Testimonials from people whose lives were changed by hiring Garrett to help them celebrate their special day
This is an important decision. I want you to make it with the most information as possible. Please read these testimonials as you decide if I am the right Celebrant/officiant for you.
/// Kevin Colleran, Proud and Happy Husband of Devin, Marketing Professional
"Having been to a fair number of weddings, what often stuck out to me was how unnatural and forced the interaction between the bride and groom and officiant appeared. It was very important for me to have a very relaxed, personal and special ceremony for our wedding, which is where Garrett came in.
From the start of our process, Garrett's calm nature and genuine interest in our relationship and who we were as people helped my wife and I create an immediate bond with him. Garrett works very hard to form a relationship with his clients and uses what he learns about them to craft a very emotional and personal ceremony. For me, my excitement for the ceremony and my marriage in general increased following every conversation with Garrett, I truly could not wait to be part of the ceremony and hear what he had to say .
Walking down the aisle, seeing Garrett was like seeing a good friend which put me immediately at ease. As the ceremony progressed, I noticed pieces of our conversations and my words about my soon-to-be wife weaved in between his heart-felt words and carefully chosen poems and readings . It felt like the ceremony was a conversation between my wife and one of our very close friends, very intimate and relaxed at the same time. His ceremony and words connected with us at on a very intimate level and made the audience feel as if they were part of something truly special.
Working with and getting to know Garrett was a highlight of our entire wedding and the process leading up to it. There are a lot of things that can go wrong in the wedding planning process, but choosing Garrett Foster as our officiant was the best decision we made."
"I had the pleasure of having Garrett Foster in my Weddings certification class at the Celebrant Foundation & Institute. He participated wonderfully and had many creative ideas for his ceremony writing project. He was given information on a fictitious couple and was challenged to write their wedding ceremony. Garrett’s ordering of the ceremony and writing of the ceremony was in a word PERFECT.
I rarely give a perfect score on this assignment, because there are so many elements that have to be included. The ceremony also has to resonate with the spirit of the couple. Garrett fulfilled these requirements with lyrical writing and exacting precision. Lucky will be the couples who choose Garrett to create their unique and beautiful wedding ceremonies!"
/// Milah Martin, Celebrant Foundation & Institute
Master Life-Cycle Celebrant, Chief Inspiration Officer and Faculty Liason
/// Erin Chamberlain, right, School Counselor
(Photo by Randy + Ashley)
"The setting was Palm Springs, California; the occasion was the wedding of a dear friend’s daughter. I have had the pleasure of knowing this beautiful young lady for over 24 years and met her fiancé when their romance began in high school. I bore witness to a love affair that was shaped by 10 years of joys and sorrows, trials and triumphs, break-ups and make-ups.
It was with no small amount of astonishment that Celebrant Garrett showed a similar amount of familiarity with this delightful couple. He clearly had spent an extraordinary amount of time and research prior to the celebration getting to know the couples' history, their hopes, wishes and dreams for the future. This was so apparent by the look on the faces of both bride and groom. They were nervous, excited and anxious for sure. But their trust in Garrett to guide them though the evening was obvious.
Garrett showed a wonderful command of the ceremony, fulfilling the individual wishes of the couple and performing his duties to bind the couple in legal union. But what struck me as unique was the intimate nature of the celebration. Every witness was involved in some way. Garrett invoked individual memories of the couple for us all, creating a delightful stroll down memory lane. He asked for our collective support of this new marriage. Garret emphasized for us all both sanctity of this union and the need to nurture the union always. We all felt the involved, important and cherished members of a new team; one I was privileged to join.
Garrett’s creative sermon had a strong and lasting impression on us all. We had a clear and lasting understanding of the commitment of this newly joined couple. A look into the crowd of family and friends around me brought an unexpected realization. Couples, old and new, looked absolutely inspired to “water and feed” their own relationships anew. Without realizing it, Garrett challenged us all to simply be mindful and pay attention to those we love. I’ve never left a wedding celebration feeling more joyous."
"Garrett was an absolute dream to work with! He made us feel at ease from our very first meeting together and really took the time to get to know both of us. He was persistent but not annoying when we needed reminding about our deadlines to send him information.
"He turned around a beautiful draft of our ceremony quite quickly, and didn't balk one bit when we sadly had to ask him to cut out a lot of it for time. (I so wish we could have kept it all in!!) I cried when I read his first draft, and many of our family were emotional during the ceremony. As a professional writer myself, I was honestly slightly worried about putting our story in someone else's hands and thinking I would nitpick whatever came out.
"Lucky for us, Garrett has true writing talent. He's a master at getting to the heart of your story and sharing it with others in an emotionally compelling way. Our guests raved about the ceremony and even a month later I keep getting told how much they enjoyed it.
"Garrett also took the time to get to know my bridesmaids and has said he will pray for one of them during an upcoming journey. By the end of our wedding he felt like a member of the family. I recommend him without hesitation to anyone looking for a truly personalized, moving and memorable ceremony!"
/// Lesley and Kevin Tkaczyck
"We were short on a lot of resources, time, money, etc! We approached Garrett like a hurricane, and he was the calm to our storm. We hit the jackpot with him and are so grateful we were able to secure him.
"The questionnaire he has curated made us stop and think about the real reason for all the stressful planning — that we were celebrating each other and honoring our relationship and the community that has helped us and will continue to believe in us.
"He brought such genuine joy and peace, and very quickly was able to catch up to speed with our love story. We are so thankful and grateful for such a talented, super-quick, professional, loving and kind man to have married us! Thank you!
"P.S. — We have been receiving a lot of compliments about how much people enjoyed our ceremony!!! Thank you!"
/// Michelle and Jeff Smadbeck