REV. LESLIE BOCKIAN
Leslie made our wedding perfect. We never met face-to-face until the big day, since I am in San Francisco and she is located in Southern California, but we communicated constantly by phone and email to build a ceremony that was uniquely us and still included the traditions of our respective families (mine Protestant, his Jewish). Everything time I thought something was an emergency, Leslie knew exactly how to handle it with a grace and aplomb you rarely find these days. She was invaluable not just for the ceremony, but for helping me work with my family and smooth ruffled feathers. She calmed every fear and really helped with the isolation that can sometimes come with wedding planning. No matter what happened, I had her in my corner, and she came through 100%.
Leslie is a true gem! She was the officiant for my friend's wedding that I was a bridesmaid in and I absolutely sold with Leslie when I watched her marry my friends. When we met with Leslie one-on-one to go over details and how everything was going to work, she made us feel so comfortable - it felt as if a family member or good friend was marrying us. Her soft, caring and loving voice makes the ceremony even that more meaninful. I met with several other officiants and nobody else made me feel that warm and fuzzy feeling the way Leslie did. She has such a beautiful charm about her - - - that is what you want for your special day! Her special readings during the ceremony made me tear up. Leslie is an amazing officiant - I highly recommend her.
When it came to picking an officiant we couldn't have done better than Rev. Leslie Bockian. From our first meeting we absolutely adored her. Very personable, very warm and obviously enjoys what she does and it shows. At our first meeting we were there for two hours and it seem to fly by. We chatted it up like we were old friends. She had performed several weddings at our venue, and she shared some humorous stories about those weddings. She gave us a lot of materials to read over which helped us prepare for the most meaningful ceremony. It was important that our ceremony be meaningful but not lengthy. She took all of that into account. We are a very nontraditional couple and we wanted our ceremony to reflect that. And it did. She gave us guidance on all our out of the ordinary requests for our ceremony. Our guests are still talking about how beautiful and touching it all was. My husband and I have Leslie to to thank for it. Bonding with an officiant is very important aspect of planning a wedding. And having worked with such wonderful woman my husband and I can say because of our bond to Leslie we had the best wedding ever. We can't thank her enough. Hiring Leslie will be one of the best decisions you can ever made.
Leslie did a wonderful job with our ceremony! She has a wonderful demeanor and was very helpful with things like wedding ceremony ideas, marriage license questions, etc. She’s extremely accommodating, whether you want to write down exactly what you want her to say, or have her come up with something just for you. We wrote our own vows based on suggestions she had, then Leslie took the time to get to know us and filled in the rest of the talking with a tone that perfectly suited us! We highly recommend her:)
Two years after our wedding, we still think all the time about how lucky we were to find Leslie. We spoke with many, many officiants--all much more expensive--and we just weren't impressed by anyone. We were just about to give up when we found Leslie, and it turned out that she was heaven-sent!
We loved so many things about our wedding but, truly, SHE made the whole thing as special as it was. Her warmth, humor, intelligence and--yes, sentimentality--made our service so memorable. We were so impressed when we met with her to help us plan our service; we truly felt there was nothing she wouldn't have done to make our day unique and thrilling, and she absolutely listened to us and heard what we wanted. She went back and forth with us a number of times, offering to meet or discuss as often as needed. Our marriage was interfaith, and she turned what could have been a difficulty into a very special melding of cultures and faiths.
We continue to be touched by the fact that Leslie still thinks of us and reaches out to us every now and then to see how we are. She loves what she does and that's why she is the best!!! What a special human being.
I wholeheartedly recommend Rev. Leslie! For our 10th anniversary, we decided to celebrate with a Renewal of Vows ceremony in our back yard. We were delighted to reconnect with Rev. Leslie who had officiated at our original wedding in a park near Santa Barbara. Leslie continues to be a joy to work with. Just as she had 10 years earlier, Leslie helped us feel comfortable and supported from the initial planning to The Big Day with her enthusiasm, caring, attention to detail, and sense of humor. She helped us craft a ceremony that was really personal and special to us. It incorporated some of the readings and poems that we loved from our original ceremony and added some new ones. I can't imagine a happier experience for us and our family.
Leslie was a life saver! Not only was she available on such short notice, I couldn't imagine the best day of my life to be officiated by anyone else. She was very professional and detailed when getting to know Joe and I, and customized our ceremony to be exactly what we had in mind. All of our guests thought she was related to us because she is so heartfelt and personal. She went over and beyond our expectations for an officiant. I highly recommend her services to anyone. ~ Amanda and Joseph Anthony, Married October 11, 2008 Manhattan Beach, CA
We are so glad we found Rev. Leslie. We were a little stressed about planning the ceremony in a fairly short time. But after meeting Rev. Leslie, we felt much more relaxed. She created a ceremony that was personalized to us. She incorporated a verse from a song that was meaningful to us. She even helped us find a beautiful location! She had warm and sincere enthusiasm for our wedding from the very beginning, which showed during the ceremony. It was beautiful and we received several compliments from family and friends, who all love Rev. Leslie too! We are coming up on our first anniversary and still talk about our wedding and how perfect it was. We HIGHLY recommend Rev. Leslie!
Michael Leek and Scott Robertson, West Hollywood, CA
After a 26-year courtship the last thing we wanted in a wedding ceremony was a big hoopla. Somehow, Leslie managed to create a loving, memorable atmosphere, perfectly attuned to our taste, with very little to work with. She is obviously terrific at what she does because we celebrated our tenth anniversary last year. I would recommend her to any couple who wants someone who can accommodate their needs and put a little magic into their relationship. A very special person for that special day!
The perfect officiant!!
I can't imagine a better ceremony! Leslie personalized our wedding service to fit our needs. I wasn't sure about 'readings' or other traditions to incorporate and she had amazing ideas and a wealth of resources. She included my son in the ceremony in the most beautiful way. The whole ceremony was filled with love and gave us a special memory.
And whether your wedding is large or small, formal or a backyard BBQ, remember that if you enjoy it, your guests will, too. Don't worry about any glitches that may happen -- most of your guests won't notice (and you'll have a great story to tell later!). Little errors -- like a wrong color centerpiece, or the wrong appetizers -- really don't matter. Your main focus that day should be just to have a great time at your own wedding!!