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idosantabarbara

Santa Barbara , CA

LOCATION

4727 Sierra Madre Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93110 US (map)

PHONE

805-895-7428

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ABOUT US

Look no further! Bride's Choice officiant for Santa Barbara, it is my heart's desire to bless your wedding with the essence of your individuality, personality and commitment. I am here... Read more
Look no further! Bride's Choice officiant for Santa Barbara, it is my heart's desire to bless your wedding with the essence of your individuality, personality and commitment. I am here to truly listen to who you are, and help you create a ceremony that reflects you both, and also moves those witnessing your marriage to deepen their commitment and appreciation of their own relationships. So much emphasis is placed on pre-wedding parties and the reception, that often the most meaningful aspect of the day is not given much thought. It is my goal to help you relax and enjoy the sacred union and vows at the core of marriage... the wedding ceremony itself. Interfaith weddings a specialty, non denominational... I am available for unlimited emails, and spend many hours personally scripting your individual ceremony. Guests always remark that they thought I had known the couple their whole lives, due to the personal, fun and romantic essence of them that is portrayed. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Taoist
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.

REVIEWS

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Kimberly
Wedding:
4/7/2017
5.0/5.0
My husband (Max) and I were just married on April 7, 2017 in California. Planning for the Big Day was a little tricky since we currently live in Iowa, so almost all of our vendors were people that we found online after extensive research. We were fortunate enough to find Barbra after quickly vetoing various officiants that we found on different websites; we’re very picky! I emailed Barbra to get a little more information from her and she immediately responded to us. After a few messages back and forth, we set up a Skype meeting where Barbra got to know my husband and me. It was an immediate sense of relief getting to know Barbra. She took the time to learn about Max and myself; from the day we met to our families to the wedding planning process. Not only did she learn about us, she also allowed us to learn about her. The mutual relationship that formed was such a comforting feeling to have with regards to one of the most important aspects of a wedding ceremony. Through the course of the next few months we were finally able to meet with Barbra in person during a visit to CA. Once we had a face-to-face with her, we officially knew that we had made the right decision. Barbra’s process in writing the ceremony was something that we felt very supported in. She took two different religions (and quite a bit of uncertainty about what we really wanted to be said during our vows; plus, last minute changes…oops!) and made it into a beautiful speech about us. She incorporated inside jokes and humor, sentimental moments and memories, and optimism and best wishes for the future. Our audience was also interested and involved; we received so many compliments afterwards about how lovely the ceremony was. Overall, it felt as though a long-time friend was our officiant and made our day so amazing. Thank you so much, Barbra! Your kindness, thoughtfulness, insight, and confidence made our day so special.

Love,
Kimberly & Max
My husband (Max) and I were just married on April 7, 2017 in California. Planning for the Big Day was a little tricky Read more...
My husband (Max) and I were just married on April 7, 2017 in California. Planning for the Big Day was a little tricky since we currently live in Iowa, so almost all of our vendors were people that we found online after extensive research. We were fortunate enough to find Barbra after quickly vetoing various officiants that we found on different websites; we’re very picky! I emailed Barbra to get a little more information from her and she immediately responded to us. After a few messages back and forth, we set up a Skype meeting where Barbra got to know my husband and me. It was an immediate sense of relief getting to know Barbra. She took the time to learn about Max and myself; from the day we met to our families to the wedding planning process. Not only did she learn about us, she also allowed us to learn about her. The mutual relationship that formed was such a comforting feeling to have with regards to one of the most important aspects of a wedding ceremony. Through the course of the next few months we were finally able to meet with Barbra in person during a visit to CA. Once we had a face-to-face with her, we officially knew that we had made the right decision. Barbra’s process in writing the ceremony was something that we felt very supported in. She took two different religions (and quite a bit of uncertainty about what we really wanted to be said during our vows; plus, last minute changes…oops!) and made it into a beautiful speech about us. She incorporated inside jokes and humor, sentimental moments and memories, and optimism and best wishes for the future. Our audience was also interested and involved; we received so many compliments afterwards about how lovely the ceremony was. Overall, it felt as though a long-time friend was our officiant and made our day so amazing. Thank you so much, Barbra! Your kindness, thoughtfulness, insight, and confidence made our day so special.

Love,
Kimberly & Max Read less
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idosantabarbara responded with the following comments:

Oh how sweet of you to take the time to write this after your wedding! It means the world to me and it really was entirely my honor to create a meaningful wedding for you both, I love what I do! Thank you again for the kind review. Big hugs!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
4/2/2017
5.0/5.0
Barbra did a absolutely fabulous job at our destination wedding in New Orleans. She was personal, professional, and invested in her heart in making our ceremony as sacred and beautiful as we hoped. We have gotten countless comments saying, "That was by far the most romantic wedding I have ever seen in my life!" Barbra brought many of her own repertoire of ideas to the table and was always willing to tweak anything as I thought of more ways to make our ceremony special. She made people laugh, cry, and enter into the presence of what a ceremony is all about - two people committing their lives to each other. We did everything from hand washing ceremonies to sacred stones and candle lighting with special music and personal vows - and Barbra was the best cheerleader to have by your side on your big day. She knows how to energetically hold a space for people to unite their lives, and that is a tall task. She met with us several times beforehand to really understand our love story and to make sure it was represented in the clearest vision possible on our wedding day.

We had met Barbra from a few different communities in town, but had we not, we still would have selected her and can't recommend her enough. She will go out of her way to make your ceremony spectacular, and she will be the first on the dance floor to help get your reception started. Plus, she looks fabulous in a little black dress, so you can be assured your wedding photos will look spectacular. Don't look any further than I Do Santa Barbara and Barbra. It's the best choice you can make.
Barbra did a absolutely fabulous job at our destination wedding in New Orleans. She was personal, professional, and Read more...
Barbra did a absolutely fabulous job at our destination wedding in New Orleans. She was personal, professional, and invested in her heart in making our ceremony as sacred and beautiful as we hoped. We have gotten countless comments saying, "That was by far the most romantic wedding I have ever seen in my life!" Barbra brought many of her own repertoire of ideas to the table and was always willing to tweak anything as I thought of more ways to make our ceremony special. She made people laugh, cry, and enter into the presence of what a ceremony is all about - two people committing their lives to each other. We did everything from hand washing ceremonies to sacred stones and candle lighting with special music and personal vows - and Barbra was the best cheerleader to have by your side on your big day. She knows how to energetically hold a space for people to unite their lives, and that is a tall task. She met with us several times beforehand to really understand our love story and to make sure it was represented in the clearest vision possible on our wedding day.

We had met Barbra from a few different communities in town, but had we not, we still would have selected her and can't recommend her enough. She will go out of her way to make your ceremony spectacular, and she will be the first on the dance floor to help get your reception started. Plus, she looks fabulous in a little black dress, so you can be assured your wedding photos will look spectacular. Don't look any further than I Do Santa Barbara and Barbra. It's the best choice you can make. Read less
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idosantabarbara responded with the following comments:

oh my gosh lovely bride, I can't thank you enough! I so appreciate the time and heart it took to write this right after your magnificent wedding & honeymoon! thank you thank you!!! Love
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Kelly
Wedding:
10/31/2016
5.0/5.0
If we could give Barbra more stars we would!! When planning our wedding Matt and I knew we wanted to keep things small and intimate. When I found out Barbra helped to teach Matt in the second grade, I knew she would be a perfect fit!! From the moment I met her, she made me feel comfortable, she even convinced Matt to write his own vows. From start, to finish, our wedding was perfect. The ceremony was beautifully written and personalized just for us. Matt and I feel extremely lucky to have had the best officiate our wedding! We love you Barbra!!
If we could give Barbra more stars we would!! When planning our wedding Matt and I knew we wanted to keep things small and Read more...
If we could give Barbra more stars we would!! When planning our wedding Matt and I knew we wanted to keep things small and intimate. When I found out Barbra helped to teach Matt in the second grade, I knew she would be a perfect fit!! From the moment I met her, she made me feel comfortable, she even convinced Matt to write his own vows. From start, to finish, our wedding was perfect. The ceremony was beautifully written and personalized just for us. Matt and I feel extremely lucky to have had the best officiate our wedding! We love you Barbra!! Read less
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idosantabarbara responded with the following comments:

Oh thank you so much, that was so kind of you to take the time to write this while enjoying your honeymoon! I assure you it was my pleasure and privilege. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and hope to see you soon! Big love, Barbra
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Zack
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
My wife (Tanya) and I had selected a friend of our to officiate our wedding at Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos. To make a long story short; our officiant had a last minute scheduling conflict (about 2 months before the wedding) and we had to quickly find a replacement. Our biggest challenge was getting comfortable with someone who would officiate our wedding in just 2 months. To add to that, we live 5 hours away from our wedding venue so we would also need to find this level of comfortability exclusively from a phone call. My wife and I compiled a list of about 3-4 people who we would interview via phone and hopefully click with one of the prospective officiants. Barbara was the 4th and last person on our list. I cannot express enough how thankful I am that we decided to call. Not only did Barbara take the time to listen to what we wanted from our ceremony, but she delivered beyond our expectations! Tanya and I really wanted our wedding to focus on our relationship, our story, and why we had chosen to spend the rest of our lives together. Barbara truly took that to heart and crafted a ceremony that matched what we hoped for. After our initial conversation, Barbara sent Tanya and I a brief open needed questionnaire to get to know us as both individuals, and as a couple. The answers we gave were clearly reflected in the ceremony and it truly made us feel like she took our answers to heart and incorporated them into the ceremony. If you are looking for an officiant who will truly listen to how you envision your wedding, will make it as personal as possible, and will make the day all about you and your spouse, I would highly recommend Barbara. Barbara was so excellent and personal that family and friends assumed that Barbara was a longtime family friend. Numerous people were in shock when we told them we had met over the phone just 2 months before the ceremony.
My wife (Tanya) and I had selected a friend of our to officiate our wedding at Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos. To make Read more...
My wife (Tanya) and I had selected a friend of our to officiate our wedding at Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos. To make a long story short; our officiant had a last minute scheduling conflict (about 2 months before the wedding) and we had to quickly find a replacement. Our biggest challenge was getting comfortable with someone who would officiate our wedding in just 2 months. To add to that, we live 5 hours away from our wedding venue so we would also need to find this level of comfortability exclusively from a phone call. My wife and I compiled a list of about 3-4 people who we would interview via phone and hopefully click with one of the prospective officiants. Barbara was the 4th and last person on our list. I cannot express enough how thankful I am that we decided to call. Not only did Barbara take the time to listen to what we wanted from our ceremony, but she delivered beyond our expectations! Tanya and I really wanted our wedding to focus on our relationship, our story, and why we had chosen to spend the rest of our lives together. Barbara truly took that to heart and crafted a ceremony that matched what we hoped for. After our initial conversation, Barbara sent Tanya and I a brief open needed questionnaire to get to know us as both individuals, and as a couple. The answers we gave were clearly reflected in the ceremony and it truly made us feel like she took our answers to heart and incorporated them into the ceremony. If you are looking for an officiant who will truly listen to how you envision your wedding, will make it as personal as possible, and will make the day all about you and your spouse, I would highly recommend Barbara. Barbara was so excellent and personal that family and friends assumed that Barbara was a longtime family friend. Numerous people were in shock when we told them we had met over the phone just 2 months before the ceremony. Read less
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idosantabarbara responded with the following comments:

Tanya & Zack, I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you took the time to write this sweet review, thank you SO much!! It was my honor and privilege to meet you and create such a wonderful wedding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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Diane
Wedding:
4/16/2016
5.0/5.0
Barbra was so great! We got so many compliments on how lovely the ceremony was. We also opted for the Pre-Marital Counseling sessions she provides beforehand, which I would highly recommend and made us feel that much closer to her by the time of the ceremony.
Thank you Barbra for being so supportive and thoughtful!
Barbra was so great! We got so many compliments on how lovely the ceremony was. We also opted for the Pre-Marital Read more...
Barbra was so great! We got so many compliments on how lovely the ceremony was. We also opted for the Pre-Marital Counseling sessions she provides beforehand, which I would highly recommend and made us feel that much closer to her by the time of the ceremony.
Thank you Barbra for being so supportive and thoughtful! Read less
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idosantabarbara responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this! It truly means the world to me, and I fondly remember our counseling and Wedding together, it was an honor !! Hugs :-)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Barbra was an absolute joy to work with. From our very first meeting, it was clear that Barbra was intent on getting to know my husband & me on a very personal level in order to make our ceremony as authentically "us" as possible. She created a beautiful, emotional and moving ceremony that suited our family just perfectly. We wanted my husband's two children to serve an integral role in the ceremony, as it was extremely important the day signified all of us becoming a family. Barbra worked with us to find the perfect reading for the children to recite and helped incorporate the children into a "family tree" ceremony. Her pre-wedding questionnaire was extremely thought-provoking and helped us both write our own personal vows to each other. She helped us keep our non-religious ceremony short and sweet, but full of rich words, love and strong, spiritual content. Barbra took all the stress and worry out of planning our ceremony and helped us to channel our focus in the right places. We would give her an extremely solid recommendation to anyone looking in the Santa Barbara area. She is a joy to work with.
Barbra was an absolute joy to work with. From our very first meeting, it was clear that Barbra was intent on getting to Read more...
Barbra was an absolute joy to work with. From our very first meeting, it was clear that Barbra was intent on getting to know my husband & me on a very personal level in order to make our ceremony as authentically "us" as possible. She created a beautiful, emotional and moving ceremony that suited our family just perfectly. We wanted my husband's two children to serve an integral role in the ceremony, as it was extremely important the day signified all of us becoming a family. Barbra worked with us to find the perfect reading for the children to recite and helped incorporate the children into a "family tree" ceremony. Her pre-wedding questionnaire was extremely thought-provoking and helped us both write our own personal vows to each other. She helped us keep our non-religious ceremony short and sweet, but full of rich words, love and strong, spiritual content. Barbra took all the stress and worry out of planning our ceremony and helped us to channel our focus in the right places. We would give her an extremely solid recommendation to anyone looking in the Santa Barbara area. She is a joy to work with. Read less
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idosantabarbara responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! This means the world to me :-)
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbra recently officiated our wedding and was wonderful. She was clear and concise, worked seamlessly with the photographers, and received many compliments from our guests.

Initially we had a skype session with her and really liked her easy demeanor and professionalism. We were asked to email her a bit about ourselves individually, which she ultimately worked into the sermon, giving it a very personal touch.

We gave her a very broad vision of what we wanted the ceremony to encompass (we are not religious) and when the day came, it was spot on. She offered to let us read it before, but mentioned that it was sometimes fun and more spontaneous to let it be a surprise. We would recommend letting her surprise you.
Barbra recently officiated our wedding and was wonderful. She was clear and concise, worked seamlessly with the Read more...
Barbra recently officiated our wedding and was wonderful. She was clear and concise, worked seamlessly with the photographers, and received many compliments from our guests.

Initially we had a skype session with her and really liked her easy demeanor and professionalism. We were asked to email her a bit about ourselves individually, which she ultimately worked into the sermon, giving it a very personal touch.

We gave her a very broad vision of what we wanted the ceremony to encompass (we are not religious) and when the day came, it was spot on. She offered to let us read it before, but mentioned that it was sometimes fun and more spontaneous to let it be a surprise. We would recommend letting her surprise you. Read less
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idosantabarbara responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this, I appreciate it so much. It was my honor and pleasure to be a part of your beautiful day, big hugs !
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Barbra was absolutely amazing as an officiant for our wedding. We met with her several times before the big day, and she was always available to calm nerves with all the anxiety and craziness leading up to the big day. She was wonderful with providing advice for writing vows and arranging the ceremony exactly how we envisioned it to be.

As for the ceremony, it was perfect. Countless wedding guests commented after the ceremony that Barbra's service was incredibly personal. It was as if she knew my partner and I our whole lives. The ceremony was extremely individualized and personal, all of our wedding guests were moved by her words.

My husband and I cannot recommend Barbra highly enough! She is absolutely amazing and professional!!
Barbra was absolutely amazing as an officiant for our wedding. We met with her several times before the big day, and she Read more...
Barbra was absolutely amazing as an officiant for our wedding. We met with her several times before the big day, and she was always available to calm nerves with all the anxiety and craziness leading up to the big day. She was wonderful with providing advice for writing vows and arranging the ceremony exactly how we envisioned it to be.

As for the ceremony, it was perfect. Countless wedding guests commented after the ceremony that Barbra's service was incredibly personal. It was as if she knew my partner and I our whole lives. The ceremony was extremely individualized and personal, all of our wedding guests were moved by her words.

My husband and I cannot recommend Barbra highly enough! She is absolutely amazing and professional!! Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
5/23/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbra was an incredible officiant for our wedding. We could not have asked for a better ceremony -- it felt incredibly personal, intimate, and very special. Our guests raved about Barbra for weeks. We feel very blessed that she was there for us on our big day.
Barbra was an incredible officiant for our wedding. We could not have asked for a better ceremony -- it felt incredibly Read more...
Barbra was an incredible officiant for our wedding. We could not have asked for a better ceremony -- it felt incredibly personal, intimate, and very special. Our guests raved about Barbra for weeks. We feel very blessed that she was there for us on our big day. Read less
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Carissa
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbra was absolutely amazing! We came across her merely by chance through a last minute reference and are we glad that we did! It's been over a year since she married my husband and I, and our friends and family are still talking about the ceremony. They say it is hands down, the best wedding ceremony they have ever been a part of! We definitely recommend Barbara as a wedding officiant!
Barbra was absolutely amazing! We came across her merely by chance through a last minute reference and are we glad that we Read more...
Barbra was absolutely amazing! We came across her merely by chance through a last minute reference and are we glad that we did! It's been over a year since she married my husband and I, and our friends and family are still talking about the ceremony. They say it is hands down, the best wedding ceremony they have ever been a part of! We definitely recommend Barbara as a wedding officiant! Read less
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idosantabarbara responded with the following comments:

thank you so much Carissa! I so appreciate it, wonderful memories of an amazing day. Love to you both! xo

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