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Shoppers in the internet age have come to trust and treasure the reviews that are posted on-line for virtually everything. That includes wedding officiants. Below are reviews that appear on sites such as, Wedding Wire, Facebook, Thumbtack, and Google+.

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Excellent Choice!

We chose David as our officiant for our semi-destination wedding at my husband's family home on Hilton Head Island. We've been visiting HHI for many years, but planning a wedding from afar was a new adventure! David made everything easy. His website was very user friendly and contained all the information we needed to plan a destination wedding. We were able to be on the island several months before our wedding and David made a point to stop by and visit with us. It was nice to meet him in person before our big day, but he is so friendly and easy to talk to this wouldn't have been necessary. I loved how we were able to customize our nuptials through his website and he even provided a printed copy as a keepsake that day. Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and David played a big role in making sure that happened! He's a great choice to share your special day!

Sherri Tice 8/08/19

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Renewal of Vows

Reverend Leininger did a fabulous job. Our children surprised us with a renewal of vows for our 50th wedding anniversary. He was very accommodating with everyone's needs. If you ever want a beach wedding or a renewal Reverend Leininger is your man. Thank you so much. It was a beautiful surprise.

Tommy and Linda 8/08/19

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Easy Peasy

Reverend Leininger did a great job including our children into the service. I loved having the ability to choose what was said at our wedding. Our wedding was a late beach wedding and the photos took longer than expected and Mr. Leininger waited on us a lot longer than I would have ever expected. I am very thankful to him and his wife.

Jenni 8/07/19

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A Wedding in Paradise It WAS!!

Reverend Leininger was the best wedding officiant! We are both so glad we went through him because he made the process super easy and let us personalize the ceremony to be whatever we wanted! We went through his website and picked out every aspect of our wedding. We wanted to add a sand ceremony and write our own vows and Reverend Leininger made that possible. He came to our rehearsal and walked us through all the details of the next day. He also took our marriage license and sent it off to the courthouse to get filed so we never had to worry about it! I can not express how happy we are that we choose him! He was fabulous!!

Daniel and Mikayla Wright 8/05/19

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Highly Recommend!

Reverend Leininger was absolutely wonderful! We were planning a destination wedding, and he made the planning process so easy. He made time to meet with us when we traveled down for other planning and even reviewed our program to ensure we had the order and details correct. The ceremony was just perfect, and he included personal touches that made it extra special. Our families and friends loved getting to talk with him as much as we did. We highly recommend having Reverend Leininger!

John and Becky Korona 7/21/19

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Great Wedding Ceremony!

Reverend Leininger was amazing to work with and we absolutely loved our ceremony! We were planning a destination wedding and he made the entire process so easy. He was always available to talk if we had any questions and our ceremony was exactly what we wanted. We are so happy we found him and would recommend him to everyone!

Kimberley and Maury 7/14/19

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Wonderful Experience

Our family had such a wonderful experience with Rev. David for our 10 year vow renewal. He was so kind during the whole experience from start to finish. He made us and our guests feel so at ease and made the whole ceremony very personal and warm. He also was so helpful in recommending our celebration dinner afterward. We also loved working with Willie from Willie Rice Photography. We would highly recommend both for any celebration of love! Thank you for everything!

Andrea and Andre 7/14/19

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We Had the Best Experience!

We absolutely loved our ceremony from Rev. Leininger! It was even better than we expected! I loved that we were able to pick and choose certain sections/passages for the ceremony ourselves, but he added a few details to further entertain our guests! We cannot wait to rewatch the ceremony. It was sweet and simple. I'd highly recommend him to anyone getting married in the area. Thank you so much! :)

Michael and Taryn Fields 7/10/19

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A Great Experience

Reverend Leininger did a very good job with our ceremony. He was easy to work with and made himself available everytime we called. We liked that we were able to have a lot of input into the actual words that would be said during the ceremony. We would highly recommend A Wedding In Paradise.

Shannon and Lindsay Green 7/8/19

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Wedding Vows Renewal

We couldn't have been more pleased with our 25-year anniversary renewal ceremony performed by Dr. Dave on the beach at Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head Island, SC on June 18th. It was just the two of us, Dr. Dave and God, but it was perfect for us. We will cherish the memories for years to come and the pictures by photographer, Willie Rice were lovely. Thank you for everything.

Ron and Gwen Moore 7/7/19

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Renew Vows

David knew the most perfect spot for our renewing our vows in front of the fountain in Forsyth Park in beautiful Savannah. David helped us feel comfortable and made it fun. He even made our son part of the ceremony. It was amazing and we will never forget the experience.

Bruce and Holly Mion 7/2/19

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Rev. Leininger was perfect. My guests were just over the moon about the ceremony and the selections we made just fit perfect to the whole ambience of the wedding. I definitely would recommend A Wedding in Paradise!

Wendy Marin 7/1/19

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Absolutely Phenomenal

Rev. Leininger was an absolute perfect choice and blew our expectations out of the water. He was the perfect balance of sincere yet funny, religious and yet up beat and relatable. Several guests asked us afterward if he knew us because it felt like he did! People talked about how great he was all night. He was incredibly easy to work with and was up for anything! He also did a phenomenal job rolling with the punches of the unexpected which is always bound to happen. He did it with such poise that the guests didn't even notice. Of all of our vendors that day he would be listed as our top recommendation!

Roberta and Andy Brehm 7/1/19

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New Chapter

First David was very easy to work with and couldn’t have made this experience any better. Second the ceremony was absolutely perfect. My wife and I still talk about how great of a job David did!! Highly recommend a wedding in paradise.

Carson Gaines 7/1/19

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It was a wonderful wedding vow renewal! Everything was perfect!

Brandi Schindler 6/30/19

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35th Vow Renewal

We recently visited Hilton Head Island with our entire family to renew our wedding vows. Dave did an amazing job of performing the vow renewal. It will be a special memory we will have with our family. Thank you Dave!

Tracy 6/30/19

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Terrific Experience

We had a terrific experience at our vow renewal ceremony. We felt David truly understood and anticipated our needs. He is very organized.

Mark Tiritilli 6/30/19

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Sweet Meaningful Ceremony

Dr. Leininger officiated at our sweet little wedding. We had a small ceremony with a few family members present. We each had been married before so we wanted something small and meaningful. Dr Leininger gave us selections to choose from for the ceremony and by doing so we could make it fit our lives. It felt very personal. He also graciously allowed my brother-in-law to take part in officiating in the ceremony. The result was a very sweet meaningful ceremony that we will long remenber. It was a very special day. We certainly would recommend him.

Chuck and Valerie Sullivan 6/29/19

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Vow Renewal

Rev. Leininger was a perfect choice. I had done some preliminary "interviews" and narrowed our choices down and when my husband spoke with him, he immediately knew he was the right person for our vow renewal. We spoke with David several times in the months before our renewal and he helped us created a special event. And while we had several issues to contend with the day of, Rev. Leininger helped us roll with the punches and adjust as needed. It was a beautiful ceremony and we are proud to have said "I do again" and shared it with our most favorite people.

Maureen 6/29/19

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Fantastic Job

Reverend Leininger did a fantastic job at our wedding. My husband and I spoke with him on the phone in the months leading up to the wedding, and he made it very easy to customize what you would like said during the ceremony. He is a very compassionate and friendly man, who has done many weddings. The important thing is, that even though he has done so many, he still made ours feel like it the only one he has ever done. My husband and I are very pleased that we chose him as our officiant. I HIGHLY recommend Rev. Leininger!

Jamey Lynch 6/28/19

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Wonderful Experience

Reverend Leininger was wonderful to work with! We were planning our wedding from across the country, and once we talked to him on the phone we knew he was a perfect fit. He allows you to personalize the pieces of your wedding to make it a perfect match for the two of you! Our guests commented all through the night about how great our ceremony was.

Julia Zalubowski 6/23/19

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Highly Recommend

My fiance and I were looking for a small and intimate ceremony. We chose our ceremony through the options provided on Dr. Leininger's website. He delivered a beautiful service - our family thought he'd known us for years! The whole process was easy from the first contact through to the service. Dr. Leininger really made our day very special.

Allison Lloyd 6/15/19

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My fiance and I had plans for a small ceremony and the wedding later when most of his family could be here. The small ceremony was much more than we could have asked for. Heartfelt and simple, Dr. Leininger really made it perfect and special.

Paulina 5/22/19

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Dream Come True

Rev. Leininger was the perfect officiant for our wedding. He was very professional and his vows we chose were the perfect words to explain our feelings. He makes you feel as if you’ve known him for years and is very personable. I’d recommend him to anyone having a wedding in the Hilton ahead area as he won’t disappoint with his services.

Bridget and Sergio 2/9/19

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Simply Sweet

Rev. Leininger is an amazing officiant. Although we chose our vows, he brought them to life with such grace and meaning. Thanks to his website, A Wedding in Paradise, we were well informed as to what to expect and what we needed to do in order to obtain the marriage license. We live in Texas and appreciated the guidance. He is such a kind man. He is very pleasant to converse with and gave us suggestions on what to do during our stay at Hilton Head Island. We will never forget his professionalism, kindness, and generosity. Thank you for helping make our wedding day absolutely perfect.

Trenda and Steve 11/27/18

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First Class Operation

Dr. Leininger was awesome. He was thorough and efficient. He made the ceremony a first class operation. He encorporated the kids in the ceremony which made it that much more special. You could easily tell how much he cared to make his part in our day special. We appreciate his professionalism and his expertise through the process.

William Mayer 11/5/18

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Class Act!

My Husband and I got married on September 22, 2018! Reverend Leininger made our wedding very classic, simple but made it all about LOVE! He was so easy to work with and very professional and kind. We met for breakfast one day to go over our wedding and he had lots of funny stories and words of wisdom that we will keep through out our marriage!

Kelley Hines 10/27/18

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Outstanding Officiant

Reverend Leininger was the guy for us. After using Reverend Leininger it's was clear to see why he was so highly recommended and our guests praised his performance. He gave us endless possibilities to choose from for wording choices, creating a perfect and memorable ceremony. Great sense of humor and all around spectacular guy. If you are in need of an officiant look no further.

Jennifer and Jess Bowman 10/19/18

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We were recently married at the end of September at the Beach House Resort in Hilton Head, and it was a dream come true. David married us, and I would most definitely recommend him! He was very easy to work with, he is very kind and cares about the bride and groom, and I loved all that he said. It was very sweet and loving, with a little bit of humor. I couldn't have asked for a better officiant! Well done! Thank you David!! :)

Ashley Allen 10/18/18

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Thank you, David!!!

Reverend Leininger did a wonderful job with our ceremony! He made the process simple and easy. We were able to choose the elements of the ceremony that were unique to us as well as incorporate our own vows. We received several compliments from our guests of Reverend Leininger and the ceremony. Thank you David!!!

Savannah and Chris 10/17/18

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So Special!

Our wedding was such a special day. Reverend Leininger made our ceremony so special that words could never thank him enough! He was so patient with us through the process, he made the ceremony so sentimental yet with such a great sense of humor at the same time that fit us so perfectly. Guests at our wedding even said they wished he had married them! His website is by far the most organized as well. Absolutely recommend David!!

Kimberley and James 10/11/18

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Amazing Day!

We totally recommend David for any wedding. He made everything as stress-free as possible and was very kind with a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you David for being there with us and making us smile!

Mike and Joanna Travis 9/23/18

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Thank you very, very much.

Dear David,

I have finally had a minute to sit down and write to you and let you know how wonderful you made our special day. It is a scary thing to trust someone that you have only contacted by doing a search on the internet. You restored my faith in people that not everyone is out there to take advantage of you! You are such a kind and generous person. Talking to you on the phone before we even got there and was setting this up you were very kind and so helpful. You made our day very special. I have made sure that I have spread the word to so many people that you are terrific at what you do. Thank you so very very much.

Thank you,
Karen and John Burns
Zach, Josh and Nick 9/11/18

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Renewal of Vows

Reverend Leininger was wonderful! It was so great! I searched the web for someone to do our 25th wedding anniversary on the beach and his website came up. I was a little nervous about just randomly choosing someone from the internet but I read the great reviews and thought I would try it. I was so relieved that it all worked out so beautifully. Rev. Leininger is so sweet and so helpful. He was very accommodating and helpful in finding someone to take our pictures as well. Thank you Reverend Leininger for everything!!

Karen 9/8/18

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Perfect Day

Our wedding was perfect. Reverend David Leininger officiated at our wedding and it was exactly what we had hoped for. He made the process smooth. It was simple, as we had planned, and David was warm and friendly throughout. Our family and friends enjoyed him as well. What more could you ask for? Thank you David for being a part of our celebration.

Steve and Linda Turley 8/13/18

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Absolutely Perfect

Our ceremony was filled with God and love. Reverend Leininger did a wonderful job for us. Everyone felt the love. Thank you.

Jeffrey Hanson 8/5/18

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A Wonderful Service

We recently had our wedding on Hilton head island and loved our service. Thank you for being so nice and understanding. The service went off without a hitch and we loved your words of wisdom. Thank you again for sharing this moment in our lives. We will never forget it.

Daniel Gardner 7/30/18

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David was just the guy for us. He listened to our preferences, was easy to get in touch with, and stuck to the script. Several of our guests made a point to tell us how much they enjoyed his words. As out-of-staters, we would happily recommend David for help with your destination wedding.

Cullen 7/29/18

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Amazing Day!

Hilton Head was the perfect location for our destination wedding. When we visited six months prior to set the details, Pastor Dave took the time to meet with us at his home. He gave us tips on navigating marriage licenses in SC. For the ceremony, his website was easy to navigate which allowed us to customize the ceremony to fit us ensuring it was not hurried and a very memorable event for us and our families. Truly an amazing day, Pastor Dave insured it was perfect.

Julie Overdeer 7/27/18

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Couldn't Ask for More

Our vow renewal was more than we expected. Dave was so easy to work with. He not only provided suggestions for what could be said during the ceremony but he provided suggestions for location. The website also provides recommendations for photographer, florist and bakery which were all amazing. Thank you Dave for all that you did and making our day so special.

Christine 7/19/18

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Perfect Evening

We had a vow renewal ceremony in Sea Pines for our 20th wedding anniversary. Rev. David made the whole process easy and fun. He helped us out with the small details and made it easy for us to just enjoy the ceremony. We would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to plan a vow renewal on HHI!

Ron and Theresa Digby 7/17/18

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Perfect Day

Rev. David was everything we hoped for. He responded in a timely manner anytime we had a question. Selections from the website make it very easy to choose what you want for the wedding. The rehearsal and the ceremony went perfectly. Thank you!! Highly recommended.

Jason 7/11/18

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Wedding in Paradise

Rev. David worked out to be the perfect choice for our special day. With being out of state and coordinating everything via email/phone, he was timely in his response. His website made it easy to pick what we wanted to be included in the ceremony. When we arrived in Hilton Head we had rehearsal, he was again timely, went over everything and made things easy. The day of the wedding everything went very well, stress free. We would both recommend Rev. David.

Lisa and Dustin Karl 7/7/18

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Rev. David was absolutely magnificent. Echoing the sentiments from previous reviews, he was attentive, helpful, experienced, and truly made our ceremony EXACTLY what we wanted it to be. From the marriage licenses to the ceremony, David was on top of everything! It honestly allowed my (now wife) and I to focus on enjoying each and every moment instead of stressing about details. I would highly recommend Rev. David to any future bride and groom.

Kyle Saxton 6/26/18

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A Wedding in Paradise

We just recently had a small beach ceremony in Palmetto Dunes and Rev David was wonderful! He was so helpful and accommodating from the beginning with letting us know everything needed to be done and made the out of town wedding process run so smoothly and easy. His service was very intimate and special for us and I highly recommend him for your special day!

Mike and Kali Whiting 6/25/18

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More than We Expected

We had a surprise vow renewal in HHI for my parents. Rev. David was wonderful! Easy to communicate with, recommended a fantastic photographer. His service was heartfelt and very special. He made the process so easy for out of towners. Highly recommended!

Lindsay 6/20/18

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Everything We Wanted!

Reverend David was great to work with, especially for us as we live in New York and had a destination wedding down in South Carolina. He was very responsive to all of our communications, and even had us over his house to get to know us when we were in town for a weekend. The ceremony was completely custom for our needs based on his (VERY) easy to use website... you can pick what readings and services you want, giving you total control over how long your ceremony is and what elements were involved. He was very diligent with all of the paperwork, which put us at ease knowing it was all taken care of. Overall a great experience, and highly recommend!

Valerie 6/20/18

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Timely, Professional, Genuine!

Reverend David was more than we could have ever hoped for. When we began planning for the wedding a year ago, we reached out to Rev. David to meet and instantly knew he was going to be the one to marry us! His website is fantastic and his officiating is even better. It was extraordinarily easy to work with Rev. David and he ensured the ceremony went exactly as we planned. He was timely, professional, and genuine. In addition, he made sure to print out a copy of the ceremony script and gave it to us following the ceremony. It was such a nice and touching gesture and shows the extra mile Rev. David goes to make the day perfect. If you're getting married anywhere near Hilton Head, you cannot do better than Rev. David. Highly Recommend!

Kip DiEugenio 6/20/18

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Very Professional

David and his Team made our day absolutely perfect! Very professional and prepared and truly genuine in his work. I would highly recommend their services.

Jessica Snyder 6/19/18

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So Awesome!

Rev. Dr. David was so awesome! Our renewal was beautiful, exciting and easy! He was very kind and provided a very short but memorable ceremony. Short was by our choice. It felt like he had known us for a long time. Our two twenty something sons and their girlfriends were equally impressed and moved. When we decided to renew I was worried it would be overwhelming and complicated to plan requiring too many phone calls and emails. Thay was not the case at all. My husband and I sat in front of the computer reviewed our options and submitted our ceremony. It was really that easy! Of course had we wanted more help or need more help Dr. Rev. David would have been happy to provide all of that. I actually heard my sons talkng about a small beach wedding!

Jeff and Cathy Banker 6/13/18

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Highly Recommend!

Rev. Dr. David was absolutely wonderful! We didn't realize how difficult choosing vendors for our destination wedding would be until we started planning, however, thankfully, we found an amazing officiant in Rev. Dr. David. From the beginning, communication with Rev. Dr. David was always convenient. He was quick with his responses to all of our questions, and even took the time to get to know me and David through phone calls to each of us individually, to overcome the fact that we were planning the wedding from a distance. His website is extremely well-outlined, and made applying for a marriage license and planning the ceremony an absolute breeze. Even so, he still talked us through every element of the ceremony that we had questions about to ensure our understanding of the details. Although we didn't actually meet face-to-face until our rehearsal, we felt like we had known him all along, and had complete confidence in him presenting a lovely ceremony. Throughout the whole process he was amazingly helpful, professional, and available. Our ceremony was beautiful and so representative of us as a couple, and we got plenty of compliments about the ceremony and Rev. Dr. David that evening, and in the weeks following the most perfect start to the rest of our lives together. The ceremony is the most important aspect of your wedding day, and we would absolutely recommend giving Rev. Dr. David the chance to make your ceremony as perfect as he made ours!

Sarah and David Marti 6/3/18

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Beautful Ceremony!!

We would like to thank Rev. Leininger so very much for officiating at our lakeside wedding at Hampton Lake. He helped to make it a very special, memorable day for us. We can't begin to tell you how many compliments we received about him and our beautiful ceremony. We were told that there wasn't a dry eye in the place. We are so pleased with the way everything turned out. We would highly recommend him to anyone who wants a personalized, meaningful ceremony.

Dennis and Barbara Del Vecchio 5/31/18

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Rev. Dr. David Leininger was so easy to talk with and advise us of how to prepare for a distance destination wedding from Ohio to Hilton Head Beach. He walked us through every step from getting our Beaufort County Marriage License to planning our beach wedding down to almost every word we wanted him and us to say. He is very personable yet professional. We are a senior age couple and he made us feel so young in heart and spirit! Even though we were the only ones involved, our wedding was special because of Rev Leininger. We will remember our special day forever!

Barbara Prickett-Grey 5/16/18

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He's the one to book.

David created the sweetest, most meaningful ceremony for us. He worked with my husband to understand exactly what was important to us, and in the end it was absolutely perfect. We got so many compliments from guests on how "us" the ceremony was. If you're looking for a great officiant, he's the one to book.

Emily 5/10/18

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Highly Recommend!!!

Rev. Dr. Leininger was phenomenal officiating our Beach Wedding at the Sea Pines Resort Atlantic Beach Room. We could not have asked for a more perfect day and ceremony. He was professional and very personable, as he not only attended and officiated our wedding, but also took time to attend our wedding rehearsal party and meet a few of our guests. Our wedding happened to coincide with his 40th wedding anniversary and we were truly appreciative and impressed with his flexibility and commitment! He came highly recommended and it is easy to understand why after having the pleasure of working with him. We can't thank you enough for an unforgettable Wedding Day Ceremony!

Scott R. Prosotow 5/10/18

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Absolutely Delightful!

We got married at Callawassie Island Country Club and David was our officiant. He was absolutely delightful! We got to choose what the ceremony entailed and he even has great scripts to pick from on the website. Highly recommend!

Heather Dick 5/8/18

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Rev. David Leininger was fantastic to work with and he made our day absolutely perfect! So many of our wedding guests came up to us afterwards telling us how much they enjoyed the ceremony. Thank you again for making our day so special!

Katie and Ryan 5/7/18

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Rev. Leininger was a joy to work with! He made sure that our ceremony was perfect and that our children were included. He was very professional, but also personable and easy to talk to. From the first time I talked to him I was more than impressed! The website was very helpful in deciding what would be included in our ceremony. Thank you so much for making our day absolutely amazing! We highly recommend Rev. Leininger!!!

Randy and Tenille 4/30/18

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Rev David Leininger did a Fantastic job of officiating our Beach Wedding in Hilton Head Island. We could not have asked for a more perfect ceremony. He added an element of elegance and class that added tremendously to the joy of our celebration. His flexibility and making himself available to us for rehearsals and ceremony was superb. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the area getting married. We truly appreciated the efforts that made our Wedding a truly memorable day. Thank You!!!

Steven and Deborah Moeller 4/9/18

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"Well Done, David!"

Reverend Leininger did a fantastic job for my wife and I and we'd recommend him to anyone. I even had several of the audience compliment his homily about the different kinds of love and their Greek origins. Well done David!

Ken and Lesley Logan 3/18/18

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We were so happy with David doing our wedding ceremony/vows. He did an amazing job and really captured us well. There were a few stressful moments and he was supportive and calm, I really appreciated that. We had a wide variety of religions with our guests and everyone was impressed with his sermon. We enjoyed picking out our vows together and loved getting a typed copy to take home. It was a beautiful day and we feel blessed to have had David there to marry us. Thank you!

Nick and Ash 12/8/17

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Wonderful Ceremony

We found David through his website and immediately knew he would be easy to work with. Pretty much everything you need is on the website, which was a huge plus for us. We picked out our ceremony and David made some great suggestions to help make it really memorable. Everything he recommended was spot on. The ceremony was the perfect length and David kept guests entertained the entire time. My family was extremely pleased. Thank you David!!

Brittany Cummings 11/25/17

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Simply Perfect

Reverend David Leininger was just wonderful. We couldn't have been happier with him performing our ceremony. He is a true professional who enjoys bringing love together.

Chris and Suzanne Burton 11/20/17

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Our Perfect Day

From the day we met Reverend David Leininger we knew he would help us make our day. David was very accommodating with our needs and wants. David's website was perfect and easy to pick and choose the readings we wanted in our wedding and to involve our family. If me and my wife wanted to renew our vows I would definitely choose David to be our officiant again. Our wedding day was perfect thanks to David and we will be forever grateful for him.

Drew and Felicia Rinehart 11/11/17

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50th Anniversary Celebration

My wife JoAnn and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this October with a renewal of vows, officiated by David. We would have had a difficult time defining how we would want the renewal to proceed, which readings to be selected, etc. David's site was very helpful in allowing us to customize our ceremony. We found David to be a very warm person; one very passionate about what he does. It was a wonderful ceremony; a wonderful day.

Tom and JoAnn Vincenz 11/9/17

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Dick and Jane

WOW! From the first phone call I felt like I was talking to an "old" friend! David made everything so easy ,,,and personal. Could not have done anything to make our wedding day more memorable. We decided our day would be just for the two of us and, because of David's warmth and charm, it was the most special day for us. We can highly recommend Dr. Leininger for the finest service on Hilton Head! We have a new friend!

Dick and Jane Sternberg 11/8/17

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A Dream Come True!

My husband and I wanted a small, intimate wedding to celebrate with just our closest family and friends. And Reverend Leininger fit in perfectly! He is so warm, funny, and personable; it felt as if we have known him for years. His kind words during the ceremony touched all of our hearts, as we hung on to his every word. He made our wedding day a dream come true.

Sherri Holt 11/7/17

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Our Wedding in Paradise

Our wedding was an absolute dream. Rev. Leininger was accommodating, professional and so very helpful. He gave us the exact wedding we'd dreamed about and never made us feel we were asking too much. He was so thorough... making sure to answer every question, even ones we didn't ask. Our ceremony was perfect...beautiful, spiritual, memorable. We are forever grateful.

Tiffany & Michael Mosley 11/6/17

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A True Professional

Dave was phenomenal! The organization was on point. Great availability when needing to communicate or ask questions. We did a small wedding and needed someone who knew what they were doing and make it personable, short, and sweet. He is a true professional that will deliver you your best heart-felt ceremony! No one better; hands down.

Kelsey H. 9/20/17

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My husband and I were married in Hilton Head, SC on September 8. Yes, we made it right before hurricane Irma hit. I cannot say enough about how beautiful and intimate our ceremony was. Mainly, because of Rev. David. He took the elements we wanted to use and made a beautiful and personal ceremony for us. I knew the minute I spoke with him on the phone, he was a perfect fit for what we wanted. I was as nervous as a bride could be walking in but his calming demeanor helped me take a breath and be able to enjoy every second. If you are looking for a ceremony with a very personal feel, then Rev. David is the guy. You will not be disappointed.

Tammy Reese 9/15/17

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You will not be disappointed!

I cannot say enough nice things about David from A Wedding in Paradise. Planning a destination can be stressful and he made everything so relaxed and stress free. On top of our own ceremony; we did a surprise vow renewal for my now mother and father-in-law and David did that as well. They were beyond happy and everything went so smoothly. He makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed and I highly recommend going through him for your big day, you will not be disappointed!

Brittney Blair 8/22/17

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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!

Lisa Petrone 8/14/17

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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!

Rhonda Phillips 8/11/17

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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.

Kevin & Sarah Leonard 7/5/17

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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!

JoAn and Liz 6/27/17

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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!!!

Jamie Schwab 6/21/17

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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 brides 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 6/1/17

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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.

BAL 5/10/17

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BLESSED to have 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!!!

Crystal Cranford 5/10/17

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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!

William Heldenfels 5/9/17

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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 :-)

Keri O'Hara 5/8/17

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Choosing Dr. David Leininger made the entire planning process and wedding day easier. From the initial phone conversation, he was very easy to work with, quick to respond to all our questions and concerns, and supportive. On both the rehearsal and wedding day, he was very friendly and down-to-earth, but professional. As a couple who planned a destination wedding, we were worried about officiants not being able to work with couples who weren't members of their community, but Dr. Leininger's services are perfect for anyone in that situation! We're so happy with how personalized our wedding was. We'd highly recommend him!

Stephanie Griffin 5/7/17

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Dr. David Leininger was the absolute best minister. From the minute we met him we felt at ease and had the sense that everything in the ceremony would be just right! He was amazing at giving us pointers at the rehearsal (for the ceremony) and made everyone around him feel like they had known him for years. He listened to everything we said we wanted and helped us figure out the best ceremony structure for us! I cannot begin to describe how truly special we feel to have had him marry us! One of the biggest questions about our wedding that was asked by our guests was " Where did you get that preacher? He was absolutely amazing!!"

Allison and Matthew 3/11/17

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We had a wonderful sunset wedding planned on the beach at Hilton Head but Hurricane Matthew had other plans. We ended up having to evacuate just hours before we were to get married. We called Dr. Leininger and he was very reassuring. He said "Don't you worry! We will figure something out and get you married!" Although it was just going to be the 2 of us, we were devastated. When you are planning a wedding, you don't have a plan B. But he was right.... we figured something out! About a week or 2 later, Dr. Leininger called and offered to come all the way to North Carolina to marry us!! We were so touched by his generosity. Well above and beyond what we could have ever imagined. So exactly a month later, in our home town, with our personalized vows, we were finally able to get married! Thank you for everything Dr. Leininger!

Kelly and Dan 2/15/17

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We loved our ceremony that David provided! You can tell that he genuinely loves bringing love together through marriage. It was a very love and faith filled ceremony and we feel extremely blessed!

Amanda Walton 2/5/17

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David was great in working with us for our wedding in South Carolina. While it was a hot day, things went off without a hitch and he was very professional and organized and did a great job during the wedding. Thanks so much!

Jacob Hofmann 1/10/17

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Our wedding was held on New Years Eve 2016 and would like to highly recommend David for services! He was so friendly, professional, organized, and helpful as we planned and held our destination wedding in Hilton Head. I can't say enough about this wonderful kind man-be sure to use his services-you will not find anyone better! Thank you so much for making our wedding day perfect! We have gained a wonderful friend in the process.

Tammy Worden 1/8/17

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David officiated our wedding and it was so easy and lovely! David made options and recommendations readily available to us. I sent him what I wanted my ceremony to read, and he was prepared to recite just that. The day before the rehearsal, he contacted us reminding us what to bring. He was punctual and arrived early to the rehearsal with paperwork in hand ready for us to sign. On the day of the wedding, the ceremony went flawlessly. He packaged our vows and our marriage license up neatly and handed it to us on the spot. He casually welcomed and spoke to our guests and was kind through and through. He made everyone very comfortable and I could not have been happier. I called him afterward with questions and he answered immediately and took the time to chat and congratulate us. You'll want David to stay just to chat afterward! He's very personable and I wouldn't have wanted to have it any other way. He made us feel as though he was an old friend.

Nichole Kowalski Tate 10/20/16

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Planning an out of town wedding is stressful in itself, but Rev. David made us feel so comfortable using him for our big day. Even after our first conversation over the phone, I knew he was the one to lead us into our future together as husband and wife. His devotion and guidance is something we will take with us through the rest of our lives. During our ceremony a storm came through, but he never let it take away from our commitment to each other. Look forward to using Rev. David again for a vow renewal one day!

Anna Combs 10/2/16

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We called Reverend Dave on a Tuesday, for a Friday, 25th year vow renewal beach ceremony. Well God and luck, was on our side, as Dave had just gotten a cancellation. Dave did an amazing job of making our ceremony personal, special and above all a meaningful family celebration!! I recommend Dr. Dave to anyone looking for a stress free, personal ceremony!

Lisa McShane 9/9/16

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Planning our special day was a little complicated coming to Hilton Head from Nebraska. All the plans were drawn out through emails with and added factor of never meeting Dr. Leininger until the day before our wedding ceremony. David is very professional, so easy to work with, and organized (there was no stone unturned). I loved the fact that we were able to pick out all of our readings and were able to personize our wedding vows and exchanging of the rings. The entire ceremony was flawless, relaxing, and extremely enjoyable.

Thank you to Dr. Leininger for making our very special day a beautiful one that will remain in our memories forever.

Linda Seymour 8/30/16

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Wedding Vows Renewal

Dave is the best! He is a total professional and a joy to be around. He made our vow renewal one of the most memorable times of our life together! I would highly recommend Dave for your special day. He will make it even more special! Thanks again Dave for making our day fantastic and for your attention to detail we can't thank you enough! God Bless!

S & JM 8/25/16

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Stress-free and Very Enjoyable

Dave was a special delight. He was very well organized and helpful from the beginning. He perfectly incorporated our wishes and made our special day spectacular. We are forever grateful for all he did to make it stress-free and very enjoyable.

M & PC 8/22/16

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Dr. Leininger was easy to work with and accommodating through the entire process as we planned our day from Charlotte, NC. Through suggested readings, both traditional and contemporary, and personal advice on making the day our own, he was able to lead us to the perfect choices that fit the look and feel of our wedding. We are forever grateful for his help and highly recommend using A Wedding in Paradise for your Hilton Head wedding!

Nathan Milam 7/19/16

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Wonderful Wedding

We arranged all details from Pennsylvania...Rev. David was Wonderful to deal with...A Wedding in Paradise is an easy, convenient way to communicate!!! The day of the wedding was perfect!!! We met just before the ceremony and he made it so easy for us!!! Beautiful...but simple vows!!! Loved how easy it was and how comfortable he made us feel!!! Thank You so much Rev. David!!! Would recommend you to anyone thinking of a beach wedding in HHI!!!

Cathy and John Riley 7/17/16

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Dr. Leininger did such a wonderful job at our wedding. The ceremony can be customized to the type and length of the ceremony, and he keeps complication and confusion way down when planning. He also came to our rehearsal the night before, and he kept the instructions simple and easy to understand. He took the marriage license that night to type everything up very nicely and to be sure it was ready to go the next day. At the wedding, David was confident and had everything perfect. The ceremony was beautiful and ran smoothly. He was also very friendly and a joy to share our special day with.

KBS 7/15/16

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Our Beautiful Wedding

We are so pleased with Rev. Dr. Leininger. He added personal touches with traditional elements to our ceremony. Everyone enjoyed the readings and truly made our ceremony perfect. We couldn't imagine having a better man marry us!

ACJ 7/15/16

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Hitched Without a Hitch

Rev. Dr. Leininger was the perfect choice for our ceremony. He helped make our destination wedding wonderful. He is eloquent, funny and his genuine kindness & goodness just shines through. If you want a professional officiant that really loves what he does and is a true pleasure to work with - David is the right choice.

DR 7/6/16

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Perfect Day

So accommodating! David let us add elements to our ceremony and leave out things that were not necessary to us. He met with us upon our arrival to the island and gave us the run down on how things would proceed. All communication via email and telephone was very prompt and was always very warm and sincere. Our small intimate ceremony was perfect thanks to Dr. Leininger!

JKA 7/5/16

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A Great Man!

A great man performed our wedding ceremony. Not only was he inviting, professional, patient and understanding, David was the cherry on top on this very special day. We had never been to Hilton Head and this great man not only prepared a fabulous ceremony, but also obtained the perfect spot for our wedding. Thank you for our wedding in paradise!

ALM 7/3/16

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Highly Recommended!!

We are so happy to have met Dr. Leininger and have him be part of our 30th Anniversary vow renewal. He is so kind, patient, and understanding. He knew exactly what we were looking for and he delivered. He is a very special man and comes highly recommended! XO

SB 7/1/16

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Rev. Leininger did a great job and I would recommend him to anyone who wants a very professional yet friendly officiant for your wedding.

ESK 7/1/16

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Forever Grateful!

OH MY GOSH!!! There will never be enough words to express my gratitude for Rev. Dr. Leininger. He made our ceremony so special and so personal. We are forever grateful for his words of love and wisdom.

MWB 6/15/16

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Beyond Spectacular!

Dr. Leininger is a patient in my office and had always offered to perform our ceremony when the time came. Well, that time finally came. We finally got married on March 12, 2016 at the young age of 48, after 9 years together and the first for both of us. Dr. Leininger did a wonderful job. He made our wedding even more beautiful than it already was. David is warm and speaks from the heart. I don't know who cried more, me, my husband or the guests. We have received so many compliments from friends and family about Dr. Leininger. Everyone has told me our wedding was the best they have ever been to. They could feel the love in the room. Shawn and I are so grateful and will always hold Dr. Leininger very dear to our hearts for making our day so very special.

Love, Cheryl and Shawn Brantley 3/12/16

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A Wonderful Addition to Our Wedding!

Dr. Leininger was amazing and a joy to work with. We live in Kentucky and traveled to Hilton Head, SC for our wedding. With being out of town and doing all planning through email and by phone, we couldn't have picked a better minister to work with. Dr. Leininger was prompt to respond to all of our (many) questions and he made the task of choosing our ceremony elements very easy and enjoyable. The ceremony was directed beautifully and smoothly by Dr. Leininger and he was an absolute delight to have as a part of our wedding! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

M-BA 6/3/16

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Our Perfect Officiant!

My new husband and I couldn't be happier with our choice! My friends and family ask about David whenever we discuss our wedding. David seemed to just know us. We ran out of time on choosing some of our ceremony, so we left it up to him, and it turned out perfectly. I feel like he is part of our new family... I'm so thankful that we found him!

JZS 5/31/16

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Dr. Leininger was absolutely fantastic! From the moment we met him we knew he understood what we were looking for in a service. He was prompt in getting back to all my emails and showed up early for the rehearsal. His words at the ceremony were incredibly touching and brought us both to tears. I highly recommend Dr. Leininger for your wedding-he made our day sensational.

RHE 5/23/16

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Kind and Calm

We are so grateful we had David to perform our ceremony. He was very kind and had a calm demeanor, which helped to ease my anxiety of being in front of so many people. We really enjoyed getting to customize our ceremony by having a selection of vows to chose from. David was very helpful throughout the process and we really enjoyed working with him! Thanks so much for being a part of our special day!

NHB 5/22/16

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Thoughtful & Caring

We had the pleasure of having David involved in our winter wedding on Hilton Head Island. We were impressed with him from the start! He was incredibly thoughtful and caring and made it a point to really get to know us as a couple. He worked with me on creating a ceremony that was unique to us and executed it with perfection. I had numerous guests tell us how much they enjoyed our ceremony! I would highly recommend him. Many thanks to him for making our day so wonderful.

ACD 5/15/16

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A Perfect Beach Wedding

No word can better sum up our wedding than simply PERFECT! David was exceptional! He truly cared about our experience. He made us feel special even though we just had a very simple wedding on the beach for just the two of us. He was so accommodating, generous and patient. We could have selected anyone to do the ceremony but wanted someone who was able to make it personal and with a deep faith. Much thanks to David for making our day remarkable!

BHO 5/12/16

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Perfect Baptism!

David made my son's baptism absolutely perfect! We wanted something a little different and non-traditional and David did a perfect job. He was happy to have the baptism on the beach with my family and it could not have been more special. The ceremony was beautiful, thoughtful and we were so happy with how it turned out. Thank you for making this day so special, my husband and I really appreciate it!

LK 5/11/16

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Truly wonderful!!!

David and his wife Christie could not have made our "day" any better!!!! The BEST we could have imagined. Personal, personable, charming, warm.

Both Mark and I couldn't have been luckier having found David to perform our heartfelt, meaningful ceremony.
We will be back for Renewals of our Vows.....

KHJ 5/10/16

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Recommend Highly

The best anyone could ask for! He's kind and on time with a smile! We had our vows renewed on the beach and he was great! I recommend him highly for your wedding needs!

MM 3/8/16

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Like family

Very professional made us feel like family very comfortable and pleasure to work with.

JRS 2/20/16

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Rev. Leininger was awesome! Not only was the service fun and animated, as opposed to boring and rote, but, when the weather turned out to be cold, windy and rainy, he agreed to change the date and marry us on a beautiful day later in the week.

DMC 12/5/15

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The Best Choice I Made

Rev. David was such an amazing man to work with, from start to finish. He took the time to answer all of my questions very quickly, helped me plan an amazing ceremony, and was the best choice I made for our wedding.

Rev. David was actually hit by a car on his bicycle the morning of our ceremony -- I didn't find out until after! -- and married us, in a 15 minute ceremony, with broken ribs and an injured lung. If that isn't dedication to his job, I don't know what is!

Rev. David came to our rehearsal dinner, spent time with our friends and families, and genuinely cares about us as a couple and as husband and wife; before, during, and after. When our county sent our marriage license to him by their mistake, he even took the time to e-mail me & let me know of the mix up & mailed it to our home.

While I was looking for a minister, I read a lot of reviews. Let me just tell you, there isn't a better, more kind, more devoted man of God that my husband and I could have chosen to vow our lives to each other through. If you're looking for a man who will pray for you, make sure your ceremony fits your relationship, and is in the wedding business for the right reasons; then you've found exactly who you need in this man!

ADM 10/27/15

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So Kind and Helpful

We had David officiate our wedding in June at the Sonesta!!! He did an amazing job-I couldn't think of anyone better! He was so kind and helpful through the whole process (especially for out of staters!!) My husband and I loved having him apart of our day!!

AWH 10/8/15

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50th Anniversary Surprise Renewal of Vows

My parents celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary on Hilton Head Island. Reverend David performed the renewal of vows and he was amazing! His web site is very informative. We were unfamiliar with the island and he took the time to answer questions and concerns we had with planning the event. He was instrumental in setting up the surprise and always enthusiastic & genuine when speaking with him. He made our vacation so memorable and enjoyable. I highly recommend him to officiate your vows. He is a true blessing.

MK 9/18/15

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A Wonderful Evening!

Thank you Reverend David for making our vow renewal ceremony so special! Rev. David is a warm, kind, caring man. He was professional, accommodating and flexible with every aspect of our ceremony. It was obvious how important our ceremony was to him. We feel truly blessed to have met such a wonderful man! Thank you again for all that you do!

E & VM 9/2/15

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Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015A Perfect Ceremony!

Reverend Leininger was warm, genuine, and accommodating! He made sure that the ceremony was completely our wishes, taste, and tone and truly something that was uniquely ours. The ceremony made the audience both laugh and cry, and more importantly, both my husband and I wouldn't have changed a single detail. Thank you so much for the perfect wedding ceremony!

EBR 8/31/15

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Made everyone feel at ease

We were very pleased with Dr. Leininger. He was extremely professional and pleasant and he made everyone feel at ease. He was on time for the wedding rehearsal and the wedding and went through all our vows in a confident manner. We're very happy we chose him, he really added some flair to our ceremony!!!!

EBD 8/25/15

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Thanks, Reverend

We wanted a small destination wedding on Hilton Head island but were a little worried about doing everything over the phone since we weren't familiar with the island. Once we arrived on the Island, Rev. David took us around to all of the beaches so we could pick exactly what we wanted. I could not have asked for a better officiant for our wedding! Rev David is very easy to work with and I love that he printed out our entire ceremony so my husband and I would be able to remember it forever! Thanks, Reverend!!!

ADL 8/24/15

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Thanks again, David!

My husband and I were worried about finding an officiant for our wedding in Hilton Head. We decided to have a destination wedding. After meeting with David, we knew he would be perfect to marry us. From the first meeting, to the consistent emails, phone calls, rehearsal and ceremony-he was amazing. We loved how we could incorporate our ideas into the wedding and he had ideas to make it even more perfect! We look forward in staying in touch with David-we highly recommend him to any future bride and groom!!

AHW 8/23/15

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Thanks a Million!

David is incredible! He was always (and I mean always) responsive, via email, which was such a relief as a bride doing a million things, to make her wedding day perfect. He was always helpful with what we needed from the time we first spoke, down to the last minute before our ceremony. He truly cares about his bride and groom and wants to do everything he can to make things run smoothly on your big day. I think that's what struck us the most about David- he is absolutely genuine & true. We appreciate him so much and love that he even gave us an entire script of our magical vows, as a keepsake. He is the best, and we are so blessed that he was a part of one of the most spectacular days of our lives. Thank a million, David!

RAC 7/9/15

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Deciding to have a destination wedding was exciting, but I worried about finding the perfect person to marry us. My photographer suggested Rev. Dr. David Leininger, and what a terrific suggestion he was!! We were so blessed to have met Dr. Leininger, and have him unite us as husband and wife. He is organized, easy to contact, friendly, and truly goes above and beyond. I highly recommend Rev. Dr. David Leininger--you will be SO happy to have him marry you! We have been blessed to have met him and had him officiate our wedding! Thank you for everything!

J & KMS 7/7/15

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A Wonderful Day

David was very pleasant from the start! I had so many questions and he was patient with every one of them. Not being experienced with weddings, I was unsure of how long the ceremony was, if people would even be able to hear him because amplified sound wasn't permitted where our ceremony was, even what vows to choose. He checked in with me the day before to go over details and to see if I needed anything, which I thought was nice and reassuring! The wedding was perfect and David even stuck around for a picture :-)! To top things off, my husband is military and we weren't able to meet before the wedding to get our marriage license together, so we had to get it after the wedding and David didn't even hesitate to meet up with us! We couldn't be happier with a Wedding in Paradise and with David's service. Thank you for such a wonderful day!!

JLG 6/6/15

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Absolutely Amazing

Rev David was absolutely amazing and made our wedding so memorable! We had a destination wedding and David was extremely easy to work with. He was so kind, helpful and wanted to make sure our ceremony was special to us which we greatly appreciated! Corresponding through email was very easy and he was on top of everything! The message that David provided for us at the ceremony was flawless and he, only having met him twice before need I add, was able to make it all so real, genuine and personable for us. It was perfect. You can tell that he is passionate about what he does, invests a great deal of time into each of his weddings, and wants to ensure all couples get the wedding of their dreams. Ours truly was. We need to add that we didn't realize until the next day that David provided us a copy of the ceremony to keep. This was such a thoughtful and appreciated touch for him to have done and is something we will be able to cherish for years to come. It was wonderful being able to re-read it the morning after! We feel so blessed to have had David a part of our wedding and highly recommend him to anyone else who gets married on Hilton Head Island or, anywhere near by for that matter!

KHB 5/30/15

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We could not have made a better choice!

David was a wonderful officiant for our destination wedding to Hilton Head Island. As HHI is a 9 hour drive from where we live, everything had to be coordinated over the phone or via email. David was beyond great to work with. He's very easy going and laid back, but is able to get to the point and get things taken care of. His calm demeanor on the day of the wedding was a breath of fresh air and the manner in which he performed the ceremony was just the right amount of class and levity. David was a key part to the wedding of our dreams and in hindsight, we could not have made a better choice in picking him.

K & R 5/18/15

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We were so blessed and fortunate to be provided the contact information for David to officiate our wedding. Being that this was a destination wedding, we were very concerned about finding an officiant who could make our ceremony unique and personal. David was kind enough to meet with us before the wedding and just sat and talked with us and we immediately felt so comfortable with him. He was there for us all throughout the planning process and helped us customize the perfect ceremony. The ceremony felt so unique and personalized that it felt like it was being done by our own pastor! We absolutely loved the message of his ceremony and all our friends and family commented on how great he was! David really invested a great deal of time into us and that meant so much! He even gave us a copy of the entire ceremony for us to look back on! We cannot say enough about him and would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone looking for a wonderful officiant! He is awesome!

TWW 5/9/15

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He Loves His Job

I was very grateful to come across David. He came highly recommended and he did not disappoint! Me and my husband were lucky to get to meet up with him and chat with David for a while a couple of days before our wedding. It was nice to get to talk to him and get to know him aside from what I read about him on the internet. I would recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding, he is so nice and you can tell he loved his job.

KL 5/14/15

Thank you


We want to thank you so much for being a part of our special day! You were so helpful and supportive, we couldn't have asked for anything more. Your candor during the ceremony was perfect and was truly appreciated by everyone in attendance. We are both so happy to have found you and wish you and your family all the best for the future. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

S & B - 12/13/14

Way exceeded our expectations

I contacted Pastor David about 3 weeks prior to our wedding. I also contacted 3 other pastors in the Hilton Head area. We were looking for someone not only to perform the ceremony but also find someone we connected with. Two of the pastors never returned my call and the other one we did speak with just wasn't a good fit.

From my initial conversation with Pastor David, he treated me like I was a member of his church and a true son looking out for my best interest. He was completely invested in our wedding and marriage from the first conversation. He was very intentional in making sure everything he and I spoke about that I discussed with my then fiancé as well. Pastor David was very detailed and even more supportive in making this a memorable occasion.

We had an idea of how the ceremony was going to flow but he just added so much more spirituality, personality, care and concern. I really felt like it was my very own pastor performing the ceremony opposed to someone I had just met. After the ceremony was over he continued to pastor us, prayed for us and blessed our marriage. Many of our guests after the ceremony shared how awesome he was in performing the ceremony.

In closing, Pastor David's assistance and love he shared with us is priceless. He was nothing short of amazing. I highly, highly recommend anyone considering a destination wedding in Hilton Head to look no further than Pastor David. We received far more value than what we paid.

He even did a follow up call with us a week later after the ceremony. How great is that.

Thank you for all your assistance you showed us, and our families in making our day eternally memorable. We love you.

Robert & Kassandra Brown - 11/13/14


David was phenomenal since the first time I emailed him. His responses were always very timely and he was always very enthusiastic when we would talk about the wedding and what it entails! His whole philosophy in the way he does things was so perfect for the simple, but elegant wedding that we wanted near the beach. We met with him a couple of times beforehand so he could get to know us and he was readily available when we planned our rehearsal. The ceremony itself incorporated each aspect we wanted including the sand ceremony and he even customzied his verbage to talk about us personally- that made it so sweet! The price was so affordable, some of the best in the area! Thank you for making our day so perfect!!

MCT - 10/18/14

A Friend for Life

What a special honor it was to have Rev. David officiate over our wedding on October 16th. His ceremony brought the reverence of a church service to the lovely landscape of Skull creek. As we exchanged vows, the seriousness of our commitment was blessed by the words of our Lord and highlighted by Rev. David's guidance and advice for a happy marriage. For a destination wedding, Rev David was very accommodating to meet ahead of time to get to know us both. The service was personal and lighthearted but did not take away from the sanctity of a wedding ceremony. We could not have asked for a better blessing than to start our lives together with Rev David. We can highly recommend his service and will call him a friend for life.

MTK - 10/16/14

Highly Recommend

I came across A Wedding in Paradise online while looking for an officiant for our destination wedding in Hilton Head. I am Catholic and my husband is not, so we were looking for a compromise for our families and decided to do an outdoor ceremony. David was an absolute perfect match for us. We were looking to have a traditional ceremony in an untraditional setting, and we were so grateful that he was able to customize it to exactly what we wanted. The ceremony was beautiful, and as a retired minister David is very comfortable officiating. He also has a wonderful speaking voice that really did not need a microphone. He held a rehearsal the day before so that we could make sure we were all on the same page. Additionally, he was able to give us a lot of other tips about wedding planning in Hilton Head that we may not have otherwise known. I cannot say enough good things about A Wedding in Paradise! Highly, highly recommend!

KBL - 9/27/14

Fantastic and so easy to work with

We planned a very small wedding in two months and contacted Rev. David Leininger less than two months before. It could not have been easier working with him. His website had everything we needed to pay him and select the exact words we wanted for the wedding. On the day of our wedding, he was great - friendly, calm and loud enough that our wedding guests could hear him over the waves and breeze! He has our highest recommendation.

LDW - 8/15/14


We are so thankful to have found Dr. Leininger as our officiant for our destination wedding in Hilton Head. He was very prompt in returning emails and his website made it easy for us to customize our ceremony. He was early to the rehearsal and ceremony, didn't want to take any chances!! Thank you very much!!

ASP - 7/11/14

Vows Renewal A Wedding in Paradise

Reverend Leininger officiated at our renewal of vows for our 50th wedding anniversary. Dr Leininger was very helpful and accommodating especially with my grandchildren who participated at the renewal ceremony as groomsmen or bridesmaids. Dr Leininger's words were very thoughtful and meaningful and funny. He made everyone feel at ease. We couldn't be happier with Dr. Leininger. If we are fortunate to renew our vows in another 50 years. We would want Dr. Leininger as the officiant.

Thank you for everything, Reverend Leininger.

BG 7/9/14


I accidentally gave Dr. Leininger the wrong address for the location of our ceremony, and when he finally arrived (I broke my cell phone, therefore losing his cell phone number), he was as cool as a clam and even more friendly in person than he was over the phone.

Dr. Leininger is a warm, friendly, calming soul that made our technical ceremony far more special than I thought it would be. Since we were being married by my uncle, a NJ resident, we had to have a technical ceremony done by an SC officiant before the actual ceremony (SC law states only an SC resident can officiate a wedding, sign the documents, etc). I saw other reviews for Dr. Leininger, and after reviewing his extensive and informative website, we decided he would be the best choice to officiate our ceremony.

The website is amazing. He has all of these pre-written phrases, sayings, prayers and blessings for the ceremony on his website. You can choose one of those phrases or you can insert your own. You can add or omit certain parts of the ceremony and truly make it your own. However, during our ceremony, he not only spoke what we asked him to speak, he also added in some words of advice that were perfect for us, and they were lessons and advice we will remember for our many years together.

Everyone at the wedding was obviously moved by what was happening, but Dr. Leininger's words and the way he delivered them to us were so meaningful and beautiful that I could barely speak my vows because I was crying so much. What meant even more to us is that he gave us a printout of the ceremony, of every word he said so that in the future, when we run into a hard moment, we can look at this ceremony and remember the promise me made to each other. Dr. Leininger even took care of the paperwork for us. If you are looking for an officiant that you feel as close to as a family member the moment you meet him, Dr. Leininger is the right fit for you. Thank you Dr. Leininger! You are amazing!

CCJ - 7/27/12

Excellent Service

Extremely flexible and caters to your desires for the ceremony. A wide selection of examples to choose from. He was extremely professional and a joy to work with.

LHA 7/13/13

Made our Ceremony Special and Uniquely 'Us'

David created a ceremony to our exact specifications and despite our short time with him, spoke to us as an individual couple. He's prompt and dependable and polite and best of all he is a great speaker. He made our ceremony special, unique and just the right amount of traditional.

JRN - 4/6/13

The Perfect Officiant

One of the problems with wanting a pastor/priest/etc at a destination wedding is that a lot of local pastors do not conduct marriages to people who are not members of their church. So we were worried and searched until eventually finding Dr. David Leininger, who specializes in destination weddings in Hilton Head. After thoroughly reviewing his website and a brief phone call, both parties agreed to work together. To say Dr. Leininger's website is helpful is an understatement. It is a comprehensive guide to a ceremony on Hilton Head and provides an amazing amount of detail that helped us choose our unique ceremony. Each part of the ceremony is divided into parts, and different passages/scripture/quotes were provided to choose from. You can choose from as much or as little religious influence as you want, and even include your own written vows or speeches. It was ideal. Because rain was forecast for our wedding day, we were anxious about the timing and Dr. Leininger was available at a moments notice and positive and supportive the entire time. Luckily for us, he lives only a few minutes away from the beach on which we were getting married, so when we moved the start time ahead by 90 minutes, he was ready and by our side in less than 10 minutes. He always had a smile on his face and happily spoke with each of our guests. He provided advice that we'll never forget and was the perfect person for the job. We couldn't have been happier with Dr. Leininger and I would recommend him to anyone. We might even use him again to renew our vows!

RKS 9/28/12

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