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Officiant in Ventura, California,
(805) 665-9119
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  • 88 Reviews


    Laura

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  • Marlene was such a sweetheart since I first spoke to her! She made us feel so comfortable with trusting her to do our ceremony, with us living out of state we didn’t have much face to face time. She performed a beautiful ceremony for me and my husband. She altered it short and sweet just how we wanted it! It was perfect! Thank you Marlene!

    Suzanne

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  • Marlene helped us to create the perfect ceremony that was unique to our marriage. We both have children and getting married was about more than just the two of us. We were combining our families together and Marlene helped us with a ceremony that included our children in the most beautiful way! Also, both of us have different religious/spiritual backgrounds and she was able to combine the essence of both of our faiths and beliefs. Our families loved the ceremony and could not stop raving about what a beautiful event we had created! Our special event was made perfect with the help of Marlene. She spent the time up front to help us create a memory that we with our children and family will never forget! We absolutely recommend Marlene, she truly made our event special!!

    Corinne

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  • Marlene was so sweet!! She did everything perfect with the ceremony. We couldn’t have been blessed with a better officiant. We highly recommend her !!

    Nate

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  • Marlene has great positive energy. She was meet us to prepare the ceremony draft and flexible to travel to our venue out of town. She had great recommendations for quotes and poems and helped us make our ceremony personal. She arrived prepared with our vows typed up and sent us off with all the paperwork and instructions needed for our license. We were so happy she was part of our special day.

    Geri

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  • Working with Marlene was a great pleasure. She worked with us to make our ceremony really special. My husband tells me that she saved the day because none of the guys knew how to put on the buttoniere. Overall, the ceremony couldn't have been more perfect and I have Marlene to THANK for such a beautiful and intimate wedding.

    Alyssa

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  • Marlene was wonderful! She was so sweet and patient with us. She was also extremely helpful when it came to any questions we had or any last minute changes. Marlene’s style was perfect for our ceremony. She focused on our love story even including details of our relationship. After the wedding I received so many compliments on the ceremony. I couldn’t have asked for it to have gone any better! I would recommend her in a heartbeat!!

    Rae

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  • Marlene was integral to the success and beauty of our wedding! From the first email I sent her until our good-byes after our wedding ceremony, Marlene was totally invested in making my husband's and my wedding exactly what we wanted it to be - and did so with authenticity and true, deep care. Over six months, via email, she patiently waded through and gave positive feedback on the seemingly endless changes we made to our ceremony text and provided encouragement and support as we got closer and closer to the day. When we met her, she was calm, open, easy and so kind - exactly what you want and need in a wedding officiant. She walked us through rehearsal with ease, then on our wedding day itself was a grounding force for both me and my husband. She delivered our ceremony with clarity and gentleness and played well with our small gathering of friends and family. I can not recommend Marlene highly enough. She's the real deal - she genuinely cares and is gifted at what she does.

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    Thank you Rae for the sweet words. It is my deepest hope and greatest pleasure when together, we create a ceremony that elicits this kind of response. I was honored to be part of the magic and I wish for you decades and decades of happiness together.

    Meagan

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  • She was awesome! Everyone loved her at my wedding!

    Jane

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  • Marlene was fabulous from my first conversation with her. Since we were eloping we were not able to meet in person prior to our wedding. It made no difference at all! In fact, our friends who watched our video asked when we had met with her because the service was so personalized. When we received the first draft (which was perfect) of the ceremony we were in tears (in a good way!) as were our friends and family who watched our video. She was warm and caring throughout. We had some last minute changes which she seamlessly added. We wrote our own vows and she provided guidance through that process. She brings them printed and easy to read to the ceremony-one less thing to worry about! She will make the ceremony about YOU and whatever stories you want to include. She took care of the marriage license paperwork immediately and just made everything worry free. She was fabulous in her communication whenever we had a question or concern. We are so grateful we found her to officiate our wedd... Read more

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  • Marlene was wonderful and so easy to work with. She was very accommodating and created the exact ceremony we wanted. Best of all was that she did an excellent job of reading our demeanor during the vows and just went with the flow so nicely.

    Tricia

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  • Marlene was wonderful. she understood that we wanted our wedding to be about our love, friendship, and beginning of our new life together. She sent us a preview of the ceremony for us to read over and make change or additions. It was short but loving and meaningful which was what we were looking for in our marriage ceremony. We had many compliments from our guests regarding her delivery and use of her thoughtful words. I couldn't of ask for more in a ceremony.

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  • Marlena was everything we had hoped for. Warm, friendly and very open to our non-traditional vows that encompassed a variety of spiritual paths. She gave us a large script with lots of ideas to start with based on what our desires and interests were, and we pared it down from there into a perfect 20 minute ceremony. She is also very reasonable. I would definitely recommend her to anyone getting married on the coast.

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  • Marlene was more than willing to help with the ceremony in any way she could help. She was quick to respond to any questions we had, and it was a pleasure to have her perform our wedding ceremony.

    Chris

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  • Marlene was great!!! Our wedding was perfect, she was funny, sweet, and even had the groom shedding tears lol.

    Frances

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  • When we realized our original officiant got the dates confused for our wedding 2 weeks before the big day, we were so glad to find Marlene through wedding wire last minute! She picked up right away and made me feel comfortable going with her over the phone. We sent her ideas and what we were hoping for in the ceremony, and being that we are not religious, we were hoping for a funny and sweet ceremony. We were slightly disappointed with what she had written for us. I think she is used to giving more religious ceremonies with beautiful flowery prose, so definitely go with her if that is your thing! We are more of a casual and funny couple, and although she was very accommodating and willing to rewrite the ceremony many times, incorporating personal stories about us when she had not even met us, even at such late notice. We ended up just writing the ceremony ourselves by googling online samples and had her read it, and were overall happy with her delivery, although she did scoff at someth... Read more
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