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Ceremonies For Sacred Days - Shyamala Littlefield

Oakland , CA

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Oakland, CA 94608 US (map)

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510-594-1585

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ABOUT US

Your wedding, your way... created with your love story, traditions and rituals. Warm, personal ceremonies reflect who you are and the vision you have for your wedding, vow renewal or... Read more
Your wedding, your way... created with your love story, traditions and rituals. Warm, personal ceremonies reflect who you are and the vision you have for your wedding, vow renewal or commitment ceremony. A wedding is a feast of love and I will help you create a recipe that suits your unique tastes whether simple or layered with creative expression. I am ordained as a non-denominational minister and serve all faiths, beliefs and orientations. Beautifully simple wedding ceremonies are also available in my Oakland garden. 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?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jainism, Jewish, No Denomination, Quaker, Shinto, Taoist

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was such a pleasure to work with. Our first time meeting with her she asked such gentle but thoughtful questions--and felt so safe--that I remember weeping while I tried to answer one of them. My (now husband) and I were immediately struck by her calm demeanor, her depth of presence, and her desire to really connect with the two of us and know our story and who we are as a couple. My husband is an aetheist and I'm "spiritual but not religious" and Shyamala did an excellent job finding common ground for us both in the ceremony.

We had two meetings with her over tea at her lovely home, where we went over the details of the wedding, the structure, our story, any any other rituals we wanted to add.
We had our readers send their material to her (but keep it a secret from us), and she communicated with them directly to keep the wedding day a bit of a surprise. One of the most fantastic things was that she sent us a complete write-up of the ceremony a couple weeks before the wedding, which we went over, gave comments, and then sent back. Almost all of it felt so spot on in the first go--we were really touched and impressed.

Finally, the day of she was just fantastic. We got so many compliments on her way of speaking, her warmth, the way she spoke about us during the ceremony...it was so incredibly intimate. We are SO happy we had Shyamala as our officiant and HIGHLY recommend her.
Shyamala was such a pleasure to work with. Our first time meeting with her she asked such gentle but thoughtful Read more...
Shyamala was such a pleasure to work with. Our first time meeting with her she asked such gentle but thoughtful questions--and felt so safe--that I remember weeping while I tried to answer one of them. My (now husband) and I were immediately struck by her calm demeanor, her depth of presence, and her desire to really connect with the two of us and know our story and who we are as a couple. My husband is an aetheist and I'm "spiritual but not religious" and Shyamala did an excellent job finding common ground for us both in the ceremony.

We had two meetings with her over tea at her lovely home, where we went over the details of the wedding, the structure, our story, any any other rituals we wanted to add.
We had our readers send their material to her (but keep it a secret from us), and she communicated with them directly to keep the wedding day a bit of a surprise. One of the most fantastic things was that she sent us a complete write-up of the ceremony a couple weeks before the wedding, which we went over, gave comments, and then sent back. Almost all of it felt so spot on in the first go--we were really touched and impressed.

Finally, the day of she was just fantastic. We got so many compliments on her way of speaking, her warmth, the way she spoke about us during the ceremony...it was so incredibly intimate. We are SO happy we had Shyamala as our officiant and HIGHLY recommend her. Read less
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CD
Wedding:
12/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Shyamala is a beautiful soul that listens with her heart. She provided us with a beautiful private wedding that was based on time spent with us to tell our story of love. We were left with sentimental memories for a lifetime. Thank you Shyamala. - CD and Kara
Shyamala is a beautiful soul that listens with her heart. She provided us with a beautiful private wedding that was based Read more...
Shyamala is a beautiful soul that listens with her heart. She provided us with a beautiful private wedding that was based on time spent with us to tell our story of love. We were left with sentimental memories for a lifetime. Thank you Shyamala. - CD and Kara Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had such a wonderful experience with Shyamala. My fiancé and I were dreading the interview process with the officiant, but from the moment I spoke with her on the phone, that feeling of dread completely fell away. Her schedule is so flexible and she was ready to meet with us within a few days. When we did meet it was like we were sitting down with an old friend. She "got us" immediately and we all felt an instant connection. What a relief too that we didn't have to worry about designing a ceremony on top of all the other preparations; she had everything under control, prepared a beautiful, unique ceremony just for us, and all of the guests raved about how different and wonderful it was. We asked for "short and sweet" and she delivered, and then some! The pacing was great, she spoke of the meaningfulness of the ceremony and the connections between us all, and everything was perfect. She was a joyous presence on our wedding day. I can't say enough positive things about her. Highly, urgently recommended!
We had such a wonderful experience with Shyamala. My fiancé and I were dreading the interview process with the officiant, Read more...
We had such a wonderful experience with Shyamala. My fiancé and I were dreading the interview process with the officiant, but from the moment I spoke with her on the phone, that feeling of dread completely fell away. Her schedule is so flexible and she was ready to meet with us within a few days. When we did meet it was like we were sitting down with an old friend. She "got us" immediately and we all felt an instant connection. What a relief too that we didn't have to worry about designing a ceremony on top of all the other preparations; she had everything under control, prepared a beautiful, unique ceremony just for us, and all of the guests raved about how different and wonderful it was. We asked for "short and sweet" and she delivered, and then some! The pacing was great, she spoke of the meaningfulness of the ceremony and the connections between us all, and everything was perfect. She was a joyous presence on our wedding day. I can't say enough positive things about her. Highly, urgently recommended! Read less
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Ellen
Wedding:
10/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was the heart of our wedding ceremony. She helped guide us in building a unique ceremony that fit us and breathed life into it. She has a wonderful, loving, supportive spirit. We feel fortunate to have met her and honored that she officiated our wedding.
Shyamala was the heart of our wedding ceremony. She helped guide us in building a unique ceremony that fit us and breathed Read more...
Shyamala was the heart of our wedding ceremony. She helped guide us in building a unique ceremony that fit us and breathed life into it. She has a wonderful, loving, supportive spirit. We feel fortunate to have met her and honored that she officiated our wedding. Read less
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faris
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
My now husband and I hired Shyamala to officiate our wedding. After speaking with many potentials who just didnt fit our budget or needs; I found Shyamala. After one phone consult with her, my husband and I both knew she was the person we wanted. She was warm, attentive and we just got a really postive vibe from her. We chose the most basic and shortest ceremony package she offered, but she made our ceremony feel so personalized and it was anything, but basic. I had guests during my reception tell me how good she was. I was so happy that I found her.
My now husband and I hired Shyamala to officiate our wedding. After speaking with many potentials who just didnt fit our Read more...
My now husband and I hired Shyamala to officiate our wedding. After speaking with many potentials who just didnt fit our budget or needs; I found Shyamala. After one phone consult with her, my husband and I both knew she was the person we wanted. She was warm, attentive and we just got a really postive vibe from her. We chose the most basic and shortest ceremony package she offered, but she made our ceremony feel so personalized and it was anything, but basic. I had guests during my reception tell me how good she was. I was so happy that I found her. Read less
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Scott
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Shyamala Littlefield, highly respected and a must for your wedding day! For some cosmic reason, the second she opened the door and welcomed us into her charming home, we felt safe and confident that she would be the right person to marry us. Shyamala listened to each critical and special detail of our story, and then crafted the most touching, heart-felt wedding statement which far exceeded our expectations. Shyamala is incredibly articulate, and possesses incredible social intelligence. Every word that was spoken during our ceremony was crystal clear and our guests are still passing compliments on the beauty of her statements two weeks later! Consider yourself lucky to have Shyamala as your officiant, and consider it a blessing to have her as a friend. Thank you again! -Scott & Chanel Ullrich
Shyamala Littlefield, highly respected and a must for your wedding day! For some cosmic reason, the second she opened the Read more...
Shyamala Littlefield, highly respected and a must for your wedding day! For some cosmic reason, the second she opened the door and welcomed us into her charming home, we felt safe and confident that she would be the right person to marry us. Shyamala listened to each critical and special detail of our story, and then crafted the most touching, heart-felt wedding statement which far exceeded our expectations. Shyamala is incredibly articulate, and possesses incredible social intelligence. Every word that was spoken during our ceremony was crystal clear and our guests are still passing compliments on the beauty of her statements two weeks later! Consider yourself lucky to have Shyamala as your officiant, and consider it a blessing to have her as a friend. Thank you again! -Scott & Chanel Ullrich Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Shyamala has a soothing presence, exuding pure love! She was very receptive to our wishes and simplicity for the ceremony, and made us very welcome when we had the opportunity to visit her in her home.
We couldn't have asked for a better magistrate. She's amazing.
Shyamala has a soothing presence, exuding pure love! She was very receptive to our wishes and simplicity for the ceremony, Read more...
Shyamala has a soothing presence, exuding pure love! She was very receptive to our wishes and simplicity for the ceremony, and made us very welcome when we had the opportunity to visit her in her home.
We couldn't have asked for a better magistrate. She's amazing. Read less
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Johnny
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Shyamala literally could not have done a better job officiating our wedding. Right from the first interaction, she made us feel incredibly special, and treated our big day like it was the most important of the year. Over the course of several lengthy and enjoyable conversations, Shyamala got to know us, our story, and who we were as a couple and as individuals. When it came time to plan the ceremony, which we wanted to create from scratch, she offered guidance, support, and ideas while allowing us to be the genuine authors of our own wedding. Her service on the big day was flawless, and her presence reassuring. During the ceremony, her own palpable love and warmth added to the glow of the wedding, while her words were eloquent and genuine. Throughout the process, every detail was accounted for, down to the completion and mailing of our marriage certificate, all without us having to worry about the process. We would enthusiastically, emphatically recommend Shyamala Littlefield to any and every couple!
Shyamala literally could not have done a better job officiating our wedding. Right from the first interaction, she made us Read more...
Shyamala literally could not have done a better job officiating our wedding. Right from the first interaction, she made us feel incredibly special, and treated our big day like it was the most important of the year. Over the course of several lengthy and enjoyable conversations, Shyamala got to know us, our story, and who we were as a couple and as individuals. When it came time to plan the ceremony, which we wanted to create from scratch, she offered guidance, support, and ideas while allowing us to be the genuine authors of our own wedding. Her service on the big day was flawless, and her presence reassuring. During the ceremony, her own palpable love and warmth added to the glow of the wedding, while her words were eloquent and genuine. Throughout the process, every detail was accounted for, down to the completion and mailing of our marriage certificate, all without us having to worry about the process. We would enthusiastically, emphatically recommend Shyamala Littlefield to any and every couple! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was wonderful from the moment we met. She welcomed us in her home, was very warm and easy to talk to, and very organized as well. There was a folder waiting for us on her dining room table, facing our direction, before we even sat down. She was open to our ideas and wanted to do anything she could to make our day extra special, including our request to change the wording of the traditional parts to better suit us, since we were two brides. Closer to the wedding date, Shyamala wanted to get to know us better so she set up a telephone visit. She was genuinely interested in our whole love story, and wanted to use what she learned about us to write up a draft of our ceremony. We had the opportunity to review it and she made us comfortable with making any changes we'd like. On the wedding day, she arrived early, had a calming presence, was very reassuring for us nervous brides, and she did a WONDERFUL job! We had emailed her our vows separately (to keep them a surprise to each other), and she had them printed out on thick cardstock (which helped disguise our shaky hands), and with large font (to be easier to read especially through the tears welling up), and our vows were neatly stowed away for easy access in Shyamala's binder. Bottom line: we had no doubts about Shyamala and her abilities, and she lived up to our high expectations. She was wonderful and I can't say enough good things about her. I would recommend her to ANYONE looking for an officiant.
Shyamala was wonderful from the moment we met. She welcomed us in her home, was very warm and easy to talk to, and very Read more...
Shyamala was wonderful from the moment we met. She welcomed us in her home, was very warm and easy to talk to, and very organized as well. There was a folder waiting for us on her dining room table, facing our direction, before we even sat down. She was open to our ideas and wanted to do anything she could to make our day extra special, including our request to change the wording of the traditional parts to better suit us, since we were two brides. Closer to the wedding date, Shyamala wanted to get to know us better so she set up a telephone visit. She was genuinely interested in our whole love story, and wanted to use what she learned about us to write up a draft of our ceremony. We had the opportunity to review it and she made us comfortable with making any changes we'd like. On the wedding day, she arrived early, had a calming presence, was very reassuring for us nervous brides, and she did a WONDERFUL job! We had emailed her our vows separately (to keep them a surprise to each other), and she had them printed out on thick cardstock (which helped disguise our shaky hands), and with large font (to be easier to read especially through the tears welling up), and our vows were neatly stowed away for easy access in Shyamala's binder. Bottom line: we had no doubts about Shyamala and her abilities, and she lived up to our high expectations. She was wonderful and I can't say enough good things about her. I would recommend her to ANYONE looking for an officiant. Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
9/5/2014
5.0/5.0
We instantly felt a connection with Shyamala which made for a wonderful wedding experience . We would highly recommend her for those looking to create a special Union . David & Christine Thorn CT
We instantly felt a connection with Shyamala which made for a wonderful wedding experience . We would highly recommend her Read more...
We instantly felt a connection with Shyamala which made for a wonderful wedding experience . We would highly recommend her for those looking to create a special Union . David & Christine Thorn CT Read less
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