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Lissin Lev Chaya, Wedding Celebrant and Officiant

Pacifica , CA

LOCATION

446 Old County Rd., Suite 100 #405
Pacifica, CA US 94044 (map)
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ABOUT US

Congratulations on your engagement!

Are you dreaming of a meaningful and personal wedding ceremony that truly reflects you and your values? Are you looking for an officiant... Read more
Congratulations on your engagement!

Are you dreaming of a meaningful and personal wedding ceremony that truly reflects you and your values? Are you looking for an officiant who goes the extra distance to help you feel calm, grounded and present on your wedding day?
If you are, I'm so glad you found me! It would be my honor to guide the two of you in creating the personal, authentic, custom wedding ceremony of your dreams. Whatever type of ceremony you desire, whether an intimate elopement on the beach or a grand celebration with family and friends, I cultivate a joyful, comfortable, respectful and relaxed atmosphere. Traditional, eclectic or anywhere in between, spiritual or secular, religious, interfaith, cultural, or civil, we will create something that feels true to you. From the moment we decide to work together through the rehearsal and the wedding day itself, you can trust that I will be there to support you and facilitate your ceremony journey so that you can be present with each other, your community and what really matters.
I invite you to contact me for a no-obligation meeting over coffee or tea to see if we are a good fit. If you are planning a destination wedding and coming from far away, we can meet over Skype. I look forward to speaking with you! 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, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. I especially love ceremonies out in nature or at creative venues.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I will coordinate my attire with your ceremony if you desire ~ I usually wear neutral colors and look professional without taking the focus away from you.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
I create custom ceremony scripts for each couple. Your unique ceremony should be all about the two of you, and you have approval over everything that is said.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, I encourage you to write your own vows, provide my couples with a vow writing worksheet I've created, and will help you with the process if you desire.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
If you choose to include a reading, I have a selection you may choose from if it makes it easier on you, but you are welcome to find your own readings that speak to you as well.
How long are your ceremonies?
My ceremonies are typically 15-30 minutes, depending on how many readings, music, and ritual elements you would like to include.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
I don't require premarital counseling, but I think it's a great idea for most couples. I can provide referrals of wonderful professionals if you would like.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, if my schedule allows.
Do you supply a sound system?
I can supply a sound system if needed for an additional fee, but I prefer to use one supplied by your venue or DJ.

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Salem
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Lissin is fantastic. We switched officiants less than two weeks out from our date after realizing another vendor we had chosen was not going to provide the level of personalization and guidance that Lissin includes. Lissin was incredibly gracious, worked with us over an extremely tight timeframe and crafted a truly beautiful, completely personalized ceremony for us. She is calm, kind, grounded and very reassuring. I am so thankful that she was able to help us with our wedding, she brought it all together and incorporated every bit of feedback and requests we had along the way. She also did a great job balancing a secular ceremony with a strong sense of the sacred and really inviting everyone into the experience. We got tons of compliments on what a great job she did. Highly, highly recommend.
Lissin is fantastic. We switched officiants less than two weeks out from our date after realizing another vendor we had Read more...
Lissin is fantastic. We switched officiants less than two weeks out from our date after realizing another vendor we had chosen was not going to provide the level of personalization and guidance that Lissin includes. Lissin was incredibly gracious, worked with us over an extremely tight timeframe and crafted a truly beautiful, completely personalized ceremony for us. She is calm, kind, grounded and very reassuring. I am so thankful that she was able to help us with our wedding, she brought it all together and incorporated every bit of feedback and requests we had along the way. She also did a great job balancing a secular ceremony with a strong sense of the sacred and really inviting everyone into the experience. We got tons of compliments on what a great job she did. Highly, highly recommend. Read less
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Talia
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Lissin is the most calming presence you could have on your wedding day. She went above and beyond creating a wedding ceremony that reflected how my husband and I felt towards each other. After meeting with multiple officiants, she was the first that made us feel like she was there to make this a truly original experience and not a business transaction. Lissin cares deeply about what she does and is an artist with words. She is able to articulate your love story when you can not find the words. We were blessed to have her.
Lissin is the most calming presence you could have on your wedding day. She went above and beyond creating a wedding Read more...
Lissin is the most calming presence you could have on your wedding day. She went above and beyond creating a wedding ceremony that reflected how my husband and I felt towards each other. After meeting with multiple officiants, she was the first that made us feel like she was there to make this a truly original experience and not a business transaction. Lissin cares deeply about what she does and is an artist with words. She is able to articulate your love story when you can not find the words. We were blessed to have her. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Lissin was great to work with and really made our ceremony a special and memorable event. Several months before the wedding she met with us a few times, in person, to get to know us. This really helped as the ceremony she produced really captured my wife and I in a truly memorable way.

Lissin was very flexible in her schedule and was there during the whole process. From a couple days before the wedding to the rehearsel dinner, and of course at the ceremony. Really can't say enough good things about her. I highly recommend her to all of you future newlyweds.
Lissin was great to work with and really made our ceremony a special and memorable event. Several months before the Read more...
Lissin was great to work with and really made our ceremony a special and memorable event. Several months before the wedding she met with us a few times, in person, to get to know us. This really helped as the ceremony she produced really captured my wife and I in a truly memorable way.

Lissin was very flexible in her schedule and was there during the whole process. From a couple days before the wedding to the rehearsel dinner, and of course at the ceremony. Really can't say enough good things about her. I highly recommend her to all of you future newlyweds. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Lissin was absolutely wonderful to work with and just the perfect person to marry us. My husband and I got married on August 10th at Beltane Ranch in Sonoma Valley. You can watch Lissin in our wedding video. It was such a beautiful venue and we wanted an airy but intimate ceremony to fit with the surroundings. Lissin understood our vision and delivered such a beautiful and unique experience; it was beyond my expectations. Our guests absolutely loved the entire ceremony, which was excellent because we didn't want an officiant who would drone on and bore everyone to death.

Lissin took the time to meet with us on multiple occasions and really get to know us as a couple. She gave us so many different options and ideas on how to create our perfect ceremony. It really felt customized yet still natural. My favorite part was how spiritual Lissin was and how she personally met with me before the ceremony to guide me through a few breathing exercises and to clear my mind. I thought it was very thoughtful and it really brought me back to the present right before I walked down the aisle.

Up to this day, when I close my eyes, I can still picture our ceremony and that beautiful moment with my husband. It was truly memorable. I would highly recommend Lissin to all my friends and anyone who is looking for the perfect officiant.
Lissin was absolutely wonderful to work with and just the perfect person to marry us. My husband and I got married on Read more...
Lissin was absolutely wonderful to work with and just the perfect person to marry us. My husband and I got married on August 10th at Beltane Ranch in Sonoma Valley. You can watch Lissin in our wedding video. It was such a beautiful venue and we wanted an airy but intimate ceremony to fit with the surroundings. Lissin understood our vision and delivered such a beautiful and unique experience; it was beyond my expectations. Our guests absolutely loved the entire ceremony, which was excellent because we didn't want an officiant who would drone on and bore everyone to death.

Lissin took the time to meet with us on multiple occasions and really get to know us as a couple. She gave us so many different options and ideas on how to create our perfect ceremony. It really felt customized yet still natural. My favorite part was how spiritual Lissin was and how she personally met with me before the ceremony to guide me through a few breathing exercises and to clear my mind. I thought it was very thoughtful and it really brought me back to the present right before I walked down the aisle.

Up to this day, when I close my eyes, I can still picture our ceremony and that beautiful moment with my husband. It was truly memorable. I would highly recommend Lissin to all my friends and anyone who is looking for the perfect officiant. Read less
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Siobhan
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Lissin officiated for our wedding in July of this year. We are former neighbors of Lissin and had been to five of her weddings so we already knew what beautiful ceremonies she creates. There was no doubt in our minds that we wanted her to officiate for us. Lissin was one of the first calls we made after getting engaged. We booked her nearly a year in advance!
Even though she has known us for years we still filled out all of her surveys and each wrote our stories for her to use as materials in constructing our ceremony. This process alone was a lovely exercise in reflecting on what we love about each other and what marriage means to our relationship. Lissin used these questionnaires to craft a ceremony that was touching and personal and very reflective of our unique relationship. No two of Lissin’s ceremonies are alike, her special talent lies in making ceremonies that are a unique reflection of the couple she is uniting.
Lissin does much more than just creating a script for her weddings. She helped us plan and orchestrate the entire ceremony complete with timing for music, particulars about readings and vows and rituals that were perfectly tailored to our taste. We started the process of planning the ceremony with very few concrete ideas about what we wanted and Lissin helped guide us every step of the way until our ceremony was perfect for us.
Lissin is also a wonderful person to have around during what can be an overwhelming time. She is calm and grounded and brought out my calm and grounded side when I was feeling more like a chicken with my head cut off. Lissin is very focused on being present and helped me to also be present and calm and enjoy my wedding.
Finally, the feedback from my wedding guests was overwhelming! They loved the ceremony. Most of them were crying. Many of them said it was the most heartfelt and genuine wedding ceremony they had ever attended. Lissin made our ceremony perfect and unforgettable.
Lissin officiated for our wedding in July of this year. We are former neighbors of Lissin and had been to five of her Read more...
Lissin officiated for our wedding in July of this year. We are former neighbors of Lissin and had been to five of her weddings so we already knew what beautiful ceremonies she creates. There was no doubt in our minds that we wanted her to officiate for us. Lissin was one of the first calls we made after getting engaged. We booked her nearly a year in advance!
Even though she has known us for years we still filled out all of her surveys and each wrote our stories for her to use as materials in constructing our ceremony. This process alone was a lovely exercise in reflecting on what we love about each other and what marriage means to our relationship. Lissin used these questionnaires to craft a ceremony that was touching and personal and very reflective of our unique relationship. No two of Lissin’s ceremonies are alike, her special talent lies in making ceremonies that are a unique reflection of the couple she is uniting.
Lissin does much more than just creating a script for her weddings. She helped us plan and orchestrate the entire ceremony complete with timing for music, particulars about readings and vows and rituals that were perfectly tailored to our taste. We started the process of planning the ceremony with very few concrete ideas about what we wanted and Lissin helped guide us every step of the way until our ceremony was perfect for us.
Lissin is also a wonderful person to have around during what can be an overwhelming time. She is calm and grounded and brought out my calm and grounded side when I was feeling more like a chicken with my head cut off. Lissin is very focused on being present and helped me to also be present and calm and enjoy my wedding.
Finally, the feedback from my wedding guests was overwhelming! They loved the ceremony. Most of them were crying. Many of them said it was the most heartfelt and genuine wedding ceremony they had ever attended. Lissin made our ceremony perfect and unforgettable. Read less
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Ellie
Wedding:
12/12/2012
5.0/5.0
We live in Central California and planned on having a civil ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco on 12/12/12. Even after special planning and following the procedures on making our reservations no more than 90 days out at City Hall's request, they were booked solid. We were frustrated and disappointed but determined to still go through with our plans. So we searched for San Francisco Officiants and there were many to choose from. However, when we viewed Lissin's business profile, we wanted to meet her. She promptly responded to our inquiry and made arrangements to meet us at a cute coffee shop/bookstore in The Mission District. As soon as we met her we knew she was the one we wanted to perform our ceremony. She asked so many important questions and wanted to get to know us so she could make our ceremony perfect. We e-mailed and Skyped regularly and she made sure everything was "just right" to make our day extra special and less stressful. She does not judge, she is free sprited, kind-hearted, and has such a sweet demeanor. She is definitely a Godsend and we are so thankful and eternally grateful she came into our lives and performed a beautiful and memorable ceremony.

Thank you Lissin from both of us! Ellie & Janelle aka "JanEllie"
We live in Central California and planned on having a civil ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco on 12/12/12. Even after Read more...
We live in Central California and planned on having a civil ceremony at City Hall in San Francisco on 12/12/12. Even after special planning and following the procedures on making our reservations no more than 90 days out at City Hall's request, they were booked solid. We were frustrated and disappointed but determined to still go through with our plans. So we searched for San Francisco Officiants and there were many to choose from. However, when we viewed Lissin's business profile, we wanted to meet her. She promptly responded to our inquiry and made arrangements to meet us at a cute coffee shop/bookstore in The Mission District. As soon as we met her we knew she was the one we wanted to perform our ceremony. She asked so many important questions and wanted to get to know us so she could make our ceremony perfect. We e-mailed and Skyped regularly and she made sure everything was "just right" to make our day extra special and less stressful. She does not judge, she is free sprited, kind-hearted, and has such a sweet demeanor. She is definitely a Godsend and we are so thankful and eternally grateful she came into our lives and performed a beautiful and memorable ceremony.

Thank you Lissin from both of us! Ellie & Janelle aka "JanEllie" Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
11/26/2012
5.0/5.0
In November we travelled from Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco to get married at City Hall, where my parents were married back in 1981 :) From the day we met Lissin in person in a hotel foyer in SF in early 2012, we both knew she was the right person to officiate our wedding ceremony. She made us feel special & connected, which was very important to us. From that day on she helped us through everything from writing our vows, connecting with ourselves as individuals and as a couple, going through different things to make our ceremony unique to taking the time to have Skype sessions with us when we were feeling a little stressed with the year & a half preparations (from the other side of the world). She was also always easily contactable through email, telephone & Skype. You will see we have given Lissin 5 stars for everything, this is because she truly is a star :) Thank you Lissin for your time, energy & soothing smile, this all made our special day, a day we will never forget xo

Warren & Vanessa, Auckland, New Zealand
In November we travelled from Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco to get married at City Hall, where my parents were Read more...
In November we travelled from Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco to get married at City Hall, where my parents were married back in 1981 :) From the day we met Lissin in person in a hotel foyer in SF in early 2012, we both knew she was the right person to officiate our wedding ceremony. She made us feel special & connected, which was very important to us. From that day on she helped us through everything from writing our vows, connecting with ourselves as individuals and as a couple, going through different things to make our ceremony unique to taking the time to have Skype sessions with us when we were feeling a little stressed with the year & a half preparations (from the other side of the world). She was also always easily contactable through email, telephone & Skype. You will see we have given Lissin 5 stars for everything, this is because she truly is a star :) Thank you Lissin for your time, energy & soothing smile, this all made our special day, a day we will never forget xo

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Philip
Wedding:
9/13/2012
5.0/5.0
My wife Karen and I travelled from Sydney, Australia, in order to be married in Shelter Cove, California, by Lissin. We began arranging the wedding very early in 2012, and from the outset, Lissin could not have been more friendly and helpful in assisting with every aspect of our plans. She spoke with us via telephone, e.mail and Skype, and sent a thorough questionaire which we completed. In short, Lissin left no stone unturned in order to get to know us personally, and to make our big day the best it could possibly have been.
On the day itself, Lissin was wonderful, and carried out the ceremony in a beautiful bushy location overlooking the ocean. She sang to us as part of the ceremony, and the care, happiness and joy she exhibited convinced us that she enjoyed the proceedings as much as we did. Lissin is a very special lady, who is ideally suited to her profession. She made this day the most magic day of our lives and we could not recommend her more highly.
My wife Karen and I travelled from Sydney, Australia, in order to be married in Shelter Cove, California, by Lissin. We Read more...
My wife Karen and I travelled from Sydney, Australia, in order to be married in Shelter Cove, California, by Lissin. We began arranging the wedding very early in 2012, and from the outset, Lissin could not have been more friendly and helpful in assisting with every aspect of our plans. She spoke with us via telephone, e.mail and Skype, and sent a thorough questionaire which we completed. In short, Lissin left no stone unturned in order to get to know us personally, and to make our big day the best it could possibly have been.
On the day itself, Lissin was wonderful, and carried out the ceremony in a beautiful bushy location overlooking the ocean. She sang to us as part of the ceremony, and the care, happiness and joy she exhibited convinced us that she enjoyed the proceedings as much as we did. Lissin is a very special lady, who is ideally suited to her profession. She made this day the most magic day of our lives and we could not recommend her more highly. Read less
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Jane
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for a better officiant. Lissin made our wedding perfect. I come from a pretty religious background but my husband and I are not particularly religious. Lissin was able to create a ceremony that seemed just as reverential as any church wedding with the lightheartedness and fun that we wanted. We met with her twice in person to discuss the wedding, but she offered to meet with us more frequently if we wanted. After just two meetings with her we felt that she understood our hopes for the ceremony perfectly, so we didn't worry. She was always prompt on replying to emails. The questionairre she has you fill out is a really great and fun way to figure out what you want in a ceremony and her vow writing worksheet made that part so much easier. She was also super flexible. We changed venues after we had already contracted with her and she was very accomadating.

On the day of the wedding Lissin was a perfect calm presence to have around. I was a little freaked out because we lost track of the friend that we planned to have sing at the wedding. Everything turned out just fine but in the interim, Lissin came up with an alternate solution in case our friend couldn't make it. She spent time with each of us before the ceremony centering us and getting us ready to actually experience the wedding. I don't think either of us would have remembered the ceremony if she hadn't done that. Plus, she filed our marriage license and even sent us a keepsake copy of our ceremony.

We are both so glad that we found Lissin. She created a heartfelt ceremony that really focused on us and our relationship and that's what a wedding is all about anyway.
We could not have asked for a better officiant. Lissin made our wedding perfect. I come from a pretty religious background Read more...
We could not have asked for a better officiant. Lissin made our wedding perfect. I come from a pretty religious background but my husband and I are not particularly religious. Lissin was able to create a ceremony that seemed just as reverential as any church wedding with the lightheartedness and fun that we wanted. We met with her twice in person to discuss the wedding, but she offered to meet with us more frequently if we wanted. After just two meetings with her we felt that she understood our hopes for the ceremony perfectly, so we didn't worry. She was always prompt on replying to emails. The questionairre she has you fill out is a really great and fun way to figure out what you want in a ceremony and her vow writing worksheet made that part so much easier. She was also super flexible. We changed venues after we had already contracted with her and she was very accomadating.

On the day of the wedding Lissin was a perfect calm presence to have around. I was a little freaked out because we lost track of the friend that we planned to have sing at the wedding. Everything turned out just fine but in the interim, Lissin came up with an alternate solution in case our friend couldn't make it. She spent time with each of us before the ceremony centering us and getting us ready to actually experience the wedding. I don't think either of us would have remembered the ceremony if she hadn't done that. Plus, she filed our marriage license and even sent us a keepsake copy of our ceremony.

We are both so glad that we found Lissin. She created a heartfelt ceremony that really focused on us and our relationship and that's what a wedding is all about anyway. Read less
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Lissin Lev Chaya, Wedding Celebrant and Officiant responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Jane, for such a wonderful review. It was truly my honor and pleasure to work with you and Casper on your wedding ceremony ~ such creative people and bright lights in the world.
I just want to note that your wedding took place on 12/21/12, not 7/21/12 as posted here. It is a Winter Solstice not to be forgotten!
Blessings,
~Lissin
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Jessica
Wedding:
6/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Dear Lissin,
There are not enough words to thank you for the incredible job you did at our wedding. Your passion, creativity and love were felt by all of us there. Writing the ceremony at times was not easy, but it was well worth the process because Glenn and I got to know each other better in the exercises of creating a perfect day. We could not have done it without you. You listened to our wishes and channeled all that we wanted through your words and singing. I am so glad that I found you ... I knew you were the "one" that could express what we needed
Dear Lissin,
There are not enough words to thank you for the incredible job you did at our wedding. Your passion, Read more...
Dear Lissin,
There are not enough words to thank you for the incredible job you did at our wedding. Your passion, creativity and love were felt by all of us there. Writing the ceremony at times was not easy, but it was well worth the process because Glenn and I got to know each other better in the exercises of creating a perfect day. We could not have done it without you. You listened to our wishes and channeled all that we wanted through your words and singing. I am so glad that I found you ... I knew you were the "one" that could express what we needed Read less
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Rana
Wedding:
1/2/2012
5.0/5.0
It was an honor to have Lissin craft such a beautiful ceremony for us. She is sincere, caring and humble in her approach. We are so grateful to have found Lissin. She is truly a gentle spirit with a gift for making those wonderful moments even more amazing.

Thank you, Lissin!
-Rana and Morgan (Married 1.2.12)
It was an honor to have Lissin craft such a beautiful ceremony for us. She is sincere, caring and humble in her approach. Read more...
It was an honor to have Lissin craft such a beautiful ceremony for us. She is sincere, caring and humble in her approach. We are so grateful to have found Lissin. She is truly a gentle spirit with a gift for making those wonderful moments even more amazing.

Thank you, Lissin!
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Beau/Ayako
Wedding:
12/31/2011
5.0/5.0
Lissin was incredible and I could not recommend a better officiate.
What separates Lissin; Down to earth and every sincerity! Her professionalism and character provided a very warm tone to our ceremony.

Helpfulness - along with the ceremony, she provides terrific counsel on pre- and post-wedding preparation and paperwork eg marriage license, changing names, etc.

Confidence - her diligence and organization let us know that we were in good hands which relieved stress and worry on the day of.

Flexible - we mix and matched traditional vows and borrowed much from the content she provided. This helped us save time and effort.

Organized - she asked us more questions then we asked her in our first call! That really impressed us and made me feel comfortable as she brought sincerity to our special day.

Voice - extremely eloquent, to the point we both got "emotional" when she conducted the ceremony.

The only choice for a warm and sincere officiate.
Lissin was incredible and I could not recommend a better officiate.
What separates Lissin; Down to earth and every Read more...
Lissin was incredible and I could not recommend a better officiate.
What separates Lissin; Down to earth and every sincerity! Her professionalism and character provided a very warm tone to our ceremony.

Helpfulness - along with the ceremony, she provides terrific counsel on pre- and post-wedding preparation and paperwork eg marriage license, changing names, etc.

Confidence - her diligence and organization let us know that we were in good hands which relieved stress and worry on the day of.

Flexible - we mix and matched traditional vows and borrowed much from the content she provided. This helped us save time and effort.

Organized - she asked us more questions then we asked her in our first call! That really impressed us and made me feel comfortable as she brought sincerity to our special day.

Voice - extremely eloquent, to the point we both got "emotional" when she conducted the ceremony.

The only choice for a warm and sincere officiate. Read less
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Sheridan
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Lissin married us in September, 2011, in Mendocino, CA. She put her whole heart, soul and love into guiding us, our families and our friends through this major life transition and she could not possibly have done a more beautiful job.

First, Lissin sat with us and listened attentively to us explain our values, visions and goals for the wedding ceremony. She then gave each of us a separate questionnaire to fill out with detailed and insightful questions about our relationship, why we chose one another, our family and religious backgrounds, the meaning of the wedding and marriage to us, and all of the elements we wanted to include in the ceremony and the people we wanted to honor. This exercise gave the two of us an opportunity to thoroughly think through these values and visions.

Lissin's care, experience and attention to detail were reflected in every element of the ceremony that she wrote for us. She incorporated all of the important details we expressed. Lissin gave us an opportunity to review the written ceremony in advance and gave us a copy after the ceremony to keep. She also thoughtfully kept track of our vows and handed us copies during the ceremony so that we didn’t have to deal with that detail during our big day. Lissin also managed our marriage certificate and dealt with mailing it in to the state after the ceremony, allowing us to focus on one another and our families, rather than logistics.

The ceremony itself perfectly hit the balance between thoughtful planning and spontaneous magic. Lissin took us each aside right before we walked down the aisle and helped us to get centered. This was a powerful, wise act of care and a beautiful gift and allowed us to feel clear, calm and fully act from our cores during the ceremony. The ceremony Lissin led and helped to create was a complete reflection of the values and traditions most important to us and the experience we sought to create for our communities and each other. She led us with grace, experience, professionalism and love.

We are both Jewish, and Lissin led the ceremony as our “chazzanit,” or song leader. She had a deep knowledge of the traditions of Jewish wedding ceremonies and truly hit the balance between the amount of religious traditions we sought to observe and our contemporary, Renewal-leaning practice and values.

We give Lissin our full, unabashed recommendation and would be happy to talk with you about our experience (Lissin can give you our contact information).
Lissin married us in September, 2011, in Mendocino, CA. She put her whole heart, soul and love into guiding us, our Read more...
Lissin married us in September, 2011, in Mendocino, CA. She put her whole heart, soul and love into guiding us, our families and our friends through this major life transition and she could not possibly have done a more beautiful job.

First, Lissin sat with us and listened attentively to us explain our values, visions and goals for the wedding ceremony. She then gave each of us a separate questionnaire to fill out with detailed and insightful questions about our relationship, why we chose one another, our family and religious backgrounds, the meaning of the wedding and marriage to us, and all of the elements we wanted to include in the ceremony and the people we wanted to honor. This exercise gave the two of us an opportunity to thoroughly think through these values and visions.

Lissin's care, experience and attention to detail were reflected in every element of the ceremony that she wrote for us. She incorporated all of the important details we expressed. Lissin gave us an opportunity to review the written ceremony in advance and gave us a copy after the ceremony to keep. She also thoughtfully kept track of our vows and handed us copies during the ceremony so that we didn’t have to deal with that detail during our big day. Lissin also managed our marriage certificate and dealt with mailing it in to the state after the ceremony, allowing us to focus on one another and our families, rather than logistics.

The ceremony itself perfectly hit the balance between thoughtful planning and spontaneous magic. Lissin took us each aside right before we walked down the aisle and helped us to get centered. This was a powerful, wise act of care and a beautiful gift and allowed us to feel clear, calm and fully act from our cores during the ceremony. The ceremony Lissin led and helped to create was a complete reflection of the values and traditions most important to us and the experience we sought to create for our communities and each other. She led us with grace, experience, professionalism and love.

We are both Jewish, and Lissin led the ceremony as our “chazzanit,” or song leader. She had a deep knowledge of the traditions of Jewish wedding ceremonies and truly hit the balance between the amount of religious traditions we sought to observe and our contemporary, Renewal-leaning practice and values.

We give Lissin our full, unabashed recommendation and would be happy to talk with you about our experience (Lissin can give you our contact information). Read less
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stevelee1964
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Lissin Lev Chaya was perfect for our wedding that we just celebrated on August 6th, 2011, in Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park, SF. It was important to me that Lissin is a trained Celebrant and not simply a religious person or typical officiant. Lissin was an impeccable professional, and we needed someone who would take our unique ideas for a destination gay wedding with six children and 75 guests and knock it out of the park. She did! She was willing to Skype with us to discuss personal wants and desires from the start, and all the way through the planning process she was divine.

Our experience is that her services are a 5 out of 5, without hesitation. We combined our families with kids ranging in age from 24-10, a Hispanic caterer, a Flamenco guitar trio, an outdoor venue difficult to reach but absolutely stunning, and Lissin. It came together in our wedding rehearsal the day before, quickly we all knew what to do, where to stand, how to interact, and everyone was calm and happy. The next day was like a dream. She created for us a ceremony we'll never forget. Her presentation is so touching, and her voice so comforting and happy.

She made our seventh anniversary and wedding pure bliss. We couldn't be happier. Thanks, Lissin!

Steven Lee-O'Neal
Lissin Lev Chaya was perfect for our wedding that we just celebrated on August 6th, 2011, in Shakespeare Garden in Golden Read more...
Lissin Lev Chaya was perfect for our wedding that we just celebrated on August 6th, 2011, in Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park, SF. It was important to me that Lissin is a trained Celebrant and not simply a religious person or typical officiant. Lissin was an impeccable professional, and we needed someone who would take our unique ideas for a destination gay wedding with six children and 75 guests and knock it out of the park. She did! She was willing to Skype with us to discuss personal wants and desires from the start, and all the way through the planning process she was divine.

Our experience is that her services are a 5 out of 5, without hesitation. We combined our families with kids ranging in age from 24-10, a Hispanic caterer, a Flamenco guitar trio, an outdoor venue difficult to reach but absolutely stunning, and Lissin. It came together in our wedding rehearsal the day before, quickly we all knew what to do, where to stand, how to interact, and everyone was calm and happy. The next day was like a dream. She created for us a ceremony we'll never forget. Her presentation is so touching, and her voice so comforting and happy.

She made our seventh anniversary and wedding pure bliss. We couldn't be happier. Thanks, Lissin!

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paulsleow
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
Lissin is a huge reason we had the best wedding ceremony we could have ever asked for. We wanted to create a personal and heartfelt ceremony and she responded by providing just enough structure to keep our ceremony flowing and interesting to our guests, while weaving in stories, anecdotes, and humor to make it ours. She is a wealth of good ideas, information, talent, helpful suggestions, and easy to work with. When my brothers ended up hijacking our procession at the rehearsal, she just went with the flow and only responded with encouragement. I would confidentially recommend Lissin to help create all sorts of ceremonies, from traditional to something totally unique, and anything in between. - Paul
Lissin is a huge reason we had the best wedding ceremony we could have ever asked for. We wanted to create a personal and Read more...
Lissin is a huge reason we had the best wedding ceremony we could have ever asked for. We wanted to create a personal and heartfelt ceremony and she responded by providing just enough structure to keep our ceremony flowing and interesting to our guests, while weaving in stories, anecdotes, and humor to make it ours. She is a wealth of good ideas, information, talent, helpful suggestions, and easy to work with. When my brothers ended up hijacking our procession at the rehearsal, she just went with the flow and only responded with encouragement. I would confidentially recommend Lissin to help create all sorts of ceremonies, from traditional to something totally unique, and anything in between. - Paul Read less
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AlexWang
Wedding:
8/1/2009
5.0/5.0
From beginning to end, Lissin provided a grounding and calm to the entire ceremony process. She helped shape our vision into into a ceremony that was personal and meaningful to not just us, but to everyone at the wedding. Our meetings served to clarify our hopes for the ceremony, wedding, and marriage. She listened well, had great ideas, and worked with us in a professional, yet intimate manner. Lissin was the best person we could have asked for to convey our story, our love, and our commitment to each other. I highly recommend Lissin for any type of wedding ceremony. She will not disappoint!
From beginning to end, Lissin provided a grounding and calm to the entire ceremony process. She helped shape our vision Read more...
From beginning to end, Lissin provided a grounding and calm to the entire ceremony process. She helped shape our vision into into a ceremony that was personal and meaningful to not just us, but to everyone at the wedding. Our meetings served to clarify our hopes for the ceremony, wedding, and marriage. She listened well, had great ideas, and worked with us in a professional, yet intimate manner. Lissin was the best person we could have asked for to convey our story, our love, and our commitment to each other. I highly recommend Lissin for any type of wedding ceremony. She will not disappoint! Read less
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Analise Elliot Heid
Wedding:
5/11/2007
5.0/5.0
Through guided meditation, song, and prayer Lissin was able to foster a deep sense of reverence for this time in our life. Lissin brought not only spiritual depth to our ceremony but also was able to create a celebratory environment that allowed all of our guests to participate in.

~ Analise Elliot Heid, Montara, CA
Through guided meditation, song, and prayer Lissin was able to foster a deep sense of reverence for this time in our life. Read more...
Through guided meditation, song, and prayer Lissin was able to foster a deep sense of reverence for this time in our life. Lissin brought not only spiritual depth to our ceremony but also was able to create a celebratory environment that allowed all of our guests to participate in.

~ Analise Elliot Heid, Montara, CA Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Lissin's calming presence (especially right before our ceremony) helped us truly live in the moment and be mindful of the incredibly powerful experience of bringing friends and family together to celebrate with us!
Lissin's calming presence (especially right before our ceremony) helped us truly live in the moment and be mindful of the Read more...
Lissin's calming presence (especially right before our ceremony) helped us truly live in the moment and be mindful of the incredibly powerful experience of bringing friends and family together to celebrate with us! Read less
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Kari
Wedding:
5/28/2006
5.0/5.0
"I can't say enough good things about Lissin and how happy we were to have her officiate our wedding. Her beautiful singing voice, reverence for spirituality, and dedication to personalizing our ceremony all helped to create one of the best days of my life. All of that said, one of my favorite things about having Lissin officiate our ceremony was her grounding presence which held a sacred space for us and our community."
"I can't say enough good things about Lissin and how happy we were to have her officiate our wedding. Her beautiful Read more...
"I can't say enough good things about Lissin and how happy we were to have her officiate our wedding. Her beautiful singing voice, reverence for spirituality, and dedication to personalizing our ceremony all helped to create one of the best days of my life. All of that said, one of my favorite things about having Lissin officiate our ceremony was her grounding presence which held a sacred space for us and our community." Read less
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