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All Faiths Ceremonies by Dr. Sheila Gay Gross

Edgewater , NJ

LOCATION

104 Panorama Drive
Edgewater, NJ US 07020 (map)

PHONE

201-886-3007

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Welcome! I am an ordained, licensed interfaith minister who goes beyond traditional limits to help you create the most unique, loving, and personal wedding you have ever wanted or... Read more
Welcome! I am an ordained, licensed interfaith minister who goes beyond traditional limits to help you create the most unique, loving, and personal wedding you have ever wanted or dreamed of. This ceremony is the cornerstone of your marriage, and it should reflect who you are, your unique relationship, and include those you love. You will be amazed and delighted by how creative you can be on this, your special day. I will work and be with you with great care and joy.

I feel that the best way to know if you and your officiant are a good match is to talk in person. Rather than give you an abundance of information that you don't need or want, I will happily share my life, history, education, experience, philosophy or anything else you want to know (except my weight--yes, I will reveal my age) if you ask.

What you should know about me is that I have a big warm heart, infinite creativity, and I care very much about helping you to have the most joyous and magical ceremony you can imagine. I am thoroughly capable and professional and will listen to your wishes. I can create any type of ceremony that you want, and include any spirituality, heritage, or aspect you wish to express. I am exceptionally intuitive, and I can offer many suggestions that might appeal or inspire you. My vision is expansive and all-inclusive. I see, listen, and care.

I serve all people--all faiths, traditions, orientations. I have always seen what unites us at the core, rather than what separates us. What is important is the love between you, and the people you are choosing to include in your day. Every couple has their own essence, and expressing this in their ceremony is an artistic and loving endeavor.

I would be honored to be your partner in creating your ceremony for your special day. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes

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Marissa
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Yes!! My husband and I met online, and I found Sheila the same way. She graciously and warmly welcomed us into her home to meet with us. She would call me just to check in and see how we are doing. When it came time to write our own vows, she would guide us and help us figure out the right way to say what I was trying to say.

Everybody came up to us to say how beautiful the ceremony was! Sheila was prepared to leave immediately after the ceremony, but she was there for most of the cocktail hour, because the guests kept grabbing her to talk to her! She is so personable and warm.
Yes!! My husband and I met online, and I found Sheila the same way. She graciously and warmly welcomed us into her home to Read more...
Yes!! My husband and I met online, and I found Sheila the same way. She graciously and warmly welcomed us into her home to meet with us. She would call me just to check in and see how we are doing. When it came time to write our own vows, she would guide us and help us figure out the right way to say what I was trying to say.

Everybody came up to us to say how beautiful the ceremony was! Sheila was prepared to leave immediately after the ceremony, but she was there for most of the cocktail hour, because the guests kept grabbing her to talk to her! She is so personable and warm. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sheila was an absolute joy to work with! Her warmth and passion were felt from the first phone call, through the ceremony itself. She is such a genuine and loving spirit, and made sure that our day was super special and personal to us. I fully recommend Sheila for weddings!
Sheila was an absolute joy to work with! Her warmth and passion were felt from the first phone call, through the ceremony Read more...
Sheila was an absolute joy to work with! Her warmth and passion were felt from the first phone call, through the ceremony itself. She is such a genuine and loving spirit, and made sure that our day was super special and personal to us. I fully recommend Sheila for weddings! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sheila was absolutely amazing. The ceremony was so beautiful and moving. Everyone was touched by it. We had so many people tell us the ceremony was the best one they ever attended. She captured our lives so vividly and eloquently. There was not a dry eye in the house- tears of Joy and Happiness. The stories, memories, and empathetic personalization really brought out our lives and captured our personalities. She met with us in advance to get to know us and helped us with advice every step of the way. She was able to bring in our family members into the ceremony. She was always available and made the process very easy for us and kept things calm as well.
We can't sing her praises enough. We would highly recommend her.
Sheila was absolutely amazing. The ceremony was so beautiful and moving. Everyone was touched by it. We had so many people Read more...
Sheila was absolutely amazing. The ceremony was so beautiful and moving. Everyone was touched by it. We had so many people tell us the ceremony was the best one they ever attended. She captured our lives so vividly and eloquently. There was not a dry eye in the house- tears of Joy and Happiness. The stories, memories, and empathetic personalization really brought out our lives and captured our personalities. She met with us in advance to get to know us and helped us with advice every step of the way. She was able to bring in our family members into the ceremony. She was always available and made the process very easy for us and kept things calm as well.
We can't sing her praises enough. We would highly recommend her. Read less
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Cindy
Wedding:
7/20/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I want to make it super clear how we feel about Sheila... 
She is Awesome and Amazing and Fantastic!! In other words, we LOVE her!! 
Choosing her as our officiant was the best decision ever!!
Everyday we receive numerous of compliments on how beautiful our wedding ceremony was!
Sheila created a very personal ceremony as she met with us months before our wedding day and took the time to get to know us and our love story.
She made the ceremony an unforgettable one! It was unique and our most favorite part of the day!
Thank you Sheila for making our ceremony so special!! It was perfection and a dream come true! We Love you!
Tommy and Cindy
My husband and I want to make it super clear how we feel about Sheila...
She is Awesome and Amazing and Fantastic!! In Read more...
My husband and I want to make it super clear how we feel about Sheila... 
She is Awesome and Amazing and Fantastic!! In other words, we LOVE her!! 
Choosing her as our officiant was the best decision ever!!
Everyday we receive numerous of compliments on how beautiful our wedding ceremony was!
Sheila created a very personal ceremony as she met with us months before our wedding day and took the time to get to know us and our love story.
She made the ceremony an unforgettable one! It was unique and our most favorite part of the day!
Thank you Sheila for making our ceremony so special!! It was perfection and a dream come true! We Love you!
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Dona
Wedding:
7/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding ceremony definitely stole the show. Sheila was accommodating and always responsive before and even after our wedding. She made me feel comfortable from our very first contact. My husband and I knew that we wanted a ceremony that was both heartfelt and meaningful and would have our guests truly understand how we felt about each other. We wanted the event to be true reflection of us. Sheila absolutely delivered on all counts and more. Our friends and family are still telling us that the ceremony Sheila delivered was the most memorable one they have ever been to. She has been absolutely amazing and I would recommend her a million times over!
Our wedding ceremony definitely stole the show. Sheila was accommodating and always responsive before and even after our Read more...
Our wedding ceremony definitely stole the show. Sheila was accommodating and always responsive before and even after our wedding. She made me feel comfortable from our very first contact. My husband and I knew that we wanted a ceremony that was both heartfelt and meaningful and would have our guests truly understand how we felt about each other. We wanted the event to be true reflection of us. Sheila absolutely delivered on all counts and more. Our friends and family are still telling us that the ceremony Sheila delivered was the most memorable one they have ever been to. She has been absolutely amazing and I would recommend her a million times over! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
There are so many things I can say about Sheila but the best word to describe her is phenomenal!! She was so amazing!! Our ceremony was beautiful! She took the time to meet with my husband and I so that she could get to know us better. With this she took all the things we told her and incorporated them into our ceremony, which made it personable and like no other ceremony I have ever heard or seen.
She also suggested we use a tradition called hand fasting and I was able to use my grandmother's scarf and my grandfather was the one that performed the fasting. It was so touching to be able to have him included in our ceremony and even though my grandmother could not be there she was there in spirit.
There was not a dry eye during the ceremony and everyone came up to us afterwards and told us how spectacular Sheila was.
She made our day special and I am so happy that she was a part of it and she will continue to be a part of our lives!
We love Sheila!
There are so many things I can say about Sheila but the best word to describe her is phenomenal!! She was so amazing!! Our Read more...
There are so many things I can say about Sheila but the best word to describe her is phenomenal!! She was so amazing!! Our ceremony was beautiful! She took the time to meet with my husband and I so that she could get to know us better. With this she took all the things we told her and incorporated them into our ceremony, which made it personable and like no other ceremony I have ever heard or seen.
She also suggested we use a tradition called hand fasting and I was able to use my grandmother's scarf and my grandfather was the one that performed the fasting. It was so touching to be able to have him included in our ceremony and even though my grandmother could not be there she was there in spirit.
There was not a dry eye during the ceremony and everyone came up to us afterwards and told us how spectacular Sheila was.
She made our day special and I am so happy that she was a part of it and she will continue to be a part of our lives!
We love Sheila! Read less
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Ellen
Wedding:
7/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding ceremony on July 5th 2014 could not have been any more perfect thanks to Sheila! My husband and I spoke with Sheila several times and met with her in person twice before our big day and we felt so comfortable and at ease with her the moment we stepped into her lovely home. She was very warm and friendly and truly made every possible effort to get to know us and our love story. My husband and I endured four long years of long distance across oceans and Sheila was able to express the hardships we faced as well as the real significance of our union at our ceremony. Sheila was extremely flexible and listened to every request we had. She came up with the brilliant idea of a "gummy bear exchange," which represented a part of how my husband and I came in contact years ago. Our wedding ceremony was so personalized and heartfelt, ALL of our guests raved about how beautiful and emotional it was. There were so many people that could not hold back their tears. We loved Sheila so much we invited her and her husband to our wedding reception! No one could've done a better job at marrying us in front of our nearest and dearest. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH SHEILA for the best ceremony we could ask for! If you are looking for someone fun, caring and experienced, there is no question Sheila is your #1 choice! Love, E & S
Our wedding ceremony on July 5th 2014 could not have been any more perfect thanks to Sheila! My husband and I spoke with Read more...
Our wedding ceremony on July 5th 2014 could not have been any more perfect thanks to Sheila! My husband and I spoke with Sheila several times and met with her in person twice before our big day and we felt so comfortable and at ease with her the moment we stepped into her lovely home. She was very warm and friendly and truly made every possible effort to get to know us and our love story. My husband and I endured four long years of long distance across oceans and Sheila was able to express the hardships we faced as well as the real significance of our union at our ceremony. Sheila was extremely flexible and listened to every request we had. She came up with the brilliant idea of a "gummy bear exchange," which represented a part of how my husband and I came in contact years ago. Our wedding ceremony was so personalized and heartfelt, ALL of our guests raved about how beautiful and emotional it was. There were so many people that could not hold back their tears. We loved Sheila so much we invited her and her husband to our wedding reception! No one could've done a better job at marrying us in front of our nearest and dearest. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH SHEILA for the best ceremony we could ask for! If you are looking for someone fun, caring and experienced, there is no question Sheila is your #1 choice! Love, E & S Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Sheila was so easy and fun to work with. At our first meeting (in person) we spent a few hours at her home with her getting to know my (now) husband and I, our stories, what we loved about each other...etc and near the end of the meeting she began brainstorming ideas for our Catholic/Muslim/Persian spiritual ceremony:) At a certain point I honestly got the chills because so much of what she was saying rang true to me. No matter how busy she was, she was always there when I had a question or to discuss an idea but never pushy (either via e-mail or over the phone). After the ceremony, we were overwhelmed with friends and family saying that was the best ceremony they have witnessed. They laughed, they cried and felt joy. Which are the exact adjectives I told Sheila that I wanted our guests to feel during our initial meeting. Mission accomplished! Her advice in all aspects from practical to grammatical were on point and priceless. I am so very happy that she was our officiant and cannot imagine any one else being the one to have done so. Many many many thanks to you Dr. Gross!
Sheila was so easy and fun to work with. At our first meeting (in person) we spent a few hours at her home with her Read more...
Sheila was so easy and fun to work with. At our first meeting (in person) we spent a few hours at her home with her getting to know my (now) husband and I, our stories, what we loved about each other...etc and near the end of the meeting she began brainstorming ideas for our Catholic/Muslim/Persian spiritual ceremony:) At a certain point I honestly got the chills because so much of what she was saying rang true to me. No matter how busy she was, she was always there when I had a question or to discuss an idea but never pushy (either via e-mail or over the phone). After the ceremony, we were overwhelmed with friends and family saying that was the best ceremony they have witnessed. They laughed, they cried and felt joy. Which are the exact adjectives I told Sheila that I wanted our guests to feel during our initial meeting. Mission accomplished! Her advice in all aspects from practical to grammatical were on point and priceless. I am so very happy that she was our officiant and cannot imagine any one else being the one to have done so. Many many many thanks to you Dr. Gross! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
She made us feel completely comfortable. We loved her style of providing her services compared to a traditional ceremony. She recognizes all religions with a little twist and at the same time makes the ceremony very personal. After the ceremony, my family and friends were really impressed with her performance.I definetly recommend using Sheila. :)
She made us feel completely comfortable. We loved her style of providing her services compared to a traditional ceremony. Read more...
She made us feel completely comfortable. We loved her style of providing her services compared to a traditional ceremony. She recognizes all religions with a little twist and at the same time makes the ceremony very personal. After the ceremony, my family and friends were really impressed with her performance.I definetly recommend using Sheila. :) Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
5/30/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to Sheila. She truly made our wedding day the happiest day of our lives. To say she goes the extra mile for you is an understatement!

We are from the UK and our wedding ceremony was to be in central park which added a level of complexity to the arrangements, however nothing was too much trouble for Sheila. She always answered emails extremely promptly, she spent lots of time on Skype with us understanding who we were as people and what we wanted from our ceremony. She also gave us lots of recommendations including photographer and musician who were both fantastic.

The ceremony itself was so beautiful. Sheila made it so personal to us and told our love story as though she had known us all our lives. She made the ceremony very inclusive of our guests which was very important for us as we only had a small group of 22. Everyone commented on how lovely and special the ceremony was. I have already watched the video of the ceremony back many times and shed lots more happy tears!

Thank you again so much Sheila for creating such a beautiful ceremony for us and giving us the happiest day of our lives xxxx
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to Sheila. She truly made our wedding day the happiest day of our lives. To Read more...
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to Sheila. She truly made our wedding day the happiest day of our lives. To say she goes the extra mile for you is an understatement!

We are from the UK and our wedding ceremony was to be in central park which added a level of complexity to the arrangements, however nothing was too much trouble for Sheila. She always answered emails extremely promptly, she spent lots of time on Skype with us understanding who we were as people and what we wanted from our ceremony. She also gave us lots of recommendations including photographer and musician who were both fantastic.

The ceremony itself was so beautiful. Sheila made it so personal to us and told our love story as though she had known us all our lives. She made the ceremony very inclusive of our guests which was very important for us as we only had a small group of 22. Everyone commented on how lovely and special the ceremony was. I have already watched the video of the ceremony back many times and shed lots more happy tears!

Thank you again so much Sheila for creating such a beautiful ceremony for us and giving us the happiest day of our lives xxxx Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Everyone says their wedding is one of the most special moments of their lives. Having your guests purposely contact you days and even weeks following the wedding, many on multiple occasions, to express how YOUR wedding was such a memorable, loving, tender, joyous and special moment for THEM makes it even more fulfilling. After being together for more than 22 years, it was important we find the right officiant to help us craft our wedding ceremony. We could not have selected a better partner! Sheila helped us create a ceremony to honor our past, celebrate the moment, and embark on a joyous future. We were not just another couple or a "job" to Sheila. She took the time to get to know us and really understand our 22 year journey, which she so beautifully shared with our guests as part of the ceremony. Full of laughter and tears, our ceremony was unique and all about us. Nothing was generic or something you would see at every other wedding. Many of our guests have expressed it was the most beautiful and wonderful wedding they have ever attended. If you want a run of the mill wedding, Sheila is a great officiant and can accommodate your needs. If you want a wedding tailored just for you, full of love, laughter and capturing the essence of who you are as individuals as well as a couple, then there is no one better than Sheila!
Everyone says their wedding is one of the most special moments of their lives. Having your guests purposely contact you Read more...
Everyone says their wedding is one of the most special moments of their lives. Having your guests purposely contact you days and even weeks following the wedding, many on multiple occasions, to express how YOUR wedding was such a memorable, loving, tender, joyous and special moment for THEM makes it even more fulfilling. After being together for more than 22 years, it was important we find the right officiant to help us craft our wedding ceremony. We could not have selected a better partner! Sheila helped us create a ceremony to honor our past, celebrate the moment, and embark on a joyous future. We were not just another couple or a "job" to Sheila. She took the time to get to know us and really understand our 22 year journey, which she so beautifully shared with our guests as part of the ceremony. Full of laughter and tears, our ceremony was unique and all about us. Nothing was generic or something you would see at every other wedding. Many of our guests have expressed it was the most beautiful and wonderful wedding they have ever attended. If you want a run of the mill wedding, Sheila is a great officiant and can accommodate your needs. If you want a wedding tailored just for you, full of love, laughter and capturing the essence of who you are as individuals as well as a couple, then there is no one better than Sheila! Read less
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Nik and
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Sheila did a fantastic job with our wedding. Neither one of us is very religious so we asked Sheila for something different. She asked questions about the two of us and created a unique ceremony that celebrated our relationship and involved special people in our lives. It was a total hit with the crowd! I can't believe how many times I heard from people that it was the best ceremony they ever attended. Thank you Sheila for helping to make our day memorable and unique!
Sheila did a fantastic job with our wedding. Neither one of us is very religious so we asked Sheila for something Read more...
Sheila did a fantastic job with our wedding. Neither one of us is very religious so we asked Sheila for something different. She asked questions about the two of us and created a unique ceremony that celebrated our relationship and involved special people in our lives. It was a total hit with the crowd! I can't believe how many times I heard from people that it was the best ceremony they ever attended. Thank you Sheila for helping to make our day memorable and unique! Read less
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Steven
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Words simply cannot express how blessed my husband and I feel to have had Sheila as our wedding officiant. But I will try to summarize it in three words. Sheila REALLY cares. I feel as if I have known her my whole life. The warmth she brought to our wedding was unbelievable. She really took the time to get to know us, and our "story." Sheila made the wedding party, our family, and all of our guests feel they were part of the ceremony. Sheila spent an amazing amount of time getting to know both of us, and created a ceremony that could not have been more "us." It was casual, warm, and REAL. We have heard over and over from our family and guests that it was the "most heartfelt, warm, and unique" wedding that they have ever attended. Sheila will help you organize, give suggestions, and offer advice about vows, but most importantly, she will listen to what is important to YOU. We had a destination wedding in Central Park 2,000 miles away from where we live, so much of our planning was done via e-mail and phone calls. I knew the moment we spoke on the phone for the first time that she was right for us. When we renew our vows in five or ten years, I know who we will have at the helm. Thanks, Sheila! From the bottom of our hearts!
Words simply cannot express how blessed my husband and I feel to have had Sheila as our wedding officiant. But I will try Read more...
Words simply cannot express how blessed my husband and I feel to have had Sheila as our wedding officiant. But I will try to summarize it in three words. Sheila REALLY cares. I feel as if I have known her my whole life. The warmth she brought to our wedding was unbelievable. She really took the time to get to know us, and our "story." Sheila made the wedding party, our family, and all of our guests feel they were part of the ceremony. Sheila spent an amazing amount of time getting to know both of us, and created a ceremony that could not have been more "us." It was casual, warm, and REAL. We have heard over and over from our family and guests that it was the "most heartfelt, warm, and unique" wedding that they have ever attended. Sheila will help you organize, give suggestions, and offer advice about vows, but most importantly, she will listen to what is important to YOU. We had a destination wedding in Central Park 2,000 miles away from where we live, so much of our planning was done via e-mail and phone calls. I knew the moment we spoke on the phone for the first time that she was right for us. When we renew our vows in five or ten years, I know who we will have at the helm. Thanks, Sheila! From the bottom of our hearts! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
4/18/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I could not have had a more unique, entertaining, and personal ceremony without shelia! From the moment we met her, we felt that she truly wanted to hear our story and figure out who we are as people and a couple. We did not want a ceremony that was "cookie cutter" and she came up with ideas for our special day that was true and consistent with us! People left out ceremony and said to us "honestly the best ceremony we ever have been to"...."I loved how she told your story"....."It touched my heart"! I never ever expected people to actually enjoy a ceremony as much as they did! She also was there to help with your vows if needed and to meet with you whenever needed! I would 100% recommend shelia to anyone who wants a personal and custom wedding ceremony!!! Thanks so much shelia!
My husband and I could not have had a more unique, entertaining, and personal ceremony without shelia! From the moment we Read more...
My husband and I could not have had a more unique, entertaining, and personal ceremony without shelia! From the moment we met her, we felt that she truly wanted to hear our story and figure out who we are as people and a couple. We did not want a ceremony that was "cookie cutter" and she came up with ideas for our special day that was true and consistent with us! People left out ceremony and said to us "honestly the best ceremony we ever have been to"...."I loved how she told your story"....."It touched my heart"! I never ever expected people to actually enjoy a ceremony as much as they did! She also was there to help with your vows if needed and to meet with you whenever needed! I would 100% recommend shelia to anyone who wants a personal and custom wedding ceremony!!! Thanks so much shelia! Read less
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Tony + Fico
Wedding:
3/23/2014
5.0/5.0
Amazing Ceremony
We contacted Sheila after reading a few comments left by previous couples who were married by her. We were made to feel so comfortable and we were enlightened by her vision of how our ceremony should be and she helped us through all the jitters of preparing our function, even communicating with the venue owner to make sure that everything would be in order. The ceremony was spectacular. EVERYONE commented on how beautiful it was and they were all captivated by Sheila's words. The ceremony was unique and expressly written for us with such care, touching upon the many experiences in our lives that brought us even closer together. Without a doubt, we would highly recommend the services that Sheila can provide.
Amazing Ceremony
We contacted Sheila after reading a few comments left by previous couples who were married by her. We Read more...
Amazing Ceremony
We contacted Sheila after reading a few comments left by previous couples who were married by her. We were made to feel so comfortable and we were enlightened by her vision of how our ceremony should be and she helped us through all the jitters of preparing our function, even communicating with the venue owner to make sure that everything would be in order. The ceremony was spectacular. EVERYONE commented on how beautiful it was and they were all captivated by Sheila's words. The ceremony was unique and expressly written for us with such care, touching upon the many experiences in our lives that brought us even closer together. Without a doubt, we would highly recommend the services that Sheila can provide. Read less
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K
Wedding:
3/22/2014
5.0/5.0
After our first meeting with Dr. Gross, my fiancee and I were certain that she would provide us with a memorable ceremony. We were not mistaken. Dr. Gross (Sheila, as she insisted we call her) ensured that the ceremony reflected our personalities and desires, while also allowing for our guests to be a part of the process. We received many wonderful compliments about the ceremony. For the most part everyone agreed that the ceremony was very unique and that it nicely captured the love that my husband and I have for one another. This was largely because Sheila truly listened to what we wanted and what mattered to us. If you are looking for a dedicated officiant who will take the time to know you and your partner and speak from the heart at your ceremony, Sheila Gay Gross is the woman for you.
After our first meeting with Dr. Gross, my fiancee and I were certain that she would provide us with a memorable ceremony. Read more...
After our first meeting with Dr. Gross, my fiancee and I were certain that she would provide us with a memorable ceremony. We were not mistaken. Dr. Gross (Sheila, as she insisted we call her) ensured that the ceremony reflected our personalities and desires, while also allowing for our guests to be a part of the process. We received many wonderful compliments about the ceremony. For the most part everyone agreed that the ceremony was very unique and that it nicely captured the love that my husband and I have for one another. This was largely because Sheila truly listened to what we wanted and what mattered to us. If you are looking for a dedicated officiant who will take the time to know you and your partner and speak from the heart at your ceremony, Sheila Gay Gross is the woman for you. Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
3/15/2014
5.0/5.0
If a unique and memorable ceremony is what you’re seeking, look no further. Sheila is AMAZING! We wanted our ceremony to be the centerpiece of our special day and could not have been happier with our experience in working with Sheila. Her approach of actually spending time with her couples, to really get to know them, is unprecedented. She invested valuable time and energy into learning about us, both as individuals and as a couple. Her genuine interest in learning both about our history and our hopes and dreams, allowed her creativity to design a unique and fun experience that incorporated our guests into the ceremony. The reaction was unanimous. Our friends and family felt like they were a part of the wedding, not just attending another ceremony. Sheila is detail oriented and a consummate professional, whom we would recommend to all couples of any faith.
If a unique and memorable ceremony is what you’re seeking, look no further. Sheila is AMAZING! We wanted our ceremony to Read more...
If a unique and memorable ceremony is what you’re seeking, look no further. Sheila is AMAZING! We wanted our ceremony to be the centerpiece of our special day and could not have been happier with our experience in working with Sheila. Her approach of actually spending time with her couples, to really get to know them, is unprecedented. She invested valuable time and energy into learning about us, both as individuals and as a couple. Her genuine interest in learning both about our history and our hopes and dreams, allowed her creativity to design a unique and fun experience that incorporated our guests into the ceremony. The reaction was unanimous. Our friends and family felt like they were a part of the wedding, not just attending another ceremony. Sheila is detail oriented and a consummate professional, whom we would recommend to all couples of any faith. Read less
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Donna
Wedding:
3/14/2014
5.0/5.0
My fiancé and I were looking to have a unique ceremony where the message to our guests was that this was a truly celebration of two uniting. We did not want the standard readings used during a wedding. I saw wonderful reviews for Sheila and so, after speaking with her on the phone - we set up a meeting with Sheila. We had several meetings and Sheila captured our personal love story and got to know and understand us as individuals.
On our wedding day - Sheila presented "our love story", she had our guests engaged in the ceremony and had so many of them in tears of joy and laughter. She executed the plan wonderfully and I believe it made our reception and celebration so much more meaningful. It wasn't just a party, but a celebration for our marriage.
Thank you Sheila... If you are looking for a unique wedding that is personalized to you and your spouse, please speak with Sheila!
My fiancé and I were looking to have a unique ceremony where the message to our guests was that this was a truly Read more...
My fiancé and I were looking to have a unique ceremony where the message to our guests was that this was a truly celebration of two uniting. We did not want the standard readings used during a wedding. I saw wonderful reviews for Sheila and so, after speaking with her on the phone - we set up a meeting with Sheila. We had several meetings and Sheila captured our personal love story and got to know and understand us as individuals.
On our wedding day - Sheila presented "our love story", she had our guests engaged in the ceremony and had so many of them in tears of joy and laughter. She executed the plan wonderfully and I believe it made our reception and celebration so much more meaningful. It wasn't just a party, but a celebration for our marriage.
Thank you Sheila... If you are looking for a unique wedding that is personalized to you and your spouse, please speak with Sheila! Read less
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Laurie
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was the best day of our lives, and it easily starts at the very beginning when we worked with Sheila. Ben and I were skeptical working with an officiant that did not know us; that we had no prior relationship with. We knew that we wanted a very personal ceremony, one that helped everyone to understand who we are and why we love each other. We wanted everyone to feel like they were participants in our day, not just observers. Sheila really put in the time to learn who we both are, as individuals and as a couple. She really understood how to personalize a moment and skillfully bridge our guests into it--we all shared the experience. Sheila did not insert our names into a traditional script that we all have heard a dozen times before. She told the story of us.

It has been a week since our wedding, and we've lost count at the amount of compliments we've received about ceremony and Sheila. It was touching, unifying, and memorable. It surpassed expectations, and was the perfect start to the beginning of the rest of our lives together.

An absolute PLEASURE to work with. We'd give her 6 stars if we were allowed!
Our wedding was the best day of our lives, and it easily starts at the very beginning when we worked with Sheila. Ben and Read more...
Our wedding was the best day of our lives, and it easily starts at the very beginning when we worked with Sheila. Ben and I were skeptical working with an officiant that did not know us; that we had no prior relationship with. We knew that we wanted a very personal ceremony, one that helped everyone to understand who we are and why we love each other. We wanted everyone to feel like they were participants in our day, not just observers. Sheila really put in the time to learn who we both are, as individuals and as a couple. She really understood how to personalize a moment and skillfully bridge our guests into it--we all shared the experience. Sheila did not insert our names into a traditional script that we all have heard a dozen times before. She told the story of us.

It has been a week since our wedding, and we've lost count at the amount of compliments we've received about ceremony and Sheila. It was touching, unifying, and memorable. It surpassed expectations, and was the perfect start to the beginning of the rest of our lives together.

An absolute PLEASURE to work with. We'd give her 6 stars if we were allowed! Read less
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Ondrelique
Wedding:
2/15/2014
5.0/5.0
I had never thought about or imagined getting married, so when looking for an officiant and trying to envision what our marriage should be like, I felt overwhelmed and had nowhere to start. We were incredibly lucky to find Rev. Dr. Sheila. She turned an event that started out overwhelming and stressful into a smooth, stress-free and enjoyable process culminating in a ceremony that was beautiful, touching and exactly what we were looking for. Rev. Sheila did not have us choose between generic ceremony scripts. She conducted an interview with myself and my husband, getting to know how we met and how we felt towards each other. Our ceremony was simple, as we wanted it, but it was touching, powerful and a lovely experience. Rev. Sheila gave a wonderful, sincere account of how my husband and I met, and the close friends and family we invited to the ceremony were given the opportunity to participate as they were given time to recount how they had grown to know us as a couple.

The best part of this experience was Rev. Sheila's sincerity and the level of care, kindness and friendliness with which we were treated. I feel as if I not only had a wonderful officiant; I also got to know an amazing, warm-hearted person whom I will always remember. Our ceremony was many things, all of them good, and it was also relaxed without pressures of extreme formality; what it was NOT was cliched or typical. Our ceremony's personalized nature made me feel a connection to the vows I took instead of feeling like it was a contract, which is sometimes the feeling of weddings I have observed. There were no stereotypes, no short-cuts. From beginning to end, it was an experience that I enjoyed and was proud of.

I have no doubt that Rev. Sheila is capable of making a ceremony perfect for any couple. The time and effort she puts into her work is genuine and heart-felt; she synthesizes her work with the needs and wants of the couple. I cannot imagine having been married by anyone else.
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I had never thought about or imagined getting married, so when looking for an officiant and trying to envision what our marriage should be like, I felt overwhelmed and had nowhere to start. We were incredibly lucky to find Rev. Dr. Sheila. She turned an event that started out overwhelming and stressful into a smooth, stress-free and enjoyable process culminating in a ceremony that was beautiful, touching and exactly what we were looking for. Rev. Sheila did not have us choose between generic ceremony scripts. She conducted an interview with myself and my husband, getting to know how we met and how we felt towards each other. Our ceremony was simple, as we wanted it, but it was touching, powerful and a lovely experience. Rev. Sheila gave a wonderful, sincere account of how my husband and I met, and the close friends and family we invited to the ceremony were given the opportunity to participate as they were given time to recount how they had grown to know us as a couple.

The best part of this experience was Rev. Sheila's sincerity and the level of care, kindness and friendliness with which we were treated. I feel as if I not only had a wonderful officiant; I also got to know an amazing, warm-hearted person whom I will always remember. Our ceremony was many things, all of them good, and it was also relaxed without pressures of extreme formality; what it was NOT was cliched or typical. Our ceremony's personalized nature made me feel a connection to the vows I took instead of feeling like it was a contract, which is sometimes the feeling of weddings I have observed. There were no stereotypes, no short-cuts. From beginning to end, it was an experience that I enjoyed and was proud of.

I have no doubt that Rev. Sheila is capable of making a ceremony perfect for any couple. The time and effort she puts into her work is genuine and heart-felt; she synthesizes her work with the needs and wants of the couple. I cannot imagine having been married by anyone else. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
2/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Sheila was such a pleasure to work with. She was super helpful and always available for me. Our ceremony that she created for us was incredible. All my guests were blown away!! Sheila truly has a gift!! For those looking for a unique ceremony that tells your love story...look no more!!
Sheila was such a pleasure to work with. She was super helpful and always available for me. Our ceremony that she created Read more...
Sheila was such a pleasure to work with. She was super helpful and always available for me. Our ceremony that she created for us was incredible. All my guests were blown away!! Sheila truly has a gift!! For those looking for a unique ceremony that tells your love story...look no more!! Read less
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Ann
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
We truly loved working with Sheila - she is so wonderful! She worked with us both over the phone, by email and in person to create a beautiful, memorable and perfect ceremony. Our guests were still talking about it the next day and said that they thought it was one of the best ceremonies they'd ever witnessed because it was unique and covered a whole range of emotions.

One of the highlights was that Sheila suggested that some of our loved ones speak during the ceremony to express their love and support for the two of us - it was so touching and special! We had a great time and I think that the ceremony Sheila put together for us fit us really well and reflected our personalities and our relationship with one another. She really captured the love we feel for one another and made it a unique and fun experience for both us and our guests.

Sheila is flexible, professional and warm and she is a person who truly listens to you and gets to know you so that it feels as though you've known her for years. The way she was able to talk about us and our relationship did not at all feel generic or like she was just filling in the blanks of a template. It was wonderful!!
We truly loved working with Sheila - she is so wonderful! She worked with us both over the phone, by email and in person Read more...
We truly loved working with Sheila - she is so wonderful! She worked with us both over the phone, by email and in person to create a beautiful, memorable and perfect ceremony. Our guests were still talking about it the next day and said that they thought it was one of the best ceremonies they'd ever witnessed because it was unique and covered a whole range of emotions.

One of the highlights was that Sheila suggested that some of our loved ones speak during the ceremony to express their love and support for the two of us - it was so touching and special! We had a great time and I think that the ceremony Sheila put together for us fit us really well and reflected our personalities and our relationship with one another. She really captured the love we feel for one another and made it a unique and fun experience for both us and our guests.

Sheila is flexible, professional and warm and she is a person who truly listens to you and gets to know you so that it feels as though you've known her for years. The way she was able to talk about us and our relationship did not at all feel generic or like she was just filling in the blanks of a template. It was wonderful!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I don't even know if I can describe how wonderful Sheila made our wedding ceremony. Everything I asked for Sheila did! She made our ceremony very intimate and very beautiful. Our guests are still raving about Sheila. These were our second "I do's" to each other and Sheila made it enjoyable for people to understand our story. The entire wedding couldn't have been more perfect!
I don't even know if I can describe how wonderful Sheila made our wedding ceremony. Everything I asked for Sheila did! She Read more...
I don't even know if I can describe how wonderful Sheila made our wedding ceremony. Everything I asked for Sheila did! She made our ceremony very intimate and very beautiful. Our guests are still raving about Sheila. These were our second "I do's" to each other and Sheila made it enjoyable for people to understand our story. The entire wedding couldn't have been more perfect! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
There are no words that could express our feelings correctly. Our ceremony was due to take place Dec. 5th, we had a death in the family 3 days before...
Shelia Gay Gros was a blessing, she made sure our moment of happiness came to be. She helped us during this time of sorrow as well as our special moment of happiness. Her spiritual and loving way gave true comfort to our hearts...and our day that much more special. Sheila is a true professional but more importantly she is a truly caring person with every detail and every situation. She is spectacular.
There are no words that could express our feelings correctly. Our ceremony was due to take place Dec. 5th, we had a death Read more...
There are no words that could express our feelings correctly. Our ceremony was due to take place Dec. 5th, we had a death in the family 3 days before...
Shelia Gay Gros was a blessing, she made sure our moment of happiness came to be. She helped us during this time of sorrow as well as our special moment of happiness. Her spiritual and loving way gave true comfort to our hearts...and our day that much more special. Sheila is a true professional but more importantly she is a truly caring person with every detail and every situation. She is spectacular. Read less
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Ellen & Harold
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila is a true blessing! Harold and I used her for our wedding on November 16, 2013. From the moment I first spoke to her on the phone, I knew she was the one who I would like to marry my husband and I. I loved her style of "getting to know you" with a few meetings before the wedding. Sheila truly takes time to listen to "your story" and the people you are. To this day - I still get remarks on how beautiful our ceremony was. Most even said it was the most beauiful ceremony they were lucky enough to witness. I can't say enough kind words on my feelings towards Sheila - her professionalism, thoughtfulness, humor, and just her loving self. I would remmend Sheila to my closest family member/friend. She is simply the best!!!
Sheila is a true blessing! Harold and I used her for our wedding on November 16, 2013. From the moment I first spoke to Read more...
Sheila is a true blessing! Harold and I used her for our wedding on November 16, 2013. From the moment I first spoke to her on the phone, I knew she was the one who I would like to marry my husband and I. I loved her style of "getting to know you" with a few meetings before the wedding. Sheila truly takes time to listen to "your story" and the people you are. To this day - I still get remarks on how beautiful our ceremony was. Most even said it was the most beauiful ceremony they were lucky enough to witness. I can't say enough kind words on my feelings towards Sheila - her professionalism, thoughtfulness, humor, and just her loving self. I would remmend Sheila to my closest family member/friend. She is simply the best!!! Read less
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Marcella
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Dr.Sheila Gross is the BEST! If you want your wedding ceremony to be personal and spectacular, she is the one that truly delivers! She put her heart and soul in making our ceremony beyond our expectations! She is extremely responsive and captured our personalities perfectly.. She always followed up whenever we had a question. We just love her spirit and her authentic kindness! Our guests are still praising her work! Hands down she is the best! We absolutely love her! She will be part of our lives forever!!!!!!!!!
Rev. Dr.Sheila Gross is the BEST! If you want your wedding ceremony to be personal and spectacular, she is the one that Read more...
Rev. Dr.Sheila Gross is the BEST! If you want your wedding ceremony to be personal and spectacular, she is the one that truly delivers! She put her heart and soul in making our ceremony beyond our expectations! She is extremely responsive and captured our personalities perfectly.. She always followed up whenever we had a question. We just love her spirit and her authentic kindness! Our guests are still praising her work! Hands down she is the best! We absolutely love her! She will be part of our lives forever!!!!!!!!! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
My mother is the one who actually recommended Sheila to us. She had attended a wedding where she was the officiant a few years ago in which she remained memorable. As soon as I spoke to Sheila for the first time I knew she was one of a kind, which was further confirmed when my husband and I met her in person. We immediately felt comfortable and she really "got us" and the inner workings of our relationship, which she was able to convey during our ceremony. She included special traditions to make our ceremony unique. We are looking forward to having her perform our baby blessing cermony someday!
Adam & Liz
My mother is the one who actually recommended Sheila to us. She had attended a wedding where she was the officiant a few Read more...
My mother is the one who actually recommended Sheila to us. She had attended a wedding where she was the officiant a few years ago in which she remained memorable. As soon as I spoke to Sheila for the first time I knew she was one of a kind, which was further confirmed when my husband and I met her in person. We immediately felt comfortable and she really "got us" and the inner workings of our relationship, which she was able to convey during our ceremony. She included special traditions to make our ceremony unique. We are looking forward to having her perform our baby blessing cermony someday!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sheila was truly wonderful as our officiant. On our first visit, we drove to her home to tell her our story - long story short, my work ended late and we got lost, and arrived at her home much later than anticipated. She was still warm and welcoming and stayed up with us for 3 HOURS learning about how we became a couple.

The day of my ceremony, my dad was so moved during the vows that he got up and spoke for a minute (impromptu). It was a little surprising, but everyone loved it. The one word everyone used to say how much they loved our ceremony was "personal." it was funny, loving, honest, and even participatory - our guests pronounced us husband and wife collectively!

Incredible is an understatement and I cannot recommend her more highly. She will make your day more special than you can ever anticipate.

Anuradha
Sheila was truly wonderful as our officiant. On our first visit, we drove to her home to tell her our story - long story Read more...
Sheila was truly wonderful as our officiant. On our first visit, we drove to her home to tell her our story - long story short, my work ended late and we got lost, and arrived at her home much later than anticipated. She was still warm and welcoming and stayed up with us for 3 HOURS learning about how we became a couple.

The day of my ceremony, my dad was so moved during the vows that he got up and spoke for a minute (impromptu). It was a little surprising, but everyone loved it. The one word everyone used to say how much they loved our ceremony was "personal." it was funny, loving, honest, and even participatory - our guests pronounced us husband and wife collectively!

Incredible is an understatement and I cannot recommend her more highly. She will make your day more special than you can ever anticipate.

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Margarita
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Best, Best, BEST! Our wedding ceremony was absolutely spectacular. We discussed the details before hand, and I was pretty prepared that it was going to go smoothly. What I didn't anticipate was how extraordinary it was going to be. The job was not an easy one, as this was a mixed religion wedding and on top of that multi-cultural, combining Eastern European traditions with South American.

Sheila has a way engaging everyone from the beginning of the ceremony to the end where we felt the presence of all of our friends and family there with us. She added beautiful touching moments that our families will not forget. But it was her tone that I will not forget, it left me feeling at peace, able to concentrate on the man I was dedicating my life to and the moment.
Thank you Sheila, for a truly memorable experience.
Best, Best, BEST! Our wedding ceremony was absolutely spectacular. We discussed the details before hand, and I was pretty Read more...
Best, Best, BEST! Our wedding ceremony was absolutely spectacular. We discussed the details before hand, and I was pretty prepared that it was going to go smoothly. What I didn't anticipate was how extraordinary it was going to be. The job was not an easy one, as this was a mixed religion wedding and on top of that multi-cultural, combining Eastern European traditions with South American.

Sheila has a way engaging everyone from the beginning of the ceremony to the end where we felt the presence of all of our friends and family there with us. She added beautiful touching moments that our families will not forget. But it was her tone that I will not forget, it left me feeling at peace, able to concentrate on the man I was dedicating my life to and the moment.
Thank you Sheila, for a truly memorable experience. Read less
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John
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Dr. Sheila is an amazing woman who I can't say enough good things about. She took the time to get to know us and understand us - as people, as friends, and as customers. She cared about what we wanted and didn't want. Sheila exhibited smarts, experience, and helped us in every way we needed assistance. She blew people's minds at the ceremony; we received much unsolicited, positive feedback from friends and family about how they had never been present for such a personal and moving ceremony. Everything was beautiful. If you're thinking about working with Sheila, you should do it!
Dr. Sheila is an amazing woman who I can't say enough good things about. She took the time to get to know us and Read more...
Dr. Sheila is an amazing woman who I can't say enough good things about. She took the time to get to know us and understand us - as people, as friends, and as customers. She cared about what we wanted and didn't want. Sheila exhibited smarts, experience, and helped us in every way we needed assistance. She blew people's minds at the ceremony; we received much unsolicited, positive feedback from friends and family about how they had never been present for such a personal and moving ceremony. Everything was beautiful. If you're thinking about working with Sheila, you should do it! Read less
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Jeanette
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
We have been overwhelmed by complements from family and friends about our wedding ceremony--of how personal, beautiful and meaningful it was--all thanks to Dr. Sheila Gay Gross. To us, being married meant more than being in love--it was also about being best friends. We wanted to convey this and Sheila suggested the Celtic Anam Cara ("translated soul friend") ceremony. We had purchased Celtic Warrior rings from Ireland for our wedding bands and the suggestion could not have been more perfect. We had turned the traditional Irish/Italian Roman Catholic Ceremony into a 15th Century Tradition that represented how we felt the true meaning of marriage meant to us. Sheila turned our thoughts into the best wedding ceremony we could ever wish for. If I could give Sheila a 10 on a scale of 1 to 5, I would. There is no doubt in my mind that she can create the most rememberable wedding day for you as well.
We have been overwhelmed by complements from family and friends about our wedding ceremony--of how personal, beautiful and Read more...
We have been overwhelmed by complements from family and friends about our wedding ceremony--of how personal, beautiful and meaningful it was--all thanks to Dr. Sheila Gay Gross. To us, being married meant more than being in love--it was also about being best friends. We wanted to convey this and Sheila suggested the Celtic Anam Cara ("translated soul friend") ceremony. We had purchased Celtic Warrior rings from Ireland for our wedding bands and the suggestion could not have been more perfect. We had turned the traditional Irish/Italian Roman Catholic Ceremony into a 15th Century Tradition that represented how we felt the true meaning of marriage meant to us. Sheila turned our thoughts into the best wedding ceremony we could ever wish for. If I could give Sheila a 10 on a scale of 1 to 5, I would. There is no doubt in my mind that she can create the most rememberable wedding day for you as well. Read less
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stella
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila was amazing! We had a Russian American wedding and even my Russian relatives who don't speak English that well cried, laughed and clapped. She took the time to get to know my husband and I and provided a beautiful, meaningful and spectacular ceremony that portrayed our love for each other. She incorporated our guests in our ceremony and helped make it personal and memorable.
Sheila was amazing! We had a Russian American wedding and even my Russian relatives who don't speak English that well Read more...
Sheila was amazing! We had a Russian American wedding and even my Russian relatives who don't speak English that well cried, laughed and clapped. She took the time to get to know my husband and I and provided a beautiful, meaningful and spectacular ceremony that portrayed our love for each other. She incorporated our guests in our ceremony and helped make it personal and memorable. Read less
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Barbara
Wedding:
9/19/2013
5.0/5.0
There are a million wonderful things I could say about Sheila! I am a professional wedding photographer for 8 years now. I have been to over 300 weddings and when it came to my officiant, I knew exactly who I wanted to use. She makes the ceremony more about love and the 2 people uniting, then anything else. (which is what it is all about) And she listens to you and makes the ceremony truly unique and specialized to you. I would HIGHLY recommend Sheila to anyone. I have for all these years already. Thank you Sheila for making our wedding day unforgettable! I look forward to working with her in the future! Xoxo
There are a million wonderful things I could say about Sheila! I am a professional wedding photographer for 8 years now. I Read more...
There are a million wonderful things I could say about Sheila! I am a professional wedding photographer for 8 years now. I have been to over 300 weddings and when it came to my officiant, I knew exactly who I wanted to use. She makes the ceremony more about love and the 2 people uniting, then anything else. (which is what it is all about) And she listens to you and makes the ceremony truly unique and specialized to you. I would HIGHLY recommend Sheila to anyone. I have for all these years already. Thank you Sheila for making our wedding day unforgettable! I look forward to working with her in the future! Xoxo Read less
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Beverly
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila provided more than we could have asked for. She gave us a personalized ceremony, met with us, answered our emails, reviewed our vows, and provided guidance when we needed. We come from very different religious backgrounds and Sheila was able to bridge the gap, catering to our desires as well as addressing elements that were important to our families. Our ceremony was truly was the best part of our event and Sheila was a big part of that! - Bev & Shari
Sheila provided more than we could have asked for. She gave us a personalized ceremony, met with us, answered our emails, Read more...
Sheila provided more than we could have asked for. She gave us a personalized ceremony, met with us, answered our emails, reviewed our vows, and provided guidance when we needed. We come from very different religious backgrounds and Sheila was able to bridge the gap, catering to our desires as well as addressing elements that were important to our families. Our ceremony was truly was the best part of our event and Sheila was a big part of that! - Bev & Shari Read less
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Dan
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila was outstanding. She personalizes the ceremony for and make it enjoyable for the guests to listen to. She makes everyone feel welcomed and part of the special day. I highly recommend her!
Sheila was outstanding. She personalizes the ceremony for and make it enjoyable for the guests to listen to. She makes Read more...
Sheila was outstanding. She personalizes the ceremony for and make it enjoyable for the guests to listen to. She makes everyone feel welcomed and part of the special day. I highly recommend her! Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
7/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila made our wedding ceremony very personalized and special. Many of our guests enjoyed learning more about us through our ceremony. She was easy to talk to and always took the time to learn more about who we are as a couple. She was a pleasure to work with. Thank you for everything!!
Sheila made our wedding ceremony very personalized and special. Many of our guests enjoyed learning more about us through Read more...
Sheila made our wedding ceremony very personalized and special. Many of our guests enjoyed learning more about us through our ceremony. She was easy to talk to and always took the time to learn more about who we are as a couple. She was a pleasure to work with. Thank you for everything!! Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
7/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila was wonderful! She really got to know the both of us before our wedding. She got so in depth with our romantic story so that everyone who attended, knew our back story. She was always there when we had questions regarding something. Even though we only knew her for a short while, she really did feel like family! We had a Jewish/Christian wedding and it blended together so well by the way that she performed the ceremony! I would HIGHLY refer Sheila!
Sheila was wonderful! She really got to know the both of us before our wedding. She got so in depth with our romantic Read more...
Sheila was wonderful! She really got to know the both of us before our wedding. She got so in depth with our romantic story so that everyone who attended, knew our back story. She was always there when we had questions regarding something. Even though we only knew her for a short while, she really did feel like family! We had a Jewish/Christian wedding and it blended together so well by the way that she performed the ceremony! I would HIGHLY refer Sheila! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Sheila did an excellent job both before the ceremony and during.
She took the time(3 hours)to interview us both and combined all of those facts and anedotes into an interesting and compelling presentation.
I believe it gave those on the opposite side of the family insite into the other side of the family. Just about everyone came up and complimented us on what a great job Sheila did. It really made our special day that much more special.
Sheila did an excellent job both before the ceremony and during.
She took the time(3 hours)to interview us both and Read more...
Sheila did an excellent job both before the ceremony and during.
She took the time(3 hours)to interview us both and combined all of those facts and anedotes into an interesting and compelling presentation.
I believe it gave those on the opposite side of the family insite into the other side of the family. Just about everyone came up and complimented us on what a great job Sheila did. It really made our special day that much more special. Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
6/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila is an extremely creative and remarkable officiant. She took the time to learn about me and my partner. Then, she developed a beautiful ceremony that not only encompassed our true love story, but a ceremony that involved our guests. Our guests walked away from the ceremony constantly saying "That was so beautiful!"
Sheila is an extremely creative and remarkable officiant. She took the time to learn about me and my partner. Then, she Read more...
Sheila is an extremely creative and remarkable officiant. She took the time to learn about me and my partner. Then, she developed a beautiful ceremony that not only encompassed our true love story, but a ceremony that involved our guests. Our guests walked away from the ceremony constantly saying "That was so beautiful!" Read less
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Joanna
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila was very pleasant to work with from the start. She took a lot of time to get to know us and hear how we met and what we mean to each other. We booked her well over a year before our wedding and she communicated with us often. She even checked in with us after hurricane Sandy to see how we were. When she was going to be away for a few weeks she informed us in case we had any questions or needed her. Sheila also helped with some other wedding planning questions we had that were separate from the ceromony. She helped us choose our vows. The one thing I had no stress about was our ceremony. I knew it would be how we wanted it and Sheila was organized and emailed me back to answer my questions the same day. Sheila provided us with a unique, personalized ceremony. It was amazing and all about our love story. We received several comments about the ceremony and how personal and touching it was. Sheila was the most easy vendor to work with and we received so many compliments about our ceremony. She incorporated many unique ideas into the ceremony and we couldn't be happier!
Sheila was very pleasant to work with from the start. She took a lot of time to get to know us and hear how we met and Read more...
Sheila was very pleasant to work with from the start. She took a lot of time to get to know us and hear how we met and what we mean to each other. We booked her well over a year before our wedding and she communicated with us often. She even checked in with us after hurricane Sandy to see how we were. When she was going to be away for a few weeks she informed us in case we had any questions or needed her. Sheila also helped with some other wedding planning questions we had that were separate from the ceromony. She helped us choose our vows. The one thing I had no stress about was our ceremony. I knew it would be how we wanted it and Sheila was organized and emailed me back to answer my questions the same day. Sheila provided us with a unique, personalized ceremony. It was amazing and all about our love story. We received several comments about the ceremony and how personal and touching it was. Sheila was the most easy vendor to work with and we received so many compliments about our ceremony. She incorporated many unique ideas into the ceremony and we couldn't be happier! Read less
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danielle
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife made the initial phone call to see if Sheila was booked for our date!! She spent an hour on the phone w her and then a few days later we went to meet w her. We were there for hours while we were telling her about us and our story of how we met. She took time taking notes, asking questions, etc!! She is spiritual and quirky and full of life and we knew the minute we got in the car that there was nothing about her that was "normal" or the average run of the mill officiant and we had to have her!! We were confident this wasnt gonna be the ceremony that our names got fumbled our something was gonna go wrong and boy we couldn't have been more correct!! She was extraordinary!! The way she put the entire ceremony together was amazing and we couldn't have asked for more to make our day even more special than we expected it to be. I have friends who keep telling me that they want to renew their vows just because it was sooo amazing and soo personal and so about us that they want that for themselves!! There aren't nearly enough words to express our gratitude to what an amazing ceremony and blessing on our marriage she gave us!! If your even thinking about using Sheila, there shouldnt b a thought. JUST DO IT!!
Danielle and Mindi
My wife made the initial phone call to see if Sheila was booked for our date!! She spent an hour on the phone w her and Read more...
My wife made the initial phone call to see if Sheila was booked for our date!! She spent an hour on the phone w her and then a few days later we went to meet w her. We were there for hours while we were telling her about us and our story of how we met. She took time taking notes, asking questions, etc!! She is spiritual and quirky and full of life and we knew the minute we got in the car that there was nothing about her that was "normal" or the average run of the mill officiant and we had to have her!! We were confident this wasnt gonna be the ceremony that our names got fumbled our something was gonna go wrong and boy we couldn't have been more correct!! She was extraordinary!! The way she put the entire ceremony together was amazing and we couldn't have asked for more to make our day even more special than we expected it to be. I have friends who keep telling me that they want to renew their vows just because it was sooo amazing and soo personal and so about us that they want that for themselves!! There aren't nearly enough words to express our gratitude to what an amazing ceremony and blessing on our marriage she gave us!! If your even thinking about using Sheila, there shouldnt b a thought. JUST DO IT!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
The most important part of our wedding was the ceremony. Because we come from two different backgrounds, we wanted it to appeal to both of our families and highlight our own individuality as well.

We visited with Sheila a few times during which she asked us to tell her about the journey of our relationship from how we first met to the evening we became engaged. She made us feel amazingly comfortable and like we were in the company of a friend.

The ceremony she prepared for us exceeded our already high expectations. She told our love story in a way that kept our guests captivated and allowed them to play a very important role. All of our friends and family can't stop saying how it was the most uniquely memorable wedding experience they've ever had.

For us, it was perfect!!!

Court & Mike
The most important part of our wedding was the ceremony. Because we come from two different backgrounds, we wanted it to Read more...
The most important part of our wedding was the ceremony. Because we come from two different backgrounds, we wanted it to appeal to both of our families and highlight our own individuality as well.

We visited with Sheila a few times during which she asked us to tell her about the journey of our relationship from how we first met to the evening we became engaged. She made us feel amazingly comfortable and like we were in the company of a friend.

The ceremony she prepared for us exceeded our already high expectations. She told our love story in a way that kept our guests captivated and allowed them to play a very important role. All of our friends and family can't stop saying how it was the most uniquely memorable wedding experience they've ever had.

For us, it was perfect!!!

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samantha
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Simply stated, Sheila was nothing short of wonderful. From our first phone conversation Sheila was warm and enthusiastic about creating a truly unique ceremony for our big day. She took her time to get to really get to know us, and what was important to us an integrated it beautifully into the ceremony. She had lots of wonderful ideas and was sure to be sensitive to any traditions and preferences we had. Sheila always responded promptly and made herself available if we had questions or concerns. and even reached out to us on several occasions, just to see how we were holding up during the planning. After meeting with Shelia and designing our ceremony, we were genuinely excited about our wedding ceremony, and not just the party that comes after. Everything turned out beautifully, and we received lots of feedback from guests who said it was much different than any ceremony they'd ever been to before, and how much they enjoyed it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sheila!
Simply stated, Sheila was nothing short of wonderful. From our first phone conversation Sheila was warm and enthusiastic Read more...
Simply stated, Sheila was nothing short of wonderful. From our first phone conversation Sheila was warm and enthusiastic about creating a truly unique ceremony for our big day. She took her time to get to really get to know us, and what was important to us an integrated it beautifully into the ceremony. She had lots of wonderful ideas and was sure to be sensitive to any traditions and preferences we had. Sheila always responded promptly and made herself available if we had questions or concerns. and even reached out to us on several occasions, just to see how we were holding up during the planning. After meeting with Shelia and designing our ceremony, we were genuinely excited about our wedding ceremony, and not just the party that comes after. Everything turned out beautifully, and we received lots of feedback from guests who said it was much different than any ceremony they'd ever been to before, and how much they enjoyed it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sheila! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
It is 3 months, to the day, that Sheila married us. I've tried to find a way to "rate" Sheila's services; but could never truly capture what we felt. To us, this was not a service, it was a gift. A memory that we (and our families) will hold deep in our hearts forever. That is more than I could have ever asked for. Yes, we technically did pay for her services, but what she gave us was worth every penny. I felt an instant connection with her. Warm, funny, kind. She is an old soul that, somehow, knew exactly what we needed. We did not want a big "to-do", but our families are important to us. We decided to get married with 5 weeks notice. Frantically, I posted explaining the situation. Sheila answered. I was very specific in explaining just how shy both my husband and I are about all that "love stuff". While we felt it, we were private about it. She promised we would find a way to have "our" ceremony but not feel like we were 'on display'. Somehow, I knew we could trust her. She had a way of taking all our fears, scooping us up and letting us know we were safe with her. Getting married wasn't what scared us. It was doing something so sacred in front of everyone that terrified us. She spoke with us for hours, on the phone and again in person. I warned her my husband might be open to all this "lovey stuff" but he jumped in, feet first and agreed to all of it. When I asked him why he was so into it, when he wasn't before, he said "because she knows what she is doing. She 'gets' us.". He was 100% right. Sheila told our story, with humor and grace. She helped include our irish heritage to include an irish goblet wine ceremony. The vows she helped us find were perfect. I think of them all the time. There are some people in this world that you are meant to meet. I am sure that Sheila is one of them. 3 months later and my family still talks about her and the ceremony saying it's "the best we've been to", "we loved your love story". Sheila is amazing!
It is 3 months, to the day, that Sheila married us. I've tried to find a way to "rate" Sheila's services; but could never Read more...
It is 3 months, to the day, that Sheila married us. I've tried to find a way to "rate" Sheila's services; but could never truly capture what we felt. To us, this was not a service, it was a gift. A memory that we (and our families) will hold deep in our hearts forever. That is more than I could have ever asked for. Yes, we technically did pay for her services, but what she gave us was worth every penny. I felt an instant connection with her. Warm, funny, kind. She is an old soul that, somehow, knew exactly what we needed. We did not want a big "to-do", but our families are important to us. We decided to get married with 5 weeks notice. Frantically, I posted explaining the situation. Sheila answered. I was very specific in explaining just how shy both my husband and I are about all that "love stuff". While we felt it, we were private about it. She promised we would find a way to have "our" ceremony but not feel like we were 'on display'. Somehow, I knew we could trust her. She had a way of taking all our fears, scooping us up and letting us know we were safe with her. Getting married wasn't what scared us. It was doing something so sacred in front of everyone that terrified us. She spoke with us for hours, on the phone and again in person. I warned her my husband might be open to all this "lovey stuff" but he jumped in, feet first and agreed to all of it. When I asked him why he was so into it, when he wasn't before, he said "because she knows what she is doing. She 'gets' us.". He was 100% right. Sheila told our story, with humor and grace. She helped include our irish heritage to include an irish goblet wine ceremony. The vows she helped us find were perfect. I think of them all the time. There are some people in this world that you are meant to meet. I am sure that Sheila is one of them. 3 months later and my family still talks about her and the ceremony saying it's "the best we've been to", "we loved your love story". Sheila is amazing! Read less
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lucia
Wedding:
3/29/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila was a pleasure to work with!!! People asked if she was someone I've known for years!!! The ceremony was the most unique special ceremony I'd had ever seen. It was everything I wanted and more. For anyone who wants a ceremony having people walk away saying it was the best ceremony look no further... We love you Sheila!!!!!!!!
Sheila was a pleasure to work with!!! People asked if she was someone I've known for years!!! The ceremony was the most Read more...
Sheila was a pleasure to work with!!! People asked if she was someone I've known for years!!! The ceremony was the most unique special ceremony I'd had ever seen. It was everything I wanted and more. For anyone who wants a ceremony having people walk away saying it was the best ceremony look no further... We love you Sheila!!!!!!!! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
3/24/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila was absolutely fantastic from start to finish! She was so attentive, a great listener, empathetic and always made us feel special and cherished. Our guests have showered us with compliments on our ceremony...going on and on about how beautiful and full of love Sheila made it. She put us both at ease and really made our wedding day something to remember forever!
Sheila was absolutely fantastic from start to finish! She was so attentive, a great listener, empathetic and always made Read more...
Sheila was absolutely fantastic from start to finish! She was so attentive, a great listener, empathetic and always made us feel special and cherished. Our guests have showered us with compliments on our ceremony...going on and on about how beautiful and full of love Sheila made it. She put us both at ease and really made our wedding day something to remember forever! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
3/3/2013
5.0/5.0
After four months of not enjoying the wedding planning process, my husband and I decided to cancel our original wedding date set for August and instead set a date two weeks away, in March. I emailed a few officiants with my now rush request. Sheila was the first to respond (she emailed me back within the hour) and I knew after our first email that she had to be our officiant. We had family and friends flying in last minute from all over the country to be with us on our special day and I wanted the ceremony to be personal and intimate. Sheila made sure that happened. She was very flexible with our schedule and made us feel so comfortable that we really didn't worry about the ceremony at all. She added personal touches and stories that really felt like 'us'. We've had so many friends and family members tell us it was the best ceremony they've ever witnessed and there were both moments of laughter and tears. We both feel truly blessed that Sheila was able to share our special day with us. I would highly recommend her. THANK YOU SHEILA!
After four months of not enjoying the wedding planning process, my husband and I decided to cancel our original wedding Read more...
After four months of not enjoying the wedding planning process, my husband and I decided to cancel our original wedding date set for August and instead set a date two weeks away, in March. I emailed a few officiants with my now rush request. Sheila was the first to respond (she emailed me back within the hour) and I knew after our first email that she had to be our officiant. We had family and friends flying in last minute from all over the country to be with us on our special day and I wanted the ceremony to be personal and intimate. Sheila made sure that happened. She was very flexible with our schedule and made us feel so comfortable that we really didn't worry about the ceremony at all. She added personal touches and stories that really felt like 'us'. We've had so many friends and family members tell us it was the best ceremony they've ever witnessed and there were both moments of laughter and tears. We both feel truly blessed that Sheila was able to share our special day with us. I would highly recommend her. THANK YOU SHEILA! Read less
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Katharina & Paul
Wedding:
3/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila transformed all the details we provided into a wonderful, truly unique and special ceremony.
She was able to totally capture “us” and our chemistry.
Nothing about it ever felt manufactured or random.
Every part of the process – from the first phone call to our personal meeting until the big day was a wonderful,
easy, lighthearted, very personal though professional & caring experience.
Amazing also how Sheila included our family and friends into the ceremony and made them feel to be
a special part of it and still left room for spontaneity.
Wunderbar!!!
THANK YOU, Sheila!
Love,
Katharina&Paul
Sheila transformed all the details we provided into a wonderful, truly unique and special ceremony.
She was able to Read more...
Sheila transformed all the details we provided into a wonderful, truly unique and special ceremony.
She was able to totally capture “us” and our chemistry.
Nothing about it ever felt manufactured or random.
Every part of the process – from the first phone call to our personal meeting until the big day was a wonderful,
easy, lighthearted, very personal though professional & caring experience.
Amazing also how Sheila included our family and friends into the ceremony and made them feel to be
a special part of it and still left room for spontaneity.
Wunderbar!!!
THANK YOU, Sheila!
Love,
Katharina&Paul Read less
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JOYCE
Wedding:
1/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Sheila was truly a joy to work with from the beginning. I must admit I had my doubt hiring an officiant whom I never met for my wedding but from the very first meeting, I knew she was different. She took the time to get to know us as a couple and everything about our relationship from where we first met, how we fell in love, how we feel about each other, etc...The first meeting lasted I believe close to 3 hours but it didn't seem long because we were able to engage in such a genuine, heartfelt conversation and she knew how to incorporate certain details from our dating history into a personalized ceremony created just for us. On the day of the wedding she was right there to calm our nerves, to walk us through the ceremony, and when it happened, everything was so magical and our guests were truly engaged in our ceremony. It definitely wasn't boring and it reflected who we truly are as a couple. We're so happy that we had Sheila as our officiant because we could tell that Sheila wasn't just there to perform the ceremony but she really cared about getting to know us as a couple and also creating a ceremony that really meant close to who we are as a couple. It was definitely an experience neither we or our guests will ever forget.
Sheila was truly a joy to work with from the beginning. I must admit I had my doubt hiring an officiant whom I never met Read more...
Sheila was truly a joy to work with from the beginning. I must admit I had my doubt hiring an officiant whom I never met for my wedding but from the very first meeting, I knew she was different. She took the time to get to know us as a couple and everything about our relationship from where we first met, how we fell in love, how we feel about each other, etc...The first meeting lasted I believe close to 3 hours but it didn't seem long because we were able to engage in such a genuine, heartfelt conversation and she knew how to incorporate certain details from our dating history into a personalized ceremony created just for us. On the day of the wedding she was right there to calm our nerves, to walk us through the ceremony, and when it happened, everything was so magical and our guests were truly engaged in our ceremony. It definitely wasn't boring and it reflected who we truly are as a couple. We're so happy that we had Sheila as our officiant because we could tell that Sheila wasn't just there to perform the ceremony but she really cared about getting to know us as a couple and also creating a ceremony that really meant close to who we are as a couple. It was definitely an experience neither we or our guests will ever forget. Read less
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Desireé
Wedding:
12/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Some of the first things Sheila asked us where “How do you want to feel?” and “How do you want your guests to feel?” We told Sheila “Married!” and “Warm and Fuzzy.” That’s exactly what everyone felt by the end of our ceremony. Sheila worked with us face to face and via conference call, and really got to know and understand our dynamic as a couple, and that came through in every moment of our Winter Solstice wedding. She designed a unique experience including blessings from many cultural traditions, a hand washing ceremony including personalized touches made by our Moms, blessing of our hands, and even encouraged us to write and speak our own vows, supporting us every step of the way. All night, family and friends remarked to us on the warm, personal, and very charming ceremony in which everyone felt that they were our “angels” and played an important role in joining our lives together. One of my favorite comments from a dear friend was “It was the most personal wedding I’ve ever been to- she was telling your story!” Sheila gave us what she promised: we felt truly “married”, our guests felt part of a beautiful moment in our lives, and somehow, without ever using the word “God” (by our request) a spiritual, agnostic bride, and her scientific, atheist groom, were as happy and touched as our old school (and old country) Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox families. We thank Sheila for working her magic to make our night so amazing! -Desireé and John
Some of the first things Sheila asked us where “How do you want to feel?” and “How do you want your guests to feel?” We Read more...
Some of the first things Sheila asked us where “How do you want to feel?” and “How do you want your guests to feel?” We told Sheila “Married!” and “Warm and Fuzzy.” That’s exactly what everyone felt by the end of our ceremony. Sheila worked with us face to face and via conference call, and really got to know and understand our dynamic as a couple, and that came through in every moment of our Winter Solstice wedding. She designed a unique experience including blessings from many cultural traditions, a hand washing ceremony including personalized touches made by our Moms, blessing of our hands, and even encouraged us to write and speak our own vows, supporting us every step of the way. All night, family and friends remarked to us on the warm, personal, and very charming ceremony in which everyone felt that they were our “angels” and played an important role in joining our lives together. One of my favorite comments from a dear friend was “It was the most personal wedding I’ve ever been to- she was telling your story!” Sheila gave us what she promised: we felt truly “married”, our guests felt part of a beautiful moment in our lives, and somehow, without ever using the word “God” (by our request) a spiritual, agnostic bride, and her scientific, atheist groom, were as happy and touched as our old school (and old country) Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox families. We thank Sheila for working her magic to make our night so amazing! -Desireé and John Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
12/8/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I happened upon Sheila through njofficiants.com -- we were looking for an officiant to perform our wedding ceremony one month later. I was apprehensive about working with a stranger, but my rabbi refused to do interfaith marriages so we ventured out. Before Sheila even met us, I received a beautiful and thoughtful email from her, read some reviews of her work online, and knew we found the right person.

We only had time to meet Sheila once before the wedding, but she really put time in with us, asked us all the right questions about our families, our relationship, and got us to describe our love to each other in a way we hadn't done before -- and we're very vocal about our feelings for one another already!

Since our wedding was a surprise wedding, we asked Sheila to show up in the middle of our engagement party and blend in with the crowd before the night turned into our wedding. She fit right in, and even stood up to some pretty intense interrogation from some of my mom's friends wondering who this mystery woman was!

In the end, the ceremony was beautiful, intensely personal, and very well crafted. Sheila wove all the stories we told her about each other and my father who passed away (without it being too sad). She gave us room to write our own vows, to integrate short speeches into the ceremony from close friends and family, and -- the best part -- brought all of our guests into the ceremony so it felt like they were a part of it with us, not bystanders to "our" experience.

She also makes herself available to you and your family anytime, and checks in regularly to see how things are proceeding.

I've received tons of feedback on how wonderful the ceremony was and how unique it was. If you're looking for someone who can truly make your wedding ceremony special, central to your day, and truly, uniquely about the two of you, then I can recommend Sheila without reservation.
My husband and I happened upon Sheila through njofficiants.com -- we were looking for an officiant to perform our wedding Read more...
My husband and I happened upon Sheila through njofficiants.com -- we were looking for an officiant to perform our wedding ceremony one month later. I was apprehensive about working with a stranger, but my rabbi refused to do interfaith marriages so we ventured out. Before Sheila even met us, I received a beautiful and thoughtful email from her, read some reviews of her work online, and knew we found the right person.

We only had time to meet Sheila once before the wedding, but she really put time in with us, asked us all the right questions about our families, our relationship, and got us to describe our love to each other in a way we hadn't done before -- and we're very vocal about our feelings for one another already!

Since our wedding was a surprise wedding, we asked Sheila to show up in the middle of our engagement party and blend in with the crowd before the night turned into our wedding. She fit right in, and even stood up to some pretty intense interrogation from some of my mom's friends wondering who this mystery woman was!

In the end, the ceremony was beautiful, intensely personal, and very well crafted. Sheila wove all the stories we told her about each other and my father who passed away (without it being too sad). She gave us room to write our own vows, to integrate short speeches into the ceremony from close friends and family, and -- the best part -- brought all of our guests into the ceremony so it felt like they were a part of it with us, not bystanders to "our" experience.

She also makes herself available to you and your family anytime, and checks in regularly to see how things are proceeding.

I've received tons of feedback on how wonderful the ceremony was and how unique it was. If you're looking for someone who can truly make your wedding ceremony special, central to your day, and truly, uniquely about the two of you, then I can recommend Sheila without reservation. Read less
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Micah
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Let me begin by saying that Sheila is one of the most amazing people we have ever had the privilege of knowing. Everything she describes on her web-page is spot on - she will create for you the most creative, personal, and yes, magical wedding ceremony you could ever imagine. It will truly be the wedding of your dreams.

From the first moment we found her, Sheila was so warm, welcoming, and caring. She was always willing to talk, listen, and give advice when asked. My wife and I had just gotten engaged a couple of months earlier, and as an interfaith couple, we were already starting to encounter many difficult issues, primarily within my family (I'm Jewish). I wrote to her about how I was skeptical of our ability to have a meaningful ceremony that could be comfortable for all parties involved. She quickly reassured me that it was possible to have something special and overcome the challenges at hand - and that she was the one to help us make this happen! What she created for us over the next year ultimately turned into the most memorable 40 minutes of our lives.

The ceremony was unbelievable - filled with love, emotion, and happiness. She was able to help us integrate traditions from each of our backgrounds in subtle and respectful ways, just as we wanted. As all guests were included in the proceedings, the intimacy in the room was palpable. Following our wedding, all of our family and friends raved about how unique, touching, and personal the ceremony was, and that it set the tone for the entire event. We never could have imagined our wedding ceremony to be so spectacular in every way.

Sheila will not only be your officiant, she will be your confidant, your guide, and your good friend. She is an angel on this earth and will forever hold a very special place in our hearts. We can't thank her enough for making our wedding truly unforgettable.

Thank you Sheila :)

Love,
Micah and Jenna
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Let me begin by saying that Sheila is one of the most amazing people we have ever had the privilege of knowing. Everything she describes on her web-page is spot on - she will create for you the most creative, personal, and yes, magical wedding ceremony you could ever imagine. It will truly be the wedding of your dreams.

From the first moment we found her, Sheila was so warm, welcoming, and caring. She was always willing to talk, listen, and give advice when asked. My wife and I had just gotten engaged a couple of months earlier, and as an interfaith couple, we were already starting to encounter many difficult issues, primarily within my family (I'm Jewish). I wrote to her about how I was skeptical of our ability to have a meaningful ceremony that could be comfortable for all parties involved. She quickly reassured me that it was possible to have something special and overcome the challenges at hand - and that she was the one to help us make this happen! What she created for us over the next year ultimately turned into the most memorable 40 minutes of our lives.

The ceremony was unbelievable - filled with love, emotion, and happiness. She was able to help us integrate traditions from each of our backgrounds in subtle and respectful ways, just as we wanted. As all guests were included in the proceedings, the intimacy in the room was palpable. Following our wedding, all of our family and friends raved about how unique, touching, and personal the ceremony was, and that it set the tone for the entire event. We never could have imagined our wedding ceremony to be so spectacular in every way.

Sheila will not only be your officiant, she will be your confidant, your guide, and your good friend. She is an angel on this earth and will forever hold a very special place in our hearts. We can't thank her enough for making our wedding truly unforgettable.

Thank you Sheila :)

Love,
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Emily
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
If I could give a rating more than a 5 stars I would! When I found Sheila, we made an appointment to sit down with her and go over everything that we wanted in the ceremony. I obviously loved my then fiancé when we went into Sheila’s home and I left that night knowing that I was making the right decision to marry him. I loved him more after then I did walking in. Sheila got our relationship with such little time and nailed our love on the head. She walked through our whole relationship bringing back the butterflies of when we first met to our current day deep love that we share. While sitting down with Sheila we went over what she would want to say about us in the ceremony and just from the top of her head she made me cry. The love that filled my heart that night was just amazing. Sheila is worth the earth weight in gold. The owners of the catering hall attended our wedding and pulled me aside after the wedding and admitted to crying during our ceremony. That alone speaks volumes of how valuable Sheila is. At the end of our ceremony before my husband and I kissed she asked everyone in attendance to join in and pronounce us man and wife. My family was touched by this moment and will always remember that they took part in our wedding. If you want to have a magical ceremony that everyone will remember and truly reveals the love that you two share Sheila is your woman!
If I could give a rating more than a 5 stars I would! When I found Sheila, we made an appointment to sit down with her and Read more...
If I could give a rating more than a 5 stars I would! When I found Sheila, we made an appointment to sit down with her and go over everything that we wanted in the ceremony. I obviously loved my then fiancé when we went into Sheila’s home and I left that night knowing that I was making the right decision to marry him. I loved him more after then I did walking in. Sheila got our relationship with such little time and nailed our love on the head. She walked through our whole relationship bringing back the butterflies of when we first met to our current day deep love that we share. While sitting down with Sheila we went over what she would want to say about us in the ceremony and just from the top of her head she made me cry. The love that filled my heart that night was just amazing. Sheila is worth the earth weight in gold. The owners of the catering hall attended our wedding and pulled me aside after the wedding and admitted to crying during our ceremony. That alone speaks volumes of how valuable Sheila is. At the end of our ceremony before my husband and I kissed she asked everyone in attendance to join in and pronounce us man and wife. My family was touched by this moment and will always remember that they took part in our wedding. If you want to have a magical ceremony that everyone will remember and truly reveals the love that you two share Sheila is your woman! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
From the first moment we met Sheila I knew we didn't need to look any further. Sheila immediately embraced us both as individuals as well as a couple. She "got us," and within the first 30 minutes was able to put our story together. Everything with Sheila is custom made. I am Jewish and my husband is Irish Catholic. We wanted a non traditional ceremony where we would incorporate values and traditions from each of our backgrounds. Sheila had so many ideas and each idea was better than the next.

Whether is was 9am or 12midnight, Sheila was always responding to our questions and concerns about any and everything.

2 days before our wedding, my husband called asking for assistance with his vows- Sheila thought nothing then to drop what she was doing and help!

Both my husband and I cannot imagine what our wedding would have been like without Sheila. We know that Sheila is someone we will continue to have a relationship with for the rest of our lives.

-the Fallon's
From the first moment we met Sheila I knew we didn't need to look any further. Sheila immediately embraced us both as Read more...
From the first moment we met Sheila I knew we didn't need to look any further. Sheila immediately embraced us both as individuals as well as a couple. She "got us," and within the first 30 minutes was able to put our story together. Everything with Sheila is custom made. I am Jewish and my husband is Irish Catholic. We wanted a non traditional ceremony where we would incorporate values and traditions from each of our backgrounds. Sheila had so many ideas and each idea was better than the next.

Whether is was 9am or 12midnight, Sheila was always responding to our questions and concerns about any and everything.

2 days before our wedding, my husband called asking for assistance with his vows- Sheila thought nothing then to drop what she was doing and help!

Both my husband and I cannot imagine what our wedding would have been like without Sheila. We know that Sheila is someone we will continue to have a relationship with for the rest of our lives.

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Raghav
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
The greatest compliments we received on our wedding were about the ceremony. Sheila composed such a warm, loving, tribute to our relationship. It was uniquely us.

I am Hindu by birth, and my wife is Catholic. Our lifestyle is far from orthodox, but we wanted to incorporate Hindu and Catholic traditions to honor our families and our upbringing. My wife and I had no idea how to create this hybrid ceremony. Thankfully, Sheila came to our rescue.

Sheila put our minds at ease when we met with her. Her experience and confidence showed through while offering solutions to all of our concerns. Before that meeting the planning process was just tasks on a to-do list, but after we met with her everything started to become real. It was the first time my wife and I were able to envision our wedding day.

Sheila stayed in constant contact throughout. The weekend of our wedding she was gracious enough to drive 2 hours for our ceremony near Philadelphia, despite having to go back for another wedding the next night. Sheila delighted both of our families by weaving our two cultures together seamlessly. We are so grateful to have found her.

Thank you Sheila, we love you!
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The greatest compliments we received on our wedding were about the ceremony. Sheila composed such a warm, loving, tribute to our relationship. It was uniquely us.

I am Hindu by birth, and my wife is Catholic. Our lifestyle is far from orthodox, but we wanted to incorporate Hindu and Catholic traditions to honor our families and our upbringing. My wife and I had no idea how to create this hybrid ceremony. Thankfully, Sheila came to our rescue.

Sheila put our minds at ease when we met with her. Her experience and confidence showed through while offering solutions to all of our concerns. Before that meeting the planning process was just tasks on a to-do list, but after we met with her everything started to become real. It was the first time my wife and I were able to envision our wedding day.

Sheila stayed in constant contact throughout. The weekend of our wedding she was gracious enough to drive 2 hours for our ceremony near Philadelphia, despite having to go back for another wedding the next night. Sheila delighted both of our families by weaving our two cultures together seamlessly. We are so grateful to have found her.

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Melissa
Wedding:
9/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Sheila was the best thing I could have asked for as an officiant on my wedding day. When I first approached Sheila, she didn't think she would be able to attend our wedding because of a wedding she had scheduled the following day in upstate NY (our wedding was in Philadelphia). After she checked with the other bride, Sheila made the decision to subject herself to horrendous travel (on labor day weekend!) just to be a part of our wedding and I couldn't be more grateful.

My husband and I went to Sheila with a loose idea for a ceremony and she turned it into a celebration of our love for one another. Sheila incorporated aspects of both of our religions, satisfied parent requests and last minute changes with grace and poise. She helped coach our friends who spoke at our ceremony so that they felt truly confident and comfortable speaking in front of over 180 guests.

Family and friends have been raving about our ceremony (and Sheila) saying it was the best wedding ceremony they've ever seen. We are so happy she was a part of our day and will forever be a part of those memories. Sheila truly has a gift for getting to know a couple just through meeting them a few times. She takes that knowledge and creates something unique for them. Everyone in attendance could feel our energy through the ceremony, which made it so special.
Sheila was the best thing I could have asked for as an officiant on my wedding day. When I first approached Sheila, she Read more...
Sheila was the best thing I could have asked for as an officiant on my wedding day. When I first approached Sheila, she didn't think she would be able to attend our wedding because of a wedding she had scheduled the following day in upstate NY (our wedding was in Philadelphia). After she checked with the other bride, Sheila made the decision to subject herself to horrendous travel (on labor day weekend!) just to be a part of our wedding and I couldn't be more grateful.

My husband and I went to Sheila with a loose idea for a ceremony and she turned it into a celebration of our love for one another. Sheila incorporated aspects of both of our religions, satisfied parent requests and last minute changes with grace and poise. She helped coach our friends who spoke at our ceremony so that they felt truly confident and comfortable speaking in front of over 180 guests.

Family and friends have been raving about our ceremony (and Sheila) saying it was the best wedding ceremony they've ever seen. We are so happy she was a part of our day and will forever be a part of those memories. Sheila truly has a gift for getting to know a couple just through meeting them a few times. She takes that knowledge and creates something unique for them. Everyone in attendance could feel our energy through the ceremony, which made it so special. Read less
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Annie
Wedding:
7/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you Sheila for creating a memorable ceremony for me and my husband. Your words are beautifully written and filled with meaning and symbolism. Thank you for bringing sincerity to the word "marriage". We were both very surprised with the stories you told about us, but were soo grateful at the same time that our stories were shared among our friends and families. I highly recommend Sheila! She's sincere, thoughtful, and caring.
Thank you Sheila for creating a memorable ceremony for me and my husband. Your words are beautifully written and filled Read more...
Thank you Sheila for creating a memorable ceremony for me and my husband. Your words are beautifully written and filled with meaning and symbolism. Thank you for bringing sincerity to the word "marriage". We were both very surprised with the stories you told about us, but were soo grateful at the same time that our stories were shared among our friends and families. I highly recommend Sheila! She's sincere, thoughtful, and caring. Read less
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Claire
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
I am so glad my husband and I opted to work with Sheila, as she helped us create a ceremony that truly reflected us, our beliefs, and our relationship.

There are so many positive things to say about working with Sheila. First, I really felt like she took the time to get to know me and my husband before beginning to suggest ideas for our ceremony. She invited us over to her home where she asked us questions about how we met, what we like about each others, our plans for the future, and our families. She also made sure she really understood what we wanted our ceremony to be like. Sheila suggested some amazing ideas for our ceremony that incorporated our two distinct culturues and our beliefs while really capturing our love for each other. Her ideas were so great and so sentimental that she made me cry during our initial meeting!

Sheila is also amazingly flexible and responsive. She not only helped us create our dream ceremony down to the detail, but she was also available whenever we needed her help to work through issues such as acquiring our marriage license and writing our vows.

After the wedding (which was extremely sentimental and made both my husband and I teary eyed for its duration), many of my guests told me that our ceremony was the most moving ceremony they had ever seen. I had a guest describe the ceremony as "wonderful and uniquely you."

The only potential drawback I can even think of with regards to using Sheila as an officiant is that she's a bit more expensive than other officiants I spoke with; however, I would strongly urge you not to select an officiant based on price alone. I assure you that Sheila's price is an extremely good value based on the service and attention she provides. (I didn't get the sense that the other officiants I spoke with were going to take the time to get to know me and my husband in the way that Sheila did, or were willing to create a unique and personalized ceremony for us.)

I highly recommend Sheila!
I am so glad my husband and I opted to work with Sheila, as she helped us create a ceremony that truly reflected us, our Read more...
I am so glad my husband and I opted to work with Sheila, as she helped us create a ceremony that truly reflected us, our beliefs, and our relationship.

There are so many positive things to say about working with Sheila. First, I really felt like she took the time to get to know me and my husband before beginning to suggest ideas for our ceremony. She invited us over to her home where she asked us questions about how we met, what we like about each others, our plans for the future, and our families. She also made sure she really understood what we wanted our ceremony to be like. Sheila suggested some amazing ideas for our ceremony that incorporated our two distinct culturues and our beliefs while really capturing our love for each other. Her ideas were so great and so sentimental that she made me cry during our initial meeting!

Sheila is also amazingly flexible and responsive. She not only helped us create our dream ceremony down to the detail, but she was also available whenever we needed her help to work through issues such as acquiring our marriage license and writing our vows.

After the wedding (which was extremely sentimental and made both my husband and I teary eyed for its duration), many of my guests told me that our ceremony was the most moving ceremony they had ever seen. I had a guest describe the ceremony as "wonderful and uniquely you."

The only potential drawback I can even think of with regards to using Sheila as an officiant is that she's a bit more expensive than other officiants I spoke with; however, I would strongly urge you not to select an officiant based on price alone. I assure you that Sheila's price is an extremely good value based on the service and attention she provides. (I didn't get the sense that the other officiants I spoke with were going to take the time to get to know me and my husband in the way that Sheila did, or were willing to create a unique and personalized ceremony for us.)

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Sheila married us in September of 2010. The ceremony was fun, interactive, and designed specifically for us. When our son, Preston, arrived we wanted to have some type of symbolic Baby Blessing ceremony to welcome him and celebrate our love for our first child. Without hesitation, we knew Sheila was exactly who we wanted. She created a beautiful, emotional, and warm ceremony that included us reading a "love letter" to Preston and asking all of our friends and family to provide Preston with their own "wish" for him. We do not identify with any type of organized religion, so this ceremony served as the symbolic event we desired. My husband and I consider Sheila a friend and she somehow knows exactly what you are looking for without you having to say it. Thank you, Sheila! xoxo
Sheila married us in September of 2010. The ceremony was fun, interactive, and designed specifically for us. When our son, Read more...
Sheila married us in September of 2010. The ceremony was fun, interactive, and designed specifically for us. When our son, Preston, arrived we wanted to have some type of symbolic Baby Blessing ceremony to welcome him and celebrate our love for our first child. Without hesitation, we knew Sheila was exactly who we wanted. She created a beautiful, emotional, and warm ceremony that included us reading a "love letter" to Preston and asking all of our friends and family to provide Preston with their own "wish" for him. We do not identify with any type of organized religion, so this ceremony served as the symbolic event we desired. My husband and I consider Sheila a friend and she somehow knows exactly what you are looking for without you having to say it. Thank you, Sheila! xoxo Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
7/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Sheila did such a wonderful job officiating our wedding. I had several guests approach me afterwards to say, "that was the most beautiful ceremony I've ever seen." My husband and I are not religious people. We wanted a brief but personal ceremony. Sheila really captured our love and our relationship. She is creative and spiritual in just the right way. She also incorporated our loved ones in a very special and appropriate way. The ceremony far exceeded our expectations.
Sheila did such a wonderful job officiating our wedding. I had several guests approach me afterwards to say, "that was the Read more...
Sheila did such a wonderful job officiating our wedding. I had several guests approach me afterwards to say, "that was the most beautiful ceremony I've ever seen." My husband and I are not religious people. We wanted a brief but personal ceremony. Sheila really captured our love and our relationship. She is creative and spiritual in just the right way. She also incorporated our loved ones in a very special and appropriate way. The ceremony far exceeded our expectations. Read less
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Bridgette
Wedding:
6/24/2012
5.0/5.0
Sheila, was absolutely amazing from our very first meeting. Now you would think that our first meeting was for our wedding, but it wasn't !
I met Sheila 3 weddings before my own. I watched her Marry some of my very best friends. Each and every time she moved me with her amazing ability to conduct the perfect ceremony, and making each time unique and special. It was as if she knew them as well as I.
When I became engaged I immediately thought of Sheila, and couldn't wait to give her the news. Jokingly, I told her she had to Marry me since the last time we met she said, " You are next !" She happily agreed, and so began our Journey with Sheila guiding us every step of the way.
Sheila, took the time to get to know us, our story, and what we envisioned for our special day. She helped us build the ceremony to include the memories and persons most important to us. When the Day finally came we felt so comfortable and reassured because she was there. Sheila helped our day come fruition, and it was everything we hoped for and more.
It doesn't end there. After the Wedding, Sheila followed up to congratulate us and to make sure we knew what our next steps were in regards to obtaining our Marriage Certificate. She simply is amazing with every sense of the word ! If you want a unique ceremony and someone who is warm, kind, and can lead the way... look no further.
Thank you Sheila for helping to make Xavier and I's Wedding Day and unforgettable experience.

Warmly,

Mrs. Bridgette M. Vital
Sheila, was absolutely amazing from our very first meeting. Now you would think that our first meeting was for our Read more...
Sheila, was absolutely amazing from our very first meeting. Now you would think that our first meeting was for our wedding, but it wasn't !
I met Sheila 3 weddings before my own. I watched her Marry some of my very best friends. Each and every time she moved me with her amazing ability to conduct the perfect ceremony, and making each time unique and special. It was as if she knew them as well as I.
When I became engaged I immediately thought of Sheila, and couldn't wait to give her the news. Jokingly, I told her she had to Marry me since the last time we met she said, " You are next !" She happily agreed, and so began our Journey with Sheila guiding us every step of the way.
Sheila, took the time to get to know us, our story, and what we envisioned for our special day. She helped us build the ceremony to include the memories and persons most important to us. When the Day finally came we felt so comfortable and reassured because she was there. Sheila helped our day come fruition, and it was everything we hoped for and more.
It doesn't end there. After the Wedding, Sheila followed up to congratulate us and to make sure we knew what our next steps were in regards to obtaining our Marriage Certificate. She simply is amazing with every sense of the word ! If you want a unique ceremony and someone who is warm, kind, and can lead the way... look no further.
Thank you Sheila for helping to make Xavier and I's Wedding Day and unforgettable experience.

Warmly,

Mrs. Bridgette M. Vital Read less
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William
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
To borrow a phrase from my mother, our wedding was "perfect". We have Sheila to thank for making it so. She made our wedding an intimate, personal family celebration. She was remarkably skilled at getting to the core of our relationship as a couple and incorporating this into the wedding ceremony. She promised a special day and she delivered. If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to have Sheila for your wedding service you will not be disappointed.
To borrow a phrase from my mother, our wedding was "perfect". We have Sheila to thank for making it so. She made our Read more...
To borrow a phrase from my mother, our wedding was "perfect". We have Sheila to thank for making it so. She made our wedding an intimate, personal family celebration. She was remarkably skilled at getting to the core of our relationship as a couple and incorporating this into the wedding ceremony. She promised a special day and she delivered. If you are lucky enough to have the opportunity to have Sheila for your wedding service you will not be disappointed. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
From the first moment my now husband and I met Sheila we knew we wanted her to marry us. She was so personable and warm towards us. We felt very comfortable speaking with her both times we met in person. She always got back to me very quickly either by phone or email. The ceremony was exactly what we asked for. Everyone loved it and commented on how unique and wonderful it was and of course how great Sheila was. We would recommend her to anyone and everyone!
From the first moment my now husband and I met Sheila we knew we wanted her to marry us. She was so personable and warm Read more...
From the first moment my now husband and I met Sheila we knew we wanted her to marry us. She was so personable and warm towards us. We felt very comfortable speaking with her both times we met in person. She always got back to me very quickly either by phone or email. The ceremony was exactly what we asked for. Everyone loved it and commented on how unique and wonderful it was and of course how great Sheila was. We would recommend her to anyone and everyone! Read less
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Justyna
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
What can I say other than that Sheila will forever have a special place in my heart. She started out as my saving grace and grew into someone I hold dear to me. Getting along with her is effortless and with a few conversations, she was able to grasp the essence of my now husband and myself. The ceremony she prepared for us was absolutely beautiful. Not only did it depict our (my husband's and my) relationship, but it also shared the love and true passion we have for one another with our family and friends. Needless to say, there was not a dry eye in the room and til this day, our guests are complimenting the ceremony. I wouldn't have picked anyone other than Sheila and I feel truly blessed to have had the honor of having her officiate our wedding!
What can I say other than that Sheila will forever have a special place in my heart. She started out as my saving grace Read more...
What can I say other than that Sheila will forever have a special place in my heart. She started out as my saving grace and grew into someone I hold dear to me. Getting along with her is effortless and with a few conversations, she was able to grasp the essence of my now husband and myself. The ceremony she prepared for us was absolutely beautiful. Not only did it depict our (my husband's and my) relationship, but it also shared the love and true passion we have for one another with our family and friends. Needless to say, there was not a dry eye in the room and til this day, our guests are complimenting the ceremony. I wouldn't have picked anyone other than Sheila and I feel truly blessed to have had the honor of having her officiate our wedding! Read less
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Tsmith4
Wedding:
6/1/2012
5.0/5.0
My partner and I were looking for a Minister long distance from Florida that could perform a ceremony in New York City and we found Sheila Gay online. She was absolutely INCREDIBLE, she spent time with us both on the phone getting to know us and the end result was more than ever hoped for!!!
When the ceremony occurred she was professional, thoughtful and from the limited amount of time that we had our phone interview Sheila was able to compose a ceremony that many of the guests said was the most personal ceremony they had ever witnessed!!! It was as if she had known us for years.
She was very supportive through the entire process.
We both could not have been happier with the results, it will be a memory that will last a lifetime.
We both would strongly recommend Sheila Gay to anyone in the need of a Minister to perform a marriage ceremony!!!
Taylor Smith and Mick Seidel
My partner and I were looking for a Minister long distance from Florida that could perform a ceremony in New York City and Read more...
My partner and I were looking for a Minister long distance from Florida that could perform a ceremony in New York City and we found Sheila Gay online. She was absolutely INCREDIBLE, she spent time with us both on the phone getting to know us and the end result was more than ever hoped for!!!
When the ceremony occurred she was professional, thoughtful and from the limited amount of time that we had our phone interview Sheila was able to compose a ceremony that many of the guests said was the most personal ceremony they had ever witnessed!!! It was as if she had known us for years.
She was very supportive through the entire process.
We both could not have been happier with the results, it will be a memory that will last a lifetime.
We both would strongly recommend Sheila Gay to anyone in the need of a Minister to perform a marriage ceremony!!!
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golfrabbit23
Wedding:
5/20/2012
5.0/5.0
First off I just need to say..... Sheila is now part of my family and always will be!!!!! Shelia was beyond caring taking her time to really get to know my husband and I. From the moment we had contact, my husbands schedule changes so often and sometimes last minute, Sheila was flexible. We went over her house and there were so many questions that evoked so many tears of joy and little things that go on everyday in our lives, (the things that really count) that we were able to share. My husband lost a brother when he was young and Shelia was able to bring that into the ceremony without making it upsetting rather celebrating his life. I never once felt rushed. I am the type that doesn't like surprises, but Shelia was on top of what she knew about us - taking notes, sending emails, calling regardless if she wasn't in town, building trust and making us feel secure. She was also great at giving options, because the reason we choose to meet with her, was because of bringing different cultures in. We had a few more meetings, mainly because I wanted to. A few days prior to the wedding, she called us, went over how it was going to run though, what she was going to say, and let us know she will be there prior to the ceremony for the rehearsal. Day of, I was really excited, not nervous at all and she surprised both of our mothers (my husband and I both knew what she was going to ask them to do) with a special moment in the ceremony. It was also very special by having my father bring up the glass to break. She also knows a ton about many cultures. My husband is Turkish and we did a little tradition that brought everyone to laughter. She had a way of incorporating our true personalities into the ceremony. When it was over, I CANNOT tell you, how many people came up to my parents, my husband and I and just gave us the most raving reviews on how intimate and personal of a ceremony it was and how excellent of an officiant Sheila was!!! In fact, I can guarantee no one else was ever at wedding that the brides and grooms true colors came through. By the end, I feel like she is part of my family now and I cant wait to go back to her for the next big steps in our lives.... children. She was truly amazing and I wouldn't change a thing!!! We love Shelia!!! <3
First off I just need to say..... Sheila is now part of my family and always will be!!!!! Shelia was beyond caring taking Read more...
First off I just need to say..... Sheila is now part of my family and always will be!!!!! Shelia was beyond caring taking her time to really get to know my husband and I. From the moment we had contact, my husbands schedule changes so often and sometimes last minute, Sheila was flexible. We went over her house and there were so many questions that evoked so many tears of joy and little things that go on everyday in our lives, (the things that really count) that we were able to share. My husband lost a brother when he was young and Shelia was able to bring that into the ceremony without making it upsetting rather celebrating his life. I never once felt rushed. I am the type that doesn't like surprises, but Shelia was on top of what she knew about us - taking notes, sending emails, calling regardless if she wasn't in town, building trust and making us feel secure. She was also great at giving options, because the reason we choose to meet with her, was because of bringing different cultures in. We had a few more meetings, mainly because I wanted to. A few days prior to the wedding, she called us, went over how it was going to run though, what she was going to say, and let us know she will be there prior to the ceremony for the rehearsal. Day of, I was really excited, not nervous at all and she surprised both of our mothers (my husband and I both knew what she was going to ask them to do) with a special moment in the ceremony. It was also very special by having my father bring up the glass to break. She also knows a ton about many cultures. My husband is Turkish and we did a little tradition that brought everyone to laughter. She had a way of incorporating our true personalities into the ceremony. When it was over, I CANNOT tell you, how many people came up to my parents, my husband and I and just gave us the most raving reviews on how intimate and personal of a ceremony it was and how excellent of an officiant Sheila was!!! In fact, I can guarantee no one else was ever at wedding that the brides and grooms true colors came through. By the end, I feel like she is part of my family now and I cant wait to go back to her for the next big steps in our lives.... children. She was truly amazing and I wouldn't change a thing!!! We love Shelia!!! <3 Read less
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kimscim
Wedding:
5/20/2012
5.0/5.0
I was truly blessed to find Rev. Sheila. She is an incredible person and excellent officiant! By reading the other reviews I knew to expect great things, but it wasn't until the ceremony that I realized HOW GREAT! I can't say enough about her, I found her last minute when my previous Rev had "scheduling conflicts" and she still was able to come up with an incredible ceremony. Our wedding also faced serious time constraints and with her professionalism and great attitude- it flowed perfectly. Our families of strict Roman Catholics, Jews, and atheists alike were all thoroughly impressed by our ceremony and felt united and involved through the words Rev. Sheila spoke. I received countless comments about the quality and beauty of our ceremony. From the bottom of my heart I thank Rev. Sheila for marrying my beloved husband and myself, and for doing it so very well :-)
I was truly blessed to find Rev. Sheila. She is an incredible person and excellent officiant! By reading the other reviews Read more...
I was truly blessed to find Rev. Sheila. She is an incredible person and excellent officiant! By reading the other reviews I knew to expect great things, but it wasn't until the ceremony that I realized HOW GREAT! I can't say enough about her, I found her last minute when my previous Rev had "scheduling conflicts" and she still was able to come up with an incredible ceremony. Our wedding also faced serious time constraints and with her professionalism and great attitude- it flowed perfectly. Our families of strict Roman Catholics, Jews, and atheists alike were all thoroughly impressed by our ceremony and felt united and involved through the words Rev. Sheila spoke. I received countless comments about the quality and beauty of our ceremony. From the bottom of my heart I thank Rev. Sheila for marrying my beloved husband and myself, and for doing it so very well :-) Read less
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Jean
Wedding:
5/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Do no hesitate to use Shelia. She is great. I got so many positive comments about our ceremony. Shelia worked with us to create a very personal and meaningful ceremony. I liked many of her suggestions. Our ceremony was the best part of our day.
Do no hesitate to use Shelia. She is great. I got so many positive comments about our ceremony. Shelia worked with us to Read more...
Do no hesitate to use Shelia. She is great. I got so many positive comments about our ceremony. Shelia worked with us to create a very personal and meaningful ceremony. I liked many of her suggestions. Our ceremony was the best part of our day. Read less
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Danielle
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Sheila did an AMAZING job of officiating my husband's and my wedding ceremony. It was our favorite part of our whole wedding day! The telling of our love story was beautiful and we loved how she incorporated our guests into the ceremony (e.g. having them pronounce us husband and wife along with her). There were so many guests that came up to us afterwards that told us it was the best ceremony they have ever been to.

Even leading up to our wedding day we had a great experience with Sheila. After our first meeting with her we felt like we had known her for years. What we really liked about our first meeting with Sheila too was that with her getting to know us she asked us detailed questions about our relationship and what we loved about each other and we ended up finding out new things about our love for one another!

Sheila was great to work with and did an unbelievable job officiating our ceremony; we HIGHLY recommend her!
Sheila did an AMAZING job of officiating my husband's and my wedding ceremony. It was our favorite part of our whole Read more...
Sheila did an AMAZING job of officiating my husband's and my wedding ceremony. It was our favorite part of our whole wedding day! The telling of our love story was beautiful and we loved how she incorporated our guests into the ceremony (e.g. having them pronounce us husband and wife along with her). There were so many guests that came up to us afterwards that told us it was the best ceremony they have ever been to.

Even leading up to our wedding day we had a great experience with Sheila. After our first meeting with her we felt like we had known her for years. What we really liked about our first meeting with Sheila too was that with her getting to know us she asked us detailed questions about our relationship and what we loved about each other and we ended up finding out new things about our love for one another!

Sheila was great to work with and did an unbelievable job officiating our ceremony; we HIGHLY recommend her! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
3/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you for a beautiful wedding ceremony that you performed on Friday for my daughter and new son-in-law. It was so touching. My husband and I were talking tonight and both of us agreed that our own ceremonies (we've been married before in a church and then together by mayor) were so impersonal compared with what you did for our daughter. Both sides of the family said again and again how beautiful the ceremony was. Many, many thanks. It brought us together as one family from many.
Thank you for a beautiful wedding ceremony that you performed on Friday for my daughter and new son-in-law. It was so Read more...
Thank you for a beautiful wedding ceremony that you performed on Friday for my daughter and new son-in-law. It was so touching. My husband and I were talking tonight and both of us agreed that our own ceremonies (we've been married before in a church and then together by mayor) were so impersonal compared with what you did for our daughter. Both sides of the family said again and again how beautiful the ceremony was. Many, many thanks. It brought us together as one family from many. Read less
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mem367
Wedding:
3/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Dr. Sheila Gay Gross recently provided her services as an officiant at my wedding. She did an AMAZING job with our ceremony. From the moment she first left me a voicemail responding to an inquiry looking for an officiant, I could tell she was a great choice over other officiants I looked at. My finance (husband now)and I, met with Dr. Gross at her home where she welcomed us warmly and our children as well. We spent a few hours getting to know each other, and filling her in about our story as a couple. She was great at eliciting information from us to incorporate into our personalized ceremony. I felt like she was really taking the time to get to know us and allowed us to share things about each other and our future that we really wanted to include for our ceremony. In addition, she is extremely creative and suggested ways to incorporate our older daughter into the ceremony which was fantastic.

Also Dr. Gross is extremely creative, she is willing to perform the ceremony to accommodate the desires and wishes of the couple. Anything we wanted to include was included. She volunteered to read a letter on behalf of my grandfather who was not able to attend the wedding due to health reasons which really meant the world to me. Her words brought tears to my eyes but also laughter to help get me through the ceremony (which I was so nervous for).

I can honestly say I have never been to a ceremony that was so unique as Dr. Gross made ours, and so personalized to my husband and I. I can only imagine that each couple feels the same way about their own ceremonies!! I had so many friends and family come up to me during the reception and ask how we found Dr. Gross because she did such an amazing and beautiful ceremony!! Dr. Sheila Gay Gross made a huge impact on our special day and I cannot thank her enough for all her ideas and exceptional execution!! Working with her was a real pleasure!! I would recommend her as an officiant to other brides who want professionalism, grace, creativity, and who want to work with someone who really values the importance of the services she provides.
Dr. Sheila Gay Gross recently provided her services as an officiant at my wedding. She did an AMAZING job with our Read more...
Dr. Sheila Gay Gross recently provided her services as an officiant at my wedding. She did an AMAZING job with our ceremony. From the moment she first left me a voicemail responding to an inquiry looking for an officiant, I could tell she was a great choice over other officiants I looked at. My finance (husband now)and I, met with Dr. Gross at her home where she welcomed us warmly and our children as well. We spent a few hours getting to know each other, and filling her in about our story as a couple. She was great at eliciting information from us to incorporate into our personalized ceremony. I felt like she was really taking the time to get to know us and allowed us to share things about each other and our future that we really wanted to include for our ceremony. In addition, she is extremely creative and suggested ways to incorporate our older daughter into the ceremony which was fantastic.

Also Dr. Gross is extremely creative, she is willing to perform the ceremony to accommodate the desires and wishes of the couple. Anything we wanted to include was included. She volunteered to read a letter on behalf of my grandfather who was not able to attend the wedding due to health reasons which really meant the world to me. Her words brought tears to my eyes but also laughter to help get me through the ceremony (which I was so nervous for).

I can honestly say I have never been to a ceremony that was so unique as Dr. Gross made ours, and so personalized to my husband and I. I can only imagine that each couple feels the same way about their own ceremonies!! I had so many friends and family come up to me during the reception and ask how we found Dr. Gross because she did such an amazing and beautiful ceremony!! Dr. Sheila Gay Gross made a huge impact on our special day and I cannot thank her enough for all her ideas and exceptional execution!! Working with her was a real pleasure!! I would recommend her as an officiant to other brides who want professionalism, grace, creativity, and who want to work with someone who really values the importance of the services she provides. Read less
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Beth
Wedding:
2/26/2012
5.0/5.0
From the first moment I spoke with Sheila I knew she was the officiant that would marry us. A simple introductory phone conversation with Sheila made me feel warm and connected. She was kind, in tune and so attentive. Upon meeting with Sheila, I knew we had to look no further. She welcomed us into her home and spent over 2 hours getting to know us. She listened to our "love story" and took careful notes. Speaking to Sheila brought tears to our eyes. At times, her interpretation of our relationship and how she explained how she would perform our ceremony filled us with a sense of complete joy and made me, as an excited bride, cry tears of utter joy. We booked Sheila on the spot, there was no need to meet with anyone else. Throughout the planning process, Sheila was there for us every step of the way. She even recommended a musician for our wedding...which we loved and hired! She was so in tune with us and with our vision for our wedding day. Leading up to the special day, Sheila kept in constant contact with me. We spoke on the phone and communicated via email. Sheila kept me calm, and her guidance and support made me feel everything was going to turn out just perfectly! And it did!! The evening of the wedding was magical. Sheila performed what our guests said " the most beautiful ceremony they ever attended." There was not a dry eye in the room, as she thoughtfully remembered my husband's father that passed away, involved our children in a sand ceremony that celebrated their importance in our lives and helped us exchange our carefully written vows that were personal and meaningful to the both of us. Sheila brought a sense of warmth and tranquility to the room. She warmly conveyed the love my husband and I share and that feeling of love, family and togetherness lasted all night long. Sheila is an absolute blessing. She created the personal, warm and heart felt ceremony that I always dreamed of. She afforded us with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. The magic she added to our wedding will never be forgotten.
From the first moment I spoke with Sheila I knew she was the officiant that would marry us. A simple introductory phone Read more...
From the first moment I spoke with Sheila I knew she was the officiant that would marry us. A simple introductory phone conversation with Sheila made me feel warm and connected. She was kind, in tune and so attentive. Upon meeting with Sheila, I knew we had to look no further. She welcomed us into her home and spent over 2 hours getting to know us. She listened to our "love story" and took careful notes. Speaking to Sheila brought tears to our eyes. At times, her interpretation of our relationship and how she explained how she would perform our ceremony filled us with a sense of complete joy and made me, as an excited bride, cry tears of utter joy. We booked Sheila on the spot, there was no need to meet with anyone else. Throughout the planning process, Sheila was there for us every step of the way. She even recommended a musician for our wedding...which we loved and hired! She was so in tune with us and with our vision for our wedding day. Leading up to the special day, Sheila kept in constant contact with me. We spoke on the phone and communicated via email. Sheila kept me calm, and her guidance and support made me feel everything was going to turn out just perfectly! And it did!! The evening of the wedding was magical. Sheila performed what our guests said " the most beautiful ceremony they ever attended." There was not a dry eye in the room, as she thoughtfully remembered my husband's father that passed away, involved our children in a sand ceremony that celebrated their importance in our lives and helped us exchange our carefully written vows that were personal and meaningful to the both of us. Sheila brought a sense of warmth and tranquility to the room. She warmly conveyed the love my husband and I share and that feeling of love, family and togetherness lasted all night long. Sheila is an absolute blessing. She created the personal, warm and heart felt ceremony that I always dreamed of. She afforded us with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. The magic she added to our wedding will never be forgotten. Read less
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doshia
Wedding:
2/25/2012
5.0/5.0
This woman is HEAD & SHOULDERS above any performance I have seen at weddings in many a day.
She is a mature, competent, well-spoken woman who spends loads of time learning about the couple and than weaves an incredible service.
Folks asked me all evening about her, how they could reach her, yada yada.............
You will NEVER regret using Sheila for your wedding!!
This woman is HEAD & SHOULDERS above any performance I have seen at weddings in many a day.
She is a mature, Read more...
This woman is HEAD & SHOULDERS above any performance I have seen at weddings in many a day.
She is a mature, competent, well-spoken woman who spends loads of time learning about the couple and than weaves an incredible service.
Folks asked me all evening about her, how they could reach her, yada yada.............
You will NEVER regret using Sheila for your wedding!! Read less
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JGenovese23
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Sheila is by far a master of her domain. We personally come from two separate religions (Catholic and Jewish) and when meeting with Sheila we made it clear that we didn't want the ceremony to be about a particular 'God' but rather about us, as a couple. She did just that. Sheila engulfed our guests in a ceremony which took them through our history as a couple and incorporated bits of our personal story which really connected with each one of our guests. I can't even count the number of guests, literally probably 90%, of them who made an effort to come up to us and gush over how this was the BEST ceremony they have ever seen. Although the cost for Sheila's service was on the higher end of officiants we considered - it was absolutely worth every penny for the impact and memories that it not only left with our guests but also with my wife and I. No regrets here and have already recommended her to multiple friends getting married. Highly recommended to anyone looking to make their ceremony unforgettable.
Sheila is by far a master of her domain. We personally come from two separate religions (Catholic and Jewish) and when Read more...
Sheila is by far a master of her domain. We personally come from two separate religions (Catholic and Jewish) and when meeting with Sheila we made it clear that we didn't want the ceremony to be about a particular 'God' but rather about us, as a couple. She did just that. Sheila engulfed our guests in a ceremony which took them through our history as a couple and incorporated bits of our personal story which really connected with each one of our guests. I can't even count the number of guests, literally probably 90%, of them who made an effort to come up to us and gush over how this was the BEST ceremony they have ever seen. Although the cost for Sheila's service was on the higher end of officiants we considered - it was absolutely worth every penny for the impact and memories that it not only left with our guests but also with my wife and I. No regrets here and have already recommended her to multiple friends getting married. Highly recommended to anyone looking to make their ceremony unforgettable. Read less
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pshearer
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
The minute I called Sheila and heard her warm, friendly voice I knew she was going to marry us. She is extremely thorough and ensures that the couple feels comfortable with everything happening in the ceremony. She gave us so many options for our ceremony and we loved them all! Sheila has a special gift at commanding people's attention in a very subtle way. Our ceremony truly told our love story and was everything we wanted it to be and more. When we walked into our cocktail hour countless guests told us that was the BEST ceremony they have ever been to. "It wasn't boring," they said, "And captured both of your personalities." We are very satisfied with Sheila and will be calling her someday to perform a blessing over our first child.
The minute I called Sheila and heard her warm, friendly voice I knew she was going to marry us. She is extremely thorough Read more...
The minute I called Sheila and heard her warm, friendly voice I knew she was going to marry us. She is extremely thorough and ensures that the couple feels comfortable with everything happening in the ceremony. She gave us so many options for our ceremony and we loved them all! Sheila has a special gift at commanding people's attention in a very subtle way. Our ceremony truly told our love story and was everything we wanted it to be and more. When we walked into our cocktail hour countless guests told us that was the BEST ceremony they have ever been to. "It wasn't boring," they said, "And captured both of your personalities." We are very satisfied with Sheila and will be calling her someday to perform a blessing over our first child. Read less
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dlessanu
Wedding:
12/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Dr.Gross is really a very sweet and caring lady. She took her time to get to know both myself and my wife well ahead of time to really create a special and very memorable ceremony. Her ability to weave interfaith thoughts was beautiful. We really were happy with the outcome.
Dr.Gross is really a very sweet and caring lady. She took her time to get to know both myself and my wife well ahead of Read more...
Dr.Gross is really a very sweet and caring lady. She took her time to get to know both myself and my wife well ahead of time to really create a special and very memorable ceremony. Her ability to weave interfaith thoughts was beautiful. We really were happy with the outcome. Read less
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vanoe
Wedding:
11/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila was a dream to work with. I felt an initial connection with her upon our first phone conversation. But despite that, I went against my better instincts and hired someone else. When I notified Sheila that I'd went with another officiant she was the ONLY one (of all the other officiants I had reached out to) that despite not being chosen, still took the time to write me a beautiful, heartfelt message wishing myself and soon-to-be-hubby the best of luck in this next chapter of our lives. Some of the other officiants got a bit on the rude or pushy side, or failed to say anything at all in response. Needless to say, plans fell through with that other officiant and for the best because as soon as that happened I knew it was meant to be that we pick Sheila. Since 'Day-1' Sheila has truly taken the time to get to know me on a personal level and went out of her way to understand our love story. We communicated frequently throughout email and phone in the months leading up to our wedding. She kept me up-to-date on the progress of our ceremony throughout the entire time. She is not only professional, reliable and dedicated... but she is such a lovely human being. She made our ceremony a unique and memorable experience for us and our guests. We pretty much hand-made that whole ceremony from start to finish. We worked collaboratively and fed off of one another for creative additions. She appreciated our need to be unique and to have our ceremony be as far from traditional and predictable as possible. One-on-one she shared her script with me over the phone and it helped me really paint the picture of how our day would be. I got teary eyed hearing her words. And knew that the ceremony would flow perfectly. It did. And even better than I had imagined. She improvised and really made our couple-story sparkle with bits and pieces of who we are as individuals... and most importantly who we are as a couple. Can't thank you enough, Sheila. You were a huge piece of our Big Day and I couldn't have imagined doing it without your guidance and warmth.
Sheila was a dream to work with. I felt an initial connection with her upon our first phone conversation. But despite Read more...
Sheila was a dream to work with. I felt an initial connection with her upon our first phone conversation. But despite that, I went against my better instincts and hired someone else. When I notified Sheila that I'd went with another officiant she was the ONLY one (of all the other officiants I had reached out to) that despite not being chosen, still took the time to write me a beautiful, heartfelt message wishing myself and soon-to-be-hubby the best of luck in this next chapter of our lives. Some of the other officiants got a bit on the rude or pushy side, or failed to say anything at all in response. Needless to say, plans fell through with that other officiant and for the best because as soon as that happened I knew it was meant to be that we pick Sheila. Since 'Day-1' Sheila has truly taken the time to get to know me on a personal level and went out of her way to understand our love story. We communicated frequently throughout email and phone in the months leading up to our wedding. She kept me up-to-date on the progress of our ceremony throughout the entire time. She is not only professional, reliable and dedicated... but she is such a lovely human being. She made our ceremony a unique and memorable experience for us and our guests. We pretty much hand-made that whole ceremony from start to finish. We worked collaboratively and fed off of one another for creative additions. She appreciated our need to be unique and to have our ceremony be as far from traditional and predictable as possible. One-on-one she shared her script with me over the phone and it helped me really paint the picture of how our day would be. I got teary eyed hearing her words. And knew that the ceremony would flow perfectly. It did. And even better than I had imagined. She improvised and really made our couple-story sparkle with bits and pieces of who we are as individuals... and most importantly who we are as a couple. Can't thank you enough, Sheila. You were a huge piece of our Big Day and I couldn't have imagined doing it without your guidance and warmth. Read less
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phillygrl139
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila was an amazing officiant. From the moment I spoke to her, I knew she would be the perfect touch to my wedding. She was so personal and cared genuinely about the story behind our love. She took detailed notes and got to know the two of us as we learned about her as well. Over the many months that I spoke to her, we grew closer and closer. I had full confidence in knowing that my ceremony would be so special and perfect. She performed our ceremony beautifully and left people smiling, crying, and laughing. My guests were awed by her, telling me how amazing she was. One guest even told me that if he had a girlfriend, he might have had to call her and propose. I absolutely loved Sheila and would recommend her to anyone who wants a unique and personal ceremony.
Sheila was an amazing officiant. From the moment I spoke to her, I knew she would be the perfect touch to my wedding. She Read more...
Sheila was an amazing officiant. From the moment I spoke to her, I knew she would be the perfect touch to my wedding. She was so personal and cared genuinely about the story behind our love. She took detailed notes and got to know the two of us as we learned about her as well. Over the many months that I spoke to her, we grew closer and closer. I had full confidence in knowing that my ceremony would be so special and perfect. She performed our ceremony beautifully and left people smiling, crying, and laughing. My guests were awed by her, telling me how amazing she was. One guest even told me that if he had a girlfriend, he might have had to call her and propose. I absolutely loved Sheila and would recommend her to anyone who wants a unique and personal ceremony. Read less
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Paul
Wedding:
11/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila was amazing! Even at our first meeting we were so excited, surprised and impressed at all the ideas and originality she was going to bring to our ceremony. My wife and I are not religious, but we are spiritual and Sheila understood everything we envisioned and added so many additional unique elements making our ceremony truly specialized to our relationship, even while including our friends and family.

If you are looking for a completely special, memorable and beautiful ceremony to start off your lives together, Sheila is the officiant to use!
Sheila was amazing! Even at our first meeting we were so excited, surprised and impressed at all the ideas and originality Read more...
Sheila was amazing! Even at our first meeting we were so excited, surprised and impressed at all the ideas and originality she was going to bring to our ceremony. My wife and I are not religious, but we are spiritual and Sheila understood everything we envisioned and added so many additional unique elements making our ceremony truly specialized to our relationship, even while including our friends and family.

If you are looking for a completely special, memorable and beautiful ceremony to start off your lives together, Sheila is the officiant to use! Read less
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Dominique
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila is truly blessed in her ability to officiate a wedding. In our case -- a non-denominational wedding -- Sheila had many helpful suggestions for incorporating symbolism and meaning into our ceremony in a variety of ways, and we worked together with Sheila to create a personalized ceremony unique to us. Sheila also has a natural proclivity for connecting with people and making them feel like they are part of the ceremony. We really feel she managed to engage all the ceremony attendees, and tell our story in a way that resonated with our friends and family. The ceremony was beautiful, unique and touching, and we were approached by countless people afterwards telling us how much they had enjoyed the ceremony and how beautiful it was.
Sheila is truly blessed in her ability to officiate a wedding. In our case -- a non-denominational wedding -- Sheila had Read more...
Sheila is truly blessed in her ability to officiate a wedding. In our case -- a non-denominational wedding -- Sheila had many helpful suggestions for incorporating symbolism and meaning into our ceremony in a variety of ways, and we worked together with Sheila to create a personalized ceremony unique to us. Sheila also has a natural proclivity for connecting with people and making them feel like they are part of the ceremony. We really feel she managed to engage all the ceremony attendees, and tell our story in a way that resonated with our friends and family. The ceremony was beautiful, unique and touching, and we were approached by countless people afterwards telling us how much they had enjoyed the ceremony and how beautiful it was. Read less
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HeatherThomann
Wedding:
10/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross officiated our Wedding on October 14, 2011 in Shamong, NJ. She did an amazing job. She created a beautiful ceremony that reflected our 9 year relationship. She custom designed every part of our ceremony; she incorporated wine for the winery we were married at and she included our mothers which brought tears to many guests. She had all our guest in love with the ceremony. We are still receiving compliments about Sheila! The personal touches made it seem like she has known Joe and I for years. Lots of family and friends said it was the best ceremony they had ever attended.

Joe and I would highly recommend Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross! She really made our day special. We love Sheila and hope she can perform a baby blessing when the time comes.
Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross officiated our Wedding on October 14, 2011 in Shamong, NJ. She did an amazing job. She Read more...
Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross officiated our Wedding on October 14, 2011 in Shamong, NJ. She did an amazing job. She created a beautiful ceremony that reflected our 9 year relationship. She custom designed every part of our ceremony; she incorporated wine for the winery we were married at and she included our mothers which brought tears to many guests. She had all our guest in love with the ceremony. We are still receiving compliments about Sheila! The personal touches made it seem like she has known Joe and I for years. Lots of family and friends said it was the best ceremony they had ever attended.

Joe and I would highly recommend Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross! She really made our day special. We love Sheila and hope she can perform a baby blessing when the time comes. Read less
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natalieallgyer
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
I there are no better words, that I could think of, to describe to describe how wonderful, amazing, creative, intuitive, patient, and accommodating that Sheila is. When we met Sheila we all just clicked! She was very thorough in her questions when she met us because nether my husband (fiancé at the time) or I had any idea where to begin. She walked us through every step. She helped us out with the family politics that always go into planning a wedding. She was even there when I needed to vent! When It came down to the actual ceremony, Sheila more than delivered! She knocked it out of the park! There wasn't a dry eye in the place! She made the ceremony so customized, personal, and tailored to my husband and I and our story. I was told by sooooo many of our friends and family that my ceremony was "the best they have ever seen" I have a big family and they have been to a ton of weddings so hearing that really meant a lot. At this point I consider Sheila more then just the person who married us, I consider her my friend. So I just had to pass this info onto all of you. Fell free to get my info from Sheila if you have any questions or need a reference about her.
I there are no better words, that I could think of, to describe to describe how wonderful, amazing, creative, intuitive, Read more...
I there are no better words, that I could think of, to describe to describe how wonderful, amazing, creative, intuitive, patient, and accommodating that Sheila is. When we met Sheila we all just clicked! She was very thorough in her questions when she met us because nether my husband (fiancé at the time) or I had any idea where to begin. She walked us through every step. She helped us out with the family politics that always go into planning a wedding. She was even there when I needed to vent! When It came down to the actual ceremony, Sheila more than delivered! She knocked it out of the park! There wasn't a dry eye in the place! She made the ceremony so customized, personal, and tailored to my husband and I and our story. I was told by sooooo many of our friends and family that my ceremony was "the best they have ever seen" I have a big family and they have been to a ton of weddings so hearing that really meant a lot. At this point I consider Sheila more then just the person who married us, I consider her my friend. So I just had to pass this info onto all of you. Fell free to get my info from Sheila if you have any questions or need a reference about her. Read less
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Marissa
Wedding:
9/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila,

Words cannot truly express the joy you brought to our wedding day. Your ceremony brought our families and friends to life. The feeling of love and happiness filled the room and transcended through to the rest of the evening, and many days to follow. You not only captured the essence of who we are as individuals, but more importantly, who we are as husband and wife. Thank you for your patience, thoughtfulness and the love you have given us. The advice you have given is invaluable. What a magical way to start "our new beginning." We are forever indebted to you. Affectionately, Marissa & CJ
Sheila,

Words cannot truly express the joy you brought to our wedding day. Your ceremony brought our families and Read more...
Sheila,

Words cannot truly express the joy you brought to our wedding day. Your ceremony brought our families and friends to life. The feeling of love and happiness filled the room and transcended through to the rest of the evening, and many days to follow. You not only captured the essence of who we are as individuals, but more importantly, who we are as husband and wife. Thank you for your patience, thoughtfulness and the love you have given us. The advice you have given is invaluable. What a magical way to start "our new beginning." We are forever indebted to you. Affectionately, Marissa & CJ Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
9/18/2011
5.0/5.0
I have a lot to say about Sheila, but first and foremost..there's a reason that she's in the "spotlight"!
I have to admit, we weren't so sure in the beginning...she doesn't do a "traditional" ceremony and it wasn't something that we're use to. It was a little out of our comfort zone, but we went with it. But that's the point! It was such a beautiful ceremony, NOT traditional and NOT boring. I had so many compliments! It was meaningful, personal, emotional, and remember-able. She really takes the time to get to know her clients and form a ceremony around their relationship. Thank you SO much, Sheila! :)
I have a lot to say about Sheila, but first and foremost..there's a reason that she's in the "spotlight"!
I have to Read more...
I have a lot to say about Sheila, but first and foremost..there's a reason that she's in the "spotlight"!
I have to admit, we weren't so sure in the beginning...she doesn't do a "traditional" ceremony and it wasn't something that we're use to. It was a little out of our comfort zone, but we went with it. But that's the point! It was such a beautiful ceremony, NOT traditional and NOT boring. I had so many compliments! It was meaningful, personal, emotional, and remember-able. She really takes the time to get to know her clients and form a ceremony around their relationship. Thank you SO much, Sheila! :) Read less
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jacqueline
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Dr. Sheila Gay Gross did an EXCELLENT job when she performed our wedding ceremony! She has a unique way of getting the guest involved, by making them laugh and cry! She is very Professional and I would recommend her HIGHLY for gay friendly and all other weddings!!!!

Jacqueline & Lettie
9-10-11
Dr. Sheila Gay Gross did an EXCELLENT job when she performed our wedding ceremony! She has a unique way of getting the Read more...
Dr. Sheila Gay Gross did an EXCELLENT job when she performed our wedding ceremony! She has a unique way of getting the guest involved, by making them laugh and cry! She is very Professional and I would recommend her HIGHLY for gay friendly and all other weddings!!!!

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momaphly
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
When my wife and I first met Shelia, it quickly became apparent that we would have a wedding like no other. She took the time to get to know us and created an incredible one-of-a-kind ceremony. Every single person at our wedding told us that it was best ceremony they have ever seen.
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When my wife and I first met Shelia, it quickly became apparent that we would have a wedding like no other. She took the time to get to know us and created an incredible one-of-a-kind ceremony. Every single person at our wedding told us that it was best ceremony they have ever seen. Read less
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Evan
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila was the officiant at our wedding this past Sept in Stony Point, NY. My wife and I went back and forth regarding the use of a rabbi and priest to officiate our wedding and finally agreed upon using an interfaith minister.

We truly got lucky by finding Sheila. She welcomed us into her home to discuss who we were as individuals and as a couple to get to know us, our personalities, and the true reason why we decided to get married. She was extremely attentive, asked the right questions, and pieced together all these bits into a ceremony that truly represented the union of my wife and I.

Aside for being available whenever we needed her (helped write our vows, discuss ideas for our ceremony, etc.), Sheila was extremely reasonable in regards to price. Looking back on it now, I can honestly say her service to us was worth twice as much as we paid. She really got know us and create something special for our ceremony. This was not a cookie cutter presentation the other potential officiants offered which felt like a generic ceremony that was more like a madlib.

I could go on and on, but at the end of the day Jess and I want to again thank you Sheila for making our day perfect! Our guests thought you were awesome. We will see you at our friend Rachel's wedding.
Sheila was the officiant at our wedding this past Sept in Stony Point, NY. My wife and I went back and forth regarding the Read more...
Sheila was the officiant at our wedding this past Sept in Stony Point, NY. My wife and I went back and forth regarding the use of a rabbi and priest to officiate our wedding and finally agreed upon using an interfaith minister.

We truly got lucky by finding Sheila. She welcomed us into her home to discuss who we were as individuals and as a couple to get to know us, our personalities, and the true reason why we decided to get married. She was extremely attentive, asked the right questions, and pieced together all these bits into a ceremony that truly represented the union of my wife and I.

Aside for being available whenever we needed her (helped write our vows, discuss ideas for our ceremony, etc.), Sheila was extremely reasonable in regards to price. Looking back on it now, I can honestly say her service to us was worth twice as much as we paid. She really got know us and create something special for our ceremony. This was not a cookie cutter presentation the other potential officiants offered which felt like a generic ceremony that was more like a madlib.

I could go on and on, but at the end of the day Jess and I want to again thank you Sheila for making our day perfect! Our guests thought you were awesome. We will see you at our friend Rachel's wedding. Read less
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mrsk23@aol.com
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
(copy of my letter) To Sheila Gay Gross,
We want to thank you for helping to make Jenna and Ryan's wedding day so fantastic! You made them feel comfortable from day one and encouraged them to do it their way, helping them to incorporate beautiful traditions with new twists, testaments to special loved ones, the symbolic joining of the families of the bride and groom, and the promises that they presented to one another. Many of our guests said that they had never experienced a marriage ceremony that was so personal, warm, and spiritual. Everyone was made to feel part of that special moment when, at your lead, we all joined in to pronounce Jenna and Ryan husband and wife! Wow, what a beautiful, amazing memory that we will all cherish forever!
Love,
Maureen Margolin xoxoox
(mother of the groom)
(copy of my letter) To Sheila Gay Gross,
We want to thank you for helping to make Jenna and Ryan's wedding day so Read more...
(copy of my letter) To Sheila Gay Gross,
We want to thank you for helping to make Jenna and Ryan's wedding day so fantastic! You made them feel comfortable from day one and encouraged them to do it their way, helping them to incorporate beautiful traditions with new twists, testaments to special loved ones, the symbolic joining of the families of the bride and groom, and the promises that they presented to one another. Many of our guests said that they had never experienced a marriage ceremony that was so personal, warm, and spiritual. Everyone was made to feel part of that special moment when, at your lead, we all joined in to pronounce Jenna and Ryan husband and wife! Wow, what a beautiful, amazing memory that we will all cherish forever!
Love,
Maureen Margolin xoxoox
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jenna
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
It didn't take us long before we realized we wanted Sheila to officiate our wedding. From the first moment we met, she made us feel comfortable, welcomed us into her home, and really took the time to listen and understand the kind of people we are. Sheila had many good ideas and suggestions, and we really felt that she was sincerely interested in making our ceremony as perfect as it can be. Many of our guests said it was the most unique and personable ceremony they ever witnessed! Thank you Sheila for being so easy to work with, and for making our day so special!
It didn't take us long before we realized we wanted Sheila to officiate our wedding. From the first moment we met, she Read more...
It didn't take us long before we realized we wanted Sheila to officiate our wedding. From the first moment we met, she made us feel comfortable, welcomed us into her home, and really took the time to listen and understand the kind of people we are. Sheila had many good ideas and suggestions, and we really felt that she was sincerely interested in making our ceremony as perfect as it can be. Many of our guests said it was the most unique and personable ceremony they ever witnessed! Thank you Sheila for being so easy to work with, and for making our day so special! Read less
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Clarice
Wedding:
8/19/2011
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough about Sheila. She made our wedding truly special. We read the reviews and chose her to officiate our wedding based on that and she far exceeded our expectations. We initially thought that we just wanted to get married and have a quick ceremony so that we can get to the "good part" of celebrating and partying. The ceremony was by far one of the absolute best parts of our wedding day.

From our first meeting we sat down and spoke to Sheila and she got to know us. We spoke about how we met, how we fell in love, about the things we loved about eachother and about our families. It was a wonderful experience for us because we opened up a lot to here and told her things that we didn't even tell eachother. It was very special. She wrote our wedding ceremony based on what we told her and incorporated different elements that signified the union of both families which I loved.

Our guests could not stop talking about the ceremony even during reception which I thought was hilarious because guests usually enjoy the party aspect of weddings and can't wait to eat and drink. I was told that the ceremony was so personal, that it told our story, that it was beautiful and that they had never been to one like it.

We didn't write our own vows but used ones that Sheila had written prior to even knowing us and guets kept asking did we write them because they were so spot on. In fact I did a draft of my vows and wasn't sure if I should use them. When I read her vows it incorporated everything I had written in mine so I decided to use hers.

During the ceremony we was so proud and honored to be there getting married by Sheila. She surprised me because a lot of what we said in the meetings she said during the ceremony. We kept mentioning that we were eachothers best friends and she kep emphasizing that during the ceremony which almost made me (Clarice) cry each time. Sheila wants your wedding to be perfect and exactly what you want just as much as you do. The ceremony is the reason why you're even celebrating in the first place so why not make it as special and memorable as you can? She made us realize that after the first meeting and we knew we were in good hands after that. We can go on forever and ever but at some we have to go on the honeymoom LOL :). We will never forget this wedding, it was magical, beautiful, and special. Sheila, we cannot thank you enough. You will always been in our hearts. We will keep in touch and send you pictures.

Thank you for starting us off on this incredible journey with an outstanding ceremony. We truly appreciate all of the time and effort put into our special day. We know its your job but we have been to many weddings and you have gone above and beyond anything we have ever seen at other weddings. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Clarice and Andy
We cannot say enough about Sheila. She made our wedding truly special. We read the reviews and chose her to officiate our Read more...
We cannot say enough about Sheila. She made our wedding truly special. We read the reviews and chose her to officiate our wedding based on that and she far exceeded our expectations. We initially thought that we just wanted to get married and have a quick ceremony so that we can get to the "good part" of celebrating and partying. The ceremony was by far one of the absolute best parts of our wedding day.

From our first meeting we sat down and spoke to Sheila and she got to know us. We spoke about how we met, how we fell in love, about the things we loved about eachother and about our families. It was a wonderful experience for us because we opened up a lot to here and told her things that we didn't even tell eachother. It was very special. She wrote our wedding ceremony based on what we told her and incorporated different elements that signified the union of both families which I loved.

Our guests could not stop talking about the ceremony even during reception which I thought was hilarious because guests usually enjoy the party aspect of weddings and can't wait to eat and drink. I was told that the ceremony was so personal, that it told our story, that it was beautiful and that they had never been to one like it.

We didn't write our own vows but used ones that Sheila had written prior to even knowing us and guets kept asking did we write them because they were so spot on. In fact I did a draft of my vows and wasn't sure if I should use them. When I read her vows it incorporated everything I had written in mine so I decided to use hers.

During the ceremony we was so proud and honored to be there getting married by Sheila. She surprised me because a lot of what we said in the meetings she said during the ceremony. We kept mentioning that we were eachothers best friends and she kep emphasizing that during the ceremony which almost made me (Clarice) cry each time. Sheila wants your wedding to be perfect and exactly what you want just as much as you do. The ceremony is the reason why you're even celebrating in the first place so why not make it as special and memorable as you can? She made us realize that after the first meeting and we knew we were in good hands after that. We can go on forever and ever but at some we have to go on the honeymoom LOL :). We will never forget this wedding, it was magical, beautiful, and special. Sheila, we cannot thank you enough. You will always been in our hearts. We will keep in touch and send you pictures.

Thank you for starting us off on this incredible journey with an outstanding ceremony. We truly appreciate all of the time and effort put into our special day. We know its your job but we have been to many weddings and you have gone above and beyond anything we have ever seen at other weddings. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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K_Wright
Wedding:
8/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Dr. Sheila was so kind, helpful and accommodating from the start. Not only did she offer guidance and advice about the marriage license and how to get this, she also put together the most heart-felt ceremony for me and my partner. We thought we only wanted something simple as we're celebrating with all our family and friends when we're back home in the UK, but Dr. Sheila still managed to add her spin and make our ceremony really special, something we'll remember for the rest of our lives.

A week or so after the marriage, we found out that there were a few hold ups with the processing of our certificate which was obviously quite stressful. But Dr. Sheila went above and beyond to help get it processed ASAP which was much appreciated.

As a result, we've never met anyone so kind and willing to help every step of the way. Our experience would have been totally different without her and we're happy to have found her.
Dr. Sheila was so kind, helpful and accommodating from the start. Not only did she offer guidance and advice about the Read more...
Dr. Sheila was so kind, helpful and accommodating from the start. Not only did she offer guidance and advice about the marriage license and how to get this, she also put together the most heart-felt ceremony for me and my partner. We thought we only wanted something simple as we're celebrating with all our family and friends when we're back home in the UK, but Dr. Sheila still managed to add her spin and make our ceremony really special, something we'll remember for the rest of our lives.

A week or so after the marriage, we found out that there were a few hold ups with the processing of our certificate which was obviously quite stressful. But Dr. Sheila went above and beyond to help get it processed ASAP which was much appreciated.

As a result, we've never met anyone so kind and willing to help every step of the way. Our experience would have been totally different without her and we're happy to have found her. Read less
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allisone
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
When first looking for officiants, we noticed the stellar collection
of reviews for Sheila. After our initial meeting with her, it was
already apparent that she was special. Sheila asked insightful
questions that allowed her to quickly connect with us. She was very
consultative in planing a customized ceremony, one with features
unlike any ceremony we had ever been to.

Many of our guests remarked that it was the most beautiful,
personalized ceremony they had ever been to, and of course I agree.
Sheila makes sure you are the stars of your ceremony, using your story
as the central narrative. She is a gifted listener and speaker, a
combination which makes her a great officiant.
When first looking for officiants, we noticed the stellar collection
of reviews for Sheila. After our initial meeting Read more...
When first looking for officiants, we noticed the stellar collection
of reviews for Sheila. After our initial meeting with her, it was
already apparent that she was special. Sheila asked insightful
questions that allowed her to quickly connect with us. She was very
consultative in planing a customized ceremony, one with features
unlike any ceremony we had ever been to.

Many of our guests remarked that it was the most beautiful,
personalized ceremony they had ever been to, and of course I agree.
Sheila makes sure you are the stars of your ceremony, using your story
as the central narrative. She is a gifted listener and speaker, a
combination which makes her a great officiant. Read less
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mmzambrano
Wedding:
7/8/2011
5.0/5.0
I don't think I could have had a more perfect wedding ceremony. I'm a big believer in things happening for a reason and I know very well that having my wedding officiated by Sheila Gay Gross was meant to be. It was a bride's worst nightmare where everything that could have gone wrong did....but Sheila was able to erase any prior unhappiness that we might have felt once she began the ceremony and for that I am ever so grateful for. If you are looking for a personal and touching event Sheila is the one for you. I highly recommend her and can honestly say that your wedding will be filled with love and happiness and charm just as mine was. A huge thank you to Sheila for all she managed to do.
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I don't think I could have had a more perfect wedding ceremony. I'm a big believer in things happening for a reason and I know very well that having my wedding officiated by Sheila Gay Gross was meant to be. It was a bride's worst nightmare where everything that could have gone wrong did....but Sheila was able to erase any prior unhappiness that we might have felt once she began the ceremony and for that I am ever so grateful for. If you are looking for a personal and touching event Sheila is the one for you. I highly recommend her and can honestly say that your wedding will be filled with love and happiness and charm just as mine was. A huge thank you to Sheila for all she managed to do. Read less
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TaraSimone
Wedding:
7/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev Gross was beyond AMAZING! We met over the telephone and she was so inquisitive into our relationship and our lives together. Her service was intimate, personal, spiritual and humorous. We were thrilled and would refer her without question.

At our service, Rev. Gross met our puppy, Obie and volunteered to "dog sit" whenever we needed! Who knew that she would care for him while we were on our honeymoon for 2 weeks! Our puppy was so happy with Rev Gross and her husband Steve.

To find an officiant that will not only embrace your service but love your puppy...what more can a bride ask for?!

She's the best!
Rev Gross was beyond AMAZING! We met over the telephone and she was so inquisitive into our relationship and our lives Read more...
Rev Gross was beyond AMAZING! We met over the telephone and she was so inquisitive into our relationship and our lives together. Her service was intimate, personal, spiritual and humorous. We were thrilled and would refer her without question.

At our service, Rev. Gross met our puppy, Obie and volunteered to "dog sit" whenever we needed! Who knew that she would care for him while we were on our honeymoon for 2 weeks! Our puppy was so happy with Rev Gross and her husband Steve.

To find an officiant that will not only embrace your service but love your puppy...what more can a bride ask for?!

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shoecrazy
Wedding:
7/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Dr. Sheila Gay Gross was such an amazing officiant, she was genuinely interested in our story and completely personalized our ceremony to fit us and included our family and friends. She completely breaks the mold for cookie cutter officiants. She has a warm, gentle heart that is felt by all during the ceremony, her soothing voice helped calm the butterflies for me. Everyone of our guests loved her and raved about how beautiful our ceremony was!!! We loved Her!
Dr. Sheila Gay Gross was such an amazing officiant, she was genuinely interested in our story and completely personalized Read more...
Dr. Sheila Gay Gross was such an amazing officiant, she was genuinely interested in our story and completely personalized our ceremony to fit us and included our family and friends. She completely breaks the mold for cookie cutter officiants. She has a warm, gentle heart that is felt by all during the ceremony, her soothing voice helped calm the butterflies for me. Everyone of our guests loved her and raved about how beautiful our ceremony was!!! We loved Her! Read less
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Dave
Wedding:
6/29/2011
5.0/5.0
We were married at the end of June, and want to highly recommend Sheila Gay Gross.

We found Sheila on Wedding Wire, and she invited us to her home for a meeting late one Monday night. From the moment we met her, we were comfortable and relaxed, we felt like she was a family friend more than someone we had only met recently. She asked a lot of questions, which got us talking about our story, which laid the foundation of what she said during the ceremony. She is also a very spiritual person, and she incorporated a number of beautiful traditional – and not so traditional – customs into the ceremony. These were not necessarily religious or dogmatic, but more of a celebration of the unity of two people in love with each other.

But it wasn’t only Sheila talking during the ceremony. She suggested that we write our own vows. While this was at first a bit daunting, Sheila was with us every step of the way, and made sure that they flowed well together. Neither of us knew what the other was going to say, which made it even more special and meaningful. And when we needed assistance, Sheila was there for us, whether through prompt returns of email or phone calls, truly professional.

And if you don’t want to do your own vows, Sheila is great about making you comfortable. She made some suggestions that we didn’t entirely want to do, and when we told her as such, she was more than gracious, emphasizing that it was to be “our” ceremony.

The night of the actual ceremony, the weather turned a bit nasty (and it was outdoors). Sheila was a trooper, and adjusted the ceremony on the fly to cut it down in length, while not taking away from the emotion and depth of what she had written.

One of our friends summed it up best when she said ‘You only see ceremonies like this in the movies’. So if you’re looking for an officiant, we strongly recommend you talk with Sheila, she was simply amazing.

Gina & Dave
We were married at the end of June, and want to highly recommend Sheila Gay Gross.

We found Sheila on Wedding Read more...
We were married at the end of June, and want to highly recommend Sheila Gay Gross.

We found Sheila on Wedding Wire, and she invited us to her home for a meeting late one Monday night. From the moment we met her, we were comfortable and relaxed, we felt like she was a family friend more than someone we had only met recently. She asked a lot of questions, which got us talking about our story, which laid the foundation of what she said during the ceremony. She is also a very spiritual person, and she incorporated a number of beautiful traditional – and not so traditional – customs into the ceremony. These were not necessarily religious or dogmatic, but more of a celebration of the unity of two people in love with each other.

But it wasn’t only Sheila talking during the ceremony. She suggested that we write our own vows. While this was at first a bit daunting, Sheila was with us every step of the way, and made sure that they flowed well together. Neither of us knew what the other was going to say, which made it even more special and meaningful. And when we needed assistance, Sheila was there for us, whether through prompt returns of email or phone calls, truly professional.

And if you don’t want to do your own vows, Sheila is great about making you comfortable. She made some suggestions that we didn’t entirely want to do, and when we told her as such, she was more than gracious, emphasizing that it was to be “our” ceremony.

The night of the actual ceremony, the weather turned a bit nasty (and it was outdoors). Sheila was a trooper, and adjusted the ceremony on the fly to cut it down in length, while not taking away from the emotion and depth of what she had written.

One of our friends summed it up best when she said ‘You only see ceremonies like this in the movies’. So if you’re looking for an officiant, we strongly recommend you talk with Sheila, she was simply amazing.

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Johnny
Wedding:
6/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila from the start was very professional and listened very well to all our needs. She made our wedding very special and made it a lot of fun. Sheila will for ever be a part of us and a part of our family.
Sheila from the start was very professional and listened very well to all our needs. She made our wedding very special and Read more...
Sheila from the start was very professional and listened very well to all our needs. She made our wedding very special and made it a lot of fun. Sheila will for ever be a part of us and a part of our family. Read less
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Brandon
Wedding:
6/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila is an amazing wedding officiant and person. I knew she was "the one" from our first phone conversation because of how comfortable she made me feel. She welcomed my wife and I into her home to discuss the details and she had so many unique ideas that we knew our ceremony was going to be very special and unlike any our quests have ever seen. Neither of us are religious so the feel was very spiritual while still incorporating a couple aspects of our family's' religious backgrounds. My aunt who recently passed away was responsible for my wife and I getting together (as we met at her funeral) and Sheila made sure her presence was felt and known not only with her heart felt words but also with a flower of her favorite color on the table to represent her. Every one of our quests were included in the ceremony which made it feel very intimate and special, even with 200 people. There was not a dry eye in the room. Everyone came up to us afterward and told us how amazing and engaging the ceremony was, not like most other generic boring ones. Sheila is truly a one of a kind professional who made our special day memorable and enjoyable. I would recommend her to anyone getting married of any faith or non-faith. She is simply the best!
Sheila is an amazing wedding officiant and person. I knew she was "the one" from our first phone conversation because of Read more...
Sheila is an amazing wedding officiant and person. I knew she was "the one" from our first phone conversation because of how comfortable she made me feel. She welcomed my wife and I into her home to discuss the details and she had so many unique ideas that we knew our ceremony was going to be very special and unlike any our quests have ever seen. Neither of us are religious so the feel was very spiritual while still incorporating a couple aspects of our family's' religious backgrounds. My aunt who recently passed away was responsible for my wife and I getting together (as we met at her funeral) and Sheila made sure her presence was felt and known not only with her heart felt words but also with a flower of her favorite color on the table to represent her. Every one of our quests were included in the ceremony which made it feel very intimate and special, even with 200 people. There was not a dry eye in the room. Everyone came up to us afterward and told us how amazing and engaging the ceremony was, not like most other generic boring ones. Sheila is truly a one of a kind professional who made our special day memorable and enjoyable. I would recommend her to anyone getting married of any faith or non-faith. She is simply the best! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila is personable and warm. She found a way of creating a very personal and unique ceremony that my husband and I were not only comfortable with but excited about. She is a great person and her warmth shines through during the ceremony, seeming to make all of our guests comfortable and interested in all that was going on. Thanks to Sheila our ceremony was something that not only my husband and I will remember always; but all of our guests as well. Our guests- from our parents to our friends- were raving about her and all of the extra special components she added to the ceremony. My husband and I feel so thankful to have found Sheila. She is one of a kind!
Sheila is personable and warm. She found a way of creating a very personal and unique ceremony that my husband and I were Read more...
Sheila is personable and warm. She found a way of creating a very personal and unique ceremony that my husband and I were not only comfortable with but excited about. She is a great person and her warmth shines through during the ceremony, seeming to make all of our guests comfortable and interested in all that was going on. Thanks to Sheila our ceremony was something that not only my husband and I will remember always; but all of our guests as well. Our guests- from our parents to our friends- were raving about her and all of the extra special components she added to the ceremony. My husband and I feel so thankful to have found Sheila. She is one of a kind! Read less
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Bear Mountain
Wedding:
6/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Dr. Sheila's ceremony was unique. Her inspirational words and positive energy filled the room. She not only availed herself to the ceremony but to the entire event. Compliments from our guests keep pouring in. Her bright spirit enhanced my daughter's wedding day.
Dr. Sheila's ceremony was unique. Her inspirational words and positive energy filled the room. She not only availed Read more...
Dr. Sheila's ceremony was unique. Her inspirational words and positive energy filled the room. She not only availed herself to the ceremony but to the entire event. Compliments from our guests keep pouring in. Her bright spirit enhanced my daughter's wedding day. Read less
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Erica
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila was absolutely amazing! As a same sex couple with multiple cultures on both sides of our families, she was able to create a ceremony that would melt anyone's heart. She helped create a Buddhist inspired ceremony and tied in many aspects of our family and relationship together in every word she spoke. Our ceremony was personal and beautiful in every way. Thank you Sheila!
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Sheila was absolutely amazing! As a same sex couple with multiple cultures on both sides of our families, she was able to create a ceremony that would melt anyone's heart. She helped create a Buddhist inspired ceremony and tied in many aspects of our family and relationship together in every word she spoke. Our ceremony was personal and beautiful in every way. Thank you Sheila! Read less
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Jeff
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila was amazing ad made our special day even more so. We are an older couple and realy appreciated the spirituality of the service, without being religious, which is exactly what we wanted. She is so easy to work with and everyone in attendance had nothing but kind words for her performing the service. I do not think THERE WAS A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE, INCLUDING HER HUSBAND!!!
Sheila was amazing ad made our special day even more so. We are an older couple and realy appreciated the spirituality of Read more...
Sheila was amazing ad made our special day even more so. We are an older couple and realy appreciated the spirituality of the service, without being religious, which is exactly what we wanted. She is so easy to work with and everyone in attendance had nothing but kind words for her performing the service. I do not think THERE WAS A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE, INCLUDING HER HUSBAND!!! Read less
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Carol
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
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If you are interested in a personal wedding story for your guests I suggest Rev. Sheila Gross, her research and presentation are superb!
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kathleenfx
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Shelia is truly amazing at what she does. She made our wedding ceremony more special than we could have ever imagined. Most brides and grooms spend so much time on the venue, the food, the dress etc. The ceremony tends to be last on our minds, at least that's how it was for us. I thought ceremonies always had to be the same. How can I put the special touches into our ceremony that I put into the rest of our wedding? Shelia Gay Gross.... that's how.... She had me and my fiancé' in tears at our first meeting. She knows the right questions to ask and then puts it all together in a way that I've never experienced. After meeting with Shelia we saw how important and special the ceremony is and can be. She did not let us down, it was amazing and all of our guests agreed. Many have said it was one of the best weddings they have ever attended. Thank you Shelia! Kathleen & Craig Smith
Shelia is truly amazing at what she does. She made our wedding ceremony more special than we could have ever imagined. Read more...
Shelia is truly amazing at what she does. She made our wedding ceremony more special than we could have ever imagined. Most brides and grooms spend so much time on the venue, the food, the dress etc. The ceremony tends to be last on our minds, at least that's how it was for us. I thought ceremonies always had to be the same. How can I put the special touches into our ceremony that I put into the rest of our wedding? Shelia Gay Gross.... that's how.... She had me and my fiancé' in tears at our first meeting. She knows the right questions to ask and then puts it all together in a way that I've never experienced. After meeting with Shelia we saw how important and special the ceremony is and can be. She did not let us down, it was amazing and all of our guests agreed. Many have said it was one of the best weddings they have ever attended. Thank you Shelia! Kathleen & Craig Smith Read less
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Kristin
Wedding:
5/20/2011
5.0/5.0
I just wanted to let every future bride out there in the tri-state area that Rev. Shelia Gross is absolutly AMAZING. she responded to absolutly everything I asked and addressed anything I may have forgotten. she went above and beyond to help my husband I make the ceremony about us and our love. months later people are still talking about it! she truely was anything and everything we could've hoped for. Thank you Shelia, love Kristin &Adam Smith
I just wanted to let every future bride out there in the tri-state area that Rev. Shelia Gross is absolutly AMAZING. she Read more...
I just wanted to let every future bride out there in the tri-state area that Rev. Shelia Gross is absolutly AMAZING. she responded to absolutly everything I asked and addressed anything I may have forgotten. she went above and beyond to help my husband I make the ceremony about us and our love. months later people are still talking about it! she truely was anything and everything we could've hoped for. Thank you Shelia, love Kristin &Adam Smith Read less
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Luke
Wedding:
5/15/2011
5.0/5.0
We felt extremely comfortable with Sheila Gross during our initial phone conversation and throughout all of our interactions. She had an uncanny ability to connect with us through our minds and soul. This connection was unique and personal. In addition to her warmth and spirituality, Sheila is professional and courteous. On the day of any wedding, things can get rather unorganized and chaotic. Sheila came in extra early to help things get organized, prepare props for the ceremony, and direct people to the right locations; Sheila did more than what was necessary to ensure that we felt comfortable.

Sheila added a cultural wine and cup ceremony to our wedding. Albeit this ceremony was esoteric and unique, however, the presentation of the cultural legend allowed the audience to relate and enjoy. Sheila also incorporated group participation and pronouncement. After the wedding ceremony, one guest reminded me of this and mentioned how appropriate and accurate a group pronouncement is - indeed the union and creation of two individual are the result of those that came before us and those that are present with us.

Our wedding ceremony was personalized by honoring specific members of our family that were absent and present. The inclusion of our love story and the details of our courtship made our wedding ceremony personalized and interesting. We also added a second cultural ceremony that pleasantly surprised our guests.

A colleague and friend, who is also an officiant in the state of Montana, said this was by far the best wedding he has ever attended or officiated. Other guests said the wedding ceremony was heartfelt, fun, witty, and genuine. Most importantly, Sheila Gross was wonderful and eloquent.
We felt extremely comfortable with Sheila Gross during our initial phone conversation and throughout all of our Read more...
We felt extremely comfortable with Sheila Gross during our initial phone conversation and throughout all of our interactions. She had an uncanny ability to connect with us through our minds and soul. This connection was unique and personal. In addition to her warmth and spirituality, Sheila is professional and courteous. On the day of any wedding, things can get rather unorganized and chaotic. Sheila came in extra early to help things get organized, prepare props for the ceremony, and direct people to the right locations; Sheila did more than what was necessary to ensure that we felt comfortable.

Sheila added a cultural wine and cup ceremony to our wedding. Albeit this ceremony was esoteric and unique, however, the presentation of the cultural legend allowed the audience to relate and enjoy. Sheila also incorporated group participation and pronouncement. After the wedding ceremony, one guest reminded me of this and mentioned how appropriate and accurate a group pronouncement is - indeed the union and creation of two individual are the result of those that came before us and those that are present with us.

Our wedding ceremony was personalized by honoring specific members of our family that were absent and present. The inclusion of our love story and the details of our courtship made our wedding ceremony personalized and interesting. We also added a second cultural ceremony that pleasantly surprised our guests.

A colleague and friend, who is also an officiant in the state of Montana, said this was by far the best wedding he has ever attended or officiated. Other guests said the wedding ceremony was heartfelt, fun, witty, and genuine. Most importantly, Sheila Gross was wonderful and eloquent. Read less
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mncrenshaw
Wedding:
4/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Sheila is awesome, great, and fantastic!!!!! I’m in the Navy and I am set to deploy soon, so time wasn’t on our side to go through a wedding planner and get all the funds together to have a big wedding. We initially were going to do a small intimate ceremony at my wife’s house with a guest list consisting of core family and friends. What started as a small gathering to celebrate our love for one another, quickly snowballed into a full blown wedding. With that said, I was tasked with quickly finding an officiant. Sheila found my wife from a website and showed great diligence by following up with my wife while I was looking for an officiant. We arranged a meeting with Sheila, and that is where the magic happens. Sheila is very engaging and comfortable to talk to. My wife and I have a love story that is very beautiful, yet hard to believe, being as though we have been together for less than a year. Sheila was very attentive in learning about us and our love story. She suggested a venue (Rebecca’s Restaurant) to have the wedding, due to our time and money constraints, without forcing it on us. Sheila also had a prior engagement the day of our wedding and decided to forego the engagement to do our wedding. With the story in hand, Sheila created a very intimate, family oriented, cultural and UNFORGETTABLE ceremony. LOVE was definitely in the building. Sheila wove a tapestry of our story using the fabric of our love for one another. Our ceremony left many of our guests saying it was the most beautiful, heartfelt, and intimate ceremony that they ever witnessed. Who needs a million dollar wedding when you can have Sheila? She really makes the wedding about your love and not the show. I think too many people want the show, but the substance gets lost in translation. Our love was loud and clear. Thank you Sheila!!!!! ~ Marcus & Yolanda
Sheila is awesome, great, and fantastic!!!!! I’m in the Navy and I am set to deploy soon, so time wasn’t on our side to go Read more...
Sheila is awesome, great, and fantastic!!!!! I’m in the Navy and I am set to deploy soon, so time wasn’t on our side to go through a wedding planner and get all the funds together to have a big wedding. We initially were going to do a small intimate ceremony at my wife’s house with a guest list consisting of core family and friends. What started as a small gathering to celebrate our love for one another, quickly snowballed into a full blown wedding. With that said, I was tasked with quickly finding an officiant. Sheila found my wife from a website and showed great diligence by following up with my wife while I was looking for an officiant. We arranged a meeting with Sheila, and that is where the magic happens. Sheila is very engaging and comfortable to talk to. My wife and I have a love story that is very beautiful, yet hard to believe, being as though we have been together for less than a year. Sheila was very attentive in learning about us and our love story. She suggested a venue (Rebecca’s Restaurant) to have the wedding, due to our time and money constraints, without forcing it on us. Sheila also had a prior engagement the day of our wedding and decided to forego the engagement to do our wedding. With the story in hand, Sheila created a very intimate, family oriented, cultural and UNFORGETTABLE ceremony. LOVE was definitely in the building. Sheila wove a tapestry of our story using the fabric of our love for one another. Our ceremony left many of our guests saying it was the most beautiful, heartfelt, and intimate ceremony that they ever witnessed. Who needs a million dollar wedding when you can have Sheila? She really makes the wedding about your love and not the show. I think too many people want the show, but the substance gets lost in translation. Our love was loud and clear. Thank you Sheila!!!!! ~ Marcus & Yolanda Read less
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Stacy G K
Wedding:
4/2/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were quite at ease with Sheila, for she is an outgoing, sincere woman who was willing to take our ideas -- we had quite a few -- and coordinate them into a cohesive ceremony. We first met with her at her home seven months before our wedding. In between, we touched base and bounced a few ideas off of one another. Whenever I called and left a message, Sheila responded promptly; if I sent her an email, she would take time to come up with a thoughtful reply. What made me most comfortable with Sheila is her dedication to being an officiant. I quickly realized that being an officiant is her calling, and that she was going to lead a memorable, poignant ceremony. She told my husband and me during our first meeting that she thought the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding. At that moment, I was certain she would be a good fit for us. During the actual ceremony, Sheila also told “our story,” which started before we both met in person; she then gave the important details our first date and the many adventures my husband and I have had together. She described our personalities, how they mesh together, and how important my husband and I are to one another. A few weeks before the wedding, I shared with Sheila how my then fiancé helped me cope with and grieve the deaths of two of my beloved cats just months before the wedding. She was able to incorporate my feelings about the support my now husband gave me during this difficult time. Furthermore, Sheila very successfully told a few stories about my husband’s late mother. She approached her absence with dignity and sensitivity for my husband and his extended family; her words were followed by a tender moment of silence. Nearly all of our guests raved about Sheila. Several of our guests asked us how long we had known Sheila. They assumed we had been friendly with her for a while, for she was able to talk about us expertly during the ceremony. One of our friends blogged about Sheila, calling her “awesome.” One of my best friends said it was the best ceremony she had ever attended, for it was intimate, drew in our audience, and reflected the love between my husband and I as well as the importance of our families and friends.
My husband and I were quite at ease with Sheila, for she is an outgoing, sincere woman who was willing to take our ideas Read more...
My husband and I were quite at ease with Sheila, for she is an outgoing, sincere woman who was willing to take our ideas -- we had quite a few -- and coordinate them into a cohesive ceremony. We first met with her at her home seven months before our wedding. In between, we touched base and bounced a few ideas off of one another. Whenever I called and left a message, Sheila responded promptly; if I sent her an email, she would take time to come up with a thoughtful reply. What made me most comfortable with Sheila is her dedication to being an officiant. I quickly realized that being an officiant is her calling, and that she was going to lead a memorable, poignant ceremony. She told my husband and me during our first meeting that she thought the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding. At that moment, I was certain she would be a good fit for us. During the actual ceremony, Sheila also told “our story,” which started before we both met in person; she then gave the important details our first date and the many adventures my husband and I have had together. She described our personalities, how they mesh together, and how important my husband and I are to one another. A few weeks before the wedding, I shared with Sheila how my then fiancé helped me cope with and grieve the deaths of two of my beloved cats just months before the wedding. She was able to incorporate my feelings about the support my now husband gave me during this difficult time. Furthermore, Sheila very successfully told a few stories about my husband’s late mother. She approached her absence with dignity and sensitivity for my husband and his extended family; her words were followed by a tender moment of silence. Nearly all of our guests raved about Sheila. Several of our guests asked us how long we had known Sheila. They assumed we had been friendly with her for a while, for she was able to talk about us expertly during the ceremony. One of our friends blogged about Sheila, calling her “awesome.” One of my best friends said it was the best ceremony she had ever attended, for it was intimate, drew in our audience, and reflected the love between my husband and I as well as the importance of our families and friends. Read less
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Amy & Ed
Wedding:
3/19/2011
5.0/5.0
Simply put, Sheila exceeded our expectations in every facet of our ceremony preparation. Sheila poured her heart and her soul into our wedding ceremony to make it refreshing, intimate, meaningful, filled with love and tenderness, and above all, unique. We were looking for a non-traditional ceremony that would bring our friends and families together as one entity to wish us well in our married life together. Sheila succeeded in doing this with her charisma and her wonderful way of telling our love story. She guided us with preparing our vows. She made MANY refreshing suggestions for incorporating traditions and symbolism that WE hold dear and that defines us as a couple. She traveled hundreds of miles to be with us for several days to meet our families and to learn more about what defines us as people. We were (and are) important to her. She became part of our family. We love her and what she has done for us. We cannot think of a more wonderful tribute to Sheila than to tell you how much she is adored by us. Do yourself a favor when you are planning your wedding affair...contact Sheila. You will never look back! Thank you Sheila! We love and appreciate everything you have done for us. Amy & Ed
Simply put, Sheila exceeded our expectations in every facet of our ceremony preparation. Sheila poured her heart and her Read more...
Simply put, Sheila exceeded our expectations in every facet of our ceremony preparation. Sheila poured her heart and her soul into our wedding ceremony to make it refreshing, intimate, meaningful, filled with love and tenderness, and above all, unique. We were looking for a non-traditional ceremony that would bring our friends and families together as one entity to wish us well in our married life together. Sheila succeeded in doing this with her charisma and her wonderful way of telling our love story. She guided us with preparing our vows. She made MANY refreshing suggestions for incorporating traditions and symbolism that WE hold dear and that defines us as a couple. She traveled hundreds of miles to be with us for several days to meet our families and to learn more about what defines us as people. We were (and are) important to her. She became part of our family. We love her and what she has done for us. We cannot think of a more wonderful tribute to Sheila than to tell you how much she is adored by us. Do yourself a favor when you are planning your wedding affair...contact Sheila. You will never look back! Thank you Sheila! We love and appreciate everything you have done for us. Amy & Ed Read less
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dimikate
Wedding:
11/21/2010
5.0/5.0
We were so happy that we chose Shiela to perform our wedding. She is direct, passionate, and personal. I'm not sure if this is appropriate to say in this forum, but she is a no BS lady -- and this is a quality that was important to us! Not only did she give us a very personal ceremony that was based on authenticities and not pieties, she involved our parents family and friends in the service which felt really special and right. Additionally, we booked her on short notice, she travelled to accomodate us, and she worked within our budget. The real deal!
We were so happy that we chose Shiela to perform our wedding. She is direct, passionate, and personal. I'm not sure if Read more...
We were so happy that we chose Shiela to perform our wedding. She is direct, passionate, and personal. I'm not sure if this is appropriate to say in this forum, but she is a no BS lady -- and this is a quality that was important to us! Not only did she give us a very personal ceremony that was based on authenticities and not pieties, she involved our parents family and friends in the service which felt really special and right. Additionally, we booked her on short notice, she travelled to accomodate us, and she worked within our budget. The real deal! Read less
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Paola
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Dr. Sheila is such an amazing woman! My husband and I were so pleased with the ceremony, she spoke about us as though she had known us for years. Her energy, passion and positivity are so wonderful, and every time I felt like crying (tears of joy) I would look at her and see her smile, which would calm me right away. My husband is from Italy so many of our guests did not understand English. Reverend Sheila allowed us to include Italian passages and also to repeat the vows both in English and Italian. I recommend her to everyone and can honestly say there is no need to search for anyone else, she is perfect. You'll love her!!!
Dr. Sheila is such an amazing woman! My husband and I were so pleased with the ceremony, she spoke about us as though she Read more...
Dr. Sheila is such an amazing woman! My husband and I were so pleased with the ceremony, she spoke about us as though she had known us for years. Her energy, passion and positivity are so wonderful, and every time I felt like crying (tears of joy) I would look at her and see her smile, which would calm me right away. My husband is from Italy so many of our guests did not understand English. Reverend Sheila allowed us to include Italian passages and also to repeat the vows both in English and Italian. I recommend her to everyone and can honestly say there is no need to search for anyone else, she is perfect. You'll love her!!! Read less
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Tom and Gino
Wedding:
10/19/2010
5.0/5.0
As New Yorkers, we were extremely fortunate to be given Sheila Gay Gross' name as someone who could perform our civil Union ceremony in New Jersey.

We did not meet Sheila before our ceremony, but we spoke with her by telephone and emailed to her information about ourselves. From these brief exchanges, Sheila was able to make this into a very personal and moving ceremony which far exceeded our expectations. It was absolutely right for us.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Sheila told a lovely story about taking chances and further established this tone with other spiritually philosophical passages she recited. Although we expected that we would simply exchange rings between us, Sheila had our two witnesses, very dear friends of our for many years, cup these rings in their hands as they each, one after another, extended their own personal wishes to us and for our union. Sheila led us through this with great ease and made this a highly memorable and joyous occasion.

Sheila was flexible. She permitted us to schedule the ceremony for a time which is not normally convenient for her. Equally important, she allowed us to bring our small dog into her lovely home! All this being said, Sheila Gay Gross also left a very important personal imprint upon us and this important event in our lives.
As New Yorkers, we were extremely fortunate to be given Sheila Gay Gross' name as someone who could perform our civil Read more...
As New Yorkers, we were extremely fortunate to be given Sheila Gay Gross' name as someone who could perform our civil Union ceremony in New Jersey.

We did not meet Sheila before our ceremony, but we spoke with her by telephone and emailed to her information about ourselves. From these brief exchanges, Sheila was able to make this into a very personal and moving ceremony which far exceeded our expectations. It was absolutely right for us.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Sheila told a lovely story about taking chances and further established this tone with other spiritually philosophical passages she recited. Although we expected that we would simply exchange rings between us, Sheila had our two witnesses, very dear friends of our for many years, cup these rings in their hands as they each, one after another, extended their own personal wishes to us and for our union. Sheila led us through this with great ease and made this a highly memorable and joyous occasion.

Sheila was flexible. She permitted us to schedule the ceremony for a time which is not normally convenient for her. Equally important, she allowed us to bring our small dog into her lovely home! All this being said, Sheila Gay Gross also left a very important personal imprint upon us and this important event in our lives. Read less
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zacharye
Wedding:
10/17/2010
5.0/5.0
My wife and I are not religious at all, and initially we viewed our ceremony as a necessary formality. Our intention was to just find an officiant who would perform a simple quick service with just myself, my bride and our parents. To be frank, we wanted an officiant who would say the bare minimum required by law and then send us on our way. The "wedding", as we saw it, would be the reception that followed where both of our families would join us and celebrate.

After just a few minutes on the phone with Sheila, we changed our minds.

Truth be told, we could have listened to Sheila speak for hours. She got to know us ahead of our union and she put together a very personal ceremony that drew in ideas from a variety of different faiths. It is difficult to describe, but Sheila's ceremony spoke directly to us. It was meaningful, beautiful and genuine... There wasn't a dry eye in the room.

So, to the point, I really can't recommend Sheila strongly enough. If you want a cookie cutter ceremony, look elsewhere. If you want a truly unique ceremony that speaks to the individuals involved and is delivered from the heart, your search ends here.
My wife and I are not religious at all, and initially we viewed our ceremony as a necessary formality. Our intention was Read more...
My wife and I are not religious at all, and initially we viewed our ceremony as a necessary formality. Our intention was to just find an officiant who would perform a simple quick service with just myself, my bride and our parents. To be frank, we wanted an officiant who would say the bare minimum required by law and then send us on our way. The "wedding", as we saw it, would be the reception that followed where both of our families would join us and celebrate.

After just a few minutes on the phone with Sheila, we changed our minds.

Truth be told, we could have listened to Sheila speak for hours. She got to know us ahead of our union and she put together a very personal ceremony that drew in ideas from a variety of different faiths. It is difficult to describe, but Sheila's ceremony spoke directly to us. It was meaningful, beautiful and genuine... There wasn't a dry eye in the room.

So, to the point, I really can't recommend Sheila strongly enough. If you want a cookie cutter ceremony, look elsewhere. If you want a truly unique ceremony that speaks to the individuals involved and is delivered from the heart, your search ends here. Read less
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Diane&Ron
Wedding:
10/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Sheila did a FABULOUS job officiating our wedding and we would HIGHLY recommend her. My husband and I are an interfaith couple and decided last minute to have a wedding celebration. Because we only had less than one and a half months to plan our wedding, we relied heavily on referrals from friends, family and our event coordinator at our wedding venue. Sheila came so highly recommended, with glowing reviews such as “the best wedding ceremony I’ve ever heard”, that I had to call her. After speaking with her via telephone just a few times, she ended up being my one and only call for hiring an officiant. Sheila quickly made us feel at ease with her openness, her warmth, and caring personality that’s complimented by a fun-loving sense of humor! Sheila addressed all the concerns we had as an interfaith couple, was always professional and very accommodating. She rearranged her schedule as permitted so that she was available to perform our ceremony. Due to our short time frame, she expedited and consolidated our meetings without making us feel rushed or short changed in any way. She quickly grasped the essence of our relationship by asking pertinent questions, guiding yet allowing us to comfortably and fully convey our innermost thoughts all while listening intently so that she was able to gather all the necessary information she needed to personalize our ceremony. She “understood and got us”. Our ceremony reflected that so well that most guests thought she was a personal friend of ours that we knew for years on end. She captured us that perfectly. All her words had special meaning, she captured us as individuals, as a couple and as a group by including our guests as part of the ceremony. Everyone felt the positive energy, the love and the warmth leaving many of us with tears of joy and ear-to-ear smiles as she brilliantly and creatively conveyed our love story. Every guest said “it was genuinely the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony they have ever attended”, “amazing” and “absolutely loved it”. Most of all, we loved it and so did our parents, who are from different faiths and we were initially worried as to how they would respond to an interfaith ceremony. She tailored our ceremony and vows to uniquely fit our needs while emphasizing the common bond of all the religions making each person feel welcomed, loved and connected to one another as if we were all one unit. We were blessed to have found Sheila and have her perform our ceremony. We could not have been happier with the outcome and would not change a thing! We still get compliments to this day. We offer the highest of recommendations. Any couple, interfaith or not, who are planning a wedding will be in excellent, caring hands when choosing Sheila as their celebrant.
Sheila did a FABULOUS job officiating our wedding and we would HIGHLY recommend her. My husband and I are an interfaith Read more...
Sheila did a FABULOUS job officiating our wedding and we would HIGHLY recommend her. My husband and I are an interfaith couple and decided last minute to have a wedding celebration. Because we only had less than one and a half months to plan our wedding, we relied heavily on referrals from friends, family and our event coordinator at our wedding venue. Sheila came so highly recommended, with glowing reviews such as “the best wedding ceremony I’ve ever heard”, that I had to call her. After speaking with her via telephone just a few times, she ended up being my one and only call for hiring an officiant. Sheila quickly made us feel at ease with her openness, her warmth, and caring personality that’s complimented by a fun-loving sense of humor! Sheila addressed all the concerns we had as an interfaith couple, was always professional and very accommodating. She rearranged her schedule as permitted so that she was available to perform our ceremony. Due to our short time frame, she expedited and consolidated our meetings without making us feel rushed or short changed in any way. She quickly grasped the essence of our relationship by asking pertinent questions, guiding yet allowing us to comfortably and fully convey our innermost thoughts all while listening intently so that she was able to gather all the necessary information she needed to personalize our ceremony. She “understood and got us”. Our ceremony reflected that so well that most guests thought she was a personal friend of ours that we knew for years on end. She captured us that perfectly. All her words had special meaning, she captured us as individuals, as a couple and as a group by including our guests as part of the ceremony. Everyone felt the positive energy, the love and the warmth leaving many of us with tears of joy and ear-to-ear smiles as she brilliantly and creatively conveyed our love story. Every guest said “it was genuinely the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony they have ever attended”, “amazing” and “absolutely loved it”. Most of all, we loved it and so did our parents, who are from different faiths and we were initially worried as to how they would respond to an interfaith ceremony. She tailored our ceremony and vows to uniquely fit our needs while emphasizing the common bond of all the religions making each person feel welcomed, loved and connected to one another as if we were all one unit. We were blessed to have found Sheila and have her perform our ceremony. We could not have been happier with the outcome and would not change a thing! We still get compliments to this day. We offer the highest of recommendations. Any couple, interfaith or not, who are planning a wedding will be in excellent, caring hands when choosing Sheila as their celebrant. Read less
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T
Wedding:
9/17/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are not a religious couple but we are spiritual in our own special way. Sheila helped to convey that during our magical ceremony. Our guests still RAVE about it saying it was fun, interactive, romantic, joyous and it embodied exactly who we are as a couple. She was the first and only officiant we met with. And after our initial meeting (over 2 hours of her getting to know us), we knew she was perfect for us. And she was! The whole process was fun and easy and personal.
Sheila, thank you so much for making our day simply wonderful!!
xoxo
The Blesch's 9/17/2010
My husband and I are not a religious couple but we are spiritual in our own special way. Sheila helped to convey that Read more...
My husband and I are not a religious couple but we are spiritual in our own special way. Sheila helped to convey that during our magical ceremony. Our guests still RAVE about it saying it was fun, interactive, romantic, joyous and it embodied exactly who we are as a couple. She was the first and only officiant we met with. And after our initial meeting (over 2 hours of her getting to know us), we knew she was perfect for us. And she was! The whole process was fun and easy and personal.
Sheila, thank you so much for making our day simply wonderful!!
xoxo
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IvanWife
Wedding:
5/26/2007
5.0/5.0
Sheila is a lovely soul who gets a tremendous joy out of helping couples make a life-long commitment to each other.

She spent so much time with us at our first face to face meeting that I was surprised she wasn't charging more! She didn't just ask us about our vows, she asked about each other, our love for each other, our history together and more.

She used this information to customize a wonderful ceremony for us and many of our friends and family said that ours was the most personal and funny wedding ceremony they had ever attended.

Neither my husband or I are particularly religious people, but that doesn't mean Sheila can't do work with those who are. She took our faith into consideration when she wrote our ceremony. She must have spent hours on it.

I have a few particularly lovely photos (by Laura Billingham, who is also on WeddingWire) of us standing in front of all our loved ones with Sheila, all three of us are laughing with mouths wide open and our heads thrown back. That's the kind of ceremony Sheila can provide you with.

Sheila, I hope you read this. Much love to you and your family!

-Jessica
Sheila is a lovely soul who gets a tremendous joy out of helping couples make a life-long commitment to each other.
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Sheila is a lovely soul who gets a tremendous joy out of helping couples make a life-long commitment to each other.

She spent so much time with us at our first face to face meeting that I was surprised she wasn't charging more! She didn't just ask us about our vows, she asked about each other, our love for each other, our history together and more.

She used this information to customize a wonderful ceremony for us and many of our friends and family said that ours was the most personal and funny wedding ceremony they had ever attended.

Neither my husband or I are particularly religious people, but that doesn't mean Sheila can't do work with those who are. She took our faith into consideration when she wrote our ceremony. She must have spent hours on it.

I have a few particularly lovely photos (by Laura Billingham, who is also on WeddingWire) of us standing in front of all our loved ones with Sheila, all three of us are laughing with mouths wide open and our heads thrown back. That's the kind of ceremony Sheila can provide you with.

Sheila, I hope you read this. Much love to you and your family!

-Jessica Read less
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Future Mrs.McDonald
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
Hello my love!


Where do I start? We can not thank you enough for EVERYTHING you have done for us. We just watched the video of the ceremony and were in tears only after a few minutes. You were incredible!!!! I cant even put into words how we (and every guest at the wedding) felt about your beautiful words. You really did such an amazing job. We came home from our honeymoon last night to tons of emails from family and friends telling us how beautiful the ceremony was and how they have never been to one that meaningful and personal before. We are so thankful to have found you. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK from the bottom of our hearts.
Hello my love!


Where do I start? We can not thank you enough for EVERYTHING you have done for us. We just Read more...
Hello my love!


Where do I start? We can not thank you enough for EVERYTHING you have done for us. We just watched the video of the ceremony and were in tears only after a few minutes. You were incredible!!!! I cant even put into words how we (and every guest at the wedding) felt about your beautiful words. You really did such an amazing job. We came home from our honeymoon last night to tons of emails from family and friends telling us how beautiful the ceremony was and how they have never been to one that meaningful and personal before. We are so thankful to have found you. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK from the bottom of our hearts. Read less
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Richad & Cynthia
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
We attended a friend's wedding in Rhinebeck that Sheila officiated in 2009 and loved the ceremony. So when it came time to plan our wedding a year later, it was clear that Sheila would be our officiant! She welcomed us into her home and took the time to get to know us. She created a unique ceremony that highlighted our personalities and focused on what was important to us, she listened to all our requests (to honor our four heritages, to include French and more). On our wedding day, she kept us calm and relaxed. Sheila was exceptional (she has an incredible memory and a great sense of humour) We recommend her 100%. You'll love her!
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We attended a friend's wedding in Rhinebeck that Sheila officiated in 2009 and loved the ceremony. So when it came time to plan our wedding a year later, it was clear that Sheila would be our officiant! She welcomed us into her home and took the time to get to know us. She created a unique ceremony that highlighted our personalities and focused on what was important to us, she listened to all our requests (to honor our four heritages, to include French and more). On our wedding day, she kept us calm and relaxed. Sheila was exceptional (she has an incredible memory and a great sense of humour) We recommend her 100%. You'll love her! Read less
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Lindsay
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
I can not possibly sing Sheila's praises enough. She was the most caring, dependable, warm, responsive, all-around wonderful person we worked with when planning our wedding. She took the time to really learn about my husband and I, our families, relationships, etc etc to make our service feel like she had known us for years. Her spiritual take on the ceremony was perfect for a couple like us- interfaith and not at all religious. After our wedding there were countless guests who came up to me asking who Sheila was and how she knew us so well. The whole process from start to finish was a pleasure. Thank you again! XOXO, Lindsay & Toby Cruz
I can not possibly sing Sheila's praises enough. She was the most caring, dependable, warm, responsive, all-around Read more...
I can not possibly sing Sheila's praises enough. She was the most caring, dependable, warm, responsive, all-around wonderful person we worked with when planning our wedding. She took the time to really learn about my husband and I, our families, relationships, etc etc to make our service feel like she had known us for years. Her spiritual take on the ceremony was perfect for a couple like us- interfaith and not at all religious. After our wedding there were countless guests who came up to me asking who Sheila was and how she knew us so well. The whole process from start to finish was a pleasure. Thank you again! XOXO, Lindsay & Toby Cruz Read less
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Mr & Mrs C Harris
Wedding:
7/17/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were recently married on July 17, 2010. The person we thought would officiate the ceremony could not and at the last minute (as in two weeks prior!), I had to begin my search for an officiant. I found Sheila on a website and read other's reviews about her. Not wanting to throw all of my eggs in one basket, I made a note of her information and continued to search, but it brought me back to Sheila over and over as something wasn't quite right with others, and I just had a good vibe from her from our initial phone conversation. Sheila was so accommodating and honest, and that was what I most appreciated! She spoke with us, advised us, made time for us, answered every inquiry, even when I felt I was being a bug, she assured me I wasn't and anything I needed she was right there even though it was crunch time, but the most important thing was she gave us what we wanted. The ceremony was tailored and personalized to suit our spiritual needs and that meant everything to my husband and I. Her script was amazing, her professionalism outstanding, her price and value immeasurable! After the ceremony, many of those who attended asked how I found Sheila, complimented how wonderful the ceremony was and what a great job she did and I couldn't have been more pleased with the decision to have her as our officiant. Our wedding was small and intimate and it was the best day of my life to date, and I appreciate that Sheila contributed greatly to making it memorable. I hope my testimony will help others make their decision when searching for an officiant as it helped me. Thank you Sheila* I am happy to say my husband and I made a new friend in our search for an officiant. Forever grateful - Mr & Mrs C.Harris married July 17, 2010.
My husband and I were recently married on July 17, 2010. The person we thought would officiate the ceremony could not and Read more...
My husband and I were recently married on July 17, 2010. The person we thought would officiate the ceremony could not and at the last minute (as in two weeks prior!), I had to begin my search for an officiant. I found Sheila on a website and read other's reviews about her. Not wanting to throw all of my eggs in one basket, I made a note of her information and continued to search, but it brought me back to Sheila over and over as something wasn't quite right with others, and I just had a good vibe from her from our initial phone conversation. Sheila was so accommodating and honest, and that was what I most appreciated! She spoke with us, advised us, made time for us, answered every inquiry, even when I felt I was being a bug, she assured me I wasn't and anything I needed she was right there even though it was crunch time, but the most important thing was she gave us what we wanted. The ceremony was tailored and personalized to suit our spiritual needs and that meant everything to my husband and I. Her script was amazing, her professionalism outstanding, her price and value immeasurable! After the ceremony, many of those who attended asked how I found Sheila, complimented how wonderful the ceremony was and what a great job she did and I couldn't have been more pleased with the decision to have her as our officiant. Our wedding was small and intimate and it was the best day of my life to date, and I appreciate that Sheila contributed greatly to making it memorable. I hope my testimony will help others make their decision when searching for an officiant as it helped me. Thank you Sheila* I am happy to say my husband and I made a new friend in our search for an officiant. Forever grateful - Mr & Mrs C.Harris married July 17, 2010. Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
7/4/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I are from two different faiths and really wanted a wedding ceremony that was about us and was warm and meaningful. From the first phone conversation I had with Sheila I knew she was the officiant we wanted to use. She went above and beyond our expectations and made time during the whole wedding planning process to sit down with us and really get to know our story. We had no idea what to expect but after speaking with her and having her there every step of the way we knew that this was going to be something so unique and special.

I can't begin to explain how wonderful Sheila is. All I can say is that the ceremony we had was so far from ordinary and typical. Every single one of our guests said that it was so beautiful and they have never been to a wedding ceremony where they actually listened to what was said and weren't bored (We got married on July 4th and people are still commenting). She talked about my husband and I, how we met, funny stories, love stories, about our family and had some of our friends participate in the ceremony and speak. I think her ceremonies should be a standard for every wedding! She speaks to your guests and makes them feel like a part of what is happening and really takes it to such a personal place. She is great at reading the couples she is works with and creating something that is perfect for them and fits their personalities. I HIGHLY recommend her!!!! If you can imagine the best wedding ceremony ever you still wouldn't come close to hers.
My husband and I are from two different faiths and really wanted a wedding ceremony that was about us and was warm and Read more...
My husband and I are from two different faiths and really wanted a wedding ceremony that was about us and was warm and meaningful. From the first phone conversation I had with Sheila I knew she was the officiant we wanted to use. She went above and beyond our expectations and made time during the whole wedding planning process to sit down with us and really get to know our story. We had no idea what to expect but after speaking with her and having her there every step of the way we knew that this was going to be something so unique and special.

I can't begin to explain how wonderful Sheila is. All I can say is that the ceremony we had was so far from ordinary and typical. Every single one of our guests said that it was so beautiful and they have never been to a wedding ceremony where they actually listened to what was said and weren't bored (We got married on July 4th and people are still commenting). She talked about my husband and I, how we met, funny stories, love stories, about our family and had some of our friends participate in the ceremony and speak. I think her ceremonies should be a standard for every wedding! She speaks to your guests and makes them feel like a part of what is happening and really takes it to such a personal place. She is great at reading the couples she is works with and creating something that is perfect for them and fits their personalities. I HIGHLY recommend her!!!! If you can imagine the best wedding ceremony ever you still wouldn't come close to hers. Read less
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Teresa and Dave
Wedding:
6/27/2010
5.0/5.0
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You blew us away! :)))
Reverend Sheila-we can not possibly think of having done anything differently for our Wedding-honestly! Thank you-FOREVER & ALWAYS! The core of a wedding always is (and should be) the Ceremony. When we met with Reverend Sheila (to our delight) she welcomed us with open arms, open mind and open heart. At one point the meeting felt like a verbal examination, but we immediately trusted Reverend Sheila and it all felt so right. I knew in my heart Reverend Sheila could individualize us and our Ceremony and she did so in a way that only she can do. She made it ours and made our family and friends not only feel what we were sharing, but they became a part of everything we were sharing. Sheila-We will always have a connection with you and we will always be grateful to you for all that you've done and all that you are. MWAH!!!
From the heart, in as few words as possible...
You blew us away! :)))
Reverend Sheila-we can not possibly think of Read more...
From the heart, in as few words as possible...
You blew us away! :)))
Reverend Sheila-we can not possibly think of having done anything differently for our Wedding-honestly! Thank you-FOREVER & ALWAYS! The core of a wedding always is (and should be) the Ceremony. When we met with Reverend Sheila (to our delight) she welcomed us with open arms, open mind and open heart. At one point the meeting felt like a verbal examination, but we immediately trusted Reverend Sheila and it all felt so right. I knew in my heart Reverend Sheila could individualize us and our Ceremony and she did so in a way that only she can do. She made it ours and made our family and friends not only feel what we were sharing, but they became a part of everything we were sharing. Sheila-We will always have a connection with you and we will always be grateful to you for all that you've done and all that you are. MWAH!!! Read less
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SweetAdeline
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Sheila invited us into her home for our first meeting. She was the first officiant we met with, so we weren't sure what to expect and we were a little nervous, but her openness and warmth made us feel right at home from the first moment. We spent close to 2 hours talking about ourselves, our relationship, our passions, and by the end she had very nearly crafted the whole ceremony. It was refreshing and wonderful to work with someone who listened so closely and understood our need for a ceremony that was not filled with meaningless ritual and truly reflected us. The way that she included my husband's Buddhist studies and beliefs by starting the ceremony with a koan really captured the feeling we wanted from the start. No other officiant had a reading like that ready - we would have had to find it ourselves. But when we told Sheila we had lived in Japan and he had studied Buddhism she had the perfect thing. Sheila told our story, included our friends and helped them to write beautiful and meaningful speeches and had all of our family and friends pronounce us husband and wife. It was so deeply touching - the whole ceremony was about us and our union, just the way we wanted it. More than one person told me that our ceremony made them want to renew their vows, but the happy tears were by far the biggest testament to Sheila's incredible gift as an officiant. We will forever treasure the words she spoke and how she helped to bring out the best in us on this most special day.
Sheila invited us into her home for our first meeting. She was the first officiant we met with, so we weren't sure what to Read more...
Sheila invited us into her home for our first meeting. She was the first officiant we met with, so we weren't sure what to expect and we were a little nervous, but her openness and warmth made us feel right at home from the first moment. We spent close to 2 hours talking about ourselves, our relationship, our passions, and by the end she had very nearly crafted the whole ceremony. It was refreshing and wonderful to work with someone who listened so closely and understood our need for a ceremony that was not filled with meaningless ritual and truly reflected us. The way that she included my husband's Buddhist studies and beliefs by starting the ceremony with a koan really captured the feeling we wanted from the start. No other officiant had a reading like that ready - we would have had to find it ourselves. But when we told Sheila we had lived in Japan and he had studied Buddhism she had the perfect thing. Sheila told our story, included our friends and helped them to write beautiful and meaningful speeches and had all of our family and friends pronounce us husband and wife. It was so deeply touching - the whole ceremony was about us and our union, just the way we wanted it. More than one person told me that our ceremony made them want to renew their vows, but the happy tears were by far the biggest testament to Sheila's incredible gift as an officiant. We will forever treasure the words she spoke and how she helped to bring out the best in us on this most special day. Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/14/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had Sheila perform our ceremony on May 14th on the beach in Long Branch, NJ. Without hesitation, I could honestly say that she created the most beautiful and memorable ceremony that I have ever witnessed in my life, and I am not saying this because it was my own, most of my guests have said the same thing. Over three months later, I am still receiving feedback saying how wonderful she was, how perfect my ceremony was, and even asking where I found her. People say that she made my guests feel like they've known Blake & me their entire lives, and they loved how she told our love story. She even had excellent ideas on ways to make our ceremony more unique and her suggestions were great. The sand ceremony was beautiful; she helped create it and it was unforgettable. She also made sure to incorporate all of the most important people in my life into my ceremony, even if they were not im my bridal party. I would suggest anyone looking for a unique and perfect ceremony to give Sheila a chance. She's a wonderful person who I hope to keep in touch with for the rest of my life. She's not just an officiant, she actually becomes a friend during the planning process.. and you will know what I mean once you meet her. Thank you Sheila!!
My husband and I had Sheila perform our ceremony on May 14th on the beach in Long Branch, NJ. Without hesitation, I could Read more...
My husband and I had Sheila perform our ceremony on May 14th on the beach in Long Branch, NJ. Without hesitation, I could honestly say that she created the most beautiful and memorable ceremony that I have ever witnessed in my life, and I am not saying this because it was my own, most of my guests have said the same thing. Over three months later, I am still receiving feedback saying how wonderful she was, how perfect my ceremony was, and even asking where I found her. People say that she made my guests feel like they've known Blake & me their entire lives, and they loved how she told our love story. She even had excellent ideas on ways to make our ceremony more unique and her suggestions were great. The sand ceremony was beautiful; she helped create it and it was unforgettable. She also made sure to incorporate all of the most important people in my life into my ceremony, even if they were not im my bridal party. I would suggest anyone looking for a unique and perfect ceremony to give Sheila a chance. She's a wonderful person who I hope to keep in touch with for the rest of my life. She's not just an officiant, she actually becomes a friend during the planning process.. and you will know what I mean once you meet her. Thank you Sheila!! Read less
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pickles
Wedding:
5/2/2010
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for an officiant who takes the time to really get to know you as a couple, who truly cares, is creative, who is caring and loving, and will make your ceremony extra special, look no further!!
At my first wedding I had a rabbi and priest. It was cookie cutter, cold, and actually the comments made by the rabbi were inappropriate and ruined my ceremony. I knew that for my second time I wanted someone who was going to make it special and intimate and Sheila did exactly that. She is an incredible woman and a true gem. She will make your ceremony a dream.
If you are looking for an officiant who takes the time to really get to know you as a couple, who truly cares, is Read more...
If you are looking for an officiant who takes the time to really get to know you as a couple, who truly cares, is creative, who is caring and loving, and will make your ceremony extra special, look no further!!
At my first wedding I had a rabbi and priest. It was cookie cutter, cold, and actually the comments made by the rabbi were inappropriate and ruined my ceremony. I knew that for my second time I wanted someone who was going to make it special and intimate and Sheila did exactly that. She is an incredible woman and a true gem. She will make your ceremony a dream. Read less
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Bernd
Wedding:
5/1/2010
5.0/5.0
Sheila was just great. Upfront preparation was very good and easy, even between Europe and her based in NJ - the ceremony was just amazing, ourselves and also all guests said that it was so emotional and personal, you could believe Sheila knows us for years. I can STRONGLY recommend her.
Sheila was just great. Upfront preparation was very good and easy, even between Europe and her based in NJ - the ceremony Read more...
Sheila was just great. Upfront preparation was very good and easy, even between Europe and her based in NJ - the ceremony was just amazing, ourselves and also all guests said that it was so emotional and personal, you could believe Sheila knows us for years. I can STRONGLY recommend her. Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
4/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Sheila put together a fantastic and deeply personal ceremony for us. Someone told us that even our DJ misted up! Everything went according to plan and I think our families really appreciated feeling so included. We have a big blended family and Sheila found something for everyone.

Sheila is a little more expensive than the other officiants we spoke with, but from our first meeting it was clear that she is head and shoulders above the rest. Some of the best money that we spent on our wedding!
Sheila put together a fantastic and deeply personal ceremony for us. Someone told us that even our DJ misted up! Read more...
Sheila put together a fantastic and deeply personal ceremony for us. Someone told us that even our DJ misted up! Everything went according to plan and I think our families really appreciated feeling so included. We have a big blended family and Sheila found something for everyone.

Sheila is a little more expensive than the other officiants we spoke with, but from our first meeting it was clear that she is head and shoulders above the rest. Some of the best money that we spent on our wedding! Read less
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jennd
Wedding:
4/24/2010
5.0/5.0
Sheila performed our wedding ceremony on April 24 and she was excellent. For us, these were her major strengths as an officiant:

- Willingness to incorporate spiritual elements in a secular ceremony. We don't belong to a church but believe in God and being part of a larger world, and she takes the time to understand, honor and fit the couple's beliefs.

- Great speaking style with the just the right amount of formality. She sounds polished and prepared, but speaks simply and in a modern way that reaches out to all guests. No "thou shalt" cheesy, overly flowery wedding language or any hint of "going through the motions" in her tone or delivery.

- Creativity - our ceremony included a special blessing related to New Jersey (our lifetime home and part of our wedding theme). She created a structure, coordinated our friends as speakers and it came together beautifully. She suggested that my father and mother walk me down the aisle, which we all loved, and she engaged the entire audience in pronouncing us man and wife! The energy in the room was fantastic and I'll always remember it.

- Personalization - She told "our love story" in a humorous but gentle way in which friends and family could learn more about us, based on a previous interview in her home.

I would encourage anyone to consider Sheila as their officiant. Many guests told us how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how unique it was, and I thought it really fit us as a couple. As a public speaker, I will say she has the gift of gab, so if you are shy don't let that deter you from speaking up about what you want to have happen in your wedding ceremony. :) If you don't have ideas, she is ready to give you many, but she genuinely seems to care about doing what the couple wants.
Sheila performed our wedding ceremony on April 24 and she was excellent. For us, these were her major strengths as an Read more...
Sheila performed our wedding ceremony on April 24 and she was excellent. For us, these were her major strengths as an officiant:

- Willingness to incorporate spiritual elements in a secular ceremony. We don't belong to a church but believe in God and being part of a larger world, and she takes the time to understand, honor and fit the couple's beliefs.

- Great speaking style with the just the right amount of formality. She sounds polished and prepared, but speaks simply and in a modern way that reaches out to all guests. No "thou shalt" cheesy, overly flowery wedding language or any hint of "going through the motions" in her tone or delivery.

- Creativity - our ceremony included a special blessing related to New Jersey (our lifetime home and part of our wedding theme). She created a structure, coordinated our friends as speakers and it came together beautifully. She suggested that my father and mother walk me down the aisle, which we all loved, and she engaged the entire audience in pronouncing us man and wife! The energy in the room was fantastic and I'll always remember it.

- Personalization - She told "our love story" in a humorous but gentle way in which friends and family could learn more about us, based on a previous interview in her home.

I would encourage anyone to consider Sheila as their officiant. Many guests told us how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how unique it was, and I thought it really fit us as a couple. As a public speaker, I will say she has the gift of gab, so if you are shy don't let that deter you from speaking up about what you want to have happen in your wedding ceremony. :) If you don't have ideas, she is ready to give you many, but she genuinely seems to care about doing what the couple wants. Read less
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kdelo81
Wedding:
3/26/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross was our minister for our wedding we had on 3/26/2010 in Belleville, NJ at Nanina's in the Park. She was truly amazing at what she did and has a true gift for her job as a minister. She was able to bring out our love and describe our personalities in a way I never thought was possible for a wedding ceremony. There was not one person who didn't come up to us after the ceremony and say hands down, it was the most personal and best ceremony they have ever been to and this wouldn't have been possible without Sheila. She involved our guests and allowed our family and friends to speak about my husband and I during our ceremony. She even allowed them to speak over the time she allotted for them and did not cut them off. She incorporated important parts of our lives into our ceremony and geared it totally to our love and life. Sheila made our day so special and we would recommend her as the absolute first choice for anyone looking for an officiant for their upcoming wedding. She was always quick to respond to any emails or concerns I had about the ceremony and was extremely organized, warm, and an overall wonderful person. My husband Greg and I actually feel like we gained a friend from this experience and our wedding was the best day of our lives. We want to thank Sheila for helping to share in our special day and help to enhance it even more.
Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross was our minister for our wedding we had on 3/26/2010 in Belleville, NJ at Nanina's in the Read more...
Reverend Dr. Sheila Gay Gross was our minister for our wedding we had on 3/26/2010 in Belleville, NJ at Nanina's in the Park. She was truly amazing at what she did and has a true gift for her job as a minister. She was able to bring out our love and describe our personalities in a way I never thought was possible for a wedding ceremony. There was not one person who didn't come up to us after the ceremony and say hands down, it was the most personal and best ceremony they have ever been to and this wouldn't have been possible without Sheila. She involved our guests and allowed our family and friends to speak about my husband and I during our ceremony. She even allowed them to speak over the time she allotted for them and did not cut them off. She incorporated important parts of our lives into our ceremony and geared it totally to our love and life. Sheila made our day so special and we would recommend her as the absolute first choice for anyone looking for an officiant for their upcoming wedding. She was always quick to respond to any emails or concerns I had about the ceremony and was extremely organized, warm, and an overall wonderful person. My husband Greg and I actually feel like we gained a friend from this experience and our wedding was the best day of our lives. We want to thank Sheila for helping to share in our special day and help to enhance it even more. Read less
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LauraR
Wedding:
2/19/2010
5.0/5.0
I can not say enough good things about Sheila. My husband and I were married in February with 100 of our friends and family. After the ceremony, we went into the cocktail hour and were blown away by how many people told us they were brought to tears by our ceremony or how it was the best most genuine ceremony they have ever attended. Everyone wants to think that there wedding is something special that everyone will always remember, but I honestly believe that ours will, and I know it is because Sheila is such an amazing officiant.

When we first started looking for an officiant we were discouraged by what seemed like an impersonal, generic process. My first contact with Sheila was a breath of fresh air. She was the first officiant to want to talk to me on the phone. After an hour conversation we set a date for her to meet me and my fiance. We spent two hours talking and laughing, sharing stories and getting to know each other. She shared her ideas for our ceremony in a way that accommodated every need and want for our day. She even flew back from her Hawaiian vacation early just to officiate our wedding! You can't get more accommodating than that!

Our ceremony is something we will never forget. Every detail was flawless and personal. We can't wait to see the video so we can experience it over and over again. We will always be grateful to Sheila for making our day so memorable!
I can not say enough good things about Sheila. My husband and I were married in February with 100 of our friends and Read more...
I can not say enough good things about Sheila. My husband and I were married in February with 100 of our friends and family. After the ceremony, we went into the cocktail hour and were blown away by how many people told us they were brought to tears by our ceremony or how it was the best most genuine ceremony they have ever attended. Everyone wants to think that there wedding is something special that everyone will always remember, but I honestly believe that ours will, and I know it is because Sheila is such an amazing officiant.

When we first started looking for an officiant we were discouraged by what seemed like an impersonal, generic process. My first contact with Sheila was a breath of fresh air. She was the first officiant to want to talk to me on the phone. After an hour conversation we set a date for her to meet me and my fiance. We spent two hours talking and laughing, sharing stories and getting to know each other. She shared her ideas for our ceremony in a way that accommodated every need and want for our day. She even flew back from her Hawaiian vacation early just to officiate our wedding! You can't get more accommodating than that!

Our ceremony is something we will never forget. Every detail was flawless and personal. We can't wait to see the video so we can experience it over and over again. We will always be grateful to Sheila for making our day so memorable! Read less
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pammieg
Wedding:
11/22/2009
5.0/5.0
Sheila was so wonderful - from my first conversation with her until even after the wedding. Everything I had read about her was confirmed before, during and after our ceremony. My husband and I had a small intimate affair in November and Sheila was our officiant. We are planning a more elaborate ceremony with a priest and we have asked Sheila to officiate with the priest for that affair as well. I am Jewish and my husband is Catholic and I always thought that I would have a Rabbi present, but Sheila is able to bring in many of the traditions that a Rabbi would have and I know she will once again do a wonderful job.

She incorporated so many aspects of our lives into the ceremony and involved members of both of our families into the ceremony. She did so many special things that made everyone a part of our wedding more than simply being there as guests. I can't wait to have her officiate over our ceremony in October because I know it will be just as special as the first wedding and even more so since we will have more people that we love in attendance.
Sheila was so wonderful - from my first conversation with her until even after the wedding. Everything I had read about Read more...
Sheila was so wonderful - from my first conversation with her until even after the wedding. Everything I had read about her was confirmed before, during and after our ceremony. My husband and I had a small intimate affair in November and Sheila was our officiant. We are planning a more elaborate ceremony with a priest and we have asked Sheila to officiate with the priest for that affair as well. I am Jewish and my husband is Catholic and I always thought that I would have a Rabbi present, but Sheila is able to bring in many of the traditions that a Rabbi would have and I know she will once again do a wonderful job.

She incorporated so many aspects of our lives into the ceremony and involved members of both of our families into the ceremony. She did so many special things that made everyone a part of our wedding more than simply being there as guests. I can't wait to have her officiate over our ceremony in October because I know it will be just as special as the first wedding and even more so since we will have more people that we love in attendance. Read less
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Jean
Wedding:
11/7/2009
5.0/5.0
Dear Reverend Sheila,

The wedding ceremony was.... and I am being so very honest when I say this....... the most beautiful wedding ceremony I have ever attended. And it wasn't because it was my son's wedding, that I say that. The ceremony was so personal with you sharing Joseph and Lynsey's thoughts, feelings and love for each other. And it was also very personal for the people attending because you included ALL OF US in the ceremony.... the parents coming up and placing our hands on our children.... the rings being passed/touched by the bridal party....and having all of us joining in and pronouncing Joseph and Lynsey as husband and wife. OH! Sooooo beautiful.... everyone was included in this wedding and it made such a very special and happy time.

I love how you gave a little history of how and when Joseph and Lynsey met. It was as if they were telling us their story themselves and it was good for the folks attending who didn't know the history. It was also good for us who did know, because we remember when Joseph and Lynsey met.... and we watched them grow together. But we never really knew what they were feeling in their hearts - and maybe they didn't even know until you asked them both to think about what they love about each other... what they mean to each other... best friend... soul mate.... so touching. Your ceremony shared all of that and confirmed what we felt all along.. that Joseph and Lynsey were meant to be together!

So with my whole heart, I wanted to say thank you again for such a beautiful and memorable wedding day for our children!

Sincerely,

Jean J.
Dear Reverend Sheila,

The wedding ceremony was.... and I am being so very honest when I say this....... the most Read more...
Dear Reverend Sheila,

The wedding ceremony was.... and I am being so very honest when I say this....... the most beautiful wedding ceremony I have ever attended. And it wasn't because it was my son's wedding, that I say that. The ceremony was so personal with you sharing Joseph and Lynsey's thoughts, feelings and love for each other. And it was also very personal for the people attending because you included ALL OF US in the ceremony.... the parents coming up and placing our hands on our children.... the rings being passed/touched by the bridal party....and having all of us joining in and pronouncing Joseph and Lynsey as husband and wife. OH! Sooooo beautiful.... everyone was included in this wedding and it made such a very special and happy time.

I love how you gave a little history of how and when Joseph and Lynsey met. It was as if they were telling us their story themselves and it was good for the folks attending who didn't know the history. It was also good for us who did know, because we remember when Joseph and Lynsey met.... and we watched them grow together. But we never really knew what they were feeling in their hearts - and maybe they didn't even know until you asked them both to think about what they love about each other... what they mean to each other... best friend... soul mate.... so touching. Your ceremony shared all of that and confirmed what we felt all along.. that Joseph and Lynsey were meant to be together!

So with my whole heart, I wanted to say thank you again for such a beautiful and memorable wedding day for our children!

Sincerely,

Jean J. Read less
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LornaM
Wedding:
10/27/2009
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Sheila did an amazing job. We had met with several officiants and Sheila offered a service we couldn't find anywhere else. For her, each wedding is as unique as the couple. She sat with us and talked with us via phone and email several times before the wedding. Her approach is to get to know you as a couple, your story, why you love one another, and what your wedding will be like. She had us both write our own vows and not share them with each other until the day of the wedding, that was a gift we had for each other.
This makes the ceremony completely unique and personal.
Even the day of the wedding when I was frantic and stressed out Sheila was able to calm me down, make me laugh and get me back on track.
During the wedding and even now, a month later, I still have people contact me about how wonderful and touching the ceremony was. I think one of the best compliments we received was that it was 'wonderfully refreshing'.
People raved about our wedding and it was all thanks to Sheila.
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Sheila did an amazing job. We had met with several officiants and Sheila Read more...
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Sheila did an amazing job. We had met with several officiants and Sheila offered a service we couldn't find anywhere else. For her, each wedding is as unique as the couple. She sat with us and talked with us via phone and email several times before the wedding. Her approach is to get to know you as a couple, your story, why you love one another, and what your wedding will be like. She had us both write our own vows and not share them with each other until the day of the wedding, that was a gift we had for each other.
This makes the ceremony completely unique and personal.
Even the day of the wedding when I was frantic and stressed out Sheila was able to calm me down, make me laugh and get me back on track.
During the wedding and even now, a month later, I still have people contact me about how wonderful and touching the ceremony was. I think one of the best compliments we received was that it was 'wonderfully refreshing'.
People raved about our wedding and it was all thanks to Sheila. Read less
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Happily Married
Wedding:
10/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Numerous guests commented on how touching and unique our ceremony was - it was all thanks to the dedication and time Sheila willing spent with us in order to ensure that we had a memorable experience. No matter how many questions I had and/or how much assistance I requested, Sheila was always by my side to share her valuable experiences and comments with me.
Numerous guests commented on how touching and unique our ceremony was - it was all thanks to the dedication and time Read more...
Numerous guests commented on how touching and unique our ceremony was - it was all thanks to the dedication and time Sheila willing spent with us in order to ensure that we had a memorable experience. No matter how many questions I had and/or how much assistance I requested, Sheila was always by my side to share her valuable experiences and comments with me. Read less
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olivia
Wedding:
10/23/2009
5.0/5.0
Sheila Is AMAZING !!! A special and unique gift to the world of unions and spiritual blessings. Our Wedding Ceremony will Forever be the most Awesome part of our whole day. After meeting with Sheila, we instantly knew she Had to perform our ceremony. We just got married October 23rd,2009 Outside..in Roosevelt park,Edison N.J. It was the Coldest day in Oct. and about to Rain or Sleet!! Not good for a shortsleeve dress....Anyway.. Sheila met us in the parking lot and assured us that she intends to perform the whole ceremony and would not " skimp" out, due to inclimate weather. What a Pro!!! we love her :) A few months earlier, we had found Sheila via the internet. We connected and met for a consult in her beautiful and enchanted home. Time flew by effortlessly as she really got to know us and got a feel for what we wanted to create. Sheila nailed It! On our special day- she performed the most Personal,Warm,and Unique ceremony which also included our 4 year old son Carter. Everyone Everyone said Our Wedding ceremony was the Best!!! I do believe it is because of Sheila's Awesomeness.
Pleased Forever, Robert and Olivia McKeon and little Carter Too!
Sheila Is AMAZING !!! A special and unique gift to the world of unions and spiritual blessings. Our Wedding Ceremony will Read more...
Sheila Is AMAZING !!! A special and unique gift to the world of unions and spiritual blessings. Our Wedding Ceremony will Forever be the most Awesome part of our whole day. After meeting with Sheila, we instantly knew she Had to perform our ceremony. We just got married October 23rd,2009 Outside..in Roosevelt park,Edison N.J. It was the Coldest day in Oct. and about to Rain or Sleet!! Not good for a shortsleeve dress....Anyway.. Sheila met us in the parking lot and assured us that she intends to perform the whole ceremony and would not " skimp" out, due to inclimate weather. What a Pro!!! we love her :) A few months earlier, we had found Sheila via the internet. We connected and met for a consult in her beautiful and enchanted home. Time flew by effortlessly as she really got to know us and got a feel for what we wanted to create. Sheila nailed It! On our special day- she performed the most Personal,Warm,and Unique ceremony which also included our 4 year old son Carter. Everyone Everyone said Our Wedding ceremony was the Best!!! I do believe it is because of Sheila's Awesomeness.
Pleased Forever, Robert and Olivia McKeon and little Carter Too! Read less
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liv0333
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Our commitment ceremony was filled with joy, love and friendship all orchestrated by our wonderful Officiant Reverend Dr. Sheila Gross. On our first meeting, Sheila was able to capture our love for each other, as well as the love we wished to share with our family and friends. She was easy to speak with and advised how we could incorporate the ones we love, who were not among the wedding party. And like most couples in love and in disagreement, Sheila was able to counsel us on how we could celebrate those who had passed. Sheila is so warm and open she moved us to tears on our very first meeting.

On the day of the ceremony, with her big heart and sincere tone, Sheila was able to envelope our family and friends with her words of kindness and inspiration, words meant not only for us, but also for everyone witnessing our union. From the ring warming to the seven Blessors, she took a piece of everyone’s emotion and transposed it into the most wonderful memory. And with that, she also stole a piece of everyone’s heart.

Sheila made herself available to us and to all the speakers who sought her guidance.
She moved everyone so significantly that they asked where we had found her. Sheila, thank you for making our wedding unforgettable and more perfect than we could have dreamed. Yours is a gift that cannot be learned, I’m sure you leave a piece of your soul and a blessing at every wedding ceremony, and we were honored to have you at ours.

Sincerely,

Laura & Thylene
Our commitment ceremony was filled with joy, love and friendship all orchestrated by our wonderful Officiant Reverend Dr. Read more...
Our commitment ceremony was filled with joy, love and friendship all orchestrated by our wonderful Officiant Reverend Dr. Sheila Gross. On our first meeting, Sheila was able to capture our love for each other, as well as the love we wished to share with our family and friends. She was easy to speak with and advised how we could incorporate the ones we love, who were not among the wedding party. And like most couples in love and in disagreement, Sheila was able to counsel us on how we could celebrate those who had passed. Sheila is so warm and open she moved us to tears on our very first meeting.

On the day of the ceremony, with her big heart and sincere tone, Sheila was able to envelope our family and friends with her words of kindness and inspiration, words meant not only for us, but also for everyone witnessing our union. From the ring warming to the seven Blessors, she took a piece of everyone’s emotion and transposed it into the most wonderful memory. And with that, she also stole a piece of everyone’s heart.

Sheila made herself available to us and to all the speakers who sought her guidance.
She moved everyone so significantly that they asked where we had found her. Sheila, thank you for making our wedding unforgettable and more perfect than we could have dreamed. Yours is a gift that cannot be learned, I’m sure you leave a piece of your soul and a blessing at every wedding ceremony, and we were honored to have you at ours.

Sincerely,

Laura & Thylene Read less
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Claire
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
When we met with Sheila for the first time, it was for about 2 hours. She had really positive energy and we felt welcomed in her home. She asked us some really interesting questions about how we met and what it was about each other that we loved. Very few people in our lives, even our really close friends had asked us these types of questions. It felt great to speak directly to one another about the qualities and characteristics we valued in each other.
The ceremony was exactly what we expected. Our friends and family loved how personal it was - especially that they were involved in blessing our union. They couldn't believe we found Sheila on the internet.
We would recommend her to anyone.
When we met with Sheila for the first time, it was for about 2 hours. She had really positive energy and we felt welcomed Read more...
When we met with Sheila for the first time, it was for about 2 hours. She had really positive energy and we felt welcomed in her home. She asked us some really interesting questions about how we met and what it was about each other that we loved. Very few people in our lives, even our really close friends had asked us these types of questions. It felt great to speak directly to one another about the qualities and characteristics we valued in each other.
The ceremony was exactly what we expected. Our friends and family loved how personal it was - especially that they were involved in blessing our union. They couldn't believe we found Sheila on the internet.
We would recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Our commitment ceremony was filled with joy, love and friendship all orchestrated by our wonderful Officiant Reverend Dr. Sheila Gross. On our first meeting, Sheila was able to capture our love for each other, as well as the love we wished to share with our family and friends. She was easy to speak with and advised how we could incorporate the ones we love, who were not among the wedding party. And like most couples in love and in disagreement, Sheila was able to counsel us on how we could celebrate those who had passed. Sheila is so warm and open she moved us to tears on our very first meeting.

On the day of the ceremony, with her big heart and sincere tone, Sheila was able to envelope our family and friends with her words of kindness and inspiration, words meant not only for us, but also for everyone witnessing our union. From the ring warming to the seven Blessors, she took a piece of everyone’s emotion and transposed it into the most wonderful memory. And with that, she also stole a piece of everyone’s heart.

Sheila made herself available to us and to all the speakers who sought her guidance.
She moved everyone so significantly that they asked where we had found her. Sheila, thank you for making our wedding unforgettable and more perfect than we could have dreamed. Yours is a gift that cannot be learned, I’m sure you leave a piece of your soul and a blessing at every wedding ceremony, and we were honored to have you at ours.
Our commitment ceremony was filled with joy, love and friendship all orchestrated by our wonderful Officiant Reverend Dr. Read more...
Our commitment ceremony was filled with joy, love and friendship all orchestrated by our wonderful Officiant Reverend Dr. Sheila Gross. On our first meeting, Sheila was able to capture our love for each other, as well as the love we wished to share with our family and friends. She was easy to speak with and advised how we could incorporate the ones we love, who were not among the wedding party. And like most couples in love and in disagreement, Sheila was able to counsel us on how we could celebrate those who had passed. Sheila is so warm and open she moved us to tears on our very first meeting.

On the day of the ceremony, with her big heart and sincere tone, Sheila was able to envelope our family and friends with her words of kindness and inspiration, words meant not only for us, but also for everyone witnessing our union. From the ring warming to the seven Blessors, she took a piece of everyone’s emotion and transposed it into the most wonderful memory. And with that, she also stole a piece of everyone’s heart.

Sheila made herself available to us and to all the speakers who sought her guidance.
She moved everyone so significantly that they asked where we had found her. Sheila, thank you for making our wedding unforgettable and more perfect than we could have dreamed. Yours is a gift that cannot be learned, I’m sure you leave a piece of your soul and a blessing at every wedding ceremony, and we were honored to have you at ours. Read less
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JayCo25
Wedding:
8/16/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married on August 16, 2009. It was the most amazing day of my life and largely due to Sheila. She made our ceremony so special, unique and personal. My husband is Catholic and I am Jewish and we both feel pretty strongly about our backgrounds and traditions. Sheila was able to creatively respect both of our traditions within the ceremony. Our guests raved about it. They loved how personal it was and how involved they were. One of my friends said she didn't want the ceremony to end! My favorite part of the whole day was when Sheila turned us to face our guests and had them pronounce us man and wife. I can chills thinking about it. Sheila is a special part of our lives and we will be seeing her in future for baby namings and other wonderful, exciting events in our lives!!!
My husband and I got married on August 16, 2009. It was the most amazing day of my life and largely due to Sheila. She Read more...
My husband and I got married on August 16, 2009. It was the most amazing day of my life and largely due to Sheila. She made our ceremony so special, unique and personal. My husband is Catholic and I am Jewish and we both feel pretty strongly about our backgrounds and traditions. Sheila was able to creatively respect both of our traditions within the ceremony. Our guests raved about it. They loved how personal it was and how involved they were. One of my friends said she didn't want the ceremony to end! My favorite part of the whole day was when Sheila turned us to face our guests and had them pronounce us man and wife. I can chills thinking about it. Sheila is a special part of our lives and we will be seeing her in future for baby namings and other wonderful, exciting events in our lives!!! Read less
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nyalycat
Wedding:
7/4/2009
5.0/5.0
Sheila was amazing! She personalized our ceremony beyond our wildest expectations, and left a lasting impression with all who attended. From our first phone conversation, I liked her, and after our face to face meeting, we knew she was a keeper. She has a vast knowledge of marriage rites from every culture and faith, so was able to make our ceremony reflective of our background and beliefs. She is also humorous and philosophical, so she had our guests laughing, thinking, and above all, engaged for the entire ceremony. We still have guests remarking on how our wedding was the best they'd ever attended, and many of our single guests "booked" her services for when their time comes. I'd 100% recommend Sheila Gross for your wedding.
Sheila was amazing! She personalized our ceremony beyond our wildest expectations, and left a lasting impression with all Read more...
Sheila was amazing! She personalized our ceremony beyond our wildest expectations, and left a lasting impression with all who attended. From our first phone conversation, I liked her, and after our face to face meeting, we knew she was a keeper. She has a vast knowledge of marriage rites from every culture and faith, so was able to make our ceremony reflective of our background and beliefs. She is also humorous and philosophical, so she had our guests laughing, thinking, and above all, engaged for the entire ceremony. We still have guests remarking on how our wedding was the best they'd ever attended, and many of our single guests "booked" her services for when their time comes. I'd 100% recommend Sheila Gross for your wedding. Read less
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Leton
Wedding:
6/28/2009
5.0/5.0
First off, I have to say that my wife and I looked at other officiants and for the money they charged and what they offered it didn't compare to what Sheila was able to provide on our wedding day. When we first met her, she was very welcoming, asked very precise questions to really get to understand us as a couple, and we didn't feel like just another couple walking through the door; we felt like the only couple.

We had some ideas of what we wanted to do and Sheila was very knowledgable about different cultural customs that could be done for a wedding. We knew we wanted to jump the broom and she knew about that. She even did further research and knew information that other officiants we spoke to had never even heard of! For example; tasting of the spices and the libation ceremony, which we including in our wedding. Therefore, we reached our goal of having a ceremony that reflected our African Ancestry. If you could speak to anyone from our wedding, they would say that Sheila was one of the highlights of our ceremony due to her originality, humor, and command of the whole process. Our wedding as a whole was a blast, and Sheila was the initial spark that ignited the fireworks. We would both highly recommend Sheila Gay Gross to anyone who wants to have a memorable wedding day. And when my wife and I have our first child, she will be there to do the blessing!
First off, I have to say that my wife and I looked at other officiants and for the money they charged and what they Read more...
First off, I have to say that my wife and I looked at other officiants and for the money they charged and what they offered it didn't compare to what Sheila was able to provide on our wedding day. When we first met her, she was very welcoming, asked very precise questions to really get to understand us as a couple, and we didn't feel like just another couple walking through the door; we felt like the only couple.

We had some ideas of what we wanted to do and Sheila was very knowledgable about different cultural customs that could be done for a wedding. We knew we wanted to jump the broom and she knew about that. She even did further research and knew information that other officiants we spoke to had never even heard of! For example; tasting of the spices and the libation ceremony, which we including in our wedding. Therefore, we reached our goal of having a ceremony that reflected our African Ancestry. If you could speak to anyone from our wedding, they would say that Sheila was one of the highlights of our ceremony due to her originality, humor, and command of the whole process. Our wedding as a whole was a blast, and Sheila was the initial spark that ignited the fireworks. We would both highly recommend Sheila Gay Gross to anyone who wants to have a memorable wedding day. And when my wife and I have our first child, she will be there to do the blessing! Read less
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adrianec
Wedding:
6/13/2009
5.0/5.0
Our wedding day was June 13, 2009. Sheila deserve a gazillion stars! Our ceremony was more that we could have ever dreamed and hoped for. Our immaginations could never have conceived how Sheila made our ceremony so unique to us. I cannot say enough...she is simply the very best. It was personal and fun and exactly who we are as a couple. My best advise to anyone looking for an officiant...CALL HER! CALL HER! CALL HER! You will not be disappointed!!!
Food for thought...6 months have past and our family and friends are still raving. I had to write a review.
Our wedding day was June 13, 2009. Sheila deserve a gazillion stars! Our ceremony was more that we could have ever dreamed Read more...
Our wedding day was June 13, 2009. Sheila deserve a gazillion stars! Our ceremony was more that we could have ever dreamed and hoped for. Our immaginations could never have conceived how Sheila made our ceremony so unique to us. I cannot say enough...she is simply the very best. It was personal and fun and exactly who we are as a couple. My best advise to anyone looking for an officiant...CALL HER! CALL HER! CALL HER! You will not be disappointed!!!
Food for thought...6 months have past and our family and friends are still raving. I had to write a review. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/9/2009
5.0/5.0
I can't begin to recommend Sheila enough!!!

When we met with her to discuss our plans, it was as if we'd all known each other for years. She really KNEW us. She is such a warm and engaging person, and we enjoyed meeting with her so much that we didn't want to leave that day! It was as if we were the most important people in the world to her. She went out of her way to tailor our ceremony to match our personalities and spiritual beliefs perfectly. It was the most beautiful part of our wedding day - the ceremony itself.

Sheila really was one of the family on our special day, giving us a beautiful wedding gift with her ceremony, which was perfect!
I can't begin to recommend Sheila enough!!!

When we met with her to discuss our plans, it was as if we'd all Read more...
I can't begin to recommend Sheila enough!!!

When we met with her to discuss our plans, it was as if we'd all known each other for years. She really KNEW us. She is such a warm and engaging person, and we enjoyed meeting with her so much that we didn't want to leave that day! It was as if we were the most important people in the world to her. She went out of her way to tailor our ceremony to match our personalities and spiritual beliefs perfectly. It was the most beautiful part of our wedding day - the ceremony itself.

Sheila really was one of the family on our special day, giving us a beautiful wedding gift with her ceremony, which was perfect! Read less
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Leila Mohtaram
Wedding:
11/7/2008
5.0/5.0
We could not have been more pleased with Sheila and the beautiful, and touching ceremony she provided us. She not only gave us her time, and utmost attention, but also opened her home to us for the actual ceremony. We cannot say enough good things about Sheila and the wonderful service she provided us, a memory we will cherish forever. We absolutely LOVE her!
We could not have been more pleased with Sheila and the beautiful, and touching ceremony she provided us. She not only Read more...
We could not have been more pleased with Sheila and the beautiful, and touching ceremony she provided us. She not only gave us her time, and utmost attention, but also opened her home to us for the actual ceremony. We cannot say enough good things about Sheila and the wonderful service she provided us, a memory we will cherish forever. We absolutely LOVE her! Read less
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fchang75
Wedding:
5/3/2008
5.0/5.0
All Faiths is the perfect description for Sheila. She has studied wedding ceremonies and traditions from hundreds of different cultures and religions. And that knowledge was perfect for my wife and I.

From the start we knew what we DIDN'T want a: traditional, cookie cutter ceremony. But we were also not sure what we wanted. No problem. Sheila had tons of ideas. She took the time to learn about us and made suggestions that were exactly what we didn't know we were looking for.

I mean, how many officiants would be able to take me and my wife's love of Mountain Dew and turn it into a touching, fun and memorial part of our ceremony? And that's just one of the many ways Sheila made our ceremony special. One that could only be used for us.

I can't recommend Sheila enough. She will find a way to make your special day feel even more special. If I had to do it all over again (and I pray I will NEVER have to plan a wedding again) I know my first call would be to Sheila. She was the perfect choice.
All Faiths is the perfect description for Sheila. She has studied wedding ceremonies and traditions from hundreds of Read more...
All Faiths is the perfect description for Sheila. She has studied wedding ceremonies and traditions from hundreds of different cultures and religions. And that knowledge was perfect for my wife and I.

From the start we knew what we DIDN'T want a: traditional, cookie cutter ceremony. But we were also not sure what we wanted. No problem. Sheila had tons of ideas. She took the time to learn about us and made suggestions that were exactly what we didn't know we were looking for.

I mean, how many officiants would be able to take me and my wife's love of Mountain Dew and turn it into a touching, fun and memorial part of our ceremony? And that's just one of the many ways Sheila made our ceremony special. One that could only be used for us.

I can't recommend Sheila enough. She will find a way to make your special day feel even more special. If I had to do it all over again (and I pray I will NEVER have to plan a wedding again) I know my first call would be to Sheila. She was the perfect choice. Read less
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ginamarie214
Wedding:
4/25/2008
5.0/5.0
sheila gay was very good in making our wedding day unique as it was already.. my husband is trinidad and i am irish and polish.. she worked with us in finding ways to help us incorporate our culture, religions(hindu and catholic) and family traditions. she had wonderful ideas herself and gave great input with her knowledge in wedding ceremonies.. what works or doesnt.. she really made an impression on our guests.. they havent stopped speaking on it.. at first i was weary about her but i gotta say she did a great job..shes a very warm and kind person.. shell listen to your visions and help to make them work.. she was very professional also.. I WOULD MOST DEFINATELY RECOMMEND HER!!
sheila gay was very good in making our wedding day unique as it was already.. my husband is trinidad and i am irish and Read more...
sheila gay was very good in making our wedding day unique as it was already.. my husband is trinidad and i am irish and polish.. she worked with us in finding ways to help us incorporate our culture, religions(hindu and catholic) and family traditions. she had wonderful ideas herself and gave great input with her knowledge in wedding ceremonies.. what works or doesnt.. she really made an impression on our guests.. they havent stopped speaking on it.. at first i was weary about her but i gotta say she did a great job..shes a very warm and kind person.. shell listen to your visions and help to make them work.. she was very professional also.. I WOULD MOST DEFINATELY RECOMMEND HER!! Read less
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Andrew and John (Bergen County, NJ)
Wedding:
9/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Sheila was the officiant at our Union Ceremony, and were beyond thrilled with everything that she did for us. First, she met with us and got to know us as a couple. She asked questions that surprised us at first - but she listened, guided us and heard our story. She ultimately used that conversation to inform the ceremony in ways that made not only the day special, but made the large gathering of family and friends meaningful in a way that delighted and touched us all. I lost track of the number of people who told me that it was the "best wedding they'd ever been to" - which surprised me when some of them were including their own!

Sheila was highly flexible with us regarding our timing, and went out of her way multiple times to accommodate our schedule and our needs - including doing an abridged second ceremony for us that was technically required which was just as memorable and touching as the Big Day. (And I must note that she cut short a vacation to be there for us as well!)

Sheila used everything she knew about us as a couple and shaped it into a ceremony, a day and a memory that is so special to us that we will be forever grateful. We could not recommend her more highly!
Sheila was the officiant at our Union Ceremony, and were beyond thrilled with everything that she did for us. First, she Read more...
Sheila was the officiant at our Union Ceremony, and were beyond thrilled with everything that she did for us. First, she met with us and got to know us as a couple. She asked questions that surprised us at first - but she listened, guided us and heard our story. She ultimately used that conversation to inform the ceremony in ways that made not only the day special, but made the large gathering of family and friends meaningful in a way that delighted and touched us all. I lost track of the number of people who told me that it was the "best wedding they'd ever been to" - which surprised me when some of them were including their own!

Sheila was highly flexible with us regarding our timing, and went out of her way multiple times to accommodate our schedule and our needs - including doing an abridged second ceremony for us that was technically required which was just as memorable and touching as the Big Day. (And I must note that she cut short a vacation to be there for us as well!)

Sheila used everything she knew about us as a couple and shaped it into a ceremony, a day and a memory that is so special to us that we will be forever grateful. We could not recommend her more highly! Read less
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MRANDMRSHARRIS
Wedding:
12/31/2010
4.9/5.0
We just recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the HAPPIEST day of our lives thanks to Sheila. We wanted a simple wedding, nothing special. After talking to Sheila on the phone, I knew our search was over. She made me feel comfortable with my choice and she was very flexible and willing to do all that she could to accommodate our wishes. She also did something that I never expected. As I stated, we just wanted to say our "I Do's" and be on our merry way. I never imagined in my wildest dream,s that I would be brought to tears by Sheila's beautiful words. She managed to touch on the very things that brought myself and my husband together. She did her research, wrote a BEAUTIFUL ceremony and touched both our hearts. Not what you expect from a simple ceremony. I have and I will continue to recommend Sheila. Her words were so touching. She was spot on with everything she said. She made a simple ceremony simply BEAUTIFUL. I will never forget that day, New Years Eve, 2010. That was the happiest day if my life. I am so thankful to Sheila for playing a part and leaving me with such sweet memories. WE THANK YOU SHEILA. DARRYL & SARITA
We just recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the HAPPIEST day of our lives thanks to Sheila. We wanted a simple Read more...
We just recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the HAPPIEST day of our lives thanks to Sheila. We wanted a simple wedding, nothing special. After talking to Sheila on the phone, I knew our search was over. She made me feel comfortable with my choice and she was very flexible and willing to do all that she could to accommodate our wishes. She also did something that I never expected. As I stated, we just wanted to say our "I Do's" and be on our merry way. I never imagined in my wildest dream,s that I would be brought to tears by Sheila's beautiful words. She managed to touch on the very things that brought myself and my husband together. She did her research, wrote a BEAUTIFUL ceremony and touched both our hearts. Not what you expect from a simple ceremony. I have and I will continue to recommend Sheila. Her words were so touching. She was spot on with everything she said. She made a simple ceremony simply BEAUTIFUL. I will never forget that day, New Years Eve, 2010. That was the happiest day if my life. I am so thankful to Sheila for playing a part and leaving me with such sweet memories. WE THANK YOU SHEILA. DARRYL & SARITA Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Chris
Wedding:
8/1/2009
4.9/5.0
If you are looking for an absolutely special ceremony filled with personal touches, tailered to your vision, that really speaks to the special bond of marriage...call Sheila. She is an amazing officiator. She will take your love story and make it come to life, including everyone in the room, so that the love you are celebrating will be felt by all.

From our first meeing, we knew we had found the one with Sheila. She asked so many questions, got to know us in such a short period of time, then took our ideas and made a ceremony that was even better than we could have imagined.

I can honestly say we had more people say ours was the best ceremony they'd ever been to because of the work Sheila did. She deserves so much praise.
If you are looking for an absolutely special ceremony filled with personal touches, tailered to your vision, that really Read more...
If you are looking for an absolutely special ceremony filled with personal touches, tailered to your vision, that really speaks to the special bond of marriage...call Sheila. She is an amazing officiator. She will take your love story and make it come to life, including everyone in the room, so that the love you are celebrating will be felt by all.

From our first meeing, we knew we had found the one with Sheila. She asked so many questions, got to know us in such a short period of time, then took our ideas and made a ceremony that was even better than we could have imagined.

I can honestly say we had more people say ours was the best ceremony they'd ever been to because of the work Sheila did. She deserves so much praise. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Liz
Wedding:
3/24/2012
4.8/5.0
Sheila just performed our ceremony this past Saturday (3/24/12). Not a dry eye in the house! The ceremony was so personal and told our love story from beginning to end. Our guests are still talking about the ceremony. It was truly memorable. I cannot wait to see our ceremony video to relive it all over again! Thanks Sheila from the bottom of our hearts...It was perfection! I understand that a number of our guests approached her to compliment her on the ceremony and some to inquire about hiring to perform their weddings as well.
Sheila just performed our ceremony this past Saturday (3/24/12). Not a dry eye in the house! The ceremony was so personal Read more...
Sheila just performed our ceremony this past Saturday (3/24/12). Not a dry eye in the house! The ceremony was so personal and told our love story from beginning to end. Our guests are still talking about the ceremony. It was truly memorable. I cannot wait to see our ceremony video to relive it all over again! Thanks Sheila from the bottom of our hearts...It was perfection! I understand that a number of our guests approached her to compliment her on the ceremony and some to inquire about hiring to perform their weddings as well. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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josie208
Wedding:
11/21/2009
4.8/5.0
Sheila really took the time to understand Joe & I as a couple and as individuals. Our friends and family felt honored to learn about how we started as friends, then best friend and years later at the alter. She suggested that we have a few people close to us come up and say a few words. She guided our speakers to open their minds and speak from their hearts--that was one of the most amazing parts of our ceremony. Our friends and family commented on how this the best wedding ceremony they have ever experienced.

Thank you Sheila for letting us be us and showing the world our love!
Sheila really took the time to understand Joe & I as a couple and as individuals. Our friends and family felt honored to Read more...
Sheila really took the time to understand Joe & I as a couple and as individuals. Our friends and family felt honored to learn about how we started as friends, then best friend and years later at the alter. She suggested that we have a few people close to us come up and say a few words. She guided our speakers to open their minds and speak from their hearts--that was one of the most amazing parts of our ceremony. Our friends and family commented on how this the best wedding ceremony they have ever experienced.

Thank you Sheila for letting us be us and showing the world our love! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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mike
Wedding:
8/10/2013
4.7/5.0
Hi Sheila we just wanted to thank you for everything. You made our wedding soo special. Everyone LOVED the ceremony and said they had never been apart of a ceremony like ours, they really felt like a part of it all, and they loved that it wasn't a typical cookie cutter ceremony. From the bottom of our heart, thank you for everything, including helping me with my vows and feeding me my lines. I will never forget that day and I can't wait to watch the video since it felt like a blink of an eye it was all over.
Hi Sheila we just wanted to thank you for everything. You made our wedding soo special. Everyone LOVED the ceremony and Read more...
Hi Sheila we just wanted to thank you for everything. You made our wedding soo special. Everyone LOVED the ceremony and said they had never been apart of a ceremony like ours, they really felt like a part of it all, and they loved that it wasn't a typical cookie cutter ceremony. From the bottom of our heart, thank you for everything, including helping me with my vows and feeding me my lines. I will never forget that day and I can't wait to watch the video since it felt like a blink of an eye it was all over. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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REBECCA
Wedding:
9/8/2012
4.5/5.0
sheila made our wedding more memorable than i could have ever dreamed.
every single person came up to us and said how touching our ceremony was. they said even if they didnt know us that personally-- they felt like they were truly apart of the ceremony and laughed and cried with all of us.
she went above and beyond what i could have ever dreamed.
sheila is an amazing person and i would tell everyone to use her for anything !!sheila and i will be in contact for many years to come !
sheila made our wedding more memorable than i could have ever dreamed.
every single person came up to us and said how Read more...
sheila made our wedding more memorable than i could have ever dreamed.
every single person came up to us and said how touching our ceremony was. they said even if they didnt know us that personally-- they felt like they were truly apart of the ceremony and laughed and cried with all of us.
she went above and beyond what i could have ever dreamed.
sheila is an amazing person and i would tell everyone to use her for anything !!sheila and i will be in contact for many years to come ! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Janice
Wedding:
5/25/2012
4.0/5.0
The one comment everyone gave us at the end of the ceremony was how wonderful/personal/and sweet the service was. Everyone LOVED it (and so did we). If you want something a little different, a little more personal, and a bit more YOU, go with Sheila!!
The one comment everyone gave us at the end of the ceremony was how wonderful/personal/and sweet the service was. Everyone Read more...
The one comment everyone gave us at the end of the ceremony was how wonderful/personal/and sweet the service was. Everyone LOVED it (and so did we). If you want something a little different, a little more personal, and a bit more YOU, go with Sheila!! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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setcdl2009
Wedding:
10/3/2009
4.0/5.0
We liked the fact that our ceremony was unique and suited to us.
We liked the fact that our ceremony was unique and suited to us.
We liked the fact that our ceremony was unique and suited to us. Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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