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Officiant in Raleigh, NC,
(919) 446-3388
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 53 Reviews


    Lorryn Dioguardo

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen made our ceremony SO easy. She constantly kept in touch with us, and was very understanding to any changes or add-ins I needed. She also sent a very detailed copy of how the entire ceremony would happen and what would be said, which is extremely helpful, it especially came in handy while we were doing our rehearsal. She also allowed you to personalize it to make sure it is exactly what you want. I appreciated her services! 10/10 would recommend!

    Felecia Glaude

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  • Working with Gwen was wonderful! She quickly responded to any questions we had and made our wedding day perfect! We absolutely recommend Gwen as an officiant!

    Taylor White

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  • Very nice outdoor location for small intimate wedding!!

    Arlynn

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen is AMAZING. We threw together a ceremony and made it happen within 36 hours and Gwen was communicative, efficient, and inclusive throughout the whole process. I was able to customize and approve her script and the ceremony could not have gone better. 10/10 recommend. Gwen you rock!!!

    Kimber Barnett

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  • Gwen did a phenomenal job as our officiant! She has a variety of ways for couples to choose how they want to exchange their vows. It was extremely personal and meaningful. There were a lot of joyous tears shed! Gwen was also flexible w/ Covid and provided a zoom meet & greet prior. Gwen wed us at our home and reasonably priced!

    Kirsten Topps

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen was extremely responsive and quick to respond and to follow through with the process. The process is all electronic and simple. The fee was very reasonable. We requested her services only one day in advance. She was extremely poised and professional and even provided her lovely family as witnesses! Her daughter even video recorded the ceremony and took photos and emailed them to us at no additional fee! They turned out great! She used the ceremony script we sent her, and she was very well-spoken and calming. We would highly recommend Gwen to everyone! Thanks Gwen & company!

    Lydia

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen was so great to work with. She was easy to get in touch with and always responded right away when we reached out. We felt a little clueless about how to make our non-religious ceremony feel special and like "us," but she listened to us and crafted a ceremony that felt so meaningful and fun. We loved how organized and knowledgeable she was - it really put our minds at ease during the stress of wedding planning! Highly recommend her to anyone in search of an officiant.

    Caitlin Lyster

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  • We absolutely loved working with Gwen in creating our story. We are not a religious couple so finding someone like her that had the flexibility to incorporate religious/nonreligious as you wish was perfect. I honestly didn't know where to begin when it came to finding someone so diverse. I've only witnessed weddings with preachers reading from the bible. So when I met Gwen I instantly knew she was "the one" LOL. I love the creation of our story she told our guests to give them an inside perspective on us as a couple, we got plenty of laughs and 'aww's'. It was great having something so catered to us

    Melissa

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    5 out of 5
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  • Gwen was the perfect choice for our recent wedding. She made the whole process easy and stress free. She was very knowledgeable on different ceremony types, traditions and rituals. Gwen did a great job personalizing the ceremony to accommodate our needs. She responded quickly to our questions and was receptive to any changes that needed to be made. During the rehearsal, she helped ease my anxiety with her calm demeanor and easy going personality. One of the things I looked forward to the most was hearing “Our Love Story” which she created for our ceremony. On our wedding day, she arrived early to make sure everything was organized. Gwen made our day better than we could have ever imagined and I would highly recommend her to anyone!

    Tessa

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  • Gwen was a phenomenal officiant for my wedding. She worked with my husband and I on every detail of our ceremony. She was super professional and very nice. I would recommend her to any couple needing an officiant for their wedding.

    Karen Mcnamara

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  • What can we say? Gwen is awesome! The way she personalizes your ceremony, her professionalism, and her warm and caring personality combine to make your day extra special. Everyone was raving about how fun and unique our ceremony was, and that was all thanks to Gwen. She also makes sure things are in order, so people know what they are doing, where to be and when, and that took so much stress off of us. We are truly thankful we found her, and we HIGHLY recommend her. She's simply the best.

    Abigail Jackson

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    5 out of 5
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  • We are not really sentimental or attention-loving people so we were nervous about figuring out our ceremony, but Gwen made every step of the process very easy and painless. She worked with us on all the logistics and content of our ceremony, and surveyed our friends and family to write a "love story" to tell at our ceremony, which many of our guests say they really enjoyed. She also did announcements, cued the DJ, and organized our marriage license signing. She is extremely flexible and organized (spreadsheets and google docs!) and we didn't have to do much at all, just a quick questionnaire and a meeting or two! She did a great job running our rehearsal and was familiar with the venue. She was respectful of all of our preferences and we were really happy with the result. She is a very kind, down-to-earth person and it was a pleasure to work with her.

    Taylor Hoggard

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    5 out of 5
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  • Picking an officiant was one of the last things we did when choosing our vendors. We knew we wanted a few Jewish elements but overall didn't want a religious ceremony. We didn't have a person in our life who we wanted to ask to be the officiant so we turned to the internet and found Gwen. Gwen listened to our requests for what we did and didn't want out of the ceremony and totally delivered. Part of Gwen's work is the telling of a "Love Story" which is kept a secret from the bride and groom. This is a major part of the ceremony and when you're planning every little detail it's tough to turn over such a large chunk to someone else. Gwen asked us to trust her, we did, and the story was incredible. It had lots of details about how we met, how we grew closer, the proposal, etc. It also included anecdotes from friends and family so they were able to be included as well. We came away very pleased with what she delivered. We also asked Gwen to perform a simple ceremony before ... Read more

    Andrea Maloney

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  • My new husband and I had such a wonderful time with Celebrant Gwen Downs! We eloped and it was amazing to have such a small personal ceremony. No worries, no stress, just a whole lot of love!

    Tiffani Amber

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our wedding was extremely last minute (like 2 weeks of planning last minute) and Gwen was SO flexible and understanding. She really made this day easy for me and my husband and in the end was the best day of my life. Thank you!!!!
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