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Officiant in Parkton, Maryland,
(724) 263-9836
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  • 177 Reviews


    James

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    5 out of 5
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  • Out of all of the vendors we hired for our wedding, Rachael stands out as the one who most went above and beyond to make our day fantastic. We were lucky to have her on site several hours before our ceremony was going to start, and throughout the day she was checking in on us to make sure everything was going smoothly, and making sure we were fed and hydrated! When it came time for the ceremony (which was outdoors), she expertly modified the script on the fly so that we would avoid a thunderstorm that was quickly approaching our venue. Overall, I was blown away by her level her professionalism, attention to detail, preparation, and also just how much she cared about the process and us. It was something I genuinely did not expect, but I think that's Rachael’s thing; exceeding your expectations in every conceivable way. I’d wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant in the area.

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    Oh this is such a wonderful review, thank you so much! I was more than happy to ensure that thunderstorm didn't ruin your big day... and we did it - yay! It means so much to me that your ceremony turned out exactly how you wanted it to, and I hope married life is treating you well! Please stay in touch! Best, Rachael

    Julie

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  • I need to start by saying Rachael is the sweetest and most caring person you will ever meet. When we first started thinking about who we wanted to officiate our wedding, I was against the idea of someone "random" marrying us; I wanted it to be someone who knew us. I quickly realized this wouldn't be possible and that's when we met Rachael. From the moment of our first inquiry, she was nothing but supportive and excited for us; after our 15 minute FaceTime with her, we both knew we HAD to have Rachael officiate our wedding. She immediately provided us with so many ceremony reading options and gave us advice/pushed us in the right direction when we needed it. The ceremony planning process was so easy and honestly fun, we told her which passages we liked and she did all of the editing and rearranging to make it flow and sound cohesive. One of the most important things in a wedding vendor is responsiveness, and Rachael is so incredibly responsive, sometimes even answering our emails within... Read more

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    Oh. My. Goodness.... Julie! You literally had me in TEARS reading this review! I feel like it was my best friend who wrote it...someone who has watched me weekend after weekend, month after month, year after year at every wedding, taking notes of the little details I do to help make my couples' wedding days PERFECT... and you captured it all in ONE day! Thank you SO MUCH for being so attentive to the little things I do, and for APPRECIATING them as deeply as you did. I am so incredibly happy that we had the opportunity to plan the perfect ceremony together, and I ADORE the fact that you chose me to be the persons you had marry you. Thank you so incredibly much! Be sure to keep in touch!

    Nick Roy

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    5 out of 5
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  • Let's talk about my wedding nightmare, three weeks before our ceremony our officiant informed us that they would not be available for our ceremony. Not a problem I thought, I quickly found a second officiant who then cancelled on me a week later. I looked for recommendations from a few people and was given Rachel's contact information, and could not be more pleased with how not only the ceremony came out, but how natural everything felt. Right after getting off the phone with her the first time I immediately felt better and that everything was going to be great. She walked through everything on the phone with me, and there could not have been a better person to officiate our wedding. When everything was all said and done it felt like we had been planning this for months. The attention to detail was great, Rachel fit right in to the group and made the wedding fun, and made sure to give us little tips on how to get the best pictures of our wedding. It's not often that you get marri... Read more

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    Aw Nick, this is AMAZING! I'm so happy to have been the third and final officiant for you! Haha! I loved every second of our (rather rushed) planning together, and I am so happy I was able to provide a comfortable, upbeat, and detailed ceremony for you and Ellen. Please be sure to keep in touch!

    Lisa

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  • Working with Rachael was absolutely amazing! We started by chatting about our very unique non-religious Hindu Christian wedding and put together the entire ceremony. After a few revisions we had a final draft and Rachael performed our ceremony flawlessly, on her part! We had little crazy issues like the garland breaking, but Rachael was great at making a joke or pivoting and keeping the ceremony fun and on track. All our friends and family commented on how great the unique ceremony was and what a great job Rachael did. One very unique element was that she made sure to not be in all the photos and she would give us little cues like hold hands act you love each other. She was great and we were so happy we chose her to be our officiant!

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    Thank you, Lisa, for this amazing review. I loved all the traditional components and silly mishaps that helped make it truly unique and special to the two of you! Also, thanks for pointing out how I move away during the ceremony so that I'm not in the background of all of your photos.... I know my photographer friends appreciate that too! I'm so honored to have been your officiant...keep in touch!

    Molly Bizon

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  • Rachael was AMAZING! From pricing, prepping and the actual ceremony! Day of I walk into the bridal sweet after the craziness of pictures. Racheal pulls out water, nuts and mints. Gives the final directions and it’s go time. Our ceremony was amazing. Rachael’s kind heart came through as we made the next steps in our life. She is a tissue ninja and through in some life humor. Our guests loved her just as much as we do!

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    Hahaha! I'm so happy I was there to provide you with the essentials (it's the teacher/mom in me! Gotta make sure you weren't gonna pass out on me! ) Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review for me... I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to stand with you guys (and the penguin) on your wedding day! Keep in touch!

    Talia Sparkman

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rachael was so loving and caring and throughout the entire planning of the ceremony, down to the very second the ceremony was over. She was prompt with arrival on the day of the ceremony, and took as much time as we needed. We love Rachael! I wish she could marry us every day year!!!!

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    Talia, thank you so very much! I simply adored your ceremony, and am so happy to have been the one to stand with you! Please keep in touch!

    Brittany Holley

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  • From the second I met Rachael I just knew she had to be our officiant. She quickly became my favorite person ever and the friendship we have made will be one to last a lifetime. She is so much more than just an officiant and truly goes above and beyond her job requirements. She helped us keep calm, laugh and even helped with our vows. Everything is so well organized with her and just plain perfection. I highly, highly recommend Rachael if your looking for an officiant. I'm so grateful we had her and you will be too!

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    Your words are so sweet, Brittany! Being a part of your wedding day was amazing and I'm grateful for the friendship we've created! Thank you for trusting me to perform your ceremony as you start this new journey. I wish you both nothing but the best. Stay in touch!!

    Shelagh

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our team of vendors was amazing. Every individual who helped make our wedding move through the day was exemplary in their respective industries, but RACHAEL was the best. She was our favorite vendor from Day 1 and in looking back on the weekend, we still have warm fuzzies for her. Rachael is a former kindergarten teacher and the skills she honed there - classroom management, being a calming force, and having a clear, smooth voice - clearly shined through and are EXTREMELY helpful in dealing with distracted (and probably tipsy) adults who need a lot of direction and a steady presence in their midst. From our first conversation with Rachel, she made us feel so comfortable. She is impeccably organized and kept us on schedule for the year leading up to our wedding. She read our vows we wrote for each other to ensure they jived well and ran a super-organized ceremony rehearsal for us. The ceremony was beautiful and went off without a hitch - and it is because of Rachael. Our guests t... Read more

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    Shelagh, I am absolutely overjoyed reading this review. Thank you for trusting me to officiate such an important day in your lives - what an amazing milestone! It was my pleasure to help plan your wedding day and read your vows - they made for such a wonderful ceremony! Please, please stay in touch. I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness! Cheers, Rachael

    Dara

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  • Please let our late review be no reflection on the awesomeness that is Rachael! We did not forget and have been meaning to do it but... life! Our wedding was amazing! Rachael was one of the first vendors that we hired, and she was there when we won the castle! She made sure we had an awesome picture to remember the day from! That was a day that changed our lives! as well as our wedding day! :) Rachael helped us out by suggesting some other great vendors to us. We really enjoyed working with Marta, Dj Carl, and Eric also! Rachael is available and there to help you out with whatever you need! She made great suggestions for the ceremony, and offered many suggestions for the unity portion so we could find one that was uniquely us! We liked the idea of having a couple of 'guest speakers' read portions of the ceremony. It was a great way to include some more important people to us and we even got to include a personal reading that my husband wrote :) When I was having trouble with my vows ... Read more

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    Oh Dara! Thank you so much for "remembering" me! I feel so honored to have been your officiant, and I LOVE getting this surprise review months later! Hoping life is treating you guys AMAZINGLY, and that your first few months of marriage have been absolutely blissful! Keep in touch!

    Jessica

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  • Rachael was one of the first vendors we picked right after our venue and we secured her services over a year out. We really wanted an officiant who was able to capture “us” and make it a ceremony that was more “real” than just a standard scripted ceremony. We had a few introduction calls with other officiants and we knew immediately Rachael was the one. She is professional, passionate, energetic, super organized, detail-oriented, and an all around rockstar. With Rachael, you get to fully customize your ceremony! We even wanted to do a salt covenant in our ceremony, which she had never done before, and she did some research and put together a mock up of a few different versions for us to pick from. Rachael kept in touch every step of the way and even sent helpful reminders of upcoming deadlines. Rachael is a pro and you can tell - no detail goes unnoticed by her. We decided fairly last minute to hire Rachael for the organization/planning of and the directing of our rehearsal and... Read more

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    Oh Jessica... this just makes my heart beam! Thank you SO MUCH for your kind words! I am so happy you chose me as your officiant, and love that we were able to create a ceremony that reflected the two of you in such an incredible way. I'm so SO happy for you both, and look forward to seeing many anniversary photos in your future!

    Lacey

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  • Working with Rachael was the absolute best part of the entire wedding-planning process. Having her officiate our wedding was the best decision that we could have made. From our first phone call with Rachael, she felt like a friend and I felt as though we were destined to be connected! Rachael seemed to always understand the feel that my husband and I were going for in our ceremony. She worked with us to personalize our ceremony and make it exactly what we wanted. She was patient with our changes and requests and offered advice and suggestions to help us when we were stuck. Rachael is incredibly friendly, organized, responsive, and amazing at what she does. As soon as the ceremony ended, we received nothing but compliments for the rest of the night (we're still receiving compliments 5 days later) on how fantastic the ceremony was. Our guests shared that it was the best ceremony that they'd ever witnessed and I give all of that credit to Rachael. Working with Rachael, and having h... Read more

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    Oh Lacey, you have me smiling from ear to ear over here! I'm absolutely touched to have been apart of one of the most important days in Brian and your relationship... I cannot even begin to explain how grateful I am that Kait connected us! Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to become one of your friends, standing with and supporting you on your wedding day. Please PLEASE be sure to keep in touch... and of course, open invitation to come over and play with the kiddos anytime! :)

    Samantha

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  • My husband and I worked a wedding two years ago where Rachael was the Officiant and we were so impressed with her we knew that when we got married she would be our Officiant. Fast forward to two years later when we got engaged, as soon as we picked our date we e-mailed Rachael to book her! She is so helpful and organized during the whole wedding process which is amazing, since I'm pretty sure I've emailed her the same thing multiple times over the course of two years lol. Rachael made sure we got the ceremony we wanted, and the way we wanted it. She made it so easy going, I wasn't nervous at all! I can not recommend Rachael enough, if you want a stress free, professional, and awesome officiant she is the way to go! We even had guests reach out to us and ask for her information. 100% would recommend! Thanks for everything Rachael!

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    It was an absolute pleasure to work with you both! Thank you for taking the time to craft such a heartfelt review, I truly appreciate it. I'm always happy to answer any questions for my couples to ensure they get the ceremony of their dreams, and I'm so glad you trusted me on your wedding day - it was beautiful! Please be sure to keep in touch! Cheers, Rachael

    Amy D

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  • The only part of my wedding that went off without a hitch! Rachael was quick to respond and extremely supportive during the months, weeks, and days leading up to the event. During the ceremony Rachael's calm personality helped all of us feel at ease. Rachael went above and beyond with her service, from making my nine year old son feel extra important to retrieving my daughter's sweater from the bridal suite. I could not be happier that I found Rachael to officiate my wedding.

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    I still remember that moment with your son and his very important job! :) Being a part of your wedding day was wonderful, and I'm so happy you felt calm and relaxed as you married the love of your life! My goal is to be as supportive as possible for my couples, and I wish you both a lifetime of love & happiness. Thank you for such a sweet review! All the best, Rachael

    Shannon Gorini

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  • Rachael was recommended to us by our DOC, who had worked with her previously and thought we would be a good match. Rachael contacted us right away and I was on the phone with her within a day. She talked to me for over an hour during the free initial consultation and even gave me advice about labor (I was pregnant with my first baby at the time) when I told her how nervous I was about that. She worked with us constantly for several months to write us a fully customized ceremony FROM SCRATCH. She helped us incorporate our son and when we wanted to add a section where we read to him she was on board and helped us make that perfect, too. In addition to all of this, Rachael kept us on track when we were slow to make selections or send our vows, without making us anxious about getting them done. I was SO excited to meet her on my wedding day and instantly felt at ease once she was there. She came with our vows, readings, and ceremony outline all printed and color coded for us, and even ... Read more

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    Oh Shannon, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review for me... and only days after your wedding day to boot! I'm so deeply touched by your words, and am so happy to have been the friend standing with you on your wedding day, helping your guests gain an even deeper relationship with you and your amazing family. Please be sure to continue to keep in touch! I can't wait to watch your little one blossom and grow into his amazing and loving family!

    Denton Senft

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  • Words can't describe how important Rachael was to our wedding. The guidance she provided throughout the process leading up to the big day made things so easy. Rachael provided us with support, ideas, answers, suggestions and opinions at all the key moments during both the planning process and throughout the ceremony on the day of. Her ability to help you take in every moment during your wedding process for what's worth is what really makes Rachael so special as an officiant. She really helps you have the experience you want and deserve on your big day. The attention to detail and the little things are what really makes her special. Things like moving you closer together as she steps out of the way for you to have a special moment together as she does a reading, to the color coordination on the print out of our vows to help make sure you get some breaths in. (Much needed because without those color coordinated sentence/paragraph breaks I would have been an emotional blubbering mess thro... Read more

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    Oh Denton, this awesome review has left me feeling so incredibly happy. I am so glad you noticed all of the little details and touches I did to help make you comfortable and relaxed on the day of your wedding.Thank you so much for taking the time to let the world know of all of those little details too! Please PLEASE be sure to keep in touch!

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