Patricia Slater's Weddings by the Sea

Sanibel Captiva Islands Wedding Officiate Testimonials

Client Reviews from couples who have tied the knot

Hi Patricia,

Well it’s been 1 week already since our wedding. Bob and I would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts on how beautiful you made our day. You are truly a remarkable and gifted person and we couldn’t have done any of this without you.

Thank you again!

Bob and Monica

Dear Patricia,

We wanted to take a moment to thank you, again for everything you did to make our vow renewal ceremony so special and beautiful. We appreciated the ways in which you really listened to what we wanted and then translated our requests into the ceremony and celebration. You took care of everything for us so we could simply enjoy the experience. The flowers and cake you secured were exactly what I imagined (only better!) We appreciated that you hired Frank to take the pictures because we were all so caught up in the ceremony, no one else thought to take any photos. Like you, he did a great job making us feel at ease and we were able to truly live in the joy of the moment.

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vow renewal ceremony on Sanibel


In many ways this ceremony was even more special than our wedding because we are so much wiser now and our love is much deeper. The ceremony as a reminder that we not only promised to love each other for better or for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health; we have done so! This is why the reaffirmation of our vows was so meaningful to us. It was a reminder of the journey that brought us to this point, a day of reflection on the past and anticipation about this new chapter in our lives.  It was a pleasure to share this experience with you.  Joni and Rick

wedding couple on Sanibel beach

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happy couple at Sanibel Island beach

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Hi Pat!

First off, I want to let you know that we received our marriage license in the mail today! And most importantly, we want to express our gratitude to you and the phenomenal work you do! We are still in awe of just how perfect our wedding day was. Every part of that amazing day exceeded our expectations! We truly could not have done it without you. Every one of our family members raved about how impressed they were with you and Frank. You were right…Frank is the best!! His work is absolutely stunning. We can’t wait to see the rest of the photos. When showing our preview photos, we get the same comments from our family and friends…”these look better that magazine photos” and “your pictures brought me to tears”. Please give Frank our sincere thanks. You two are such talented, beautiful people.Sanibel Island wedding picture


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And by the way, Lisa was amazing! The flowers from Floral Artistry were so beautiful! Dinner at the Green Flash was amazing! Dancing at Tween Waters to The Gatlin Show was amazing! We even followed it up with amazing views of the total lunar eclipse from Sunset Beach At South Seas! A truly precious day of beauty and love.

Much love and gratitude,

Brian and Mika Visentin, married on January 20, 2019

Sanibel beach wedding photo

Dear Patricia,

We have spent the day reliving every wonderful moment of our wedding day you created for us. It was more than we could have wished for. When you live in another country, unable to view the chosen destination, select florists, photographers etc. it is a very daunting task, especially for someone like me (a perfectionist).

I needn’t have worried… the location was exactly what we wished for, a beautiful secluded beach. My flowers matched my description to the letter and Frank was such fun and made us feel relaxed in front of the camera, which he captured with beautiful, natural photos and then ending our day with a fabulous meal at Sweet Melissa’s.

Finally, considering we never met, on the day your spoken word made it feel like you had known us for years. We felt excited, calm, serene and it was a truly mindfulness experience.

You created our perfect day and have given us such memories to treasure. Thank you so much for our dream wedding.

So deliriously happy….

Debbie and Chris xx

Dorset, England

couple from England

Hi Patricia!

Here I sit back in Indiana, looking out the window at three inches of snow with it still falling! It’s hard to believe that three weeks ago Vickie and I were standing on the beach, saying our wedding vows on New Year’s morning. It must have happened though. We got our official marriage certificate from Lee County two weeks ago, and Frank’s pictures arrived last Friday. We’ve shown the pictures to family and friends and everyone is amazed. No one can believe I pulled off Vickie’s fairytale beach wedding. (Least of all Vickie). Giving credit to where credit is due, I have to say with your help and instructions, it was pretty easy!

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Many, many thanks to you and Frank! The ceremony was perfect, the whole family had a wonderful time, and we have great pictures to document it. Vickie and I certainly have memories for a lifetime, we’re just sorry it didn’t last longer. It just seemed to get started, and suddenly it was over. Now it’s back to the real world!

Again thank you so much for your help! Vickie and I couldn’t have asked for anything better on our Wedding Day!


Bruce M Eby

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Hello Patricia,

Now that we are back to reality (cold, snow and work!) we want to thank you for our wedding. You were absolutely fabulous. Our wedding day far exceeded our expectations and that is all because of you. You made us feel at ease and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. Our ceremony was beautiful. You truly are the best at what you do. We both fell in love with your island and can’t wait to come back!

Once again, thank you so much!

Michelle and Wayne Ladlee

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Hi Patricia,

What a beautiful wedding! Thank you so much for everything you did. You are amazing!

Thanks so much,

Chelsea and Jake Wagoner

Hi Pat,

We can’t thank you enough for everything you did to make our wedding day so enjoyable and absolutely perfect! Your help and assistance with planning was exactly what we were looking for to make the day as stress free as possible! They wedding ceremony was absolutely beautiful! We received several compliments on your wording and how unique it was. We are very excited to see Frank’s pictures and can’t wait to share them with you! Take care and thanks again for everything!


Love, Susanne and Rico

Testimonial for Patricia Slater, Officiant

Hi Patricia,

How could I possibly have had a more perfect wedding? It was flawless. Everyone you recommended was perfect. The food was delicious. Our guests were so relaxed and happy and just fell in love with Sanibel Island. I have heard over and over time and again from the various vendors and staff how they are so relieved when they hear you are in charge – they all really love working with you.



Thank you a million times from the bottom of my heart. You have truly found a calling and I would love to write you a review somewhere that would be helpful. I’ll be sure to share pictures with you when I get them!

Big hugs,

Andi and Tim


Hi Patricia,

I just wanted to drop you a note to say a big massive thank you for all your help and your beautiful wedding vow renewal service for our Mum and Dad last week.  It was a perfect day and even though I think our Mum was still a bit in shock with the whole surprise I know it was perfect for the both of them.  Our Dad has been fighting cancer for the past 5 years and your beautiful words really touched us all and bonded us even closer together as a family.  All sheding a tear or 2 or 3 during the ceremony!!

Our Mum said that it was one of the best days of her life and brought back all her love and excitement feelings from their wedding day 32 years ago and our Dad was over the moon with the way that it went and said that it was just as he had imagined it. We all were glowing for the rest of our holiday in Fort Myers and still can’t believe what a wonderful, spiritual, and moving ceremony it was.

I really cant put into words how grateful we are to you and your beautiful Island of Sanibel.

Forever grateful,

Dayna, Claire, Martin, Jo and of course David & Brenda. Xx

Uxbridge, Middlesex, England

Testimonial of Sanibel Elopement


Hi Patricia – I’ve been meaning to call, write, something…but it’s been a whirlwind. We had a really good time while we were there, flew home Sunday and its been crazy ever since.

I want to thank you so much for helping me with ALL of it, while you were on vacation in North Carolina, it could not have been more perfect. I prayed for a good Sanibel Island sunset, rain or shine and boy did He give us one, it was beautiful!!! Absolutely the best one we saw all week and we saw them all, couldn’t believe it. The rain was threatening, but it was still perfect. You were right, I loved Lisa, Frank, Kelly, the people at the Thistle Lodge, even that poor limo driver that can’t tell a table arrangement from purple orchids (which of course were perfect too)! The really nice guy that delivered the flowers, the dry cleaner, all went off without a hitch! Well, when Frank said ‘hurry-the rain is arriving’, poor Lisa was still trying to get me into my gown! She deserves an atta girl!! She didn’t know she was going to get a workout….but ok, it was party on, pretty much a whirlwind but all good.

David was so impressed that I had ‘worked so hard and done so much’. I told him I didn’t do anything, that you had done it all. I still feel like you were such a big part of it and so wish you could have been there. Will never be able to thank you enough.

Take care,

Chris (David too)  September 17, 2013



Chris and David had their intimate wedding ceremony on Sanibel Island at Patricia’s secluded beach. The sunset wedding first started with rain which slowly subsided and produced a wonderful sunset of warm colors.



Dear Patricia,

Joe and I just want to say thank you, for all that you did for our special Sanibel Island wedding. Everything was more than we had anticipated. From the gorgeous arch, wedding ceremony, flowers and the perfectly decorated reception. You made it all possible, for that we thank you! We couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was truly perfect. Thank you for a wonderful start to a beautiful future that we will share together as husband and wife!!!

You are great at what you do!

Thanks again,

Angela and Joe Hebeka   August 31, 2013



Joe and Angela had their wedding ceremony on the beach at the Sundial Resort on Sanibel Island. After the ceremony and photographs, they enjoyed their intimate wedding celebration dinner at the Jacaranda Restaurant.




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Hi Patricia!

I just wanted to send you a very big THANK YOU!!! We loved our sunrise wedding on Sanibel Island!!! It was perfect! You made things so easy for us too! Keith was away in Iraq and I pretty much had to handle things on my own from NJ – but you did all the work! You booked the photographer, ordered my flowers, made an appointment for me to have my hair and make-up done, and you married us! We are very thrilled with how it all turned out, and I have been raving about you to everyone I know!

Thank you again.

Kind regards,
Jade & Keith Weiss

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Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful wedding. I cannot say enough about the entire event. My mom said that it was one of the best days of her life – I know it was mine. Everyone there that evening still can’t believe what a wonderful, spiritual, and moving moment it was. The ceremony was more than I ever expected.

Thank you for giving me 110% percent of your time and professionalism. You made me feel like I was your only bride when I know you’ve done thousands of weddings.

I got the pictures Saturday and they’re all too good to pick from. Frank did a fabulous job.

We’re having our reception this Saturday – around 200 guests.

Thanks again for everything you did. Dean and I are so happy to be married, and we’re so happy that we got married on the island. We’ve waited a long time for our special day, and we’re so grateful to you for helping it become a great memory.


Testimonial for Captiva Island Wedding

“Thank you for your graciousness, sincerity and warmth. Couples are privileged to have you preside over their most special day.”

David and Maura Piper, Lakeville, Massachusetts


“It takes a very special person to marry people the way you do . . We really needed that extra special touch, and that is what you gave us. It was everything we dreamed it would be.”

Patrick and Heather McGrath, Pittsboro, Indiana


“Your assistance in helping us plan everything from Cleveland made it so easy! Everything you suggested was perfect – delicious and beautifully decorated cake, gorgeous flowers and a professional and creative photographer. But most of all, the sincerity with which you performed the ceremony made our wedding the perfect beginning to a long and wonderful life together.”

Don and Laura Chapman, Cleveland, Ohio


Dear Patricia,

We would like to express our thanks again for performing a wonderful wedding ceremony on Sanibel Island last friday. You were both personal and professional in your officiating. You set the perfect tone of casual yet traditional and your wording selection was just beautiful. We truly appreciate the important role you played in making our childrens’ wedding a wonderful experience.


Pam and Al Ruggirello  2/10/13