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Officiant in Tacoma, WA,
(818) 454-0960
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    User2240206

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  • The Best Day Ever Officiant was amazing!! John made our day so special. The ceremony was so personal and intimate. He took the time to get to know us before our wedding day and really listened to all we had to say and used that info to make our ceremony incredibly personal. I'm a wedding photographer, and I've been to a LOT of weddings in the past decade, but John is among the very best officiants. We eloped, and he was the perfect choice to make our day awesome. He even arrived early to scope the area out and found the best spot for us. He cares not just for the wedding day, but genuinely invests in his clients. We clicked with him the first time we met over the phone, and really feel like he fit right into our day perfectly. We didn't just get an officiant. We got a friend. If you haven't booked him yet, do it now! You won't regret it.

    Jordan O.

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  • Planning a wedding during a pandemic (and replanning, and then planning again) is no small feat. Of all of the stresses we dealt with trying to keep up with regulations and keeping our loved ones safe, the one thing that went as smooth as possible was choosing John as our officiant. From our first FaceTime call, we felt confident that John would help shepherd us into marriage in a kind, genuine and fun way. He took the time to get to know us, and spoke well to our story on our wedding day. He was extremely communicative, reliable and our families loved him! We sincerely appreciated how seriously he took the safety of our loved ones, and he was masked the whole ceremony. We even received comments from our Zoom attendees from across the country telling us how great of an officiant we had. I'd highly recommend John to anyone who is looking for a kind, fun and heartfelt officiant.

    Dylan B.

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  • Thank you so much for making our ceremony so special! Even though we laughed a lot you made it clear how much of a BFD('Big Freaking Deal') this was. If anyone is looking for an officiant still then stop your search and give him a call. Through the entire process John's communication was clear and his responses were prompt. He took the time to get to know us before hand to create an experienced truly tailored to us. From the first phone call it was clear he was the best person to have as our officiant.

    Kately C.

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  • You absolutely cannot get any better than John! We are a military couple that had a big wedding planned for December. But, we decided to forgo our “big white wedding” and elope 9 months sooner! We had our license, found a photographer, but we were in desperate need of an officiant. I found John on WeddingWire during a flight home to N.C. from a visit to see my fiancé in WA and before I even landed John had already called me! John took the time to meet with us over video call since I couldn’t be back in WA before our elopement date, was genuinely interested in our story, and quickly became a friend not just an officiant we were lucky enough to find off of the internet. The night before our wedding came and the forecast for the time of our planned outdoor Beach elopement included a 90% chance of rain. Without hesitation, when I asked John I’d be had any flexibility to do sunrise at 7 am instead: he immediately responded to my text and said yes! John arrived to the service be... Read more

    Sean F.

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  • When I was planning my wedding, just like many people, I wanted mine to be perfect (or at least as close to perfect as possible). I spent so much time researching, calling, price negotiating, and so on. The entire process was very stressful, confusing, and expensive. That is, except my experience with John Candler. When I was looking for an officiant, I looked online and read many reviews. I looked at their faces, and tried my best to imagine their personalities. I know this sounds bad, but I simply didn’t have the time, energy, or desire to meet multiple pastors, priests, nuns or whoever to find the perfect officiant. When I saw the reviews for John, the people described a person that was warm, professional, and simply great at what he does. So I sent him a message, hoping that he was available for our special day. He quickly replied, within minutes, and let us know he was available. He directed us to his website for more information, photos, reviews, and rates. His website was prof... Read more

    Dichella O.

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  • When we were looking for an officiant (and any vendor for that matter), we wanted to hire someone who felt like a friend. We had a FaceTime meeting with John and instantly it felt like we’ve known him for years. He took his time asking questions and finding out about us as a couple to really personalize our wedding ceremony. He also made sure to ask us if there were any special components that we’d like to be integrated into the ceremony. I’m Filipino and Catholic. Although we asked for a nondenominational ceremony, it was important to me to include certain parts of Catholic weddings into the ceremony. Surprisingly, John knew about these components (cord/veil, unity candle). He had an outline ready for us and sent over after our first meeting. He was even more prepared then we thought! Unfortunately, because of COVID we had to postpone our wedding that was scheduled for 8/30/20. It was heartbreaking and we had to go back to the drawing board to pick a new wedding date. We the... Read more

    Prannoy

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  • John truly made our wedding the best day ever! It was much more fun and beautiful than what we thought it will be. John is very easy and flexible to work with. He took efforts to understand our story and made the ceremony very personal. All our guests from India and other countries who joined the wedding virtually enjoyed the ceremony and found John' statements to be genuine. Even though we organized the wedding under CoVid restrictions, John helped us celebrate the wedding in a memorable way. Definitely recommend John to anyone looking for an officiant.

    Janelle C.

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  • John did an amazing job at our wedding! He was able to personalize our wedding ceremony to reflect who we are as a couple. We had our wedding at a winery, and planned a non-denominational ceremony, but I wanted to honor my Filipino culture and our Christian/Catholic values. We collaborated with John to create a beautiful ceremony that mentioned God, reflected our spirituality with bible verses, and included a Filipino veil, cord, coin and unity candle ceremony. He gives you guidance in developing the ceremony script, and is obviously very experienced. During the ceremony, John spoke like an old friend who knew us for years, talking about how we met and everything else we told him about ourselves during our meetings. All of our guests were impressed by John! He was also super flexible! He stuck with us when we had to move our ceremony to the next year because of COVID. I also made a lot of changes to the ceremony script after our wedding rehearsal the day before the wedding, and he ... Read more

    Lily A.

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  • John’s personality, charisma, and professionalism truly captivate you from the moment you meet him! From our first video conference with him to when we officially met him on out elopement day, John was great! He takes your story and adventures and creates such a wonderful ceremony. I could not imagine anything more or better that he could have written for us. Not to mention he is a dog lover so we automatically knew we loved him! Plus he hiked into the rainforest with dress shoes so we could have the perfect spot! Choose John for your ceremony and you will not regret it. Thank you so much John for making our day perfect!

    Sofia V.

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  • Working with John was probably one of the best decisions my husband and I made throughout our wedding planning process. He is so warm and welcoming, he really listened to our story and made our ceremony that much more special. Our guests loved him! I would recommend him to anyone getting married, you will not be disappointed!

    Keith F.

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  • We loved John's personality. He was very outgoing and caring. He took the time to get to know us. He learned our story and crafted a ceremony that was specific to us.

    Kristin

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  • We connected with John before COVID in 2019 and he has remained beyond excited in anticipation for our day. No matter what came up, John was incredibly understanding and patient with us when it came to our having to postpone several times throughout 2020. He was more concerned about us and the disappointment we felt than anything he had to do on his end. He periodically reached out to us to see how we were doing, how the planning was going, and to even share a bit of his life. When the time finally came to prepare for our ceremony, John genuinely cared to know us and was thrilled to hear our story. He made us feel more like friends of his than a mere interview and this continued until we met John for the first time in person on our elopement/wedding day! He is the most authentic, caring, and fun-loving person which made our wedding day enjoyable and without complication. When he shared the ceremony, he wrote for us, it was filled with personalization to our love story and to who Andrew... Read more

    Angelina T.

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  • John is very responsive, involved and thoughtful. He makes the process easy and fun! We are so thankful we met him

    Nicole L.

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  • Our ceremony was perfect and it was all thanks to John! It really was the best day ever! John took the time to get to know me and my husband and with that information he made our ceremony so personal. A lot of guests thought he was a friend we asked to do the ceremony because he created a ceremony that perfectly fit both of our personalities. John is open to doing traditional and non traditional ceremonies. John is funny, personable, dedicated and so much more. I am so grateful we found John!

    Reyna S.

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  • John is a great guy to work with and him being so outgoing made this experience stress free and unforgettable. He remembered every detail of our relationship and included it into our ceremony. We will never forget this experience. Thank you, John!
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