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Lisa Shoemake, Arkansas Wedding Officiant

Conway , AR

LOCATION

117 Shamrock Dr.
Conway, AR US 72034 (map)

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501-472-0679

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ABOUT US

Planning the wedding you have always dreamed of should be the happiest time of your life. Unfortunately, it can be completely overwhelming. That’s where I come in! I will help you design... Read more
Planning the wedding you have always dreamed of should be the happiest time of your life. Unfortunately, it can be completely overwhelming. That’s where I come in! I will help you design the ceremony that you have dreamed of and that reflects you both as individuals and as a couple.

I am a non-denominational, independent wedding officiant serving the state of Arkansas. More couples than ever are choosing to work with officiants like me. Why? Because I can help you design the ceremony you want and avoid the dreaded “cookie cutter ceremony syndrome” so your wedding will truly be a unique event. It can be large, small, religious, secular, inter-faith, contemporary, traditional, intimate, fun, fancy, fairy-tale or frivolous, but it will be the perfect expression of your love.

It has been said that the greatest gift you can give someone is your undivided attention and that is what I will offer you. I will sit down with you and we will discuss your vision of your ceremony and how we can make it a reality. I will help you with ideas for your ceremony, find resources, address your concerns and make planning your ceremony as stress-free as possible.

Your ceremony is the heart and soul of your wedding day. Let’s work together to make it an event that you will remember with joy for the rest of your life. Call me at (501) 472-0679, email me at lisa.shoemake@gmail.com so we can start planning your wedding today! 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 - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Presbyterian, Evangelical
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I have a black robe with a white stole that I will wear if requested. Otherwise, my usual attire is a black and white dress or skirt/blouse. Very conservative.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Definately. It's your day and your wedding, so it should be written the way you want.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Most definately!
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I can provide suggested readings, vows, etc., but the couple is not limited to my suggestions. So... no I don't require them to use something I have pre-selected.
How long are your ceremonies?
Anywhere from 3 minutes to 30 minutes depending on what the couple wants. Larger weddings are usually about 20-25 minutes. Elopements can be a short as desired.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes.
Do you supply a sound system?
I have a portable PA system that I will bring upon request at no additional charge.

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Katie
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Lisa was very flexible and created a ceremony draft that included everything we asked for! She performed a beautiful ceremony.
Lisa was very flexible and created a ceremony draft that included everything we asked for! She performed a beautiful Read more...
Lisa was very flexible and created a ceremony draft that included everything we asked for! She performed a beautiful ceremony. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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Very professional and patient with my wedding party was willing to work with schedule change.I would definitely recommend her to anyone who are looking for a officiate...
Very professional and patient with my wedding party was willing to work with schedule change.I would definitely recommend Read more...
Very professional and patient with my wedding party was willing to work with schedule change.I would definitely recommend her to anyone who are looking for a officiate... Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Simply the best she is very professional and helpful...help you through stressful moments just love her.
Simply the best she is very professional and helpful...help you through stressful moments just love her.
Simply the best she is very professional and helpful...help you through stressful moments just love her. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Lisa was great! Very professional, efficient and kind. Thanks Lisa!
Lisa was great! Very professional, efficient and kind. Thanks Lisa!
Lisa was great! Very professional, efficient and kind. Thanks Lisa! Read less
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Brittany
Wedding:
5/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Lisa was very sweet and accommodating. She spent time with us to make sure our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it. Her open-mindedness and expertise helped to make our day special!
Lisa was very sweet and accommodating. She spent time with us to make sure our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it. Her Read more...
Lisa was very sweet and accommodating. She spent time with us to make sure our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it. Her open-mindedness and expertise helped to make our day special! Read less
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Carrie
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Lisa did an excellent job! And very professional!
Lisa did an excellent job! And very professional!
Lisa did an excellent job! And very professional! Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Very helpful with lots of options to choose from. She was very easy and pleasant to work with.
Very helpful with lots of options to choose from. She was very easy and pleasant to work with.
Very helpful with lots of options to choose from. She was very easy and pleasant to work with. Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Lisa performed a beautiful service for us and I would recommend her to anyone!
Lisa performed a beautiful service for us and I would recommend her to anyone!
Lisa performed a beautiful service for us and I would recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Jannette
Wedding:
3/2/2013
5.0/5.0
She was great!! I did not have to worry about anything with the licence. She made sure everything was giving to the correct person. She even had a tissue for me when I was crying.
She was great!! I did not have to worry about anything with the licence. She made sure everything was giving to the Read more...
She was great!! I did not have to worry about anything with the licence. She made sure everything was giving to the correct person. She even had a tissue for me when I was crying. Read less
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Chelsea
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
I really enjoyed working with Lisa! We wanted our ceremony to be non-traditional and non-religious, as we both come from different backgrounds. Also we chose to get married on the birthday of my deceased brother and grandfather, whom I was very close with. She incorporated their memory into our ceremony. She made everything so personal. The words she spoke were so beautiful. She did an amazing job! She is also very easy to get in touch with, and as a busy bride planning a wedding that is VERY important. I would highly recommend her no matter what type of ceremony you are having. THANK YOU LISA!
I really enjoyed working with Lisa! We wanted our ceremony to be non-traditional and non-religious, as we both come from Read more...
I really enjoyed working with Lisa! We wanted our ceremony to be non-traditional and non-religious, as we both come from different backgrounds. Also we chose to get married on the birthday of my deceased brother and grandfather, whom I was very close with. She incorporated their memory into our ceremony. She made everything so personal. The words she spoke were so beautiful. She did an amazing job! She is also very easy to get in touch with, and as a busy bride planning a wedding that is VERY important. I would highly recommend her no matter what type of ceremony you are having. THANK YOU LISA! Read less
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Amber
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
She was an amazing officiant. I loved the ceremony and she even did it on her own wedding anniversary.
She was an amazing officiant. I loved the ceremony and she even did it on her own wedding anniversary.
She was an amazing officiant. I loved the ceremony and she even did it on her own wedding anniversary. Read less
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Vi
Wedding:
3/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Lisa was very professional and she did an excellent job performing the ceremony at my wedding!
Lisa was very professional and she did an excellent job performing the ceremony at my wedding!
Lisa was very professional and she did an excellent job performing the ceremony at my wedding! Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Lisa is a very nice and very respectful person. She is willing to work with you on any issue that may come up. All you need to do is call or email her and she will respond in a timely manner. She made our wedding day something that we won't forget and our guests won't forget by performing a hand fasting ceremony. She is very knowlegeable about different types of ceremonies and will let you read the ceremony she has prepared to see if that is what you like. I highly recommend Mrs. Shoemake.
Lisa is a very nice and very respectful person. She is willing to work with you on any issue that may come up. All you Read more...
Lisa is a very nice and very respectful person. She is willing to work with you on any issue that may come up. All you need to do is call or email her and she will respond in a timely manner. She made our wedding day something that we won't forget and our guests won't forget by performing a hand fasting ceremony. She is very knowlegeable about different types of ceremonies and will let you read the ceremony she has prepared to see if that is what you like. I highly recommend Mrs. Shoemake. Read less
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ldyjme
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
There are not enough words to say how wonderful Lisa was!! Throughout the entire process she was very helpfull and responsive, the ceremony was EXACTLY what I wanted! She did a beautiful job making my wedding mine and the handfasting a cherished memory. If you are wanting your day YOUR way, Lisa is THE ONE to call. Thank you again Lisa for making my day as special as it possibly could be!

Mrs. Jamie Taylor
There are not enough words to say how wonderful Lisa was!! Throughout the entire process she was very helpfull and Read more...
There are not enough words to say how wonderful Lisa was!! Throughout the entire process she was very helpfull and responsive, the ceremony was EXACTLY what I wanted! She did a beautiful job making my wedding mine and the handfasting a cherished memory. If you are wanting your day YOUR way, Lisa is THE ONE to call. Thank you again Lisa for making my day as special as it possibly could be!

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Elizabeth & Eric
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Lisa is wonderful we had some last minute changes to our ceremony and decided to add the sand ceremony and she was more than willing to accomadate for that! The bonus was she is so relaxed and willing to work with people as much as she can as far as what you want for the ceremony she will even write a custom ceremony if that is what you want all we asked for was basic easy and fast because we didn't want to stand on a stage forever and a day and that is exactally what we got! It was beautiful and we greatly apprecate every thing she did as far as meeting with us and explaining how she works... Lisa you are truely a blessing to Arkansas... thank you for being you and our officiant!
Eric and Elizabeth Mogenson
Lisa is wonderful we had some last minute changes to our ceremony and decided to add the sand ceremony and she was more Read more...
Lisa is wonderful we had some last minute changes to our ceremony and decided to add the sand ceremony and she was more than willing to accomadate for that! The bonus was she is so relaxed and willing to work with people as much as she can as far as what you want for the ceremony she will even write a custom ceremony if that is what you want all we asked for was basic easy and fast because we didn't want to stand on a stage forever and a day and that is exactally what we got! It was beautiful and we greatly apprecate every thing she did as far as meeting with us and explaining how she works... Lisa you are truely a blessing to Arkansas... thank you for being you and our officiant!
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MistyH
Wedding:
1/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Lisa Shoemake preformed my wedding ceremony on 1/9/2011, which was one rare day for Arkansas as it got about 6 inches of snow on the ground! We were suppose to begin the ceremony at 3pm, but ended up delaying it until almost 7pm because of the weather (Father of the bride was held up in transit for a long time.)

Lisa not only stayed and waited the entire time for my father to arrive, but did so without a single complaint. I was so thankful to have her do my wedding, I'm sure there a plenty of other officiants who would have bailed out or charged me a ton extra to stay all that time, and she did neither.

The ceremony was just as we wanted it, and Lisa has a great speaking voice.

Would absolutely recommend her services, she is top notch and nice as can be. Thank you again Lisa!
Lisa Shoemake preformed my wedding ceremony on 1/9/2011, which was one rare day for Arkansas as it got about 6 inches of Read more...
Lisa Shoemake preformed my wedding ceremony on 1/9/2011, which was one rare day for Arkansas as it got about 6 inches of snow on the ground! We were suppose to begin the ceremony at 3pm, but ended up delaying it until almost 7pm because of the weather (Father of the bride was held up in transit for a long time.)

Lisa not only stayed and waited the entire time for my father to arrive, but did so without a single complaint. I was so thankful to have her do my wedding, I'm sure there a plenty of other officiants who would have bailed out or charged me a ton extra to stay all that time, and she did neither.

The ceremony was just as we wanted it, and Lisa has a great speaking voice.

Would absolutely recommend her services, she is top notch and nice as can be. Thank you again Lisa! Read less
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HappyMidtownJulie
Wedding:
1/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Lisa was an amazing officiant. Not only did she respond quickly after my first contact with her, she was very flexible when I needed to change the time. Additionally, she helped me mix and match some of her existing ceremony texts with each other, added some very sensitive custom vows for us to say to eachother's children, and incorporated some non-traditional elements we felt it was important to share. During the process leading up to the wedding, Lisa was always positive and provided gentle reminders when it was time to make my payments, finish up the details of the ceremony, and have a phone conference. She was early for the service. She performed the marriage ceremony with grace and eloquence and helped smooth over some glitches between the wedding director and mucisians. I highly recommend Lisa Shoemake as a wedding officiant.
Lisa was an amazing officiant. Not only did she respond quickly after my first contact with her, she was very flexible Read more...
Lisa was an amazing officiant. Not only did she respond quickly after my first contact with her, she was very flexible when I needed to change the time. Additionally, she helped me mix and match some of her existing ceremony texts with each other, added some very sensitive custom vows for us to say to eachother's children, and incorporated some non-traditional elements we felt it was important to share. During the process leading up to the wedding, Lisa was always positive and provided gentle reminders when it was time to make my payments, finish up the details of the ceremony, and have a phone conference. She was early for the service. She performed the marriage ceremony with grace and eloquence and helped smooth over some glitches between the wedding director and mucisians. I highly recommend Lisa Shoemake as a wedding officiant. Read less
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aberlin3
Wedding:
12/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Lisa,

You were just wonderful, and I really felt that the ceremony was so amazing! Everyone has told us how sweet, and how moving it was. I couldn't have imagined anything nicer!

Thank you so very much for all of your help and your kindness!
--Ava & Phillip Whitt

PS I'll send you some pictures as soon as I get them!
Lisa,

You were just wonderful, and I really felt that the ceremony was so amazing! Everyone has told us how Read more...
Lisa,

You were just wonderful, and I really felt that the ceremony was so amazing! Everyone has told us how sweet, and how moving it was. I couldn't have imagined anything nicer!

Thank you so very much for all of your help and your kindness!
--Ava & Phillip Whitt

PS I'll send you some pictures as soon as I get them! Read less
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juliana
Wedding:
9/11/2010
5.0/5.0
Lisa is a very friendly and flexible person to work with. I made changes to my vows several times, and she never showed the slightest hint of impatience with me. In fact, she was gung ho about every change that I made. She is professional and very quick to answer her emails, which I was impressed with. The price seemed to me to be very reasonable for the service she performed for us. Thanks, Lisa!
Lisa is a very friendly and flexible person to work with. I made changes to my vows several times, and she never showed Read more...
Lisa is a very friendly and flexible person to work with. I made changes to my vows several times, and she never showed the slightest hint of impatience with me. In fact, she was gung ho about every change that I made. She is professional and very quick to answer her emails, which I was impressed with. The price seemed to me to be very reasonable for the service she performed for us. Thanks, Lisa! Read less
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mrs.johnterry
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
Lisa was wonderful. She called me right back after contacting her. We set up a time and location and it was super easy. She was very professional and her personality was well received. She was wonderful. We will definitely recommend Lisa with Simply Elegant Ceremonies to anyone who is looking for a great wedding service. Thank you Lisa. We enjoyed meeting you and your husband. Thank you for performing our wedding ceremony before my husband deployed.
Mrs. Patricia Terry
Lisa was wonderful. She called me right back after contacting her. We set up a time and location and it was super easy. Read more...
Lisa was wonderful. She called me right back after contacting her. We set up a time and location and it was super easy. She was very professional and her personality was well received. She was wonderful. We will definitely recommend Lisa with Simply Elegant Ceremonies to anyone who is looking for a great wedding service. Thank you Lisa. We enjoyed meeting you and your husband. Thank you for performing our wedding ceremony before my husband deployed.
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Jo
Wedding:
4/10/2010
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for a better ceremony! Lisa did a wonderful job and made the ceremony so special. A couple of our friends even asked Lisa to officiate their weddings during the reception after ours was over.
We could not have asked for a better ceremony! Lisa did a wonderful job and made the ceremony so special. A couple of our Read more...
We could not have asked for a better ceremony! Lisa did a wonderful job and made the ceremony so special. A couple of our friends even asked Lisa to officiate their weddings during the reception after ours was over. Read less
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Mindy
Wedding:
5/4/2013
4.9/5.0
Lisa was wonderful, she happily changed locations the DAY BEFORE when the weather suddenly decided to be 45 degrees in May, thus sending our outdoor wedding plans into trouble. So we found a new location less than 24 hours before and she was easy to get a hold of and was more than willing to change locations. Her words were beautiful and she spoke as if she had known us for years. She asked me about any special details I wanted, she truly wants it to be what YOU want. I HIGHLY recommend her for your wedding ceremony.
Lisa was wonderful, she happily changed locations the DAY BEFORE when the weather suddenly decided to be 45 degrees in Read more...
Lisa was wonderful, she happily changed locations the DAY BEFORE when the weather suddenly decided to be 45 degrees in May, thus sending our outdoor wedding plans into trouble. So we found a new location less than 24 hours before and she was easy to get a hold of and was more than willing to change locations. Her words were beautiful and she spoke as if she had known us for years. She asked me about any special details I wanted, she truly wants it to be what YOU want. I HIGHLY recommend her for your wedding ceremony. Read less
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