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Wedding Officiant Dean Merrill


One of Los Angeles and Ventura county's most requested wedding officiants bringing 19 years’ experience creating one-of-a-kind, personalized, meaningful and creative ceremonies with style and panache!



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Wedding officiant in Ojai

If you are here and planning a wedding, you are my special guest!! C’mon in!!

Through 19 years of presiding over hundreds weddings, I am keenly aware of the unlimited particulars in getting ready for your HUGE CELEBRATION may seem overpowering. But take heart, as the saying goes: “Don’t worry – Be Happy!” I have never been involved in a wedding-day disaster. Your wedding will be GREAT!


Wedding Pastor Ojai, CA

As your wedding minister I have confidence that you will trust caring individuals to take responsibility of the SMALL and BIG “stuff,” which will ensure that your wedding day will go off without a hitch. Quality is assured when preparation is present. This is specifically the case when it comes to a trusted rapport with your wedding pastor. I wholeheartedly believe that a fantastic wedding is one-of a kind written love story.It is a tribute that reflects the journey that has brought you to this day.

Your wedding should not be a “yawner,” dull, or outdated. One of my thoughts about tradition is that we respect it, but we don’t worship it. As your wedding pastor I will work closely with you to create a ceremony that will be an expression of your unique relationship. It will be a celebration of what makes you unique and worthy of a lifetime commitment. My responsibility is to understand your vision and expectations for your wedding, which is 100% about YOUR dreams and desires.


Minister in Ojai
 
My job is to create a one-of-a-kind memorable occasion that has your love story and personalities etched in stone. How does this happen?It is a simple process, but one that is often overlooked. An awesome wedding happens because of honest relationship-building.My approach is to invest sufficient time to become your comrade and confidant.I am not a “Hired Gun” wedding officiant.

I have never “appeared” at a wedding in Ojai without knowing the people whom I will be marrying. Preparation requires that we meet and develop a friendship to ensure that your wedding is exactly what YOU desire. A vast majority of wedding ceremonies in this day and age are respectfully impersonal.Your names are plugged into the blank lines and 20 minutes later your wedding is ready to go. With all due respect, I know of many wedding officiants who MAIL separate questionnaires to the bride and groom, then take their answers and write a scripted ceremony.


If you are a bride or groom who doesn’t know the difference, this approach to wedding preparation is acceptable. However, I know from experience that nothing can replace us meeting face to face or via Skype if we live a distance from each other. I am humbled and gratified that there are usually many guests who approach me after a wedding commenting on how much it meant to them that the ceremony had a personal and meaningful touch.These types of reactions happen because we have taken the time to know each other. We form an authentic connection as we plan for your special moment in time. Your wedding ceremony can actually be the catalyst for an amazing reception-celebration. With that thought in mind, I would be thrilled to speak with you and begin the journey to creating a wedding of a lifetime.

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