Sierra Wine Country Weddings

Ione, CA
(209) 763-2779
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Extremely helpful, reliable, and easy going from the very beginning til the end. He provided us with many examples of vows. He always got back to me right away and was always so positive about things, it was infectious. Early for both the rehearsal and ceremony. Included in his service fee was an HD video of the ceremony, with copies for both parents, too. It was such a pleasure to have him there because it's obvious that he truly loves what he does. I am so glad that we chose him.


We couldn't be happier with our experience having Ed as our officiant and videographer! He is a kind, generous man with a great sense of what prospective brides and grooms are concerned with. All of the suggestions and references on his website helped us write our declarations of love which we read to each other during our ceremony. His support and positive nature were so calming and made our day that much more special. And he's got video skills! We can't wait to watch our video! Thank you.


Jonathan and I want to thank Reverend Ed so much for being a part of our big day! He was not just our wedding officiant, he is now considered a family friend. From last minute changes, to the vows, to meeting with us at our house so our toddler would be more comfortable, to our conversations about our dogs and family, our experience could have been more relaxed and personal. Reverend Ed is a "real person" who was encouraging, patient and perfect for us.


Having searched for a wedding officiant for quite a while, I was relieved to find Ed Evans. My husband and I desired someone who would perform a ceremony that was personal to us, and of our own choosing. Edward was very easy and pleasant to work with. His main concern was our happiness and making things easy for my husband and me. He was informative and willing to help in any way needed. Our wedding ceremony was professional and beautiful. I would highly recommend Edward to others!


We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ed for the wonderful ceremony that he performed at our wedding. We were looking for a short but sweet ceremony and with his guidance and expertise, it was exactly what we had in mind. Since the guest list was quite small, he kept everything casual and lighthearted, again, which was perfect. Even though we hadn't met him before that day, our telephone and email conversations were extremely helpful in putting together the ceremony that we wanted.


When we decided to get married a great deal of time and energy was spent making sure all the details went smoothly and according to plan. Our search for the right person to perform the ceremony was a challenge as we do not belong to a church, nor did we have someone particular in mind. After interviewing a lot of different officiants, we discovered Ed's website and were immediately interested. He was amazing from his first response, charming, kind and very understanding of our wishes. A few emails and phone calls later we knew Ed was the one! He knew what we wanted and was open to suggestions about how to bring our two families together, combine religious beliefs and still provide a simple, moving ceremony to be shared with our family and friends. On the big day Ed went above and beyond, making sure that everyone knew what to do, even helping to calm the nerves of the anxious bride and groom when things needed last minute fine tuning. By the end of the evening we felt that Ed was a member of the family, there to share a special moment in our lives. Thank you for all of your kindness, sincerity and for making our day so incredible. Stay in touch, you are wonderful.


We had a very good experience with our officiant Ed. He was very professional and took great care of us. Not only did he do an amazing job as the officiant, but he also videotaped the entire ceremony with sound as well as the entire reception. He really didn't miss a beat. We couldn't be happier with his work. Our whole family was very pleased as well. They loved the DVD's he made for us, and everyone expressed how nice he was, and that they wished they had had the same experience at their wedding. One item I really like was the testimonials he took from our family at the end of the night. They were very touching and it was a very nice way to end our amazing day. My husband and I would and will recommend Ed for any wedding or other services that require videotaping.


From the first time we met Ed my husband and I fell in love with him. He made us feel comfortable right away. He walked us through everything and gave us options as to what we wanted to do to make it our day. Leading up to the wedding if we emailed him anything he got back to us right away which helped eliminate any pre-wedding nerves. He showed up to rehearsal and put our minds at ease with how everything was going to play out the next day. The day of the wedding he was at the venue bright and early offering to help anywhere if needed. Our entire family all agreed he was a great. There is no question that for us, Ed was the best choice. He was more like a family member there with us that day than an officiate.


Edward Evans was the best officiant we could have asked for. He was so wonderful and so patient with us. I found Ed online a little less than a year before our wedding day. I had so many questions and sent him MANY e-mails asking for advice. He was very prompt in his responses and incredibly helpful with things I hadn’t even thought of. We didn’t have a wedding planner to guide us through all of the things we should know and Ed (having done so many weddings) had a lot of experience to guide us through. We wanted a short, loving, fun and easygoing ceremony and he was able to give us exactly that. We had many compliments from friends and family about how wonderful they thought he was and what a wonderful service he provided. We never felt pressured and were very comfortable with him. We had a non-religious wedding and he was perfectly happy giving us exactly what we wanted. He even sent several samples of vows and we got to mix and match until we were happy with our ceremony. Ed can make it what ever kind of day you want and we HIGHLY recommend him!


Edward, I can’t say enough good things about you. You were all we could have imagined for a great wedding day. You took the time to get to know us and you made sure all was taken care of. The Vows you read us were perfect in every way. You made an extra touch on making us a wedding video. You even made extra copies for some of our family that was not able to attend. You are amazing and excellent at what you do. I couldn’t have imagined our day without you. You even made a scrapbook keepsake for our wedding certificate. You always had a smile and a helping hand. All my family and friends raved about the beautiful and special ceremony we had. My mom after the ceremony said "WOW you sure found a find in that one." I will forever recommend your services to all my family and friends. I would give you an A+ time and again. You have a perfect sense of humor, light, and a way to put people at ease. You are a professional and a friend and have a remarkable way of blending the two. Thank you again for all you did to make our day so memorable and special!


Ed, We can't thank you enough for coming and performing our wedding ceremony. You made everything so easy and relaxed. We were looking for a Wedding Officiant and what we found was a good friend. We couldn't have found or asked for more. You really went above and beyond. Thank you again for everything.


Simply put, Ed was wonderful to work with! Although we live in New Jersey, we decided to have a small ceremony in my parents’ backyard in California. It was challenging to arrange a ceremony long distance, particularly since I wasn’t going to arrive in California until two days before the ceremony. I searched online for a wedding officiant. When I came across the Sierra Wine Country Weddings site, I knew my search was over. From our first conversation, Ed put me at ease. We communicated via phone and email during the three months leading up to the wedding. Ed patiently answered my many many questions and calmed my nerves when I began to slip into “Bridezilla”-mode. Ed and I met face-to-face for the first time approximately 45 minutes before the ceremony began. Although I was seeing him for the first time, I felt that I was meeting an old friend. When I said that I predicted that I would be a crying mess throughout the ceremony, Ed put me at ease saying it was my day and that he would be happy to pause until I was ready to proceed. He was a calming presence on a wonderfully hectic day. It was important to us to include the African American tradition of “jumping the broom” in our wedding. Although it was Ed’s first time hearing of the ritual, he was happy to oblige. His fees are reasonable and his service is priceless. In addition to performing the ceremony, Ed videotaped it and sent us a copy on BluRay. He also provided us with a lovely antiqued souvenir marriage certificate as another way to mark our special day. Finally, I confess that I am thrilled that he also provides a reminder service and will send my husband an email so he doesn’t forget our anniversary! Ed is kind, personable, and professional. My husband and I highly recommend him. We truly believe that Ed has a gift and is a gift!


Thank you so much for performing Jessica and Lamar's ceremony. Although a small gathering, changes had to be made and you had no problem accommodating us even though you had family coming to visit. Hopefully you are free for the renewals.


Ed, Kayla and I could not have imagined a better person to officiate our wedding! We really wanted our vows to feel very personal and special, and wanted to feel comfortable saying them in front of our guests. You made that incredibly easy for us, by giving us many different ideas and examples for inspiration and offering us suggestions and help from your experience. Although we had not known you very long, we felt at ease with you at our first meeting and just got more comfortable from there. You made a huge effort to get to know our friends and family, and felt more like a family friend than someone we hired to marry us. You offered to help with anything we needed at any time, and came through whenever we needed you, You had a great attitude the whole time, and helped us stay calm and stress free the whole weekend. We could not give you a higher rating, or recommend you more enthusiastically to anyone looking for a wedding officiant, and who knows, maybe you'll even be marrying our kids one day (if you're not retired). Thank you so much for being a part of the most special day of our lives, we couldn't have done it without you, literally.


Picking the person to marry us was a very important aspect for Scott and I. We came across Ed's website and after reading his description, I immediately felt like we had found a candidate. I e-mailed Ed to get a better sense of who he was. From the first moment of contact, he was more than helpful. He continued to be this way all the way through to and past our wedding date. Ed always gave us timely responses and reassured us he was happy to help us. He also provided little extras like articles to help us with the process of writing our own vows and samples of what other people had done. He also video taped our ceremony, which I don't think others do. As soon as the wedding was over, I already had a follow up message with information on how to change my name! Ed really went above and beyond to make our ceremony perfect for how we wanted it. We couldn't have chosen a better person to marry us. Thanks for everything Ed! See you when we are ready to renew our vows.


We looked for several officiants online… and were very leery. We wanted a person we could develop a relationship with that was normal and professional & personal. That is exactly what Ed provided for us. He is like our new best friend. He was so kind, helpful and engaging. He helped us write our own vows incorporating our 2 sons from previous relationships. We did a blended family ceremony – joining hands in a circle of love. We made promises to our sons, and they accepted. Our friends and family said it was the most beautiful and intimate ceremony they have ever seen. We could not have done that without Ed’s help and the 60+ emails to make everything come together! He also gave us a video, keepsake vows & marriage certificate for our scrapbook. Perfect package! I think we will always stay in touch – he is a special part of our life now, and we couldn’t be happier! We highly recommend him.


Ed was very professional and made our ceremony memorable. He truly went over and above by sending us a wedding video disk that he took of our wedding. We would definitely recommend Ed to anyone that asked us. Thanks Again Ed.


Well the day was great and Ed was so wonderful it felt like he was part of the family. He was a joy to have as our officiant. Ed I would like to personally thank you for getting us through this special day.


We were a little apprehensive in choosing someone to perform our wedding. We'd been to enough weddings to know what we 'didn't' want but it was hard to pin down the characteristics of an individual to fill our particular needs. Those needs were a person that didn't put themselves in the spotlight; a person that balanced the religious aspects of a wedding with the desire of the participants; a person that would fit in and be embraced by our friends. Impossible! Wrong. We lucked out. We took a chance on Ed. From the minute he arrived, he was a delight. There was not a trace of importance or ego about him. Our friends engaged him. He had a good time. The ceremony couldn't have been better. Ed made everyone feel the emotion of the event while dealing with our individual requests. At the conclusion of the ceremony, as many people sought him out for congratulations as they did us. As far as a rating from one to five on his job satisfaction index... five isn't enough.


Ed, We just wanted to thank you for being our Officiant at our wedding. We were very happy for what you did for us on our special day. We are proud to call you our wedding officiant. Thanks once again...


My officiant (Edward) was extremely professional, kind hearted and just a genuinely great person to work with. Our ceremony went off without a hitch and it never felt stuffy or fake. I would highly recommend Sierra Wine Country Weddings without any hesitation whatsoever! Awesome job!


We absolutely loved our wedding! Edward made sure that we got everything that we asked for! Even though we ran late, he was very understanding and patient with us! We would recommend Edward to anyone looking to get married! He made our small wedding seem from the movies!


Thank you so much for performing our ceremony! It was beautiful!Everything was perfect and Amazing! Aaron made a point of telling me that he really liked how you did everything and thought you were the perfect person for the job, we are so happy we chose you for the ceremony! Thank you again SO much!


Ed, You really made our wedding special and memorable. You are like a breath of fresh air with your smiles and your humor. Thank you for helping us put into words the exact sentiments we wanted to express in our vows to each other and to God. We appreciated all of your suggestions, which made the coordinating of our wedding much less confusing. Everything was perfect, and we owe that to you. You are such an easy person to work with, and you are truly a professional who takes pride in your calling. I know you will continue to make many couples very happy, and their weddings will also be magical! You will forever be in our memories and we wish you many blessings.


You are great! Thank you so much for everything! WE could not have picked a more perfect person... between all the notes and the fact that with very few revisions you got married to the same vows! You have made planning, that could be stressful, stress free.


Thank you so much for performing our ceremony! It was beautiful! Aaron made a point of telling me that he really liked how you did everything and thought you were the perfect person for the job. Thank you again SO much!


Ed, Thank you again for officiating at our outdoor wedding. You helped make the day and this casual wedding very special. We appreciate the help you gave us with the vows and allowing us to personalize them to fit our personalities. I recall seeing your ad in the paper and noting that you were retired Navy. I thought this would be our way of thanking a veteran for being of service to this country but it turned out to be so much more. We can say without reservation that anyone who chooses you to officiate at their wedding will not be disappointed. You are a professional who really does care. With sincere thanks.


We just wanted to let you know how appreciative we are for the wonderful and professional job you did marrying the two of us. When we originally sat down and talked about how we wanted our ceremony to go, we didn't have all that much in mind of what exactly we wanted to say, how long it should be, what was proper etiquette and so forth. The help you gave us (e.g., different excerpts from various types of weddings, helping us find what we wanted to convey to each other and our guests, keeping the time-line within what we considered to be an appropriate length) was invaluable. With so much to think about and so many things to try to remember and keep up with, it made both of us so comfortable with no need to worry about how our ceremony was going to go, thanks to you. It was such a help to be standing up there (all the while being quite nervous, I must admit!) with people who supported us and gave us strength, and you were definitely one of those people. Although you are very professional in every aspect of your job, there is a genuine quality to what you do that makes it feel like you've been a friend of ours all our lives! Thank you so much for everything.


Ed, Brett and I just wanted to send along our thanks for a perfect day, our way! We appreciate all the help you provided during our preparation. It's hard to find someone you're comfortable with - and from the first conversation I knew you were perfect! The changing of dates multiple times (Thanks to the USAF), changing of the time last minute, writing the vows, helping us find a beautiful spot, snagging the witness... it's all much appreciated and won't be soon forgotten! We look forward to you performing our vow renewals!


Double E, We can’t thank you enough for performing our ceremony. Our entire day was perfect and it couldn’t have been “everything we dreamed it would be” without you being a part of it. You made us very comfortable from the beginning and we knew when we met you we’d found the perfect person to marry us. We appreciate all the extra time you took with us by getting to know us and allowing us to know you. You took a lot of your personal time to ensure we felt comfortable and everything was perfect for us from visiting us at our home and getting acquainted with the location and flow of the wedding to taking the time to practice our vows with us before the ceremony and attending our rehearsal. We also appreciate that you let us customize the ceremony to incorporate what was important to us, including reading vows that we chose and personalized, as opposed to trying to making us pick from vows you provided; not all officiants allow couples to so. Your warmth, flexibility and caring made our day special and we know we’ve made a friend for life. Much love.

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