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Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants

Shoreline , WA
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LOCATION

Shoreline, WA US 98155 (map)

PHONE

206-920-3115

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Voted Top 5 Officiants, King 5 Best of Western Washington!

Whether you're planning a casual, intimate wedding ceremony for four, or a gala formal wedding event for four... Read more
Voted Top 5 Officiants, King 5 Best of Western Washington!

Whether you're planning a casual, intimate wedding ceremony for four, or a gala formal wedding event for four hundred, you will always receive thoughtful, practical and totally down-to-earth guidance as you create the memories that will last a lifetime.

Our non-denominational wedding services can be tailored to fulfill the wishes and needs of the most discerning couples, whether you're looking for a ceremony that is traditional or contemporary, religious or secular, solemn or lighthearted.

With us, what you see is truly what you get! We have helped nearly 600 loving couples throughout Western Washington create intimate, unique and meaningful wedding ceremonies. We promise to spare no effort in making your wedding day planning as stress-free, joyous and fun as possible. We treat your wedding like our own...and we do it for a reasonable price!

We're also pleased to offer the following wedding services at little or no additional cost:
Spanish and Bi-Lingual Ceremonies Same-sex weddings and Commitment Ceremonies Mini-weddings (for parties of five or fewer) Vow Renewals Handfasting, Blending of the Sands and other Elegant and Beautiful Wedding Traditions
You can reach us by phone any time at 206-920-3115 or 206-930-0719, via e-mail at joannenet@comcast.net, and of course, through our website at http://www.forevertogetherseattle.com.

Thank you so much for considering our services. Now, how can we help you?

- Joanna and David Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
We go wherever the wedding is!
What is your attire for the ceremony?
We dress appropriately to the venue, level of formality and weather. Since we are non-denominational, we don't wear robes or vestments.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Everything begins and ends with you! We are totally at your service. We offer complete ceremonies as well as a mix-and-match option if you prefer to build your own from scratch.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Actually, we encourage it. The ceremony should be an expression of your hearts, and nobody knows them as well as you do.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Must? Never! We do have a number of great ceremony ideas to get you started, but it's your ceremony to create as you desire, and we do whatever we can to help you achieve that.
How long are your ceremonies?
The average length with walk-in and walk-out is around 15 minutes, but of course it always depends upon what you'd like included.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
Of course not. All we "require" is that you're both of legal age and have a valid marriage license! We're not counselors, but we have been together 26 years and we're happy to pass along whatever bits of wisdom we've picked up along the way.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes. In fact, we include a rehearsal at no extra cost if you hold it on the day of the wedding. There's an additional time-and-travel charge for separate-day rehearsals, but we also provide a great "D.I.Y." rehearsal guidance as an alternative to help you save money.
Do you supply a sound system?
No, but we can put you in touch with some great live musicians, disc jockeys and sound companies.

REVIEWS

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Meagan
Wedding:
4/25/2014
5.0/5.0
It was such a pleasure working with Joanna Marshall. Planning and preparing for a wedding is such a special but huge ordeal. And with a family like mine that wanted a ceremony like this and not like this....it was getting to be a little overwhelming. Joanna made it so simple and easy. My husband and I just wanted a simple short but sweet ceremony to take place with our own vowels said. Our cemerony was just that. Everyone said it was so lovely and personal. Both families were very happy and most important my hubby and I felt like it was perfect for us. The paper work part was so easy and simple. Never did I have to worry or stress about anything with Joanna. We can't thank you enough for making our wedding just perfect! So glad we were able to have you as our Officiant.
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Sandy
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
I would definitely recommend David Cooper, our wedding was made so much easier, didn't worry about anything except for getting our marriage license. Our wedding was done in Spanish and did a great job, we didn't even have to worry about the ceremony he had it done we just needed to put it together in the way we wanted the ceremony to start and end.
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Sonia
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
It was such a wonderful and rewarding experience working along Rev, David for my wedding. Besides all the stress of planning the wedding, Rev David made it seem so smoothly when planning the ceremony. I made so many changes to the ceremony from beginning to end, yet he was always so pleasant and flexible while working with him. He made the ceremony so beautiful, I will always cherish the memories of such a wonderful and special day :)
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Ashley
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
I had probably one of the best experiences with them that you can receive from a business/vendor. Having to plan my wedding while my husband was on deployment (on top of being pregnant at the time) was incredibly stressful; I honestly had no idea what I was doing at first. After contacting David and his wife for their business to officiate my wedding, I felt a million times better. I never had any stress or problems getting in contact with them with questions or advice, or anything else and they were always a pleasure to speak with. And of course on the big day, I couldn't have imagined my wedding going any better. It was truly amazing and I will cherish that day forever. I would definitely recommend them to everybody.
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Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Wow. Ashley, thank you so much. It was wonderful working with you both and meeting your circle of friends and family. We wish you the very best in everything, a bright future, love and luck always!
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Craig
Wedding:
2/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. David Cooper was awesome. He was entertaining in his officiating. I even heard a couple of people talking to other people commenting on how wonderful he did. David is a warm caring person who is a joy to enteract with and provided inspirational advice. I would recommend him to anyone.
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Christy
Wedding:
2/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was perfect because of David Cooper and his wife Joanne, from Forever, Together! We wanted a short, sweet, and meaningful "exchange of wedding vows"! David and Joanne made this happen! We were married in a beautiful Hotel Suite at the Grande Hyatt Hotel, with a fantastic view of the Puget Sound, with our four best friends as our witnesses. It was very personal and intimate, exactly what we wanted.

David and his wife Joanne made our wedding special! David was easy to work with, and his great sense of humor makes everything so much fun. His wife Joanne was a blessing, as she offered to be our official photographer! She even knew all the right poses! David is organized and experienced, so the entire process is easy and stress free! And all on line! Because he gave us several examples of wedding vows to choose from, we could pick parts of different vows and come up with our own. Our wedding vows felt very customized and personalized, and perfect for us! He also informs you of all the steps to get your marriage license and will mail them after the ceremony!

David and Joanne make a great team and a great wedding. Because them we had a relaxed, enjoyable wedding experience. I highly recommend their services!
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Stephanie
Wedding:
11/11/2012
5.0/5.0
I got a bit nervous when I realized we were ready to walk down the aisle and I hadn't seen the officiant but she made it just in time. She quickly walked us through the process and we got married. We appreciate the paperwork being taken care of for us and the ceremony was absolutely lovely. I could not have asked for more. THANK YOU!!!
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Katie
Wedding:
11/11/2012
5.0/5.0
We worked with Rev. David for our wedding. David was more than happy to meet with us for a complimentary consulatation so we could get to know him and talk to him about his services. We hired him on the spot. David gave us so many materials so that we could put together and build our own ceremony the way that we wanted to. I emailed David on MANY occasions, either with questions or looking for reccommendations about various things; David always responded super fast. He is very patient, kind, funny and creative- we recieved many compliments from friends and family about him after our ceremony. His pricing is also very reasonable! My husband and I both highly reccommend Rev. David!!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Joann was an exceptional officiant! Thank you for the super ceremony and the fabulous input on our ideas. You are awesome!!
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Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for the lovely review. I'm hoping that, since you liked me :-), you won't mind telling me who you are (first names only is fine) so I can credit you on our website.

Kind regards,

Rev. Joanna Marie
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
David was not only our officiant for our wedding, he became a friend. He is very quick on response and is their whenever you have any questions. He helped us make our dream ceremony. He gave many ideas and told us what he thought. Their was a loud ferry horn that went off, of course during our ceremony, and David made it seem like it was nothing. Made me ease up and laugh a little. My point is, David is a kind person and very personable. I would recommend him to couple looking for a officiant.
-Matthew & Sarah Fite
Happily Married since August 18th 2012!!!!!!
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Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Sarah and Matt, thanks so much for your kind words. It was great meeting you all and working with you on your ceremony. I hope we're able to keep in touch as you make your journey through life together. - Rev. D.
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lisa
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Having never been married or part of the wedding planning process, Joanne and David's help was above and beyond. They were patient, flexible, and offered advice at all the right moments. Working with them truly felt like working with family members.

Joanne and David are experienced officiants and the quality of work and services they provide calm even the most stressed bride.

Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and we thank that to their amazing assistance throughout the entire wedding planning process. We will definitely be recommending them to our friends and family!

Thank you again Joanne and David. Our wedding is a day we will never forget and we will forever be grateful for working with such talented and knowledgeable people.
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Jacqueline
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
My fiancee and I were looking for an officiant for our July 28th wedding. We hit the jackpot when we found Rev. David Cooper! He was the most organized, helpful, supportive person. David was very kind and I could tell this just by the sound of his voice the first time I met him. David provided us with numerous pages of ceremony examples, and info regarding the wedding day that was so helpful. We were able to follow his "how to" steps in his packet, and create our very own ceremony, by pulling what we liked from different ceremony examples. It couldn't have been easier! David was so funny and light hearted during our rehearsal, and my family loved him. The thing that meant the most however, was when it came to the actual wedding day. David whispered little words to me during the ceremony like "it's ok, don't forget to breathe". Just hearing those words helped so much. David was very responsive with questions we had, and he emailed or called back immediately with answers. When it came time for the wedding, we knew we were in great hands. I'd highly recommend David to anyone who is looking for a stress-free ceremony with a supportive officiant who wants you to do your ceremony exactly how you want it. Oh, and by the way, he did parts of our ceremony in Spanish so that my husband could incorporate Spanish. His Spanish was great and Ilberto was so happy he could do that. Thanks so much David for your kindness, great attitude, and supportive words! You'll be part of our wedding memories forever!
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Alicia
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
David was great! He was there on time and we communicated through e-mail over the months, we never actually meet in person until the day of and everything was Perfect! Ran very smoothly!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I cannot convey to you how perfect the ceremony was that David performed! He was professional in every way as well as incredibly responsive and easy to work with. Nearly every one of our 140 guests told me after the fact that they thought it was the best, most meaningful and perfectly timed ceremony they'd ever seen.

My husband and I wanted an elegant ceremony that would capture our love and emotion for each other and my daughter without being long, sicky sweet or corny. And David created exactly that - traditional with a perfect amount of personalization and warmth. I highly recommend David!!

David's guidance and input created a ceremony way beyond our dreams. The custom ceremony included a very special section with my 10 year old daughter (the Maid of Honor), and was accomplished easily in one phone call and 3 emails.

David discussed a few options for including children in ceremonies and provided us with one - a "hand ceremony" - which we edited down to an elegant, meaningful part of our ceremony. The Hand Ceremony consisted of my husband & I making vows of love and support to each other and to my daughter. Specifically, there was a part when my daughter made promised to her new Step-Father and my husband vowed to care for and love my daughter.

The child inclusion ideas were not an easy to find by the way. I'd done months of research on many blogs, books and magazines and nearly everything people mentioned either were too corny and saccharine for our tastes, or didn't have anywhere near the level of meaning as what we wanted. With David's help we found the perfect answer.

David's list of vows was another amazing, easy process that completely made the ceremony our own and all the more perfect without any of the stress of having to write them from scratch. My husband and I have fairly different styles and we both found perfect vows among his options.

Best part of the day that took the least amount of work to accomplish!
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RiverasOfEverett
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
David was extremely friendly and easy to work with. He was very flexible with us, working with us to incorporate all of the personal things we created and needed incorporated into the ceremony. He was prompt for the rehearsal, and very good at communicating from the time we booked the services, all the way until the wedding day- with an open communication policy which we both appreciated. With his good nature, humor and ability to touch our audience with the delivery of our ceremony, David's services are highly recommended. Thank you Reverend Cooper for officiating our wedding!

~Mr. & Mrs. Rivera of Everett
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RSALZBRUN
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Reverend David Cooper officiated our wedding, and if you can't tell from the site, he is very very highly recommended and rated 5th in Washington state! He did an exceptional job at officiating our wedding, following up with EVERY email prior to the wedding, helping us with our vows, he has the most amazing personality and made us feel completely at ease on our special day. KUDOS to you Reverend David Cooper!!! You are such an amazingly talented professional! Keep up the excellent work!!!
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning
Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much - your kind words are most appreciated, especially since we figure we're the lucky ones to be able to work with such wonderful couples! Stay warm, take care of each other and remember: FREE VOW RENEWAL with every wedding (so call us when you're ready :-)
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treva & da'yo
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Joanne was great from our very 1st meeting. We didn't have a wedding rehearsal so everything planned was online or phone.
My partner and I have uncommon names that are ofter mis-pronounced, but Joanne said our names correctly. Everyone told us how beautiful our service was and had nothing less than kind words for Joanne.
I don't know if we were her 1st same sex-wedding, but if it was she didn't show it.
Forever, Together gets two thumbs up!!
Thank you so much,

Treva & Da'yo
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berliozmyles
Wedding:
9/18/2011
5.0/5.0
They were very friendly from the very start. Our first meeting was relaxed yet extremely informative. They will help you from start to finish and answer any questions you have. Joanne and David really care about each couple and the love they share.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
I enjoyed very much working with Rev. Cooper. He was more than willing to "meet" with me from opposite sides of the state and did not have any problems with my need to communicate by phone or email. My wedding was absolutely perfect and I am very glad the David was there to help. I would recommend Forever, Together to everyone!!!
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John
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
We lived in Spokane, and had our wedding in Seattle. David was very helpful via email and phone working with us, since we were unable to meet in person prior to our wedding.

I'd also like to add that despite this being the 2nd marriage for both of us we really had no idea how to put vows/wedding together. David was very helpful and really made it a joy for both of us to review the pieces that make up a ceremony and to pick out exactly how we wanted the ceremony to flow.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rev D was amazing. My husband and I wanted a ceremony in English and Spanish and had a very hard time finding anyone who could/would do it. But David was more than willing and did a great job with it. We couldn't be happier to have had him as a part of our wedding.
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quongo
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. D did an amazing job directing our wedding rehearsal and ceremony! He was prompt, personable, fun and made sure everyone knew exactly what they were supposed to do. His booklet of ceremony examples gave us plenty of ideas and we were able to create our perfect ceremony.

We went on our honeymoon the day after and had forgot to make copies of the wedding certificates. We needed them as proof for a newly wed vacation package we signed up for. I called David and he quickly scanned the certificates and emailed to us. We were able o print it out just before we headed to the airport! He really went above and beyond what we had expected! I highly recommend him to anyone that will be getting married!

Thanks again David!
Quoc & Amanda
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Superman 1989
Wedding:
5/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev D is amazing...period. If you are looking for an Officiant and/or Wedding Planner, he is definitely the man for the job! We were looking for someone lighthearted, focused on making our magical day all about us, flexible enough to incorporate the uniqueness of our ceremony and hilarious to work with...with found David Cooper. There were just as many laughs as there were tears that day; Rev D made it all possible and worth every penny!
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning
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B&J WEST
Wedding:
1/9/2011
5.0/5.0
DAVID WAS OUR OFFICIANT AND WE WERE VERY PLEASED WITH HIS THOUGHTFULNESS, THE TIME HE SPENT WORKING WITH US, AND HOW WELL THE CEREMONY TURNED OUT. EVERYTHING WAS VERY LOW STRESS AND WENT SMOOTHLY. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND DAVID AND HIS SERVICES!

B & J WEST
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Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much, folks. It was my pleasure to work with you, and the Grand Willow is such a lovely venue. Stay warm and take care of each other!

Rev. D.
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Dee
Wedding:
11/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Rev. Joanna Marie was amazing, she not only helped my husband and I plan our very short notice wedding giving us suggestions where she thought it might help including helping us locate a venue. It was a very beautiful ceremony, professional, and even laid back where it needed to be. It felt as if she was part of our family. My Husband and I would recommend her and her Husband to anyone whether it be a large ceremony or even an elopement, you won’t be disappointed.
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michaelcroix
Wedding:
5/8/2010
5.0/5.0
We love David! He came highly recommended from an event planner and David went well beyond the call of duty for us.

David was a wealth of information and was incredibly positive and patient with me and my wife. My wife had a few nerves about having a larger wedding and initially wanted to elope. About a week before the wedding we realized that we could do both (elope and still have a larger wedding). David moved a few things around and married us in our living room a few days later.

At the larger wedding David was great and stayed as our guest through the entire evening. Everyone we spoke to told us how great he was and we couldn't agree more.

Thanks again David!

Michael Croix
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Jenn
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
Easy to work with; as many suggestions as we needed/wanted. Conducted our ceremony precisely as we wanted (no surprises). Not having done this before, he had the perfect recommendations and was one step ahead of our questions. One of the vendors I just didn't have to worry about coming through for us on our wedding day or following up with. Things were just done, done right, and done right the first time.
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Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm really glad everything worked out to your satisfaction!
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Cynthia
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
We were very happy with the ceremony that Reverend David Cooper performed. It was lively, entertaining and perfect for what we wanted for our wedding.
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Larry
Wedding:
9/2/2009
5.0/5.0
I was blown away by the work to detail and everything came together and it looked so nice. After months and months of planning, the final product was more amazing than I imagined it to be! They did everything professionally and in a timely manner. Their coverings were so baeutiful that we were relunctant to give them back after the wedding.
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Reile29
Wedding:
4/25/2009
5.0/5.0
David did a wonderful job. I picked all the pieces of my ceremony and he placed them together for me beautifully. Everything flowed really well and nothing went wrong. His wife also helped out because she didn't have a wedding that day and the drive from Seattle to Bellingham is long. She did an excellent job helping us figure out exactly what we were supposed to do and when.
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Beverly
Wedding:
2/28/2009
5.0/5.0
It was wonderful to work with Rev. D. Warren Cooper! He was open to the ceremony that a family member had written, but still offered suggestions where he thought they would help. His presence and personality as well as his sense of humor put us at ease from our first meeting. Finding an officiant was one of the hardest things for us, and we were blessed to find him. All our guests (as well as ourselves) were incredibly pleased with the ceremony and several mentioned to us that it was one of the most beautiful weddings they had ever attended.
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John
Wedding:
12/27/2008
5.0/5.0
Everything about the service was wonderful. Me and my wife felt so comfortable around him it was as if he was a part of the family, in fact we insisted he stay for dinner with the family at the wedding.
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Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much John. I really appreciate your kinds words. It was a blast working with you both and I hope you've enjoyed your first year as a married couple. Stay in touch and thanks again. Rev. D.
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Yue
Wedding:
12/7/2008
5.0/5.0
We're very satisfied about the service of David. He was very responsible and helpful, really did a wonderful job for our wedding and made our wedding so holy, so funny, so sweet...A lot of our friends asked us where we find David. Also we think their price is very reasonable compared with other officiants in the area. Highly recommend!
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Brooke
Wedding:
11/15/2008
5.0/5.0
We chose to use Rev D as our officiant with only about a month before the wedding. He was so helpful, so wonderful, we are so happy we chose him and were lucky enough to have him be a crucial part of our wedding. We would highly, highly, highly recommend he and his wife, you will not be disapointed! Prompt, fun, energetic and ready to help in any way they can. Thanks again Rev D!

Brooke & Kurtis Swanson
Snohomish, WA
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Meagan James
Wedding:
8/30/2008
5.0/5.0
David was the perfect officiant for us: he provided us with tons of ideas/materials but let us tailor the ceremony to our own style. He was laid back but professional, and we would recommend him to anyone.
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Christine
Wedding:
8/23/2008
5.0/5.0
Looking for an officiant in March for an August wedding was a mistake, we had waited too long. As it happened everything worked out just right David and Joanna had been planning to take a vacation that week and had canceled because requests for that weekend were overwhelming, lucky for us. It took minutes to decide David was the perfect officiant for us to work with. I couldn’t have asked for anyone to be more flexible, professional or easy to work with his humor complemented ours to a t. David went out of his way to make our day special and very memorable not to mention as stress free as possible. We would not hesitate to recommend Rev D to anyone and hope we will be able to have him present for our vow renewal 25 years from now.
Christine and Noah
Services Used: Officiant
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mksparkmon
Wedding:
8/16/2008
5.0/5.0
It was wonderful to work with Rev. D. Warren Cooper! He was open to the ceremony that a family member had written, but still offered suggestions where he thought they would help. His presence and personality as well as his sense of humor put us at ease from our first meeting. Finding an officiant was one of the hardest things for us, and we were blessed to find him. All our guests (as well as ourselves) were incredibly pleased with the ceremony and several mentioned to us that it was one of the most beautiful weddings they had ever attended.
Services Used: Officiant
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Donna
Wedding:
8/10/2008
5.0/5.0
Rev. David Cooper was wonderful! Of all the vendors we had to work with he was by far the most helpful and least stressful of all of them. He was very quick to respond to email (my favorite form of communication when stressed with wedding issues!), he has a very friendly attitude that we did not encounter with some other officiants we interviewed. He loves what he does and it truly shows. David works for a wonderful price (he is worth much more than he charges) and allthough it was one of the most inexspensive purchases for our wedding, the return was so much more than everything else put together. He rolled with my groom and I's mistakes and he was not rushed to get out of there after. He is a true friend, and a lovely person. We are so thankful that we found him, and we could not sing his praises enough!
With Sincere Thanks,
Paul and Donna
Services Used: Officiant
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Susan
Wedding:
8/10/2008
5.0/5.0
Joanne was a wonderful officiant. We enjoyed meeting her, and she immediately put us at ease. My husband had never been married before, and was very nervous about meeting her, and the ceremony itself. Her kind and professional demeanor put him at ease immediately, and there was never a moments doubt for him after that! I highly recommend Forever,Together for your wedding!
Services Used: Officiant
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Hgauvey
Wedding:
8/2/2008
5.0/5.0
David was my officiant on my 8/2008 wedding. I was very nervous about picking a officiant but I was quickly set at ease. David met my mother and I at Starbucks and I quickly decided he was the right man for the job. We met for about an hour and he answered all my silly questions, and offered suggestions for the some of the "traditions" I was uncomfortable with. He also sent me later that day a ton of wedding ceremonies to chose from. He also did some research to find more readings. He arrived on time, even though I didn't walk on time, he put me at ease. He made sure to double check how to say some Ukrainian names of my family member who have passed on. His voice level was perfect for our outdoor wedding ( I was nervous people wouldn't be able to hear). His aspect of my wedding went perfect when other parts didn't. I had so many compliments about the "rose ceremony". Ask him about it, it was wonderful.
Services Used: Officiant
Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Heather. It was truly my honor and my pleasure to work with you both. Have a wonderful summer and let's keep in touch. - Rev. D.
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myche
Wedding:
7/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Rev. Cooper was great! We would (and did!) recommend his services to our friends. He was punctual, organized, professional and fun. His guidance and advice were extremely helpful and never pushy. Our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it... I can look back and say that I wouldn't change a thing.
Services Used: Officiant
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Michelle
Wedding:
4/26/2008
5.0/5.0
Rev David Cooper was amazing; he made our day feel like just that..our day.
We have had so many comments on how beautiful our ceremony was and we would not have been able to have it be as perfect as it was without David. I would recommend him to anyone, he really listens to what you want and is so great to work with; I loved his sense of humor and how relaxed he made us feel.
Services Used: Officiant
Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, but the pleasure was mine! - Rev. D.
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Monica
Wedding:
12/8/2007
5.0/5.0
David was fantastic! He performed the ceremony exactly like we wanted and we could not have been any happier. We enjoyed his sense of humor and his attention to details.
Services Used: Officiant
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Katie
Wedding:
8/11/2007
5.0/5.0
When I first met Reverend Dave I was very nervous and he had a very calming way about him. I new instantly that I wanted him to marry us. He was extremly helpful in giving suggestions and also being respectful in the type of ceremony that we wanted to have. I would highly recommend their services to anyone that is looking for a compasssionate, respectful, completly flexible wedding officiant. Thank you Reverend Dave for help making our day truly memorable.

Always,
Shane and Katie Gushwa
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Joanne was amazing and was able to help us on such short notice
Services Used: Officiant
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Roxanne
Wedding:
1/19/2013
4.9/5.0
Very good communication before the event, more than willing to tailor the script to suit what we wanted. The ceremony went very smoothly despite an unconventional set-up and not doing a rehearsal (Rev. Cooper did offer us a rehearsal!). Paperwork was mailed promptly. We're happy!
Services Used: Officiant
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William
Wedding:
1/9/2009
4.9/5.0
With the short time given for Rev. cooper to conduct the wedding service, he was most helpful and provided a wedding ceremony that was special.
Services Used: Officiant
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Alexander
Wedding:
1/31/2013
4.7/5.0
Reverend David Cooper is wonderful, his attitude is upbeat and his manners are nice. Highly recommend to anyone.
Services Used: Officiant
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michmarken
Wedding:
9/13/2009
4.6/5.0
Joanna was an excellent officiant. I am very pleased with the amount of material she gave us to work with, her willingness to drive out to meet us, and her general air of confidence about making our wedding day fantastic. When I began the planning process, I had no idea what to include in my ceremony, and Joanna gave me exactly the tools my husband and I needed to personalize our ceremony and make it reflect not only our feelings for each other, but our vision of the perfect wedding.
Thank you Joanna!
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.5/5.0
David is friendly and informative and helpful. You ask any questions about the wedding and he'll be happy to answer your queries with enthusiasm.
Services Used: Officiant
Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your positive review. Client testimonials are invaluable in improving our services. Perhaps you will tell me the reason you marked me down for "Responsiveness," if you felt I was enthusiastic about responding to questions and concerns?
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
Joanne did a wonderful job with our ceremony. She was punctual to the rehearsal and day of the wedding and made sure that we were all happy with the way things were laid out. Thank you!
Services Used: Officiant
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ssdscott
Wedding:
9/27/2008
4.2/5.0
He was very good at getting back to us in a timely manner with the planning of the ceremony. I was a little nervous about him being late to the wedding. He did another one right before ours in Seattle.
Services Used: Officiant
Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

I can understand your concern but I always leave at least an hour, and usually two or three, between engagements on the same day. What happened in your case was that the wedding ahead of yours changed their start time at the last minute, which cut things a bit closer than usual.

For the record, I've never been late to a wedding, and I'm very glad yours was not the first :-)

It was great working with you both. I wish you love and luck, always.

Best,
Rev. D.
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Kellie
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.0/5.0
We booked Joanne Marshall for our wedding officiant in September 2013. We enjoyed her services and overall, we had a good experience. However, there was a mix-up when booking, they accidentally double-booked us with another wedding, and David was originally suppose to officiant our wedding, since the double book, he immediately called me after our meeting and explained the situation... luckily, Joanne was able to attend and it worked out fine. They offered a wide range of vows and readings to chose from to customize our ceremony, I really liked how we were able to make it our own, and they really just relayed the material to us and our guests. The only thing that bothered me was, when our officiant came onto our wedding grounds, she kept calling my Husband a different name than his, she had said she came from another wedding and apologized, and the fact that they didn't really offer a rehearsal on a separate day of the wedding. Other than that, Joanne was great!
Thank-you for wonderful ceremony!
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/8/2011
1.8/5.0
When we first met with Joanna we thought she was great. She did have to call me a few times that day and change our appt due to her having a last minute dr appt and the dr's office running late, but at least she called, so no big deal. She flipped through the book of vows awfully quick was our only complaint in the beginning. However, she had told us she used to be a wedding planner so she knew to think of things like having my maid of honor or someone straighten my train when I got up to the "alter" for pictures, etc. So, for that very reason we picked her over another officiant that probably would've done a better job in hindsight.

After we paid our deposit, she was a little hard to get a hold of. I called her to tell her that we had changed our minds on having a separate day rehearsal because too many of our bridal party members wouldn't be able to make it and so we would like to do a same day rehearsal instead and I needed to know how much time we would need for that so I could schedule my hair and makeup appts around this and over 24hrs later she still had not returned my call. So, I called again. This time, she answered my phone call, however, she seemed like she had no idea who I was at first (even though we had just met less than a week prior to this). She had to ask her husband if she had any other weddings that day. Then about 1 wk before the wedding she calls and asks whether I was having a rehearsal a different day or if we had changed it to the same day, because she couldn't remember.

The day of the wedding, she was supposed to be at the venue at 1pm. Around 1:20pm, I call her to see where she is at and she does not answer. She finally showed up a little after 1:30pm claiming that there was traffic. Members in my party I had just driven through that area not too long before she did and it was completely clear. She said she didn't answer my call because she has received a ticket for talking on her cell phone before. I can understand that, but it only takes a second to pull over and call a panicking bride when you are over 30 minutes late! Or get a bluetooth or put your phone on speakerphone, which are both legal in this state while driving. During the ceremony she read word for word from printed papers as if she hadn't read the ceremony before the day. I understand that you can't memorize the whole ceremony, but it would've been nice had she familiarized herself with it a little to be able to look up a little more from her clipboard. She just seemed completely ill-prepared and it was really disappointing, especially for how much money you fork out for an officiant. I have no idea how they got voted in the top 5 of Western Washington, unless her husband is WAY better than she is!

***Edit in Response to Joanna's reply***

First off, she told us she would email us telling us when she wanted our vows as she did not like to focus on more than one wedding at a time because she liked to give each couple her undivided attention, but most likely she would want it the week before the wedding. I NEVER heard from her, so finally, I just emailed her the vows or she wouldn't have had anything to go off of the day of the wedding. Her reasoning really didn't make sense to me, since we were emailing her the vows. It's not like she HAD to go over them right then and there, she could've saved them and went over them at her convenience. Even if there was a misunderstanding about when we were supposed to send the vows, we picked our whole ceremony (except the sand ceremony, because she didn't offer one that included our parents) from her book and maybe changed 10 words throughout the entire ceremony. If she has been doing this as long as she says she has, then she should KNOW all the pieces of the ceremonies in her book. We only changed simple things like "from the end of our forever" to "for all the days of our lives" and might have omitted a few religious phrases. She had a lot more religious stuff in her book than what we were led to believe since she flipped through it so fast at our initial meeting. We made it clear to her at our initial meeting that we were NOT religious, so maybe that is why she felt the need to move through the book so quickly.

As far as her not recognizing me on the phone, it happened more than that one time. I have an email, that I saved, it's the one where she sent me a worksheet to fill out with our contact info, wedding date & time, venue info, etc and she called me Angela...my name is Amanda! Now, when you are emailing a client, you should have their info right there handy!

She was more than 15min late. If she really wanted to argue about that, I have phone records that show that I called her at 1:13pm and 1:14pm and people that could verify that she showed up about 10-15 minutes AFTER I called her. As for her showing up so early and not charging me, SHE is the one that told me to have the rehearsal at 1pm. I had called her (the day she didn't return my phone call & the next day) to tell her we wanted the same day rehearsal and ask how much time SHE needed for that, so I could schedule my hair and make up appts around the rehearsal. She was the one that said we should do it at 1pm. NOT ME! It's convenient how she twists the story around to try to make me look like the bad guy when she thinks I probably wont come back and read what she wrote in response. Think again, Joanna. I am here for the future brides, so they know what you are really about.

As far as her feeling she did a good job at the ceremony, she is the only one that felt that way. I got so many comments from my bridal party and my guests stating what a terrible job she did and how disappointed I must be.

***Edit 12/7/11 - I spoke with Joanna through email because I never received my keepsake copy of our marriage certificate, which she took with her to write in the text on her computer to make it look nicer. She said she sent it & it must be a post office error, but she still had it on her computer & could resend it. After discussing things with her husband, they decided to give me a partial refund after the whole debacle with my wedding & everything. This does help some, it is certainly better than nothing & I appreciate that they were willing to do this, especially after so much time had passed. I certainly didn't expect it, I just wanted my keepsake certificate and to be done with the whole thing.
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Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

I am sorry Amanda was unhappy with my services but I feel I must respond to this nasty review.

Yes I postponed our first meeting as I got a last minute call from a doctor's office with a last minute opening for a painful problem I was having. I appreciated them understanding.

At my wedding meetings I bring the book to show the couples what we have to offer. It is a big book which we e-mail to them when they hire us, so they can go through it as slowly as they need to. If I let couples read every page the meeting would take 3 hours. I show examples of what we have by flipping through all the information, all the while telling them they will get all the material to review via e-mail (which they got immediately after paying their deposit)

I also ask them to stop me if they saw a page they wanted to look at longer. They did not ask. I ask my couples to send me the ceremony they want ,a week before the wedding. Amanda sent hers's less than two days before.

I did famiarlize m;yself with her cermony and looked up when I was reading it to them. I apologize if she thought differently. If I did not look up as much as I normally do it was only because she gave me such a short time to familiarize myself with her ceremony. She was five days late getting it to me.

Regarding the phone call she says I ignored. When she changed the reheaesal day and I guess let me know the first time by this phone call. I did not get that message. I lost all my info on my phone when it fell in the kitchen sink. This is a true fact which cost me $250. The verizon guy could not retrieve any of my data. When she called me again, I apolgized for not recognizing her at first.

We have lots of weddngs and if I don't have my schedule right in front of me it is hard to recall the exact date and time of the wedding and the bride who is calling.. So, I did have to refresh my mind as to who I was talking with and did have to check my schedule to make sure I could go to a same as wedding day rehearsal.

Every month I review my weddings and make sure there are no conflicts with rehearsals and weddings. Because Amanda had changed her time I had a nagging feeling I might not have it right, I just called her to double check. I felt it is better to do that and be safe then sorry.

Yes, I was late due to traffic but it was only 15 minutes. I apologized for that. When I do a rehearsal on the day of the wedding I usually come about an hour before the wedding....occasionally 90 minutes. We don't charge for that. When if becomes longer that that we usually charge for the time.

I made an exception with Amanda and agreed to come two hours early at no charge. i did not even mention I was making an exception.... mainly because I felt bad about missing her first call. We started the rehearsal as soon as I got there and it went smoothly. I then had to wait over an hour before the wedding started.

Why she wanted me there two hours early is a puzzle to me, as then I would have waited 75 minutes for the wedding to start. I take pride in my wedding officiating and it is rare to get a review tlike this. Maybe everything did not go perfectly right but I feel I did a good job performing the ceremony, and got there in plenty of time.

I am sincerely sorry that I did not meet Amanda's expectations and I wish her well. Even when both parties do their best misunderstandings occur.

I only wish she would have contacted me with her feelings first, before writing this review. Had she done that, I would have apolgized to her because she was so unhappy and gladly refunded my fee.

Sincerely Rev. Joanna Marie

*** In response to Amanda's latest (and I hope, final) criticisms ***

Since it's clear you have decided to blame me for everything that disappointed you about your wedding, there's no point in trying to refute the avalanche of accusations you've directed at me. I have stated my case as I see it, and I stand by what I wrote.

David and I have performed over 400 weddings since 2007. I can count on one hand the number of problems we've encountered...and have fingers left over! The many, many positive reviews we've received on this site and others will testify to the high quality of our service. That's "what we are really about," Amanda!

Sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, things just don't go as planned. It's regrettable - nobody wants that - but we're only human...all of us! It doesn't happen out of malice, or thoughtlessness, or indifference - it just happens. Most people understand this, and as long as everyone stays flexible and retains their sense of humor, things usually turn out fine.

In your case, Amanda, I have apologized for my part in the misunderstanding, and you can be sure I will be especially vigilant to avoid making the same mistakes again. That's all I can do. The rest is water under the bridge, and I sincerely hope you are able to move on. In any event, I wish you both the very best.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
1.3/5.0
Joanne married my husband and I with a small ceremony and only our family attending. To begin with, Joanne was late to the ceremony, she had asked us to be there at 1:45 PM to go over the ceremony but she didn't arrive until nearly 2:00. 15 minutes does not seem terrible long, unless you're in a wedding dress in the middle of fall, it was very cold and very frustrating waiting for her to show up.

Second, not even a minute after we are married (Had not even signed the marriage certificate yet) she proceeds to market herself and wants to make sure we tell others about her service, not just once but four separate times. Which is a LOT considering our ceremony was a grand total of 15 minutes.

The last straw was receiving our marriage certificate in the mail from her. It looked almost perfect until my husband and I noticed that my first name was misspelled, and the date of the actual wedding was incorrect as well. This gave me the impression that she could not care less who she marries, not enough to make sure the name and date is right at least. I emailed her (very nicely that is) and asked her what we could do to correct this and explained what the issue was, I still have yet to hear back from her.

If you read this Joanne, we would still love to hear back from you if you are not too busy :)

-Mr. and Mrs. Lucas
Services Used: Officiant
Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

Sometimes it's hard to figure out what a bride really wants.

In this case, I spent hours helping her find a venue, and knowing she was on a tight budget, I lowered my price by nearly $100. What she calls "marketing" myself was really just reminding her I would be available for another event she was planning down the line, and giving my business card to one of her friends who mentioned she was getting married in the future.

Regarding the keepsake Certificate: we send out over a hundred each year. Unlike other Officiants, we finish every one by hand. Occasionally we do get something wrong. In this case, the mistake was a single letter (or perhaps - gasp - two), and while it's true she asked us "nicely" to fix the mistake...she didn't have the patience to wait for it. As with virtually all of her other e-mails to us, she expected an instant answer, never taking into account that we might have other couples to take care of. Her accusation that the mistake showed we "could not care less" about our couples is flat-out ridiculous.

Considering how far I went to be sure this bride had everything she wanted for her wedding, it's a bit of a shock to read her review. I know I did everything possible to give her the perfect wedding. Her lack of appreciation makes me wonder if anyone could have satisfied her wishes.
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ShadowDragon
Wedding:
8/2/2008
0.9/5.0
In all of our correspondence Joanne would tell me that when she was there it was all about me and my day. When she arrived, she had not reviewed my ceremony, had not practiced and was not prepared for a special part of it that ended up being dropped because of her lack of experience and preparedness. When she arrived and we found out my dress would be a little late she continually stated "I have another wedding to get to". It seemed that my small private wedding meant nothing to her and all she cared about was getting to this other wedding across town. I felt as though my day meant nothing to her and that she didn't care. When the ceremony did proceed, she rushed through things, quickly read the words,often stumbling over them or leaving some out entirely and asked us questions about the ceremony as the ceremony was progressing. She didn't accommodate our photographer or videographer, she was asked a few times to step aside to allow the shot of the bridesmaid walking in and my entrance, she would not comply and simply stood there like stone, no facial expressions. She made what should have been about a 30 minute cermony last 10 minutes. I felt cheated and let down. I was very unhappy with her services and would advice other brides look at another officiant and only use "together forever" as a last resort. The service they provided for my wedding was horrific and all in all nothing like what they sold me.


~A very disappointed Bride
Services Used: Officiant
Forever, Together - Seattle Wedding Officiants responded with the following comments:

I was very sorry to learn Melissa was unhappy with my services. The satisfaction of my clients has always been my most important consideration. However, as is often the case, there’s a lot that Melissa leaves out of her story, and I feel I should at least set the record straight.

To begin with, the reason her dress was late arriving was that her mother forgot to bring it to the wedding and had to drive all the way home to retrieve it! As a result, the wedding was delayed over 90 minutes. Even giving her the benefit of every doubt, this was much more than “a little” late.

Melissa gives the impression that she was unaware I had another event scheduled for that day, but that is not true. I always inform clients at the time of booking, if I have other events scheduled on their wedding day. Under normal circumstances, these are scheduled with more than enough time between them for me to get easily from one to the other.

In this case, the excessive delay forced me to choose between two less-than-perfect alternatives: start on time but without the wedding dress, or wait for the dress and do a shortened ceremony. I decided to wait, even though it jeopardized my later commitment. In retrospect, this was probably the wrong decision, but I knew Melissa was already stressed out and I didn’t want to make things worse.

The “special part” of the ceremony referred to is the “Handfasting”, a tradition I’ve performed, with great success, dozens of times. What Melissa neglects to mention is that the decision to leave the Handfasting out of her wedding was mutual, a consequence of the 90-minute delay, and had nothing to do with my ability, or my willingness, to perform it.

Finally, I honestly don't understand what led Melissa to believe that I did not “accommodate” the photographer and videographer. If she had actually spoken to them (as I did), then she would have known this was simply not the case. At no point was I asked to “step aside” (no photographer I’ve worked with has ever spoken to me in that way), but if I had, then I would have complied without a second thought. Over the years, I’ve worked smoothly, and cooperatively, with at least 50 photographers and videographers, and without a single complaint.

Whenever a bride (or groom) is unhappy, it’s regrettable. My husband and I have done over 150 weddings between us, and I can count the number of mishaps on one hand, with fingers left over. The other reviews on this page, as well as those on our website, attest to the quality of service we provide. Unfortunately, sometimes in spite of our very best efforts, things don’t go as planned, or hoped. In those situations, it works best if everyone remains flexible and tries to “go with the flow,” but with so much emotion invested in the day, this isn’t always possible.

In this case, the forgotten wedding dress, and the problems it created, were out of my control. I did what I thought best at the time to try and reach a positive outcome. Sadly, I wasn’t able to make that happen, and for better or worse, it’s water under the bridge. I wish Melissa had come directly back to me with her feelings, instead of posting them here, and given me a chance to work with her. I would have bent over backwards to try and find a better resolution. I’m still more than willing to do that.

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