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by Lisa Petrone on A Wedding in Paradise
The Perfect Wedding - Twice!

First of all, when my husband and I started planning the ceremony we were a bit lost. Ok actually we had absolutely no idea where to start. We were so lucky that Rev. Leininger's website breaks it down so that it's both easy and personal, and we were able to pick readings and vows that were meaningful to us. Rev. Leininger also helped guide us through all of our questions and even invited us to his home while we were in Hilton Head looking the venue.

We were planning to get married outside under this beautiful, old oak tree and had to do the rehearsal on the morning of the ceremony so that all of the wedding party could be there. So we all meet at the tree at 10am on the day of the wedding and go through the ceremony. I love how he had us actually practice the words for our vows - it made me more able to focus on what I was saying than making sure not to mess up!

When the rehearsal was over, our wedding coordinator comes over to tell us that it was almost definitely going to rain later that day and the wedding would have to be moved inside. I was crushed. I knew there was a chance that it would rain, but I had my heart set on getting married under that tree. I looked at my now husband and we asked Rev Leininger if we could say the official vows right then and there under the tree. He not only agreed, but did more than I ever could have hoped. He performed the whole ceremony- from start to finish- and even thought up some special words for that moment.

When it came time for the ceremony, which did end up being indoors because of a massive storm, he did it all over again for our family and friends, as planned. He didn't charge us extra for the added time or trouble and was a delight at the reception.

We strongly recommend A Wedding in Paradise to anyone and everyone!

by Rhonda Phillips on A Wedding in Paradise
Everything he suggested was correct!

David provided us with an extremely meaningful wedding ceremony. He knew all the answers to our questions regarding the area, and even recommended a fabulous photographer ( He made sure everything was exactly how we wanted it, and he spent time contacting us ahead to go over all the details. The many options provided on the website made it very easy to create a specialized ceremony- not just some packaged thing that did not pertain to us. He was extremely professional in the entire process. It helped us feel more at ease with his vast knowledge of the area and the details of the marriage license process, even with driving directions and hours of operation. And everything he said turned out to be exactly correct. We are very happy to have done everything through this site rather than trying to contact an event planner or wedding coordinator. The price was right-- Much value for the money. And his sincerity was evident- not just a job. Thanks so much for creating such a meaningful experience for us!

by Kevin & Sarah Leonard on A Wedding in Paradise
Better than we could have imagined

My wife and I were married in Charleston in April and everything turned out better than we could have imagined thanks to Reverend Leininger. We were both raised Catholic but we really wanted to have our wedding outdoors which is not something that the Catholic Church makes easy. Once we decided against a church wedding, we agreed that we both still wanted to have a ceremony that would feel very meaningful and spiritual albeit outside a church. We were lucky to have found Reverend Leininger because he was able to provide just that. He worked with us on a personal level prior to our wedding to pick out readings that were special to us and to make sure we were all on the same page about the ceremony and what it would entail. His sermon was amazing and so many of our guests commented to us on how much they enjoyed the service. We will never forget our wedding day or Reverend Leininger and the wonderful experience he was able to help us create in Charleston.

by JoAn and Liz on A Wedding in Paradise
the true meaning of acceptance and love for all

Rev Leininger is truly a man of God. He is very respectful to all religions and people. We are a same sex couple who recently got married. Rev Leininger exemplifies the true meaning of acceptance and love for all. We are so glad that he was part of our wedding!

by Jamie Schwab on A Wedding in Paradise
Beach Wedding

David was truly wonderful to work with. David put together an amazing ceremony for our wedding! Everyone absolutely loved his stories and extras that he added into the ceremony. We can't thank him enough for being apart of our big day. It meant a lot to us that he was willing to meet with us prior to the big day for us to get to know him a little more and vise versa! I high recommend David!!! Thank You so very much!!!

by Chelsea Thiess on A Wedding in Paradise
Chapel in the logs! Success!

Every bride dreams of a wedding that emits the personality and true love she shares with her soon to be husband. A wedding that isn’t just full of fluff, but substance!!
Dr. Leininger not only talked me through the ceremony and outlined the sequence of how readings and prayers could be used. He also worked with me to create the most unique ceremony that represented who my husband and I were as people. After all, his tag line is "I Marry PEOPLE" =)
He will suggest his website which was a HUGE resource for me to see the MANY options bride and grooms have when making the ceremony selections. The site will outline diverse traditions that can ignite your imagination to create the most unique experience of your choosing.
We did not get married in a traditional church but instead my husband built our chapel from logs on our property. The location was remote and unique and I needed someone who could work with the lack of microphone and electricity other venues would have had available. Dr. Leininger spoke with clarity, poise and joyfully. He was charismatic, genuine and comical at times when it was appreciated and appropriate. He could be heard from the back of the chapel to the front of the chapel. I had 250 guests so this was not a small wedding.
I had so many guests come up to me and say how much they enjoyed our ceremony and how awesome Dr. Leininger was and how we could not have picked a better fit for our special day! I kid you not… SO MANY GUESTS SAID THEY LOVED HIM!
He is available and willing to talk you through concerns. He will meet you for lunch or talk on the phone anytime! He makes himself accessible and really cares about what he is doing and the degree of support he is giving in all aspects from start to finish.
Unfortunately, my father in law passed away several months after my husband and I married. Dr. Leininger is also a starter for the Heritage Golf Tournament and was a natural pick for my golf loving father in law’s funeral service.
Dr. Leininger is no longer just the officiant I got so lucky and found doing a google search… Now he is family and for that you can’t ask for someone better who sticks with you from the beginning of your life as a married couple to the end. I recommend his services to anyone doing a ceremony ANYWHERE who doesn’t just want the “rent an officiant” service, but an officiant you feel like you’ve known your whole life! Thanks Dr. Leininger!
Love, Brandon and Chelsea Thiess

by Bridgette Lemke on A Wedding in Paradise
Absolutely Amazing

Dr. Leininger was absolutely amazing. We had a destination wedding and tho we had never met him before we felt really comfortable with him from the first time we spoke. He walked us thru ever step and we were both extremely nervous. He slowed down our ceremony for us so that we could take it all in. He was so polite and experienced offering advice at every turn and I truly believe our wedding wouldn't have been as special without him. He was absolutely amazing and made the entire process leading up to the ceremony very painless. It was a pleasure to have him officiate our wedding and we do not believe our ceremony would've been as amazing as it was if it weren't for him.

by Crystal Cranford on A Wedding in Paradise
BLESSED to have had Dr. David Leininger as our officiant! :)

Dr. David Leininger was so wonderful to work with! He allowed us to create a custom ceremony that meant so much to myself, my husband, and our family/friends. Even though it was technically a destination wedding I felt so at home and at peace having him as our minister. I will forever cherish the moment Dr. Leininger pronounced us as husband and wife!!!

by William Heldenfels on A Wedding in Paradise
Professional and Genuine!

Dr. David Leininger was the perfect minister for our beach wedding! We spoke with him over the phone a year before our wedding and then met him a couple months later while visiting Hilton Head for our engagement photos. He did not forget about us once. He was always so quick to respond to every one of our questions or concerns as we had such an elaborate ceremony. During the rehearsal and ceremony, we had pretty high wind speeds and all of our guests (about 100 guests) were so impressed they could hear him so clearly. We were both so happy with how beautiful our ceremony was with our nephew playing violin, a foot washing ceremony, our brother and sister in laws singing and playing guitar and of course our 13 year old black lab exiting with us after our first kiss as husband and wife. It all went so smooth and Dr. Leininger was a big reason for that!

by Keri O'Hara on A Wedding in Paradise
TOTALLY worth the WAIT!!!

Rev. David Leininger made our Big Day so MEMORABLE and FUN!! From the minute I spoke to him over the phone a year ago, I knew he would be perfect for us. He let me create a very personable ceremony in a way that truly made the whole experience special to me and everyone involved. He gave a great homily after the Scripture I chose; in addition, he shared his story of marriage over 39 years ago to his bride on the same day. He put everyone at ease right away and gave us a beautiful wedding to remember. I plan to stay in touch with him as I feel like he became part of my family instantly :-)

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