Meet our team

Maria Pelton

Maria Pelton

Director of Ceremony Services

Maria has been with Carissa Ceremonies as an Associate Officiant for over 7 years; most recently appointed to the position of Lead Officiant & Director of Ceremony Services. Her vision encompasses providing ceremony services that focus on connection, personability, and professionalism. As a certified wedding officiant, her natural energy and compassion shine through in her approach and delivery. Maria has a true passion for connecting with people, and what more intimate of a way to build that connection than through uniting two individuals in marriage.

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Jessica Pelton Rowell

Jessica Pelton Rowell

Founder

More than 14 years ago, Jessica, founder of Carissa Ceremonies saw an opportunity to provide wedding officiant and ceremony services focused on personalization, unique traditions and ceremony elements, and compassion. Inspired by her own experience searching for the “right fit” in an officiant for her own wedding, she has since shared her philosophy of “your vision, your voice” with hundreds of couples and families, helping to create one-of-kind, special ceremonies that are reflective of them and memorable for all. Jessica is an ordained minister, consultant, and creative mastermind when it comes to weddings and other ceremonies including vow renewals, baby blessings & baptisms, new home dedications, and more.

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