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    Monique Hargrave

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  • My husband and I received many compliments on the ceremony Melody performed for us. I knew from our first Zoom meeting she was a great fit for us. She took our love story and worked it into the ceremony. She met with us a couple of times to learn our story and what we wanted for our ceremony. She was extremely friendly and easy to work with. I was worried about finding an officiant but after speaking with Melody, my worry was over.

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    So grateful to have been part of your celebration! I wish you all the best in your love story as it continues.

    Wes and Em

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  • Melody was the best officiant we could have asked for. She really took the time to get to know us and our story and wrote a special homily for us with her thorough notes. Our entire family loved the ceremony - it was warm, witty and had many personalized touches. Planning the ceremony was a breeze too - she met with us a couple of times to chat about what we'd like to include and made sure to make it a part of our day. She also helped us with any questions we had. 100% chat with Melody if you're looking for an officiant - you will be in great hands!

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    I was so happy to be part of your celebration. Thanks for the kind words - and so many happy wishes to both of you!

    Melissa Alexander

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  • My fiance and I had an amazing experience with Melody! We were looking for a quick elopement ceremony in September and reached out to Melody less than a week before we were trying to have our elopement. She was very responsive and flexible throughout the entire process, even on a holiday weekend. Melody listened to exactly what we wanted and was able to make our ceremony a dream come true. We highly recommend her!

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    It was so fun to celebrate your marriage with you both, in such a beautiful setting and surrounded by your sweet family. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it, Melissa!

    Shelby

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  • We originally found out about Melody through our wedding coordinator and we are so happy we did! She was a pleasure to communicate with and took the time to learn about me and my husband to create a ceremony unique to us. She was very flexible and when we had to reschedule our wedding due to COVID, she didn't hesitate to let us know she was still good to go for our new wedding date. We loved working with her and would recommend her to anybody!

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    Thanks for your kind words, Shelby! Wishing the best best best to you both for your life and love ahead.

    Liz Peacock

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  • We heard about Melody from our wedding planner, but once we spoke to Melody on the phone, we knew she was going to be the perfect officiant for us. My husband is religious but I am not so we wanted a personalized but semi-religious ceremony. Melody delivered exactly what we wanted. She sent us a draft of the ceremony a few weeks prior for us to go over and make changes if needed. She also asked about how we met and personal questions about our relationship that she incorporated into the ceremony. It was perfect. We received so many compliments about the ceremony and still are 2 weeks later! Highly recommend Melody!!

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    Thanks for your kind words, Liz! I'm so glad we were able to find a balance that represented both of you so well, and wish you tons of happiness in the future. I really enjoyed working with you!

    Caroline

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  • We were lucky enough to find Melody through a recommendation of our family friends. She was incredibly kind, supportive, and greeted us with an open mind and an open heart. She truly got to know who we both are as individuals as well as our story as a couple. She incorporated our story into the ceremony which tied everything together so beautifully, and she also brought in spiritual elements that resonated with us as well. The ceremony was so completely “us”, and it was a perfect balance of tradition and honest, real love.

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    You both brought such open minds and hearts to our process, too! I am excited for the life you have already shared together and for what is to come. All the best - Melody

    Lee

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  • My fiance and I reached out to Melody because we had read such wonderful reviews, and after an amazing experience with her I just knew I had to add to her list. From our very first conversation with Melody, we both felt to at ease. She made the whole process manageable. Just a few short conversations with us and she was able to write the most beautiful and personal ceremony. Our guests could not stop mentioning how wonderful the ceremony was and how perfect it seemed for us. Everyone was shocked that she hadn’t known us longer. She is such a genuinely friendly person, and it was so wonderful to get to work with her on our big day. We weren’t sure on any specifics when we first met with her, but she somehow knew what we needed and I cannot imagine a more perfect ceremony.

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    It was so nice to work with you, Lee! Thank you for the kind words, and I'm so glad the ceremony felt really perfect for you. Wishing you heaps of happiness.

    Grace Mueller

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  • We had Melody officiate our ceremony in August of 2019 and we could not have dreamed of anyone better! She was so flexible with our tricky work schedules during the planning process, which was a huge relief. She was able to craft a ceremony that had the perfect amount of religious undertones for my family, but not so much that my husband and I (who are not religious) felt uncomfortable. She told our story to the guests in such a wonderful way and if I'm being honest, both my husband and I had tears of joy for the *whole* ceremony because of this. I got so many complements on the ceremony from many of my guests that it was one of the most beautiful and perfect ceremonies they'd ever been to. Melody was a fantastic choice and I'd pick her again and again -- and I recommend that you do, too!!

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    I really enjoyed getting to know you and your story together, Grace! Thank you for the compliments and I'm so glad that the ceremony meant so much to you. Wishing you much happiness as you begin this next exciting stage in your lives together.

    Christina

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  • My husband, Carlos, and I got married in Powhatan, VA, but since we live in San Francisco we had limited knowledge of wedding officiants in the area. We were looking first and foremost for someone we would trust and feel comfortable with, and also were hoping to find someone who could help us create a ceremony that had spiritual undertones but was not explicitly religious. From our very first email and Skype conversations I could tell Melody's warmth, eloquence, and calming energy would be a perfect fit for the wedding ceremony we wanted. During our consultation call, it was absolutely lovely to take a pause from wedding planning to talk with Melody about our relationship - how we met, what we love about one another, what our joys and challenges have been, and what we're dreaming for our future together. As we then planned the ceremony script via email, she was deeply attentive to every word. Our stipulations were that Jesus and the patriarchy must be absent from the ceremony, so s... Read more

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    Wow, Christina, it means so much to hear that what we were able to develop in conversation together struck just the right tone for you and was so meaningful to you, Carlos, and your guests. I really enjoyed getting to know you both and wish you boatloads of happiness. Peace, Melody

    Megan Molnar

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  • Melody gave us one of the most personalized wedding ceremonies we’d ever experienced. In our short time getting to know her, Melody managed to remember tons of personal details about us, and our story, and incorporated them into the ceremony as if she’d known us for years. She was incredibly well spoken and pleasant to work with, and even exuded such a calming aura and personality, that we knew she’d be great for us after our first phone call with her. Melody gave us a truly memorable experience for our special day.

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    You have such a great story, and I loved learning about it and getting to know you both as we built your celebration. Wishing you all the best, Megan!

    Jacqueline K Kerber

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  • I cannot put into words how grateful we are to have found Melody for our wedding day. First off, she is extremely easy and fun to work with. Talking about why you love your partner and telling your story can be a very intimate thing and Melody made us feel so comfortable. Secondly, it was extremely important to us was that our ceremony reflect who we are as a couple and while she is Rev Melody Porter our ceremony was mostly non-traditional ..and she nailed it. We have heard from multiple guests that it was the best and most genuine ceremony they have seen. For two people who weren’t really sure what they wanted their ceremony to look like (other than getting married of course) Melody made it incredible.

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    I'm so glad to hear that you were pleased with the ceremony! I really enjoyed working with you both. It was fun and so meaningful. All the best!

    Elizabeth

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  • My husband and I wanted a non-religious ceremony that was meaningful and representative of us and our relationship. We also wanted to be inclusive our families' beliefs and ensure that our ceremony did not downplay or detract from the significance of marriage. Melody took the time to get to know us and understand our desire to balance these aspects. She was professional, prompt, wonderfully helpful, and attentive during the planning process. Moreover, my husband and I genuinely liked her and felt a connection to her as a person. Her warm, calm and easy manner made everything from the first phone call and "getting to know you" meeting to standing in front of our family and friends to say our vows stress-free and easy. As for the actual ceremony, Melody truly tailored it to us, weaving in our story as well as some of responses to the questions she had sent us to answer separately. It was sweet, funny, and deeply personal. She made the most meaningful part of our wedding day also one ... Read more

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    It was so wonderful to work with you both, and to celebrate your marriage! I am grateful to hear that it was what you wanted. Wishing you all the best with this exciting next chapter.

    Shaine Cunningham

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  • Melody is exceptionally eloquent, kind, and sincere and has this amazing gift for connecting with people and weaving their ideas, feelings, and stories into a beautiful and incredibly meaningful ceremony. The ceremony she created for us was sweet, funny, and full of so much joy. Our guests said it was their favorite part of the night, and we wholeheartedly agree. From the first phone call to meeting her at a coffee shop, and from answering questions about one another to standing with her in front of our family and friends to say our vows, Melody was professional, dependable, and truly delightful to work with. I cannot imagine our wedding without her and will forever be grateful for the special memories she helped us make. Thank you for everything!

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    So glad that the ceremony was full of so much joy for you! You were so sincere and brought lightness to it as well. All the best to you both!

    Erica Stratton

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  • My husband and I had been together for over 12 years before our wedding. It was hard to imagine what our ceremony would be like - how do you summarize such a long relationship in 20 minutes? We aren't religious, but really wanted something meaningful. As difficult as all of this seemed to us, Melody surpassed all expectations. She was a calming presence and gave such a personal and sweet homily. She understood our desire for something formal, but not overly religious. Having Skyped with her and then met her once in person, we knew she would do a fabulous job. What we did not expect was to both be in tears throughout the ceremony! But her words really moved us and started off our night of celebration with love and gratitude. She sent each of us some questions to answer separately and included some of our responses in the homily. We don't often get a chance to articulate how much we mean to each other and this was such a meaningful and unexpected way to do so. We did not expect to enjoy ... Read more

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    Thanks for your kind words, Erica! I really enjoyed getting to know you both and your sweet story. It was fun to celebrate with you!

    Ginger Belongia

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  • My husband and I were beyond pleased with Melody as our wedding officiant, and feel fortunate to have found such a great partner for the most important part of our big day. Throughout the planning process, Melody was warm, professional, and flexible. She worked with us to craft a secular ceremony that still felt personal and rang true to our values and beliefs. Several of our guests commented that Melody set the perfect tone on the wedding day with her calm yet in-control presence. Thank you Melody for helping us achieve the lovely and meaningful ceremony we had envisioned!

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    I'm so glad to have been able to work with both of you, and get to know and reflect your story in your wedding. What a beautiful partnership you have! All the best.
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