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Carissa Ceremonies

Niskayuna , NY
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Niskayuna, NY 12309 US (map)

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518-858-0141

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Congratulations on your upcoming ceremony and celebration! With Carissa Ceremonies, you have found just that “right fit” in an officiant for your day. With a philosophy that emphasizes... Read more
Congratulations on your upcoming ceremony and celebration! With Carissa Ceremonies, you have found just that “right fit” in an officiant for your day. With a philosophy that emphasizes your voice, your vision and your day, Ceremony Officiant Jessica Rowell works closely with each client bringing her warmth, creativity, professionalism, resourcefulness and dedication to the process of designing the ceremony of your dreams. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

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, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.

REVIEWS

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caitlin
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Where do we even start! We first met Jessica at a holiday party last year and immediately knew that we wanted her to be a part of our day. We unofficially booked her that night- and then luckily for us were able to officially book her a few weeks later! Over the next year we met her with her several times. She took away any stress that we may have had over the ceremony as she provided us with more than enough information on how things are typically run. Together we were able to put together an amazing ceremony incorporating the things that were important to us (as well as some that we didn't know were!). She was professional, kind hearted, and funny at times when it was needed and put us completely at ease! We have received so many compliments on our ceremony. Everyone loved the personal touches that were added and we have to give all the credit to Jessica. It is hard to believe that we have only known her for about a year! We would highly recommend her to everyone!!
Where do we even start! We first met Jessica at a holiday party last year and immediately knew that we wanted her to be a Read more...
Where do we even start! We first met Jessica at a holiday party last year and immediately knew that we wanted her to be a part of our day. We unofficially booked her that night- and then luckily for us were able to officially book her a few weeks later! Over the next year we met her with her several times. She took away any stress that we may have had over the ceremony as she provided us with more than enough information on how things are typically run. Together we were able to put together an amazing ceremony incorporating the things that were important to us (as well as some that we didn't know were!). She was professional, kind hearted, and funny at times when it was needed and put us completely at ease! We have received so many compliments on our ceremony. Everyone loved the personal touches that were added and we have to give all the credit to Jessica. It is hard to believe that we have only known her for about a year! We would highly recommend her to everyone!! Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Caitlin and Travis- THANK YOU for everything... from our fun meetings and planning sessions, which, yes, started in the coat room of a holiday party!!... to such a fabulous celebration reflecting your friends, family and of course... the two of you! You were wonderful to work with and you throw quite the party yourselves! I was honored to be your officiant and so happy to call you friends. Congratulations and best wishes for happiness always!
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Julie
Wedding:
10/9/2015
5.0/5.0
WOW!

We are so happy we chose Jessica and Carissa Ceremonies to be our wedding officiant. We first contacted Jessica about a year out from our wedding day. We spoke on the phone and Jessica was so professional and kind from the very beginning. She asked us about how we met and what components we'd like to add to the ceremony. We were impressed she focused on getting to know us and our 'story'.

Once we booked Jessica we were at ease. She reached out to her a couple times over the course of the year and she reassured us we were all set for our big day. As the date got closer she provided us with a sample outline. I read it and had tears in my eyes! I was so happy she remembered and captured all we discussed and added more! We had a few changes and she was very accommodating.

We met at the rehearsal and she was on time and worked well with everyone in our family and bridal party. She went through every detail of the ceremony and we had some laughs! We felt ready for the ceremony and knew it would go smoothly!

On the wedding day Jessica came back to the bridal suite to say hello see how the ladies were doing. During the ceremony she put everyone at ease. My dad still comments on how she made everyone so relaxed! At the reception we received so many compliments on the ceremony and specifically on how clear she spoke and how professional she was and how beautiful the readings and ceremony were. She even sent us a lovely email a few days after our wedding.

We truly enjoyed Jessica and she is amazing at what she does!! Look no further for your wedding officiant. :) Thank you, Jessica!
WOW!

We are so happy we chose Jessica and Carissa Ceremonies to be our wedding officiant. We first contacted Read more...
WOW!

We are so happy we chose Jessica and Carissa Ceremonies to be our wedding officiant. We first contacted Jessica about a year out from our wedding day. We spoke on the phone and Jessica was so professional and kind from the very beginning. She asked us about how we met and what components we'd like to add to the ceremony. We were impressed she focused on getting to know us and our 'story'.

Once we booked Jessica we were at ease. She reached out to her a couple times over the course of the year and she reassured us we were all set for our big day. As the date got closer she provided us with a sample outline. I read it and had tears in my eyes! I was so happy she remembered and captured all we discussed and added more! We had a few changes and she was very accommodating.

We met at the rehearsal and she was on time and worked well with everyone in our family and bridal party. She went through every detail of the ceremony and we had some laughs! We felt ready for the ceremony and knew it would go smoothly!

On the wedding day Jessica came back to the bridal suite to say hello see how the ladies were doing. During the ceremony she put everyone at ease. My dad still comments on how she made everyone so relaxed! At the reception we received so many compliments on the ceremony and specifically on how clear she spoke and how professional she was and how beautiful the readings and ceremony were. She even sent us a lovely email a few days after our wedding.

We truly enjoyed Jessica and she is amazing at what she does!! Look no further for your wedding officiant. :) Thank you, Jessica! Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Julie!!! Congratulations again!!! I had such an amazing time working with you both and getting to know you along the way. :) I'm teary-eyed and really touched to know my work and services helped make your wedding day so special and memorable for you, your families and your guests. I enjoyed every minute of it! ♥
Looking forward to seeing all your gorgeous photos!
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Heather
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
We met with Jessica, and immediately knew listening to her ideas that she was the perfect fit for us and our vision of our wedding ceremony. The planning process was easy and we did it through email which was helpful since we decided to write our own vows individually and have it be a surprise on the day of the ceremony. Jessica came up with a beautiful reading and wording for the entire ceremony. We were ecstatic with the ceremony and our friends and family commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. The ceremony fit us perfectly and we can't say enough positive things about this whole process.
We met with Jessica, and immediately knew listening to her ideas that she was the perfect fit for us and our vision of our Read more...
We met with Jessica, and immediately knew listening to her ideas that she was the perfect fit for us and our vision of our wedding ceremony. The planning process was easy and we did it through email which was helpful since we decided to write our own vows individually and have it be a surprise on the day of the ceremony. Jessica came up with a beautiful reading and wording for the entire ceremony. We were ecstatic with the ceremony and our friends and family commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. The ceremony fit us perfectly and we can't say enough positive things about this whole process. Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you Heather for your wonderful review! I cannot say enough nice things about working with the two of you! You were wonderful to work with, had incredible ideas for how you wanted to further personalize your ceremony and you both have really delightful families to boot! So honored to be a part of your wedding day and to help create this amazing memory for both of you. Congratulations and best wishes always! ~ Jessica
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Amanda
Wedding:
8/7/2015
4.2/5.0
My husband and I chose Jessica as our officiant because she was warm, open-minded, and willing to customize a nondenominational ceremony for our wedding. Jessica sent us some sample ceremonies, vows, and readings to look through, which helped me to design a ceremony that worked for us as a couple. Unfortunately, Jessica was 45 minutes late to our wedding rehearsal due to travel complications. She was very apologetic, but it did cause us to be late for our rehearsal dinner and added some unfortunate stress to our day. Thankfully, she was on time (early, I think!) for our wedding the next day, and delivered our ceremony beautifully. Previously, I had asked Jessica to make a photocopy of my marriage license before mailing it in, as my husband and I needed proof of our marriage for our honeymoon package. She did forget to leave a copy with our event planner, but thankfully was able to email us a scanned copy a few days later. While Jessica did a lovely job for us the day of the wedding, I do feel that she is a bit pricey for the services we received.
My husband and I chose Jessica as our officiant because she was warm, open-minded, and willing to customize a Read more...
My husband and I chose Jessica as our officiant because she was warm, open-minded, and willing to customize a nondenominational ceremony for our wedding. Jessica sent us some sample ceremonies, vows, and readings to look through, which helped me to design a ceremony that worked for us as a couple. Unfortunately, Jessica was 45 minutes late to our wedding rehearsal due to travel complications. She was very apologetic, but it did cause us to be late for our rehearsal dinner and added some unfortunate stress to our day. Thankfully, she was on time (early, I think!) for our wedding the next day, and delivered our ceremony beautifully. Previously, I had asked Jessica to make a photocopy of my marriage license before mailing it in, as my husband and I needed proof of our marriage for our honeymoon package. She did forget to leave a copy with our event planner, but thankfully was able to email us a scanned copy a few days later. While Jessica did a lovely job for us the day of the wedding, I do feel that she is a bit pricey for the services we received. Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you for choosing Carissa Ceremonies and for providing your feedback, Amanda. You and Marc were wonderful to work with from start to finish and your understanding is much appreciated. I was so honored and happy to share in your day and- most importantly- to deliver the wedding ceremony experience you were looking for. Best wishes always to you and Marc!
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Adanna
Wedding:
7/19/2015
4.9/5.0
From our very first meeting, we knew Jessica was the right person to officiate our wedding. Jessica was warm, inviting and friendly and we can't forget to mention her unforgettable smile!!! We connected on so many different levels that we knew our search was over (which was great because she was the first and last person we met)! My husband and I didn't really have an idea of how we wanted our ceremony to be, we just knew we wanted it to reflect who we were as a couple and Jessica definitely helped us bring that out. She sent us plenty of examples for readings, poems, etc and got us on the right track. If we had any questions she was more than happy to help sort everything out! Our ceremony was very heartfelt and many of our guests raved about how beautiful it was. Jessica helped to make that happen! Overall, we couldn't have imagined anyone else officiating our special day. Jessica did an amazing job!
From our very first meeting, we knew Jessica was the right person to officiate our wedding. Jessica was warm, inviting and Read more...
From our very first meeting, we knew Jessica was the right person to officiate our wedding. Jessica was warm, inviting and friendly and we can't forget to mention her unforgettable smile!!! We connected on so many different levels that we knew our search was over (which was great because she was the first and last person we met)! My husband and I didn't really have an idea of how we wanted our ceremony to be, we just knew we wanted it to reflect who we were as a couple and Jessica definitely helped us bring that out. She sent us plenty of examples for readings, poems, etc and got us on the right track. If we had any questions she was more than happy to help sort everything out! Our ceremony was very heartfelt and many of our guests raved about how beautiful it was. Jessica helped to make that happen! Overall, we couldn't have imagined anyone else officiating our special day. Jessica did an amazing job! Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you Adanna and Irani!! The love and adoration is mutual! You both were fantastic to work with... I loved all your personal touches, emotional and heartFILLED vows and more! One of the most touching moments was to see your junior groomsman tearing up-- and then his impromptu speech! It truly was such a pleasure to get to know you both and share in your special day. Happy 1/2 year anniversary! ;)
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Ashley
Wedding:
4/4/2015
5.0/5.0
There are not enough words to express how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to
work with Jessica Rowell. Although our ceremony took place at Brant Lake in the
Adirondacks, we planned the entire event while living in Okinawa, Japan and Jessica was
there for us every step of the way. Not having seen the majority of our families for
almost two years, we wanted an intimate and sentimental ceremony to reflect our love for
each other and our family; and so did Jessica. From the first time we spoke, Henry and I
felt her passionate, enthusiastic and endearing nature. Jessica didn’t simply envision
our perfect day on paper, she wholeheartedly felt the moment we would all share together.

Although we did not meet Jessica in person until our rehearsal, our first encounter did
not feel like we were simply meeting an acquaintance; it felt as though we were reuniting
with an old friend. Such is Jessica’s kindhearted and affectionate way which lifts the
spirits and the smiles of those around her. One of the best things about Jessica is her
ability to remain utterly professional while blending in as one of the family. She calmed
the groom’s nerves, dried our mother’s tears, soothed my niece’s screams and made me feel
beautiful. Jessica is not only a phenomenal officiant but an amazing person. Truly, one
of the best additions to any wedding.

With love and luck,
Ashley and Henry Winkler
There are not enough words to express how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to
work with Jessica Rowell. Read more...
There are not enough words to express how grateful we are to have had the opportunity to
work with Jessica Rowell. Although our ceremony took place at Brant Lake in the
Adirondacks, we planned the entire event while living in Okinawa, Japan and Jessica was
there for us every step of the way. Not having seen the majority of our families for
almost two years, we wanted an intimate and sentimental ceremony to reflect our love for
each other and our family; and so did Jessica. From the first time we spoke, Henry and I
felt her passionate, enthusiastic and endearing nature. Jessica didn’t simply envision
our perfect day on paper, she wholeheartedly felt the moment we would all share together.

Although we did not meet Jessica in person until our rehearsal, our first encounter did
not feel like we were simply meeting an acquaintance; it felt as though we were reuniting
with an old friend. Such is Jessica’s kindhearted and affectionate way which lifts the
spirits and the smiles of those around her. One of the best things about Jessica is her
ability to remain utterly professional while blending in as one of the family. She calmed
the groom’s nerves, dried our mother’s tears, soothed my niece’s screams and made me feel
beautiful. Jessica is not only a phenomenal officiant but an amazing person. Truly, one
of the best additions to any wedding.

With love and luck,
Ashley and Henry Winkler Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

I'm late in responding to your review here, but I think you know how very special being a part of your day was for me. From our late night/early morning. international Skypes, to meeting you for the first time at rehearsal and feeling like we'd always known each other.... working with you both was incredible! You also had a great team around you as I seem to remember some of us "putting out fires"! ;) Thank you so much for this beautiful testimonial and please keep me in mind for your future "moments" as I know there will be many!!
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Jennifer & Jeremy
Wedding:
3/14/2015
5.0/5.0
When planning a wedding it is easy to get caught up in the superficial details, but ultimately the ceremony is the most important part of the whole day. From the moment we met with Jessica, from Carissa Ceremonies, we knew that she would help us honor our love story in the most meaningful way possible. With her easy going nature and extensive knowledge of wedding ceremony practices, she helped us to plan and carry out a moving and unique ceremony that truly represented our personalities and our love. If we could have stayed in the moments of our ceremony for the whole night, we would have. We highly recommend Carissa Ceremonies and thank Jessica for making the ceremony THE BEST part of our entire wedding.
When planning a wedding it is easy to get caught up in the superficial details, but ultimately the ceremony is the most Read more...
When planning a wedding it is easy to get caught up in the superficial details, but ultimately the ceremony is the most important part of the whole day. From the moment we met with Jessica, from Carissa Ceremonies, we knew that she would help us honor our love story in the most meaningful way possible. With her easy going nature and extensive knowledge of wedding ceremony practices, she helped us to plan and carry out a moving and unique ceremony that truly represented our personalities and our love. If we could have stayed in the moments of our ceremony for the whole night, we would have. We highly recommend Carissa Ceremonies and thank Jessica for making the ceremony THE BEST part of our entire wedding. Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Jeremy & Jennifer,
Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful review. I would humbly disagree though--- the BEST PART of your ceremony was truly the two of you! I loved every minute of working with you, your families and wedding party. Awesome, awesome experience! Congratulations!
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Cindy
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Jessica from Carissa Ceremonies is the best! She met with us months before the wedding to learn as much about us as possible. She suggested many unique ideas for our day and helped us write the most personal and meaningful ceremony. Everyone raved about how wonderful she was in performing our ceremony. I would highly recommend her.
Jessica from Carissa Ceremonies is the best! She met with us months before the wedding to learn as much about us as Read more...
Jessica from Carissa Ceremonies is the best! She met with us months before the wedding to learn as much about us as possible. She suggested many unique ideas for our day and helped us write the most personal and meaningful ceremony. Everyone raved about how wonderful she was in performing our ceremony. I would highly recommend her. Read less
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Michele
Wedding:
7/19/2014
4.6/5.0
Jessica provided us with a wonderful ceremony. It was exactly what we wanted and she was helpful every step of the way. Our guests commented on how lovely our ceremony was. I highly recommend Jessica as your wedding officiant. She made us feel comfortable and loved on our wedding day.
Jessica provided us with a wonderful ceremony. It was exactly what we wanted and she was helpful every step of the way. Read more...
Jessica provided us with a wonderful ceremony. It was exactly what we wanted and she was helpful every step of the way. Our guests commented on how lovely our ceremony was. I highly recommend Jessica as your wedding officiant. She made us feel comfortable and loved on our wedding day. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
We were just married by Jessica at Carissa Ceremonies on November 23, 2013. Jessica was awesome and we would highly recommend her! She was responsive to our inquiries and incredibly helpful with all questions related to the process. She made our ceremony special to us and provided unlimited support throughout the planning process. If you are looking for an officiant who will go above and beyond to make sure your special day is perfect, Carissa Ceremonies is the way to go!
We were just married by Jessica at Carissa Ceremonies on November 23, 2013. Jessica was awesome and we would highly Read more...
We were just married by Jessica at Carissa Ceremonies on November 23, 2013. Jessica was awesome and we would highly recommend her! She was responsive to our inquiries and incredibly helpful with all questions related to the process. She made our ceremony special to us and provided unlimited support throughout the planning process. If you are looking for an officiant who will go above and beyond to make sure your special day is perfect, Carissa Ceremonies is the way to go! Read less
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