Donna Rose Gardner, Santa Cruz Wedding Officiant

Donna Rose Gardner
Honey in the Heart Ceremonies

Wedding Officiant in
Santa Cruz and
Monterey Bay, California


Who I am

Hello and THANK YOU so very much for taking the time to consider the services that I offer. Your ceremony is the most important part of your day. I’m here to listen to what you want, offer guidance, ideas, and flexibility so that on the day you’re joined together in marriage your ceremony will truly reflect the unique love that you share. All beliefs are honored and I embrace diversity.

Performing wedding ceremonies comes from the joy that I share with couples who are stepping over the threshold into a deeper commitment with one another. Your ceremony will have a sprinkling of humor that’s mixed together with inspiration! Whether you're having a wedding with a large gathering, or a "pop up" elopement, you can be rest assured that your ceremony will be filled with loving and fun memories. 

Honey in the Heart naturally flows from me to you as I'm also a bee keeper!

Let’s connect soon to talk about what I can do to help you have a heart felt and unforgettable ceremony! Call me at 831-325-7254 to setup a time to talk.

“The ceremony was everything and more that we had hoped for. Our family and friends to this day keep talking about how our ceremony helped to rekindle their love for themselves and each other. It is a vibration that is still being carried out in the ether. Thank you so much Donna for being a beacon of light. You truly have a gift to meet people where they are at and with your strong intuition and genuine real down-to-earth nature you are able to see the light in others and provide the space to let that light shine forth into the world. Thank you. So much love and respect, LOVE.”
-Lauren & Julian

Donna Rose Gardner



The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere, they’re in each others hearts all along.
— Rumi

Weddings: Many couples don't know where to begin with their ceremony. Rest assured, I will give you all the guidance needed. Your ceremony will reflect the unique love that each of you has for one another. It will be a reflection of the deep commitment you share  on the day you become husband and wife. 

PRE-WRITTEN CEREMONY - You can make your selection from a variety of pre-written ceremonies if what you want is a ceremony that is simple and sweet while still reflecting your unique love. I’m open to having you edit the wording in this style of ceremony so it truly reflects the two of you.

CO-CREATED CEREMONY - You can choose to have a co-0created ceremony that includes your love story. From the beginning words to the pronouncement of your marriage I provide many samples to help you. We can add components such as a hand fasting, a sand ceremony, a wine or beer blessing to accompany your vows, or other creative ideas that I can share with you. You’ll find that I’m very flexible if you have ideas that you want to have included!

If you want a pre-written ceremony or a co-created one, your vows are the most personal part of your ceremony. You can write your own, or choose from the many samples that you will be provided with.

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Thank you so much for your kindness and for the time you took with us to create our perfect ceremony. We could not be happier. All your love and positive energy matched just what we envisioned.
— Abby & Matt
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our special day so memorable. It amazes us that in such a short time we were able to feel so connected with you. We will always cherish that day for the rest of our lives.
— The Eks
Thank you from deep in our hearts for loving us and making this day happen. You are so caring and talented. You inspire us. How wonderful that you officiated our 50th Anniversary Vow Renewal.
— Nancy & Tom
Appreciation is wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
— Francois-Maria Arouet de Voltaire

Questions & answers

How much do you charge?

My ceremonies start at $395.00. 

What do you accept for payment?

Cash, Credit/Debit card or a check

What officiant services do you provide?

Civil , Interfaith , Contemporary Spiritual, Vow Renewals

Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?

Yes. I perform ceremonies at the couple's choice of location. Ceremonies have been performed in the redwood forest, the beach, private homes and many dfferent venues.

Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony?

Yes. Your ceremony will reflect your unique love and committment.

Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?

Yes. You'll be provided with several samples of vows that you can "cherry pick" from or use as a springboard for writing your vows. You'll also receive other suggestions to get your own creative inspiration going if you need this help.

How long are your ceremonies?

Approx. 20 minutes

Are you available for rehearsals?