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  •    5 out of 5 by Melissa Holmes

    We were more than happy with April! I would absolutely, 100% recommend her to anyone. The ceremony she personally wrote for us/with us was beautiful, and we got a very nice copy of it as well. She's wonderful to work with, a wealth of knowledge, the perfect personality for what she does, a beautiful person. We got wonderful comments from our guests about her and our ceremony, as well.

  •    5 out of 5 by Erica Klein-Meisenhelter

    April Gismondi at the Church of Ancient Ways was absolutely wonderful to work with from day one. She custom-wrote two full ceremonies for us - our legal civil ceremony which was held privately, and our unity ceremony which was held during the larger reception - after spending nearly 2 hours talking with us to get to know us individually and as a couple and to learn our interests and values. She really listened to us and worked hard to make sure our ceremonies would be meaningful and thoughtful and would achieve exactly what we envisioned, despite our unconventional approach. She even helped us put together a truly unique-to-us unity ceremony in which we combined 8 spices to make a custom blend, aligning the spices to the four elements through traditional symbolism and spoken pledges offered by several of our closest friends. We got so many compliments on our spice ceremony - all of our guests recognized how much of us was in it, and we never would have gotten there without her insight and creativity in putting it all together. She also officiated our legal ceremony and was warm, down-to-earth, and genuine with a healthy sense of humor - our nearest and dearest who attended had so many kind words afterward. She made everyone feel calm and welcome and was so excited for us that it just felt like having another member of the family there! Afterward she followed up with an email giving us tracking info for our marriage license, and provided links and instructions for handling my name change, which was super-helpful. April clearly loves what she does, and it makes all the difference. I would recommend her to anyone looking to do something truly special for your wedding!

  •    5 out of 5 by Andrea Arroyo

    April was absolutely amazing!! Our ceremony was perfect and customized to us. She was great about making sure everything went smoothly the day of and great about following up leading up to the big day. We feel so blessed to have had such a beautiful ceremony. Thank you so much April for everything! Jon & Andrea

  •    5 out of 5 by Leighann Lauro

    Pastor April was truly phenomenal! She took the time to get to know you and assists you in every step of the process from changing your name, obtaining and tracking your marriage license, creating many drafts of your cermony until it is perfect and leaves you with a binder filled with everything that made your ceremony so personal. She is a beautiful person inside and out and we could not thank her enough for making becoming husband and wife perfect! Everyone was complimenting the ceremony and Pastor April. If you are looking for a Pastor your search can stop here!!

  •    5 out of 5 by Colleen Jeffus

    Pastor April is AMAZING! As a same sex couple, Pastor April made us feel very comfortable when other officiants we met did the exact opposite. We met with Pastor April to personalize our ceremony at her house. After asking us questions and listening to our responses, she was able to write out our ceremony on the spot- she is brilliant with her words! She assured us that she would guide us throughout the ceremony, which she did so well. From start to finish we felt at ease knowing that she handled everything with professionalism, efficiency, and passion. Everything went perfectly! We are still getting compliments, as our guests are telling us that it was the most intimate ceremony they have been to. We would definitely recommend Pastor April to anyone who asks!

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