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Ceremonies For Sacred Days - Shyamala Littlefield

Oakland , CA

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Oakland, CA 94608 US (map)

PHONE

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

REVIEWS

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Celena
Wedding:
1/18/2017
5.0/5.0
Shyamala married my husband and I in June,2016. She was fully present for us from the first time we spoke to her to the wedding ceremony. She listened to what we wanted very attentively and pulled out of us our dream wedding and helped us to create just that! We highly recommend her..she is an angel!!
Shyamala married my husband and I in June,2016. She was fully present for us from the first time we spoke to her to the Read more...
Shyamala married my husband and I in June,2016. She was fully present for us from the first time we spoke to her to the wedding ceremony. She listened to what we wanted very attentively and pulled out of us our dream wedding and helped us to create just that! We highly recommend her..she is an angel!! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
12/22/2016
5.0/5.0
Both being rather shy people, my (now)husband and I were uncertain of what our ceremony would look like. We were nervous about standing in front of people, and weren't even sure what 'rituals' we wanted to do. With Shyamala, we needn't have worried at all! She made us feel so at ease, meeting with us multiple times over coffee, which really felt like lovely chats with a dear friend! She asked illuminating questions, learned about our history as a couple and helped us zero in on what we valued about having a wedding. She offered suggestions of readings and options of rituals that other couples had done, and always always reminded us that we could make anything our own - do the ceremony in our own way. And we did. With Shyamala's support, we had a beautiful ceremony that represented us as individuals, payed homage to our shared culture, and invited family participation in a simple but meaningful way. It was an incredible ceremony that felt true-to-us, transcendent and intimate. Everything was perfect and we have Shyamala to thank!
Both being rather shy people, my (now)husband and I were uncertain of what our ceremony would look like. We were nervous Read more...
Both being rather shy people, my (now)husband and I were uncertain of what our ceremony would look like. We were nervous about standing in front of people, and weren't even sure what 'rituals' we wanted to do. With Shyamala, we needn't have worried at all! She made us feel so at ease, meeting with us multiple times over coffee, which really felt like lovely chats with a dear friend! She asked illuminating questions, learned about our history as a couple and helped us zero in on what we valued about having a wedding. She offered suggestions of readings and options of rituals that other couples had done, and always always reminded us that we could make anything our own - do the ceremony in our own way. And we did. With Shyamala's support, we had a beautiful ceremony that represented us as individuals, payed homage to our shared culture, and invited family participation in a simple but meaningful way. It was an incredible ceremony that felt true-to-us, transcendent and intimate. Everything was perfect and we have Shyamala to thank! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Shyamala has transformed our Special Day into The Most Blessed and Unforgettable moment in our lives. Despite the short notice, she was able to offer the sweetest and most amazing ideas that left, not only ourselves, but all guests SO Inspired at our wedding! She brought in a great sense of ease during the process that was felt throughout the ceremony. Shyamala is so resourceful! She has experience and knowledge of spiritual traditions that speak universally to all religions or beliefs. She is a wonderful listener and was able to extract from us what we really wished to experience in our wedding. I recommend her highly, and cannot think of a better way to get married if one wants a ceremony that reflects who they are, while being held by Shyamala's wonderful presence and energy and her Love.
Shyamala has transformed our Special Day into The Most Blessed and Unforgettable moment in our lives. Despite the short Read more...
Shyamala has transformed our Special Day into The Most Blessed and Unforgettable moment in our lives. Despite the short notice, she was able to offer the sweetest and most amazing ideas that left, not only ourselves, but all guests SO Inspired at our wedding! She brought in a great sense of ease during the process that was felt throughout the ceremony. Shyamala is so resourceful! She has experience and knowledge of spiritual traditions that speak universally to all religions or beliefs. She is a wonderful listener and was able to extract from us what we really wished to experience in our wedding. I recommend her highly, and cannot think of a better way to get married if one wants a ceremony that reflects who they are, while being held by Shyamala's wonderful presence and energy and her Love. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Michael
Wedding:
11/12/2016
5.0/5.0
My wife and I are delighted to have Shyamala serve as our officiant. Immediately upon our first meeting with Shyamala we were drawn to her warmth, sincerity and friendliness. The meetings were like chatting with a great friend! Shyamala intently listened to our stories with many questions to create a customized ceremony that reflected our journey. As an international marriage, we wanted to honor and incorporate my wife's culture in the ceremony. Shyamala had suggested various rituals and found the perfect Japanese proverb that told our story. Shyamala's presentation of "our story" was romantic, celebratory and inspiring. Her words were delivered from the heart. Shyamala was very detailed throughout the planning process. We felt at ease during each stage and relaxed on ceremony day. She incorporated meaningful Japanese phrases which was a very respectful and honorific gesture to my wife and her parents. Thank you for making our special day so memorable and joyous!
My wife and I are delighted to have Shyamala serve as our officiant. Immediately upon our first meeting with Shyamala we Read more...
My wife and I are delighted to have Shyamala serve as our officiant. Immediately upon our first meeting with Shyamala we were drawn to her warmth, sincerity and friendliness. The meetings were like chatting with a great friend! Shyamala intently listened to our stories with many questions to create a customized ceremony that reflected our journey. As an international marriage, we wanted to honor and incorporate my wife's culture in the ceremony. Shyamala had suggested various rituals and found the perfect Japanese proverb that told our story. Shyamala's presentation of "our story" was romantic, celebratory and inspiring. Her words were delivered from the heart. Shyamala was very detailed throughout the planning process. We felt at ease during each stage and relaxed on ceremony day. She incorporated meaningful Japanese phrases which was a very respectful and honorific gesture to my wife and her parents. Thank you for making our special day so memorable and joyous! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Eva
Wedding:
9/12/2016
5.0/5.0
Shyamala did a wonderful job officiating our small wedding this September. Over two Skype calls and a handful of emails she helped us design a truly personalized yet simple ceremony where she told our story as a couple and helped us find ways to involve our families throughout. We found her extremely kind and easy to work with. Thank you Shyamala!
Shyamala did a wonderful job officiating our small wedding this September. Over two Skype calls and a handful of emails Read more...
Shyamala did a wonderful job officiating our small wedding this September. Over two Skype calls and a handful of emails she helped us design a truly personalized yet simple ceremony where she told our story as a couple and helped us find ways to involve our families throughout. We found her extremely kind and easy to work with. Thank you Shyamala! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Lexie
Wedding:
8/28/2016
5.0/5.0
Shyamala officiated our wedding at the Log Cabin the Presidio six weeks ago (August 2016.) We're so thrilled we found her! She is so warm, personable, and professional, and she is brilliant at what she does.

We met with her via Skype, and had two very lovely initial conversations. We didn't think we had "a story" per se, but she turned our disjointed ramblings about how me met and our eleven years of adventures into a real story that could be delivered to an all ages crowd. She had lots of wonderful suggestions of rituals we hadn't heard of, and we chose the ring warming and wine and letter box rituals. She also had us each write a few funny sentences about the other one so that she could work them in and infuse some of our sense of humor and personalities into the ceremony.

Shyamala put together a really beautiful ceremony for us. People kept complimenting us on it! It was personal, humorous and sincere. Look no further, Shyamala is everything you could possibly want in a wedding officiant. We can't recommend her enough!
Shyamala officiated our wedding at the Log Cabin the Presidio six weeks ago (August 2016.) We're so thrilled we found her! Read more...
Shyamala officiated our wedding at the Log Cabin the Presidio six weeks ago (August 2016.) We're so thrilled we found her! She is so warm, personable, and professional, and she is brilliant at what she does.

We met with her via Skype, and had two very lovely initial conversations. We didn't think we had "a story" per se, but she turned our disjointed ramblings about how me met and our eleven years of adventures into a real story that could be delivered to an all ages crowd. She had lots of wonderful suggestions of rituals we hadn't heard of, and we chose the ring warming and wine and letter box rituals. She also had us each write a few funny sentences about the other one so that she could work them in and infuse some of our sense of humor and personalities into the ceremony.

Shyamala put together a really beautiful ceremony for us. People kept complimenting us on it! It was personal, humorous and sincere. Look no further, Shyamala is everything you could possibly want in a wedding officiant. We can't recommend her enough! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Ben
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was the officiant at our wedding, and she was spectacular. When starting to plan our ceremony, we were overwhelmed, but after our first meeting with Shyamala, we were totally at ease. She had great suggestions for how to structure the ceremony, and lots of ideas for how to personalize it for us. She listened carefully to the story of our relationship and crafted a beautiful ceremony that was unique to us. She also worked closely with us on incorporating some traditions we wanted to add. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I can't think of how it could have gone better. I highly recommend you invite Shayamala into your wedding as your officiant. You won't regret it!
Shyamala was the officiant at our wedding, and she was spectacular. When starting to plan our ceremony, we were Read more...
Shyamala was the officiant at our wedding, and she was spectacular. When starting to plan our ceremony, we were overwhelmed, but after our first meeting with Shyamala, we were totally at ease. She had great suggestions for how to structure the ceremony, and lots of ideas for how to personalize it for us. She listened carefully to the story of our relationship and crafted a beautiful ceremony that was unique to us. She also worked closely with us on incorporating some traditions we wanted to add. Overall, it was a wonderful experience, and I can't think of how it could have gone better. I highly recommend you invite Shayamala into your wedding as your officiant. You won't regret it! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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andrea
Wedding:
8/26/2016
5.0/5.0
Shyamala gave me and my husband a beautiful and spiritual ceremony. I knew from the first time I had talked to her on the phone that she would put together something really special for us. She is very kind hearted and sweet, but also professional at the same time. She asked us all the right questions and tailored the ceremony to our needs. I really felt like our ceremony was one of a kind and not just another cookie cutter wedding!

After our first telephone conversation we set up a Skype date so that she could get to know both me and my husband and that worked out perfect for mine and his busy schedules. She also was very good with emailing us back and forth when we needed her and gave us a full draft of how it would all happen on the day of. We had never met face to face and we never rehearsed the ceremony but it all went so smooth on our wedding day I couldn't have been any happier! She even had my family raving about how wonderful and unique our ceremony was.

Thank you again Shyamala for bringing me and my husband together as one on our very special day!
Shyamala gave me and my husband a beautiful and spiritual ceremony. I knew from the first time I had talked to her on the Read more...
Shyamala gave me and my husband a beautiful and spiritual ceremony. I knew from the first time I had talked to her on the phone that she would put together something really special for us. She is very kind hearted and sweet, but also professional at the same time. She asked us all the right questions and tailored the ceremony to our needs. I really felt like our ceremony was one of a kind and not just another cookie cutter wedding!

After our first telephone conversation we set up a Skype date so that she could get to know both me and my husband and that worked out perfect for mine and his busy schedules. She also was very good with emailing us back and forth when we needed her and gave us a full draft of how it would all happen on the day of. We had never met face to face and we never rehearsed the ceremony but it all went so smooth on our wedding day I couldn't have been any happier! She even had my family raving about how wonderful and unique our ceremony was.

Thank you again Shyamala for bringing me and my husband together as one on our very special day! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had both been married before, Lori is 45 and Ray is 52; our kids are gone and it's just the two of us. We found our shared, amazing love later in life and after several years together we wanted to be married. We wanted just a very small, intimate wedding with just the two of us - and our 3 dogs! On a warm summer morning in our tree-filled yard, Shyamala gently guided us through an incredibly personal, romantic and beautiful ceremony; we were both crying. Nothing is too big or too small for her, she was genuinely kind, engaged, responsive and professional. She is awesome. We highly recommend her.
We had both been married before, Lori is 45 and Ray is 52; our kids are gone and it's just the two of us. We found our Read more...
We had both been married before, Lori is 45 and Ray is 52; our kids are gone and it's just the two of us. We found our shared, amazing love later in life and after several years together we wanted to be married. We wanted just a very small, intimate wedding with just the two of us - and our 3 dogs! On a warm summer morning in our tree-filled yard, Shyamala gently guided us through an incredibly personal, romantic and beautiful ceremony; we were both crying. Nothing is too big or too small for her, she was genuinely kind, engaged, responsive and professional. She is awesome. We highly recommend her. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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meghan
Wedding:
7/28/2016
5.0/5.0
Shyamala is very warm and welcoming! My husband and I met with her twice in person to go over the ceremony. She invited us into her home and took the time to get to know us. Through our conversations she was able to create a simple ceremony that included our "how we met story" and a ring warming (we passed out our rings to the guests). Shyamala is very open to various ideas and at times, when we were not quite sure what we wanted, she gave many suggestions and examples from other ceremonies. She always responded quickly to any of our questions and she sent us drafts of the ceremony to approve. Our ceremony was wonderful, easy, and full of love. Thanks Shyamala!
Shyamala is very warm and welcoming! My husband and I met with her twice in person to go over the ceremony. She invited us Read more...
Shyamala is very warm and welcoming! My husband and I met with her twice in person to go over the ceremony. She invited us into her home and took the time to get to know us. Through our conversations she was able to create a simple ceremony that included our "how we met story" and a ring warming (we passed out our rings to the guests). Shyamala is very open to various ideas and at times, when we were not quite sure what we wanted, she gave many suggestions and examples from other ceremonies. She always responded quickly to any of our questions and she sent us drafts of the ceremony to approve. Our ceremony was wonderful, easy, and full of love. Thanks Shyamala! Read less
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