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To protect their privacy, the names have been changed.
All else remains factual and in their own words.

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Dear Susanna,
We want to thank you very much first of all for the wonderful things that you wrote and second of all for the wonderful job that you did with the ceremony. I think we achieved all the goals that we had set in our previous meetings and everybody was pleased, we certainly were. You wrote a beautiful ceremony and your interpretation was majestic! It set the exact tone for the whole day. This was something that we were hoping to accomplish when we first started to debate about the day, this combination of fun and seriousness that wouldn't offend anybody but would also set a more relaxed tone. You did it very well, it's not something easy and we want to congratulate you.

We feel that we are very lucky to have met you, you are a genuinely kind person and your choice of profession and especially the passion that you seem to have for it, speaks volumes for your character. What is funny is that although we spent little time together you made us feel that we are very close to you, like we've known you for many years. This feeling of intimacy doesn't happen overnight and it's not something that you can pretend very easily. You know it's like when you go to a village and you meet more simple people and you feel that after you've only been with them for like five minutes you can tell them anything. It's a Mediterranean trait, I think it resonates from your Italian roots!

So once again thank you very much for everything! We hope to see you again either when you come to Greece, or when we visit New York.

Kisses!
G & R Athens, Greece

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Thank you so much for everything! You made the ceremony so special. So many people have told us how moving the I was and how it was the best ceremony they have ever seen. We had the best day ever! Sorry we didn't get back to you sooner. Internet was not so readily available in Bora Bora---but we are back and settling in. So many people remarked on your excellent handling of the proceedings. Grown men were crying. People were nodding their heads in agreement to the things you were saying. You could have said, "Can I get a Hallelujah?" and the guests would have blown the roof off the place when they replied. At the same time, you found ways for B. and I to tune out the crowd and listen to you and each other. It was masterful. In short, you got us started off right and we are more in love now than we were two weeks ago. The pro pictures will come soon. There are some amateur shots on Facebook. Are you on Facebook? Can I friend request you?


A & B

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Hi Susanna,
We just got back from our honeymoon last night, it was such a whirlwind the next day after the wedding but I wanted to thank you right away for the most AMAZING ceremony of all time! We LOVED it, everyone couldn't stop talking about how phenomenal you were and how warm, heartfelt, personal, and spiritual you made it. We will remember this for the rest of our lives and we're so happy that we'll have it on film. Every second of the ceremony was more special than we could have ever imagined. D. and I keep saying that you really made it feel like it was just he and I up there and that we were the only people in the room, truly amazing. You brought everyone into our world with our personal essays on each other and picked the best parts :-) You kept the ceremony light and non-religious while making it feel extremely significant, spiritual, and personal. We can't thank you enough for the most amazing ceremony. Thank you so much for making the day what it was and for all of the hard work that you put into it. Please keep in touch!.

Love,
R. and D.

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Dear Susanna,
It’s the morning after and we are both reeling with excitement still from yesterday. Words fail both of us in trying to express our gratitude to you for all that you have done for us culminating in the magic that you facilitated during our ceremony. Not only did you deliver it in such a touching, personal and funny way, but you really got the essence of who we are individually and as a unit. You knew exactly HOW to bless us, in the way that meant the most for us and our families. You have been a doula for this rite of passage for both us, delivering us beautifully into the next stage of our life. We received feedback from many guests that they also felt transformed by this ceremony, not a dry eye. Words cannot express how grateful we feel for the gift of your work and your presence with us yesterday.

Love and Blessings
D. and M.
San Francisco, CA

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Dearest Rev. Macomb,
This is D E S, the woman you so WONDERFULLY married a few weeks ago! Of all the thank you cards I will write, this one is the first on my list. You ABSOLUTELY MADE our wedding. Words will never ever be able to express our gratitude to you for marrying us….I cannot tell you how many people came up to us that day and said that was the most meaningful ceremony that they'd ever witnessed, and we couldn't agree more. There are many moments from that day that I will remember , but none more, or in more detail, than that ceremony. You completely captured L. and I both as people and as a couple. You have been blessed with a great gift, and I/we are so thankful that you shared it with us.

I cannot say enough how wonderful you were, nor will I ever be able to thank you enough. Thanks so so much for everything!

Love always,
D. and L. D.

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Hi Susanna,
How are you? I hope you are and your family are fantastic.

I just had to thank you so incredibly much for everything. You did such an amazing job and people are still telling us that they have never been to such a personal and beautiful ceremony. We just got our wedding DVD back and I got to relive it all over again and I was blown away. Everyone thought you knew us for years! But most of all, you gave us the best gift of all-it seems D.'s mom has come to an understanding regarding their relationship. He would have never just said those words to her, but the fact that they WERE his words, said by you on that special day, in front of all our loved ones meant the world to her, and now they have a better relationship because of it.

The main reason I waited so long to thank you was because I wanted the words to be perfect, like yours were to us on our wedding day. Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite part of our wedding was, I always say the ceremony. And we both took your advice about stopping to take the time to smell the flowers, taste the food, and just remember the day. Thank you SO much for taking the time to get to know us, for seeing us for who we are, and for caring enough to do the job that you did.

D. and I are also sending you something in the mail within the next few weeks, so be on the lookout!

Love,
L.

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May I tell others that I think you are the ultimate wedding goddess, and one of the most wonderful people I have encountered in this world!

xo
K.

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Hi Reverend Susanna!
We just got back today, and the first thing we did was read the ceremony again. I can't even being to express to you how special the ceremony was. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and the praise that you got from so many of our friends and family was overwhelming! Thank you so much...we are so very glad too that Abella Events got us in contact with you. You will always have a special place in our hearts.

Thanks again!!!

Much love,
T. & D.

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Hi Susanna,
I looooooooooove what you wrote about the families! I think it's truly perfect and really captures exactly how we feel, so thank you so much for really listening and understanding, especially the more sensitive situations.

It's really so wonderful working with you, and you have and continue to make this whole experience so amazing! I just can't thank you enough!

Love,
L. (Bride-to-be)

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Susanna,
THANK YOU again for the blissful and magical experience.

Each and every friend has remarked on how they have NEVER seen a ceremony like ours. They have remarked on the magic and love in the room, they have remarked that you are a GENIUS. People called us THREE and FOUR times on our honeymoon because they couldn't tell us enough how mesmerized they were by our ceremony.

You are a song.
A wished for song.

All my love,
R.

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Hi Rev. Susanna,
I was a guest (and bridesmaid) at J. C. & T. C.'s wedding a year and a half ago and was completely overwhelmed by the ceremony you created with them. Now that I am preparing for my own wedding I am hoping you are available to add your spiritual and personal touches and guidance. My fiancé, J. C. and I are planning a New York City wedding for October 5, 2007. While next October seems far away, I am sure that your schedule is already filling up-if it is not already full.

I have been telling J. all about the warmth, love and emotion at J. and T.'s wedding. Last weekend we had dinner with them and they added to your "mystique" by telling him all about the ways that you helped them not only at the ceremony but through the entire planning/engagement process. They also gushed over you!

The idea of having a personalized ceremony with someone who we've met with, talked with and shared with is extremely important to us. Your attention to detail at J. and T.'s wedding is something that I will never forget. I only hope that we can work with you too.

Thank you for your time and take care,

C.

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Susanna,
K. and I are finally back from our nuptial adventure, and settling in back home in Chicago. Though the wedding is over, we are continuously looking back at the day and night with utter glee. We took your advice and re-read our essays and vows in Napa Valley. We almost started crying again. I think it is safe to say we are astounded by our own union. And I know that is largely because the experience was facilitated by you.

So--this is not my official thank you note (I shall send it in the mail.) Rather, this is a love note, to say that we are so happy you were the one to marry us, and will think of you with utmost love and blessings forever!

That's it for now. Sending much love your way.

xoxo
S.

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Dearest Susanna,
To say thank you to you for all that you have done for us seems somehow too simplistic. Meeting you and being in your presence during a really auspicious time in our lives has truly been a blessing.

The work that you put into our ceremony- and more importantly into getting to know us as people is perhaps what we are most thankful for. It is difficult to describe how grateful we are to you - for bridging our religions in the most universalistic way, for helping us to give our families the best gift ever (appreciation and love), for performing a ceremony straight from the heart, one that exceeded every expectation we had - THANKS SO MUCH!

Perhaps the greatest thing about you Susanna, is your genuine love for what you do, your energy, your faith, your spirit and your optimism. We have learned so much just from watching you interact with people and the way you are able to light up the lives of those that you are around is amazing. The ceremony was exactly as we envisioned, and much much more than that. We were blessed to have found you.

God bless you for all you do to unite and light up the lives of others,
Our best to you and your family.

Love always,
Suresh and Tina
San Francisco, CA

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Oh my, we are so sad that it is all over. It was the most blessed, outrageous, fabulous, transformative, life altering ceremony ever to exist. Everyone is talking about it. C.and I spent half of our honeymoon crying that it was all over. We have had friends say the it was the most inspiring wedding ever and their lives have already changed because of it. There are so many stories. It was beyond our every expectation.

Much love and many blessings,
Linda

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Susanna,

We're back from our honeymoon and just wanted to say hello.

We're still blissfully swirling from that ecstatic ceremony.

We watched our video over the last 2 nights and cried and laughed all over again. Your words and prayers come through the video almost as poignantly as they did in person. Your work on our behalf is simply stunning and we still cannot get over the emotional and physical gifts you have given us.

The point of this message is to reiterate how significant you are. How important and relevant your work is. And to THANK YOU over and over -- we are SO THANKFUL that we did everything that you suggested we do -- it made the moments of our wedding day so very, very rich and golden.

Each and every friend has remarked on how they have NEVER seen a ceremony like ours. They have remarked on the magic and love in the room, they have remarked that you are a genius. People called us THREE and FOUR times on our honeymoon because they couldn't tell us enough how mesmerized they were by our ceremony.

We only have you to thank for allowing us to enter your life and for giving so selflessly of yourself.

THANK YOU again for this blissful and magical experience.

You are a song.
A wished-for song.

All my love,
R.

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Dear Susanna,
I want to get married again just so that I can get married by you!

Isabel, Long Island, NY


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Dear Susanna,
There are so many wonderful experiences to think about over the next few months and for a life time, but you were and are one of the best. I know you've heard unending praise for your extraordinary ceremonies by countless people who were lucky enough to have had a few moments with you, and of course I want to be the most eloquent in my gratitude. Yet, I cannot think of a way to let you know what your contribution to our wedding meant to me, to us, in a way that would give back to you even a fraction of what you have given to us: great joy and laughter, and a vision of the future for Madison and Riaz which offers unending possibilities for love.

Preparation for this marriage ceremony could not have been an easy feat. Both Madison and Riaz are more demanding than their initial easy manner implies. Not to mention two diverse families struggling for understanding and sometimes forgetting to trust what they knew about themselves and their children. You walked the tightrope with all of us with understanding and confidence in our ability to walk with you, and I think we succeeded. Thank you.

I want to take a moment to mention something you taught me. I know that your family have experienced considerable emotional pain over the past few weeks. I am sure you had soaring expectations about the life you were beginning and that you are still grieving over your loss. I am profoundly sorry. You showed me, however, that there can be laughter along side sorrow and I expect I will be forced to remember this from time to time. Thank you.

Everyone loved you. People commented on your grace and dignity, your warmth and peaceful presence, the poetry and spirituality of your words, on the hard work of your preparation, your talent, your gift. Thank you.
Will we meet again? I hope so. But if by some mistake, we do not, Please know that we will not forget your presence on this earth, we will look for your footprints along the way. We will think of you often with smiles and grateful tears, and we hope your future is everything it is hoped to be. Thank you.

With love, admiration, and gratitude,
Marla (mother of the bride)
Washington D.C.

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The words, the passion, the sincerity, the hope!  Everyone loved you, and continue to say wonderful things about our ceremony. We were blessed to find you and will always remember you --- and include you in all major moments in our life! Enshallah!

Love,
Mr. and Mrs. Zak Raddani

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Dear Susanna,
Many many thanks for making our wedding ceremony an amazing reality.  From our initial meeting to the final blessing, working with you was a pleasure and an honor. Everyone loved the ceremony and we hear there wasn't a dry eye in the house.  We were so wrapped up in the moment with you and each other.  We were glad to know that everyone else had as transcendental of a time as we did.  So many told us it was the most engaging, funny, moving and memorable ceremony they attended and that you conveyed us so well.
 
Thanks again,

D. and D., NYC

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Dear Susanna,
 
I am aunt M.  I just wanted to tell you that you are fantastic!  When I asked J. and V. who was conducting their ceremony,  they said, don't worry, we got the best!. Now I know what they were talking about!
Thank you for such a beautiful service.

Aunt M.

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Dear Susanna,
We wanted to write a letter to let you know how deeply grateful Katie and myself are. I knew the first time I saw you perform at a ceremony, how gifted you were. You have a way of making people feel special. But it is done in the most sincere manner. Perhaps, your humbleness does not allow you to fully realize how deeply your ceremony will truly affect people's lives. For us, you gave us back something we had lost, this moment will remain a permanent, beautiful memory. You touched so many on our wedding day. The time you took, and the words to address all those present in the church, will never be forgotten. Our parents, siblings, friends have not stopped talking about your ceremony. All have had words of praise in regards to Reverend Susanna Macomb.

Colleagues at work, still touched from your words, were discussing it with their clients. Words cannot describe the overwhelming feeling we felt on that altar. For us, it was truly " The First Time ". Your words made us feel so alive, inspired by a love and a sense of God's blessings. Something I almost feared would be missing.

I want to tell you a story that you are not aware of. Several days before our wedding, I reached out to a friend that is a priest. He was invited to our wedding and never answered the invitation. I called him and had a conversation on the phone, he told me how displeased he was that we were using an interfaith minister and a non-Catholic church. Well, a discussion regarding annulment took place where even he seemed out of answers regarding some particular questions. Anyway, I made him realize that the party that was insulted was I, at him for not even having the decency to respond to our invite. He invited me to see him one night and talk about this. I said I would, and asked him if he would at least bless our rings. To my shock, his reply was, "I can't! I can't bless this union in the manner with which it is taking place. Besides, canon law does not permit me to attend". I replied, "God will not punish you for sitting with us at dinner. We are not sinners. What was our sin??? Being married to two adulterant fools? God will send down His blessing!" I don't think I will see this priest for a while, friend or no friend. But here is the thing, when you took our rings and blessed them the way you did, I was taken so grateful. That was so important to us. I can't thank you enough. You exceeded all our expectations, and those standards were set pretty high, and you knew that.

There was so much to this, and you again were there, consistently. With your words of encouragement, of love, of support. Every one was so deeply emotional. I believe there was a moment when I thought you were getting emotional with us as well. Most noticed that, and that made it even more intense. Everyone has agreed, this was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever attended. So personal, and with so much care. Thank you ever so much, you kept even the promises you didn't make. You took the time to say all the most wonderful and personal things, with so much personal care, and it showed. We will keep the memory of you and this day, forever in our hearts and minds. Be proud Susanna, for we were proud and honored to stand before you. You've earned a special place in our hearts.

God Bless You.
Anthony and Katie, NYC

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Dear Susanna,
I'm willing to bet not many people remember their ceremony or even the priest's name. Not here Susanna, not ever. No matter what time and this life will bring, that day will be a reminder of one of the greatest moments in my life!....Thanks to you.

John, Bronx NY

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Dear Susanna:
What a great ceremony! I think you actually left Shawn speechless (believe it or not!) I remember when Shawn and I had our first discussions about our wedding ceremony, we thought that it might be tough for us to get exactly what we wanted from it without insulting any family members. From our first introduction both Shawn and I could not have felt more comfortable with you. Thank God for technology and the Internet that helped us find you. Like they say, if you look hard enough, you will find what you are looking for. We greatly appreciated that we were both given the opportunity to express our thoughts and feelings about what we wanted and did not want and also had the opportunity of meeting/speaking with you numerous times over the course of several months. The words that you spoke brought us into reality. Sometimes when you are planning a wedding you get caught up in the planning and stress involved and forget the real reasons for the joyous day. The words you spoke helped to bring us back.

Each person that spoke with us after the ceremony expressed how wonderful the ceremony was. Over the past four years or so Shawn and I have been to a handful of weddings and although the ceremonies were beautiful, they never left such a strong impact on us (or the other guests). However, the ceremony you performed, I strongly believe will stay not only with us but with our guests for many years to come.

Our parents were touched. When Shawn and I told my parents about you, I believe they were both a little skeptical. My mother mentioned that although she trusted my judgment she would like to meet you. I assured her, that she had nothing to concern herself about. Unfortunately, due to her hectic work schedule, she was unable to ever make arrangements to meet with you. However, I know that after the glass was broken and Shawn and I were officially married... she not only felt the joy for us, but she was touched by the style and words (both yours and ours). . .

While speaking with one of my cousins, she mentioned to me that she thought it was so touching that you mentioned our kind words about our parents. She said that unfortunately, the heartwarming things about people are not usually mentioned until it is too late and they are no longer in this world to hear and appreciate it! You also gave us the opportunity for each other, our parents and guests hear our own words in the perfect setting.

Susanna, you set a great mood for our day. Thanks for everything. Keep in touch!

Best wishes,
Rebeccah and Shawn
New Rochelle, NY

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Hi, Susanna!!!!!!
First off...WOW WOW WOW WOW!  Thank you a million times for the amazing wedding you gave us! Raymond and I can't stop talking/thinking about it, and we are STILL getting calls from friends telling us it was the most amazing ceremony they've ever seen!! Raymond and I are already trying to arrange how we can possibly come down from Albany in a few years so we can have you bless our kids!!! You are absolutely an amazing person, Susanna, and everyone saw it through you and the ceremony you blessed us with.

With love AND admiration,
Dina, Saratoga Springs, New York

Hi Susanna,
I just wanted to tell you that you did such a wonderful job with the ceremony. I can not even tell you how many people either told me directly after the ceremony, at the reception, over the telephone, via e-mail just what a wonderful job you did. They commented on how special it was, how it reflected Michael and I, and that is was just very unique. And the way you delivered it was just incredible! Those are my sentiments completely as well. I knew that was going to be the case from the moment I met you. I just wanted to thank you so much for everything in making it so special.

Daphne and Michael
NYC

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Susanna,
A thank you note seems to mock how much we really are thankful to you, but thank you all the same!
Thank you for helping me regain some shred of composure before the wedding when no one else could.
Thank you for writing and officiating such a wonderful ceremony! Everyone at the wedding kept commenting on how much they loved it and how well it suited us. It was so comfortable and meaningful to us.
We're glad you liked our small gift.
We hope we'll see each other again soon.

Cheers!
June & Stan


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Susanna,
Just a note of thanks for a wonderful ceremony---the best gift we have received thus far! I don't know if everyone says this about their officiants, but everyone, I mean everyone, was talking about you. Even the photographer was impressed and wanted to know how we found you, and he sees hundreds of weddings!
We watched our ceremony on video for the first time last night and it brought tears to our eyes.
We are so happy to have found you!!

All our best,
Mary & Keith
New Jersey


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Dear Rev. Macomb,
Last Saturday night was a very special night because of the ceremony you performed. Your ceremony was inspired! The bride and groom were also very touched and very impressed and said it was inspiring. To me, even though, I already read it before hand, it was also very touching and a mystical experience. Thanks for sharing your gift of love and understanding with all of us. May God and all beings of light in the universe bring you joy, abundance and wisdom to your life.

Bless you,
Rafael (friend and sign language interpreter
who translated the ceremony)
Miami, Florida

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Dear Susanna,
As we approach my daughter's Tara's first anniversary, I am reflecting back on the ceremony that you performed for her and Chuck last year. I picture you in your white robe, standing with my children, under the chuppah using your carefully thought out words to make their marriage ceremony special. It must have been difficult to put together an interfaith marriage and make the words flow as you did, creating a comfortable and loving atmosphere.

I know you spent many hours with Tara and Chuck learning about them and how genuinely in love they are. After the ceremony my guests were exhilarated at the spiritual, yet non-denominational atmosphere you created. I wish to again thank you for making their day, and mine most special. Keep up you fine work in joining others in matrimony.

Fondly,
Solomon Weinberg
Rye, NY

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Dear Rev. Susanna,
Dean and I have spent the last week and a half rehashing every moment of June 22, and we keep coming back to the same refrain.  So many of our friends and family members have reaffirmed what we already knew: you made it the most special, significant, transformative, moving day of our lives. It's a rare (but wonderful) thing to hear wedding guests rave about the minister more than the cake, the band, the flowers!

We are very grateful.

Love,
Vicki and Dean
NYC

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Dear Susanna:
I am still all aglow over Cathryn and Tim's wedding. What an absolutely incredible ceremony you conducted! And what an enormous amount of effort you must have put into it to so uniquely capture Cathryn and Tim's personalities. Thanks for an unforgettable wedding ceremony.

Your new fan,
Arthur Gibson (Father of the Bride)
New Jersey

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Dear Susanna,
Thank you again for being part of our marriage. You added a "specialness" to that day that only an angel could have. We feel as though we have a marriage that's more special than anyone else's. It's ours!

The Lovebirds
Brant Rock, MA

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Dear Susanna,
We just wanted to thank you again for our lovely ceremony. It was *exactly* what we wanted and more than we could have expected. You're a genius! I thank the interconnectedness of the universe that brought us together.

Best,
The New Mr. and Ms. Ginsberg
NYC

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Dearest Susanna,
Brett and I want to thank you for all you have done to prepare us spiritually for our wedding day. Meeting you has been a profound experience for us and we hope to continue our journey together.

Lots of love,
Brenda & Brett
New Jersey

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Dear Susanna,
I'd like to begin by thanking you for doing such a beautiful ceremony. I know how difficult things were with all the traveling, but George and I both appreciate you taking the time to get to know us as individuals and creating a ceremony based on us. Although the heat was unbearable, it was still the most special moment of our lives! (So far) We both feel it was perfectly balanced and so did our families. I have to thank you for taking my call one 1 year and a half ago. I remember how I felt after reading your article in the bridal magazine and then speaking to you -- it really put me at ease! We thank you for a beautiful and priceless memory that we will cherish for a lifetime!

Thank you,
Sarah and George Constantinopoulos
Upstate
New York

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Dear Susanna
Thank you again so much, we enjoyed this day every moment and I was so happy you can't imagine. I think everything was just perfect and exactly designed to how we are. I am especially grateful that you did our ceremony which was just wonderful. I think that we couldn't have been luckier! All our friends enjoyed it as well very much and were fascinated by you!! Thank you again! Looking forward to seeing you and thank you again and again!!!!

Sandra
Switzerland

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Dear Susanna,
We love you! You made everything not just easy for us, but wonderful and special and spiritual and meaningful. God sent you to us, and please know you have a special place in our hearts.

Love,
Edie and Paul
NYC

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Hi Susanna,
I am never short of words when I speak about the wonderful minister who was "sent" to not only perform our wedding ceremony, but also to brighten our lives - forever!!!

With Love,
Shari, NYC

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Dear Susanna,
We want to thank you so much for the time and effort that you devoted to us, and to making our ceremony so memorable. We couldn't have dreamed it would be so beautiful and so perfectly suited to us. So many people have told us that it was the most moving ceremony they've ever experienced, and we more than agree! You went above and beyond the "call of duty" for us, we so appreciate it. We can't thank you enough for helping us through such a joyous, yet sad time in our lives. You were a tremendous pillar of support to us both and we thank you for your kind words, special way and friendship.

Sincerely,
Keith and Jennifer Thompson
Montclair, NJ

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Dear Susanna,
I am the lady with the hat at the Swartz-Kyriazis wedding. I had to tell you that I never attended a more beautiful ceremony. Your ceremony was above and beyond the most touching service I have ever attended. I hope that someday my children will get married and be able to have someone as bright, loving and caring person to conduct the service.

Fondly,
Beverly Feldman, Canada

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Susanna,
I have many friends wanting to talk with you (mostly for counseling). You made a huge impact and shed a lot of light with your words, energy and spirit. You did in fact light candles of hope for many people at the ceremony.
Stay strong and healthy, I'm trying to do the same, and sane too!

Much love, kisses, peace and good energy
Mrs. Silva, NYC

PS: The ceremony had a definite spiritual impact in our relationship. It does feel much much different. I love it! I love it! Thank you again.

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Dear Susanna,
In so many ways, you've helped facilitate our dreams. You're presence has added direction and perhaps most importantly awareness to our lives as individuals and as a couple. Our family truly does include you.

Thank you.
Steve, Anna and Chloe
New
Jersey

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Dear Susanna,
We wanted to write to tell you how thrilled Josh and I were with the beautiful service you conducted for Adam and Vivian. The care and attention you lavished on them showed in your warm, insightful remarks. Frankly, we'd been concerned about an interfaith ceremony and how meaningful it would be. You not only allayed our fears, but surpassed our expectations. Thank you for making their wedding day so special and memorable.

Fondly,
Judith (mother of the groom)
Toronto, Canada

 

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Dearest Susanna,
How could we possibly thank you enough? You married us in the most beautiful and personal ceremony we have ever heard.
We felt an immediate connection with you and we never looked back & you made everything so wonderful.
We are so glad to have met you and look forward to a lifelong relationship.

Much love,
Laura and Tom
Long Island

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Dear Reverend Macomb,
Susanna---you made our ceremony about us---you made it meaningful and personable--- despite the paparazzi around us.
Thank you for taking the time to talk with us, to meet with us and always for your kind words and blessings. You have truly made our wedding better than we could have ever imagined. Thank you!

Stephanie and Arthur Lau

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Dear Susanna,

I just wanted to say thanks for the wonderful job you did with J. and V.'s ceremony  It was very moving and I have been hearing the same sentiment from other guests.  And most of all, J. and V. were very pleased and really loved the way it turned out.

I think before my parents left for their trip they left you a message expressing their appreciation.

I wouldn't be surprised to see you at another wedding one day, so many people liked how different and meaningful the ceremony was!

 

With Thanks,
S.

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Susanna:

It was a pleasure meeting with you. We would like you to move forward and ask you to officiate our wedding. M. and I felt great that we finally met someone:

  • we connected with
  • felt comfortable with
  • who has extensive knowledge about multiple religions and cultures
  • had creative ideas on how to meld the different facets of our backgrounds

 

Thanks, Susanna.
Warm regards,
M. and M.

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Dear Susanna,

We will never forget our ceremony, or forget you.

Love,
J. and V.

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Thank YOU! You are quite well rounded in your creativity---painter, creator of ceremonies, poet, Amazing!  It has been great getting to know you and I hope we keep in touch.  J. and I. had a better wedding and four following days than I could possibly ever have imagined & you had a large part in that! We are sooo happy you were a part of it all!

 

Thanks again and we'll talk soon,
S.
Groom

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Hello Susanna!
We just got our video and it was so fun to watch and hear our ceremony again. It really was so spectacularly poetic, meaningful and heartfelt.

 

Much love and light, always...
L.

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We think our interfaith minister is the best interfaith minister in the world!

 

R. and S.

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Dearest Susanna,

 

How could we possibly thank you enough?  We are both so blessed to have found you.

Tons of Love,
A. and C.

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Dear Susanna,

 

We can't thank you enough for making our wedding such a wonderful and emotional event! Everyone raved about how touching it was.

Love,
The S

Dear Susanna:

 

I cannot thank you enough for all of the love and support you gave us through the process of planning the wedding all the way up to the altar. Your words were so touching and your guidance was incredible! I cannot express in words what your presence and your wisdom meant to us!

You have such a gift and I am so glad that you are able to share it with people who are starting their lives together. I am so glad that M. and J. suggested you to us!

We would love to meet with you for dinner or coffee when you have a free minute to tell you about our adventures at sea.

Thanks again for making our wedding extra wonderful!!

Love,
C. (Groom)

PS- My brother cannot even stop talking about the ceremony in a positive way. Now that is a miracle!

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Dear Susanna,

 

Two months of wedded bliss, how does the time go?

As the dust has finally settled, our heads have cleared and our lives have returned to some semblance of normalcy. I finally have found a moment to write a few words to you. We are so lucky to have found you and your remarkable gift.

I recall how excited B. was when she found your website, and how excited she was when she first spoke with you on the phone, and how exited we both were to finally meet you and craft our ceremony. We feel truly blessed and grateful that we were brought together with you and that you took the time to truly combine our individual love, souls and spirit into one.

While the whole evening was a blur of tears and joy, we received nothing but compliments about the wedding, particularly the ceremony. Each person we have spoken with was truly touched by your words, insight, understanding and boundless spirit that you brought to the evening.

You made our fairy tale into reality and there is nothing else for us to do now, but live happily ever after.

Thanks and love,
B.

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Hello Rev. Susanna,

 

Just a note to tell you that I don't believe that I ever have been as engaged in a ceremony as the one your performed for J. and D. It was by far and away the most beautiful ceremony I have ever witnessed. Also, having been once divorced and wishing to marry again, it gave me hope.

Thank you for your vision of hope!

K.
CA

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Hello my love,

 

We adored our ceremony you created for us! I made copies of the print out and sent it all of our parents. My only regret is not getting a professional video guy to record every word and the procession which I missed because I was last and hiding. Guests from both sides just thought you were great! And that the ceremony was so special. The catering hall asked for your contact number so they can refer you in the future. We received your copy of the license and the official one from the state. I can't believe it's all done, just the thank you cards are left. I want to do it all again. Crazy huh?

Love.
Mrs. J. C. L.
College Station, TX

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Dear Susanna,

 

We just wanted to extend our most heartfelt thanks to you for performing the ceremony at our wedding. As expected, you did such an amazing job! As soon as we met you we knew that you were the only person to perform our ceremony.

Even though we had an idea of what to expect (having worked with you a little prior to the wedding and reading your book) we were still in awe of the job you did and incredibly touched by the words that you spoke. You really made the ceremony about love and the love we have for each other. It's hard to put into words how special you made that day for us. It was truly a moving experience and one that we will never forget.

We can't tell you how many of our guests came to us and told us that it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies that they had ever been a part of and how moved they were from the beginning to end. A couple of people who don't cry at weddings were actually brought to tears. They absolutely loved how personal you made the entire ceremony. In addition, those that had a chance to speak with you that day also mentioned what an amazing person you were.

We can't express how truly fortunate we were to have you be a part of our wedding. As amazing as our wedding day was, it would not have been nearly as memorable an experience if not for your beautiful ceremony.

We want to wish you all the best in the future and hope that we can someday share another occasion with you.

And, of course, we will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone we know!!

Sincerely,
G. and G. R.

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Dear Reverend Macomb,

 

I have never met an officiant who is so loved. We will definitely be calling you again in the future. I was very impressed by what I witnessed this past Sunday.

O. V.
Event Planner

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Hi Susanna,

 

I want to thank you again for the wonderful service you performed for J. & M.'s wedding. I can't tell you how many people came up to me afterward & told me it was one of the most beautiful services they had ever heard--so personal, meaningful, and spiritual. Thank you for helping to make our celebration so special.

Love,
S
(Mother of Bride)
Kansas

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Dear Susanna,

 

Thank you so much for making our wedding day the most special, perfect day that it was! All of your support, efforts and enthusiasm brought the whole day to a whole new level. Everyone told us the service was so personal and beautiful and meaningful---exactly what we wanted! We can't thank you enough!

J. and L.
NYC

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Dear Susanna,

What a gorgeous ceremony! Everyone commented on how wonderful you were. I still feel like I am floating on a little cloud.
Stay in touch!

With love,
J.

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Hello Susanna,
Things are good with J. and I. A few bumps along the road but that is what Life brings sometimes. We were back at the S.P. (where you married us) just the other day with some friends we had visiting for the weekend and it was so cold and there was snow everywhere but standing in the gazebo I could see and feel that day (hotter than hot!) like it was yesterday. You in your beautiful, pure white robe with your trademark RED lipstick highlighting one of the warmest most welcoming smiles I know.

I wanted to wish you a healthy, happy and inspired 2005. You have certainly inspired me.

With Love,
xo

T.

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Rev. Susanna,
Where do we begin to thank you?

You did such an amazing job - both the day of the wedding and preparing us before the wedding. That you so much for being such a good listener and teacher. We hope to stay in touch!

Love always,
A. & C. F.
New Jersey,

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My mom came out to visit and STILL couldn't stop talking about how much she adored speaking with you at the wedding.

You're such an inspiration.

Love,
R.

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Dearest Susanna,
There is not enough room to describe how thrilled and grateful we are for your love, support, and beautiful ceremony at our wedding. We are eternally thankful and look forward to a long friendship with you.

P.S. I hope you heard at least some of the feedback on the ceremony. It blew people away!

Love always,
J. and D. A.

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Hi Susanna,
A belated note, finally, to say thank you for the very focused and productive meeting the other week. Kurt and I are so happy with the planned ceremony, and are thrilled to have you as the spiritual/legal proprietor of our marriage. We know it will be beautiful and original, and therefore perfect. Again, I am deeply happy that we found you, and there is such synergy between us.

Blessings,
S.

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Hi Susanna,
My boys are great, all of them.... B. is my savior, my strength, my love... I am so happy he is in my life... just when I feel stressed over the brink I remember our amazing wedding...the joy I felt then and it gives me the courage to think things will get better.

You are my spiritual support.

Love and Blessings,

B.

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Rev. Macomb,
From the blessed moment I found you, you have changed my life for the better. What you have taught, shown and written is priceless---beyond words. Our wedding contains so many themes, but one central theme is that of light…from lanterns. We saw this and thought of you immediately.

We hope it shines upon you all the light, love and wisdom you have offered to us (or at least a portion of it).

Thank you for our wedding.

All my love,
R.

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A letter written from bride to another:
Hi D,

First, congratulations on your engagement! Secondly, I can't say enough about Susanna! She was everything we thought she would be and more. My husband's family is Jewish, mine is Greek Orthodox and we are both not religious at all, so we thought the ceremony might be difficult. With her help, we were able to have the personal, spiritual ceremony we wanted and THEN SOME. Aside from religious differences, we had some sensitive family issues as well, and she handled it with the utmost care. She had us fill out a survey and we couldn't see each others answers until our wedding day and it was absolutely amazing to experience that in front of all our friends and family. She had such a great sense of who we were as people...so much so that after the ceremony, most of the people asked if we knew Susanna personally before the wedding. She makes the ceremony exactly how you want it and then some. This is more than a job for her. She loves it and she is perfect at it, and it completely shines through in the finished product. She was a joy to work with from start to finish and I am STILL (6 months later) sending her Thank You e-mails! Thanks to Susanna, the ceremony was my favorite part of our wedding. I remember it so vividly and even in typing this a smile comes to my face just thinking about her warm nature. I can't imagine ANYONE being unhappy with choosing Susanna for their officiant. It was definitely the best decision we made for ours. Take care and good luck!

L.

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Dear Susanna,
Well, it's almost unbelievable but N. and I are celebrating 3 years of marriage today.

We feel lucky every day and we feel lucky when we look back on our wedding celebration and your unique amazing contribution.

Hope that this email finds you well. Just wanted to let you know that each time we celebrate a wedding anniversary, we also thank you.

Yeah!
J & N

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My God, Susanna, what a blessing you have been for us! Now we hope you will be an integral part of our future as well!

Much love and many thanks,

B. and C..

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Hi Reverend,
We are going to send you a more personal and official letter when we get back from our long weekend, but for now let us just say that you were a huge influence on how we went about planning and thinking about the wedding and everyone was really awestruck by the ceremony. So kudos to you!

Talk soon,

T & J

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I really love that we (you, me and C.) all found each other!! C. has said to me that our sessions feel like counseling and that that is a good thing- it helps him express himself to me, which he doesn't do too often (but when he does he says amazing things) and talk about his family and for C. and I to talk with a 3rd (neutral) party. It has been really great. Thanks again for everything!!

A. (bride-to-be).

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Hello, Rev. Macomb:
My name is J. I was at D.A.and J. B.'s wedding two weeks ago. I was the Asian gentlemen who wore glasses, and we met at the roof top reception shortly after the ceremony. I am writing to say hello. I was delightfully impressed by your personal touch that you introduced throughout the entire ceremony process, and I also appreciated your advice to me.

I will keep your business card on file so I can refer you to my friends. It was a pleasure meeting you.

J.

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The day I made the decision to be brave and start researching Iranian wedding and the culture, symbolism and spirituality behind them, is the day I found Reverend Macomb. I kind of feel like finding her was the answer to all of my fears and questions---but also I found her at the exact moment I was ready to investigate A.'s culture on my own. She, fittingly, represents "me" and my culture in the same way she represents A.---and all cultures. I felt a calmness within me that I hadn't felt since I starting dating A. 3 years ago.

R. H.

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Dear Rev. Susanna,
I can't believe it's over. It feels like a dream but such is life, literally. Thank you so much for your helping us put together our ceremony. We could not have done this without you and your guidance and humanity and talent. It was your ceremony that set the tone for the event. M. and C. were crying during the wedding ceremony, they were so moved...

Thank you so much for your blessing...

I will talk to you soon…

H.C.

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Do you ever come to San Diego? I think you're dynamite!

D. J.
(uncle of bride)

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Susanna -
While everything is still fresh in our minds, we just wanted to thank you for the beautiful ceremony you put together for us. It was very intense and profound for the both of us, and we received a lot of feedback from people that it was one of the most personal and heartfelt ceremonies they had attended.

We leave for Hawaii bright and early in the morning, and we can't wait!

Thanks for everything!

D. T. and J. B. M.

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You took marriage to a whole new level. You are a divine reflector, and you made us look great!

R.

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Hi Rev. Susanna,
First, I'd like to thank you once again for the wonderful opportunity you are giving M. and me in letting us be so involved in our ceremony planning. I really means a lot to me, and I feel even luckier, having met you, that you will be the one performing our ceremony. I can't wait for our families to meet you, too!

Much love,
J.

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Susanna, HELLO! We would love to get together to look at photos with you! We had so many wonderful comments from family and friends about our wedding! What a joy that day was! And the whole process of putting the ceremony together! WOW! I wish we could do that day all over again!

Love,
C.

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It was so beautiful and amazing!! Thank you again and again!
Everything was so wonderful. We are still hearing from friends and family how much they loved the ceremony. A. and I were so happy with everything!! I will also mail you some pictures too.

Love always,
Mr. and Mrs. V.
New Jersey

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Sarah Merians, 2003


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