Blessings From Above
Ceremonies and Services
Rev. Patrick Byrd
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house,
but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7-25
Hello and welcome to the site and services! I am Rev. Patrick.
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 somewhere above. On the day of your wedding, you are building a spiritual house, founded on the ROCKS of your true caring, compassion, openness, honesty, and heartfelt communication between one another. These "rocks" will be what we build your "foundation" with on the wedding day that will forever sustain you both in the coming years.
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. Simple and sentimental, your wedding ceremony will be memorable and well received by your family and friends, because it speaks to all hearts.
Your wedding day is a very special day. 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 truly 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.
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BRIDE'S & COUPLES CHOICE AWARDS
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WEDDING WIRE LISTING & REVIEWS
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, Blessings From Above Ceremonies was selected based on its stellar reviews from past newlywed clients.
Blessings 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 Couples 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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Sabrina & Thomas
We found Reverend Patrick and his wife Reverend Launa on a website
and we are so glad we did. We contacted them and contracted with them to officiate our daughter's wedding in Suffolk, Va. We had the ceremony at our home with around 35-40 guests. They were professional, kind, attentive to detail and simply wonderful. We really were clueless on how to conduct a wedding but with Patrick and Launa's guidance we had a wonderful event. Their word is as good as gold and they proved to be the best investment we could have made. Our daughters happiness was our main concern and all of her wishes were realized mainly due to this dynamic duo's caring and experience in officiating and DJ hosting. We would recommend their services to anyone. We really can't say enough praise to express our thankfulness to them for making our daughter's special day so memorable. ~ Christopher Cox - Father of the Bride
Victoria & Chris
We had our wedding this past June in the
Virginia Beach area. If you are looking for a wonderful power couple willing to
do anything to make your day special without worry or stress than I highly
recommend the Byrd Family. Patrick did a wonderful job delivering our wedding
vows and Launa was very patient helping us write our vows. They are a
wonderful group of people and I would no doubt recommend them to anyone in the Virginia Beach area!
Kenny & Merlene
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
Chris and Kimberly
We were married in last April at the Wyndham 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!
Brian & Samantha
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!
Tom & Susan
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
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.
Armando & Jennifer
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.
Vicky and Ryan
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"!
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
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 many 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 either of your services!!! Thank you so much!!!"