Alisa Tongg is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant, who specializes in creating weddings and ceremonies for families and children. Trained to compose and perform non-denominational, intercultural, interfaith, secular and humanist wedding ceremonies and celebrations, Alisa is known for her ability to craft personal stories into inspired ceremonies.
On more than one occasion, she’s been called a ‘fairy god celebrant.’ And due to the generosity and enthusiasm of the couples she has worked with, Alisa not only gets to do her dream job on a full-time basis; she has also gained national recognition in the wedding industry, being named annually to The Knot Best of Weddings and Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice since 2012.
A graduate of the Celebrant Institute and Foundation, she connects with her clients to learn what makes their relationship distinct and takes the time to understand what matters most. Alisa is especially great at navigating the competing interests that come with wedding planning. She understands both the priorities and challenges a couple faces and incorporates unique traditions and sentiments to turn a ceremony from mundane to amazing. Alisa is an ordained minister and finds significance in the journey of every relationship.
In 2008 she created the Delaware River Food and Wine Festival, which consisted of 12 boutique events over four days and aimed to celebrate the local culinary gems and experiences in the towns flanking the upper Delaware River region. In 2009, she founded the Bacon & Lox Society a celebration congregation. Members meet throughout the year to both create and perpetuate their favorite traditions around a shared table. And most recently, in 2016, Alisa and her family became citizens of the Cherokee Nation and enjoy learning more about Native American ritual, symbolism, culture and ceremony.
Growing up in a small cowboy town in upcountry Maui, “home” was and continues to be, made up of a diverse array of cultural traditions and pockets of community. Inspired by the space between what makes each of us unique and also the same, Alisa is fluent in infusing meaning into the experiences she creates. Alisa lives in the Pocono Mountains on the edge of a ridge with her family and ‘the little general’, her Jack Russell, Ulysses.
5 Star Review: “Alisa made our wedding an absolute fairytale. She was a pleasure to work with and I couldn’t have imagined anyone else by our side. The moment we met her she was so loving and sweet and we knew we made the perfect decision to have her as our celebrant. She makes sure your ceremony is exactly how you want it. She will continue to work with you until your wedding day to make everything perfect and that’s exact what she did for us. My friends and family absolutely adored her. I’ve had many people come up to me and say how much they loved the ceremony ands that’s all because of Alisa. She is truly a blessing.” Read more reviews here.
Alisa Tongg is an award-winning Storyteller and Celebrant, trained to compose and perform non-denominational, intercultural, interfaith and secular wedding ceremonies. As a storyteller, she is inspired by the space between what makes each of us unique and also the same, Alisa is fluent in infusing meaning into the experiences she creates. On more than one occasion she has been called a “fairy god celebrant” and her secret goal is to make people cry.
The authentic ceremonies she creates for each aisle-bound couple transform ordinary into inspired. Proudly serving all couples in the Leigh Valley, Philadelphia and the Pocono Mountains.