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Rev. Claire Goodman

Charlottesville , VA
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Charlottesville, VA 22903 US (map)

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434-882-2680

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ABOUT US

As an ordained Interfaith Minister I create and perform beautiful and unique wedding ceremonies throughout Central Virginia and sometimes beyond. I'd love to work with you to be sure... Read more
As an ordained Interfaith Minister I create and perform beautiful and unique wedding ceremonies throughout Central Virginia and sometimes beyond. I'd love to work with you to be sure that your ceremony is personal and meaningful to you and your familes. Give me a call! Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, No Denomination, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Unitarian

REVIEWS

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Cheryl
Wedding:
11/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Claire is incredibly warm, kind, and is genuinely concerned with making your day everything you want it to be. She was quick to respond to all my questions and paid great attention to every detail. My husband and I are blessed to have found her. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Rev. Claire is incredibly warm, kind, and is genuinely concerned with making your day everything you want it to be. She Read more...
Rev. Claire is incredibly warm, kind, and is genuinely concerned with making your day everything you want it to be. She was quick to respond to all my questions and paid great attention to every detail. My husband and I are blessed to have found her. I would highly recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We really enjoyed working with Claire for our recent wedding! We found her online after reading review after review of officiants. We had actually made a list of our top 5 choices for officiants, and after meeting her, we canceled the other appointments!

Claire met with us and spent some time getting to know us- she asked about our ideas for the wedding, our family backgrounds, our level of religion/spirituality in our lives, etc. Later in the process, she sent us a questionnaire as well as a large packet of ceremony choices. My husband and I were undecided about writing our own vows, but after seeing all of her possible choices, we felt fine with using one of hers- because we were able to find one that was perfect for us! Literally, she allows so much customization for your ceremony, you can get exactly what you want!!

All of her correspondence prior to the ceremony was timely. She was timely at the rehearsal and the wedding. During the rehearsal, she was extremely organized and explained exactly what was going to happen the next day (this was very helpful for me). The day of the wedding, she came in and checked on me (i was in the bridal room) and provided periodic updates, which I liked. She is a true professional and obviously very experienced.

Our ceremony was outside, so the DJ provided Claire with a mic. Everyone said that they had no issues hearing her, except when the wind would blow (for obvious reasons- and this is something that she discussed with us prior). During the parts where my husband and I spoke, she would remove the mic and place it between us- and our guests say that they could hear us talking (which I was happy about- a lot of times the guests can't hear the vows!). Many of the guests commented on how Claire's voice and tone sounded 'sweet' and 'loving'- you could feel the emotion as she spoke- that she genuinely felt inspired by the event.

I highly recommend her!!!!
We really enjoyed working with Claire for our recent wedding! We found her online after reading review after review of Read more...
We really enjoyed working with Claire for our recent wedding! We found her online after reading review after review of officiants. We had actually made a list of our top 5 choices for officiants, and after meeting her, we canceled the other appointments!

Claire met with us and spent some time getting to know us- she asked about our ideas for the wedding, our family backgrounds, our level of religion/spirituality in our lives, etc. Later in the process, she sent us a questionnaire as well as a large packet of ceremony choices. My husband and I were undecided about writing our own vows, but after seeing all of her possible choices, we felt fine with using one of hers- because we were able to find one that was perfect for us! Literally, she allows so much customization for your ceremony, you can get exactly what you want!!

All of her correspondence prior to the ceremony was timely. She was timely at the rehearsal and the wedding. During the rehearsal, she was extremely organized and explained exactly what was going to happen the next day (this was very helpful for me). The day of the wedding, she came in and checked on me (i was in the bridal room) and provided periodic updates, which I liked. She is a true professional and obviously very experienced.

Our ceremony was outside, so the DJ provided Claire with a mic. Everyone said that they had no issues hearing her, except when the wind would blow (for obvious reasons- and this is something that she discussed with us prior). During the parts where my husband and I spoke, she would remove the mic and place it between us- and our guests say that they could hear us talking (which I was happy about- a lot of times the guests can't hear the vows!). Many of the guests commented on how Claire's voice and tone sounded 'sweet' and 'loving'- you could feel the emotion as she spoke- that she genuinely felt inspired by the event.

I highly recommend her!!!! Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
10/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Reverend Claire was the officiant at my wedding, and she did a beautiful job. She worked with me to help organize the ceremony, and provided a lot of knowledgeable advice and experience to help my wife and I write our vows. Our wedding was breathtaking, and we couldn't have done it without her!
Reverend Claire was the officiant at my wedding, and she did a beautiful job. She worked with me to help organize the Read more...
Reverend Claire was the officiant at my wedding, and she did a beautiful job. She worked with me to help organize the ceremony, and provided a lot of knowledgeable advice and experience to help my wife and I write our vows. Our wedding was breathtaking, and we couldn't have done it without her! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/2/2015
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I chose Claire Goodman of Sacred Ground Ceremonies as the officiant for our wedding and were so pleased that we did. She was just wonderful - easy to work with, flexible, and very supportive and accommodating. The questionnaire she sent us was very detailed and thoughtful, and from our answers, she crafted a lovely, very meaningful and personal ceremony that was just perfect for us. She worked well with our wedding coordinator, and we all appreciated her input and suggestions regarding the ceremony. Thank you, Clair, for making our special day so memorable.
My fiance and I chose Claire Goodman of Sacred Ground Ceremonies as the officiant for our wedding and were so pleased that Read more...
My fiance and I chose Claire Goodman of Sacred Ground Ceremonies as the officiant for our wedding and were so pleased that we did. She was just wonderful - easy to work with, flexible, and very supportive and accommodating. The questionnaire she sent us was very detailed and thoughtful, and from our answers, she crafted a lovely, very meaningful and personal ceremony that was just perfect for us. She worked well with our wedding coordinator, and we all appreciated her input and suggestions regarding the ceremony. Thank you, Clair, for making our special day so memorable. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Claire Goodman led a beautiful and personalized ceremony for our wedding. She was wonderful to work with in so many ways. The ceremony was short and sweet - exactly what we wanted - but absolutely conveyed the love we wanted to express. She provided so many options for us to choose from to help create our vows and other ceremony components. It was the perfect ceremony!
Rev. Claire Goodman led a beautiful and personalized ceremony for our wedding. She was wonderful to work with in so many Read more...
Rev. Claire Goodman led a beautiful and personalized ceremony for our wedding. She was wonderful to work with in so many ways. The ceremony was short and sweet - exactly what we wanted - but absolutely conveyed the love we wanted to express. She provided so many options for us to choose from to help create our vows and other ceremony components. It was the perfect ceremony! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience working with Claire. She did a preliminary Skype interview to get to know us and talk about her process before we even booked her. Since we were not doing a religious ceremony, I thought the process of designing the format and choosing the language would be daunting, but Claire made it extremely easy. She paid careful attention to what we wanted. She provided a lot of guidance, but at the same time had a very streamlined process so it wasn't time consuming to work with her. I wanted a mixture of traditional and contemporary, so having the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of options and mix and match was very much appreciated. I also really appreciated that she was happy to read a poem I had selected. Claire was extremely professional, warm, friendly, and experienced, and we would highly recommend her!
We had a great experience working with Claire. She did a preliminary Skype interview to get to know us and talk about her Read more...
We had a great experience working with Claire. She did a preliminary Skype interview to get to know us and talk about her process before we even booked her. Since we were not doing a religious ceremony, I thought the process of designing the format and choosing the language would be daunting, but Claire made it extremely easy. She paid careful attention to what we wanted. She provided a lot of guidance, but at the same time had a very streamlined process so it wasn't time consuming to work with her. I wanted a mixture of traditional and contemporary, so having the flexibility to choose from a wide variety of options and mix and match was very much appreciated. I also really appreciated that she was happy to read a poem I had selected. Claire was extremely professional, warm, friendly, and experienced, and we would highly recommend her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Claire of Sacred Ground ceremonies is absolutely phenomenal. She met with us early in our planning process to get a feel of who we each were and what type of ceremony we wanted both individually and as a couple. We asked for a light hearted ceremony that incorporated our friends and family into our union, that was not completely void of religion, but that had enough to make the families happy. She nailed it. Her words were beautiful, we had FUN during the ceremony as evidenced by all the laughter and smiles in all of our pictures, and our families loved it as well. I would recommend Claire to anyone as she will create a ceremony as unique and individual as the couple.
Claire of Sacred Ground ceremonies is absolutely phenomenal. She met with us early in our planning process to get a feel Read more...
Claire of Sacred Ground ceremonies is absolutely phenomenal. She met with us early in our planning process to get a feel of who we each were and what type of ceremony we wanted both individually and as a couple. We asked for a light hearted ceremony that incorporated our friends and family into our union, that was not completely void of religion, but that had enough to make the families happy. She nailed it. Her words were beautiful, we had FUN during the ceremony as evidenced by all the laughter and smiles in all of our pictures, and our families loved it as well. I would recommend Claire to anyone as she will create a ceremony as unique and individual as the couple. Read less
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Jenna
Wedding:
9/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Claire was the most wonderful officiant for our wedding! Her planning process was seamless and let us choose passages to make up the perfect ceremony that was totally "us". She was such a pleasure to work with and was a calming force on our big day. Her words were beautifully chosen and we were so thrilled to be her 750th wedding performed! I would recommend Claire to anyone, without reservation, planning a wedding in the Charlottesville area!
Claire was the most wonderful officiant for our wedding! Her planning process was seamless and let us choose passages to Read more...
Claire was the most wonderful officiant for our wedding! Her planning process was seamless and let us choose passages to make up the perfect ceremony that was totally "us". She was such a pleasure to work with and was a calming force on our big day. Her words were beautifully chosen and we were so thrilled to be her 750th wedding performed! I would recommend Claire to anyone, without reservation, planning a wedding in the Charlottesville area! Read less
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Amy
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Claire Goodman is a joy to work with. We were planning our wedding out of state, so Claire met with us on Skype so we could get to know each other a little before the wedding. To make the ceremony more personal, Claire asks you to fill out forms telling her a little about your relationship and favorite things about your partner. Writing and reading each other's answers was one of my husband's and my favorite parts of the whole wedding planning process. We also got to pick each element of our ceremony, from vows to blessings to ring vows. Claire was very responsive and integrated everything we asked for into the ceremony! At the ceremony, Claire's words were both serious and emotional, with just the right touch of levity! Thank you Claire for a beautiful ceremony!
Reverend Claire Goodman is a joy to work with. We were planning our wedding out of state, so Claire met with us on Skype Read more...
Reverend Claire Goodman is a joy to work with. We were planning our wedding out of state, so Claire met with us on Skype so we could get to know each other a little before the wedding. To make the ceremony more personal, Claire asks you to fill out forms telling her a little about your relationship and favorite things about your partner. Writing and reading each other's answers was one of my husband's and my favorite parts of the whole wedding planning process. We also got to pick each element of our ceremony, from vows to blessings to ring vows. Claire was very responsive and integrated everything we asked for into the ceremony! At the ceremony, Claire's words were both serious and emotional, with just the right touch of levity! Thank you Claire for a beautiful ceremony! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
WE LOVE CLAIRE. Everything about Claire Goodman is perfect. She made time out of her busy schedule to meet with us on skype from NYC and then twice before the wedding in Charlottesville. We were nervous about creating the perfect, traditional, Jewish/Christian ceremony and she put our worries to ease. Our ceremony was beautiful and our parents/families were all pleased. We overheard at least 10 guests discussing how great our officiant was. We had 3 couples ask us for her information, and we ourselves were just beyond grateful.
Thank you so much Claire. You are amazing!
WE LOVE CLAIRE. Everything about Claire Goodman is perfect. She made time out of her busy schedule to meet with us on Read more...
WE LOVE CLAIRE. Everything about Claire Goodman is perfect. She made time out of her busy schedule to meet with us on skype from NYC and then twice before the wedding in Charlottesville. We were nervous about creating the perfect, traditional, Jewish/Christian ceremony and she put our worries to ease. Our ceremony was beautiful and our parents/families were all pleased. We overheard at least 10 guests discussing how great our officiant was. We had 3 couples ask us for her information, and we ourselves were just beyond grateful.
Thank you so much Claire. You are amazing! Read less
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