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A Unique Wedding by Darlene

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

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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.

I wish you both years of great conversation and laughter. Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
No Denomination

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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
Services Used: Officiant
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
Services Used: Officiant
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
Services Used: Officiant
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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Private User
Wedding:
8/29/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband Pat and I were so lucky to have found Darlene to officiate our wedding! She helped us plan a beautiful ceremony from across the country. My husband and I were too chicken to write our own vows but we wanted to say a few words aloud to one another during the ceremony and Darlene suggested a perfect way to incorporate this-- and we were so glad we did even though we both aren't very good at public speaking. When we were all worried that our ceremony would be too short at the rehearsal dinner Darlene suggested an extremely beautiful reading that she could do that had the two of us look out and face our guests and really soak in the moment. My husband and I months later still reminisce and have concluded that this was one of the best and most memorable moments of the day. Many of our guests commented that they wished they had done this at their weddings and that our ceremony was one of the most beautiful they had ever seen. In these days where a lot of focus is on having a big, fancy reception (which we did do too!) it was so refreshing to have an officiant who made what really is the most important part of the wedding day shine. You won't regret booking with Darlene!
My husband Pat and I were so lucky to have found Darlene to officiate our wedding! She helped us plan a beautiful ceremony Read more...
My husband Pat and I were so lucky to have found Darlene to officiate our wedding! She helped us plan a beautiful ceremony from across the country. My husband and I were too chicken to write our own vows but we wanted to say a few words aloud to one another during the ceremony and Darlene suggested a perfect way to incorporate this-- and we were so glad we did even though we both aren't very good at public speaking. When we were all worried that our ceremony would be too short at the rehearsal dinner Darlene suggested an extremely beautiful reading that she could do that had the two of us look out and face our guests and really soak in the moment. My husband and I months later still reminisce and have concluded that this was one of the best and most memorable moments of the day. Many of our guests commented that they wished they had done this at their weddings and that our ceremony was one of the most beautiful they had ever seen. In these days where a lot of focus is on having a big, fancy reception (which we did do too!) it was so refreshing to have an officiant who made what really is the most important part of the wedding day shine. You won't regret booking with Darlene! Read less
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A Unique Wedding by Darlene responded with the following comments:

Thank you for such a wonderful review. It's an honor for me to know from the start that the couples I work with are going to be so incredibly warm hearted, you both fit that bill! I truly appreciate that you were so open to ideas to make the ceremony truly yours and that the end reading brought the entire moment full circle. I wish you both years of laughter and great conversations!!
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Kelly
Wedding:
8/9/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about Darlene. She was absolutely fantastic and we’re thrilled to have chosen her to officiate our wedding. She was the only Justice of the Peace we met because we knew right away that she was a perfect fit. During our first meeting at her home, she welcomed us with open arms and we felt like we were visiting a close friend. She is such a kind person and we really enjoyed getting to know her in the months leading up to our wedding. When it came time to creating our ceremony script, we had no idea where to start but Darlene helped us piece together a ceremony that was perfect for us. She was prompt to respond to all of our emails, and she even took a very late night phone call (around 11pm!) a couple weeks prior to the wedding to help ease some concerns. It is clear that she truly cares about her couples. On the actual wedding day, the ceremony was just what we envisioned. It was heartfelt and personal, and many of our guests commented that it was the sweetest ceremony they had ever seen! Thank you, Darlene, for helping us create the most beautiful and sentimental ceremony filled with laughs and tears and pure happiness!
I cannot say enough about Darlene. She was absolutely fantastic and we’re thrilled to have chosen her to officiate our Read more...
I cannot say enough about Darlene. She was absolutely fantastic and we’re thrilled to have chosen her to officiate our wedding. She was the only Justice of the Peace we met because we knew right away that she was a perfect fit. During our first meeting at her home, she welcomed us with open arms and we felt like we were visiting a close friend. She is such a kind person and we really enjoyed getting to know her in the months leading up to our wedding. When it came time to creating our ceremony script, we had no idea where to start but Darlene helped us piece together a ceremony that was perfect for us. She was prompt to respond to all of our emails, and she even took a very late night phone call (around 11pm!) a couple weeks prior to the wedding to help ease some concerns. It is clear that she truly cares about her couples. On the actual wedding day, the ceremony was just what we envisioned. It was heartfelt and personal, and many of our guests commented that it was the sweetest ceremony they had ever seen! Thank you, Darlene, for helping us create the most beautiful and sentimental ceremony filled with laughs and tears and pure happiness! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
A Unique Wedding by Darlene responded with the following comments:

Kelly you two are amazing!! Thank you for the honor, I truly enjoyed designing a wedding ceremony for you both! Wishing you many years of laughter together.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Darlene was great to work with through the whole planning process. She was professional, and you can tell that she thoroughly enjoys what she does. She ensured we knew exactly what to expect, offered sample ceremony ideas to review, and was always responsive. We were thrilled to have Darlene involved in our special day. Thanks Darlene!!
Darlene was great to work with through the whole planning process. She was professional, and you can tell that she Read more...
Darlene was great to work with through the whole planning process. She was professional, and you can tell that she thoroughly enjoys what she does. She ensured we knew exactly what to expect, offered sample ceremony ideas to review, and was always responsive. We were thrilled to have Darlene involved in our special day. Thanks Darlene!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
A Unique Wedding by Darlene responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the honor of allowing me to share your special day with you! Wish you both years of laughter and great conversation.

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