About Shari

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My name is Shari Caruso and I am a non-denominational wedding minister/officiant residing in Avon, Ohio. I am a mobile officiant, meaning that I come to you and your venue. Whether your ceremony is traditional or non-traditional, in a church, hotel, or garden, choose Celebrations by Shari to begin planning your new life together.

As a retired teacher of thirty years, I knew in selecting a new career it would need to be one that provided me with the same amount of joy teaching had. I suddenly realized that weddings are a perfect source of joy to brides, grooms, families, friends, and me. That is when I knew what the next chapters of my life should be spent doing -- working with couples to create a wedding ceremony that truly reflects who they are.

Celebrations by Shari will work hard to personalize your wedding ceremony by reflecting the love and commitment shared by the two of you.  No two couples are the same, therefore, each couple's wedding should be unique to them. We specialize in wedding, commitment, and vow renewal ceremonies.

Performing wedding ceremonies is my passion. Let my passion be your inspiration - together we will create a one-of-a-kind ceremony that you, your family and your friends will never forget.

The demand for my services has grown at a rate I truly never expected. There is obviously a great need for caring ministers and officiants who will go the extra mile and deliver an extraordinary ceremony. Couples are looking for someone who will deliver their ceremony warmly, expertly, professionally, lovingly, and joyously.  That is why I encouraged my daughter, Chelsea Duffin, and friends, Brian Gibbons and Andrae Hampton, to assist me.  Regardless of which one of us marries you, I unconditionally guarantee that you and your guests will absolutely love your wedding ceremony.

About Brian

My name is Brian Gibbons, and I am a non-denominational minister and wedding officiant, licensed by the State of Ohio. Weddings serve as the commencement of the most beautiful journey two people can take together, and it is truly an honor to be a part of that most special moment in your lives. I appreciate the diverse definitions of love and ritual that are held by different religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Whatever your definition may be, I could not be more honored to help cultivate the ceremony of which you have dreamed. Together, we can create the perfect atmosphere for the day your married life begins.

About Andrae


My name is Andrae Hampton and I'm a non-denominational minister and wedding officiant, licensed by the State of Ohio.  I performed my first wedding ceremony in 2004.  Being a part of the momentous and solemn occasion of a marriage ceremony is truly a privilege I look forward to on each occasion.  I enjoy seeing two individuals deciding to come together as one, not losing their individuality while giving their heart and life to another.  It would be my pleasure to celebrate with you on your special day when you give your spouse your eternal love and devotion.

 About Alan


My name is Alan Valenzeno, and I am a non-denominational minister and wedding officiant, licensed by the state of Ohio.  It would be an honor and privilege to share in your unifying ceremony of marriage.  There is a tremendous amount of joy and happiness I feel when a couples decides to enter into matrimony.  Your special day is a celebration of your decision, with friends and family acknowledging the joy and love that you bring out from and freely give to each other.  My hope is to give your ceremony the love, honor and respect that is the basis of your union. 

About Kristin

I just LOVE marrying couples!  As a non-denominational minister and Ohio-licensed wedding officiant, weddings simply make me happy. Being able to join two people together in matrimony is truly an honor and one of the most beautiful experiences in life. I would be honored to I as your officiant as you join hands and declare your love in front of your friends and family.

About Frank


My name is Frank Caruso and I am a non-denominational minister and wedding officiant, licensed by the State of Ohio. In addition, having been a wedding photographer for 15 years, I can offer my insight into the best locations and time of day for your ceremony, so you will look your best. I can also recommend the ideal approach for both processional and recessionals.  Having been involved with hundreds of weddings, you can be assured that I will customize your ceremony to match your personalities and style.

About Jamie


Hello my name is Jamie Harter. I am a non-denominational minister and wedding officiant licensed by the State of Ohio. I reside in the Greater Toledo area and have performed weddings in Indiana and Ohio. The celebration of a wedding is a joyous occasion uniting two people who are professing their love, commitment, respect and support for each other. I thoroughly enjoy and I am honored to be a part of this moment in your lives and joining your hands in marriage. I will work with you to design and develop a ceremony and vows that represent you and your love for each other.

Wedding Wire Bride's Choice Award

The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® recognizes the top 5 percent of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States, Canada and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 200,000 newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2014 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).

Celebrations by Shari received the WeddingWire Couples Choice Award 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015., 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019,