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Verbal Applause From Couples:
“The Best Officiant There Is! Rick is absolutely amazing! We cannot say enough good things about him! Choosing him to marry us was definitely one of the best decisions we ever made!
Since we had to plan our wedding from out of the country we only got to know Rick by facetime calls at first. But already on the phone we could sense his amazing attitude and liked him right away.
Rick was soo easy to work with, always responded super quick and had an open ear for all our concerns and questions and ideas. He was able to integrate all our ideas and wishes in to one perfect ceremony, that was even better than we could have ever imagined! He made us laugh and he made us cry and I had goosebumps the entire time.
One of the things I liked most was how he told “our story”. He had us write them separately and then created a combination of our two versions that was so beautiful and perfectly delivered. I had the feeling as if we’d known each other for many years already! So many of our guests came to us afterwards, saying it was the most wonderful ceremony / best speaker they had ever been to. I could go on for ever on how amazing Rick is, but ideally just hire him and find out yourself ! Thank you so much Rick, for making our wedding so wonderful and truly special!!!”
Michael - Samira Ragsdale - 6/15/19 - Higuera Ranch - San Luis Obispo, Ca.
“Outstanding Ceremony. As everyone knows a wedding is a very personal event. It is something that you will remember forever and with that I wanted to make sure that we had an officiant that delivered our story in a meaningful way which is exactly what we got with Rick. From the first phone call I knew that he was going to be the perfect fit for us. My husband and I each gave him our version of "our story" and Rick took those and made them into a beautiful ceremony that was so personal. Each one of our guests told us what an amazing job he did and that they loved hearing our story! I would recommend him to all of our friends/family!”
Andres and Candace Serna - 6/27/19 - Cotton Wood Winery, Santa Maria, CA.
“Rick was absolutely amazing in every way! He provided the right amount of information to help us create our ceremony without being overwhelming. He was open, kind, genuine, all while being professional and responsive. His cadence while officiating is one of a kind. I received SEVERAL positive comments on how well her officiated our ceremony, some saying that they have never seen a ceremony done so well and they were brought to tears. I was nervous to pick an officiant..to choose a stranger to marry us. But Rick made us comfortable and made the process so easy. He was always on time and available. And even handled the marriage license the day of without ever bothering my husband or I. He handled the mailing of it and everything perfectly. He’s the best! Thank you, Rick!”
James and Melena Dean - Married 6/9/18 - Opolo Winery - Paso Robles, Ca.
“There aren’t enough superlatives to describe Rick and you really don’t comprehend how much having a great officiant affects your ceremony. My husband and I got married over the weekend, and we can honestly say that our ceremony may have been the top highlight of our entire wedding. Rick was calm from moment one, which made our wedding party calm, which made us calm. He read our special readings with care and such planning. He really made it a point to emphasize the parts that meant the most to us, all of which my husband who was crying like a baby even noticed. He had the entire wedding crying like babies! We love you Rick!!”
James and Melody Cooke - Married 8/18/18 - Four Season Biltmore - Santa Barbara, Ca.
“Rick was an amazing officiant! We were looking for a really meaningful and personalized non-religious ceremony, and he definitely delivered. He listened to us and who we are so that our personalities really came across in his words. His pacing and delivery were perfect and even made me cry at times that I did not expect (like during the readings that I had read a million times). I especially liked the “our story” section that he wrote himself. We just gave him the info and didn’t know what to expect, but he put it all together in a way that was both sentimental and hilarious (which suits our style). Our guests even commented on how the ceremony was the best they’ve seen and a perfect reflection of us as a couple. I couldn’t have asked for a better officiant! Thanks Rick!”
Zack and Laura Pierce - Married 8/4/18 - Avila Beach Resort - Avila Beach, Ca.
We could not have asked for a better wedding ceremony. Rick really took the time to get to know each of us individually and make our ceremony personalized to us. The ceremony was unique, sincere, funny and beautiful. Besides getting to marry the love of my life, having Rick marry us was the best part of the day. He was kind, patient, responsive, funny and a joy to work with. We can’t speak highly enough of him and are so thankful we had the privilege of having him marry us. Everyone that attended the wedding raved to us after about how wonderful our officiant was, and we couldn’t agree more!”
Stephen and Sarah Kobayashi - Married 11/10/18 - Spanish Oaks Ranch - Santa Margarita, Ca.
“If you are looking for an officiant Rick Comstock is your guy! My original plan was to elope but then a few family members wanted to be there so we decided to plan something very tiny. We knew what day we wanted (June 10, 2018) and it was the beginning of May so we had 6 weeks to plan. One issue I found was some officiants didn’t work on Sunday’s. Well, that’s what we needed. I emailed him and he responded quickly. From the moment I contacted Rick we knew he was our guy. We then spoke over the telephone and after that my husband and I were sold! Both my husband and I have been married before. However, he had a friend marry him and I went to the court house. I’ll be honest in saying I didn’t realize how important picking the “right” officiant was but let me tell you it is VERY important. Because our wedding was so small and because we both had been married before we knew how we wanted it and Rick listened and DELIVERED! Our family members are still talking about our wedding, actually, they are talking about Rick ;) He did an amazing job. Our wedding, though it was tiny, was so perfect and intimate because of him!”
Joseph and Dana Perry - Married on 6/10/18 - Spyglass Inn - Shell Beach, Ca.
“Rick was truly amazing to work with on our wedding. My wife and I had our initial phone call with him several months before our wedding and began planning our vows in earnest a couple of weeks before the ceremony. After speaking with us and understanding our personalities and what we were looking for with our vows, Rick was very receptive in setting the tone, pace and delivery of the ceremony. He was very engaging throughout the entire process and was able to synthesize both of our love stories into one beautiful piece taking elements from both of ours as well as weaving in some of the funnier and lighter moments. My wife and I were married at a vineyard in Paso Robles and after our ceremony, I was told multiple times that Rick did a fantastic job in capturing us as a couple. We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant than Rick and we highly recommend AVow Ceremonies. We will forever remember our ceremony and we have Rick to thank for that. Thank you!!”
Brian and Holly McDonald - Married 8/26/18 - Vintage Ranch - Carmel, Ca.
" Rick was amazing! From the first phone call, to the signing of the marriage license, Rick was on top of everything. He was extremely helpful during our first conversation, giving us the entire breakdown of the ceremony and a million different options to suit our lifestyle/religions. He also provides different ideas for your ceremony, in case you are in need of them. And the bowtie...Just perfect! :) If you are looking for a super professional, yet down to earth, approachable, funny, and most importantly, caring, officiant, look no further, Rick is your man! We would hire him again and again. Thank you Rick, for making our day and ceremony everything we dreamt of!”
John and Stephanie Foglio - 9/29/18 - San Luis Obispo Wedding
"Perfect ceremony! I knew Rick was the perfect officiant for us right when I saw his red converse! (I wore maroon converse on my wedding day) Rick was truly amazing and I thank God he was available on our date, especially finding him 3 weeks prior to our wedding. I loved how prompt he was to get the ball rolling on our ceremony! He asked us questions specifically to our relationship so that he could build the perfect “our story” and he did just that. Rick had our guests in tears and laughter. We received lots of compliments on what a great job he did and how he made our wedding so beautiful! I would highly recommend Rick to officiate your wedding. Rick I hope we run into each other again because you are wonderful! And your bow ties are awesome!! Thank you a million times for the wonderful ceremony! You Rock!!”
Craig and Breanna Osborne - 11/17/18 - Rava Wines, Paso Robles, CA
“Incredible! We could not have asked for a better wedding ceremony. Rick really took the time to get to know each of us individually and make our ceremony personalized to us. The ceremony was unique, sincere, funny and beautiful. Besides getting to marry the love of my life, having Rick marry us was the best part of the day. He was kind, patient, responsive, funny and a joy to work with. We can't speak highly enough of him and are so thankful we had the privilege of having him marry us. Everyone that attended the wedding raved to us after about how wonderful our officiant was, and we couldn't agree more!”
Stephen and Sarah Kobayashi - 11/10/18
"Rick was an amazing officiant! We were looking for a really meaningful and personalized non-religious ceremony, and he definitely delivered. He listened to us and who we are so that our personalities really came across in his words. His pacing and delivery were perfect and even made me cry at times that I did not expect (like during the readings that I had read a million times). I especially liked the "our story" section that he wrote himself. We just gave him the info and didn't know what to expect, but he put it all together in a way that was both sentimental and hilarious (which suits our style). Our guests even commented on how the ceremony was the best they've seen and a perfect reflection of us as a couple. I couldn't have asked for a better officiant! Thanks Rick!”
Zack & Laura Cacciamani - Avila Beach Wedding
"WOW! I am so glad that we went with Rick Comstock at aVow Ceremonies for our wedding ceremony on Sunday May 20, 2018. I saw some friends this past weekend that were at our wedding and they asked me, "Was the officiant someone you knew personally?" I responded that we didn't know Rick until I found him on Wedding Wire, why? They said "Because he put so much heart into the ceremony and his message, we thought he was a good friend of yours!" It couldn't be more true. When researching who would marry us we knew we wanted someone professional, someone that could deliver a message that would resonate with us and our guests. When I saw a video on his website the "Blessing of the Hands" I was in tears and knew we found our officiant. My first conversation I had with Rick I felt like I was chatting with an old friend. Rick is professional and really gets to know you as a couple and what you want out of your wedding ceremony. I told him that my husband and I wanted to be truly present that day and I felt like because of Rick's message and delivery, he really allowed us to be focused on each other while giving our vows. I remember the ceremony so vividly. Rick provided us with so much material for the ceremony that we were able to pick and choose what we wanted to have for our message and add in some of our own words. Even though we didn't write or recite our own vows (to our own wishes) it felt like we were saying and hearing the words straight from our hearts. Rick was a true professional. He arrived right on time for our Saturday rehearsal the day before (even when coming straight from another wedding). We requested an unplugged ceremony and we have 0 pictures from the ceremony so he really helped us enforce that. Rick, thank you for everything, you will always hold a special place in our hearts for being the one who married us!"
Michael & Caitlyn Sunseri - San Luis Obispo Wedding
"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!"
Jakai & Tricia Cardenaz - Santa Margarita Wedding
" Hiring Rick to officiate our wedding was the absolute best decision we made!! From the day we met with Rick, my husband and I knew he was the ONE!! He leads with passion and has such incredible energy. Without a doubt we knew he had our best interests in mind. He was so enthusiastic and committed to creating a truly memorable and unique ceremony that reflected us as a couple. His kind-heartedness and positivity just radiates and it’s so fun to be around him and work with him. He was genuinely excited to be a part of our beginning and our most special day!! We interviewed many other possible officiants but Rick really stood out. He had previous experience at our venue and was just so pleasant and supportive. He made himself available for countless questions and phone calls and really helped guide us through the process. In regards to the marriage license, Rick was extremely knowledgeable about what to expect and clarified what his responsibilities were and what ours were as a couple. He made the entire process so fun and helped create our perfect ceremony. He put extra time and energy into getting to know us & finding out what we wanted and realizing our vision for our most special day. He provided us so many examples of his amazing work which really helped us get started on creating what we really liked and wanted to include our ceremony. Together we created such an incredible and heartfelt ceremony, it was so much FUN!!! He asked my husband and I to individually send him our versions of our love story and then he revealed his “twitter version” at our ceremony as a surprise to us as well as our guests. It was so awesome we loved it and laughed so much! It was so fun, unique and unexpected for all of us to hear it for the first time together! He was punctual and very organized at the ceremony rehearsal and made us feel so calm and confident for the day of. Man oh man did he exceed our expectations!!! Our ceremony was the absolute most beautiful ceremony ever!! Along with our family and friends we were so very impressed by what a great job he did. They could not stop praising what a delightful time they had. He really took the time to chat and get to know our families. I won’t reveal all of his secrets of the trade but he added some remarkable and innovative elements that made our ceremony unforgettable and kept our guests engaged. This guy knows how to speak!!! He is the master of his craft and will make you feel like you are the only couple he is working with. He is at the top of his profession and made himself available to assist our bridal party with their speeches. We would unquestionably recommend Rick to all of our friends and family and anyone who is looking for a hassle free and unforgettable ceremony!!
Joseph and Hailey Fox - 9/22/18 - San Luis Obispo Wedding