" A Blessing From Above "
Ceremonies and Services
"My heart is ever at your service." William Shakespeare
Hello and welcome to our site and services! I am Rev. Launa Byrd.
From the small moments in a day, to the direction your life path has taken with a significant other, blessings come to all of us in many ways. Though our world is comprised of many different beliefs, most of us acknowledge that spiritual guidance comes to us from
In joining couples together in holy matrimony, I work with simple spiritual beliefs. I design special ceremonies that are in accordance with what you, as a couple, believe. From the simple and short, to the romantic and meaningful, together, you and I create the
Perfect Wedding Ceremony.
Your wedding day IS a most special of days. It is the beginning of life together as husband and wife. Whether you are becoming joined as one for the first time, or celebrating the renewal of vows already entered into, I am dedicated with my heart in making your day memorable and unforgettable.
I'd like to share with you photos from many of our Wedding Ceremonies, the variety of locations
we have performed service in, and of course our wonderful couples
now United in Marriage.
Please Click the Link here below for a special slideshow
WINNER 2012 !!
** WEDDING WIRE's BRIDE'S CHOICE AWARD ***
for WEDDING OFFICIANT **
March 9, 2012 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading wedding Marketplace, is excited to announce A Blessing From Above Ceremonies has been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2012
for Wedding Officiants!
The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry. While many industry awards are selected by the organization,A Blessing From Above Ceremonies was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.
A Blessing From Above Ceremonies is recognized as part of the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States and Canada. The Bride’s Choice Award recognizes the best local wedding vendors across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their overall professional achievements throughout the past year.
** Testimonials from our Wonderful Couples! **
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Andy & Pam - Married - 10-8-11
Our wedding was originally scheduled for June of 2012, the traditional spring wedding. Due to unforeseen circumstances we needed to move the wedding up to October of 2011, to ensure that all of our family members would make it to our very special day. We fully expected that Rev. Launa and her husband Patrick would not be able to do the wedding for us. Understandably so. Since our agreement was for June of 2012 not October of 2011. So it was no surprise when Rev. Launa and Patrick called to say that Patrick would not be able to do our reception, as he already had a previous scheduled engagement, but tears of joy started to fall when Rev. Launa started going over dates that she was available so that she could still help create and perform our wedding. Needless to say... she and Patrick were there for us from the beginning to the end. Rev. Launa was so open to all of our ideas and loved that we were out of the box thinkers. Which by the way, most Reverends do not appreciate you trying to change up a ceremony that they are accustomed to. My husband and I will be forever grateful that Rev. Launa went out of her way to ensure that our wedding day was everything we had ever dreamed, with grandma right there with us to enjoy it with us as well. Thank you ~Pam & Andy Plus 5
Tom & Debbie - Married - 7-26-11
Thank you so much for officiating at our wedding. The beach ceremony was perfect, and your words will resonate in our hearts always. We are so glad to have met you, and are grateful for your recommendation of Mike and Marian as photographers! We are so pleased with the memories he captured for us! Thank you again, and God Bless You in your important journey with your wonderful wedding ministry!!
Mark & Alisha - Married - 7-16-11
From the moment we contacted Reverend Launa, we knew she was the one! After speaking with so many other officiants, it was obvious when I called Reverend Launa that she was different.
She was not just providing some service, she was providing our wedding
service. She instantly made me feel comfortable and I couldn't wait for
my then future husband to speak with her. He felt the same way I did
once he spoke with her. She was so personable and willing to make our
service very personal. We were unable to meet with Launa before the
ceremony because we live in Ohio, but she set up a Skype meeting so we
could go over all the details. It was perfect! She spent hours talking
with us and making our service very special. Then came rehearsal. Launa
took her time to come out and rehearse with us, without giving anything
away, she was able to have everyone practice so we'd all know what to do
and when. The wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. She did every
thing we wanted from our customized sand ceremony service to a surprise
(for our parents, we knew) parent thanking ceremony. It was so special!
We received so many compliments from our friends and family on what a
great job Reverend Launa did. We highly recommend her. From the moment
you speak with her, you will notice a difference, and that difference
carries throughout. She was there for us every step of the way, very
available, flexible and well, perfect!!! We can't say enough good things
about her!" Thank you for making our day so special and memorable!
TJ & Melinda - Married - 7-4-11
We wanted to take a moment to thank you for doing our lighthouse wedding at the last minute. The ceremony was beautiful, and exactly what we hoped for. We sincerely appreciate you marrying us and conducting a religious yet personal ceremony for our very special day. Thanks Again!
Kenny & Merlene - Married - 5-21-11
We still can't get over how amazing our wedding was, and many thanks to the two of you for making it happen!!! Patrick delivered the ceremony beautifully. Thank you so much for everything.....We both can't wait to see you at our friend Pam's wedding and do it all over again!!! You have made our wedding a dream come true and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
James & Angela - Married - 4-20-11
We would highly recommend Rev. Launa to our family and friends. She took the time to speak with my husband a couple of different times before our ceremony to be sure she understood our preferences. We had never met her, but she is warm, engaging and thorough. Her personality put us at ease immediately when we met. This was a very short engagement, with only about two weeks notice, and she handled it beautifully. When we arrived at Towne Center in Virginia Beach it was windy, and the need to move away from our original plan became necessary; Rev. Launa made all of that go smoothly. We are very happy with our ceremony, our vows, our location, and our pictures (which she helped in taking! ) Blessings to you and your family!
Jimmy & Tara - Married - 4-2-11
A Blessing From Above Ceremonies & Services was everything we could have asked for and more. We live out of town and Rev. Launa was very accommodating. We met a couple of times, once in person and once on Skype. We had no idea what to expect in these meetings, but Launa put us at ease right away by asking questions to narrow down what type of ceremony we were looking for. After these two meetings, Launa was able to put together a ceremony that fit our personalities (and even included a mention of our cats!). Throughout the whole process, she made it clear that we could alter any part of the ceremony that we were not comfortable with, to ensure that it remained true to us. We received several comments on our wedding day from guests saying how much they loved the ceremony and the officiant. Most importantly, Launa put us at ease and made sure we knew what to expect on the most important day of our lives. We received an envelope from Launa containing our actual ceremony from our wedding day so we will always have it and always remember what was said on our special day. We really enjoyed having Launa as our officiant and we wish we could rewind time and do it again!!! We would highly recommend this service to anyone!!
Chris and Kimberly Married 4-2-11
We were married in last April at the Wyndam Hotel in Virginia Beach. We met Launa and Patrick at a wedding show and knew right away they were a perfect match for us. From the very beginning they were personal and paid great attention to detail and were like family to us from the get go. We had so many options and they were so patient with us when we even had to change the date! Their services are so much more than music and a wedding officiant… we also got a wedding planner, song advisor, dress coordinator and best of all new friends. We were given literally any option for music and felt we were in very gentle and capable hands on our biggest day ever. We were so happy and honored that Launa and Patrick were a part of our day, we didn’t realize how incredible it all was until it was all over and thought back and would trust them completely with any event and I don’t say that often. The music was beautiful and we even received a cd of our wedding for a keepsake. I do remember my dress had a french bustle that after the ceremony I had no idea how to put up as it was quite complex. I had not thought this out when I bought the dress and before I knew it Launa had it buttoned up and looking great for the reception! I can’t say enough good words…if we renew our vows we’d never use anyone else of course. We had a beautiful wedding and owe a lot of that to Launa and Patrick. They are professional, knowledgeable, extremely personable and really know what they are doing ! Well Done…. Thank You !!!!!!!!
Keith and Katie - Married 3-23-11
We had a great ceremony performed by Rev Launa onboard the Spirit of Norfolk on March 26, 2011. Rev Launa made our wedding very memorable. We chose a non religious ceremony, but because we did want something religious spoken, Rev Launa worked that in very beautifully. We had many compliments from our family and friends on what a nice ceremony that was. Before the ship sailed, Rev. Launa stayed for pictures with us. I can't say enough wonderful things about Rev Launa. She truly made our wedding day a memorable one! Thank you so much! Keith & Katie Wilson
Brian & Samantha - Married - 10-23-10
Launa and Patrick are one of a kind. We were given their names from a friend of ours, we met them and it was love at first site. My husband walked away from the meeting and said that we had to have them (this was rare for him to have such a strong opinion on a wedding vendor). Launa and Patrick were helpful in every way, honest, sincere, and they bent over backwards with our needs. Launa took every detail of our life together and created a masterpiece of a ceremony. It was breath taking. There are no words to describe the emotions my husband and I felt during that moment. Launa read the ceremony with so much feeling and beauty, every single one of our guests enjoyed the ceremony and thought it was the best one they have ever sat through. Patrick is remarkable with music and working the crowd/guests. Our goal was to have our guests on the dance floor the entire night, and Patrick made that happen. He was fantastic with keeping with the timeline; he made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be, when they were supposed to be there. Our wedding was absolutely perfect. We said our vows, we saw our friends and family and we had a great time! Our wedding wouldn’t have been as amazing without Launa and Patrick. They touched our lives and they became dear friends of ours. Thank you very much for everything, we love you both!
Crystal & Steven-Married - 10-9-10
From the minute I met Rev. Launa, I knew I had made the right decision. She is such a kind and warm person, exactly the type of individual I wanted to have officiate my wedding ceremony. My Husband and I loved being able to word our ceremony the way we wanted. Launa helped to create a wonderfully unique and personalized service that highlighted what we loved in each other. All of my guests commented on how beautiful and different our ceremony was. They all said that it was the most touching service they'd ever attended. Throughout the whole process she was easy to get in touch with, extremely helpful, and was wonderful when it came to suggestions for rituals and vows. She went above and beyond and exceeded our expectations throughout the whole day. I noticed her helping set up the centerpiece's and even put my cake topper on my cake. She was truly a lifesaver!! Without her help coaching my flower girl I'm not sure she would've made it down the aisle. We loved having her and would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a very special and personal wedding! Thank you Rev. Launa!
Tom & Susan-Married - 10-2-10
We would both like to thank you for making our wedding day special. The ceremony Patrick performed for our wedding was perfect. Your website was very helpful and your services exceeded our expectations! Living out of town and orchestrating all the details can be an uneasy task. You made it so simple. The day was incredible in every way. We would absolutely recommend your services for ANY wedding occasion!!
Scott & Ann - Married 9-18-10
A 5 star rating just isn't enough! I am so blessed that I found Launa to officiate our wedding. We booked Launa a year in advance and throughout the year she kept in touch and met with us on several occasions to help us create our own special and unique ceremony. The ceremony that she helped us create was absolutely perfect and all of my guests raved about how elegantly she spoke and how beautiful the ceremony was. She took the time to interact with our 7 yr old daughter and making her feel comfortable. Launa isn't just an officiant, she plays many roles on your special day. She was very involved during the reception guiding us throughout the night on what was to come next as well as making sure that everything ran as smoothly as possible. It was as if she was our own wedding coordinator as well! She is very animated, fun and outgoing and even took to the dance floor with us throughout the night! So the choice is yours...you can hire any officiant that will just pick any random boring ceremony unspecific to your needs and carried out in monotone voice and boring to your guests, OR you can hire Launa to help you create a ceremony that is meaningful to you as a couple and delivered elegantly and professionally. FYI... She works alongside her husband who is a DJ and they do offer a package if you are looking for both a DJ and officiant! He is just as animated as she is! :) If you are a bride hurry up and book her! She goes quick and I can assure you that you will NOT be disappointed! Thank you Launa from the bottom of our hearts for making our day so meaningful and special! You have made numerous couples so very very happy.
Stephanie & Brandon - Married - 8-28-10
My Husband and I decided way before we were even engaged that we wanted a sunrise beach wedding. When the time came to plan the wedding we were concerned with finding a pastor/reverend to do the ceremony that would not charge us an arm and leg to go the whole way to Virgina beach for the wedding or find someone local that would understand we were coming from far away to get married. My husband found A Blessing from Above online and emailed them for more information. We got a very quick response and were able to make all the arrangements over the phone. We exchanged all paperwork through email and set up the time and date. We were only at the beach for a week and planned to return home (to PA) after the wedding for a reception that night. We met Launa on the beach at 5:30 am the morning of the wedding. We had picked the place we wanted while at the beach earlier in the week and called her with the location. We wanted to be married as the sun came up and that's exactly what we got! It could not have been more perfect in anyway. My husband and I had picked the simple package during phone conversations(with hubby and I both on talking to Launa) but we both still teared up during the ceremony. Right after the wedding ceremony was complete, a school of dolphins started jumping in the waves right behind where we had gotten married! It was so amazing how everything just fell together. Launa stayed for pictures with us even though it was only 6:30 am! I don't think we could have found any other officiant who would have been willing to come out to the beach at that time of the morning to do a wedding with out a huge up charge and being in a bad mood. Launa was very pleasant to work with and even took time to interact with our slightly crabby 1 year old! Launa is a perfect choice for an officiant for that extra special wedding, because she will take the time and energy to make it everything you want it to be. She did with us!
Eugene & Jennifer - Married 8-21-10
We would like to thank you for marrying us! It was so little notice given to you and you did your best to squeeze us into your schedule to make it work for us. We will be forever grateful for that. That day was truly a blessing to our family and we thank you for being part of it. Even though it was just us and our three beautiful boys, that day couldn't have been anymore special than it was. The photographer you referred to us was wonderful! He made our day even more special! We could see that he is special, and the light he gives off is glorious. He has a good heart as do you. Thank you again for making our day special.
God Bless you both!
Love, Eugene, Jennifer & The Burton Boys
John & Chelsea-Married 8-14-10
Rev. Launa, Thank you SO much for all that you have done for us, and for making our ceremony so personal. We are so lucky to have found you! Thanks again for everything!!
Armando & Jennifer- Married 8-07-10
Launa & Patrick, we want to thank you for all that you have done with helping us with our wedding. We truly appreciated it! Thank you for making our special day soooooo beautiful, it went really well. We have wonderful memories now to look back on.We wish you guys only the best! Thanks for being a part of our very special day.
Robert & Cheryl - Married 7-17-10
Launa, Thank you again for the wonderful service! Cheryl and I could not have asked for anything better. We received numerous compliments on the wedding ceremony and vows. You truly made our day so much more special and memorable. We are truly thankful for the beautiful memory you helped us to create.
John & April - Married 7-03-10
Rev. Launa, Thanks so very much for your time and excellent ceremony!! Our wedding was Awesome and a day we will never forget. You made us feel as if you have known us forever & that was very much appreciated. We would strongly refer you to anyone who is planning a
"Big Day"! Again, Thanks So Very Much!!!!!!
Warren & Varshay - Married - 5-22-10
Reverend Launa was AMAZING! From our initial meeting to I DO, we were very pleased. She was attentive to details and always concerned about making our day exactly what we dreamed of. I could not have asked for more. I will not hesitate to recommend her to friends!
Tammie & Kelly - Married 5-14-10
It is with utmost respect and admiration that I write to thank you for what I feel was a Perfect wedding. To think that the planning was all done over email and phone is quite amazing. I can't begin to tell you how much the whole wedding exceeded our expectations. The location was exactly what we dreamed of, the weather was perfect. Working with you was a treat from the start, and I am so pleased to have met you and worked with you. You are amazing at what you do, and both Kelly and I, and our familes are grateful beyond words. Thank you so much! It was definitely a day to remember!
Vicky and Ryan - Married - 3-20-10
Your thank you note is the hardest, because there is so much to say. We had numerous atheists and agnostics come to us and compliment the ceremony. Those compliments are ALL yours! You did an amazing job putting into words the spirituality, wonder and inspiration that can be found in nature and science. You are a Spectacular Communicator! The ceremony you created for us was absolutely perfect. We love it, and appreciate all of your research, authoring, & editing. We also definitely appreciate you working with us to create the first ever American Chestnut Unity Ceremony!!! The wedding has produced over $1000.00 in donations for the American Chestnut Foundation! Isn't that remarkable? We can celebrate love and have a fabulous party, and do good all at the same time!! Thank you for all of your efforts at the reception, from big things like taking care of the cake confusion, to subtle things like demonstrating the cupid shuffle! There is so much more I could say, but I hope it is enough to say how very much Ryan and I appreciated all of your efforts. You definitely made our special day unique, personal, and truly made it "OURS"! Thank you Launa!!
John & Cheryl - Married - 9-19-09
If you’re looking for the absolute best officiant in Hampton Roads, it’s Rev. Launa. The only thing that compared to marrying the love of my life was the ceremony Launa performed for us. She allowed us to create our own unique ceremony that was one of a kind, and will surely be remembered for the rest of our lives. I planned the whole wedding and was sure to investigate everyone we hired. Launa fit the bill! We were on a tight budget and her fees were the lowest in price with the most included. Till this day we still have family and friends talking about how much they enjoyed the ceremony. So if you want to be able to create your own dream ceremony, Launa is the person to fulfill it. She meets with you as many times as it takes until you’re completely satisfied and will perform any type of ceremony depicted by your religious views. She is so caring throughout the entire process, and works so well with other vendors to ensure your day goes according to plan. Also, she doesn’t ask that you and your partner have counseling beforehand, but she does offer it. This a good thing for those in the service that have limited time or crazy schedules like we did. I believe anyone would be honored to have her as an officiant on their wedding. I would, and always will recommend Rev. Launa to anyone!
Krista & Philip- Baby Dedication 9-06-09
Launa, thank you so much for accepting the responsibility of dedicating our children to the Lord. This will be the beginning of their journey to a very happy and fulfilling life! I can only hope that our family will meet the standards required to raise very beautiful, consciencious young ladies. Thank you for making the ceremony so beautiful
Lynsey and Kelvin - Married 6-7-09
"Patrick and Launa, You both were so incredibly helpful in getting our June 7th wedding in order. From our first meeting, we felt so comfortable with putting our wedding in your capable hands. You set our nerves at ease and made the entire process so incredibly easy. I was amazed at the options available to us. I was even more amazed that Patrick was available to do our reception last minute and put together an entire reception program together in less than 24 hours! You truly saved our wedding reception!! I had so many guests approach me afterwards, talking about how amazing Launa was for not only performing a beautiful service, but for also helping host the reception with Patrick. I saw people dancing that I never in a million years would have thought would be up having fun at a wedding! You brought together two totally different types of people and managed to create a cohesive and fun musical experience for our guests. We cannot thank you both enough!!!!!
Ashley & Devan - Married 5-16-09
For a personalized, fabulously creative ceremony you can't get better than Launa! Launa is an absolute professional who listens carefully to your wishes, offers intelligent suggestions, and then crafts a beautifully written prose that captures the essence of your heart. Kind, knowledgeable, and open-minded, Launa will deliver a ceremony you'll remember always. I had the absolute pleasure of working with Launa. The first thing that I loved about her was her energy— she has this amazing aura around her that makes everyone at ease, especially the bride. The second thing that I immediately noticed was her attention to detail and attention to doing whatever she can to make her client happy. When we chose Launa, we had no idea that we were also hiring a party planner. She made sure that my MOH gave her toast, kept me on track with the bouquet throwing, and got everyone dancing throughout the night. I have no idea what I would have done without her. There are no officiants in Virginia or the east coast, that can come close to what Launa delivers. Launa sees the big picture, and makes that vision a reality. She goes above and beyond to work with the other vendors at the wedding to make sure that the client gets the wedding of their dreams and makes sure that everyone works as team to make the evening a success. My Husband and I could not imagine our wedding with someone other than Launa. She made my beach wedding truly magical. She is and will always be a true blessing to us. She is a 5 Star Wedding Minister!! The wedding ceremony and the words you spoke, Launa, were absolutely lovely. There were many tears shed simply because of the beauty of the ceremony, seeing "Love" all around! We received many wonderful comments from our guests! We promise that we will recommend you always!!!
In Memory of our friend..
Officer Victor Decker- May you rest in Peace, our protector and friend...
You will be missed by all who knew you. Love, Launa & Patrick
Dawn & Victor - Married 5-15-09
We really appreciate everything you did to make our day so wonderful! We are so happy we met you! You both made something that is deemed as stressful, very simple and fun. We could not have found two better people to compliment our day. I love Launa for allowing me to be myself. Launa worked with me to get the wording of our ceremony absolutely wonderful! And Patrick provided the music that fit PERFECTLY with the feel we wanted. People are still talking about our wedding! Victor and I wanted something that reflected US, and you both worked to make that happen. I was able to adjust the ceremony to make it personal for myself and my husband. She was always willing to work with me onany question that I might have or any change I wanted to make. I enjoyed her services so much that I asked her to perform the baptism of our daughter October of this year. She is also my daughter's godmother! She attended my baby shower as well. I consider her to be a personal friend now. I recommend her and Patrick to anyone and everyone! I cannot thank you enough for everything that you both did to make everything perfect. THANK YOU!! We will proudly sing your praises to anyone that might need eitherof your services!!! Thank you so much!!!"