Mary Jean is amazing! She officiated my great grandmother's funeral and on one of the toughest days of my life helped me immensely. It became a unique celebration of life rather than a depressing service. She knows exactly what to say and to when to say it, and she made me feel so much better with her kind, reassuring words. She is such a warm and caring person.
Mary Jean officiated at my beloved great-grandmother's celebration of life service, and without her, I'm not sure how I would have gotten through this very difficult day. Having never written a eulogy before, and being nervous about getting it just right, I was amazed how MJ coached me in the days before the service. She guided me so well that the words I had written came to life magically, telling my grandma's story so beautifully. And did I mention that MJ spoke with me for hours regarding the service and eulogy on both Christmas and MJ's own birthday? It takes an incredibly dedicated, special, and compassionate person to give this much of themselves. Just beyond amazing!Besides all that, she planned and officiated at the service itself and her absolutely mesmerizing voice and words touched everyone and made it hard to believe that she had never met my grandma. She added so many special touches and thought of every detail that she made such a sad day uplifting and just so special. I look forward to a happy ceremony so that MJ can once again bring her magical, spiritual, joie de vivre to a happy event and her amazing presence can shine down on myself and my family and friends.
A Ceremony of the Heart
Custom designed, Non-denominational Ceremonies
planned and performed with
Beauty, Grace, and Majesty!
Our services include
Creating and Officiating Ceremonies
Wedding Planning, Consulting and
Relationship Counseling including "The State of Grace Document."
CALL FOR A COMPLIMENTARY IN PERSON CONSULTATION
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A Wedding and any ceremony you plan is such a special time and so in each ceremony and celebration Your wishes and personal traditions are included and honored. We strive to create a ceremony and celebration that is meaningful and personal and inclusive of the elements that will make your day memorable to you, your family and friends.
Mary Jean says,
" I perform each ceremony as if it were the first, last and only ceremony I will ever perform.
Every couple that stands before me deserves to have an extraordinary and memorable experience.
After all, this is the moment when they are making promises of love and deepening the spiritual bond they have created. It is an honor to be chosen to share such an intimate moment and so it is important for me to contribute a feeling of warmth, intimacy and magic! I never rush through a ceremony, rather I speak to the couple and help them feel relaxed and present."
With over 15 years experience we bring knowledge, inspiration and a variety of ideas to the creation of your ceremony so it truly is an expression of your unique relationship and the words spoken will reflect your style and what is in your inmost hearts.
" I approach each and every ceremony with humility and encourage you to express your individuality."
" My goal is to help you have a ceremony that is more than you ever dreamed it could be and to that end I pay attention to detail, and listen carefully to what you want. Then together we collaborate to create your ideal ceremony. As we work together, you have complete control of the ceremony content and once you have approved it, that is exactly what we deliver.
It is a matter of utmost respect and our heartfelt commitment to you that your ceremony is what you want."
We begin by offering a complimentary, in person consultation to see if we are a match. At that time I have 3 goals......
First we take some time to get to know each other and see if we connect:
Your ceremony is a most significant moment, it is important to have an officiant with whom you feel there is a connection, someone who makes you feel comfortable and safe and someone that cares about you.
Second we discuss your ceremony ideas:
You may have many ideas, or none at all...you may have traditions or something you have seen someone else do......whatever it is we will take time to explore your personal feelings about the ceremony and determine a direction and tone for your ceremony.
Third I bring numerous ceremony samples for review:
Together we will review ceremonies to find examples of material that would be appropriate for you which is a great starting point in creating your ceremony and helping you to see what is possible. Often we discover together new ideas or directions you may not have previously considered.
At the end of this first meeting you will have a very clear idea of what is possible and what kind of ceremony you will have when you choose A Ceremony of the Heart for your Wedding!
I have often been told, " Mary Jean’s exquisite voice adds a feeling of warmth, and intimacy."
I have years of public speaking experience and so it is my commitment to perform your ceremony with love and care and do it so it is warm and conversational and never preachy. I believe words can be like music and that they should come alive so that everyone listening is engaged and moved by this very special moment.
In addition to weddings we offer
Vow Renewal, Family Blending Ceremonies
Baby Blessings, Baby Naming,
Partnership Blessings, Commitment Ceremonies,
House Blessings, Young Adult Rites of Passage,
Pet Ceremonies including Welcoming and Memorial services.
Premarital and Relationship Counseling
" State of Grace Document " Certified Facilitator
We take pride in providing a beautiful keepsake copy of your ceremony!
We serve the greater Los Angeles area including the San Fernando Valley,
Orange County, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, and will travel to whatever destination you choose!
Wedding Planning Services
We offer Full, Partial and Day of Services as well as Vendor and Concept Consultation.
Mary Jean Valente is a full-service wedding planner serving the Southern California area, including Los Angeles, Orange County, and the San Fernando Valley as well as Destination Weddings. Mary Jean provides full wedding coordination, month of consulting and day~of coordinating.
"After working in the event industry planning large corporate and celebrity events I began to specialize in weddings. I love working with people and I especially love helping a couple plan a day that is based on their love for each other! It is very fulfilling to help create a day that is more than just another party, rather a day to be cherished forever and one that is an expression of your unique taste and personal style.”
From the Ceremony, to the Décor, Photography and Videography, to the Cuisine, Music, Floral Design and other special elements your wedding will be as unique and different as you choose. “My approach is to bring insight, imagination and expertise so your wedding is everything you hope it will be!”
"I consider it an honor and a privilege to participate in this once in a lifetime moment and so I treat you and your wedding day with the respect and care this significant and meaningful day deserves.”
"It is my commitment to bring joy and happiness as well as a sense of peace and grace to you, your guests and the celebration of your love!"