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Creative Vows

Orange, L.a. & Riverside Counties , CA

LOCATION

Orange, L.A. & Riverside counties, CA US (map)

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310-678-0228

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ABOUT US

My goal is to help you customize your ceremony to fit the two of you personally. It can be very traditional, completely creative or somewhere in between! Whether the venue is the country... Read more
My goal is to help you customize your ceremony to fit the two of you personally. It can be very traditional, completely creative or somewhere in between! Whether the venue is the country club, beach or backyard, I know I can help you create your perfect ceremony. Contact me to set up a meet and greet at no cost or obligation!! 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, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Presbyterian
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Absolutely!
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Solid color usually black, navy blue or grey. Pant suit or long dress
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes, I am flexible.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely!
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have a list, but you may use one of mine or any you choose.
How long are your ceremonies?
Usually no more than 15 minutes after all the bridal party enters.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I highly recommend rehearsals, but it is not necessary. It is usually based on the couples needs.
Do you supply a sound system?
No

REVIEWS

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Michelle
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Helene was awesome! She was very flexible with the ceremony, but also had lots of helpful suggestions so that we had a good flow. She was very organized and made the ceremony writing process go so smoothly. She came to the rehearsal (no extra cost) and really helped it run smoothly. On the day of, she was a calming influence, knew exactly what was going on, and did a great job during the ceremony! We were lucky to have her!
Helene was awesome! She was very flexible with the ceremony, but also had lots of helpful suggestions so that we had a Read more...
Helene was awesome! She was very flexible with the ceremony, but also had lots of helpful suggestions so that we had a good flow. She was very organized and made the ceremony writing process go so smoothly. She came to the rehearsal (no extra cost) and really helped it run smoothly. On the day of, she was a calming influence, knew exactly what was going on, and did a great job during the ceremony! We were lucky to have her! Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Helene was awesome. Professional, responsive and a calming influence. Very relatable.
Helene was awesome. Professional, responsive and a calming influence. Very relatable.
Helene was awesome. Professional, responsive and a calming influence. Very relatable. Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your kind words. It was indeed a pleasure working with you!!
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Brianna
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
I can't praise Helene our Officiant from Creative Vows enough. She was extremely professional, personal and experienced in her work. She took the time to go through everything in much detail, from wedding vows to other various ceremony tips and insights that I hadn't even thought about. She took the time to get to know us as a couple which made the actual day go utterly perfect! She was extremely quick to respond to any questions, allowed us to be creative in the ceremony when we wanted to be, and was happy to accommodate every detail of our vision. We had quite a decent sized wedding party (7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen) and she worked really well with the entire wedding party to make sure the rehearsal was useful for everyone and an efficient use of time which made the day of ceremony go absolutely flawlessly. She was able to conduct the ceremony with such grace and ease just like it was second nature to her which made everyone feel comfortable while ensuring we were all on the same page throughout. I would recommend Helene to any of my friends and family who need an Officiant as she is such a kind person who made our special day very sweet yet unforgettable! Thank you Helene from the both of us!
I can't praise Helene our Officiant from Creative Vows enough. She was extremely professional, personal and experienced in Read more...
I can't praise Helene our Officiant from Creative Vows enough. She was extremely professional, personal and experienced in her work. She took the time to go through everything in much detail, from wedding vows to other various ceremony tips and insights that I hadn't even thought about. She took the time to get to know us as a couple which made the actual day go utterly perfect! She was extremely quick to respond to any questions, allowed us to be creative in the ceremony when we wanted to be, and was happy to accommodate every detail of our vision. We had quite a decent sized wedding party (7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen) and she worked really well with the entire wedding party to make sure the rehearsal was useful for everyone and an efficient use of time which made the day of ceremony go absolutely flawlessly. She was able to conduct the ceremony with such grace and ease just like it was second nature to her which made everyone feel comfortable while ensuring we were all on the same page throughout. I would recommend Helene to any of my friends and family who need an Officiant as she is such a kind person who made our special day very sweet yet unforgettable! Thank you Helene from the both of us! Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Bri & Rob,
Thank you so much for your wonderful and detailed review! I really appreciate your kind words and I had a great time working with you both.
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N03113
Wedding:
12/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Helene was the best! She really worked with us on every aspect of our ceremony that we wanted. My now husband and I took great care to use the ceremony options she gave us and modified them into our own special unique service for our Wedding. Helene was great at adapting to our requests and the additional material we added in. She took care in understanding some of the personal touches and references we made in our ceremony (gaming terms and other geekish themes). This was great because while we had these references we received compliments on how well done it was - it wasn't campy or boring! (coming from most of our friends who actually hate weddings.)

She was also very helpful in the license process and took great care of making sure we had all the paperwork filled out properly as well as made sure it was sent off to the county registrar for us. We received our marriage certificate with certified copies with no problem.

We both wrote our own vows and she was fantastic at making sure we were both on the same page so that everything flowed well. I also loved her because she's got a colorful personality which really made us feel comfortable. For a non-traditional and non-religious ceremony, she was the perfect fit for us.
Helene was the best! She really worked with us on every aspect of our ceremony that we wanted. My now husband and I took Read more...
Helene was the best! She really worked with us on every aspect of our ceremony that we wanted. My now husband and I took great care to use the ceremony options she gave us and modified them into our own special unique service for our Wedding. Helene was great at adapting to our requests and the additional material we added in. She took care in understanding some of the personal touches and references we made in our ceremony (gaming terms and other geekish themes). This was great because while we had these references we received compliments on how well done it was - it wasn't campy or boring! (coming from most of our friends who actually hate weddings.)

She was also very helpful in the license process and took great care of making sure we had all the paperwork filled out properly as well as made sure it was sent off to the county registrar for us. We received our marriage certificate with certified copies with no problem.

We both wrote our own vows and she was fantastic at making sure we were both on the same page so that everything flowed well. I also loved her because she's got a colorful personality which really made us feel comfortable. For a non-traditional and non-religious ceremony, she was the perfect fit for us. Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your wonderful review! I had a great time working with you guys to make your ceremony really unique!!
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Rebekka
Wedding:
11/10/2013
5.0/5.0
I'm very happy with the experience. There were a few bumps in the road, but Helene helped us get through it! She went above and beyond what I expected.
I'm very happy with the experience. There were a few bumps in the road, but Helene helped us get through it! She went Read more...
I'm very happy with the experience. There were a few bumps in the road, but Helene helped us get through it! She went above and beyond what I expected. Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the great review! I really enjoyed working with you and Antonio.
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Karen
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Helene was Awesome!! she made us feel very comfortable, and at ease with the whole process. We were apprehensive as to whether or not she would perform a same sex marriage as there was no mention of this on her Website, but she was great, it was no problem for her to do this for us. She was nothing but professional through out the whole process. we highly recommend her to anyone looking for an Officiant, Helene is who you should use, you will not be disappointed. Thank You, Thank You, your the best...
Karen & Robin Apple Valley, CA
Helene was Awesome!! she made us feel very comfortable, and at ease with the whole process. We were apprehensive as to Read more...
Helene was Awesome!! she made us feel very comfortable, and at ease with the whole process. We were apprehensive as to whether or not she would perform a same sex marriage as there was no mention of this on her Website, but she was great, it was no problem for her to do this for us. She was nothing but professional through out the whole process. we highly recommend her to anyone looking for an Officiant, Helene is who you should use, you will not be disappointed. Thank You, Thank You, your the best...
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Karen & Robin, Thank you for the wonderful review!! You were an absolute pleasure to work with, and I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness.
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
She was all we wanted, she was very attentive and kind and most of all made sure that our day was perfect.
She was all we wanted, she was very attentive and kind and most of all made sure that our day was perfect.
She was all we wanted, she was very attentive and kind and most of all made sure that our day was perfect. Read less
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Deanna
Wedding:
5/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Helene was very helpful in choosing our vows, and always professional. I would highly recommend her for your officiant.
Helene was very helpful in choosing our vows, and always professional. I would highly recommend her for your officiant.
Helene was very helpful in choosing our vows, and always professional. I would highly recommend her for your officiant. Read less
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Steve & Debra
Wedding:
3/21/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I renewed our wedding vows last minute at Disney and we were treated as thought this was planned way in advance. We were able to get everything done in a week and every email or question I had was returned quickly to make it easy. I would highly recommend to anyone!
My husband and I renewed our wedding vows last minute at Disney and we were treated as thought this was planned way in Read more...
My husband and I renewed our wedding vows last minute at Disney and we were treated as thought this was planned way in advance. We were able to get everything done in a week and every email or question I had was returned quickly to make it easy. I would highly recommend to anyone! Read less
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Audrey & Jeff
Wedding:
3/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Helene worked well with us to customize our wedding ceremony.
She kept us on track, as we were working on a short time line and long distance.
Helene also made sure that our paperwork was filed properly. She also clarified some misinformation that we received. Our marrige license came sooner than we anticipated.
Helene worked well with us to customize our wedding ceremony.
She kept us on track, as we were working on a short time Read more...
Helene worked well with us to customize our wedding ceremony.
She kept us on track, as we were working on a short time line and long distance.
Helene also made sure that our paperwork was filed properly. She also clarified some misinformation that we received. Our marrige license came sooner than we anticipated. Read less
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Doug
Wedding:
2/23/2013
5.0/5.0
5 stars across the board! After the reviews and meeting Helene, it wasn't even a choice. We were so happy with our decision. Helene was very accommodating with the format that we wanted - mixing and matching her proven formats. She also did a great job of keeping us on task, which we needed with all that was going on. The day of was perfect, and went as planned. Thanks Helene!
5 stars across the board! After the reviews and meeting Helene, it wasn't even a choice. We were so happy with our Read more...
5 stars across the board! After the reviews and meeting Helene, it wasn't even a choice. We were so happy with our decision. Helene was very accommodating with the format that we wanted - mixing and matching her proven formats. She also did a great job of keeping us on task, which we needed with all that was going on. The day of was perfect, and went as planned. Thanks Helene! Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your kind words. You and Jennette were fun and really great to work with!
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Heather
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Helene was fantastic!!! I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. She made planning a California wedding from Texas so much easier. She smoothed things out by giving us the where, why and how from our marriage license to putting our ceremony together. Our wedding was unique to us and we have her wonderful inspiration and guidance to thank for that. Anyone who is lucky to have Helene as their officiant will be truely blessed in their experience!
Helene was fantastic!!! I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. She made planning a California wedding Read more...
Helene was fantastic!!! I honestly don't know what I would have done without her. She made planning a California wedding from Texas so much easier. She smoothed things out by giving us the where, why and how from our marriage license to putting our ceremony together. Our wedding was unique to us and we have her wonderful inspiration and guidance to thank for that. Anyone who is lucky to have Helene as their officiant will be truely blessed in their experience! Read less
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Kristy
Wedding:
8/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Helene was wonderful she helped us create the perfect wedding ceremony for us. So creative and attentive to our personal vision of what we wanted our ceremony to mean. She was extreamly professional but was also able to be as casual as my husband and I are. Couldn't have picked a better officiant!
Helene was wonderful she helped us create the perfect wedding ceremony for us. So creative and attentive to our personal Read more...
Helene was wonderful she helped us create the perfect wedding ceremony for us. So creative and attentive to our personal vision of what we wanted our ceremony to mean. She was extreamly professional but was also able to be as casual as my husband and I are. Couldn't have picked a better officiant! Read less
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Ryan
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Helene was awesome and fun. Will use her again... wait.
Helene was awesome and fun. Will use her again... wait.
Helene was awesome and fun. Will use her again... wait. Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Ha!Ha! very funny. I hope you don't have to use me again unless it is for a vow renewal. I really enjoyed working with you guys and I appreciate your review.
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Nancy
Wedding:
8/10/2012
5.0/5.0
From the moment I met Helene, she was very professional, helpful, and honest about the process. My ceremony with out a doubt was amazing! I highly recommended :)
From the moment I met Helene, she was very professional, helpful, and honest about the process. My ceremony with out a Read more...
From the moment I met Helene, she was very professional, helpful, and honest about the process. My ceremony with out a doubt was amazing! I highly recommended :) Read less
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Carly
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Helene is an absolute professional in addition to being a caring, thoughtful officiant. She was exceptional in setting and reminding us of matters to be completed in order to have everything ready in plenty of time for our wedding. She was also very helpful in suggesting wording for our vows and possible ceremonial rituals in order to provide us our own, personalized ceremony. Our ceremony was perfect and went without a hitch thanks to Helene! We would absolutely recommend her to everyone.
Helene is an absolute professional in addition to being a caring, thoughtful officiant. She was exceptional in setting and Read more...
Helene is an absolute professional in addition to being a caring, thoughtful officiant. She was exceptional in setting and reminding us of matters to be completed in order to have everything ready in plenty of time for our wedding. She was also very helpful in suggesting wording for our vows and possible ceremonial rituals in order to provide us our own, personalized ceremony. Our ceremony was perfect and went without a hitch thanks to Helene! We would absolutely recommend her to everyone. Read less
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Darling
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Helen was great on time very friendly n make us feel like she was part of the family ;))
Helen was great on time very friendly n make us feel like she was part of the family ;))
Helen was great on time very friendly n make us feel like she was part of the family ;)) Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your kind words. It was a pleasure to work with you both.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Helene was a perfect choice for our wedding. She was extremely professional and at the same time, very personable. Helene provided helpful guidance when we needed it and had many excellent suggestions for us. If you're looking for someone who will make your ceremony feel special, we highly recommend Helene.
Helene was a perfect choice for our wedding. She was extremely professional and at the same time, very personable. Helene Read more...
Helene was a perfect choice for our wedding. She was extremely professional and at the same time, very personable. Helene provided helpful guidance when we needed it and had many excellent suggestions for us. If you're looking for someone who will make your ceremony feel special, we highly recommend Helene. Read less
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Yvonne
Wedding:
6/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Helene is very professional and friendly! She went way above her duties to help my new husband & I figure this process out! She's funny and got along really well my friends and family! I had many of my friends and family complement us on having her! She is very easy going and personable. You can tell she really enjoys her work! Thanks for everything you did Helene!
Helene is very professional and friendly! She went way above her duties to help my new husband & I figure this process Read more...
Helene is very professional and friendly! She went way above her duties to help my new husband & I figure this process out! She's funny and got along really well my friends and family! I had many of my friends and family complement us on having her! She is very easy going and personable. You can tell she really enjoys her work! Thanks for everything you did Helene! Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
4/20/2012
5.0/5.0
"Bernie and I, wanted to say thank you so, so very much for the amazing job you did at our wedding ceremony. I couldn't have asked for anything more. You managed to bring us out as a couple and who we are and show how much we love each other. All our friends and family keep ranting how amazingly awesome you did. Mostly the four questions! It was so personal. you truly made our wedding day PERFECT! Thank you so much and best of luck to you in t he future. We were blessed to have you."

Kim & Bernie Koel of Cypress, Ca
"Bernie and I, wanted to say thank you so, so very much for the amazing job you did at our wedding ceremony. I couldn't Read more...
"Bernie and I, wanted to say thank you so, so very much for the amazing job you did at our wedding ceremony. I couldn't have asked for anything more. You managed to bring us out as a couple and who we are and show how much we love each other. All our friends and family keep ranting how amazingly awesome you did. Mostly the four questions! It was so personal. you truly made our wedding day PERFECT! Thank you so much and best of luck to you in t he future. We were blessed to have you."

Kim & Bernie Koel of Cypress, Ca Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your kind words. I really loved working with you guys.
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Nilou&ShaSha
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Helene did exactly what we wanted, and she was great in every aspect! We highly recommend her :)
Helene did exactly what we wanted, and she was great in every aspect! We highly recommend her :)
Helene did exactly what we wanted, and she was great in every aspect! We highly recommend her :) Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much!!
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Mike
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Helene was perfect. She is kind, patient, prompt, and a class act all the way. She made us feel at ease and was very understanding and helpful before, during, and after the ceremony. She even got us a gift which was a pleasant surprise. Her services are highly recommended. Thank you Helene and Creative Vows for a job well done!

-Mike and Nicole Lee
Helene was perfect. She is kind, patient, prompt, and a class act all the way. She made us feel at ease and was very Read more...
Helene was perfect. She is kind, patient, prompt, and a class act all the way. She made us feel at ease and was very understanding and helpful before, during, and after the ceremony. She even got us a gift which was a pleasant surprise. Her services are highly recommended. Thank you Helene and Creative Vows for a job well done!

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autumnzj
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Helene was exactly what we were looking for! And luckily, she was in our price range too! She took the time to really learn about us and get a feel for each of our personalities. I was planning our wedding from out of state, and had a TON of questions (since I've never been married before)... she was extremely responsive to my many, many emails. Thanks to Creative Vows, my husband and I had the wedding of our dreams and received our marriage certificate in the mail 2 weeks later - which is another plus! Creative Vows took care of all of our paperwork after the wedding! I would highly recommend creative Vows to anyone!
Helene was exactly what we were looking for! And luckily, she was in our price range too! She took the time to really Read more...
Helene was exactly what we were looking for! And luckily, she was in our price range too! She took the time to really learn about us and get a feel for each of our personalities. I was planning our wedding from out of state, and had a TON of questions (since I've never been married before)... she was extremely responsive to my many, many emails. Thanks to Creative Vows, my husband and I had the wedding of our dreams and received our marriage certificate in the mail 2 weeks later - which is another plus! Creative Vows took care of all of our paperwork after the wedding! I would highly recommend creative Vows to anyone! Read less
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Creative Vows responded with the following comments:

Wow! Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I really appreciate it. I loved working with both of you and I know you are going to have a wonderful life together.
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Rachel
Wedding:
12/7/2013
4.8/5.0
Excellent service, helene was very professional and always answered any questions that we had, highly recommended
Excellent service, helene was very professional and always answered any questions that we had, highly recommended
Excellent service, helene was very professional and always answered any questions that we had, highly recommended Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.8/5.0
Helene was great. She allowed us to create a ceremony that included all that we wanted while guiding us with experienced advice. She handled the documents so that I did not need to worry about them on the day of the wedding and she even left us with a beautiful wedding gift. Helene knew what she was doing at all times and delivered exactly what she promised. She was also very quick to respond to any and all correspondence. If you want an easy going yet professional officiate I would definitely recommend Helene's services.
Helene was great. She allowed us to create a ceremony that included all that we wanted while guiding us with experienced Read more...
Helene was great. She allowed us to create a ceremony that included all that we wanted while guiding us with experienced advice. She handled the documents so that I did not need to worry about them on the day of the wedding and she even left us with a beautiful wedding gift. Helene knew what she was doing at all times and delivered exactly what she promised. She was also very quick to respond to any and all correspondence. If you want an easy going yet professional officiate I would definitely recommend Helene's services. Read less
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dguysm8
Wedding:
11/26/2011
4.7/5.0
Helene followed our specifications to the 't' and was very willing to do whatever we requested.
Helene followed our specifications to the 't' and was very willing to do whatever we requested.
Helene followed our specifications to the 't' and was very willing to do whatever we requested. Read less
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