"I really wish The Knot would let us award MORE stars for Ria -- five of them just are not enough.
There are certain people who come into your life, make their mark and create memory. Ria accomplishes this within seconds of meeting her. However, what Ria does is not just create a memory, Ria creates a new presence in your life--a presence for who I am eternally grateful.
When we were looking for a minister, it was important to us to have someone who would marry an interfaith couple and just make it seem like he or she knew us pretty well. We were disappointed that we couldn't use a religious figure who actually knew us (well, because I didn't have one and we couldn't be married by a priest for many reasons). We were nervous that our ceremony would be impersonal because whomever married us lacked a historical connection to us.
From the minute we met Ria, we knew that she was an incredibly gifted minister and human being. After one breakfast, I felt like she understood us as a couple and what makes our relationship work. When you meet her, you will immediately feel as if you've known her your whole life. Really. I know people say that a lot, but, it's true. She is warm and thoughtful. Ria keeps in touch with you throughout the whole planning process. She constructed a beautiful and unique ceremony that involved our families and our entire 320 person guest list. She made everyone feel like they were part of our ritual. There is no one we could recommend more than Reverend Ria Roth as an officiant.
Our wedding was unique in many ways beyond the blending of two faiths and two cultures. Our ceremony was a spiritual experience beyond what I can describe and I sincerely believe that Ria helped everyone feel part of that experience.
But working with Ria is beyond that of just officiating. Some of that may also have to do with some of what happened at our wedding reception--my father went into cardiac arrest and miraculously survived after the hotel couldn't produce an AED for 15 minutes. These are one in a billion moments--Finding the love of your life, marrying him in an incredibly unique ceremony and then organizing your dad getting 15 minutes of chest compressions all in the same wedding dress. I have to mention this in the review because some vendors disappear. Some don't want to be associated with your event. But Ria, once again went beyond being just another "vendor." Ria became part of our family that night and still keeps in touch with us. Even better, she will be at our "Re-Wedding" in a few weeks, as our guest.
The bottom line is Ria becomes part of your life if you want her to be and trust me, you will. Hiring her was the best decision we made for our ceremony and having her become part of our lives was an incredibly pleasant surprise.
We cannot recommend her enough. If you want someone who will truly capture who you are as a couple and send you both off into the world with wonderful memories and blessings, Ria is who you need to meet.
1 million stars and thank yous for what Ria does and who she is! "
-Ralla and Ronnie
"Ria was our wedding officiant this September. I met her after calling Marriage Chaplain to find a good 'fit' for our wedding. After speaking with her, I knew I wouldn't have to interview anyone else (and we didn't)! Ria is warm, an excellent listener, motivated, creative, and has so many life experiences that have led her to be an inspired, professional, creative officiant. I felt comfortable inviting her to our rehearsal dinner and wedding, because, truly, she quickly became a friend!
When we began working on our ceremony, Ria sent us several less common readings, passages, and layouts. She listened to what we were looking for, and when I told her I wanted a unique unity aspect in our wedding, she delivered! We designed three drafts of our ceremony, and Ria never complained. Everything was so smooth and perfectly executed the day of.
I am thankful for Ria's insight and kindness as she stood beside us on our wedding day. She is a special person, and we highly recommend her! Thank you, Ria!"
- Katie & Ben
"Ria was fantastic! She was our officiant for our wedding on 9/17/2017. From Day One she helped us craft our own unique ceremony that represented us as a couple and what our beliefs were. While very professional, she does so with a warm, joyful energy that will help make your day wonderful.
She even helped me problem solve. The venue I was using provides magnolia trees as an add on for a unity ceremony. Instead of sand or candles, etc, you water the tree. It had not been set up as late as 5 minutes before the ceremony. She came to me, we discussed cutting that bit, but she went to check one more time, found the venue owner and got it taken care of minutes before I was to walk down the aisle.
She went above and beyond my expectations. I am so grateful to her for being part of our day!
- D. McPherson
"We love Ria! From our very first conversation, my wife Lisa and I knew she was the perfect match for us. She truly took the time to get to know us, not only as clients, but as a couple. Her attention to detail made planning our ceremony a breeze. She is a true professional and a master of her craft. But most importantly, Ria is a genuinely good person who enjoys what she does. And once we were standing with her on our wedding day, we viewed her not as our officiant but as our friend."
- Brad & Lisa J.
"Rev Ria Roth was amazing! After first talking to her on the phone and meeting her for brunch, I knew she was perfect for our special day. Rev Ria did everything we asked for and more. She helped plan a ceremony that was more towards our views. If we wanted something that she didn't know about, she would do research on it to understand it more before putting it in our ceremony. Rev Ria was very responsive to all my emails and phone calls. And she's so much fun to hang out with. My family and friends loved hanging out with her! I would definitely recommend Rev Ria! :) "
"Ria was awesome! I spoke with her on the phone when we were looking for an officiant, and after speaking with her for just 10 minutes I knew I wanted her to officiate our ceremony! Our families come from many different religious backgrounds and she created a ceremony for us that was very beautiful and one that had pieces of both of our backgrounds! She was very patient , and let me make changes at the very last minute! I felt so comfortable inviting her to our rehearsal dinner - she is so sweet - and I quickly felt like she became a friend. I felt such a great connection. I will remember the ceremony forever, and I got so many compliments on how beautiful it was! Thank you Ria!"
- Lindsay M.
"Ria is warm, kind, and professional. Not being a member of a church in the city where I was getting married, I reached out to a wedding chaplain service to find an officiant. Ria was coordinating the chaplain assignments, and from the moment we spoke on the phone, I knew she was the one. Our ceremony was exactly what I had envisioned, and I couldn't be happier. She helped us plan the ceremony and offered suggestions for readings and all of the other details that go into planning the ceremony. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a heartfelt marriage celebration that is tailored to your exact vision and desires."
- Laura H.
"We requested a wedding which would be a fusion of many global cultures and traditions. Reverend Ria Roth worked with us to craft a ceremony which was everything that we could have hoped for. She was open-minded and flexible and she brought the creativity and guidance we needed. She hand-crafted a special custom candle which was a reasonably priced add to our special ceremony. Our wedding was an African - American - Caribbean - Taoist-inspired - Elemental Ceremony. It was beautiful, elegant, and uniquely us."
- A. Vaughn
"Ria was Amazing!!! She was so sweet and I just fell in love with her! She made my wedding so personal and special! She is so patient, sweet, accommodating and just all around amazing. I would absolutely 100% recommend her for your wedding. Although my wedding is over I know I will continue to stay in contact with Ria!!! 💜"
"Ria embodies the very heart of life. She is compassionate, patient, knowledgeable and is gifted in so many ways. I have had the pleasure of working with Ria on several events across the country and each time she easily connected with everyone involved and offered her skills in such a beautiful way. We are very Blessed to have Ria working with us."
"Ria was the perfect officiant for our big day. She was always available to talk to and created a ceremony that matched our personalities. It was comforting to know that the person officiating us wasn't a stranger, but someone whom we built a relationship with throughout the months."
- Abby V.
"Ria is a talented and open individual. The ability to enlighten and strengthen the Oneness found in all of us is inspiring. She helped me find something that had been missing in my life for a very long time."
Special Effects Artist
Reverend Ria Roth was everything we needed in an officiant -- and more! She was flexible and willing to work around our schedules. She listened to our needs and was able to customize our ceremony by blending two cultures into a completely unique ceremony that represented both sides exactly how we envisioned. Until meeting Ria, we could not imagine combining our ceremony in such a way but Ria Made it possible!
Ria has such a wealth of knowledge, and if she doesn't know the answer, she is willing to do her research. Another great quality in Ria is that she is calm and easy to talk to, which is very helpful during the wedding planning process! She prepared drafts of the ceremony and allowed us to review them but also kept certain parts a surprise which made her 'welcoming words' so special to us. During the drafting process, Ria also provided examples and guidance and helped us find things that felt 'real' to us.
Ria joined our family a few days prior to our ceremony for a family ritual as part of my husband's culture. This was NOT part of our package with Ria, but something did to "get to know us". Ria came to our home and immediately felt like family, and this held true for our wedding day.
After our wedding, several family members and guests told me that they thoroughly enjoyed our ceremony and her presence at our events. Because of this, and my experiences with her, I give Reverend Ria Roth my highest recommendation. If you work with her, you and your guests will be very pleased with your experience.
Ria is the embodiment of an amazing human being. With her mastery of multiple healing modalities and her peaceful, yet strong guidance, I have begun to find and embrace my whole true self. When I felt lost in the chaos, Ria held the guiding light to help me find peace and reconnect with my life. Thanks to her, I have begun to heal physically, mentally, and emotionally. Ria is a blessing, a wonderful lively presence and a true friend.
Thank you for everything you do!
"Ria Roth is a wonderful Wedding Officiant. She is kind, professional and very knowledgeable. Ria married my husband and I in October of 2013 and we were very happy with her services. She made us both feel very calm and comfortable on our wedding day. I would recommend Ria to any couple getting married who may be looking for an officiant."
Sales Manager at DoubleTree
"Ria has provided our company, Partners In Rhyme Inc, with high quality relaxation audio products for over 3 years now and we are happy with our continuing business relationship with her."
"Ria is a beautiful, amazing person! She is courageous, compassionate, exceptionally talented, and extraordinarily wise. If you have ever experienced the remarkable feeling of being in the presence of someone who genuinely listens to you and is capable of subordinating their own ego to contribute to your well-being, then you understand what a pleasure it is to know Ria. I strongly recommend her for any endeavor on which she sets her sights."
"Ria stands alone in her gifts as a healer, massage therapist and friend. To spend time with her is to come away whole and with a balanced perspective. I'm privileged to know her and delighted to recommend her to one and all."
-Katie Glynn Walko
Owner, Glynn-Walko Group LLC
"As a massage therapist, Ria Roth is simply the best. I'm very particular about bodywork since I'm an opera singer who sings very demanding, aggressive music, which takes a toll on my body. Ria's skills are top notch, but more importantly, her intuition is like no one else's and she finds things to work out that I didn't even know were hurt. In addition, she offers so much healing energy throughout the time she works on me, that I feel healed on more than just a physical level. And if you really want to see her at her most radiant, and receive the most amazing healing out there, just ask her for a Oneness Blessing! She is a practitioner of this healing art as well. Hearing that Ria has become a Reverend was a wonderful surprise -- and I have one for her too! My husband and I would like to renew our vows sometime in the next few years, and we'd like her to officiate. Ria overflows with creativity, spirituality and integrity. Know that if you work with Ria you will be treated with grace, care and love in every aspect of what she does with you."
Finding a good massage therapist isn’t easy. I went through dozens of them until I found Ria. She is amazing! Her deep-tissue massage really helps with pain management. She always seems to find trigger points I didn’t even know were there! In addition to expert massage technique, Ria also includes breath-work, which aids in relaxation and the release of tension held in the body. I always leave feeling so warm, relaxed, and loose. Ria is also deeply intuitive. I can feel the love and kindness she embodies whenever I get a massage by Ria. She is welcoming, patient, and also very wise. Often, she will mention something to me that really strikes a chord and I leave with something deeply meaningful upon which to reflect. Her massages heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually!
As if her healing skills were not amazing enough, Ria crafts beautiful, ritually-blessed candles for all occasions. I commissioned her to make one for me relating to a particular chakra and I was very happy with her work. My candle was perfect, blessed, and beautiful! I light it when meditating to help focus on my intention and it makes me so happy! One of her candles would be the perfect gift for a birthday, wedding, hostess gift, get-well wish…or, like my chakra candle, just because!