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Don Johnson

Irvine , CA

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Irvine, CA US
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Kimberly
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were referred to Don by a friend who was married by him about 10 years ago. When I first contacted Don, he was very quick to respond and we set up a time to meet with him right away. When my husband and I met with Don, we knew instantly that he would create the perfect ceremony for us. We felt at ease and never had to worry about the details of the ceremony because we knew Don was a professional. Don has a great personality and every time we met with him, he had both my husband and I rolling with laughter. We met with Don a few weeks before our wedding to finalize the ceremony details and Don had everything set exactly how we had envisioned. At our rehearsal, Don arrived on time and was very organized. He gave clear and specific directions to the bridal party and our parents. and everyone felt comfortable with the ceremony layout and it only took about 15 minutes. The day of our wedding, Don arrived early and checked in with both myself and my husband to see how we were feeling, answer any last minute questions and give us some words of encouragement and made sure we were so excited to make our vows to one another. Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful, heartfelt and had its humorous moments. Our parents were extremely touched when Don read to each of them a short paragraph we had written for them during the ceremony and our guests are still commenting on how special and touching our ceremony was. Don does a great job of keeping a great mixture of emotional, meaningful and light and funny during the ceremony, and at one point there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Even some vendors commented on how they were getting choked up, but luckily Don did his thing and gave a good punch line to keep more tears from coming. We recommend Don to any couple in search of an amazing officiant, he will make it meaningful and memorable as your ceremony should be since it is the most important aspect of your wedding and the beginning of your marriage.
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Allison
Wedding:
4/4/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I met Don through our venue and we are very happy that we chose him to be our officiant for our wedding. We had a difficult time deciding how we would go about finding an officiant since neither of us are religious but Don was the perfect fit for us and knew exactly what we wanted.

Don is such a funny, genuine, caring man. He is a big goofball but he also knows how to be very heartfelt and its amazing to see how he transitions between the two so naturally. He was very flexible with meeting with us, he can talk for hours! It was really great getting to know him and you can tell he loves meeting people and making a difference in their lives.

Our wedding ceremony was perfect. Don created a wonderful ceremony - full of laughs but also very sentimental and loving. Our guests kept asking us where we found this guy! The vows he wrote for me and my husband were so loving but he also snuck in a few jokes to break up our emotions ;) I was concerned with what he would talk about since we didn't have readings or anything religious included in the ceremony, but Don talked about what everyone was there for - US! He really made the ceremony so special and so true to my husband and I and we can't thank him enough for making our wedding so memorable.

Thank you so much, Don!! Hope to keep in touch :)
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Nancy
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
At our first meeting with Don, he spent time asking us questions and getting to know us. We didn't want to do our own vows, but Don had us recite beautiful vows that were more personal than the standard ones. His message was short, sweet, and eloquent. He also made it personal to us and our families. Our friends and family all asked if he was our pastor because he seemed to really know us. We've received tons of compliments on our officiant. We're so happy that we chose Don as our officiant! We highly recommend Don Johnson.
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Matthew
Wedding:
6/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Wedding ceremonies are long, boring, and feel like a chore to sit through. Everyone wants to get past the actual I Do’s and get to the food and the eventual party. Well, this would be true if we were not talking about Don Johnson. Simply put, Don Johnson is the most likeable, fun, hilarious, sweet, and professional wedding officiant you can possibly find!

From our original meeting nearly a year before our wedding, we felt Don would be perfect for the two of us. As we met with him again days before the event, we were certain we had made the right choice. He was always available to answer questions, listen to our requests, and helped us stay calm up to and throughout the wedding.

‘Hilarious!’ ‘So much fun!’ ‘I’ve never been to a wedding and both laughed and cried so hard during the ceremony!’ ‘He was so sweet!’ ‘Where did you find this guy? He was amazing!’ – These are just a few of the many positive compliments received about Don. As part of our ‘dream team’ of vendors, we thank you so much. Don, you have no idea how magical you made our special day!

Do yourself a favor and book Don now. Seriously, do it! Right now! Thank you, Don!
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Daniela
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Having Don Johnson officiating our wedding was awesome. He is extremely nice and touching, yet at the same time he is funny and makes people laugh and enjoy the ceremony. He did a great job reading Spanish and English vows at our wedding so every attendee understood what was going on. Everyone afterwards said that he was great as well.
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MEGAN
Wedding:
2/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Don is simply the best! We love him and highly recommend him. He was referred to us by another vendor and we don't regret it. Everyone at the wedding loved him and he made our day perfect. He made us cry and laugh and it was never corny and hes simply a genuine guy. Thank you again Don!
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Alicia
Wedding:
10/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Don Johnson was a hit at our wedding! (How could he not be amazing with a name like that?!) We wanted an officiant that was spiritual, but not too "churchy". He was perfect for our wedding! He was funny, yet meaningful. Spiritual, but not cheesy. He didn't ramble on which I feel that a lot of officiants tend to do. He was to the point, but in a good way. We are very happy with our choice in Don!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We met with Don and right off the bat, he told us that he’s not for everybody and that he has to be a good fit with us to choose him to officiate over our wedding. Our first meeting was easy going and we spent 2 hours just shooting the breeze and going over what kind of ceremony we wanted. We’re not overly religious and we expressed that we didn’t want a religious ceremony, just a touch here and there with a blessing. Don understood what we wanted, took the time to listen and remembered fine details. He joked around a lot and was a great guy, but was also serious. I will say this though, he does like to toot his own horn a little bit, but you can’t really blame him. We did have a second meeting prior to the wedding to confirm our ceremony and everything went smoothly. At the rehearsal everything was quick and easy and the wedding was even better. We chose to do the parent tribute where we each write something small to say to each of our parents that Don reads off at the wedding. The basic premise is the message of in a way we’re breaking away from our parents who have (insert personal message from bride and groom here) to start a new family as husband and wife. It was so incredibly moving the entire crowd was in tears. Then he’ll lighten the mood with a few touching words and leave everyone laughing and excited for the wedding. He keeps the focus on us, the crowd captive, kept the entire ceremony to under 20 minutes and had everyone laughing and crying tears of joy. He was worth every cent. If you’re researching Don Johnson to see if he’s a good fit for you, you’ll come across this often “everyone at my wedding told me it was the best ceremony they had EVER seen”. It’s true every single person has told me this—several times. It was an unforgettable ceremony and Don Johnson it pure awesomeness.
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Kristen
Wedding:
9/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Don is absolutely awesome!! The minute we met him, we knew he was the one who had to marry us! He has a way with words that just cannot be described. After talking to us for only a few minutes he knew exactly what we were all about. His personality is exactly what we were looking for. We didn’t even bother meeting with anyone else after him. He made everyone laugh and cry at the same time. He knew when to lighten the mood and when to really get everyone emotional. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! And he called us the next morning after the wedding to see how we were doing. I just can’t say enough about him!!!
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Cassandra
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Wow. Don was absolutely incredible. After meeting with him for a couple hours, he was able to figure out just what my husband and I were about, and create a beautiful ceremony that set the tone for the rest of the evening. He walked the line between humor and seriousness, having everyone laughing and crying at the same time. I can't stress enough how happy we are with our ceremony because of Don-and trust me, we haven't stopped hearing about it since then. Our guests cannot stop talking about it!
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Nikki
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have been happier with Don's services at our wedding ceremony. The ceremony was exactly how we envisioned it and we received serveral compliments from our guests. He even went the extra mile by purchasing a tie that matched our wedding and called the day after to thank us for a fun time! He even came a couple of hours early to hang out and get to know us, our family, and our friends better. I highly recommend Don as a wedding officiant!!
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Candice
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
What a great officiant! He is not only a great officiant but we feel as he has become our friend. He is so funny and keeps the ceremony light hearted and heartfelt. Everyone loved him and we did too. Thank you Don!
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am713
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Don was the officiant for my wedding in April. My husband and I hit it off with him right from the start, even at our first meeting I felt emotional by the way he talked about what he would do in the ceremony. One of the most unique things he did was have my husband and I write a sort of letter to our parents that he would say to them during the ceremony. It was such a great way to thank them, and as Don put it at the same time, celebrate the formation of our new family. After the wedding my guests bombarded me with requests for his information. My cousin, who is not even dating anyone, wanted his info to save for her unknown wedding date! Most wedding guests can't wait to get through the ceremony to the reception, but with Don I think the ceremony was the part my guests enjoyed the most.
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Heather
Wedding:
4/6/2012
4.8/5.0
Don is a fun, real guy. He makes a point to know the bride and groom, the fam and wedding party as much as possible. He does a great ceremony without getting really preachy. He will have you all laughing and crying. He does a great part about the family in the ceremony that is very memorable. I do have to say that if you are easily offended by people that are not always PC or not strict traditional he may not be for you. We loved him and are still hearing from the guests how much they loved him and the ceremony that he did.
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Kristi
Wedding:
2/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Don is so great!! On our first meeting before hiring him he spent close to 2 hours with us talking, getting to know us/our story and giving us a feel of how he conducts ceremonies. He made a point to get to the venue an hour before so he could spend time with me and the bridesmaids as well as my husband and his groomsmen. He brought so much meaning and levity to our ceremony. After the ceremony everyone commented on how great our ceremony was and how awesome Don was. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Cj
Wedding:
12/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Don made my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding the special day that it was. From the moment they met him they fell in love with him. With his special blend of humor added to the correct touches of seriousness on the wedding vows, family, the Lord, etc. it could not have been any more special. I cannot tell you how many guest said they have not been to a wedding where they had equal amounts of tears for laughing so hard or the beauty of the wedding and the vows. Everyone is still laughing about the Groom taking the Bride shopping as part of the vows. We could not have made a better choice in selecting Don to marry them.
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Cristina
Wedding:
12/17/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I cannot be happier with Don. He was very professional, very personal, and very funny. He did what we asked, and did it with an appropriate sence of humor. Our guest were coming up to us and saying that our ceremony was the most beautiful ceremony they had been to and who was our amazing pastor! I highly recommend him!
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tthair
Wedding:
7/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Can’t say enough good things about Don Johnson. He did a great job officiating our wedding. People laughed, people cried and everyone told us what a great job he did. If you are looking for someone to deliver a memorable ceremony, book Don Johnson. He books up fast so sign him up early.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
While our DJ (Peter Merry) made our reception, Don Johnson completely made the ceremony. I had numerous guests come up after the ceremony to tell me how wonderful Don was. He made the ceremony very casual, light-hearted, funny, yet sentimental. I liked how the ceremony was laid-back and not so uptight and serious like most ceremonies are. We met with Don a couple times before our wedding day (to grab a beer) and he is just an awsome guy with a great personality. If you are looking for an officiant with a laid-back, carefree attitude that adds a personal and sentimental touch to the ceremony, I would highly recommend Don Johnson. =)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
We found Don Johnson on Project Wedding. We had scheduled to meet with two officiants. We met with Don Johnson first, booked him on the spot, and cancelled our other appointment with another officiant. Don was so personable, genuine, and funny that we knew right away he was the right one to marry us.

We were so lucky to have found him for our special day on 10.10.10. The ceremony was everything that we had dreamed of and more! The way Don speaks really captures everyone's attention. He made the ceremony so touching yet so light hearted at the same time. He had everyone laughing and crying. There was not one dry eye in the house!

So many people have come up to us and asked where we found Don and if we have known him for a long time. They were all shocked to find out that we found him online! We have only met Don twice: first at our initial meeting and second when we met to touch base and reconnect two months before the wedding. During the ceremony, he spoke to us and told stories about us like he has known us for years. In reality, he got all his "material" from our two meetings and also from visiting our wedding website. Not only does he have a gift, but he truly cares to get to know his couples :)

A lot of people have mentioned that their favorite part of our wedding was the ceremony and it is all because of Don Johnson. He made our special day so memorable, not just for the two of us, but for everyone who attended.

Don is really one of a kind. We cannot thank him enough! We love you Don!
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bball9811
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
Don Johnson was THE BEST. He made our wedding very entertaining with some teary moments. His ceremony is very thoughtfully planned and written JUST FOR YOU.
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trackaygonz
Wedding:
2/20/2010
5.0/5.0
We loved Don from the moment we met him. He really pulled our ceremony together, everyone was talking about how Great our officiant is, and we knew it, because he is just so laid back and really knows how to capture the audience. Thank you so much Don!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met Don Johnson, we knew right away he was the one we wanted to marry us. Don made us laugh, cry and feel inspired. Our guests say that it was one of the best ceremonies that they ever witnessed. People laughed, cried and felt great emotion. We really loved Don - he was AWESOME. I recommend him to anyone... and trust me, he is worth it.
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behurt
Wedding:
9/19/2009
0.0/5.0
Don is not only a horrible officiant, he is also amongst one of the worst human beings that I have ever met!!!

He insulted my deceased father and his Baptist faith, openly and without remorse. He laughed and joked at everything that is holy and sacred to me and my family. It was one cruel joke after the other.

He told me, and I quote "I'm sorry that your' father was a baptist, HAHA, I am only half kidding, HAHA"........ and...... "baptist are all the same, they just take things much too seriously, HAHA"

I am a religious person, and I do take it seriously, why did he have to laugh at my faith.....

Please, DON'T HIRE THIS MAN...........
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Oscarandleslie
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I used Don Johnson as our officiant and we are SO GLAD we did. Honestly, if you are debating between Don Johnson and anyone else, go with Don Johnson. After the wedding, the most common thing our guests told us was how great our officiant was. He made our guests laugh and cry. One of my guests thought that Don was a family friend because it seemed like he knew us so well. I think Don charges a little more than other officiants but trust me, he is worth every penny. He gets an A++++ from us! You will not be disappointed. He helped us feel at ease at the alter and was definitely a highlight of the night. He was WONDERFUL!!!!
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khairbear
Wedding:
3/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Don Johnson is AMAZING! He just gets people and their personalities and integrates it into the ceremony to make perfection. He had us laughing, crying and just soaking up the words he was saying. All the guests were raving about how awesome of a job the officiant did and how they have never seen a wedding ceremony like ours!
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msblanciak
Wedding:
4/12/2008
5.0/5.0
I love this guy. He not only married me but my sister. I think I got some free couseling from him too :) He really makes you laugh up there on the altar without taking away from the seriousness of the ceremony. He really helped me take the edge off the day and relax. He's a great man with alot of great knowledge about realationships. He's so easy to work with too.
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Janae
Wedding:
6/2/2007
5.0/5.0
I have been to so many boring weddings. I have also been to weddings that were much too serious, or sometimes too over-the-top. When we were looking for an officiant, DH and I really wanted to find the perfect person because the ceremony is truly what the wedding is all about! I wanted people to be interested in what the officiant was saying and what my DH and I were saying! I wanted someone who would relate to me and my DH and to our crowd! Also, we wanted someone who wouldn’t necessarily create a ceremony around religion.


We searched for awhile for an officiant but didn’t click with anyone at first. Finally I asked my good friend who lives in Orange County to recommend her favorite officiant. She has worked as a wedding photographer in OC for the past five+ years and has been to hundreds of weddings and the first person she recommended was Don Johnson. Because I trust her, DH and I drove all the way up to Irvine to meet with Don and immediately we knew he was going to create a very special ceremony for us! He has been providing ceremonies for a lot of years – he’s a retired Pastor and a practicing life-coach. He knows exactly how to read people and how to create a wonderful ceremony!


At the wedding – as soon as I started walking down the aisle I started to become emotional and started to cry. Throughout the ceremony he said some of the sweetest things and created something I will always remember. In addition, he has a very subtle yet recognizable sense of humor and knew when to crack a small joke to break up the emotion and to move the ceremony along. I cannot say enough about the ceremony except that it was outstanding – and that after the ceremony he must have given out at least 10 business cards by people who explicitly asked for it! He is amazing and I am so happy that we were able to have him as part of our special day!

He was, by far, the best decision we made for our wedding day. He was my favorite vendor. He is an AMAZING person and such a fabulous officiant!
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lawgirlgenius
Wedding:
3/17/2007
5.0/5.0
Professional but definitely fun! Courteous and flexible to meet when we were available. Would recommend to anyone!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.2/5.0
Don is a very nice guy and has a good personality for officiating.
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