A review written by Samantha on Wedding Wire and The Knot:
Pat Werk made my wedding dreams come true. I had never been to a nonreligious wedding before and was doubtful that I would be able to have a ceremony that fit our relationship. Pat came to us with so many ideas to personalize every line of our ceremony. We wanted to include our daughter by presenting her a necklace and Pat fit it in perfectly. I never felt unheard or like a burden when communicating with Pat before and during our wedding. I am so thankful to her and she will always hold a special place in our wedding memories.
In an email Samantha wrote:
We both want to thank you very much for marrying us and officiating such a beautiful ceremony. I received many compliments, even from a few of my very religious family members. With it being so unconventional, I wasn't expecting such wonderful reactions. Thank you again!
Samantha and Tanner, married on August 3, 2019 at The Creamery 201, Fort Atkinson, WI
Photo by Danielle Renee Photography
I had the opportunity to officiate a ceremony close to home at the Cambridge Winery. What an honor and a joy to work with Charlotte and Zach! I loved this couple and when the ceremony ended they jumped into their muscle car and took off with squeal and a spinning of tires. It made their guests laugh. Adorable!
Here is a review Charlotte wrote for me right away on Wedding Wire:
It was an amazing experience working with Pat for my wedding. She is very organized and provides all the information you need to help make those important decisions for the big day. She's very flexible and made everything stress free.
It was a beautiful day for these two people to begin their new life together as husband and wife. I was honored to be a part of their special day and help them celebrate their love in a ceremony that was perfect for them! Congratulations to you both!! Rev. Sarah
You couldn't have asked for better weather for an August wedding today. It was perfect and so was the fantastic wedding at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI with Kelsey and Kyle- truly an honor to marry such a sweet and adorable couple!
Loved, loved, loved the wedding ceremony I officiated for Sasha and Jimmy last Saturday at the State Historical Society on the UW Campus Library Mall. Their attention to detail was outstanding. Who knew that macrame is back in style? I fell in love with their macrame wall hanging that defined the space. They also used a rug and other pieces from their home to help define the space where they stood during the ceremony. And how clever to use gold picture frames for reserved seating. But most of all, Sasha and Jimmy really put effort into making the ceremony itself be unique and one-of-a-kind. Such a joy to work with this amazing and beautiful couple!
Love these photos that Danielle Renee Photography recently sent me from Tanner and Samantha's wedding I officiated at The Creamery 201 in Fort Atkinson, WI. This was Danielle's first official wedding as a wedding photography! Wow! She knocked it out of the park! Beautiful images of a beautiful couple!!
Thank you Josh and Dorothy for writing this heartfelt review for Amy on both The Knot and Wedding Wire.
"We didn't know what to expect when searching for a wedding officiant. Not only was Rev. Amy Gile from Koru professional, and easy to work with, but we felt like she was actually part of our family/group. Her choices of different scripts to use were outstanding. She helped us to put the best ceremony together, based on our personalities, and love for each other. We also had several guests comment how well spoken, and warm her tone was. I would highly recommend Rev. Amy to anyone wanting the perfect ceremony done by a wonderful person." Josh & Dorothy, 8/2/19
It was an honor to do a blessing for this very sweet 3-year old, who's nickname is "Stunner". Such a beautiful and wonderful family to work with.
Today I had the honor of officiating Samantha and Tanner's wedding at The Creamery 201 in Fort Atkinson, WI. This was the first time I officiated a wedding at this amazing venue.
I love when couples incorporate their personality into the ceremony. For example, instead of having traditional exchange of ring vows, they used a line that Star Wars fans will recognize as the part when Leia says to Hans Solo, "I love you" and his response back to her is, "I know." People laughed and then they followed up with having their wedding cake also using the same Star Wars reference.
Another personalized element was including Samantha's daughter, Sophia, in the ceremony. After the ring exchange they shared vows with her and gave her a beautiful necklace. Such a sweet and endearing moment for an adorable family! Wishing them all the best in the years ahead.
Koru Ceremony had a long but super exciting day working with Clouds North Films yesterday! Such a fun experience! Looking forward to sharing with you the upcoming videos that Bob Trondson is creating for Koru.
Cheryl and Paul had their dream wedding become a reality today, 7/27/19, as they said "I do" and promise to love and cherish each other through the highs and lows of life... happily ever after. Congratulations to you both! Thank you to Gwen, Wedding Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church (Madison, Wisconsin).
Photos from Amanda and Alex's amazing and beautiful wedding at MMoCA that Sarah Harrison officiated for Koru. Photos by Carly McCray Photography. Wedding Planner- Cherry Blossom Events.
Thank you Amanda for writing this glowing review for Sarah on The Knot:
"I worked with Rev. Sarah at Koru Ceremony. She could not have put together a more perfect ceremony for us! We live out of state so most of our interaction was via email leading up the wedding, but she was always available and responded to questions or concerns right away. We met once before the ceremony and immediately felt so comfortable. She made sure the ceremony was personalized to us and delivered it better than I could have ever hoped for. She has a warm, laid back personality and I could not recommend her or Koru Ceremony enough! Thank you!!!"
Thank you Mary and Chris for sharing such a glowing review on Wedding Wire, The Knot, and Google reviews after your wedding on July 13, 2019. I am so appreciative of your taking the time to share how you felt your experience was working with me and Koru Ceremony. You were such a fantastic couple to work with and I was honored to be a part of your wedding day. I wish you all the best in your life together as husband and wife.
Koru Ceremony will guide you through more than just your wedding ceremony
"Working with Pat Werk for our wedding day was incredible. She was a constant source of guidance for our wedding and went above and beyond what I expected from an officiant. Pat gave us a large packet of decision points for the wedding ceremony that was tremendously helpful and allowed us to make a custom ceremony that was perfect for our wedding day. Pat also gave us guidance on how to get a marriage license and even how to navigate name changes (if you're into that). Pat really whipped everyone into shape during the rehearsal, which made the wedding ceremony run super smoothly on the actual day.
I think working with Pat from Koru Ceremony was one of the best decisions we made with our wedding planning. I didn't realize initially how valuable it would be to work with an experienced officiant, and Pat blew away all of my expectations.
Pat is also very quick to respond to emails, which we found to be very comforting while planning our wedding."
Briana and Joe... a beautiful ceremony on July 20, 2019, to unit this new family in love within the mists of a loving circle of family and friends. It is truly a blessing for me to be a part of such a wonderful couple's coming together. May your marriage be blessed with health and happiness. Rev. Sarah
I send my heart felt thank you to Justien and Drew for the honor of officiating their beautiful wedding ceremony. The happy couple became husband and wife at the Pres House in Madison, WI, on July 20, 2019. Many wishes of happily ever after to you both! Rev. Sarah
Okay, not the best selfie but absolutely the best couple to work with! Mary and Chris were delightful and it was fun to incorporate some Chinese traditions into the ceremony at the Madison Club. For example, Chris' mom read some best wish phrases that best describe the Chinese wedding wishes given to a couple at the time of marriage. She read them first in Chinese and then translated each wish for us.
I had the honor of officiating Marissa and Jason's wedding ceremony today at the Blackhawk Country Club, Madison WI. The happy couple was cool, calm, and collected as they stepped on the path of happily ever after as husband and wife. Congratulations to you both!! Thank you to Bailey, Wedding Coordinator at Blackhawk Country Club, for your expertise, kindness, and always on the details!
These photos, by Uttke Photography and Design, from Val and Cody wedding this past weekend at the Bridle Barn and Gardens in Mt. Horeb, really captures the essence of this amazing couple!! I received this very sweet note from them before the ceremony began:
"Pat- We couldn't imagine this day without you! You have been so wonderful to work with, thank you very much for all of your time and help. We know our ceremony will be amazing because of you! We will recommend you to anyone. :)
Again, we appreciate all you have done to make our ceremony perfect and smooth.
All our love,
Val & Cody"
And here is a really nice review that Cody wrote on The Knot:
"We couldn't be happier with Pat at Koru Ceremony! We knew about 5 minutes into our first meeting that she was the perfect person to be our wedding officiant. She helped guide us through every step of the marriage process. She provided tools, samples, and guidance to create our own ceremony, but also reminded us of deadlines, provided information about obtaining a marriage license, and was a resource throughout our wedding planning.
She was always a calm and supportive voice before and during our wedding. In fact, she broke her shoe walking up to the ceremony area, but quickly found some tape and made nothing of it. Then she lost an earring moments before the wedding began. She brushed that off and simply put the other one in her pocket to even things out.
No matter what your vision of a perfect wedding ceremony may be, I have no doubt that Pat and Koru Ceremony can make it happen!"
Saturday was a hot one! It was close to 90 and there was no shade for the guests at the top of the hill, but I love officiating wedding at the Bridle Barn and Gardens in Mt. Horeb. Also, Valerie and Cody were so positive and upbeat that I was reminded of what a fabulous and fun couple they are. It was an absolute joy to work with such an adorable bride and groom that is truly beautiful inside and out!
As a side note, just when you think you've experience just about everything at a wedding, right before the ceremony started the sole of my shoe came off. What do you do? Luckily TJ, from Uttke Photography and Design, had some black gaffer's tape so I quickly taped up my shoe before the ceremony started. Although the wedding party knew, I don't think any of the guests were any wiser? Thank you TJ and Shannon for saving me from being barefoot at the wedding.
Alanis and Bob, along with family, friends, and their beloved dogs, became husband and wife on the rooftop of the Monona Terrace. I loved working with these two planning their very special day. Congratulations Alanis and Bob! Thanks to Now That's Entertainment for doing a great job managing the sound system during the ceremony!
Wow! Amy, Sarah and I were surprised and honored to have Koru Ceremony WIN, for the second year in a row, the Wisconsin Bride Magazine's "2019 Best Officiant Award."
I can't tell you how privileged I feel to be working with these two amazing women. Ditto to Sarah's recent post, "Love these ladies so much and I am so honored to be a part of this team!"
Thank you Becky and Julien for writing this wonderful and heartfelt review for me on The Knot. I really enjoyed working with this amazing couple!!
"The 5-star rating descriptor says it best - Pat is THE BEST EVER! She is clearly an expert at what she does. My (now) husband(!) and I were so impressed that she still made us feel so special and the process so personal - even though she has worked with so many couples.
Pat was so flexible and attentive throughout the whole planning process. We had two in-person meetings and she coached us through choosing different parts of our ceremony (even adding items that were "off menu"). She also provided such valuable information for obtaining our marriage license and for all the logistics after the wedding as well.
Neither my husband nor I are religious, and there were still so many options for us to personalize our ceremony to us as a couple. My husband is also French - and Pat had so many ideas for how we could make our English ceremony accessible to everyone in attendance. Literally everyone we spoke to at our reception told us how brilliant they thought the ceremony was and how perfect it was for us as a couple.
If I had to choose one word to sum up our experience with Pat and Koru Ceremony: PERFECT. We couldn't have imagined a more perfect day and a more perfect way to celebrate our love. Thank you, Pat, for everything! If you're still looking for an officiant, look no further!"
Audra and Mikey were married outside on June 22, 2019 at The Gathering Place in Milton, WI under a group of large oak trees. The couple meet 11 years ago while playing in the high school pep band. They spent so much time together that many assumed they were dating, but the first few years they were just best friends. Over time their feelings grew for one another, so no one was surprised when they started dating 7 years ago.
During the ceremony I read this poem by Judy Bielicki.
It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round. However, without a doubt, it is friendship, which keeps our spinning existence on an even keel.
True friendship provides so many of the essentials for a happy life - it is the foundation on which to build an enduring relationship, it is the mortar which bonds us together in harmony, and it is the calm, warm protection we sometimes need when the world outside seems cold and chaotic.
True friendship holds a mirror to our foibles and failings, without destroying our sense of worthiness. True friendship nurtures our hopes, supports us in our disappointments, and encourages us to grow to our best potential.
Mikey and Audra came together as friends. Today, they pledge to each other not only their love, but also the strength, warmth and, most importantly, the fun of true friendship.
I believe a deep friendship is the bases for a happy marriage and am confident that Audra and Mikey's life together as husband and wife will be long and happy.
Amanda and Alex said "I do" to each other on the rooftop of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, June 23, 2019. It was a beautiful day... a beautiful ceremony... a beautiful couple to live happily ever after. I had the pleasure of working with Andrea, Wedding Coordinator with Cherry Blossom Events. Andrea was organized, creative, supportive, and 100% present for the couple!
Amanda and Alex, we wish you both many fun adventures in your new life together.
Yesterday's wedding at the Orpheum was magical. Becky and Julien's ceremony included readings in both English and French. A selection from "Le Petit Prince" was the perfect reading for this French teacher and native Frenchman. Additionally, we also included their beautiful love story during the Charge to the Couple and a Celtic handfasting as a nod to Becky's heritage during their unique and personal vows. One of my favorite moments was during the song, "All of Me" by John Legend when Becky began singing the lyrics to the song softly to Julien. The look of love in their eyes made this such a memorable and a favorite for me this wedding season. I really enjoyed marrying this delightful and sweet couple. Congratulations Becky and Julien!
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