Testimonials

Weddings

"Terry and I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for being the Officiant for our wedding. We appreciate all the time and effort you put in to getting to know us to helping out on the day of the event. Everyone loved the ceremony and said that you did an outstanding job. I know I did not even get a chance to thank you for presenting the roses to our mothers. That was very kind of you to help us out with that last minute detail that was overlooked but not forgotten because of you. If anyone is looking for an Officiant for their wedding all they would need to do is meet with you and they will realize that you are a beautiful down to earth person that loves what she does and it shows."

Sincerely,
Terry & Jennifer Berkompas Jr.

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"We found Trish through Wedding Wire, and at the same time my Matron of Honor found her through an internet search. We both had a good feeling about her from her profile, and Trish proved to be 110% even more than we could have hoped for. My husband and I are beyond thrilled with our experience with her.

Trish provides more than just an officiant service, she provides; information, professionalism, intuitiveness, compassion, and constant support. She met with us locally, and from the moment we met her, we knew she was the person to help us create a ceremony that was not only, who we were, but what we believed marriage should be. We couldn't have been more correct!
Trish was awesome! Even though I decided to start planning our wedding just a month before, I contacted Trish and she was calm and collected and never once made me feel rushed. She was always supportive and caring and was willing to do anything that we wished for our wedding. She was able to provide us different options and ideas. I was very pleased with her warm, friendly, caring, and joyous personality!! Everything went perfectly!
Trish met with us, contacted us, kept us on track without being pushy, and helped us to create the ceremony of our dreams! :) She was available for any questions throughout. She also helped to keep us calm and made the process a beautiful one. She was at the rehearsal early and also was at the ceremony early, to make sure the whole process went smoothly.

All we can say, is she truly goes above and beyond the call of duty, and we HIGHLY recommend her."

Aaron & Michelle

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"Trish Kalhagen was, simply put-AMAZING! she was extremely understanding, easy to talk to/work with, flexible, supportive and caring. If I could do it all over again I would absolutely 100% ask her to officiate our wedding again! I have, and will continue to recommend her to my friends/family! Thank you Trish!"

Trysta & Jeremy

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"My husband and I were looking for a really simple, but meaningful ceremony and weren't sure how to get it until we found Trish. She was monumentally helpful with our ceremony and helping us get the details just right. Trish helped make our day as special as we could have imagined and we would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant."

Dori & Ryan

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"We could not have had the wedding of our dreams without Trish of Sacred Moments' help! She helped us create a ceremony that was completely unique to us with the perfect amount of guidance, support, and freedom. She was there for us every step of the way, and she made a true effort to get to know us before our ceremony which helped make both of us feel comfortable and relaxed on our wedding day. It was truly a pleasure to work with her, and I would recommend her as an officiant to anyone."

Kelly & Dustin

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"I couldn't have been happier with the way Trish cared for us while working with her. When we first met with her and booked her I was so lost on how to make our ceremony something great. But Trish called me and my finance every month to discuss our planning and piece our ceremony together. She also comes to your rehearsal dinner to make sure everything is in order for the big day.
I couldn't be happier with Trish or our ceremony. It was exactly what I wanted and would recommend her to everyone looking for an officant. She helped make wedding day perfect."

Ashley & Josh

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"I had Trish as our officiate, and she was amazing! I had called around to other vendors, but they were booked, and one of them recommended Trish to me; I am so glad they did! Not only was Trish's price cheaper, but she was so much more than I expected! I didn't realize there was so much that goes into planning a ceremony! Trish walked me through everything, step by step and made it so easy! We were a bit non-traditional (we are non-religious and our ceremony included a handfasting, a rock ceremony, and a children ceremony) and she was all for it. She always checked in with me, and answered all my questions via email same day. She also gave me reminders of things that I should think about (that I would have forgotten otherwise). When I started to stress out, she was there for me with a super positive attitude; basically she kept me sane throughout the whole process! If it wasn't for Trish, I don't know how I would have pulled off our wedding. I am forever grateful to have had her on my side!"

Melissa & Darian

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"Me and my husband cannot say enough how wonderful Trish was to work with. We were planning our wedding from out of state (2000 miles from our venue) and from the start she was extremely accommodating and put us at ease that we would have a beautiful ceremony despite not being there to plan it in person. Trish provided us with a HUGE binder of examples of ceremonies, traditions, versus, poems etc that we could look at in order to begin putting our ceremony together. With Trish's guidance and advice we were able to create a BEAUTIFUL ceremony that we felt completely reflected who we were as a couple and what was important to us and our families. In addition to helping us design our ceremony, Trish provided support throughout the entire marriage license process as well as advice and support with other aspects of our wedding day. As I said, we were planning a wedding from very far away and were having to deal with multiple vendors over the phone and email. Trish thoughtfully provided us with advice regarding several of these vendors including support that we should ask for or expect from our wedding venue based off of her experience in the past. This was extremely helpful as neither my husband or myself knew what to really expect on the day of our wedding. Leading up to the big day, Trish was extremely organized and helped to make sure that Quentin and I were getting done what we wanted/needed to get done even providing us a checklist of commonly planned things. On the day of the rehearsal and wedding, Trish was there early, very organized, supportive and very fun to work. The ceremony was without a doubt the most beautiful part of our day. She is extremely good at what she does and beautifully and confidently delivered exactly what we had planned (better than we had planned!). We received so many compliments about our ceremony, particularly regarding how well they thought Trish did as well as how custom our ceremony was, from the guests at our wedding!"

Katie & Quentin

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"Trish was an awesome wedding officiant! She was very helpful in planning and coordinating our ceremony. We skyped a few times because of the distance between us, and it worked great. She prepared a wedding packet for us of previous ceremonies to get us going on ideas for our own, which was very helpful. Trish gave us tips and reviewed our ceremony as many times as we needed. She has a great spirit and passion for her work. I would recommend her as an officiant for your upcoming wedding!"

Heidi & Alex McEathron

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"Trish was amazing! She provided us with a TON of information and direction so we could make our day as special and unique as possible and be able to call it our own! She was very easy to get along with and work with! Always being available if we had any questions or concerns about anything!! I would definitely recommend Trish, she is a nice lovely person who truly cares about the people she is uniting together!"

Brenda & Casey

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"One word for Trish is WOW !!! She is amazing. Trish and I spoke on the phone and she sent me a package of the best information. We then set a time where we could go over what we wanted for our wedding and she was very helpful and personable. You feel so comfortable with Trish.

I will recommend Trish to everyone. She is very helpful with everything down to the last detail. Thank You Trish. You will never go wrong with her. 100% satisfied."

Amy & Jon

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"From our first phone call with Trish, we knew she was the perfect officiant for us. She was very accommodating as we were getting married in Janesville, but lived in Appleton. Our "chats" to talk about the ceremony were done via Skype, but that worked perfectly for all. The binder she sent was very helpful so Mike and I could really choose the passages and wording that fit our lives and values. Trish kept us focused, gave us options and was just an all-around wonderful support. We were so lucky to have found her."

Sue & Mike

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"All we can say is Trish is AWESOME!!!! We pulled together our wedding in a month and she was always available for any questions we had. She made our ceremony planning easy. We had to have our wedding in Iowa due to WI not allowing same-sex marriages--she went above and beyond to ensure that she understood Iowa's requirements so that our paperwork would be filed properly. Again, all we can say is she is truly AWESOME!

Teri & Penny

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"Trish was unbelievably amazing! She helped us create the most beautiful ceremony. My husband and I were lost when it came to what we wanted to have as part of the wedding, but she sent us a ton of information and examples to help us through the long process. Having Trish as our officiant made the ceremony one of the easier things to plan for our wedding. I would highly recommend her to anyone, no matter your religious affiliation, because she knows exactly how to make your ceremony perfect."

Heather & Chris

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"Trish was just perfect to work with! We are soo glad that we found her to perform our wedding. She was just great throughout the whole process and definately put my mind at ease about everything. She was helpful with suggestions and even incorporated some of my ideas into the ceremony that made it feel like exactly who we are. It was a great experience and we would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant!!! Thanks again Trish!"

Alyssa & Aaron

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"I found Trish online and I am so glad I did! Trish was friendly, enthusiastic, conscientious and professional throughout the whole process. She had a binder for us with a wide assortment of wedding ideas, and that helped a lot when we were planning our ceremony. She arranged to meet with us several times before the wedding so that we would be sure there was no misunderstanding in any of the details. She arrived well ahead of the scheduled time on our wedding day, and did an outstanding job conducting the ceremony. She is an excellent officiant!"

Katie & Trevor

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"Trish was awesome! Even though I decided to start planning our wedding just a month before, I contacted Trish and she was calm and collected and never once made me feel rushed. She was always supportive and caring and was willing to do anything that we wished for our wedding. She was able to provide us different options and ideas. I was very pleased with her warm, friendly, caring, and joyous personality!! Everything went perfectly!"

Kelly & Sarfraz

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"I absolutely loved Trish! We had found a previous officiant before her but two months before the wedding he informed us he was refusing to do a non religious ceremony, so we had to find someone else. I heard back from Trish within minutes of e-mailing her! She always got back to me shortly after I would contact her, and was always very calm and made sure I never felt panicked about anything, and she always made sure the ceremony was the way we wanted it. She was so great at our rehearsal getting everyone organized and getting things moving. I will definitely be telling my girlfriends to consider her when they get engaged."

Allison & Paul

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We couldn't have been happier with Trish. She was very organized and had all the information we needed to create our ceremony. She really helped us make our ceremony unique to what we were looking for. Trish was always checking in as well to make sure things were coming along alright! Trish is everything we were looking for in an officiant! Thank you for everything!!

Melissa & Kevin

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"Trish was absolutely phenomenal to work with! She gave me a piece of mind the second I met her and I cannot even count how many complements I have received on our ceremony. Not a single person walked away without asking me where and how I found her! Everything was personalized to make the ceremony OUR ceremony, we had a lot of unique elements and Trish supported and accommodated all of them. She suggested a way to honor my father's memory, to include our children into the ceremony: my son even got to read a little poem (everyone was awed by that). She answered all the questions and gave all the necessary advice and more. Trish made sure that we are on schedule to make sure that in days before the wedding I have one less thing to worry about. Yet she was flexible to accommodate for last minute changes. We had our kids involved in the ceremony along with flower girls, so there were a lot of unknowns, but it seemed like Trish thought of everything, which kept me calm. She is such a soft spoken person and we enjoyed getting to know both her and her husband. The big finale of our ceremony was the butterfly release and when we realized that the weather might not be butterfly friendly, she was willing to do the butterfly release as a separate ceremony in the evening when it got warmer. Fortunately we did not have to reserve to that, but it was great to know that she got my back on that too. I had my magic fairytale wedding with rain drops on the grass, butterflies flattering by, beautiful flowers around us. But this day was a magic fairytale because of how Trish made it so very stress free and so about us. One last thing I'd like to say is that there is absolutely no better officiant out there especially for the price she charged. I shopped around and I interviewed quite a bit. She was the best period, she was reasonable too. Kyle and I have a beautiful memory for the rest of our lives and Trish helped us create it. We couldn't thank her enough!"

Kate & Kyle

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"Thank you very much for marrying us. It was absolutely beautiful. We really appreciated how you worked with us and let us make it our own. You were wonderful."

Rachel & Shawn

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"We highly recommend Trish to anyone looking for a friendly, professional officiant. Trish helped us last minute because our original officiant cancelled and she was able to turn the tide and help us plan a very nice wedding in a short time."

Michael & Sara

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"Thanks again for being our officiant. We have received many compliments about the ceremony and how personal and different it was, and how well you did. Thank you for giving us the freedom and guidance to have our perfect ceremony!"

Crystal & Scott

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"Finding Trish was the best thing that happened for our wedding. She was exceedingly friendly, kind, and patient with us. She worked with us and explained everything, constantly keeping in contact with us throughout the process which we had not yet encountered in our wedding planning. That alone was extremely refreshing and made the whole process seem less stressful. Trish had a way about her that created trust in her. We trusted that she would take care of us and wouldn't fail us in any aspect of the most important day of our lives. We felt like she truly cared about the two of us and our wedding even though we had only spoken a few times. It was the trust in her and the inexplicable sudden bond that she created with us that made the ceremony so much more memorable. Thank you Trish."

Felicia and Joey

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RENEWAL OF VOWS
"Your ability to come through for us in such a short time span was amazing. We both felt that the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Your words captured the moment perfectly. You not only officiated our ceremony, you rekindled my faith in faith. Thank you so much. You will hear from us in the future, and I will direct anyone I know interested in your direction."

Blake & Lisa

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Blessing a Space/Personal Rituals

"You know you're in a good place when time stands still as you explore those things that you seldom take the time to ponder on during the hectic pace of any given day. Achievement. Peace. To feel surrounded by patience, acceptance, care and love is a gift, to be sure. To feel the intense pulse of the Buffalo Drum, and have it ring out/sing out in me and for me, far beyond the last of the beats, feeling that endless vibration in me, gave me a sense of HOPE. I am alive NOW. Acknowledging meaningful moments in life with rituals is a way of honoring yourself and the moments that are the vibration of your life."

-Deb G.

Reiki Testimonials

"My session with Trish was my first experience with Reiki. The improvement I felt was immediate and pleasant, but the greater results were felt the next morning when symptoms of my chronic illness were profoundly relieved."

- William F.

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"My Reiki experience with Trish was a delightful, relaxing hour. I felt warmth radiating off her hands, and experienced calming color effects. I was a bit apprehensive that I wouldn’t have energy for the remainder of the day from being so relaxed. On the contrary, I discovered renewed vitality to help me go about my daily chores with a peaceful attitude."

- Elise B.W.

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"I was fortunate to win a Reiki gift certificate at a fundraiser in September. I had heard my sister talk about it but didn’t know much about it; I never thought about even trying it. At the fundraiser I won a “basket” of gifts all of which I gave away except the Reiki session. I called Trish to schedule the appointment, I remember even saying now how does this work? Trish explained it and I set up my appointment. After my first session I was hooked. I felt amazing. I had been dealing with a lot of negativity and stress and actually saw colors fighting each other during the session until the negative lost. I started going every two weeks and after each session I have had deeper and more encouraging experiences. At one point, because of work I missed a session so it was a month before I was able to get back. I felt horrible, my co-workers noticed my attitude and even my body didn’t feel right. I walked in to meet Trish and she even could sense my frustration and tension. My fiancé had dropped me off for the session and when he picked me up, he told me I looked like a new person and even my voice sounded different, all the bad energy was gone and replaced with positive energy, relaxation and hope. After each session Trish and I talk, I am in awe at the things we both have noticed or felt during a session yet had never mentioned to each other prior. Today she mentioned that there was a lot of energy coming from my lower back, this is the area I have held my tension and stress for years. I have seen many massage therapists and chiropractors over the years because of pain in my lower back. I realized today that since seeing Trish I haven’t had that pain or needed a massage to help move that tension, the energy is releasing itself!! Reiki is definitely a part of my life now and I will never let work or something come in the way of a session. I see the benefit and so do those close to me. It truly has brought new perceptions into my life and continues to help me grow."

- Christa S.

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"I admit that I am a realist. I think that life experiences and my seminary education lent itself to the shaping of my character. Of course I have felt the presence of positive energy that I relate to a Christian, Holy Spirit. However for me those experiences of the Holy have always been concrete and explainable as related to my context at the time. When I tried Reiki for the first time I didn't expect to find the Holy so pronounced and refreshing. Actually, to be honest, I didn't expect to experience anything at all. My experience allowed me to fully relax, and in that time of relaxation I found that while my body released negative energy from every muscle, in return it was filled with the positive energy of the Holy. I can't explain it and that pushes my "realist" button. All I know is that after the Reiki session was over I felt more refreshed and filled with the Holy than I have for years. Thank you Reiki Master Trish for your friendship and your gifts of the Holy."

In God's Peace,- Rev. Lora A. Whitten

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"Trish holds true sacred space for people in evolution. She is a source of wisdom and has the capacity to sit with people’s pain and sadness, witness them, and support their gentle growth. The Reiki she offers is both a source of comfort and supports the body to release and heal naturally. It creates a doorway for the highest evolution and for grace."

- Donna K.

Spiritual Direction Testimonials

"Trish has helped me to find many tools that will help me through the minor and major struggles of life. This was presented in a non-judgmental atmosphere within a positive setting."

- Linda Y.

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"I have had several Spiritual Direction sessions with Trish. She always brings me back to center. I find her both non-judgmental and compassionate. I feel she is a true visionary with a warm and loving heart for all."

- Ed K.

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"Trish helps me focus on my spiritual compass, offering me a peaceful setting and personalized questions and suggestions as I connect with my inner peace and direction."

- Karen A.

Labyrinth Experience Testimonials

"After you briefed me on the labyrinth experience, I took off my shoes and started on my journey. I walked slowly with my eyes closed but peeking out from time to time to stay on the path. I peeked at the path again and I couldn't help but to feel like I was walking a trail through our prairie. I could see the grasses, sedges and flowers at my feet... The labyrinth took me back there to a world where everything is connected... It took me to a safe place surrounded by beautiful people that have a deep sense of understanding and caring."

-Ron M.



"My experience of walking the classical labyrinth guided by Trish's kind words and knowledge was wonderful. I learned a lot from her beforehand about the many ways to use this labyrinth for personal enrichment, and had a deep, flowing experience during the actual walk. Afterward Trish was so supportive of our thoughts and feelings that we left in a very different, uplifted frame of mind and being. Thank you Trish for sharing your passion for labyrinth work with all of us!"

- Bill E.

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“My first labyrinth was last fall. I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea what I would see. There had been a lot of emotions and drama running rampant thru our family just before this day. My adult children were having problems and i’m just too empathic for my own good. I’m the Mom, it’s my job to hold the family together, right? I thought I had cleared my head to just walk and see what would happen. I had no idea of the emotions that began to release and release and release....... I had no idea I was holding onto so much. Tears started streaming down my face… I couldn’t speak. And the tears kept flowing. It was such a huge release I didn’t know I needed. But I did. I went home and took a long nap. I needed it.

Again for my second labyrinth, another wonderful experience. This time I brought the intention of prosperity and abundance to the cloth. Will I ever have ‘enough’? Trish told us something may just hit you....like a rocket I might say. As I looked up into a friend’s eyes while passing her in the labyrinth the word ‘FEARLESS’ hit me. My friend lives her life with fearlessness. I feel like I have always lived from week to week. I’m a bit of a hoarder (not like tv) but I don’t want to run out of things. I want to have enough to wear. I don’t want to go hungry. I don’t want the gas gauge on ‘empty’. FEAR of running out. fearless-ness will mean I trust there will always be more. I don’t have to stock up on things. In the process of always trying to have my extra stuff on hand depletes my checking account!! But that’s only one part of it. Having ‘enough’ also hits your emotions....will I ever have enough family time, enough friend time, enough beach time, enough work time, enough play time........That may be a small shift for some, but for me it was huge. Trust that more is right around the corner. Divine Spirit will provide.”

- Roxanne M.

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"My Labyrinth Experiences have helped me visualize my past and my future in the present tense. When I am walking, my feet carry me through the shifts and turns as my spirit allows me to cleanse... and rejoice in unison as I recognize the core of my being. I am aware of every detail of the physical space as well as the power of the humanity around me. I am deeply touched by the spiritual love that surrounds and lives within me and stirs an immediate need to record my experience as it unfolds in actual sequence. I am open to what I thought was lost and recognize a promise in the future as my feet respond to these Sacred Moments. Trish, thank you for the peace you offer."

- Karen A.

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"I always look forward to one of Trish's sacred labyrinth walks. As quoted from a song by The Eagles, "I get a peaceful, easy feeling" each time I walk the labyrinth. I feel very fortunate to live close enough to Trish and what she brings to the community with her offering of the labyrinth walk. Thank you, Trish. Thank you, Great Spirit."

- Mary A.