58 total reviews
Annie brought such amazing spirit, warmth and calm to our wedding and the whole planning process. She was one the best parts of our wedding experience and the best decision we made! Our guests were so excited by our ceremony and it set the tone for the whole night. On a more personal note, her calming aura right before the ceremony was exactly what I needed in those moments. She's amazing! Thanks Rev. Annie!
My girlfriend and I had originally planned to do a quickie ceremony at City Hall in New York City where I live. But I felt bad because while I wanted a small wedding, I knew she wanted something more. We ultimately decided to meet in the middle and get married in Central Park with a few friends and family members in attendance.
We only had about two weeks or so to plan the ceremony, and we needed an officiant. We decided on Reverend Annie Lawrence after reading the wealth of great reviews of her services online, and we definitely made the right choice.
Where do I even begin? First of all, Annie worked with us to create a ceremony that meant something to both of us. Neither of us is religious, so we asked for a secular ceremony, and she made sure it was personalized with special readings, and I especially loved how she asked us how we met and details about us as a couple so she could share the story of our relationship during our ceremony.
It was a true celebration of us, and all of our guests said they had never witnessed such a meaningful ceremony before. I have been to so many weddings where the officiant creates a cookie-cutter ceremony that could apply to anyone, or pontificates and bores everyone in attendance. Our ceremony was nothing like that. It was sweet, lovely, fun, and like I said before, intensely personal.
Annie was also great at putting everyone at ease. I have to admit I was afraid to get married! I am not the type of person who likes to get up in front of people, but Annie made us so comfortable and got everyone centered and focused as the ceremony was about to begin. Our guests actually remarked on how they loved Annie's introductory remarks about how everyone should take a moment to appreciate our beautiful surroundings and the union we were about to create.
Looking back, I am so glad we found Annie because she made our wedding special. It was certainly a long time coming. My Canadian girlfriend and I had been together for 12 years before we got married. With the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, we were finally able to tie the knot knowing that we can eventually live in the U.S. together.
Back to Annie, she is a truly warm and genuine person who clearly loves what she does, and it was so nice to feel that happy, positive energy at our wedding. We only met her in person that day, though she would have happily met with us for coffee in the days before (we just didn't have time), and I felt like I was meeting a good friend I just hadn't seen in awhile.
Being a practical person, I should also note that I appreciated her all-around professionalism. Annie is organized, responsive and incredibly helpful.
And that's what I have to say about Annie. I could go on and on, but I will stop here.
I hope your wedding day is as beautiful as ours was. Good luck putting it all together!
Thank you so much for everything you did for us to make our day so special. We couldn't have asked for more. You were so kind, creative, flexible, and patient. We were blessed to have you with us, and we will certainly recommend you to any of our friends who go to New York to get married. I am also happy to write reviews for you in the links you provided. :)
Thanks also for help with all the filing of the paperwork, and for walking us through that process. You made it so easy! We got our license in the mail very quickly, just a few days after we came home!
We are french and we wanted to get married in New York for an unforgettable time with our guests who live in this city.
We wanted a ceremony in Central Park and Annie us immediately inspired confidence is very attentive, responsive, reagent and professional. Her worths correspond to ours. It was a very romantic and elegant ceremony : she spoke with her heart. Our guests and we loved it !
Thank you very much Annie ! You made this day the best day of our lives ! We never forget you !
Your french friends,
Céline & Arnaud
Our wedding celebrant was Rev Annie and she was beyond all our expectations on how helpful, supportive and important on our wedding day she became. From the first steps of planning our wedding she offered help in finding a location, the temperature on that time of the year, suggestions on which photographer we should use with great reviews on all of them. Also being helpful on drafts of our vows we had written, reading it with a different perspective for us. She was such a calming influence on our wedding day and made everything so perfect about it for us. I could not recommend her highly enough, one of the best decisions for our wedding.
My partner and I eloped to New York from Toronto this past May and we booked Annie as our officiant after reading so many wonderful reviews of her services. I am happy to confirm what has been said by so many before me, you will not be disappointed if you choose Annie to lead your ceremony on your special day! We had an incredible experience with Annie as our officiant.
We had a very intimate ceremony, just my partner and I, my best friend and her husband, our photographer and Rev. Annie. She was very respectful of and receptive to our wishes and desires for our ceremony. Her thoughtfulness and effort was evident in everything she did. Everything from taking a moment all together to ground ourselves in the space before beginning, to the beautiful and thoughtful words she wrote for our ceremony, everything was perfect. Annie was thoughtful, professional, and caring. We felt comfortable with her immediately and truly cannot imagine anyone else leading us through such an important step in our lives any better. Thank you Annie for all your love and support!
We HIGHLY recommend you consider Rev. Annie for this important moment in your lives!
Rev. Annie officiated both my ceremony in 2011 and also the mini-ceremony we had in 2013 to facilitate official paper signing (I can now legally marry my partner in NYC thanks to DOMA being dropped). On both occasions, Rev. Annie was excellent. Our guests all loved her ceremony and she worked with us to tailor what we felt would reflect on us as a couple. She has a very warm and friendly manner and her sincerity and enthusiasm in her role are felt and appreciated by everyone, I reckon. Highly recommended.
The thought of planning a wedding in New York City was a bit daunting, not the least of which involved finding the ideal officiant. Fortunately, we found Reverend Annie who not only conducted our wedding ceremony in a most thoughtful, warm and loving way, but also guided us through the entire planning process, culminating in a picture perfect day in Central Park. Best of all, Reverend Annie's grace and charm wasn't lost on our guests, many of whom shared our impression.
Like others here, it was important to us to strike a proper balance between our Jewish and Protestant beliefs, all the more challenging as neither of us is especially religious. Annie did so beautifully and we're so appreciative of all she did on our behalf.
My wife and I are a same sex couple from Australia. Unfortunately Australia does not agree with same sex marriage so We decided to elope in New York City. We did an online search for someone to marry us that supported our decision as a lesbian couple to show our commitment to one another by sharing a life united by marriage. We found Rev Annie and fell in love with her immediately! From the moment we contacted her She walked us through the whole process and made us feel very at easy with everything. On our amazing wedding day Rev Annie was so sweet and friendly. She made us feel very relaxed. She will forever hold a special a part in our hearts!!!
My wife and I were truly blessed by everything Rev. Annie did for us and our wedding. She listened to us, worked with us, and kept us calm and in the moment. Annie provided a guiding hand as we made our decisions, and she always kept us pointed toward love rather than getting caught up in details. Her equal passions for equality and spirituality helped keep us focused and blessed from our first moments until our last.
Rev. Annie made our very special day - perfect. She also guided us through the marriage application process and helped us choose a beautiful venue in Central Park for our ceremony. Perhaps what we loved best was her kind spirit and warmth prior to and during the ceremony, as well as the personal information and influence she requested from us and incorporated into our ceremony and wedding vows.
Annie was everything we could have hoped for in an officiant. Her presence was a rock to the both of us, not just on our wedding day, but throughout the entire planning process. We received several compliments throughout our reception on how beautiful the ceremony was and that it set the tone for the entire party. My wife and I are not particularly religious, so we wanted to have a ceremony that was not heavily God-based, while paying tribute to each of our faiths (her Jewish, me Catholic). Annie stuck this balance PERFECTLY. Annie is a wonderful, warm, engaging person and was a friend and confidant to us. I would STRONGLY recommend Annie to ANY couple looking for an officiant.
I cannot say enough about Reverend Annie! She officiated the most perfect wedding imaginable and made possible a day we will never forget. Her warmth radiates with each word she speaks and her mere presence evokes a feeling of serenity and love. So lucky to have been married by Reverend Annie.
After 19 years my partner and I decided to get married. Unfortunately North Carolina does not believe in marriage equality; fortunately New York and Rev. Annie do! Rev. Annie performed the most magnificent, intimate sunset wedding at Wagner's Cove on September 5, 2013. Planning a wedding can be stressful in itself, top that with planning a destination wedding with an online officiant and the stress is bound to rise. However, with Rev. Annie that was not the case. From the first phone call to the I Do's, we could not have asked for better communication or support. No only was Rev. Annie our officiant, she was our friend through the whole process.
I attended a wedding for my friends. It was at the last minute that they contacted Rev Annie. She accommodated them without hesitation. fit them into her schedule and really put them at ease. She met with them before the ceremony and really listened to what they said. She incorporated their story into this beautiful and sincere wedding ceremony that was done from her heart.
Rev Annie is warm and loving to all people and definitely made this wedding a memorable one.
Where do I even begin about this incredible woman?! We were hooked up with Rev. Annie by a total accident, and I think it was fate that brought us to her!! The officiant we had originally hired could not perform our wedding due to a serious illness. We found out about 5 months before our wedding, the script was in final draft and everything. Annie was a trusted colleague of hers and came to the rescue.
We met and felt immediately connected to her. Once we received her draft of the ceremony we were thrilled; she stayed true to our vision but added her own sweet and romantic twist on things. She was in contact with me leading up to the day of, I did not once have to reach out to her. She contacted my vendors and venue and coordinated with them without my telling her to do so. All in all, she works so efficiently and is always a step ahead of the game.
On the day of the wedding she completely blew us and our guests away. Her calming and "zen" nature was EXACTLY what I needed; her pep talk right before I walked down the aisle really helped center me. I also loved our signing of the marriage license before the ceremony, she made a beautiful speech and it was almost like a mini-ceremony with our parents and bridal parties. That was a really special moment for me.
And of course our ceremony was FLAWLESS. People still can't stop raving that it was the best, most romantic ceremony they had ever been to. She took what hubby and I wanted and went above and beyond. The ceremony was by far my favorite part of the wedding, (even though I was a nervous wreck!) and that was all because of Rev. Annie!! We will cherish her forever!!
Rev. Annie was professional, caring and authentic through out the entire process. From the initial Skype introduction, drafting the ceremony, and delivering a personalized and touching ceremony.
She believes in customizing the ceremony to what is important to you and your family, goes the extra mile during the ceremony and in the preparation stages as well.
We loved that she was LGBT friendly as well!
You won't be disappointed!
Rev Annie was absolutely perfect for our wedding a little over a year ago. We were married on the Bow Bridge in Central Park and she helped us almost every little detail. We first met close to one year prior to the day at a coffee shop to find out our couple style and help us design our wedding. On the day of she helped everyone get out to the site including arranging a petty cab for my grandma! My family members still talked about how amazing she was!! She will really make your day even more special!
Our wedding was a wonderful day thanks to Rev Annie Lawrence. On the day, we met for breakfast at Sarabeth's, wandered to Central Park and, near the Gapstow Bridge, Annie took us through a lovely, loving wedding ceremony that we could not have had in Australia. Rev Annie is a sincere, warm person who, when planning her involvement in your wedding, focuses on making the day one to remember for the future, and this is what occurred for Pam and me. We are so pleased that we found Annie and that she was so supportive of our wedding plans prior to the event and on our special day. We have stayed in contact with Annie, even from Australia, and have recommended her to friends travelling to New York and contemplating marriage. Annie is a special person who is a dedicated wedding officiant and is a big part of a wonderful occasion. Good luck Rev Annie! Heather & Pam
Rev. Annie officiated at my daughter's wedding in August. She was amazing, gentle and spiritual. Couldn't have asked for a better ceremony.
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awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013
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