Sunrise Ceremonies
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Selected Best of 2012, 2010

1830 Saemann Ave.
SHEBOYGAN WI 53081
United States




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Nondenominational, Interfaith Minister servicing Sheboygan, Manitowac, Calumet, Brown, Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Washington and Fond Du Lac counties. Vow Renewals, Weddings and Commitment Ceremonies. I can perform traditional or unique ceremonies written just for you. You can also write your own if you wish. I'm here to make your day as special as you are! I have a Spanish translator if one is needed.




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Stephanie Seidler
Wedding on 2013-10-19


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Pastor Karen was so easy to work with. My husband and I aren't overly religious people and we stressed to her that we didn't want to have a religious ceremony. She was super supportive and reassuring that the ceremony would be exactly what we wanted it to be. She welcomed our ideas.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Karen made a scrap book of the ceremony! What a nice surprise!!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband and I wrote the entire thing. Rather than do a traditional unity candle we did a unity oil lamp that we had engraved. In addition we wrote our own vows.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of our guests could not get over how personalized the whole ceremony was. The idea with the lamp made it more personal and so did the vows we both wrote. People could tell that our ceremony really came from the heart.


Buhk2013
Wedding on 2013-08-31


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Buhk wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Karen was very easy to work with she did everything we wanted and explain everything in detail. She was sweet kind and very accommodating!!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Karen surprised us with a nice scrap book with stuff from the wedding and also printed up certificate of marriage and also a certificate of family union for our don which was do sweet <3

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We received a lot of compliments on how nice sweet and quick our ceremony was which is exactly what we were going for!!


jennifer sarabia


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sarabia wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

she made us comfortable by explaining alot of things we didnt know she gave us alot of options to choose from

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

she made us a container for the sand ceramony

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

we did a rock ceramony where we threw a rock in the river for each person who couldnt be with us

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

several people said the whole thing was beautiful. we got a few comments about how they loved the rock ceramony and they liked the readings we picked


Ali Grosse


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Pastor Karen is Great!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes we were very comfortable with Pastor Karen. We had not been able to meet with her before the wedding because we live in San Diego and were getting married in Wisconsin. Needless to say our schedules were very busy but Pastor Karen was great to work with through email. The day of the wedding she was very kind and patient - even when we had to take a few extra minutes to search for our marriage license!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She provided us with a scrapbook which was a pleasant surprise. She also had arranged the vows so that it would be easy for us to repeat it back. We were worried that we wouldn't be able to remember the phrases but Pastor Karen shortened them so it was much easier to repeat after her.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our wedding was short and sweet so we personalized by creating our own vows, having one of my nieces do a greeting, and my brother-in-law do a reading.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They really liked the length/shortness of the ceremony. And the view was spectacular!


christine moeller
Wedding on 2011-09-03


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Pastor Karen is wonderful!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Since I had been married before, we needed a non-demoninational officiant and in the Sheboygan area. Sunrise Ceremonies popped up on our internet search, so we made an appointment to meet with Pastor Karen. At our first meeting, I was running late from a weekend down in Chicago, but she was very nice about it. She immediately made me feel at ease and after discussing our plans with her, we both knew she was exactly the right fit for our ceremony!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Karen even made us a beautiful Scrap book for our wedding, everyone loves it!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She had some really great ideas and suggestions (for our outdoor ceremony, doing a sand unity vase instead of a candle).

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

That we recited our own vows separately and they were written with the help of Pastor Karen. We would most definitely recommend her to our family and friends!


Randie Boyd
Wedding on 2011-08-27


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The Perfect Beach Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

yes Karen was very easy going and willing to work with us to ensure our cermony went as well as it could we were very unsure of who to have join us in since we are not avid church goers and do not have a regular pastor. Karen did not even bat an eye at this and told us it was our day and we could have it any way we wanted christian or not even though we did not have a set church or religion.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

many things Karen took our wedding personally and gave us a beautiful wedding album that matched our personality and style perfectly which i think could not have been easy. She put our whole ceremony in the front and all our music in order as it was played that day we have a beautiful keepsake that could not have been done any better.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were married on the beach and as anyone knows it can be windy and hard to hear and we did not want to have a loud speaker on the beach as we felt it would ruin our naturalist approach. Karen understood that and just did the ceremony for us with her own voice and never pushed the issue even though we knew most of our guests (only 32) could not hear every word they in our opinion were there to witness and the words were for us to hear and it didnt matter if everyone else couldnt hear everything.


kaila krezman


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kaila and nicks wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes she was so nice. We met in person before we decided to hire her and we could tell
she was the one we wanted to marry us right away. She was very helpful and gave us some great ideas and helped me out with a lot of questions i had.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She mad us a scrap book with the words of the ceremony, our invitation, and pictures and gave it to me right before the ceremony started. It was so nice!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We personalized our wedding ceremony by adding the sand ceremony into it and our daughter was apart of the sand ceremony also it was my husbands grandma and grandpa's 59th wedding anniversary on that day also and we had pastor karen say a lil something in our ceremony for them because it was a very special day for them also.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They loved that the ceremony was short and sweet and the sand ceremony was really cool instead of doing the traditional unity candle!


Deb Bruehl


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A Wonderful Day!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes! Pastor Karen was so easy to work with from the beginning! We had what turned out to be a very short engagement, and planned our wedding in about 2 months. Pastor Karen and I got the ceremony organized by e-mail, which was convenient for both of us, and she pulled things together in that short amount of time! She was very caring and thoughtful!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She mentioned the sand ceremony instead of the traditional Unity Candle, and I loved the idea. It was very simple and meaningful, and I feel it brought Tim and his son, and me and my kids together on that day in a very special way. Pastor Karen also put together a scrapbook which was an absolute treasure. We will cherish it always!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wanted it very simple, and she had good ideas for that such as the sand ceremony. However, instead of a vase, I found an hourglass that we used, and a couple weeks before the wedding went to the lake where we met and gathered the sand for our hourglass from there. Pastor Karen was all for it, and it turned out to be very special. She also offered various readings for us to use, but we already had a couple that were close to our hearts, and she was agreeable and encouraged us to use those in the ceremony too.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"It was so simple, meaningful, and beautiful! It was just what we expected knowing the two of you!" :)


Emily Raess
Wedding on 2011-08-06


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Helpful Officiant for a Simple Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Pastor Karen made us feel very comfortable. We had a small ceremony so due to this all of our communication was done through email. Karen introduced herself before the ceremony and was very nice and helpful.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Pastor Karen provided a scrapbook with our inviation and ceremony selection. We have blank pages so we can add other memories from the wedding day.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We added a sand ceremony to our civil ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The wedding was beautiful.


Stephanie Clutts
Wedding on 2011-07-09


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an unforgettable day!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Karen was amazing! She was so professional and organized during the rehearsal and ceremony. I felt so comfortable on our wedding day knowing that Karen had everything taken care of. She provided us with many different ceremonies so that we could mix and match and make our ceremony just the way we wanted it. She had so many great suggestions along the way too!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Karen gave us a lovely keepsake scrapbook after the ceremony that will be cherished forever. She also gave our little flower girl a gift, which was unbelievably nice since she was a little nervous about walking down the aisle. She really enjoyed the gifts!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were able to pull different parts of several different ceremonies and create one that was just for us. We also had a friend of the family write and read a poem during the ceremony which was absolutely beautiful...received and applause from the audience, too!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"Every detail of your wedding from the ceremony, to the pics with our dog, to the table arrangements at the reception is SOOOO you two", and it was. It was a perfect day, better than we could have imagined.


Joann Bodden
Wedding on 2011-06-11


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Made our day VERY special

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Karen was extremely easy to work with, customizing our service exactly how we wanted it. She was very prompt in communicating with us about the details prior to our wedding which we greatly appreciated. The day of the wedding, she graciously stepped right up to help with pre-ceremony preparations that were not part of her duties. After the ceremony, she presented us with a lovely scrapbook, expertly crafted, containing our ceremony text. This was such an extremely thoughtful gift, and is now our most cherished memento of our wedding day. Every word in our ceremony meant a great deal to us, and now we have Pastor Karen to thank for preserving that memory in such a beautiful format.


Amy Thiel


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Pastor Karen Recommended in a Heartbeat

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Karen made my husband and I very comfortable. She was highly professional and worked with us in planning a ceremony that matched our wishes.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She gave us a beautiful scrapbook with a copy of our vows. I immediately went out to buy more scrapbook paper to complete the rest of the pages.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had a short & sweet ceremony. Just what we wanted!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We received many positive comments about Pastor Karen. Our family members thought she was incredibly friendly.


Joe Bonde


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Joe and Stacey Bonde

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes she was very friendly and helpful and worked with us to perform the ceremony we wanted.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She made a nice scrapbook of pictures and other things involved in the wedding ceremony that was very nice.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We included our 2 sons into our ceremony and she helped to figure ways thay could be involved with us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

It was nice to see the boys invlved in the ceremony.


Alison Brandt
Wedding on 2010-08-28


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We felt very comfortable around Karen, she seemed like she truly cared about us and wanted our ceremony to be special.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

nothing, everything went as expected.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Although we just used one of her prewritten ceremonies, it was original and beautiful! She gave us the option of adding anything we wanted, and gave us the freedom to make the ceremony personal.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone thought that the ceremony was beautiful and unique.


Lyndsay Dankert
Wedding on 2010-08-20


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Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Pastor Karen was amazing, she added such special touches

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She put a special package at the end of the aisle for our flower girls and made a scrap book for us...just made our day feel so special!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Special music and she suggested it :)

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The beautiful scenary


Kristina Lynn
Wedding on 2010-07-03


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Jesse and Kristina's wedding ceremony review

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes. We were very comfortable with Karen. She made sure we had everything we needed and asked several questions to understand more about the wedding we wanted.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

There was nothing unexpected from her. She performed as we talked about.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows and the sand ceremony was wonderful.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"It was a beautiful wedding"


Sara Oswald
Wedding on 2010-06-19


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Ryan and Sara Oswald

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Karen made us feel very comfortable. She had sent us alot of emails and had talked to us on the phone. She ensured that the ceremony was going to be just what we had expected and that she wouldn't change anything on us.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The day of the rehearsal Karen had given us a memories album with a couple pictures of us and the ceremony typed up in it. It was very nice.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband has a daughter, so we had done a sand ceremony. When it came time for us to pour the sand into the vessel we had his daughter have her own sand and she had combined hers with ours.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The guests thought that the sand ceremony was awesome and wasn't the traditional lighting of the unity candle.


Angela D
Wedding on 2010-05-30


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Karen exceeded my expectations!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Yes, Karen made us feel comfortable. When I was looking for an officiant, I was having a hard time finding one because we were getting married on a holiday weekend. I was suprised when Karen said she was availible because I had been turned down a few times. I live in Milwaukee, and we did most of our communication via email and she was very prompt with her responses. She really listened to what we wanted and supported the direction we were going with the ceremony.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Karen put together a scrapbook and gave it to us right before the ceremony. It was such a kind and thoughtful gift.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were given some great examples to get started with, and Karen let us personalize it how we liked. We took parts from 2 ceremonies and made it our own. We also added family vows after the ring exchange to include my husband's children. The kids loved being part of the ceremony and it added to the feeling of coming together as a family.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

How beautiful it was.


Kate Furst


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Most beautiful ceremony ever!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Karen definitely made us comfortable. I was 3 months pregnant and pretty anxious when we started wedding planning, and Karen was very helpful throughout it. She worked well with our timeline, and helped me realize I could still have the wedding I wanted even though we were planning it so fast.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She gave us a beautiful scrapbook of our ceremony and invitation at the wedding!! It's so great to have that keepsake--now we can always remember our ceremony and exactly what was said.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Karen gave us a starting point, a ceremony she had written. From there, she helped us put in our own vows and a hands ceremony we wanted included.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone loved how much it was "us"--it wasn't boring or too long, and it definitely seemed like our wedding!!


Patty Murphy-Medlin
Wedding on 2009-07-05


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Karen made our wedding perfect

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Karen made us very comfortable. She became a forever friend even before our actual wedding. She took the time to get to know what we were like before hand. She was very accomodating and even went along with changes we made at the last minute. She was wonderful!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I never expected to find a new friend when I choose Karen to perform our wedding. I was nervous at first when I tried to find someone to perform our ceremony and had looked online. I felt very lucky that I found her. She surprised us after the ceremony with a beautiful scrapbook all handmade with our whole ceremony in it. I will always treasure it.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We chose parts of all the services that Karen had shown us and put them together to make it perfect for us. It was exactly what we wanted.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

It was beautiful.


tara p
Wedding on 2009-11-14


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karen makes it personal

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Karen made us extremely comfortable. She answered our questions and made sure to get to know us as people instead of just clients. She was very flexible and open, which put us at ease; she was professional and personable simultaneously.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She had great options for us to choose from and often asked for our input instead of simply choosing for us or making assumptions. She wanted us to personalise the ceremony and had a lot of great suggestions. She was also very reliable - the officiant we'd originally planned on using was NONE of these things, so Karen was a total breath of fresh air.
She also surprised us afterward with a scrapbook she had made: she included the written ceremony & reading and incorporated our wedding invitation. It detailed the ceremony so that we'll never forget it!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We chose our own reading and integrated parts from the different ceremonies she had available (we could have written our own, but the ones she's got are fantastic!); we aren't traditional people, and Karen not only understood that - she worked with us to make it a unique ceremony completely our own. (=

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone loved that it was concise (being that almost everyone had to stand, that was a big issue), and we got a lot of compliments about Karen's professionalism and personal interest in making our day as special & indicative of our character as possible. The guests also though she was a very sweet person - and rightly so!


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