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Asheville Celebrant

Asheville , NC
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LOCATION

124 Choctaw Street
Asheville, NC US 28801 (map)

PHONE

828-230-3845

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Rev. Michelle Kimberly Smith here. My intention is always for you to have a ceremony that creates lasting connections in your family and community, a ceremony that your guests remember... Read more
Rev. Michelle Kimberly Smith here. My intention is always for you to have a ceremony that creates lasting connections in your family and community, a ceremony that your guests remember for years to come. I am very talented at officiating ceremony and I take pride in delivering each ceremony from my heart with sincerity and enthusiasm for all to hear and appreciate. For more testimonials please visit my website, ashevillecelebrant.com.
I am an ordained Inter-faith Minister. I honor all philosophies, beliefs and traditions--religious, secular, spiritual, inter-faith and multi-cultural. As a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant I am a ceremony specialist with a solid background in the history, theory and practice of ritual and ceremony as well as familiarity with symbols, rituals and readings from a wide range of cultures.
I assist couples in choosing rituals, readings, symbols and music to fulfill their ideals. I bring a seasoned understanding of structure, setting and pace that makes for meaningful ceremonies. I will listen to you and make suggestions. I will throw in a healthy dose of compassion, humor and encouragement and in the end, we will make the perfect ceremony - one that is beautiful, unique and tells your story.

I will be happy to help you Explore the Possibilities in a relaxed, no-obligation phone call scheduled at a time that is convenient for you. Please contact me at 828-230-3845 or ashevillecelebrant@gmail.com. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination)
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No

REVIEWS

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Daniel
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I met Michelle under a very tight schedule (less than a month) and were a bit nervous on how our wedding was going come together. Michelle was very accommodating and immediately put us at ease by helping us envision our special day. We were wanting a small, non-traditional wedding with just close family, but still wanted it to be a memorable occasion. Michelle expertly orchestrated the entire ceremony and assisted us in making it fit our quirky personalities. She was also a good sport in adding some humor to the ceremony, which helped both my wife and I relax and be ourselves. I would strongly recommend Michelle's services to anyone, as she was exactly what we needed!
Services Used: Officiant, Unique Services
Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I so appreciate couples who really want make the ceremony their own -- no matter how intimate the gathering. Your quirky personalities made working with you such a pleasure. Best wishes!
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Lindsay
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are secularists and so we wanted to find someone who would really listen to what we wanted to do. Michelle really worked with us and we were always emailing back and forth to make the ceremony perfect for my husband and I. The language was really important, because I wanted the ceremony to be about Brad and I and our beliefs. People left the wedding telling us that the ceremony was one of the most beautiful ceremonies they have ever been to and that they learned the most about us as a couple. Then after the wedding, we received a special copy of it as a keepsake. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted and as a secularist I was really worried how we would find someone who would be willing to work with us and listen to us. Michelle was wonderful.
Services Used: Officiant
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Casey
Wedding:
9/16/2012
5.0/5.0
Michelle made our wedding ceremony so special for US and what we are about and wanted! I couldn't of asked for anything more. She brought good tears to our eyes (and our guests) and smiles on faces. Her suggestions and style are one of kind, her words are moving. One of her many qualities that I appreciated is how she made me feel comfortable. We thank her for her wonderful service and highly recommend Michelle.
Services Used: Officiant, Unique Services
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Kimberly
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Michelle was absolutely wonderful in helping me to coordinate our destination "micro-wedding". My husband and I live in Raleigh and had decided to escape to Asheville for a few days and get married in the company of only our four teenaged children. I envisioned something sweet and simple, but still tremendously meaningful and momentous.

She was an invaluable resource for finding a photographer and videographer and suggested our ceremony location (the UNCA Botanical Gardens), a spot I knew nothing about, but that turned out to be perfect for our needs. She was a terrific partner in coming up with ideas and language for a ceremony "script" and was ready to roll even when my husband and I were emailing her our personally drafted vows at the last hour.

Michelle is a lovely woman inside and out. She has a warmth and positive attitude that comes through in her written and phone communications, but these attributes were especially evident in our ceremony. Although we wanted a "secular" ceremony, with Michelle's guidance and delivery, we still had a marriage ceremony that was not at all religious, but that was infused with spirituality and heart, and spoke to all of us.

I am so grateful that I found Michelle and will forever remember her wonderful contributions to our special day!
Services Used: Officiant
Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I was so touched by your desire to keep your wedding ceremony meaningful and yet memorable for you, Henry and your children. The UNCA Botanical Gardens were a great choice!
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Cristina Escober-Weaver
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Brian and I are truly blessed to have found Michelle. Michelle married us at Mountain Magnolia Inn at Hot Springs, NC this May 2012. We had been searching for the right person as our officiant for about a month and had gone through interviews with a few. She really stood out because we didn't feel like we were being pushed against our beliefs and there was a representation of our individual spirituality/values in the context of the ceremony. I couldn't be any happier with how everything flowed... we had a short and sweet version of the ceremony with unity candles as well as dove release. The wedding was beautiful to say the least, and more importantly, very meaningful to Brian and I.

Thank you so much Michelle!
Services Used: Officiant
Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Christina and Brian. You were both so lovely to work with. It was a special pleasure to meet your family, Christina, who had traveled so far were obviously so happy for you both!
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Andrea
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Michelle was absolutely amazing to work with!! She crafted the most wonderful ceremony that exceeded all of our expectations. Within the ceremony; she integrated our personal story, included family members for readings, and helped us to select aspects for the ceremony that truly hold meaning for us as a couple. Her responsiveness was wonderful and she was open to any and all suggestions we had for revising the ceremony. Michelle really spent time getting to know us which made the whole process that much more special. I would recommend her to any and everyone. She has played such and integral part in making our wedding special and I will forever be grateful for her gifts and talents.
Services Used: Officiant
Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Andrea and Jason. I especially loved including the Stefana ritual from your Greek heritage, Andrea. It was definitely a treasured moment to share piece with your grandmother.
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tracyclark
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
In short, I highly and fully recommend Michelle Smith. She was able to craft a ceremony that was so personal and intimate that our guests still haven't stopped talking about it. As many tell me, there wasn't a dry eye in the crowd! For a brief background so you understand the miracle that Michelle performed, I am agnostic, my husband is spiritual, my family is atheist and his family is Methodist. Thus, we were struggling to find a balance between respecting everyone's beliefs without sacrificing our own wants in order to please others. We met with Michelle once and it was clearly evident that she understood what we wanted and was confident that she could make it work. What's remarkable is that I don't even know what her beliefs are - she never once tried to project her beliefs on us, but rather listened to us and our relationship and crafted the script based on that, not from her own morals and beliefs (which, in my opinion, always happens if you use a minister/preacher/etc). We filled out extensive questionnaires separately, which she used to craft the ceremony. Doing so gave us time to individually reflect on our relationship and it was really neat to read each other's versions once we had submitted them. When she gave us the first draft we knew immediately that the first draft was the final version. It was more than we ever could have imagined. Parts were funny while other parts were serious. We had the perfect blend of happiness, reflection, laughter and love. I hope that helps give you some insights into what to expect if (and hopefully when) you choose Michelle. You won't be disappointed!
Services Used: Officiant
Asheville Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I especially treasured the chance to create the special "water, stones and blossoms" ritual we created to honor your union, your parents and the spirits of loved ones who had gone before. It's wonderful to keep up with you both on Facebook and watch your journey unfold!

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