As a Certified Wedding Professional of 15 years based in Santa Barbara, CA, I found myself having to plan my own destination wedding elopement in Santa Fe, NM and make plans with service providers I did not know or have any relationship with in advance. We contracted Reverend Bruce based on his solid reviews all over, as well as the fact he promptly returned all emails to him, as well as offered a package and rate plan perfect for us. We wanted a courthouse wedding but in a non-courthouse setting. We opted for his most basic package and it was full of heart-felt words and meaningful, yet practical and efficient.
There are no hidden fees or surprises with his packages and services. He's straight-up honest and fair. His deposit fee required to secure the date and his services was exceptionally reasonable and he issued an invoice and made paying it a breeze. The day of the wedding - at Hotel St. Francis , downtown Santa Fe, NM - he was on time (early, in fact- which puts a professional wedding planner and bride-to-be's mind at ease) and did an incredible performance/ceremony for us, without being too over the top and dominating the moment. He had the perfect balance. His words were strong and clear. When it came time to perform the ceremony, he had an amazing presence, his words were heart-felt, clear and he ended our ceremony with a surprise zestful shout-out New Mexico-style! It was beyond awesome. He showed up on time, he delivered a great ceremony, and his price was incredibly reasonable. He was also exceptionally good with return correspondence in email prior to the wedding and most helpful and patient with all our questions. I'd say that's worth its weight in gold. We are so grateful to him, and as a professional in the wedding industry taking a chance on a destination wedding service provider, I can honestly say you will not be disappointed in Reverend Bruce Byers. We wish him (and all his future clientele) happy wedding days in the future years to come!
P.S. the *only* reason I have a four instead of five star review on Flexibility had to do with the fact we wanted to pre-pay him in full in advance of our wedding day, as I did not want to be bothered with settling up and taking care of business after the ceremony with a credit card transaction nor did I want to pay cash without a receipt and take the time to wait for it while my photographer was on the clock. Rev. Byers wouldn't take payment in full in advance (not sure why) and that was not terribly convenient, but a very minor point considering the great service and value he provided.
Life's Moments, Celebrations, and Ceremonies
(August 2, 2012 at 11:28 AM)
Our July wedding was made more beautiful and meanngful by Rev. Byers. We had a Western theme and he totally bought into it with his manner of dress. He gave us much more than we hoped for. Before the wedding, he led both the bride and Maid of Honor in a private prayer, and did the same with the groom and Best Man. I received many positive comments from the guests.
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