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Officiant in Oakland, CA,
(917) 520-5780
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    Rob Neff

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  • We did 3 2-hr sessions with Sarah as pre-marriage counseling. The first was at her cozy place in Oakland where she made us feel very welcome. Unfortunately, the last 2 were over Google Hangouts due to COVID-19. Sarah has an excellent disposition for a marriage counselor. She made my wife feel very comfortable about sharing her feelings and opening up about things that were bothering her in our relationship. Sarah has a nice way of communicating and exudes a kind of peacefulness and calm which is unique, even among counselors. She is super friendly and non-judgemental. Also being younger and about to be a mom, she felt more relatable than some of the older women and men we'd seen. As a man, project manager / engineer, I would've probably appreciated a little more agenda-driven, workbook approach with take homework that we brought back the next visit. In general the sessions felt unstructured, and with us answering her various questions. We had some nice eye-opening discussions, and s... Read more

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    Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, and for your feedback, Rob. This is very helpful to me, as I am always looking to grow in my practice. I have been thinking of you and Ida quite a bit during this time, and hope you're doing well together! Sending my love and well wishes to you both.

    Conor Acomb

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    5 out of 5
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  • From the moment we first met Sarah, we knew she was going to be the one to marry us. She was grounded, genuine, and confident. She made planning out the ceremony effortless and allowed us to easily come up with what we wanted to say. Though our wedding was just one of many that Sarah has officiated, my wife and I truly felt like our wedding was the only one that mattered to her due to her dedication and obvious love for what she does.

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    Conor and Meg! Thank you so much for this glowing review! It was an easy choice for me, too. You were both complete gems to work with and it was an honor officiating your wedding. Thank you for the opportunity. I wish you a beautiful marriage.

    Danielle Licht

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    5 out of 5
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  • Sarah led my fiance and me through several sessions of pre-marital coaching and I cannot say enough positive things about the experience. She facilitated difficult conversations with professionalism and sensitivity. Sarah immediately picked up on our dynamic and was able to offer fantastic insight into our relationship almost immediately. We had to do our sessions over video calling due to COVID-19 and felt the experience was equally enriching. No matter the status of your relationship, I am confident Sarah can help you build a stronger bond.

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    Thank you so much for the the thoughtful review, Danielle! It was a great pleasure getting to know you two. I very much look forward to seeing you again some day-- hopefully we'll even get to meet in person in the future!

    Stephanie Elliott

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    5 out of 5
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  • Simply put, Sarah from Lead Your Love Life was the officiant of all officiants. The word “officiant” almost doesn’t even really capture all that Sarah puts into working with each and every individual and unique couple. In fact, people kept asking me after the ceremony, “who was that INCREDIBLE friend of yours who officiated your wedding??? She was so lovely, personal, kind, touching, etc….” Everyone was always SHOCKED when I said I found her online! I chose Sarah to marry my husband and I because from the time I found her website, I absolutely loved how unique and different the experience was! It wasn’t a simple cut and dry wedding speech, deliver and done. Sarah works with each couple to get to know them, reaches out to their community of friends and family to collect personal and meaningful words, learns what is important to each couple, really listens when you express what you want your day to be, and even coaches you through the entire process! Let’s face it, wed... Read more

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    Oh my goodness, dear Stephanie— you are a GEM. Thank you for this marvelous review! I am honored and touched and so moved reading it. Officiating for you and Peter was a major highlight of my 2019. Together you both really shine and I so much enjoyed getting to you know two and being part of your special day. I am thrilled it really WAS the best day of your life! And I wish for you to encounter even better days in the years ahead. All my love and appreciation to you both!

    R. Dolan

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    5 out of 5
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  • Sarah was incredible. Warm, inviting - and deeply thorough in her process. She took the time to know us as a couple, and made our wedding everything it could be, and more. If you're looking for a true professional - someone unafraid to challenge your notion of marriage, commitment, and the systems that drive a healthy union - Sarah is unreservedly the officiant for you! Thanks again, Sarah. We loved having you guide us through this journey, keeping us engaged/positive/playful and curious. We'll never forget it! Cheers!

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    Thank you very much for the glowing review, Rob! I so much loved getting to know you and Michelle through our collaborative process. Thank you for the joy and honor of officiating your wedding ceremony. With deep appreciation and respect for you both-- Love, Sarah

    Shannan Buckley

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    5 out of 5
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  • We are so glad we picked Sarah as our wedding officiant! We picked Sarah because we wanted a very personalized ceremony, and she really delivered. She was great at guiding us through the process of planning the ceremony and laying out all of our options. Lots of our family members came up to us after the ceremony to say how much they loved it. My aunt thought she knew us because of how well she told the "love story" portion and how well she captured our sense of humor. In addition to being great at the creative side of putting together and leading a wedding ceremony, Sarah is also incredibly organized and really thinks through all the little details. We highly recommend her!

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    Thank you, Shannan and Clark! I am so glad to know you were happy with the ceremony! You two were fun to get to know, and I loved how we wove your unique sense of humor into the script. I also very much enjoyed getting to know your families. I look forward to seeing photos, and I hope we stay in touch! All my love to you as you build your married life together. Love, Sarah

    Georgette Sow

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    5 out of 5
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  • We honestly didn’t expect such a beautiful ceremony outside of church but thanks to the greatness of Sarah, everything was perfect. The ceremony was beautiful in so many ways. We love how Sarah made us reflect about love and marriage. Sarah went through the entire wedding preparation with us. She communicates well, she is friendly, caring and reliable. She loves what she is doing and gives marriage the value it should have. I am glad we decided to go with her instead of getting married at the county. If you do not hire Sarah, you are missing out. Thank you Sarah for your great work. Stay blessed!

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    I am honored, Georgette! Thank you for such a kind review. I absolutely loved meeting you, Sylvain and your incredible community! A pleasure to work with such a joyful bunch. I look forward to seeing you again some day soon. Sending love....❣️

    Jillian Anderson

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    5 out of 5
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  • Sarah was amazing to work with and the perfect fit for what we were looking for in an officiant. We wanted a unique ceremony that was very personalized, which Sarah delivered on and then some. She was always quick to respond, thorough with her communication, and organized with a structured process. What we appreciated the most was how Sarah took plenty of feedback from my husband and I, as well as our close family and friends to help create the ceremony. We wanted everyone to feel the love we have for one another and that mission was definitely accomplished. If you decide to work with Sarah, you won’t regret it!

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    Thank you very much, Jillian and Kyle! It was a delight and pleasure to officiate your gorgeous wedding, and an honor to get to know you two. You are both incredibly kind human beings, and I know this will keep your marriage strong over time. Much love to you both!

    Desiree Horigan

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    5 out of 5
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  • We cannot thank Sarah enough for officiating our wedding. Sarah did such an amazing job and it truly is something we will cherish forever. She was kind, attentive, and truly showcased the love that my bride and I shared. She did an incredible job of providing examples and tidbits to help us form a perfect and personalized ceremony script a long with providing guidance for writing our vows. It was so important to us to have someone who supported our marriage as an LGBT couple. She was beyond perfect for our special day and if you want someone who is genuine then you have found her.

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    Dear Desiree and Luci, Thank you for this thoughtful review. It was a completely joy celebrating your love with you! I enjoyed getting to know you both and wish you all the best in your marriage. Hope you stay in touch! xo

    Thomas Alcorn

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    5 out of 5
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  • We were married by Sarah in September 2019. During planning, she had us answer some questions together and individually, which she used to lay out a framework for the ceremony with a diverse set of suggestions and options to think about. This greatly helped take the stress out of ceremony planning. We loved her suggestions to do a ring warming (where the rings are passed among all the guests) and a joint candle lighting. With the foundation in place, we customized the plan to our liking. On the actual day, she conducted the ceremony beautifully, and many guests commented afterward on how well she ran the show. We felt very confident that Sarah had everything under control, which allowed us to become completely absorbed in the unforgettable moment. We also did two couples therapy sessions with Sarah before the wedding. We didn’t have any particular relationship problems that we wanted to solve, but we thought that doing couples therapy would be a good opportunity to check in on ... Read more

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    Thank you, Thomas and Anna! I am thrilled to know you were able to relax during your wedding ceremony to simply be present and enjoy the moment-- THAT is my primary goal in officiating! It was a joy getting to know you both, and I hope to see you again some day soon. Sending all my love and appreciation your way.

    Kyle Drake

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    5 out of 5
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  • We've all been to weddings where the officiant is the grooms first college roommate, or the brides sister's boyfriend. And I'll admit, they can be a lot of fun! But if you don't think you'd like to hear the line "As a recently ordained minister via BudegetOfficiant4U.com, I now pronounce you man and wife", you're going to need to make some decisions about the tone and cadence of your ceremony. This is where Sarah enters the picture. This review highlights the aspects of the start to finish process of choosing Sarah as your officiant, though equal if not greater accolades are deserving of her calm, reassuring demeanor throughout as well as her encouraging, loving attitude towards you and your partner. She also offers relationship/life coach services which we have yet to take advantage of, though plan to in the future. We started from almost absolute zero as far as ceremony planning goes. We had a list of things we definitely did not want to do which, as we quickly found out, is not ... Read more

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    Kyle, THANK YOU! Your review is so well written, and reads like a magazine article. Thank you for taking the time to so thoughtfully detail your experience. I have no doubt that others will be moved by your writing, and that what you've shared will help other couples know if I am a good fit for their wedding. I loved working with you and Wendy, and look forward to seeing you again soon. Much love to you both!

    Jamie Pereyda

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    5 out of 5
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  • We loved everything about Sarah as our officiant! Booking the officiant was one of our last vendor selections, I think it's easy to kind of forget about this piece of the wedding and take it for granted that it will be easy to fill in later. It really isn't and I recommend doing this earlier than you'd think. I started my search on Wedding Wire by location and by type of ceremony - we are non religious and wanted someone who would make our ceremony feel traditional but without reference to any specific religion. Once I reached out to Sarah through WeddingWire, she quickly responded and setup a call with my fiance and me. She asked questions mostly about *us* to get to know us, not just the wedding details. She made it not feel like just a transaction. I found Sarah to be very organized, she setup check-in points leading up to the wedding that helped me stay on track. I appreciated that so much! On our wedding day, Sarah's delivery was powerful and personal. She has a very sooth... Read more

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    Jamie and Paul! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and thorough review. It was a complete honor being a part of your wedding. I am thrilled to hear you were happy with our work together. You two are such sweeties. I hope married life is treating you splendidly! And Milo, too. xoxo

    Gosia Pisowicz

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    5 out of 5
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  • We fall in love with Sarah 2 years before our wedding. She was the first vendor with met with when we started to plan our wedding. She was the only one who wanted to meet us right away while others I contacted said to call next year! Our chemistry and energy matched from the first meeting. She understood our vision and our goofy personalities. Together we created a very special, emotional and fun ceremony that even pouring rain and stopping half way through didn't matter. She was able to hold it together in such loving calming way, that everyone was very complimentary about her. We have had so many magical moments during the ceremony, that no one will ever forget it. Thank you so much dearest Sarah, for making our Day, day we were waiting for 11 years - absolutely PERFECT! Much love, Gosia and Scott

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    Dear Gosia and Scott-- thank you so much for these kind words. Officiating your wedding was magical for me. You two are very special and I can feel the love you share in Colorado all the way in California. I wish you all the best in your marriage! All my love, Sarah

    Vincent Williams

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    5 out of 5
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  • Sarah did a wonderful job as our officiant. She kept in contact with us through every step. She also coordinated our rehearsal day and the day of the wedding. She was flexible with our requests for wardrobe. She was kind, considerate, and extremely understanding of possible family issues that may have arose. She spent time getting to know us, and had us fill out a well-thought out questionnaire to enhance her ceremony speech. She also let us fully customize what she would say, and that was truly the best part. You could not do better than to hire Sarah as your officiant.

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    Thank you very much for the review, Vincent and Anna! It was a pleasure being part of your wedding day, getting to know the unique love you share for one another, and communing with your friends and families. Thank you, too, for including me in your reception-- so generous of you! Congratulations, loves!

    Lea Ramesh

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    5 out of 5
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  • Sarah is absolutely a dream to work with! We didn't take choosing an officiant for our wedding (April 2019) lightly. It was very important to us to have someone we connected with, who understood us as a couple and aligned with our personal belief and morals. From the very beginning e-mails with Sarah it felt like we were old friends. She is professional and also personable. She got to know us as a couple and as individuals. We decided we wanted to craft our own unique ceremony and write our own vows. We weren't entirely sure HOW to craft a ceremony BUT Sarah gives you many ideas to include to make it your very own. We aren't religious people but wanted to include our own take on Hindu traditions. (My husband's family is rooted in India.) We also wanted a way to include our 3 children as part of our ceremony as well. Sarah has a very in depth questionnaire for yourself, your partner AND your close friends and family. (This part is so fun because we wanted to be surprised during ou... Read more

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    Thank you very much Lea and Vijay! Your review is so thorough and I appreciate that you took the time to depict each step of our process. I imagine it will greatly help other couples know if I am a good fit for their wedding. I so enjoyed every moment of working with you two. I hope every day of your marriage is as equally dreamy as your wedding day was. I can't wait to see you again some time. Love to you both xo

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