If you are looking for a memorable and unique ceremony that is universally lovable and poignant you must hire Alisa Tongg. Alisa made our ceremony the highlight of our big day by taking our guests on an emotional roller-coaster full of laughte...
r, tears and even cheering! Her custom celebrations will wow you, and your partner. Your guests will all tell you your ceremony was by far the most beautiful and memorable wedding they've ever attended. From our friendly Skype chats, questionnaires and email exchanges she crafted a personalized ceremony for us that celebrated our love story. She was always quick to respond to our questions, was extremely professional and always available. Not to mention the fact that she is by far the best-dressed option you can pick for your special day. :-)
When we finally met Alisa in person a couple of hours before our ceremony started it felt like we had already known her for years. In fact the ceremony was so personal and full of anecdotes that our guests were wondering after the fact if she was a long time friend. She was also such a sweetheart that (without being asked) she took a ton of pictures with her iPhone and became the unofficial second shooter of our wedding day :)
Please do not underestimate the role the officiant plays in your wedding day (if you think about it your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding event, and not the choice of entree etc.) and never question Alisa's ability to make your wedding ceremony perfect. I am so earnest and heartfelt about my recommendation of Alisa that if she happens to already be booked on your day, it is worth seriously considering switching your date :)
Stewart & Eduardo
Reviewed On 7/31/2020 by Kourtney K
My fiancé at the time and myself were supposed to get married in Maui but due to the pandemic our plans had changed and we reached out to Alisa from Promise Ridge and had our microwedding there. Our wedding was so magical and couldn’t be anymo...
re perfect. We were so nervous at first but Alisa was so helpful ensuring that our day flowed smoothly. The venue itself is gorgeous, I am so thankful that we found her and this venue!
Reviewed On 7/30/2020 by Jenna H
I am so happy to have found such a great wedding venue. The scenery was beautiful and it was exactly what my husband and I wanted. Alisa was very personable and made sure every detail in our ceremony was perfect. She was so helpful with the ent...
ire wedding planning process she helped with every detail including where to stay, choosing a photographer, and choosing a florist. I can't express enough how happy I am to have chosen Alisa Tongg and Promise Ridge for our day.
Reviewed On 7/28/2020 by Lauren S
I can honestly say that my wedding was the BEST day of my life, and Alisa Tongg truly helped make it that way. I always knew that I wanted a small, intimate ceremony, and when I learned about Alisa's work and saw photos of her venue, it immedia...
tely felt perfect. If you love nature and appreciate the outdoors and plants, you'll be captivated by the magical space she has made for microweddings. The design and mountain views create the perfect atmosphere and look beautiful in photos. Alisa was friendly, helpful, patient, and very responsive from the first time I contacted her and throughout the entire year before my wedding. She crafted a genuine, emotional ceremony that shared and celebrated our unique story. It solidified our bond and helped us feel the weight of our personal vows to each other. Our guests were incredibly moved and repeatedly commented on what a special, meaningful ceremony and reception it was. If your union with your partner is truly the most important aspect of your wedding, hiring Alisa will help you focus on that. And, because I always felt I could trust her good judgment and taste, Alisa also helped me find great floral and photography vendors whom she had previously worked with. I am SO grateful I trusted her with such an important moment in my life!
Reviewed On 7/22/2020 by Lauren J
When the pandemic lead us to pivot from our original wedding plans to something smaller, Alisa was the first person we contacted. Alisa was super responsive, accommodating, and a pleasure to work with! The photographs of Promise Ridge don't do ...
it justice. It's an absolutely breathtaking venue. Alisa was such a gracious hostess. Our families fell in love with her because that's how immediate and personal she makes your time there feel. We can't imagine our wedding having been any other way.
Reviewed On 7/19/2020 by Yarizell V
I could not have imagined a better microwedding! Everything ran extremely smooth, and the location was absolutely breath taking. Alisa has found her calling and was an amazing officiant and kept in constant communication prior to the big day!
Reviewed On 7/10/2020 by Xand G
Everything was absolutely perfect, I could not have asked for a better location or officiant. Some people you see them and you know they are doing what they are born to do - Alisa loves to help you craft your wedding story and she is so incredi...
Reviewed On 7/06/2020 by Megan B
Our microwedding at Promise Ridge officiated by Alisa was everything we could have ever wanted! The ceremony was so beautiful and personalized. It felt like we've known her for years! She has such a warm and loving presence. We will cherish ou...
r wedding day for all the years to come. Thank you, Alisa! You are meant to do what you do!
Reviewed On 7/06/2020 by Jinny P
Alisa was amazing throughout the whole process. Great communication, answered any questions we had, LGBTQ+ friendly, and wrote a beautiful personalized ceremony for us. Promise Ridge was a gorgeous venue and you can tell Alisa takes great care ...
and pride in the little details in both the display of everything as well as making any adjustments to practice a safe wedding in the middle of a pandemic. 10/10 would choose Alisa and Promise Ridge again for a global pandemic wedding.
Reviewed On 6/16/2020 by Melissa G
Why would anyone every want a big wedding venue when Promise Ridge exists?!?! Promise Ridge will leave you with all the feels! We knew we wanted a small intimate wedding with “Boho Chic” feel to it. When we came across Promise Ridge, we said, T...
HIS IS IT! The beautiful pictures we saw of Promise Ridge cannot compare to its true enchantment and serene beauty in person! In the midst of COVID-19 we had a micro-wedding June 11, 2020, at Promise Ridge. Our wedding day was magical, breathtaking, and stunning. We owe it all to Alisa! She crafted and orchestrated the most beautiful ceremony we have ever borne witness to. Our family members present and those watching it through live stream told us it was by far the most beautiful, memorable, and romantic wedding ceremony they have ever seen.
Being a Celebrant is truly Alisa’s calling! Based on the questionnaires we sent back to Alisa we were confident that she would capture the essence of us, however she exceeded our expectations. She tied in our love story and the meanings/symbolisms of the different parts of the ceremony perfectly. There was laughter, tears of joy and countless emotions displayed by all right through the ceremony.
It was such an honor to have Alisa be our Celebrant and hostess for our special day. Alisa and her father are truly amazing, wonderful, and beautiful people. They made us all feel so welcomed at their home. In summary, Promise Ridge checked off every box we had for our dream wedding. We walked away believing that going the extra mile is a standard practice for Promise Ridge. From the beautifully lined purple allium walkways, to the divine Mural Room, to the Living Wall with the lace-like delicate flowers where we pledged our commitment to one another sealed with a kiss, to the magical Infinity Deck where we swayed under the stars as we danced our first dance, both lit with the warm glow from lights strung above, to the picture perfect Pavilion where we enjoyed a champagne toast and delicious red velvet wedding cake for the first time as Mr. and Mrs., all with the backdrop of the endless Pocono Mountains and the Appalachian Trail in the distance and a dazzling sparkler exit to end the celebration…it was ALL PERFECT! Certainly, a night to remember! Awe, I am getting goosebumps and my eyes are swelling with tears just thinking about it all again. 😊
We are so blessed to have been able to begin our union together at Promise Ridge, a slice of heaven on earth. We have already decided that we will renew our vows here when that day comes as well! We cannot thank you enough Alisa!
Reviewed On 5/17/2020 by Michelle L
We can’t thank Alisa enough for our amazing wedding ceremony and venue! When we decided to continue to get married during COVID, Alisa was very thoughtful, sweet, and understanding (Especially with taking precautions). Our ceremony was so perso...
nal/intimate and she did an amazing job blending our lives together. We were also able to livestream our families in to see our ceremony, which was important to us. We can’t speak highly enough and are so grateful to have had such an great experience! You won’t be disappointed!!
Reviewed On 12/16/2019 by Lauren P
Alisa was just perfect from start to finish. We had a quick call with her, then filled out a questionnaire about our relationship. From just that, she crafted a personal and meaningful ceremony that really felt like us. A lot of our guests a...
sked us how we knew Alisa, as they all assumed she must be a good friend! Alisa, thank you for making our ceremony so special and the process so easy.
Reviewed On 12/05/2019 by Madison R
I cannot speak highly enough about Alisa! She took officiating to the next level.
We started the process by speaking to her on the phone to get her vibe and immediately knew she was going to be great. She was enthusiastic about incorporating o...
ur family members who we wanted to do a reading and our other religious traditions and even added our favorite new ceremony tradition. She sent us a lengthy questionnaire to fill out to get to know us better and present our relationship in the best way. About 2 months before the wedding she sent us our script- by the end of reading it both my husband and I were in tears!!! She took direct quotes from the questions and also elaborated on our stories to come up with such an incredible story of our love. When she says that a celebrant tells a story, that could not be any more true!! The way the ceremony went was a gorgeous mix of story plus tradition plus religion and all of it was a perfect representation of us. She was so open to our adjustments to the script and having all of the different pieces we wanted.
Day of she showed up looking absolutely beautiful. She looks and plays the part to a perfect “T”- you are having a beautiful wedding so why not have someone who matches the caliber of your event?!
She also did all of the work and took all of my tension away with going over the ceremony. She scouted out our families, MOH, best man and wedding party and gave them the drill of what was going to happen with clear directions- so I heard because she did this all behind the scenes so as to not add any stress to the day!
She also took some of the BEST videos and pictures that we have aside from the photographer. And everyone absolutely raved about the ceremony
My wedding day would not have been the same without Alisa♥️
Reviewed On 12/02/2019 by Lorri G
Alisa took extra care to note the details of our relationship and our blended lives! She included special moments and memories that formed "us" and she included our history, that honored our past and our family members that could only present...
in our hearts. She artfully incorporated our lovely, blended family that joined us for our special day and her words moved us all! The mountains and garden at Promise Ridge, were the perfect backdrop for our wedding. Alisa helped us to have the wedding the small , intimate but meaningful wedding we wanted!
Lorri & David
Reviewed On 11/05/2019 by Amanda M
Alisa curated a personalized intimate ceremony for our late October wedding. My spouse and I wanted a nontraditional ceremony that would fit our lifestyles. Alisa was able to capture what was important to us and customize every detail of the ev...
ent. We were married on site at the living wall at Promise Ridge in front of our immediate family. Can't begin to described the views of the fall foliage in the Pocono Moutains. We especially loved how she involved our family with blessing of the rings. She was able to alleviate the anxiety of the day by greeting me with a hug upon arrival! So sweet! I got ready in the mural room which is where the groom and I had our first look. Overall perfect experience.
Reviewed On 10/31/2019 by Tara K
Seriously the most magical wedding. Her property is breath taking and working with her was so easy and stress free. I cannot recommend a micro wedding enough !
Reviewed On 10/27/2019 by Maria I
Wow! What an incredible journey it has been working with Alisa Tongg! My husband and I got married on 10/12/2019 and Alisa Tongg was the perfect officiant for our non religious ceremony. She is truly a remarkably talented officiant. She is so w...
ell spoken, so moving, so inspirational and most of all really captures the essence of what a wedding ceremony should be! We have received so many compliments on Alisa’s work and how it was the best wedding ceremony anyone has ever been a part of! We cannot thank you enough for such an incredible experience! The ceremony was truly the most touching and sweetest part of the whole day!
Reviewed On 10/25/2019 by Madeline B
Alisa was so great to work with. She put together an absolutely beautiful ceremony for us and couldn't have made our day more perfect. Promise Ridge is insanely gorgeous. Alisa is incredibly thoughtful and we highly recommend her to anyone look...
ing for a ceremony that truly captures you as a couple.
Reviewed On 10/19/2019 by Alison R
Alisa Tongg is simply the best of the best. One of the first decisions of our wedding planning journey was that my husband and I really wanted to have a ceremony that reflected us as individuals and as a couple. Alisa delivered that and more.
Our ceremony was emotional, personal and beautifully preformed and written. Our guests will not stop talking about how wonderful it was, and there was not a dry eye!
Alisa is also a pleasure to work with. Not only did she write the best ceremony, but she worked very closely with both of us and really got to know who we are. She helped both of us write our vows and offered guidance when we got stuck. Not to mention she was SO sweet and supportive, even when this bride was nervous about crying during her vows!
Alisa is everything you could want in a celebrant. She made our ceremony the highlight of our wedding day.
Reviewed On 10/13/2019 by Ashley U
I can’t say enough good things about Alisa! My husband and I were married at Promise Ridge 10/06/2019. As soon as we saw the pictures of Promise Ridge, we knew this was the place we wanted to get married. Her property is even more beautiful in ...
person. And after speaking with Alisa for the first time, we knew we made the right decision. Alisa was so easy to work with. She answered all of our questions and was helpful every step of the way. Alisa was so great the day of our wedding- she has such a calming presence. I was so nervous when I arrived that day, but she made me feel welcomed. The ceremony she wrote for us was beautiful. It brings tears to my eyes even now when I read it. It was so personal and intimate. I would recommend Alisa to everyone! She was professional, easy to work with and just wonderful all around!
Reviewed On 10/09/2019 by Sarah J
We would definitely recommend entrusting Alisa with your special day! As soon as we saw Promise Ridge and read about Alisa’s vision for personalised ceremonies, we knew this was the right fit for us. Right from our initial Skype call, Alisa wa...
s incredibly friendly and helpful, not only helping us shape our vision for our ceremony but also giving us handy tips about other aspects of the wedding like recommended places to stay and trusted photographers. We felt very welcomed and relaxed at Promise Ridge and Alisa did a wonderful job of capturing our relationship and the commitment we were making in the ceremony she wrote for us. She thought of fun little surprises for us on the fly, and is very much someone who goes the extra mile to make things special! We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Alisa and Promise Ridge to anyone – a truly beautiful venue with a truly exceptional celebrant to match.
Reviewed On 9/24/2019 by Brianna P
Alisa made our wedding an absolute fairytale at Water Works on September 20, 2019. Her smile and presence lights up any room. She was a pleasure to work with and I couldn’t have imagined anyone else by our side. If you are lucky enough to hav...
e her as a celebrant you won’t be disappointed whatsoever. I promise you that. We have so much love for her. Xoxox
Reviewed On 9/08/2019 by Emily L
My husband and I were married by Alisa at Promise Ridge on 9/6/19 and everything was incredible!! The location is absolutely breathtaking; the pictures don’t do it justice!! The ceremony Alisa performed was incredible. She spoke so eloquently a...
nd really put the time in to write a ceremony that captured our relationship and love. I would definitely recommend Alisa and Promise Ridge to anyone looking for a micro-wedding outside!
Reviewed On 8/29/2019 by Amanda S
I'm not sure where to even begin - Alisa is amazing! I'm so very happy that we had the honor to have Alisa as our celebrant for our wedding ceremony. The ceremony that she put together for us was so beautiful and real. She has a way with words ...
and a fantastic way with storytelling. Our entire ceremony, from the ring blessing to the wine ceremony to our vows - everything was so personal and perfect to us. Not only did we love hearing our story in such an awesome way, but our guests said the same thing. There were actually some parts of our story that our families were hearing for the first time (like for the fact that my crush for my now husband has gone on since high school) and I thought that was so great.
If you're looking for an amazing celebrant that will tell your story (and maybe cause a few happy tears) - reach out to Alisa. I'm so glad she was a part of our day and would relive it all over again if I could.
Reviewed On 8/16/2019 by Mandy A
I can not say enough good things about Promise Ridge and Alisa. We were looking for an intimate wedding full of meaning, and Alisa far surpassed my wildest dreams of what my wedding day would be. The venue was beyond gorgeous, my guests keep te...
lling me they felt the area was magical. The ceremony was personal, heartfelt and felt so true to us and our stories. I love that our guests were included in our ceremony, and our flower pup was welcome! Alisa was responsive and helpful throughout the planning process, and our wedding day was smooth and stress free. If I could give them 10 stars I would!
Reviewed On 8/08/2019 by Rayna D
Alisa was nothing short of spectacular in crafting the perfect ceremony for our elopement ceremony. She found the perfect way to incorporate our 3 year old daughter and made a truly special and memorable experience for our family. We laughed, w...
e cried, we celebrated! I highly recommend Alisa, you won't find anyone more gifted at what they do than her.
Reviewed On 8/07/2019 by Nicole E
A beautiful start to a new life. From the first call to our special day, Alisa was unwaveringly dedicated to making our day truly about us. I could not think of a more beautiful setting, the mountains, our vows, the cake- it was all we dreamed ...
of and more!
Reviewed On 7/24/2019 by Cortney H
We got married on 7/22 and it was absolutely magical. Alisa made our ceremony so personal and beautiful! I think a grand total of 2 guests managed not to cry. Several guests commented on how much they loved that our ceremony was so reflective o...
f us and our relationship. I love that she sent us a copy of our whole ceremony, well. It’s easy to miss parts of it when you’re standing there all nervous and excited, so it was really special to read it with my new husband the next day. We had less than ideal weather (to say it rained is an understatement) but the pavilion on her property is absolutely stunning and the rain produced the most magical looking fog over the ridge. Honestly, the rain just added to the dreamy fairytale look!
Reviewed On 7/03/2019 by g w
Alisa was wonderful. I have reread over our ceremony a handful of times and still find tears easily. We are both in awe of the ceremony she was able to have created for us. It couldn't have been more perfect for us. I am just enamored how she h...
ad captured what is truly important to the both of us with so little information. She has a gift and we are so glad to have chosen Alisa for our special day!
Reviewed On 6/25/2019 by Jackie M
Dreamy. Romantic. Magical. It doesn’t seem fair to try to put the beauty of Promise Ridge into words. The feelings on site are indescribable. Carefree, relaxing, beautiful, true intimacy... the scenery is so raw & pure. The living floral wall...
, the gathering shed, antique chandeliers, the twinkling lights hanging above, Spanish moss delicately “floating”, the mural room...and the view... the mountains framing every picture. I’m not sure Alisa really knows the true impact she has on her guests... her genuine love, hospitality & graciousness come so naturally for her and is conveyed so powerfully through her words & gestures. She coordinated and executed everything flawlessly. She pays attention to every detail making it a true intimate experience. She was an absolute pleasure to work with- our relationship will surely continue through the years. Promise Ridge isn’t just a venue... it’s an experience. I can’t say enough about Alisa & Promise Ridge, I would give them all the stars if I could. Our day was magical because of you. Thank you for making our dreams come true and embodying love with every person you touch.
Reviewed On 5/07/2019 by Gary F
Honestly, There are no words to accurately describe just how amazing Alisa was at our wedding. She was wonderful to work with and her monologue truly captured our personalities. We wanted a nondenominational speech that was inclusive of all of ...
our guests, as well as portray how light-hearted and nerdy we both are. Alisa conveyed all of this succinctly and eloquently and everyone absolutely loved being part of it. We have heard again and again from our guests just how much they loved the ceremony!
Alisa offered a truly unique and memorable experience for not just me and my wife, but for everyone in attendance! Simply amazing. I'd leave 10 stars if I could. Thank you, Alisa. The Force will be with you, always.
Reviewed On 4/26/2019 by Alexa L
If you're looking for a breathtaking ceremony that is filled of love and laughter for everyone, you MUST hire and work with Alisa Tongg. Don't walk... RUN.
We are not even sure where to start with this review because we can never find the rig...
ht words to describe how magical our experience with Alisa was from start to finish.
My sister actually hired Alisa for her wedding in October of 2017 and we knew from the moment her ceremony ended that we had to work with her for our own wedding. Alisa makes the ceremony the highlight of your big day be truly sharing your love story in such a unique way that even our guests were laughing crying, cheering, and riding the rollercoaster of emotions that a typical love story takes you on.
At the beginning of the process, we were so nervous about our ceremony because we didn't want it to be boring or not feel like us. We wanted our ceremony to highlight our love story, showcase how we've grown as a couple over 12 years, and even include our family. We expressed this to Alisa from our first conversation and throughout the planning process she helped us pick out readings and a unity ritual to really create a unique ceremony for us.
Being in a relationship for over 11 years, we knew that we didn't do it on our own and we expressed to Alisa that our families were a huge part of our relationship and who we are as a couple. We let her know that we wanted our ceremony to highlight family that was no longer with us but also our family and friends that helped us grow throughout the years as a couple. That said, she incorporated a beautiful quote, highlighting our family in heaven and how their relationships and love taught us so much about how to love and be in our own relationship.
Furthermore, she always helped us decide on a ring blessing with our parents and bridal party. We were SO weary about this at first because we never seen it done and we didn't really know what it entailed but we are SOOOOO happy that we did it! Essentially, she asked that our family pass around our wedding bands and infuse it with their love and wishes for us as a married couple. Now our wedding bands are blessed by each family member (and our closest friends) that we wear daily... it gives us chills just thinking about it!
I can go on and on about our ceremony and wonderful experience with Alisa. But truly, she is such a joy to work with. Very professional and really becomes a part of your family. Our guests were blown away by the ceremony and even mention to this day how it was a highlight.
All in all, Alisa made our wedding ceremony breathtaking. We love her so much and cannot wait to plan a vow renewal with her!
Frank and Alexa
Reviewed On 2/28/2019 by Hana G
When my husband and I began the wedding planning process, we knew we wanted to have a personal ceremony that somehow combined our two different cultures (Indian + Jewish), but we weren’t sure what that really meant, or how it would come togethe...
We feel extremely lucky that we found Alisa :) She truly listened to our story, style, and our hopes for the ceremony. With her incredible expertise, she was able to create a ceremony with pieces from both cultures, tell our story thoughtfully and in a moving way, and added in elements that made our wedding guests feel included/integral parts of our marriage ceremony.
Alisa not only created a beautiful ceremony, but she also walked our bridal party and family through a rehearsal before the actual event, led the ketubah signing with our witnesses and family, and also picked up our marriage license for us when a snow storm caused last minute chaos. After the wedding, we received an email with photos and video that she captured throughout the day that we were immediately able to share with our friends and family.
We have not stopped getting compliments and praises about our ceremony! Every single person has said that our officiant was incredible, and that the ceremony truly felt like “us”, blending both cultures seamlessly. We cannot thank Alisa enough for all of her help and amazing work. She was incredibly easy to work with, and really went above and beyond—our wedding would not have been the same without her.
Reviewed On 2/27/2019 by Maegan W
To say that Alisa was an amazing addition to our wedding day is truly an understatement. When my husband and I were discussing who we wanted to marry us and what we wanted our ceremony to look like, we knew we wanted it to be a story of our lif...
e together. Anyone can say that they went to a wedding to watch two people in love marry one another, not many can say they understand why those two people chose to marry one another. Our love story is far from ordinary, and who better to tell that story than Alisa. To start, we had the opportunity to meet with Alisa at her house - which was beyond inviting. Although we had never met, she already felt like a friend. After chatting for hours, we were so excited to see what she came up with for our ceremony draft – and she did not disappoint. She took a mere idea of what we wanted our wedding day to look like, and made it come to life. Our ceremony was better than we dreamed. We had guests tell us that it was a beautiful depiction of our story and that it was one of the best wedding ceremonies they have ever attended. Guests were in awe over our ring blessing and how it made each and every one of them feel like they were a part of the ceremony. Alisa did not just show up for the ceremony though, she went out of her way to help capture some of our favorite moments, even teaching my husband how to dip me for a perfect photo-op. Alisa was an absolute pleasure to work with and I could not imagine getting married without her being a part of it. I am so grateful that we chose her to tell our story. XO
Reviewed On 1/07/2019 by Melissa C
If you are looking for a wedding ceremony that is personable and meaningful, you need to hire Alisa! When my husband and I got engaged, after picking our venue our next big decision was to think about what kind of ceremony we could possibly hav...
e. I was raised Catholic and Jewish, my husband was raised Muslim, and we immediately knew that having a religious ceremony was not what we wanted. We still wanted the ceremony to represent our backgrounds and us as a couple. From the first call with Alisa, she completely understood what we were looking for. We hired Alisa almost two years in advance of our ceremony and completed our couple’s questionnaires about a year before our wedding. When Alisa sent us back the script from our ceremony, we were floored. She was able to incorporate elements of our cultures as well as "us" and what we stood for as a couple. We were the first members of our family to not have a ceremony at a religious institution and we could not have gotten more complements from our family and friends on the ceremony! My grandma even asked my mom what my friend’s name was and how long we had known her! Alisa arrived early to the venue, walked us through a rehearsal on the day of, and helped to wrangle two rambunctious children. When the groom’s entire family was late to the ceremony, she professionally handled getting everyone seated and helped to make light of the situation. Our favorite photo from our wedding day happens to be the picture Alisa took! She perfectly captured us and our ceremony is my favorite thing from our wedding!! You will not regret working with Alisa!
Reviewed On 11/27/2018 by Christopher L
I have now been married for a full entire month. One compliment my wife and I continue to hear is how wonderful the ceremony was! Not because of the decorations, nor the setting- it was Alisa whom delivered the exquisite story of how her and I,...
the bride and groom, came together. It was beautiful! When I first read Alisa's title as being a storyteller, I was a bit confused on how they would mix into being a celebrant. WELL let me tell you! If you have ever been to a wedding where you moaned of how the ceremony dragged- you will not hear that. Alisa was an absolute Love to work with, speak with, and I could not think of a better personality and passion for joining two individuals. Please, if you have already read this far- do yourself a favor and all of your guests you wish to entertain and contact Mrs. Tongg. I cried from how wonderful it was to hear someone tell a true love story, my own love story!
Reviewed On 11/20/2018 by Paulina C
My husband and I definitely wanted a memorable ceremony and Alisa delivered and beyond! She made the process so easy going and when we met her it felt like we've known her for ages. She made everyone feel really comfortable and guided my husban...
d and I through the process to make sure everything went smoothly. After our ceremony every single person might have came up to us and said "where did you find her" and "how does she know you guys so well to tell our story so perfectly" Anyways Alisa did an amazing job and made it feel so much more special. She is worth every penny!
Reviewed On 10/25/2018 by Gabrielle R
All I can say is, "WOW"! Alisa gave us everything that we wanted out of a ceremony. While my now husband and I aren't particularly religious, there were things that my Jewish mother wanted to include, and his Catholic mother wanted, as well. Sh...
e was able to truly create a custom ceremony that included every possible element we wanted. From getting married under a chuppah and providing its explanation, to the "passing of the peace," and breaking the glass, we covered all bases that were important to both us, and our parents.
Besides that, she perfectly illustrated our love story to our guests. People were coming up to us after the ceremony, some distant relatives who may not have known exactly how my husband and I met, explained to us that it was so exciting to hear our love story, how we met, the proposal story and the journey along the way to the wedding day. I loved that our love for each other and our family was perfectly described to everyone in attendance.
We met Alisa for the very first time ON THE WEDDING DAY. That was slightly nerve-wracking for me leading up to the wedding, but honestly the planning process couldn't have been any smoother. When we did finally meet her before the ceremony, it was as if we'd known her for years.
On behalf of my husband and I, we'd like to thank Alisa for a beautiful ceremony. We would absolutely recommend her over and over again!!!
Reviewed On 10/25/2018 by Samantha S
When looking for an officiant for our wedding, we found Alisa because of her glowing reviews. Quickly, we set up a Skype session that gave us an introduction to how warm and lovely Alisa is, as well as clear picture of everything our ceremony c...
ould be - from the vows to the traditions we could incorporate. We immediately felt comfortable and at ease with Alisa, and booked her services almost two years before our wedding date.
As our wedding date drew closer and I read more reviews about Alisa, I was sure we would have a beautiful ceremony. As we emailed back and forth about our vows, I was impressed by the details she included and how personal it all really was. Still, I admit I was a bit cynical - I knew we'd have a great ceremony, I'd be happy with it, but would it really live up to those glowing, gushing reviews? YES! Alisa really is as amazing as all her reviews suggest. The day of our ceremony, she greeted us like family. We had a wonderful rehearsal and felt at ease with everything we'd be doing or saying. As we took pictures, Alisa ran up a muddy hill and asked if she could hop on the tractor we were posing in front of - leading to one of my favorite pictures! Alisa even volunteered to carry me on her back because the ground was muddy! When it came to our ceremony, hearing her speak our love story just brought it to life. We, and our guests, laughed and and cried and felt all the love I hoped we would feel during our ceremony. It could not have been more perfect. Our friends and family continue to comment on how beautiful our ceremony was, and how wonderful Alisa is. I'm already thinking about renewing our vows, just so we can have Alisa officiate again, this time at her gorgeous property at Promise Ridge! Alisa is amazing - our wedding day would not have been the same without her.
Reviewed On 10/25/2018 by Chelsea P
My husband and I had decided that we wanted an intimate and stress-free wedding, as this seemed to feel more like “us”. When we discovered Promise Ridge, we knew that this was the place where we were meant be. Alisa was absolutely wonderful, sh...
e made us feel so comfortable and relaxed in planning our wedding, which was exactly what we wanted. She really gets a feel for who you are as an individual, and as a couple. She created the perfect ceremony, bringing together our own personal love story that really touched our hearts. Promise Ridge is such peaceful and magical place, and the gorgeous natural setting made our day so unique and memorable. You cannot help but pause for a moment to take in the view overlooking the mountains! Alisa was a pleasure to work with, and I cannot thank her enough for making our special day feel like a fairy tale.
Reviewed On 10/18/2018 by Natalie D
My husband and I married this past September and we can honestly say that Alisa was the highlight of our wedding! People raved that they have never been a part of a wedding like ours. She really understood our vision and made something truly ma...
gical. From tears to laughter, she kept our friends and family involved throughout the whole ceremony with her heartfelt and captivating delivery.
She arrived early to the venue so we could meet before the ceremony and fit right in like an old friend, chatting with our bridal party and taking the time to get to know our family. We would highly recommend Alisa if you want a beautiful, personal, and memorable ceremony.
Reviewed On 10/18/2018 by Dylan H
My wife and I decided we wanted to do a small, intimate and memorable wedding with just a few of our closest friends, which is exactly what we got when we chose Alisa Tong. From start to finish the ceremony was beautiful, professional and pers...
onal. Every interaction we had felt like we were old friends. The personalized ceremony itself was what made it so special and unique. We loved every minute of it. Every one of our guests told us it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to. She was always quick to respond with any questions we had.
Reviewed On 10/10/2018 by Rachel L
When I say I don't know where to begin, I mean it. Our favorite part about the whole ceremony experience starts from when we first met Alisa at her home. We were greeted by her adorable pup Ulysses, and a warm hug. We got to spend hours chattin...
g about our struggles and triumphs, something we never expected. It was so easy to open up as if we were with a long time friend. She even pulled off a llama shaped ornament off of her tree for us when she found out we were engaged in Peru! Talk about thoughtful! She is also the reason we have a new found love for Sumo oranges! From what she learned about us, she wrote the most beautiful ceremony that really showed the guests our love and relationship. Everything was smooth and thorough and she really put us at ease. I honestly cannot count how many times Alisa came up in conversation throughout the night and what an incredible job she did at telling our story. This is an experience we will never forget, all thanks to her. The icing on the cake is her candid photography skills that she immediately sent over to us! You were meant for this Alisa! Love, Rachel & Steve
Reviewed On 10/03/2018 by Sara K
Alisa is phenomenal!! When my husband and I emailed her with our interest, she immediately responded wanting to know all about us. It was clear from the first conversation, that Alisa has the most kind and gentle soul; we knew right away she wa...
s the one we wanted to perform our ceremony. We eloped at Promise Ridge and couldn’t have chosen a better spot with a better celebrant. Her quick replies were appreciated and she took care to assist with getting my husband, myself and my son ready before our ceremony started. The way she told our story had my husband and I in tears. She even suggested vows for us to say to my son so that we could all feel unified on that day and start our new journey as a family. I can’t stop telling everyone about her, she truly goes above and beyond..thank you for creating the best day of our lives Alisa!!
Reviewed On 10/03/2018 by Andrew K
Me and my fiance wanted to do an elopement, but we didn't want to do a cut and dry wait in line at the courthouse and sign some papers. So she started googling elopements and we came across Alisa Tongg. Her prices fit into our limited budget ...
and it looked beautiful. From the first email we exchanged Alisa was incredibly accommodating and helpful. She took time to ask questions and learn about us and it really showed in the personalized ceremony she created for us. We have absolutely zero regrets about getting married at promise ridge. It was truly a moment we will remember forever. We were both in tears from the first minute. The photos were pinterest worthy and she even put in vows to include my wife's son now my step son. I can't imagine having gone anywhere else for an elopement it was magical. Thanks so much Alisa for all your help!
Reviewed On 10/02/2018 by Nichole O
What else can be said about Alisa other than she is an amazingly beautiful human being! We hired Alisa to help us create an intimate ceremony for us and about 50 of our closest friends and family. She genuinely got to know us, not only as a c...
ouple but also as individuals and through her process was able to craft a beautiful ceremony that left several of our guests in tears (not only our parents).
If you want a wedding ceremony to be something truly memorable and meaningful, not only for you but also everyone who witnesses it - you need Alisa Tongg in your life!
Reviewed On 10/01/2018 by Michelle A
I wish I could give 10 stars! Alisa was outstanding from day one; she is extremely responsive, professional and her positive energy is contagious. I’m 100% certain our wedding on 9/29 wouldn’t have been as special as it was without her.
as extremely stressful for us picking a celebrant – This person is responsible for relaying your love story to the most important people in your life, whether you have 20 people or 200 people this is a difficult task. I’m happy to say even the most religious people in my life we’re raving about our ceremony and how personal, special and unique it was.
Alisa is a special person in the fact that she is doing –in my opinion- exactly what she was born to do. If you are thinking about booking her DO IT!! You wont be disappointed.
xoxo The Anastasio's
Reviewed On 9/24/2018 by Marissa O
I cannot begin to express in one review what Alisa did for us for our ceremony and the wedding planning process! Our experience with Alisa was so much more than hiring an officiant-- she was a photographer, a trusting hand, a friend, and a warm...
presence throughout the day. If you are looking for a ceremony that is personal, memorable, fun, and heartwarming--Alisa is the absolute best woman for the job. Not to mention how responsive and professional she was while working on the ceremony--any questions or concerns were answered basically immediately. Working with Alisa was never a stress, which is perfect when so many other things are going on during the planning process. Long story short, Alisa told our love story in the most beautiful way and made our day so special and I'm so thankful we chose her.
Reviewed On 9/21/2018 by Sara F
Alisa was a dream to work with and is truly exceptional as a celebrant!!! We were lucky enough to have her for our ceremony on 9/7 and it was magical. She is so eloquent and warm when she conducted the ceremony. We had so many complements o...
f how wonderful the ceremony was and how they wanted her to marry their children. She was a great resource for us to as we were planning too about the marriage license, ceremony musicians, etc. I highly recommend Alisa!
Reviewed On 9/12/2018 by Nicole M
Even though my husband and I are currently on our honeymoon, we felt it was important to rave about how amazing our officiant, Alisa Tongg, was. Picking an officiant was an important decision for my husband and I, but the moment we found Alisa ...
only and spoke to her, we just knew she was the person we needed. She not only cared about making our ceremony beautiful, but she also took time to go over our vows with us, send us a cute gift, talk to us when we had questions or were nervous, and even just be there for us throughout this stressful and hectic wedding process.
Our wedding would not have been as magical if it wasn't for Alisa. She took our love story and turned it into a beautiful ceremony that not only had us in tears, but mostly all our 270 guests in tears as well. The same guests who told us we would regret not going with a traditional church ceremony were the first ones to come up to us and tell us how they could not help but have teary eyes throughout the whole ceremony. It amazes me how many emotions were going on throughout the room; there was laughter, tears, and hearts filled with love. Everyone was able to feel the love that Rick and I share on a daily basis because of Alisa and her beautiful way with words. Our guests kept complimenting us on our ceremony throughout the reception and are still going on about how they have never seen a wedding ceremony like ours before.
Alisa makes your ceremony as unique and beautiful as your own love story. We are so glad we went with her and can never express how grateful we are for having her work with us. She's a beautiful individual inside and out. I promise, picking Alisa as your officiant will be the best decision you make throughout the whole wedding planning process.
We are so grateful and blessed to have found Alisa Tongg.
Mr. Rick & Mrs. Nicole Marques
Reviewed On 9/12/2018 by Caitlin S
Alisa created the most perfect wedding ceremony, and my husband and I are so happy we chose her as our celebrant. She was very easy to work with, patient, and quick with edits and email responses. Filling out her couples questionnaire was a ver...
y cathartic process and made the whole wedding ceremony planning so much more special and meaningful. Both my husband and myself had several religious family members in attendance who had previously made passive comments about not getting married in a church or by an ordained minister etc...and these guests were the first to offer sincere compliments on how much they loved and enjoyed our wedding ceremony. Alisa has a true gift of story telling and delivery, and made our wedding ceremony so memorable and the highlight of our wedding day. One of the main reasons we wanted to work with Alisa is that she crafts the wedding ceremony around the couple and their love story. The overall amount of compliments we received about Alisa was outstanding and several guests said it was the best wedding ceremony they have ever attended. I highly recommend Alisa as celebrant for any occasion. We hope to work with her again in the future to commemorate other life milestones.
Reviewed On 9/11/2018 by lysia m
One word, AMAZING! We totally get it, finding an Officiant for your wedding can be stressful but when my husband and I read the reviews for Alisa Tongg we knew we have to learn more about her service. We honestly do not regret our decision one ...
bit. To us, the service fee was on the pricey side BUT it was worth every penny. Alisa is very attentive and take your suggestions into consideration and how you want your love story to be told. Very patient and only wishes the best for you. Her story skills are incredible and it makes you fall in love all over again. We can't imagine our wedding without her. We did same day rehearsal, a bit scary, but Alisa reassured us that there will be no issues- and there wasn't! When Alisa arrived at the venue she took in charge and made us feel reassured that everything will be fine, which was one less thing we had to worry about. Again, she was super patient and nothing but smiles. She was very easy to work with and we received a lot of compliments from our families and friends. If you book her you won't regret it one bit!
Reviewed On 8/23/2018 by Ashley H
I first need to say that Alisa is absolutely magical...and this is why...My husband and I were engaged on Thanksgiving Eve of 2017. As we entered the New Year we started discussing what we imagined our wedding to be. Although we dreamed of an i...
ntimate ceremony, our families desired a traditional wedding in a church setting. Originally, we wanted to satisfy both worlds - to elope before I started veterinary school and then have a traditional ceremony and reception the following Fall. On August 9th 2018, my husband and I drove to Promise Ridge with our siblings and closest friends. Butterflies danced around in my stomach as I was nervous of how our families would perceive the non-traditional route we chose. When we arrived, Alisa greeted us at the door and my anxiousness instantly vanished. Alisa has a comforting trait that makes you feel right at home. After our unique microwedding that perfectly captured our relationship, our families approached us with tear-filled eyes and were astonished by the amazing work Alisa had done. Everyone that attended felt that it was the most unique ceremony they were ever a part of. I was ecstatic to hear them say that we no longer should have a traditional ceremony next Fall as nothing will ever be able to replace that special night where our families were joined at Promise Ridge. Alisa - we sincerely thank you for everything you have done for us! We could never imagine our day any other way.
<3 Ashley and Josh
Reviewed On 8/13/2018 by Kelly H
My husband and I were married by Alisa on August 4, 2018 and I can honestly say this review is 8 days overdue for how amazing our day turned out to be.
When we were first looking at officiants, one of the things we knew we wanted was somethin...
g personal and unique to us. We only met with two people because we knew right away that Alisa was the one we wanted to work with. We had this feeling that Alisa was going to create something that when we looked back on it years from now, was still going to make us laugh, cry, and feel the wedding giddiness all over again.
What's funny about the whole process is we never met Alisa in person until our ceremony rehearsal the day before the wedding. But it honestly felt like we had known her for years. The level of detail that she expressed in the creation of our love story was so special, and we loved incorporating the different unity ceremonies and our vows into the words she had crafted.
Thank you Alisa, from the bottom of Jake and I's hearts, for helping us craft an amazing ceremony, and being a part of our special day!
Reviewed On 8/13/2018 by Alissa C
Wedding planning from across the country is anything but easy. However, Alisa made the most important part, the ceremony, more than we could have ever hoped for. Alisa spent her time between the groom and I before the ceremony and made sure our...
nerves were as calm as they could be. The ceremony expressed the story of our relationship as though she had experienced it with us. In our receiving line following the ceremony, members of both families approached and said they had never heard such a personal, lovely ceremony. They loved the emphasis on family and the special traditions we embedded. We are forever grateful to Alisa and her beautiful words!
Reviewed On 8/10/2018 by Kelli R
I found Alisa from a quick Google search for Pocono elopements. I came across an article from PhillyMag.com and instantly became interested in her service and location. I found her website and social medias, and fell in love knowing this was ...
the place I wanted to get married at. I can't say enough of amazing things about Alisa. She was SO welcoming and made you feel like you knew her forever. She was kind, gentle and eased my nerves through the whole ceremony. My husband and I's family all left praising her and saying how amazing the ceremony was. If you are looking for a short intimate elopement or micro-wedding, Alisa is your girl!!!
Reviewed On 7/15/2018 by Courtney B
Just WOW!! Alisa was truly amazing from the first day I spoke with her. Day 1 after talking with Alisa, I knew she was the one for our wedding. We couldn’t have asked for more perfect ceremony. She went up and beyond to learn about us as a cou...
ple and put together a truly beautiful wedding. She is so well spoken, beautiful and special. Every one of our guests spoke so highly about her! We heard nothing but raving comments about her and the ceremony. “So beautiful and unique!” “So personal!” Family friends and distant relatives we haven’t met or seen in years felt like they watched our relationship develop as they heard the story of our relationship. There were tears, giggles, smiles and lots of love from everyone involved. We are truly blessed to have found her. She made us the ceremony we have always dreamed about.
Reviewed On 7/15/2018 by Ashleigh L
Alisa is truly amazing. My husband and I were absolutely blown away by Alisa's passion for what she does and her professionalism. We couldn't have asked for more when it came to our ceremony and would highly recommend Alisa if you're looking...
for a meaningful and simple wedding day. Words cannot express how amazing Alisa is or how perfect she made our day!
Reviewed On 7/06/2018 by Esen M
Alisa , was nothing more than outstanding! Our wedding planning process was over a year long, from the moment I spoke to Alisa on the phone I knew that she was the one to officiate our wedding. Alisa captured so much of what was important to Ma...
tt and I on our wedding day- love, family and remembrance. We met Alisa on our wedding day but it felt like we both already knew her! She greeted us with open arms and really captured some great moments of us prior to our ceremony! We received so many compliments after our ceremony on how personal it was. And how so many of our guests truly felt the love that Matt and I share- not only with each other but our closest family and friends. Many of them even asked how long Alisa had known us. We can’t say enough great things about Alisa and we are so glad she was able to capture our story on our wedding day!
Reviewed On 7/03/2018 by Elizabeth B
Alisa went above and beyond to make us and our family comfortable with the extremely hot weather we had. Alisa is very professional, personable, and welcoming. By choosing a micro wedding we wanted a beautiful, stress free wedding day and that’...
s certainly what we got with Alisa. The venue is so stunning that all we had to do was show up. We knew we wanted to get married at Promise Ridge the first time we saw photos, but meeting Alisa made that decision even more reassuring. Her short and sweet ceremony was so beautiful, and included a ring blessing where our rings were passed around for our family to bless them. Her ceremony also included a beautiful remembrance to my husbands mother, who is now his guardian angel. Alisa is truly the best at what she does, and she exceeded our expectations.
Reviewed On 6/23/2018 by Jilian H
My husband and I spent most of our relationship 3,000 miles away from my family and friends, so it was important to us that our ceremony represented not only who we are as a couple but the life we created together. We are so glad we chose Alisa...
to tell our love story! She put us at ease from our very first conversation, and before long she began to feel like a friend. The ceremony she put together for us was deeply personal and unique, we couldn't ask for a more "us" ceremony. We had guests ask "How long have you known Alisa?" during our cocktail hour. A review from one of my father's friends summed it up best - "I've never met your husband before today, and I feel like I've known him for years. What an exciting life you've had together already." In addition to being our celebrant, Alisa was such a calming presence in the hours leading up to our ceremony. From helping me down the stairs in my wedding gown to taking our dog for a walk during our photos, she was there every step of the way. And did I mention she's a fantastic photographer? The morning after our wedding, we woke up to a transcript of our ceremony and a dozen photos. We cannot recommend Alisa enough and are anxious for an excuse to hire her again. Is it too soon for a vow renewal?!
Reviewed On 6/20/2018 by Shavy and Jerry L
If you’ve ever heard of someone being a triple threat, than you likely haven’t met Alisa. She is a quadruple threat if one has ever existed. She hosts, she photographs, and she sings and dances and through all her running around somehow makes y...
ou feel like you’ve found your long lost relative. Alisa truly has a passion for what she does and in my most not so humble opinion, is the best at what she does. When my fiancé and I decided to elope, the only idea that came to mind was the courthouse because we weren’t sure about alternatives. We read about the new trend of micro weddings but had no idea how we could pull it off while still having a memorable and beautiful ceremony until we stumbled upon Promise Ridge and Alisa, and instantly fell in love with its mesmerizing wonder. She is like the fairy godmother of weddings that we didn’t know we needed. Not only were her words about us so moving and sincere, her genuine loving spirit truly captured the message we wanted to convey to each other and with our families. We were both so moved and at one with nature on the Ridge. Our family was so overjoyed and overwhelmed with emotion on our day that post ceremony we couldn’t stop speaking sweet mentions of her. My now husband and I fell in love with each other all over again on our day. Alisa, we appreciate you and thank you for an unforgettable day!
Reviewed On 6/03/2018 by Alice V
Alisa was a pleasure to work with! I have to say that I'm not "the wedding type"...I was much more interested in going to City Hall, but according to my family that wasn't an option. Alisa kept things simple, and I really got the sense that she...
is adaptable to many personalities, as anyone in the wedding industry must be. I would 1,0000% recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant. We also got many compliments about her ceremony from our guests.
Reviewed On 5/30/2018 by Shannon W
I cannot think of enough great things to say about Alisa! My husband and I decided to not get married in a church and we didn't want a ceremony that was not true to us. Alisa came as a recommendation from our photographer and we are so THRILLED...
that we picked her! From the first moment we spoke on the phone, my husband and I both immediately knew she was PERFECT to perform our ceremony. She knew exactly what we wanted in a ceremony without even asking and made sure to focus exactly what was important for us and for our big day. I received so many compliments from our guests about how much they loved our ceremony and couldn't believe that we had just met Alisa that morning for the first time! She truly makes you feel as if she has known you for her whole life! She has such a way with words that created a beautiful atmosphere and engaged all our of guests with such emotion. She is a beautiful person both inside and out and made our day so special!
Reviewed On 5/29/2018 by knottie47b2fa6fb9c0f347
I can't say enough amazing things about Alisa. She created a ceremony and an evening that we will cherish forever. My husband and I were married on May 24th, 2018 at Promise Ridge. We wanted a small ceremony that was personal and meaningful to ...
the two of us, as well as our families. It was everything that we could have hoped for and more.
Alisa truly captured our personalities and created something perfectly unique to us. We are so lucky to have found her. She made our day so incredibly special.
Reviewed On 5/14/2018 by kristen b
My husband and I were married at Alisa's amazing property, Promise Ridge, last week. She was so wonderful and kind and we can not get over how great the experience was. We had some rain and she was super positive and helped keep me calm. Her ce...
remony was thoughtful and personal and we loved every second of it! I can't recommend her highly enough!
Reviewed On 4/30/2018 by Erin E
We were looking for a place to elope for just the two of us. We wanted a beautiful and unique ceremony and we found it with Alisa at her space, Promise Ridge. I cannot say enough beautiful things! Alisa is amazing and so nice! She created such ...
a unique ceremony for us and she really got a feel for who are and wrote the most timeless and intimate ceremony. It was just what we wanted and envisioned.Her elopement space was gorgeous and we felt like we were the only two people there.
Reviewed On 4/30/2018 by Erin E
We were looking for a place to elope for just the two of us. We wanted a beautiful and unique ceremony and we found it with Alisa at her space, Promise Ridge. I cannot say enough beautiful things! Alisa is amazing and so nice! She created such ...
a unique ceremony for us and she really got a feel for who are and wrote the most timeless and intimate ceremony. It was just what we wanted and envisioned. Her elopement space was gorgeous and we felt like we were the only two people there!
Reviewed On 4/30/2018 by Ashley C
We were lucky enough to learn about Alisa and Promise Ridge via a NY Times article. Calling Alisa and eschewing the "big wedding" was the best decision we made (other than, you know, getting married). After our first phone call with Alisa, we k...
new she was the one we wanted to marry us. She was very warm and calming, and talked through creative solutions for incorporating Jewish/interfaith elements into our “mini wedding.”
Alisa worked collaboratively with us to build a memorable and meaningful ceremony that told our story in the most beautiful way, even honoring my husband’s grandfather and making our daughter an integral part of the day. She’s also extremely flexible and thoughtful, from helping us deal with the surprise rain, managing our families and even changing into a beautiful dress that would compliment our chosen colors. If you want an intimate, thoughtful ceremony for your big day, call Alisa. I can’t even find words for how happy we were to work with her and how beautiful Promise Ridge is. Her venue was everything we could have hoped for and more beautiful than we imagined — even/especially in the rain!
Reviewed On 4/29/2018 by Danielle M
Alisa made our ceremony so personalized and beautiful. She opened up her home to us and made us feel comfortable. Promise ridge is a beautiful elopement venu and Alisa is so creative in her ceremony options. We would highly recommend Alisa to e...
veryone getting married.
Reviewed On 4/02/2018 by Kayla K
We are at a loss of words when it comes to explaining how amazing our experience was with Alisa! From day 1, she was so friendly and forth-coming. Always so communicative and ready to help with whatever we needed. We experienced a few changes i...
n our wedding plans, and Alisa was on board through the entire planning process. And it's not just us that can't stop bragging, our family and friends cannot stop ranting and raving about how Alisa truly made the ceremony! She told our love story beautifully, there was not a dry eye in the room. From the minute she walked into the venue, her presence filled the entire room with happiness and joy. Not to mention her outfit was 100% on point! Before the ceremony, she made it a point to communicate between the both of us, and to all of our guests before the ceremony! She was eager to help with anything that anyone needed. We cannot recommend Alisa enough, and certainly cannot say enough about how amazing she truly is! We cannot wait to work with her again sometime soon! -Kayla and Caitlin
Reviewed On 3/05/2018 by Kristine L
I cannot begin to describe how special Alisa made our wedding ceremony. We booked her less than a week out and she still managed to put together the most incredible, thoughtful, intimate ceremony that left our parents and us in awe. Do yourself...
a favor and go with Alisa. She's a pro, she's lovely to work with, and she will elevate the ceremony and bring it to the next level.
Reviewed On 3/04/2018 by Janae D
There are not enough words in the English language to say how amazing our experience with Alisa was. We didn't have a celebrant for most of our engagement, and finding Alisa was hands down our biggest blessing. We had no idea how to go about fi...
nding someone to marry us, because almost every wedding we had been to up to ours was in a church, or had a friend or judge marry them. After speaking with Alisa for the first time, we knew she would be perfect, and that's before the winter storm hit the afternoon of our wedding. She traveled most of the day to get to us, and was so professional and sweet about staying in contact with us all day to give updates. There is no other way either of us would have wished to get married. Her ceremony is beyond personal, and everyone in the room truly felt as if she had known us forever. Alisa, you were a dream come true for our wedding, and I could not sing your praises more! We love you!
Reviewed On 2/28/2018 by Lauren L
Amazing experience with Alisa!!
Where do I start? We couldn't be happier that we hired Alisa to perform our ceremony! We aren't religious and didn't have any obvious choices on who could/would marry us. At first we weren't that worried about t...
he ceremony (since a lot of times it's usually the part people want to get over with to get to the party), but then I found Alisa and cried while watching the videos she is in performing ceremonies. No one we found while searching could compare to her, and all of a sudden we realized just how important the ceremony is! It shouldn't be something you just rush through. It's the WHOLE point of everyone being there—The two of you getting married! Alisa made our ceremony so beautiful and every person we talked to at the wedding commented on how amazing and perfect it was. People cried happy tears and laughed at the tiny jokes and moments that perfect matched my husband and myself. That's how it should be! One of my friends described it as "so us!" and another one of my friend's said it was one of the few weddings he's attended where you could truly feel how in love we are. I guarantee part of that was because of Alisa and her telling our story so beautifully.
Do yourself a favor and hire her! The ceremony was truly my favorite part of our wedding (and our reception was pretty awesome if I do say so myself), because it was just so meaningful and personal. I'll remember it forever, and part of that is because we invested in Alisa and having something special that completely celebrated us getting married. It also makes the ceremony way more entertaining and meaningful to your guests! I promise you won't regret hiring this amazing lady (who also happens to have seriously awesome fashion sense). She's the best of the best and worth every penny!
Reviewed On 2/09/2018 by Carrie F
We are 5 months post wedding and we STILL are talking about Alisa. The story she tells is what weddings should be about- the couple, the people they love, the past and the present. It was almost like she floated in like a fairy God Mother and w...
ith such grace she took on pinning our nephews boutenieres on, and took care of little details that were so important in the scheme of things. Alisa was a presence you didn’t realize you needed. She was the glue that made our ceremony stick with our guests and was insanely eloquent in deliving our story. From the first meeting with Alisa we knew this was going to be magical and it was nothing short of that. We can’t thank you enough Alisa, we are so happy you were such an integral part of our big day.
Reviewed On 2/01/2018 by Kristin J
Alisa is AMAZING! I will be the first to admit that I did not appreciate what an important role the celebrant/officiant plays in a wedding until we met Alisa. My (now) husband was really into the idea of having a personalized ceremony and I w...
ent along with it (but kind of thought that all ceremonies are created equal). Boy was I wrong! We were planning to interview a few different people but as soon as we talked to Alisa on the phone we engaged her on the spot! She takes a wedding ceremony to an entirely new level. She gave us really detailed questionnaires to fill out and was really able to capture the essence of our relationship and what made us "us". When we read the first draft we were completely blown away - it was like she'd known us for years and we hadn't even met her in person! We had a "micro wedding" (a term we learned from Alisa) and she was also instrumental in coming up with special ways to get everyone in attendance involved in the ceremony itself - she even helped me figure out where our ceremony should be located and what time of day in order to make sure the candle lighting portion had the desired effect! Way above and beyond. The minute she arrived on our wedding day we felt like we'd known her for years - she jumped right in fixing boutonnieres and rearranging the ceremony chairs! She even let me pick what she was going to wear! Additionally, she gave us a transcript of the ceremony which is a very meaningful keepsake. I would HIGHLY recommend Alisa - no matter what type of wedding you are having, she will be amazing. Don't think twice!
Reviewed On 1/28/2018 by Dan H
We spoke with a lot of Philly-area wedding officiants before making the decision to work with Alisa, and we ended up being so happy with our decision.
Alisa created a thoughtful ceremony that was reflective of our relationship and the celebra...
tion we were hoping to have. She's prepared with suggestions when you're stuck on how to handle any aspect of your wedding, but never pushes her thoughts above your own. We were so happy with the end product and her ability to get us to there.
Many of our guests commented on great the ceremony was and wondered how long we know the celebrant and from where; Alisa is able to connect with others seemingly with such ease that it was a shock to some of our guests that we had only been on contact with her for a few months!
Our ceremony was one of the most important aspects of our wedding, and we're so glad we trusted Alisa to create something memorable for us.
Reviewed On 1/27/2018 by Dan S
Quite simply, Alisa was the perfect celebrant for our day. More than half of all compliments we received from our guests specifically noted how amazing Alisa's ceremony was and we couldn't agree more. With just a couple phone calls and one surv...
ey for me and one from my husband, Alisa was able to develop a program that was true to who we are as a couple and how we wanted to connect with our friends and family that day. To put it another way, if you're looking for a best friend, sibling, cousin or other relative to officiate your wedding ceremony but can't find the right fit, Alisa is the answer you're looking for.
Reviewed On 1/14/2018 by Harper S
Alisa was an amazing celebrant! We were so happy with the beautiful ceremony she wrote for our wedding. We very much enjoyed the collaborative process, and the result was amazing - many of our guests commented on how moving our personalized cer...
emony was. Alisa went above and beyond to make sure our rehearsal ran smoothly, which made the day-of logistics much easier. Alisa also worked well with our wedding planner and other vendors, which we appreciated. We were so happy to work with her!
Reviewed On 12/30/2017 by Janet L
We just got married two weeks ago and Alisa brought so much warmth and character into our ceremony. It was truly a memorable experience. The outpour of love from our friends and family made it more valid. She even held the attention of our 4 ye...
ar old niece - memorizing Alisa's quote about "keeping your heart open to each other." From our first interaction to the day of our wedding, Alisa made it feel like we were catching up with an old friend and made the whole experience very easy for 2 hustling New Yorkers. Alisa isn't an ordinary officiant, she didn't just arrive to tell our story but did so by making a long lasting impression. She makes an effort to truly connect and is also a helping hand. Our wedding day was wildly cold and a few of our first-look photos were held outside, Alisa came along to wrap me with her own shawl during breaks and breathed into my hands to stop me from shivering. I'm grateful for that act of kindness. Alisa has a true passion for her craftsmanship in celebrating love and storytelling. She helped make the ceremony unique and ever lasting. I hope every engaged couple, long distant or local, has an opportunity to work with Alisa!
Reviewed On 12/01/2017 by Catherine D
When we started searching for a celebrant, we knew we wanted someone who could create a unique ceremony for our intimate wedding. From the moment we first talked to Alisa about our vision, we felt at ease and even more excited for our big day. ...
She is a true artist. Alisa crafted a personal, romantic ceremony expertly telling our love story, our sacred vows and our hopes for the future. She listened to and incorporated the items that were important to us: that our guests truly be present for the ceremony (no phones) and that we say meaningful vows not only to each other but also my husband's son (the vows were beautiful). She even included a nod to my career by incorporating a quote from a supreme court case. Her attention to detail and thoughtfulness are unparalleled. Alisa truly went above and beyond to make our day spectacular. We will always have our precious wedding ceremony script as a keepsake and reminder. Alisa also helped calm my nerves on our wedding day. Thank you again for making our wedding so special. xo
Reviewed On 11/21/2017 by Felicia K
From the moment I first saw Alisa’s website after browsing Theknot I knew I had to have her for my special day! My gut feeling was spot on! She was exceptionally helpful from start to finish! Alisa was very responsive to all of our questions an...
d concerns and helped us through our journey. She showed up extra early for the ceremony and took amazing photos of us and family during our first look. We were also being eaten alive while taking photos by the water and she saved the day after running to find bug spray! Alisa also lent me her gorgeous leopard coat when I started to get cold and captured some memorable photos. I can’t begin to say enough about her and neither can my family. Everyone was pleasantly surprised with the ceremony which was emotional, funny, and unique. If your looking for a fabulous, kind hearted, professional officiant look no further. I will continue to rave about her to everyone for years and years! Thank you Alisa for starting off my forever in the most memorable way! XO
Reviewed On 11/06/2017 by Lauren Kelly G
Words escape me when I think back to our big day on 11/4/17. When planning our wedding, we knew that the ceremony was our number one priority and choosing Alisa to not only marry us, but also share our love story with our friends & family, was...
the best decision we could have made. Alisa is much more than just an officiant - she is a fantastic storyteller who has a way with words that sets the tone for the rest of your wedding celebration (she even helped coordinate a quick fix for a botched table assignment minutes before things kicked off). Alisa is one of a kind, and she will make sure your wedding is too!
Reviewed On 11/02/2017 by Samantha W
I first met Alisa a year before my wedding when she was the officiant at my best friend’s wedding. I couldn’t stop thinking about how perfect their ceremony was weeks/months afterward. I knew I had to have her at mine as well. My husband (who i...
sn’t fazed by anything) agreed that Alisa would be the PERFECT fit for our wedding day. We wanted something personal, a story written about our love and our life. And that is exactly what Alisa did. She worked with us from the very beginning on our ceremony. It was actually really fun to fill out the questionnaire she sent us because it allowed us to dig deeper and really think about our relationship. Our big day finally arrived and I remember seeing Alisa appear out of nowhere while we were taking pictures. She had a huge smile on her face and she was walking around scoping out the ceremony space. She hung around and chatted for a bit and then went inside to hang with the bridal party. Finally, it was ceremony time. Alisa handles herself with such grace and poise. She is a true professional and you can clearly see how much she loves what she does. Alisa brought so much joy, happiness, tears and laughter to our ceremony. It was better than I could’ve ever imagined. It’s now over a month since our wedding day and I am still having people tell me what an amazing, unique, personalized ceremony it was. Everyone said they have never been to a wedding ceremony like that before and they left learning so much about us as a couple. We can’t thank Alisa enough for her role in our big day. She made it so memorable for us. Alisa, you are one of the most down to earth, genuine human beings I have ever come across and I want to get married again (to the same husband ) and have you there doing your thing. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything.
Reviewed On 11/01/2017 by Wesley E
Alisa was absolutely incredible. She was a part of our love story and ceremony just as much as we were. She included our guests, spoke from the heart and delivered what many have told us the most unique, thoughtful and emotional ceremony they h...
ad ever heard. We cannot put into words the feelings experienced during the ceremony and the hours there after. An incredible night which began with an incredible love story told by Alisa, who took the time and energy to get to know us as much as possible. Thank You!
Reviewed On 10/22/2017 by Melissa R
There aren't enough stars for the kinds of ceremonies Alisa performs. My fiancee and I were engaged last year in October, and Alisa was the first officiant we found online. All of her reviews were amazing, and we just knew after the first Skyp...
e meeting that she and Promise Ridge, were going to be the perfect fit for us. She listened to all of the details of our relationship and really brought our story to life in her own words. I cannot begin to describe how wonderful she was to work with right from start to finish. Even with some last minute changes (we sadly had to say goodbye to our beloved golden retriever who was supposed to be part of our day), she still managed to perform an amazing ceremony that will remember for the rest of our lives. Not to mention the stunning space she provides!! The views are breathtaking and the small guest bedroom she has available made it perfect for us to get ready before our big day. The entire experience was very relaxed, comfortable and I would HIGHLY recommend her for anyone who is looking to elope or have a micro wedding!
Reviewed On 10/17/2017 by Alex C
When I first met Alisa at a wedding expo (Lovesick expo), my now husband and I were captivated. Not only by her radiating/joyous glow, but by her experience and compassion. We skyped with Alisa various times before the wedding and filled out ...
a lengthy questionnaire in order for her to get to truly know us. She incorporated all of that information into our wedding in such a special "love story you only see in the movies" type of way. When we met with Alisa, we discussed that we would like our wedding to be non-denominational, but with Jewish customs and traditions. We also requested that we wanted our ceremony to be very personal, as we wanted the guests to understand our story. Alisa really came through with all of our requests. There was not a dry eye in the house (all happy tears)! After the ceremony, each guest went up to me and told me how unbelievable the ceremony was and it was the best ceremony they witnessed. One guest said, "Your officiant was able to get into the hearts of every guest and make them believe in love again". I can't thank Alisa enough for everything she has done for us. She made our wedding unforgettable.
Reviewed On 10/07/2017 by Erica E
It is rare to encounter someone that you feel like you’ve known for years despite only meeting in person once. That’s exactly how it was for my husband and I with Alisa. Despite only communicating through Skype, email, and phone, meeting Alisa ...
on our wedding day felt like reconnecting with an old friend. Our family and friends asked us the same question over and over: “How long have you known Alisa?” Alisa’s warm personality is infectious; she brings a calm, soothing presence to a day of high emotions. It’s hard to imagine a more elegant figure presiding over your wedding vows on your big day. Alisa is the picture of professionalism from start to end. She is helpful and responsive in the time leading up to the wedding, and she is poised on the day of, ready to deliver a beautiful, intimate, and loving ceremony. Alisa helped my husband and I realize our vision for our perfect ceremony at the Down Town Club. She really went above and beyond; when she heard that we were going to Maui for our honeymoon (where she grew up), she spoke to us on the phone for over an hour one Saturday morning just telling us about some of her favorite spots on the island. We had a ball going to see the places that she recommended and felt a connection to her from sharing in some of these special memories in her life. We felt so grateful for her sincerity and to have such a beautiful person marry us. Thank you so much, Alisa!
Reviewed On 9/21/2017 by Amanda R
There truly are no words to describe just how wonderful Alisa is! My husband and I were married on September 8th, 2017 in New Hope, PA, and were looking for a celebrant who would provide a non-religious ceremony that was both personal and beaut...
iful. Enter Alisa. From the moment my then-fiance and I chatted with Alisa via Skype to discuss our vision for the day, we knew that we were in good hands with her. She is an incredibly warm person with a calm energy that really helped to relax my nerves on the big day. Alisa tailored the ceremony to us and our love story, and brought the guests to tears. When I was feeling a little lightheaded during the ceremony, I whispered "I need water" to Alisa, and just like magic, she was able to seamlessly make that happen without causing any interruptions. Most of the guests did not even notice this exchange! My husband and I had guests coming up to us throughout the rest of the night raving about the ceremony, saying how much they loved how personal and intimate it felt. We heard quite a few "best ceremony I've ever seen"s as well! Overall, we cannot recommend or thank Alisa enough after giving us the wedding of our dreams. Thank you, Alisa!
Reviewed On 9/17/2017 by Leigh G
Alisa - Thank you for making our wedding ceremony so special. You captured our feelings for each other so beautifully. Your knowledge of both Christian and Jewish traditions helped us blend our cultures and make both families feel included in a...
way we never could have imagined!!! You have a true gift Alisa, you translated the love we feel into words. You knocked it out of the park and we are so grateful we found you on Instagram!! To all of the engaged couples reading this - book Alisa NOW. Best decision we made.
Leigh and Steve
Reviewed On 8/29/2017 by N&D N
If there was one word to describe Alisa, both as a person and as a celebrant, that would be "Amazing". She made our day not only extra special for us, but special for the guests as well. She was very welcoming and made us feel comfortable right...
from the start. All of our guests, including ourselves, were blown away by the set up at Promise Ridge. Alisa crafted our ceremony perfectly and made it very intimate and personal and added some humor in there as well. Working with Alisa was truly a great experience and we hope to work with her again sometime in the future. We definitely recommend Alisa 110%!!!
Reviewed On 8/28/2017 by Brigitte H
My husband and I wanted a very personal ceremony from someone who knew us. Unfortunately, when none of our friends our family were able to perform our ceremony, we decided to hire the next best person--Alisa. We got so many compliments on the c...
ustomized and personalized ceremony she constructed for us. Guests were blown away when they discovered that we didn't actually know her prior to getting married. They loved what she said, how she said it, and also her look--so stylish! When my husband and I ran into a little snag, she worked hard to come up with a solution that would make everyone happy. I would definitely recommend Alisa if you're looking for an intimate ceremony that you and your guests will cherish.
Reviewed On 8/28/2017 by Aviva I
Alisa is simply the best. She crafted our ceremony just for us according to our wants and needs, made it personal, and made everyone laugh. My mom later said that she was surprised at herself by how moved she was. We had our ceremony at Alisa's...
property, Promise Ridge. The backdrop was completely stunning. The weather was perfect, and the lovingly adorned Living Wall was just absolutely gorgeous. The ceremony was simple and perfect, and so us. Alisa also was there for us 100% leading up to the wedding - she is a veritable fount of information when it comes to area vendors, and helped us choose a dinner location that you would not find on Google. It was my dream wedding!
Reviewed On 8/21/2017 by Andrea L
Alisa was incredibly amazing in every aspect possible! We found her because of The Knot and instantly knew she was the celebrant for us based on her website. After our first Skype conversation, we knew she had to be our celebrant! We chose to g...
et married at her elopement site, Promise Ridge, and she offered us the best recommendations for other vendors. Our wedding exceeded our expectations and I truly feel that a large portion of that was due to the amazing recommendations (photographer and reception site) from Alisa.
The ceremony that she wrote for us was phenomenal. She made our love story come alive for our guests and it felt as though I was reliving our entire relationship as she spoke. The ceremony was heartfelt and personal and our guests raved about it the entire night.
I would recommend Alisa to anyone in a heartbeat!
Reviewed On 8/17/2017 by Ed U
We were looking to have a very small wedding in a natural setting, but didn't really know anyone who had done this themselves and so it was difficult to find what we wanted. My now wife happened to find Alisa while searching online and saw the ...
photos of her Living Wall. It looked like just the thing. It turned out to be even nicer than we expected! Beautiful scenery and a quiet, secluded space in the trees. Alisa was terrific and so helpful with the whole process. We couldn't have been happier with the ceremony. She even recommended a great photographer. Just a terrific experience.
Reviewed On 7/24/2017 by Kailer R
If I could give Alisa Tongg a ten star rating I would. As soon as I met her it felt like I've known her for years! She officiated my vow renewal at her beautiful location Promise Ridge (which is completely indescribable and surpassed all of my ...
expectations for an outdoor elopement/vow renewal) She told our story so beautifully. The atmosphere that she created for us made me feel like I was in a different world or dreaming!
Reviewed On 7/14/2017 by Connie S
From start to finish, our experience with Alisa has been ah-mazing! She is super warm and inviting and open to any and all suggestions to ceremony ideas! We envisioned a non-traditional, non-religious ceremony.. and boy did she deliver! Everyon...
e could not stop raving about our ceremony! I would recommend Alisa 1,000x over!
Reviewed On 6/23/2017 by Denise R
Alisa is amazing!! From our first meeting, we knew she was the perfect person to tell our love story. She easily put into words our love we could not find the words to describe. She made our family and friends part of our ceremony which we will...
treasure forever. She made our special day more amazing then we could have ever imagined! Thank you so very much Alisa!!! We love you!! We will recommend you to everyone!!!
Reviewed On 6/19/2017 by Corinne M
Alisa has such incredible talent and elegance that only someone who interacts with her will get to see. My husband and I had the privilege of having Alisa write our love story from the time we were in high school up until present day. I could n...
ot have asked for a more perfect rendition filled with multi-cultural details. She is very accommodating and filled with brilliant ideas. It certainly does't hurt that she is gorgeous as well. Anyone considering a celebrant, look no further. Guests have given me so much feedback on how lovely and unique that they thought our ceremony was, and it wouldn't have been as perfect if it weren't for Alisa!
Reviewed On 6/06/2017 by Kristin D
Working with Alisa was a truly great experience. We really wanted a personal and intimate ceremony and that's exactly what we got! The ceremony was perfect and was very "us" and so many people said it was the best ceremony they've ever seen. It...
was so easy working with Alisa, too. She crafted an amazing ceremony out of our story and really made everyone feel part of the experience. We definitely recommend Alisa 100%!!
Contact Info for Alisa Tongg, Celebrant
Philadelphia, PA | Serving PA, NY, NJ(570) 369-3955