April Gismondi at the Church of Ancient Ways was absolutely wonderful to work with from day one. She custom-wrote two full ceremonies for us – our legal civil ceremony which was held privately, and our unity ceremony which was held during the larger reception – after spending nearly 2 hours talking with us to get to know us individually and as a couple and to learn our interests and values. She really listened to us and worked hard to make sure our ceremonies would be meaningful and thoughtful and would achieve exactly what we envisioned, despite our unconventional approach. She even helped us put together a truly unique-to-us unity ceremony in which we combined 8 spices to make a custom blend, aligning the spices to the four elements through traditional symbolism and spoken pledges offered by several of our closest friends. We got so many compliments on our spice ceremony – all of our guests recognized how much of us was in it, and we never would have gotten there without her insight and creativity in putting it all together. She also officiated our legal ceremony and was warm, down-to-earth, and genuine with a healthy sense of humor – our nearest and dearest who attended had so many kind words afterward. She made everyone feel calm and welcome and was so excited for us that it just felt like having another member of the family there! Afterward she followed up with an email giving us tracking info for our marriage license, and provided links and instructions for handling my name change, which was super-helpful. April clearly loves what she does, and it makes all the difference. I would recommend her to anyone looking to do something truly special for your wedding!