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Officiant in Arcata, California,
(707) 862-3933
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    Laura Fitzpatrick

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  • Paul was absolutely amazing! We came from Ohio to Crescent City, CA. He helped us with the marriage license, our vows, the ceremony order, and picking the perfect ceremony spot! He was so much more than an officiant! The ceremony went perfectly and Paul allowed us to have an unconventional wedding right in the middle of beautiful redwood trees. We couldn’t have ask for a better person to officiate our wedding!

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    Wonderful, Laura! I am so glad that it was everything you wanted. Thank you so much for the honor of officiating for your special day.

    Alyssa

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  • Paul Marsh was a huge piece in our wedding planning chess game and the end game was easy with his help. He had every answer to every question including questions about cleaning my wedding dress. He had recommendations galore for everything from food, to hair and make up, and everything in between. I couldn’t have done this without him. He helped us with our ceremony and vows and I will cherish his words for a lifetime. Paul’s disposition is incredibly sunny, professional, and kind. We are so incredibly lucky to have found him and I cannot recommend his services enough.

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    I am so honored by your kind words, Alyssa. Thank you so much! Nothing could make me happier than having you realize your dream. And it was such a fun time, too.

    Alissa Oswald

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  • Paul was absolutely amazing in every aspect. He took the time to get to know us and our relationship and wrote a very beautiful, meaningful and personal ceremony. He helped us choose a beautiful place in the redwoods that met all of our hopes and desires. Paul was very friendly and professional but also relaxed and comfortable to be around. I would highly recommend Paul!

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    Thank you very much Alissa! Your kind words mean so much. It was wonderful to get to know the two of you. I'm honored to have been part of your special day.

    Tyler Snyder

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  • Paul was an excellent officiant. He really personalized our experience and ceremony. His personality made our ceremony very genuine. The service was definitely written for us. He took all the elements we asked him to and incorporated them into our service. He was extremely professional, punctual, and fun to work with. He was very helpful with the legal side of things as well. Paul’s integration of the natural world’s beauty and inspiration went perfectly with our personal values. He made our day even more special than we imagined. We would definitely recommend Paul for anyone’s wedding.

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    Tyler! Thank you so much, I'm grinning from ear to ear. Your kind words mean so much because your dream came true and because you're such a wonderful couple. The two of you being so pleased makes me so happy. It was an honor to be there with the two of you.

    Megan

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  • Paul is such a nice person. The thought of having a stranger lead one of the most intimate and personal days of your life can make you nervous... but Paul was very personable, friendly, and kind so he immediately put us at ease. After our Video chat session with Paul, we instantly felt like he was a friend. The day of, his energy was so positive and supportive. His calm and kind demeanor helped us relax and really be in the moment. He drafted and tailored our ceremony with our input, wrote beautiful words about nature and the Redwoods that symbolized our relationship, and brought a nice table for the Sand ceremony we had with our families. He also sent in our marriage license, and got the signatures of our witnesses, promptly.   Paul helped me so much in letting that nervous energy go and helped me come back into the moment. We had our ceremony in the Redwoods and it was so beautiful. It went exactly as we wanted it. Non-denominational, genuine, and focused on how much we ma... Read more

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    Thank you so much for your wonderful words Megan. It was such a pleasure to get to know the two of you and meet your families. Such lovely people, and the two of you have such beautiful energy. I'm honored to have helped you create your dream wedding.

    Heather Mierisch

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  • Paul made our wedding day SUPER special. We are from out of town with very little knowledge of elopement and Paul's website was easy to find and navigate. I texted Paul the day I found his website with an instant response. He emailed me the details of the officiant packages he offers that were clear and concise. He gave us space to decide whether we wanted to use his services, and was elated when we did! Paul makes you feel like a friend, and he responds very quickly to any inquires we had. He was so accommodating and helpful in which areas we could go, and wrote beautifully for our ceremony. The way he correlated the redwoods with relationship had us both in tears. We would highly recommend having Paul as a part of your ceremony. He also recommended a handful of photographers which was life saving! We went with Kate who was incredible and had worked with Paul before. It was super special.

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    Thank you so much Heather! It was so fun to pull this all together in such a short time. I am over the moon happy for you guys and delighted that you are so pleased. It was an honor to be a part of your elopement.

    Colleen Carpenter

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  • Made our 15 year vow renewal a dream come true. Blended right into our group like a long lost friend. His relaxed and welcoming nature makes everyone feel at ease. From the first email to the last hug he now has become part of our story. Helped us find the dream photographer. Our ceremony melted my husband and my own words together with splashes of his own. We changed locations at the last minute to a secluded trail beneath the amazing redwoods and he didn’t skip a beat. I can’t possible convey how important the person you choose to lead your very special occasion is but I will say please look no further. Speak with him and you will immediately know you are in good hands.

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    Colleen, thank you! It was such a treat to meet you all and be a part of your extended family's boho adventure to the redwoods. I'm very honored to have helped you celebrate your 15 years together and your personal milestone. Thank you.

    Erika Burg

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  • Paul was willing to travel out of Humboldt County to Marin County for our wedding and we are so glad. His zest for life and positivity are infectious and he was able to write a personal and touching ceremony for us. The ceremony is so important to the day and working with Paul was a breeze. He was receptive to several rounds of edits (because I would change my mind or want additions) and really embedded our unique relationship and personalities into the ceremony while speaking so poignantly about the beautiful redwoods and our connection to nature. Weddings can be so stressful but having Paul there helped calm my nerves immensely and everything ran so smoothly. He is one of the warmest people and I am so glad he was our officiant. Worth every penny!!

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    Thank you so kindly Erika! I'm so honored to have been a part of your wedding. It was so wonderful to meet your families and feel all of the love coming your way during the ceremony. I wish you and Marty continued beauty in your life together.

    Deborah Morse

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  • Paul was so awesome as an officiant. He was very quick to respond to my text as this was easiest for me to communicate. He was very accommodating to our venue and schedule. He was so sweet and kind like a fun sweet uncle you ha e in the family. We lived him s made our day very special! Thank you Paul for the best most perfect wedding I could have asked for!! Debbie Dynes

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    I am so honored by your comments Debbie. Thank you so much, I am so very happy for you two! It was a super fun time and your kids are awesome.

    Michelle Forshner

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  • Paul was kind, generous, considerate, and super flexible with our very custom ceremony in the redwoods. He brought compassion and worked hard to build and deliver a beautiful and memorable experience for my husband and I. We are truly grateful!

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    Thank you Michelle! I was such a gorgeous day with incredible lighting as well. Perfect for the radiant love of the two of you. I'm grateful for the honor of being your officiant.

    Cody Nichols

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  • When our photographer (and sole witness) called at 3 am the day of our wedding to say that her water broke, we were ready to hand a camera to a stranger if it meant we could secure photos of our special day. But, thanks to Paul, it never came to that. Paul found us a great photographer in the area who was able to shoot and witness our wedding with less than twelve hours notice. Paul is an excellent officiant who will put thought into how to best create a ceremony that suits you, he is a super concierge with great knowledge of the area, and he's also just a delightful person to get to know and work with. Paul saved our day, he worked closely with us to make it special, and we just can't say enough how grateful we are to him.

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    Oh my gosh, Cody. Thank you so much. It was such a last minute surprise and I am really glad we were able to rally and have such a beautiful and intimate moment for the two of you. It was an honor to be part of your wedding.

    Jessica Spinella

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  • Paul was absolutely perfect! He was always so quick to respond to my many questions! He even met with us last minute when we came up to eureka to scout our ceremony location. Paul is so kind, charismatic, and truly cares about helping you create your perfect ceremony! Thank you so much for helping ensue our elopement was a perfect.

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    Jessica! Thank you so much. It was a pleasure to meet your families and to get to know the two of you. I'm so glad that the weather and the day were so gorgeous.

    Carl L. Center

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  • Paul made our wedding a memorable experience and totally stress free. He is a special person which Rose & I (Carl) highly recommend.

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    Thank you Carl! I'm so glad that your and Rose's families were able to make the trip and that the weather cooperated so beautifully. It's always wonderful to meet my neighbors here in Humboldt. Thank you for the honor of being part of your wedding day.

    Savannah Murray

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  • We came from Louisiana to get married in the Redwoods and Mr. Paul made this such a wonderful experience. He took the time to get to know us and made our ceremony specific and personable. I could not have asked for more!! I would recommend him to anyone!

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    Thank you very much Savannah! It was an honor to meet you and both of your families. I love it that your childhood dream came true, and very grateful that I could help you make that happen.

    Todd Brown

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  • Paul was very nice and comfortable to work with. Marisa and I both enjoyed the care, professionalism and the sensitivity that Paul demonstrated during the process of getting to know each other. We highly recommend Paul as a wedding officiant.

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    Thank you so much for your kind words, Todd! Your and Marisa's wedding was the perfect way to begin the New Year. I'm honored to have been the officiant and look forward to our friendship growing.

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