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Officiant in Southern Pines, North Carolina,
(910) 695-8626
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    Cindy S.

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  • Rev. DeKornfeld officiated our wedding exactly the way we wanted. He understood exactly what we needed to be incorporated into our special day. We not only had our best friends attend our wedding, but Jim became a part of our family in his own special way. His ability to understand and know us with the short amount of time I put on him is uncanny.

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    You are so sweet. The story that the two of you have made my job easy. Best wishes for a long and happy marriage. Jim

    Alyssa

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  • Rev. DeKornfeld not only helped us prepare a ceremony that was meaningful to us, but he also adapted that ceremony as our plans changed to the format of a virtual wedding. It was everything we wanted in a ceremony and provided a chance to share our story with our family that watched from across the country. We are so thankful for Jim's patience and quick communication with us during this uncertain time.

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    Thanks so much for your kind words. You two were the super stars being able to adjust your plans and your ceremony to have so many of your friends and family participate even though they could not attend in person. I'll always remember your ceremony with great fondness.

    Caroline P.

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  • My fiancé and I were going back on forth on if we "needed" an officiant or if we should just get a friend to do it. Trust me when I say, go ahead and book the professional, it makes all the difference. Jim did an amazing job. He was very prompt in responding to emails and phone calls. We spoke with Jim and he had us fill out a questionnaire. From our answers, he developed a ceremony draft. We would send it back and forth with edits until ultimately it became our final ceremony. The final product was literally perfect. It captured all of our emotions and fit who my fiancé and I were as individuals and as a couple. The way Jim delivered the speech, it seemed as if he had known us for years and watched us develop our relationship into love. Guests would come up to us at the reception and ask if Jim was a family friend because the ceremony was so personal and touching. Thank you Jim for the incredible job. You made us laugh, you made us cry, you brought out the emotions in us and made o... Read more

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    It’s incredibly satisfying to take the information I learn from the couple to create the first draft of the ceremony. It’s even more satisfying when the couple’s feedback and editing vastly improve the first draft. We went back and forth several times and I believe your ceremony was one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to present. Thanks so much for allowing me to play the part I had on your wedding day. Best wishes for many happy years together. Jim

    Zara W.

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  • Hiring Jim was the least stressful part of our wedding. He was very accommodating, understanding, arrived on time, and was not afraid of horses. Thanks for the wonderful ceremony Jim!

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    In the 400 or so weddings I’ve officiated yours was the first and only to have the bride and groom arrive on horseback. How wonderful is that? Best wishes for many happy years together. Jim

    Melanie Z.

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  • Jim created a wonderful ceremony for us and was very open and flexible to any changes and ideas we asked to make our ceremony perfect for us. He recommended a sand ceremony to symbolically create our new family and it was a beautiful and meaningful part of our day. He was kind, easy to work with and prompt. I would recommend him to anyone!

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    Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m so happy to have been asked to officiate for you and doubly happy that the rain held off long enough to have the ceremony on the tee box at Pinehurst #2. It was perfect.

    Amanda B.

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  • We are a Covid couple and were originally to be married by a friend of ours who lives in NY. 3 weeks prior to our wedding date, our friend had to tell us he could no longer attend nor perform our wedding due to restrictions. We scrambled to find a Minister at our late date and came across Jim. The first conversation I had with Jim I knew he was perfect for our ceremony. An open minded Christian who truly loves what he does and it shows!! Jim was able to get to know my husband and I over the following 3 weeks and created a ceremony that was personal, funny and touching. We recommend Jim to anyone in the Pinehurst/Southern Pines area!!!

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    As discussed earlier, I wish you clear skies, smooth air, and many wonderful years together. Thanks so much for allowing me to play the part I had on your wedding day. Jim

    Christina T.

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  • Jim was professional and brought light humor to our ceremony in a perfect way. We enjoyed sharing our special day with him. He is very responsive and thorough in communicating and will do everything to make sure your ceremony is as you would want it to be!

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    As said earlier, looking forward to getting together when we are able. In the meantime, enjoy being married to each other. You two are wonderful. Jim

    Brandee

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  • We had to make alternate plans for our wedding because of COVID concerns.. and well, the state of the world in these times. Jim was an absolute diamond in the rough. He helped us quickly plan our small, intimate ceremony, while not compromising on ANY of the details! He was very informative, walked us through the whole process, and made our day even better than we could have imagined! There was no stressing, and he there to answer any question or concern we had! I would absolutely recommend Jim to anyone. Whether big or small, he ensures your ceremony will be your perfect day!

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    Brandee, you and Melissa are a wonderful couple. I am so pleased that everything from timing, weather, and location worked out as well as it did. I look forward to a very sweet Renewal of Vows in 5 years or so. Let's keep in touch. Stay well, Jim

    Katy M.

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  • Accommodating, quick to respond, sincere, personal, witty, funny, very reasonably priced, tailored to exactly what we were looking for & overall 10/10 would recommend to every person I know and all you strangers reading this review! COVID may have forced us to reschedule our big upstate New York wedding, but Jim made it possible for us to still have an intimate, personal ceremony that absolutely exceeded my expectations. We knew it was a longshot, trying to find someone to marry us in the same month we originally planned, but I was honestly shocked at how quickly Jim responded when I reached out. He was extremely accommodating, informative and right away I knew he had to be the one to marry us. After just a few emails back and forth, my now husband & I were amazed at how well Jim already seemed to know who we were as a couple and what mattered to us as we made this commitment to each other. The ceremony Jim came up with described us to a T and could not have been more perfect for us... Read more

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    Katy, being part of your special day was more of a treat for me than I think it was for you. I am delighted that you were at least able to get married in the month you had arranged for your big day. I hope that everything will work out travel wise, and I'll be able to officiate for you again next October in upstate NY. Stay well and stay safe, Jim

    Danielle K.

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  • We didn’t put a ton of thought into what we wanted out of our wedding ceremony, other than something short and sweet. However, after Jim and Dawn created the PERFECT ceremony, I know that we were truly blessed to find and hire them. Our ceremony was unlike any other (my husband and I are 32 years old and have attended our fair share of weddings) and all of our guests were tearing up and smiling the entire time! I love that our ceremony was unique to our relationship (be sure to fill out the questionnaires separately!) and something different than a bunch of bible verses and standard vows. Whatever you want your ceremony to be, Daybreak Ceremonies will be sure to make it happen!

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    You two are so sweet. Thank you so much for allowing us to have the part we played on your wedding day. It was beautiful. Jim and Dawn

    Taylor B.

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  • Jim is simply the best. When looking for an officiant, we didn't really know where to start but we are SO grateful that we found Jim. From the first intro phone call, Jim was honest and sincere and easy to talk to. He made some great suggestions to help make our ceremony even more special and intimate. We were BLOWN AWAY when we read the first draft of our ceremony. He captured my husband and I's relationship so perfectly. We really could not have asked for a better officiant and would recommend Jim to anyone!! Our guests are still raving about how wonderful of a job he did and said it was the best ceremony they've ever witnessed. Thank you, Jim!!

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    You and Grant are as wonderful a couple as I could ever ask to work with. Thanks so much for allowing me to play the part I had in making your wedding what it was. Best wishes for many happy years together.

    Holly

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  • This was an amazing experience, I couldn’t have been happier with the services that were provided for us! Jim DeKornfeld was amazing and made us feel so comfortable and accepted! I would recommend him a million times over!!

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    You and Elizabeth are wonderful. I look forward to getting together after you’ve resettled up north. Best wishes for many happy years together. Jim

    Debbie A.

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  • Jim DeKornfeld captured the essence of who my husband and I are...we are fun loving and casual and wanted to express our love in an intimate setting. We were a destination wedding and didn't get to meet Jim until the day of our wedding but he had an easy questionnaire process that helped him get to know us. He was responsive throughout the preparation process and knocked it out of the park on the day of our "I Do's"...thank you, Jim!

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    You two are destined for many wonderful years together. Thanks so much for letting me play the part I did on your wedding day. Stay safe.

    Alice C.

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  • We have been together for 36 years and decided to take the leap! We found Reverend Jim Dekornfeld who performed our wedding with grace, spirituality and a profound understanding of our commitment in the past as well as the deeper new one going forward.A wise reminder.He provided us with a beautiful venue, sympathetic witnesses and bouquets .Thankyou Reverend and thank you for bring a part of our journey.It was everything we hoped for.

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    You impetuous kids. Getting married after being together for only 36 years! Thank you so much for allowing me to create and officiate the ceremony we celebrated together yesterday. You two are just wonderful. Best wishes for many more happy years together.

    Kaitlin C.

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  • Jim was truly amazing and the best thing to happen to our COVID wedding! Our wedding venue recommended Jim and I could not be more thrilled that they did. Jim really took the time to get to know us as a couple and wrote a beautiful and personalized ceremony for us. He had both us and our guests laughing, crying (good cries!) and everything in between. Jim was so professional throughout the whole process and made everything very easy. After the ceremony I actually had a guest come up and tell me it was the best wedding ceremony they've ever attended. I highly recommend Jim for anyone looking for a wonderful wedding day and ceremony. Thanks Jim!

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    That is a wonderful honor you are giving me and I can’t say I deserve it. All I did was to take your story, which is incredibly sweet, and try to capture it in my words. You two were the stars of the show. Best wishes for many happy years together. Jim
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