Reverend Vanessa Vaz - Interfaith Minister ∙ Wedding Officiant ∙ Reiki Practitioner
Wedding Testimonials
 
 
Cedric & Ava G. 
                     
What did the officiant do to make you feel comfortable?
 
From our first meeting we knew that Reverend Vanessa was for us. We were able to see her calm and peaceful spirit from a mile away. She made us feel very comfortable and that we were in good hands.
 
What did she add to the ceremony that you least expected?
 
The ceremony that we had was unique and personal to us. We had our daughter perform a reading. The reading that she read was one of several that Reverend Vanessa had available for us to choose from. It spoke to our unique circumstances and evoked strong emotions from us and from our guests. In addition Reverend Vanessa walked us through our entire ceremony paying attention to even the smallest details such as having our vows pre printed on index cards to read. This was important because our venue had other events occurring and we were not able to have a rehearsal prior to the ceremony.
 
What did you have to provide before the ceremony to make it more personalized?
 
We provided the information to Reverend Vanessa when we first met. By discussing with her who we were, what our past experiences were, what we wanted and what we didn't she was able to design the ceremony that was perfect for us. When she presented it to us in a subsequent meeting we were very moved and happy that she was able to capture the essence of who we were.
 
What were your guests' comments on the ceremony?
 
There was not a dry eye in the house. Our guests were so happy that they wanted to take pictures with Reverend Vanessa. The ceremony was BEAUTIFUL!!!
 
 
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Samuel & Christie C.  
 
 
Did the wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?
 
Rev Vanessa made my husband and I very comfortable. I have been friends with Vanessa for 5 years and when she became a Reverend I told her she was going to officiate my wedding. I was single at the time! She met my husband and made him feel so comfortable. He easily opened up to her about his spiritual beliefs and childhood experiences that molded them.
 
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?
 
My sister-in-law had given us Sam's mothers wedding rings. She died when Sam was just a toddler and he doesn't really remember her. Rev Vanessa added a wonderful segment about the ring to our ceremony. There wasn't a dry eye in the house at that moment. I'm sure Sam's mom was looking down on us smiling.
 
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?
 
Sam and I had written things that we love about each other and our relationship. Rev Vanessa turned it into a beautiful testament of our love.
 
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?
 
Everyone had commented on the ceremony. How different and personal it was. They had never seen - or heard - such personalization. Sam and I were so fortunate to have Rev Vanessa bless our union. We've already signed her up for our renewal of our vows!!
 
 
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Geoffrey & Julia P. 
 
 
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?
 
She made us sooo comfortable. My husband and I did not want to be "put on the spot" during our ceremony. Vanessa wrote our vows so that we spoke together and included our son in the entire ceremony!
 
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?
 
Vanessa and I have been friends since we were in school. She added a little something about how long ago we met and how we are still friends!
 
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?
 
My husband and I were raised catholic, but have gotten away from the church. Our families are still involved in the church and we had our family deacon speak during our ceremony. My son also walked me down the isle and we had a family sand ceremony!
 
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?
 
I've never been to a ceremony like that! (i love having aspects that arent traditional!) Since my wedding, 2 other family members have booked Vanessa to officiate their weddings!
 
 
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Daniel & Gina F. 
 
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?
 
Reverend Vanessa made us feel very comfortable. She was absolutely amazing. She made everything seem so easy. Very special. She helped us pick the vows, she helped us by sending us sample vows and readings; she was open to us using a combination of vows, very easy to work with.
 
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?
 
The very sweet thing that Vanessa put together for us was the schedule that included our vows and the reading we chose and the program.
 
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?
 
We chose a very intimate ceremony in the backyard in a very beautiful place.
 
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?
 
Everybody loved the intimacy!
 
 
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Rosalind & Menorah T. 
 
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?
 
Rev. Vanessa Siders made us very comfortable. She has an endless amount of respect for people of different cultures, backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientation. Knowing that she was more than willing to grant us a sense of normalcy in this society by marrying us just made her presence even more comfortable. Having Rev. Vanessa pronounce us as wives was a great honor.
 
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?
 
She took the time to get to know us on a personal level. During the ceremony, she had incorporated a poem very personal to us. She knew we were artists so the poem she selected had an artistic take on the meaning of love. Very beautiful and touching. We also loved that she took the time to write out the ceremony and didn’t make it a quick 3 minute ceremony. Everything was laid out to perfection.
 
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?
 
We chose a public courtyard in the state of Connecticut. It was a beautiful setting to get married at.
 
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?
 
Everyone that came to our ceremony thought Rev. Vanessa’s words were very sweet and appropriate for us. Everyone was in tears! Good tears of couse!
 
 
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Stephen & Jacqueline L.
 
Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?
 
Vanessa is a fantastically soothing person. She walks into the room you feel like your in the hands of a pro who knows you and wants exactly what you want. It rained just as we were going to have the ceremony outside Vanessa made the transision so smooth and did not skip a beat to help us feel perfectly comfortable.
 
What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?
 
Vanessa definetly added lots of special personalized touches to our ceremony that we would never have gotten from a justice of the peace or traditional religous ceremony. From a questionaire we filled out before hand I really felt like Vanessa knew us and our story as well as our family around us.
 
How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?
 
We had a wonderfully small wedding just parents sibilings at our home with a fantastic sit down dinner. We did everything ourselves from the dress to the flowers my dad even built a room for us to have it in!!!
 
Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?
 
There wasn't a dry eye in the house, and everyone just kept repeating "this is so different from every wedding I have been to it's the best wedding ever!"
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