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Everafter Weddings

Saint Louis , MO
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1944 Provenchere Place
Saint Louis, MO US 63118 (map)

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314-776-3997

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Romantic, creative weddings anywhere, at any time, by appointment
May I help you create a ceremony of celebration for your wedding?


Weddings In My 1902 Benton... Read more
Romantic, creative weddings anywhere, at any time, by appointment
May I help you create a ceremony of celebration for your wedding?


Weddings In My 1902 Benton Park-St. Louis Home Weddings Just About Everywhere
I offer weddings in my home any time, with 24 hours advance notice, at a reduced rate of $150 for those who want a quiet, intimate ceremony. You can have up to 8 people with you (limited parking) and the wedding includes a disk of photos my husband will prepare for you. Our parlor is painted as a tapestry of a fanciful forest as a backdrop for your intimate wedding. In addition to completing all the legal requirements, I give you a bound copy of your wedding. With 24 hours notice in advance, I will create a wreath of fresh roses and herbs for you to keep.

Wonderful Weddings Anywhere And Anytime
I offer weddings anywhere at a standard rate of $350. (effective for weddings booked after 12/31/14) A deposit of $50 is required to secure a date and time. The balance is due on the day of your rehearsal but checks can be made payable the day after your wedding. Due to the price of gas, if your wedding is over 40 miles away from St. Louis, I will have to charge a travel fee but I use a figure far less than the federal government allotment per mile.

I welcome your ideas for your wedding. We need to plan this together. It is VERY important to me that we meet before your wedding. I will, but I prefer not to marry strangers. You will feel more comfortable at your wedding if we have met before. If you live out of the St. Louis area we'll do conference calls. If you want me to travel we'll have to talk about arrangements. I have married couples in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, Virginia and in Italy (Yes, they really did fly us to Italy and put us up for the wedding.)

In the almost 37 years my husband, Bob LaRouche, retired St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer/editor/writer, and I have been together, I've experienced the happiness that true love and devotion in marriage can bring. I want others to have that too--all others, so I do perform same sex ceremonies when invited to do so.

Ours is a second marriage for each of us. Life doesn't always go the way we planned when we were twenty. We owe it to ourselves to try again with courage and honor.

Since May 1993 when I married my son, Brandon, to his wife, Paula, I've learned a lot about weddings. (They are still married. Bob and I have ten wonderful, perfect grandchildren from our blended family of seven children.)
I have, as of November 2013 married 900 couples.

This is what I've learned from the couples I've married: You want your wedding to be very personal, unique to the two of you, not a canned ritual. If you, like my husband and I, are fortunate enough to have children, you want them to be included in the celebration in an appropriate way.

Remembering our very hot July wedding day with our combined 7 children, I wrote a little ceremony in which the newly married parents make promises to love, respect, teach and protect their children equally. The children, in turn, promise to respect the decisions parents make together; to respect each other and to honor the home that they share. Mutual respect creates trust; rooted in trust and respect, love grows.


I've learned that, in all likelihood, it could be said of you two, that, in your hearts, you are already as married as any two people could be. You more than likely already make your home together. I know you could "just live together," but you want to make public and legal, the private promises you have already made to each other in a beautiful and memorable ceremony before your friends and family. I love being a part of that moment.

It is my calling to provide wedding and Christening ceremonies for any who ask me. I like your ceremony to be unique to your situation. In my life, I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. You may have other beliefs. I honor them. I create ceremonies blending the beliefs of many varied religions, nationalities. customs and traditions. I offer traditional wedding ceremonies that may include such features as sharing a cup of wine symbolizing sharing all things in life; the use of a Nuremburg Wedding Cup so that two may drink from the cup at the same time; a sand ceremony for a couple but even better for those with children; ancient hand fastings, jumping of the broom and my own special binding of the couple with a wreath of fresh roses and herbs. Most brides keep this. It dries very nicely.

On February 12, 2012 I created a new ceremony for those who are spiritual if not religious and who may want to honor nature. I made an Earth Bowl into which the couple added elements of fire, wind, water and earth. Open my Portfolio to see photos of just a few of my weddings.

My life experience includes eleven years spent as Special Events Coordinator for Famous-Barr Co,(now Macy's) planning major events, celebrity appearances and extravaganzas in the golden years of retail promotions. I have been a publishing writer since 1971, a newspaper editor and I spent two years handling publicity for the State of Missouri Division of Tourism. Nothing much intimidates me and I am pretty unflappable. I've never lost a bride or groom yet.

Now you know all there is to know about me except that I am a right chubby old elf, wear a size 4 shoe. My blood type is O . I'm pretty positive about everything. 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, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, it is my personal mission to provide a beautiful wedding for who ever asks that of me. I enjoy new and varied sites.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I have many long gowns and try to harmonize with the wedding party whenever possible. some of these gown are more formal and some rustic. I wear a crown of fresh flowers which I use in the wedding and belongs then to the bride. I do wear a cross.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
About as flexible as a person can possibly be, encouraging those who are marrying to express their feelings. I take into consideration the couple's own unique situation.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, and I try hard to steer them away from saying such things as "you are the macaroni to my cheese" because later on they will wish they had not said these things. I provide books from my library to help them.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Many readings are available and they don't all have to be the same thing you hear at every wedding. 
How long are your ceremonies?
Length of service depends on number of people in the wedding, readings, musical choices etc. I do not do 6 minute ceremonies as it demeans your marriage to have a "quickie ceremony". Plan on between 30 and 40 minutes based on the things I've mentioned.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, I do not, because I've never known it to keep people from marrying and I am not professionally certified by education to offer such counseling.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Of course! And that is included in my fee.
Do you supply a sound system?
No I do not as I have had expensive equipment stepped on, stolen (or perhaps borrowed) etc. I am a professional speaker and an be heard well under most circumstances--if you have 300 people in an open meadow with the wind blowing, probably not.

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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/27/2014
5.0/5.0
For the sake of those reading this review, I hope to keep it concise, but there are so many wonderful things to say about Sandy.
Trying to choose someone to create a meaningful ceremony for my husband and I (at a reasonable price) left me feeling utterly lost. I was planning my wedding from out-of-town, so I had to choose an officiant without actually meeting them. Aside from the wealth of positive reviews from other happy couples, my first tip that Sandy was the right choice was our email correspondence. She was prompt and professional about all the logistics but also candid and humorous, helping to relax my nerves. When my husband and I were finally able to meet Sandy for a planning session a couple weeks before our wedding, she welcomed us into her home like old friends. Sandy is one of those rare souls that can make you feel immediately at ease; she made us laugh, told us stories, and welcomed our ideas with enthusiasm. She helped us plan a beautiful ceremony and even took notes for me during our meeting so that I could create a program for our guests.
Sandy made sure our rehearsal ran smoothly and was proactive about communicating details of the ceremony to the photographer and musician. And when the big day finally arrived, the ceremony that Sandy put together for my husband and I was perfect; she struck the most wonderful balance between moments rooted in tradition and moments unique to just us. Our guests laughed and cried tears of joy and afterwards commented repeatedly about how well the ceremony fit the two of us. Sandy's husband, Bob, captured lovely moments from our ceremony, which Sandy promptly transferred to a CD and mailed to us.
Sandy ensured that our wedding ceremony was such a spectacular expression of our love, and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts.
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Stephanie, you made me cry. How very kind you are. It wasn't difficult to create a wonderful wedding for two such people and I am so glad I got to be the one who did it. If anybody is reading this, I wish you could have seen Stephanie wearing her grandmother's slipper satin gown while her aunt and her grandmother who had each worn the gown watched. It was one of those perfect overcast summer days and the rose garden was in full bloom but not beautiful as this young woman.
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Mallory & Beth
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
We want to start by saying thank you to Sandy & her husband Bob for being so incredible, so open, so friendly, so supportive, so perfect for exactly who we are & what we were looking for in our officiant! We searched for a very long time to find someone who was the right fit for our ceremony. We could not have asked for anyone more perfect than Sandy on our special day. She had no qualms about traveling 70 miles outside of St. Louis to a Castle. Once we found Sandy, which her business name drew us in initially we visited her site, excited that she was just by her written words, the perfect fit. We emailed her & within the next hour she had already responded, we only had a month until the ceremony. Very fast response time and gladly worked us into her busy schedule. She was so flexible schedule wise and such a fun lady that our meeting lasted 2 1/2 hours. Sandy really took the time to know us and we got to share great stories back & forth in the process. We both know that no matter what style or ceremony she is requested for she would certainly make it perfect. What an incredible match of personalities and spirit. The ceremony was beautiful and fun which is everything we wanted and more. We implemented Wine Sharing (ask her about "lady with the basket on her head" funny story!), hand fasting to which she created beautiful handmade laurels full of beautiful fresh flowers the aroma was overwhelmingly amazing, & not to mention she was completely down with the idea we had to make our entrances w/ handmade torches to light a singular torch together. We did the Vow and Ring exchange & she even added a little surprise element at the end. Bob who is Sandy's loving hubby and retired STL Dispatch Photographer snapped great pics! It was all incredible. Our family & friends loved her & are STILL talking about her & our ceremony! Everyone thought we had known each other for years! Best Officiant ever says us & the crowd! Thank you so much Sandy! You are truly special & awesome!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I want to post a photo soon of these two amazing women. They had Renaissance costumes and the wedding was in a Castle surrounded by woods and cornfields. It was amazing and I am so lucky I got to be part of it.
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Private User
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Sandra was wonderful! She worked with my husband and I to make our day perfect! She is full of great ideas and stories. Everyone loved her, not just us! I got complements about selecting her all night, she was such a hit! I would definitely recommend Sandra to any of my friends who were getting married. I am proud to say that I made the right decision by picking her and I couldn't have been more happy with the way our ceremony went!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

this was a wedding filled with clever touches, including the flower girl entering in a gokart pushed by the ring bearer--so cute! I enjoyed these lively and creative people so much. I have the best job in the world.
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Matt
Wedding:
11/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Sandy was an absolute joy to work with. She met with us a while before the wedding just so she could get to know us. Then she added a very definitive flair to our ceremony that really made it click with our personalities. She kept it sweet and lighthearted. There were some tears and much laughter at our ceremony, and it went off without a hitch (although, I did get hitched). As an added bonus, her husband is a retired St. Louis Post Dispatch photographer and he takes a few pictures of your ceremony, which I think is quite nice of him. Literally EVERYONE I spoke with at the reception commented on what a wonderful ceremony it was and how great Sandy is. You will not be sorry you contacted Sandy for your own special day. And, frankly, I'm very surprised she doesn't cost more. She was the cheapest aspect of our ceremony and was by far the most remarkable, aside from my lovely wife, that is. Please, please, please do yourself a favor and talk to Sandy!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Wow--thanks! It was one great little wedding, I'll tell you that much. I was having stage fright before the wedding for some reason but when I saw the bride that all disappeared.
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Jose
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Mrs sandy did the best wedding ever everything was perfect beautiful place wonderful ceremony everything perfect she went beyond our expectations and beyond anything we could have imagine best night of our lifes
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thanks for choosing me to marry you here at our home. It was so much fun for me to just have the two of you on this autumn day, all to ourselves, to create our own perfect little wedding. I hope your parents like the photos.
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cassie
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
I could have never imagined that my wedding would be as great as it was. Sandy made EVERYONE Laugh and cry. It was so heartfelt and sweet. I love this women!! 80% of my guest were crying. I never thought that would have happened.She talked about Brandon and I instead of just reading from the Bible. Im a religious person but a wedding should be about us and not just a church service. I have been to alot of boring weddings and my was the farthest from that. She even made my husband cry... Soo sweet!! Sandy you truely are an amazing person!!!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Perfect day at The Butterfly House. Sunshine with an edge of autumn, beautiful bride! The groom wasn't too shabby either. After their wedding my husband and I went on vacation and driving to our destination, I fell asleep with a smile on my face thinking about how perfect their wedding was. Thanks for letting me be there.
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Sandra was so much fun to work with! Our guests could not stop talking about how personal and meaningful our ceremony was. Everyone was full of compliments on how Sandra's words touched them and how exciting it was to have an officiant that seemed to be truly positive about marriage. Sandra was so professional and personable. We could not have asked for a more excellent officiant!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I wish you could have seen how clever this wedding was--All Adams Family and so well done. Tiny ravens on the cake seemed to say EVERMORE. I couldn't have said it better myself.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We met with Sandy and were immediately at ease with her. We had no idea what we wanted other than a small and intimate wedding. She spent the time getting to know us and made suggestions that made our wedding special to us. The ceremony was personal and written just for us. She has a gift for blending the solemn occasion into a joyous one. We couldn't have been happier with the service.

Sandy was always professional with every question or concern I had, and I never felt rushed talking with her. She not only helped us have a wonderful ceremony but helped us with ideas about our reception as well.
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your good words. A wedding should be so personal and intimate and all about the two of you.
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Jen
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Sandy is absolutely fabulous! Once we met her, we knew we were in good hands. She was great about emailing me back right away and keeping the line of communication open. We received compliments and inquiries about Sandy from almost all of our guests. They all said it was one of the most special, unique, and intimate weddings they had ever attended.They also loved that the ceremony wasn't so stuffy-- Sandy had everyone laughing a few times. Sandy helped us incorporate many special details into the ceremony that truly made it one of a kind. We could not have been more pleased with the way our ceremony went.
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

No body could be stuffy with you two around. Wasn't it fun? Bob and i loved your wedding and I put photos into my own little wedding album. Be happy.
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Heather
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
I got to have my beautiful rustic vintage outdoor wedding thanks to sandy! People are still talking about how good sandy was! I'm so happy I found her on wedding wire! From the moment my hubby and I met with her, we all clicked. I felt like I was visiting a family member not a stranger. Thanks again for my beautiful ceremony that you made light and funny and serious all at the same time. I was so surprised to get a letter from you only 4 days after my wedding along with 100 photos on a cd (thanks bob!)
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

You are so welcome. Bob just fell in love with the setting but your photographer is going to have the best set of photos ever!!!! Bob had let the rain scare him and put the camera away when the fun began. Unique setting-a clearing in the woods with antique cars and trucks, friends sitting on hay bales
and delightful little children having fun. How could you miss. Even the bit of rain made it more beautiful. Thanks for the experience!
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Tiffany
Wedding:
9/26/2013
5.0/5.0
I will say I was very hopeful that she would be the one that would give us the personalization that we were seeking. Our first meeting with her we just sat there and talked for a little over 2 hours, she took the time get to know us as individuals and a couple which was something we were very much looking for. I would very much recommend Sandy to an bride that DOESNT want the " 8 minute insert names here " experience. She was Awesome!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

You were pretty darned awesome yourself, Sunshine Bride!
Best wishes to you all.
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Natalie
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Sandy helped make our wedding day absolutely perfect and a day that we will remember forever. She took the time to get to know my husband and I, which made our ceremony personal and heartfelt. By then end of our time working together, I knew that Sandy truly cared for us and wished us the best, which showed in the ceremony! Our guest were laughing and crying all at the same time and we received many, MANY compliments on our ceremony. Sandy is amazing at what she does and I would recommend her to anyone!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I wish you all could have seen how picture perfect this wedding was. I'm glad I was there.
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tim
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We didn't know who we wanted to officiate our wedding or even where to begin looking for someone who would be the right fit. We were recommended to Sandy by a family friend and could not have been luckier. From the moment we sat down to talk with her at her house (which was a several hour conversation and felt like catching up with an old friend) we knew that she was the perfect person to perform our wedding. She does not perform a cookie cutter service but instead learns about the couple and incorporates this into her service. We had children from a previous marriage that she included in the service with a speach to them and promises made between all of us. The ceremony was a perfect combination of sentimental and humor and we couldn't have asked for anything better.
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

the children were so full of life and I was a little bit worried and then they were so perfect at the wedding that I was overwhelmed by how cute they were. The picture of this family's group hug is one of my favorites. A picture book wedding at a historic house--lucious bride and handsome and oh so happy groom.
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Rose
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
10 years ago I attended a funeral of a friends grandmother and Sandy was the minister for the service. She was absolutely beaming and told beautiful stories. I have never felt so much love and happiness at a funeral. At that moment I knew that one day she would be the minister who would marry my future husband and I. Fast forward 10 years and I had to figure out who this amazing woman was and I prayed my heart out that she would be available. I tracked her down and my prayers were answered, she was available! After officially meeting her, I fell in love with her all over again. She has the most loving and joyful spirit. She took time to ask us personal details of our lives so she could incorporate them into our ceremony. I mentioned to her that I was making my daughters dress for the wedding and she GAVE me a gorgeous vintage wedding dress to use the fabric! She has a heart of gold! Our wedding day arrived and our ceremony could not have been more perfect. She is not your typical wedding minister. There will be no yawning in your audience. Our guess laughed, cried, listened, and thoroughly enjoyed every detail of our ceremony. It's been 2 weeks and we are still getting calls, emails, texts (you name it) asking who our amazing minister was and telling us that it was the best wedding they had ever attended. As if it wasn't enough, today I received a letter from Sandy with a disc of beautiful pictures her husband captured during the ceremony. She has really went above and beyond! I can't thank her enough for everything she did for us. She made our wedding what it was and we will forever be grateful to her. We love you Sandy!!!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Loving you right back!
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Bre
Wedding:
8/25/2013
5.0/5.0
The wonderful things that I can say about Sandy are endless when it comes to how great she was when planning my commitment ceremony last week!!! She had endless great ideas & really just made the process as painless as it could be! Sandy has such a calming & feisty personality all at the same time! After our commitment ceremony soooooo many guests came up to us just to rave about how great Sandy was! They said it was the best ceremony they had ever been to and I know Sandy is definitely in part to thank for that! I will forever be thankful for Sandy & her husband Bob!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Two wonderful women committing to each other and it was a moving experience for everyone involved. I am flattered to have been invited to be a part of this and look forward to the time when I can sign legal papers for them.
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Maria
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
From our first meeting, I knew Sandy was the one we wanted to officiate our wedding. She was warm, friendly, and truly cared about us and what we wanted in our ceremony. And we wanted a lot of different elements to incorporate our Filipino traditions. We put her to work and she was able to do a fantastic job adding our traditions. She also provided calmness especially during our ceremony, which was outside and began to storm with thunder and lightning and even a little bit of hail! At that point, I was so upset, but she made me feel like everything was going to be okay and so we continued the ceremony indoors and still made it memorable.
She truly is the best at what she does and always wants to make sure she does her very best. My family and guests truly enjoyed the ceremony, and of course my husband and I will never forget it. She truly made our wedding special and memorable.
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

It was a storm of Biblical proportions and these two young people stayed calm as we evacuated 130 or more guests from a steel structure while lightening flashed and the wind blew. I will never forget her grace under pressure and I'm glad I got to see how a true princess behaves when something like the weather doesn't cooperate. It wasn't perfect (hail, lightening, 30 MPH winds) but it was truly wonderful.
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tara
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We met with Mrs. Sandra LaRouche. She is truly amazing. She made our day so special and unique. All of our guests told us that she was the best officiant they have ever witnessed! Her words truly spoke to us and moved us! She will make your special day unbelievably amazing like she did ours! Thank you Sandy! We are so grateful to know you.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Tara, thank you for your kind words. I really loved being with you two.
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Kelley
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough positive things about Sandy. She was the heart and soul of our ceremony. When I first contacted Sandy, I admit I was a little anxious-- my mother was already appalled that we were not going to be wed in a Catholic Church, and was even more so when she discovered that a woman would be officiating our outdoor ceremony. In my family, weddings are performed in churches by priests-- while my now-husband and I were both spiritual, we did not belong to a church and really could not have imagined any place where we'd feel closer to God than in the beautiful outdoors which he created.
Sandy was dedicated to creating the perfect ceremony for us from the start. We met with her personally at her home and at the end of the evening I had complete trust in her that she would perform a ceremony special to both my husband and I while satisfying the religious components my mother was hoping for. Throughout the planning process which spanned over the course of a few months, Sandy was prompt to respond to emails and helped outline everything I needed to know while preparing for the ceremony. She included my special demands into her planning and when the big day came, I was so relieved having her up there with us. After the ceremony, everyone commented on what a beautiful job she did and how our ceremony was so unique and entertaining. It has been three months and people are STILL talking about how great our officiant was! The photographs she sent a few weeks later, which were taken by her husband Bob, were a bonus-- he managed to catch some of the special moments that even our own photographer missed!
Thank you so much, Sandy and Bob. Getting to know you during that hectic time was an incredible blessing. You have an amazing gift! We will always remember both of you when we reminisce about our wedding.
-Kelley and Jarod Rufkahr
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Wow, I'm so proud of you for thinking of my husband. Bob is thrilled that you liked the photographs. He takes pictures at the weddings I perform so my Facebook friends can share in what I do. Seldom do people even say thank you. (Bob is a retired Post-Dispatch photographer) He shoots where others aren't shooting -a photographer can only be so many places at once, and sometimes captures amazing little gems) Everybody likes to be appreciated. I really loved it when Kelley's singing friends performed a number for her wedding. The rustic table settings were a delight.
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
5/3/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I feel fortunate to have found Sandy. She was an amazing officiant. We wanted a unique and personal ceremony and Sandy gave us just that! She helped guide and shape the flow of the ceremony while keeping everything organized. We had many compliments on the ceremony and couldn't be happier. Thank you Sandy!
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Kirsten
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
I did extensive research online to find the perfect officiant for our March wedding. I was planning our St. Louis wedding from Dallas, Texas. Her reviews were spectacular, but in person, she is even more so. My husband met her for the first time when we met her in her home for our initial consultation. She was very thorough about what we wanted our ceremony to be and offered her years of experience to guide us when we weren't sure what to do. After that meeting all my husband could say was " She was awesome!".

Our ceremony was beautiful! She was the perfect mix of spiritual, emotional and humorous. We received so many compliments on the service and so many people wanted to know how we had found her because they were so impressed. It was such a personal service and made it that much more special. We received more compliments/comments on Sandy than any other aspect of our wedding! She is truly wonderful and really does believe in true love and happily ever after for couples. You will be truly delighted to have Sandy as your officiant. We certainly were!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Good heavens! I am overwhelmed by your kind words. Thanks--it was a pleasure to marry Kirsten who looked like a goddess and Casey who was a hunk. Oh dear, I think I just spoiled my image. thanks again. I hope I can keep on doing this forever.
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Traci
Wedding:
12/8/2012
5.0/5.0
We didn’t like Sandy…WE LOVED HER!!!

I found Sandy on this sight and contacted her because of her great rating. 5 minutes into our meeting with her, we knew we wanted to hire her. It wasn’t like meeting with someone for the first time and going over the formalities of a wedding, it was more like catching up with a family friend. She just made us feel comfortable and welcomed from the start. During our meeting, she asked various questions about our family and religion so she could get an idea of the type of service to perform. She never once came off as judgmental when we mentioned that my husband had been married before, or that I am an atheist and didn’t want a religious-based ceremony. She truly was happy to give us the wedding we were dreaming of.
We called Sandy the next day and told her we would love for her to do our wedding. She asked if I was sure, since I hadn’t talked to any other officiants yet. I told her I didn’t need to and we knew without a doubt that she would be perfect.
She was easy to communicate with during the wedding planning process and she was always available to answer questions. At the rehearsal dinner, she did a simply amazing job of bringing everybody together and keeping everyone on task. She made everyone feel comfortable with their role in the wedding and gave us peace of mind that it would go smoothly.
The wedding itself was simply perfect. It was the perfect balance of sentimental, emotional, and funny. She kept it light-hearted and meaningful. She somehow managed to phrase things in a manner that would be meaningful and appropriate to people of all religious backgrounds.
At the reception (and still to this day, for that matter) we had people asking us where we found her. Everyone loved how different she was and said she did a great job. 2 friends have even booked her for their weddings! I cannot say enough things about how great Sandy is!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thanks, Traci! I think you know how much I enjoyed being a part of your happy day.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
For our ceremony, we knew we wanted something personal and special. Sandy was the perfect choice for our officiant - our ceremony was beautiful, fun and funny! It felt like we had known her forever, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony. She really took time to get to know us and wrote a unique ceremony that we would remember forever. She's an amazing and unforgettable person. Thank you!
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Matthew & Rachel
Wedding:
11/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Sandy performed a wonderfully fun and silly wedding. She put across a very beautiful message about love and companionship. Her personality is great and she is very easy to talk to. We would recommend Sandy to anyone looking for a fun and unique wedding.
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Laura
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for the best Officiant in the St. Louis area, look no further. Sandy is by far the best! We couldn't have asked for a more perfect, personalized and meaningful ceremony. Sandy truly made our special day that much more special with her kind, heartfelt words, and a ceremony that touched the hearts of all who attended. She and her husband Bob are two of the most wonderful people my husband and I have ever met, and we consider both of them to be dear friends.
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you Laura and thank John too. It was a really lovely wedding with the children dancing about. We hardly ever (almost never) stay for receptions but Bob said, "John is going to feed you better than I am" and Bob was right. I am happy I got to be there.
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Aster
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you Sandra for giving us such a memorable and customized wedding! We appreciate you for being able to combine our culture and traditional western wedding style, we appreciate your kind and meaningful words that touched everyone, we appreciate the picture that Bob took, and the customized wedding book you gave us even with Chinese words! We are so surprised and happy to see the red envelope! We thank you so much for willing to learn our culture and even follow that. I put the wreath you gave us at our front door. We are the happiest couple in the world on our wedding day, because of you, and we will always be with your best wishes.
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were looking for someone to perform a non-denominational ceremony when we were referred to Sandy LaRouche. She was all that we could have asked for and so much more. Not only is she one of the nicest people you could ever meet, but she made our wedding so personal and so unique. So many of our guests told us afterwards that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever witnessed, she truly made everyone in the room feel the love between Aaron and I and I cannot thank her enough. From beginning to end we loved everything she said and did to make our wedding such a beautiful memory for both of us and our family and friends. I would recommend her services to anyone and I plan to do exactly that. We just loved you Sandy, thank you so very much.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

It was a great pleasure to marry two people so obviously devoted to each other and in love for good, for always and no matter what. Thank you for your kind words. I loved being with your friends and family. I am happy to have Jessica and Aaron on my Facebook page and I get to follow their lives together. Makes me smile almost every day.
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Mary
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Hi Sandra!

We just returned from Kauai, Hawaii and had a most wonderful time. Thank you for the photos!

The family could not say enough about you at the reception! They loved every moment of the wedding ceremony! My cousin Stephanie said it was the most beautiful ceremony she had ever been to, in her life! Wow! I owe you a HUGE thank you, for your amazing work. It was a pleasure meeting you, and your husband.
Have a wonderful time at your future ceremonies!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Unlike with most couples, we didn't get to meet until right before the wedding although we talked and e-mailed a lot. It was at a winery overlooking the MO river and in spite of the heat, it was pretty wonderful. thanks for your kind words. I treasure your appreciation of what I do.
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Josh&Katie
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Sandy was FANTASTIC!!! She gets to know you from the very beginning and wants to make the ceremony all about you as a couple, which makes it very special. She made our ceremony above and beyond what we could have ever imagined. She had the entire room filled with joy, emotion and laughter (she brings humor into the ceremony which I loved because it kept me from crying hysterically during many intimate moments). All of our guests LOVED her and said they had never been to such a wonderful ceremony before. Sandy was magnificent! I would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant. THANK YOU THANK YOU SANDY for making our wedding day soo special and one that our guests will forever remember!!!!!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Wow! Thanks! You noticed that my profile picture is your wedding, I guess. It was wonderful--such responsive and appreciative people. The quilt your families made for you is like nothing I've ever seen. Then I saw the little wedding certificate quilt block i had embroidered (a bit of) all framed and displayed, I was so moved. Holiday Inn-6 Flags certainly knows how to throw a party. Be happy and take care of each other.
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Motherofthebride
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Sandy La Rouche was recommended to me by a friend that had attended a wedding service that she preformed and was so moved by the service I knew that we had to have her for our daughters wedding. She was wonderful to work with and met with my daughter and now son in law for well over an hour to understand what type service they were looking for. I can't ever begin to tell you how wonderful my daughters wedding was. We laughed, we cried and we were so very happy that we chose Sandy La Rouche. Everything was done beautifully and was so very personal. Sandy certainly was blessed with this wonderful gift and we are so happy she was apart of this special day.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I wish everyone could see the photos of this lovely wedding in Bee Tree Park-especially when the flower girl put her fingers in her ears. I'm keeping that picture in my own personal file.
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Jenny
Wedding:
6/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Oh gosh, I don't even know where to start with explaining how absolutely incredible it was for Sandy to marry my husband and me. For starters, we live out of state, and contacting her and coming up with a plan for meeting over Easter was a piece of cake. We felt very welcome in Bob and her home, and she was in no hurry to get us out the door despite that she had just performed a ceremony that afternoon. She was very receptive and even excited about our unorthodox wedding and readings and incorporated them beautifully. We had the most gorgeous, intimate, spare ceremony in Augusta's Klondike Park on June 1 of this year, and I know that the harmonious nature of the entire event had a lot to do with us choosing Sandy to officiate. She is an intensely happy and accepting person, who you would swear you've known for the better part of your life. I would recommend her a hundred times over!

And, Sandy, despite the fact that my younger sister has no prospective husband as of yet, she wanted your number. So I won't be the last Jalack girl you usher into marriage!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Wasn't it the most Fun! My husband says the sight of the bride and me showing the groom how to twirl was something he'll never forget. It was truly a unique and intimate wedding. You are right--you had selected readings that were all new for me and initiated some intense reading on my part--thanks for opening up my head to new things. I hope your honeymoon was every bit as good as we imagined it would be.
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Miranda
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Sandy provided us the perfect ceremony for our Greco-Roman inspired wedding! We could not have found anyone better to officiate and consecrate our wedding! In addition to the traditional exchange of vows and rings, our unique ceremony included a honey & walnut rite-a tradition practiced in the Greek Isles, a wine ceremony utilizing a traditional German Nuremberg cup, and a lovely handfasting using a handcrafted wreath of fresh herbs and flowers! Members of our families come from very different spiritual backgrounds and EVERYONE loved the ceremony! I still have guests asking how and where I found her-at the wedding reception we had two couples ask for her info because they wanted her to marry them! Even a good friend of mine who is the roughest-toughest, survivalist-archaeologist type told me that Sandy's words brought him to tears! Travis and I feel truly blessed that we had Sandy preside over our ceremony. She does Christenings too, so we look forward to having Sandy-the sweetest and purest soul I have had the honor to meet-bless our future children!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I am overwhelmed and humbled by your kind words.
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MEHoward
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Hello Sandra,

We would like to thank you for the wonderful ceremony that you officiated for us. Your words were so heart-felt and meaningful; we could not have asked for more! Everyone that attended the ceremony was so touched and impressed by the way you conducted the wedding. You gave the perfect beginning to our union. You have have such a kind, caring, and loving spirit. The way you prepared for our wedding and the time, effort, and special touches that you added to the ceremony meant so much to us. You really put your heart into the ceremonies that you officiate and that is what makes you so special. Beyond your love for what you do, you are also so professional. You walked us through the ceremony, told us what to expect, paid close attention to detail, and put our minds at ease about the process so that we could enjoy the experience. We will never forget our wedding day and we owe it all to you Sandra! Thank you, again, for the amazing day you helped create for us! We will keep in touch and call you when we are ready to renew our vows! :)


Early and Maria Howard (05/12/2012)
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I hope I'll still be alive and well when you want to renew your vows. It was my pleasure to be with you on that happy day.

Later: Guess what! We're (they're) having a baby! A surprise welcomed by one and all.
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Daniel
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Sandy was wonderful and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a caring, considerate, flexible, and hard working officiant. We had a smaller wedding at her home and the value for service was remarkable. Also, she made these beautiful fresh flower head wreaths for the girls. She is exteremly flexible on the where and how, also the ceremony was tailored to our needs and didn't seem like a rehearsed "Dearly Beloved" type ceremony. When you meet Sandy you can tell she loves her job and will be involved in making your wedding perfect. Thank you Sandy and Bob for sharing with us a most special day of our lives.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Your photos are on the way as of Tuesday morning. We had a computer blow out. I'm afraid my dancing dog is in some of them. Love the photos of the girls and the little man.
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lsehy1
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Sandy was fantastic! We met with her a few months before our date to get to know her and tell her a little about ourselves and what we were looking for in our wedding. She gives a very personalized service and tailors it to the couple whom she's marrying. She spoke clearly so that all could enjoy the service and knows numerous wedding rituals that the couple can choose if they'd like to include them. The theme of our wedding was vintage romance and Sandy fit right in, giving a ceremony centered on love, joy, and celebrating the day that was our wedding day! We absolutely loved her!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

All kinds of cleverness abounded in this wedding. Two people so in love with each other that I almost cried too.
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Barb
Wedding:
4/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Sandy was absolutely FABULOUS. We had a rather unusual ceremony and Sandy helped us create something wonderful and unique. Her professionalism was outstanding. Considering the weather (it was outside) and the uniqueness of the ceremony--her flexibility was outstanding and she just flowed with it. It came across as seamless. What a pro!!! Would I recommend her? YOU BET!!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you-yes we had to "cope" a little bit but all in all, I would say it was borderline magnificent.
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Vickii
Wedding:
10/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Sandra, First off I apologize for the review that gave you a 4.7 from our October 14 wedding. The review was suppose to be all 5's. (Apparently when I clicked on a star a couple of them didn't fill in all the way - if your curser goes across a star it changes automatically) I want everyone reading this to know that Sandra gave 100% of herself to make my daughter's wedding perfect. I was highly satisfied with her services and everything she did. Sandra made the wedding unique and at the same time very touching and sentimental. (We even teared up at the rehearsal!!) I would highly recommend her for any bride that wants her wedding personalized and for a ceremony that will always be remembered.
Services Used: Officiant
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CompletelyInLove
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Sandra was the minister for a double wedding for both me and my sister. Thanks to Sandra the ceremony was beautiful, memorable, and absolutely perfect. Sandra spent a lot of time tailoring the ceremony to fit all four of our personalities. She was both funny and heartfelt. I had people tell me after the wedding that they'd been to several weddings this summer but that out of all of them our ceremony was the only one they'd remember. If you want the typical boring wedding ceremony look somewhere else. Some unique things we had in our ceremony were the reading of a poem by Johnny Cash, hand fasting, and a wine ceremony. Sandra is one of the most interesting people I've met :) Thank you so much for making our day perfect!!!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Monica. You and your sister were exquisite and the grooms weren't too bad either. In spite of my "slip up", your parents made me feel so appreciated. Your wedding was my second double wedding of sisters; such an old fashioned and totally charming event and one I will long remember. Congratulations on passing the bar first time around!
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Eckels01
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Sandy was phenomenal! We couldn't have imagined a better officiant. Since we were coming in from out of state, we were a little uneasy about how things would play out. Sandy was available to us by phone and email whenever we needed her, and despite having multiple weddings in the same weekend, made sure our ceremony was unique and personalized. Some of the aspects of our ceremony we could not have found anywhere else. She is very innovative, and our guests are still talking about how great she was. Thank you Sandy, you made our day very special.

Mr. and Mrs. Eckels
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

This beautiful couple planned a wedding overlooking the Mississippi River but a storm drove us inside for a lovely candlelight wedding at Chimney Rock, Imperial, MO-a true blushing bride. Thanks for your comments.
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Darth Kittious
Wedding:
6/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Sandy is just a joy to work with! She took on our wedding on very short notice, yet performed the cutest , most beautiful wedding I could have imagined. She took the time to get to know us, and made our ceremony very personal and unique. Some of our family members thought we had known her for years from the way she spoke of us. She also adds in her own personal touches and humor that you won't find with just anyone, creating a warm and comfortable environment for you and your guests. We were extremely please with our ceremony and would highly recommend Sandy for any wedding.

Chris and Wendy Hynes
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

We figured out this wedding in less than one week. Their unique personal style gave me a whole new platform from which to create their wedding. The bride had the absolutely wildest shoes you can imagine. Go to my FaceBook page to catch a glimpse of just how cute they were for their wedding.
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Amelia
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
We loved loved loved Sandy as our officiant for our summer wedding! We lived in Texas but had the wedding in Missouri we only had one chance to meet with Sandy before our wedding and she really got it right! My husband left our first meeting with her saying he wanted her to be his grandma. She is such a lovely women and caring women and she really really knows what she is doing. She loves her job and she is great at it! We were not a typical wedding we had children that she really made feel apart of the whole thing. You can't go wrong with Sandy as your officiant!
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lynnere
Wedding:
4/29/2011
5.0/5.0
We were an out of town couple from the Chicago area who were blindly trying to find a non denominational person to marry us in the St. Louis area. We hit upon Sandy's website and were intrigued by all of the wonderful reviews for her. She insisted on meeting with us in her beautiful home, which we drove five hours to do. It was the best five hours spent on our wedding planning. She had a way of making us, as a couple, feel like we’re old family friends.

She defiantly is one of a kind, and that is what every member of our celebration remembers. They still ask us about our officiant. My Husband and I hold her in our highest regards, and are so thankful that she was VIP in our Wedding Day.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I remember that when I found out that you had to drive in from
Chicago (world's most boring drive) I felt bad that i had insisted that we meet in person but in the long run it worked out well because I felt so comfortable with the two of you.
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tlmbrosch
Wedding:
4/17/2011
5.0/5.0
We had the most perfect wedding of our dreams. Sandy took the time to get to know us and our vows were PERFECT! They reflected who we are and were a genuine surprise and delight. I would recommend her to anyone. She helped make our day special.
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I'll never forget that "Purple Bottle" was their favorite song and after a long time, I found a way to incorporate some of the lyrics in their wedding. Being married on the strolling bridge over our lovely little Benton Park lake made this simple ceremony so special. Their photos are some of my husband's favorites.

6/11/12 I missed your anniversary but I see your sweet faces on my Facebook so I know you are doing well.
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jamey
Wedding:
11/20/2010
5.0/5.0
Rev. Sandra LaRouche was the best she made our wedding personal. she put loads of heart and soul into the wedding. I would have her marry us all ove again...
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

This couple introduced me to Klondike Park, near Augusta, MO. They had a warm and beautiful day in November for their wedding. It was so warm that when we did their of wine sharing ceremony two fat flies who had flown into the bottle, went into the glass when I poured the wine. The bride and groom were so cool-on their suggestion I tossed the first glass of wine and poured another. Who could blame the flies--it was a perfect day, the bride was beautiful and the groom wasn't too shabby either and the wine smelled heavenly. Congratulations on your first anniversary this fall.


6/12 Suggested "your park" for someone else and the wedding was in a different location--sorry for them--no flies came calling. Hope you are doing well as you approach your anniversary.
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Galadina
Wedding:
10/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Love, Love, LOVE Sandy! She did such a fantastic job officiating for my husband and I. We had a small ceremony and I wanted everyone to be at ease. She accomplished that by her little quips throught the ceremony. She put our minds at ease whenever we had a question about when to do or say something or where to be. She guided us through the whole process. She includes personal details about your lives that make the ceremony very specific to you. She incorporates your children when you want (LOVE her Family Circle ceremony) and mentions relatives that have passed away. We had SO MANY COMPLIMENTS about Sandy at the reception. Everyone asked if we knew her....and I told them we were just LUCKY to find her!! If you need an officiant, don't take my word about Sandy - go see her! Go see her demeanor & how she interacts with her husband in their home. See how detailed she gets with YOUR details and the ceremony that YOU want. I had so much fun that night I told everyone - I wish I could get married again, and AGAIN! Well, maybe not to a different person.....ha. But we'll definitely keep Sandy in mind for a vow renewal reception!
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I, only yesterday, realized that I could respond to the reviews left here. Thanks for your kind remarks. I loved being on top of the world (our world) for your wedding, with the Arch behind me and your happy faces in front of me.
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charlesagray
Wedding:
10/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Groom: I cannot overstate the professionalism, personalized care, and beautiful sincerity that this officiant will bring to your service; Sandy is the one you want, hands down. Even though our wedding was a small one (40 friends and family total), she kept the service so well, it could have been five hundred. Our wedding was a morning ceremony, and she was delighted to accommodate. With her service, she included a binder of her beautiful speech for us.

Bride: I had the luck of attending a wedding where Sandy was officiant, years before I was married. She gave the most beautiful service, I cried, even though I rarely cry at weddings. When it became my turn, I knew I had to hire her. Sandy is very accommodating, and an absolute joy to work with. She is kind, warm, creative, diverse, dedicated, and did I mention funny? Her writing is poetry, and I am sure she would be writing beautiful words filling books, except that instead, she spends her energy writing beautiful words for the many ceremonies she performs throughout the year. I am blessed that I got her perform mine!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

The dearest people you would ever want to meet. I wish everyone could have seen the wedding dress that this bride made herself--haute couture! She is a talented costumer and seamstress. This was our circus wedding and I just loved being a part of it.

6/12 these sweet people have the most darling son now. What a lucky child to have parents like these.
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dragnfairy
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
I would like everyone to know that Sandy is an awesome person! Tony and I had the most unique, personable, funny,and beautiful ceremony. Sandy made us feel so comfortable from the first moment we met her. If you are looking for someone to make your ceremony special and like no other you've ever heard, then please call her as soon as possible. Thank you so very much Sandy!!
Tony and Wanda Jinkerson
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Once again, I just realized I could respond to these comments. Thanks, thanks, thanks. Remember when the two doves flew up together and then the little girls let the other doves out of the basket and they all flew in circles above us and headed home. MAGIC!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Sandy Is wonderful She performed my dads wedding to his beautiful bride.. it was so great . I adore Sandy and Bob . I love how she makes everything personal to fit the bride and groom getting to know them. I know she really enjoys her works. and I cannot wait for My own Kids to get married so I can have her do the honors for us more..
Thank you Sandy And Bob For making my parents wedding Perfect!!
For everyone.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Hi Anon.
You are so welcome and I appreciate your comments. Your parents wedding was a memorable one for me too. Creativity and energy combined.
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Crystal
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
My new husband and I first saw Sandy do my friends wedding a few years ago and instantly knew that she was the person to do our wedding. Well, this past Sunday was our wedding and it was perfect! It was relaxed, fun, personalized to us, and not like the stuffy weddings everyone is used to! I got so many compliments on our ceremony. It was exactly like we wanted. Sandy and her husband are two very unique people who know what it means to be in love and that alone makes the weddings Sandy does more special.

We're recommending her to everyone we know and as soon as we decide to have a baby we're going to hire her to do a blessing for our baby too!

Thanks so much for making our day great Sandy!!!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Ok, Crystal, how's that baby business coming along? Wasn't your wedding great! I hope you remember it with as much pleasure as I do. if we run into each other on the street, please say "hello", as you know, I have to ask bob his name every morning.
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Candice
Wedding:
9/24/2009
5.0/5.0
My wedding was so personalized and special thanks to Sandy! She has also blessed my two children! If you want a wedding ceremony that is special and unique Sandy is the officiant for you!
Services Used: Officiant
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Shannon
Wedding:
5/2/2009
5.0/5.0
Sandy officiated our friends wedding and was such a character. It was the first wedding ceremony I had actually enjoyed listening to and almost at the same time my boyfriend at the time and I looked at each other and said "we ever get married we are using her!" Well, we got engaged and she was the only one we thought of. Sandy, makes your entire wedding special and very tailored to you both. I can't tell you how many hours we spent together;) Everything was beautiful we LOVE HER!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

You two were the ones who made it so much fun. We did have fun plotting and planning and I hope that the two of you are still so happy together. You were a beautiful bride.
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Alishia
Wedding:
4/30/2009
5.0/5.0
sandra was very professional she made our experience very personal and one to remember
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your kind words. It was my pleasure to be there with you two.
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R&R
Wedding:
12/21/2008
5.0/5.0
Sandy was born to do this!
She was indispensable at every stage of our wedding, from helping us pick the perfect date to providing the perfect setting. She was comforting and calming and her help made our planning so much less stressful.
We and our guests all felt that it was the most beautiful, personal and meaningful wedding ceremony we'd ever witnessed. Sandy really captured our personalities. Her hand-fasting ceremony was so touching and we really appreciated the written copy of the ceremony. Sandy went above and beyond in so many ways to make our day extra special.
Bob's professional photographs were beautiful and we so appreciate them as well. We've recommended Sandy to everyone we know and our happy experience has inspired some of our friends to consider renewing their vows.
If we'd known about Sandy earlier, we'd have gotten married sooner!
Services Used: Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Just discovered I could respond. Sorry I didn't thank you before for your kind remarks. you are going to celebrate your third anniversary at Christmas time and i will be thinking about you on Winter Solstice, your anniversary.
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mrsfauller
Wedding:
11/15/2008
5.0/5.0
Sandy was everything we ever wanted and more. After the ceremony people asked us if she was an old family friend - she took THAT much time to get to know us!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

After all these years, guys, I'm still enjoying seeing the two of you growing together--the boys, your interaction and the wonderful photography--my pleasure to know you.
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tl2007
Wedding:
9/8/2007
5.0/5.0
Sandy was one of our favorite vendors to work with throughout the planning process, and she definitely delivered on our wedding day! We really enjoyed talking to her and appreciated that she took an interest in us as a couple, and listened to what we were looking for in our ceremony. The ceremony was beautiful and Sandra was so charming. Plus we have a book of our ceremony and we can read it anytime and remember our vow. Our guests loved her and still comment on how wonderful and unique our ceremony was. One of my friends and her fiance have also asked Sandy to be their officiant next year!!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I'm so glad that you like having your book. I think it's good for us to re-read what we said and felt when we married. Ii think about letting my husband, Bob, write our vows which included us having to say to each other "let this ring be our sundance and let us, each to the other, be a gift." I got my tongue so tangled around that. It's what made me write much more simple promises for the weddings I perform.
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tina2003333
Wedding:
5/12/2007
5.0/5.0
So many of the guest at my wedding thought Sandy was the best minister ever for a wedding. Several people have asked me for her number for their wedding. It was very unique and special. I have been to several bland weddings and with Sandy, their is no way that it could have been bland.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Tina! The one thing I never wanted to be in my whole life was boring. thanks for allowing me the freedom to truly celebrate your marriage. I hope you are doing well and still loving each other.
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Diana
Wedding:
10/11/2006
5.0/5.0
Sandy LaRouche "Pastor Prime" performed the perfect wedding ceremony for us. My husband and I reconnected thirty five years after high school. I came home from Europe for a week to marry him and then we both came back to Europe to live. We felt so lucky that in such a short time Sandy was able to put together a ceremony that made us laugh and cry. It has been seven years, and we still go back and reread the ceremony from time to time, and we still laugh and cry. It was a great start to what has turned out to be a perfect marraige for us!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Diane has contacted me about a ceremony for her step daughter. This will be my first second generation wedding and I am thrilled to be asked.
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stlkerri
Wedding:
3/25/2006
5.0/5.0
Sandra married my husband and I back in 2006. I have referred her 3 times alone this week for my brother in November and two friends.

Sandra, you'll probably remember us. We forgot our marriage license! She was wonderful, the epitomy of cool, calm and collected, and the ceremony was beautiful. We aren't the religious type; she respected our wishes. Everyone was wowed by the ceremony with the herbs and roses and every single person commented on how amazing she was.

Thank you for being part of our special day. I look forward to seeing you soon!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

HI Guys--Yes, I do remember quite well but we forged ahead and here you are over 5 years into a wonderful marriage. Thanks for taking the time to leave this review--it was a surprise for me! I appreciate your telling people how to find me and mostly I appreciate you remembering me.
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Carla
Wedding:
12/31/2004
5.0/5.0
There aren't enough words to express how very special Sandy & Bob LaRouche made our wedding day!!! It's now almost 8 years later and we still can remember her attention to detail and attentiveness as though it were only yesterday!

She and her husband Bob were beyond amazing in every way... and our gratitude for them is eternal; as is our love for one another!

On that blessed day, 12/31/04, Sandy LaRouche officiated what was to be the beginning of the rest of my life; better than I'd ever known till then or could have ever dreamt it would be!

Eternally grateful to she and her husband we remain ~ forevermore!
Services Used: Officiant, Photography, Wedding Planning, Videography, Unique Services
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I call this beautiful woman, "New Year's Eve Carla" and remember their wedding as if it were yesterday. Thanks so much for letting people know that
marriage can be a good and lasting thing when two people truly love each other and work to make their marriage work--kind words, understanding and patience.
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Blondiegal
Wedding:
5/27/2000
5.0/5.0
I highly reccomend Sandy to everyone who is getting married. My husband and I are 2 different religions and she used aspects of both for the ceremony. She is warm and caring and takes the time to get to know you as one of her own family which makes the ceremony much friendlier. It is not the typical boring wedding. I think that the guests all laughed and cried and I had so many people comment to me on our wedding being the best wedding they have ever attended. I love that we have the book of the ceremony so that we can look back and read our wedding anytime we wish. She could not have done a better job, it was eactly what a wedding should be.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Your wedding was wonderful for me because it allowed me to combine traditions of both religions. i would have thanked you sooner if I had known I could write back on this. Here we are years and years later. I hope you are doing well and still as much in love as you were that lovely May day.

5/27/12 Happy Anniversary!
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Erin
Wedding:
6/29/2013
4.9/5.0
Sandy was great. Some of the guests commented on how much they liked the ceremony she made for us and how she put in some of our personal info. She has such a great personality that when you meet her you wish she was your grandma. She was the first officiant we meet with and when we left we knew we did not need to meet with any other.
Services Used: Officiant
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nmeynard
Wedding:
8/27/2011
4.9/5.0
Sandy provides a great service and was a lot of fun to work with!!
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
Sandy and her husband, Bob, were wonderful!!! We had a wonderful and intimate ceremony, despite the short notice that we gave her. They were very helpful when it came to the last minute details and took care of the necessary paperwork when it was all done. She was very accommodating and encouraging when we ran into the minor catastrophes that inevitably plague a wedding. She went out of her way to make the experience very special and personalized for my husband and me. And to top it all off, Bob took some amazing photographs that we will cherish for many years to come.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Denise is right, Bob got some wonderful photos of them, our favorite being the one of her with her gown trailing out behind her on the steps of the Napoleon's Retreat B & B in LaFayette Square. The military may require that these be apart in miles but they are together in their hearts. Tell that husband of yours to keep his take-offs and landings equal.
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pgwed
Wedding:
10/16/2010
4.9/5.0
Sandy married my brother and his wife last year, and we were amazed at how warm and personal she made the ceremony. When my husband and I set the date for our wedding this year, she was the first person we called. We’re not religious, and we didn’t want a stuffy courtroom wedding, so Sandy was perfect for us. Not only was she super flexible with us when our plans kept changing, she also took the time to sit and talk with me and my husband, just getting to know who we are and why we we’re a couple. Because of this, our ceremony was incredibly personal and fun, and we were much more relaxed walking down the aisle toward someone we had already spent time with. Our ceremony was full of laughter and tears (the happy kind), and I don’t think there was a single guest who didn’t tell us it was the best wedding they had ever been to (other than my brother’s, of course)! An added bonus, she’s just a sweetheart, one of the kindest people I’ve met in a long time. Highly recommended.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Just about one the happiest and best weddings ever-Here Comes the Bride played on kazoos by all their loved ones. At historic Thornhill.
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Kristi
Wedding:
9/17/2010
4.9/5.0
I was so entirely happy with the services provided by Sandy LaRouche (EverAfter Weddings). She takes the time to customize her "presentation," and she listens to your needs. I got so many compliments about her and her service after the wedding- everyone said it was the most down-to-earth and loving ceremony they had ever witnessed. I would highly recommend her to ANYONE- especially if you're wanting something other than the traditional "til death do us part" vows.
Services Used: Officiant
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bingosmom
Wedding:
5/19/2012
4.8/5.0
Sandy did a great job officiating our wedding last weekend in Tower Grove Park. She really listened to how my husband and I wanted our ceremony to go, and delivered. So many people came up to me after the ceremony and asked how we knew Sandy; they couldn't believe we just met her only once we planned the wedding, because she incorporated so many personal details of our history into the ceremony. I highly recommend her!
Services Used: Officiant
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shawn
Wedding:
9/30/2011
4.8/5.0
Sandy and Bob made our small unconventional wedding feel as important and special as a formal ,well rehearsed event. She was available on short notice and was happy to include our feline family member in the ceremony. A fun, memorable day for everyone.
Thanks So Much !

Shawn & Christy
Services Used: Officiant
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Auriel
Wedding:
4/30/2005
4.8/5.0
The mother earth wedding officiant isn't for everyone, but it worked for us! Sandy spent so much time getting to know us. She truly cared about us as individuals and as a couple, and it was a very nice ceremony-- exactly what we wanted. Spiritual without being religious, and very specific and individualized to our needs. At the same time, because she's so experienced, she had the basic structure and plans for the ceremony laid out for us. This really took the pressure away from creating your own ceremony if you are going the non-Church route. She gave us choices within a structure to choose from, and it turned out very personalized and perfect for us.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

My husband always calls me Mother Earth among other things. You comments made me laugh. You two didn't need too much help with your wedding. you knew exactly what you wanted and I tried to make it happen that way.
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Vickii
Wedding:
10/14/2011
4.7/5.0
Sandra was a wonderful officiant. Everyone at the wedding enjoyed her
ceremony that she performed. It was very unique and touching. She gave
my daughter and her new husband a copy of the ceremony to keep. Sandra is funny and makes everyone feel calm. I would highly recommend her.
Services Used: Officiant
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Michele
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.6/5.0
Sandy was so wonderful during the planning process. She is flexible and was so nice to meet with. You can tell she loves weddings and loves what she does. She really did a wonderful job although she did ablib a bit too much for a very structured bride. Overall, she did great and I would recomend her to others. Thank you for such a special day!
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Oh dear, Michele, I feel terrible that I caused you any distress whatsoever. Since this is the worst review I have ever received, I will take your words seriously to heart and try to be more reserved in the future. I'm afraid the reverberating microphone really threw me for a loop. I am sorry if I let you down. We hope that the photos we provided for you help to make up a bit for any disappointment you may have felt.
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JaclynM
Wedding:
5/12/2007
4.5/5.0
Words can not express what a wonderful job Sandy did for our wedding. She met with us beforehand, and gathered information about our personal lives and the wedding party and incorporated some things into our wedding ceremony. During the ceremony, she included a wine sharing ceremony and gave us a printed copy of her script. Our ceremony was very personal and when she was finished, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Afterwards, our guests had nothing but positive things to say about her, I would recommend her to anyone.
Services Used: Officiant
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Some may feel that I charge too much. I am in the very middle range of fees charged. From my fee I buy fresh roses for every ceremony, attend rehearsals without additional charge and provide the couple with the bound copy of their wedding ceremony.
I try to be as responsive as possible, considering that I can now receive e-mail but can't send it. I hope to get that fixed soon. Like most people, I do the best I can for each unique couple.

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