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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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Kara
Wedding:
9/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Love her. She was amazing and would recommend her!!
Love her. She was amazing and would recommend her!!
Love her. She was amazing and would recommend her!! Read less
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Theresa
Wedding:
7/23/2016
5.0/5.0
We had a very hard time finding the right officiant for our wedding. We were running short on time and everyone seemed to be booked or just didn't fit our vision for our wedding. We stumbled across Jessica's website and she happened to be open for the day of our wedding. So we met with her and my husband and I instantly fell in love with her. She had so many ideas plus reminded us of all the small details we hadn't thought of. On the day of our wedding she definitely created the vision we wanted. All our family and friends loved the ceremony she helped create and also her as a person. I highly recomend her for your wedding! Thank you again Jessica!!!
We had a very hard time finding the right officiant for our wedding. We were running short on time and everyone seemed to Read more...
We had a very hard time finding the right officiant for our wedding. We were running short on time and everyone seemed to be booked or just didn't fit our vision for our wedding. We stumbled across Jessica's website and she happened to be open for the day of our wedding. So we met with her and my husband and I instantly fell in love with her. She had so many ideas plus reminded us of all the small details we hadn't thought of. On the day of our wedding she definitely created the vision we wanted. All our family and friends loved the ceremony she helped create and also her as a person. I highly recomend her for your wedding! Thank you again Jessica!!! Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Theresa! I really, really enjoyed getting to know both you and Mark and meeting your U.S. & Canadian families. It was such an honor standing with you on your wedding day and nothing makes me happier than to hear that you had the wedding of your dreams. Your Yaddo Gardens ceremony was simply picture-perfect beauty... not to mention how stunning you both looked. You had the BEST people surrounding you and I'm touched to hear all the positive feedback you received... that means beautiful memories of your day! I am so happy for you both and look forward to staying in touch! CONGRATULATIONS!!
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brittany
Wedding:
7/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Jessica was the officiant at our wedding this past weekend. She was extremely wonderful to work with. She is such a nice person and goes above and beyond to make your day special. She is very knowledgeable and gave us great advice on how to make our ceremony perfect. We loved every second of it and it will definitely be a ceremony none of our guests will forget. Thank you Jessica!
Jessica was the officiant at our wedding this past weekend. She was extremely wonderful to work with. She is such a nice Read more...
Jessica was the officiant at our wedding this past weekend. She was extremely wonderful to work with. She is such a nice person and goes above and beyond to make your day special. She is very knowledgeable and gave us great advice on how to make our ceremony perfect. We loved every second of it and it will definitely be a ceremony none of our guests will forget. Thank you Jessica! Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind words and glowing review! I am sooo thrilled to hear how your day was just as you'd hoped (perfect!) and that your guests enjoyed the ceremony so much as well! I so enjoyed getting to know you and working with you to create a ceremony that truly reflected you as individuals and your shared story as a couple. Congratulations again and best wishes to you both as you start down this next path in life together! Can't wait to see pictures! XOXO <3
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
Jessica was a dream officiant for our June wedding up near the Catskills. She was such a pleasure to work with, and made everything fun & easy. The language & structure of her sample ceremonies was beautiful, and she was super open to adding to them & blending different elements together to create the perfect non-religious ceremony for us. We had helpful consultations by phone & in person that made us feel a whole lot more confident about the whole endeavor... Then, on the actual day of the wedding she was not only a total pro and preformed the ceremony beautifully, but had a wonderful energy of love & joy that made it feel like she was just another friend there to celebrate the day. Couldn't have wished for anyone better!
Jessica was a dream officiant for our June wedding up near the Catskills. She was such a pleasure to work with, and made Read more...
Jessica was a dream officiant for our June wedding up near the Catskills. She was such a pleasure to work with, and made everything fun & easy. The language & structure of her sample ceremonies was beautiful, and she was super open to adding to them & blending different elements together to create the perfect non-religious ceremony for us. We had helpful consultations by phone & in person that made us feel a whole lot more confident about the whole endeavor... Then, on the actual day of the wedding she was not only a total pro and preformed the ceremony beautifully, but had a wonderful energy of love & joy that made it feel like she was just another friend there to celebrate the day. Couldn't have wished for anyone better! Read less
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Carissa Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you Lauren for such a beautiful and heartfelt review. Getting this kind of feedback is exactly why I do this work and what I aim for with every client. I'm so, so happy to know that you had your dream wedding day and that your ceremony with me was such a highlight. Congratulations and please stay in touch! Would love to see pictures!
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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!
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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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Jennifer
Wedding:
6/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Working with Jessica was so easy. She was always available to chat and offered up suggestions when we got stuck or couldn't agree. I HIGHLY recommend her!
Working with Jessica was so easy. She was always available to chat and offered up suggestions when we got stuck or Read more...
Working with Jessica was so easy. She was always available to chat and offered up suggestions when we got stuck or couldn't agree. I HIGHLY recommend her! Read less
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