Reviews from Chanelle’s Couples

Reviews from Chanelle’s Couples is a page of testimonials from some of the amazing couples I have been honored to work with over the years! In case you want to see more, you can also find additional testimonials and comments from real couples on each page of our website.

According to Maya Angelou, American Poet, Storyteller, Activist, and Autobiographer, “People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel.”

I began officiating weddings in 2018 and since that first wedding, I have endeavored to make sure that each and every one of my couples knows they are important to me. I am grateful for their trust. It is their wedding day after all.

I can honestly say that I have the #bestjobever and I’m so grateful for you. I am truly honored to officiate YOUR wedding and to work with you to craft a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony that celebrates your unique, one-of-a-kind love. 

A review from Chanelle’s Couple: Leslie and Shawn Plaster (married at a private home in Leavenworth, WA)

Chanelle truly helped to make our whole wedding feel like the most special day in the world. Chanelle went out of her way to make my husband and I so comfortable throughout the whole planning process, she tailored our wedding to completely fit around us, our belief’s, and our family. She was so responsive through the whole process which just help to make everything so seamless and she also provided great advice and suggestions when we had question. When Chanelle sent over our wedding ceremony my husband and I both were so please and it truly captured everything we both wanted in such a beautiful way and it truly made us feel like she really listened to everything we said in our initial conversations.
Chanelle was so thorough throughout the entire process and she presented the ceremony in such a beautiful way that made our whole family feel so special and included. So with that being said I would 100% recommend Chanelle, she truly made our day feel so special, and is an absolute joy to be around.

Alex and Haley Boyce (married at the Loft at Russell’s in Bothell, WA)

After receiving our first email from Chanelle, I knew she was the one. I felt like she took the time to ask about our relationship and hear our story because she genuinely cares about her couples! She communicated with me throughout the entire planning process and ensured we were on time with getting the legal process taken care of. I appreciate this because the closer you get to the wedding day, the more tasks you have to complete, and the little things can get forgotten or missed! After communicating for months via email and zoom, we were finally able to meet at our wedding rehearsal, and instantly I knew we had made the right decision! Chanelle has a calming voice amid all the chaos and gave us the best advice for the big day. Because of her, I could remain calm at the altar, look into my husband’s eyes and take it all in. I did not see anyone else in those moments, a gift I will forever cherish and never forget. We both absolutely adore Chanelle and can’t take her enough for joining us for such a special occasion. She helped us create something unforgettable that was our favorite part of the day.

Sue and Neil Thogerson (married at Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, WA)

My husband and I were married on San Juan Island, Washington. We had the blessing and good fortune of finding the most perfect officiant to perform our ceremony for us, Chanelle Carlin. I can tell you that I reviewed many officiant websites looking for “someone” to lead us into our marriage.  When I opened and experienced the website of Chanelle Carlin Weddings, I realized that just “someone” wouldn’t do, she had me at “watching old musicals”.  From her beautiful, sincere smile, her written words and photographs, even before our first phone call I knew she was the right one, the perfect one for us. After my first phone call with her I was overjoyed that she would be the one to bring our marriage into a reality in The Lady of Good Voyage Chapel at Roche Harbor. Over the next few months as we prepared for our wedding, Neil and I had many ZOOM calls with Chanelle getting to know each other, sharing stories and talking about what we thought our ceremony should look like.  We had many emails in which I shared with her photos of our romance over the years, things about our very important family and stories of our adventures together. Our emails and ZOOM calls made it possible for us to better know about Chanelle’s life and the gracious person she truly is. Chanelle was there to discuss with us every needed detail and gently checked in with us that they were completed.  Chanelle encouraged us to write our own Vows to each other and Neil was totally on board with that; and it was so special to hear and read those Vows to each other during our ceremony. Chanelle made our wedding ceremony so special, more than we ever imagined. Her writing of our ceremony was so complete and included special personal details we shared with her including verbally recognizing our family members not in attendance; she forgets nothing. The special relationship that Neil and I now have with Chanelle will continue beyond that day, and we will be “always friends”.  Chanelle’s husband Bill accompanied her to Roche Harbor for our wedding and we were so happy to meet him, and share our day with him as well. We are grateful to have the opportunity to recommend Chanelle Carlin to other couples wanting the most wonderful wedding and life experience.  We want everyone to know about this treasure.

A review from Chanelle’s Couple, Tim and Katrinda Bowman (married at their home in Omak, Washington)

We are beyond grateful and thankful that we found Chanelle Carlin to officiate our wedding! She walked us through the whole process as well as helped us plan our ceremony! She checked in every month via email and sometimes more then once just to make sure things were going okay! We were both nervous about the ceremony and planning and she made things so relaxed and comfortable but also so magical and personal at the same time! If your looking for a wedding officiant and want your ceremony magical and your very own I highly recommend Chanelle !!!! Thank you for helping us make our wedding ours, and so memorable!! You’re truly amazing!

Nolan Ruan and Colleen Rong (married at a private home in Bellevue, WA)

Chanelle was the officiant of our wedding… She was amazing by helping us organize the ceremony and get all the paperwork. Me and my wife are both not from the U.S. and had a lot of anxiety about the process in the beginning. Chanelle was able to provide all the information and encourage us to put in our cultural parts in the ceremony creation. Other than that, she was also very responsive when we have questions or needs. We had to reschedule our wedding due to some personal reasons and Chanelle responded very soon and adjusted the time for us. She also sent monthly check-in emails which made me feel like she is not only doing the work, but truly cared us as friends. I am grateful and happy to choose her as our officiant and I would highly recommend her to my friends who is looking for an officiant.

Jeremy and Elizabeth Jost (married at The Wayfarer, Whidbey Island Weddings)

Chanelle did an amazing job officiating our wedding, and was a great partner throughout the process. From the first conversation we felt like she understood our vision for the wedding. She asked the right probing questions to create a ceremony script that was beautiful and uniquely us. Chanelle is a true professional- super responsive and proactive. We would highly recommend her!

A review from Chanelle’s couple: Lauren and Nathan Whitaker (married at Tipsoo Lake, Mount Rainier)

If you are looking for an officiant for your wedding – or any event, for that matter – Look no further than Chanelle Carlin! Planning a wedding ceremony is such a daunting task, and we were absolutely blown away by the attention to detail and professionalism that Chanelle exhibited throughout the entire process. From our first introductory call, we knew that we had found the perfect person for our ceremony. She was always prompt to respond, provided very helpful information, and made time to get to know us personally to ensure our wedding day was special. Chanelle is truly a gem – Personable, funny, intelligent, and such a pro at tailoring a memorable ceremony. While we did not have many edits to the outline that Chanelle put together since it was incredible as-is, we felt like we had a partner throughout the process we could trust with our ideas and it was such a relief to have a knowledgeable guide to provide inspiration and feedback to create a beautiful wedding ceremony crafted to our needs. Our other wedding vendors and our family even commented that Chanelle felt like family, and we could not agree more. It was evident that there was so much careful thought and intention behind each interaction with Chanelle, and we even have several keepsakes from her that we will treasure forever. We could not be more grateful to have found her and would recommend her to anyone and everyone!

Heidi and Eric Van Buren (married at Parties on the Terrace, Redmond, WA)

My husband and I asked Chanelle to be our wedding officiant in Spring 2022. Chanelle went above and beyond our expectations. We were looking for an officiant for a non-denominational ceremony and Chanelle helped us build a ceremony that was meaningful, unique and reflective of us as a couple. She really took the time to get to know us and was genuinely warm and caring. She offered insights about blessings, guest involvement, unique vows, etc. We worked together over zoom on multiple drafts until we were completely satisfied. Chanelle was always prompt whenever we needed additional guidance or had questions. On the day of, Chanelle was timely and gracious. Our guests raved about how personal the ceremony felt and Chanelle played a huge part in that.

Richard and Jamie Webb (married at Jamie’s family home in Republic, WA)

Chanelle was amazing!!! We had to make a last minute change of officiants and she helped us figure out a perfect ceremony in just a few weeks time. She took the time to get to know Jamie and I, our like and dislikes, our vision for the wedding. We cannot thank Chanelle enough for the work she put in and the beautiful ceremony she put together for us. We recommend her 100/100. (from Richard)

Chanelle was absolutely amazing from start to finish! We could not have found a better person to help us celebrate our love and make it official♡ from the very first “get to know you” conversation we had over the phone we knew she was our person! I was so nervous but she kept everything so smooth. We had detailed itineraries that we were able to edit to make it just right for us. Her presence at the wedding helped keep us calm and feeling ready to say our I do’s in front of everyone. At the end she and her husband gifted us the most amazing wedding gift. You will never regret choosing her for your perfect wedding. (from Jamie <3)

A review from Chanelle’s couple: Christina and Mitch Parsons (married at Washington Pass Overlook)

We were planning an intimate wedding of 13 family guests and didn’t love the idea of a family member officiating, but were also nervous about hiring a stranger to officiate. We found Chanelle and she was the perfect fit for our wedding. We met over Zoom for our initial consult (30 min), and Chanelle was kind enough to schedule the consult several months out due to tough schedules on our end. After we hired Chanelle, we met for a second ~1h Zoom chat so she could get to know us more in order to create a custom ceremony script (yes, custom!). We felt supported and heard throughout the entire process. Chanelle genuinely sought feedback and revisions on her script drafts, and offered suggestions and ideas when we needed guidance. Chanelle checked in with us often leading up to the wedding day, and was incredibly helpful in orienting us to obtaining a marriage certificate. Day of, Chanelle was ready and so welcoming and warm to our family and other wedding vendors. We are immensely grateful to have found and worked with Chanelle, and recommend her to any and all! 

Bobby and Hannah Harriman (married at Seawall Park, Langley, WA)

Chanelle officiated our wedding, and honestly Hannah and I couldn’t have asked for anyone or anything better. The attention to detail to our special day was surprising and so welcome. Chanelle thought of things that neither of us had and ultimately made our wedding ceremony the perfect event that it was. She’s kind and enthusiastic, open minded and guiding, all the things you’d hope for on what can otherwise be an overwhelming thing to plan. Safe to say, our marriage is better because Chanelle was there at the start. 😊

The Lilacs of Spring at Green Lake, Okanogan bring as much joy as reading Reviews from Chanelle's Couples.
May this photo of Lilacs at Green Lake, Okanogan in Spring bring you as much joy as reading the Reviews from Chanelle’s Couples brings us. Photo credit: Roxanne Best