“We are writing in reference to Kimberly Thompson. Let me start by saying that we knew within the first 5 minutes of our meeting with Kimberly at the Embassy Suites in Napa Valley, that she was going to be the one to marry us. In the following few paragraphs we will describe our experience with Kimberly… and with that I am sure you will agree that she is a dynamic woman.
Right from the start, which was about 8 months before our wedding, Kimberly was professional, non-pushy and “non-saleswomanly” like. She greeted us with a smile and firm handshake. We sat together at the hotel and discussed with her our needs and desires for her as our officiant. We had a special situation, or so we felt. My husband is Jewish and I am a Christian with not much upbringing in religion. We wanted a ceremony that emphasized all of the Jewish tradition and not something that was a reading from the Bible. Kimberly was not judgmental of our interfaith marriage. She had performed weddings like this before and was confident she could satisfy our needs. She pulled out a thick packet that contained different style wedding ceremonies. As soon as she began reading one of them to me, my eyes filled up with tears and my then fiancée, consoled me. She had such a dramatic way of pronouncing words and emphasizing the deep meaning behind them. We were sure she would be the one to marry us.
With Kimberly’s expertise, my husband and I ended up creating the most meaningful, heart felt wedding vows – something we still cannot read without choking up.
Our wedding took place at a Winery in the Napa Valley on Saturday, June 27 at 5:30 in the evening. Our most favorite thing about the winery was the intimate setting. The back terrace had large umbrellas to cover our guests during dinner, the garden was a plethora of fresh flowers and roses, and the winery was lit with a warm glow as the sun began to go down. We had a winery full of our closest family and friends without worrying that other parties or wine tasters would interfere. We were married under a Hupa dressed in fresh flowers and ribbons. It shaded my husband, myself and Kimberly, our man of honor and best man. I must mention here that I chose my brother to be my “man of honor”. Behind the Hupa was a view that left most of our guests awestruck. The clear blue sky, mountains, vineyards and rows of paupler trees surrounded us. It was as if we were in heaven on earth. We were truly blessed that day and because of that, we have a marriage that is blessed.
Our favorite part of the ceremony was when Kimberly asked us to face each other and recite our vows to one another. With all of her experience, she knew we would be nervous and would need her to walk us through this section slowly. Of course, it went smooth and without a mistake.
It is quite difficult to pick the most favorite moment of our wedding – we feel the entire day was perfect. The winery, the caterers, the music, the flowers, the bridesmaids and groomsmen, the wine, the family and friends and of course, the officiant…a perfect combination to make a perfect day!
In closing we must add that we would recommend KimberlyThompson to anyone. Her class and elegance are qualities that people in the wine country are looking for.”