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Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies

Santa Cruz , CA
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121 Sunnyside Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA US 95062 (map)

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831-325-7254

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Honey In The Heart Ceremonies comes from the joy that I share with couples who are stepping over the threshold into deeper commitment with one another. All of life's experience has... Read more
Honey In The Heart Ceremonies comes from the joy that I share with couples who are stepping over the threshold into deeper commitment with one another. All of life's experience has instilled within me the gift of listening to the heart's wisdom, the ability to emit the presence of calm, and to share respect for everyone that I serve. Love flows naturally when I'm in service to others.

I was ordained as a non-denominational minister in 2008 through the Center For Sacred Studies. I've loved being a wedding officiant since then. And, I'm a bee keeper!

You can rest assured that your ceremony will reflect the love that each of you has for one another. I embrace all beliefs and honor each person's vision. Together, we bring yourt together your inspiration with a sprinkling of humor, and mix them together to create an honoring of your commitment in a wedding ceremony that's special.

Please contact me so that we can talk about your ceremony that comes from the heart and is meant to "bee". My phone number is 831-325-7254 and my email address is Drgardner19@gmail.com Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. I perform ceremonies at the couple's choice of location. They've ranged from the forest to - the ocean - to indoor sites. I can also help recommend locations based on what a couple's preference is.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I can wear a range of clothing from a formal black robe to a nice dress/suit, or casual wear depending on what a couple wants to have me dressed in for their special day. I can also wear a costume for a "theme" wedding!
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes. I offer several samples and work closely together with couples to ensure that the wording in their ceremony is reflective of who they are. The wording is always reflective of what the couple wants me to say and I'm love incorporating new ideas that couples present to me to incorporate into their ceremony.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes. I have several samples of vows that couples can "cherry pick" from or use as a springboard for their own creative inspiration! I also have many ideas that couple can use if they need help with writing their own vows.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No, I don't require couples to use my list of readings. I can supply them with samples if they want to include a reading and they need this assistance.
How long are your ceremonies?
Approx. 20 minutes
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes
Do you supply a sound system?
No

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Lianna
Wedding:
8/10/2014
5.0/5.0
I highly recommend Donna, she is amazing! She was so relaxed and helpful during the whole process. She continued to answer all of my questions and made any changes that I asked for. Donna is clearly passionate about what she does and it shows in every part of the process. Due to budget, we chose the pre-written ceremony; we were able to pick and choose parts from different options to create our own ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony and I am glad that we chose Donna to be a part of it. Thanks Donna! :-)
I highly recommend Donna, she is amazing! She was so relaxed and helpful during the whole process. She continued to answer Read more...
I highly recommend Donna, she is amazing! She was so relaxed and helpful during the whole process. She continued to answer all of my questions and made any changes that I asked for. Donna is clearly passionate about what she does and it shows in every part of the process. Due to budget, we chose the pre-written ceremony; we were able to pick and choose parts from different options to create our own ceremony. It was a beautiful ceremony and I am glad that we chose Donna to be a part of it. Thanks Donna! :-) Read less
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Kerri
Wedding:
7/18/2014
5.0/5.0
I can't picture having our special day without Donna! She is truly an amazing person and it was a pleasure getting to know her. I feel very lucky to have found her!
I can't picture having our special day without Donna! She is truly an amazing person and it was a pleasure getting to know Read more...
I can't picture having our special day without Donna! She is truly an amazing person and it was a pleasure getting to know her. I feel very lucky to have found her! Read less
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linda
Wedding:
6/13/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience with Donna officiating our wedding. We had our first meeting at her home in Santa Cruz. She was very warm and inviting and we felt comfortable with her right away. She provided lovely vows and ceremony talking points for us to choose from. She was also willing to help us write our own vows. She is very responsive and helpful. She arrived on time and helped facilitate the ceremony. We were unable to mic her for the ceremony due to wind but her voice was able to project nicely. She is very sincere and did a beautiful job. She made it easy for us. Donna is a good soul. I highly recommend her services.
We had a wonderful experience with Donna officiating our wedding. We had our first meeting at her home in Santa Cruz. She Read more...
We had a wonderful experience with Donna officiating our wedding. We had our first meeting at her home in Santa Cruz. She was very warm and inviting and we felt comfortable with her right away. She provided lovely vows and ceremony talking points for us to choose from. She was also willing to help us write our own vows. She is very responsive and helpful. She arrived on time and helped facilitate the ceremony. We were unable to mic her for the ceremony due to wind but her voice was able to project nicely. She is very sincere and did a beautiful job. She made it easy for us. Donna is a good soul. I highly recommend her services. Read less
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Angela
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Donna was absolutely lovely to get to know throughout our wedding planning. She was open-minded to ceremony ideas and provided a lot of great insight and inspiration. It's apparent she's very passionate and spiritual, and it was an honor to have her conduct the ceremony of our marriage.
Donna was absolutely lovely to get to know throughout our wedding planning. She was open-minded to ceremony ideas and Read more...
Donna was absolutely lovely to get to know throughout our wedding planning. She was open-minded to ceremony ideas and provided a lot of great insight and inspiration. It's apparent she's very passionate and spiritual, and it was an honor to have her conduct the ceremony of our marriage. Read less
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Jeannie
Wedding:
12/22/2013
5.0/5.0
We were so happy with Donna's ceremony. It was perfectly suited to what we wanted for our wedding. We are both grateful that she traveled out to the beach that we wanted to be married on. Her words and demeanor were a perfect addition to such a beautiful day. She even gave us a sweet little gift.
We were so happy with Donna's ceremony. It was perfectly suited to what we wanted for our wedding. We are both grateful Read more...
We were so happy with Donna's ceremony. It was perfectly suited to what we wanted for our wedding. We are both grateful that she traveled out to the beach that we wanted to be married on. Her words and demeanor were a perfect addition to such a beautiful day. She even gave us a sweet little gift. Read less
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Roxanne
Wedding:
10/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of having Donna Gardner officiate our ceremony. She was very helpful during the entire process. It was both of our second marriages and I was bringing children into the marriage. We wanted the children included so Donna gave us a few excellent ideas that worked. She was very patient with us as we went through the process of choosing our verbiage. The best part was that she had the vows and ceremony verbiage printed out for us in a booklet. What a great gift! We loved it. I would reccomend Donna's services to anyone. She is very friendly and great to work with.
We had the pleasure of having Donna Gardner officiate our ceremony. She was very helpful during the entire process. It was Read more...
We had the pleasure of having Donna Gardner officiate our ceremony. She was very helpful during the entire process. It was both of our second marriages and I was bringing children into the marriage. We wanted the children included so Donna gave us a few excellent ideas that worked. She was very patient with us as we went through the process of choosing our verbiage. The best part was that she had the vows and ceremony verbiage printed out for us in a booklet. What a great gift! We loved it. I would reccomend Donna's services to anyone. She is very friendly and great to work with. Read less
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Jutta
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Donna Gardner of Honey in the Heart Ceremonies prepared a highly personalized ceremony text for the couple, officiating with warmth and charm, engaging the congregation and creating a unique atmosphere of "togetherness" for the couple and their family and friends.
I wholeheartedly recommend Donna as an officiant!
Donna Gardner of Honey in the Heart Ceremonies prepared a highly personalized ceremony text for the couple, officiating Read more...
Donna Gardner of Honey in the Heart Ceremonies prepared a highly personalized ceremony text for the couple, officiating with warmth and charm, engaging the congregation and creating a unique atmosphere of "togetherness" for the couple and their family and friends.
I wholeheartedly recommend Donna as an officiant! Read less
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Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you Jutta. Your kind words mean the world to me and I so appreciate you sharing them. I hope to have the opportunity of being on the "A" team with you overseeing a wedding again in the near future!
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Jason
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Donna was great. She brought a contagious warmth to our ceremony that emphasized who we are and what we wanted our wedding to convey in the perfect way. She worked wonderfully with us when we were picky and had the utmost patience when we were too busy to get our homework in on time. She was prepared, flexible, understanding but above all else I would have to say it was her outlook and positive energy that was most important to us.

Thanks Donna, you're the best!
Donna was great. She brought a contagious warmth to our ceremony that emphasized who we are and what we wanted our wedding Read more...
Donna was great. She brought a contagious warmth to our ceremony that emphasized who we are and what we wanted our wedding to convey in the perfect way. She worked wonderfully with us when we were picky and had the utmost patience when we were too busy to get our homework in on time. She was prepared, flexible, understanding but above all else I would have to say it was her outlook and positive energy that was most important to us.

Thanks Donna, you're the best! Read less
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Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you Jason! I really came from my heart and wanted your wedding ceremony to reflect the love that you and Cassie share. And to have a little of the humor in the ceremony that the two of you bring out in each other too! What a joy it was for me to help you cross the threshold into becoming husband and wife!
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Sarah
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Donna is a genuine officiant who loves what she does. She put a lot of time and effort into tailoring our ceremony to bring together our personalities and share it with our friends and family. She is flexible and responsive through emails, by phone, meeting in person or skype. We cannot describe how valuable her services were to us and how special she made our wedding day. It was the best part of our day and hearing from all our different guests how touched they were by the ceremony and how they loved hearing our letters... it just makes it that much sweeter.
Donna is a genuine officiant who loves what she does. She put a lot of time and effort into tailoring our ceremony to Read more...
Donna is a genuine officiant who loves what she does. She put a lot of time and effort into tailoring our ceremony to bring together our personalities and share it with our friends and family. She is flexible and responsive through emails, by phone, meeting in person or skype. We cannot describe how valuable her services were to us and how special she made our wedding day. It was the best part of our day and hearing from all our different guests how touched they were by the ceremony and how they loved hearing our letters... it just makes it that much sweeter. Read less
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Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Sarah, your love letters to one another are to be treasured. What a beautiful day overlooking Monterey Bay. And, it was truly and honor to marry the two of you. Lots of Honey In The Heart was present by everyone who attended!
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Donna did an amazing job! We did not want to write our own vows, but still have a ceremony that reflected us. Donna helped us put together a great ceremony, and was extremely helpful and supportive through the whole process. I highly recommend her!
Donna did an amazing job! We did not want to write our own vows, but still have a ceremony that reflected us. Donna helped Read more...
Donna did an amazing job! We did not want to write our own vows, but still have a ceremony that reflected us. Donna helped us put together a great ceremony, and was extremely helpful and supportive through the whole process. I highly recommend her! Read less
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Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Lauren, when I saw you walking down the aisle my breath almost was taken away. What a beautiful site to see you coming to your beloved! Thank you, thank you, thank you for giving me the opportunity to get to know both of you. I'm so happy that the vintage handercheif that I brought came into such good use! Sacred and most loving tears were shed.
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Jessica
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Donna was absolutely wonderful to work with, I couldn't have asked for anything more from her. When I originally set out to find an officiant, I thought this would be the least exciting part of my wedding planning, as I naively figured that the vows and ceremony were just this standard, boring part of our wedding that you just have to sit through. All I knew was that I wanted our ceremony to be nondenominational and my husband and I did not want to write our own vows. After speaking with Donna, I soon realized how personal, fun and interesting she could help us make the ceremony without our having to write our own vows. Donna has many different selections to choose from for the various parts of the ceremony, from the opening words, through the vows, the ring exchange, etc. We were able to pick the perfect ceremony from the choices she provided us. She also hosted an intimate meeting between my husband and I where we shared our love story with her. She was able to incorporate our love story into our ceremony, and helped us share our journey with our loved ones (some of the stories were new even to them!). Everyone at our wedding took the time to tell us how much they enjoyed Donna, the ceremony, and our love story. Donna is so easy to work with, so sweet and real, and has just the perfect personality for this line of work. She connected so well with us, and my husband and I were so very happy to have had Donna help to make our wedding as special as it was. She rocks!
Donna was absolutely wonderful to work with, I couldn't have asked for anything more from her. When I originally set out Read more...
Donna was absolutely wonderful to work with, I couldn't have asked for anything more from her. When I originally set out to find an officiant, I thought this would be the least exciting part of my wedding planning, as I naively figured that the vows and ceremony were just this standard, boring part of our wedding that you just have to sit through. All I knew was that I wanted our ceremony to be nondenominational and my husband and I did not want to write our own vows. After speaking with Donna, I soon realized how personal, fun and interesting she could help us make the ceremony without our having to write our own vows. Donna has many different selections to choose from for the various parts of the ceremony, from the opening words, through the vows, the ring exchange, etc. We were able to pick the perfect ceremony from the choices she provided us. She also hosted an intimate meeting between my husband and I where we shared our love story with her. She was able to incorporate our love story into our ceremony, and helped us share our journey with our loved ones (some of the stories were new even to them!). Everyone at our wedding took the time to tell us how much they enjoyed Donna, the ceremony, and our love story. Donna is so easy to work with, so sweet and real, and has just the perfect personality for this line of work. She connected so well with us, and my husband and I were so very happy to have had Donna help to make our wedding as special as it was. She rocks! Read less
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Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

I miss the two of you. Everytime I hear White Sands your wedding comes to my minds eye and settles with joy in my heart. I am so appreciative of the time we spent bonding over your ceremony. I have so much gratitude for your kind words and I wish both of you lots of Honey In The Heart!!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are convinced that Donna was put on this earth to marry us. I originally found Donna through our venues officiant recommendation list. We emailed back and forth a bit, but we didn't want to commit until we were able to meet in person. After meeting her we knew that she was the one to help guide us into the next chapter of our lives. We corresponded with Donna over the next few months via email, phone, and Skype and truly created a ceremony that was tailor made for us. Donna was so genuine and caring and eager to make sure that we were comfortable throughout every aspect of this process. My husband and I honestly had input on every word spoken during our ceremony. Even today, our guests keep telling us how "US" the ceremony was! We feel that the most important part of a wedding is the ceremony and we can't thank Donna enough for making this part so magical for us. We are so blessed and are truly grateful for all of the love we received from her. We not only gained a spouse during this process, but a friend. Much Amor * Aloha * Love
My husband and I are convinced that Donna was put on this earth to marry us. I originally found Donna through our venues Read more...
My husband and I are convinced that Donna was put on this earth to marry us. I originally found Donna through our venues officiant recommendation list. We emailed back and forth a bit, but we didn't want to commit until we were able to meet in person. After meeting her we knew that she was the one to help guide us into the next chapter of our lives. We corresponded with Donna over the next few months via email, phone, and Skype and truly created a ceremony that was tailor made for us. Donna was so genuine and caring and eager to make sure that we were comfortable throughout every aspect of this process. My husband and I honestly had input on every word spoken during our ceremony. Even today, our guests keep telling us how "US" the ceremony was! We feel that the most important part of a wedding is the ceremony and we can't thank Donna enough for making this part so magical for us. We are so blessed and are truly grateful for all of the love we received from her. We not only gained a spouse during this process, but a friend. Much Amor * Aloha * Love Read less
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Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Jennifer and Jamie - thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy and that we met. And I'm deeply honored to be the one that helped you cross the threshold into being husband and wife.
Mahalo - Donna
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Ronni
Wedding:
5/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so lucky we found Donna! Ten days before our intimate beach wedding, our friend who was going to officiate got cold feet! We don't live near Santa Cruz, so we spoke to Donna on the phone and exchanged emails to plan the ceremony. Once we got to town, she graciously met with us over coffee, we got to tell her our love story and fine tune the ceremony. With her warm welcome and calming energy, we felt like we had already met before. Our wedding was beautiful, Donna helped make our day perfect! Thank you Donna!
We are so lucky we found Donna! Ten days before our intimate beach wedding, our friend who was going to officiate got cold Read more...
We are so lucky we found Donna! Ten days before our intimate beach wedding, our friend who was going to officiate got cold feet! We don't live near Santa Cruz, so we spoke to Donna on the phone and exchanged emails to plan the ceremony. Once we got to town, she graciously met with us over coffee, we got to tell her our love story and fine tune the ceremony. With her warm welcome and calming energy, we felt like we had already met before. Our wedding was beautiful, Donna helped make our day perfect! Thank you Donna! Read less
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Donna Rose Gardner - Honey In The Heart Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the glowing review. It truly was an honor for me to be able to meet both of you and perform your ceremony! What a beautiful day it was.
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Michelle
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Donna was amazing! She was professional, flexible and added that something special to our ceremony. She has a huge heart and free spirit, and we connected with her immediately. Anyone would be lucky to have her perform thier wedding ceremony :).
Donna was amazing! She was professional, flexible and added that something special to our ceremony. She has a huge heart Read more...
Donna was amazing! She was professional, flexible and added that something special to our ceremony. She has a huge heart and free spirit, and we connected with her immediately. Anyone would be lucky to have her perform thier wedding ceremony :). Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
10/1/2011
4.9/5.0
We felt so lucky to find Donna as our wedding officiant. She was very good at helping us create the perfect ceremony. We needed some guidance of and ideas and she did a wonderful job helping us find what felt right for our day. Donna made the ceremony personal and included everyone which was just perfect. Donna has a wonderful spiritual presence and great love for what she does. She is nothing short of a gem!
We felt so lucky to find Donna as our wedding officiant. She was very good at helping us create the perfect ceremony. We Read more...
We felt so lucky to find Donna as our wedding officiant. She was very good at helping us create the perfect ceremony. We needed some guidance of and ideas and she did a wonderful job helping us find what felt right for our day. Donna made the ceremony personal and included everyone which was just perfect. Donna has a wonderful spiritual presence and great love for what she does. She is nothing short of a gem! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.6/5.0
Donna was a great officiant, we loved her words that we customized to our siituation! She is very professional and flexible, and provided a beautiful print copy of the ceremony. Heartily recommend!
Donna was a great officiant, we loved her words that we customized to our siituation! She is very professional and Read more...
Donna was a great officiant, we loved her words that we customized to our siituation! She is very professional and flexible, and provided a beautiful print copy of the ceremony. Heartily recommend! Read less
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