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Officiant in Arcata, California,
(707) 862-3933
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    Claudia B.

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  • Paul is an amazing officiant. From the moment my husband and I reached out to him he made us feel at ease. He walked us through every step of our big day and took so much stress off our plates. He provided so many special and personal touches. The energy he brought on the day of our wedding was amazing. He is the perfect person to solidify your loving partnership!

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    Thank you Claudia. I am so happy to see that you feel this way. It was wonderful to be part of your special moment and get to know the two of you. Thank you for the honor of officiating,

    Matt R.

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  • Paul is a very organized and thoughtful officiant who made the entire process from start to finish feel easy and fun. He took the time to get to know us and write a very genuine and meaningful ceremony that struck all the right cords. He helped organize and plan the sequence of events and walked us through how the ceremony would unfold. He was very flexible and accommodating throughout the whole process, especially since we were planning this in the middle of a pandemic and from across the country. His considerate and attentive attitude really helped ease any stress we had leading into the big day. His presence is calming and you can't help but smile when he is around! Would highly recommend Paul if you are looking for someone who legitimately cares about making your day magical and memorable.

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    Thank you, Matt! Your kind words mean the world to me. Meeting the two of you and sharing in your journey was a real honor and I'm grateful for our connection. I'm really glad that your vision came together in an amazing day. Thank you for including me in this very special occasion.

    Jocelyn G.

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  • Paul made our guests laugh and feel so welcome! This was important to us. He is also very helpful. He even offered to accommodate any change in the time the day of the wedding, so we could still have it outdoors, pending the spouts of rain that all of us Humboldt County residents understand.

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    Thank you so much Jocelyn!It was a real honor to officiate for the two of you. Your family were wonderful and I am so glad that you could have the intimate gathering. Best wishes and lots of love to you both.

    Joshua D.

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  • Paul is a genuine caring person whom we felt as ease with from the get go. He helped facilitate an incredible, special day for my bride and I. Removed any worry that we had before the ceremony.

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    Thank you Joshua! It was an honor to serve the two of you for your special day. Best wishes to the two of you for a wonderful life together.

    Cindy S.

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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

    Rick A.

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  • Paul did an excellent ceremony and made us feel committed to each other. His choice to bring us to the Redwoods was the best ever

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    Thank you Rick! It was wonderful to meet you both and an honor to officiate. Much love to you both on your next chapter!

    Amber

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  • Paul was an amazing fit for us and our wedding day. He was always easy to reach, very helpful, and gave us exactly what we wanted in our ceremony. My husband is originally from Humboldt County, but we still needed a little help finding a ceremony location that was beautiful and not too difficult to maneuver around (Dang heels lol). Paul gave us plenty of suggestions and ultimately helped us decide on our location. He was friendly, professional, and truly helped make our day absolutely perfect! We highly recommend Paul for any couple wanting to get married in the Humboldt County area!

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    Thank you so much, Amber! It was wonderful to meet your family and friends. I am so glad that I was able to help you fulfill your vision. What a gorgeous day! Thank you for including me.

    Sara O.

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  • Paul was absolutely amazing. We are from Redding and got married at the Trees of Mystery. We did not actually get to meet Paul in person until the day of the Wedding, but we already felt comfortable, connected, and welcomed. Paul responded immediately to any questions we had. He took the time to get to know us and make our day special and specific to us. Paul had great energy. We appreciate him making our day even more wonderful.

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    Thank you very much Sara! I'm so glad that your wedding day was more wonderful than you imagined. It was an honor to meet your families and be a part of your wedding. I wish you all the best for a wonderful life together.

    Casey-Carla F.

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  • Casey and I had been engaged for almost three and a half years what was holding us back from getting married was the Big Show All Eyez on Me Casey isn't into any of that Casey was always talking about when he lived up north in Eureka California and how he would love to take me there and marry me so I picked up the Google and found Paul Marsh weddings in the wilderness . After reading a few reviews and looking at the beautiful pictures of his past couples I was sold Not only is he an amazing person he's reliable he's funny hes professional he does it all the vowels he wrote for Casey and I I couldn't have done it any better myself I promise you if you go with Paul Marsh you will not be disappointed

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    Thank you so much Carla! It was really wonderful to meet the two of you and your children. I'm grateful for the honor of officiating your marriage. Best wishes to you both for a wonderful life together.

    Phil H.

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  • Paul took time to learn about us and personalize the ceremony to our lives, hopes and dreams. We appreciate him so much, he has married us twice! Once in the midst of the Redwoods and again during the pandemic via Facetime on the beach! In person and Facetime were each as meaningful and memorable! Both ceremonies were heartfelt and specific to our needs. We cannot thank Paul enough for such meaningful and loving work, we consider him part of our family and hearts forever!

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    Thank you so much for these kind words, Phil. It has been truly wonderful to get to know the two of you and meet your families. The honor and privilege of working with the two of you on your spiritual and then legal unions has been tremendous. Thank you. Best wishes for many happy years together!

    John W.

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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

    Elizabeth D.

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  • Went above and beyond to make our day special!

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    Thank you, Elizabeth! It was an honor to officiate and a privilege to help you navigate the pandemic. Best wishes to you for a wonderful life together.

    Karina R.

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  • I found Paul online during partial shutdown from covid. He was the only one who responded And made accommodations to fit our wedding needs.

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    Thank you so much Karina. It was wonderful to have your intimate ceremony at such a beautiful City Park garden and I'm honored to have been there. Much love to you both.

    Meredith B.

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  • Like many couples in 2020, my fiancé and I had to cancel our initial wedding plans. Our Colorado ceremony of 150 guests was suddenly impossible, so we had to have some difficult conversations about what to do next. We decided to elope, just the two of us, to the redwoods. We found Paul online and it was a wonderful experience working with him from our first meeting. He helped us feel comfortable during an uncertain time. He had all the answers we needed, including tricky Covid-19 rules and the best place for out-of-staters to get a marriage license. Our ceremony was beautiful; he really captured us as a couple and incorporated the redwoods in such a unique way. We will always be grateful to him for making our day as special as possible.

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    Thank you so much for your kind words Meredith. I'm honored to have been able to help the two of you create a wonderful experience in place of your original vision. Best wishes to you both for a wonderful life together.

    Ryan H.

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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.
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