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


    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.

    Loretta H.

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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 S.

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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 Y.

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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 E.

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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 R.

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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 M.

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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 S.

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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 C.

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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 B.

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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 M.

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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.

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