Below, is a sampling of references from recent weddings I have performed.  For a more extensive list please click on this link to WeddingWire. See aVow Ceremonies and Celebrations on WeddingWire


 

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Wedding of Diwan and Gabrielle Munger
Whispering Rose Ranch, Santa Inez
October, 2015

I still can’t get over how amazing Rick was as our officiant! He was so easy to work with and to talk to! Rick was extremely professional, organized, prompt and proactive! We weren’t from the same town so I mostly had contact over the phone with him. He was willing to do a Skype session if needed but honestly just talking to him on the phone eased my nerves about the ceremony! He was direct and to the point about logistics but gave us plenty of ideas to customize our ceremony which was such a plus for us. We didn’t want to feel like just another wedding for him and we didn’t. Rick made us feel like he knew us and he saw the love between us and that was so comforting. He has a great voice and we got so many compliments on how beautiful and full of love our ceremony was. Rick did a special reading for the first time for us and he mentioned how he was practicing how to say it, where to pause, etc. He also had moments in the ceremony like the kiss, where he would step out so we had a photo opp. This just really stuck out to me. He’s awesome! Hands down, the best vendor at our wedding!


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Wedding Jakai & Tricia Cardenaz
Santa Margarita, Ca.
March 2017

The ceremony that Rick put together for us was absolutely perfect and exactly what we hoped for. We wanted something that incorporated traditional vows, but that was also personalized, light-hearted, and fun. Rick wrote an amazing ceremony for us, it was a surprise on the day of the wedding, and we could not have been happier with how it turned out. All of our loved ones have commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony as well. I would highly recommend Rick for any type of ceremony, any religion, and whether you know him well or are meeting him for the first time. He does not disappoint! Thank you again Rick!


My advice for a couple trying to find a great officiant for their wedding, especially if they are looking for a faith-based wedding, would be to stop your search now and shoot Rick an email. Rick has such a unique way of developing his ceremony and included us in every step of the way. His communication with us throughout the process was seamless, and he guides you through the rehearsal and wedding like a true professional. We never had any questions, because Rick provided all the answers before we could ever ask him – most of them at our very first meeting. All of our guests LOVED Rick’s ceremony and multiple people came to us afterwards and said how much they enjoyed his words. So, give you wrists and fingers a break on the computer/smart phone/tablet, stop searching, and just go with Rick! You won’t be disappointed. 🙂 Ben and Taylor, Arroyo Grande

Our ceremony was perfect and it’s in large part due to Rick. We looked through tons of officiant profiles and immediately saw Rick’s overwhelmingly positive reviews. We are so happy we decided to go with him, because he did not disappoint. We were planning our wedding from San Diego and he made it extremely easy to communicate and coordinate with. He took the time to meet us in person while we were in town and made an effort to get to know us as a couple. Rick is truly amazing at what he does. He wrote a beautiful ceremony that was catered to our personalities, faith, and humor. So many of our guests expressed that they had never witnessed a more beautiful ceremony. So if you’re looking for an officiant that will personalize your ceremony and give you a lifetime of memories, go with Rick. Jessica and Marco, Santa Barbara

Rick was an amazing officiant! He was fantastic from the moment we met him. Very professional, personable and a great speaker. He was very flexible and collaborative in creating our ceremony to exactly how we wanted. He was also very helpful during our rehearsal. We wanted an “our story” section which we let Rick take the reins on (he asked for it to be a surprise for the day of) and boy, did he deliver. Lots of laughs and tears during our ceremony from everyone. We got tons of compliments on our ceremony and were asked multiple times, “How did you find him?” Thank you Rick for your time and your thoughtfulness for our wedding. It was definitely a moment in time that our friends, our family, and we will never forget. Camille and Jonathan, Los Angeles

Rick, was absolutely amazing. He was so flexible, able to work around our hectic schedule, and work with us from a distance, since we lived so far from the venue site. We knew we wanted to include my son in to the ceremony and I voiced that with Rick, he immediately had suggestions, ideas, he really did take charge and guide us, which is exactly what we needed! Not just my husband and I, but our families were so impressed with him, as well as our guests continuously told us how beautiful our ceremony was! Kayleigh and Corey, San Francisco

Rick was fantastic. We got caught short and close in time to the ceremony without an officiant and only a general idea of our vows. Rick worked with us to customize our vows and make the ceremony very personal, upbeat and inclusive of family who wanted to participate (though we had no idea what they would say!) Rick rolled with all of this despite dealing with a personal tragedy in his own life the week before our wedding. He incorporated our stories and our thoughts, working with both of us independently and together. Great value, handled everything and personable to work with. Highly recommend.
Ed and Dawn Hudson – San Luis Obispo

I still can’t get over how amazing Rick was as our officiant! He was so easy to work with and to talk to! Rick was extremely professional, organized, prompt and proactive! We weren’t from the same town so I mostly had contact over the phone with him. He was willing to do a Skype session if needed but honestly just talking to him on the phone eased my nerves about the ceremony! He was direct and to the point about logistics but gave us plenty of ideas to customize our ceremony which was such a plus for us. We didn’t want to feel like just another wedding for him and we didn’t. Rick made us feel like he knew us and he saw the love between us and that was so comforting. He has a great voice and we got so many compliments on how beautiful and full of love our ceremony was. Rick did a special reading for the first time for us and he mentioned how he was practicing how to say it, where to pause, etc. He also had moments in the ceremony like the kiss, where he would step out so we had a photo opp. This just really stuck out to me. He’s awesome! Hands down, the best vendor at our wedding!
Diwan and Gabrielle Munger – Bakersfield

When me and my husband decided to have an outdoor, sunrise, destination wedding in the middle of January and the height of winter, in the forests and ocean cliffs of Big Sur, finding an officiant that is willing and flexible for the occasion was one of our worries. Luckily the venue was able to refer us to Avow Ceremony and we were able to get in contact and work with Rick Comstock. From the beginning when I first contacted Rick through phone, I immediately felt secure, comfortable and satisfied with Rick’s eager, kind and pleasant energy. Throughout the planning, Rick exceeded our expectation of communication and responsiveness by always initiating updates and checking up on our plans with any changes even when he was out of town. We were impressed by his customer service all throughout the planning and into the wedding day itself. On the wedding day, Rick arrived promptly an hour before the ceremony(7:00 am) and was able to find time to do a run through rehearsal with the groom and his groomsmen. Five minutes into the ceremony it started drizzling and eventually started raining on us for a good 10 minutes and Rick was very professional and continued to execute the ceremony with ease and finesse, he did not cut the ceremony short nor compromised any of the parts that we requested to add. It was great pleasure and an honor to have Rick officiate our wedding for us, his professional, ready and positive work ethic definitely made a significant impact on the organic, dreamy and whimsical theme that the ceremony called for. Thank you again, Rick, your services will be forever remembered and always be in our hearts. More power to you!
Jason and Miranda Ventura – Married 1/21/17 – Ragged Point, Ca.


We had no clue how to find an officiant, but I know I wanted someone who was professional, thoughtful, not a “jokester” or too somber and Rick was the perfect person. He got to know my husband and I and was accessible and personable, and gave insight as to what we could expect during the ceremony and gave great instruction. We received SO many compliments from our guests that our ceremony was perfect and it was due to Rick and his calming cadence and thoughtful perspective on a modern marriage. We also incorporated a score update of my husband’s beloved Philadelphia Eagles, which Rick did seamlessly, and we could not be more happy with our ceremony or working with Rick was. He even looks great! So your wedding photos are perfect haha.
Royce and Patricia VanHoover – Married 10/22/16 – Santa Barbara, Ca.