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Rev. Bruce Byers

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Kerry Lee Doehr reviewed Life's Moments Weddings, Celebrations and Ceremonies5 star

As a Certified Wedding Professional of 15 years based in Santa Barbara, CA, I found myself having to plan my own destination wedding elopement in Santa Fe, NM and make plans with service providers I did not know or have any relationship with in advance. We contracted Reverend Bruce based on his solid reviews all over, as well as the fact he promptly returned all emails to him, as well as offered a package and rate plan perfect for us. We wanted a "courthouse wedding" but in a non-courthouse setting. We opted for his most basic package and it was full of heart-felt words and meaningful, yet practical and efficient.

There are no hidden fees or surprises with his packages and services. He's straight-up honest and fair. His deposit fee required to secure the date and his services was exceptionally reasonable and he issued an invoice and made paying it a breeze. The day of the wedding - at Hotel St. Francis , downtown Santa Fe, NM - he was on time (early, in fact- which puts a professional wedding planner and bride-to-be's mind at ease) and did an incredible performance/ceremony for us, without being too "over the top" and dominating the moment. He had the perfect balance. His words were strong and clear. When it came time to perform the ceremony, he had an amazing presence, his words were heart-felt, clear and he ended our ceremony with a surprise "zestful" shout-out New Mexico-style! It was beyond awesome. He showed up on time, he delivered a great ceremony, and his price was incredibly reasonable. He was also exceptionally good with return correspondence in email prior to the wedding and most helpful and patient with all our questions. I'd say that's worth its weight in gold. We are so grateful to him, and as a professional in the wedding industry taking a chance on a destination wedding service provider, I can honestly say you will not be disappointed in Reverend Bruce Byers. We wish him (and all his future clientele) happy wedding days in the future years to come!

Gina Bale-Horton reviewed Life's Moments Weddings, Celebrations and Ceremonies3 star

Rev Bruce officiated our ceremony on June 18, 2016. He arrived promptly and was very nice. I gave him 3 stars because we had sent him a specific ceremony and words that we wanted included in the wedding, when he reviewed he said it would be too short and would incorporate it into the ceremony. He did include some of it, but not all of it and the giving of the rings verbiage was important to both of us and it wasn't included. The ceremony was nice, but we faced into the sun and that was not comfortable for the longer ceremony. All in all we were happy and married and it was nice! Just wish it would've been a little more to our request. I would recommend him but just know your special requests might not be included.

Bruce R. Byers

Thank you for your review, while I endeavour to please, I am human. I do offer custom ceremonies, however the one you selected, our elopement ceremony is a pre-written service. On our website we do make it clear that our options include either a service with rings or not, and a ceremony done with either God or Love, and is not intended to be re-written as a custom ceremony. In the future I will make this clearer. As your service was a sunset wedding, the next time we do one of these on the Sandia Crest, we will ask if the sun is too bright and move to a more comfortable area. Again thank you for your feed back.

Nena Rodriguez reviewed Life's Moments Weddings, Celebrations and Ceremonies5 star

Reverend Bruce was awesome. We are very happy to have had him perform our wedding. Thank you so much!

Rev. Gave us a beautiful ceremony to remember. We are 100% Happy with his services.

Wes Evans reviewed Life's Moments Weddings, Celebrations and Ceremonies5 star

My new Bride and I had the wedding we wanted! It was great and very moving for both of us! NIce and Professonal, and Affordable!

Yolanda Torres-Martinez reviewed Life's Moments Weddings, Celebrations and Ceremonies5 star

Awesome services and very personal. Gave us exactly what we wanted in a quick amount of time. Very nice, affordable, personable.

Emily Gregg reviewed Life's Moments Weddings, Celebrations and Ceremonies5 star

Words don't express how much we appreciated Bruce! He has a huge passion for what he does and it definitely shows!

Joan Raeanna Musselman reviewed Life's Moments Weddings, Celebrations and Ceremonies5 star

Bruce gave us the wedding of our dreams with a mix of Scottish Gaelic pagan and Native American flavors with only a weeks notice thank you Bruce

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Joan R.

Need a Wedding Officiant

"Bruce is the only one who was willing to create a ceremony to fit my needs I wanted a scottish Irish Wicca ceremony and he combined all 3 to make it an absolutly perfect wedding. Thank you again Bruce"

Bruce gave us the wedding of our dreams with a mix of Scottish Gaelic pagan and Native American flavors with only a weeks notice thank you Bruce

Dawn S.

Need a Wedding Officiant

"It was short notice and he was able to marry us that very same day. He was very personable and warm and we highly recommend him."

Jillian M.

Need wedding officiant

"Bruce was awesome! He arrived just in time to go over logistics and was ready for showtime! Our family and friends commented throughout the night about how awesome he was. He quickly recognized our culture and added some spanish into our ceremony. We really appreciated and loved every second of our ceremony. Thank you, Bruce!"

Eleanor S.

Need wedding officiant

"He listens and meets your needs."

Wilson C.

Need wedding officiant

"Bruce officiated our wedding ceremony at the Rose Garden park in

Santa Fe

It was about 20min long, very simple yet elegant and sweet which is exactly what we wanted. The whole process was beautiful and we received many compliments as it was well said along with a meaninfull tone. Timing and quality were important to us, and thats how it all went down. Lovely ceremony!! Thank you Bruce for all the hard work, excellent communication, and over all awesome service.

Jason and Charmaine Martinez"


Eleanor S.

Need wedding officiant

"He listens and meets your needs."

Marcia G.

Need wedding officiant

"Bruce Byers was available at the very last moment, was reasonably priced and performed a beautiful and well written ceremony at his church. He also provided witnesses since we were from out of state. He saved what could have been a big disaster for us and turned it into a beautiful experience. Thank you Rev. Bruce."

Linda E.

Offsite review

"Our family highly recommends Bruce Byers. We had a small home wedding and he created a beautifully intimate and meaningful service, precisely appropriate for our casual home setting. We enjoyed working with him through planning and the proceedings of the service."

Gerald L.

Need a Wedding Officiant

"Our wedding was a bit unusual and I am sure posed a challenge for the Rev. Bruce Byers. Drue and I made our commitments in July of 1971 and after 42 years decided it was time to "make it legal". After confirming that Rev. Byers was willing to officiate we had lots of questions. What about the venue? We wanted the ceremony in Drue's home state ofNew Mexico...but where? The Court House steps....the hotel lobby? Rev. Byers suggested the Gazebo atOldTown,Albuquerque. Brilliant! We also wanted minimal religious content (except for the blessing of the rings). Bruce was OK with that. We needed witnesses. Bruce said "I can help with that"' I thought I had written some pretty good vows that spoke to our unique situation. Rev. Bruce worked them over and made them so much better. The ceremony was held in a very public place, with Rev. Bruce, Rev. Mary-Lynne Olsen Byers and their son as participants, and some very happy and supportive tourists as our wedding guests. Rev. Bruce made the event warm, personal, and joyous. He performed his work as officiant with an obvious sincere joy and willingness to focus on our desires and needs. Our lives continue to be filled with love and laughter and the beautiful memory of the Old Town Gazebo and the beautiful Byers family that will last us as long as coherence endures. Thanks, Rev. Bruce."

Maria G.

Need Someone to Bless Our Rings

"I was really pleased with the services performed"

"Our wedding was a bit unusual and I am sure posed a challenge for the Rev. Bruce Byers. Drue and I made our commitments in July of 1971 and after 42 years decided it was time to "make it legal". After confirming that Rev. Byers was willing to officiate we had lots of questions. What about the venue? We wanted the ceremony in Drue's home state ofNew Mexico...but where? The Court House steps....the hotel lobby? Rev. Byers suggested the Gazebo atOldTown,Albuquerque. Brilliant! We also wanted minimal religious content (except for the blessing of the rings). Bruce was OK with that. We needed witnesses. Bruce said "I can help with that"' I thought I had written some pretty good vows that spoke to our unique situation. Rev. Bruce worked them over and made them so much better. The ceremony was held in a very public place, with Rev. Bruce, Rev. Mary-Lynne Olsen Byers and their son as participants, and some very happy and supportive tourists as our wedding guests. Rev. Bruce made the event warm, personal, and joyous. He performed his work as officiant with an obvious sincere joy and willingness to focus on our desires and needs. Our lives continue to be filled with love and laughter and the beautiful memory of the Old Town Gazebo and the beautiful Byers family that will last us as long as coherence endures. Thanks, Rev. Bruce."

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Joannie

5.0

My husband and I wanted a special wedding to remember all our lives and Bruce provided that ceremony, he combined Irish, Scottish, Wicca and Native American beliefs to create the weddings of our dreams and did it with only 1 weeks notice. Thank you so much Bruce for giving me my dream

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5.0

This officiant is by far a phenomenal human being. Constant, easy communication and the end result was 100x more than what my Wife and I expected. He worked with us very easily with no issues whatsoever and now we are proudly married on the date of our choosing when all hope seemed lost.

Thank you Bruce for your wonderful work, it was absolutely amazing! You are a true blessing!

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Emmy

5.0

Absolutely wonderful. He was super flexible with us and I couldn't have asked for a better officiant for our wedding! 🙂

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Stephanie

5.0

I loved that he made the ceremony uniquely to fit us. We loved everything he did!

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Stephanie

5.0

I would recommend this officiant to everyone he is absolutely amazing and will make your day just as special as he did mine.

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Kerry Lee

As a Certified Wedding Professional of 15 years based in Santa Barbara, CA, I found myself having to plan my own destination wedding elopement in Santa Fe, NM and make plans with service providers I did not know or have any relationship with in advance. We contracted Reverend Bruce based on his solid reviews all over, as well as the fact he promptly returned all emails to him, as well as offered a package and rate plan perfect for us. We wanted a courthouse wedding but in a non-courthouse setting. We opted for his most basic package and it was full of heart-felt words and meaningful, yet practical and efficient. There are no hidden fees or surprises with his packages and services. He's straight-up honest and fair. His deposit fee required to secure the date and his services was exceptionally reasonable and he issued an invoice and made paying it a breeze.

The day of the wedding - at Hotel St. Francis , downtown Santa Fe, NM - he was on time (early, in fact- which puts a professional wedding planner and bride-to-be's mind at ease) and did an incredible performance/ceremony for us, without being too over the top and dominating the moment. He had the perfect balance. His words were strong and clear. When it came time to perform the ceremony, he had an amazing presence, his words were heart-felt, clear and he ended our ceremony with a surprise zestful shout-out New Mexico-style! It was beyond awesome.

He showed up on time, he delivered a great ceremony, and his price was incredibly reasonable. He was also exceptionally good with return correspondence in email prior to the wedding and most helpful and patient with all our questions. I'd say that's worth its weight in gold. We are so grateful to him, and as a professional in the wedding industry taking a chance on a destination wedding service provider, I can honestly say you will not be disappointed in Reverend Bruce Byers. We wish him (and all his future clientele) happy wedding days in the future years to come! P.S. the *only* reason I have a four instead of five star review on Flexibility had to do with the fact we wanted to pre-pay him in full in advance of our wedding day, as I did not want to be bothered with settling up and taking care of business after the ceremony with a credit card transaction nor did I want to pay cash without a receipt and take the time to wait for it while my photographer was on the clock. Rev. Byers wouldn't take payment in full in advance (not sure why) and that was not terribly convenient, but a very minor point considering the great service and value he provided.

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Freddi

Our July wedding was made more beautiful and meanngful by Rev. Byers. We had a Western theme and he totally bought into it with his manner of dress. He gave us much more than we hoped for. Before the wedding, he led both the bride and Maid of Honor in a private prayer, and did the same with the groom and Best Man. I received many positive comments from the guests.

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  • Joan M.
  • Albuquerque, NM

Bruce took an idea I had and made the wedding of my dreams. Scottish Gaelic pagan and Native American flavors. I couldn't have wished for anything more and he did it on short notice (1 week) we thank Bruce and his wonderful family.

  • Photo of Life's Moments Weddings, Ceremonies and Celebrations - Rio Rancho, NM, United States. Bruce in his kilt, Tracy and I after our wedding
    Bruce in his kilt, Tracy and I after our wedding