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Officiant in Sarasota,

Loving Heart Ceremonies by Risa Marlen

private residence
Sarasota, FL
Services: Officiant | Login to save vendor
(201) 741-6056
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  • 30 Reviews


    Danielle

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  • Risa was wonderful to work with. Accommodating, responsive and efficient. She had great suggestions for the ceremony, and helped Us to express the words we will remember for a lifetime. Lovely Lady.

    Austyn

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  • Risa did an amazing job on our ceremony! We got married just the two of us which a lot of people frowned upon but Risa made a beautiful reading and made us feel ok about not inviting family. Highly recommend!

    Ken and Cindy

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  • Risa was perfect for us. She gave suggestions and when we decided we wanted a different location, she was totally flexible. She was to the specified location before us and did a fantastic job officiating. We recommend her without reservation. She's really sweet and competent.

    Cecilia

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  • Thank you for making our day so special and personal. Lots of people told us that it was one of the best ceremonies that they had been to. Thanks for everything you did to make our day special!

    User6077644

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  • she was very thoughtful and focused on our wants nad needs.

    Rhonda

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  • Great everything was perfect. My husband and I renewed our vows on our sixteen year anniversary on the beach we originally got married at in Longboat Key, Florida. Risa made sure we had a quiet beautiful spot on the beach for our renewal, she also recommended an awsome photographer. Risa also provided us with vows that were customized just for us through the information she gathered from us. Risa had a very pleasant personality and was very efficient and easy to work with. Risa was very informative about things for us to enjoy in the area since we don't live in the area. She was always reachable and her prices were very affordable. We were extremely pleased with her services. Sincerely, Dr. Edward and Rhonda Walker

    Melissa

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  • Risa officiated our early morning wedding in July on the beach in Venice, Florida. We enjoyed our first meeting with Risa in May and was able to share with her our story of how we met, our engagement and our journey with each other up to our wedding day. The day of the wedding Risa arrived promptly at the venue and was there to help us with complete the official paperwork. Risa gave us a lovely ceremony where she incorporated our stories from our first meeting with her and gave us a truly memorable wedding experience. I am thankful we picked a great wedding officiant, she was the icing on the cake for our special day.

    Floyd & Diane

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  • Only three weeks before our 40th wedding anniversary, we decided to renew our vows with a few friends and family as witnesses On the recommendation of a neighbor, we contacted Risa to help us write new vows and plan the event. She was very attentive to our requests, assisting us with all aspects of the evening. From selecting a venue for the ceremony to reserving tables at a romantic gulf-side restaurant (now our favorite place) for our celebration dinner, she did it all. Ours was a wonderful, stress-free event. We whole-heartedly recommend Risa for a personalized wedding, vow renewal, or any other event. We must give kudos to her photogrpher for the evening. His candid shots captured special moments we will always remember and can share with others.

    Katie

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  • I am so happy that my husband and I chose Risa to be the officiant for our wedding! She was nothing but kind, accommodating, and professional throughout our working relationship. She asked us to fill out questionnaires about our relationship, and she used our answers to create a ceremony that perfectly expressed our feelings about our wedding day and about one another. My guests came up to me all night to tell me how beautiful the ceremony was and to share compliments about Risa. Very, very pleased with her work!

    User4292743

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  • Ms. Risa Marlen was a 10 out of a 10. My wife an I reached out to about 5 officiants in NJ/NY/PA and chose Risa for a number of reasons, specifically: her responsiveness to our communications, her professionalism during our initial meeting and phone conversations, and her flexibility (in general). Initially, her responsiveness was just so refreshing amidst all the chaos of wedding planning. We felt so comfortable and secure with Ms. Marlen as our officiant that we agreed to terms in the car ride home from our initial meeting. She continued to do really great work and in a very timely fashion for us. We saw that she really aims to personalize her ceremonies through the questions that she asked and how she incorporated our story into her piece. Not only is she professional about her work, but she presents herself with utmost class. On the day of our wedding, since we had another officiant to perform the Persian wedding ceremony, who in the end ran well into "Risa's time", she conti... Read more

    User2867714

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  • My fiancee and I needed an interfaith officiant to perform a marriage ceremony. Although we are planning a reception late next year to celebrate with family and friends, we decided to register and exchange vows shortly after our engagement on the auspicious day of 12/12/12. We had the option of having a civil service at the courthouse but we decided on a warmer, more sentimental approach. Risa was able to draft a wedding ceremony for our review that tied together both our backgrounds. She hosted the ceremony in her living room for us and our two witnesses. Risa is flexible and easy to work with and made our legal proceeding a warm and memorable experience.

    Sierra

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  • Risa was great to work with!!!! After our first phone call we knew she was who we wanted to use as our officiant. To be sure, we still arranged a face to face meeting and she was very flexible and accommodating. For us, she was the most important vendor at our wedding. We were very pleased and would recommend/refer her to any friends, family, or business associate.

    kate

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  • Risa was really great to work with and did an outstanding job officiating at our wedding. She was professional and personable, always available when we had questions. We had full confidence in her and she surpassed all of our expectations. We highly recommend her!

    User4363918

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  • Risa expertly handled our ceremony and crafted a heartfelt, personal experience that left all the wedding guests very moved. Risa communicated very well with us, listening to our revisions and requests and implementing them beautifully. Our ceremony was so special thanks in part to Risa's dedication and execution. We highly recommend choosing Risa as an officiant for your wedding.

    Louise

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  • We found Risa by "accident" as she was suggested by an already booked officiant we had contacted. After the first initial meeting we both felt that she would be right for us. Risa made our ceremony personal , funny and perfect just what we had hoped for and our friends and familiy loved it. We've gotten so many compliments for the whole ceremony which is all Risa's doing. She made the start of a long day of celebration perfect

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