Penelope was a fantastic officiant to work with. She provided several options for ceremonies and allowed us to mix, match, and add until we had the "perfect" one for us. She was very quick to respond to e-mails when a question came up! Our ceremony was read beautifully and we received many compliments from our guests. We would highly recommend her services to others looking for an officiant.
Penelope is a true professional. We are so fortunate to have had her there on our wedding day, reading the words we'd written, and helping us become husband and wife. She was non-judgmental, accepting all of our ideas and wording, she was always helpful, offering suggestions and advice when we got a little stuck, and she was perfectly professional in her demeanor, delivery, and interactions. We've witnessed hundreds of weddings over the years, being wedding vendors ourselves, and we very rarely get to see ministers at Penelope's caliber. In our opinion, she is the best in all of Wilmington.
In my search for officiants in the Wilmington area, I kept coming across Penelope's name. When I consulted with my other vendors, they highly recommended her for her wedding services and for her professionalism. She was prompt in replying to me and we arranged a meeting. My fiance and I found her to be very warm, and she was so helpful to give us several suggestions for the marriage ceremony wording and vows. We really liked that she was flexible and catered to the type of service we wanted and we were planning. She is very good at ensuring your wedding ceremony is special to you, as a couple. Penelope was always on time, and one step ahead--with making sure she had the marriage license from us to making sure our witnesses signed it and having it filed promptly at the courthouse. When we went to the courthouse to get the license weeks before the ceremony, they knew her by name and even had her phone number available for our licensing information! She is such a professional and had worked with my wedding venue coordinator and ceremony DJ several times before, so their communication was flawless. I highly recommend Penelope for your wedding ceremony.
Working with Penelope was wonderful. You can really tell that she loves what she does and that it really matters to her that it's done well. We appreciated her genuine and spiritual nature. With her help and guidance, we were able to create a ceremony that truly represented us and our relationship. After the ceremony, our parents raved about how beautiful and heartfelt her words were. We are so happy that she was a part of our special day!
Penelope is so easy to work with. We meet with her and see explained the whole process and gave us some sample ceremonies. She was very professional and made sure that your ceremony was special. I was happy with Penelope and would definitely recommend her!
Reverend Morningstar was wonderful to work with. She offered suggestions on how to conduct our ceremony and gave us different ceremony options to choose from. I ended up mixing and matching a few different ceremonies. She was on time and a great help in filling out the paperwork for our marriage license. We had our license within a week. She was a pleasure to work with and we highly recommend her!
Penelope met with us a few months before our wedding. She guided us through how the ceremony would flow and kept in constant contact throughout out the planning process. She was very helpful and professional, she sent us sample ceremonies but also let us customize our own. After we customized our own ceremony she gave us tips on the order of events that made the ceremony flow easier. During the rehearsal she was on time and very helpful. I would highly recommend her to officiate your wedding!
Loved her, and she helped make our day wonderful.
We met Penelope a week before our wedding and it was such a blessing. She was understanding about our urgent situation and extremely helpful. We had a spur of the moment meeting and were instantly taken by her professionalism and kindness. She allowed us to personalize our ceremony to make it exactly what we wanted. In that moment we no longer felt nervous about our wedding, but very excited for it! Penelope even found time to come to the rehearsal dinner following the rehearsal and got to know our families, which was an extreme pleasure. She is such a wonderfully spirited person and we could not have asked for more.
Penelope did a fabulous job as our wedding officiant! She has lots of experience and you can tell! She welcomed my husband and I right away and made us feel very comfortable and relaxed! As you know, a wedding is a very personal event and we had no worries or questions about having Penelope as our officiant and recommend her to all! She did a great job and all our guest said they loved her too! What I also loved about working with Penelope was that she sent me several copies of different types of ceremonies she does and we were able to copy and paste what we liked and essentially we make our own ceremony :) ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND!
We chose Penelope as our wedding officiant because of her warm energy and flexibility with the ceremony. She welcomed us into her home for an initial consultation, where she listened to our needs and told us what to expect next. She then tailored her ceremony script to be so personal and exactly what we were looking for, which was something non-secular and focused on family, and even sent us a draft to review ahead of time. Penelope was very professional and charming on our wedding day and we couldn't be more pleased. She even took a panicked call from us the next day when we thought we needed a copy of our marriage application for our honeymoon, and she let us stop by her house on a moment's notice. We would gladly recommend her to anyone and everyone!
Reverend Morningstar did a great job at our ceremony. She helped us make our ceremony unique and had good suggestions. Everything went so smoothly.
Rev. Morningstar was a pleasure to work with throughout our Wimlington, NC wedding process. She worked with us to create a unique service, was extremely flexible, and was great at keeping everything on track. I highly recommend her for any wedding!
Rev. Morningstar was absolutely fantastic and a pleasure to work with. She helped with everything from the choosing of the vows to organising the entire wedding rehearsal (something I was very thankful for as I hadn't a clue what to do!!). She is an extremely pleasant and professional lady and cared hugely about what we wanted to achieve and how to welcome our guests on our wedding day (they were from the UK, so she wanted to add a section to welcome them to Wilmington and thank them for travelling so far). I hope we will keep in contact and cannot recommend her highly enough.
Penelope officiated my daughter, Lisa's wedding held at Fort Fisher Recreational Facility on May 21, 2011. The ceremony was lovely and everyone commented on that it was profound and meaningful to them. She brought so much meaning to the simple ceremony on the beach, more than I'd experienced at most large church weddings.
Penelope was very patient and helpful while Lisa and Mike tried to organize an out of town wedding with neither of them in the same place during the planning stages. Penelope was most helpful and gracious with them.
We highly recommend Penelope!!!
Be blessed -
Our ceremony was beautiful, and a lot of that is thanks to Penelope. She gave us readings to look at, and choose from, which made that part easy. We put something together, and she read it. We didn't feel any pressure when working with her, and she was very kind and made us feel at ease with that part of wedding planning. Isn't that what every bride wants? We had our wedding in Wilmington, but planned from Raleigh, so emails, and one meeting prior to the wedding were enough to have everything in line. We highly recommend Penelope.
Penelope made the officiant process very easy for us. She was readily available to answer questions, professional but warm in her approach, and gave us the chance to tailor our ceremony according to our wishes. Highly recommend her.
She did a great job. She let us personalize and gave us ideas to work from. She helped us to bring a piece of the beach downtown in our wedding ceremony. Very professional and did not make us feel rushed. She really made us feel like we were fully represented in the ceremony and had fun with us as well.
Penelope did a great job as our officiant. We liked her very much.
She was completely rude to me and my family on the actual wedding day. For the rehearsal she was late, while also changing the times of our rehearsal just a couple days before the wedding, making me have to change the rehearsal dinner time. On the day of our wedding she had scheduled 2 other weddings behind us. When we were running late, (my father wasn't there yet, he had setup the whole beach aisle) she came up to my room where I was getting ready and had words with me and told me we needed to hurry up, and that she had other weddings so we better start moving, I won't say she exactly yelled, but had a very threatening loud tone to her voice. She then threatened to leave if things didn't start moving. She never left, but in all my pictures from the ceremony I have her cranky face in every picture, in turn ruining the look of a happy celebration.
Reverend Penelope Morningstar says:
I'm sorry to hear that Carrie and Cameron were so unhappy with my services. My contract clearly states that it's important that the wedding start on time because I do schedule more than one wedding on many weekend dates. When I arrived at the brides room to have the maid of honor sign the license I was greeted with the words, "We're going to be late, my dad is not here." I said-- did not yell but simply stated-- I have to keep to my schedule because I have two other weddings. Her father was running the shuttle to bring the guests from another hotel and made several trips to pick up guests. The wedding was 45 minutes late starting which put me late for my next wedding. I may have looked irritated while waiting, but during the ceremony I was pleasant and sincere. I never let other people's behavior deter me from giving my best when performing a ceremony. Look at the other reviews, they indicate that I always give my best to every couple.