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Weddings by Ariel

Santa Barbara , CA

LOCATION

Santa Barbara, CA US 93101 (map)

PHONE

510-717-2192

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ABOUT US

Ariel


I became a wedding officiant because I love the meaning of weddings. They are a special day where loved ones gather around from near and far to celebrate a... Read more
Ariel


I became a wedding officiant because I love the meaning of weddings. They are a special day where loved ones gather around from near and far to celebrate a special and unique occurrence, it is simply amazing to be able to be a part of that. The ceremony is a central piece to the wedding, the words that are spoken and the promises that are made in front of so many witnesses is the binding contract that a couple makes. Making those words meaningful and personalized for each couple is something that I truly enjoy doing.
I am open to different beliefs, traditions and religions. I speak 5 languages and have performed various bilingual wedding ceremonies and ceremonies entirely in Spanish. I love embracing other cultures and ways of life, and find that this helps me to see things through other people's eyes. Generally, the ceremonies that I perform blend a lot of romantic sentiment with a touch of the light-hearted.
I would like to help you create a wedding ceremony that truly reflects who you are. Making your vision for your wedding ceremony a reality is my goal. I enjoy working with couples to create something that is meaningful and memorable for everyone.
Ana
I became a wedding officiant because I believe that the wedding day is one of the most special in a person’s life. The vows that are repeated, in any language, are universal. The promise that a bride and groom make to each other on this day is a promise that we must all respect and uphold. I want to be a part of making your wedding day special and magical in any way that I can.
I am a non-denominational officiant, though I grew up in the Catholic Church. Throughout my life I have maintained my own form of spirituality; I believe in energy and power, and most importantly, I believe in love! I hope to infuse your ceremony with some of the love and energy that I strive to include in my own life on a daily basis. We are all connected, and during moments such as these, that connection becomes palpable, adding to the magic of the day. My hope is to help each couple realize a truly beautiful, magical, and unique ceremony.
Hector
I became a wedding officiant for many reasons; the most obvious is that I was already involved in one small aspect of helping a couple to create beautiful memories on their wedding day. As a dance instructor, I have choreographed and taught numerous wedding dances. These experiences were always so special, and so different from the other dance classes that I taught. What made them different? It wasn’t that the bride wanted the dance to be just perfect (though some did!), it wasn’t that the groom continued to insist that he had two left feet (even two days before the wedding!), it was the beauty of seeing two people so different from each other--sometimes living far apart, sometimes coming from different cultural backgrounds—coming together, that made we want to become involved in the process of marrying couples.
I deeply believe in the commitment, the compassion, and the love that a couple shares, and I want to work with couples to bring these important elements to life on their wedding day. 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, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No

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Wedding:
7/13/2014
5.0/5.0
Ariel was an amazing officiant at every step of the process. She took time out to meet up months beforehand to get a sense of who we were and how we envisioned our ceremony. Countless correspondences between then and the wedding day helped lay out the ceremony and made us confident that it would be great. She translated everything into Spanish wonderfully, and on the day of delivered a brilliant bilingual ceremony. She was articulate and projected the kind of energy/presence you'd hope for your wedding. We cannot recommend her highly enough.
Ariel was an amazing officiant at every step of the process. She took time out to meet up months beforehand to get a sense Read more...
Ariel was an amazing officiant at every step of the process. She took time out to meet up months beforehand to get a sense of who we were and how we envisioned our ceremony. Countless correspondences between then and the wedding day helped lay out the ceremony and made us confident that it would be great. She translated everything into Spanish wonderfully, and on the day of delivered a brilliant bilingual ceremony. She was articulate and projected the kind of energy/presence you'd hope for your wedding. We cannot recommend her highly enough. Read less
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John
Wedding:
4/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Ariel , was very professional ! She made our wedding day perfect !! Could of not asked for anyone better !!
Ariel , was very professional ! She made our wedding day perfect !! Could of not asked for anyone better !!
Ariel , was very professional ! She made our wedding day perfect !! Could of not asked for anyone better !! Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
4/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Ariel was great! We met with her before our wedding and hit it off! The minute we met Ariel, we knew she was the perfect person to marry us. We got to know each other and Ariel really picked up on the details about my husband and I. I love the fact that she is bilingual and was able to translate exactly what I wanted her to translate for the ceremony. Ariel was very professional and down to earth. The ceremony was also well done. There were moments of laughter and moments where I cried. Thanks for a memorable wedding ceremony Ariel!
Ariel was great! We met with her before our wedding and hit it off! The minute we met Ariel, we knew she was the perfect Read more...
Ariel was great! We met with her before our wedding and hit it off! The minute we met Ariel, we knew she was the perfect person to marry us. We got to know each other and Ariel really picked up on the details about my husband and I. I love the fact that she is bilingual and was able to translate exactly what I wanted her to translate for the ceremony. Ariel was very professional and down to earth. The ceremony was also well done. There were moments of laughter and moments where I cried. Thanks for a memorable wedding ceremony Ariel! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Ariel was an amazing officiant for our wedding! She made our ceremony very personal and beautiful. My husband and I both appreciated that she was able to incorporate both English and Spanish into our ceremony. I highly recommend Ariel to any couple looking for an officiant!
Ariel was an amazing officiant for our wedding! She made our ceremony very personal and beautiful. My husband and I both Read more...
Ariel was an amazing officiant for our wedding! She made our ceremony very personal and beautiful. My husband and I both appreciated that she was able to incorporate both English and Spanish into our ceremony. I highly recommend Ariel to any couple looking for an officiant! Read less
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Ryan
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Ariel was a FANTASTIC officiant. Her remarks were extremely personal and her professionalism is beyond compare- we had some serious microphone problems (from our DJ) and she handled the situation flawlessly, continuing the ceremony with good humor, grace, and completely unfazed. I can not recommend her enough to anyone looking for a dynamic, personable, and professional officiant (and she is completely bilingual in Spanish to boot)!
Ariel was a FANTASTIC officiant. Her remarks were extremely personal and her professionalism is beyond compare- we had Read more...
Ariel was a FANTASTIC officiant. Her remarks were extremely personal and her professionalism is beyond compare- we had some serious microphone problems (from our DJ) and she handled the situation flawlessly, continuing the ceremony with good humor, grace, and completely unfazed. I can not recommend her enough to anyone looking for a dynamic, personable, and professional officiant (and she is completely bilingual in Spanish to boot)! Read less
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Bri
Wedding:
8/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Ariel did such a wonderful job as our wedding officiant! She was so easy to work with and really took the time to learn about my fiance and myself. The ceremony she wrote for us was romantic, sweet, and very personal. She has a great presence and was very clear and easy to understand. Even my grandmother who has to wear hearing aids said that she could completely understand the ceremony and thought it was beautifully written. Ariel is also multi-lingual and speaks Spanish fluently which is a huge plus. Many of our guests commented to us afterwards that she was the best wedding officiant they had ever seen and that our ceremony was one of the most touching. She was amazing!
Ariel did such a wonderful job as our wedding officiant! She was so easy to work with and really took the time to learn Read more...
Ariel did such a wonderful job as our wedding officiant! She was so easy to work with and really took the time to learn about my fiance and myself. The ceremony she wrote for us was romantic, sweet, and very personal. She has a great presence and was very clear and easy to understand. Even my grandmother who has to wear hearing aids said that she could completely understand the ceremony and thought it was beautifully written. Ariel is also multi-lingual and speaks Spanish fluently which is a huge plus. Many of our guests commented to us afterwards that she was the best wedding officiant they had ever seen and that our ceremony was one of the most touching. She was amazing! Read less
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Carolina & Gert
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
I'm so happy Ariel was our wedding officiant! My family only speaks spanish, so it was necessary to have a bilingual ceremony. Ariel did an excellent job combining both languages (without repeating the same text) in the ceremony. We worked together on defining what was our dream ceremony: she suggested great ideas, she was very flexible with all what we wanted, she was really nice and friendly and incorporated wonderfully our personal touch.
She is really professional and prepared. She also helped my husband with some last minute things (although it was not her job!).

Our ceremony was magical! I wouldn't change anything. Ariel made it possible :)
I'm so happy Ariel was our wedding officiant! My family only speaks spanish, so it was necessary to have a bilingual Read more...
I'm so happy Ariel was our wedding officiant! My family only speaks spanish, so it was necessary to have a bilingual ceremony. Ariel did an excellent job combining both languages (without repeating the same text) in the ceremony. We worked together on defining what was our dream ceremony: she suggested great ideas, she was very flexible with all what we wanted, she was really nice and friendly and incorporated wonderfully our personal touch.
She is really professional and prepared. She also helped my husband with some last minute things (although it was not her job!).

Our ceremony was magical! I wouldn't change anything. Ariel made it possible :) Read less
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amelia
Wedding:
12/31/2010
5.0/5.0
Like most brides, I was really looking forward to my wedding day. However, the ceremony part loomed an essential but not not focal part. I was taken totally by surprise when it became one of my favorite and most meaningful memories. Even though everything else went the way I'd hoped and the party wore on beyond the patience of the DJ, I was absolutely blown away by our nuptials (as were several others). Ariel took an incredible amount of time and interest to create a wedding where I really felt that all our guests no matter where they were coming from gained a true sense of our story and approach to love. More importantly, everyone participated (not in some hokey way) in making the ceremony a shared experience and as they should, became part of our story. When we say thank you for sharing our wedding day with us we mean it. We are so grateful to Ariel for giving us this privilege! Amelia & Scott Findley
Like most brides, I was really looking forward to my wedding day. However, the ceremony part loomed an essential but not Read more...
Like most brides, I was really looking forward to my wedding day. However, the ceremony part loomed an essential but not not focal part. I was taken totally by surprise when it became one of my favorite and most meaningful memories. Even though everything else went the way I'd hoped and the party wore on beyond the patience of the DJ, I was absolutely blown away by our nuptials (as were several others). Ariel took an incredible amount of time and interest to create a wedding where I really felt that all our guests no matter where they were coming from gained a true sense of our story and approach to love. More importantly, everyone participated (not in some hokey way) in making the ceremony a shared experience and as they should, became part of our story. When we say thank you for sharing our wedding day with us we mean it. We are so grateful to Ariel for giving us this privilege! Amelia & Scott Findley Read less
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Valerie O.
Wedding:
9/27/2009
5.0/5.0
Ariel took a lot of time to learn what was really important to my wife and I as she was planning our ceremony. She asked many questions, and incorporated personal touches that made it far from generic, and very much, us. Thanks for everything Ariel!
Ariel took a lot of time to learn what was really important to my wife and I as she was planning our ceremony. She asked Read more...
Ariel took a lot of time to learn what was really important to my wife and I as she was planning our ceremony. She asked many questions, and incorporated personal touches that made it far from generic, and very much, us. Thanks for everything Ariel! Read less
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