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Serenity Weddings

Columbus, Dayton And Surrounding Areas , OH
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Columbus, Dayton and surrounding areas, OH US

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Hi! My name is Rev. Emily Jean Mefford and I am an Ohio Wedding Officiant. I specialize in professional, affordable and experienced wedding ceremonies. From large wedding ceremonies to... Read more
Hi! My name is Rev. Emily Jean Mefford and I am an Ohio Wedding Officiant. I specialize in professional, affordable and experienced wedding ceremonies. From large wedding ceremonies to small elopements I have packages that fit everyone's needs and budget.

From small bride and groom ceremonies to large venues, we can customize a ceremony to fit your needs. With many different ceremonies to choose from and the option to write your own, it's not the same old cookie cutter ceremony people have seen a hundred times.

I have been lucky enough to perform ceremonies in some of the most amazing places. These include an old pottery factory in Cincinnati, The Columbus Zoo, Oak Grove in Columbus, OSU campus, a princess bride wedding in Yellowsprings, many backyards, parks and even a surprise wedding!

If you are looking for a candle ceremony, sand ceremony, wine box or any other tradition we can do that!

Holidays are never extra and same day elopements are available.

Why have the same wedding ceremony everyone else has had? Let us make it unique! Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Christian (no denomination)
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, most of my ceremonies are done outdoors or in halls. Some are even done at the bride and grooms house.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I wear a black skirt suit or black dress. This way I do not clash with your wedding colors
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Absolutely! Every bride choses their own wedding ceremony. They know exactly what is going to be said weeks in advance and can change whatever they want.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely!
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I use a wedding "menu." This has all the different parts of the ceremonies listed and options for each.
How long are your ceremonies?
Between 15 and 20 minutes long is the average ceremony. I find that is about the attention span of the guests.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Absolutely! I provide rehearsals for an additional fee.
Do you supply a sound system?
YES! I come equipped with my own microphone amp system at no extra charge.

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Emily did an amazing job officiating our wedding!! She was very helpful throughout the whole planning process, and I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant!!
Emily did an amazing job officiating our wedding!! She was very helpful throughout the whole planning process, and I would Read more...
Emily did an amazing job officiating our wedding!! She was very helpful throughout the whole planning process, and I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Everything was great. Also they helped me in a time of need, when I lost the original person who was going to marry us. I had to find someone last minute with less than a week before our big day. :-)
Everything was great. Also they helped me in a time of need, when I lost the original person who was going to marry us. I Read more...
Everything was great. Also they helped me in a time of need, when I lost the original person who was going to marry us. I had to find someone last minute with less than a week before our big day. :-) Read less
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Melinda
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Emily agreed to perform our ceremony with two days notice - she came to our house arrived on time and everything was lovely.
Emily agreed to perform our ceremony with two days notice - she came to our house arrived on time and everything was Read more...
Emily agreed to perform our ceremony with two days notice - she came to our house arrived on time and everything was lovely. Read less
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Katrina
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We loves Emily! She was always fast to respond when we had questions and she did a great job at making us feel comfortable, she went above and beyond her duties, she has many options for what you would like said during the ceremony so you get to personalize it a bit which is nice. I highly recommend!
We loves Emily! She was always fast to respond when we had questions and she did a great job at making us feel Read more...
We loves Emily! She was always fast to respond when we had questions and she did a great job at making us feel comfortable, she went above and beyond her duties, she has many options for what you would like said during the ceremony so you get to personalize it a bit which is nice. I highly recommend! Read less
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Erika
Wedding:
6/8/2014
5.0/5.0
I have worked with Emily for several years. She is professional, prompt and her ceremonies are a breeze to photograph. She communicates well with the other vendors and is easy to work with. Looking forward to photographing many more of her weddings:)
I have worked with Emily for several years. She is professional, prompt and her ceremonies are a breeze to photograph. She Read more...
I have worked with Emily for several years. She is professional, prompt and her ceremonies are a breeze to photograph. She communicates well with the other vendors and is easy to work with. Looking forward to photographing many more of her weddings:) Read less
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Tracy
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Emily is truly an exceptional officiant. She responded promptly to all of our communications, was very easy to work with and punctual to all of our meetings/events. She made creating our ceremony easy with various selections to pick from which also made the ceremony customizable. She led our rehearsal and made it easy for everyone to understand what to do and where to go. She was also wonderful with our 6 year old flower girl and 3 year old ring bearer. We got many compliments afterwards about how meaningful our ceremony was and how our family members truly enjoyed it. I was a little hesitant randomly picking someone off the internet to marry us but am extremely pleased with my luck in picking Emily. Highly recommend her!!
Emily is truly an exceptional officiant. She responded promptly to all of our communications, was very easy to work with Read more...
Emily is truly an exceptional officiant. She responded promptly to all of our communications, was very easy to work with and punctual to all of our meetings/events. She made creating our ceremony easy with various selections to pick from which also made the ceremony customizable. She led our rehearsal and made it easy for everyone to understand what to do and where to go. She was also wonderful with our 6 year old flower girl and 3 year old ring bearer. We got many compliments afterwards about how meaningful our ceremony was and how our family members truly enjoyed it. I was a little hesitant randomly picking someone off the internet to marry us but am extremely pleased with my luck in picking Emily. Highly recommend her!! Read less
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brenna
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
She was awesome. very professional and flexible. I would recommend her to anyone of my friends and family.
She was awesome. very professional and flexible. I would recommend her to anyone of my friends and family.
She was awesome. very professional and flexible. I would recommend her to anyone of my friends and family. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Emily was absolutely wonderful!! She got to wedding site & my groom was running late for rehearsal & I was an absolute basket case & emotional as ever!!! But she stayed calm & very professional!!! And she did an amazing job at ceremony holding my husband & my self together at our most nervous moment in our lives!!! We couldn't have asked for anyone else better to marry us!! She also did everything we asked for from helping us stay calm to our story and ceremony wording!!! Our story was the most important part that we asked for & she put it together perfect!!! Thank you so very much from the McKnight family!!!!
Emily was absolutely wonderful!! She got to wedding site & my groom was running late for rehearsal & I was an absolute Read more...
Emily was absolutely wonderful!! She got to wedding site & my groom was running late for rehearsal & I was an absolute basket case & emotional as ever!!! But she stayed calm & very professional!!! And she did an amazing job at ceremony holding my husband & my self together at our most nervous moment in our lives!!! We couldn't have asked for anyone else better to marry us!! She also did everything we asked for from helping us stay calm to our story and ceremony wording!!! Our story was the most important part that we asked for & she put it together perfect!!! Thank you so very much from the McKnight family!!!! Read less
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Alycia
Wedding:
1/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Emily was warm, friendly, and very helpful. She had wonderful suggestions for customizing our ceremony, and was open to everything we suggested.
Emily was warm, friendly, and very helpful. She had wonderful suggestions for customizing our ceremony, and was open to Read more...
Emily was warm, friendly, and very helpful. She had wonderful suggestions for customizing our ceremony, and was open to everything we suggested. Read less
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Gini
Wedding:
12/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Mefford, was a true blessing for us. The ceremony was just perfect. You showed up exactly when you said you would, and said blessings and kindness for us all. With out you all would have been for not. You stepped right in when our scheduled minister canceled on us, at a very, very affordable, and reasonable price that I was so grateful for. ANY ONE WHO READS THIS ' Don't even think of scheduling another minster, you will not find a kinder, happier officiant than this. This woman went well out her way to make my Winter Solstice wedding perfect.
Rev. Mefford, was a true blessing for us. The ceremony was just perfect. You showed up exactly when you said you would, Read more...
Rev. Mefford, was a true blessing for us. The ceremony was just perfect. You showed up exactly when you said you would, and said blessings and kindness for us all. With out you all would have been for not. You stepped right in when our scheduled minister canceled on us, at a very, very affordable, and reasonable price that I was so grateful for. ANY ONE WHO READS THIS ' Don't even think of scheduling another minster, you will not find a kinder, happier officiant than this. This woman went well out her way to make my Winter Solstice wedding perfect. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
11/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily was amazing! Our original officiant fell through, was unprofessional and was inconsistent with pricing so we were in a HUGE bind to find someone with just one day until our event. I contacted Emily via email, she answered within an hour and was available to officiate our elopement ceremony with less than 24 hours notice. She was very flexible, reliable and quick to answer any questions we had. I HIGHLY recommend her!!!
Emily was amazing! Our original officiant fell through, was unprofessional and was inconsistent with pricing so we were in Read more...
Emily was amazing! Our original officiant fell through, was unprofessional and was inconsistent with pricing so we were in a HUGE bind to find someone with just one day until our event. I contacted Emily via email, she answered within an hour and was available to officiate our elopement ceremony with less than 24 hours notice. She was very flexible, reliable and quick to answer any questions we had. I HIGHLY recommend her!!! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

I am so glad that I could help making your wedding day a reality! Everything just worked in our favor from the weather to the baby holding out a little bit longer. :) I will never forget the woman who sat quietly near us dabbing the tears from her eyes. Her act of kindness by picking a beautiful rose bud and presenting you with it after the ceremony was very sweet. I think you are the first bride that was literally shaking because she could not wait to hear the words, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day. Best wishes always!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Very nice alternative to the courthouse! Quick, affordable, and quiet. Emily made us feel comfortable the moment we arrived. I liked that we could get married on a Thursday & Halloween!
Very nice alternative to the courthouse! Quick, affordable, and quiet. Emily made us feel comfortable the moment we Read more...
Very nice alternative to the courthouse! Quick, affordable, and quiet. Emily made us feel comfortable the moment we arrived. I liked that we could get married on a Thursday & Halloween! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! I had a blast with you both! I'm glad I could make your day comfortable, stress free and fun! I wish you both the best
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I decided to get married on very short notice. We contacted several Officiants online. Several responded and I chose Emily due to her other online reviews. They were 100% accurate. She was on time, well dressed and extremely professional. I highly recommend her to anybody else looking for a Wedding Officiant. Sincerely, Craig C.
My fiance and I decided to get married on very short notice. We contacted several Officiants online. Several responded and Read more...
My fiance and I decided to get married on very short notice. We contacted several Officiants online. Several responded and I chose Emily due to her other online reviews. They were 100% accurate. She was on time, well dressed and extremely professional. I highly recommend her to anybody else looking for a Wedding Officiant. Sincerely, Craig C. Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank You! I enjoyed being a part of your day! It was the first time I have ever had a couple's pastor stand up with the couple. I'm glad he approved! Your kids are a lot of fun and helped out so much! I wish you all the best!
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Gail
Wedding:
10/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Great Job...very helpful...made our wedding fun for us
Great Job...very helpful...made our wedding fun for us
Great Job...very helpful...made our wedding fun for us Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

I'm so glad you enjoyed your day! Ceremonies should be fun and enjoyable. I'm glad I could accomplish this for you. The park was beautiful and I hope your trip to TN was just as fun! I believe you will hold the record of the couple who has been together the longest for a long time. 20 plus years will be hard to beat! I hope you didn't get into too much trouble when you got home and changed your Facebook status. At least you had great pictures to share. I wish you both the best!
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Robyn
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily was amazing. She was so professional, and was very helpful.
Emily was amazing. She was so professional, and was very helpful.
Emily was amazing. She was so professional, and was very helpful. Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you Robyn! It is not everyday I get to marry a life long friend's daughter. I'm so glad you asked me! I had a great time and really enjoyed your wonderful family! Your little family will accomplish a lot with such a great support system
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Brett
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Fabulous wedding officiant! Emily did everything we asked for, including throwing in a few lines from "The Princess Bride" just to make the audience laugh. She brought music & a battery-powered sound system as well so we did not have to worry about running power for our outdoor ceremony. She was there ahead of time for both the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony, and made sure everything ran smooth. Thank You Emily!!!!
Fabulous wedding officiant! Emily did everything we asked for, including throwing in a few lines from "The Princess Bride" Read more...
Fabulous wedding officiant! Emily did everything we asked for, including throwing in a few lines from "The Princess Bride" just to make the audience laugh. She brought music & a battery-powered sound system as well so we did not have to worry about running power for our outdoor ceremony. She was there ahead of time for both the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony, and made sure everything ran smooth. Thank You Emily!!!! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

I was so nervous about adding the lines from the princess bride! For weeks I practiced in my car everywhere I went. I can imagine the passing traffic thought I was crazy. Getting that voice right was top priority. It made it all worth it when your guests laughed hysterically at the theatrics! I hope you heard as many good responses as I did to your wedding. The ceremony left them wondering what was in store for the reception. You guys were a lot of fun to work with and I enjoyed every minute of it! Best wishes always!
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Lorraine
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Fabulous wedding officiant! Emily did everything we asked for, including throwing in a few lines from "The Princess Bride" just to make the audience laugh. She brought music & a battery-powered sound system as well so we did not have to worry about running power for our outdoor ceremony. She was there ahead of time for both the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony, and made sure everything ran smooth. Thank You Emily!!!!
Fabulous wedding officiant! Emily did everything we asked for, including throwing in a few lines from "The Princess Bride" Read more...
Fabulous wedding officiant! Emily did everything we asked for, including throwing in a few lines from "The Princess Bride" just to make the audience laugh. She brought music & a battery-powered sound system as well so we did not have to worry about running power for our outdoor ceremony. She was there ahead of time for both the rehearsal dinner and the ceremony, and made sure everything ran smooth. Thank You Emily!!!! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for remembering me a year later and requesting my services. The highest compliment is having someone who has seen me perform another wedding and hire me! It was great working with you all! I wish you the best always!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Great! Very professional and affordable, I would would definitely recommend Serenity weddings!
Great! Very professional and affordable, I would would definitely recommend Serenity weddings!
Great! Very professional and affordable, I would would definitely recommend Serenity weddings! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Emily was amazing! Even though I was Sooo late (45minutes) to our wedding she took great care of us. She was extremely professional even when the donkey decided to chime in during vowels! Haha! I would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant.
Emily was amazing! Even though I was Sooo late (45minutes) to our wedding she took great care of us. She was extremely Read more...
Emily was amazing! Even though I was Sooo late (45minutes) to our wedding she took great care of us. She was extremely professional even when the donkey decided to chime in during vowels! Haha! I would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant. Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Your guests kept me highly entertained! I knew you wouldn't miss it for the world. I enjoyed every minute from the little boy falling down the aisle to the donkeys. They were just giving their seal of approval. Just remember your groom was early. :) I wish you both the best!
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Adam
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily was wonderful!! She really took care of us and went the extra mile to make our wedding special. I would not hesitate in booking her and cannot recommend her enough!
Emily was wonderful!! She really took care of us and went the extra mile to make our wedding special. I would not hesitate Read more...
Emily was wonderful!! She really took care of us and went the extra mile to make our wedding special. I would not hesitate in booking her and cannot recommend her enough! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank You! I had a really great time! I wish you both the best!
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Kristen
Wedding:
9/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily was our officiant for our Labor Day wedding and I couldn't have been more satisfied with how everything turned out. We were able to customize our vowels and decide exactly how we wanted our ceremony to go. She was a pleasure to work with and helped make our day go smoothly. I would definitely recommend her!
Emily was our officiant for our Labor Day wedding and I couldn't have been more satisfied with how everything turned out. Read more...
Emily was our officiant for our Labor Day wedding and I couldn't have been more satisfied with how everything turned out. We were able to customize our vowels and decide exactly how we wanted our ceremony to go. She was a pleasure to work with and helped make our day go smoothly. I would definitely recommend her! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Your family was so welcoming! The kids were entertaining and your flower girl looked like an angel! I had a great time at your wedding. You definitely have the decorating touch. The barn was amazing! Every aspect of your wedding had so many special touches that attracted your attention, You did a wonderful job! I wish you the best!
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nina
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily u made it so easy you made me feel less stressed and like ive know u forever thanks for making my day special :-)
Emily u made it so easy you made me feel less stressed and like ive know u forever thanks for making my day special :-)
Emily u made it so easy you made me feel less stressed and like ive know u forever thanks for making my day special :-) Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

From the first time we talked on the phone I felt like I knew you forever! I couldn't wait to meet you in person! I absolutely love the fact that you hid in the closet for a half hour before the wedding so no one would see you! Every time someone would ask where you were I would point at the closet and get a strange look! It was so much fun. Thank you so much for including me in your day! Best wishes!
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Tamara
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Emily was very personable and fun!! She made my husband and I both feel relaxed and comfortable after being very stressed out from all the planning!! We had to postpone our date and got married 14 months later, she was very understanding!! We cannot thank her enough for all the trouble she went thru for us, we loved her!! We hope that everyone has the great experience that we did on our wedding day!! Love her and her daughter for helping us out!! Best wishes to her and her family!!
Rev. Emily was very personable and fun!! She made my husband and I both feel relaxed and comfortable after being very Read more...
Rev. Emily was very personable and fun!! She made my husband and I both feel relaxed and comfortable after being very stressed out from all the planning!! We had to postpone our date and got married 14 months later, she was very understanding!! We cannot thank her enough for all the trouble she went thru for us, we loved her!! We hope that everyone has the great experience that we did on our wedding day!! Love her and her daughter for helping us out!! Best wishes to her and her family!! Read less
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Dylan
Wedding:
8/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Very nice alternative to the traditional priests. We are not religious and this was perfect for us.
Very nice alternative to the traditional priests. We are not religious and this was perfect for us.
Very nice alternative to the traditional priests. We are not religious and this was perfect for us. Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank You! I am still amazed at how your wife scaled that hill in those heels. She is my hero! You both were a pleasure! Best Wishes!
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tammy
Wedding:
8/23/2013
5.0/5.0
It was a great service, couldn't have asked for anything better
It was a great service, couldn't have asked for anything better
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Thank You!
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Diane
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily did an wonderful job for my daughter's wedding. She was professional and organized. I would recommend her for anyone who wants a non-denominational ceremony.
Emily did an wonderful job for my daughter's wedding. She was professional and organized. I would recommend her for anyone Read more...
Emily did an wonderful job for my daughter's wedding. She was professional and organized. I would recommend her for anyone who wants a non-denominational ceremony. Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you! You have a wonderful family and I really enjoyed the humor of the bride's father. Everything was beautiful including the weather.
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Adam
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily's services were an outstanding value. In addition to being extremely professional and accommodating, she went out of her way to make the entire thing as perfect as it could be. We planned a surprise wedding, and she played along perfectly leading up to the reveal. She allowed us to customize the ceremony and, unlike most churches, she did not belittle us or require us to go through unnecessary counseling. Overall, I don't think we could have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. Use her for yours!
Emily's services were an outstanding value. In addition to being extremely professional and accommodating, she went out of Read more...
Emily's services were an outstanding value. In addition to being extremely professional and accommodating, she went out of her way to make the entire thing as perfect as it could be. We planned a surprise wedding, and she played along perfectly leading up to the reveal. She allowed us to customize the ceremony and, unlike most churches, she did not belittle us or require us to go through unnecessary counseling. Overall, I don't think we could have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. Use her for yours! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you for having me! It was soooo much fun! I will never forget the look on your grandma and mom's faces when they realized what was happening! You have an amazing family and I really enjoyed getting to know them!
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Sean
Wedding:
7/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily was amazing. She was prompt to all email responses leading up to the wedding and performed a beautiful ceremony. She is very reasonably priced and was a perfect find for our wedding. I highly recommend her for all you officiant needs!
Emily was amazing. She was prompt to all email responses leading up to the wedding and performed a beautiful ceremony. She Read more...
Emily was amazing. She was prompt to all email responses leading up to the wedding and performed a beautiful ceremony. She is very reasonably priced and was a perfect find for our wedding. I highly recommend her for all you officiant needs! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank You! You had the best wedding party work crew I have seen! The venue was beautiful and the rain stopping just in time was perfect! (I think I could've done without the lightening flashing overhead! Haha) I wish you the best with your move and new careers.
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Yini
Wedding:
7/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily is very professional and a really nice person to work with. We had a small outdoor wedding and one hour before the wedding, it started pouring rain along with thunderstorm. Then the weather got calmer and we had our ceremony in the rain. It was definitely a memorable moment when she pronounced us husband and wife and I'm really glad I chose Emily as our officiant. Highly recommended!
Emily is very professional and a really nice person to work with. We had a small outdoor wedding and one hour before the Read more...
Emily is very professional and a really nice person to work with. We had a small outdoor wedding and one hour before the wedding, it started pouring rain along with thunderstorm. Then the weather got calmer and we had our ceremony in the rain. It was definitely a memorable moment when she pronounced us husband and wife and I'm really glad I chose Emily as our officiant. Highly recommended! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you! Rain or shine, as long as you are marrying your best friend that is all that matters. You two were very sweet and it was a pleasure!
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Brittany
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Loved our wedding and Emily was awesome!
Loved our wedding and Emily was awesome!
Loved our wedding and Emily was awesome! Read less
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Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank You! The rock garden at the reservoir is a beautiful location. I am so glad the weather held out long enough for the ceremony. The look on everyone's faces when you both read your vows was priceless. Thank you for sending me the pictures. I wish you both the best.
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Katie
Wedding:
6/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily was great. The ceremony was awesome.
Emily was great. The ceremony was awesome.
Emily was great. The ceremony was awesome. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you! You and Jeremy did a great job on the trellis and pond for your ceremony. What a wonderful way to have something to always remind you of your wedding. I also enjoyed getting to know both of your girls. They were very entertaining. I wish all four of you the best.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Emily Mefford Serenity Weddings! This was a great experience, easy to take care of online, quick responses and a wonderful person to work with.

Piqua, Ohio
I would recommend Emily Mefford Serenity Weddings! This was a great experience, easy to take care of online, quick Read more...
I would recommend Emily Mefford Serenity Weddings! This was a great experience, easy to take care of online, quick responses and a wonderful person to work with.

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Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you very much!
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Jenifer
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Emily was wonderful to work with!
Rev. Emily was wonderful to work with!
Rev. Emily was wonderful to work with! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you! I really enjoyed working with you, Brent and the kids. Your love letter and wine box was beautiful. I wish all of you the best and enjoy your wine and love letters on your 5th anniversary!
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Megan
Wedding:
6/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Was real good .the service was really good .real nice and perfect.
Was real good .the service was really good .real nice and perfect.
Was real good .the service was really good .real nice and perfect. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you! I enjoyed your beach wedding! I will never forget the sight of your entire family making the long wallk to the beach with your grandmother. It was one of the sweetest things I have seen. I wish the two of you and your children the best!
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amanda
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Even with all the craziness and weather she still provided us a great ceremony!
Even with all the craziness and weather she still provided us a great ceremony!
Even with all the craziness and weather she still provided us a great ceremony! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank You! I have never had weather that bad at a wedding! On top of looking beautiful, you were the calmest most collected person there! I will always remember the wedding that was almost blown away by straight line winds and rain! I'm really glad you enjoyed it even after nothing went as planned. Best wishes to your little family!
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Christopher
Wedding:
5/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily did a wonderful job on our wedding. She was always available during the weeks prior to the wedding. I was pleased that I was able to reach her every time my wife and I had any questions. Emily was also very flexible. We changed part of the ceremony and forgot to tell her. However, as soon as she realized this she adapted the ceremony as if she knew about it the whole time. I would definitely recommend her services!
Emily did a wonderful job on our wedding. She was always available during the weeks prior to the wedding. I was pleased Read more...
Emily did a wonderful job on our wedding. She was always available during the weeks prior to the wedding. I was pleased that I was able to reach her every time my wife and I had any questions. Emily was also very flexible. We changed part of the ceremony and forgot to tell her. However, as soon as she realized this she adapted the ceremony as if she knew about it the whole time. I would definitely recommend her services! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank You! I am glad everything came together so well. Everything just fell into place. Your brother-in-law did an amazing job singing and plaaying guitar! I loved the non-traditional floral wedding dress. Best wishes to you and your family.
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Heidi
Wedding:
4/21/2013
5.0/5.0
quick, easy, painless. It may seem like responsiveness is slow but in my experience it was due to Emily having a family emergency (we're human, it happens) and myself not knowing my way around my email (again, we're human, it happens). So, check your junk box if you are feeling neglected. The emails are most likely there. Now I cannot rate on a big extravagant wedding. I just had a quickie ceremony. All the paper work was mailed I'm assuming on-time. I just got to changing names on everything. It's better if you don't try to demand everything done within a week (that's just not possible). You have your whole life ahead of you to use your husbands last name. So before you let the bridezillaitis get the best of you. take a chill pill. It's just a wedding.
quick, easy, painless. It may seem like responsiveness is slow but in my experience it was due to Emily having a family Read more...
quick, easy, painless. It may seem like responsiveness is slow but in my experience it was due to Emily having a family emergency (we're human, it happens) and myself not knowing my way around my email (again, we're human, it happens). So, check your junk box if you are feeling neglected. The emails are most likely there. Now I cannot rate on a big extravagant wedding. I just had a quickie ceremony. All the paper work was mailed I'm assuming on-time. I just got to changing names on everything. It's better if you don't try to demand everything done within a week (that's just not possible). You have your whole life ahead of you to use your husbands last name. So before you let the bridezillaitis get the best of you. take a chill pill. It's just a wedding. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you Heidi! I strive for easy and painless:) I appreciate your understanding with the family emergency. My mother-in-law is the most incredible woman I know. Having her diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February was horrible. Finding out weeks later it had spread to multiple organs was a nightmare. During your elopement planning was when her liver quit functioning due to a tumor. She is still fighting and going strong! You were my first bride to have her junk mail eat my emails :) Now, I always check back after 24 hrs. It has happened to several other brides. You were a very nice couple and I wish you the best!
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Chirs
Wedding:
1/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Emily was very polite, professional, and responsive to our needs! She worked with us to choose our own wording for our ceremony which was a nice personal touch. We changed venue near last minute due to weather and she was very flexible in allowing for the change. And as an added bonus, her service is much more affordable than other officiants we looked into. We were very happy with our special day and would recommend Emily to anyone! Thanks again, Emily!
Emily was very polite, professional, and responsive to our needs! She worked with us to choose our own wording for our Read more...
Emily was very polite, professional, and responsive to our needs! She worked with us to choose our own wording for our ceremony which was a nice personal touch. We changed venue near last minute due to weather and she was very flexible in allowing for the change. And as an added bonus, her service is much more affordable than other officiants we looked into. We were very happy with our special day and would recommend Emily to anyone! Thanks again, Emily! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank You so much! You were wonderful to work with. It was amazing to see family members drive from New Jersey to witness the ceremony. Congratulations and good luck with your brother's ceremony.
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Sara
Wedding:
12/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Completely easy, stressfree service, highly recommended!!!! First off the communication was great, I could reach them by email anytime. They offer backup officials just in case anything were to happen. Accedited by the state, I searched the state's site and easily was able to validate their credentials. Reserving a time slot was no problem plus she was able to come out to our home to perform the ceremony. We were able to customize the ceremony, the vows, the entire proceeding. She was punctual, on time, it was all just so perfect. Highly professional, easier then going to the court house and far more personalized. I honestly worried something would go wrong (thats just me , i'm a worrying perfectionist), but it turned out perfect - far better then I could have ever hoped and I would recommend Serenity Wedding Ministry to anyone!!!
Completely easy, stressfree service, highly recommended!!!! First off the communication was great, I could reach them by Read more...
Completely easy, stressfree service, highly recommended!!!! First off the communication was great, I could reach them by email anytime. They offer backup officials just in case anything were to happen. Accedited by the state, I searched the state's site and easily was able to validate their credentials. Reserving a time slot was no problem plus she was able to come out to our home to perform the ceremony. We were able to customize the ceremony, the vows, the entire proceeding. She was punctual, on time, it was all just so perfect. Highly professional, easier then going to the court house and far more personalized. I honestly worried something would go wrong (thats just me , i'm a worrying perfectionist), but it turned out perfect - far better then I could have ever hoped and I would recommend Serenity Wedding Ministry to anyone!!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you! Your house was lovely and the sunroom made a perfect ceremony stop! I enjoyed hearing your stories of how you met and how much you mean to one another. I wish you the best!
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Jenny
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Great Job, provided materials that really assisted in the development of our ceremony while still allowing to customize them to fit "us".
Great Job, provided materials that really assisted in the development of our ceremony while still allowing to customize Read more...
Great Job, provided materials that really assisted in the development of our ceremony while still allowing to customize them to fit "us". Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! I love the way you had a DIY wedding and incorporated the theme to things you could use in your home to remind you of the day! I flipped through your photos and they are gorgeous! Beautiful family!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Emily was a perfect match for us! We seem her perform a friends wedding and booked her on the spot! She provides the personal touch we were looking for. Getting to choose our own ceremony wording was great! It was absolutely beautiful! Rev. Emily was easy to work with and very personable. We have received many compliments on our ceremony and Rev. Emily!
Rev. Emily was a perfect match for us! We seem her perform a friends wedding and booked her on the spot! She provides the Read more...
Rev. Emily was a perfect match for us! We seem her perform a friends wedding and booked her on the spot! She provides the personal touch we were looking for. Getting to choose our own ceremony wording was great! It was absolutely beautiful! Rev. Emily was easy to work with and very personable. We have received many compliments on our ceremony and Rev. Emily! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Lynda
Wedding:
8/12/2012
5.0/5.0
On time, sweet and professional. She was perfect and our vows were done exactly how we wanted. Would definitely recommend!
On time, sweet and professional. She was perfect and our vows were done exactly how we wanted. Would definitely recommend! Read more...
On time, sweet and professional. She was perfect and our vows were done exactly how we wanted. Would definitely recommend! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Thank You! I really enjoyed working with you and your husband! The little international touches to represent your husband's country fit perfectly with the stone castle! Best wishes!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We were looking for a quick, easy but special ceremony. Rev.Emily suggested Kizer lake on 235 by St.Paris. We were very happy the next day when we arrived. She took us out on a point with sailboats sailing all around. Now every year we have some place special to go. Thank you rev. Emily for everything!
We were looking for a quick, easy but special ceremony. Rev.Emily suggested Kizer lake on 235 by St.Paris. We were very Read more...
We were looking for a quick, easy but special ceremony. Rev.Emily suggested Kizer lake on 235 by St.Paris. We were very happy the next day when we arrived. She took us out on a point with sailboats sailing all around. Now every year we have some place special to go. Thank you rev. Emily for everything! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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kaye
Wedding:
3/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Emily was a great addition to our wedding. From our consultation on she was available to answer all my questions. Her experience and knowledge in the wedding field is extremely helpful. It was a pleasure and our wedding was perfect. Thank you Rev. Emily!
Rev. Emily was a great addition to our wedding. From our consultation on she was available to answer all my questions. Her Read more...
Rev. Emily was a great addition to our wedding. From our consultation on she was available to answer all my questions. Her experience and knowledge in the wedding field is extremely helpful. It was a pleasure and our wedding was perfect. Thank you Rev. Emily! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Alexandra
Wedding:
10/26/2013
4.8/5.0
Emily made our day perfect and special. She even included a joke about our music "shivering" because it was so cold. Loved it! We will remember our ceremony for the rest of our lives. Very windy but Emily didn't bat an eye. She responded to my emails the same day and added every special element I requested. Thanks again!!!!
Emily made our day perfect and special. She even included a joke about our music "shivering" because it was so cold. Loved Read more...
Emily made our day perfect and special. She even included a joke about our music "shivering" because it was so cold. Loved it! We will remember our ceremony for the rest of our lives. Very windy but Emily didn't bat an eye. She responded to my emails the same day and added every special element I requested. Thanks again!!!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
Emily was WONDERFUL! she was accommodating to my fiance and i with short notice. She was very professional as well as regarding emails. She was open to making changes other than the selection she had. She is very open to everyone's ideas and is very flexible the day of to not stress out the bride.I would DEFINITELY recommend her to anyone!!
Emily was WONDERFUL! she was accommodating to my fiance and i with short notice. She was very professional as well as Read more...
Emily was WONDERFUL! she was accommodating to my fiance and i with short notice. She was very professional as well as regarding emails. She was open to making changes other than the selection she had. She is very open to everyone's ideas and is very flexible the day of to not stress out the bride.I would DEFINITELY recommend her to anyone!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.1/5.0
Even though she was nice. I feel like we paid too much for our wedding. Yes it was only $125 but it was an exrta 25 just cause we wanted more than ten people. We had like 20. What does it matter how many people we had? Also when we met it was made to attention I wanted an arch and a runner for an aisle. I wanted my dad to walk me down the aisle. I didn't get any of that. I was told to look at my husband like I loved him. If I didn't love him I wouldn't of married him. Also our friends and family were told to move closer because "its not like its a real wedding". Just cause I didn't spend thousands of dollars doesn't make it any less of a wedding. The rev. Kept complaining about time. She had another wedding to get to. I understand she had made a promise to another couple but that does not mean complain to our family and friends. After the ceremony people told us how they couldn't believe the attitude on her face, body language, and what she was saying. Also we had the unity candles. When it was time to light them the wind picked up. These things happen at out door weddings and she scooted over it and told us to pretend!! No brides wedding is more important than anothers but she should of made me feel like i was the important one. Not like it was a bother to do our wedding.
Even though she was nice. I feel like we paid too much for our wedding. Yes it was only $125 but it was an exrta 25 just Read more...
Even though she was nice. I feel like we paid too much for our wedding. Yes it was only $125 but it was an exrta 25 just cause we wanted more than ten people. We had like 20. What does it matter how many people we had? Also when we met it was made to attention I wanted an arch and a runner for an aisle. I wanted my dad to walk me down the aisle. I didn't get any of that. I was told to look at my husband like I loved him. If I didn't love him I wouldn't of married him. Also our friends and family were told to move closer because "its not like its a real wedding". Just cause I didn't spend thousands of dollars doesn't make it any less of a wedding. The rev. Kept complaining about time. She had another wedding to get to. I understand she had made a promise to another couple but that does not mean complain to our family and friends. After the ceremony people told us how they couldn't believe the attitude on her face, body language, and what she was saying. Also we had the unity candles. When it was time to light them the wind picked up. These things happen at out door weddings and she scooted over it and told us to pretend!! No brides wedding is more important than anothers but she should of made me feel like i was the important one. Not like it was a bother to do our wedding. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

Heather I am very sorry you were dissatisfied. It is very hard to conduct a ceremony without the bride and groom. The ceremony was scheduled for a 2:30 start and 2:00 meet time. When arriving at 2:00 no one was there. At 2:30 I was still standing on the fishing pier alone. At 2:30 I tried to call the bride several times with no answer. The father of the bride showed up at 2:35 and stated the family was sitting in the parking lot and he tried calling his daughter several times. The family finally joined us at 2:40 with no sign or call from bride or groom. I simply stated that my contract states in full detail about tardiness. That after a half hour I have the right to leave if another ceremony is scheduled. At 2:50 the bride showed up and asked if she should then call the groom to come because he was still at home. When the groom showed up at 3:05 he informed us that we had to wait for his father because he needed to stop and get a pack of smokes. The ceremony started 45 minutes after the initial contracted start time. It was very windy and they wanted the candle ceremony. After many failed attempts I did tell them to pretend for pictures. We could not stop in the middle of the candle ceremony and just move on. They did ask for me to bring my arch and I did along with the runner. This is why they were supposed to be there at 2:00 for set up. The reason there is an extra charge for additional people is stated above. The more people there are, the harder to get everyone there and in place. My exact words to the family was to move in close because we are doing comfortable and informal. Those had been the brides exact words. I would never say it wasn't a real wedding. According to my contract the were scheduled for a thirty minute time slot for a ceremony to start at 2:30. I believe I went above and beyond when the bride and groom decided to show up late with no call. I chose not to charge the late fee and to stay and conduct the ceremony. I am sorry you feel this way. After the ceremony the family all thanked me and you kept telling me how sorry you were for your tardiness. I leave plenty of time between wedding ceremonies and simply cannot be late for the rest if my day.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
1.5/5.0
I was initially really excited to have emily be a part of our wedding. Soon after we booked her I realized how unreliable she is and how slow her responses are. We sent her several emails and she always took 5+ days to respond and sometimes did not respond at all. We had questions about the ceremony a few days before the wedding, so my husband emailed her. We never did receive a response. She was eager to take our money but not to give us the time of day. So he ended up calling her number she had given us the day before the wedding. Disconnected. This woman is impossible to get a hold of, so if you use her do not expect a response. I’m not one to be too picky, but for the wedding rehearsal my family and friends were all dressed very nicely, and emily shows up in jeans and flip flops. So unprofessional. Now, here it is over two weeks after our wedding and my husband and I are still not officially married in the system online. We began trying to contact her last monday about it by email, calling etc. and she finally responded friday night. I needed to have my name changed before I started my new job, and have been having quite a hassle because of her lack of caring. Although she stated that she sent in our marriage license, it has yet to show up online. I assume she forgot about it and has lied to us. The staff at the county courthouse told me they process the marriage licenses as soon as they receive them. I am so disappointed in her. I just wanted to warn other brides and grooms. Look elsewhere.
I was initially really excited to have emily be a part of our wedding. Soon after we booked her I realized how unreliable Read more...
I was initially really excited to have emily be a part of our wedding. Soon after we booked her I realized how unreliable she is and how slow her responses are. We sent her several emails and she always took 5+ days to respond and sometimes did not respond at all. We had questions about the ceremony a few days before the wedding, so my husband emailed her. We never did receive a response. She was eager to take our money but not to give us the time of day. So he ended up calling her number she had given us the day before the wedding. Disconnected. This woman is impossible to get a hold of, so if you use her do not expect a response. I’m not one to be too picky, but for the wedding rehearsal my family and friends were all dressed very nicely, and emily shows up in jeans and flip flops. So unprofessional. Now, here it is over two weeks after our wedding and my husband and I are still not officially married in the system online. We began trying to contact her last monday about it by email, calling etc. and she finally responded friday night. I needed to have my name changed before I started my new job, and have been having quite a hassle because of her lack of caring. Although she stated that she sent in our marriage license, it has yet to show up online. I assume she forgot about it and has lied to us. The staff at the county courthouse told me they process the marriage licenses as soon as they receive them. I am so disappointed in her. I just wanted to warn other brides and grooms. Look elsewhere. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Serenity Weddings responded with the following comments:

This is very upsetting to me seeing that I have never had any upset brides before. I have rechecked my email and there were never any emails that were received from this couple the week before this ceremony I apologize for this. As for the cellphone it has never been disconnected. The reason for the jeans and flipflops is that it was raining off and on and it was supposed to be an outside ceremony. We were supposed to be practicing outside so I came dressed for the weather. We ended up practicing inside The day of the wedding it rained all morning. It was an outside ceremony and they were very happy. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. The wind was blowing the veil everywhere. The unity candle did not light due to the heavy winds but we tried anyways. I feel I went above and beyond due to circumstances. The license was signed the day of the ceremony and mailed out two days later which was MOnday from my post office outdoor mailbox. I have called the courthouse twice in response to their emails. I apologize for any inconvenience that is in any way my fault or the fault of others and the weather. When I left everything was great and everyone was happy and commenting on how lovely the ceremony was. I truelly feel aweful that they were disappointed in any way.
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