Christina Turner Ward ~ Spirithearts
My husband and I moved our wedding day up by 3 months since his son will be moving out of state and it was very important to us to have our children present. We were comforted by Christina, who assured us that we can make it happen... all in 3 weeks! Christina couldn't have been any more amazing than she was. We didn't worry about a thing... Although it was an intimate gathering of 20, being immediate family only... every single guest raved about Christina and commented how it was the most beautiful wedding that they ever attended. Christina was a true blessing and I am so grateful that she officiated our wedding. It was truly the most wonderful day we could have asked for! Thank you, Christina!
Christina was our officiant for our wedding on 4-26-13. We opted for the personalized vows option. We liked this option because we our wedding was small, we wanted it to feel more personalized compared to a normal wedding. We are also not religious at all, and we wanted something simple.
She sent us a questionnaire that was filled out separately by the bride and groom and she took our words and wrote a beautiful ceremony out of them. She incorporated a story that I shared with her of my grandparents in WWII that brought tears to my grandparents eyes. We let her know we wanted a short and to the point ceremony, it was no more than 15 minutes.
We had many guests coming up to us after the wedding asking us about her and where we found her. We told them about the questionnaire and how she takes our words and thoughts of each other and writes a beautiful love story to share.
Also, she provided a copy of our ceremony for a keepsake for the rest of our lives. I'd highly recommend Christina.
-David & Kayla
From our first meeting with Christina, we knew that she was the right person to perform our Wedding Ceremony.
The vows that Christina wrote for us were so in touch with the relationship that my husband and I had and our journey getting to this point - she captured our love for each other and put it down in words. Christina took time and thought in creating our vows and she made our Wedding Day and Ceremony so special!
I can't thank Christina enough for all she did in making our Wedding Day a great memory!
Linda J. Gilmore - McVey
Christina was a joy to work with and did an amazing job helping things run smoothly. The ceremony she wrote for us was very heartfelt and touching...couldn't ask for a better officiant and we cannot recommend her highly enough.
Where do I begin…I’ll start off by saying that Christina was truly amazing…From the moment my husband and I met Christina, we knew that we were in good hands. Being that my husband and I are not very religious and the fact that we come from two very different religious backgrounds, we were concerned that our ceremony would lack that special touch. Well, we did not have to worry any longer! Christina sat with us and learned a little bit about my then fiancée and I. At the end of our meeting she gave us a couples questionnaire to fill out. From there, she was able to create a lovely marriage address (the story of how my husband and I met) and turned our words into beautiful vows. Our ceremony was filled with words of love, special personalized touches, and spirituality. She also picked out the most perfect reading from the Alchemist that was read by my Aunt. Not only were the words touching, it was her delivery of the ceremony that made it even more special. Her calming persona and soothing voice made our ceremony a pleasurable experience for all.
I cannot tell you the amount of people that came up to us during our cocktail hour and sang Christina’s praises. Everyone couldn’t get over how great our ceremony was and are still complimenting me to this day! It was truly beautiful and I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect. Thank you Christina!!!
My husband and I chose Christina as our wedding officiant after seeing her perform our friends' wedding ceremony two summers ago. Upon watching her deliver such a unique and personalized ceremony for our close friends, we immediately knew we wanted to work with her to craft a wedding ceremony that reflected our own personalities and tastes. We're not very religious or traditional, and we wanted our ceremony to focus on us, our bond, the path we've taken, and our future yet to come. We received SO MANY compliments on the ceremony Christina put together, most people commenting that it was "so us" and "so personal" - exactly what we were hoping for on our special day. Christina had us fill out detailed questionnaires about our relationship, which she then used to draft a personalized ceremony. We then went back and forth until the ceremony was just the way we wanted it; she even put up with my indecisiveness, helping me find the right reading and perfect the order of events. She was always available to us during the process, through a quick email or a call, and she came out to our venue for a rehearsal the night before (on a Friday evening!). She walked our wedding party and families through the order of events a few times, making sure EVERYONE felt comfortable. The night of the wedding, she was onsite early making sure everything was running smoothly, according to plan, and she orchestrated a beautiful, flawless ceremony that we'll always remember. She's such a calming person, and despite incredible nerves before the ceremony, my husband and I both felt as if no one else was in the room during the wedding -- she kept us both focused on the important life event that we were sharing. She even gave us a memoir copy of the ceremony to save, and she filed our marriage license and let us know when the certified copies were ready. From beginning to end, she was amazing to work with. If we ever renew our vows, she'll be the first person we call.
Christina was the officiant for our Labor Day weekend wedding. She created an incredibly touching and personal ceremony for the day of our wedding. Before the wedding Christina was very responsive. She was proactive with emailing on dates to meet and after that with the ceremony drafts, question about rehearsal, etc. As a bride, I was always behind schedule. Christina was very patient with working around my work schedule for a meeting. At the meeting she put us completely at ease, showing us how the ceremony is laid out and all the different options we could include in the ceremony (special rituals, non-traditional and traditional ceremony readings, etc.). At the meeting she asked us questions about our courtship, relationship and for any funny stories, etc. She took copious notes in order to work this into our ceremony.
After our meeting, she told us she would send us the ceremony by a date. On that day, we received a draft ceremony. I’m so glad we got to review the ceremony before hand. It was very touching and reminds you amidst all the planning craziness that this is really happening! It was hard to read through it without getting emotional.
The ceremony was perfect. It was just what we wanted, short and sweet with a touch of laughter and tears. Christina used our stories to make it personal. All night people told us how beautiful the ceremony was.
Christina also provided us with helpful information how to change your name and what you need to do to obtain a marriage license. For a bride who was a mediocre wedding planner, I really appreciated all the information she provided me! Finding the perfect vendor is key, and we definitely found it in Christina! I highly recommend her!
Christina was fabulous!!! From the moment we met her, we knew she would be perfect to officiate our wedding!!! She was very quick with all of her responses to us!! She was so easy to work with!! She incorporated all of our requests and wrote the most beautiful ceremony!!! She also provided us with a keepsake copy of the ceremony!! We will cherish it always!!! We had so many comments from our guests about how wonderful she was during our ceremony!!! We would definitely recommend Christina to anyone looking for a wedding officiant!!! She was so kind and warm!!! We will be eternally grateful to her for helping to make our wedding so special!!!
We were incredibly pleased with how personalized our ceremony was. We received numerous compliments from our guests on it being special and perfectly suited to us. Thank you Christina!
We cannot fully express how wonderful Christina Turner-Ward is. She created the most perfect ceremony for us. It was as if she read what was in our hearts and was able to put it into words. Any bride and groom lucky enough to have her as their officiant will truly feel blessed.
Christina was personable, professional, and flexible. Her genuine nature put us at ease and we knew she was the right officiant for our special day. She created a wonderful ceremony for us. Our guests told us the ceremony and vows were moving, genuine, and reflected our personalities very well. Some had never heard of the rose ceremony before and loved the intent behind the words and actions of exchanging roses. Thank you Christina for taking our words and pieces of us to make a whole presentation of our relationship and commitment to each other.
I highly recommend Christina as a wedding officiant.
From start to finish, our experience with Christina was wonderful. I was a very busy bride caring for an ill mother and grandmother, going to school full-time, and planning a wedding. Needless to say, I had very limited time to spend meeting with Christina and almost didn't get to meet her before my wedding.
I was not at the initial meeting, but I entrusted my then-fiance to go meet with officiants and select one for us. He met with Christina and chose her based on her warm and professional demeanor. He had no clue what he was doing, but Christina told him everything he needed to know and he came home with a bunch of helpful information and custom ceremony options for me to look over. Since Christina's ceremony options were very unique and fiance really got along well with her, I told him to go ahead with our contract with her.
With Christina, every cost was very clear up front. There were no hidden fees for rehearsals or travel costs, which I really appreciated because I had interviewed another officiant who kept sneaking in more fees. I was a bride with very little time to organize my wedding and I had no patience for last-minute re-organizing of wedding funds. Since all of Christina's prices were clear and up-front, I did not have to go back three times and adjust my budget around her costs. I was grateful for that convenience.
Christina had us each fill out questionnaires and email them to her, which was also very convenient for me because I could do it at 3am after writing a paper. She used these questionnaires to create a custom wedding ceremony for us.
I still had not met or spoken directly to Christina when she sent me the first draft of our wedding ceremony, which she had composed based on our questionnaires. When I got it, I cried my eyes out, I was so impressed with how very personal our ceremony was based on those questionnaires alone! I was extremely thrilled and knew that we had absolutely chosen the best officiant for our wedding! I couldn't wait to meet her after I saw the beautiful ceremony she wrote!
Christina was understanding, professional, and flexible around our hectic schedules and our wedding rehearsal and wedding day were crazy, but Christina was amazing. She was very calm and reassuring and not bossy in any way. What a pleasure to work with! Everyone commented on how beautiful and how "us" the ceremony was! She even included our cat Nika, who is very important to us! lol I LOVED that!
She helped us with everything even after the wedding and told us what to do to get our license and all of that important info. She also gave us a gorgeous printed hard copy of our wedding ceremony!
I highly recommend Christina to officiate your wedding! You will be impressed by her ability to truly make your wedding ceremony unique, personal, and beautiful!
Christina really made an effort to make our ceremony personal and unique to us as a couple. I loved how she asked us to answer questions about our relationship and each other seperately, and then send them to her privately. We never knew what we said about each other until she sent a draft of the ceremony; it was a really special surprise to see how our answers were incorporated into our vows. Christina also let us review and edit our ceremony which allowed us to feel comfortable with how the ceremony would feel.
Christina was professional, timely, and a pleasure to work with.
Christina made our wedding absolutely amazing. The entire ceremony was personal and customized to fit our personalities, yet still was sacred and meaningful. She met with us multiple times and discussed with us how we would like our ceremony to go, helped us through the entire process (from the amount of religion mentioned and religious references to writing vows and different types of mini-ceremonies), and then helped us with what to do after the wedding ceremony was performed. If you're looking for an officiant who will make your ceremony one to remember, we definitely recommend Christina.
Christina was the officiant for our ceremony in June 2011. She provided the perfect ceremony. The ceremony was written with a personal touch to include items and emotions specific to our relationship. We received numerous compliments on our ceremony and how perfect it was. Thanks for everything!
Christina was absolutely amazing. I am a busy working mom and didn't have time to meet with her, so all of our contact was either via phone or email. She still managed to make me feel comfortable and gave us the best ceremony. She was fun, flexible, and everything I could have wanted in an officiant. Thank you so much for the wonderful, heartfelt ceremony.
Christina conducted our very low-key ceremony and exceeded our expectations. We wanted something very short and sweet and she offered a number of standard ceremony possibilities and even allowed for minor changes. On the day of our wedding, she thoughtfully provided me flowers and had her husband take photos for us. The ceremony tone was exactly what we wanted and we were very pleased with all aspects. In addition, she was flexible with time and place and was very responsive to our many questions.
Christina was great! She first met with us to discuss the various services she provides as well as get a feel for the type of relationship we have. At this point, she gave us a questionnaire that we both took home and filled out individually which described personal moments and feelings towards the other partner. Christina then met with us again to discuss the personalized ceremony she created. On the wedding day, everything went perfectly and Christina did everything just like she said she was going to do. I highly recommend her for your ceremony!
Christina was truely amazing! She preformed such a beautiful and warm ceremony and represented our marriage beautifully! She tailored our vows perfectly and really made us feel that she put forth both the time and the effort in creating such a beautiful, meaningful, and TRUE ceremony! Christina offered to us professionalism, advice, kindness and laughs along the way! More importantly, she made a lasting impression on both my husband and I, all of our guests and family members. I give Christina FIVE starts because she gave us a FIVE star ceremony!!! Thank you Christina!!! :)
Christina was wonderful! After first speaking with her, we loved how down to earth she was and appreciated her interest in getting to know us. She worked hard to make a ceremony that was truly what we wanted. She was always there to guide us, as much or as little as we wanted. Highly recommended!
Christina is such a natural at performing such beautiful ceremonies. We love her!! Her warm and calming nature really helped our nerves that big day and we couldn't have found anyone else but her to deliver such a wonderful ceremony! She tailored our ceremony to exactly what we wanted and added her own words to compliment ours...It was amazing!! She also gave us great advice along the way and really made us comfortable and confident with such an important day! Everyone is still talking about our ceremony and how it felt like she was up there telling a story, so natural, happy and meaningful. Thanks again Christina for a awesome day!! You're the best!
We LOVE Christina! She took the time to get to know us as a couple and wrote a beautiful ceremony, tailored to our personalities and what marriage represents to us. She was more than flexible, very communicative, and very patient! Christina made our day very, very special and we'll remember it...and her...always.
We highly recommend her!
Christina helped make our ceremony smooth and effortless. She guided us as to what we needed to do, so there was no added stress. We had a beautiful little ceremony. Thank you so much.
This is Ting...
Your wedding ceremony will acknowledge and honor the commitment you've made to each other and let your friends and family know how important this relationship is in your life. Ideally, your ceremony should reflect the two of you, who you are, what you believe and what you want to create in your life together but HOW do you put it all into words?
I am honored to assist you in creating that perfect ceremony, a loving statement to the world and to each other. I know, some of you already know exactly what you want to say and that's wonderful! We can put our heads together and create the wedding ceremony of your dreams! I also know that some of you are nervous, or don't want to be the center of attention or just want to say "I do" and get it done with...but what if there were a way to do that that was uniquely your own? I am honored to assist you. Whatever kind of wedding you envision, I will listen to you, respect your wishes and most importantly, respect your relationship and your own unique union. Together we will craft a personalized ceremony that honors your relationship and your commitment and traditions. I am happy to perform Spiritual, non-denominational and civil ceremonies. Whether it's traditional, multi-cultural, or your own unique ideas, I will work for you with trust, empathy, compassion, creativity, warmth, and... smiles!
New Jersey has many wonderful wedding celebrants and officiants and I am proud to be among such talent. My services are unique in that I have chosen to keep my scheduled weddings to one per day except in very unusual situations. That means that when you choose to have me officiate your ceremony, I dedicate that day to you. I will be at the ceremony site early, to ensure everything is ready and in place. If necessary ( if there was no rehearsal prior), we will do a quick run through of the ceremony with everyone involved to calm nerves. I can help sew a rip in a dress, spend time with a nervous flower girl, make sure everyone has their readings ( I always bring extra copies) and get all the formalities out of the way before the ceremony to allow you to enjoy the rest of the day or evening. I also love creating small intimate family weddings as well as fabulous events so don't worry that your wedding won't be "big" enough for me.
I have years of experience in both the public and private sector as successful a trainer, faciliator, mediator and counselor, Reiki Master/Teacher, holisitic practicioner and workshop leader. I also spent several fun years as a nationally certified wedding planner - I know how much work it takes to plan a wedding- large or small!
Your wedding ceremony is as important to me as my own - together we can craft memories to last a lifetime!
Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life. Let it unfold as it needs to...let go of the stress! Laugh, enjoy and make it fun for everyone! Laughter will fix anything that might go wrong. The day will go so fast you won't remember much, make what you remember special.