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Helen Emberly, MS

Santa Rosa , CA
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Santa Rosa, CA US 95404 (map)

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707-217-3871

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ABOUT US

See my website at www.helenemberly.com

From simple ceremonies to personally designed and priced celebrations, I will work with you to design YOUR DAY ~ YOUR WAY! Please read... Read more
See my website at www.helenemberly.com

From simple ceremonies to personally designed and priced celebrations, I will work with you to design YOUR DAY ~ YOUR WAY! Please read my reviews.

* I offer several packages with a price to suit even the smallest budget and $25 will hold your date on my calendar.

* Many of my weddings are planned over the phone and email if you are coming from afar for a destination wedding.

* Free consultations with no obligation.

Give me a call at 707-584-8464 or send an email to hdemberly@gmail.com and see if I'm the one for you. I would love to speak with you. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination), Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Presbyterian
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Definitely. I've performed weddings on the beach, in wineries, parks, homes, etc. Your Day~Your Way in the place of your choice.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
The couples choose from the following: 1) Minister's long white robe with colored prayer scarf/stole; 2) Dressy black and white top and pants or skirt; or, 3) I'm also open to theme weddings and will also dress accordingly.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes, this is how I work. Couple's may choose from several prepared ceremonies or work with me to to plan and design their complete wedding ceremony.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
I encourage this. Once the couple decides on their vows, they may either repeat them after me or read them from cards I prepare and hand to them when the time comes.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
The couple may choose from some pre-selected readings or choose their own. I work with each couple individually.
How long are your ceremonies?
Civil ceremonies last about 15 minutes. Most weddings last 20-30 minutes. If the couple prefers to add special cultural or religious rites, the wedding may go to 45 minutes. It is up to the couple to tell me what they prefer.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I encourage, but do not require it. I hold a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and have years of experience working with engaged couples. I offer this service for a reasonable fee. I offer this service to couples even if they do not choose me as their officiant.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes. Performing the pre-ceremony rehearsal is included in some of my packages.
Do you supply a sound system?
No.

REVIEWS

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RAYMOND
Wedding:
7/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Helen was fantastic to work with. She went beyond the scope and provided extras such as beautiful flowers, florist arrangements for ordering and pick up, secured us a witness and helped with photos; she also scouted and fixed our venue. Our wedding was a last minute affair and she made us feel like we had planned it for months and tailored everything to our needs.

She couldn't have been more respectful and excited for us during the event; we feel that we've made a nice friend.
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Sylvia
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Helen helped make our ceremony run smoothly and easy. She honestly cares about each and every couple she works with. You can easily talk to her about concerns or ideas. I felt like it was my own mother standing up there with us and marrying us. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help make our day special.
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Debora
Wedding:
4/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Helen was delightful to work with. She really does stand by her word "Your Day Your Way". After meeting Helen we knew instantly, she was the officiant for us! She is bubbly enthusiastic and is so very interested in your personal love story. Thanks Helen for being a part of our special day! Debbie and Jimmy Rogers
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Amanda
Wedding:
2/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Helen was wonderful to work with. She was very responsive to all our needs and took the time to make sure everything was just how we wanted it. Our guests loved the ceremony. Thank you, Helen!
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Dale and Ginger
Wedding:
2/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Helen was AWESOME!!!! She prepared the most beautiful ceremony for my husband and I on our wedding day. It was everything that we had dreamed of. Our day was absolutely perfect!
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Stephanie
Wedding:
2/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Helen was such a pleasure to work with. She was flexible and very professional. She gave us great ideas for our wedding vow renewal. She always did what she said she would do when she said she would do it. She really put us at ease with knowledge, ideas and professionalism. Plus she's just a really sweet lady who was a joy to work with. Also very reasonable and willing to go the extra mile. In a nut shell, she made our very important occasion so very special and we are so thankful to have found her. Thank you for everything Helen...You're the best!
Rick, Stephanie and Abigail Kovacs
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Helen was willing to go above and beyond for us. She was willing to meet with us the day before and reherse with us and our group. She reaaly seems to enjoy her job and.We would have been so lost without her. Her attentivess to detail and Professionalism is what aid us through the ceremony. Thank you Helen for making our day extra special. I would reccommed her to friends and family members.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Working with Helen to prepare the wedding ceremony was great. She was always responsive and gave us great ideas. The ceremony she prepared for us was very beautiful and meaningful, and she delivered it with warmth and intent. Thank you Helen for making it so special!
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Kandice
Wedding:
10/30/2013
5.0/5.0
She was so friendly and listened to what we wanted. I would highly recommend her officiant services to anyone. Expect quality service for an affordable price. She also very quick with getting back to us regarding any questions or concerns. Her voice is sweet and graceful and pleasure to hear.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Helen made our special day truly special and memorable. We were planning a modern day “Brady Bunch” wedding – uniting as a couple and blending two families. The ceremony was unique. It was tailored to reflect us. We laughed, smiled, and even cried some happy tears. The ceremony was uplifting and heartfelt. It was a perfect day.

Here is what I can tell about Helen from my experience:
1. She is a warm and kind person. Easy to talk to and easy to work with.
2. She takes pride in her work. To get the process started, she sent ceremony ideas via email and then we talked on the phone to personalize it. She asked all the right questions and every last detail was covered.
3. She is professional. She arrived on time and was prepared. The wedding ceremony went without a hitch.
4. The end result was a lovely ceremony with lots of personal touches.
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Don
Wedding:
7/21/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't speak highly enough of Helen. She was professional and caring and followed through impeccably. We wanted a simple yet meaningful private elopement ceremony and she was very helpful and intuitive in coming up with exactly what we wanted, from the suggested vows to the unity wine ceremony which was so appropriate for our chosen marriage location in the Napa Valley. In planning and executing our ceremony Helen was more than our wedding officiant... we feel like we've made a new and lasting friend. Her rates are extremely reasonable and she even provided a witness, at our request. She's the best!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Helen was absolutely fantastic. She worked with my (now) husband and I to create the perfect wedding ceremony. She was quick to respond to emails (my preferred mode of communication) and was prompt and prepared for the in-person meetings we had.
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Helen Emberly, MS responded with the following comments:

Brenda and Sean,
Thanks for the review. It was so much fun working with the both of you with the Hawaiian theme and the Buddhist chanting to start the ceremony. May your marriage be blessed from this day forward.
Helen
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nalong
Wedding:
7/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Working with Helen was a very stress free experience. That's what we needed during this time of our lives. Helen was always quick to respond to our questions and answers. She was very flexible and even went out of her way to checked out our venue. We would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a professional yet caring Officiant. Thank You Helen, for helping us make our wedding priceless.
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LeChae
Wedding:
6/23/2013
5.0/5.0
Ceremony was beautiful, she made everything work so well. Awesome job, even for such short notice, two months and her masterpiece will serve as a family memory for years!
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Helen Emberly, MS responded with the following comments:

Le Chae, thank you so much for the nice review. It was fun creating your special ceremony and performing the wedding under the beautiful trees at Armstrong Woods. May you and Marion be has happy forever as you were on that day.
Helen
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Larissa
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Helen was wonderful. She was open to our alternative setting and got there early. She helped us design our own unique ceremony which made our wedding even more special.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Helen is the best. She was very professional, efficient, and gave us the exact ceremony we dreamed of. She was smooth and flawless beginning to end. I highly recommend her services. Helen loves what she does and treated us with kindness and was very accommodating. She was the perfect officiant for our perfect day!
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christie
Wedding:
5/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Helen was phenomenal and facilitated a last minute ceremony for us. Not only was she easy to deal with, but she was very flexible and accommodating to our wants and needs. She also was easy to meet and work with and even brought along a "photographer" friend for us. Great experience!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Helen was perfect for our big day. She was helpful and had fabulous ideas to create the perfect ceremony for us. We would strongly recommend Helen to anyone.
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Megan
Wedding:
12/1/2012
5.0/5.0
She is a very sweet and passionate person who did an amazing job with our ceremony. She was very thorough and very professional. not to mention she is fairly priced. we would STRONGLY recommend her to anyone. she seems to have a lot of heart in her work.
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Pete
Wedding:
7/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Let me first tell you a little about our wedding. My wife and I met in 1985 and dated in college. In 2012 our paths again crossed, and this time it was for keeps. Our wedding was in the classroom where we first met and our witness was the class professor. It was a simple ceremony, so our memories would all hinge on the enthusiasm and passion brought forth by the officiant. For starters, Helen was timely in her responses and willing to bend over backwards to make the ceremony exactly what we wanted it to be. She stayed in touch over the weeks leading up to the wedding day, fine-tuning each detail so that the event (albeit short) would be perfect. And the ceremony was just that....perfect! Helen places a great deal of passion in her mission, with heart, feeling, and humor. We couldn't have asked for more. If you decide to have Helen officiate your event, I'm sure that you'll have no regrets!
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Helen Emberly, MS responded with the following comments:

Pete and Carol, it was truly an honor to see the love between you during the ceremony. Thanks for choosing me and thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. You're making me blush.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Helen was the officiant at our wedding and she did an amazing job. Helen is very organized, efficient and knowledgeable. Before the Big Day, she spent time with me over the phone and went over all the details. She was always responsive and prompt in returning emails. She is very personable and easy to talk to well. On the Big Day, she was on-time, prepared and performed. She did an amazing job and improvised on the spot to cover up a mistake we made. (We held hands from the start, and weren't supposed to until the Hand Ceremony.) However, no one noticed as Helen knew exactly what to do on the spot. The ceremony ran flawlessly, and no one noticed anything. A true professional! She was my favorite vendor/service person of the day. Everyone commented on how great she was. Most importantly, Helen is a really nice person! Thanks for the great memories!
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Helen Emberly, MS responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for taking time to write this review for me and for the very kind words you wrote. It was such a pleasure to join the two of you in marriage. May you live happily every after.
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Rhonda
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Helen Emberly performed our wedding ceremony in June 2012. When we first met her, we had interviewed a few other potential officiates, but we felt most comfortable with her. She was very professional and made us feel like our wedding was about us and not about her agenda, beliefs or otherwise. We felt the experience was very positive and she had several good ideas on how to perform the ceremony. My husband and I wrote our own vows and Helen had them nicely typed out as well as a complete timeline of events in the order we wanted them down to the wedding party march and the reading of the vows. We were very please with our ceremony. Unfortunately the time seemed to go by so fast, but the end result was wonderful. Thank you Helen for everything.
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Helen Emberly, MS responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much, Rhonda, for the kind words. I'm glad you were pleased with my services. Thanks, too, for referring Kayla and Johnny to me. I'm looking forward to being their officiant, too.
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Chicka3
Wedding:
6/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Helen was SO helpful and the perfect choice for our wedding. She's very organized and I appreciated her email communications so that I had something to refer back to when I was so busy putting all the details in place. We traveled from WA State to Sonoma and she was very accommodating and made everything very easy for us. She provided a heart-felt service that we will remember. Thank you Helen!
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Marion
Wedding:
3/31/2012
5.0/5.0
I so greatly enjoyed the services Helen provided for John and I. I am living in Arizona and the wedding was in California so we had did most of the preparation either over the phone or through email. Helen was quick to respond to all my concerns. When we did get to meet her in December before the wedding she was very enthusiastic and very prepared. I would recommend Helen whole heartily.
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jzwack11
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Excellent experience! Helen was all that she advertised and more. Personable, dependable, flexible, professional. We thank her so much!

Joe & Alexa
St Helena, CA
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Nikita
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Thank you for a wonderful Engagement Ceremony.
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Helen Emberly, MS responded with the following comments:

It was such a pleasure to prepare and officiate at your engagement ceremony. Standing on the bluff near the ocean at Pacifica as the two of you formalized your relationship and your upcoming wedding was an honor. Wishing you all good things now and in your future.
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Happy Planner
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Helen is beyond any & all expectations you could even think of in an officiant. I helped find her for my brother's wedding I planned for them in 2011 (review below), & the ceremony was so spectacular, everyone raved about it. When my (now husband) & I decided to get married, it wasn't even a question of who to officiate. In a short time frame (30 days from our wedding date!) Helen did an extraordinary job of helping us create our unique & personal wedding ceremony. When she says "your day, your way", it is not some little slogan: she truly makes your ceremony exactly a reflection of yourselves, & does so beautifully. We were again met with delighted friends & family after the event who could not say enough about how incredible the ceremony was, & "who is the officiant/she was wonderful!". I cannot recommend her highly enough & can assure you with everything from the value of her service, care she takes, & loving consideration for making your day special, you will not be disappointed if you are lucky enough to get her as your officiant! - Original review on 9/17/2011: Rev. Helen is an absolute gem! I was helping a couple find the right officiant when I was planning their beach wedding, & when we met Helen, that search quickly ended. The right officiant is crucial to having the wedding that you envision (the right words, the right tone, the right person to bring your union together on that one special day). Helen is gifted with an ability to put your thoughts, ideas & inspiration into an amazingly perfect, personal, tailored ceremony that can not be duplicated. Her knowledge, flexibility, warmth & expertise made the insanity of planning a wedding a burden that is more than bearable...it was a pleasure! Whether planning an extravagant high-turnout event, or a small, sincere destination affair, she will be able to give you the ceremony you dream of. She will truly deliver "Your Day, Your Way". I cannot recommend her highly enough!
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sally78704
Wedding:
7/13/2011
5.0/5.0
Helen did a beautiful job officiating our wedding. She was easy to talk to and kept a good flow of communication during the planning process both via email and over the phone. She offered helpful suggestions regarding the structure of the ceremony and even walked me through my stage freight... Couldn't have done it without her!
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dcarter
Wedding:
7/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Helen was the best officiant. She was punctual and professional. She even made us look good (less awkward). We had a very small ceremony with only a few people, in a small room and yet she made it comfortable and welcoming. Very special. She suggested some wonderful things for the ceremony and we also got to include our own vows.
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Helen Emberly, MS responded with the following comments:

Dawn and Shawn, thanks so much for your kind words. I really enjoyed the specialness of your ceremony. Working with you was a true delight.
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Mary
Wedding:
2/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Helen was great! I wanted some special touches to my ceremony and she handled them all with great care and professionalism. Her prices were extremely reasonable...especially compared to other Bay Area officiants. She is highly recommended!
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Helen Emberly, MS responded with the following comments:

Mary and DeAndre, thanks so much for taking time to write this review. I'm so happy to know I met your expectations. Hope you two are enjoying being newly weds...you really deserve.

Blessings,
Rev. Helen
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LoveWins
Wedding:
9/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Helen was the officiant at our recent wedding in wine country near Santa Rosa, CA on September 16, 2010 and she was fabulous. Given that we were an out of town couple (from Nashville, TN), our entire preparation and relationship with Helen was done long distance and she did so much to make us feel connected with her and special. We actually felt like we were old friends by the time of our wedding day. She spent so much time beforehand making sure the ceremony was exactly how we had envisioned it, and she delivered it beautifully on our wedding day. Helen is sincere in her love for others and her commitment to making your special day EXTRA special. We are so grateful to have found Helen, she made our day magical!
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saosusie
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Our offiicant Helen was very kind working with us, fun to talk to and getting to know. Communication was a breeze. And she was always on top of her duty and did a wonderful job. Thank you Helen!.
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J
Wedding:
7/5/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are very lucky to have Helen Emberly-Smith as our wedding officiant. She’s friendly, organized, and detail oriented. She gave us good advice when planning the ceremony, and ensured that the ceremony is exactly how we wanted. She was great at checking with us throughout the wedding planning process making sure that everything is OK. She was always on-time and prepared. For our ceremony, she printed our vows in small notecards, so that we didn’t have to memorize them. With Helen’s help, our ceremony turned out to be beautiful, and we got so many compliments from our guests. Her pricing is very reasonable, and cheaper than all other wedding officiant that I contacted in the Bay area. We would definitely recommend her to our friends and family.
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Michael
Wedding:
5/9/2010
5.0/5.0
listened to our needs and exceeded all expectations. would recommend to any"two" wanting a officiant with upmost profressionalism
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