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Ceremonies For Sacred Days - Shyamala Littlefield

Oakland , CA

LOCATION

Oakland, CA US 94608 (map)
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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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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Working with Shyamala has been absolutely wonderful. The meetings over Skype worked for us as we live far from her, but she was able to capture the essence of our relationship over the chats we had on Skype throughout the wedding planning year. On the day of wedding, she was on time, fully prepared and was extremely pleasant through the ceremony. She's extremely respectful of different cultures, religions (or lack there of) and does not push anything on couples.

We recommend her for any Bay Area weddings.
Working with Shyamala has been absolutely wonderful. The meetings over Skype worked for us as we live far from her, but Read more...
Working with Shyamala has been absolutely wonderful. The meetings over Skype worked for us as we live far from her, but she was able to capture the essence of our relationship over the chats we had on Skype throughout the wedding planning year. On the day of wedding, she was on time, fully prepared and was extremely pleasant through the ceremony. She's extremely respectful of different cultures, religions (or lack there of) and does not push anything on couples.

We recommend her for any Bay Area weddings. Read less
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Bob
Wedding:
7/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Planning a wedding in San Francisco when you live in New York can be a bit daunting. I submitted an online request for a wedding offciant and Shyamala was the first to respond; and thank goodness she did - we had this immediate connection that was so comforting; almost as if we knew each other already!

About a week after our initial online contact my partner and I had an appointment to meet Shyamala via Skype and if we weren't 100% certain before we knew we had made the right decision within the first few minutes of our "in person" Skype meeting. We talked for about an hour discussing where my partner and I were from, where we grew up, how we met, what we felt when we met; what drew us together and continued to connect us, etc.

Flash forward to July 3rd ... we had our ceremony in the San Francisco City Hall that evening at 6:30 with Shyamala as our officiant. From that initial Skype meeting and throughout some brief email exchanges after that Shyamala magically mined so much information from us that it was crazy (in a good way). She was able to capture our essence ... what brought my partner and I together, what led us to getting married, and what will keep us together down the road. At the ceremony she spoke about my partner's and my first meeting and how that led to the wonderful moment when we were getting married. She made us laugh and brought tears of happiness to our eyes as she deeply moved us as she spoke about us and the importance of the day!
Planning a wedding in San Francisco when you live in New York can be a bit daunting. I submitted an online request for a Read more...
Planning a wedding in San Francisco when you live in New York can be a bit daunting. I submitted an online request for a wedding offciant and Shyamala was the first to respond; and thank goodness she did - we had this immediate connection that was so comforting; almost as if we knew each other already!

About a week after our initial online contact my partner and I had an appointment to meet Shyamala via Skype and if we weren't 100% certain before we knew we had made the right decision within the first few minutes of our "in person" Skype meeting. We talked for about an hour discussing where my partner and I were from, where we grew up, how we met, what we felt when we met; what drew us together and continued to connect us, etc.

Flash forward to July 3rd ... we had our ceremony in the San Francisco City Hall that evening at 6:30 with Shyamala as our officiant. From that initial Skype meeting and throughout some brief email exchanges after that Shyamala magically mined so much information from us that it was crazy (in a good way). She was able to capture our essence ... what brought my partner and I together, what led us to getting married, and what will keep us together down the road. At the ceremony she spoke about my partner's and my first meeting and how that led to the wonderful moment when we were getting married. She made us laugh and brought tears of happiness to our eyes as she deeply moved us as she spoke about us and the importance of the day! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/30/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience with Shyamala as our officiant. She helped us create a lovely ceremony and provided valuable suggestions. We were impressed with her delivery of the service, her ability to improvise, and her professionalism.
We had a wonderful experience with Shyamala as our officiant. She helped us create a lovely ceremony and provided valuable Read more...
We had a wonderful experience with Shyamala as our officiant. She helped us create a lovely ceremony and provided valuable suggestions. We were impressed with her delivery of the service, her ability to improvise, and her professionalism. Read less
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john
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a beautiful ceremony. Shyamala worked closely with us and personalized the ceremony to our liking. Our friends and family loved it.
We had a beautiful ceremony. Shyamala worked closely with us and personalized the ceremony to our liking. Our friends and Read more...
We had a beautiful ceremony. Shyamala worked closely with us and personalized the ceremony to our liking. Our friends and family loved it. Read less
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Tony
Wedding:
4/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Mrs. Littlefield was a wonderful wedding officiant. She was punctual, friendly and very patient and flexible with us. She did what she promised, helped us with our vows and put together an entire ceremony that was perfect for us. We would highly recommend her.
Mrs. Littlefield was a wonderful wedding officiant. She was punctual, friendly and very patient and flexible with us. She Read more...
Mrs. Littlefield was a wonderful wedding officiant. She was punctual, friendly and very patient and flexible with us. She did what she promised, helped us with our vows and put together an entire ceremony that was perfect for us. We would highly recommend her. Read less
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shannon
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was amazing! My husband and I planned our wedding in two weeks and Shyamala was extremely helpful and willing to make our ceremony perfect. She was not only great at what she does, but you can feel the sense of compassion and love she has in her heart. The ceremony was beautiful and SO perfect. The way she put it all together, the way she delivered and the expression of happiness on her face throughout the ceremony put me at ease and kept us both smiling the whole way through. Everyone loved her and thought she did an amazing job. I would HIGHLY recommend her, you will be so happy to have her at your wedding. Thank you Shyamala, you are amazing!
Shyamala was amazing! My husband and I planned our wedding in two weeks and Shyamala was extremely helpful and willing to Read more...
Shyamala was amazing! My husband and I planned our wedding in two weeks and Shyamala was extremely helpful and willing to make our ceremony perfect. She was not only great at what she does, but you can feel the sense of compassion and love she has in her heart. The ceremony was beautiful and SO perfect. The way she put it all together, the way she delivered and the expression of happiness on her face throughout the ceremony put me at ease and kept us both smiling the whole way through. Everyone loved her and thought she did an amazing job. I would HIGHLY recommend her, you will be so happy to have her at your wedding. Thank you Shyamala, you are amazing! Read less
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Gregg
Wedding:
2/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Residing in Houston, we wanted a small private service in San Francisco. Shyamala couldn't have been a better choice. She interviewed us over the phone, included all of our requests and even provided her home as a venue. She is a warm and welcoming person with a very rich past so she can offer a deep experience to an exciting day.
Residing in Houston, we wanted a small private service in San Francisco. Shyamala couldn't have been a better choice. She Read more...
Residing in Houston, we wanted a small private service in San Francisco. Shyamala couldn't have been a better choice. She interviewed us over the phone, included all of our requests and even provided her home as a venue. She is a warm and welcoming person with a very rich past so she can offer a deep experience to an exciting day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Shyamala, was a joy to work with. She helped us prepare a wedding ceremony tailored to us. She really captured our personalities through her words and our wedding ceremony was perfectly suited to us. Our wedding would not have been the same without her! We have received several comments on how heartfelt and touching our wedding was. We live in Colorado and Shyamala was very easy to work with in preparing our wedding ceremony. Just moments before we started she was able to add a few lines that really gave life to our setting. Her demeanor and way with words make for the perfect officiant for any wedding.
Shyamala, was a joy to work with. She helped us prepare a wedding ceremony tailored to us. She really captured our Read more...
Shyamala, was a joy to work with. She helped us prepare a wedding ceremony tailored to us. She really captured our personalities through her words and our wedding ceremony was perfectly suited to us. Our wedding would not have been the same without her! We have received several comments on how heartfelt and touching our wedding was. We live in Colorado and Shyamala was very easy to work with in preparing our wedding ceremony. Just moments before we started she was able to add a few lines that really gave life to our setting. Her demeanor and way with words make for the perfect officiant for any wedding. Read less
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Jodi
Wedding:
12/21/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a winter ceremony on a Cliff overlooking the ocean. It was cold and windy and Shyamala was completely open and flexible with the experience. We are pretty low key, and yet the ceremony was meaningful and lovely. Symamala was very helpful in developing the ceremony and providing many options for readings and vows. A wonderful and personal experience with an clearly skilled and experienced officiant. Thanks you! Jodi and Andrea, Tucson, AZ.
We had a winter ceremony on a Cliff overlooking the ocean. It was cold and windy and Shyamala was completely open and Read more...
We had a winter ceremony on a Cliff overlooking the ocean. It was cold and windy and Shyamala was completely open and flexible with the experience. We are pretty low key, and yet the ceremony was meaningful and lovely. Symamala was very helpful in developing the ceremony and providing many options for readings and vows. A wonderful and personal experience with an clearly skilled and experienced officiant. Thanks you! Jodi and Andrea, Tucson, AZ. Read less
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Nancy
Wedding:
12/18/2013
5.0/5.0
We have been a couple since 1978 when we met at a hospital where we both worked as nurses. We were only able to be "officially" married in 2013 thanks to California legalizing same sex marriage. As it is, we had to travel from our home in Arizona to make it happen. We chose Oakland because one of our daughters lives there. We were most fortunate in engaging Shyamala Littlefield as our officiant. She kindly offered her home for our ceremony and performed a simple, warm and loving marriage rite. She could not have been any more kinder or respectful of us. With our daughter in attendance, we were very moved to finally be married and will remember it always. We will be grateful to Shyamala for providing a wonderful forever experience.
We have been a couple since 1978 when we met at a hospital where we both worked as nurses. We were only able to be Read more...
We have been a couple since 1978 when we met at a hospital where we both worked as nurses. We were only able to be "officially" married in 2013 thanks to California legalizing same sex marriage. As it is, we had to travel from our home in Arizona to make it happen. We chose Oakland because one of our daughters lives there. We were most fortunate in engaging Shyamala Littlefield as our officiant. She kindly offered her home for our ceremony and performed a simple, warm and loving marriage rite. She could not have been any more kinder or respectful of us. With our daughter in attendance, we were very moved to finally be married and will remember it always. We will be grateful to Shyamala for providing a wonderful forever experience. Read less
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Rob
Wedding:
12/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. Shyamala was quick to respond to our initial contact and was a pleasure throughout the process. Her calm, caring energy came through during each subsequent conversation and her words during the ceremony clearly showed that she captured who we are individually and as a couple.

Shamala also incorporated important family members who were absent into the ceremony, which we so appreciated. Throughout she expressed genuine happiness for us and acknowledged the joy we all felt.

We have been together for 25 years and truly didn't expect our eventual wedding to be as joyful and memorable as if we were a new couple. Shyamala will always have our heartfelt thanks.
We could not have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. Shyamala was quick to respond to our initial contact and Read more...
We could not have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. Shyamala was quick to respond to our initial contact and was a pleasure throughout the process. Her calm, caring energy came through during each subsequent conversation and her words during the ceremony clearly showed that she captured who we are individually and as a couple.

Shamala also incorporated important family members who were absent into the ceremony, which we so appreciated. Throughout she expressed genuine happiness for us and acknowledged the joy we all felt.

We have been together for 25 years and truly didn't expect our eventual wedding to be as joyful and memorable as if we were a new couple. Shyamala will always have our heartfelt thanks. Read less
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Harvey
Wedding:
12/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Teresa Pinkerton and I were looking for an Officiate in the San Francisco area to perform our wedding. We wanted a small wedding outdoors by the fountain in Huntington Park. We found Shyamala through the internet and we couldn't have been more pleased. She accommodated our every wish and filled in the things we hadn't even thought about. As my wife, Teresa. said, "It was the happiest day of my life."
Teresa Pinkerton and I were looking for an Officiate in the San Francisco area to perform our wedding. We wanted a small Read more...
Teresa Pinkerton and I were looking for an Officiate in the San Francisco area to perform our wedding. We wanted a small wedding outdoors by the fountain in Huntington Park. We found Shyamala through the internet and we couldn't have been more pleased. She accommodated our every wish and filled in the things we hadn't even thought about. As my wife, Teresa. said, "It was the happiest day of my life." Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
11/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was fantastic from start to finish. My Husband and I married on our 10 year anniversary this past Nov. and I couldn't have been more pleased with her services. We knew we didn't want a traditional ceremony, and she helped us create a perfect and personalized one that really spoke to who we are as people. She spent time on the phone with us both together and separately getting to know us and even prepared a small surprise moment where she shared with each of us some of the things we'd shared about one another. Overall if I could give more than 5 stars I would, you could not go wrong hiring Shyamala to officiate your wedding.
Shyamala was fantastic from start to finish. My Husband and I married on our 10 year anniversary this past Nov. and I Read more...
Shyamala was fantastic from start to finish. My Husband and I married on our 10 year anniversary this past Nov. and I couldn't have been more pleased with her services. We knew we didn't want a traditional ceremony, and she helped us create a perfect and personalized one that really spoke to who we are as people. She spent time on the phone with us both together and separately getting to know us and even prepared a small surprise moment where she shared with each of us some of the things we'd shared about one another. Overall if I could give more than 5 stars I would, you could not go wrong hiring Shyamala to officiate your wedding. Read less
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Tatiana
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had a great experience working with Shyamala. We had a non denominational ceremony and didn't really have any ideas on what we wanted to do. Shyamala gave lots of options and had so many ideas. Our initial consultation meeting was via Skype, even though Skype we could feel how warm and genuine she was! She was also very professional and prompt in responding to e-mails.
My husband and I had a great experience working with Shyamala. We had a non denominational ceremony and didn't really have Read more...
My husband and I had a great experience working with Shyamala. We had a non denominational ceremony and didn't really have any ideas on what we wanted to do. Shyamala gave lots of options and had so many ideas. Our initial consultation meeting was via Skype, even though Skype we could feel how warm and genuine she was! She was also very professional and prompt in responding to e-mails. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We did not have a lot of time to plan our private wedding ceremony. Shyamala did a wonderful job helping us pull it together. We travelled from Colorado and we had no worries that the ceremony would turn out as expected.
We did not have a lot of time to plan our private wedding ceremony. Shyamala did a wonderful job helping us pull it Read more...
We did not have a lot of time to plan our private wedding ceremony. Shyamala did a wonderful job helping us pull it together. We travelled from Colorado and we had no worries that the ceremony would turn out as expected. Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Shyamala helped us create the most magical day. Everyone in attendance was impressed with her ceremony from her delivery, tone, cadence, and presentation. She was wonderful. There was not a dry eye on anyone. Our guests are still talking about it weeks later: "where did you find her?", "she has the most amazing and soothing voice", "she delivered a wonderful ceremony". Thank you Shyamala. You made our wedding day memorable and magical.
Shyamala helped us create the most magical day. Everyone in attendance was impressed with her ceremony from her delivery, Read more...
Shyamala helped us create the most magical day. Everyone in attendance was impressed with her ceremony from her delivery, tone, cadence, and presentation. She was wonderful. There was not a dry eye on anyone. Our guests are still talking about it weeks later: "where did you find her?", "she has the most amazing and soothing voice", "she delivered a wonderful ceremony". Thank you Shyamala. You made our wedding day memorable and magical. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We justed wanted to extend a big thank you for such a beautiful ceremony. You weaved a beautiful story about us. All of my relatives and friends came up to us all night long to express how beautiful it was. They were all tearful and crying! My mom especially was very moved. I admit I was a bit anxious about my parent's response as they are very Catholic. So it was especially wonderful to see my mom so emotional over the ceremony. The ceremony was the rock of our love. We are going to frame our vows along side our wedding portrait.

We are so happy. The magic has just begun!
We justed wanted to extend a big thank you for such a beautiful ceremony. You weaved a beautiful story about us. All of my Read more...
We justed wanted to extend a big thank you for such a beautiful ceremony. You weaved a beautiful story about us. All of my relatives and friends came up to us all night long to express how beautiful it was. They were all tearful and crying! My mom especially was very moved. I admit I was a bit anxious about my parent's response as they are very Catholic. So it was especially wonderful to see my mom so emotional over the ceremony. The ceremony was the rock of our love. We are going to frame our vows along side our wedding portrait.

We are so happy. The magic has just begun! Read less
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Ryan
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was an AMAZING officiant at our wedding. We had contacted her with very little time before the actual date of our wedding. She worked with us quickly and professionally to create a wonderful ceremony. She made it very special by interviewing me and fiance separately and asked us questions about the other, whose answers we got to hear for the first time at the wedding ceremony.

Many of our guests have commented on how beautiful it was and how Shyamala had come up with such a nice flow for the ceremony.

I would definitely recommend Shyamala's services to anyone who wants a beautifully tailored ceremony.

Thank you again Shyamala!
Shyamala was an AMAZING officiant at our wedding. We had contacted her with very little time before the actual date of our Read more...
Shyamala was an AMAZING officiant at our wedding. We had contacted her with very little time before the actual date of our wedding. She worked with us quickly and professionally to create a wonderful ceremony. She made it very special by interviewing me and fiance separately and asked us questions about the other, whose answers we got to hear for the first time at the wedding ceremony.

Many of our guests have commented on how beautiful it was and how Shyamala had come up with such a nice flow for the ceremony.

I would definitely recommend Shyamala's services to anyone who wants a beautifully tailored ceremony.

Thank you again Shyamala! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This review is for Shyamala Littlefield who officiated at my wedding on 9/23/13.

Shyamala is professional and personable. She made our ceremony perfect. She set the tone and was the strong and gentle leader that we needed.

We were from out of town, and yet she took the time to work with us remotely to get to know us, and include our individual stories in the ceremony. She offered us choices on how to craft our ceremony and made suggestions, but also accepted our ideas and incorporated them into the service.

She was professional and reliable. She provided us with drafts and with a final script of the service, so we knew exactly what to expect.

On the day of the wedding, she was on time, calm and reassuring. Her presence was authoritative and kind. She directed the ceremony perfectly. And though I knew what she was going to say, the words sounded even more beautiful when she said them.

I highly recommend Shyamala, and would use her again, if ever we renew our vows.
This review is for Shyamala Littlefield who officiated at my wedding on 9/23/13.

Shyamala is professional and Read more...
This review is for Shyamala Littlefield who officiated at my wedding on 9/23/13.

Shyamala is professional and personable. She made our ceremony perfect. She set the tone and was the strong and gentle leader that we needed.

We were from out of town, and yet she took the time to work with us remotely to get to know us, and include our individual stories in the ceremony. She offered us choices on how to craft our ceremony and made suggestions, but also accepted our ideas and incorporated them into the service.

She was professional and reliable. She provided us with drafts and with a final script of the service, so we knew exactly what to expect.

On the day of the wedding, she was on time, calm and reassuring. Her presence was authoritative and kind. She directed the ceremony perfectly. And though I knew what she was going to say, the words sounded even more beautiful when she said them.

I highly recommend Shyamala, and would use her again, if ever we renew our vows. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
9/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Choosing an officiant was not simple for us because we aren't affiliated with a particular faith. My husband's parents are, but did not feel it was important for someone from their faith to officiate for us. So I scoured the internet for local officiants with great reviews and moderate fees. This was how I came upon the delightful Shyamala.

Shyamala helped us SO much in preparation for our ceremony. First, she invited us to her home and was such a loving and open presence, which was a great help to a couple like us who really had few ideas about what we wanted to say in our ceremony. After our first meeting we met a second time so that she could get to know us more personally to gather material for what she would write. After that we corresponded via email.

Over the course of about 6 months leading up to the wedding, Shyamala was a wise and comforting support for us! Using her tools and suggestions, my husband and I were able to collaborate and customize the ceremony in a way that felt magical. Shyamala led us through the actual ritual with total grace and flexibility. I recommend her service wholeheartedly and if we were to do it all over again, we would not change a thing about our experience with her.
Choosing an officiant was not simple for us because we aren't affiliated with a particular faith. My husband's parents Read more...
Choosing an officiant was not simple for us because we aren't affiliated with a particular faith. My husband's parents are, but did not feel it was important for someone from their faith to officiate for us. So I scoured the internet for local officiants with great reviews and moderate fees. This was how I came upon the delightful Shyamala.

Shyamala helped us SO much in preparation for our ceremony. First, she invited us to her home and was such a loving and open presence, which was a great help to a couple like us who really had few ideas about what we wanted to say in our ceremony. After our first meeting we met a second time so that she could get to know us more personally to gather material for what she would write. After that we corresponded via email.

Over the course of about 6 months leading up to the wedding, Shyamala was a wise and comforting support for us! Using her tools and suggestions, my husband and I were able to collaborate and customize the ceremony in a way that felt magical. Shyamala led us through the actual ritual with total grace and flexibility. I recommend her service wholeheartedly and if we were to do it all over again, we would not change a thing about our experience with her. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My partner and I wanted a small and simple wedding experience. We wanted it to be about love and not about corporate greed. I'm so glad we decided to go with Shyamala with Ceremonies for Sacred Days. The ceremony was beautiful and couldn't have asked for better words from our wonderful officiant. I feel truly blessed.
My partner and I wanted a small and simple wedding experience. We wanted it to be about love and not about corporate Read more...
My partner and I wanted a small and simple wedding experience. We wanted it to be about love and not about corporate greed. I'm so glad we decided to go with Shyamala with Ceremonies for Sacred Days. The ceremony was beautiful and couldn't have asked for better words from our wonderful officiant. I feel truly blessed. Read less
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Marissa
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding would not have been the success it was without Shyamala. To this day, people said that they attended if not the best ceremony, one of the most memorable weddings they have ever been to! She took the time to get to know us individually, our history as a couple, and really personalize everything for us. She was also able to incorporate our Filipino traditions into the wedding. We were able to mold our wedding to exactly what we wanted, but it would have not have been as special without her personal touch! She also made last minute changes to our ceremony (the morning of the wedding!) per our request! Shyamala is not only an amazing officiant but a truly kind and sincere person. We highly recommend her to anyone. You would be very lucky if you can have her as your officiant!
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Our wedding would not have been the success it was without Shyamala. To this day, people said that they attended if not the best ceremony, one of the most memorable weddings they have ever been to! She took the time to get to know us individually, our history as a couple, and really personalize everything for us. She was also able to incorporate our Filipino traditions into the wedding. We were able to mold our wedding to exactly what we wanted, but it would have not have been as special without her personal touch! She also made last minute changes to our ceremony (the morning of the wedding!) per our request! Shyamala is not only an amazing officiant but a truly kind and sincere person. We highly recommend her to anyone. You would be very lucky if you can have her as your officiant! Read less
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Marisda
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding would not have been the success it was without Shyamala. To this day, people said that they attended if not the best ceremony, one of the most memorable weddings they have ever been to! She took the time to get to know us individually, our history as a couple, and really personalize everything for us. She was also able to incorporate our Filipino traditions into the wedding. We were able to mold our wedding to exactly what we wanted, but it would have not have been as special without her personal touch! She also made last minute changes to our ceremony (the morning of the wedding!) per our request! Shyamala is not only an amazing officiant but a truly kind and sincere person. We highly recommend her to anyone. You would be very lucky if you can have her as your officiant!
Our wedding would not have been the success it was without Shyamala. To this day, people said that they attended if not Read more...
Our wedding would not have been the success it was without Shyamala. To this day, people said that they attended if not the best ceremony, one of the most memorable weddings they have ever been to! She took the time to get to know us individually, our history as a couple, and really personalize everything for us. She was also able to incorporate our Filipino traditions into the wedding. We were able to mold our wedding to exactly what we wanted, but it would have not have been as special without her personal touch! She also made last minute changes to our ceremony (the morning of the wedding!) per our request! Shyamala is not only an amazing officiant but a truly kind and sincere person. We highly recommend her to anyone. You would be very lucky if you can have her as your officiant! Read less
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Alana
Wedding:
8/23/2013
5.0/5.0
When my husband accepted a job at Apple, I didn't realize how far from my network of support we would be moving. An engagement ring, a move 3,000 miles across the country, and one adorable cat later, we were planning a destination wedding for 120 North-Easterners, and we were the destination. Shyamala felt like a little pieces of home. Originally from Long Island as well, she understood what type of wedding ceremonies we were used to.

My husband and I are different religions, and so we decided not to focus on either during the ceremony. Shyamala helped us form the perfect ceremony that included family and tradition. The day was magical.
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When my husband accepted a job at Apple, I didn't realize how far from my network of support we would be moving. An engagement ring, a move 3,000 miles across the country, and one adorable cat later, we were planning a destination wedding for 120 North-Easterners, and we were the destination. Shyamala felt like a little pieces of home. Originally from Long Island as well, she understood what type of wedding ceremonies we were used to.

My husband and I are different religions, and so we decided not to focus on either during the ceremony. Shyamala helped us form the perfect ceremony that included family and tradition. The day was magical. Read less
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Princess
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so glad to have Shyamala on our wedding. Picking a wedding officiant is one of the biggest decisions we have made, and Shyamala did a wonderful job in making our wedding ceremony a very personalized one. She helped us so much in writing our wedding ceremony and vows, and she was there all the time to answer all our questions and she responds quick and very clear. She is very professional, and she arrived early on our wedding day. We are very pleased with the service and we hope she continues her passion for weddings because she really does a wonderful job.
We are so glad to have Shyamala on our wedding. Picking a wedding officiant is one of the biggest decisions we have made, Read more...
We are so glad to have Shyamala on our wedding. Picking a wedding officiant is one of the biggest decisions we have made, and Shyamala did a wonderful job in making our wedding ceremony a very personalized one. She helped us so much in writing our wedding ceremony and vows, and she was there all the time to answer all our questions and she responds quick and very clear. She is very professional, and she arrived early on our wedding day. We are very pleased with the service and we hope she continues her passion for weddings because she really does a wonderful job. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
After our very first skype meeting with Shyamala, we knew instantly that we wanted her for our wedding. We live in NYC and she is in LA, yet the planning process was seamless. Her caring nature, creative ideas, and great advice immediately put us at ease. My fiance and I come from very different backgrounds and Shyamala worked with us to find ceremonies and traditions that were meaningful and represented who we are. Throughout the wedding planning process, she reconnected us to what was important despite all of the logistics- The sacredness and significance of the ceremony. I am pretty sure that every ceremony Shyamala creates is unique and perfect for every couple. Our guests commented that it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been apart of. They felt completely welcomed, interested, included. and very moved. Shyamala really is amazing and I highly recommend her.
After our very first skype meeting with Shyamala, we knew instantly that we wanted her for our wedding. We live in NYC and Read more...
After our very first skype meeting with Shyamala, we knew instantly that we wanted her for our wedding. We live in NYC and she is in LA, yet the planning process was seamless. Her caring nature, creative ideas, and great advice immediately put us at ease. My fiance and I come from very different backgrounds and Shyamala worked with us to find ceremonies and traditions that were meaningful and represented who we are. Throughout the wedding planning process, she reconnected us to what was important despite all of the logistics- The sacredness and significance of the ceremony. I am pretty sure that every ceremony Shyamala creates is unique and perfect for every couple. Our guests commented that it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been apart of. They felt completely welcomed, interested, included. and very moved. Shyamala really is amazing and I highly recommend her. Read less
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Stano
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
We chose Shyamala as the wedding officiant for our wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shyamala is very friendly, loving, and she gives the heart to the ceremony. We were having a civil ceremony, and we tried to keep it as down-to-earth as possible, with only one ritual and tribute to our families. Shyamala met us several times to discuss our ceremony at her place and via Skype. She spent a lot of time listening to our story and preparing the service. Initially, we did not have a very good idea of how we wanted the ceremony to be, but with her help, through our conversations and multiple drafts, the service turned out to be wonderful, and we really liked. Throughout, Shyamala listened to our feedback and incorporated our requests. On the day of the wedding, she arrived early with plenty of time to spare, and the ceremony went smoothly without any hiccups. Overall, we were very happy with her services and would gladly recommend her to others.
We chose Shyamala as the wedding officiant for our wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shyamala is very friendly, Read more...
We chose Shyamala as the wedding officiant for our wedding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shyamala is very friendly, loving, and she gives the heart to the ceremony. We were having a civil ceremony, and we tried to keep it as down-to-earth as possible, with only one ritual and tribute to our families. Shyamala met us several times to discuss our ceremony at her place and via Skype. She spent a lot of time listening to our story and preparing the service. Initially, we did not have a very good idea of how we wanted the ceremony to be, but with her help, through our conversations and multiple drafts, the service turned out to be wonderful, and we really liked. Throughout, Shyamala listened to our feedback and incorporated our requests. On the day of the wedding, she arrived early with plenty of time to spare, and the ceremony went smoothly without any hiccups. Overall, we were very happy with her services and would gladly recommend her to others. Read less
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Terri
Wedding:
5/1/2013
5.0/5.0
When we first met Shyamala, we felt a warm connection which we knew would be important as we worked on creating our wedding vows and ceremony. We didn't want a traditional ceremony but rather opted for a Handfasting ceremony which would be held on the celebration of Beltane, celebrating my Celtic heritage. We incorporated many Wiccan practices and Shyamala was open and eager to learn about this celebration and incorporated blessings which merged beautifully with the ceremony we were planning. She was attentive and warm and her gentile spirit guided us through the stressful planning stage we found ourselves in, even making last minute changes on the 'big day'. She is a real gem and we highly recommend her as she takes the time to find out what makes each couple unique and manages to reveal and highlight that unique quality in the ceremony with humor and honor. Our ceremony was unique and our guests commented 'I actually paid attention to the service." We couldn't have been more happy with the ceremony and we owe it to Shyamala for making it such a beautiful one.
When we first met Shyamala, we felt a warm connection which we knew would be important as we worked on creating our Read more...
When we first met Shyamala, we felt a warm connection which we knew would be important as we worked on creating our wedding vows and ceremony. We didn't want a traditional ceremony but rather opted for a Handfasting ceremony which would be held on the celebration of Beltane, celebrating my Celtic heritage. We incorporated many Wiccan practices and Shyamala was open and eager to learn about this celebration and incorporated blessings which merged beautifully with the ceremony we were planning. She was attentive and warm and her gentile spirit guided us through the stressful planning stage we found ourselves in, even making last minute changes on the 'big day'. She is a real gem and we highly recommend her as she takes the time to find out what makes each couple unique and manages to reveal and highlight that unique quality in the ceremony with humor and honor. Our ceremony was unique and our guests commented 'I actually paid attention to the service." We couldn't have been more happy with the ceremony and we owe it to Shyamala for making it such a beautiful one. Read less
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Amber
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
shyamala could not have been better to work with, she did such an amazing job my wedding guests came up to me to comment what a beautiful ceremony it was and how she had a beautiful and calming voice. she was a pleasure to work with and helped both my husband and i with how to go about the ceremony to make it a wonderful expierence for both of us.
shyamala could not have been better to work with, she did such an amazing job my wedding guests came up to me to comment Read more...
shyamala could not have been better to work with, she did such an amazing job my wedding guests came up to me to comment what a beautiful ceremony it was and how she had a beautiful and calming voice. she was a pleasure to work with and helped both my husband and i with how to go about the ceremony to make it a wonderful expierence for both of us. Read less
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Holly
Wedding:
4/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Shyamala tailored the perfect ceremony for our wedding day based on multiple conversations we had with her. She really got to the core of what we were looking for - a short, deep, nature-inspired account of the paths that led us to one another in marriage.

Shyamala was extremely flexible, intuitive, and forthcoming in guiding us toward a ceremony that many in attendance remark as the most heart-felt and beautiful wedding they'd ever attended.

I highly recommend her!
Shyamala tailored the perfect ceremony for our wedding day based on multiple conversations we had with her. She really got Read more...
Shyamala tailored the perfect ceremony for our wedding day based on multiple conversations we had with her. She really got to the core of what we were looking for - a short, deep, nature-inspired account of the paths that led us to one another in marriage.

Shyamala was extremely flexible, intuitive, and forthcoming in guiding us toward a ceremony that many in attendance remark as the most heart-felt and beautiful wedding they'd ever attended.

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Brodie
Wedding:
4/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not have had a better experience than we did with Shyamala. From first phone call to goodbye at the wedding, she was just incredible- she put us totally at ease, walked us through every step, and went way above and beyond getting to know us to truly personalize the ceremony- we are still getting compliments to this day about how beautiful and touching it was, there were few dry eyes in the house. And we were very last minute too, which Shyamala was very accommodating for.
We could not have had a better experience than we did with Shyamala. From first phone call to goodbye at the wedding, she Read more...
We could not have had a better experience than we did with Shyamala. From first phone call to goodbye at the wedding, she was just incredible- she put us totally at ease, walked us through every step, and went way above and beyond getting to know us to truly personalize the ceremony- we are still getting compliments to this day about how beautiful and touching it was, there were few dry eyes in the house. And we were very last minute too, which Shyamala was very accommodating for. Read less
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Phil
Wedding:
4/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Shyamala is wise, serene, intuitive, professional, and was such a wonderful person to have as our officiant.

After meeting her on Skype there was no doubt she was meant to be our officiant (which was even clearer when we met at her home on one of our trips to the area.) We wanted a small humble wedding in Northern California although we weren’t sure of the format the wedding would take. She knew the right questions to ask and the appropriate level of involvement and helped us get started by providing sample wedding ceremonies, vows and other references we could use. From our conversations with her, she created a beautiful ceremony which included an amazingly intuitive story of how we met. We were both taken away by how well she had got to know us - as if she’d known us for far longer - and how the ceremony reflected this. Thanks to Shyamala, we really couldn’t have asked for a more touching and evocative wedding.

Shyamala helped bring together a perfect (even stress free) wedding and will always be a part of our special day.

Phil & Lori T.
Shyamala is wise, serene, intuitive, professional, and was such a wonderful person to have as our officiant.

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Shyamala is wise, serene, intuitive, professional, and was such a wonderful person to have as our officiant.

After meeting her on Skype there was no doubt she was meant to be our officiant (which was even clearer when we met at her home on one of our trips to the area.) We wanted a small humble wedding in Northern California although we weren’t sure of the format the wedding would take. She knew the right questions to ask and the appropriate level of involvement and helped us get started by providing sample wedding ceremonies, vows and other references we could use. From our conversations with her, she created a beautiful ceremony which included an amazingly intuitive story of how we met. We were both taken away by how well she had got to know us - as if she’d known us for far longer - and how the ceremony reflected this. Thanks to Shyamala, we really couldn’t have asked for a more touching and evocative wedding.

Shyamala helped bring together a perfect (even stress free) wedding and will always be a part of our special day.

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Mandie
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Shymamala was able to capture such a personal feel in ceremony by talking with my husband and I once over the phone. When she sent me the first draft for review, it was perfect. We asked for the short and sweet version, which lasted maybe 10-15 minutes. My guests said it was the most beautiful cermony they had been to! We were extremely satisfied with her service!
Shymamala was able to capture such a personal feel in ceremony by talking with my husband and I once over the phone. When Read more...
Shymamala was able to capture such a personal feel in ceremony by talking with my husband and I once over the phone. When she sent me the first draft for review, it was perfect. We asked for the short and sweet version, which lasted maybe 10-15 minutes. My guests said it was the most beautiful cermony they had been to! We were extremely satisfied with her service! Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was wonderful to work with. We met with her about a month before our Wedding ceremony and we were looking for someone who would help us customize it. She was so inspiring and helpful from day one and helped us incorporate all of the traditions we wanted to. She has such a friendly and warm personality and we are so grateful we were able to work with her. I would highly recommend her.
Shyamala was wonderful to work with. We met with her about a month before our Wedding ceremony and we were looking for Read more...
Shyamala was wonderful to work with. We met with her about a month before our Wedding ceremony and we were looking for someone who would help us customize it. She was so inspiring and helpful from day one and helped us incorporate all of the traditions we wanted to. She has such a friendly and warm personality and we are so grateful we were able to work with her. I would highly recommend her. Read less
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Priya
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Shyamala officiated our wedding in March 2013 and we couldn't have been happier with her. When we initially reached out to Shyamala, we hadn't given much thought to what we wanted in a ceremony other than it had to be short and sweet. Shyamala gave us that and so much more. In our initial conversation with Shyamala we immediately felt as though we had known her for years. She asked us many great questions about how we met, our values, and our interests. Out of that, Shyamala put together a ceremony that was so thoughtfully written, heartfelt in its delivery, and most importantly, very reflective of us and our two cultures (I'm Indian, my husband is American)--the ceremony was beautiful and just 15 minutes like we had asked! We absolutely loved the ceremony and were so touched to see many of our guests compliment Shyamala on it as well. -- Priya and Eli
Shyamala officiated our wedding in March 2013 and we couldn't have been happier with her. When we initially reached out to Read more...
Shyamala officiated our wedding in March 2013 and we couldn't have been happier with her. When we initially reached out to Shyamala, we hadn't given much thought to what we wanted in a ceremony other than it had to be short and sweet. Shyamala gave us that and so much more. In our initial conversation with Shyamala we immediately felt as though we had known her for years. She asked us many great questions about how we met, our values, and our interests. Out of that, Shyamala put together a ceremony that was so thoughtfully written, heartfelt in its delivery, and most importantly, very reflective of us and our two cultures (I'm Indian, my husband is American)--the ceremony was beautiful and just 15 minutes like we had asked! We absolutely loved the ceremony and were so touched to see many of our guests compliment Shyamala on it as well. -- Priya and Eli Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
3/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was the perfect choice to be our officiant. Both my husband and I connected immediately with her, even over the phone! She possesses a natural way of getting to know you as an individual and as a couple. She is extremely easy to talk to and is a truly gifted writer/speaker. I would highly recommend Shyamala to any couple that wants a ceremony that is unique and perfectly reflective of their personalities and values. She quickly became part of our wedding-planning "family" and we fell in love with her and her calm, endearing soul. Thank you Shyamala!
Shyamala was the perfect choice to be our officiant. Both my husband and I connected immediately with her, even over the Read more...
Shyamala was the perfect choice to be our officiant. Both my husband and I connected immediately with her, even over the phone! She possesses a natural way of getting to know you as an individual and as a couple. She is extremely easy to talk to and is a truly gifted writer/speaker. I would highly recommend Shyamala to any couple that wants a ceremony that is unique and perfectly reflective of their personalities and values. She quickly became part of our wedding-planning "family" and we fell in love with her and her calm, endearing soul. Thank you Shyamala! Read less
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Dave
Wedding:
12/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala provided us with resources which helped us better express ourselves. She also provided her own words which made a special day even more so.
Shyamala provided us with resources which helped us better express ourselves. She also provided her own words which made a Read more...
Shyamala provided us with resources which helped us better express ourselves. She also provided her own words which made a special day even more so. Read less
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Zurisada
Wedding:
12/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala Littlefield was an amazing person to work with, she made my wedding ceremony so special, she was easy to get along with, and helped me figure how to plan my wedding ceremony, especially when things were at last minute. I appreciate everything she did for me in making my day so special and memorable, I would recommend her to any bride. You would love to have an officiant so understanding, kind, and spiritually bonding. Thank you Shyamala. =)

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Shyamala Littlefield was an amazing person to work with, she made my wedding ceremony so special, she was easy to get Read more...
Shyamala Littlefield was an amazing person to work with, she made my wedding ceremony so special, she was easy to get along with, and helped me figure how to plan my wedding ceremony, especially when things were at last minute. I appreciate everything she did for me in making my day so special and memorable, I would recommend her to any bride. You would love to have an officiant so understanding, kind, and spiritually bonding. Thank you Shyamala. =)

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Leah
Wedding:
12/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Shaymala was FANTASTIC. Our wedding was simply beautiful and exactly what we wanted. I highly recommend her to anyone.
Shaymala was FANTASTIC. Our wedding was simply beautiful and exactly what we wanted. I highly recommend her to anyone.
Shaymala was FANTASTIC. Our wedding was simply beautiful and exactly what we wanted. I highly recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Ana Lia
Wedding:
12/1/2012
5.0/5.0
We couldn't make it at the time we scheduled, and Mrs Littelfield was kind enough to reschedule our apointment.
Very proffessional, and she made the ceremony very cozy and familiar.
We couldn't make it at the time we scheduled, and Mrs Littelfield was kind enough to reschedule our apointment.
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We couldn't make it at the time we scheduled, and Mrs Littelfield was kind enough to reschedule our apointment.
Very proffessional, and she made the ceremony very cozy and familiar. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
11/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala did a great job marrying my husband and I. When I walked down the aisle I felt at ease because Shyamala did a great job planning the ceremony. It was wonderful, she puts so much work in it and even though I kept it a bit simple I still added a touch to it. We had flowers that were given out to our mom's and a scripture about love that were read out loud by family members. It was wonderful and I just stood there and stared into my husbands eyes and felt at ease as I said I do.

I definitely recommend her
Shyamala did a great job marrying my husband and I. When I walked down the aisle I felt at ease because Shyamala did a Read more...
Shyamala did a great job marrying my husband and I. When I walked down the aisle I felt at ease because Shyamala did a great job planning the ceremony. It was wonderful, she puts so much work in it and even though I kept it a bit simple I still added a touch to it. We had flowers that were given out to our mom's and a scripture about love that were read out loud by family members. It was wonderful and I just stood there and stared into my husbands eyes and felt at ease as I said I do.

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Eda
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
We were very lucky to get Shyamala as a wedding officiant in a very short notice.She made our ceremony unique, personal and just beautiful. Everybody liked her a lot. First I talked to her on the phone then we made an appointment to meet in person. My fiance (now my husband) and I went to her house. She asked us some questions about our love story and in couple weeks she send us the first draft of the ceremony. We were amazed how she accurately described us and our love story in the first draft. She is very warm, organized, and always on time. We are so thankful she was available on our wedding day. I recommend her to any couple!
We were very lucky to get Shyamala as a wedding officiant in a very short notice.She made our ceremony unique, personal Read more...
We were very lucky to get Shyamala as a wedding officiant in a very short notice.She made our ceremony unique, personal and just beautiful. Everybody liked her a lot. First I talked to her on the phone then we made an appointment to meet in person. My fiance (now my husband) and I went to her house. She asked us some questions about our love story and in couple weeks she send us the first draft of the ceremony. We were amazed how she accurately described us and our love story in the first draft. She is very warm, organized, and always on time. We are so thankful she was available on our wedding day. I recommend her to any couple! Read less
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Shruthi
Wedding:
10/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala made me feel very comfortable from the first phone conversation. I was someone who was very new to planning a wedding - and she made the process very easy, and also adapted the ceremony to be beautiful and non-religious, as we wanted it to be. She provided ceremony material from which we could select the passages we liked, and sent us a draft - which was perfect :). The whole process took about two web chats and a few emails - and that was it!
Shyamala made me feel very comfortable from the first phone conversation. I was someone who was very new to planning a Read more...
Shyamala made me feel very comfortable from the first phone conversation. I was someone who was very new to planning a wedding - and she made the process very easy, and also adapted the ceremony to be beautiful and non-religious, as we wanted it to be. She provided ceremony material from which we could select the passages we liked, and sent us a draft - which was perfect :). The whole process took about two web chats and a few emails - and that was it! Read less
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Bill & Cynthia
Wedding:
10/14/2012
5.0/5.0
We're so lucky to find Shyamala through this web site that we not only had a high quality of service but also found one of the best wedding places through her. Shyamala did a wonderful job in a very short period--only two weeks notice, and she designed a very touching wedding plan based on our tradition and situation. All of these made a beautiful and memorable wedding for us. We are very happy to have Shyamala to be our wedding officiant and highly recommend her.
We're so lucky to find Shyamala through this web site that we not only had a high quality of service but also found one of Read more...
We're so lucky to find Shyamala through this web site that we not only had a high quality of service but also found one of the best wedding places through her. Shyamala did a wonderful job in a very short period--only two weeks notice, and she designed a very touching wedding plan based on our tradition and situation. All of these made a beautiful and memorable wedding for us. We are very happy to have Shyamala to be our wedding officiant and highly recommend her. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was an excellent officiant; my husband and I couldn't have asked for more. We wanted a personal, unique ceremony, and with her help we got just that. We didn't want religion to be a part of the ceremony (we didn't want to use the word "God" for example), and she was very open to that and helpful in suggesting alternate lines to use while still making the ceremony feel personal and special. Leading up to the wedding, she had several in depth conversations with us (in person and over the phone) to ascertain what kind of ceremony we were looking for, and offered many different options for the ceremony that would help to create exactly what we wanted. She also encouraged us to be creative since we weren't finding exactly what we wanted and we ended up creating our own "ritual" in place of the traditional rose or sand ceremony. She was excited with our creativity and great at making suggestions on how the ritual could work even better.

We didn't want to read the entire ceremony before the wedding, so she gave us a general overview of how the ceremony would go, and we felt comfortable that she understood what we were looking for. On our wedding day, we both loved what she wrote and loved listening to Shyamala's words about each other and about marriage. She even spoke with my husband and I individually and then spoke during the ceremony about how we felt about each other. It was amazing to listen to her speak about how my husband feels about me. Overall, I LOVED our ceremony. So many of our guests told us it was the most beautiful ceremony they witnessed, even months later!

One of my favorite things about working with Shyamala was that she visibly enjoyed being a part of creating a ceremony for and with us. I didn't realize how much goes into creating a ceremony and Shyamala made the whole process easy and enjoyable. She is so patient and kind and caring, exactly what we wanted in an officiant. I will recommend her until I am blue in the face!
Shyamala was an excellent officiant; my husband and I couldn't have asked for more. We wanted a personal, unique ceremony, Read more...
Shyamala was an excellent officiant; my husband and I couldn't have asked for more. We wanted a personal, unique ceremony, and with her help we got just that. We didn't want religion to be a part of the ceremony (we didn't want to use the word "God" for example), and she was very open to that and helpful in suggesting alternate lines to use while still making the ceremony feel personal and special. Leading up to the wedding, she had several in depth conversations with us (in person and over the phone) to ascertain what kind of ceremony we were looking for, and offered many different options for the ceremony that would help to create exactly what we wanted. She also encouraged us to be creative since we weren't finding exactly what we wanted and we ended up creating our own "ritual" in place of the traditional rose or sand ceremony. She was excited with our creativity and great at making suggestions on how the ritual could work even better.

We didn't want to read the entire ceremony before the wedding, so she gave us a general overview of how the ceremony would go, and we felt comfortable that she understood what we were looking for. On our wedding day, we both loved what she wrote and loved listening to Shyamala's words about each other and about marriage. She even spoke with my husband and I individually and then spoke during the ceremony about how we felt about each other. It was amazing to listen to her speak about how my husband feels about me. Overall, I LOVED our ceremony. So many of our guests told us it was the most beautiful ceremony they witnessed, even months later!

One of my favorite things about working with Shyamala was that she visibly enjoyed being a part of creating a ceremony for and with us. I didn't realize how much goes into creating a ceremony and Shyamala made the whole process easy and enjoyable. She is so patient and kind and caring, exactly what we wanted in an officiant. I will recommend her until I am blue in the face! Read less
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Monique
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Let me join the 5 stars and if I could go higher I would. We tried out two other officiants before finding Shyamala via Yelp. Best find ever! We had a theme wedding and Shyamala not only brought leadership, grounding, and knowledge, she was more than willing to integrate the theme through words, clothing and spirit. Shyamala helped us in composing several parts of the ceremony and made suggestions that shifted the ceremony from good to wonderful. We have received several great comments on the ceremony, especially the sand ceremony. Great officiant!
Let me join the 5 stars and if I could go higher I would. We tried out two other officiants before finding Shyamala via Read more...
Let me join the 5 stars and if I could go higher I would. We tried out two other officiants before finding Shyamala via Yelp. Best find ever! We had a theme wedding and Shyamala not only brought leadership, grounding, and knowledge, she was more than willing to integrate the theme through words, clothing and spirit. Shyamala helped us in composing several parts of the ceremony and made suggestions that shifted the ceremony from good to wonderful. We have received several great comments on the ceremony, especially the sand ceremony. Great officiant! Read less
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Ronda
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
We were truly blessed to have Shyamala as the officiant for our wedding. We did not want a typical wedding with traditional vows. We really wanted a personal experience from the heart and Shyamala helped us achieve that. She listened very closely to what we wanted and took the time to get to know both me and my fiance (now husband!). She interviewed us together and again separately, asking questions that really got to the deepest of feelings. She then took our comments and feedback and recreated our love story for the wedding. It was perfect! If you are seeking a very intimate and personal experience for your wedding, I am pleased to provide the highest of recommendations for her work. She was EXACTLY what we had hoped for! Thank you, Shyamala!!
We were truly blessed to have Shyamala as the officiant for our wedding. We did not want a typical wedding with Read more...
We were truly blessed to have Shyamala as the officiant for our wedding. We did not want a typical wedding with traditional vows. We really wanted a personal experience from the heart and Shyamala helped us achieve that. She listened very closely to what we wanted and took the time to get to know both me and my fiance (now husband!). She interviewed us together and again separately, asking questions that really got to the deepest of feelings. She then took our comments and feedback and recreated our love story for the wedding. It was perfect! If you are seeking a very intimate and personal experience for your wedding, I am pleased to provide the highest of recommendations for her work. She was EXACTLY what we had hoped for! Thank you, Shyamala!! Read less
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tiffany
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was the officiant for our wedding in Oakland on 9/8/12 and we couldn't have asked for a better wedding! She was gentle, kind and was so easy to work with - the ceremony came together beautifully and our friends are still talking about what a great ceremony we had. She has very creative ideas and was easily able to incorporate our 3 year old daughter into the ceremony as we wished. She's very professional and an all-around warm and generous person. We can't recommend Shyamala enough!
Shyamala was the officiant for our wedding in Oakland on 9/8/12 and we couldn't have asked for a better wedding! She was Read more...
Shyamala was the officiant for our wedding in Oakland on 9/8/12 and we couldn't have asked for a better wedding! She was gentle, kind and was so easy to work with - the ceremony came together beautifully and our friends are still talking about what a great ceremony we had. She has very creative ideas and was easily able to incorporate our 3 year old daughter into the ceremony as we wished. She's very professional and an all-around warm and generous person. We can't recommend Shyamala enough! Read less
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Chetan
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Really happy with Shyamala. Apart from being very nice and warm to talk to , she is also a very nice human being which is what we appreciated a lot. We worked with us to make our wedding ceremony a memorable one. Would definitely recommend her to everyone.
Really happy with Shyamala. Apart from being very nice and warm to talk to , she is also a very nice human being which is Read more...
Really happy with Shyamala. Apart from being very nice and warm to talk to , she is also a very nice human being which is what we appreciated a lot. We worked with us to make our wedding ceremony a memorable one. Would definitely recommend her to everyone. Read less
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Gordon
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala provided the best service possible. We met Shyamala the day before the wedding to go over the final details. She was welcoming, kind and understanding of our unique needs. We felt as if we had known Shyamala for years and were talking to an old friend!

On the day of ceremony, she arrived early and met with family and friends. We now consider her part of our extended family. We are so grateful we had the pleasure of meeting Shyamala. Our wedding was enhanced by Shyamala!

Thank you for your attention to detail and your kind words to our family and friends. We highly recommend Shyamala to any couple looking for an officiant.
Shyamala provided the best service possible. We met Shyamala the day before the wedding to go over the final details. She Read more...
Shyamala provided the best service possible. We met Shyamala the day before the wedding to go over the final details. She was welcoming, kind and understanding of our unique needs. We felt as if we had known Shyamala for years and were talking to an old friend!

On the day of ceremony, she arrived early and met with family and friends. We now consider her part of our extended family. We are so grateful we had the pleasure of meeting Shyamala. Our wedding was enhanced by Shyamala!

Thank you for your attention to detail and your kind words to our family and friends. We highly recommend Shyamala to any couple looking for an officiant. Read less
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Gina
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was our officiant for our outdoor wedding in Oakland, CA on 8-25-12. She is an amazing woman. A very kind spirited, genuine good soul. She worked with us to customize our day specifically to our needs. She meets with you ahead of time even in her own home to talk about your love story and get to know you as a couple. I really feel like she loves marrying couples and see's/feel's the true beauty in it and that it's not just a job to her. She was open to all of our ideas and was able to incorporate them. She has a lot of material for you to reference that you can use related to readings, vows, etc....or you can bring your own! Our day turned out flawless. I would definitely recommend her.
Shyamala was our officiant for our outdoor wedding in Oakland, CA on 8-25-12. She is an amazing woman. A very kind Read more...
Shyamala was our officiant for our outdoor wedding in Oakland, CA on 8-25-12. She is an amazing woman. A very kind spirited, genuine good soul. She worked with us to customize our day specifically to our needs. She meets with you ahead of time even in her own home to talk about your love story and get to know you as a couple. I really feel like she loves marrying couples and see's/feel's the true beauty in it and that it's not just a job to her. She was open to all of our ideas and was able to incorporate them. She has a lot of material for you to reference that you can use related to readings, vows, etc....or you can bring your own! Our day turned out flawless. I would definitely recommend her. Read less
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Grier
Wedding:
8/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was such an integral part to creating a personal and meaningful ceremony... I can't recommend her highly enough. As others have mentioned, she is a warm and caring person who really takes the time to get to know you as a couple. Her presence as an officiant is exactly what anyone would want: professional, nurturing and grounded. So many of our friends (even true wedding addicts) have mentioned how moved they were by the ceremony. It was joyful and fun and we can't thank Shyamala enough.
Shyamala was such an integral part to creating a personal and meaningful ceremony... I can't recommend her highly enough. Read more...
Shyamala was such an integral part to creating a personal and meaningful ceremony... I can't recommend her highly enough. As others have mentioned, she is a warm and caring person who really takes the time to get to know you as a couple. Her presence as an officiant is exactly what anyone would want: professional, nurturing and grounded. So many of our friends (even true wedding addicts) have mentioned how moved they were by the ceremony. It was joyful and fun and we can't thank Shyamala enough. Read less
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Elaina
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was wonderful! Working with her was a pleasure. She was very organized and I loved the way she truly makes each person's wedding special and unique. She gives wonderful guidelines but allows you to really create your own ceremony. She was on time to the wedding and really spoke loudly and clearly. I would definitely recommend her!
Shyamala was wonderful! Working with her was a pleasure. She was very organized and I loved the way she truly makes each Read more...
Shyamala was wonderful! Working with her was a pleasure. She was very organized and I loved the way she truly makes each person's wedding special and unique. She gives wonderful guidelines but allows you to really create your own ceremony. She was on time to the wedding and really spoke loudly and clearly. I would definitely recommend her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was an incredible officiant for our wedding! I would highly recommend her for any wedding ceremony. She was incredibly personable, professional, and tailored our ceremony to meet our needs and incorporate our culture. I felt that she spent time and energy to put thought into the words that she was saying on our wedding day. It was so special!
Shyamala was an incredible officiant for our wedding! I would highly recommend her for any wedding ceremony. She was Read more...
Shyamala was an incredible officiant for our wedding! I would highly recommend her for any wedding ceremony. She was incredibly personable, professional, and tailored our ceremony to meet our needs and incorporate our culture. I felt that she spent time and energy to put thought into the words that she was saying on our wedding day. It was so special! Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
7/24/2012
5.0/5.0
This was a second marriage for me. My first husband had passed away after a long extended illness leaving me with two children that were eight and ten. When I remarried about 18 months later, Shyamala really went out of her way to incorporate my children into the ceremony and to make the wedding truly a family affair. I felt truly blessed that we found an officiant who was so flexible and helpful to give us exacly the type of ceremony that we all wanted. She listened to what we wanted - then offered suggestions as to how we could have such a wonderful wedding. The day couldn't have been more perfect for all of us.
This was a second marriage for me. My first husband had passed away after a long extended illness leaving me with two Read more...
This was a second marriage for me. My first husband had passed away after a long extended illness leaving me with two children that were eight and ten. When I remarried about 18 months later, Shyamala really went out of her way to incorporate my children into the ceremony and to make the wedding truly a family affair. I felt truly blessed that we found an officiant who was so flexible and helpful to give us exacly the type of ceremony that we all wanted. She listened to what we wanted - then offered suggestions as to how we could have such a wonderful wedding. The day couldn't have been more perfect for all of us. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Shyamala did a great job of combining our two, different religious backgrounds - Jewish and Catholic - in a ceremony that met both of our expectations. She also did a nice job combining personal information from both of us into the ceremony.
Shyamala did a great job of combining our two, different religious backgrounds - Jewish and Catholic - in a ceremony that Read more...
Shyamala did a great job of combining our two, different religious backgrounds - Jewish and Catholic - in a ceremony that met both of our expectations. She also did a nice job combining personal information from both of us into the ceremony. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
To most people this moment in life should come only once and stay in our hearts and souls forever fresh, Shyamala made sure both my wife and I will never forget our wedding by the Bay. The day was perfect, weather was beautiful, it was unforgettable. You will not regret working this precious moment of life with Shyamala!
To most people this moment in life should come only once and stay in our hearts and souls forever fresh, Shyamala made Read more...
To most people this moment in life should come only once and stay in our hearts and souls forever fresh, Shyamala made sure both my wife and I will never forget our wedding by the Bay. The day was perfect, weather was beautiful, it was unforgettable. You will not regret working this precious moment of life with Shyamala! Read less
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Pat
Wedding:
7/3/2012
5.0/5.0
It was fantastic! Shyamala Littlefield helped make our special day the way we wanted it.
It was fantastic! Shyamala Littlefield helped make our special day the way we wanted it.
It was fantastic! Shyamala Littlefield helped make our special day the way we wanted it. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was just who we were hoping for when searching for our wedding officiant. She made the whole ceremony feel special, custom, and like it was truly made for us. She listened to our stories, asked the right questions, and was able to translate our wants into a wonderfully well thought out and beautifully written ceremony. My family and friends were truly impressed by how personal it felt, and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome. I would highly recommend her to all of my family and friends!!
Shyamala was just who we were hoping for when searching for our wedding officiant. She made the whole ceremony feel Read more...
Shyamala was just who we were hoping for when searching for our wedding officiant. She made the whole ceremony feel special, custom, and like it was truly made for us. She listened to our stories, asked the right questions, and was able to translate our wants into a wonderfully well thought out and beautifully written ceremony. My family and friends were truly impressed by how personal it felt, and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome. I would highly recommend her to all of my family and friends!! Read less
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Nancy Li
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala did a wonderful job on our wedding ceremony. She asked us the perfect questions to obtain information to incorporate into our ceremony. She has such a pleasant personality that it is quite easy to talk to her.
Shyamala did a wonderful job on our wedding ceremony. She asked us the perfect questions to obtain information to Read more...
Shyamala did a wonderful job on our wedding ceremony. She asked us the perfect questions to obtain information to incorporate into our ceremony. She has such a pleasant personality that it is quite easy to talk to her. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala Littlefield is truly a treasure find. I posted on an online website for Napa/Sonoma area looking for a non-denominational but spiritual, fun loving, eclectic, gifted speaker for a quirky couple like myself and my husband to be. Shyamala was so quick to respond, telling me she loved my post and would we like to set up an over the phone meeting with us.

Once we spoke, I knew she was the ONE! I felt like she worked with us every step of the way to make our ceremony SO personal and witty. We met in person with her and then had a few follow up one on ones...I read the entire ceremony written the week before and it brought tears to my eyes in just the reading.

The actual ceremony was MAGICAL. She spoke eloquently and her personal statements about us as a couple were spot on. Truly AMAZING! Thanks so much Shyamala for making this day truly one of the BEST in my life. Guests were so moved and said it was one of the most loving, laughable and poignant ceremonies they had ever seen.

Search no more, if you live in the bay area or are hosting your wedding ceremony in or around wine country, Shyamala Littlefield, is your OFFICIANT!
Shyamala Littlefield is truly a treasure find. I posted on an online website for Napa/Sonoma area looking for a Read more...
Shyamala Littlefield is truly a treasure find. I posted on an online website for Napa/Sonoma area looking for a non-denominational but spiritual, fun loving, eclectic, gifted speaker for a quirky couple like myself and my husband to be. Shyamala was so quick to respond, telling me she loved my post and would we like to set up an over the phone meeting with us.

Once we spoke, I knew she was the ONE! I felt like she worked with us every step of the way to make our ceremony SO personal and witty. We met in person with her and then had a few follow up one on ones...I read the entire ceremony written the week before and it brought tears to my eyes in just the reading.

The actual ceremony was MAGICAL. She spoke eloquently and her personal statements about us as a couple were spot on. Truly AMAZING! Thanks so much Shyamala for making this day truly one of the BEST in my life. Guests were so moved and said it was one of the most loving, laughable and poignant ceremonies they had ever seen.

Search no more, if you live in the bay area or are hosting your wedding ceremony in or around wine country, Shyamala Littlefield, is your OFFICIANT! Read less
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blushingPeach
Wedding:
4/27/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot give Shyamala enough praise for putting together and performing such a wonderful ceremony for my husband and me! She is very kind, friendly, welcoming, and open-minded. My husband and I honestly did not know where to start with the ceremony. Shyamala provided us with plenty of sample wedding vows to use (we were going to write and say our own, but I got nervous at the end!) as well as sample poems and readings. She is incredibly flexible when it comes to customizing the ceremony. My husband and I wrote a poem together, which we used as the reading. So many of our guests raved about how moving the ceremony was! Thank you so much Shyamala!
I cannot give Shyamala enough praise for putting together and performing such a wonderful ceremony for my husband and me! Read more...
I cannot give Shyamala enough praise for putting together and performing such a wonderful ceremony for my husband and me! She is very kind, friendly, welcoming, and open-minded. My husband and I honestly did not know where to start with the ceremony. Shyamala provided us with plenty of sample wedding vows to use (we were going to write and say our own, but I got nervous at the end!) as well as sample poems and readings. She is incredibly flexible when it comes to customizing the ceremony. My husband and I wrote a poem together, which we used as the reading. So many of our guests raved about how moving the ceremony was! Thank you so much Shyamala! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Shyamala worked with my husband and I to give us the exact ceremony we wanted. We did not want a traditional ceremony, or vows. She gave us guidance when we needed it and gave us support with what we wanted. I would definitely recommend her!
Shyamala worked with my husband and I to give us the exact ceremony we wanted. We did not want a traditional ceremony, or Read more...
Shyamala worked with my husband and I to give us the exact ceremony we wanted. We did not want a traditional ceremony, or vows. She gave us guidance when we needed it and gave us support with what we wanted. I would definitely recommend her! Read less
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Christrodz
Wedding:
12/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Weddings are special occasions and to my new wife and I it was very important that the ceremonie was put together with a personal touch, and said in a professional manner. Shyamala met with us and asked us questions, the answers to which gave her the information she needed to write a perfect ceremonie. She sent us material to look over, and asked for input from us. Send us a draft and delivered with perfection..

We're more than 100% satisfied with her performance on every level and recommend her to anyone who is looking for an officient to marry them.
Weddings are special occasions and to my new wife and I it was very important that the ceremonie was put together with a Read more...
Weddings are special occasions and to my new wife and I it was very important that the ceremonie was put together with a personal touch, and said in a professional manner. Shyamala met with us and asked us questions, the answers to which gave her the information she needed to write a perfect ceremonie. She sent us material to look over, and asked for input from us. Send us a draft and delivered with perfection..

We're more than 100% satisfied with her performance on every level and recommend her to anyone who is looking for an officient to marry them. Read less
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ireneau
Wedding:
11/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Shyamala put an incredible amount of thought and energy into our wedding ceremony to make it exceptionally personal, relevant, and memorable. During the planning phases she did a lot of research to propose ideas that would make our ceremony uniquely ours, and collaborated with us to make sure it was the experience we wanted to have. Thanks to Shyamala, she helped make our special day truly special.
Shyamala put an incredible amount of thought and energy into our wedding ceremony to make it exceptionally personal, Read more...
Shyamala put an incredible amount of thought and energy into our wedding ceremony to make it exceptionally personal, relevant, and memorable. During the planning phases she did a lot of research to propose ideas that would make our ceremony uniquely ours, and collaborated with us to make sure it was the experience we wanted to have. Thanks to Shyamala, she helped make our special day truly special. Read less
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Manjula
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Shyamala Littlefield did a superb job with our wedding ceremony. We could not have been more pleased. What was astonishing to both myself and the groom was that we were not able to provide her with very much information about what we wanted and only told her to keep it very simple. That isn't much to go on! And it was as if she read our minds (and hearts) and created a perfect expression of our intention of love and commitment. She said everything we would have wanted to say, with eloquence and grace, and nothing superfluous or 'canned'. We were deeply grateful and touched by our simple but profound ceremony.
Shyamala Littlefield did a superb job with our wedding ceremony. We could not have been more pleased. What was astonishing Read more...
Shyamala Littlefield did a superb job with our wedding ceremony. We could not have been more pleased. What was astonishing to both myself and the groom was that we were not able to provide her with very much information about what we wanted and only told her to keep it very simple. That isn't much to go on! And it was as if she read our minds (and hearts) and created a perfect expression of our intention of love and commitment. She said everything we would have wanted to say, with eloquence and grace, and nothing superfluous or 'canned'. We were deeply grateful and touched by our simple but profound ceremony. Read less
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SM
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Shayamala was marvelous, professional, warm and gracious. She made us feel comfortable as we wrote our feelings about each other and guided us in designing our wedding vows. Michael and I are not "writers" but Shyamala made us look like it! Our guests particularly commented on the sincerity and intimacy of the ceremony, thank you Shyamala!
Shayamala was marvelous, professional, warm and gracious. She made us feel comfortable as we wrote our feelings about each Read more...
Shayamala was marvelous, professional, warm and gracious. She made us feel comfortable as we wrote our feelings about each other and guided us in designing our wedding vows. Michael and I are not "writers" but Shyamala made us look like it! Our guests particularly commented on the sincerity and intimacy of the ceremony, thank you Shyamala! Read less
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DF
Wedding:
9/13/2011
5.0/5.0
My fiancé and I are to be married next month. We were having a serious communication issue with our officiant and did not think that we would have anyone to perform our wedding! We contacted Shyamala at the last possible minute and asked if she would be available. She was extremely helpful and understanding and very willing to work with us to find a solution. We have a strict timeline that was already set in place and she offered flexibility in her schedule to work with what we had. She was extremely professional, helpful, and most importantly, CALMING to a bride in distress. Though we were finally able to work things out with our original officiant and are no longer in need of her services (we hope!), we extend great thanks to her for her kindness.
My fiancé and I are to be married next month. We were having a serious communication issue with our officiant and did not Read more...
My fiancé and I are to be married next month. We were having a serious communication issue with our officiant and did not think that we would have anyone to perform our wedding! We contacted Shyamala at the last possible minute and asked if she would be available. She was extremely helpful and understanding and very willing to work with us to find a solution. We have a strict timeline that was already set in place and she offered flexibility in her schedule to work with what we had. She was extremely professional, helpful, and most importantly, CALMING to a bride in distress. Though we were finally able to work things out with our original officiant and are no longer in need of her services (we hope!), we extend great thanks to her for her kindness. Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
I coudn't imagine a better officiant than Shyamala. Our wedding was made so beautiful with her effort in personalizing our ceremony and incorporating the sand ritual to make my children as much a part of our wedding. One of our college friends at the wedding was actually so inspired and said that she will definitely call on Shyamala when it's her time to tie the knot. Our parents, family and friends really loved how very personal and touching Shyamala had made our ceremony to be.
I coudn't imagine a better officiant than Shyamala. Our wedding was made so beautiful with her effort in personalizing our Read more...
I coudn't imagine a better officiant than Shyamala. Our wedding was made so beautiful with her effort in personalizing our ceremony and incorporating the sand ritual to make my children as much a part of our wedding. One of our college friends at the wedding was actually so inspired and said that she will definitely call on Shyamala when it's her time to tie the knot. Our parents, family and friends really loved how very personal and touching Shyamala had made our ceremony to be. Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was so much more than we expected in an Officiant! We instantly felt comfortable with her. She welcomed us into her home and we all had tea. She asked us questions about how we met, our story, and how our relationship evolved. She guided us through the process of making a custom ceremony and after meeting with us she was able to put something together that really expressed who we are. The ceremony was such a profound experience and several of our guests commented on how they had never been to a wedding that expressed who the couple really was as well as ours did. That meant a lot to us. She is sensitive to any secular, spiritual or religious background you may have and whether you desire to incorporate that into the ceremony or not. The most fantastic thing was how relaxed she made us feel. You really don't have to do any work with her, it's easy. You are in good hands with Shyamala.
Shyamala was so much more than we expected in an Officiant! We instantly felt comfortable with her. She welcomed us into Read more...
Shyamala was so much more than we expected in an Officiant! We instantly felt comfortable with her. She welcomed us into her home and we all had tea. She asked us questions about how we met, our story, and how our relationship evolved. She guided us through the process of making a custom ceremony and after meeting with us she was able to put something together that really expressed who we are. The ceremony was such a profound experience and several of our guests commented on how they had never been to a wedding that expressed who the couple really was as well as ours did. That meant a lot to us. She is sensitive to any secular, spiritual or religious background you may have and whether you desire to incorporate that into the ceremony or not. The most fantastic thing was how relaxed she made us feel. You really don't have to do any work with her, it's easy. You are in good hands with Shyamala. Read less
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lauraf001
Wedding:
8/26/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had the pleasure of Shyamala officiate our wedding ceremony in August 2011. Everything about how Shamala runs her business (really, she provides a service), her professionalism, fair pricing, custom or template options for vows and such are all top notch! You will not be disapointed by just getting in touch with her.
My husband and I had the pleasure of Shyamala officiate our wedding ceremony in August 2011. Everything about how Shamala Read more...
My husband and I had the pleasure of Shyamala officiate our wedding ceremony in August 2011. Everything about how Shamala runs her business (really, she provides a service), her professionalism, fair pricing, custom or template options for vows and such are all top notch! You will not be disapointed by just getting in touch with her. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was a fantastic shepherd to us as we prepared for our wedding day. In the midst of a wedding whose planning brought out the family crazy, she was centered and focused on the soul of our day: our relationship to each other and hopes for the future. My partner and I still talk about the things we learned about ourselves and each other during our consultation with her. She was flexible, non-pretentious, and kind to even the most strident of my female relatives. We recommend her whole-heartedly and with perfect faith.
Shyamala was a fantastic shepherd to us as we prepared for our wedding day. In the midst of a wedding whose planning Read more...
Shyamala was a fantastic shepherd to us as we prepared for our wedding day. In the midst of a wedding whose planning brought out the family crazy, she was centered and focused on the soul of our day: our relationship to each other and hopes for the future. My partner and I still talk about the things we learned about ourselves and each other during our consultation with her. She was flexible, non-pretentious, and kind to even the most strident of my female relatives. We recommend her whole-heartedly and with perfect faith. Read less
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Alex and Tee
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was our Officiant for our ceremony on May 28, 2011. Everyone commented on how there was a certain calmness and sweetness to our ceremony. We attribute a lot of the credit to how Shyamala guided us through the process. She is unbelievably kind, patient and knowledgeable. Shyamala made us feel instantly at ease. We live in Southern California but were having the wedding in Central Californina, Shyamala met with us via webcam. Here kindness will never be forgetten. We completely and wholeheartedly recommend her services. She is just plain Great!
Shyamala was our Officiant for our ceremony on May 28, 2011. Everyone commented on how there was a certain calmness and Read more...
Shyamala was our Officiant for our ceremony on May 28, 2011. Everyone commented on how there was a certain calmness and sweetness to our ceremony. We attribute a lot of the credit to how Shyamala guided us through the process. She is unbelievably kind, patient and knowledgeable. Shyamala made us feel instantly at ease. We live in Southern California but were having the wedding in Central Californina, Shyamala met with us via webcam. Here kindness will never be forgetten. We completely and wholeheartedly recommend her services. She is just plain Great! Read less
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serian
Wedding:
5/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Shyamala was very nice and professional. She really listened to us and asked great questions so she create a tailor-made ceromony for us. We didn't really know what we wanted but Shyamala was able to put together a terrific ceronomy that was just perfect and unique to us as a couple. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for an officiant. Shyamala is very flexible and provides great service both before and after your ceromony has been completed.
Shyamala was very nice and professional. She really listened to us and asked great questions so she create a tailor-made Read more...
Shyamala was very nice and professional. She really listened to us and asked great questions so she create a tailor-made ceromony for us. We didn't really know what we wanted but Shyamala was able to put together a terrific ceronomy that was just perfect and unique to us as a couple. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for an officiant. Shyamala is very flexible and provides great service both before and after your ceromony has been completed. Read less
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ANNIE O.
Wedding:
4/23/2011
5.0/5.0
We were nervous about our wedding ceremony and needed some hand-holding. Shyamala made us feel like we weren't going into unchartered territory alone, she led us through it from the start. We are spiritual people but aren't necessarily brand loyal to any one religion and wanted someone who could conduct a ceremony that reflected that. We also wanted someone who could bring their own personality to the table without being a performer.

Our first meeting with Shyamala came with the expectation that we would still need to meet with at least 2 other officiants the way we go about getting an estimate on new windows. After the first 20 minutes we'd both decided independently that Shyamala was for us. Her warmth and realness made it very clear this was nothing like shopping for windows!

Here’s my attempt at a description of her: She is personable, real; expressive yet 100% genuine. Her spirit is welcoming and warm yet she was just as pragmatic in terms of how to carry things through and she is incredibly organized. She was in our corner from the start - before ever bringing up budget she was concerned more with our wants and needs. We spent the first hour just getting to know each other over tea and cookies at her house!

Her opening address to our friends and family could not have been more perfect and she led us through the rest of the ceremony. She customized our ceremony to honor our deceased family members in a way that was honorable, loving and not the least bit dreary. We got many compliments on how that was done. My fear of crowds was dispelled - being able to look over at Shyamala calmed me. I get teary just thinking about it.

We are not the most conventional people. Among our guests were musicians, magicians, burlesque performers, eccentrics of all kinds. We created an "event" to say the very least. YET, given all of that "dressing", the first thing any of the guests commented on and still do months later, is the ceremony, not all the funny wacky asides. About the ceremony we hear words like "genuine, touching, engrossing, perfect." Many of our guests said "I've been to so many weddings where I tend to tune out, but yours I was really right there..."

We are forever grateful to Shyamala for the perfect wedding ceremony for us.
-Annie and Daniel
We were nervous about our wedding ceremony and needed some hand-holding. Shyamala made us feel like we weren't going into Read more...
We were nervous about our wedding ceremony and needed some hand-holding. Shyamala made us feel like we weren't going into unchartered territory alone, she led us through it from the start. We are spiritual people but aren't necessarily brand loyal to any one religion and wanted someone who could conduct a ceremony that reflected that. We also wanted someone who could bring their own personality to the table without being a performer.

Our first meeting with Shyamala came with the expectation that we would still need to meet with at least 2 other officiants the way we go about getting an estimate on new windows. After the first 20 minutes we'd both decided independently that Shyamala was for us. Her warmth and realness made it very clear this was nothing like shopping for windows!

Here’s my attempt at a description of her: She is personable, real; expressive yet 100% genuine. Her spirit is welcoming and warm yet she was just as pragmatic in terms of how to carry things through and she is incredibly organized. She was in our corner from the start - before ever bringing up budget she was concerned more with our wants and needs. We spent the first hour just getting to know each other over tea and cookies at her house!

Her opening address to our friends and family could not have been more perfect and she led us through the rest of the ceremony. She customized our ceremony to honor our deceased family members in a way that was honorable, loving and not the least bit dreary. We got many compliments on how that was done. My fear of crowds was dispelled - being able to look over at Shyamala calmed me. I get teary just thinking about it.

We are not the most conventional people. Among our guests were musicians, magicians, burlesque performers, eccentrics of all kinds. We created an "event" to say the very least. YET, given all of that "dressing", the first thing any of the guests commented on and still do months later, is the ceremony, not all the funny wacky asides. About the ceremony we hear words like "genuine, touching, engrossing, perfect." Many of our guests said "I've been to so many weddings where I tend to tune out, but yours I was really right there..."

We are forever grateful to Shyamala for the perfect wedding ceremony for us.
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Alison and Alan
Wedding:
1/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Our first contact with Shyamala Littlefield was when she responded WITHIN HOURS of our posting our need for a wedding officiant on a "Find an Officiant" website. After speaking with her we really wanted to engage her, but decided on a simple courtroom ceremony so that relatives could be present. When those plans fell through (ten days before the event!) we again contacted Shyamala, who was available and willing to be our officiant. She was most helpful and compassionate, hearing our love story and offering some radiant insights. She helped us craft a beautiful and memorable wedding ceremony, weaving our poetry and writings with some of her own prayers and vows. She even cheerfully clambered down the steep stairs to the beach where the ceremony took place. Instead of a dry, cookie cutter civil ceremony we had the wedding of our dreams!
Our first contact with Shyamala Littlefield was when she responded WITHIN HOURS of our posting our need for a wedding Read more...
Our first contact with Shyamala Littlefield was when she responded WITHIN HOURS of our posting our need for a wedding officiant on a "Find an Officiant" website. After speaking with her we really wanted to engage her, but decided on a simple courtroom ceremony so that relatives could be present. When those plans fell through (ten days before the event!) we again contacted Shyamala, who was available and willing to be our officiant. She was most helpful and compassionate, hearing our love story and offering some radiant insights. She helped us craft a beautiful and memorable wedding ceremony, weaving our poetry and writings with some of her own prayers and vows. She even cheerfully clambered down the steep stairs to the beach where the ceremony took place. Instead of a dry, cookie cutter civil ceremony we had the wedding of our dreams! Read less
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hollye
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Shyamala, our wedding officiant, exceeded our expectations by miles. The only agenda she brings to the table is to give you a ceremony that reflects who you are and the experience you want your guests to have. We engaged her on short (~3 weeks notice) and went in with only the most nebulous idea of what we wanted. Shyamala asked good, insightful questions that brought us to an understanding of what we wanted. She is very free and creative with suggestions, and many of them were spot on, but she wasn't the least bit pushy about the ones that missed.
She was totally open to whatever we wanted to do, while being tactful and respectful with guidance. She was a consummate professional at all times (I don't say this lightly - I think professionals are rare in any industry) , both in manner and performance of duty, while somehow also being one of the warmest and most sincere people I have ever met. Our wedding would not have been as deep, fun, smart, or sincere without her. I recommend her with no reservations.
Shyamala, our wedding officiant, exceeded our expectations by miles. The only agenda she brings to the table is to give Read more...
Shyamala, our wedding officiant, exceeded our expectations by miles. The only agenda she brings to the table is to give you a ceremony that reflects who you are and the experience you want your guests to have. We engaged her on short (~3 weeks notice) and went in with only the most nebulous idea of what we wanted. Shyamala asked good, insightful questions that brought us to an understanding of what we wanted. She is very free and creative with suggestions, and many of them were spot on, but she wasn't the least bit pushy about the ones that missed.
She was totally open to whatever we wanted to do, while being tactful and respectful with guidance. She was a consummate professional at all times (I don't say this lightly - I think professionals are rare in any industry) , both in manner and performance of duty, while somehow also being one of the warmest and most sincere people I have ever met. Our wedding would not have been as deep, fun, smart, or sincere without her. I recommend her with no reservations. Read less
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wcr3sp07
Wedding:
9/19/2010
5.0/5.0
Shyamala married us 9/19/10 and we were happy with choosing her to be a part of our special day. She is very personable and caring and amongst our stresses reminded us to talk to eachother in a more loving way (sometimes you need that!!). She helped create a special ceremony unique to us and made us feel comfortable being center of attention. Thank you Shyamala. -The Goforths
Shyamala married us 9/19/10 and we were happy with choosing her to be a part of our special day. She is very personable Read more...
Shyamala married us 9/19/10 and we were happy with choosing her to be a part of our special day. She is very personable and caring and amongst our stresses reminded us to talk to eachother in a more loving way (sometimes you need that!!). She helped create a special ceremony unique to us and made us feel comfortable being center of attention. Thank you Shyamala. -The Goforths Read less
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Dave Abercrombie
Wedding:
8/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Shyamala was like meeting and making a new friend. She tuned into us so quickly and naturally she became just like another friend celebrating our happy day. She was totally ‘on board’ with us, supportive and enthusiastic, making the ceremony a sincere and deeply rewarding experience.
Our experience with Shyamala was like meeting and making a new friend. She tuned into us so quickly and naturally she Read more...
Our experience with Shyamala was like meeting and making a new friend. She tuned into us so quickly and naturally she became just like another friend celebrating our happy day. She was totally ‘on board’ with us, supportive and enthusiastic, making the ceremony a sincere and deeply rewarding experience. Read less
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Nada Clyne
Wedding:
1/18/1999
5.0/5.0
Dear Shyamala,
Thank you so much for being the sure hand that guided us in the renewal of our vows. We and all our guests appreciated the feeling of ease, spontaneity, and joy that flowed through the entire ceremony. You had exactly the right words and were so sensitive to the feelings of the moment - a masterful job!
With gratitude,
Nada and Bernie Clyne
Woodbourne, NY
Dear Shyamala,
Thank you so much for being the sure hand that guided us in the renewal of our vows. We and all our Read more...
Dear Shyamala,
Thank you so much for being the sure hand that guided us in the renewal of our vows. We and all our guests appreciated the feeling of ease, spontaneity, and joy that flowed through the entire ceremony. You had exactly the right words and were so sensitive to the feelings of the moment - a masterful job!
With gratitude,
Nada and Bernie Clyne
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michelecatskill
Wedding:
12/5/1996
5.0/5.0
When we were planning our wedding and the conversation came up about whom to officiate, there wasn’t even a discussion. Shyamala! Shyamala has an easeful style that is very personable and respectful.

One on one or with a large group, Shyamala can create an intimate connection; she is at ease and puts you at ease – a much needed quality on the wedding day! Shyamala treats all people and regards all things with respect; she made us feel that our wedding ceremony was the most important event she had every done.

The genuine care and love that Shyamala brings to all she does and imparts to all those she meets, made our day special indeed. She wants you to have the best, to be the best, and with Shyamala, you can expect the best.

Michele & Thom Cayce
Hurleyville, NY
When we were planning our wedding and the conversation came up about whom to officiate, there wasn’t even a discussion. Read more...
When we were planning our wedding and the conversation came up about whom to officiate, there wasn’t even a discussion. Shyamala! Shyamala has an easeful style that is very personable and respectful.

One on one or with a large group, Shyamala can create an intimate connection; she is at ease and puts you at ease – a much needed quality on the wedding day! Shyamala treats all people and regards all things with respect; she made us feel that our wedding ceremony was the most important event she had every done.

The genuine care and love that Shyamala brings to all she does and imparts to all those she meets, made our day special indeed. She wants you to have the best, to be the best, and with Shyamala, you can expect the best.

Michele & Thom Cayce
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Stacy
Wedding:
3/14/2014
4.9/5.0
Great Experience. Shyamala helped me and my husband create a very memorable wedding ceremony. I found her on yelp, and here I am reviewing on an amazing experience.
Since we live in Texas now we arranged a Skype meeting with her and she was so warm and friendly. We instantly knew that we wanted Shyamala to marry us. We explained to her that we didn't want a religious ceremony, instead we wanted a spiritual one where we used our love as a message to our guests. And she came up with the most amazing draft that brought tears to my eyes.. I absolutely appreciate every touch she added to make our ceremony unique and memorable. After the ceremony several family members appreciated the uniqueness of our ceremony. The ring blessing was my favorite, it meant so much to have our wedding rings blessed by all our family and friends, way to start a family bond!
Great Experience. Shyamala helped me and my husband create a very memorable wedding ceremony. I found her on yelp, and Read more...
Great Experience. Shyamala helped me and my husband create a very memorable wedding ceremony. I found her on yelp, and here I am reviewing on an amazing experience.
Since we live in Texas now we arranged a Skype meeting with her and she was so warm and friendly. We instantly knew that we wanted Shyamala to marry us. We explained to her that we didn't want a religious ceremony, instead we wanted a spiritual one where we used our love as a message to our guests. And she came up with the most amazing draft that brought tears to my eyes.. I absolutely appreciate every touch she added to make our ceremony unique and memorable. After the ceremony several family members appreciated the uniqueness of our ceremony. The ring blessing was my favorite, it meant so much to have our wedding rings blessed by all our family and friends, way to start a family bond! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
We are so happy we chose Shyamala as the officiant for our wedding! We had a very small ceremony with less than 50 people, so we really wanted someone who could bring a warm and personal touch. Shyamala came highly recommended by the staff at our venue, so we gave her a call and set up a time to discuss our needs. From the very start we found her to be down-to-earth, friendly, and (most importantly for me) very calming. She interviewed us in person and by phone, and got to know us well in a relatively short time. She sent us a few drafts of our ceremony, and we communicated frequently by phone and by email (she usually responded in a day or two to any of my inquiries and edits). The end result was fabulous, and I can honestly say that Shyamala is a true artist! She was able to weave our individual stories into a beautiful and unique ceremony that was told in such a moving and heartfelt manner that several guests commented afterwards on her wonderful style. She also showed up early on the day of the ceremony, took care of the paperwork with city hall, and mailed us a beautiful copy of the transcript of our ceremony. If you're a "type A" bride like me - a bride who could really benefit from a calming presence on your big day - then Shyamala is a great choice! :) Thank you, Shyamala!
We are so happy we chose Shyamala as the officiant for our wedding! We had a very small ceremony with less than 50 people, Read more...
We are so happy we chose Shyamala as the officiant for our wedding! We had a very small ceremony with less than 50 people, so we really wanted someone who could bring a warm and personal touch. Shyamala came highly recommended by the staff at our venue, so we gave her a call and set up a time to discuss our needs. From the very start we found her to be down-to-earth, friendly, and (most importantly for me) very calming. She interviewed us in person and by phone, and got to know us well in a relatively short time. She sent us a few drafts of our ceremony, and we communicated frequently by phone and by email (she usually responded in a day or two to any of my inquiries and edits). The end result was fabulous, and I can honestly say that Shyamala is a true artist! She was able to weave our individual stories into a beautiful and unique ceremony that was told in such a moving and heartfelt manner that several guests commented afterwards on her wonderful style. She also showed up early on the day of the ceremony, took care of the paperwork with city hall, and mailed us a beautiful copy of the transcript of our ceremony. If you're a "type A" bride like me - a bride who could really benefit from a calming presence on your big day - then Shyamala is a great choice! :) Thank you, Shyamala! Read less
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Kamesh
Wedding:
4/14/2012
4.9/5.0
We could not have asked for more. It was the perfect ceremony. We received so many compliments on the ceremony. Thanks Shyamala. She loves what she does and thats why shes the best at it. She was very easy to work with and very accomodating to our schedule. we pretty much worked over phone and email. we met her for the first time at our rehearsal (2 days before the wedding). She wrote the perfect vows with the right amount of love and affection. She always managed to come up with new ideas in engaging people that were interested in being part of the ceremony. Overall, Shyamala made it our perfect day. thank you!
We could not have asked for more. It was the perfect ceremony. We received so many compliments on the ceremony. Thanks Read more...
We could not have asked for more. It was the perfect ceremony. We received so many compliments on the ceremony. Thanks Shyamala. She loves what she does and thats why shes the best at it. She was very easy to work with and very accomodating to our schedule. we pretty much worked over phone and email. we met her for the first time at our rehearsal (2 days before the wedding). She wrote the perfect vows with the right amount of love and affection. She always managed to come up with new ideas in engaging people that were interested in being part of the ceremony. Overall, Shyamala made it our perfect day. thank you! Read less
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mrs howell
Wedding:
9/7/2010
4.9/5.0
Thank you so very much for officiating our wedding. We were very happy and got many compliments about how nice the ceremony was. I appreciate you working with us to tailor the ceremony just for us. It was so special and you were a perfect fit. I really appreciated your lightheartedness, approachability, and the beautiful heartfelt ceremony you created for us.
Thank you so very much for officiating our wedding. We were very happy and got many compliments about how nice the Read more...
Thank you so very much for officiating our wedding. We were very happy and got many compliments about how nice the ceremony was. I appreciate you working with us to tailor the ceremony just for us. It was so special and you were a perfect fit. I really appreciated your lightheartedness, approachability, and the beautiful heartfelt ceremony you created for us. Read less
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Prema
Wedding:
8/18/2002
4.9/5.0
Shyamala Littlefield is an exceptional officiant. She has the love, compassion and intuition to connect with you authentically and help you to create a ceremony that reflects your deepest values. She has the presence, inspiration and good humor to touch the hearts of you and your guests. And Shyamala brings a deeply rooted connection with the sacred that breathes life and love into any ceremony. We wholeheartedly recommend Shyamala and her services.
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Shyamala Littlefield is an exceptional officiant. She has the love, compassion and intuition to connect with you authentically and help you to create a ceremony that reflects your deepest values. She has the presence, inspiration and good humor to touch the hearts of you and your guests. And Shyamala brings a deeply rooted connection with the sacred that breathes life and love into any ceremony. We wholeheartedly recommend Shyamala and her services. Read less
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Lucky
Wedding:
10/12/2013
4.8/5.0
Shyamala added so much grace, calm, and elegance to our vow renewal ceremony. From the moment we met her for our initial consultation, she was warm, caring, and extremely perceptive. She called us back when she said she would, she emailed the script to us when she said she would and was so very professional.

She was even willing to perform the ceremony on the Sonoma Coast! Super cool!

We are so very happy that she was available and provide this review with the highest recommendation possible! Thank you Shyamala!
Shyamala added so much grace, calm, and elegance to our vow renewal ceremony. From the moment we met her for our initial Read more...
Shyamala added so much grace, calm, and elegance to our vow renewal ceremony. From the moment we met her for our initial consultation, she was warm, caring, and extremely perceptive. She called us back when she said she would, she emailed the script to us when she said she would and was so very professional.

She was even willing to perform the ceremony on the Sonoma Coast! Super cool!

We are so very happy that she was available and provide this review with the highest recommendation possible! Thank you Shyamala! Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
9/6/2013
4.8/5.0
We initially had an officiant who was professional and pleasant, but who we felt was not crafting a ceremony that connected with us as individuals. With barely a month before the wedding, we changed to Shyamala.

Shyamala was great: she jumped into planning the ceremony and worked with us in the intensive way that we felt was missing with our previous officiant. She had a starting point for her ceremony, but she was sensitive to ways in which we were different from other couples and modified her ceremony to fit our needs -- for example, she ran a story about fate by us, but I don't believe in fate, and so she dropped it without complaint and went a different direction.

We wanted a longer ceremony with some Buddhist-inspired ritual elements, and Shyamala both accommodated our ideas and came up with some good stuff on her own. She spoke with us together twice and individually once each with us, and sent us a draft of the ceremony to review. She incorporated our changes well, and also spoke with us about the processional and recessional.

After the wedding, several guests told us that our ceremony was unique and uniquely meaningful. We were very pleased with Shyamala, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone.
We initially had an officiant who was professional and pleasant, but who we felt was not crafting a ceremony that Read more...
We initially had an officiant who was professional and pleasant, but who we felt was not crafting a ceremony that connected with us as individuals. With barely a month before the wedding, we changed to Shyamala.

Shyamala was great: she jumped into planning the ceremony and worked with us in the intensive way that we felt was missing with our previous officiant. She had a starting point for her ceremony, but she was sensitive to ways in which we were different from other couples and modified her ceremony to fit our needs -- for example, she ran a story about fate by us, but I don't believe in fate, and so she dropped it without complaint and went a different direction.

We wanted a longer ceremony with some Buddhist-inspired ritual elements, and Shyamala both accommodated our ideas and came up with some good stuff on her own. She spoke with us together twice and individually once each with us, and sent us a draft of the ceremony to review. She incorporated our changes well, and also spoke with us about the processional and recessional.

After the wedding, several guests told us that our ceremony was unique and uniquely meaningful. We were very pleased with Shyamala, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Pamela
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.8/5.0
We contracted with Shyamala Littlefield to write and perform our wedding ceremony in the Brazilian Room at Berkeley, CA. After consulting with her at her home, I immediately felt at home and at ease with her. She was lovely, eloquent, and gracious. She spoke with us in person, was responsive to emails, and consulted with my husband and myself individually to personalize the ceremony.

Unfortunately, she had booked another ceremony right before ours, and we had changed our ceremony start time from 5:30 to 5:00, making it impossible for her to make our ceremony time. I was upset and unhappy. She suggested colleagues that would be able to perform the ceremony, and we met with Guillermo.

Thankfully, Guillermo was amazing when we consulted with him, and everyone at the ceremony loved him. With Shyamala's wonderful written ceremony and Guillermo's articulation and gracious presence, the ceremony stood out as memorable, sweet, and full of love.

Thank you both to Shyamala and to Guillermo!
We contracted with Shyamala Littlefield to write and perform our wedding ceremony in the Brazilian Room at Berkeley, CA. Read more...
We contracted with Shyamala Littlefield to write and perform our wedding ceremony in the Brazilian Room at Berkeley, CA. After consulting with her at her home, I immediately felt at home and at ease with her. She was lovely, eloquent, and gracious. She spoke with us in person, was responsive to emails, and consulted with my husband and myself individually to personalize the ceremony.

Unfortunately, she had booked another ceremony right before ours, and we had changed our ceremony start time from 5:30 to 5:00, making it impossible for her to make our ceremony time. I was upset and unhappy. She suggested colleagues that would be able to perform the ceremony, and we met with Guillermo.

Thankfully, Guillermo was amazing when we consulted with him, and everyone at the ceremony loved him. With Shyamala's wonderful written ceremony and Guillermo's articulation and gracious presence, the ceremony stood out as memorable, sweet, and full of love.

Thank you both to Shyamala and to Guillermo! Read less
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Sarah & Jordan
Wedding:
6/13/2012
4.8/5.0
Shyamala created a touching and personal ceremony; it was perfectly tailored to us. She also guided us through the legalities, which was especially helpful for us since we live outside the state we were married in. She was also willing to drive over an hour for our ceremony without any hesitation. The ceremony was beautiful and we couldn't have asked for more!
Sarah & Jordan Baugh
Shyamala created a touching and personal ceremony; it was perfectly tailored to us. She also guided us through the Read more...
Shyamala created a touching and personal ceremony; it was perfectly tailored to us. She also guided us through the legalities, which was especially helpful for us since we live outside the state we were married in. She was also willing to drive over an hour for our ceremony without any hesitation. The ceremony was beautiful and we couldn't have asked for more!
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scottishlace1956
Wedding:
6/11/2011
4.7/5.0
Shyamala had her work cut out when it came to serving as officiant for our wedding. We wanted someone to WOW us; someone insightful,a spiritual visionary if you will, to impart real words of wisdom to us as we set out to fulfill the rest of our days together. (We are entering our "Senior Years.")
Shyamala didn't disappoint us, but rather, exceeded our expectations! Her words had real meaning for us both,especially the Celtic Handfasting Ceremony, as we are both Celtic. She was thoughtful enough to send us a nicely presented copy of her wedding discourse, as well.
We reside in the Northern California Foothills, so we were really impressed that she inconvenienced herself by traveling quite some distance to officiate at our wedding, something she clearly didn't have to do...if you're wanting someone like THIS to make your special day absolutely unforgettable, then take my advice...call Shy!!!
Shyamala had her work cut out when it came to serving as officiant for our wedding. We wanted someone to WOW us; someone Read more...
Shyamala had her work cut out when it came to serving as officiant for our wedding. We wanted someone to WOW us; someone insightful,a spiritual visionary if you will, to impart real words of wisdom to us as we set out to fulfill the rest of our days together. (We are entering our "Senior Years.")
Shyamala didn't disappoint us, but rather, exceeded our expectations! Her words had real meaning for us both,especially the Celtic Handfasting Ceremony, as we are both Celtic. She was thoughtful enough to send us a nicely presented copy of her wedding discourse, as well.
We reside in the Northern California Foothills, so we were really impressed that she inconvenienced herself by traveling quite some distance to officiate at our wedding, something she clearly didn't have to do...if you're wanting someone like THIS to make your special day absolutely unforgettable, then take my advice...call Shy!!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Kylie
Wedding:
7/28/2012
4.6/5.0
Shyamala Littlefield is the consummate wedding officiant; she is warm, sociable, has a great speaking voice and is very responsive and creative. We contacted Shyamala about 9 months prior to our wedding and had a telephone conversation with her. We instantly knew that she was "the one" for us.

Because my husband and I had conflicting schedules, we met Shyamala initially through Skype to discuss our vision for our wedding. Later on, we met at our home in Oakland. It was lovely to meet her face to face, and I knew then that our ceremony was in good hands. Throughout the process of planning our wedding, Shyamala kept in touch with us. When we came down to the "wire" for our wedding and had to change some details we had previously discussed, she was able to integrate them into our ceremony seamlessly.

Our ceremony was beautiful and memorable. We loved it so much and cannot wait to relive it when we see our wedding video. Thank you, Shyamala, for a beautiful ceremony. I would highly recommend her!
Shyamala Littlefield is the consummate wedding officiant; she is warm, sociable, has a great speaking voice and is very Read more...
Shyamala Littlefield is the consummate wedding officiant; she is warm, sociable, has a great speaking voice and is very responsive and creative. We contacted Shyamala about 9 months prior to our wedding and had a telephone conversation with her. We instantly knew that she was "the one" for us.

Because my husband and I had conflicting schedules, we met Shyamala initially through Skype to discuss our vision for our wedding. Later on, we met at our home in Oakland. It was lovely to meet her face to face, and I knew then that our ceremony was in good hands. Throughout the process of planning our wedding, Shyamala kept in touch with us. When we came down to the "wire" for our wedding and had to change some details we had previously discussed, she was able to integrate them into our ceremony seamlessly.

Our ceremony was beautiful and memorable. We loved it so much and cannot wait to relive it when we see our wedding video. Thank you, Shyamala, for a beautiful ceremony. I would highly recommend her! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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abyssamba
Wedding:
6/24/2011
3.2/5.0
I found Shyamala online while looking for a wedding officiant. She responded quickly and provided many suggestions as to what we can have for our non-denominational wedding.

She met with us and we were surprised that she looks far from the picture that was provided on her website. We scheduled a meeting in a public place, which she said she had to leave relatively soon because she was meeting with another couple.

She gave us the materials that we could use for the wedding and told us to contact her again. We paid her electronically. If I remember, it was through paypal.

Three days before the wedding, Shyamala calls my husband-to-be and informed him that she will be charging us an additional $50 because of gas prices and that because business wasn't going so well. We had great thoughts about her until this point. I understand that it is a tough economy, but it was unfair to spring this on us a few days before the wedding after we had a contract agreement of the cost. In additional to the cost of all the rest of the wedding materials, venues, and menus we have to worry about, I felt deceived by the person that was going to perform my wedding.

I was happy to get married, but if I had to chose again, it would have been with a wedding officiant that was honest and professional.
I found Shyamala online while looking for a wedding officiant. She responded quickly and provided many suggestions as to Read more...
I found Shyamala online while looking for a wedding officiant. She responded quickly and provided many suggestions as to what we can have for our non-denominational wedding.

She met with us and we were surprised that she looks far from the picture that was provided on her website. We scheduled a meeting in a public place, which she said she had to leave relatively soon because she was meeting with another couple.

She gave us the materials that we could use for the wedding and told us to contact her again. We paid her electronically. If I remember, it was through paypal.

Three days before the wedding, Shyamala calls my husband-to-be and informed him that she will be charging us an additional $50 because of gas prices and that because business wasn't going so well. We had great thoughts about her until this point. I understand that it is a tough economy, but it was unfair to spring this on us a few days before the wedding after we had a contract agreement of the cost. In additional to the cost of all the rest of the wedding materials, venues, and menus we have to worry about, I felt deceived by the person that was going to perform my wedding.

I was happy to get married, but if I had to chose again, it would have been with a wedding officiant that was honest and professional. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Ceremonies For Sacred Days - Shyamala Littlefield responded with the following comments:

Your wedding was so lovely and such a profound rite of passage for the two of you. I would never want there to be any bad feelings around such a sacred ceremony. I am returning the $50 travel fee to you with my sincere wishes that this will restore harmony. It would have been best not to charge you the travel fee and I no longer charge travel fees at all. I wish you both all the very best.

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