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Officiant in Arcata, California,
(707) 862-3933
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  • 75 Reviews


    Cindy Schmidt

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  • Paul was all that we hoped for and more. Most importantly he gave us beautiful words for the ceremony. He created a beautiful moment for us, due to his thoughtful words and kind and open spirit. We could feel that he was blessing us with his words, and we felt a connection to him even though in many ways we were strangers, having only met previously online. Yet through the emails and the phone calls in advance of the ceremony, and due to the information he learned about us in those interactions and wove into the ceremony, we felt like we were being married by a true friend. Because we did a "confidential marriage license" there was no requirement for a witness, so it was just Paul and us, meaning no photographer etc. Somehow Paul juggled the ceremony itself and yet snapped some beautiful photos during the ceremony, without breaking the rhythm of the intimate moment. We could not have found the more perfect officiant for our perfect little ceremony.

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    Thank you Cindy. I am humbled by your thoughtful comments and delighted that everything went as you had hoped. It was so fun to meet you both and spend time exploring as we hunted for photo's afterwards. peace and love, paul

    John Woz

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  • We wanted to be married in the Redwoods by ourselves. Celebrating with family and friends could wait till we got back home. Planning it from across the country seemed difficult and time-consuming. Then we contacted Paul Marsh. From the time we traded our first e-mails with Paul, we relaxed and did what he told us to do. He interviewed us through face-time, wrote the ceremony to include much that he learned from us during that interview and a couple of shorter phone calls. Sent us the ceremony to be reviewed and edited (very little that we wanted to change). Paul helped us write our vows and gave us some suggestions for locations near Crescent City. We did everything he told us to do at the Courthouse that morning. (It was a breeze since we had all of the information that he said we would need.) And that afternoon he performed the ceremony in a gorgeous spot amongst 2000 year old trees. It rained, but he brought umbrellas. And he took pictures after the ceremony. Paul help ... Read more

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    Thank you for your kind words, John. I am so very glad that the day went so very well for the two of you. It was wonderful that the rain provided a glorious bit of good luck wishes from Mother Nature. And, a fun adventure. peace and love, paul

    Ryan Heitz

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  • Paul made our elopement experience one that we will be able to cherish for years to come. A wonderful individual who takes great pride in making you special day memorable. Thanks Paul!

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    Thank you, Ryan! It was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of that moment for you. Best wishes for the years to come.

    Loretta Heitz

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  • My husband and I decided to do a small ceremony and Paul did an amazing job, he was professional and very kind. He helped make our special day everything we wanted it to be and more.

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    Thank you Loretta. I'm glad the day exceeded your expectations, that is what we wanted. It was such a perfect morning. I'm honored to have been a part of your elopement.

    Adrian Swenson

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  • Paul played an enormous role in making the magic of our wedding come to life. There may be many others, but there is only one Paul Marsh.

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    Thank you Adrian! You were on such an adventure. I am really glad that our paths crossed so that I could help the two of you make the dream come together.

    Wenda Young

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  • I'm from Canada and my husband is American. We had the dilemma of where and who to invite to our wedding. The Redwoods were on my husband's bucket list and as soon as he suggested this it sounded perfectly unique. As well an elopement made the most sense as we are in Wyoming and our friends and family were spread across both countries. I did a search and quickly found Paul online and I knew we had found the perfect person to marry us. I was sold after reviewing his website and many glowing reviews. Paul responded to my inquiry very quickly and from there I felt a great relief that things would work out well. We drove from Wyoming, incorporating a road trip and weddingmoon that was perfect for us. We finalized our wedding date a bit late so he was booked on the dates we wanted but Paul accommodated us. We did as he suggested and drove down the Avenue of the Giants in our chosen locale, Humboldt State Park and found our perfect spot in a gorgeous old grove. The ceremony was relaxed and n... Read more

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    Your words are so touching and mean so much to me, thank you Wenda! I love how things always work out in wonderful and delightful ways. It was wonderful to be part of your special moment. Thank you for that honor. May your years together be a forever weddingmoon.

    Nick Evans

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  • Paul is an amazing human being who has established a way for people to make their wedding dreams come true no matter the location. His friendly personality, and willingness to personalize your ceremony make him top choice for outdoor/wilderness style weddings. He made our wedding day amazing, bringing together the perfect wording for our Ceremony, personalized and perfect, and meeting us in a beautiful location in the Redwoods of Northern California. I would highly recommend Paul to anyone looking for a unique and personalized wedding ceremony wherever you choose! Thanks Paul for everything... Natalie and I will not forget you and the experience you gave us. Best wishes for anything the future holds for you.

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    Reading your review at the turn of the decade brings tears to my eyes, Nick. It was an honor to be there for you and Natalie. I am so happy that the day was everything you wanted and more. All the best to the two of you in our wonderful life together.

    Natalia Rodriguez Ford

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  • Paul was just amazing. Not only was he a perfect guide during the whole planning of the wedding but on the day he was an absolute hero! Our day almost went array when a huge power cut happened across California. Paul not only called the court house in advance to make sure we could still get our certificate but also kept us updated on what was happening and what to do. As we were alone in the US for our wedding this was so invaluable - we really could not have done it without him. The day went perfectly, Paul's words were beautiful and we feel so lucky to have had him as part of our wedding.

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    Thank you so much Natalia! That was a crazy time and I am so glad that the two of you were able to realize your dream. It was an honor to help with doing my part. I wish you the best on your new adventure and your life together.

    Patrick Mantle

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  • Paul was nothing short of INCREDIBLE! He helped us through the full journey of becoming husband and wife. He was super easy to get a hold of and was also there when we needed him (even when you have a mental breakdown the day before your wedding) We are from out of the state and having Paul guide us with his knowledge of the Redwoods and neighboring areas was something we could never put a price tag on. We are so thankful to have crossed paths with him and will never forget our time shared in the redwoods! Thank you so much Paul!! -The Mantles

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    Thank you so much Patrick! It was so wonderful to be part of your adventure and then to finally meet you on your wedding day. I'm so glad that everything turned out as you had dreamed. I'm honored to have made your acquaintance.

    Bree Smith

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  • Paul was the greatest officiant we could ever ask for. He was so excited and honored to be apart of our elopement. He made us feel apart of the creation of the ceremony and was happy to adjust and change anything that we needed. He was so kind and it was a beautiful ceremony with his help. Thanks again!

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    You are so very welcome back at you, Bree! It really means so much to know you're so happy. Thank you. It was an honor to meet the three of you and be part of your bonding moment.

    Jenni Calabrese

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  • Paul was an absolutely incredible officiant and made our wedding better than we could’ve dreamed of. We traveled across the country for our private ceremony and knew he was the perfect person to officiate after just one phone call. He personalized our ceremony to encapsulate our love exactly how we want it to be shown, and was so easy to work with even hundreds of miles away. We are especially cautious in finding LGBTQ+ friendly vendors, and Paul was nothing short of incredible. He took the time to really know us as a couple and we are so thankful for the beautiful ceremony and friendship he provided us. We love you Paul!! - o&j

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    Thank you so much Jenni! I'm so happy to hear that your special day was more than you and your lovely wife could have dreamed. It was wonderful to get tho now the two of you. I'm very honored that you chose me for your wedding. peace and love to you!

    Stephanie Bessette

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  • Paul was great from the beginning to the end. We came from the CT and he helped with suggestions and made everything easy breezy. He took away from the stress and made sure everything was perfect. We could not have asked for a better officiant. We would highly recommend him!! All our love. The Bessettes

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    Thank you so much Stephanie! Your wedding day worked out so perfectly and I am so honored to have ben a part of it. It was such a treat to meet your family, too. Thank you! Much love and many blessings to you all.

    Chess'

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  • Paul was absolutely AWESOME. We held our vow renewal ceremony in the Redwood forest. We came in from the east coast and he kept in constant touch with us during the time leading up to the ceremony. He is very familiar with the area and offered some helpful advice in preparing for the ceremony. The ceremony itself was absolutely wonderful, in no small part to Paul's willingness to go out of his way to provide assistance.

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    Your family was so wonderful to meet, Sandi. Renewing your vows with your family there was such a beautiful way to celebrate your anniversary. It was an honor to help you prepare and be a part of the celebration of your loves. Thank you.

    Katy Martin

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  • Paul was absolutely wonderful! He went above and beyond to make our ceremony special and personal. I am so thankful that we found Paul and would recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant!

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    Thank you Katy! It was wonderful to meet the two of you and your families. I'm honored to have been your officiant.

    Andy Hertel

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  • Paul was great in helping us to realize our dream of getting married in the redwood forest. He was extremely helpful, always responsive (often within 10 minutes of sending him an email), and very professional. He charged a fair price and is a really nice person as well. We had a great trip and a wonderful wedding ceremony.

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    Thank you so much Andy. That really means a lot to hear from you. It was wonderful to meet the two of you and such a perfect day. Thank you for the honor of performing your marriage.
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