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Vail Area Weddings

Avon , CO
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Avon, CO 81620 US (map)

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970-471-4711

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Welcome and Congratulations!
So many exciting choices and decisions ahead of you, not to mention the joy of joining your lives. As you search for the right officiant for your... Read more
Welcome and Congratulations!
So many exciting choices and decisions ahead of you, not to mention the joy of joining your lives. As you search for the right officiant for your wedding, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Part of your job is to find a celebrant who brings emotion and sensitivity to the vows you've chosen. At the conclusion of the ceremony, I'm continually honored and touched by the number of guests who take time to complement me on the ceremony.

Living near Vail, I am within 10-15 minutes of the most frequently chosen ceremony venues in the valley. When you come to visit with other vendors and see possible locations, we can easily meet at a convenient time for you.

As an ordained wedding officiant, I am open to any religious or non-religious background. Couples I work with are looking for a wedding that is meaningful and spiritual. My job is to help you craft a ceremony which fits your personalities. There will be no surprises. I don't speak off the cuff about my ideas of life and marriage. We will create the ceremony together and you will know in advance exactly what will be said.

I look forward to hearing about your hopes and thoughts for your wedding. 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?
Agnostic, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Absolutely. I am happy to work with couples of any religion, or those who do not follow a particular faith.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Based on the season and the ceremony, either a navy or black suit. Above all, my look is professional and understated.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Completely, I work with the bride and groom to select wording they like.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, definitely. In fact, I encourage it, if the couple is interested. Some of the most moving weddings I've been a part of are the ones where the bride and groom compose something personal to share.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have a selection of readings I offer for ideas, but couples are never limited to anything I have. There are so many wonderful options from which to choose.
How long are your ceremonies?
They have ranged anywhere from 10 minutes to 30, depending on what the bride and groom decide.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Absolutely. My services are all based on what the couple wants.
Do you supply a sound system?
Usually the DJ supplies one if needed. I'm a former school teacher so making myself heard is rarely a problem for me!

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Donna
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Tara van Dernoot was a big reason why my wedding was perfect. From the first moment we started cooresponding till the ceremony was over, Tara was there for us every step of the way. She made planning the ceremony as simple as she could and worked with adding special touches that we asked for. We couldn't have asked for better.
Tara van Dernoot was a big reason why my wedding was perfect. From the first moment we started cooresponding till the Read more...
Tara van Dernoot was a big reason why my wedding was perfect. From the first moment we started cooresponding till the ceremony was over, Tara was there for us every step of the way. She made planning the ceremony as simple as she could and worked with adding special touches that we asked for. We couldn't have asked for better. Read less
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Kerri
Wedding:
12/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Tara was a wonderful officiant. She has the ability to put any bride and groom at ease about planning the ceremony and incorporating important pieces. She is very easy to work with and goes out of her way to make the ceremony perfect. She is very professional and sincere. I myself felt touched that she went out of her way to personally introduce herself to both my parents and my future husband's parents during the rehearsal. Even better, she was 100% on board with officiating a wedding outside in 5 degree weather with snow falling in order to make our ceremony perfect! We highly recommend Tara for your upcoming wedding!
Tara was a wonderful officiant. She has the ability to put any bride and groom at ease about planning the ceremony and Read more...
Tara was a wonderful officiant. She has the ability to put any bride and groom at ease about planning the ceremony and incorporating important pieces. She is very easy to work with and goes out of her way to make the ceremony perfect. She is very professional and sincere. I myself felt touched that she went out of her way to personally introduce herself to both my parents and my future husband's parents during the rehearsal. Even better, she was 100% on board with officiating a wedding outside in 5 degree weather with snow falling in order to make our ceremony perfect! We highly recommend Tara for your upcoming wedding! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Tara was a dream to work with, and we don't know what we would have done without her! She made planning our ceremony a simple and fun process, and together we developed the perfect ceremony. When it came time for the big day, Tara was extremely classy and professional. We can't recommend her enough!!
Tara was a dream to work with, and we don't know what we would have done without her! She made planning our ceremony a Read more...
Tara was a dream to work with, and we don't know what we would have done without her! She made planning our ceremony a simple and fun process, and together we developed the perfect ceremony. When it came time for the big day, Tara was extremely classy and professional. We can't recommend her enough!! Read less
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Raissa
Wedding:
8/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Tara was the officiant for my wedding in Eagle-Vail, CO and I couldn't have found anyone better. We had so many guests comment on how great she was. Her calming voice and presence just brought such a great touch to the ceremony. She provided us with tons of options of readings, etc. that we could use to build our ceremony and was an enormous help pulling it all together into a truly custom ceremony that fit the setting, our personalities and our life perfectly. Tara's prices were very reasonable, she is extremely easy to work with and is there to help make your wedding day the perfect day for you.
Tara was the officiant for my wedding in Eagle-Vail, CO and I couldn't have found anyone better. We had so many guests Read more...
Tara was the officiant for my wedding in Eagle-Vail, CO and I couldn't have found anyone better. We had so many guests comment on how great she was. Her calming voice and presence just brought such a great touch to the ceremony. She provided us with tons of options of readings, etc. that we could use to build our ceremony and was an enormous help pulling it all together into a truly custom ceremony that fit the setting, our personalities and our life perfectly. Tara's prices were very reasonable, she is extremely easy to work with and is there to help make your wedding day the perfect day for you. Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I recently married on 10/20/12 in Beaver Creek CO and Tara officiated our ceremony. Choosing her was the best decision we made. We did not have the first clue as to how to put together a ceremony that would be memorable and thoughtful without being “corny”. Tara gave us so many different options to help us customize the ceremony just the way we wanted. She is a class act…so professional and accommodating. Also, she really is a sweet person, I felt an instant connection with her, she made us feel very comfortable. I never felt like she was just doing ‘her job’, it was very obvious that she wanted our wedding day to be the best day of our lives. Her husband even lent someone in our wedding party a suit (Don’t ask-long story;) talk about going the extra mile for us!!. I highly recommend doing this thing called a “ring blessing”, it was Tara’s idea and it was our favorite part of the ceremony, everyone loved it (every guest holds your rings and gives a silent or verbal blessing). The ring blessing was incredible and it allowed our guests to be a part of the ceremony. I also recommend doing a rehearsal the day before, worth the extra money. The ceremony set the tone for the whole evening, it was amazing. After the ceremony, our guests could not stop talking about her and how it was one of the best wedding ceremonies that they had ever witnessed. She also was so helpful and gave me referrals of other vendors in the area. That was a huge help to me…we live in Milwaukee, we didn't know anyone and were struggling to find good vendors who came recommended. I absolutely recommend her and hope one day our paths cross again, we will never forget her.
My husband and I recently married on 10/20/12 in Beaver Creek CO and Tara officiated our ceremony. Choosing her was the Read more...
My husband and I recently married on 10/20/12 in Beaver Creek CO and Tara officiated our ceremony. Choosing her was the best decision we made. We did not have the first clue as to how to put together a ceremony that would be memorable and thoughtful without being “corny”. Tara gave us so many different options to help us customize the ceremony just the way we wanted. She is a class act…so professional and accommodating. Also, she really is a sweet person, I felt an instant connection with her, she made us feel very comfortable. I never felt like she was just doing ‘her job’, it was very obvious that she wanted our wedding day to be the best day of our lives. Her husband even lent someone in our wedding party a suit (Don’t ask-long story;) talk about going the extra mile for us!!. I highly recommend doing this thing called a “ring blessing”, it was Tara’s idea and it was our favorite part of the ceremony, everyone loved it (every guest holds your rings and gives a silent or verbal blessing). The ring blessing was incredible and it allowed our guests to be a part of the ceremony. I also recommend doing a rehearsal the day before, worth the extra money. The ceremony set the tone for the whole evening, it was amazing. After the ceremony, our guests could not stop talking about her and how it was one of the best wedding ceremonies that they had ever witnessed. She also was so helpful and gave me referrals of other vendors in the area. That was a huge help to me…we live in Milwaukee, we didn't know anyone and were struggling to find good vendors who came recommended. I absolutely recommend her and hope one day our paths cross again, we will never forget her. Read less
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Mark
Wedding:
9/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Tara was a sincere pleasure to work with as the officiant for our wedding. She made the time to meet with us personally and guided our ongoing dialogue to craft a ceremony that was a unique reflection of my wife and I. Tara's authenticity shines brightly. Many of our guests complimented our special ceremony including sepcial tribute to Tara and their assumption that we've known each other for years. That is certainly how Tara made us feel.
Tara was a sincere pleasure to work with as the officiant for our wedding. She made the time to meet with us personally Read more...
Tara was a sincere pleasure to work with as the officiant for our wedding. She made the time to meet with us personally and guided our ongoing dialogue to craft a ceremony that was a unique reflection of my wife and I. Tara's authenticity shines brightly. Many of our guests complimented our special ceremony including sepcial tribute to Tara and their assumption that we've known each other for years. That is certainly how Tara made us feel. Read less
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kelsey
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Tara was absolutely wonderful! She was so easy to talk to and she made sure that we had everything we wanted in our ceremony. She was also open to any and all ideas we had! We felt so comfortable with her and she made us feel so at ease on our wedding day. Numerous people commented after the ceremony on how fabulous she was. I highly recommend her to anybody getting married in the Vail Valley.
Tara was absolutely wonderful! She was so easy to talk to and she made sure that we had everything we wanted in our Read more...
Tara was absolutely wonderful! She was so easy to talk to and she made sure that we had everything we wanted in our ceremony. She was also open to any and all ideas we had! We felt so comfortable with her and she made us feel so at ease on our wedding day. Numerous people commented after the ceremony on how fabulous she was. I highly recommend her to anybody getting married in the Vail Valley. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
9/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Tara was absolutely wonderful! She was so professional and made us feel so comfortable throughout the entire process. Tara was quick to answer any questions I had which put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend Tara to everyone! Thank you for making our wedding so special!
Tara was absolutely wonderful! She was so professional and made us feel so comfortable throughout the entire process. Tara Read more...
Tara was absolutely wonderful! She was so professional and made us feel so comfortable throughout the entire process. Tara was quick to answer any questions I had which put my mind at ease. I would highly recommend Tara to everyone! Thank you for making our wedding so special! Read less
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John
Wedding:
9/12/2012
5.0/5.0
Tara was amazing in every way. She worked with us up to the last minute to tailor our Colorado elopement to suit our needs and preferences perfectly. Where we were unsure, Tara had suggestions to steer us in a suitable direction. Work with Tara, take some of the worry out of your special day, and rest assured that all will exceed your expectations. Thanks Tara!
Tara was amazing in every way. She worked with us up to the last minute to tailor our Colorado elopement to suit our needs Read more...
Tara was amazing in every way. She worked with us up to the last minute to tailor our Colorado elopement to suit our needs and preferences perfectly. Where we were unsure, Tara had suggestions to steer us in a suitable direction. Work with Tara, take some of the worry out of your special day, and rest assured that all will exceed your expectations. Thanks Tara! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Tara was wonderful. She was extremely warm, friendly and helpful throughout the planning process. She was flexible and matched our style of planning instead of telling us what to do. The day of the wedding she helped both of us remain clam and did a great job of making everyone feel welcome. We would highly recommended her to anyone else looking for an officiant.
Tara was wonderful. She was extremely warm, friendly and helpful throughout the planning process. She was flexible and Read more...
Tara was wonderful. She was extremely warm, friendly and helpful throughout the planning process. She was flexible and matched our style of planning instead of telling us what to do. The day of the wedding she helped both of us remain clam and did a great job of making everyone feel welcome. We would highly recommended her to anyone else looking for an officiant. Read less
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