70 total reviews
It was such a pleasure working with Rev. Annie and I would absolutely recommend her to other brides! She has such a genuinely warm and positive personality that I felt so calm and confident that everything would be perfect for my ceremony...and it was! She is open to collaborating on the ceremony details, is reliable and punctual, speaks clearly and concisely, and I trusted her completely. Many of the guests at the wedding told me how much they liked Rev. Annie and I couldn't agree more! Everything about the ceremony went so smoothly and I couldn't have been happier. I definitely recommend Rev. Annie as she is not only a wonderful officiant but a wonderful person as well!
Rev Annie was quite literally the BEST vendor out of all the vendors we worked with for our wedding. We got married in Long Island, NY, but live in CA, so with the time difference, calls can be hard. She was happy to work via e-mail. Right from the beginning and all through the process her e-mails were clear, friendly and she responded in a timely manner. We had a video call with her to just make sure it would be a good fit and my (now) husband and I thought she was just great over video. So glad she chose her! Over the course of the months, she coached us through writing our parts of the ceremony and totally went with the flow when there were things we wanted to change (we found this "go with the flow" attitude rare with other vendors). She gave us lots of options and suggestions. The day of the wedding, she was AMAZING. My family is a tad high-strung and she was on-point keeping everything together. She talks in the most light, calming way, I have ever heard :) So peaceful! Which is just what we all needed. The ceremony was lovely and we still have guests telling us how nice it was. Annie was at the start of our cocktail hour and sweetly asked if she could get a photo with us. She also grabbed a few other photos on her phone and sent them to me later. What a sweetheart. Thank you Annie! All good things! See you on Facebook!
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!
Myself and my husband were wed by Rev. Annie in August. We arrived from Ireland and had been let down by our officiant we had previously booked. Rev Annie was recommended to us and she was excellent. She skyped us to nail down exact ceremony details and then she was in touch with us regularly to ensure we got our personalities into the ceremony.Also she had no problem with us adding to it. She makes everyone so relaxed on the day and she is very much in tune with peoples needs. I would thoroughly recommed her for the big day.
Rev Annie officiated our intimate wedding ceremony in Central Park New York. She made our day perfect. She spent time with us before the ceremony to calm our nerves and bring us into the moment. The ceremony itself was delivered with so much love and sincerity. The whole experience was perfect!
Annie is a beautiful endearing woman who I will never forget x
We are a New Zealand couple who eloped to New York in September 2014 and had the privilege of having Reverend Annie officiate our day. There aren’t enough words to describe how perfect Annie is! We chose her from her online description and her hundreds of amazing reviews and she was a superstar from the moment we met her on skype. Annie made us feel supported every step of the way and helped us create an amazing one of a kind ceremony that we and our guests loved. We highly recommend Annie to anyone getting married, she truly deserves a 10 star rating!
Rev. Annie Lawrence made our elopement in Central Park all the more special. Her enthusiasm and joy for what she does helping couples celebrate their union really shone through. She was really wonderful to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone!!
We are a couple from Belgium, Europe. On October 9, 2014 our elopment wedding took place in New York City in Central Park at the Belvedere Castle. Annie Lawrence was our officiant. During the preparations for our marriage, we searched for officiants on the Internet. Normally our officiant was Carissa Templeton. In May 2014, we were in New York and we were able to meet Carissa. We immediatly had a good connection. Unfortunately, on Monday October 6, we were told that our officiant had to cancel due to illness, so we were both very nervous. Luckily she proposed a great alternative, namely Annie Lauwrence.
Later that day, when we met Annie Lauwrence in a cozy restaurant we were immediately convinced that Annie was a fantastic alternative. Annie is a very sweet lady who immediately assured us that our wedding could take place on Thursday and that she would lead our ceremony in the right direction. On the day itself Annie did great. Her words made us tremendously emotional. We are very grateful that Annie could step in at last minute. If we ever know a couple just like us, who has the crazy idea to marry in New York we will definitely give her through as officiant.
We attended a wedding last year that Rev. Annie officiated and because it was so memorable and nice, we decided to use her for our ceremony. Rev. Annie graciously welcomed everyone and immediately made everyone feel relaxed on what could be a nervous day. A few months prior to our wedding, Annie send us several drafts for us to look at and we were able to communicate and work together on crafting the perfect ceremony. Her service was just the right length, not being to short, and all of our guests loved the thoughtful and personalized service. Everything was quite detailed with every detail taken care of by Rev Annie.
It was simply amazing and we couldn't imagine anyone any better! A true treasure!
As a couple living in London, we were daunted by the prospect of finding an officiant to marry us in New York. After hours of searching, we found Rev Annie and we just knew straight away that she was the perfect fit for us. From the moment we met Annie on Skype to the morning of the wedding, Annie was there guiding us. We really appreciated the friendly welcome message left on our hotel room voicemail, and on the day itself, Annie's warm demeanour and calming presence really helped us through a very happy, and also, an emotional time. We also appreciated the way Annie delivered the ceremony - with such joy, enthusiasm and meaning. The short 30 minutes we all shared together will be etched in our hearts forever. Thank you so much, Annie! We would love to stay in touch. Lou & Rez.
From the moment we first made contact Rev. Annie we were put at ease and felt confident in our choice of officiant. She spent time getting to know us via email and Skype and made our ceremony truly personal to us. Annie even agreed to wear our Go Pro camera! On arrival at Central Park we discovered that our chosen location was unavailable but Annie quickly gave us another option and it was perfect!
We could not recommend Annie enough, she is one of the loveliest ladies that you will meet!
The Rev. Annie Lawrence officiated our gay elopement in NYC. She was a sheer delight to work with from our first Skype conversation to the memorable day. We requested a ceremony with traditional vows and we left it to her to fill in the rest. Rev Annie remembered small details from our conversations and seamlessly wove them into a narrative that made the ceremony more than we could have imagined. We eloped and had no family with us, yet she managed to make us feel their presence and their importance in our lives at that moment. Also, our venue was unavailable on the day of our elopement, but Rev Annie quickly adapted and suggested several options. The result was a wedding even more amazing than we had imagined. It was perfect.
Words cannot express the warmth Annie irradiates, she is caring, sweet, attentive and has an amazing ability to understand what your feelings are and the vision you have for your wedding. She truly loves what she does.
Thanks so much Annie for helping us make our day an amazing day for us and most importantly our family and friends she made everyone feel welcome and moved us and our family members in this important time in our lives
My husband and I eloped in NYC (Central Park) in July 2014. Rev. Annie was absolutely fantastic!!! We met Annie via email but after a small amount of correspondence we knew she was perfect for us. Annie wrote a very intimate and detailed ceremony as well as vows. My husband and I were able to share special details and she worked them all into our ceremony!! Every detail of our special day was handled with care and consideration for what was truly important for us. We both felt Annie really took the time to get to know us as a couple and is very passionate about her work. Annie wasn't rushed on our wedding day, she took plenty of time for us and even snapped a few pictures. We enjoyed her company and really couldn't imagine our day without her. We have attended other weddings through the years but have never heard such a well thought out ceremony with such detail. Again, we couldn't be more pleased with our experience with Annie and whole heartedly recommend her for your special day.
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!
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!
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.
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