Wedding Officiant

Wedding Officiant

lisa traina

My journey as a wedding officiant began eight years ago, evolving into a most fulfilling vocation.

An extensive background in theatre, event planning, banquet catering and administration has provided me with the tools essential in crafting unique wedding ceremonies, making them a reflection of who you are and how best to express your love.

Few moments are as treasured as those of your wedding day.  Through the years, you will reminiscence about the setting, the fashions, the food, the festivities, family, friends and, perhaps most significant, the ceremony.

The act of committing or recommitting to one another in a wedding or vow-renewal ceremony is an intimate and personal experience.  Selecting the perfect wedding Officiant is one of the most important choices you will make for that memorable day.

It will be your ceremony, and I will be your guide, nurturing a loving environment as you express your love and devotion to one another.

Lisa Traina - Wedding Officiant

“yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: – you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.”
― e.e. cummings

Celebrant Services

Celebrant Services

what is your ideal wedding?

Wedding ceremonies are joyful celebrations that comprise a multitude of options, including the blending of different religions, families, genders, traditions and diversity. Your dream wedding can include any and all of the elements of a traditional or nontraditional service while incorporating the very personal aspects that speak directly of your own relationship.

As an experienced and trusted wedding officiant, I create ceremonies reflective of a couple’s personal journey.

what is your ideal renewal?

You cherish how special your first walk down the aisle was for you as a couple.  Moments and memories in your married lifetime are the fabric of your journey. The perfect way to express your continued love and devotion is with a Vow-Renewal ceremony.  Renewal Vows have become more popular as couples of all ages take time to reflect on their lives and the world they created for themselves since their wedding day.

The road traveled offers a wealth of ways to say I love you, again.

Gallery

Gallery

“one of the joys in life is the acquisition of memories.”

A Video is Worth a Thousand Words

A Video is Worth a Thousand Words

“no sooner met but they looked, no sooner looked but they loved,
no sooner loved but they sighed,
no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason,
no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy;
and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage.”
– william shakespeare, as you like it

Accolades – front

accolades

— shadi & a.j.

shadi-and-aj lida traina wedding officiant

We knew Lisa had to officiate our wedding from the moment we met her. Lisa took time to get to know us individually, our story, and the way we felt for each other – which translated into the most personal, captivating ceremony that so accurately portrayed our love for one another. We would totally do it again!

— solana & carlos

Lisa Traina officiant - Solana and Carlos

“Our ceremony was so amazing! Just what we wanted. Really nice, sweet and deep, Thank you!”

— laura & mikey

Lisa Traina - wedding Officiant - Laura-Mikey

“Lisa was the perfect officiant for our wedding. She got to know us prior to the wedding so she could really personalize the ceremony and make it ‘us’! She was happy to include any extra readings we chose and we feel this made a huge difference in how special the ceremony and vows were. Lisa truly made us feel at ease throughout the day, you could tell she really loves what she does. Overall a great experience working with Lisa, she made our ceremony perfect!”

— sophia & andy

Lisa Traina Officiant - sophia & andy

“We are so thankful to have Lisa as our officiant for our Central Park wedding! She is incredibly well organized, responsive to our questions, and thoughtful about our backgrounds. It was a great pleasure to work with Lisa on preparing our vows and the details of the ceremony.”

— sarah & lewis

lisa traina - wedding officiant - sarah and lewis

“We are so thrilled we chose Lisa as our officiant. From the first Skype call we knew Lisa was the one for us! On the day of the wedding not all went to plan and we really appreciated her calming and positive presence. Being a destination wedding it was lovely having the chance to speak to Lisa prior to the wedding day and we felt we had known her for years. Thank you so much Lisa!”

— leah & ben

lisa traina - leah and ben

“Our wedding ceremony with Lisa was perfect! She spent a lot of time getting to know us in the months leading up to our wedding, creating a ceremony that seamlessly incorporated both of our backgrounds and family traditions. Every detail of the ceremony was tailored to us. We will always remember the joy and love we felt on that day. We could not have asked for a better officiant.”

— jane & ben

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - jane and ben

“A huge thank you to Lisa for conducting our ceremony. I don’t think we could have picked a better officiant. We really felt like how she knew us and personalized our ceremony and managed to keep our basics while adding so many perfect touches.  We had the best day and feel very lucky!”

— justine & chris

lisa trains - wedding officiant - justine and chris

“From the moment we talked to Lisa, we knew our wedding was going to be magical. Our friends and family still talk about how beautifully crafted each word in the ceremony was. We laughed, and we cried. We had our fairy tale wedding because of Lisa, and we thank her from the bottoms of our hearts.”

— jessica & christopher

Lisa Traina - Wedding Officiant -Jessica & Christopher

“We booked Lisa to be our celebrant on the recommendation of our wedding planner, who said she was “the best”; and she was 100% right. Being Aussies getting married in NYC, there was no way to meet prior to the week of the wedding; but Lisa was 100% flexible with holding all initial meetings on Skype to make sure she got the chance to chat with us. Lisa’s on-the-day presence was amazing; she herself was beautifully presented, the ceremony she had written had everyone in tears, and her warm lovely voice was perfect for the occasion. Do yourself a favor and book this wonderful woman!”

— jess & pete

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - pete & jess

“We were so nervous about choosing a wedding celebrant without being able to meet them in person. However, Lisa calmed our nerves the moment we had our first video meeting! She made us feel so relaxed and comfortable that she would ensure our wedding ceremony was everything we could have dreamed of. Regardless of the cold weather, Lisa’s words warmed our hearts and made our ceremony a day we will never forget.”

— therese & aaron

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - therese & aaron

“Lisa not only officiated our wedding ceremony, she became one of our highlights of our night! Countless guests complimented the emotion they felt throughout the ceremony, and a few even asked if Lisa was a life-long family friend. I can unequivocally say that her charm, warmth, and calming nature made our day even better than it was destined to be.”

— lily & chris

wedding officiant - lisa traina - lily and chris

“We knew from our very first phone conference with Lisa, that she was a special person: sweet, funny, honest, and reassuring in all the ways we needed. And when we met her in person on the day of the wedding, it felt as though we were embracing someone that we’d known for years. What she put together for our ceremony was utterly unforgettable, weaving one phone call and an e-mail or two into a beautiful speech; one that you’d expect from someone who was a fly on the wall for our entire relationship.”

— louise & michael

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - louise and michael

“We were nervous about having a wedding abroad, delivered by someone who didn’t know us. However, Lisa was absolutely amazing!! She took her time to get to know about us; how we met, how our love had developed. She made sure to learn about the special people in our lives, those who had made the trip to New York, and those who sadly had passed away. Lisa made us both feel at ease and everyone LOVED her!”

— emma & geoffrey

lisa traina - emma - geoffrey

“We love Lisa’s warmth, sense of humor and attention to detail. We felt like we knew her for years upon introduction. Each service and couple are special to Lisa… Her glow is contagious, and we couldn’t even imagine our day without her!”

— brian & david

lisa traina - brian - david

“Lisa brought such a positive energy when helping to prepare and organize before the wedding and carried that energy into the actual ceremony. All of our wedding party and guests were happy and were able to witness our wonderful day because of Lisa. She helped us organize, craft, and shape our ceremony into an experience where we were able to really reflect deeply into our ceremony and helped create an amazing flow. Our wedding would not have been as amazing without the help of Lisa.”

— brittney & ryan

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - brittney and ryan

“We were so very pleased to have Lisa officiate our wedding.  Her gentle and compassionate approach allowed us to feel calm and comfortable throughout the entire process.  Lisa took the time to get to know us as a couple and managed to style her wording for the ceremony in such a way that incorporated everything we had asked without it feeling long. She was the perfect fit for the most important day of our lives.”

— margarita & pedro

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - margarita and pedro

“Lisa made our special day even more special. She was able to see right through us, and properly capture exactly what we intended for the ceremony. It was perfect, and unforgettable. Thanks, Lisa!”

— stephanie & jordan

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - stephanie & jordan

“My husband and I come from different religious backgrounds and wanted our ceremony to be representative of us, while pulling in some elements of tradition from both of our religions. Through her keen attention to detail and her warmth and aura, Lisa was able to craft exactly that. What she created simply blew us away, and we still get chills when we think about how beautiful and special it was.”

— jess & craig

Lisa Traina - Wedding Officiant - Jess and Craig

“A HUGE thank you for helping us to create the most perfect wedding we could ever have wished for. Lisa completely exceeded our expectations and we can’t thank her enough for her help and support throughout the process. The day was perfect, and Lisa is just fab! If only we could do it all over again!”

— april & nick

lisa traina - wedding officiant - april & nick

“It was clear from the start Lisa, was going to be the perfect fit to officiate our wedding. We loved her tasteful approach, and really appreciated the clarity and freshness that she gave to our ceremony. Our guests felt welcomed and appreciated her sensitivity and thoughtful delivery of words. So much to be grateful for on our wedding day and so happy to have had Lisa present at the start of the evening to set the tone for the celebration.”

— michelle & randy

lisa traina - michelle and randy

“We met Lisa when she officiated my sister Cheryl’s wedding. We absolutely loved the ceremony she put together, and when we started planning our own wedding, we knew that we had to hire her. Lisa is an incredibly warm person. She took the time to get to know us and craft a beautiful ceremony that made us very happy. She made us feel comfortable and in control at every step of the process.”

— janice & jorn

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - janice and jorn

“Thank you Lisa for the wonderful ceremony and being a part of our special day.  You were so perfect and while were just really meeting for the first time, you made me and Jorn feel completely at ease and like old friends. “

— amber & chad

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - amber and chad

“We picked Lisa because, when we saw her website, she looked like she really spoke from the heart and that is exactly what we got from her. Not only were we pleased, but our guests are still saying how much they loved our officiant. Lisa took time to get to know us as a couple and not only considered everything we wanted, but found a way to incorporate it all into a perfect wedding ceremony”

— lindsay & gavin

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - lindsay and gavin

“We dreamt of a wedding ceremony that was uniquely us and would set the tone for our future married home – one in which holidays and heritage would be celebrated in accordance with our chosen traditions. Lisa’s ability to build a ceremony from scratch for us, incorporating Church of England and Jewish rituals, was not only beautiful but also incredibly personal and special. Our guests are still talking about our ceremony and how much they enjoyed Lisa and the intimacy of her words. She certainly helped start our marriage in the most exquisite way.”

— valerie & nick

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - valerie & nick

“Lisa performed our ceremony to perfection. She spoke beautifully of what brought us together to that moment, painting a colorful picture of our lives, how we came together, how we blended our families and our lives. Lisa was careful to include the people we love the most, both present or not. Our ceremony was very personal, funny, touching, emotional, but most of all, very professional.”

— danielle & dan

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - danielle & dan

“Thanks to Lisa, our wedding ceremony was all that we imagined and more. From the first time we met, Lisa made us feel completely comfortable and at ease, understanding what was important to us and holding our hands every step of the way as we crafted our ceremony into something that felt truly authentic and special. She delivered our ceremony beautifully and we are incredibly grateful to have been in her care for the most important moment of our lives.”

— cheryl & adam

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - cheryl & adam

“From the moment we met Lisa and felt her warm and calming presence we knew we wanted her to officiate our wedding. She crafted the most beautiful and intimate wedding ceremony that was so unique to us and our relationship. Our ceremony was by far our favorite part of our wedding day and we have received so many compliments and kind words about it from our friends and family. We are forever grateful to Lisa for helping us to begin our marriage in such a beautiful and memorable way.”

— jenna & chad

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - jenna and chad

“We continue to glow from our wedding day and receive amazing comments from friends and family noting how special, heartfelt and perfectly personalized our ceremony was. Lisa made us (and our guests) laugh, cry and reflect. We expect Lisa will continue to be a positive figure in our lives for years to come and we are incredibly grateful to have formed a lasting relationship with such a beautiful soul.”

— diana & jack

diana and jack

“From the first time we met Lisa, our nerves were calmed about how we were going to incorporate aspects of our families’ faiths and our upbringing while remaining true to who we are as a couple. Lisa clearly understood our vision and made us confident that she could pull it together perfectly, which she did! Our family and friends are still telling us that it was one of the most beautiful and personable ceremonies they have ever attended!”

— brandy & philip

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - brandy and philip

“We loved Lisa’s approach! She took the time to get know us and tailored the ceremony around our personalities. Lisa is funny, compassionate, intelligent and inspiring. She was wonderful to work with and delivered a beautiful ceremony.”

— jessica & nick

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - jessica and nick

“Our wedding was a fairy tale, and Lisa made it even better. Her voice, her calmness, warmth, genuineness and especially the words were everything we could have ever imagined for our ceremony. We loved her and thank her from the bottom of our hearts!”

— estefania & miguel

Lisa Traina - Wedding Officiant - Estefania and Miguel

“From the very first moment we met Lisa, we felt she was the best person to officiate our ceremony. Her kindness and the special connection which she had with us made every single moment very unique, intimate, caring and beautiful. Our relatives and guests praised Lisa for creating an unforgettable atmosphere and a ceremony which they will always remember.”

— allie & gary

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - allie & gary

“My husband and I were looking for a heart-felt, simple, yet elegant ceremony and with Lisa as our officiant, it was exactly that. She took time to meet with my husband and me multiple times to get our vision…she is sincere, professional, and an absolute pleasure. My ceremony was the most beautiful moment of my life…and Lisa helped make that possible. I can’t express my gratitude enough.”

— mallory & steve

lisa traina - wedding officiant - mallory and stephen

“Lisa did an amazing job tailoring our wedding ceremony. She really went the extra mile to get to know us, checking in regularly during our planning, and helping keep us calm. Lisa made it romantic and meaningful, but also surprised us and kept it light with funny experiences and anecdotes about our relationship so the both of us weren’t blubbering the entire time.”

— ilka & fabian

“After unforgettable and wonderful days in New York we want to thank Lisa from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding ceremony so unique and special. Without her, this would not have been possible and we will forever be grateful for everything she has done for us.”

— eric & margot

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - eric & margot

“Our service couldn’t have been more perfect. We are so glad we found Lisa. Taking time getting to know us, she guided us through writing our vows and putting together our ceremony. The tone she set perfectly matched our desires, and the end result exceeded our expectations.”

— starr & anthony

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - anthony and starr

“The memories from our wedding will always be treasured. We thank Lisa for adding to the joyful spirit of our wedding day in such a special way. She made our ceremony the most beautiful part of our day!”

— alyssa & peter

Wedding Officiant - Lisa Traina - alyssa & peter

“Lisa wrote a truly amazing wedding ceremony for us! It meant a lot to us that she paid attention to the details of our lives and wove them into the ceremony to be shared with our loved ones. On our wedding day, Lisa captivated our guests with her amazing story-like sermon. She incorporated significant aspects of our lives in such a way that it captured the very essence of why we were standing before each other on our wedding day.”

Noted

Noted

lilliana & christopher

One Couple’s Classic New York City Wedding

Martha Stewart Weddings
October 22, 2017

asha & matthew

Asha Talwar and Matthew Coco

New York Times
March 20, 2016

lindsay & gavin

Lindsay Roth and Gavin Jordan

New York Times
August 2, 2016

emily & artie

Emily Lam and Artie Kwok

New York Times
December 14, 2014

jimmy & kurt

Best Classic Wedding
the plaza

The Knot – Gay Wedding Issue
2014

margot & eric

Real Wedding Album: A Parisian Couple’s Fifth Avenue Fête
peninsula hotel

New York Magazine – Weddings Summer 2015
April 13, 2015

angela & wyatt

New York City Destination Wedding from Hazy Blur Creative
peninsula hotel

Style Me Pretty New York
June 6, 2015

asha & matthew

The Ultimate Saint Regis Hotel Wedding
st. regis hotel

Style Me Pretty New York
June 28, 2016

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