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Marriage With Meaning

Paso Robles & San Luis Obispo County , CA
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1304 Crescent Oaks Way
Paso Robles & San Luis Obispo County, CA 93446 US (map)

PHONE

805-540-9294

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ABOUT US

I am a professional wedding officiant because I believe in strong, vibrant and lasting relationships and have found that the love within marriage is the most wonderful of all. My primary... Read more
I am a professional wedding officiant because I believe in strong, vibrant and lasting relationships and have found that the love within marriage is the most wonderful of all. My primary life's goal is to make the world around me a better place and I put my heart and soul into every ceremony that I write and perform in order to help make your wedding day exceed your expectations.



My approach to performing weddings is born out of my own experience and what I have learned about how enduring, satisfying relationships influence our lives and make us thrive.



When life is boiled down to it's essence, the material world fades in comparison to relationships. Loving another and being loved adds color to a black and white world. In fact, there is nothing else like feeling and knowing that "I am loved" and, in turn, feeling a deep love for that person. Building an unshakable marriage based on genuine heartfelt love and mutual respect is the heart of a full and rich life.



I have been involved with and have chaired several types of relationship-based support groups and workshops, attending hundreds of meetings with people from all walks of life; the focus and goal for all being a healthy and gratifying relationship. Some years ago when my marriage with my wife, Kate, was put to test, to say that we worked very hard to transform our marriage and our own individual lives would be a great understatement. Yet I can assure you that the rewards are priceless! Our marriage is better than anything I ever thought possible.



As I write an original ceremony, I draw upon my background of working with couples, navigating successfully through the issues encountered in marriage in order to build deep, emotionally rich and intimate relationships. The wonderful life lessons which have made my marriage and countless others full and satisfying are part of what I like to incorporate into my ceremonies.



Marriage With Meaning is my heartfelt contribution to the human race, my small gift to those who are celebrating love and commitment and wish to begin their marriage with joyful purpose and with thoughtful meaning. The ceremonies which I write are non-religious, yet I can easily reflect your individual spirituality in a variety of skillful ways. I don't use a "standard ceremony" written for all couples, rather, by asking questions and listening to you talk about your love, your life and where you want to go together, I write a personalized ceremony for you.



Every word in your ceremony is carefully chosen to express the essence of genuine love, a nurturing relationship and an authentic, satisfying marriage. I speak with a relaxed confidence and happy enthusiasm whether your ceremony is just the two of you or with hundreds of guests. When you ask me to officiate your wedding, you can rest assured that your wedding ceremony is in sure, capable hands and a heart of gold. 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, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Earth-Based, No Denomination, Pagan
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.

REVIEWS

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Nora
Wedding:
2/22/2017
5.0/5.0
I just wanted to take a moment and say how wonderful, patient, caring and sincere Paul Howell is. My husband and I married in February 2017 in Los Olivos, California. Throughout the whole process, Rev. Howell was very professional, respectful and understanding of our situation. Our work schedules are quite erratic and we took a long time before we were able to call him together to discuss what we wanted for our wedding vows. Rev. Powell gave us a sense of peace and calm while we discussed our relationship and our wishes for the ceremony. We had originally intended on marrying in Cambria, CA, but because of the crazy, rainy weather, we had to change our location. This was after we had hired and spoke to Paul and we still wanted him to officiate our wedding. He was very understanding and accommodating. He showed up on time and performed a beautiful ceremony. Robert and I both want to express our gratitude for making things so easy for us. I would not hesitate to recommend Rev. Paul Howell to anyone. He is truly a gem.
I just wanted to take a moment and say how wonderful, patient, caring and sincere Paul Howell is. My husband and I married Read more...
I just wanted to take a moment and say how wonderful, patient, caring and sincere Paul Howell is. My husband and I married in February 2017 in Los Olivos, California. Throughout the whole process, Rev. Howell was very professional, respectful and understanding of our situation. Our work schedules are quite erratic and we took a long time before we were able to call him together to discuss what we wanted for our wedding vows. Rev. Powell gave us a sense of peace and calm while we discussed our relationship and our wishes for the ceremony. We had originally intended on marrying in Cambria, CA, but because of the crazy, rainy weather, we had to change our location. This was after we had hired and spoke to Paul and we still wanted him to officiate our wedding. He was very understanding and accommodating. He showed up on time and performed a beautiful ceremony. Robert and I both want to express our gratitude for making things so easy for us. I would not hesitate to recommend Rev. Paul Howell to anyone. He is truly a gem. Read less
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Marriage With Meaning responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Nora, for asking me to write your ceremony and officiate your wedding! The logistics may have been a challenge for you, but I was happy to do my part make things easier for you and to help make your wedding day a milestone moment in your lives. I wish you and Robert a life of adventure and joy!
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Sara
Wedding:
11/19/2016
5.0/5.0
You can tell Paul loves his job and believes in love. He's so sincere and friendly, and works very hard to make sure that your ceremony is special and very "you." We were told by so many people that our ceremony was so unique, so us, and so memorable, and Paul had a big part to play in that. He helped us customize an apple cider ceremony (my now husband brews his own apple cider), and guided us in all the other particulars.
You can tell Paul loves his job and believes in love. He's so sincere and friendly, and works very hard to make sure that Read more...
You can tell Paul loves his job and believes in love. He's so sincere and friendly, and works very hard to make sure that your ceremony is special and very "you." We were told by so many people that our ceremony was so unique, so us, and so memorable, and Paul had a big part to play in that. He helped us customize an apple cider ceremony (my now husband brews his own apple cider), and guided us in all the other particulars. Read less
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Marriage With Meaning responded with the following comments:

Your ceremony was so much fun! Thank you for asking me to be a part of your wedding!
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Brianna
Wedding:
11/10/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were planning a destination wedding in Northern California, and found ourselves looking for an officiant a little too late in the game. We were having a hard time figuring out what we wanted and were not completely comfortable with having someone we didn't know be part our ceremony. I came across reviews for Paul Howell and Marriage with Meaning and was instantly intrigued. The way that he describes his services on his website really spoke to us, and it seemed like his approach to officiating would fit well with our intentionally intimate ceremony. Thank goodness he was available with relatively short notice!

There is no way we could have anticipated how truly amazing Paul would be. Despite only exchanging a couple of emails with him, and chatting with him for an hour via Skype, he wrote the most beautiful, personal, and meaningful ceremony for us, that far exceeded our expectations. We still can't believe how perfect, and fitting it was for us, our personalities, and the intimate feel we wanted for our ceremony. It was as if Paul had had a window to our souls for years.

If you are hesitating, don't. Paul is kind, thoughtful, and goes above and beyond to curate a ceremony that fits you as a couple. He is also incredibly organized and makes sure you complete everything to make your marriage official. Naturally, your wedding day is something you will never forget, but the added bonus of having an experienced professional officiant, who takes the time to think deeply about how to tell your story to capture you as a couple, and truly tailors your ceremony to you was a more exceptional experience than we could have imagined. Thank you Paul, your participation in our wedding grounded us, and was a significantly meaningful part of our perfect day!
My husband and I were planning a destination wedding in Northern California, and found ourselves looking for an officiant Read more...
My husband and I were planning a destination wedding in Northern California, and found ourselves looking for an officiant a little too late in the game. We were having a hard time figuring out what we wanted and were not completely comfortable with having someone we didn't know be part our ceremony. I came across reviews for Paul Howell and Marriage with Meaning and was instantly intrigued. The way that he describes his services on his website really spoke to us, and it seemed like his approach to officiating would fit well with our intentionally intimate ceremony. Thank goodness he was available with relatively short notice!

There is no way we could have anticipated how truly amazing Paul would be. Despite only exchanging a couple of emails with him, and chatting with him for an hour via Skype, he wrote the most beautiful, personal, and meaningful ceremony for us, that far exceeded our expectations. We still can't believe how perfect, and fitting it was for us, our personalities, and the intimate feel we wanted for our ceremony. It was as if Paul had had a window to our souls for years.

If you are hesitating, don't. Paul is kind, thoughtful, and goes above and beyond to curate a ceremony that fits you as a couple. He is also incredibly organized and makes sure you complete everything to make your marriage official. Naturally, your wedding day is something you will never forget, but the added bonus of having an experienced professional officiant, who takes the time to think deeply about how to tell your story to capture you as a couple, and truly tailors your ceremony to you was a more exceptional experience than we could have imagined. Thank you Paul, your participation in our wedding grounded us, and was a significantly meaningful part of our perfect day! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Marriage With Meaning responded with the following comments:

I am very grateful that you benefitted so much from working with me. What you have written here is the goal of my practice: to give you a wedding ceremony that expresses your love, moves you and helps binds you together. I hope that your ceremony will always be a source of inspiration in your life together! Thank you for asking me to be a part of one of the most important moments of your life.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We loved having Paul as the officiant for our ceremony. We were looking for somebody to perform a simple civil ceremony that would incorporate aspects from both of our cultures (I was raised Catholic and my husband is Indian). Paul offered so many helpful suggestions when it came time to planning out the ceremony and choosing the vows, and he adapted easily when we selected some more non-traditional readings and parts of the ceremony that were meaningful to us. On the big day, Paul was fully engaged in our ceremony (despite being in pain from a knee injury that I didn't even know about until after the wedding), and we had multiple guests comment on how heartfelt the ceremony was and how sincere and genuine the officiant was in leading it.
We loved having Paul as the officiant for our ceremony. We were looking for somebody to perform a simple civil ceremony Read more...
We loved having Paul as the officiant for our ceremony. We were looking for somebody to perform a simple civil ceremony that would incorporate aspects from both of our cultures (I was raised Catholic and my husband is Indian). Paul offered so many helpful suggestions when it came time to planning out the ceremony and choosing the vows, and he adapted easily when we selected some more non-traditional readings and parts of the ceremony that were meaningful to us. On the big day, Paul was fully engaged in our ceremony (despite being in pain from a knee injury that I didn't even know about until after the wedding), and we had multiple guests comment on how heartfelt the ceremony was and how sincere and genuine the officiant was in leading it. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Marriage With Meaning responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the kind words and the cheerful synopsis of your wedding. Yes, it was a unique blending of different cultural traditions, and that's what made it special! I very much enjoyed every moment and I wish you both the best!
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Maria
Wedding:
10/15/2016
5.0/5.0
Wedding Day - October 15, 2016! The absolute BEST wedding officiant you will ever find! Paul was the best decision we made in the entire wedding process. Paul did an excellent job of walking us through the process and planning a ceremony that was tailored precisely to us. And, the ceremony itself...We cannot thank him enough for the wonderful job he did. Paul is warm, genuinely engaging person, and gave a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony. He did such a great job personalizing our ceremony and connecting with both us and our guests. Once again Paul, Thank you! Your are awesome!!
Wedding Day - October 15, 2016! The absolute BEST wedding officiant you will ever find! Paul was the best decision we made Read more...
Wedding Day - October 15, 2016! The absolute BEST wedding officiant you will ever find! Paul was the best decision we made in the entire wedding process. Paul did an excellent job of walking us through the process and planning a ceremony that was tailored precisely to us. And, the ceremony itself...We cannot thank him enough for the wonderful job he did. Paul is warm, genuinely engaging person, and gave a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony. He did such a great job personalizing our ceremony and connecting with both us and our guests. Once again Paul, Thank you! Your are awesome!! Read less
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Marriage With Meaning responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Maria for such a glowing review! Yes, your ceremony was quite lovely and I'm so grateful that I could be a part of it. Thanks again and I wish you a wonderful life together.
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Paul did an amazing job for our ceremony! We live out of state so the day of the wedding was the first time we had met him. He was very good about contacting us over the phone, emailing us readings and different types of vows we could choose from. He also contacted us a month before asking for things Chris and I love about eachother and incorporated that into the ceremony which was very special. We highly recommend Paul! He did an amazing job and made our day very special.
Paul did an amazing job for our ceremony! We live out of state so the day of the wedding was the first time we had met Read more...
Paul did an amazing job for our ceremony! We live out of state so the day of the wedding was the first time we had met him. He was very good about contacting us over the phone, emailing us readings and different types of vows we could choose from. He also contacted us a month before asking for things Chris and I love about eachother and incorporated that into the ceremony which was very special. We highly recommend Paul! He did an amazing job and made our day very special. Read less
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Marriage With Meaning responded with the following comments:

Shannon and Chris: Your wedding was so unique and so wonderful. The way the barn looked with the horses in their stalls and everyone dressed in their formals, sitting on hay bales, cheering you on, I'll never forget it! The two of you were very sweet and focused on each other and I really enjoyed watching you bond. I wish you the best in your adventures through life together!
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Kelsey
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
Paul did a great job officiating our wedding and we received quite a few compliments about the ceremony he wrote. He was very friendly and easy to work with, and he assisted us with sending in the signed marriage license, and also sent us a copy, so there was nothing we had to worry about after the wedding. His price was reasonable, and the ceremony he wrote was pretty much exactly what we wanted. If you need an officiant on the Central Coast, Paul is a great choice!
Paul did a great job officiating our wedding and we received quite a few compliments about the ceremony he wrote. He was Read more...
Paul did a great job officiating our wedding and we received quite a few compliments about the ceremony he wrote. He was very friendly and easy to work with, and he assisted us with sending in the signed marriage license, and also sent us a copy, so there was nothing we had to worry about after the wedding. His price was reasonable, and the ceremony he wrote was pretty much exactly what we wanted. If you need an officiant on the Central Coast, Paul is a great choice! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Lucas
Wedding:
9/18/2016
5.0/5.0
It was such a pleasure having Paul officiate our wedding. We are so happy that we were able to find him and deeply appreciate his expertise! Paul is very insightful and from the first meeting we had together, he was able to create a customized ceremony that was really special for us and our guests. He's very attentive, supportive and thoughtful which made us feel relaxed planning our ceremony. He guided us in writing our vows, selecting aspects of our ceremony and explaining marriage licenses. Paul has excellent communication and was always prompt in responding to emails. On the day of the event he arrived early and assured us that once we were at the alter he would take care of everything, and he did! We even had a heat wave that weekend and Paul was such a professional conducting our ceremony in 103 degree heat. Lastly, after the ceremony he chatted with many of our guests before heading out. Everyone had such wonderful things to report about Paul and his thoughtful sentiments and advice that he shared during the ceremony. On his website Paul explains that he strives to create a ceremony that is meaningful and that is exactly what we got! We selected the perfect officiant in Paul and we know he'll be perfect for you too.
It was such a pleasure having Paul officiate our wedding. We are so happy that we were able to find him and deeply Read more...
It was such a pleasure having Paul officiate our wedding. We are so happy that we were able to find him and deeply appreciate his expertise! Paul is very insightful and from the first meeting we had together, he was able to create a customized ceremony that was really special for us and our guests. He's very attentive, supportive and thoughtful which made us feel relaxed planning our ceremony. He guided us in writing our vows, selecting aspects of our ceremony and explaining marriage licenses. Paul has excellent communication and was always prompt in responding to emails. On the day of the event he arrived early and assured us that once we were at the alter he would take care of everything, and he did! We even had a heat wave that weekend and Paul was such a professional conducting our ceremony in 103 degree heat. Lastly, after the ceremony he chatted with many of our guests before heading out. Everyone had such wonderful things to report about Paul and his thoughtful sentiments and advice that he shared during the ceremony. On his website Paul explains that he strives to create a ceremony that is meaningful and that is exactly what we got! We selected the perfect officiant in Paul and we know he'll be perfect for you too. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Marriage With Meaning responded with the following comments:

Lucas, your words are very kind and thoughtful! It was a pleasure to get to know you and be a part of such an important part of your lives. Talking with your families and friends, I found them to be genuinely dear people, a reflection of the two of you. You have a wonderful future ahead together and I wish you the best!
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Alyssa
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married in September at the Dolphin Bay, in Pismo Beach, but reside in San Diego. We had only met Paul once in person and had a Skype just weeks before the wedding to plan final details but the ceremony felt so personal and genuine, and he did an incredible job at really individualizing OUR ceremony. Initially, the ceremony was one of the biggest things we sort of struggled with. We really had no idea where to start with how to put the ceremony together but Paul was able to provide a ton of advice and material to help inspire us, and to help us figure out what messages were most important for us to convey during there ceremony, without if feeling "cookie cutter." There is so much going on during your wedding day but the ceremony was one of our top moments of the day, we both felt so dialed in and in tune with what Paul was saying. His messages were incredibly touching without being too serious or feeling cheesy or disingenuous. It was apparent that Paul truly heard and understood us when discussing how we envisioned our ceremony and executed it perfectly! Although our wedding was almost 2 months ago, we continue to hear rave reviews from friends and family about this being one of the best ceremonies and best officiants they've ever seen! We owe Paul a huge thanks for truly helping to make our wedding a huge success and the best day of our lives! We highly recommend Paul with two thumbs up!
My husband and I got married in September at the Dolphin Bay, in Pismo Beach, but reside in San Diego. We had only met Read more...
My husband and I got married in September at the Dolphin Bay, in Pismo Beach, but reside in San Diego. We had only met Paul once in person and had a Skype just weeks before the wedding to plan final details but the ceremony felt so personal and genuine, and he did an incredible job at really individualizing OUR ceremony. Initially, the ceremony was one of the biggest things we sort of struggled with. We really had no idea where to start with how to put the ceremony together but Paul was able to provide a ton of advice and material to help inspire us, and to help us figure out what messages were most important for us to convey during there ceremony, without if feeling "cookie cutter." There is so much going on during your wedding day but the ceremony was one of our top moments of the day, we both felt so dialed in and in tune with what Paul was saying. His messages were incredibly touching without being too serious or feeling cheesy or disingenuous. It was apparent that Paul truly heard and understood us when discussing how we envisioned our ceremony and executed it perfectly! Although our wedding was almost 2 months ago, we continue to hear rave reviews from friends and family about this being one of the best ceremonies and best officiants they've ever seen! We owe Paul a huge thanks for truly helping to make our wedding a huge success and the best day of our lives! We highly recommend Paul with two thumbs up! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Marriage With Meaning responded with the following comments:

Wow! Thanks, Alyssa! Couples like you who really appreciate their ceremony, choose to engage fully with one another in the moment and then carry it over for months is what inspires me. Thank you for including me in your wedding!
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Nathan
Wedding:
8/13/2016
5.0/5.0
If there were reviews for the bride and groom, my wife and I wouldn’t be so highly rated! We have been terribly late in our replies to Mr. Howell, and yet he has been nothing but kind, patient, and understanding.

That is the kind of person Mr. Howell is. From the moment we first met he spoke calmly, albeit enthusiastically, about marriage and what that can mean for couples. He was genuine in his attempts to learn deeply about us and our relationship. Mr. Howell provided for an open dialogue with which to talk about the latter and listened attentively all the while.

Beyond that, Mr. Howell was excited at the chance to meet with us personally; however, he was flexible and initiated our conversations via telephone, email, and whichever other correspondence we preferred. That worked so well for us because at the time both my [then] fiancée and I were working and attending college full-time.

To top it off, we were always guided so well in what seemed to be such a challenging and detailed process. Mr. Howell offered us as much freedom as we’d like in conducting the ceremony, and if we were concerned he immediately responded confidently to put us at ease.

Overall, we are so happy to have met Mr. Howell, and just ecstatic that he officiated our wedding. We realize there’s only one chance to get everything just the way we wanted it, so I’m happy to say that Mr. Howell could not have been any better!
If there were reviews for the bride and groom, my wife and I wouldn’t be so highly rated! We have been terribly late in Read more...
If there were reviews for the bride and groom, my wife and I wouldn’t be so highly rated! We have been terribly late in our replies to Mr. Howell, and yet he has been nothing but kind, patient, and understanding.

That is the kind of person Mr. Howell is. From the moment we first met he spoke calmly, albeit enthusiastically, about marriage and what that can mean for couples. He was genuine in his attempts to learn deeply about us and our relationship. Mr. Howell provided for an open dialogue with which to talk about the latter and listened attentively all the while.

Beyond that, Mr. Howell was excited at the chance to meet with us personally; however, he was flexible and initiated our conversations via telephone, email, and whichever other correspondence we preferred. That worked so well for us because at the time both my [then] fiancée and I were working and attending college full-time.

To top it off, we were always guided so well in what seemed to be such a challenging and detailed process. Mr. Howell offered us as much freedom as we’d like in conducting the ceremony, and if we were concerned he immediately responded confidently to put us at ease.

Overall, we are so happy to have met Mr. Howell, and just ecstatic that he officiated our wedding. We realize there’s only one chance to get everything just the way we wanted it, so I’m happy to say that Mr. Howell could not have been any better! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Marriage With Meaning responded with the following comments:

Thank you for your eloquent words, Nathan. Your enthusiasm at the alter was quite inspiring and I'm sure will continue throughout your life together!

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