Marty Younkin’s Love Notes


Brides choose Wedding Officiants for different reasons. When one bride recently posted, “Which Officiant will give me the best wedding photos?”, 30 photographers responded, “Hands down–Marty Younkin!”

Dear Marty, I have to admit that when Rebecca told me she had found a minister for their wedding on the internet from an organization called “Love Notes”, I cringed inwardly thinking this could be the prescription for disaster. But after meeting you, I felt confident that it would be okay. But then, after Saturday night, I am singing your praises! What a wonderfully warm ceremony you performed! Numerous guests inquired as to how long you had known our family. Your presence was like having an old friend in our midst. We heard comments all evening and beyond about the relaxed and personal nature of the ceremony, about your appropriate humor and about the spiritual dimension of the service. I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a sweeter ceremony; it set the tone for the entire evening. The obvious joy with which you do your work is testimony to me that you are called to this ministry. Your beautiful pastoral prayer with Rebecca and her bridesmaids was calming and helped us to center on the marriage and the purpose for the evening. Wearing a robe on a hot summer evening was going the extra mile, but it brought an element of the sacred to our outdoor setting — and you looked really good! I thank God for bringing us together. You are, indeed, an extension of God’s love.

Delores and Gail Flood
Appreciative Parents of the Bride
Rebecca and Chris Colon
Marie Gabrielle’s

Dear Marty, I wanted to thank you for giving us all a wedding to remember. I knew you’d be professional, (your wedding manual proved that), but I had no idea you would make the ceremony proceed as well as it did. You even knew what to do when the groom broke down in tears and had trouble completing his vows. And when his best man and all the groomsmen teared up (have you ever seen such a thing happen?), there you were, never missing a beat with your humor and your wise words. I’ve been to many weddings, but this was one of the best. I’ve lost count at how many guests have called complimenting the ceremony. Of course, without you and your lifesaving manual, the wedding would have been nowhere near as organized, or as beautiful. We were grateful that someone, namely you, knew what they were doing. We were clueless. So, Marty, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You gave us memories that we’ll always cherish. And your name will be the only one I’ll be giving out to potential wedding couples.

Deborah Reis (Mother of the Groom)
Brandon and Corrie Kinsey
New Memories Chapel

Dear Marty, Your understanding and immediate ability to adapt to our family was great. You made us both feel as if you had known us our whole lives and that you were a part of our family. We enjoyed your humor, which is so important for an emotional event. We also appreciated all your advice along the way and your great level of professionalism. Our wedding day was obviously the most important day beginning our lives together and you somehow took away the apprehension and anxiety that such a day brings and made everything “all right.” Your book let us put together the most unique ceremony. It made it special to us because we were able to say exactly how we were feeling. We can’t thank you enough.

Sheri and Aaron Baerwaldt
Northeast Wedding Chapel

Hi Marty, Just wanted to drop you a note to say thanks for speaking with my Mother of the Bride for December 12th. She called me yesterday in a panic over the need for a minister for her daughter’s wedding, and I assured her you were the guy… and if you weren’t available you had the guy for her. She just left me a message saying how kind and warm you were and that she felt like she was talking to her best friend. You gave her a complete sense of comfort and peace, and for that I am very grateful … and that’s why you are the guy!

Alison J. Fuld, TWP l Social Catering Manager
Rosewood Crescent Hotel & The Crescent Club

Dear Marty, What do you say to the Officiant that people are still raving about two weeks after the wedding? Thank you does not seem to cover it. You were one of the highlights of the festivities and Dave and I could not be happier. The wedding service set the tone for the entire evening. It was fun for everyone. It isn’t easy to please everyone, but both “faiths” present were pleased and very happy with not only the service, but with you. Your professionalism, knowledge, experience and especially your warmth were blessings to us all.

Sandi and Dave Silver
Melrose Hotel

We were so honored to have Marty Younkin as our minister. He was such a delight to speak to over the phone. I always looked forward to a response because no matter what, he always put a smile on my face. He made me feel like my wedding was a fairy tale, saying all the right things, and always having a smile on his face whether it be in person or on the phone. I recommend him to anyone and will vouch that you should stop your search now, and be assured that Marty is your man! Even though we only spent a few hours together, he will always have a special place in my heart.

A very happy bride!
Piazza in the Village

Dear Marty, Thank you for adding your special touch to our daughter’s wedding. You came highly recommended, but surpassed even our highest expectations. Your presence was calming, when it needed to be, commanding when called for and always truly impressive. We strived for a “classy” but not “stuffy” ceremony and you were perfect! Your advice and guidance at the rehearsal and your incorporation of our ideas made the ceremony live up to our dreams.

Jay and Kristen Murray
Royal Lane Baptist Church

Marty Younkin was the perfect choice for a wedding officiant. We had never met before our rehearsal and wedding, but Marty made our ceremony seem as if he had known us for years. He was also extremely professional and prepared. It was obvious he had spent a great deal of time preparing our ceremony to include everything we had requested and then adding his own personal touch to it. Although the ceremony was very moving, he always knew just the right time to say something funny to put everyone at ease. Additionally, the Love Notes wedding guide he provided was so complete that it made planning our ceremony very simple. We feel very fortunate to have been married by Marty and would recommend him without hesitation.

Jeff and Cynthia Scherbarth