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Carissa Templeton, NYC Officiant

Brooklyn , NY
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355 Stratford Road
Brooklyn, NY 11238 US (map)

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646-404-7453

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ABOUT US

I am a Brooklyn based NYC wedding officiant, and have been performing weddings for over 5 years. I love working with a couple to get to the heart of what you are hoping to present that... Read more
I am a Brooklyn based NYC wedding officiant, and have been performing weddings for over 5 years. I love working with a couple to get to the heart of what you are hoping to present that day- to each other and your guests. A ceremony is important- to hold space in a way that is respectful, fun, unique- every ceremony is different.

People most often say my ceremonies are "so them" - the couple feels heard and attended to and the family recognizes that the ceremony was written exactly for them. I hear from a lot of my couples for years afterwards, and have had the opportunity to perform baby blessings on new additions!

The process of working with me is that you can decide to work with me after a phone call or a meeting. I often meet again with couples, and if you are a travelling couple I make every effort to meet you before your ceremony.

Good luck in the planning process! I am part of a collective of other great vendors, you can find them here: http://brooklynbetrothed.wordpress.com/ Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
4/4/2014
4.8/5.0
Carissa officiated our wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in April. She was excellent. She interviewed me and my husband, and got to know who we were, and how we wanted our ceremony to feel. Several of our guests came up to us later and said that was one of the nicest ceremonies they've seen, and had thought Carissa was our close friend because it felt like she knew us so well. My husband, being the last-minute type of guy he is, sent her back the questionnaire at 1am the night before the wedding. Carissa was no problems going with the flow. I would highly recommend.
Carissa officiated our wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in April. She was excellent. She interviewed me and my Read more...
Carissa officiated our wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in April. She was excellent. She interviewed me and my husband, and got to know who we were, and how we wanted our ceremony to feel. Several of our guests came up to us later and said that was one of the nicest ceremonies they've seen, and had thought Carissa was our close friend because it felt like she knew us so well. My husband, being the last-minute type of guy he is, sent her back the questionnaire at 1am the night before the wedding. Carissa was no problems going with the flow. I would highly recommend. Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
2/17/2014
5.0/5.0
After getting engaged last June, the only thing we knew for certain was the wedding date. Due to unforeseen issues, however, we were suddenly without an officiant less than two weeks before our wedding. We found Carissa after sifting through dozens of other potential officiants and not unlike falling in love, we knew she was the right fit from the first moment.

We didn't have enough time to meet in person and communicated almost entirely through email after the initial phone call. She immediately sent us questionnaires to complete, which we filled out independently, and asked if she could email the eight guests participating in our very intimate wedding. We were impressed immediately by her receptiveness to our feedback and suggestions. As a same-sex couple who had debated the institution of marriage and the decision to marry altogether, we wanted the vows to strike just the right cord. We didn't want anything political in an obvious way, however we did want to incorporate elements like signing the marriage certificate, a powerful symbol in itself, into the ceremony. Carissa hit the tone perfectly!

To say the words that she composed were beautiful would be an insult to the magic of the proceedings. There wasn't a dry eye among the guests and the additional elements she included but kept partially a surprise to us so that we heard only during our actual vows were outstanding. As I held the hands of my now husband, surrounded by immediate family and close friends, we surrounded to the emotion and magnitude of the moment, and had a truly wonderful wedding experience. All our guests thought she did a superb job and we thanked for her making the wedding that we never were certain we wanted in the first place into a rite of passage that we couldn't imagine missing out on.

Thanks Carissa!
Michael & Adrid - xoxo
After getting engaged last June, the only thing we knew for certain was the wedding date. Due to unforeseen issues, Read more...
After getting engaged last June, the only thing we knew for certain was the wedding date. Due to unforeseen issues, however, we were suddenly without an officiant less than two weeks before our wedding. We found Carissa after sifting through dozens of other potential officiants and not unlike falling in love, we knew she was the right fit from the first moment.

We didn't have enough time to meet in person and communicated almost entirely through email after the initial phone call. She immediately sent us questionnaires to complete, which we filled out independently, and asked if she could email the eight guests participating in our very intimate wedding. We were impressed immediately by her receptiveness to our feedback and suggestions. As a same-sex couple who had debated the institution of marriage and the decision to marry altogether, we wanted the vows to strike just the right cord. We didn't want anything political in an obvious way, however we did want to incorporate elements like signing the marriage certificate, a powerful symbol in itself, into the ceremony. Carissa hit the tone perfectly!

To say the words that she composed were beautiful would be an insult to the magic of the proceedings. There wasn't a dry eye among the guests and the additional elements she included but kept partially a surprise to us so that we heard only during our actual vows were outstanding. As I held the hands of my now husband, surrounded by immediate family and close friends, we surrounded to the emotion and magnitude of the moment, and had a truly wonderful wedding experience. All our guests thought she did a superb job and we thanked for her making the wedding that we never were certain we wanted in the first place into a rite of passage that we couldn't imagine missing out on.

Thanks Carissa!
Michael & Adrid - xoxo Read less
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Kirsty
Wedding:
9/8/2013
5.0/5.0
What can we say? Carissa was just amazing and such a fabulous find. We travelled to NYC ourselves and only booked our ceremony 5 days before the big day! Carissa was so easy to work with and although we never got the opportunity to meet in person before the ceremony, she did such a great job and making it personal and meanful to us. There wasn't a problem that Carissa couldn't solve including witnesses and photographers! Our day was just beautiful!
What can we say? Carissa was just amazing and such a fabulous find. We travelled to NYC ourselves and only booked our Read more...
What can we say? Carissa was just amazing and such a fabulous find. We travelled to NYC ourselves and only booked our ceremony 5 days before the big day! Carissa was so easy to work with and although we never got the opportunity to meet in person before the ceremony, she did such a great job and making it personal and meanful to us. There wasn't a problem that Carissa couldn't solve including witnesses and photographers! Our day was just beautiful! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My fiancee and I hired Carissa to perform our recent ceremony. We were so impressed and pleased with her warmth, pleansantness and professionalism. She was also helpful in suggesting a place for us to tie the knot. We would both highly recommend Carissa to all those interested in working with a quality person.
My fiancee and I hired Carissa to perform our recent ceremony. We were so impressed and pleased with her warmth, Read more...
My fiancee and I hired Carissa to perform our recent ceremony. We were so impressed and pleased with her warmth, pleansantness and professionalism. She was also helpful in suggesting a place for us to tie the knot. We would both highly recommend Carissa to all those interested in working with a quality person. Read less
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Jackie
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Carissa was a pleasure to work with, we loved getting to know her throughout the process. She is very responsive, creative, thoughtful, an active listener and a damn good writer! Our ceremony was awesome! We really wanted to break with what we felt was a "normal" ceremony and Carissa nailed it. Our ceremony incorporated all of the wonderful things about our relationship and made our friends and family feel like they were a key part of the ceremony. People are still talking about how unique and thoughtful our ceremony was. Carissa is amazing and a great value to boot, you can't go wrong!
Carissa was a pleasure to work with, we loved getting to know her throughout the process. She is very responsive, Read more...
Carissa was a pleasure to work with, we loved getting to know her throughout the process. She is very responsive, creative, thoughtful, an active listener and a damn good writer! Our ceremony was awesome! We really wanted to break with what we felt was a "normal" ceremony and Carissa nailed it. Our ceremony incorporated all of the wonderful things about our relationship and made our friends and family feel like they were a key part of the ceremony. People are still talking about how unique and thoughtful our ceremony was. Carissa is amazing and a great value to boot, you can't go wrong! Read less
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Eileen
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
Carissa is a warm and wise presence; both in the planning for the ceremony and on the day itself, she was both thoughtful and calming - it was a joy to have her around. We wanted a non-denominational officiant for a non-religious wedding and she completely understood what we were trying to achieve. She helped us craft a completely personal ceremony that felt very unique and specific to us as a couple. After the wedding we had many compliments on the ceremony itself, and Carissa had a big hand in putting that together. On the day she was super-efficient, very supportive and had a perfectly understated approach to her own role. Carissa went above and beyond in helping us resolve some problems with NYC after the wedding - we couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommended.
Carissa is a warm and wise presence; both in the planning for the ceremony and on the day itself, she was both thoughtful Read more...
Carissa is a warm and wise presence; both in the planning for the ceremony and on the day itself, she was both thoughtful and calming - it was a joy to have her around. We wanted a non-denominational officiant for a non-religious wedding and she completely understood what we were trying to achieve. She helped us craft a completely personal ceremony that felt very unique and specific to us as a couple. After the wedding we had many compliments on the ceremony itself, and Carissa had a big hand in putting that together. On the day she was super-efficient, very supportive and had a perfectly understated approach to her own role. Carissa went above and beyond in helping us resolve some problems with NYC after the wedding - we couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommended. Read less
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Mrs. Smith
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
We feel so very lucky to have found Carissa! We received so many compliments regarding the ceremony she lead - most commonly how intimate and moving it was. We have Carissa to thank for creating a ceremony that truly encapsulated who we are as a couple. She took time to get to know us so she was able to speak to us and our guests not only as an officiant, but as a friend. We will always look back on our day with such warm memories, and Carissa was integral to making the day truly special. We hold her in high esteem and will recommend her to our friends.
We feel so very lucky to have found Carissa! We received so many compliments regarding the ceremony she lead - most Read more...
We feel so very lucky to have found Carissa! We received so many compliments regarding the ceremony she lead - most commonly how intimate and moving it was. We have Carissa to thank for creating a ceremony that truly encapsulated who we are as a couple. She took time to get to know us so she was able to speak to us and our guests not only as an officiant, but as a friend. We will always look back on our day with such warm memories, and Carissa was integral to making the day truly special. We hold her in high esteem and will recommend her to our friends. Read less
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hannah
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
We used Carissa for our wedding in November, and she was absolutely fantastic. I can't recommend her highly enough.

First, it's clear she really does this because she loves it, which I totally appreciate - it was so important to us to like everything and everybody involved in our ceremony and I had a great first interaction with Carissa. Originally we were thinking of just using a friend, but I found Carissa recommended on another site so got in touch with her to ask her some questions... this soon turned into, like, four hundred questions, because Carissa responded to all my questions super quickly and was really thorough and sweet!

But finally, my husband really wanted to go with this friend of ours so I told her that and even after like 20 email exchanges, she was really gracious about it and encouraged me to get in touch if I had any more questions.

Well, going with the friend ended up not working out (another looooong story)- so about 6 weeks before the wedding I wrote Carissa, who immediately replied to my last - minute HELP!! email and even changed some things around in her schedule so she could do our wedding.

We Skyped before the wedding - didn't meet in person, mainly because my husband and I just couldn't squeeze in a meeting (our schedules are nuts). This ended up being fine for us. In our talks she asked all the right questions of us - not just about what we wanted and didn't want for the ceremony - but also about our families, faith, politics etc (nothing prying - just offered to listen to any concerns or thoughts we had).

We had a lot of complicated issues around our wedding - our families are radically different, culturally and in terms of faiths, and she was super understanding and actually even anticipated many of the worries / questions we thought would be super specific to us.

We got our wedding vows and materials from her in plenty of time before- the three of us collaborated on the vows. She got in touch with a handful of friends and family to ask them questions about us and incorporated their answers into our ceremony, so that what she said during the wedding was so touching and very accurate to us.

I was most appreciative of her personality throughout all of this - the day of, having her there was for me like having another girlfriend around. She stayed out of the way unless we needed her, but when I did talk to her I felt totally comfortable asking for reassurance or asking silly questions - she was a super calming and positive presence, but also very down-to-earth (she and my husband agreed with me that my hair should be up when everyone else said down - later pictures confirmed the three of us were right! LOL).

She forwarded us the emails from our friends and family about us, which she'd solicited to help her write the ceremony, and it was so fun to see what they said. We got our license right away. Since the wedding, a lot of friends / family who were there have mentioned how great she was. I've watched the video and in retrospect - a nice perspective because during the ceremony you're so nervous you't can think about anybody else - I think she did such a nice job of setting a super warm and easy vibe to our wedding ceremony. We had lots of parts to it (a poem read, people coming up to speak, etc) and she handled all of it with grace. Yay! I very very highly recommend working with her.
We used Carissa for our wedding in November, and she was absolutely fantastic. I can't recommend her highly enough.
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We used Carissa for our wedding in November, and she was absolutely fantastic. I can't recommend her highly enough.

First, it's clear she really does this because she loves it, which I totally appreciate - it was so important to us to like everything and everybody involved in our ceremony and I had a great first interaction with Carissa. Originally we were thinking of just using a friend, but I found Carissa recommended on another site so got in touch with her to ask her some questions... this soon turned into, like, four hundred questions, because Carissa responded to all my questions super quickly and was really thorough and sweet!

But finally, my husband really wanted to go with this friend of ours so I told her that and even after like 20 email exchanges, she was really gracious about it and encouraged me to get in touch if I had any more questions.

Well, going with the friend ended up not working out (another looooong story)- so about 6 weeks before the wedding I wrote Carissa, who immediately replied to my last - minute HELP!! email and even changed some things around in her schedule so she could do our wedding.

We Skyped before the wedding - didn't meet in person, mainly because my husband and I just couldn't squeeze in a meeting (our schedules are nuts). This ended up being fine for us. In our talks she asked all the right questions of us - not just about what we wanted and didn't want for the ceremony - but also about our families, faith, politics etc (nothing prying - just offered to listen to any concerns or thoughts we had).

We had a lot of complicated issues around our wedding - our families are radically different, culturally and in terms of faiths, and she was super understanding and actually even anticipated many of the worries / questions we thought would be super specific to us.

We got our wedding vows and materials from her in plenty of time before- the three of us collaborated on the vows. She got in touch with a handful of friends and family to ask them questions about us and incorporated their answers into our ceremony, so that what she said during the wedding was so touching and very accurate to us.

I was most appreciative of her personality throughout all of this - the day of, having her there was for me like having another girlfriend around. She stayed out of the way unless we needed her, but when I did talk to her I felt totally comfortable asking for reassurance or asking silly questions - she was a super calming and positive presence, but also very down-to-earth (she and my husband agreed with me that my hair should be up when everyone else said down - later pictures confirmed the three of us were right! LOL).

She forwarded us the emails from our friends and family about us, which she'd solicited to help her write the ceremony, and it was so fun to see what they said. We got our license right away. Since the wedding, a lot of friends / family who were there have mentioned how great she was. I've watched the video and in retrospect - a nice perspective because during the ceremony you're so nervous you't can think about anybody else - I think she did such a nice job of setting a super warm and easy vibe to our wedding ceremony. We had lots of parts to it (a poem read, people coming up to speak, etc) and she handled all of it with grace. Yay! I very very highly recommend working with her. Read less
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Dominique
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Carissa was fantastic! Within five minutes of meeting her, we knew we wanted her to be part of our wedding.. She helped us create a ceremony that was a perfect reflection of us... She was supportive and generous with her time and was patient with me when I went through the neurotic bride stage..
We had multiple people tell us it was the most beautiful ceremony they'd ever seen..
Carissa was fantastic! Within five minutes of meeting her, we knew we wanted her to be part of our wedding.. She helped us Read more...
Carissa was fantastic! Within five minutes of meeting her, we knew we wanted her to be part of our wedding.. She helped us create a ceremony that was a perfect reflection of us... She was supportive and generous with her time and was patient with me when I went through the neurotic bride stage..
We had multiple people tell us it was the most beautiful ceremony they'd ever seen.. Read less
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jll159
Wedding:
9/16/2011
5.0/5.0
I'm not even sure where to begin. My husband and I had the most positive and delightful experience working with Carissa. After our first meeting with her, we immediately cancelled any other meetings with officiants we had because we loved her from the start. As the date got closer, Carissa met with us again to review the details of our ceremony, and we left feeling even more excited for the big day. On our wedding day, Carissa was such a calming presence to have around. She exudes so much warmth and that carried over into our ceremony. We got married at Tribeca Rooftop with 200 guests of different backgrounds, religions and customs, and Carissa managed to pull off a ceremony that seemed to touch everyone. People actually told me that their favorite part of our whole wedding was the ceremony! Much gratitude to Carissa for helping to create a beautiful moment in our lives!
I'm not even sure where to begin. My husband and I had the most positive and delightful experience working with Carissa. Read more...
I'm not even sure where to begin. My husband and I had the most positive and delightful experience working with Carissa. After our first meeting with her, we immediately cancelled any other meetings with officiants we had because we loved her from the start. As the date got closer, Carissa met with us again to review the details of our ceremony, and we left feeling even more excited for the big day. On our wedding day, Carissa was such a calming presence to have around. She exudes so much warmth and that carried over into our ceremony. We got married at Tribeca Rooftop with 200 guests of different backgrounds, religions and customs, and Carissa managed to pull off a ceremony that seemed to touch everyone. People actually told me that their favorite part of our whole wedding was the ceremony! Much gratitude to Carissa for helping to create a beautiful moment in our lives! Read less
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