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Officiant in Durham, NC,
(919) 423-1764
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  • 19 Reviews


    Tina

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  • Laney married my partner and I for our backyard wedding ceremony. Our plans had changed due to covid-19 and it worked out in our favor because Laney was available for this wedding date! Laney was very easy to communicate with over Wedding Wire messaging. She incorporated aspects into our ceremony that were meaningful to us as a couple. My partner and I are a mix of non-religious and spiritual and the vows she offered during our ceremony fit our needs perfectly! Our ceremony was short and sweet and she filed the marriage paperwork for us afterwards. I highly recommend hiring Laney as your officiant!

    Taylor Coil

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  • My husband and I eloped with just two witnesses in our friend's backyard. That's the wedding reality in a pandemic - and for us, it was absolutely perfect. Laney truly leaned into the intimacy and privacy of our tiny ceremony. She gets to what marriage is really about, stripping away all the trappings of what we think of as a wedding. Her script is beautiful and meaningful, no pomp and circumstance, just reverent commitment. That's exactly what we wanted. We opted to use the vows Laney wrote because they spoke to exactly what we wanted to promise each other. We added a section before the vows where we said some remarks to each other that we wrote. Laney was extremely helpful and responsive as we finalized the script together. Her presence is very calming and centering. As Laney spoke, the world melted away and it was just my husband and I locking eyes, listening to Laney's voice. That's a powerful thing -- and Laney's vibe helps foster that magic. If you, too, care about a meani... Read more

    Luna

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    5 out of 5
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  • Due to COVID-19, we had to cancel our original wedding plans, but we were determined to still get married! We had already hired Laney as our officiant, but we asked her with only a week to prepare if she could perform our ceremony at a last-minute backyard wedding in a town an hour away from her. She was more than happy to do it, and we were amazed by the beautiful ceremony script she created for us in such a short amount of time! She made our last-minute wedding feel incredibly personal and special, and we are so grateful for her. If you're looking to have a non-religious ceremony that's packed with fun stories about your relationship, I would highly recommend Laney :) As a bonus, she is very responsive and easy to talk to!

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    Luna - I was so happy to be able to officiate your wedding - what a bright spot in an otherwise difficult time. I wish you and Andrew the very best. Thanks for your kind words.

    Ellynn Decker

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    5 out of 5
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  • First off Laney was so helpful and responsive. We had to get married during Covid-19 since I lost my job and need my fiancee’s insurance benefits for my chronic illness medicine. Laney was so prompt and answered all my questions with ease. She was so easy to work with and talk to. We emailed for a little bit first and then set a phone call to go over details and “meet”. She offered a variety of ceremony options that ranged from “you’re married” to a full-fledged religious experience. But also during this time we had to include social distancing perimeters as well, to keep her safe and ourselves. We were able to set everything up within a phone call and were just waiting on our license to arrive. Laney was right on time for our ceremony which was held outside our home, video chats set up for our families, neighbors from their porch as witnesses, and other neighbors on balconies to watch. The whole ceremony took about 15 minutes and was beautifully written to ou... Read more

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    Ellynn - your little wedding, with your dog participating and your neighbors clapping from their patios, was such a treat! Congratulations to you. I would love to work with you again.

    Emily

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  • We absolutely loved Laney! She was so easy to work with and was always available to answer questions and offer suggestions. She took the time to meet with us and get to know us and helped us create the exact ceremony we wanted.

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    Emily - thank you so much for your review. Your wedding was wonderful. Wishing you the very best as you begin your life as a married couple.

    Cassandra

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  • Laney was absolutely wonderful! We wanted a short and sweet ceremony and that’s exactly what she provided. Even given the short time constraints she was able to provide a beautiful and special ceremony.

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    Thank you so much Cassandra. I’m so glad you liked your ceremony. Your wedding was wonderful and I could tell when I left the the reception was going to be fantastic. Best to you and Blake.

    Zachary Bennett

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  • Not only was Laney wonderful the day of the wedding, she was extremely helpful in our meeting and conversations before the big day. She helped guide us through the process of what our ceremony could look like and was extremely flexible to fit our needs as well. Highly recommend!

    Chris

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  • Laney Margolis was an absolutely incredible officiant. We were planning our wedding from out of the country so we needed a professional who could work with us mostly through e-mail and Laney rose to that occasion flawlessly. She was always quick to respond to our e-mails and arranged video meetings via Skype so we could all get to know each other before meeting in person. She was also refreshingly honest; if we had an idea that she didn't feel would work out she would speak up and offer us alternatives. At the same time, however, she was very open to any suggestions we would bring up and really did everything she could to cater the wedding ceremony to meet our wishes. We cannot recommend Laney highly enough.

    Anna

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  • We hired Laney for my son’s wedding and could not have been happier. She takes the time to get to know the bride and groom and their “story”. This allows for a very personalized ceremony that goes beyond the traditional script allowing the guests to truly feel and experience the lovely journey the bride and groom have taken to get them to this very special moment! Our ceremony was full of precious moments, laughter, and tears as we all felt the love between Matt and Arielle. I highly recommend Laney Margolis to anyone wanting a more personal experience.

    Shadi

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  • We couldn't ask for a better person to perform our ceremony. We were mixing traditions from two different cultures together and were worried if it can be done smoothly. Laney wrote a beautiful script mixing the two and made it such a wonderful experience for us, our friends and family that guests couldn't stop complimenting it as one of the best wedding ceremonies they've been to. She is very professional, on time and such a great person overall. I am so grateful we could have her as our celebrant.

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    Thank you so much Shadi. It was such a treat to be part of your wedding. Wishing you and Alex so much happiness.

    Tara

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    5 out of 5
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  • My fiance and I had a special situation since he is of Christian faith and I am Agnostic so finding the perfect Officiant proved to be more difficult that we had planned. We wanted someone who we both connected with that would make the ceremony feel personal without leaning toward one any one belief system or another. My fiance was the one who came across Laney and after our first meeting I knew she was the perfect fit! Laney took into account all of the things that my fiance and I wanted to include in our ceremony as well as elements we didn't want to have. She didn't push us into anything that we didn't want and was so supportive throughout the whole process. One the actual wedding day, she was prompt, professional, and comforting. She also conducted the ceremony perfectly and helped my fiance and I through it step by step because we were both teary eyed and fumbling with nerves, emotions and excitement. She even gave us a keepsake copy of the ceremony including our vows after the ce... Read more

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    Tara - your wedding was such a delight. I’m so happy to have shared your special day with you and Lee.

    Bonnie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Working with Laney was one of the best decisions we could have ever made while planning the wedding. We originally had a different officiant but my (then fiance) was conflicted about doing a religious ceremony, so he changed his mind; and we found ourselves back on square one with only a few months to go before the wedding. After searching online, he found Laney and had a good feeling about her, which proved to be right. After an initial phone conversation, we met up with her and clicked instantly. She understood where he was coming from and when he had the "Aha!" look on his face, it made me really happy to see that someone could articulate exactly what he was trying to say. She made the effort to get to know us and our family situations, all without judgment, but with so much care. She's personable, professional, eloquent, and it resulted in our ceremony feeling like "us" -- like a friend we knew for years had written it. She was so patient with me while dealing with some unfortunate... Read more

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    Bonnie - thank you so much for your review. I had such a great time working with you and Dan and I really enjoyed meeting your families, too. I wish the very best to both of you.

    Katie Johnson

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  • We were looking for someone to provide a simple yet touching ceremony for our wedding without religious additions and respecting our choice of day on Friday the 13th. My husband and I came across Laneys profile and were attacted to her non-secular profile and the option to create a "Love Story." The day went wonderful, we had a lot of fun and Laney worked hard to add everything we wanted and make sure the day was as it had been on paper. I was happy with our choice and love how everything turned out.

    Ernesto

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  • Laney is very professional and easy to work with. She officiated our wedding flawlessly and beautifully. She also built the script for the ceremony in an elegant and graceful way, including all the elements that we asked her to. Whether you are interested in a religious or non-religious wedding officiant, she will tailor anything to your demands. I strongly recommend her!

    Ernesto Robayo-Camacho

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  • Laney is cheerful, smart, compassionate, no-nonsense and clearly cut out for her work as a Humanist Celebrant. She met with us in person to get to know us, hear our story of how we met and how our relationship developed, and came up with a wonderful script that we barely changed. Our wedding ceremony was extraordinary because it was bilingual (with Spanish translation provided by my husband, and Spanish portions recited by the Best Man). We also had two deaf guests and an ASL interpreter, so our ceremony was more complex than usual. Laney took care of the format, English-language scripts, and helped us figure out how to make the ceremony work seamlessly during rehearsal and the ceremony itself. She was responsive via email and her fees are reasonable. You can include religious and spiritual elements in your vows, but Laney will not include religious texts or references in the parts she will read. We would highly recommend her if this sounds like what you are looking for!

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    Thank you for your review, Ernesto and Christiane - it will help others connect with me when they are looking for secular ceremonies. Your wedding was wonderful in every respect and it was great to meet your families and participate in your special day.

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