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Officiant in Santa Barbara, California,
(805) 886-5930
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5.0 out of 5
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    Roselyne Romero

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    5 out of 5
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  • Patrice's knowledgeable expertise and easy mannerism immediately made us feel 1000% better about the ceremony. She helped us craft our love notes to each other, readings, vows, and told our story so beautifully I cannot express how grateful we are to have her as our officiant. I wish I could giver her more stars! 5 is definitely not enough.

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    Roselyne and Seth! Two very lucky people who were able to find a way to get married during a pandemic! Though the original wedding plans were shelved, their love for each other pushed through the barriers and together we created an incredibly intimate ceremony. At a future date, this sweet and loving couple will have a celebration of their marriage with all their loved ones, but I just know they will never forget getting married under the open sky...surrounded by quiet and birdsong...at our "secret spot" in the hills of Santa Barbara!

    Jacqueline

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  • From the moment I spoke to Patrice I knew she would be the perfect one to officiate our wedding. She made me feel comfortable, told me what to expect, talked me through each step, help me write our ceremony, and sincerely put her heart and love into our special day. Her pricing is great compared to others in the area. She’s super easy to work with, professional yet personable. She listened to what I wanted, guided me through this entire process. No stress! We can’t be happier with our experience. She’s the best! No need to look further...this is coming from someone who is super picky and values quality! Love Patrice!

    JENNIFER M FOSTER

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  • Thank you for making my quickie wedding planning so easy—due to the rush I was worried I wouldn’t be able to find vendors to assist. You were responsive and helpful with vow information. We look forward to our tiny wedding which will be a big day for us to remember.

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    Thanks, Jenn! I know you had a very important reason to rush your wedding forward, and I'm really glad I could be of help. Let's make your "tiny" wedding - that's right around the corner - a happy day, full of love and celebration! See you soon :)

    Claire

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  • Patrice is the most special human being. We were so fortunate and blessed to have her officiate our wedding. It seemed that she was able to perceive exactly what is unique and meaningful in our relationship and our history together, and she wrote a ceremony that could not have been more perfect for us. I cried when I first read it. The ceremony itself was pure light-hearted joy for me, in part because of Patrice's amazing presence and love that she infused into it. I could not ask for a better way to start my marriage journey.

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    Claire and David's wedding was so wonderful I had to write a poem about it. They married at Firestone Winery in the Santa Ynez wine country, under the oak trees, surrounded by all the people who love them. David's father read a hilarious poem; Claire's grandmother sang a song that gave everyone the chills. This wedding couldn't have been more personal, especially since they read the tenderest things to one another...including, "I love that you are the most beautiful person I have ever met, inside and out." That says it all...

    Christopher Huitfeldt

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  • Patrice made our wedding absolutely amazing. From the first consultation, my future bride and I were put completely at ease by her knowledge, patience, and ability to pull together the story that would be told on our special day. When it came time for the wedding Patrice delivered surpassing all expectations. She eliminated any anxious feelings my wife and I were having allowing us to actually experience and enjoy the moment. Planning and executing a wedding can be hard, but working with Patrice is not. She is the real deal.

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    Chris & Melissa were a joy to create a ceremony for — they laugh at everything! Their wedding at the Santa Barbara Polo Fields cottage garden was enchanting, including the horses who stood behind the white fence quietly listening during the entire ceremony. It was ethereal! The Polo Fields sits between the mountains and the sea — a most gorgeous place for a couple who have achieved such harmony and humor between them to come together in marriage. A magical beginning for a magical couple!

    Samantha

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  • When we decided to elope to Santa Barbara for our vows, one of the hardest parts was to trust someone we met online to be our officiant. My husband (!!) and I are both religious but also very spiritual and it was hard to find the right balance. I talked to a few people and decided that perhaps we'd just do the courthouse thing and then take some photos in our formal clothes. Something just didn't feel right about though, so I googled a few terms about what I wanted in my officiant ('Santa Barbara' and 'boho' to name two) and Santa Barbara Classic Weddings popped up with a blog post about how to make a wedding feel natural and bohemian. It was 8:30 at night when I called Patrice and we talked for at least 30 minutes. Our meeting was definitely clandestine. From the first word we probably uttered to each other, our souls seemed to realize that they were of the same cloth. It took no time to realize that she would perfectly suit us as an officiant. Throughout the next few mont... Read more

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    Soon we'll get the photos of this spectacular event published, and as they say, "A picture says a thousand words." Samantha & Jonathan were by far the most sensitive and creative couple I've yet married. Every detail was attended to by their "team," (including a staged garden setting) Brooke Baker-planner extraordinaire, Ryan Caliendo-incomparable wedding photographer plus 2 florists and a drone videographer! Everything was recorded for posterity, and I can only hope the unique & lovely nature of this couple will be as clear as it was for me that amazing day! I just love my job!

    Kaitlin

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  • Could not have asked for a more outgoing and personable wedding officiant! Patrice is awesome and went above and beyond to make sure our wedding ceremony was amazing! We had several phone calls and one rehearsal before the big day and I felt 100% comfortable with relying on her to guide us. 100% satisifed!!

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    I keep remembering this wedding for some reason. Maybe it's because of their shared humor and hilarious stories - like a proposal at the Griffith Park Observatory that was priceless. It's so fun to marry really positive people who admire each other so much and go beyond the normal to care for one another. It was my complete pleasure to be part of their momentous wedding day!

    Satya Delgadillo

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  • I could not have been more relieved and thankful to have Patrice marry us. She is the ultimate professional, and relieved our anxiety entirely upon our first meeting. She makes figuring out the ceremony and help with deciding on vows a simple process - which I can only imagine would be a supreme headache if we were working with anyone else. So many guests said it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever sat through. We laughed, we cried and it was all so perfect and so personal - just for us. The only thing I regret is not writing this review sooner. I wish I could give her ten stars. Thank you so much Trice!!

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    Oh Satya! You & Omar and baby Felix made the iconic Madonna Inn shine! I can't tell you how sweet it was to feel the amazing love you guys share...it was as though there was a glow surrounding you. You have the most friendly and responsive friends and family members ever - they made the ceremony even more personalized because of their laughter and cheers. You were in a heightened state of emotion - walking on air - so I don't know if you remember, but when "Love Is Like Owning a Dog" was read, the whole room erupted in joy! I send you all tons of love and hugs, Patrice

    Jennifer

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  • We coordinated with a couple officiants when trying to find someone for our wedding and when we talked with Patrice we knew right away we wanted her as our officiant! We appreciated her taking the time to genuinely get to know us from the beginning. She did a great job of incorporating important things to us into the ceremony and made it a very special day for us! During the entire process she was genuinely curious about who we were and our story together. She always had a gentle and compassionate tone when speaking to us, which we absolutely loved during our wedding ceremony. We cannot thank Patrice enough for all she did on our special day!

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    Matt proposed to Jennifer on bended knee on the bow of a sailboat in Mexico, and that tells you a lot about this couple! Their love for family and acknowledgment of each other's best qualities made it easy for me to write a ceremony. The wedding at the gorgeous Santa Barbara Club was full of friends and family from all over the U.S. because this couple have the kind of happiness that lights up a room. Sometimes a marriage of two people like this just gives me chills it's so perfect!

    mike

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  • Patrice was absolutely wonderful. From day one, she kept constant communication with my wife and I. She also sent us reminders, but also relieved our stress when we realized that we were short on time. During the ceremony, there was a lot of commotion and last minute details that Patrice went over with us. Although time was running short, she had the patience and guided us through everything. As a result, our wedding was perfect and just the way we wanted.

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    I wish everyone could have been at this wedding to meet Mike's grandmother from China. She was the cutest little person I've ever seen...always smiling. It may be because she was watching her grandson marry the love of his life...one of the sweetest brides ever! As always, the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse "Mural Room" was magnificent...the location often chosen by couples from all over the world for it's beauty. Once again, I was proud to be there...and honored to get to be the one to marry such a lovely and gracious couple!

    Cara

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  • Patrice, We thank you so much for the wonderful, meaningful and beautiful ceremony you did for us! We were just blown away by how thoughtful your words were. It was very heartfelt, funny and very "us". You definitely have a gift and a sixth sense for this work. We can't thank you enough!

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    There are some weddings that are tremendously interesting for multitudes of reasons: the couple, the venue, the music, the joyfulness, etc. “Taft Botanic Garden” in Ojai, CA, was the location of such a wedding on a gorgeous day in April! The darling couple, Cara & Rob, had all those bases covered, but the most important element was the love they expressed for one another during their vows. It was as though no one was there but the two of them. I won't ever forget it!

    Jessica

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  • My husband and I found Patrice through our Photographer and are so glad we did. We received so many compliments about our ceremony and were even asked if we had known Patrice for years. Our ceremony was perfect for us. She got to know us, took into account all of our requests and put together something truly special and amazing. I would highly recommend.

    Vicki

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  • Patrice Handley was our wedding officiant for our intimate ceremony at the Santa Barbara courthouse gardens in early November. Our wedding day was magical and memorable, and Patrice played a role in making this so. Patrice is a delightful lady who takes the time to get to know the bride and groom well so she can truly personalize the ceremony with heartfelt words and readings for the couple. I consulted several officiants before selecting Patrice for our wedding, and we're so pleased we went with her. As it turns out, in speaking to a work colleague, I learned that she too had Patrice as her officiant a few years ago, which was further reassurance that we selected the right person to be part of our special day.

    tiffany

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  • We found Patrice on the knot. My husband and I were having a wedding outside of our county and went looking into Santa Barbara to get married in their beautiful courthouse. Patrice provided officiant services for that area, and she was exactly what we were looking for! We were having a small wedding of 16 people, something very intimate. We wanted someone that would be able to provide the warmth and capture the intimacy that my husband and I were looking for. Patrice was so sweet from the very beginning of our phone meetings! We were very comfortable with her! We didn't actually get to meet her in person till the day of, but she was just as pleasant in person as she was over the phone. She was also very awesome in handling our crying fur-baby, Marley. It didn't seem to phase her at all! She stayed focus to our ceremony. I would recommend her to anyone!

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    Tiffany and Jeremy had the sweetest wedding at the historic Santa Barbara Courthouse Mural Room. Their families were adorable...helping by comforting their cute little Marley (the ring dog) who just wanted to be part of the ceremony. And speaking of the ceremony: this couple exchanged vows in such a beautiful way...looking into each other's eyes with complete dedication. I sincerely believe they were "made for each other" !!

    Kerstin

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  • My now husband and I were married on the beach in Santa Barbara. We had interviewed a few officiants before finding Patrice, but I tell you, from the first conversation on the phone, I knew she was the right one. I feel so fortunate to have had Patrice officiate our marriage. It was more than that though. She casually interviewed us on the phone and you could tell she had a true knack for this type of thing. She asked questions that made my heart melt when my fiancé told her his response. She asked about our love story. She was able to take what she learned about us and turn in into such a great ceremonial intro. Then, she helped us choose ceremonial readings that represented us. She really is just a lovely person! Can’t speak high enough of our officiant!

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    Kerstin & Ben had the liveliest wedding on the beach with the famous Santa Barbara "Rainbow" sculpture as a backdrop. In finding one another, they truly found their "Pot of Gold" at the end of the rainbow. I can't wait to see all the photos...especially the ones of the celebration dance in the sand - with all their guests encircling them and singing at the top of their lungs. Oh, what a happy wedding! It reflected the sweet and joyful natures of this adorable couple. I just know laughter will always be their companion!
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