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A Unique Wedding by Darlene

Portland , CT
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5 Russell Avenue
Portland, CT 06480 US (map)

PHONE

860-836-5104
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ABOUT US

Looking for a Justice of the Peace with a flair for something "UNIQUE"? I've been a Justice of the Peace for the State of Connecticut for over 31 years. Not sure what vows you want in... Read more
Looking for a Justice of the Peace with a flair for something "UNIQUE"? I've been a Justice of the Peace for the State of Connecticut for over 31 years. Not sure what vows you want in your ceremony or whether to incorporate readings, unity candles, a wine vessel, roses, sand or stones? Think out of the box, or totally traditional because when you hire a Justice of the Peace the choices are endless and that's what makes your ceremony yours! It doesn't matter where, when or how you get married as long as that moment is something created just for the two of you. It's your day and it should be exactly what the two of you want. I'll make sure the ceremony is perfectly tailored to the both of you so the memory is lasting for years to come for you and your guests.


Would you like to see some of the latest unique weddings i've done over the last few years?. Visit Facebook at: A Unique Wedding by Darlene or my site at : www.auniqueweddingbydarlene and get a feel for why I love being a Justice of the Peace.

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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baptist, Lutheran, No Denomination, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.

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Lauren
Wedding:
11/5/2016
5.0/5.0
We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant than Darlene. Picking an officiant seemed daunting at first because we didn’t really know what we wanted, yet we realized this was going to affect our whole ceremony. However, once we met with Darlene we knew right away that we wanted her to guide us through our wedding ceremony. Throughout the planning process, she was professional, knowledgeable, and respectful of our wishes. She suggested a plethora of unique ideas that would help tailor our ceremony to fit us and was patient with us as we decided what we wanted to do. During our ceremony, she was relaxed, confident, and delivered clearly without any mistakes. She spoke with a tenderness and sensitivity towards the importance of our love for each other and for remembering our special day. We’re so grateful that, even though we didn’t know Darlene prior to getting engaged, she made us feel very comfortable, and she officiated for us as if she’d known us and our relationship for a long time. We’d strongly recommend Darlene to anyone looking for the perfect officiant!
We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant than Darlene. Picking an officiant seemed daunting at first because we didn’ Read more...
We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant than Darlene. Picking an officiant seemed daunting at first because we didn’t really know what we wanted, yet we realized this was going to affect our whole ceremony. However, once we met with Darlene we knew right away that we wanted her to guide us through our wedding ceremony. Throughout the planning process, she was professional, knowledgeable, and respectful of our wishes. She suggested a plethora of unique ideas that would help tailor our ceremony to fit us and was patient with us as we decided what we wanted to do. During our ceremony, she was relaxed, confident, and delivered clearly without any mistakes. She spoke with a tenderness and sensitivity towards the importance of our love for each other and for remembering our special day. We’re so grateful that, even though we didn’t know Darlene prior to getting engaged, she made us feel very comfortable, and she officiated for us as if she’d known us and our relationship for a long time. We’d strongly recommend Darlene to anyone looking for the perfect officiant! Read less
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Marci
Wedding:
10/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Darlene was professional, knowledgeable and gave a beautiful ceremony! She kept in contact with us throughout the months leading up to the wedding, she spent time finding out what we wanted and how we wanted it delivered, while also providing excellent advice from her many experiences in weddings. We got so many compliments on Darlene's ceremony, we were honored to have her marry us! Thank you Darlene!!!
Darlene was professional, knowledgeable and gave a beautiful ceremony! She kept in contact with us throughout the months Read more...
Darlene was professional, knowledgeable and gave a beautiful ceremony! She kept in contact with us throughout the months leading up to the wedding, she spent time finding out what we wanted and how we wanted it delivered, while also providing excellent advice from her many experiences in weddings. We got so many compliments on Darlene's ceremony, we were honored to have her marry us! Thank you Darlene!!! Read less
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Daniel
Wedding:
10/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Darlene was the perfect officiant. She communicated everything efficiently and effectively and made us feel very confident and relaxed about our ceremony. She had great recommendations and ideas when we were stuck, but would also listen to what we wanted and try to incorporate everything. She made us feel like she legitimately wanted to be up there with us and that she was so happy to be the one to marry us. The Day itself was perfect. She brought the perfect amount of emotion out of both us and our guests and we couldn't have been happier. Thank you Darlene!
Darlene was the perfect officiant. She communicated everything efficiently and effectively and made us feel very confident Read more...
Darlene was the perfect officiant. She communicated everything efficiently and effectively and made us feel very confident and relaxed about our ceremony. She had great recommendations and ideas when we were stuck, but would also listen to what we wanted and try to incorporate everything. She made us feel like she legitimately wanted to be up there with us and that she was so happy to be the one to marry us. The Day itself was perfect. She brought the perfect amount of emotion out of both us and our guests and we couldn't have been happier. Thank you Darlene! Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
7/30/2016
5.0/5.0
For me finding an officiant seemed like it would be a difficult task, but once my husband and I met Darlene we knew she was the perfect choice! Darlene was so easy to work with, always responsive to emails or phone calls and constantly making sure everything we wanted was included in our ceremony! Our ceremony was beautiful and unique to us and exactly what we wanted. Afterwards so many people told us how impressed they were by the ceremony and how wonderful Darlene was, we can't thank her enough!
For me finding an officiant seemed like it would be a difficult task, but once my husband and I met Darlene we knew she Read more...
For me finding an officiant seemed like it would be a difficult task, but once my husband and I met Darlene we knew she was the perfect choice! Darlene was so easy to work with, always responsive to emails or phone calls and constantly making sure everything we wanted was included in our ceremony! Our ceremony was beautiful and unique to us and exactly what we wanted. Afterwards so many people told us how impressed they were by the ceremony and how wonderful Darlene was, we can't thank her enough! Read less
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Niki
Wedding:
7/29/2016
5.0/5.0
Darlene did an amazing job with our wedding ceremony! From the minute we met her it was clear that she was extremely knowledgeable. She was so easy to work with, easy to communicate with and very responsive. She allowed us to completely customize our ceremony, and she added in unique touches to make it so memorable for us. Many of our guests commented to us how beautiful the ceremony was and what a great job Darlene did! I would highly recommend Darlene!
Darlene did an amazing job with our wedding ceremony! From the minute we met her it was clear that she was extremely Read more...
Darlene did an amazing job with our wedding ceremony! From the minute we met her it was clear that she was extremely knowledgeable. She was so easy to work with, easy to communicate with and very responsive. She allowed us to completely customize our ceremony, and she added in unique touches to make it so memorable for us. Many of our guests commented to us how beautiful the ceremony was and what a great job Darlene did! I would highly recommend Darlene! Read less
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Barbara
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
There really are not enough words to express our gratitude to Darlene for being our officiant. We could not be happier with how the entire day went, and our ceremony was amazing. We had contacted a couple of JPs when we were wedding planning, and when I spoke with Darlene I just felt a connection and knew she was the one to perform our ceremony. She was friendly and genuinely seemed to care about our wedding and was happy for us to be getting married. She was clear that ceremony should be about us and really worked with us to create a unique and personalized ceremony. From our selected readings and unity element, she helped us create something so meaningful and memorable.
There really are not enough words to express our gratitude to Darlene for being our officiant. We could not be happier Read more...
There really are not enough words to express our gratitude to Darlene for being our officiant. We could not be happier with how the entire day went, and our ceremony was amazing. We had contacted a couple of JPs when we were wedding planning, and when I spoke with Darlene I just felt a connection and knew she was the one to perform our ceremony. She was friendly and genuinely seemed to care about our wedding and was happy for us to be getting married. She was clear that ceremony should be about us and really worked with us to create a unique and personalized ceremony. From our selected readings and unity element, she helped us create something so meaningful and memorable. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
1/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Having Darlene perform my wedding ceremony has been a dream and a plan of mine since I first met her some 8-9 years ago. Well, my dream finally came true, Saturday, January 2nd; and I have to say - the entire experience with Darlene far exceeded my expectations.

As a mid-life bride & groom (the second time for us both) we really didn't think we wanted to make a big deal of our wedding. We wanted to keep it simple, to the point; we really just thought we wanted to say, "I do", then move on to the party.

But Darlene, with her passion for love and marriage, knows the importance that should be placed on the ceremony itself. It is not something that should be rushed through without thought and intention. She shared ideas of special elements we could include in the ceremony that were lovely and meaningful yet simple for us to incorporate. The wine box ceremony was one of the highlights that made our ceremony so memorable.

When it came to the wedding day, Darlene thought of and handled details that we never even gave a thought to; she put my now-husband and me completely at ease. She made sure all members of the party knew their parts, where to be and when; she even worked with the DJ to make sure the timing was just right.

The ceremony was so moving and touching; it warmed the hearts of everyone in the room. I can’t count the number of compliments we received throughout the evening from our guests. The credit goes to Darlene. Without her we wouldn't have know where to begin.

Yes, I know Darlene; but this is just what she does - no matter whom she is marrying. This is who she is; this is her passion. She makes it her business to get to know every couple she is blessed to marry. If you let Darlene perform your ceremony, you’ll feel like a close family friend is marrying you - not just some random “J.P.” for hire.

We’re so grateful for Darlene’s guidance and for a wedding day more memorable and meaningful than we could ever have imagine.
Having Darlene perform my wedding ceremony has been a dream and a plan of mine since I first met her some 8-9 years ago. Read more...
Having Darlene perform my wedding ceremony has been a dream and a plan of mine since I first met her some 8-9 years ago. Well, my dream finally came true, Saturday, January 2nd; and I have to say - the entire experience with Darlene far exceeded my expectations.

As a mid-life bride & groom (the second time for us both) we really didn't think we wanted to make a big deal of our wedding. We wanted to keep it simple, to the point; we really just thought we wanted to say, "I do", then move on to the party.

But Darlene, with her passion for love and marriage, knows the importance that should be placed on the ceremony itself. It is not something that should be rushed through without thought and intention. She shared ideas of special elements we could include in the ceremony that were lovely and meaningful yet simple for us to incorporate. The wine box ceremony was one of the highlights that made our ceremony so memorable.

When it came to the wedding day, Darlene thought of and handled details that we never even gave a thought to; she put my now-husband and me completely at ease. She made sure all members of the party knew their parts, where to be and when; she even worked with the DJ to make sure the timing was just right.

The ceremony was so moving and touching; it warmed the hearts of everyone in the room. I can’t count the number of compliments we received throughout the evening from our guests. The credit goes to Darlene. Without her we wouldn't have know where to begin.

Yes, I know Darlene; but this is just what she does - no matter whom she is marrying. This is who she is; this is her passion. She makes it her business to get to know every couple she is blessed to marry. If you let Darlene perform your ceremony, you’ll feel like a close family friend is marrying you - not just some random “J.P.” for hire.

We’re so grateful for Darlene’s guidance and for a wedding day more memorable and meaningful than we could ever have imagine. Read less
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A Unique Wedding by Darlene responded with the following comments:

Thank you Liz and Ed for such a wonderful review. Marrying friends is exciting and emotional for me and you two fit that bill. I was so incredibly honored you asked me. Best of luck always!!!
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Kate
Wedding:
11/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Finding Darlene was such a gift; she is truly one of a kind. Our ceremony was simply perfect, and we owe it to her. Darlene was so easy to work with throughout the whole process. She gave us great direction while being extremely flexible and patient with us, allowing us to explore different options of things to include in the ceremony. My husband and I had a lot of different elements we wanted to include and she put them all together in a way that flowed beautifully without seeming overdone. Our guests approached us all night telling us it was the most lovely ceremony they had ever seen, but most importantly it was a ceremony that we loved and truly felt like us. We can't recommend Darlene enough to those of you that want a personal, intimate ceremony that you and your guests will remember forever.
Finding Darlene was such a gift; she is truly one of a kind. Our ceremony was simply perfect, and we owe it to her. Read more...
Finding Darlene was such a gift; she is truly one of a kind. Our ceremony was simply perfect, and we owe it to her. Darlene was so easy to work with throughout the whole process. She gave us great direction while being extremely flexible and patient with us, allowing us to explore different options of things to include in the ceremony. My husband and I had a lot of different elements we wanted to include and she put them all together in a way that flowed beautifully without seeming overdone. Our guests approached us all night telling us it was the most lovely ceremony they had ever seen, but most importantly it was a ceremony that we loved and truly felt like us. We can't recommend Darlene enough to those of you that want a personal, intimate ceremony that you and your guests will remember forever. Read less
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A Unique Wedding by Darlene responded with the following comments:

Thank you Kate, it was truly unique!! Thank you for such an honor.
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Vincent
Wedding:
10/2/2015
5.0/5.0
Darlene was amazing. She ensured that our wedding day was unique to us, and made everything go smoothly. She was extremely sweet and truly made us feel she was happy to be a part of our wedding. We were lucky to have found her.
Darlene was amazing. She ensured that our wedding day was unique to us, and made everything go smoothly. She was extremely Read more...
Darlene was amazing. She ensured that our wedding day was unique to us, and made everything go smoothly. She was extremely sweet and truly made us feel she was happy to be a part of our wedding. We were lucky to have found her. Read less
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A Unique Wedding by Darlene responded with the following comments:

Thank you for such a wonderful compliment! Your "open" wine box idea and lets toss the vows in envelopes too, was fabulous and I've since passed that idea on to other couples. It was a honor being your Justice of the Peace! I wish you both years of laughter together.
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Mallorie & Corey
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Darlene made our wedding so special. Words cannot express in just one review. From the moment we met with her, we knew she would be the officiant for our wedding. At that moment we felt like we had known Darlene for many years. We exchanged many emails back and forth and met a couple of times in person. She eased our anxieties about our special day. A bunch of our guests came up to us after the wedding and stated "they have never seen a wedding ceremony like this before and was the best one yet! Darlene shared her ideas from day one and also listened to ours. We both incorporated ideas and made a truly wonderful ceremony. Darlene wasn't just an officiant, she felt like a friend and even a second mom :). We created a special sand ceremony and even had our parents involved. Darlene doesn't treat you or your family like a number, but as a couple and family. She came and conducted a rehearsal and met everyone in our bridal party. She let us have readings and at the end did something special for us (I won't ruin the surprise). She was so excited to have our dog Darla in the ceremony. Throughout the ceremony she was so professional, flexible and soooo personal. Contact her...I promise you will have the same experiences that we did. It was truly amazing!

Thanks Darlene!
Darlene made our wedding so special. Words cannot express in just one review. From the moment we met with her, we knew she Read more...
Darlene made our wedding so special. Words cannot express in just one review. From the moment we met with her, we knew she would be the officiant for our wedding. At that moment we felt like we had known Darlene for many years. We exchanged many emails back and forth and met a couple of times in person. She eased our anxieties about our special day. A bunch of our guests came up to us after the wedding and stated "they have never seen a wedding ceremony like this before and was the best one yet! Darlene shared her ideas from day one and also listened to ours. We both incorporated ideas and made a truly wonderful ceremony. Darlene wasn't just an officiant, she felt like a friend and even a second mom :). We created a special sand ceremony and even had our parents involved. Darlene doesn't treat you or your family like a number, but as a couple and family. She came and conducted a rehearsal and met everyone in our bridal party. She let us have readings and at the end did something special for us (I won't ruin the surprise). She was so excited to have our dog Darla in the ceremony. Throughout the ceremony she was so professional, flexible and soooo personal. Contact her...I promise you will have the same experiences that we did. It was truly amazing!

Thanks Darlene! Read less
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A Unique Wedding by Darlene responded with the following comments:

I am incredibly touched and honored. You two are just adorable and DarlaDarla your dog was such a joy to work with. Thank you for such a wonderful review!!! Wishing you years of laughter and love while you two chill on the couch with Darla.

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