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    Tynesia Guindon

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  • First things first, it has taken my husband and I over a year to write this review... simply due to the fact that we were overwhelmed by the thought of using ONLY words to express just how amazing of a person and officiant Lauren is! When we first met Lauren, her energy radiated positivity, openness and warmth. And this was felt just by talking to her via video chat! Lauren has a way of connecting with every single individual on a level where you feel safe, at ease and like you are at the center of her universe... I can only guess that this is what an interaction with Gandhi would resemble! :) With all that is involved in planning a destination wedding in California, she took so much weight off of our shoulders by making the planning of the ceremony a breeze. John and I wanted to have a ceremony that represented us... two introverted, quirky, nerdy, sarcastic people that have been in a relationship for over 10 years. We also wanted to honor those that could not be at the cerem... Read more

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    Tynesia & John, WOW! You made me legit cry. I am SO deeply touched by your review. It was well worth the wait! The most important thing in the world to me is that you both felt loved, supported and celebrated every step of the way! I am so glad that was your experience. I miss you two very much and am sending so much love to you and your amazing family! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!! PS - love the pics!!!!

    John Rowney

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  • Lauren is absolutely amazing and I couldn’t even imagine our wedding day without her. Due to COVID we cancelled our original wedding and had to make a quick transition to a smaller, family-only ceremony in a completely different date/location/time than we had planned. We reached out to Lauren and after our first meeting we realized she is on a different level. Her energy just poured through the zoom meeting (not always easy to do!) and we knew instantly that she was the one for us. At a time where we had to worry about lots of fast cancellations, changes, and safety logistics, she made the ceremony preparation and meetings so enjoyable and took a huge weight off our shoulders. One really special thing about Lauren’s process is that she does a pre-wedding process with each couple, challenging you to really dig into yourself, your partner, and what you both want from this special moment you will share together. She then crafts a completely personal ceremony from this process. She... Read more

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    This morning I woke up to the most beautiful, heartwarming review! Thank you from the bottom of my heart John & Jenn! From the moment we met, it was easy to see how strong and powerful you each were individually and how you magnified each other's strengths and supported each other in such deep, important ways. I am so happy to hear that our journey together was so positive and meaningful for you! It was for me too. Also, your Welcome Circle? Oh man, not a dry eye!!! So amazing!! Thank you again and wishing you a wonderful journey ahead as a married couple! All my love, Lauren

    Amanda Losch

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    5 out of 5
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  • Lauren is on her own level. We wanted a custom ceremony that spoke to who were we are as people and what we wanted our marriage to be. And she delivered. She guided us through a thorough and beautiful process to create such a ceremony. She is more than a day of officiant, we spent a few months getting to know each other, through calls, her discovery process and our wedding weekend. We did not do any pre-marital counseling but found our sessions with Lauren more than just planning, they truly set us up for defining our marriage and preparing ourselves for it at the same time. She helpful reassure us through all the uncertainty of pandemic wedding planning. Due to covid we were separate from friends and family during our elopement. She facilitated a beautiful zoom call the night before that helped us feel connected to our loved ones. We felt so seen and loved. She suggested they all light candles during our ceremony as an act of unity. We woke up the following days to tons and tons of ph... Read more

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    Amanda & Jeff, thank you from the bottom of my heart for this touching and beautiful review. Knowing that you felt so seen and loved and celebrated along your wedding journey and on your special day fills me with joy!! I loved getting to know you both, and sharing so many moments of laughter and emotion with you. The experience from beginning to end was magical. You hold a very special place in my heart and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!! Love you both so much!

    Maria Fendrick

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  • If you're looking for an officient who: - Is there to support you all along the planning journey - Gracefully handles emotional roller coasters & changing plans - Is a beam of light and truly joyful presence - Asks the questions other people are afraid to ask - Brings your entire wedding party together before your ceremony (not just physically but emotionally) - Crafts a heart felt, honest, vulnerable ceremony out of your love story - Helps the two of you get to know each other better & enter into marriage thoughtfully... You can stop looking. ;) Choosing Lauren to be the officient for our 2020 wedding was the best decision we made. She went above and beyond to support us through 3 iterations of our wedding and we couldn't be happier with how it all ended up. We opted for a Yosemite wedding and the whole experience blew my mind. From her ability to bring a sense of calm cohesion to a group of strong personalites to how fun and light she kept everything while still ... Read more

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    Thank you Maria & Derek for this beautiful review! I LOVED being on this journey with you, and working together to create a meaningful, heartfelt and super fun ceremony. I especially enjoyed watching you grow stronger together as a couple as you navigated the pandemic, and I of course loved getting to know your families as well. Sending you all the love and gratitude in the world!!! xoxo Lauren

    Erin Schwartz

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  • While Lauren is a masterful wedding officiant and storyteller, she is also an empathetic listener, a creative and dynamic ideator, an authentic creator, and the most amazing human! Her passion and love for what she does is clear in her careful, heart-filled, and artful work. We got to know each other over the course of 8 wonderful months where she helped us navigate and generate ideas around everything from unexpected challenges at work to navigating wedding planning during a once-in-a-lifetime and extended quarantine. In so many ways, without her, our wedding would not have been possible and it is the sweetest, warmest, most authentic memory of us and our next steps as a family, thanks to having Lauren at our side. She officiated our socially-distanced wedding (her second ever, at the time!) and seamlessly stepped into the role of emcee in order to ensure our guests on Zoom had a wonderful, fun-filled experience. I firmly believe there is nothing that she can't do - her intelligence, ... Read more

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    ERIN!!! It was the greatest joy to be on this journey with you and Matt. You both truly SHOWED UP to this process, and together we created something magical, even as we navigated one of the most unexpected and challenging pandemics of our lifetime. You have both touched my heart and brightened my world in so many ways, and I will forever cherish every smile, every tear and every profound "AHA!" moment we shared through out this wild COVID wedding ride! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful review, and for the gift of your trust, your love and your friendship!!! You will always hold a special place in my heart (insert tears here...) MUAH! PS. Can't wait for the day I can give you all a proper bear hug! LOL

    Brendan Jackson

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    5 out of 5
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  • When COVID-19 impacted our destination wedding, my now wife and I had to start from scratch and scramble to plan a new wedding in Sonoma County after deciding to keep our original date. It was the best decision we ever made. We streamed the event on Zoom, allowing our family and friends to tune in. When looking for a wedding officiant we came across Lauren Snead’s profile and could instantly feel a connection with her energy and approach to the wedding process. On our first call with her, we knew we had made the right decision. Lauren was so understanding of our situation and was willing to adjust her typical process to accommodate our shortened timeline. We can’t express how much we got out of working with her. Through all of our discussions, Lauren crafted a ceremony that was so intimate and spoke to our relationship and future together. Her ability to take all of the information we had provided through engaging conversations and distill it into such a beautiful ceremony impre... Read more

    Allison Baca

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  • It was an immediate connection with Lauren as we went through the process of meeting with three officiants on exploratory Zoom calls. She had a warm, caring and kind spirit and we both knew she was our officiant after the introductory conversation. Over the course of months, we worked with her to articulate our values and what is important to us big and small as we begin life as a married couple. I enjoyed every minute of her creative process, which I will not divulge too much of here so you can truly enjoy it for yourself organically. She had thoughtful and fun ideas to engage our families, celebrate our parents and honor traditions we were raised in. We even added a creative ritual that we will do every year on our anniversary - and she coached us individually through the writing of our vows. As the wedding started to look grim with event and travel bans due to COVID, she immediately reached out and hopped on a call with us to brainstorm. We pivoted to a small intimate and socially d... Read more

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    I have tears in my eyes. That's all I can say right now...I am so touched. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart!! 💖

    Kristen

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  • There aren't words to describe what Lauren did for me and my husband and what she came to mean to both of us but I'll certainly try to find them... As our officiant- Lauren got to the core of our separate selves and us as a couple and really reflected that special knowledge in our ceremony which had our guests laughing, crying, and up on their feet participating. And as our newest friend- Lauren held our hands throughout the planning process and the day-of our wedding, making us feel supported and cherished and always, always celebrated and loved. We are incredibly grateful to have had her by our sides throughout this important time in our lives and we hope that anyone going through this same process would have the amazing opportunity to work with her, and get to know her, as well.

    Harry Kerr

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    5 out of 5
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  • So my husband and I finally decided to tie the knot and he thought it would be a great idea to travel from Scotland to San Francisco to have our wedding. Where do you even start? So picking the venue was easy enough. The magnificent City Hall. Next who will perform our ceremony, we didnt want it to feel like a business transaction. So the search started. So I stumbled upon Lauren's webpage one afternoon in work, sent an email off had a reply and our journey began. Lauren is absolutely amazing. She is such a lovely, kind hearted person and we connected with her straight away. She captured our love story perfectly, piece by piece and performed such a beautiful ceremony. I can't even describe how wonderfully personal it was. It left us and our friends smiling, laughing and crying all at the same time. Our friends said how beautiful the ceremony was. We would recommend her again and again. Lauren we cannot thank you enough

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    Thank you so much for this beautiful review Harry & Scott! Other than seeing you looking incredibly handsome in your Kilts (!), one of my favorite moments was watching you exchange your vows. I was struck by the moment! Surrounded by the historic and majestic SF City Hall, marrying a gay couple from Scotland, during Pride Week, I watched as you spoke genuinely from your hearts and declared your love for one another, making the step from being sweethearts to becoming husbands. We were all crying! And laughing...sometimes at the same time. It was magical and perfect. Thank you for including me in this precious moment! You know I adore you both and am so excited to see where life takes you from here!!! (a move to SF?!?!) With so much love, Lauren

    Jessica Nakano

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    5 out of 5
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  • Lauren was everything we needed, and more. I cannot see my wedding, without her. She was such a hugely important part of our process. She really took care of us during all the stressful months that led up to our special day together... and I wouldn’t want anyone else standing up there with us but her. She was the reason our ceremony was so special, and such a tear jerker. The way she connects with the couples she works with makes all the difference. She doesn’t just show up the day of the wedding... she works with the couple months ahead, giving so much love and support. She’s incredibly thoughtful, loving and one of the most passionate people I will ever meet. You can tell, that she truly and absolutely loves what she does. Lauren is worth it. My husband and I just love her to death and will never forget what she did for us.

    Megan Orciari

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  • My husband and I got married in September and we’ve taken over a month to write this review because we don’t know how to accurately describe how amazing Lauren is. She is nothing but exceptional and we truly believe she is one of the key reasons why our wedding was so special and meaningful. Lauren took the time to truly get to know us and bond with us. She created a safe space for my husband and I to explore and strengthen our relationship through her discovery phase, made our families feel comfortable and brought them closer together during our welcome circle and wedding day, and created a ceremony that was authentic and unique to us. She showed up fully for us, laughed and cried with us, and always made us feel special, seen, and supported. She is truly a gift and we feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with her and now call her a friend. Please book Lauren if you are looking for an officiant who is passionate, sentimental, talented, fun, and willing to... Read more

    Michelle Huynh

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  • Lauren is such an awesome officiant! Both my husband and I was looking for an officiant who is energetic, and funny. We also want a wedding ceremony that is unique, meaningful and full of positive vibes. Lauren was able to do deliver what we wanted! She spent time talking to the both of us over video calls and emails. She’s always checking up on me (the bride) and supported me on how I’m feeling since I told her that I don’t like to be the center of attention. We both love how she’s creative and always giving us ideas for the ceremony. We love how she was able to get all the guests to be a part of the ceremony and keeping them engaged. Everyone really enjoyed the ceremony that she officiates. Honestly, we couldn’t be any happier and feel thankful to have Lauren be a part of our special day. Much love, Mr. and Mrs. Huynh

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    From the moment I met you and Nison, you brought a smile to my face! I could easily see what a great couple you were and was excited to embark on this journey together. I appreciate all the work you both did to show up to the process, and feel like the outcome speaks for itself. We created something magical together and it was truly amazing to be a part of your special day. Also, it's so common for couples (especially brides) to feel nervous about being center of attention on their wedding day. I am SO glad you felt supported through that. Last but not least, your friends and family were amazing and your vows were awesome!!! You will always hold a very special place in my heart! Thank you for the beautiful review and for such a wonderful experience! All my love, Lauren

    Meaghan Mccollow

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  • What can we possibly say about Lauren that isn’t already reflected in her outstanding reviews?? She is truly all of that…. And more! When we first started planning our wedding, we had a different vision in mind, but as we started the process we realized the vision didn’t match who we truly are. Lauren was such a critical sounding board as we worked to actualize our dream wedding. From our first interview with Lauren through to our elopement, we knew Lauren was there to support and encourage us. While we had no idea what to expect from an officiant, as I imagine many couples experience, we couldn’t have asked for better. The discovery process allowed us the opportunity to explore topics that prepared us for marriage. Lauren’s ceremony development was so spot-on, I couldn’t believe she had so accurately pinpointed who we are, individually and as a couple. We were shocked by how accurately she had understood us for having known us such a short time. We can’t help but feel as... Read more

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    First of all, I adore you both and enjoyed every moment together!!! Weddings can be an emotionally complex time, and I'm so glad you felt supported along the way. I would carry that dang canopy another 2 miles for you in a heartbeat! Come visit us in Sactown this Spring and meet the baby! Until then, all the love! And thank you for the beautiful review. I am truly touched.

    Clara

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  • As a passionate teacher and distiller, we are a couple who can tell if someone loves their job. Lauren most definitely LOVES her job and we couldn't ask for more out of an officiant. (And frankly, neither can you!) We loved having her be a part of our journey! Lauren gave us the courage to be bold and proud with our relationship and helped us explore the depths of our connection. This made for an amazing, meaningful ceremony that everyone remembered fondly and a wedding full of happy tears. Lauren helped workshop our vows and kept us positive throughout this entire process. We couldn't have asked for a better person who embodied what we felt was the most important thing about celebrating a union: love. No one will remember what your bouquet was or why it meant something to you, but everyone will remember how you looked at each other on that day. And - even though I know my husband looks at me with a smile that ends wars - this day, everyone else was able to see that out of h... Read more

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    Your passion, your poetry, your presence and your deep love for one another are all things that inspire me so much about you Clara & Zhi! You really showed up to this process, and together, we created something magical. Thank you for showing up, thank you for the beautiful review, and thank you for being two people that I am so grateful to have in my life!!!

    Kathryn Tanner

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Lauren was great to work with! She has a more in-depth process for getting to know her clients than other officiants we spoke with. We felt that our ceremony was heartfelt and personal and that Lauren treated us like friends. She was always professional, organized and upbeat when we met with her. She had great ideas and advice for our ceremony.

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    Thank you so much Kathryn & Devon! I loved working with you, and appreciate the amount of thought, care and depth you both brought to the process. I'm so glad you were happy with the outcome! Please stay in touch! All my best, Lauren
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