My thanks to the many couples who have allowed me to share their special day of union and love. I am grateful for their kind words.
Aleks and Tucker Orbison, October 10, 2021
When we decided to marry, we knew we wanted someone who shared the same ideas on life and spirit to marry us, and our first choice was Reverend Linda Simmons. Her graceful guidance along the way to our special celebration was essential, and made our wedding feel complete, thoughtful, and unique to our love. The personalized attention she gave us made sure our ceremony was exactly what we wanted
Matt and Katie Turur, November 7, 2020
My wife, Katie, and I, had the unique and sometimes tough experience of getting married during the COVID-19 pandemic. With our ceremony numbers limited to no larger than 10 due to health and safety restrictions, we were walking into a situation beyond the realm of what we pictured when setting our date back in 2019. Amidst all the stress in the weeks leading up to the event, Rev. Linda’s presence was nothing short of a ray of light in the middle of what was sometimes an emotional process. Leading up to our wedding date, she worked so closely and personally with us from afar (we now live in Missouri after living full-time for five years on Nantucket) to ensure the ceremony and the words spoken painted the best picture of our relationship and our love for one another. Taking place in the Quaker Meeting House, it was a ceremony that had such a perfect balance of spirituality, positivity and the tradition we hoped for in a wedding ceremony. Seeing Linda shed a tear during the ceremony made us both cry ourselves and really showed how connected she was to us and to the moment. We’ll be forever thankful for our time with Rev. Linda
Federica and Tobias Glidden, September 28, 2020
Reverend Linda was an obvious choice for my wife and I when tying the knot. We wanted a simple service but also to have a special connection with Linda to share our journey together. A wedding is more than a day in the sun on Nantucket it’s a commitment to whole life together. Linda’s knowledge of religion, humanity, and culture shines through in her service. She knows how to make a very inclusive meaningful ceremony while keeping it simple.
Michelle Pujais and Mark Stabile, October 2019
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet Reverend Linda and have her officiate at our wedding. She made the process easy as well as incredibly meaningful for us. In the months leading up to the big day, she took the time to make us feel comfortable and to help us reflect upon our relationship and how it would be expressed in our wedding ceremony. Reverend Linda was genuinely interested in getting to know us, and our history, beliefs and traditions. We planned an outdoor wedding (on the beach at Brant Point in the fall), and she was very flexible in preparing for weather-related contingencies. Reverend Linda worked with us to create an experience that was uniquely ours and one that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Valerie and Andreas, October 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Rev. Linda Simmons. She first met with us to learn more about us and our story, and used this to develop a very personal and thoughtful draft of our ceremony, which we were able to further customize. The entire process was very smooth, and we were beyond delighted with the outcome.
Avi Chitrit and Michelle Whelan, September 2019
Anna and Dan Day, September, 2019
It was such a pleasure working with Linda. From the beginning of the wedding planning process to the end, she was very present and reassuring. Not having a previous relationship with Linda, we were curious how we would develop a rapport and make our ceremony feel intimate.
We started the process with her by answering questions about our relationship; how we met, how we fell in love, what our aspirations are. We answered these questions individually and then met with her where we read them aloud to one another. After this meeting and a couple subsequent conversations we felt very comfortable with her; and her intuitions and thoughts on our relationship were spot on. Her familiarity with the marriage and ceremony process made our planning easier. She provided us with a highly personalized ceremony drawing from her breadth of experience as well as the nuances of our relationship. Her calm and encouraging presence are undeniable and we are so happy that she was the officiant of our special day.
Susan Berman and Ray Saunders, September, 2019
It was a joy having Rev. Linda officiate our wedding.
From our meetings at her home to the ceremony, everything she did, everything she said was perfect. Her advice to enjoy the special moment was something we hold close. Rev. Linda took the time to question us, encourage us to reflect on our relationship and that deepened our relationship. The questions she sent us before our meeting also helped us to think deeply about our relationship and the journey before us and allowed her to craft a meaningful and personal ceremony for us. Thank you!
Jenny and Damian Menning, August, 2019
Linda was a joy to work with–personable, professional and inclusive to our vision for our ceremony! Having Linda to guide us along while planning from Ohio was a life saver. I especially enjoyed her bride/groom questionnaire and ability to ‘meet’ us before hand via Skype. Our guests have told us that the words illustrated in the ceremony were so thoughtful and that they enjoyed her piece on mindfulness. A wonderful addition to our beach side wedding.
Lindsay and Chris Hilbert, August 2019
We had a wonderful experience with Reverend Linda. We wanted a private and personalized wedding, and she exceeded our expectations. She met with us remotely and in person to assess our needs, and help us create a ceremony that reflected our journey as a couple. The day we got married, she met us by the ocean under the evening sun. Her gentle words and smile kept us grounded as we exchanged vows. We both feel lucky to have a beautiful and meaningful day to look back on. Thank you, Linda!
Judy Norkin and Michael Barron
Widow and widower, we amazingly found each other and recently married in the very beautiful Unitarian Meetinghouse on our beloved Nantucket. It was a new adventure for each of us…a new beginning… a second marriage surrounded by our children, grandchildren, and our special friends. It was our absolute pleasure to plan our wedding with Rev. Linda, and then to have her officiate this very special event!
Our wedding with Rev. Linda was interfaith. She gracefully and generously shared the creation of our wedding ceremony, and then the delivery of the ceremony, with a co-officiant. From beginning to end, we could not have asked for more! Rev. Linda took the needed time to hear us clearly, care for our needs, and celebrate our day. She spent many hours communicating with the co-officiant and together they planned a magnificent wedding ceremony that reflected who we are, our love and commitment to each other, and our journey in getting to this marriage. The ceremony was a true gift!
Miranda and Andrew Rhoads, May 2019
Reverend Linda Simmons was an exceptional officiant for our wedding. My husband and I got married on Brant Point in May, when the weather was not yet warm, and Reverend Linda braved the wind and the cold with such joy and excitement on our wedding day. She took the time to get to know us and created a ceremony that was truly fitting for our relationship. We were blessed to have had such a kind and spirited presence on the most special day of our lives.
Mike Belzer and Michele Ritchey, Wauwinet, July 10, 2018
You made our wedding day very memorable and special with your warm and caring heart. We can’t thank you enough for the incredible job you did with our wedding ceremony! It was amazing! Our fear of eloping was the ceremony would not be personal, but you did a fabulous job of personalizing it! It was the perfect day and everything we could have dreamed it would be.
Laurence and Eddy Karnabi, Brant Point Light House, May 10, 2018
We thank Rev Simmons for the beautiful ceremony of our wedding. She made everything very personalized and meaningful. She has a warm approach and makes us feel like family. We could not have chosen a better celebrant! We highly recommend her.
Sherry and Rick DeAmelio, Private Home Nantucket, May 2, 2018
Reverend Linda Simmons was a wonderfully integral part of our wedding process. Through emails, Skype and in person she took the time to understand us, our relationship, beliefs and lives to craft a ceremony that was tailored to fit; all of which made our ceremony comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. It was incredible that fate introduced us to a minister that fit so well and made our wedding such an incredible experience
Nicole Wager & Billy Gross, UU Meeting House, Hendrix Hall, December 30, 2018
It truly is difficult to find the words that express how amazing our experience was with Rev Simmons. First, I must say that Rev Simmons is one of the kindest, gentlest, and caring people we’ve ever met in our lives. Throughout our engagement, she showed such genuine interest in our lives, our ceremonial plans, and opened up her both herself and the Unitarian Meeting House to us. Rev Simmons expressed a sincere excitement in learning about our love for each other. My husband and I often reminisce about our amazing wedding and both agree that one of the most wonderful parts of it was Rev Simmons herself. She was she able to capture our love for each other in a very personalized and unique way.
It was extremely important to Rev Simmons that she took the time to know us, and more importantly, not just why we love each other, but how we fell in love. This is exactly what we wanted … someone who cared more about us than about going through the motions of an ordinary ceremony. Rev Simmons gave us the most unique “homework” assignment that consisted of some very thought provoking questions. We’ll still never forget the day she had us meet her and visit the Meeting House prior to the wedding. She hosted us for tea at her home and the three of us sat together and read the answers to her questions for the first time to each other … it was beautiful!
We will forever treasure our wedding day! All of our family members continue to tell us that they had never been to such a magical ceremony. If you’re planning a wedding, and want to go through a genuinely unique and wonderful experience, we’d highly recommend Rev Simmons for your ceremony. Her genuine character, spirit, and passion for love and matrimony will make your day even more special than you can imagine.
Clay Twombly and Joe Olson, Unitarian Meeting House, October 15, 2016
“From the first time we sat down with Rev. Linda Simmons to talk about our wedding, we knew we were in good hands. Not only did she guide us through the formalities of creating a wedding ceremony, but she nurtured both of us along the path of preparing for marriage. She told us from the beginning that she was there to support us and she never let us down. And she couldn’t have been more right! Linda is our minister, and we were so blessed and honored to have her officiate our wedding and are grateful she is still a part of our lives.”
Pamela and Daniel Haddad, Brant Point, September 10, 2016
We adore Reverend Linda – she is fabulous! We are so blessed to have had her as such an integral part of our special day and wedding planning year. From day one, we felt at peace when with Reverend Linda. Her calming presence, confidence, honesty, and knowledge allowed us to trust her immediately.
Actually, moments after meeting her, we just knew we had to have her marry us! Reverend Linda spent time getting to know us, whether it be in person at her home in Nantucket over tea, or via phone and email when we were off island. She stayed connected with us throughout the year and was very attentive and thoughtful – she kept us on track and we did not have to worry about a thing, which is rarity when planning a wedding!
She made a point to get to know us as individuals and as a couple. She ensured she understood what was important to us, and helped us stay true to our wish to keep our ceremony as the focal point of our wedding day. Every detail of our ceremony was customized to be a true reflection of us and our love story. And, she ensured all of the pieces of our ceremony came together flawlessly.
We are so grateful to have Reverend Linda in our lives and will be forever thankful for the positive influence she has had on us and the incredible strength, peace, and thoughtfulness she brought to our wedding day!
Zach and Ashley Danzinger, Wauwinet, August 8, 2016
“Linda Simmons is an accommodating, kind-hearted, and professional person and we loved having her officiate our wedding. Our ceremony was challenging in that it combined practices of two faiths, but Linda was able to understand what we wanted, respect the spirit of our ceremony and even learn and recite a few non-English words. On short notice (due to circumstances beyond our control) Linda made time to meet with us to discuss our ceremony, ask us deep questions about our relationship and synthesize our answers into a beautifully written affirmation of marriage. Perhaps most importantly, her calming spirit put us at ease when we were most anxious about wedding preparations, and many of our guests at the rehearsal dinner mentioned how confident and relaxed they felt because of Linda’s leadership and kindness. We feel so lucky that Linda was able to officiate our wedding, and cannot thank her enough for the wonderful job she did.”
Scott & Lacey Farrell, Unitarian Meeting House, June 11, 2016
My husband and I were very lucky to have Linda Simmons officiate our wedding. We thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Linda in the months leading up to our ceremony. She was kind, compassionate, and very easy to talk to. She put us at ease. Linda led a beautifully written ceremony that thoughtfully incorporated personal details from our prior conversations and meetings. Linda was poised and warm throughout the ceremony. She did a good job engaging our guests, all while making my husband and me feel like we were the only people in the room. We were thrilled to be married by Linda!
Natalie Ciminero and Arlene O’Reilly, Unitarian Meeting House, June 4, 2016
“It was important to us that our ceremony be held in a sacred and spiritual space that embodied an open mind, open heart and historical presence. Further, fully understanding that we have absolutely no control over the often unpredictable island weather,
we knew it was crucial that we select an indoor location with plenty of space and time-honored beauty. We feel strongly that the UU Meeting House is an integral earmark of the Nantucket Landscape as well as a fundamental thread of the Nantucket web of life. Its essence is one of non-bias support and acceptance, and for us personally, a place where intellect and love reside hand in hand. These are key elements of our relationship, so it seemed entirely befitting and a natural choice.
Linda was wonderful from the very beginning to the celebratory end. She extended herself to us as individuals and a couple. She supported and challenged us; listened and shared; guided and nurtured the process for and with us. Our personal feelings and wishes were acknowledged and honored. She welcomed us with open arms and invited us to help shape a ceremony and experience that would forever be one of the most important experiences of our lives. Linda offered a cornucopia of wisdom and an exuberance of spirit. With a steady hand, jubilant laugh and gracious approach, she was more than just an officiant, she was an extension of humanity and we will forever be thankful for the time we spent with her.”
James Michael Angelo and Jonathan Warren, Unitarian Meeting House, October 3, 2015
“The moment we walked into the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House we knew we wanted to be married there. It was a spiritual experience. Then we met Rev. Linda Simmons. The three of us formed an instant connection. We felt cared for and seen by her, and for a gay couple that is a gift. We never thought marriage would be an option in our lifetime, and Linda understood the gravity of this. She guided us through our initial sit down and gave us questions to answer about each other. It was an invaluable exercise. Then our special day came. And on that altar the three of us had another spiritual experience that brought laughter and tears. We are forever grateful for the gift Linda has given us. We wish the same joy, love, understanding and guidance for all couples who embark on the journey of marriage. Linda continues to be a guide in our lives and a piece of our hearts.”
Cally and Brett Bralver, Unitarian Meeting House, July 18, 2015
We had a wonderful experience having Reverend Simmons be part of our ceremony and weekend. It felt as if we had known her for years and so enjoyed getting to share such a special moment with her. Friends and family were touched by her words. We couldn’t have asked for a more personalized and kind tone to the ceremony.
Ashley Charron & Jason Parker, Unitarian Meeting House, February 4, 2015
Reverend Linda was the perfect officiate for our wedding. She was welcoming, easy going and worked hand-in-hand with us on every facet of our big day. Reverend Linda beautifully translated our love story into a powerful and moving ceremony. We highly recommend Reverend Linda!
Fred Huddleston and Clay Rogers, Unitarian Meeting House, September 6, 2014
“Clay and I, after being in a relationship for fourteen years, thought it time to make a commitment to each other. Marriage equality was not available in Texas at that time so we looked elsewhere. Being Christian we wanted a church ceremony and loving the ocean (our home is in the historic port city of Galveston) we wanted to be on the water. We chose Nantucket as I had been there in the early 1970’s, Massachusetts was the first state to have marriage equality, and there was a Unitarian Universalist church there. What we did not realize was how blessed we were to be welcomed and counseled (long distance!) by Rev. Linda Simmons. She did everything and more to make our special day perfect. Just before the service when she found our prerecorded music was not working with their sound system she went on line, found each piece and quickly downloaded them. We cannot express our gratitude enough for the love and caring we experienced.”
Johanna & Mike Foster, Wauwinet, August 22, 2013
“Our Wedding ceremony was officiated by Reverend Linda Simmons and we are entirely happy in our decision to have her as our Minister.
In our first meeting Linda assured us that we were in good hands – and she was right.
Linda got to know Mike and me and asked us good questions and helped us structure and personalize our ceremony so that it felt unique to us. We learned more about one another through the process. Linda was an invaluable part of our wedding ceremony – and started us on our life’s journey together in an honest, meaningful and celebratory way.
Linda has a presence and a faith which made Mike and I feel confident and happy. Linda is a blessing- and I would recommend her to couples of all faiths, ages and backgrounds.”