfulness really showed throughout the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had a Quaker-style ceremony that was unusual and Robin really helped us organize that.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That it was the most moving service they had ever seen at a wedding.


Maggie D'Angelo
Wedding on 2009-11-14


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Highly recommend Rev. Robin!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutly! Rev. Robin made us both feel very comfortable starting with our very first meeting. She always welcomed our ideas and helped us step by step to make our ceremony our own.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Before meeting with Rev. Robin - we had no idea how to even begin in putting a ceremony together. Rev. Robin provided us with an extensive list of sample ceremonies, different wording options, blessings, etc to choose from and if we couldn't find what we were looking for... Rev. Robin was more than happy to help us write our own.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had seen unity candles, sand ceremonies, rose ceremonies, etc used in many other weddings and we wanted to do something of our own. Rev. Robin suggested to do a Hands Ceremony which was an Irish custom. It was not anything we had ever seen before and it was exactly what we wanted.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We could not believe how many people commented on what a beautiful ceremony it was and what a wonderful speaker Rev. Robin was. She had a very calming and warm presence that filled the room and made the ceremony so touching for everyone there.


Richard Lee


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Like your Best Friend

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Very comfortable, very comfortable. Robin was very warm, very friendly, and her service was so personal, it felt like it was our best friend marrying us. We were very happy to have found her.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

No, no. Robin would go through the flow, and the whole process thoroughly that had been discussed before the wedding.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We would exchange emails and go through the templates and formats of the different styles and scripts of the different weddings that she had presided before to get some ideas, then put in something that would mean something to Caroline and myself.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"How did you ever find someone like her [Robin]?" - said one of my wife's best friend and later said that Robin's the best wedding minister that she's ever met.


Pitchayapa shapiro


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Memorable and Unique Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My husband and I were very comfortable around Robin. We met a couple of time before the ceremony. She walked us through the ceremony process. She makes sure both of us and our friends understand everything that is going to happen at the ceremony which helped so much to have everybody in the same page on the ceremony!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

If exceeding expectation counts as unexpected... then that's what she did!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

I(the bride) came from Thailand. So I incorporated tying the cotton bracelets by the bride and groom family(my hometown ceremony) after the vow as a part of a wedding ceremony. Robin did a great job explain the origin of it. And everybody were touched by this part of the ceremony :)


Simon Lobdell


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A great preacher!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She was fantastic. I am not a particularly religious guy but I had put a lot of thought and serious deliberation into our ceremony. The razor's edge there between respecting everyone's powerful religious beliefs while not imposing them upon the ceremony was a delicate process. Robin made me very comfortable walking it though.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

During the ceremony and rehearsal she really created a space for jessica and I to be together in front of all those people. We had a zone of quiet when we looked at her that made it possible to concentrate on the moment. I was expecting an MC but rather she was just a quiet central point for the ceremony to revolve with

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

wow... well we did most everything. We wrote everything.. picked everything or ad libbed everything. Robin provided some great ideas to pull from but we definitely made it our own.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

I think the best general comment we received was that everyone there knew who was getting married! It was us through and through.


Allison Pastirik


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Robin was GREAT

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Extreamly! She took pauses throughout the ceremony and reminded us that the ceremony was for us and not everybody else.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

No! Robin let us review our whole ceremony and made sure that we approved the parts that she added so there were none of those "I can't believe she said that" moments

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Dallas and I got to put our whole ceremony together and then added some words about both of us. She provided an outline and some samples of things she used in the past. We picked things and put them where we wanted them. We also included a sand ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone was saying they really enjoyed it. Dallas and I even added some funny parts to really fit our personality and made everyone laugh.


Elizabeth McQuarrie


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Robin couldn't have gotten two people who were more clueless about weddings than we were. She simplified everything for us, and we never felt pressured or rushed. During the rehearsal and ceremony, I was at ease with Robin the entire time.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She took a large amount of time to get to know us personally before talking about vows or the ceremony itself. She made it personalized by asking meaningful questions about how goals, dreams, and strengths.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Where we were married is one of our favorite places in the world, and where my husband proposed. In terms of the ceremony, as I said, Robin really helped us to make it ours.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

How Robin allowed for pauses to really capture everything that was said. It slowed things down to make it last!


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