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(202) 930-1138
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    Lauren

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  • Getting our ceremony right was by far the most important decision for our wedding. We feel truly blessed that Hannah was our celebrant. She approached our story as a couple with an open and eager heart. After a few initial conversations—including an in-person meet-up—we signed a contract for our wedding day. The process began with Hannah sending a questionnaire for each of us to complete. It was not a burden, nor did it feel like homework; it was truly one of the best parts of our wedding planning process. The result? Hannah had stories and insight into our relationship that she could use to create our ceremony. Hannah has a wonderful way with prose—both written and spoken—and the ceremony that she created for us honored our families, celebrated our love for each other, and created space for our guests to share in this love and community spirit on our wedding day. Hannah looked to us as collaborators in the ceremony creation—for things like a community vow—but we never f... Read more

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    Oh, Lauren, thank you for your wonderful words. I so enjoyed getting to know you both and I'm so appreciative of the ways that you each brought your complexities and vulnerabilities into the ceremony creation process, and the trust you shared with me throughout editing and revising. Planning a wedding celebration takes a lot of work - I'm always so honored/moved when folks set aside time, energy, & resources for the ceremony aspect of it the way that you two did. Thank you.

    Adam Jones

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  • Hannah is absolutely incredible! She was professional, personable and made our special day better than we could have imagined. We cannot recommend her enough; our ceremony was above and beyond, thanks to her. The process leading up to the big day was fun and intimate and really got us excited for our celebration of love. During the ceremony, she was able to express our love for each other through her beautiful words while capturing the essence of our relationship. 10/10 would recommend, our wedding would not have been the same without her! She's the best there is!

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    Thank you so much, Adam (full disclosure - we are cousins!) It was such a joy to get to know you and S in this special way, and it meant a lot to be a part of your wonderful wedding celebration. Thank you both for the thoughtfulness, thoroughness, care and and compassion you showed yourselves and each other throughout the ceremony writing process. Big hugs!

    Lynn

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  • Hannah was the officiant at our wedding in May 2019 and she was exceptional. From the initial meeting Hannah made us feel very comfortable. This was truly an accomplishment as all 3 of us were in different locations so it was a virtual video chat meeting. Then meeting in Hannah in person was even better. She has such a warm, welcoming energy - it was just what we were looking for. The process questionnaire and follow-on exchanges were very helpful in focusing us on what we wanted for our ceremony. Finding Hannah was a blessing. She's wonderful!

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    Thank you so much, Lynn! It was wonderful working with you both, both remotely and then in person. I really enjoyed the different elements that you brought to the ceremony and the ways that you each brought so much of yourselves into the process. It was very moving for me to be a part of your elopement and I'm so happy for you both!

    Katie Fletcher

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  • Hannah was the best decision we could have made for our wedding! From the very beginning she kindly guided us through the ceremony planning in a way that felt natural and and full of care. She was incredibly generous with her time, getting to know us, and our relationship, both in person and over the phone. The result was a ceremony that completely represented us and how we wanted to share our commitment to one another with our friends and families. Everything felt SO personal and sincere - many of our guests had a hard time believing Hannah wasn't an old friend that we'd known for years.  Right before the ceremony Hannah noticed I was a bit overwhelmed. Without making a fuss, she immediately pulled my fiance and I away to a private space and walked us through a meditation for the last few minutes before we said our vows. This was exactly what my husband and I needed and we are SO grateful to Hannah for keeping us present during such an exciting, but hectic, time.  We can't sa... Read more

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    Oh, Katie, it was such a pleasure to get to know you both. I really enjoyed creating your wedding ceremony with you and I appreciate how you and E. enthusiastically participated in the collaborative process. Thank you for sharing so openly and vulnerably and for listening to yourself (not always easy to do during the wedding planning process!) And I'm so glad that having that moment before the wedding was helpful and meaningful to you - I felt honored to be in that special cocoon space with you. Hurrah!

    Noelia

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  • We were so intentional about who married us, it was in our top 3 most important tasks! After all, this person would be speaking words into and giving energy to our special day. We also wanted to ensure that everyone at the ceremony would have an exceptional time(Spanish and English speakers alike). We interviewed a few officiants before Hannah and still had not made a decision, when we met Hannah. And we were weeks ago from the day!!!  From the second we consulted, we knew she was the one! She walked us through the process and ensured we were on board and clearly laid out dates and tasks for us to think about. She communicated well with us, spoke Spanish words beautifully and also stayed in touch with our wedding planner and ensured we were all satisfied. Hannah is efficient and consistent in her follow-up. The day of rehearsal there was timing miscommunication but she worked through the misunderstanding to bring everything together. Day of ceremony, she was dressed beautifully. She ... Read more

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    Thank you so much, Noelia. I really enjoyed working with you and K to bring the various elements of the ceremony together, especially the sofreh - thank you for trusting me with that. Thank you for the different ways that you both brought ideas to the writing process and contributed your own flair to the ceremony. It was great getting to know you both along with your families and other loved ones - and seeing you shine with love on the day itself - you all were absolutely gorgeous. Thanks again and big hugs!

    Alex

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  • I cannot say enough good things about Hannah! Run, don't walk, and hire this incredible human! She made our wedding ceremony one of the most magical experiences of my life. So many guests noted that it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been to. Every step of the way, from our original meeting to the day of the ceremony was so magical thanks to her incredible process. We knew right away after meeting you that she were for us, and we are so grateful that we found her. The final script was gorgeous, and we are still receiving compliments to this day about the ceremony. The energy was palpable during the day of the event- something that I know Hannah helped created. I wish I could give Hannah more stars than are even available for reviews here! Her professionalism, artistry, vision, and voice SHINE through her process!

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    ALLLLLEEEEXXXX!! Thank you so very much for these wonderful words. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate both you and P and your flexibility and patience with co-creating this ceremony. It truly was a collaboration between the three of us and I loved so much that both of you approached it through the lens of spiritual artistry. It was a joy and a blessing to work with you and be a part of this wonderful celebration. Mwah!

    Diana Delgado

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  • We got married on May 4th 2019, and worked with Hannah for over 6 months to make sure our vows and ceremonial language was perfect for who we are and for what we wanted our marriage to represent. Throughout the process Hannah was nothing short of spectacular and supportive. She provided us with guiding language and ceremonial recommendations, but also flexible enough to allow improvisation. In fact, because we knew Hannah was bilingual and could handle a Spanish reading passage, we added one. We opted to trust her abilities, and she executed flawlessly. Hannah went above and beyond what was necessary but also talking with our friends to get a wholistic understanding of who we are as people. Hannah was always available to answer any questions we had, and we never once felt that she wasn't listening to us. In fact, Hannah is an active listener and she reflects that in her work. During our rehearsal, Hannah was able to efficiently guide our wedding party through the ceremony and answe... Read more

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    Thank you so much, Diana. It was truly a joy to work with you both. Thank you for your creativity, your honesty, your humor, and your irrepressible spirits - I had so much fun collaborating with you on a ceremony that honored you as individuals and as partners. The day was such an infusion of warmth and love, it was almost palpable! Thank you and big hugs.

    Ashley

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  • Jeff and I found out about Hannah on Catalyst Wedding Co and we are so lucky she was available on our wedding day! The process started by meeting with Hannah (in our case, we had a phone call since we were planning from Chicago) and getting to know each other. Once we decided we HAD TO HAVE Hannah officiate our wedding, she provided a questionnaire. The questionnaire was such a good exercise because I got to sit down with my partner, Jeff, and really get to the root of what makes him him, what parts we love most about each other, how we think our relationship with grow with marriage, what our parents contributed to us... it's like a tiny time capsule of our love in written form. Hannah used the questionnaire to get to know us and draft up our ceremony. We gave feedback only once and the second draft is what we used... she wrote it as though she has known us for years. We cannot recommend Hannah enough. She is a great listener, a great moderator, and a beautiful writer. She ... Read more

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    Oh, Ashley, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words. It was a genuine pleasure getting to know you & Jeff (and to get cookbook recommendations from you, too!). Thank you for the ways you showed up for the process of co-creating the wedding ceremony - I'm so very glad that you were pleased with it and that it felt right to you both. Big hugs and congrats!

    Emily

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  • Hannah helped us cultivate a ceremony that truly felt like our own. She was generous and felxiable throughout the collaborative process of creating our ceremony together, and she shared wonderful insight using her experience and expertise. An absolute joy!

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    Oh, Emily, working with you and Tim was so much fun. I loved the challenge of discerning how to reference one of our mutual favorite works of art in just the right way as part of your wedding, and I was moved and honored to witness the ways that you both showed up for each other and for the process with such authenticity and grace. Congratulations again and thank you for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful (and humid ;) day!

    Christopher

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  • Hannah was AMAZING. She was absolutely incredible throughout the entire process. We met with her two times before the Wedding Day and she was so pleasant and fun to be around. With just one interaction and answering a brief questionnaire she put together the most amazing Ceremony for us, like she'd known us for years. She also provided valuable feedback to us while writing our own vows. We got such positive feedback from our guests, including many praises for the Ceremony that Hannah led. Our wedding day was perfect, with huge props to Hannah for her style and eloquent speech. Our wedding was bilingual and her Spanish is perfect! I'd recommend her 10 times out of 10!

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    Oh Chris, thank you so much. It was just delightful to get to know you and Noelia and to work together on co-creating your ceremony, and of course it was also wonderful to share yummy food and wine with you as we journeyed together! Thanks to you both for showing up to the process with such enthusiasm and great ideas. I particularly appreciate you sharing the Unity in Glass ceremony with me - such a meaningful ritual. Wishing you both todo lo mejor in your married life!

    Jackie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Hannah gently guided me through the process of planning and executing what ended up being the perfect ceremony for me and my partner. She helped me ditch the traditions that didn't serve us and embrace ones that did. She listened to every nuance and nerve that affected my assumptions about the day, reflected some things back to me for consideration, and helped with advice where it seemed I was getting tangled up. The care and love with which she approached the day, the confidentiality she kept knowing it was a secret ceremony, and the complete availability it seemed she had for me even amidst her many other clients is unmatched. If you're not sure if she's right for you, she is!

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    Jackie, thank you so much for your wonderful words and sharing your experience. You and your partner are such dear folks and I'm so, so glad we were able to work together to create a wedding ceremony that felt right to you both. Big hugs and congratulations!

    Olga

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  • We found Hannah through wedding wire as she had excellent reviews. We met her at a coffee shop and she was very welcoming and friendly. Hannah showed us the entire process and gave us tons of information and templates/examples of verbiage we could use for readings, vows, etc. She helped us with the entire ceremony reading from top to bottom, as we made edits and revisions a few times sending them back to her to incorporate. She always made us feel at ease with our decisions whether it be the unity ceremony, vows, or arrangement of details. The entire process was smooth and come wedding day, she was on time, professional, and did an excellent job. We would recommend Hannah to anyone that needs an officiant for their wedding day.

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    Thank you so much, Olga! It was such a pleasure getting to know you and Jake and co-creating your wedding ceremony. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this important and meaningful day.

    Colleen

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  • Hannah performed our wedding ceremony last week and she was amazing. We found her at the last minute and she was able to accommodate us on short notice and made our ceremony better than we ever imagined. She took a couple stories that we gave her and turned them into a personal and moving ceremony. AND she mixed in both Spanish and English so that it flowed beautifully. We absolutely loved it, and we can't recommend her enough.

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    Thank you so much, Colleen! I'm so glad that it worked out. It was so fun to be a part of the day!

    Sarah

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  • We had originally booked another officiant who had a family emergency two months before our wedding, but recommended Hannah to us. Initially we were concerned about the switch, but it ended up working so well. Hannah took time to get to know us and helped us craft our ceremony just the way we wanted it under a shortened timeline. She took the job very seriously and was very responsive to changes we would like. We really felt that she provided a series of great options, but then let us direct how the ceremony ultimately turned out. We are so happy we ended up working with her! On our wedding day we received so many compliments that our ceremony felt like "us." I think that is the highest praise for Hannah!

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    Thank you so much for your kind words, Sarah. It was truly a pleasure getting to know you both. I really enjoyed working with you to co-create your wedding ceremony and it's absolutely wonderful to hear that it felt like it was so 'you' - truly what all Life-Cycle Celebrant ceremonies are aiming to accomplish. This was a complicated situation at the outset, and the ways you and D came to the table with grace, understanding, and open-ness really enriched our process together. Thank you! Wishing you both all the best in your limitless married adventures!

    B & K

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  • It's so easy to forget in all the fuss of wedding planning that the ceremony is the first point of the day: it sets the tone, and it's where you actually get married! ;) Hannah, of River and Root, was the perfect person to help us bring our focus back to the ceremony. Though we both love to write, Hannah brought the ceremony writing expertise that we sorely lacked, and provided warmth, gravitas, and thoughtful structure. When we got to the day, neither of us could believe how well the ceremony had been woven together. It read like us. Hannah also helped us pull together our different faith traditions, to tell our story and honor our family and experiences in a way that felt honest. For any couple that wants to craft their own ceremony, Hannah is the ideal partner. Don't hesitate to reach out.

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    B & K, thank you so much. It was so fun to work with you and to puzzle through together how we might be weave in the different (personal and faith) elements that are important to you. And to be able to celebrate with you in such a beautiful and meaningful family space was so special to me. What a gift. Congratulations again!

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