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Officiant in Santa Barbara, CA,

Francesca Patruno Santa Barbara Officiant

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA, CA
Services: Officiant | Login to save vendor
(805) 730-9216
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  • 23 Reviews


    Marina Del Calvo

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  • Despite our guests wearing masks, socially distancing, and three rowdy little boys, Francesca held a most sacred space for us to marry. She worked hard to understand the nuances of our love and commitment and the important role of our family for this commitment. Francesca collaborated with us on our vows, love letters, and the language for the ceremony, which culminated in a loving, intimate, and unique experience that was memorable for every guest. She expended considerable energy to include the boys in the ceremony and helped us develop the language to express our commitment to one another as a family in a way that was consistent with our values and beliefs. I am forever grateful for Francesca and I know I will reflect on the words shared at the ceremony for the rest of my life.

    responded with the following comments.

    Dear Marina & Sebastien, Oh my, I just read the beautiful review you wrote for me, and I must say that I feel seen, and heard to a depth that truly acknowledges what it means for me to collaborate with a couple, and to have the privilege of them opening their relationship to me so that I can give back to them the magic and mystery of their bond, with the fullness of who I am and where the creative muse that guides me leads. A fully satisfying experience! Thank you!

    Victoria Dombroski

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  • Francesca is a delight! She has such a big heart and really did an incredible job putting our ceremony together. We decided about a month ahead of time that we would do an elopement style wedding ceremony and she was able to get everything together for us with time to spare. She is a beautiful soul full of so much light and love and this really came out in our ceremony. We are so happy that we found Francesca on wedding wire and would recommend her 100%!

    Lisa Young

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  • Francesca was flexible in communicating with us over Skype calls, the phone, or email, whichever method worked for us at the time. She wanted to get to know us so that she could personalize the ceremony for us, and she did a great job at that through our conversations and the questionnaire she gave us to fill out. She was also able to give us some advice about possible venues in the Santa Barbara area, which we appreciated! I was worried that some of my requests for specifics in the ceremony might be silly, but she kept telling me not to worry about that and feel free to make clear anything that was important to me. I highly recommend her to anyone who values easy communication and ability to customize things.

    Cassaundra

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  • My Husband and I had no idea how to go about finding an officiant for our Non-Religious wedding ceremony. I took to the internet and found Francesca on Wedding Wire and other sites; she had great reviews and high ratings. She was quick to respond to our inquiry and we were able to schedule a Skype meeting quickly . As soon as we Skyped with her we could tell she was the person we were looking for. Francesca was so warm and patient with us from the very first conversation. My Husband and I had only ever attended Catholic or Christian ceremonies so we had no clue how we could conduct our own Non-Religious ceremony. Francesca was there to guide us through the whole process with open ears and great suggestions. She listened to every question and assured us with every concern we had. During the ceremony I was completely overcome with emotion. Francesca’s beautiful words married with all of our requests came out better then I had imagined . It was clear to us why so many other coup... Read more

    Margaret Merrill Cole

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  • Francesca created a meaningful and personal wedding experience for us and for our family. She was tuned in to the beach environment that we chose and even included spontaneous reference to the seagulls and dolphins that joined the celebration!

    Kevin Donahoe

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  • I am truly grateful for Francesca and her amazing talent for quickly homing in on the things that were important to us. She created a ceremony that touched all of the people who were present. She had everyone participating and that caused my wife and I to feel so loved and celebrated. I can hardly wait to renew our vows and have her officiate again.

    Chelsea Cartwright

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  • I found Francesca via Wedding Wire and reached out to her and a couple others to officiate our wedding. We scheduled our conversation via Skype as she lives a few hours away (near our venue) and immediately knew that she would be the right fit for us as we got to know each other and through the questions she asked of us, our relationship and how we wanted our ceremony to feel. She was great at answering questions and keeping us on track with checklists and timelines throughout the process so that we would not feel stressed in the final weeks leading up to our wedding. We were even able to add one last meeting with her in person in Santa Barbara for lunch where she suggested a great cafe for us to sit down and go over everything one last time. We were able to practice a run through of the ceremony there with her, as we chose to forego a traditional rehearsal to free us up the day before the event. Guests commented on how personal, heartfelt and "like us" our ceremony felt and we a... Read more

    Joseph Whitcher

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  • When we saw Francesca's page on Weddingwire we just had a feeling she would be the right officiant. We were so nervous in the run-up to our initial Skype interview but Francesca immediately put us at ease. She was so easy to talk to. We didn't interview anybody else; she was the one. Being that we live a couple of hours away from Francesca and our venue, we had two long getting-to-know-you Skype meetings wherein she got to know us. She really dug in and got into our lives, our families, our relationship, why we wanted to get married, and what we wanted to get our of our marriage. She gave us in-depth questionnaires to answer in writing as well. Francesca turned our interviews and our questionnaires into a beautiful ceremony which felt so personal that guests asked if we had a previous connection with her. Francesca held our hands every step of the way. She kept us on task and on schedule with friendly reminders of deadlines and milestones. She always had suggestions that helped u... Read more

    karina

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  • I can not recommend Francesca enough for making our special day so special!! She created a beautiful ceremony on what she saw of our relationship and literally put it into words. We can’t thank her enough!!!

    Jean Pierre Phelps

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  • When we were looking for an officiant we weren’t sure what to expect since we aren’t from the area. We are so pleased and grateful we chose Francesca. She was very professional and thorough. She really does care about making your day a truly special one. She took the time to get to know us and worked with what we were comfortable with and that really meant a lot to us. Most importantly, she is genuinely a sweet person with a kind heart and I really felt her sincerity.

    Nik Jewell

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  • My fiance now wife and I reach out to Francesca with less than two weeks notice for our elopement wedding. We had never met Francesca and met for the first time over a Skype call that lasted over an hour where we spent time getting to know each other. Francesca was extremely quick to respond and guided us to write beautiful vows to each other. Francesca wrote a beautiful ceremony for us and the entire time during our ceremony made us feel calm and loved. Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without her, we are so thankful and happy to have met Francesca and she was such a wonderful person. Thank you! Love, Susie and Nik

    Spencer King

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  • Francesca is a caring, considerate, and thoughtful officiant, and I cannot say enough good things about her. She clearly understands what an important role she will play in your special day and, in the months and weeks leading up to it, she will try and learn as much as she can about you as individuals and as a couple. It's important to her that your ceremony is a reflection of who you are, and she will help you find that. From our very first interaction, Francesca was kind and patient and incredibly warm. She had many good suggestions but was not insistent that we use any of them. She was very professional in determining what level of religious/secular language we wanted to use, and in the end we felt confident that our ceremony was very well planned. She was very patient and kind with our family and friends, and on our wedding day led us through a very beautiful ceremony. Work with Francesca - she's fantastic!

    Aaron and Karen Harr

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  • Francesca was very thorough, professional, personable, thoughtful, experienced, emotionally engaging, caring, insightful, understanding, supportive, open minded, creative, honorable and virtuous in the planning, preparation and execution of our ceremony. Francesca's experience led us through unforeseen procedures and thoughtfulness of a modern event in our union. Francesca invoked a deeper meaning than any conventional wedding and made our experience very special for us and all witnesses at our wedding. We highly recommend the spiritual side of the union of a husband and wife and the dedication to loving and honoring each other.

    Anthony

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  • From the moment we met Francesca, we all just clicked. She had a great understanding of our faith and spirituality. Our fondest memory of the wedding was the ceremony that she performed with us. She settled us down before it began. It was very intimate, humorous and the words she composed expressed our love for each other eloquently. She involved our guests to participate briefly, which was fun. We highly recommend her for your wedding officiant. We want to thank Russ, her husband, for the wedding pictures, a very unexpected gift! Thank you Francesca, Love Elaine and Tony, see you at the Farmer's Market.

    Deb

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  • Francesca was an absolute dream to work with. My wife Deb and I spent an incredible amount of time trying to find the perfect officiant and when we spoke with Francesca we knew she was the one. Francesca took the time to get to know us as individuals as well as a couple. The ceremony she crafted could not reflect us or who we were any better. Nearly all of our guests expressed how beautiful it was and that is due to Francesca! My only regret with Francesca is that she isn’t a permanent part of our lives! She truly is special and will have a place in our hearts for years to come.

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