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Loving Heart Ceremonies by Risa Marlen

Sarasota , FL

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Sarasota, FL 34231 US (map)

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201-741-6056

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ABOUT US

Whether your joyous coming together will be a small, casual event or a large, formal affair, I will craft and conduct a personal LOVING HEART CEREMONY that honors your very special day,... Read more
Whether your joyous coming together will be a small, casual event or a large, formal affair, I will craft and conduct a personal LOVING HEART CEREMONY that honors your very special day, and creates a cherished memory for your family and friends. As a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, and ordained Non-Denominatonal Minister, I believe that there is no single formula - no best way - to do this. So many of us today come from a mix of heritages, religions and traditions. Let’s meet and get to know each other. Then, together, we can create a unique ceremony that will truly reflect your values, customs and beliefs.

As a Marriage & Family Counselor, I am pleased to offer pre-marital and couple counseling, as an additional service, upon request. 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, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Jewish, No Denomination, Pagan, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.

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Katie
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
I am so happy that my husband and I chose Risa to be the officiant for our wedding! She was nothing but kind, accommodating, and professional throughout our working relationship. She asked us to fill out questionnaires about our relationship, and she used our answers to create a ceremony that perfectly expressed our feelings about our wedding day and about one another. My guests came up to me all night to tell me how beautiful the ceremony was and to share compliments about Risa. Very, very pleased with her work!
I am so happy that my husband and I chose Risa to be the officiant for our wedding! She was nothing but kind, Read more...
I am so happy that my husband and I chose Risa to be the officiant for our wedding! She was nothing but kind, accommodating, and professional throughout our working relationship. She asked us to fill out questionnaires about our relationship, and she used our answers to create a ceremony that perfectly expressed our feelings about our wedding day and about one another. My guests came up to me all night to tell me how beautiful the ceremony was and to share compliments about Risa. Very, very pleased with her work! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Ms. Risa Marlen was a 10 out of a 10. My wife an I reached out to about 5 officiants in NJ/NY/PA and chose Risa for a number of reasons, specifically: her responsiveness to our communications, her professionalism during our initial meeting and phone conversations, and her flexibility (in general). Initially, her responsiveness was just so refreshing amidst all the chaos of wedding planning. We felt so comfortable and secure with Ms. Marlen as our officiant that we agreed to terms in the car ride home from our initial meeting.

She continued to do really great work and in a very timely fashion for us. We saw that she really aims to personalize her ceremonies through the questions that she asked and how she incorporated our story into her piece. Not only is she professional about her work, but she presents herself with utmost class.

On the day of our wedding, since we had another officiant to perform the Persian wedding ceremony, who in the end ran well into "Risa's time", she continued to be as flexible as flexible as she had been all along.. We all rolled with the punches, and she wrapped up our ceremony in the most gracious way.

My wife and I would whole-heartedly recommend Risa Marlen to conduct anyone's ceremony, whether religious, cultural, or spiritual because she really caters to her clients in all senses of the word. Risa Marlen was definitely the best choice for us.
Ms. Risa Marlen was a 10 out of a 10. My wife an I reached out to about 5 officiants in NJ/NY/PA and chose Risa for a Read more...
Ms. Risa Marlen was a 10 out of a 10. My wife an I reached out to about 5 officiants in NJ/NY/PA and chose Risa for a number of reasons, specifically: her responsiveness to our communications, her professionalism during our initial meeting and phone conversations, and her flexibility (in general). Initially, her responsiveness was just so refreshing amidst all the chaos of wedding planning. We felt so comfortable and secure with Ms. Marlen as our officiant that we agreed to terms in the car ride home from our initial meeting.

She continued to do really great work and in a very timely fashion for us. We saw that she really aims to personalize her ceremonies through the questions that she asked and how she incorporated our story into her piece. Not only is she professional about her work, but she presents herself with utmost class.

On the day of our wedding, since we had another officiant to perform the Persian wedding ceremony, who in the end ran well into "Risa's time", she continued to be as flexible as flexible as she had been all along.. We all rolled with the punches, and she wrapped up our ceremony in the most gracious way.

My wife and I would whole-heartedly recommend Risa Marlen to conduct anyone's ceremony, whether religious, cultural, or spiritual because she really caters to her clients in all senses of the word. Risa Marlen was definitely the best choice for us. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My fiancee and I needed an interfaith officiant to perform a marriage ceremony. Although we are planning a reception late next year to celebrate with family and friends, we decided to register and exchange vows shortly after our engagement on the auspicious day of 12/12/12.

We had the option of having a civil service at the courthouse but we decided on a warmer, more sentimental approach. Risa was able to draft a wedding ceremony for our review that tied together both our backgrounds. She hosted the ceremony in her living room for us and our two witnesses.

Risa is flexible and easy to work with and made our legal proceeding a warm and memorable experience.
My fiancee and I needed an interfaith officiant to perform a marriage ceremony. Although we are planning a reception late Read more...
My fiancee and I needed an interfaith officiant to perform a marriage ceremony. Although we are planning a reception late next year to celebrate with family and friends, we decided to register and exchange vows shortly after our engagement on the auspicious day of 12/12/12.

We had the option of having a civil service at the courthouse but we decided on a warmer, more sentimental approach. Risa was able to draft a wedding ceremony for our review that tied together both our backgrounds. She hosted the ceremony in her living room for us and our two witnesses.

Risa is flexible and easy to work with and made our legal proceeding a warm and memorable experience. Read less
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kate
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Risa was really great to work with and did an outstanding job officiating at our wedding. She was professional and personable, always available when we had questions. We had full confidence in her and she surpassed all of our expectations. We highly recommend her!
Risa was really great to work with and did an outstanding job officiating at our wedding. She was professional and Read more...
Risa was really great to work with and did an outstanding job officiating at our wedding. She was professional and personable, always available when we had questions. We had full confidence in her and she surpassed all of our expectations. We highly recommend her! Read less
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Sierra
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Risa was great to work with!!!! After our first phone call we knew she was who we wanted to use as our officiant. To be sure, we still arranged a face to face meeting and she was very flexible and accommodating. For us, she was the most important vendor at our wedding. We were very pleased and would recommend/refer her to any friends, family, or business associate.
Risa was great to work with!!!! After our first phone call we knew she was who we wanted to use as our officiant. To be Read more...
Risa was great to work with!!!! After our first phone call we knew she was who we wanted to use as our officiant. To be sure, we still arranged a face to face meeting and she was very flexible and accommodating. For us, she was the most important vendor at our wedding. We were very pleased and would recommend/refer her to any friends, family, or business associate. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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skingsley
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Loving Heart Ceremonies made my wedding perfect. Risa performed my ceremony and did an outstanding job. She wrote a beautiful ceremony catered to my wants and needs. The ceremony celebrated our love and everyone watching felt it. I would recommend Loving Heart Ceremonies to anyone who wants that extra emotional touch to make their wedding day even more special. Loved it!
Loving Heart Ceremonies made my wedding perfect. Risa performed my ceremony and did an outstanding job. She wrote a Read more...
Loving Heart Ceremonies made my wedding perfect. Risa performed my ceremony and did an outstanding job. She wrote a beautiful ceremony catered to my wants and needs. The ceremony celebrated our love and everyone watching felt it. I would recommend Loving Heart Ceremonies to anyone who wants that extra emotional touch to make their wedding day even more special. Loved it! Read less
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Carrie
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Risa Marlen made my ceremony absolutely beautiful. The amount of praise I have received about how personal, touching and heart-warming our event began was just overwhelming. She worked very diligently with us about how we wanted the ceremony to feel, what we wanted to share with our guests and how we wanted to feel afterward. My guests said they felt so close to us during that time and it's because Risa does an amazing job. She made us feel like close friends instead of just clients. She offered great ideas for the flow of the ceremony, like telling our love story and a guided meditation (which really helped before saying my vows.) She's a true professional and passionate about her job.
Risa Marlen made my ceremony absolutely beautiful. The amount of praise I have received about how personal, touching and Read more...
Risa Marlen made my ceremony absolutely beautiful. The amount of praise I have received about how personal, touching and heart-warming our event began was just overwhelming. She worked very diligently with us about how we wanted the ceremony to feel, what we wanted to share with our guests and how we wanted to feel afterward. My guests said they felt so close to us during that time and it's because Risa does an amazing job. She made us feel like close friends instead of just clients. She offered great ideas for the flow of the ceremony, like telling our love story and a guided meditation (which really helped before saying my vows.) She's a true professional and passionate about her job. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Risa was wonderful! She made our ceremony unique and specific to my husband and I. She edited our ceremony as often as we needed her to. She was extremely flexible as well. We had to cancel our wedding due to Hurricane Irene and reschedule for the following Friday. Risa had no problem changing her schedule to officiate our wedding. Additionally, the city we got married in lost our marriage license, and of course Risa took care of it. The following is an email my husband wrote to Risa after the wedding:"Hi Risa, the ceremony was perfect. Everybody enjoyed it very much, you even got my father to cry. People even enjoyed our candle malfunction. (We had trouble lighting the unity candle because it was so windy!) Thanks for everything, you def come highly recommended."
Risa was wonderful! She made our ceremony unique and specific to my husband and I. She edited our ceremony as often as we Read more...
Risa was wonderful! She made our ceremony unique and specific to my husband and I. She edited our ceremony as often as we needed her to. She was extremely flexible as well. We had to cancel our wedding due to Hurricane Irene and reschedule for the following Friday. Risa had no problem changing her schedule to officiate our wedding. Additionally, the city we got married in lost our marriage license, and of course Risa took care of it. The following is an email my husband wrote to Risa after the wedding:"Hi Risa, the ceremony was perfect. Everybody enjoyed it very much, you even got my father to cry. People even enjoyed our candle malfunction. (We had trouble lighting the unity candle because it was so windy!) Thanks for everything, you def come highly recommended." Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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irish299
Wedding:
8/26/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I couldn't have been more pleased with the wonderful service that Risa provided us with. She really took the time to tailor the ceremony to fit our personality and it made such an impact on our guests. We had numerous people come up to us during the reception and say that it was one of the most memorable ceremonies they had ever been to and that our sense of humor really came across. Risa ensured that we stayed "on track" throughout the process, sending us gentle reminders to complete our questionnaire's, so she could really get a sense of "us" and tell our love story to our guests. Even though we got married on a Friday night at the Jersey Shore and traffic can be a total nightmare, Risa ensured that she arrived with plenty of time to spare (which meant a lot to a bride who likes to be in control :-) Thank you RISA!
My husband and I couldn't have been more pleased with the wonderful service that Risa provided us with. She really took Read more...
My husband and I couldn't have been more pleased with the wonderful service that Risa provided us with. She really took the time to tailor the ceremony to fit our personality and it made such an impact on our guests. We had numerous people come up to us during the reception and say that it was one of the most memorable ceremonies they had ever been to and that our sense of humor really came across. Risa ensured that we stayed "on track" throughout the process, sending us gentle reminders to complete our questionnaire's, so she could really get a sense of "us" and tell our love story to our guests. Even though we got married on a Friday night at the Jersey Shore and traffic can be a total nightmare, Risa ensured that she arrived with plenty of time to spare (which meant a lot to a bride who likes to be in control :-) Thank you RISA! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Meghan
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Risa was great! She is PERFECT if you're looking for a really personal and unique ceremony. We received so many compliments about how great the ceremony was. It was especially perfect for us, because we are mixed faith, and Risa was able to incorporate both cultures/religions into the ceremony, in a clear way that all guests could follow.
Risa was great! She is PERFECT if you're looking for a really personal and unique ceremony. We received so many Read more...
Risa was great! She is PERFECT if you're looking for a really personal and unique ceremony. We received so many compliments about how great the ceremony was. It was especially perfect for us, because we are mixed faith, and Risa was able to incorporate both cultures/religions into the ceremony, in a clear way that all guests could follow. Read less
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As a way of saying "Thank You" to our men and women who have, or are currently serving in our Armed Forces, Loving Heart Ceremonies by Risa Marlen is pleased to offer a 10% discount of all usual and customary fees for service.
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