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Officiant in Santa Barbara, California,
(805) 895-7428
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  • 36 Reviews


    Genavieve Dersarkissian

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  • From the first call to the day of the ceremony Barbra was so wonderful to work with! We wanted something relaxed and unplanned for our elopement ceremony. I was worried about not knowing all the details and Barbra was so caring and easy going about letting the day unfold perfectly for us. I could not have asked for a better day and Barbra was a huge part of making it so PERFECT! I will be forever thankful to her for the light, loving, thoughtful energy she brought to our wedding day.

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this! It was entirely my privilege and honour and I wish you many years of laughter and love!

    Sarah

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  • We absolutely loved our experience with Barbra from our initial phone call to our counseling sessions and to our ceremony on the day of. It was such a great value and experience to do pre-marital counseling with her along the way. For one thing, the sessions are a nice quiet pause along what ends up being a very hectic and busy planning period and second it gave us a chance to get to know Barbra better and for her to get to know us. By the time our ceremony came around it didn't feel like a stranger was marrying us, but an old friend who knew so much about us and how we got to that day. She organized the ceremony so well and also incorporated some Filipino traditions into it for us. We would recommend Barbra whole-heartedly and also suggest going to counseling with her before!

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    Thank you so much For taking the time to write this that means the world to me! It was my honor to be a part of such an amazing wedding! Love to you both

    Loren Guillermo

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  • Look no further! Book Barbra for a wedding officiant who will help you create a ceremony that is meaningful, personalized, heartfelt, and elegant. Barbra traveled all the way to Manhattan Beach from Santa Barbara to officiate our wedding. She was prompt, energetic, encouraging and very well prepared. She gave us plenty of assurance and support throughout the whole process. She made sure that she captured the essence and uniqueness of our relationship. She was easy to work with. She provided us with all the guidance we needed to create a very memorable wedding ceremony! Thanks a million Barbra!

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    Thank you so much! For This lovely review as well as the honour of being part of such a magical celebration of love! You will always remain near and dear to my heart 💓 it’s all about love!

    Taylor Bliss

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  • We had a beautiful wedding at my families estate in Montecito. Barbra was beyond fabulous and the ceremony could not have been better! The perfect amount of personal touches with tradition and prayer. We received compliments all night from our guests about how perfect the ceremony was and how great Barbra was. We would give her more stars if we could!! We are so pleased and thankful to have her share in such a magical day.

    Sarah

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  • Barbra has a true gift! Our ceremony felt so personal, not just to us, but to our guests as well. The last thing I thought our friends and family would be talking about months later was how great the ceremony was, but ours were, they loved it! Barbra just has a way with words, captivating everyone in attendence. We spent a few hours with Barbra to get to know her before our big day and she was kind enough to drive 2+ hours each way on Thanksgiving day for our wedding! We feel so lucky to have had Barbra there. She even eased my nerves before the ceremony and made us both feel so comfortable being in the spotlight exchanging vows. We would totally reccomend Barbra!!

    Ashley

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  • We hadn’t even thought about an officiant until our wedding coordinator set up an appointment, nor did we know what we wanted or what we were looking for - and then we struck gold! Barbara was personalized and intimate, with the perfect touch of humor, candor, and advice! She was interested in us, our story, what we loved about one another, and wanted to customize a ceremony that would reflect that. Weddings in general are unquestionably a very personal endeavor, however, this is even more the case when it comes to ceremony itself. After meeting with Barbara a couple times to share stories, get her advice on everything from ceremony to vendors, and learning what to expect, we felt incredibly comfortable with her. This was in no doubt an advantage of her personality overall, and skillset as a marriage counselor and therapist as well. When it came to the ceremony itself, we simply let her guide us along. We were able to lose ourselves in the experience and simply e... Read more

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    Oh my goodness thank you so much for the kind words! I really care about what I do, so this means the world to me! It was sincerely my honour and privilege to be part of your incredible day and meeting the two of you! I hope to get together in the future to celebrate again with a glass of champagne! Thank you and sending big hugs , Barbra

    Christina

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  • I really wish I could give 10+ stars to Barbra.. My husband and I are forever grateful to Barbra and her amazing ceremony!! Not only was Barbra the most wonderful officiant we could have ever asked for, but she is the most incredible person!! She spent time with us and got to know us so that she could make our ceremony incredibly personal and absolutely perfect!! Her words were so heartfelt, personal and special that it brought tears to almost everyone attending. I still have people coming up to me to tell me how wonderful she was and that they have never been to a ceremony so perfect! She tied in special things that my husband and I thought of each other and also spoke about our heritage and made our ceremony so incredibly unique. She was able to have everyones hearts filled with love and crying and laughing all in the same ceremony!! Barbra put her heart into officiating our wedding and that meant the world to me! Planning a wedding is not easy, but Barbra was there for us through... Read more

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    Oh my goodness, after your wedding I cannot believe you took the time to write this heartfelt message it means the world to me thank you so much! It was entirely my honour and privilege and an evening I shall never forget-- love you all !

    Amy

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  • Barbra officiated our wedding in beautiful San Luis Obispo. The ceremony was everything we could have dreamed of and so much more. Barbra did such a wonderful job - her words were heartfelt, personal, special, and fun! She took the time to really get to know my husband I before the ceremony and even asked us some fun personal questions that she tied in perfectly to the ceremony. We knew within minutes of skyping with her that she was exactly what we were looking for. She had everyone laughing one minute, and crying the next. We continue to hear from all of our guests that it was the most beautiful wedding ceremony they have ever been to. She was a huge part of our wedding weekend and she felt like part of the family right away. We can't recommend Barbra enough! She is exactly what we were looking for and in addition to being our officiant, we also did couples counseling with her a few times before the wedding. The sessions were helpful, comfortable, and tons of fun. Barbra makes eve... Read more

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    Oh my goodness thank you so much! I totally fell in love with you too and will never forget the honor of marrying two such amazing people in such a beautiful setting! Let’s definitely get together for a glass of champagne as soon as possible! Love you both! Thank you again so much this means the world to me !

    Jena

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  • We couldn’t have asked for a better ceremony than the one Barbra wrote and performed for us. She captured our relationship perfectly in the succinct manner we were hoping for. Her personal touches and obvious thought she put into her work was truly appreciated. We would recommend Barbra for any couple hoping to find an officiant who can make their unforgettable day a perfect one. Our guests and our photographer had nothing but the highest praise for Barbra, and neither do we! We rate Barbra an 11 out of 10!

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this, that was so kind of you! It was absolutely my pleasure and honor to do your wedding at the amazing Curtis Winery camp Carmina ! Give me a call when you are in town and we can celebrate again with a glass of bubbly! I so appreciate your taking the time to do this lovely review thank you so much ! Xo Barbra

    Maggie

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  • Barbra is an absolutely lovely, joyful person and we are so happy to have had her officiate our wedding. She took time to get to know us, meeting at her home on a weekend afternoon with our son. The wedding was ultra casual, with just immediate family, on the beach, barefoot in the sand. Barbra infused so much beauty and warmth into the poems and vows, she really captured our gratitude and joy in each other. Everyone just thought it was perfect. We are so grateful to have found Barbra!

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    This means the world to me! Thank you so so much for the feedback. It truly was my honor and privilege. I look forward to getting together again to celebrate your love!

    Kimberly

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  • My husband (Max) and I were just married on April 7, 2017 in California. Planning for the Big Day was a little tricky since we currently live in Iowa, so almost all of our vendors were people that we found online after extensive research. We were fortunate enough to find Barbra after quickly vetoing various officiants that we found on different websites; we’re very picky! I emailed Barbra to get a little more information from her and she immediately responded to us. After a few messages back and forth, we set up a Skype meeting where Barbra got to know my husband and me. It was an immediate sense of relief getting to know Barbra. She took the time to learn about Max and myself; from the day we met to our families to the wedding planning process. Not only did she learn about us, she also allowed us to learn about her. The mutual relationship that formed was such a comforting feeling to have with regards to one of the most important aspects of a wedding ceremony. Through the course of ... Read more

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    Oh how sweet of you to take the time to write this after your wedding! It means the world to me and it really was entirely my honor to create a meaningful wedding for you both, I love what I do! Thank you again for the kind review. Big hugs!

    Jennifer

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  • Barbra did a absolutely fabulous job at our destination wedding in New Orleans. She was personal, professional, and invested in her heart in making our ceremony as sacred and beautiful as we hoped. We have gotten countless comments saying, "That was by far the most romantic wedding I have ever seen in my life!" Barbra brought many of her own repertoire of ideas to the table and was always willing to tweak anything as I thought of more ways to make our ceremony special. She made people laugh, cry, and enter into the presence of what a ceremony is all about - two people committing their lives to each other. We did everything from hand washing ceremonies to sacred stones and candle lighting with special music and personal vows - and Barbra was the best cheerleader to have by your side on your big day. She knows how to energetically hold a space for people to unite their lives, and that is a tall task. She met with us several times beforehand to really understand our love story and to make... Read more

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    oh my gosh lovely bride, I can't thank you enough! I so appreciate the time and heart it took to write this right after your magnificent wedding & honeymoon! thank you thank you!!! Love

    Kelly

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  • If we could give Barbra more stars we would!! When planning our wedding Matt and I knew we wanted to keep things small and intimate. When I found out Barbra helped to teach Matt in the second grade, I knew she would be a perfect fit!! From the moment I met her, she made me feel comfortable, she even convinced Matt to write his own vows. From start, to finish, our wedding was perfect. The ceremony was beautifully written and personalized just for us. Matt and I feel extremely lucky to have had the best officiate our wedding! We love you Barbra!!

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    Oh thank you so much, that was so kind of you to take the time to write this while enjoying your honeymoon! I assure you it was my pleasure and privilege. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and hope to see you soon! Big love, Barbra

    Zack

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wife (Tanya) and I had selected a friend of our to officiate our wedding at Firestone Vineyards in Los Olivos. To make a long story short; our officiant had a last minute scheduling conflict (about 2 months before the wedding) and we had to quickly find a replacement. Our biggest challenge was getting comfortable with someone who would officiate our wedding in just 2 months. To add to that, we live 5 hours away from our wedding venue so we would also need to find this level of comfortability exclusively from a phone call. My wife and I compiled a list of about 3-4 people who we would interview via phone and hopefully click with one of the prospective officiants. Barbara was the 4th and last person on our list. I cannot express enough how thankful I am that we decided to call. Not only did Barbara take the time to listen to what we wanted from our ceremony, but she delivered beyond our expectations! Tanya and I really wanted our wedding to focus on our relationship, our story, and w... Read more

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    Tanya & Zack, I cannot tell you how much it means to me that you took the time to write this sweet review, thank you SO much!! It was my honor and privilege to meet you and create such a wonderful wedding. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Diane

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  • Barbra was so great! We got so many compliments on how lovely the ceremony was. We also opted for the Pre-Marital Counseling sessions she provides beforehand, which I would highly recommend and made us feel that much closer to her by the time of the ceremony. Thank you Barbra for being so supportive and thoughtful!

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this! It truly means the world to me, and I fondly remember our counseling and Wedding together, it was an honor !! Hugs :-)
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