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    Nikolina K.

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  • I don’t even know where to begin! Rev. Michael is such an amazing person, so inspirational and nurturing. You can truly tell that this is his calling. My husband and I purchased the package with the marriage coaching sessions and wow! First off, Rev. Michael got us to think and connect on a completely different level... i recommend this to everyone. Not only was it so much fun, but we feel it brought us even closer. Now the ceremony... Wow. We had to reschedule due to COVID and he made it so easy and was so understanding. He made the drafting of the ceremony so simple and seamless. We knew nothing about weddings and nothing about a ceremony. We got married yesterday and our ceremony was perfect. THE MOST perfect. I am bulgarian and my husband is serbian and we had a very diverse crowd. They were all amazed and couldn’t stop raving about how great the ceremony was. This was even after us not doing a traditional wedding from our cultures. Everyone said we made the right choice after ... Read more

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    Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Kalajdic. You two were an absolute a joy to work with. Though COVID forced the postponement of your most special day by seven months it turned out beautifully. Thank you for giving me the privilege of getting to know you and encouraging you to explore even more facets of your relationship. No matter what challenges you face I think you make a winning team. God bless you on your journey of life together. Warm regards, Rev. Michael DeArruda Weddings + Marriage

    Yeilem

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  • Although we weren’t able to book Michael for our special day, his beautiful attention and care alone deserves a review. We fell in love with Michael instantly, he is a genuine and kind soul and really listens to the couples he meets with. He has great presentation and makes a deliberate effort to customize the experience. We felt that he cared about our marriage and not just the ceremony.

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    No one gets reviewed by every client. Even though schedules wouldn't permit us to work with each other, you have graciously volunteered these kind words. I'm humbled by that. Thank you. It is always an honor to be asked by a couple to be part of one of the most life-changing experiences in their lives. Just being asked means a great deal. Your awareness of and sensitivity to what really matters in life will result in you fairing very well. God bless you on the journey. Rev. Michael

    Taylor F.

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  • We can’t recommend Rev. Michael enough!! We did the premarital counseling sessions with him and we are SO happy we did. Rev. Michael was warm and brought humor to our sessions, making us relax and really get the most out of our sessions. Having this time with Rev. Michael also made our ceremony more personalized to our relationship. We absolutely loved our ceremony (both of them 😂 we had a virtual Covid ceremony that he was SO accommodating for!) and our friends and family all spoke very highly of him. He honestly feels like family and we will likely continue sessions in the future!

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    Like thousands of other couples last year, you were forced to suddenly change plans for your wedding day. Marriage holds so much promise for experiencing the blessings of this life. But before yours could begin it was put on hold. Your strength of character and resilience in the face of a once in a lifetime calamity demonstrated the reliability of your love and devotion to each other. Thank you for the honor of being invited into the sacred space of your lives. Often when I counsel and marry couples it feels as if they have become my own children. You are in that category! God continue to bless and guide you. Rev. Michael

    Michelle

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  • Michael was such a pleasure to work with. He was very supportive and provided great guidance throughout our wedding planning process. He takes the time to have you complete a relationship assessment and meet personally to discuss the results and provides advice accordingly. He also assisted us with the challenging task of writing statements to one another for our ceremony. He truly cares about the decision you are making and it shows through his work! Our ceremony was absolutely perfect and we couldn't have asked for anything better! Michael is very very professional, friendly, and passionate about what he does! Thank you again Michael we highly recommend you!

    Bridgett C.

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  • Having DeArruda Weddings + Marriage was the best decision we ever made!! We enjoyed each and every coaching session we had and it really helped us prep for our marriage and our ceremony. With the guidance and tips we felt more comfortable at our ceremony and we got a better understanding with certain things. We felt we had a friend to confide in during the process of our engagement and are SO happy we made this decision! Thank you Michael!!

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    Greetings Mr. and Mrs. Milford! My goodness, what a year this has been. Yours was one of the last in person, previously scheduled weddings that I had the privilege to conduct on time - before COVID changed things for so many preparing to be married in 2020. Your charming country setting with luscious shade tress and beautiful horses matched the easy warmth the two of you share. I pray that your journey of married life will bring you every joy you are seeking. You truly are a gift to each other. Warm regards, Rev. Michael DeArruda Weddings + Marriage

    Alicia A.

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  • Reverend DeArruda was so amazing through our whole process. We opted for the marriage coaching which was very helpful. I was a little skeptical, but I was so happy that we choose to talk the time to do the coaching sessions. There are various options but we did 4 sessions before the wedding. Our first meeting was easy over Zoom, before Zoom became people's primary method of communication and it was so great and made us confident that we would be a good fit. Over the many hours talking with the reverend, we really got to know each other better and made for a much more personal ceremony experience. Everyone told us how thoughtful and touching the ceremony was. Reverend DeArruda was so great and we would highly recommend him to everyone.

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    Dear Alicia, How nice to receive your kind words! Thank you. I am delighted that you and your husband had such a great experience with the coaching and of course, at your wedding. Helping you prepare for the most important journey of your life was an honor. Your joy with each other, and the pride and support of your families are priceless gifts. God bless you in every aspect of you new married life. Rev. Michael, DeArruda Weddings + Marriage

    Carrie D.

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  • We wholeheartedly recommend Michael as a wedding officiant and partner who will strengthen your lifelong marriage! Since we’re out of state, my dad initially joked about us getting a “rent-a-minister” — but after meeting him, he showed overwhelming approval of this classy, professional minister who facilitated a perfect wedding. Michael’s “create your ceremony” enabled personal customization of our wedding. After sending us the overall script, he used Zoom (web conference) to walk us step-by-step through the ceremony since we opted out of a rehearsal. We’re a military couple, so we appreciated his organization and the digital rehearsal so we knew what to expect. He even impressed the venue and other vendors through his own coordination with them before and during the ceremony. The synchronization ensured guests and other vendors knew where to be and what to do at the right times, enabling smooth transitions from guest arrival through dinner. He demonstrated such an easy... Read more

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    Dear Carrie and Vic, it seems like yesterday that we were standing together under the sprawling oak tree at Legacy Lane Farm for your picture perfect wedding. Like lots of other folks your first year of married life has been punctuated with the challenges of the pandemic. Thankfully that wasn't the slightest concern when you said "I do." And, to your great credit, you are navigating the uncertainties everyone faces in this new normal with grace, persistence, and as much lovingkindness as I experienced between you when we first met. Thank you for the honor of inviting me to walk with you on this journey of life. Keep up the good work - and I'll see you soon. Warm regards, Rev. Michael DeArruda Weddings + Marriage

    Rebecca A.

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  • Rev. DeArruda was super easy to work with. We were planning everything from out of state, so we used video conferencing to plan the ceremony. He made it the smoothest process, and even met with us when we arrived in town the week of our wedding. I am so happy we used Rev. DeArruda, would definitely recommend his services!!

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    Dear Reba and David, where has the time gone? Congratulations on your first year of marriage, initiated on the sunny shores of Florida's Gulf Coast. It was a pleasure to meet and work with you to help create your dream wedding. Every time I am asked to become part of one of the most important moments in people's lives I am blessed by the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the nicest people on the planet. You are part of that distinguished group. I am sure the grace, kindness and enthusiasm that you possess will bring great joy to everyone throughout your lives. God bless you! Warm regards, Rev. Michael DeArruda Weddings + Marriage

    Brandy L.

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  • I spent forever trying to find an officiant that provided quality service. Based on previous recommendations, we decided to go with Michael. He was willing to do video chat for the consultation given how far we are from, and gave us a breakdown of each package he offered. All around a great guy! Can't wait for the big day! Update 10/20/19 Our wedding was such a success thanks to Michael. Guests had nothing but good things to say about him!

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    Hi Brandy. I am looking forward to the start of your coaching sessions. And together we will create your one of a kind wedding ceremony. Take a deep breath cuz' wedding planning can become overwhelming. I hope you don't let that happen. Be in touch soon. Warmly, Michael

    Courtney

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  • If you want the best, then you go with him! He is so punctual and classy.

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    Dear Courtney and Elliott, I was recently back at the Powel Crosley estate for a wedding and immediately thought about the two of your on your glorious day. I pray you are enjoying all the blessings of married life - even with the challenges and uncertainties introduced by the pandemic. Stay safe, hold each other close, and let your love smile every day. Warm regards, Rev. Michael DeArruda Weddings + Marriage

    Sarah

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  • WOW! We couldn't have been happier with our decision in choosing DeArruda Weddings to be such a BIG part of our BIG day! Micheal was so kind & truly has a passion for what he does & you can tell this by the second you speak with him! Our family & friends kept complimenting our ceremony saying how personalized & romantic it was! We couldn't have agreed more, it was everything we were hoping for & more! He made sure our wedding party was doing exactly what they were suppose to be doing at all times! haha! You will not regret going with this vendor for your wedding day!

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    Holiday greetings, Mr. and Mr. Calabrese! I'm not sure where the time has gone - especially this year. I am remiss in thanking your for your kind words. Though yours was one of the largest bridal parties I've had the pleasure of working with everyone of you defied my experience that organizing wedding participants can be a bit like herding cats. It was a joy to work with you, to plan and conduct the most important ceremony of your lives. I pray that the obvious joy and love you share with each other will continue to flourish throughout every moment. God go with you on this wonderful journey. War, regards, Rev. Michael DeArruda Weddings + Marriage

    Lisa F.

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  • Michael was amazing from start to finish. He was extremely thorough while creating the perfect ceremony for us. He is so warm and welcoming he felt like family. At rehearsal he was even helpful getting everyone to the right place at the ceremony location. The day of the wedding he was such a comfort to me! He assured me everything would go smoothly, which it did. He is also very funny! He made us laugh and be at ease. I can’t say enough about how happy I am with his services. Thank you!

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    Hi Lisa and Jason, now Mr. & Mrs! What a beautiful day on the beach with your family and friends all celebrating your union. The joy flowing between the two of you was just amazing, such a blessing to see. May that continue through every season of your life together. Remember that there is nothing more important than your marriage and family. Everything else should be measured in terms of how it builds you up to fulfill your purpose on this earth. God bless you. Warmly, Michael

    Jonathan

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  • We couldn’t be happier with our decision to work with Michael. From our first contact through to our ceremony, his professionalism and kindness made the process much more enjoyable and comfortable than it likely would have been otherwise. Not only did we appreciate his attention to detail leading up to the big day, but his composed manner on the day of was truly calming. We would also highly recommend the couples coaching sessions. Though these were low-key and fun, they absolutely strengthened our relationship and helped us discover some great new things about each other. Michael’s experience really showed as we never felt pressured, but he made it really easy for us to open up. He really is a great person.

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    Thanks Jonathan and congrats on marrying Soo. The two of you were meant for each other. Strong, kind, gentle, and so respectful in your love and care. Everytime I have the honor of working with a couple I am invited into the sacred space of your relationship. You two are the picture of tenderness and appreciation that marriage is all about. I wish you deep, rich, abiding love that gives you reason to celebrate being alive. Warmly, Michael

    Carly

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  • My husband and I were ever so grateful for an amazing experience with DeArruda weddings! We worked with John Fullerton to officiate our wedding. Let me tell you we were skeptical about spending the money at first but we wanted it to be just right so we booked. John never disappointed us once. We were able to complete all our pre marriage counseling over the iPad and he worked with our crazy busy schedule. We lived 3hrs away so in person meetings wasn't an option for us. We grew with these amazing courses and they provided us with valuable take aways for the future. Then there was the ceremony...he performed the most beautiful and endearing ceremony. Just the right wording and all within the time frame we asked for. I cannot say enough good things about the experience we had. HIGHLY recommend.

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    Hi, Carly! I love the photos of the wedding you posted. It brought me back to that beautiful, perfect day with the two of you and your families and friends. I smiled when I thought back to your entrance into the ceremony. As I said then, it was epic! I was so honored to be a part of the ceremony and your lives. Thank you for your words describing your experience of the work we did ahead of time. I am so glad it was useful and pray that the work done then grows and expands into lifelong joy and delight in each other. God has blessed you both richly. May God continually do so! Let's stay in touch Say hi to Chris from me.! Warmly, John.

    Mary

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  • My fiancé and I have enjoyed every minute working with Michael! Our wedding in February will be the third in my family that he will officiate. Upon signing the contract to book him, he offered my fiancé and I the option for pre-marital coaching. My family members who worked with Michael didn’t opt for these sessions, but we figured it could be fun and gave it a try. We started the sessions a strong couple, but we finished them even stronger and felt more connected than ever before. Michael helped us remove outside distractions and really be vulnerable with each other. We enjoyed the experience so much that we requested to have quarterly check-in sessions with him after we say our vows. We feel so lucky to have Michael stand with us and marry us on our big day!

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    We've only just begun this journey together. Your relationship coaching sessions are over and the ceremony planning gets underway in earnest now. Knowing the character of your relationship will make my job so much more effective. I am honored to be asked to serve you, and your families as your minister, coach and officiant. I look forward to a wonderful celebration and the continuation of the journey in your quarterly check-ins. I think you had a brilliant idea. Here's to a beautiful wedding and marriage. Warmly, Michael
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