Your Personal Ceremony
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5707 NE 15 Ave
Portland OR 97211
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Elopement? Backyard wedding? Vineyard? Posh Portland hotel? At the top of Angel's Rest? We are open to the kind of wedding you desire. We offer simple elopements in our lovely living room to elaborate interfaith weddings at both indoor and outdoor settings. Humorous? Depthful? Your ceremony can be simple or complex; personal vows or traditional; we love helping couples marry just the way the want to, whatever your spiritual and cultural traditions. Hispanic wedding? We offer Spanish bi-lingual ceremonies. Jewish Interfaith? Hindu-American? Mexican? Male or female officiant? Both? We are highly professional, creative and open-minded. Call to discuss your desires: 503-679-5933.




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allaboutlipbalm
Wedding on 2015-03-20


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Excellent Elopement Experience

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

What a wonderful experience! Joanie made both of us feel completely at home from the get go. She's experienced and has the gift of making people feel comfortable. We appreciated all of the thoughtful touches that she added in from asking our input as to where and how the ceremony would be conducted before the wedding, to arranging for witnesses (we wanted to have a small private ceremony) to allowing us to have our dog present at our ceremony. It meant the world to us that she did as much as possible to get to know us, decrease our stress levels and to heighten the enjoyment of our day as much as possible. We picked the best possible officiant and we highly recommend her for all couples whether they are eloping, renewing their vows or looking for a skilled and kind officiant. Thank you for everything, Joanie!


mckenzie83
Wedding on 2014-09-27


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Wedding at Log House Garden, Keizer

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Joanie has a relaxed and understanding style, and was able to make a number of customizations and special requests so that the ceremony fit us exactly.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Joanie suggested that we use the Loving Cup ceremony which was perfect! We hadn't heard of it before, but we loved it!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Joanie allowed us to really add in small details and customize the ceremony to make it special for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

One guest told us at the reception that Joanie was able to make the ceremony really come alive.


Cal


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Joanie was very transparent and patient. We met at her house to get to know her and to begin drafting our ceremony. She was also very personable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was extremely knowledgeable about different spiritual practices and customs. She also spent as much time as we needed to get the exact type of ceremony we wanted. There was no aggressive marketing-like pressure from her and she did not force anything on us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Joanie really worked with us to find and incorporate our voices in our ceremony. She listened carefully, and supplemented our personalities and needs with all of the literature she had on hand.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Definitely the best wedding ceremony I've experienced!"


grldnaraujo
Wedding on 2014-03-15


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Great folks!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes they did. They answered every question that we had and made us feel comfortable about coming to them with everything.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

They let us use sage in their space, which we really appreciated.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had music and involved our family members in the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They felt at peace in that space.


Ashleymarie123


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Chip and Ash

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes! Joanie was amazing and made me feel comfortable and confident in our choices about the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

A wonderful calm energy and comforting presence.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own ceremony with excerpts from the Dao De Ching. We also included poems about the fall season. Our vows were personal and written by us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"That ceremony was so YOU!"


ajay
Wedding on 2013-09-07


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We LOVE Joanie and Yehudah

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We chose to have both Joanie and Yehudah officiate our wedding. They were great, and they both have such a loving energy; it was truly a pleasure to work with them in making our ceremony a beautiful moment.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Joanie came to my dressing room to make sure I was calm and doing alright. They took the stress away of instructing our wedding party in how they would proceed down the isle, etc, so I felt more relaxed! Overall, they helped make our ceremony exactly the way we wished it to be, and I appreciate both of their lovely spirits being present to officiate our special day.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were provided with a lot of material to help guide us (other wedding ceremonies, ring vows, how to write your own wedding vows, etc), which really gave us direction, and helped us plan the content of our ceremony.

 We created our own unique bead blessing ceremony, and gathered material that was spiritually meaningful to us. The great thing is that they are open to whatever you choose to do, whether you leave it entirely up to them to craft with little input, or they will closely work alongside you if you wish to co-create something more complex and personalized.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Stunning!


kjpalmer21
Wedding on 2013-07-27


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Your Personal Ceremony is Amazing!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We felt very comfortable due to Joanie's flexibility, knowledge, open attitude, and willingness to help.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

A calming effect on all those involved in the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We worked with Joanie to add poetry, acknowledgements, and unique phrasing to a ceremony that she customized just for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Your wedding ceremony was perfectly suited for the two of you.


Katie Lehner
Wedding on 2013-07-15


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Joanie was FANTASTIC!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, she was compassionate and open minded to our wants and needs.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Personalization of our vows to suit our needs.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We added a mention of how long it took to get to this point and picked a location on a beach.


Ian Loew
Wedding on 2012-08-11


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Great Interfaith Officiant

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Due to having a destination wedding we had reservations using an officiant we didn’t know, but after our initial Skype video interview we signed on the dotted line.

With our daily full schedules we were able to easily correspond with Joanie via e-mail.

We knew we wanted to combine the elements of the Jewish religion with our personal beliefs.

Joanie provided several examples of interfaith ceremonial to choose from that adhered to our desires.

Wedding day went better than expected. Both tears and laughs were shared by all.

Thank you Joanie!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Humor

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Personal anecdotes.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The way we were able to combine elements of the Jewish faith, our beliefs and humor.


Alison Pyle


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Just our style

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Joanie Levine was our wedding officiant and helped us tailor our perfect ceremony: short, sweet, spiritual (but non-religious) with moments of levity and laughter. We met with her several times before the wedding, including a rehearsal, to work out all the wording and details until it felt just right. We wanted something a bit different, and Joanie’s unique personality and eclectic background was an absolute match for us. She adds a warm spirit and a grounding presence, guiding you through the whole process and ceremony with intuition and experience (which helped as we were freaking out!) Highly recommended.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our last line..."you may now kiss the groom!" was a hit.


Ben Leftwich
Wedding on 2011-07-10


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Everyone Loved our Ceremony!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Joanie and Yehudah performed a wonderful interfaith and inter-nationality ceremony for us during the summer of 2011. They were great to work with as we wove together Jewish, Christian, American, and Caribbean traditions into one coherent ceremony (all while keeping it short and sweet!). We were also able to put together a ceremony that pleased both our religious and non-religious friends and family.

We would highly recommend them to any couple looking for a highly customized, completely personal wedding ceremony. Their experience provides enough structure to ease the ceremony development process along, while retaining enough flexibility to let the personality of the couples to truly shine through. You won’t be disappointed!


Paola Mendoza
Wedding on 2011-10-08


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Last minute wedding!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Joanie took our last minute wedding and made it calm and collected. She provided us with great options over the phone and was well prepared on our wedding day even though we were not, her calmness was much appreciated through the chaos of the day.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had options given o us that fit our needs and we were allowed to customize them and add a personal message as well. We had no idea where to begin until we found Joanie!


Jayne Tirado
Wedding on 2011-03-05


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Fabulous service, great people, amazing ceremony!


Rebecca Sullivan
Wedding on 2009-07-25


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Highly recommend

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

I really appreciated how Yehuda and Joanie gave us structure and guidance without any pressure to follow any certain way or recommendation.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

They helped us stay on task with the timeline of creating our ceremony via gentle reminders and support.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

They gave us ideas and we created the ceremony which was just what we wanted. We incorporated Jewish and non-traditions traditions and customized our vows to speak directly to each other and to our loved ones. We added an element of audience participation.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Guests commented on how sincere the ceremony was, not contrived or showy.


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Wedding on 2007-08-04


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It was a truly personalized experience....

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Joanie and Yehudah made us feel comfortable at ever step of the way by encouraging us to pursuit whatever we wished for our wedding experience. While they were able to provide suggestions and guidance, they didn't have any rules or limitations, and were encouraging of our unique and creative ideas.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I wasn't expecting to be able to help write the entire ceremony. As someone who is a planner and likes to be "hands on" I really appreciated having that input.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We added a few words to the ceremony that emphasized our values and the time and place where the ceremony was held. We also wrote our own vows.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

During the ceremony, my husband and I were facing each other, not the officiant. That way we could look at each other, the officiant, and at our guests. Our guests liked it how we occasionally looked out onto the crowd.


Erica Grossman


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It couldn't have been better!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We felt very comfortable with Joanie. She invited us into her home and asked us questions about our relationship and history in order to create the perfect ceremony for us. When my mom came to meet Joanie a month latershe immediately felt warm towards her. We met Joani several times through out the year and each was filled with interesting `conversation and an in depth look into our ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

There were a couple of funny unexpected moments during our ceremony and Joanie went along gracefully!!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows. We invited a couple of our friends to come up and share readings. We created our own processional. We took pieces from several different templates that Joanie presented to us. We incorporated traditions from my family's culture along with choosing some beautiful traditions from other cultures. We all laughed during the ceremony, and I feel, with the help of Joanie, made a truly authentic human experience.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

There are too many to come up with on. We got so much positive feedback. Everyone said in some way or another that the ceremony truly reflected us and that Joanie did an amazing job at facilitating a touching and humor filled wedding ceremony!


Angela Read
Wedding on 2008-07-11


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An amazing couple to perform a unique ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Both Joanie and Yehudah made us feel comfortable. We got to know them over a nice couple visits and we both felt confident that our ceremony would be wonderful. Initially, we met them at their house and felt like they were some family friends or a favorite aunt and uncle.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Nothing. I didn't want anything unexpected, enough of that happens planning for the wedding as it is. They were helpful and thourough, we had the ceremony we wanted without worries.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows and included many traditions into the ceremony to make it our own. We included poetry and ritual, involved our guests and it was definitely a representation of our spiritual and familial beliefs.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Many said it was the most beautiful ceremony they had every seen. Emotional and real, down to earth but uplifting. We surprised many people with how meaningful a ceremony can be.


cheryl grossman
Wedding on 2009-12-29


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Joan Levine

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Joan Levine was wonderful. She is warm, caring and has an easy smile. She listened carefully to everything my daughter and son-in-law conveyed regarding their hopes and wishes for their wedding. She met with Erica and Dennis several times over the year.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

There was nothing added that was not expected. Erica and Dennis had a very clear idea of the kind of ceremony they wanted. Joan listened and then made several suggestions which they incorporated. It was perfect!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Joan recommended a sand and pebble ceremony. a palming ceremony and an Irish blessing to be read at the ceremony's conclusion. All were beautiful and meaningful. Erica and Dennis also wrote their own vows. Every time they watch the video of the ceremony they are touched at how exquisitely it captures who they are individually and how they relate as a couple.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Never have we seen such a beautiful ceremony."


David Carter
Wedding on 2009-12-29


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Carey-Carter Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, very comforting.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

A lot of great ideas for involving children, the family, and music.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We used one of the fabulously detailed templates provided and customized it to fit our needs. It worked very well!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Simple, beautiful, elegant, loving, inclusive.


Wendy Burrow
Wedding on 2009-12-29


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Wendy and Joseph's wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, we welcomed as a short-notice couple, and were welcomed into Yehudah's home as he got to know us as a couple. He was very easy to talk to and it was clear he was open to diverse beliefs and interested in arriving at the significance of the marriage for each individual couple.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

There were no surprises, which I liked--he fully prepared us for how the ceremony would go.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

As with every couple, we felt this was a very personal, important step for us, but were also completely overwhelmed with with options on what that ceremony might look like. Yehudah presented us with many helpful suggestions which helped us decide. We wrote our own vows and he did a wonderful job of organizing, delivering it, and sending us a final keepsake copy.


Yehudah Winter
Wedding on 2009-12-29


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Elopement I photographed

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

yes....Joanie was very personable and excited that I offered to photograph the elopement. She accepted this couple's need to make part of their payment in February, 2010, as they are on a very tight budget. They were most grateful for her willingness to help them out.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The couple eloping brought several friends along. She chose a wedding ceremony that included some wonderful material by Thich Nhat Hanh about marriage and blessed the couple herself. Everyone was very moved by her sincerity.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

The couple told each other on-the-spot vows and felt very grateful to be brought into such a warm, homey environment in which to get married.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Their friends were excited that the couple was getting married during Chanukah and that the house was lit up with holiday decorations. They were four students and realized that they could get together and create something special. They were really jazzed that I gave them a CD of the pictures I took right on the spot!


Amy Simantel
Wedding on 2007-08-31


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A very personalized ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We were very comfortable with Yehudah. He took the time to find out about us as a couple and our history together. With a kind heart and calming demeanor we were put right at ease during our busy time of planning and preparation.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The only thing unexpected during our ceremony was that I don't think any of us realized the hilariousness of a quote from The Velveteen Rabbit until standing there with my bald husband under the lights of the stage, Yehudah read the part saying that once all your fur has been loved off then you become real.. After the laughter had subsided Yehudah graciously resumed the ceremony. =)

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Yehudah really helped make the ceremony ours. He listened to and understood our views and values and helped incorporate them into the ceremony in an elegant and meaningful way.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests found the ceremony to be unique, fresh and very personal. Everyone loved the ceremony!


Shannon Mckinley Sapp


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Jeremy and Shannon's Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We felt very comfortable from start to finish! It was a great experience planning the wedding with Joanie and Yehudah. Meeting them in their home and going over ideas was very helpful!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

They gave us a lot of ideas for things we could add to make the ceremony more personal.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were able to write our own ceremony using ideas and tips provided by Joanie and Yehudah. We added a sand ceremony which was very meaningful.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Guests loved that we had two officiants and thought the ceremony was very original.


Tia Zilberstein
Wedding on 2007-03-03


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A wedding that the bride had fun at

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Throughout the experience Joanie and Yehuda were calm and calming. I felt that that no matter what they were present for me an my husband and knew exactly what they were doing.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

There was a beautiful blessing of the bride and groom that happened when we signed our ketubah (Jewish wedding contract) and I did not expect that. I have amazing photos from that and they bring tears to my eyes whenever I look at them.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

It was at its heart mostly a traditional Jewish wedding. We had family and friends read the 7 wedding blessings and we had our guests be part of the commitment ceremony as well. Joanie offered blessings under the canopy when we went into seclusion for a few minutes after the ceremony was over. I remember looking back as we left and seeing all 150 of our guests excitedly rushing to the canopy.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone to this day says it was the best wedding they ever attended.


lisa esco
Wedding on 2009-12-27


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Our Perfect Wedding :)

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Joan made us feel very comfortable, from our initial interview meeting to the actual ceremony itself. It was nice to have so many options and insight to help us create the ceremony we both wanted.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

No, there was nothing unexpected

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The ceremony was "perfect" so you and loved the touches of the sand and pebble ceremony to my parents saying the wine ceremony in Hebrew.


David Feinberg


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David and Acasia- Hood River Bliss

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes- they customized our ceremony how we wanted and they offered guidance, support, and suggestions to make our ceremony fulfilling, unique, and fitting to our personality. Joanie was willing to work with another religious figure, Rev. Faulkner, who was part of our ceremony, and she was willing to put up with the craziness of both of our families during the rehearsal, on a day that was nearly 100 degrees.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Joanie had a calming presence that was wonderful.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We built our own chuppah, exchanged our own vows, and combined customary Jewish rituals, such as breaking the glass, a modern version of the 7 blessings, the circling of the groom, with African-American rituals, such as jumping the broom.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"There are some wedding where I can just tell the couple is going to make it and be happy and that they truly love one another. Yours was one of them."


Joy Leising
Wedding on 2009-07-25


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

yes, she did a good job. very mellow & relaxed

we have no complaints , the only thing that comes to mind is that our officiant did not know how to say my last name , which some people commented on and made things a little odd for a moment , but then it just turned out beautiful in the end:)

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

nothing I can remember, just a great assistant in helping us create a personal ceremony and weddign day

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

writing it , lots of rituals , personal info about us

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

people loved the sand ceremony and most people really appreciated that we recognized that marriage is a priviledge that is not something everyone can do.
Best wedding they have every been to:)


Shannon Rossean


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The Perfect Wedding Ceremony


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