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All Faiths Ceremonies by Dr. Sheila Gay Gross

Edgewater , NJ
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104 Panorama Drive
Edgewater, NJ 07020 US (map)

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201-886-3007

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ABOUT US

Feel free to email me at richesbysheila@aol.com

Welcome! I am an ordained, licensed interfaith minister who goes beyond traditional limits to help you create the most unique,... Read more
Feel free to email me at richesbysheila@aol.com

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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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
In which states are you licensed?
AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, HI, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VT

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Richie
Wedding:
3/18/2017
5.0/5.0
My fiancé (now wife) and I are very particular people. We wanted a custom ceremony, that was delicate given some "unusualness" but at the same time, preserve the classic and authenticity of what a marriage was and is. Dr. Gross delivered "EXACTLY" - and we meant that very much, exactly as we asked for and described to her. She puts the couple first!
My fiancé (now wife) and I are very particular people. We wanted a custom ceremony, that was delicate given some Read more...
My fiancé (now wife) and I are very particular people. We wanted a custom ceremony, that was delicate given some "unusualness" but at the same time, preserve the classic and authenticity of what a marriage was and is. Dr. Gross delivered "EXACTLY" - and we meant that very much, exactly as we asked for and described to her. She puts the couple first! Read less
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Kelly Ann
Wedding:
7/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Sheila came to our home in Central NJ to officially wed my now-hsuband. She was a top-notch officinat and highly recommend her!

Much Love,
Mr. & Mrs. Derek Boyle :)
Sheila came to our home in Central NJ to officially wed my now-hsuband. She was a top-notch officinat and highly recommend Read more...
Sheila came to our home in Central NJ to officially wed my now-hsuband. She was a top-notch officinat and highly recommend her!

Much Love,
Mr. & Mrs. Derek Boyle :) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sheila is must. She was flexible, accommodating and understanding throughout the entire process. She made the process comfortable and engaging. Her ceremony included all elements and stories that we individually had shared with her while also making it light hearted and relaxed (which was a specific request by us). Our friends and family were also equally as impressed and touched by her ceremony.
Sheila is must. She was flexible, accommodating and understanding throughout the entire process. She made the process Read more...
Sheila is must. She was flexible, accommodating and understanding throughout the entire process. She made the process comfortable and engaging. Her ceremony included all elements and stories that we individually had shared with her while also making it light hearted and relaxed (which was a specific request by us). Our friends and family were also equally as impressed and touched by her ceremony. Read less
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Edward
Wedding:
7/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Sheila is amazing, she puts in a lot of time and effort to create a special ceremony that captures the essence of the couple. We sat on her couch and she learned the story of how we met, what do we love about each other, who and what is important to us, all the while she was taking pages and pages of notes. She helped us with our vows and provided amazing feedback. When the ceremony was over and I looked at our guests, I KNOW that she had accomplished what we wanted to convey. One of my longtime friends didn't even know some of the things that Sheila was able to get out of us, which is why she is awesome. Just plain awesome.
We are also an interracial couple and wanted someone who was spiritual and not someone who was set in the ritual of a specific religion, again, she excelled at getting a perfect balance of spirituality and culture.

Thanks Sheila!
Sheila is amazing, she puts in a lot of time and effort to create a special ceremony that captures the essence of the Read more...
Sheila is amazing, she puts in a lot of time and effort to create a special ceremony that captures the essence of the couple. We sat on her couch and she learned the story of how we met, what do we love about each other, who and what is important to us, all the while she was taking pages and pages of notes. She helped us with our vows and provided amazing feedback. When the ceremony was over and I looked at our guests, I KNOW that she had accomplished what we wanted to convey. One of my longtime friends didn't even know some of the things that Sheila was able to get out of us, which is why she is awesome. Just plain awesome.
We are also an interracial couple and wanted someone who was spiritual and not someone who was set in the ritual of a specific religion, again, she excelled at getting a perfect balance of spirituality and culture.

Thanks Sheila! Read less
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Lola
Wedding:
6/19/2016
5.0/5.0
Sheila is a godsend and totally amazing. We knew right away that she was a good fit because of her hospitality, professionalism, and creative insight. Her previous career in therapy/counseling certainly came into play when we came across a subject for the vows that my wife and I didn't agree on. The best thing about Sheila is that her attention to a couple's ceremony is a hugely Creative endeavor. She has a natural knack for sussing out the two personalities and building an interactive story around them. Her people skills and intuitive sensibilities are right on. In the day of the wedding she was organized, calm, and attentive. A positive source to have in your life as you are planing a wedding! The perfect person for the couple who us personal, thoughtful, and explorative.
Thank you Sheila for your dillengence, follow up, and artful eye!
Sheila is a godsend and totally amazing. We knew right away that she was a good fit because of her hospitality, Read more...
Sheila is a godsend and totally amazing. We knew right away that she was a good fit because of her hospitality, professionalism, and creative insight. Her previous career in therapy/counseling certainly came into play when we came across a subject for the vows that my wife and I didn't agree on. The best thing about Sheila is that her attention to a couple's ceremony is a hugely Creative endeavor. She has a natural knack for sussing out the two personalities and building an interactive story around them. Her people skills and intuitive sensibilities are right on. In the day of the wedding she was organized, calm, and attentive. A positive source to have in your life as you are planing a wedding! The perfect person for the couple who us personal, thoughtful, and explorative.
Thank you Sheila for your dillengence, follow up, and artful eye! Read less
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Matt
Wedding:
5/21/2016
5.0/5.0
Shelia is the best. Such humor and compassion. The most accommodating person for our wedding by far. Shelia married us on May 21st 2016 and we had the pleasure of knowing her for almost 2 years while we were engaged. We met Shelia from my sister in law who used her.

When we told Shelia we wanted to use her, she schedule a meeting with us in Asbury Park. She did not have a "sales pitch", she was simply a human being. She asked my wife and I some deep questions which make you think. We spent almost 2 hours with Shelia and left in a great place.

From the time we had our 1st meeting to our wedding day, Shelia was ALWAYS available to talk. She would call, facetime, or meet us in person if we wanted to chat with her. She would randomly check in to see if we had any questions or concerns or wanted any help.

One of the best things Shelia did was to involve our siblings in the ceremony, and also encouraged us write our own vows. This was one of the best things ever, it was so us and made our day perfect.

Book Shelia, don't look anywhere else.
Shelia is the best. Such humor and compassion. The most accommodating person for our wedding by far. Shelia married us on Read more...
Shelia is the best. Such humor and compassion. The most accommodating person for our wedding by far. Shelia married us on May 21st 2016 and we had the pleasure of knowing her for almost 2 years while we were engaged. We met Shelia from my sister in law who used her.

When we told Shelia we wanted to use her, she schedule a meeting with us in Asbury Park. She did not have a "sales pitch", she was simply a human being. She asked my wife and I some deep questions which make you think. We spent almost 2 hours with Shelia and left in a great place.

From the time we had our 1st meeting to our wedding day, Shelia was ALWAYS available to talk. She would call, facetime, or meet us in person if we wanted to chat with her. She would randomly check in to see if we had any questions or concerns or wanted any help.

One of the best things Shelia did was to involve our siblings in the ceremony, and also encouraged us write our own vows. This was one of the best things ever, it was so us and made our day perfect.

Book Shelia, don't look anywhere else. Read less
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Alex
Wedding:
5/2/2016
5.0/5.0
We found Sheila very accidentally and now we are truly convinced that we were simply blessed by the Universe by brining her to our life to make our wedding day uniquely special, unforgettable and most of all beautiful. Sheila was very accomodating and flexible. Her pleasant personality was so well complimented by her professionalism that really helped our wedding go the way it went - simply fantastic. She was well prepared, learned about us and about our journey. She incorporated this into the ceremony and made it very personal and special. On top of it we are truly convinced that her intentions and energy literally helped the cloudy and rainy weather to give break and let the rain suspend it's work so we could have the most beautiful ceremony right on the beach, which really exceeded our expectations. All that would have never happened if it wasn't fo Sheila's openness and flexibility. Sincerely recommend this wonderful woman to everybody looking to make their wedding filled with lifelong pleasant memories. Thank you Sheila.
We found Sheila very accidentally and now we are truly convinced that we were simply blessed by the Universe by brining Read more...
We found Sheila very accidentally and now we are truly convinced that we were simply blessed by the Universe by brining her to our life to make our wedding day uniquely special, unforgettable and most of all beautiful. Sheila was very accomodating and flexible. Her pleasant personality was so well complimented by her professionalism that really helped our wedding go the way it went - simply fantastic. She was well prepared, learned about us and about our journey. She incorporated this into the ceremony and made it very personal and special. On top of it we are truly convinced that her intentions and energy literally helped the cloudy and rainy weather to give break and let the rain suspend it's work so we could have the most beautiful ceremony right on the beach, which really exceeded our expectations. All that would have never happened if it wasn't fo Sheila's openness and flexibility. Sincerely recommend this wonderful woman to everybody looking to make their wedding filled with lifelong pleasant memories. Thank you Sheila. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
4/23/2016
5.0/5.0
We LOVE Sheila!!! From first conversation, we knew she was the right one for us! So caring & compassionate... the months preceding our wedding we really got to know each other. Sheila is like family to us, we just adore her. She gave us a ceremony that was so personalized and special. Many tears from all, sweet, genuine, heartfelt. That was exactly what we wanted. We had several complements throughout cocktail hour and the whole evening. Our wedding was so genuine. Nothing scripted, pre-configured.. it was relaxed and comfortable. We were married on a yacht, I have a Catholic up - bringing, my husband Methodist. His family is originally from Ghana & I have 2 children (my parents ill, unable to attend wedding). Sheila spoke with my dad and gave a lovely speech on his behalf. Sheila was able to bring everybody together effortlessly. In communicating with Sheila, I don't think anybody has ever been as prompt as her. I think she would respond before I even hit send! Lol.

Thank you so much Sheila!

Love,

Angel & Jerry
We LOVE Sheila!!! From first conversation, we knew she was the right one for us! So caring & compassionate... the months Read more...
We LOVE Sheila!!! From first conversation, we knew she was the right one for us! So caring & compassionate... the months preceding our wedding we really got to know each other. Sheila is like family to us, we just adore her. She gave us a ceremony that was so personalized and special. Many tears from all, sweet, genuine, heartfelt. That was exactly what we wanted. We had several complements throughout cocktail hour and the whole evening. Our wedding was so genuine. Nothing scripted, pre-configured.. it was relaxed and comfortable. We were married on a yacht, I have a Catholic up - bringing, my husband Methodist. His family is originally from Ghana & I have 2 children (my parents ill, unable to attend wedding). Sheila spoke with my dad and gave a lovely speech on his behalf. Sheila was able to bring everybody together effortlessly. In communicating with Sheila, I don't think anybody has ever been as prompt as her. I think she would respond before I even hit send! Lol.

Thank you so much Sheila!

Love,

Angel & Jerry Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sheila was truly magical.
She invests herself in the couple and truly captures the love, the story, the wants, the needs of the couple that is getting married.
After we got married our guests kept complimenting us on how amazing the ceremony was. It wasn't until the 20th person told us how much they loved the ceremony, that I remembered reading past reviews saying the wedding guests still rave about the ceremony!!! She will forever be in our hearts!
Sheila was truly magical.
She invests herself in the couple and truly captures the love, the story, the wants, the Read more...
Sheila was truly magical.
She invests herself in the couple and truly captures the love, the story, the wants, the needs of the couple that is getting married.
After we got married our guests kept complimenting us on how amazing the ceremony was. It wasn't until the 20th person told us how much they loved the ceremony, that I remembered reading past reviews saying the wedding guests still rave about the ceremony!!! She will forever be in our hearts! Read less
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Kaitlynn
Wedding:
3/4/2016
5.0/5.0
Let me first start out by saying that Sheila is wonderful and I mean that with all of my heart. My husband and I were struggling with finding an officiant who was right for us. I come from a Catholic family but no longer practice and my husband was not raised on religion nor does he practice any religion. We were already stepping out of the norm for my family by having our ceremony outside of the church and instead at our venue. I did not want to ruffle any feathers or disappoint anyone by having a completely non-religious ceremony so we decided to try and find a priest who would do our ceremony at the venue. We found one. It didn't feel right but we went with it anyways. Flash forward two months before our ceremony and I am having a complete meltdown about the most important day of my life. I just could not bear the thought of standing up at the altar with my soon to be husband and making promises to a religion and to a God we did not whole heartedly believe in just for the sake of my family. I emailed Sheila and she called me right away. Immediately she told me not to worry and that she would help us figure this out. I felt so calm and at ease with Sheila and I knew right away that she was the right fit for us. We met, we laughed, she listened, she understood and she wanted to make sure our wedding day was about US and OUR LOVE not about anything else. Let me tell you--she delivered! Our ceremony was filled with so much emotion and love. People were crying, laughing and then crying again. I could not imagine a more perfect ceremony. Afterwards, I had my Catholic traditional family members telling me just how WONDERFUL our ceremony was. There wasn't a single person who did not love it. Sheila helped to make our wedding day so special and I can not thank her enough for that. She is an amazing person and a fantastic officiant. I HIGHLY recommend anyone who is getting married to book her ASAP! You will not regret it. Thank you Sheila :)
Let me first start out by saying that Sheila is wonderful and I mean that with all of my heart. My husband and I were Read more...
Let me first start out by saying that Sheila is wonderful and I mean that with all of my heart. My husband and I were struggling with finding an officiant who was right for us. I come from a Catholic family but no longer practice and my husband was not raised on religion nor does he practice any religion. We were already stepping out of the norm for my family by having our ceremony outside of the church and instead at our venue. I did not want to ruffle any feathers or disappoint anyone by having a completely non-religious ceremony so we decided to try and find a priest who would do our ceremony at the venue. We found one. It didn't feel right but we went with it anyways. Flash forward two months before our ceremony and I am having a complete meltdown about the most important day of my life. I just could not bear the thought of standing up at the altar with my soon to be husband and making promises to a religion and to a God we did not whole heartedly believe in just for the sake of my family. I emailed Sheila and she called me right away. Immediately she told me not to worry and that she would help us figure this out. I felt so calm and at ease with Sheila and I knew right away that she was the right fit for us. We met, we laughed, she listened, she understood and she wanted to make sure our wedding day was about US and OUR LOVE not about anything else. Let me tell you--she delivered! Our ceremony was filled with so much emotion and love. People were crying, laughing and then crying again. I could not imagine a more perfect ceremony. Afterwards, I had my Catholic traditional family members telling me just how WONDERFUL our ceremony was. There wasn't a single person who did not love it. Sheila helped to make our wedding day so special and I can not thank her enough for that. She is an amazing person and a fantastic officiant. I HIGHLY recommend anyone who is getting married to book her ASAP! You will not regret it. Thank you Sheila :) Read less
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