Unsolicited, honest Testimonials not written by Allan Richards or Richard Aptekar
"We love Richard! Unfortunately I'm living in Miami! Send him my best and let him know we think he really put the magic in Christmas for our family since my son Coal was just a few weeks old! He's ten now. Richard made Coal believe in Santa the whole time. I think his friends tried to talk him out if it at school, but they never had Richard over on Christmas Day to sing carols, play instruments and hand out gifts so that's why they were disbelievers. Anyway, all the best to you and thanks for giving our family lots of holiday cheer."
"We are writing a review for Richard Aptekar who was our officiant for our wedding on July 29, 2016.
From beginning to end Richard was so kind, helpful and worked with us on everything step by step. We first set up a skype meeting for us to see
if he was a good fit for us. After talking to him we hired him on the spot. The next step was that he gave us the options for what we wanted to include in our ceremony. He sent us examples and when we finally met in person (we were planning the wedding 3,000 miles away), he helped in even more in depth.
Once we ironed out the details after a few revisions we were ready to go. Richard was also available to do the rehearsal run through which was important to us.
He did a step by step process of what he would be doing on the actual wedding day which is perfect for us to make last minute revisions and changes if needed.
On the day of the wedding he met with both of us at separate times to calm the nerves and go through any questions we had.
Everything was great, top to bottom, we absolutely recommend Richard!"
Thank you for being such an important part of our most beautiful day. We will remember this day for the rest of our lives.
Peter and Kate
Thank you so much for taking part in our special day. You have been such a great help for us, organizing the ceremony from 3,000 miles away. It was a pleasure meeting you and we wish you nothing but the best! We couldn't imagine having anyone else. Thank you again."
Chrissy & Karli
Thank you so much for performing our special ceremony for us! We had so many compliments on the script and how it turned out.
So many people were very touched by the emotion you brought to the ceremony.
And thank you for the wonderful compliment and good wishes! We are still smiling from our special day."
Elaine & Jim
"Thank you so much Richard!!!
Much enjoyed your pleasant attitude the whole time. It was a pleasure working with you!"
"Dear Mr. Aptekar, Thank you so much for officiating our special day.
We felt the sincerity and warmth when you delivered our wedding story and vows. We wish you all the best.
Thank you, again!"
Eva & Ricky
"Thank you again for your wonderful contribution to our dinner and auction. You were very well received by our guests."
Strides for Life Colon Cancer Foundation
"Dear Richard, Thank you so very much for doing your wonderful job with the raffle and the intro of Hiram Bell at our Fall Luncheon.
This is your calling to be the wonderful MC you so naturally do. Your support is appreciated by me and recognized by all.
Many many thanks."
"Thanks Richard for another great show, appreciate your flexibility with the stage, will make a note to the rental co in the future. put 10/1 on your calendar!"
"Thank you Richard! You did a wonderful job and we couldn't have been happier!"
"The Donald' was awesome!
Thank you so much for making jacks party a special one."
Thanks . . . . for being the celebrant at our ceremony! We loved the ceremony you wrote for us and it had just the right balance of seriousness and humor."
Shan and Mike
"Thank you so much Richard for making our day so special. We and our guests thought you did an amazing job.
All the best,"
Stephanie & Ashkon
"Thank you Richard for the fantastic renewal ceremony. You did everything perfectly and we couldn't have asked for a better celebrant.
We will remember this wonderful day, which you helped create, for the rest of our lives."
Asa & Dan
"Thank you so very much for everything!
It was an absolute joy to have your services and to have you be a part of our very special day.
Stacey & Chad
"Thank You Richard!
You did an amazing job and many of our guests commented and what a wonderful ceremony that was.
Thank you again for making our day so special."
Best, Nicole & Ryan
You were the highlight of SPI (Solar Products International, Las Vegas trade show, 2014) for sure . . . You made our last show memorable."
Mary and Alan, SolarMax USA
Thank you for such a wonderful wedding. Your words and wisdom were delivered with such ease and sincereness.
We loved the delivery and you had everyone in "stitches" the whole time!'
Mary-Ellen & Vangelis
"Richard was our celebrant at our San Francisco wedding on August 8th, 2014. Simply, he was absolutely wonderful.
"I spent more hours than I care to admit trying to find a wedding celebrant who was secular, kind, professional, punctual, reasonably priced and full of good ideas yet still flexible. Richard filled all of these wishes and more. Richard allowed us to create a unique yet still traditional ceremony and was truly a joy to work with, he was always early to everything and was incredibly helpful at the rehearsal. He was absolutely wonderful at our ceremony with a fantastic voice and presence with many guests commenting on how he did a fantastic job."
I truly can not more highly recommend him. Thank you Richard for being part of our wedding :).”
Lisa & Daniel (posted on Yelp!)
Thank you very much for performing at the Oakmont Oktoberfest. I heard so many nice comments about your show.
I appreciate the time you spent with our residents after the show as well.
It was all a big hit!"
"Richard, We'd like to thank you for a great job on the day of our wedding, it put everyone in a great mood
and it continued throughout the rest of the day."
Vangelis & Mary-Ellen
"Thank you for everything. We had an amazing day and appreciate all you did for us!"
Annelie & Michael
". . . Your presence added a depth to the service that only ritual and the singular power of the shofar could provide.
You are a very gracious and warm presence and we so appreciated you sharing your gifts with us. . ."
"Hi Richard, Thank You for doing such a great job!"
The Escobar family - San Jose, CA
"The client and the event company were very happy. . . the cops were hilarious!
Thanks for another great event."
"Thank you. . . . we had a wonderful time. You were SPECTACULAR!!!"
Mark & Sheresa
. . . thanks again for your part in honoring my Dad at his celebration of life service.
Your playing "When the Saints..." on the horn was priceless!
Love and hugs,
"I always enjoyed running past your stage seeing an enthusiastic audience around your area. . . . .
Until next year, take care."
"Thank you so very much Richard!
We are so pleased and over the top happy with the ceremony you performed! Thank u thank u!"
"I hired Richard to use his skill as a celebrant to marry my daughter and now son-in-law. He put together a great ceremony using tips from the bride and groom. It was humorous, serious, and unique in that he represented the kids in a very personal way. The guests remarked how they loved the ceremony, perfect length of time, and was NO WAY boring like some wedding ceremonies. He returned later at the reception dressed up in his captain's suit as the hotel had a nautical theme. He created a small gig with the kids as an extra delight to the reception. I would highly recommend Richard for any job that he says he can do - and there are lots of them! I would refer him to anyone needing a wedding celebrant."
Many thanks for being Santa at the Peninsula Volunteers Holiday party, you were terrific!
Central Casting could not have sent a better Santa - amusing to adults and kids alike!
Ho Ho Ho! Hope your holidays are as cheerful as you made ours!"
"We love you! You are the best! We hope you keep coming back.
Love always, the Coates Family & others!"
"Your presentation was one of the more original, uplifting, entertaining, and comfortable services
I have heard at a wedding."
"We just wanted to say thanks again. You did an AMAZING JOB! Everyone keeps telling us that the ceremony
was great and how much they loved it. They loved it so much that some of our other vendors and guests have been asking about you for their own ceremony.
You really set the tone for the rest of the event. Thank you so much!!!"
Jessica and Matt
"Thank you for showing up at the perfect moment.
It was right when our MC was going to announce us as Mr. and Mrs..., you walked up to me. Your timing was spectacular!!!
We decided to do the ceremony right there before the food was being served and in front of everyone.
You were the last element of our wedding that came into place. You came early. THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT!!!"
"Dear Allan - THANK YOU!
As always you are a centerpiece of our event... a great star attraction!!!"
OaktoberFest-in-the-Dimond, Oakland, CA
"Everyone loved the ceremony - they all said you were great!
Thank you so much for being the celebrant!"
Jennifer & Derrick
"The ceremony for Melissa and Aidan was so GREAT!!
Very personal and with humor! The guests just loved it.
Yes, I told Melissa to wait to tell Aidan that she loves him AFTER he tells her.
How cute that she remembered! . . . And, what a clever idea that you stayed around to do your Captain's song - another surprise for us all.
That was also VERY cute.
Thank you so much for making Melissa and Aidan's wedding day so special -and a surprise for us
- as they purposely told us nothing about the ceremony."
"Thank You very much for a wonderful performance on our wedding.
You were really amazing, fun, full of energy and good surprises."
Amy & Dima
"It was a great event and Lucy (honoree) was thrilled.
Thank You Officer Richards!"
"My clients loved you. Thanks for making it work!
"Many thanks for making Jill's 75th a wonderful memory.
refer you to friend and foe alike; your performance will warm all hearts."
"You did a fantastic job at our wedding! Received all positive comments
"You were a wonderful elf and quite a trooper in the rain! Loved
your other elf too!
Beautiful! Thank you Allan!"
". . . Thank you so much for a wonderful ceremony.
many compliments with respect to the ceremony itself and you in particular.
It was fantastic. You nailed what we were all about, fun and fairly casual.
Thank you so much for helping make our day so special."
Kelly & Chad
"You were wonderful . . . best MC ever.
Made all the performers
feel terrific . . .
full house at Herbst Theatre could understand every
word of your terrific patter.
Thanks again for making our Tribute to
Veterans show extra special."
a pleasure working with you."
Kent, San Francisco
you again for your wonderful Santa services!
You were the highlight
of our party!"
Colleen, Peninsula Volunteers
you so much for the amazing (wedding) ceremony you gave us!"
Justin & Veronica
You, Allan, for making our lst Annual Oktoberfest so festive!
It was fate (or more like a miracle) that I found you at the Jazz Festival.
Save the date for next year!"
Helen, Oakland Events Team
did a fantastic job. Thanks again for all your help and a great job."
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"Great. Loved him! Very energetic!!
Estee Lauder, regional sales meeting, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Half Moon Bay,
Thank you for your wonderful performance at my mom's 75th birthday party.
She loved every minute of it. You have a great knack of keeping the party moving.
I appreciate all you did and your great performances with Howard.
The guests loved you, my mom loved you."
"I can't thank
you enough for everything you did.
It was a great event."
was delightful. Pat and everyone enjoyed his presentation and fussing
It was just the right amount of time for everything we had
planned, and Allan was really conscientious.
He got there early and
had his amp. set up, and then came back when we asked him to.
in a bouquet of flowers and a margarita and she was really surprised.
He sang a couple songs and made up some lyrics to another to match
some of her interests and plans.
It was just great."
"Dear Allan, Thank you so much for your wonderful contribution to the
Your performances were a "smash" with our visitors - particularly
the little ones.
We appreciate very much all your fine work!"
"Thanks for another great job Mr. Bond." (Allan
Richards as James Bond)
Kent S., Spirit
of San Francisco
wants to experience you. . . 60 kids all at once!
Thanks for the great
job you did containing and entertaining them."
American Art Curatorial
Staff, Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, Stanford University
people asked for Santa's card as they wanted to book him.
kids followed him so close I thought he was velcro.
I had four people
call today to tell me how awesome he was - his costume was beautiful,
He was great!"
want to thank you again for the wonderful performance you put on
for our party.
You are not only good-looking but very talented.
the 'thank you' cards we received, you are always mentioned."
R & H, Alamo,CA
job! You are a true showman.
Wedding went fabulous. You really
wow'd the crowd!
Thanks for the memories." Mike and Amie
"Thank You so much! You did an AMAZING JOB!
Great singing and I am so glad you did it with the band.
It added a touch of reality and professionalism that was showstopping.
Steve and I feel really "married" now"."
Kim Nalley & Steve Sheraton, Jazz At Pearls, San Francisco
you so much for your enthusiastic participation - through the rain!
the client was extremely pleased . . . we really feel like you went above
and beyond and did a fantastic job. As a result, you can also expect to
receive another token of appreciation from Visa. Thanks again for all
your great work. It was a pleasure meeting and working with you!"
Jack Morton Worldwide
performance!! I especially enjoyed the Duke Ellington singing!
were great. You made the evening.
Mom thought it was the best and my brother thought we put on a Las Vegas
Mom's friends really enjoyed the show, as well. Got lots of calls today
for the wonderful party and entertainment."
Roseann and Shaw and Ann
. wonderful performance at our annual Tutor Appreciation party.
and friendly style allowed our guests, who arrived as strangers to each
to quickly feel comfortable with you and with each other. . .
was very impressed with your professional manner -- not only did you bring
all of your own sound equipment,
but you also incorporated the bits &
pieces of information I had shared with you about our guests.
highly recommend your services to anyone looking for a new and amusing
way to brighten
any kind of party or event."
Maureen Sullivan, Director, Jewish Coalition for Literacy, Palo Alto,
were great! Thank you for such a memorable performance."
as Alligator Dundee, Crocodile's brother)
Cheryl Wamsley, Portola Valley, CA
nailed it!" John Szabo, Filmmaker, "Strangers On The Verge Of
A Nervous Breakdown"
(Role of Tweedy Professor) San Francisco, CA
Richards did an outstanding job at DAC.
He impersonated Regis Philbin (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire)
in our video.
He also worked in our exhibit area, where he hosted humorous Q &
A sessions every hour,
drawing constant flow of attendees into our
exhibit and interacting with them extremely well.
We had standing room
only. Some of the credit for our success goes to Richards and his
performance. I would highly recommend him for any trade show.
Saila P. CadMOS Design Technology / San Jose, CA
". . .the Phantom was splendid., Charming, beautiful voice with command
of the audience.
He enhanced the evening with his lilting, operatic stance and substituted
verse. . ."
John B., San Mateo, CA
"Thank you so much for the wonderful job you performed for our show.
your performance was as anticipated -- professional, well-paced and well-balanced.
Everyone who attended had nothing but praise for your voice
and for emceeing the program. . ."
Arthur & Florence R., Baltimore, MD
"You were fantastic!
I just wanted you to know how much we appreciated your wonderful performance.
I also wanted to say how much we were impressed by the
attention to detail and the additional songs and the special lyrics!"
Martha, Becky, Cindy, Ross, Suzy G., Concord, CA
"You made our day! Wonderful show!
It was all taped and it came out beautifully.
You are a wonderful performer, Allan.
Great enthusiasm,excitement, dignity, and a terrific sense of humor."
The B. Family, Belmont, CA
"Great job, Mr. Debonair!
You were the highlight of my parents 50th wedding anniversary party at
They were in tears and will never forget your sensitive and captivating
Gloria F., San Jose, CA
"My senior citizens were deeply touched that you cared so much to
and they still have not stopped talking about your gorgeous voice."
Roberta B., Revitz House Corp., Rockville, MD
". . . your efforts to make people feel comfortable and happy
didn't go unnoticed from young to old passengers.
Many people spoke of your kindness.. . .
you make people feel special with your warmheartedness."
Mabeline S., aboard the S. S. Rotterdam
A real howla tour-de-force, you were a superb performer.
Allan Emory, Washington D.C. Correspondent, GRIDIRON Show
I can truthfully tell you that you had the best audience reception
I have ever seen.
Ruth P., Dallas, Texas
truly happy to have cast you as a Congressman! You really look like one!
And what a great actor you are! I hope to work with you in the near future."
HumanCargo2001, Beijing TV