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A Blessing From Above Ceremonies & Services

Virginia Beach , VA

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Virginia Beach, VA 23452 US (map)

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757-617-4541

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ABOUT US

Your Wedding Day….the most blessed of days! Memorably designed your way! I am Rev. Launa Byrd. Ordained through the Church of Christ & Certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia, I design... Read more
Your Wedding Day….the most blessed of days! Memorably designed your way! I am Rev. Launa Byrd. Ordained through the Church of Christ & Certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia, I design non-denominational ceremonies according to your beliefs. Simple and Short, or Romantically designed with Detail to express your deeper feelings. I personally sit and meet with ALL couples. For those from Out of Town, SKYPE is the free video chat program we can use to meet and chat.



Sand or Rose ceremonies, Children's Blessings, and Butterfly Releases can all be part of your day. I do perform Commitment Ceremonies as well. All locations welcome! I am available for travel throughout the Tidewater, Southside, and Peninsula Area of Hampton Roads. FREE consultation available.



I have been performing Commitment Ceremonies for many years. Virginia now recognizes Same Sex marriages for all couples. I am honored to now perform legal marriages for the LGBT community! Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
yes
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
yes, every couple is different in what their preferences are.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
yes, absolutely, I encourage that if that is what they desire. Every couple's feelings and emotions on their day should be able to be spoken, and if they choose to write their own vows I am supportive of that, and will even help with wording if I am needed.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have recommended readings if the couple is having difficulties choosing them.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
no
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
yes

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Thomas
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
My wife and I were married on August 9th, 2014 at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. Rev. Launa was our officiant and I only have great things to say about her. She met with us twice before the wedding on skype, since we live out of the area and she couldn't have made things easier. She helped us put together the exact ceremony that we envisioned and it was painless.

Rev. Launa was perfect during the ceremony. She delivered a great message and everything went very smooth. We highly recommend Rev. Launa.
My wife and I were married on August 9th, 2014 at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. Rev. Launa was our officiant Read more...
My wife and I were married on August 9th, 2014 at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA. Rev. Launa was our officiant and I only have great things to say about her. She met with us twice before the wedding on skype, since we live out of the area and she couldn't have made things easier. She helped us put together the exact ceremony that we envisioned and it was painless.

Rev. Launa was perfect during the ceremony. She delivered a great message and everything went very smooth. We highly recommend Rev. Launa. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Launa exceeded our expectations as our officiant. My husband and I were able to personalize the ceremony with her guidance. Neither of us is affiliated with any specific church/religion but wanted to inject our own sense of spirituality, personality, and cultural tradition. We had family members tell us afterwards that Rev. Launa really captured who we are as a couple and that the ceremony struck a cord with them. We were able to incorporate traditional elements from Filipino culture (i.e. veil/cord/coins ceremony) with our own twist. Rev. Launa was enthusiastic about our ideas and created something that was uniquely us. She gets extra kudos for being so flexible as we wanted to marry at sunrise and had less than a month to plan. She also went the extra mile to contact us and coordinate a meeting via phone and Skype as my husband had to move out of state for his job. She even came in and checked on me before the ceremony to make sure I was okay. Rev. Launa exudes passion and professionalism with what she does. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wonderful wedding experience! Thank you, Rev. Launa!
Rev. Launa exceeded our expectations as our officiant. My husband and I were able to personalize the ceremony with her Read more...
Rev. Launa exceeded our expectations as our officiant. My husband and I were able to personalize the ceremony with her guidance. Neither of us is affiliated with any specific church/religion but wanted to inject our own sense of spirituality, personality, and cultural tradition. We had family members tell us afterwards that Rev. Launa really captured who we are as a couple and that the ceremony struck a cord with them. We were able to incorporate traditional elements from Filipino culture (i.e. veil/cord/coins ceremony) with our own twist. Rev. Launa was enthusiastic about our ideas and created something that was uniquely us. She gets extra kudos for being so flexible as we wanted to marry at sunrise and had less than a month to plan. She also went the extra mile to contact us and coordinate a meeting via phone and Skype as my husband had to move out of state for his job. She even came in and checked on me before the ceremony to make sure I was okay. Rev. Launa exudes passion and professionalism with what she does. We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wonderful wedding experience! Thank you, Rev. Launa! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
First off, Rev. Patrick and Rev. Launa are both a Godsend! We contacted Rev. Patrick and Rev. Launa about 12 hours before our ceremony, as our original officiant had bailed on us with very little notice. Not only did Rev. Patrick agree to marry us on such short notice, but Rev. Launa spent a significant amount of time on the phone with us going over the details of the ceremony and making sure that we got exactly what we wanted. Rev. Patrick performed an absolutely beautiful wedding ceremony for us, and we couldn't be happier. Thank you so much for performing our ceremony!
First off, Rev. Patrick and Rev. Launa are both a Godsend! We contacted Rev. Patrick and Rev. Launa about 12 hours before Read more...
First off, Rev. Patrick and Rev. Launa are both a Godsend! We contacted Rev. Patrick and Rev. Launa about 12 hours before our ceremony, as our original officiant had bailed on us with very little notice. Not only did Rev. Patrick agree to marry us on such short notice, but Rev. Launa spent a significant amount of time on the phone with us going over the details of the ceremony and making sure that we got exactly what we wanted. Rev. Patrick performed an absolutely beautiful wedding ceremony for us, and we couldn't be happier. Thank you so much for performing our ceremony! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My husband and I did could not have picked two better people to help us relay the importance of our vows to others during our very special wedding ceremony. Revs. Launa and Patrick were very sincere and thoughtful in making sure our ceremony was a true reflection of our love for one another. We were able to hand pick our entire ceremony to fit our personality exactly. We are so thankful for their top notch service. Thank you so much!
My husband and I did could not have picked two better people to help us relay the importance of our vows to others during Read more...
My husband and I did could not have picked two better people to help us relay the importance of our vows to others during our very special wedding ceremony. Revs. Launa and Patrick were very sincere and thoughtful in making sure our ceremony was a true reflection of our love for one another. We were able to hand pick our entire ceremony to fit our personality exactly. We are so thankful for their top notch service. Thank you so much! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
10/12/2013
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I used A Blessing from Above officiant services with Reverend Launa. Let me just say she made my wedding ceremony so beautiful and unique! She sat down with my husband and I and really crafted a ceremony that EXACTLY reflected who he and I are and our relationship. She managed to make our parents feel just as special by incorporating them into the ceremony too! She even typed out our vows for us and gave us a printed up copy of our ceremony on special paper for us as a keepsake. She is truly a genuine person and CARES about what makes you special as a couple. She is awesome at what she does and will really take the time to get to know you. I couldn't have asked for more!
I used A Blessing from Above officiant services with Reverend Launa. Let me just say she made my wedding ceremony so Read more...
I used A Blessing from Above officiant services with Reverend Launa. Let me just say she made my wedding ceremony so beautiful and unique! She sat down with my husband and I and really crafted a ceremony that EXACTLY reflected who he and I are and our relationship. She managed to make our parents feel just as special by incorporating them into the ceremony too! She even typed out our vows for us and gave us a printed up copy of our ceremony on special paper for us as a keepsake. She is truly a genuine person and CARES about what makes you special as a couple. She is awesome at what she does and will really take the time to get to know you. I couldn't have asked for more! Read less
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Anna
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Byrd was so great at our destination beach wedding! She was professional and made the ceremony perfect! Having just met her via Skype, she arrived on time at the beach house and met me briefly prior to the ceremony. You would've thought we'd known each other for years...she made it so comfortable and easy. Thank you so much! It was perfect in every way!
Rev. Byrd was so great at our destination beach wedding! She was professional and made the ceremony perfect! Having just Read more...
Rev. Byrd was so great at our destination beach wedding! She was professional and made the ceremony perfect! Having just met her via Skype, she arrived on time at the beach house and met me briefly prior to the ceremony. You would've thought we'd known each other for years...she made it so comfortable and easy. Thank you so much! It was perfect in every way! Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
1/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Launa was a wonderful officiant. She was so friendly, and put us at ease immediately upon meeting her. Her ceremonies are beautiful and fully customizable to your wants/needs. She helped us build a ceremony that was perfect for us as a couple. So many people told us our ceremony was very touching and unique, that they didn't know there were choices to a ceremony. Rev. Launa was fantastic and really cares about what she does. I would recommend her to anyone(and her husband Patrick Byrd as a DJ).
Rev. Launa was a wonderful officiant. She was so friendly, and put us at ease immediately upon meeting her. Her ceremonies Read more...
Rev. Launa was a wonderful officiant. She was so friendly, and put us at ease immediately upon meeting her. Her ceremonies are beautiful and fully customizable to your wants/needs. She helped us build a ceremony that was perfect for us as a couple. So many people told us our ceremony was very touching and unique, that they didn't know there were choices to a ceremony. Rev. Launa was fantastic and really cares about what she does. I would recommend her to anyone(and her husband Patrick Byrd as a DJ). Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Patrick and Launa were wonderful to work with. They really listened to what we wanted and offered suggestions and advice where needed. I would definitely recommend them!
Patrick and Launa were wonderful to work with. They really listened to what we wanted and offered suggestions and advice Read more...
Patrick and Launa were wonderful to work with. They really listened to what we wanted and offered suggestions and advice where needed. I would definitely recommend them! Read less
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Yolonda
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of being married by Reverend Launa. She is absolutely amazing! During the age of technology, SKYPE was our best friend! She answered all of our questions and guided us when we didn't have a clue. Our wedding ceremony was beautiful and emotional, and most importantly everything I ever wanted. Our guests loved her. She is truly a blessing from above!
We had the pleasure of being married by Reverend Launa. She is absolutely amazing! During the age of technology, SKYPE was Read more...
We had the pleasure of being married by Reverend Launa. She is absolutely amazing! During the age of technology, SKYPE was our best friend! She answered all of our questions and guided us when we didn't have a clue. Our wedding ceremony was beautiful and emotional, and most importantly everything I ever wanted. Our guests loved her. She is truly a blessing from above! Read less
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Breanne
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Launa Byrd truly is a blessing from above! She is so kind and patient, and worked close with my husband and I to ensure that our wedding ceremony was exactly how we wanted it to be. She allowed us to piece together our ceremony from a number of different options, and then with her brilliance, she put it all in the perfect order to make the ceremony suit our needs - not too religious, not too stiff, but still romantic, sentimental, and captured the love between us! . She was also super patient with us while we worked on writing our own wedding vows. I loved that she gave us a packet of our wedding ceremony afterward, so that we have it to look at it anytime we want to relieve that day!
Launa is truly like a wedding coordinator - without the extra cost! She was there early to set up, she made sure things were in order, and she helped calm and help my family through both the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. Launa was so helpful that when my french bustle didn't turn out so good on the first try, she was right there with my mom to fix it and get me out on the dance floor!
We are so grateful that we found Launa to be our officiant - and her and her husband were a perfect team! With Launa as our officiant, and Patrick Byrd as our DJ, our night was definitely one to remember! This is definitely a duo you cannot do without - and with their package deal, the price is unbeatable! We definitely picked the right pair for our wedding day, and have made wonderful friends along the way :)
Rev. Launa Byrd truly is a blessing from above! She is so kind and patient, and worked close with my husband and I to Read more...
Rev. Launa Byrd truly is a blessing from above! She is so kind and patient, and worked close with my husband and I to ensure that our wedding ceremony was exactly how we wanted it to be. She allowed us to piece together our ceremony from a number of different options, and then with her brilliance, she put it all in the perfect order to make the ceremony suit our needs - not too religious, not too stiff, but still romantic, sentimental, and captured the love between us! . She was also super patient with us while we worked on writing our own wedding vows. I loved that she gave us a packet of our wedding ceremony afterward, so that we have it to look at it anytime we want to relieve that day!
Launa is truly like a wedding coordinator - without the extra cost! She was there early to set up, she made sure things were in order, and she helped calm and help my family through both the rehearsal and wedding ceremony. Launa was so helpful that when my french bustle didn't turn out so good on the first try, she was right there with my mom to fix it and get me out on the dance floor!
We are so grateful that we found Launa to be our officiant - and her and her husband were a perfect team! With Launa as our officiant, and Patrick Byrd as our DJ, our night was definitely one to remember! This is definitely a duo you cannot do without - and with their package deal, the price is unbeatable! We definitely picked the right pair for our wedding day, and have made wonderful friends along the way :) Read less
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Much of my work as Wedding Chaplain is done in partnership with Patrick Byrd, Pro Dj and Event Host. He is listed here on Wedding Wire. His microphone for me and sound equipment for the audience often enhances larger ceremony events. In our work together, Patrick, with 20 years experience in the industry, will organize and coordinate the perect wedding reception. He works with couples in choosing the music, special dances for First Dance, Father/Daughter, etc. His work allows the evening to flow with music, excitement and energy as the newlyweds celebrate with their family and friends! For couples needing both, a beautifully designed wedding ceremony, AND a memorable wedding reception designed to your musical interests, we have a package for you. This All inclusive package includes The Designer Ceremony Package, as well as a 4 hour reception with Patrick as your DJ and Reception Host. Please call for price on this package.
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