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Oregon & Washington, Mountains to Coast, River to River
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ABOUT US

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!


I am a professional Wedding Officiant, Certified Celebrant and Interfaith Minister in Portland, Oregon, whose only goal is to... Read more
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!


I am a professional Wedding Officiant, Certified Celebrant and Interfaith Minister in Portland, Oregon, whose only goal is to give you the most divinely individual, beautifully expressed ceremony that you have ever envisioned and one which you and your guests will remember long after the day is over.

In fact, doing so is truly my "labor of love" (pardon the pun)!

Whatever your belief system or life path, my passion is to create for you a ceremony that authentically reflects YOUR beliefs and values and is totally harmonious with who you are as a couple. Your ceremony is the heart and soul of your wedding day. So feel free to throw out the traditionally-mandated wedding ceremonies that were the norm fifty years ago and break the rules!

What do YOU want to say? What kind of music do you want to play? Which traditions do you want to observe and which ones do you want to eliminate?

Whatever your decisions may be, I will make sure that your ceremony sends you off beautifully to Happily Ever After with your love and best friend. Memorably and significantly.

Together, we will create memories that everyone present will cherish and talk about for years to come! Read less
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What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
YES! Wherever you've dreamed of being wed, I will be there for you with my pearls on and wearing my hiking/cowboy/running/clamming/dressy shoes (or maybe no shoes at all)! It's your day, your choice and my pleasure to officiate your ceremony, your way, beautifully and significantly!
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Your choice!
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Absolutely! It's YOUR ceremony. YOU own it and have complete and total editing rights. Until it's exactly the way YOU want it, even if you think of something else the morning of your even, it's not done until YOU say so.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, yes, YES!!!
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
NO. I have access to volumes and volumes of readings if you need suggestions, but whatever resonates with my couple is what we'll use.
How long are your ceremonies?
My ceremonies are generally no more than thirty minutes, maximum, but can be shorter and are always dependent upon my client's desires.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
NO.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, in fact my fees always include rehearsal time.
Do you supply a sound system?
No. I am professionally trained in voice and public speaking so am able to effectively communicate at most weddings. When a sound system is necessary (for very large gatherings, on the beach, etc.), I prefer to rely on the sound/music professional so that I won't be in conflict with their system.

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Sara
Wedding:
6/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Melissa was wonderful to work with from our first e-mail through announcing us as husband and wife. She was professional, friendly, open, full of great ideas, and by far the best investment we made in our wedding day. She really took the time to get to know us and guided us in creating a ceremony that was truly personal and "us", one that our family and friends are still commenting on. We even had one guest tell us they wished they had found Melissa before they got married a few years ago! Ultimately, the ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day, and with Melissa we got everything we wanted and more than we ever hoped for.
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Sara and Dan were truly reflective of the kind of couples I LOVE to work with - personable, unique, sure of what they liked (or not) with a great sense of humor and TOTALLY IN LOVE, eyes and hearts wide open! They knew that their ceremony would set the tone for their entire wedding celebration and give their marriage a great start so they did it right - their way! It was an absolute pleasure to work with them!!!
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Melanie
Wedding:
2/15/2014
5.0/5.0
Melissa is low fuss, open, helpful and flexible while also being amazingly joyful, generous and celebratory. Highly recommend her.
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Krista
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
WE LOVE MELISSA!!!! She is the most wonderful and kind person! Incredibly genuine, and so funny. The moment you meet her, you feel like you have known her forever. My husband and I could not have been happier with our ceremony. All of our guests have been raving about how fantastic our vows were, and we have no one else to thank except Melissa. We couldn't believe how spot-on she was in capturing our personalities. We also really loved how she doesn't just do the same run of the mill ceremony, she really makes it all about the two of you. We can't wait to share many other memories we might have coming up, and remain in touch with her throughout the years!
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Krista and David were FABULOUS to celebrate with!!! It was a very cold night in downtown Portland but their families and friends were soooooo excited to see them wed that their combined love and excitement warmed everyone!!! And it all spilled over into every aspect of their moment complete with Frank Sinatra/ Italian-ess references! I can't imagine a better compliment than continuing to be part of their lives!!! My thanks!!!
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Christine
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
We first met Melissa when she officiated my best friends wedding. It was such an incredibly special and unique ceremony I knew that when the time came to get married, we would have to have Melissa. With my husband being Buddhist and me being a Christian I was at a loss at how we were going to both be represented and respectful of each others beliefs. Melissa made it a truly enjoyable experience. Not only did she marry us on our wedding day, but she helped us to discover more about each other. Considering we had been dating for 7 years before we got married that's saying a lot! Her passion for our happiness and our story was palpable in everything that was done and I feel that our ceremony was so truly unique, special and "us" and it was all because of Melissa!
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Christine and Justin's "A Marriage Made in Hip Hop Heaven" was incredibly FUN, significant and soooooo co-creative! From speaking the words that the priest said in "Princess Bride" to hearing Justin's rap vows to his beautiful bride, their wedding was unique, profound and exactly the kind of wedding I love to celebrate: tru, tru wuv. However they wanted to express their love for each other in front of their family and friends, it was my pleasure to do so!!!
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough good things about Melissa. She was professional, organized, quick to respond, and so caring and sweet. She made our ceremony so unique and perfect for us and I know we will remember it forever. One of the best decisions we made was hiring Melissa and she was worth every penny!
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Jessica and Adam's love story was so unique, so filled with synchronicity and perfect timing... what a wonderfully loving couple. It was a joy to work with them!
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Whitney
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
I was originally attracted to Melissa by her smile online and once we got to know her I knew why her smile was attractive; it shines through to her soul. The time she spent getting to know us prior to our wedding either through coffee, email, and/or interview, made planning a wedding a lot of fun. We worked closely with her to create a wedding that was personal to us and our needs/wants. We had a wonderful wedding and much of it is due to her. She is professional and also a lot of fun. We received many compliments from our friends and family regarding our ceremony and how greatly unique it was. We cannot thank Melissa enough and would definitely recommend her!
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

I LOVED officiating Whitney and Balijeet's wedding: multicultural, lots of family and friends, yet intimate and personal. Exactly my ideal couple - in love, with a wonderful love story to be told.
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DeVida
Wedding:
8/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Melissa was a true find! I was looking for an officiant in a sea of officiants I didn't know. But what I wanted most was a personalized wedding ceremony. How to accomplish this feat? Hire Melissa Coe. She takes the time, and I mean really takes the time, to get to know you and your partner. She has a multipage questionnaire in fact which allows her to learn as much as you want her to know about you. Her specialty I would say is crafting unique, personalized ceremonies that fit you and make your day memorable.
We wanted a Hawaiian ceremony. Not being Hawaiian didn't stop Melissa. She did her research, contacted her friend in Kauai, consulted the internet, and exchanged emails and conversations with our Ukulele player to make sure she made our ceremony as authentic as she could. Much kudos to Melissa for taking it on.
She also knows her stuff and took care of everything from the time she arrived until the marriage license was signed. What a relief to put the beginning of my marriage in her hands! Melissa was worth it!
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

It is soooooo much fun for me when I have a couple like DeVida and Eric who want something unusual and don't want the usual cookie cutter ceremony! I loved doing the research for their ceremony, practicing my Hawaiian and was so HAPPY that they didn't want me to wear a white mumu!!!
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Rebecca
Wedding:
8/4/2013
5.0/5.0
I had looked at a lot of officiant profiles and website and decided to meet Melissa because her website gave a good indication of who she was, her personality, her background, what she valued, what her process was and what her ceremonies were like. When my now husband and i sat down to talk with her about what we envisioned for the ceremony she listened, asked a bunch of questions and gave us some great suggestions. She also had a questionnaire for us to go over separately which she used to create a love story about our relationship. The love story ended up being my favorite part of the wedding and we had so many people who commented that they really enjoyed hearing about how we fell in love. Melissa made it very easy to mix our different family backgrounds as well as our personalities into the ceremony and was very patient and helpful throughout our many revisions. We really enjoyed working with her, she was organized, had a great voice and presence and made our ceremony a beautiful, memorable, personal and profound event.
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

I blush at the compliments but Rebecca and Jeff are such originals, so full of personality and style, so engaging! It was such a pleasure to work with them and I can't wait to see what their future brings!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Melissa was wonderful to work with. Friendly, professional, enthusiastic, and genuinely interested in making the day as special as possible for us. We would recommend her to anyone!
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Nick
Wedding:
8/2/2013
5.0/5.0
I am so happy that my wife and I were fortunate enough to have found Melissa to officiate our wedding day. I look back to our initial meeting with Melissa and remember being so impressed with her passion and enthusiasm. The journey towards our big day was made even more special as Melissa took the time to get to know us personally and challenged us both to create something we would never forget. Our friends still beam with joy when reflecting back on our wedding day and say they have never experienced a ceremony so personal and thoughtful. Melissa, thank you for making our dreams come true! K+N.
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Such a fun and delightful exchange of ideas and stories!!! Kristin and Nick's love story was MAGICAL, complete with how the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho helped them to recognize each other as being true soulmates, to hopping continents and risking it all...just to be together, forever. Memorable.
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Erica
Wedding:
7/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Melissa was fantastic to work with. She's personable, professional, and hilarious all at the same time. Jon and I really loved working with her and we're honored she told "our story". After the cememony our family and friends kept saying they've never been to a wedding that was so intimate and loving. She did an amazing job and we can't thank her enough.
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Erica and Jon are such a beautiful couple! They and their adorable children made such an amazing wedding party - sometimes holding their children's hands or enticing them to stay beside them. It was a wedding of lots of laughter, tears and much much love. It was my pleasure to celebrate with them!
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Kallie
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Melissa is so sweet! She puts so much effort into what she does. She made our ceremony perfect and unique. Our day would not have been complete without her. She's is very knowledgeable and quick to respond to emails and phone calls. She was even extremely accommodating to last minute schedule changes! You will not go wrong with Melissa!!!!!!
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Kallie and Kris were such a delight! I loved how hearing about how they met, the things they cherished about each other, how totally smitten they both are with each other! It was a gorgeous day on Mt. Hood - couldn't have been better!
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Chelsee
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
We chose a close family friend to marry us for our wedding and when I met Melissa I knew I had to have her involved somehow! She helped get our friend legally ordained, wrote our ceremony for us while making it our own. She was not only excellent to work with on a professional level but a wonderful person; easy to talk to, made me feel comfortable and was so accepting. She did exactly what she said she was going to and I wasn't disappointed! Our ceremony and vows were written early and on time with NO stress...I can't read them without crying tears of joy and we are so grateful for everything Melissa has helped us with! I can't wait to send her pictures afterwards so she can see what she's brought together! Thank you Melissa! I would ABSOLUTELY recommend Melissa to friends!
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

I had so much fun working with Chelsee and Marshall, writing their ceremony long distance!!! I never did get a chance to meet the groom in person, just via the phone and yet it felt like I had known them forever. And I LOVED their thank you note, so cute!!!
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Lisa
Wedding:
2/17/2013
5.0/5.0
Melissa was amazing to work with! She walked us through the entire process will such ease and a great attitude. She really listened, had great ideas to offer when we got stuck, was super responsive and always excited for us. We had no idea what we wanted in the beginning and within a short amount of time, we created a special ceremony that really reflected who we are as a couple and the commitment that we were making to each other. Friends and family told us afterwards how much they loved the ceremony and that they all felt apart of it. We loved that! The tone of the ceremony continued into the reception, there was so much love in the room and everyone had a blast. It was even more amazing than we had imagined. I highly recommend Melissa to everyone, for any event!
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Lisa and Simon are wonderful with a fabulous love story, long journey to this place in their life and they knew exactly what they wanted their friends and family to know about them - everything! I loved getting to know them and helping them celebrate their wedding!
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Sara
Wedding:
2/8/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't recommend Melissa enough. She made our wedding wonderful, personalizing our ceremony to represent us and to make it our own. She has a wonderful personality and was a joy to work with. Many of our guests said it was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever seen. It was truly a pleasure to work with her.
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

What a great couple - one from the East coast and one from the West and they met in the most random way possible with such glorious results!!! Truly, love is found in places no one could ever have foreseen - LOVED celebrating their marriage!
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Katie
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Melissa was incredible to work with. We didn't want a traditional wedding ceremony - we wanted something that captured our personalities, style, tone, and the traditions of both of our families. Melissa helped us craft something so unique, meaningful, and special for our wedding day.

Months later, our guests are still raving about how heartfelt, personal, and moving our ceremony was - and that is due in large part to Melissa's attention to detail, her wealth of knowledge and her ability to help us build something so personal and moving.

We would highly recommend Melissa to anyone looking for a special ceremony that is out of the box. Not only is she very knowledgeable, she is friendly, warm, and wonderful to work with!
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

One of my favorite ceremonies and couples: multicultural, unique, fun, filled with love and a great, great love story to be told!!! A wonderful couple with a long history and a lifetime to love each other!
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Preston
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Mrs. Coe was the officiant for our wedding, yet she was much more than that as well. Her professionalism, and comfort with her job, helped to settle the nerves of my bride as well as myself. She had a way of making sure that everything, and everyone, knew what she needed them to do, and when it needed to be done. She was a major corner stone of the biggest day of our lives, and she performed our ceremony beautifully. She was a major pillar in our wedding, yet she conducted the ceremony in a way which my wife and I were completely highlighted. Mrs. Coe was more than someone we hired for our wedding, she became a very good family friend. I would recommend Mrs. Melissa Coe, a thousand times over, for any of your life's major moments. She truly is the perfect blend between professionalism, joyfulness, and friendliness.
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Emily and Preston are such a delightful couple and their parents have become some of my best friends! What a wonderful group of family & friends all celebrating a fabulous couple!!! Go Beavs, indeed (wink)!
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pamela
Wedding:
8/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Melissa was absolutely incredible & made our ceremony truly the highlight of the entire wedding. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how awesome she was & what fun it was to get them all involved. She's a total professional, listens to what you want & does all that she can to get to know you as a couple & helps to bring your words to life in a very unique way that is completely you. If you're looking for something in your ceremony that's a step above the norm, we couldn't recommend her more highly.
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Pamela and Daniel are truly, one of a kind!!! From the vodka shooters to the story about how they first fell in love : at a doggy boutique!, they were original, totally unique and completely smitten with each other after MANY years!!! It was a 'howlingly' great day!!!
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Pamela
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
It was a pleasure to work with Melissa as our officiant. She worked with us to develop our own ideas, and offered her own to assist us as needed. From start to finish, we knew she was a class act and a funny, intelligent, and caring person. I would not hesitate in the slightest to recommend Melissa for your ceremonial needs.
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John
Wedding:
6/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Melissa took the time to really get to know us and our special story. She most beautifully crafted a ceremony that was EXACTLY what we wanted. She has a special way of knowing a person and a couple in a way that truly conveys the essence of the union she is officiating. I would HIGHLY recommend Melissa to anyone, especially to those who seek a unique, intimate and memorable event. I am so glad we found her!
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Becca
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Absolutely wonderful. An incredibly nice person, fun to work with, very helpful. She helped us develop a ceremony that was uniquely us.
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Alison
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Meliss Coe was a dream to work with. She helped us craft the most heartfelt, personal and beautiful ceremony that we are still hearing compliments about. I would recommend her to anyone. Working with Melissa was not working with a "wedding vendor" it was like working with a beloved Aunt or dear family friend. Thanks for everything Melissa!

~ Alison and Trevor
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slcuell
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
She was our back bone at the site. She let the manager know we had a plan when the manager tried to get us to do things differently. She was willing to drive down 2 hours the night before for our rehearsal with out complaint and made our wedding more then we could have hoped for. We wanted something none religious and something fun, a ceremony people will remember, and I know she made that happen. I could not have found a better person to fit into our vision.
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BrenaG
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
Melissa far exceeded all our expectations. She took the time to get to know us and our story and created a ceremony that was both unique and perfect. She made the process of developing the ceremony and vows enjoyable. She is professional, genuine and an absolute pleasure to work with. The ceremony was rich with love and laughter and conveyed our story exactly how we had hoped. We had numerous compliments from guests telling us it was the most emotional and heart-felt ceremony they have ever been to.
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Sarah
Wedding:
7/19/2013
4.9/5.0
Melissa was fantastic to work with! She took the time to get to know us and create a truly unique and creative ceremony for us. We loved the personal touches that made our ceremony so special to us. Melissa was a wonderful officiant.
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

I LOVED working with Sarah and Stephen - so much fun writing their custom ceremony around soccer and how they met! Stephen's friends 'from across the pond' were great also, they really liked our local burger place and Walla Walla onion rings!!!
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Laura9D
Wedding:
7/23/2011
4.6/5.0
Of all the parts of planning our wedding, my groom and I were probably most intimidated by the process of finding an officiant. We wanted someone who could be both personal and professional and who could strike a spiritual/religious balance that everyone in our families would be comfortable with. We almost had a family member officiate because we didn't really want a complete stranger performing this very personal event. At our first meeting, though, Melissa put us totally at ease. She was wonderful to work with, and while she doesn't come cheap, we got tons of compliments on the personalized ceremony she wrote for us. She had lots of ideas for readings, writing vows, etc, and worked with us through four drafts until everything was exactly perfect for us, word by word. She even helped us with obtaining the license and brought us printed copies of our vows so we didn't have to worry about them!

A warning to more reserved brides and their families: Melissa will want the parent to hug and kiss the bride after escorting her to the altar, and she will only sort of be kidding when she says that she'll call the parent back during the ceremony if they don't follow through. This didn't go over too well with my mom, who isn't a very touchy-feely gal, but she followed Melissa's orders and overall the ceremony went beautifully. We are very happy we chose to work with her and at least one guest said ours was ones of the best weddings they'd ever heard.
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Alyssa
Wedding:
9/14/2013
4.5/5.0
Melissa was a lot of fun to work with. She created a beautiful ceremony that was so personal to us and our relationship. We had multiple guests tell us that our ceremony was the best they had ever been to. Although more expensive than most other officiants, Melissa wrote and delivered a ceremony unlike any other, which is exactly what my husband and I wanted. Melissa was so friendly and calming, she was on time to the ceremony, and when there was a miscommunication regarding the rehearsal, she worked to get a fellow celebrant at the rehearsal to take her place. She was a pleasure to work with and would recommend her to future brides!
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Melissa Coe Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Alyssa and Cory were so cute and their families were wonderful and very excited to hear their love story! It was a day full of laughter, love and gorgeous photo opportunities!

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