My husband and I originally planned our wedding for November 2020 but ended up moving the big party to November 2021. We had a friend officially marry us in 2020 but we really wanted our 2021 wedding to feel real. Maria was amazing during the whole process. She took the time to get to know us and make sure it was a very personal ceremony. Since we were already legally married, we were worried it would seem too fake if we went through all the stuff you would normally do. Maria gave us some different suggestions and really tailored our ceremony to us and our situation. We felt so comfortable with her from the start and would absolutely recommend her to anyone. She is a dream and an absolute must for anyone looking for an officiant.

Kristina Mease


For over 14 years Carissa Ceremonies has been delivering unique, personalized and memorable ceremonies in New York’s Capital Region and surrounding areas. We are very passionate about providing an intimate experience reflective of your personal style, vision and voice. Since the start of Carissa Ceremonies we have married hundreds of couples serving all communities, and have performed weddings of all types and sizes; both traditional and non-traditional. We are very flexible and love working with couples to help you realize the ceremony of your dreams.

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Let's connect! We want to get to know you; how you met, how you became engaged, what your visions are for your wedding day.

From Scratch

Every couple is unique...your ceremony should be too!  We write every ceremony from scratch (No cookie cutter here!); including help with vow writing, incorporating special elements/rituals into your ceremony. It's about creating a ceremony that's representative of your vision and voice.


With over 8 years of experience we are familiar with all facets of your wedding day; collaborating with your other vendors to ensure we're all on the same page, setting the tone for your ceremony, creating a calm and engaging environment while captivating your audience and telling your story.

Your Story

Building A Connection

It’s all about the connection! Being a wedding officiant is more than just reading some words off of paper. It’s about first building a connection - how else will we then be able to create a wedding ceremony that tells your story? We want to get to know you; how you met, what your proposal was like, what role your families play in your lives. When you sign on with Carissa Ceremonies we welcome you into our family as our wish is that the relationship will continue far beyond your wedding day..

Start Your Story
“For me, officiating is like being a storyteller; telling the story of your love, your connection, and what will be the start of your married life together."
- Maria, Professional Wedding Officiant

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The love and emotion in the room was so real! I cannot thank Maria enough for working with us to make our special day perfect!
- Jessica S.
Maria was an amazing officiant. From our initial zoom meeting to the actual day of the wedding, I felt like she listened to what we wanted and turned that into a beautiful ceremony. She is a breathe of fresh air and has such a calming presence especially on the day of! I couldn't of asked for a better person to do the job!
- Emily K.
Maria officiated our wedding on 10/10/2021 and I cannot give her enough praise. Maria was so attentive with our needs and did an absolutely beautiful job with our ceremony. We eloped last year due to the virus so I had no idea what to plan for our ceremony- already being legally married kind of complicated things. Maria knew exactly what to do and she made our day better than I ever could have imagined!
- Jenna P.


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