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Loving Heart Ceremonies by Risa Marlen

Sarasota , FL

LOCATION

private residence
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?
Less than 30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.

REVIEWS

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Cecilia
Wedding:
12/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Thank you for making our day so special and personal. Lots of people told us that it was one of the best ceremonies that they had been to. Thanks for everything you did to make our day special!
Thank you for making our day so special and personal. Lots of people told us that it was one of the best ceremonies that Read more...
Thank you for making our day so special and personal. Lots of people told us that it was one of the best ceremonies that they had been to. Thanks for everything you did to make our day special! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
she was very thoughtful and focused on our wants nad needs.
she was very thoughtful and focused on our wants nad needs.
she was very thoughtful and focused on our wants nad needs. Read less
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Rhonda
Wedding:
10/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Great everything was perfect. My husband and I renewed our vows on our sixteen year anniversary on the beach we originally got married at in Longboat Key, Florida. Risa made sure we had a quiet beautiful spot on the beach for our renewal, she also recommended an awsome photographer. Risa also provided us with vows that were customized just for us through the information she gathered from us. Risa had a very pleasant personality and was very efficient and easy to work with. Risa was very informative about things for us to enjoy in the area since we don't live in the area. She was always reachable and her prices were very affordable. We were extremely pleased with her services.

Sincerely,
Dr. Edward and Rhonda Walker
Great everything was perfect. My husband and I renewed our vows on our sixteen year anniversary on the beach we originally Read more...
Great everything was perfect. My husband and I renewed our vows on our sixteen year anniversary on the beach we originally got married at in Longboat Key, Florida. Risa made sure we had a quiet beautiful spot on the beach for our renewal, she also recommended an awsome photographer. Risa also provided us with vows that were customized just for us through the information she gathered from us. Risa had a very pleasant personality and was very efficient and easy to work with. Risa was very informative about things for us to enjoy in the area since we don't live in the area. She was always reachable and her prices were very affordable. We were extremely pleased with her services.

Sincerely,
Dr. Edward and Rhonda Walker Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Risa officiated our early morning wedding in July on the beach in Venice, Florida. We enjoyed our first meeting with Risa in May and was able to share with her our story of how we met, our engagement and our journey with each other up to our wedding day. The day of the wedding Risa arrived promptly at the venue and was there to help us with complete the official paperwork. Risa gave us a lovely ceremony where she incorporated our stories from our first meeting with her and gave us a truly memorable wedding experience. I am thankful we picked a great wedding officiant, she was the icing on the cake for our special day.
Risa officiated our early morning wedding in July on the beach in Venice, Florida. We enjoyed our first meeting with Risa Read more...
Risa officiated our early morning wedding in July on the beach in Venice, Florida. We enjoyed our first meeting with Risa in May and was able to share with her our story of how we met, our engagement and our journey with each other up to our wedding day. The day of the wedding Risa arrived promptly at the venue and was there to help us with complete the official paperwork. Risa gave us a lovely ceremony where she incorporated our stories from our first meeting with her and gave us a truly memorable wedding experience. I am thankful we picked a great wedding officiant, she was the icing on the cake for our special day. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Floyd & Diane
Wedding:
5/20/2015
5.0/5.0
Only three weeks before our 40th wedding anniversary, we decided to renew our vows with a few friends and family as witnesses On the recommendation of a neighbor, we contacted Risa to help us write new vows and plan the event. She was very attentive to our requests, assisting us with all aspects of the evening. From selecting a venue for the ceremony to reserving tables at a romantic gulf-side restaurant (now our favorite place) for our celebration dinner, she did it all. Ours was a wonderful, stress-free event. We whole-heartedly recommend Risa for a personalized wedding, vow renewal, or any other event.

We must give kudos to her photogrpher for the evening. His candid shots captured special moments we will always remember and can share with others.
Only three weeks before our 40th wedding anniversary, we decided to renew our vows with a few friends and family as Read more...
Only three weeks before our 40th wedding anniversary, we decided to renew our vows with a few friends and family as witnesses On the recommendation of a neighbor, we contacted Risa to help us write new vows and plan the event. She was very attentive to our requests, assisting us with all aspects of the evening. From selecting a venue for the ceremony to reserving tables at a romantic gulf-side restaurant (now our favorite place) for our celebration dinner, she did it all. Ours was a wonderful, stress-free event. We whole-heartedly recommend Risa for a personalized wedding, vow renewal, or any other event.

We must give kudos to her photogrpher for the evening. His candid shots captured special moments we will always remember and can share with others. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Photography, Wedding Venue
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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
Services Used: Officiant
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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
Services Used: Officiant
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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
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Venue
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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
Services Used: Officiant
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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

DEALS

Military Discount
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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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