Rick Ouellette Photography

Hello, I’m Helen Emberly and I create beautiful Northern California Wine Country Ceremonies together with you…

Choose a Sonoma County, Napa Valley, or Marin County wedding venue and you and your guests will be surrounded by rolling hills covered with vineyards, tall Redwoods or high cliffs overlooking the blue Pacific. I’ll create a wedding ceremony for you with the personal imprint of your love, connection, and commitment.

Available for

  • Traditional wedding ceremonies
  • Small celebrations
  • Elopements
  • Vow renewals

Rick Ouellette Photography

“Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, whatever you believe and whomever you love, I welcome you!”


From our first conversation, you’ll feel like we’ve been friends for a long time. As we get to know each other, you’ll discover that I’m open, accepting, and affirming of all couples who are ready to make a lifetime commitment.

  • From simple vow exchanges to elaborate ceremonies honoring customs and culture, we’ll collaborate on a meaningful, heartfelt celebration.
  • You’ll see ceremony samples so you can let me know what appeals to you.
  • And you’re in full control, approving each draft as your ceremony takes shape.
  • Average fee for a traditional ceremony is $350 and includes writing your ceremony, officiating at the wedding and filing your marriage license. Ask about prices for elopements and small celebrations.


My couples describe me as detail-oriented, a good listener and one who’s eager to please. I live my life with authenticity and integrity and want to be the best positive example for my couples. I started working with couples over 30 years ago when I received my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and began offering pre-marital counseling. Soon after, I became a wedding officiant and have had the honor to create and preside over more than 300 wedding ceremonies.

I care deeply about the success of your marriage and offer premarital counseling to teach you skills that will enrich your relationship and help you maintain a long-lasting commitment.

Looking for a ceremony location?

My love for officiating weddings takes me to some of the most beautiful ceremony spots in Sonoma County, Napa and Napa Valley, Marin County, and San Francisco. From the beaches to the Redwood forests, I’ve joined couples and celebrated their love at historic sites, spectacular resorts, beautiful wineries, and truly unique locations. Looking for a ceremony spot? Let’s put my experience to work.

Preferred wedding vendor


“Helen’s words moved not only us, but everyone in attendance. It’s a rarity to find someone who is so clearly invested in and loves their work.”

– Tiffany C.

“With everything else I had to worry about surrounding my wedding, she made this whole entire process so much easier!”

– Alexa K.

“She told our story perfectly and the ceremony was short, sweet and to the point! She made our special day personable and memorable!”

– Lacey C.

Awarded the prestigious Couples’ Choice Award by Wedding Wire for the past 11+ years.

Don’t Miss out on the Ceremony of your Dreams