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Hidden River to the Heart

Asheville , NC
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Asheville, NC 28815 US (map)

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828-333-3401

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ABOUT US

Jeanne Matthews Sommer, Ph.D., M.Div. has been serving western North Carolina and beyond since 1987 as an officiant for couples and families in need of a celebrant for weddings, memorial... Read more
Jeanne Matthews Sommer, Ph.D., M.Div. has been serving western North Carolina and beyond since 1987 as an officiant for couples and families in need of a celebrant for weddings, memorial services, and other rites of passage. Trained at Northwestern University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Dr. Sommer brings an intelligent and compassionate approach to her work. Known for her genuine warmth, sense of humor, familiarity with a wide range of religious and secular beliefs and practices, and her open mind and inclusive values, Jeanne creates one-of-a-kind ceremonies that are appropriate to the people involved, creative, and, when desired, participatory. Guests in attendance feel as if they have been given a window into the lives and love of those with whom they are celebrating, and they leave the event feeling appreciated and involved. Jeanne has a knack for bridging differences and voicing the unique personalities and experiences of those who come to her for care.

If you seek someone who is genuine, who will listen to your stories and find ways to help you convey that story to others present at your ceremony, consider Jeanne’s gifts and skills for your special event. Whether you are marrying, looking for someone to work with you for premarital counseling, or if you need someone who can help you design a memorial service for a loved one who has passed, Jeanne may well be someone who matches your needs.

Jeanne celebrates weddings, memorial services, and other rites of passage (coming of age ceremonies, birth and blessing ways, divorce and reconciliation rituals, etc.) at her 18 acre farm along the banks of the Swannanoa River, just outside of Asheville, NC (www.hiddenriverevents.com), or she travels to your location.

Once a couple books her services, Jeanne meets with the couple for 1-2 hours, shares with them files of sample vows, readings, rituals, prayers, etc., so she can work with them to design a personalized ceremony. She conducts the rehearsal and officiates. Many of the couples for whom she has officated come to visit in the years to follow, introducing her to their children, keeping her up to date on career changes, etc.

If Jeanne has not been your friend before the event you are celebrating, she will be before the event passes, and beyond. Read less
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Mark
Wedding:
8/5/2016
5.0/5.0
Jeanne Sommers is the most incredible officiant ! From the moment we first met her, we new we'd found exactly the right person to marry us. She took several relaxing hours to get to know us, understand our story and discuss the shape we wanted our ceremony to take. Not only did she put us at ease during our first meeting, but she took a great interest in the story of my wife's grandparents marriage, and ended up publishing a beautiful article about them.
The ceremony itself was perfect. Jeanne relaxed us both, guided us through our vows in exactly the manner she described the previous day at the rehearsal, seamlessly allowed us to weave our own personal vows into the ceremony and spoke extremely well and meaningfully. It could not have been more perfect, and if we could leave her more than 5 stars, we would.
Jeanne Sommers is the most incredible officiant ! From the moment we first met her, we new we'd found exactly the right Read more...
Jeanne Sommers is the most incredible officiant ! From the moment we first met her, we new we'd found exactly the right person to marry us. She took several relaxing hours to get to know us, understand our story and discuss the shape we wanted our ceremony to take. Not only did she put us at ease during our first meeting, but she took a great interest in the story of my wife's grandparents marriage, and ended up publishing a beautiful article about them.
The ceremony itself was perfect. Jeanne relaxed us both, guided us through our vows in exactly the manner she described the previous day at the rehearsal, seamlessly allowed us to weave our own personal vows into the ceremony and spoke extremely well and meaningfully. It could not have been more perfect, and if we could leave her more than 5 stars, we would. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
Jeanne was an amazing officiant! She met with us for a long talk via Skype (we're not in Asheville) prior to the wedding and had a thorough and thoughtful interview with us to craft our ceremony. The ceremony itself was beautiful and meaningful to both of us, and our families had a great time hanging out with her at the rehearsal. She is a great speaker and was the perfect addition to our wedding.
Jeanne was an amazing officiant! She met with us for a long talk via Skype (we're not in Asheville) prior to the wedding Read more...
Jeanne was an amazing officiant! She met with us for a long talk via Skype (we're not in Asheville) prior to the wedding and had a thorough and thoughtful interview with us to craft our ceremony. The ceremony itself was beautiful and meaningful to both of us, and our families had a great time hanging out with her at the rehearsal. She is a great speaker and was the perfect addition to our wedding. Read less
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